Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Taste of Tuesday...Chocolate, yum!

I dont know about you all but one of my favorite things to do during the summer is have s'mores. Now, how can someone as picky as me like all that stuff combined? I'm not sure either :) I will say that I'm not a fan of marshmallow  I eat it in that but if theres too much I pull some off. That leaves the graham crackers and chocolate. Well, what can be done with those two because they are actually good together.

Before I tell you what, I want to mention that I like deserts with a  crust. meaning I cant just have plain ice cream with chocolate sauce. No,  I need a brownie, cookie or something underneath. A warm soft brownie...it sounds so good.

So now onto how graham crackers and chocolate can work together When my mom showed me this I was sold...just a little too much in fact!

                               source: http://www.thekitchenismyplayground.com via Kristen via Pinterest


  • 2 (3.5 oz.) boxes vanilla instant pudding
  • 3 c. milk
  • 1 (12 oz.) container Cool Whip
  • Graham crackers (my mom and I usually buy two boxes)


  • 1/3 c. cocoa
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1 stick butter (or margarine)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  • Mix pudding and milk; beat.  Stir in Cool Whip.  
  • Place a layer of graham crackers in the bottom of a 9x13" dish. 
  • Spread 1/2 of the pudding mixture over the graham crackers.
  • Repeat with another layer of graham crackers and pudding; then top with a final layer of graham crackers.

To make the topping:

  • Bring cocoa, milk, and sugar to a boil; boil about 1 minute, stirring very frequently
  • Remove from heat and cool one minute.
  • dd butter and vanilla; stir until butter is melted.
  • Pour over the top layer of graham crackers.  
  • Refrigerate over night.

Monday, April 29, 2013


Hey Bloggy Friends!!! I know I've already posted but I have a question that I"m hoping some of you can answer

When I go to click on the View My Blog tab, my main page comes up but only shows the top part. It wont let me scroll down to see anything else

Has anyone experienced this or have any suggestions? Its only happened for the last few days.

Any help would be wonderful!

Weekend recap

Ahh, it's Monday again!! I would say blah to it because you h ave finals in just one week bu with all this beautiful weather we had this weekend and will have today and tomorrow, I couldnt help but wake up smiling and in a good mood!! I hope you all had a adventure full weekend :)

Our weekend had some exciting moments but also was laid back spend in the sun. And unfortunately, I dont really have many pictures for you, just thoughts

This was spent around the house. Brian and I took Bailey for a long long which he loved. My dad and I then picked up my grandmother and took her to meet my mom and aunt at a scrapbooking convention. The there of them have been making cards/doing scrapbooking for about 10 years. They've been to so many classes/conventions I've lost count. It's fun though. I've helped out and although I'm not overly creative its ok because this type of stuff is far game. Do any of you make your own cards or scrapbook?

Then we went to Market basket. I had going to the grocery store. I dont mind shopping for it but the people. Sometimes they can just be rude and impatient. It actually amazes me. anyone else feel this way?

We came home and did some yard work. My parents love to plant. They have a garden and an arboretum (spelling?) Now that I'm getting older I actually dont mind helping. We grow tomatoes, cumbers and many other things. I also love the flowers they plant..nothing says summer like flowers :

AT night, i made some taco dip and we watched The Impossible. Anyone else watch it? It was amazing to see how a city could just be wiped out by one thing but then again it was so so sad thinking about the reality that it could happen to any of us.

Sunday was a good day-
Beautiful again. I got to wear capris and a short sleeve shirt, yay!

Derek Lam for DesigNation Chambray Capris

They werent these exact capris but similar. Have I mentioned I love Kohls?

I'm also loving this from their site

Chaps Tiered Chambray Skirt

My dad made steak on the grill for lunch. First grilling experience of the season. I dont know about you, but thats another reason I love summer

Then....we went to look for a new car for my mom! Hers is an '04 and so it was definitely time. She wanted a CRV and thats what she got!

Photo by krissygirl13

Let me just say, buying a car takes forever. We got there at about 2:15. We knew what we wanted from the start. I was a matter of color. We picked the color by 3:30. We didnt leave the lot until 6:45. They took the car to get polished and all at about 5:00 but were backed up so at 5:30 we were told it would be another hour. They gave us a gift card to Ruby Tuesdays (do they have those where you all live?) and so we had dinner! Yum! I always love new cars, and the smell of them :)

Two bullet points that were great things that happened:

  • Brian got home from work and was talking to his sister. We spend 10 extra minutes talking to our niece. She can say hi and a few other things. Just listening to her try to form words is amazing. We basically just kept saying hi to her and she'd try to kiss the phone! She spent alot of time looking for the cat too so that was funny. Just getting these little chats makes our day!
  • My cousin FINALLY got engaged. She's been with her boy for over 10 years. We didnt even think they'd get married. Kind of excited :)

So there's our adventures. I hope you all have a fantastic Monday!

Linking up with SarahMollyLeeann and Sami

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday Social!

I've realized that I've been totally lacking on this Sunday Social stuff. So today I thought it would be perfect for that! Linking up with Ashley

Sunday Social

1. Did you sleepwalk as a child?
I actually dont think so. I do have stories of a cousin sleep walking. Just for your enjoyment

They have a two story house. She was about 12 at the time. She walked all the way down stairs, unlocked the storm door and then the screen door and went and sat outside on the porch. Needless to say, they got an alarm after that...

2. Did you ever try to run away or sneak out of your house?
Me? run away or sneak out? I was a perfect child. Ok, maybee except for the time I got my "purse" and walked into the driveway..that was the extent of it

3. Did you have any imaginary friends?
I dont know if you'd call them imaginary. I'd make up stories that didnt happen about real people or I'd talked to my stuffed animals thinking they were real. the only imaginary friend I could think of was pretending I had a twin too. My best friends were twins so...

4. Did you ever go toilet papering?
Nope, never!

5. Did you ever sneak tv shows you weren't allowed to watch?
Nope! I dont actually remember my first memory of watching TV in my bedroom. Most TV shows were watched with my parents. I wasnt much of a TV junky back then!

Friday, April 26, 2013

5 Random things about me

Happy Friday! It's beautiful out here and I hope it is there! I was tagged in my first 5 Random Facts About Me by my best friend!

When I eat, nothing on the plate can touch.  This is such a weird one I know. Its all going to same place but the taste if things are mixed grosses me out. I've always been like this. I even eat with a divider plate at dinner. For example, when I get spaghetti and meatballs, they cant touch. Who does that? That's why they are paired together, so that you can mix them. When we go to a party, forget it. I think i posted about my 8 year old cousins birthday a few weeks ago. They had so much good food. My first plate consisted of taco dip, nachos and veggies. Mys second plate consisted of 2 pieces of pizza. Now everyone else was putting the pizza on the same plate as everything else but nope, not me. I seriously could write a whole post just on my food habits. Its terrible
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Photo by krissygirl13

I have been holding a grudge for 2 years. This may not seem like a big deal to all of you but for me it is. I'm not the type of person that stays mad at people. I always forgive but never forget. I haven't had too many fights or battles with anyone in my life. Everyone is different, has a different personality and that's ok. If you ask anyone who has known me for years or my whole life for that matter, they would tell you I'm the nicest person. Giving to others and being as kind as possible. I'm even the type to apologize to someone when its not even my fault. The word "apologize" comes out of my mouth a little too much. But despite all that, I've never been mad or had a grudge toward someone for this long. The reason? There are 7 houses on our street. We are the first house on the right hand side. There is a little hill leading up to our houses. If you were to go down the hill and just keep going, you'd crash into a house

Well, there is a woman who live there with two kids and a husband/ex husband guy thing LOL. Everyone knows here. We have friends in two different houses that live almost across from her, plus friends that live across from us. What do we all call said woman in this house down the hill? Crazy lady. Yes thats right, Crazy Lady. I dont think I need to say much more about why I'm holding a grudge. I'm debating writing a post about  her just for laughs. I know its mean but seriously. Who wants to hear about it? :)

I have to be early, everywhere.  This is something I've been doing since I can remember  I think I get it from all my family members. We like to be on time to whatever we are going to. Its respectful and I dunno, that's just how I was taught. Its funny because my dad's sister and her family are never on time. We've resorted to telling her that a party starts at noon when it actually starts at 2. that way she's there on time. I've gotten a  little better with time but not fully. Last semester, I had a class that started at 6pm. I would be sitting in my seat by 5:40. dont ask me why. I think it was just a comfort. When we go places, if we are there just 5 minutes before, I freak. Does anyone else have this issue?

I'm French Canadian. I think it was my grandmother that came from Canada. Either way, both my mom's side and dad's side are pure french with a little something else mixed in. Dont ask me to speak French though. I took two french classes in high school. I passed them but forget everything. Funny story. When Brian and I first started dating, I said Je t'aime to him which means I love you. He thought it was a swear word

I hate when wet hair touches my shirt or when i have to put a shirt on over wet bathing suit. This might sound strange. First off, the hair. No matter where I am, I refuse to put a shirt on if my hair is dripping. It just feels gross. Second, the bathing suit. We go to the lake about every weekend. I only wear a bathing suit while riding the jetski and when I get off, I cant put a cover up on until I'm dry. Just something about clothes and wetness. Weird

Well, there you go. A few weird and random things you probably didnt know. Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Happy Hump Day! Today I wanted to share a few things that I'm loving

This picture

. I HATE pictures of myself but my mom was able to capture is so nicely!

I chose three classes for Fall. I'm so bummed before I was hoping to continue my streak of taking 1 summer class and then two in the fall. Biology had been our target but unfortunately  they offered it from either 8am-noon or 6:30pm-10:30pm during the summer. Yea, that aint happening. So what have I decided on? 

1) Human Relations
2) Human Geography
3) Class, Status, and Power

They sound interesting but we'll see. Have any of you taken a class like these?

This girl

Seriously, isnt she the cutest?! 

Bath and Body Works:
I could be in that store for hours!

I love these sanitizers. As Ive said I am a little OCD, so I like to use hand sanitizer alot but hate the smell of the general ones but these...the best smells. Its a win-win

I love lip gloss! When we went into the store I was looking at the regular ones and the lady brought me over to these. She said that while its a lip gloss it also moisturizers your lips or something. I'm actually loving it better!

And this video:

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Shrimp and Pasta

First off, i would just like to write a letter to weather:

Dear Weather: Its April 23rd and I'm pretty sure that a thing called Spring is supposed to be hanging around. Right now you've given us gray skies, rain, and 40 degrees. I'm pretty sure we arent seeing eye to eye today...

So anyway, today I'm linking up for another Tasty Tuesday with Jessica and Ashley

This is a recipe that has been in the family for awhile. Unfortunately, I dont have a picture of it. I know I know...terrible blogger. :( But because my mom is making it sometime soon, I figured Id share! This recipe includes wine, so I hope for alot of you that's a plus!! I can remember back in high school, I took a cooking class and we'd have Johnson and Wales come and teach us how to cook something...alot of it being with wine. It was sooo good!!

  • 3/4 lb. of fresh jumbo shrimp
  • 1/4 cup of garlic cloves
  •  6 green onions
  • a lemon 
  • stick of butter 
  • 8 parsley branches 
  • 1/2 a box of linguine (*this pasta is what my uncle says to use but my mom will buy one of those instant bags of pasta where you mix water, milk and butter and then put the pasta/seasoning in. She uses like a garlic pasta)
  • 1/4 cup of Chardonnay 

 Start with about 3/4 lb. of fresh jumbo shrimp.  Remove the shells, rinse and set aside.

Chop up 1/4 cup of garlic cloves.  If you soak the garlic cloves in warm water for a few minutes, they are easier to handle while cutting.

Chop 6 green onions (scallions).

Cut a lemon in half.

Melt a stick of butter slowly in a small pot.

Cut the leaves off about 8 parsley branches and chop the leaves.

Boil a big pot of water for 1/2 a box of linguine.

Pour 1/4 cup of Chardonnay in a measuring cup and drink the rest of the bottle (a little while cooking and the rest with the meal).

That was the easy part.

When the butter is melted, try to skim the foam off with a spoon and then slowly pour the rest into a big skillet but leave anything that sinks in the pot and dispose.

Once the water is boiling, start a timer for 11 minutes and put the linguine in the pot.

At about 8 minutes to go, start heating up the butter in the skillet on medium heat.

When the butter is hot, put the garlic and scallions in the skillet and cook for 1 1/2 minutes.

Pour in the wine and squeeze 1/2 a lemon.

Once it is all hot, put in the shrimp and cook about 2 minutes each side.

Add the parsley and some salt and pepper.

By this time, the linguine should be done.  Strain and pour the hot linguine in the skillet and mix everything together.

*This recipe is enough for two. Enjoy! :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

I love him but....

I may not know everything but I know I love Brian. I love everything about him and have learned to accept his habits and flaws. This was a big issue for me when we first started dating and when we first moved back in with my parents. 

Before Brian I had a boyfriend. First boyfriend ever so you can imagine I was all gitty about it. I was 17 and still kinda stupid, so when going into this relationship I had my eyes set on how I saw this guy. He was going to be the perfect gentleman and everything. But nope, that didnt happen. To be honest, the relationship was terrible but because of his attitude I couldn't get out of it right away. I thought I could change him. Change the way he talked, the way he presented himself, the way he treated me and so on. Something I learned the hard way, I cant change anybody. I think we all have that though in our mind when we first start in a relationship  Am I right? When I started dating Brian it was totally different. Here was a perfect guy. He was nice, had a decent job, did everything for me. 

We kind of jumped into living together fast. It was only a few short months before I moved in with him, his dad and grandmother. I've been told that you don't really know someone until you move in with them. That was right. I think I've learned more about Brian's habits and flaws living here with my parents though. Everyone has their flaws but that doesn't make them who they are. I've learned that over the last few years. Sometimes we argue and sometimes I get really frustrated but I still love Brian. I've actually started to like doing the things that Brian wont do or leaves for me to do. 

So today, while I love Brian to death, I want to share a few of the things that I've learned to just let go of. I'm in the mood to pick on him a little :)

Disorganization-party of 1. Ok maybe that's mean but its true. Brian has admitted it...he's totally disorganized.  He has ADHD which means the whole being neat and organized doesn't come easily. While I'm sitting over here freaking out if there's a sock on the floor. Ok maybe I'm exaggerating but you get the picture. This is something that at first i would get furious about. Brian works, Brian flies; he gets tired when he comes home. I get that but it only takes two seconds to put a shirt in the closet. He leaves clothes everywhere in my room. Luckily it only stays in my room but still. I have this storage seat thing and sometimes clothes are pilled so high, they fall over. I've seen this used alot but its like when the laundry basket is two steps away yet they drop the shirt on the floor right next to it. I don't mind cleaning, its actually relaxing but I think just the thought that it would of taken him two extra seconds to put something away is what gets to me. One of his famous lines is "I'll put it away tomorrow . Um, ok but all your doing right now is playing video games or are on the computer....It seems everything else is left out too. All of his flying stuff, oh my goodness. There are papers everywhere in the house. Left on tables, the computer desk. Its nuts. Back to the clothes thing for a second. I get up at 7 am for school and while its a little early for me, I dont mind making my bed and cleaning up so my room looks presentable for the day.   Brian will come on the computer so I can do it. When I get home at 3pm, the room has papers or clothes or whatever else around it. You'd think that just the fact that I was nice enough to do it and not ask would make him think to keep it nice, right? I wish I could be a fly in Brian's head to see what he's thinking when he gets up and leaves it all there

"There's no reason to be upset" 
Oh my goodness!! I HATE hearing this. I'm a girl, I"m emotional. Sometimes when something stresses me out or gets me frustrated, I have to let it out. Is there anything wrong with that? We're girls, that's what we do...I think? Instead of giving me a hug or comforting me, he'll say "why are you upset? There's no reason to be" Thats the last thing a girl wants to hear. Its like, let me have my moment, give me a hug and in 10 minutes I'll be ok. 

Over and over I promise myself never to take Brian shopping  He hates it. Its funny because when I have to stop at the grocery store I always tell him to wait int he car. he gets mad sometimes but if I"m just going for a thing or two it will take 5 extra minutes with him walking so slow. The mall, don't even get me started. He'll go if my cousin is with us but just with me? Never. After 5 minutes he'll ask if I'm done. We went to the Christmas Tree Shop the other day and he was bored after a minute or two. I kept saying "I'm not done yet, hold on" While I would like to go shopping with my fiance, in reality, its better if I do. Now, give him a hockey/stores or flying store and we're all set. I'm nice enough to just stand and wait :)

Time is something Brian doesn't know too well. My family likes to be on time. Even early. If the party starts at 2:00, we're there at 1:45. It just shows respect and we like to help out before hand if we can. I actually laugh when Brian is late for work or for something important now. He's the type of guy that will be playing video games or will be on the computer all morning and then 15 minutes before he has to leave he'll take a shower. I'm pretty sure, watching a recap of the bruins game can wait until you get home! Its funny because today, time wasn't his friend. My mom and I had went shopping this morning and then picked up pizza for lunch. I called Brian when we were 10 minutes away and gave him a 2 minute warning. Figuring that by his calculations he'll be out by the 10 minute mark. Was he? No. It takes a minute to put on shoes and come out. didnt happen. We're used to it by now though. 

So, those are just a few of my top things. While they do get me upset, I always cant help but love them. Now for a few laughs, I hope!

I hope you all had a great weekend! 

Friday, April 19, 2013


Tonight, I'm thankful to be able to post about this topic for the last time...

It's a good night!


It's Friday. Unfortunately, today I cant say "Happy Friday" This week has been full of mixed emotions and the TV most of the day, everyday. Today, well, has turned into another tragic day. I pray for the MIT officer that got killed and his family, the T person that got badly injured and his family and well, as terrible as it sounds, I want to pray for the suspects. One has died and the other on the run right now. I pray for all the people who live in these areas and that they are safe in their homes. My aunt works at one of the hospitals in Boston and is working today, right now as a matter of fact. So its scary to think whats going on around there. 

Our awesome city/town had a suspicious bag found at a business 10 minutes from us this morning. Police and the bomb squad were there. Luckily its not anything...thank God! The power of prayer is an amazing thing. 

I dont have much to write so I figured I'd do some Friday Letters

Dear Weather. It says its 70 degrees out yet cloudy. Sun, please show yourself so it can become a beautiful day

Dear Boston

and Although I'm not fond of hockey, I did watch the tribute the Boston Bruins did at their game Wednesday. So touching

Dear girl in Abnormal Psych. While I truly respect discussions and questions, I'm not paying $650 to have you teach the class. When our teacher is asked a question, please let her answer. Thanks

Dear cousin. Thank you so incredibly much for picking me up from school yesterday and hanging out with me. Its those type of times that make me feel special

Dear best friends. Last night's dinner was wonderful! It's amazing how strong our friendship after 20 years!

Dear readers. You all are awesome and I feel so lucky to have you all as friends

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I will be spending my day watching TV and praying for all of Boston. 


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Let's Be Friends!

Hi Friends! It is time for the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop #9. I am so excited to see how many people I have connected with out there. I have discovered some amazing blogs from this hop and am so grateful I started it! Thanks everyone for making this such a great hop!  

 If you are interested in co-hosting this hop with me in the future, please visit here. I would love to welcome on new co-hosts! I HAVE OPENINGS FOR NEXT WEEKS BLOG HOP! Email me if you want in. :)

Ok, the rules are simple:
1. Follow your host (either GFC or Bloglovin'- or any way you fancy!). 
2. Follow your co-hosts (same as above!)
3. Visit some new friends. Visit 3 new blogs, follow them, and say hi! 
4. Promote the hop by linking back or placing the button on your page.

**Leave me a comment if you are a new follower so I can follow back faster and easier!

Meet this weeks co-hosts!

Angela from My Silly Life

Sarah from A Girl Smitten


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The last two days I have seen a few sweet friends post about TV shows that they love and that make them stop dead in their tracks. It got me thinking of the few that I cant live without. Well, I guess technically i could live without them and I'm sure that if I really wanted to, I could live without TV in general. But unfortunately like everyone else, its become something that I love. Darn technology!

I sit here and think: "What did our parents do and our grandparents?" They didn't have the privilege of being able to get all these great stations or the quality we get now. I can only imagine what our future children and grandchildren will deal with relating to technology. Its actually kind of scary with how fast something new comes out. Speaking of that, its funny because I was having this talk with someone last week about my cell phone. I was saying h ow I cant wait until September for my upgrade because my phone is crappy and I hate it. Its an Android. Except for the internet, its nothing special. I don't use many apps or anything. I purely wanted it for the internet and such. I bought it January of 2012. Its amazing how not long after I bought it that was it, they had a better phone come out. My phone seems old now. And hers the thing. I have never been one for overly nice things. I can settle on what I have and be fine. But a phone. I don't know, I just want to upgrade.

Anyway, back to TV. I don't need to watch TV. In fact, I truly sit down to watch TV for hours at night with my parents. But that's family time so its ok. I usually catch up on shows when Brian is at work. Its a relaxing time for me. I watch the show, delete it, and turn off the TV so I guess it isn't bad. So, today I just want to share a few of my favorites.

Hands down my favorite show ever. I know its not technically on anymore but I could watch this over and over and never get tired of it. And I'll admit, I still get emotional! :) Because I felt like it I actually started re-watching every episode on DVD starting a few months back. I finish the series last week. Its amazing how, now that I"m older and actually realize the intensity and greatest of the episodes and whats going on, I still see things I never noticed before. Its ahrd to explain why this show is so great. I watched it starting with the very very first episode. I was going into high school the next year and so I guess I felt the connect that they get it. Here are people that are going through what I might be the next four years to come. Although its just actors and a script, they make it so real life like. They teach lessons and give advice we can actually use in life. Its real and true and that's what I love about it

I'm actually surprised I like this show. I've never been one for violence and crime, even if it is fake. I'm a girly/reality tv show type of girl. One day my mom was watching a re-run and I happen to catch aclip and it caught my eye. I love Castle...he's hilarious! And the fact that the only gross part is when they find the body is wonderful :) Just a great show!

There is no possible way you cant like this show. I cant even count how many fitness exercise/tips I've learned from this show and have actually used. We may be sitting at home watching but it feels like we're on th is journey with the contestants and are routing for them every step of the way and thats just a great feeling. I know that having someone saying how great I'm doing and supporting my goals during fitness is a big deal, I can only imagine how these people feel having the whole world watching!! They put every single emotion on the table and us seem that and its so inspiration. Fitness is a hard thing for anyone at some point in their life, so I cant imagine what its like on the ranch. Whether the contestant lost tons of weight or still has a little ways to go, I respect every single one of them. 

This goes without saying. I'm a die hard romance fan and cant get enough of this show!!! I can remember the first time I ever put an episode on and I'm glad I did. For myself, I couldn't go on that show just because there are so many girls and if someone is going to love me, I want them to from the time we meet. If this is the way you want to find love though, so be it and good for you. This past season, I was kinda bored. I had a few favorites and a few dislikes (thank you Tierra!) but I didn't get that feeling like I always do. I usually have a sense of who will be chosen but this time it wasn't there. Oh well, I still love it! And I think my favorite season ever was The Bachelorette, Ashley's season. Love her and JP. I actually like their page on facebook!

Who else likes this? Or am I crazy? Sometimes I think its crazy but cant get enough of it!! While alot of people think this show is nuts because all these girls are getting houses or married or whatever, I look at these girls as humans. They are part of this world and yes, they had a child at 16 and they may be getting all this fancy stuff, isn't that what you'd want for a Teen Mom? To  be able to say that she's made it. Its taken alot to get where she is and she still has a long way to go but she's made progress. I know that's what I would want. I'd have to say, Leah is my fav!

So, those are just a few that I watch. These though have captured my heart. Ok maybe that last sentence was weird but the only thing I could think of :)

Have a wonderful day!

And P.S., To all of you in Texas: I hope you all are ok from the plant explosion or whatever it was!! 

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