Saturday, April 12, 2014

As of Late

Hello everyone.
I have been busy over here. Like crazy busy.
I just wanted to kind of update everyone on what I've been doing so far this month, since I haven't been posting very much on my blog. 
As you know I'm a nursing student. It is also the "final stretch" of the semester. So, there's that. 
I also presented at my schools Scholar's Day this week and a Nursing Leadership Conference at a local hospital. It was so exciting to get to be presenting research at these events, and I learned a lot. 

On Monday, I got in a car accident. I am completely okay (aside from some soreness), but getting in a car accident is a very stressful situation. Luckily, I was found to be not at fault because an elderly woman hit me in a parking lot and ended up getting a "failure to yield" ticket. She is okay, too, thank God. I've been on the phone with insurance companies all week long, though. It seems like a never ending process to get all the details sorted out and the car repairs taken care of. At least we are both okay and my car is drivable, though. 
So aside from a very stressful week, we had our quilt guild meeting and my friend Marty brought me a jar of homemade cinnamon extract! It was so sweet of her to think of me and I can't wait to use it. 
Do you have any good recipes that use cinnamon extract that I should try?
I also roped Alec into going to a free quilt show with me down the road from our house. In hindsight, I shouldn't have worn my "Hooters" shirt to this show, but I don't think any of the nice ladies minded too much. In my opinion, any guy that will go to a quilt show with his girlfriend is a real keeper. 
I have also been getting outside more and trying to fit some exercise back into my routine for stress relief. I was going to post a photo of a pose I've been working on, but the Instagram website is apparently down today. So, you can just enjoy the obnoxious memes that describe my life, instead. 
Do you have any suggestions for other ways to relieve stress without taking so many breaks from actually doing your work that you get nothing done?

Enjoy the warm weather!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Recipe Writers: Spring Delights

Guys, we made it! Spring is officially here. We had fun baking Christmas cookies, enjoyed some Irish food (Shamrock Hot Cocoa or Irish Roasted Shallots, anyone?), and now it is time to embrace all of the freshness that Spring has to offer. March really went out like a lion, too. We ended up with another 6 inches of snow on Saturday! So, I am ready to move forward. Are you with me? Let's celebrate the changing of seasons with this month's theme:
Spring Has Sprung

This month is all about fresh food. We are transitioning from cold and cozy foods to crisp, light and fresh flavors. Maybe you have a new twist on a salad, or a family standby for when the weather gets warmer. I can't wait to see what spring foods you are cooking up in your kitchen!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Influenster UniVoxBox Unboxing Video

I received my first influenster voxbox in the mail today! Yipee!

Also, Congratulations to Cynthia G. for winning a custom "Home is Where The Heart Is" pillow. 
Thank you for everyone who entered, I think it was a really fun way to kick off spring.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Corned Beef and Cabbage

This is a classic "St. Patrick's Day" meal. Is it Irish? I have no idea. Is St. Patrick's Day even an Irish holiday? I read that it is an Irish-American holiday that people in Ireland don't even celebrate. Does all of this affect how yummy and hearty this meal is? Absolutely not.
I know most of us know how to make corned beef and cabbage. But, there are lots of people who have never made it before on their own! This year was my first time making it so, I spent some time looking at people's favorite method of making this traditional dish.
To be honest, I even tried one method and switched to another 4 hours in after I realized it wasn't working!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Sale and a Giveaway!

Hello, lovely readers!
Today is a beautiful day.
Today is the first day of Spring!
Anywho, in honor of the beginning of such a seemingly distant season, I am doing a State pillow giveaway AND having a State pillow Sale!
All of my "Home is Where the Heart is" state pillows are 15% off this week. 
I also made a little vlog describing this sale and giveaway in a bit more detail because I'm an excited new vlogger. 

Click here to go check out (and subscribe to) my Youtube channel.
Click here to go to my store for the sale!
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Peppermint Bark

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to incorporate green into a dessert, this recipe is the right one for you. After all, we don't all have hours to wait for cupcakes to cool before frosting, to elaborately decorate sugar cutout cookies shaped like shamrocks or even to bake cookies at all. This simple dessert will help get your family into the St. Patrick's Day spirit in no time without sacrificing any delicious-ness. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Simple French Onion Soup

French onion soup is an absolute comfort food for me. I never liked it until this year, either. Isn't it strange how that works? Anyway, I have been craving it all winter long. I get it every time we go out to a restaurant to eat. Bizarre. Anyway, I am going to share a very simple recipe with you today on how to make it at home. Now this is a college-friendly recipe, which means it can be made on a budget. It is also "healthy" because I skipped out on the cheesy, delicious, carb-filled croutons or french bread. You can absolutely add those little delights when you make it, though.
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