Happy 2017!

I’m currently spending the first day of the year in yoga pants on the couch, sipping tea and having a Netflix marathon. It may not be a big jump start to the year, but after spending the last 6 months of the year being non-stop ‘go-go-go’, this veg day is exactly what the doctor ordered. 2017 is going to be just as busy as 2016, so I’m going to take advantage of lazy days when I can!

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So Long, 2016

I think that it’s safe to say that 2016 has been one hell of a wild ride. On a personal level, though, it’s been an amazing year and I wanted to share some of my highlights:

  1. The Firefighter and I got married and I officially became a part of a new family.
  2. The Firefighter and I went on an epic European honeymoon, a fantastic adventure with memories that will last us a lifetime.
  3. I jetted to New York to help one of my best friends find her wedding dress.
  4. I got to spend a shopping-food-and-wine filled weekend in Chicago with two of my favorite people – and as a bonus, spend time with my brother and his beautiful girlfriend.
  5. I got to celebrate both Thanksgiving and Christmas with family and loved ones, something we don’t always get to do since we live so far apart.
  6. I successfully managed to drink around the world on my fourth attempt trying and celebrate the bachelorette party of a beautiful bride-to-be.
  7. The Cubs won the World Series.

2016 was great to me. I can’t wait to see what opportunities 2017 has in store.


Quick & Easy Early Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

As is somewhat typical when you are married to someone who has a non-traditional schedule, the Firefighter and I are spending the holiday apart. His schedule does take some getting used to, but we’ve gotten pretty good at celebrating our holidays when we can – so we spent this past Sunday celebrating Thanksgiving together.

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Easter ‘Salad’

Happy Easter to All!

I woke up this morning to a snowy KC. I can honestly say I do not remember the last time I woke up to snow on Easter morning. It’s pretty and all, but I’m really starting to feel like KC did not get the memo that it is officially spring.

Once again the Firefighter and I are off to a holiday feast and were asked to bring a favorite dish. Even though we made cheese grits for Thanksgiving, I made a half-batch for Easter for the Firefighter to enjoy.

For my favorite dish, I whipped together a batch of one of my favorite ‘salads’. I use the term ‘salad’ loosely, since this dish is more along the lines of jello-salad as opposed to one with lettuce. But if it’s called a ‘salad’, it’s still good for you, right?

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Pre-Valentine’s Day Celebrations

The Firefighter and I are not very big on Valentine’s Day. We never really go over the top gift-wise and generally opt to do something at home for dinner versus going out to a restaurant with a prix fix menu. Though truthfully we’ve never really had the option to celebrate that way – this year is the first time in our dating history that we are even in the same state on Valentine’s Day. Hooray for small victories!

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Spring, Please Be Sprung

Never in my life have I really cared that February 2 is Groundhog Day.

Until now.

I would like to send positive vibes and happy, warm thoughts to the little creature in hopes that he/she does not see his/her shadow. Because I would really like to be able to feel my fingers and toes again on a regular basis.

Groundhog Day