Friday, December 17, 2010

Getting Creative

Hello all!

Can you all believe that it's about a week until Christmas??  Whaaaaaaaat?!?  I can hardly believe it.  Today everyone from the Battalion (and Brigade) signed out for leave.  

We are going to be out of town this year, heading to California.  This is both good and bad, good because we won't have to stress out about some things but bad because it creates a whole set of new things stress about!  This weekend I am focusing on wrapping gifts, cleaning the house, and making my Christmas gifts (more to come on this).  Today I was *supposed* to focus on the cleaning portion...But tend to get distracted by the creative portion.

I am grateful that I'm pretty much done with my shopping...I will say, there are a few more things that need to be done...But other than that I think I'm good.  And of all things, I am happy to say that I am done shopping for my family (we're having our makeshift Christmas on Sunday) and Jesse are taken care of.  So whatever else needs to be done will be done during the work week...Even though I believe so many people are going to have the week off!

So touching on my creative projects, I was searching for things that I could easily make that wouldn't cost a fortune.  If you bake or scrapbook, these things are simple...And you would have a lot of this around the house!

So this all got started on the internet of course....By someone that calls themself Bakerella.  Have you heard?  This is a project she made which is SO CUTE!

If you are interested in making the Cowgirl Cookies and more photos you can see them here.

So of course someone decided that they would make a Christmas edition...I know, not that hard.  But here is their idea:

View the blog and more photos here.

Both blogs do have templates for the labels.  You can print them up on card stock and use double sided tape to adhere them to the jar.  Super cute!  This is just one of the gifts I'm making....I will post photos of my gifts when I'm finished!

If you are interested in more gifts in a jar visit tip junkie who has tons of ideas, not just these cookies.

Best of luck to you all with your shopping & gifts!

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Crystal Mountain

Yesterday Jesse and I got up bright & early to go to Crystal Mountain (a local ski/snowboard resort) located near Mount Rainer.  If you're not sure what Mount Rainier is, I can give you a refresher:

No matter what I do, I can never get enough of that Mountain!  It is truly a beautiful backdrop in Washington.  Anyway, I spent time learning to ski (for the 2nd time) with another wife of a soldier in our battalion.  We actually didn't do too shabby!

The boys seemed to have lots of other stories (there were about eight other people there also) that were much more interesting.  I did take some photos, but have to wait to show them off since they aren't digital.  What did we do before digital photos??

Anyway, last night we went to bed early, and it's only 4 pm here and I feel like I need a nap.  Jesse is fishing right now...A fun-filled, action packed, early morning weekend he is having.  I don't think he'd have it any other way.

On a different subject, I am thinking of creating a new blog.  Not one to replace this one, but one to do in addition to this one.  Look out for that one!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Well Hello There

So I got a little talking to by the hubs, when he *finally* visited the blog (love you Jess ;).  I know I haven't been the best blogger...  And haven't posted anything blogger-like lately...  Well, ok in a while.  Sorry about that.

I had a relaxing afternoon -- this morning I took the dog out for a walk (great since I haven't done that in a week because I've been sick...and we had snow for a while.  Which in Washington turns in to a BIG deal very quickly...  Stupid, I know...), packed up some fall decorations (now that I think of it I need another fall box to package up the rest of my fall pumpkins), and caught up on a few CSI: NY and NCIS episodes (anyone see the last two??  LOVE NCIS!) while enjoying two cups of coffee.

I got some inspiration while drinking coffee to make biscotti.  Anyone have any favorites?  Here are some interesting ones I found:

Best Biscotti Ever by Quite Curious

Brownie Biscotti from All Recipes

Double Chocolate Biscotti by All Recipes

Anyway, I will let you know how my adventure goes...If it's a hit or a flop!  I'm thinking about doing a chocolate, and if it's good...  Maybe Christmas gifts??  We will see I guess.

Have a great week!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Military Spouse Round-Up

Hope everyone had an

I will go into detail about my Thanksgiving week later, but until I do...
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saturday Around the World

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Fill In the Blank Friday

{Courtesy of Little Moments}

1. My Thanksgiving plans this year will include Jesse, my parents, bro, Jesse's mom, two dogs, turkey, stuffing, cranberries, broccolini, pumpkin cheesecake, apple pie, and whatever else I can't think of.

2. My favorite Thanksgiving was probably the Thanksgiving after I met my husband.  We didn't spend it together, but still talked that day.  We had a great time and it was super laid back.

3. My signature Thanksgiving dish is.. I usually like this 'Watergate Salad,' but this year we're not doing it.  I can't live without turkey or ham, mashed potatoes...And dessert :)

4. My favorite Thanksgiving food is See above :)

5. Thanksgiving free association! Turkey.

6. Thanksgiving is a nice, relaxed day filled with food & family.

7. I am thankful for  My husband being home this Thanksgiving.  Also my family, pets, and all of my amazing friends that have gotten me through the past couple of years.

I hope you all have a great holiday!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wine Wednesday

In celebration of last week's
Wine Tasting Day
that Jesse & I did, I felt like Wine Wednesday this week should be good.
And, with the holidays coming up, this is what I am going to purchase for Thanksgiving this year:
Domaine Ste Michelle
Brut Sparkling Wine

If you are curious what a sparkling wine is,
it is like a champagne but without the grapes from France.
You cannot have a champagne from the US unless its grape certified to be sold as a champagne.
I've heard there is one place in the US that is able to do this, which is in

There are several different kinds of sparkling wine from Domaine Ste Michelle:
Blanc de Blanc, Blanc de Noirs, Brut, Extra Dry, & Luxe.
Here is a description of each so that you can find the one that you like:
{courtesy of Domaine Ste Michelle}

Blanc de Blanc
Style – Dry to medium dry
Aromas – Pear & pineapple
Flavors – Crisp green apple and a toast coconut finish
Pair with – Brie, chocolate desserts or creamy dishes

Blanc de Noirs
Style -- Medium Dry
Aromas -- Spicy ripe raspberry and strawberry
Flavors -- Delicate raspberry and fresh strawberry
Pair with -- Fresh berries & melons, Asian-inspired cuisine

Style -- Not too dry or sweet
Aromas -- Apple and citrus
Flavors -- Citrus with a light toasty finish
Pair with -- Spicy fries, artichoke or cheese dips, calamari and salty snacks

Extra Dry
Style -- Slightly Sweet
Aromas -- Rich, sweet, creamy
Flavors -- Deep apple with a lingering toasty finish
Pair with -- Sushi, Pan-Asian cuisine, Mexican food, or anything spicy

Named for the international unit of illumination, Luxe is the product of diligence, finesse, discipline, patience and extraordinary raw materials.  Blended for complexity, flavor, and balance, it is a classic Blanc de Blancs vintage sparkling wine crafted in teh time honored methode champenoise tradition.  After primary fermentation in oak barrels, and 9-10 months of sur lie aging (aging on residual yeast), only the best lots of this first-press wine are used to blend the base wine.  Sur lie aging the bottled wine for 5 years gives it a lovely complexity.

Happy Wining!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Martha Stewart's Snickerdoodles

All I have to say is...YUM.
I'm not the
Snickerdoodle fan, but these were
Mad props, Martha.

Makes 4 Dozen
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup pure vegetable shortening
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, plus more if needed
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, plus more if needed
  • 2 large eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, with one rack in top third and one rack in bottom third of oven. Line baking sheets with Silpat baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter, shortening, and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add eggs, and beat to combine. Add dry ingredients, and beat to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the ground cinnamon. Use a small (1 1/4-ounce) ice-cream scoop to form balls of the dough, and roll in cinnamon sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the cookies are set in center and begin to crack (they will not brown), about 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheets after 5 minutes. Transfer the sheets to a wire rack to cool about 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to the rack. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Marriage Retreat Weekend

I would like to preface this:
If the Army says,
We want to send you to a couples retreat...
This is the adventure that the Army sent us to:
{Click to View Website}
They estimated near the four digits spent per couple.
We had everything paid for,
minus gas to drive there and any drinks, extra food, or extra curricular activities you want to do.
Here is a photo:

You'll just have to guess where we are!

Friday, November 12, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

Link up @ Wife of a Sailor!

1. Were you named after anyone?

Not really.  My mother's name is Marian, her mothers name was Margarett.  My mother named me Marissa to keep up with the "Mar." So, yes and no?

2. What color, if any, are your toenails usually painted?

Depends on how I feel.  I do just about any color.  Right now I have them black with a silver sparkle top coat.

3. How do you flush a public toilet? Hands? Feet? Something else?

Usually with my foot, unless they're a normal toilet and I will use my hand.  I always wash my hands afterwards!

4. When you were a little kid, which TV character did you have a crush on?

Hmm.  I don't think I really had any big crushes on TV people.

5.Let’s say you had to lose one of your five senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell).  Which one would you choose? Why?

That's hard!  Maybe smell or taste?  Even though both of those are important, I couldn't imagine losing sight, hearing, and touch...

Hope you all had a Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Reflections of October

::Recapping October::

Oktoberfest & HAMMERSCHLAGEN...

...Halloween {Birthday} Parties...

...Beautiful fall days...

...Foggy fall days...

...Scooby-Doo making an appearance, in costume of course...

...Real dogs looking pretty too...

...Homemade cupcakes...

...Store-made cupcakes...


...LOTS of candy...

...And glass pumpkins!

Hope your October was a fun one!

Monday, November 1, 2010

What Color Is Your Food?

This is a great article (taken from here) which I thought was a good read & would like to share.  I know that I talk a lot about the foods that I eat...Or more particularly, bake, but I thought that this article was kind of handy!  Hope you all had a fun & safe Halloween....Happy November!

What Color is Your Food?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Another Snippet of Fall

From the great state of Washington!

Well the days are getting shorter, darkness doesn't go away fast enough in the morning and creeps up on us too quickly in the evening.
Fall is here.
And daylight savings starts very soon....Ick!
Work has been surprisingly calm, I guess that in retail that happens.  It's funny because October and most of November are surprisingly quiet months for us in the jewelry {retail} business.
Jesse's working along...They have longer and longer days it seems, but I am not going to complain.  We all know that it could be much worse.
I will be leaving my job soon, to pursue other things.  Nothing really new and exciting in that department.

Anyway, I will try and post some things about our lives a little bit more!

Happy Thursday!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wine Wednesday!

My wine pick of the day today is...
Kestrel's Pure Platinum
6th Edition

This is a white wine from the Yakima Valley
(Washington of course)

Here is the description:

Pure Platinum suggests the radiance of fine jewelry with the extravagant fragrances of a formal evening.
A perfect marriage of Gewurztraminer and Viognier fruit, Platinum has complexity, depth, spice, and aroma of sweet, ripe peaches and pears.

Great wine!

Oh, and a little tidbit about wine:
Drinking 3 glasses of red wine a week decreases your risk of colon cancer by 68 percent!!

Good reason to drink it ;)

You can find some great bargain wines at this article from Men's Health or this article from Food & Wine.

So celebrate hump day and have a glass of wine!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tag, Your IT!

Thank you to

for the tag!!

This is what to do:
If you're tagged answer the following questions...
Then tag some great blog friends to do the same!

1.  Where do you picture yourself in 5 years?
Hmmm.  How old will I be?? 31.  Hopefully we'll have a kid (or two).  Who knows where we'll be stationed...Probably not in the great state of Washington.  Hopefully I'll be happy and rested!
2.  What would you do if you won the lottery?
We'd probably do something for his mom and my parents.  Not sure what, but something.  I would want to buy a house, save money, adopt a few more dogs.  Or donate money to some amazing no-kill shelters.
3.  What is your favorite season?
Summer.  I have to admit that winter and fall both have their perks (fall being second, winter being third), but I could care less for spring.  I feel like spring is a tease, and it doesn't have a lot of fun holidays.  Kinda boring!
4.  What is your favorite sport, if any?
I like to play volleyball.  I don't follow any sport, but I don't mind going to a football, baseball, or soccer game.  It's the experience I guess.
5.  Do you have any pets?
Um, YES!  LOVE my doggie and my kitty.  Love love love!!!!
6.  Where is one place you hope to go in your lifetime?
Europe.  Eventually I guess.
7.  Can you describe your dream home?
Southern-style porch complete with the cool rockers.  Energy efficient (solar panels and the like), on a big piece of property, far enough away from people, but not too far.  Great place for dogs.  Oh, and an interior like an interior designer would do.
8.  Do you have any blogging secrets or tips to share?
Hmm...Not really.  The layouts I like the best through shaggy blogs or cutest blog on the block!

....To pass it on....

Have fun!

PS - Watch this vid!
It's OK Go and all the dogs in this video are shelter dogs!


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