Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Well! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! We actually ended up having a white Christmas, with snow starting yesterday afternoon and continuing until now, 4pm the day after Christmas! Our Christmas was wonderful, with a few bumps in the road last night, but all in all a success. I made all sorts of goodies to give as presents and felt so "betty crocker" when I finished. I made pumpkin butter, cream cheese cookies, pumpkin apple struslle muffins, and white chocolate oreo fudge and I will post those recipes later this week. YUM! The pups are exhausted from playing with their cousin, Lucy. Last night after dinner, my 96 year old grandma began to act very confused and rambling, and my mom and I thought it may be a stroke. We rushed her to the emergency room and they did many tests, labs, etc and decided it was probably a UTI and admitted her to the hospital for IV antibiotics and rest/comfort. GEEZ! At least it was minor and treatable, but so hard when it is your own grandma and she has age working against her. Any who, here are a few pictures to enjoy and I must get to studying for my NCLEX while I have time!
My mess of a kitchen while cooking up a storm!
Pumpkin Butter! Prepping my baskets and labelsPassed out pups amongst the Christmas mess :)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Guess what?! It snowed! I even got out of NCLEX review early today so I could spend my day cooking and relaxing :) By the time they let us out, it had already snowed about 2 inches, so I made a quick stop at Kroger, then came home to get going!
First off... 3 Bean Mole Chili!
OH YUM! A girl I go to school with had some of her left-overs the other day and I couldn't help but notice how good it smelled! She shared her recipe with me graciously and I thought it would be a wonderful cold weather treat :)

3 Bean Mole Chili

1 15 oz can chili beans (with sauce)
1 15 oz can pinto beans (rinse and drain)
1 15 oz can black beans (rinse and drain)
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes (mexican style)
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup mole paste (mexican food section at grocery store)
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp ground corriander
2 tsp chili powder
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pepper, chopped (I used a yellow, but calls for green if you prefer)

Mix all together in crockpot and cook on low for 5-6 hours!

I also added some left-over pork tenderloin, shredded, into the mix to add a meat :) MAN it smells so good!

Wish John was here to enjoy it with me, but he is in Radford renovating his grandma's old house to prep it for sale. He wasn't going to go until today, but instead left yesterday due to the impending bad weather. It's so much more boring and drab around here when he's gone :( Hopefully they will have a few really productive days and I will have him back on Sunday, but in the mean time, mom and dad are coming over for dinner to keep me and the critters company :)

Next, I made chicken salad!
This is one of my all time favorite things to make any time of the year. It makes a nice portion and I eat off of it all week for lunch as either a sandwich, with crackers, or by it's self! I also change it up every time to keep it interesting :)

Chicken Salad

1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat hand shredded
1/2 cup lite sour cream
1/2 cup lite mayo
2-3 tbsp tarragon
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 granny smith apple, chopped
1 cup grapes, chopped in half
1/2 cup sliced almonds
salt & pepper to taste

Mix together and enjoy!

Have I mentioned that I LOVE easy recipes?! The simpler, the better in my opinion :)

THEN, I made some snickerdoodles from my favorite website Oh She Glows. I can't wait for them to cool so I can inhale at least 2 before mom and dad get here! Hopefully I'll get to save some for John too....
Time to clean up my mess so I can enjoy my parents company :)
Keep warm everyone!

Monday, December 13, 2010

D.O.N.E. with school!

Hell has frozen over. I am officially done with nursing school. I'd probably be celebrating, except I work tonight from 3-11:30pm so it will have to wait... I think I am in shock, like not sure what to do now. I really SHOULD study some for my boards while I have time, but my brain is a bit fried, and may benefit more from a little rest first :) Tomorrow, my review for the nursing boards starts and will be all day each day until Friday, whew! At least it's not new information, just a review for the things that we are a bit rusty on so we can be prepared.

Yes, I have been neglecting my blog, but guess what, I'M BACK! Lots of new fun stuff going on, too! I found out that one of my best buds is pregnant and due in July (YAY!) and that my other best bud is engaged to her Italian man! Lots going on already for 2011... my planner is already filling up!

AND, despite the weather men being wrong, we woke up to SNOW this morning! Since when did Richmond get so much snow every winter? Not that I'm complaining, but we have gotten a TON these past few years!

Anywho, more later, must get ready for work now!

ps, only 144 days until the wedding!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

absent minded at times.

First off, we have finally decorated for Christmas! We actually got a REAL tree this year, which the smell is AMAZING, but good Lord the needles keep falling! Especially with the crazy cat running under it.... My parents, sister, and nephew came over last night for dinner to celebrate my mom's birthday. I was really really REALLY excited about making a butternut squash soup that I adapted from a coworker's recipe that she shared with me. We ate this, chicken with pomegranate (not the best thing I have ever cooked...), and orzo. The soup was SO easy to make!
Butternut Squash Soup

3 tbsp butter
3 medium butternut squash (cubed)
5 cups chicken broth
1 medium white onion (chopped)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
2 tbsp cumin
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup light cream
Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. Saute onions and garlic for 4 minutes. Stir in cubed squash and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add broth and cumin and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and, using an immersion blender, blend until smooth. Add light cream and salt/pepper to taste. Stir well and serve!

I served it with a dollop of sour cream on top and some basil sprinkled and it was delicious and such a beautiful orange color! I loved it so much so that I just had a second bowl for lunch today and will probably do the same tomorrow :)

So on to today. I feel SO incredibly stupid and have no excuse but my absent mindedness. I had my Surfn Santa 10 miler this morning in VA Beach, so after scurrying around this morning, stopping at several gas stations trying to get gas (or a OPEN gas station), we were on the road for our 1.5 hour drive to the race. At Williamsburg, about half way there, I discovered that in our hurry, I had totally forgotten my running shoes. I mean REALLY? REALLY? How does a person leave for a RACE and forget her running shoes? So, needless to say, we turned around and drove back home with my tail tucked between my legs like a dummy. Oh well. There's always other races, but I was pretty excited about this one. I need to sign up for another, but definitely need to wait until money isn't so tight, so it may be a little while. I better keep motivated! The good news is that John is running the 10k this year with me on April 2nd!!! I'm SO excited he has committed to this and we begin training in January!

I did have a cool, new experience yesterday at clinical :) I put in my FIRST NG tube! For the non-medical peoples out there, this is a nasogastric tube placed in the nose, down the throat, and into the stomach either to administer tube feedings or medications, or to relieve distention from "back-up" or undigested food due to a blockage somewhere along the GI tract, among many other things that could be wrong. This poor 18 year old chap had a belly so distended that he looked 7 months pregnant. I initially was in the room to just assist, but the nurse asked if I wanted to do it, which I responded "well, I never have...", and she said "ok, you can do it now!" AHH! I was definitely shaking and nervous, but did it with no problem! Very exciting for me, not so much for my poor patient. Hope he is feeling better today...

Also, we went bowling Thursday for the annual memorial bowling tournament for my grandfather. My grandfather passed away about 8 years ago around Thanksgiving, and since he was such an avid bowler, every year our family, both here and in Cincinnati, OH & Charlotte, NC, all go bowling. Whoever gets the highest score gets to hold the trophy thru the next year, in which we use one of my grandfather's old bowling trophies. It's a pretty cool tradition, but I unfortunately did not inherit the bowling gene. I am a HORRIBLE bowler! But the shoes are pretty fun :)

Time for some studying for my exam Monday. Only a presentation, one clinical, and one final exam left to get through after Monday! The suspense is killing me!

Monday, November 29, 2010

back to reality.

So! Yes, it's been quite a while since I last posted. John's wonderful grandmother, Maw-joe, passed away a week ago today and it has been a heck of a ride the last few weeks. We went to Radford, VA the Friday prior to visit because we had been told that "it won't be long", etc for quite some time. But, as was her nature, she fought her way through the entire weekend! John and I came back Sunday night because I had an exam Monday morning, then returned to Radford right after my exam (a 3.5 hour drive). About one hour after we arrived, she passed away very peacefully and when she decided she wanted to. After that, it was a whirl-wind of a week, viewing Tuesday, funeral Wednesday, Thanksgiving Thursday, back that night and back to work all weekend for me. All well worth the craziness, because I know I was right were I needed to be, supporting John's family and doing everything I could to help them. Maw-joe did say on Friday, when she was last responsive to John and I, "Love ya" just as she always had when we visited her, and I know he and I will cherish that forever.

So back to reality for this chica! And, ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT OF CLASS!!!! Thank God! The end is truly in sight, and man it looks good! Some how, after studying MAYBE 2 hours for my exam last Monday, I managed a 98 on it, better than I have done in forever. I think that Maw-joe was sitting right next to me taking it for me because I can't remember one question on that test.

10 mile race in Virginia Beach is this Saturday! The Surf n Santa 10 miler! Even though most of the girls I had planned on running with have decided not to run, I still have a couple to buddy up with :) And the schwag for this race is awesomeeee! Probably not a great idea for me to have taken a week off from running while I was out of town this past week, but I ran a little over 6 miles with dad yesterday and felt pretty good after. My knees definitely started aching about mile 5, but I think the 10 miler Saturday will be fun and not too hilly. We shall see how it goes!

Off to do some NCLEX reviewing, especially since I am planning on taking it in a month!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I may not be able to get out of bed tomorrow...

I saw this at Fresh Market the other day and had to take a picture.... What the heck is that and what can I make with it?!

SO! I just got my tail handed to me at the gym. To the point of STILL feeling shaky over 45 minutes post-workout. This is all in the attempt to start toning more. I have lost the weight and am SO incredibly happy with that, but now it's time to tighten up a few spots that could stand a little work. My awesome workout buddy, Caroline (whom I have made her swear to never charge me for training when she becomes professional trainer some day), had me doing a whole series of squats, arms, abs, all with 1 minute intervals on the treadmill in between each set at 8.5 mph... the last one literally making me almost throw up. I had a "biggest loser moment". I was also thrilled to see that the pool is ALMOST done at my gym, so I will definitely be jumping in ASAP! Maybe my fantasy of triathlons are not too far out of reach ;)

Any who, heard some bad news today... John's grandmother (Maw-Jo), who was just this past weekend placed in a hospice-like facility, has taken a turn for the worse and is becoming more and more unresponsive :( I wish so bad that I could be there for the family, but between school and work can definitely not make it there until at least Thursday. Maw-Jo is a hilarious 80-something who I have so enjoyed getting to know over the past 3.5 years, watching her in her rocker gossiping about some good 'ole Radford juicy gossip, her loving heart for her family and her dogs, and has never skipped a beat with her tough love. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers, along with John and his family as they handle it the best they know how to... together. I feel so blessed to have each and every one of them as my family :)

Busy month coming up!!!!!
~Turkey Trot 10K on Thanksgiving morning
~THANKSGIVING!!! :) :) :)
~Mom, my niece, and my soon-to-be father-in-law's birthdays
~Surfn' Santa 10 miler in VA Beach Dec 4th
~Final exam EVER in nursing school
~NCLEX review

WHEW! Exhausted just thinking about it all, but I can't seem to stop staring at my calendar! My motto, keep busy and it FLIES by! Even more exciting is the new countdown until I start my new job as an RN :) Only 69 days!

And ps, only 172 days until I'm a married woman!


Saturday, November 13, 2010

My first half on my half!

I successfully completed my FIRST HALF MARATHON, with my 68 year old father, and on my half birthday! (yikes, half way to 28!) It was absolutely the hardest thing I have ever done, but I will definitely do it again. My time was around 2:20, but I'm still waiting for the results to be posted.... Next up, Turkey Trot 10k on Thanksgiving day & Surfin Santa 10 miler on December 4th! Gotta stick with it if I'm going to make it a lifestyle for good! The best motivation to me is that I keep amazing myself with my accomplishments. I have been running now for almost a year and actually stuck to it (except a week here or there). I think I'll lay off running until next weekend, then start back up before the 10k since that is in only 12 days! I came across this quote and loved it: "Just like coffee, running is an acquired taste. And also like coffee, it can be quite addicting if you'rewilling to power through the initial bitter taste". Ain't that the truth!

So in my crazy nervousness last night, I made some Pumpkin Butter Oat Squares with Candied Pecans and OH MY were they delicious! I still haven't gotten tired of pumpkin, it's just such a perfect cooking element :) And the oat squares were a great treat for after the race!

Off to ice and nap a tad more... more later :)

Here are a few shots from the race....

SO cold!
Last sprint for the finish line!
DONE! Next please!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

HUGE weight lifted!

I got the most AMAZING news yesterday... I got hired at the hospital I wanted as a new grad RN on the post surgical and bariatric unit!!!!!!!!!!! A whole month prior to completing nursing school and I HAVE A J-O-B! I called John jumping and screaming with joy :) AND to make it even better, one of my favorite girls in nursing school is accepting a job on the same unit! Thank you God, because I feel so incredibly blessed :)

MORE awesome news, I booked a photographer for the wedding! Double whammy blessings, all yesterday! We had a phone interview Monday, and they told us someone else had inquired and talked about the same date, but they would give me first dibs if they tried to book because I had contacted them first, so sure enough, we got a call yesterday and had to make a quick decision... and I said YES to the photographer! ;) I'm a dork, yes, but a darn happy one!

The stars are aligned after much work and patience...

Only 3 days until the half marathon!!! I'm worried because I haven't run since Sunday, but I have been loading myself with carbs (PASTA PASTA PASTA!) and drinking tons of water, even going to add salt to my food the next two days (YUCK!) to help myself retain water a bit to prevent dehydration during the race... wow, I got hardcore all of a sudden!

No cooking for this chica today, but I plan to make something delicious tomorrow night :)


Monday, November 8, 2010

it was just a chili kinda night!

Even if it did get up to the mid 60's today, I still got that chili bug in my system and had to make a big ole pot for dinner tonight :)

Mom's Chili

1 tbsp butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 lb ground turkey
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
3-4 cans kidney beans, drained & rinsed
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp chili powder
1/4 cup red wine

In large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions & garlic and saute until onions browned. Add ground turkey and cook until browned. Add all other ingredients and turn heat down to simmer. Place lid over pot and cook for at least 1.5 hours, longer if possible :) Serve & enjoy!

I LOVE this chili recipe because it isn't your typical spicy, hot chili. It has a tiny kick from the chili powder, but you can add green/red peppers or more chili powder if you like that extra bite in your chili :)

In other news, I had manager interviews for a possible RN job, and MAN were they nerve racking! How do you convince a nurse manager in a 10 minute "speed dating like" interview that you are the best person for the job? Hopefully I wowed at least one with my charisma and charm ;) Maybe I'll get some good news tomorrow!


Frost! Burr!

I think it's definitely a soup night tonight :) Maybe some baked goodies too?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

6 months until marriage :)

WOW how time flies! After feeling like the big day will never come and now being engaged for 1 year and 3 months... only 6 MONTHS until our wedding! Unfortunately, it will be just me and the critters tonight since John is headed to North Carolina for work, but it's still pretty special :)

AND only 6 days until the half marathon! I ran 5 miles today and was super sore after, but I blame it completely on the cold. Man that cold air hurts my joints! Thankfully, they are calling for 67 degrees next Saturday :)

On another note, we got a new stove! My landlord rocks. We emailed her to let her know that 2, yes 2, of the stove burners were not working (SO not conducive to my cooking addiction!) and her response: "Ok, guess we will get you a new one!" Score!

Anywho, enough for tonight... first Transitions test tomorrow and I have a LOT of studying to do. Good thing it's nice and quiet ;) After this, only 2 tests, 1 final, and NCLEX left for nursing school! 5 weeks left of nursing school!!!!!!!!!!!!

Life is such a count down these days... lots to look forward to!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I deserved an adult beverage after today.

What a day. So that I may abide by my patient privacy responsibilities as a health care provider, I will spare the details, but I absolutely had an "ah-ha" moment today, remembering why I wanted to become a nurse in the first place. The fact that I have had so many blessings to put me where I am today, that I have my health, my family (whom I love with all my heart), a roof to sleep under, food on the table, and a grand future ahead of me is why I was put on this planet to help those in this world who were not bestowed these blessings. Can I figure out why bad things happen to good people? No, but I want to help them and hopefully make a difference in their life just by being their care provider while they are at their worst, as a patient in the hospital.

Anyways, a sweet old patient told me I looked just like Ashley Judd :) Definitely never heard that one before! I got on the Wii Fit yesterday to see what my progress was, and as Nov 2nd, I have lost 18 lbs total since January :) Possibly gained all that back tonight from the Chipotle I had for dinner (comfort food!), but I am going to run tomorrow :)

I'm about to go cross-eyed from my 12.5 hour shift and I have early clinical on the ole pediatrics unit tomorrow... bedtime for this brain-dead gal! xo

Monday, November 1, 2010

I have the cutest puppy ever

My adorable sleeping Beau... He is a Catahoula Lepoard dog, about 7 months old now. Sadly, I discovered today that he has officially lost all his baby teeth :( They grow up too quick!

oh hai November!

BURR! The temperature only went up to the mid 50s today, a perfect start to November I suppose! Just makes it super difficult to pull myself out of my nice cozy bed...

I tried to start the day with a bang, sick of hearing my poor Lilo scratching, so I popped both the dogs in the bathtub (at 6am) and tried my best to relieve her of itchy skin and just clean Beau up (because I've discovered that boy dogs are just so darn DIRTY all the time!). After feeling so productive so early in the day, I made a Pumpkin Pie Monster, one of my many favorite treats from Angela at Oh She Glows, a perfect breakfast on the way to class & work!

Pumpkin Pie Monster

1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp blackstrap molasses
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
2 large ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth!

I have added a banana occasionally when I am super hungry, which thickens it up nicely and fills me up more and longer! A girl from one of the units I work on frequently at work called me at work the other day to say "I just thought I'd thank you for telling me about Pumpkin Pie Monsters... They ROCK!". Nuff said :)

The rest of today was moderately productive after class... went for a 2 mile walk with the pups, cut the grass (hopefully the last time this year), weeded the front flower beds (hopefully without getting poison ivy like last time), studied a bit, and cooked dinner (Baked Chicken Parmesan) and some Buttery Apple Streusel Oat Squares... maybe a good desert with a scoop of pumpkin ice cream tonight?! The whole house currently smells like baked apples... YUM! John called me Betty Crocker... I asked if she was also a runner, then I would take the nickname ;)

Running in the COLD tomorrow morning... better get my fleece, gloves, beanie, and long pants out! Only 12 days until the half marathon!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Outer Banks weekend :)

So, my parents, fiance, and I went to the Outer Banks for the weekend to do some wedding planning and got SO MUCH done! Such a relief to get stress off my shoulders. Here is what was done:

Toured the house where the ceremony & reception will be held
Booked the catering with Good Life Gourmet (LOVE!)
Booked flower/decor with Embelishers (LOVE!)
Found a cake maker and designed our cake with Great Cakes (LOVE LOVE!)
Bought dad's outfit for the ceremony

We still have to get a photographer & DJ, but got lots of good recommendations while down there, I just need a little break to take in everything. It's amazing how STRESSFUL wedding planning is! Especially when you are doing it from a distance...

Anywho! I can't get enough of cooking these days! I made apricot & lemon chicken with orzo tonight. I was absolutely starved, probably due to dad & I running 10 miles this morning :) Less than 2 weeks until the half marathon! YIKES!

Apricot & Lemon Chicken

2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 chicken breasts
cooking spray
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup apricot preserves

Mix curry, salt, and black pepper in small bowl. Rub all over chicken. Spray medium pan with spray and heat to medium-high. Cook chicken 6 minutes each side. Remove chicken from heat. Mix water, lemon juice, and apricot preserves for 2 minutes over medium heat in pan, scraping off bottom of pan yummy scrapings. Pour over chicken & serve!

YUM! Easy, quick, yummy :)

Off to catch up on some reading and listen for more trick-or-treaters knocking!
Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Please live healthy!

So after two straight days of working, I have been absolutely burnt out by caring for people who never took care of themselves and their bodies are in shambles due to poor lifestyle. These are also the people that treat hospital stays like a hotel room at the Embassy Suites. Constantly on the call bell, asking for the 10th pair of disposable underwear, asking for that other type of juice because the juice that they chose this morning on their menu just won't due now, even going to the point of asking me (who also has 21 other patients) to go to the cafeteria to buy them chicken nuggets. Really?! I mean really?! There is a patient two doors down that actually NEEDS my help and feels bad even asking for me to hand them a urinal out of their reach when they can't walk. ANYWHO! Over it, moving on!

I applied to my first real nursing job today! Pediatric ED... could definitely be exciting! I am at a crossroads on what I want to do with myself. I am definitely not a general floor kinda girl, I would be bored out of my brain. I have absolutely LOVED my cardiac rotations (post-LVAD, post-CABG surgical patients) and also had a blast in pediatrics. My clinical for my management class is on a pediatric unit, so maybe that will help me make a decision one way or another! Cardiac vs. Pediatrics, both very fun and exciting and the awesome thing about my career decision is that at some point of my life, I know that I will be able to do both :)

Off to bed early without much more fun to say (due to a burnt out brain). Early workout with Caroline in the AM so she can whoop my but into shape! I am pretty sure that I won't be able to walk by tomorrow night or laugh because we are doing lots of abs... I'll be sure to share her insane workout with everyone :)

Also, I'm having my brother & his girlfriend over for dinner tomorrow... what to cook?! Cooking Light will be my bedtime reading material...

Monday, October 25, 2010

dinner menu

BBQ chicken, orzo with earth balance & 2 tbsp parmesan cheese, homemade white bread :)

Desert, John went to coldstone and surprised me with pumpkin ice cream with walnuts & graham crackers. Holy yum. Have I mentioned I'm obsessed with pumpkin EVERYTHING?! Healthy, no, delicious, yes. Did I mention that I ran 3 miles today? This is why the bowl is empty ;)

New ventures, new blog!

Like I needed something else to take up my time, because my last class of nursing school, training for my first half marathon in less than 3 weeks, planning my wedding, cooking up fabulous treats in the kitchen, my 4 (yes 4) pets, spending QT with my fiance, and keeping up with family & friends doesn't take up ENOUGH of my life as it is! I just have the need to write!

Anyways! I was so proud, I made my first loafs of bread last night! After finding this amazing stew recipes on one of my favorite blogs ( for Blanket Stew, I had to learn to make bread to go with it! I made a white loaf to start...
White Bread

1/2 cup milk
3 tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
3 tbsp butter
1.5 cups water (105 degrees F)
2 packages yeast
5 cups bread flour (divided)

Combine milk, sugar, salt, & butter in small pan and warm on stove till dissolved. In a bowl, mix water & yeast, making sure to not go above 105 degrees F so you don't kill the yeast. In stand mixer with dough hook, mix 4 1/2 cups bread flour with wet ingredients on 2nd setting for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup of bread flour to mixture until you see the bowl clean and the dough is climbing the hook. Knead for 2 more minutes on hook at speed 2. Put dough in oiled bowl and cover with damp towel and let rise 1 hour (or until doubled). I put mine in the oven (with the oven turned off) so that a draft wouldn't hit it. After 1 hour/doubled, punch down the dough and split into two pieces. Roll out each into rectangle and roll up each tightly, folding over edges, then pinching all seams and placing each in their own loaf (makes 2 loafs, so need 2 loaf pans!). Place back in OFF oven with damp towel over the loaf pans and let rise for 1 hour. Remove loafs after 1 hour and pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F and bake 30 minutes. Best when eaten warm! Bread can be frozen for up to 3 months! I double bag everything if I freeze food just to make sure it doesn't get damaged from freezer burn.

Forgot to mention that we had just driven back from Charlotte, NC after being there all weekend for my cousin's wedding. My cousin Katy posted this on my FB :

Please don't tell me you baked both loaves tonight?! You were home like what, 3 hours and then had bread make? You're unstoppable

Yes, I'm a little cooking crazy right now, just wait and see what else I come up with :)

Ok, enough for tonight, must get a little shut-eye so I stay awake for class then work until 11 tomorrow!

PS, can't wait for this weekend in OBX for some wedding planning, catering & flower appointments, and seeing the house where the wedding & reception will be! 194 days until I'm a married woman!