Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Madly in Love

I mentioned before that we were sent the new Keurig 2.0 from Influenster for review purposes.  It's pretty cool and you can read my review here (posted September 10th.)

Because the individual cups are perceived to be really expensive (and in my opinion, totally wastful in the amount of packaging involved) Engineer set out to see just how much a cup of coffee costs in a Keurig vs. a traditional coffee pot.

He brought out the kitchen scale to weigh how much coffee we use per cup per pot.
And by using the average price of decent coffee, he determined how much we spend daily per pot and per cup and compared that to the cost of K-Cups.

I'm just along for the ride folks.  Because quite frankly, regardless of what his research uncovered, both a traditional percolator and a single cup maker:
a.  is less expensive than going out for coffee
b.  doesn't require me to change out of my pajamas to get java in my belly and most importantly
c.  I still get to drink coffee.

1-4-3 EM and appreciate how thorough you are in your nerdiness!

Monday, September 15, 2014


I'm going to title this week "Make an Effort Week."

Engineer's parents came over to celebrate his birthday on Sunday.   We went out for steak then came home to watch "The Lego Movie."  Yes, Engineer turned 36 not 6 yet we still watched a movie about talking building blocks.

I went to the first Moms in Prayer group of the year at Diva's school.  I thought it would be a great way to meet other moms as well as have a presence at school.  I like having a relationship with the faculty and staff of Diva's school.

That same day, I went to the first PTA meeting of the year.  It was neat to compare and contrast it to the PTA at Diva's former school.

Our sweet neighbor and I had lunch on Thursday.  She is a young mom with a three year old whose husband, like so many around this area, works in the oilfield.  She is a fellow Texan and a sweet lady.  It was lovely to get to know her a little better.

Diva is really enjoying her new school but I've got to tell you that the amount of homework the kid is coming home with is staggering!  Is this normal for Jr. High kids these days?  I do not remember having the quantity of homework that she does.  Maybe I did and just didn't do it?...that's not entirely out of the realm of possibility...shhh!  Don't tell Diva that though.

Engineer attended his second Home Brewers Association meeting.  Yes, it is as dorky as it sounds, but he seems to like it.  And his membership is official...he has the shirt to prove it.

Diva's school made its cross country debut at a meet on Saturday.  The P.E. teacher, the parents, and most certainly the kids did not know what to expect.  What was a wonderful surprise was the weather.  It was chilly, no, it was down-right cold.  I was in sweats and wished I had a jacket.  Not so fun for spectators but AWESOME weather for the runners.  Our kiddos did great for their first time and by no means came last.  Engineer and I were very proud of Diva who had never participated in a competitive sport.

Also Saturday, we went to PetSmart to get Truffles' nails clipped and ended up adding a new member to our clan.

This is Winnie.  Named as an homage to one of Diva's favorite books "Because of Winn-Dixie."
She was one of the rescue dogs available and was so very timid in the store but her eyes were irresistible.

After five minutes of sniffing and gingerly strolling around the backyard she began playing with Caspar.

She seems to be content with her new family.


Here's what we will be eating this week:

Sunday - Lemony Baked Fish, Garlicky Fried Potatoes, and Salad
Monday - Red Wine Braised Venison Loin w/Mushrooms, Baked Potatoes, and Salad
Tuesday - Rustic Italian Chicken, Pasta, & Salad
Wednesday - Fiesta Taco Salad, Mexican Rice, & Salad
Thursday - Feta Topped Chicken, Greek Salad, & Kickin' Spinach Cheese Bites
Friday - Dinner w/Family
Saturday - Leftovers

This is part of MPM.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chocolate Waffles

Yes, they are as good as they sound.

Adding chocolate to waffles certainly does make them more decadent.
And who doesn't need a little more decadence in their life?

These waffles are not overly sweet and you can freeze them.
If you are like me and feel like once the waffle iron is out it had better be put to good use, then making big batches of all things waffle and freezing them is important.

We drizzled crabapple syrup over the top of ours and served them with strawberry omelets.
You could add cinnamon whipped cream or strawberries or chocolate gravy or bananas and whipped peanut butter or nuts and caramel sauce to yours.
Whatever tickles your fancy.

Chocolate Waffles

2 sticks Butter, melted, or at least really, really soft
4 Eggs, beaten
1 1/2c. Sugar
1/2 c. Cocoa Powder (I always add a smidge more)
2 c. Flour
1 tsp. Vanilla or Almond Extract
1/2 c. Buttermilk
1 tsp. Baking Powder

Pre-heat waffle iron that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
Throw everything together in a mixing bowl.
Stir until all ingredients are incorporated.
Let stand for about 5 minutes.
Drop batter onto hot waffle iron.
Cook according to your machine's instructions (usually about a minute or so.)

This is part of FPT.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Madly in Love

This weekend we celebrated Engineer's birthday.

We have now known each other half of his life.

The man intrigues me.  Here is this geeky and undeniably intelligent Engineer who plays a mean trombone and bass guitar and laughs every single time he sees "The Emperor's New Groove".

Anyone who will take a business meeting with the CEO of a multi-billion dollar company one day and talk about his excitement regarding the upcoming home brewing association meeting the next can't help but put a smile on my face.

He is my perfect compliment - the ham to my cheese.  He has a way of boosting or quelling a situation with incredible discernment.

I cannot begin to express how proud of him I am...
...or how fortunate I feel to be his wife...
...or how precious our friendship is...
...or how deeply he is adored...
...or how much I love him.

It is impossible.
There are no words big or deep or true enough.

It is hard for me to remember life before we met.  How blessed I am that going forward, there will only be life having known him.

I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine. - Song of Solomon 6:3

Happy birthday my beloved!
1-4-3 EM!

Monday, September 8, 2014


Another church another denomination.  This one had the warmest welcome that we had received and was a very traditional service.  After singing several responses, Diva leaned over and whispered, "This is like an opera!"

We had some friends over while Engineer brewed beer and I finished up using all of those pears.  We broke in the new dining room when they stayed for dinner (yea!) and a movie.

Can I just say that the three day weekend followed by the four day work week is heavenly.  Heavenly, I tell you.

My brother was in town on business and came over for a visit.  It's always nice to catch up with him.

I attempted to groom our little poodle-y/bichon-y/maltese-y rescue puppy in an effort to save a little money and give the poor pup a little relief.  He just pants and pants throughout our walks.  Truly, he had a several inch thick fro and I thought I was doing him a favor...until I cut his hair.

The best way to describe his post-clipping hairdo, would be that all-over coiffure that a well-loved stuffed animal has after being thrown in the washing machine a time or two.  When Diva saw him, she exclaimed, "WHAT DID YOU DO?!!!!!"  It wasn't an overreaction.  He looked hideous.

This is a dog that has to really try not to be cute.  Engineer didn't think it was possible for him not to be cute.  He now knows differently.

Thank goodness for a sweet soul at Petsmart.  Holly the groomer had an opening and when I brought him in for his appointment, you could see the slight horror/amusement on her face.  I explained the situation and just asked her to fix him.  To do whatever she could to make him look more like a dog and less like a nappy rat.

She did a brilliant job.  Holly may now be my hero.

Diva went with her friend to the annual Centenary College book sale which according to her was "epic."

We were sent the new Keurig 2.0 coffee maker from Influenster to try out and review.  It arrived Friday night and we spent the weekend playing with the machine.  It is pretty cool.  Not the perfect solution for our everyday coffee making needs but wonderful for our upstairs guest room and media room needs.  Plus, it makes a really good cuppa.

We finished off the week with my parents, sister-in-law and niece coming over to kick-off Engineer's birthday weekend.

This week we all are going in different directions so I'm going to try and cook what I can ahead of time so we only need to reheat...wish me luck:

Sunday - Dinner w/Family
Monday - Goose Confit, Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans
Tuesday - Spanish Delight and Salad
Wednesday - Lasagna, Garlic Bread, and Salad
Thursday - Chicken & Broccoli Casserole & Salad
Friday - Date Night
Saturday - Leftovers

This is part of MPM.
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