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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

hearts and minds

i'm what you call an over-planner. from lists to dinner menus, i over plan every single thing i do. maybe it's a little bit of my ocd, maybe i just like to know what's going on around me at all times... i'm not sure! truth be told, i don't see how my husband deals with it. 

speaking of dinner menus... do you plan out your meals? i do! 

since i don't overly stock my pantry and fridge, {except for when things are at such an amazing price, i can't say no. that's when my freezer comes along!} i plan my meals for the next week {sometimes two weeks, depending on what's going on in my house}, including groceries. 

below is a copy of my calendar for this week: 

tuesday: chili
wednesday: roasted lemon chicken with hashbrown casseroles & veggies
thursday: grilled cheese {w/bacon & tomatoes} with sweet potato fries; triple chocolate cheesecake
friday: shrimp & salmon with linguine, asparagus & broccoli
saturday: slow cooker lasagna
sunday: cilantro lime chicken with corn & couscous

once summer comes i'll be able to can some vegetables {green beans!}, and the rest {corn, peppers, herbs, onion, garlic, potatoes, etc} i'll freeze. my potatoes i'll put in a cool, dark spot. i'll be on a roll! 

also, i like to always keep one week of meals in the freezer just in case something happens. you never know when you might forget something at the store, have a few extra dinner guests, or, like me, completely ruin a meal and need a back up. :)

my husband loves the fact that i tell him ahead of time as what's going on for dinner - and as a plus, i don't have to tell him 35 times what dinner is for that night! 

eat. drink. be merry!
kelly


Sunday, February 10, 2013

kona girl lovin'


as i lay here snuggled up next to my beautiful kona girl, i can't help but want to share her story with you all.

january 26, 2012. 
my husband was at work, and i was home with our weimaraner austin, cleaning, painting, unpacking. i received a phone call from the hubs, begging me to go onto one of our favorite wheeling websites, nc4x4.com.

i could hear the excitement in his voice. "there's a chocolate lab! free! someone's giving her away!" all i could do was roll my eyes. seriously? i was happy with austin. he was a human in dog form, and how was he (or i) going to deal with a new puppy? 
 

after all of my "we don't need a dog!" pleas were unheard, i decided to just please him (the secret of all marriages) and check this dog out.

  i fell in love with her from the few photos i saw, and told my husband i couldn't say no. my heart was already in it.

january 29, 2012.
 
 
we drove 1.5 hours away with austin in tow, preparing to meet this 9 month old chocolate lab named kona. i cannot explain to you the joy that filled my heart that day. she played with austin, gave us kisses, and hopped in the backseat, ready to go home. her new home.


the ride home austin was so distraught that we were taking her home, he stretched out onto the entire backseat and only gave her a few inches, which were more than enough for her.

she was perfect! she taught austin how to actually play, and completed our little family. kona is my girl, and i wouldn't have it any other way.


she watches me when i do my hair, and gets mad when i don't put anything in her fur to fix hers. she sits right next to me when doing my nails and paws at me to do hers. she can't go anywhere without a bow on. you can't take her near a body of water {including the bath tub}, as she'll swim until she can't swim anymore {even if its just iced and is 22*}.
 

she's spoiled rotten and she knows it.


so, go on, hug your pet a little tighter. they love you more than they love themselves.
kelly