Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Outfit of the Day!

Since I know you were all losing sleep over it, you can now rest easy. I have my keys back! Yesterday morning I went in to my boss's office and told her my keys were lost and I needed to replace them. Then I called my pastor and told him I lost my church key. On my lunch hour, just for kicks, I called the office at my apartment. Even though J and I both checked there on Friday. The conversation went like this:

Me: I'm missing a set of keys. Has anyone turned any in?
Apartment Lady: When did you lose them?
Me: They've been missing a couple of days.
A L: Ummm.....I don't know if we have any keys.
Lady in the Background: What about these?
Me: They have a pink and yellow beaded key chain...
A L: Oh. Yep. They're here. 

Needless to say after that delightful conversation with this charming woman my day was made! There was much rejoicing over the lost keys. Now on to more important things. Today is one of those days we dream about; a perk of being a teacher...PAJAMA DAY! I might be more excited about this than my students.
 This lovely top was given to me for participating in a 5k at my college (Note: participating = walking). These cozy pants...I don't remember where they came from. The leggings underneath are from WalMart (Yes, leggings underneath. I'm freezing). On my feet I'm rocking blue fuzzy socks and once I get to school I will be donning slippers.

Thanks to the time I saved picking out an outfit and putting on makeup (except for concealer and mascara) I had some extra time to write this post! I have a feeling it's going to be a beautiful day. I hope you all have as cozy of a day as I am!

xo Steph

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Recipe and a Rant

Two recipes in a row? You lucky ducks, you. 
I hate cooking meat. I love eating it, but if it were always up to me to cook I would probably be a vegetarian. I don't like to touch it and I usually end up overcooking it for fear of not cooking it right.

What you'll need:
3 small venison round steaks, chopped
1 bag of frozen broccoli (I recommend a bag of florets, unless you like the yucky stem parts)
Stir fry sauce (I used Kikkoman Stir Fry sauce. About 2 tbsp)
Garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste
Soy sauce

Brown the meat in the stir fry sauce for a minute or two before tossing in the broccoli. Sprinkle in some garlic powder, salt and pepper. Let cook until broccoli is tender, then splash with soy sauce!

Now for the rant. My keys are missing. I keep my school/church keys on a separate chain because my car/house keys are so clunky. I keep my school keys in my pocket but sometime on Thursday they went missing. I have looked everywhere to no avail. I don't know how much it will cost me to replace them and I've exhausted every possibility of where they might be. I've looked in all of the logical (and some illogical) places and am ready to give up and admit they're gone. Have you ever lost your keys? Where did you end up finding them?

xo Steph

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater

I was all about helping with this kitchen adventure. Sticking my hands in and pulling out the guts was my favorite part of carving pumpkins when I was little! I baked this baby for an hour and a half at 250 and the skin came right off. Then I popped it in the food processor and strained it. Ready for pie!

The recipe I followed came from here but I made a few adjustments. I substituted 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice instead of using cardamon, and used extra cinnamon & nutmeg instead of ginger.
The pumpkin we had made enough for two pies, but we froze the rest for another time (probably Thanksgiving...pumpkin pie is a favorite in my family!)
I busted out the good china for this treat. The extra steps were totally worth the finished product; the flavors were really fresh and the color was so much more intense! I'm on the hunt for other uses for our pumpkin! 

Any ideas??
xo Steph

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Closet Project & Things

First off, thank you all for your kind words on my last really means a lot to me!! It also helped having my family here this weekend.

This obviously isn't from the weekend, but it's the most recent pic I have of J and I with my parents. (#shamelessweddingplug) The weekend went by way too fast. We had dinner with J's family Friday night, Saturday we showed them around town and hung out at our place. Sunday they were gone by 2. We're not going to talk about the fact that I bawled that night after they were gone.

Alright, look. I've been talking about going through my closet for quite some time now. In a mad rush to clean before my parents arrived, J and I put away three, yes three, loads of clean laundry that have been sitting in baskets for at least a week. Here's what I came up with.
I first want to say that I hate these hanger racks, even though I am thankful for the shelving they provide on top. Anyway I saw this on pinterest; turn all of the hangers to face the wrong way. As you wear things, put them back the right way. After a length of time it will show what things you wear and what things you've left behind. Genius! The challenge is going to be hanging my things up in a timely manner. It may take a while to get through this experiment.

In other exciting news; Pretty Little Liars Halloween special. ABC Family, how do you expect me to wait until January to pick up where you left off? Anyone else like this show? I like it better when it's not dark out and I'm not home by myself.

That's all for now. Keep your little eyes peeled for a pumpkin recipe that we tackled this weekend. ;)
xo Steph

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Only The Good...

I have a hard time talking about super personal stuff here and I know it's been a few days since I've been around the blogosphere, but I have a heavy heart and need to get some things off my chest.

Wednesday morning I woke up to the news that the son of a close family friend and neighbor was killed in a car accident.

Losing someone you care about is awful. Losing someone your own age is awful. Being so far away and unable to be there for his family is heart breaking. 

God bless you, David. May angels lead you in.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Manic Monday


For real. 

Did you have a great Monday? Mine was actually quite pleasant. I fell asleep after thinking I had hit "snooze" on my alarm but in reality I had shut it off. After a minor panic I got ready in what was possibly record time. 

I spent a *long* time in my classroom this weekend re-organizing and rearranging. It was really nice for the kids to have a fresh environment for a change. Finally, it almost feels like my own room. 

Now I'm off to church to play organ for a while, and counting down the days (four) until my parents come! 
Happy Monday!

xo Steph

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday Social; Book Style

Linking up again for Sunday Social. All about books this week!
Sunday Social
1. Favorite childhood book: I really liked the Nancy Drew books. My grandma would read them too me until I was able to read them myself. Even then we read them together quite a bit.
2. Favorite book lately: Well, my favorite book has been The Outsiders since middle school. But something I've been reading lately that I really like is the Percy Jackson series.
3. Book you wish you could live in: I'm sure this is not going to be a very unique answer, but I have to say Harry Potter. Getting that letter in the mail on your eleventh birthday, going to school in a castle, using a wand, apparating? Sign me up.
4. If you could be any character from a book who would it be and why? Claire Randall (Fraser) from the Outlander series. This chick gets tossed back to 18th century Scotland where she meets and marries a rugged, red-headed Scottish lad and tries to change the course of history. I love these books.
5. Favorite book that was turned into a movie? This is a tough one. I really liked the first Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie. I loved all of the books, but I thought the second movie super sucked.
6. Favorite magazines? I don't read many magazines. Except for Cosmo occasionally and tabloids in line at the grocery store. I'm partial to People and US Weekly. :)

 I think a blanket and a book will be the perfect companions this cold, rainy Sunday. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!
xo Steph

Friday, October 12, 2012

Why Friday Wins

I had big plans for the night. Big plans. I did some cleaning and rearranging in my classroom. The plan then was to do some shopping for the room, then come home and tackle our apartment.
 The reality?
 Couch. I wish this was my couch. Ours came shrink wrapped from the top shelf of a garage and looks to have been there since the early 90's.
Sweatpants. Again, mine don't look this great. The bottoms are frayed from late night strolls across campus and have more holes than a slice of Swiss cheese.
 Frozen pizza. Mine looks this good.

These, my friends, make up the hot mess fairy tale that is my Friday night. Tonight is probably the last football game for J's school. Meaning the last Friday night I have to myself for a while. I would be crazy not to have wasted taken advantage of it, right? I thought so. Happy weekend.

xo Steph

Thursday, October 11, 2012

It's OK Thursday

Linking up again for It's Ok Thursday!
Its Ok Thursdays

It's ok...

to be ridiculously excited that my parents are coming to visit soon.

to find out that I don't have to play organ at church this weekend, even though I've been practicing all week. 

to get a little emotional about the Boy Meets World episode that was on while I was getting ready for work. 

that my big plan for Friday night is to reorganize my closet. 

to be really sick of work meetings; especially ones at 7:15 Saturday morning.

to be excited that I can now wear my puffy hat outside...

but at the same time so not ready for below freezing temperatures.

to be thrilled that my best friend is getting married!!!

Happy Thursday, everyone! Next up? The closet project.
xo Steph

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sour Milk

First, I want to share this tidbit with you. I was scrolling through my blog reading list and came upon a post that was very personal and serious. Then I read a comment that went something like this; "Your blog is great. I'm a follower now. I would really appreciate it if you would return the love. Keep up the good work". 

Seriously? Is your tact so nonexistent that you would fish for followers while someone is talking about the loss of a relative? It took all I had not to go over to her blog and say something.

So instead I went into the kitchen for a drink of milk. I pulled out the carton and brought it up to my mouth--yes, I'm that girl; stop judging--and it. was. rancid. I smelled it before I saw it; yellow, chunky, curdles that would make your stomach jump out your throat.I considered taking a picture to document the process, but I was too busy gagging couldn't put you through that.

 I remember when I lived with my parents we went through a gallon of milk every two days. The man at the store used to tease my mom that it would be cheaper for us to buy a cow. J and I hardly ever drink it.

What did I learn from this story? If your comments are only to boost your own following, shut up. And from now on, this girl will be drinking milk out of a glass; hold the chunks.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sunday Social: No Questions

Sunday Social

This week's Sunday Social doesn't have questions, but is all about fall. This weekend J and I visited an apple orchard/pumpkin doesn't get much more fall-like than that. 

Look at this beautiful day! One of my favorite things about fall are the leaves. There are so many trees in our area that are exploding with color right now. It was a beautiful drive/walk up to the pumpkins.
 Here's J perusing the pumpkin selection. What a stud. We didn't end up buying a big pumpkin.
We got this little guy instead. There was a sign on these wee little punkins saying they were perfect for homemade pie filling; challenge accepted.
 There were no pick-your-own-apples due to a poor crop. Thankfully there were enough for them to make some apple pies with homemade cinnamon ice cream.
It was an ideal autumn outing (plus, I got to wear a scarf and boots). Our pumpkin is roasting and J is mixing up a seasoning for the seeds. Yum! I'm off to begin a project in my closet. Yikes. I hope you enjoyed your weekend!

xo Steph

Thursday, October 4, 2012

It's OK 

 My usual route to work is being torn up. The detour I take is down to one lane due to construction. If all of the road signs looked like this, road work would be a lot less annoying. This made me smile. Plus, I just watched Lion King on tv a few nights ago. And you know what? That's Ok. 

You know what else is ok?? 

...that my boss came in with a schedule change telling me to come in late and leave early tomorrow.
...enjoying the fabulous fall foliage I get to see on my way to work.
...copying and prepping all of my crafts for next week ahead of time. be kind of excited weirded out that J and I were asked to chaperone the homecoming dance this weekend. be pissed that I have to send my wedding ring in again

I hope everything's going ok with you today! Happy almost-Friday!!
xo Steph

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fall Into Fall Swap: REVEAL!

I'm so excited about this post! I had the adorable Jenna from Step By Step as my partner. Go stop by her blog where she writes about life as a military wife and mom of four adorable kiddos!! 

This is the package I received from her:
Not pictured are a pack of Pepperidge Farm pumpkin spice cookies. Once open they didn't last long...
and an EOS lip gloss in Honeysuckle Honeydew (which is in my purse)!

As you can see, I put the ice cube tray to use immediately. It's much easier to get cubes out of than regular ice cube trays...and the skull and crossbones are pretty fun. :)  Three great nail polishes that I can't wait to try, a coffee cup, that great little polka dotty bag, journal, pumpkin picture holder and lotion that smells just like cupcakes!

I had so much fun doing this swap. Thanks again, Jenna!

xo Steph