Friday, September 27, 2013

I May Have Peed a Little.


Last night hubs and I had the beautiful moment.  One of life's little moments where I say or show him something I find absolutely hysterical ... the comedic gods align and he finds it equally as hysterical as I do, and the moment begins ...  
He suddenly squeezes his eyes shut and starts shaking his head while laughing so hard little streams of salty tears start running down his cheeks. He covers his mouth with his hands as his wide-eyed face turns red and then violently throws his head into the couch cushion — and I can see shiny reflections sparkle in his glittery wet eyes. Big booms bounce off walls until he eventually slows down, gasps for air, and opens his eyes wide while wet snifflingsmiling widely, and regaining his composure.
And then he looks me right in the eyes and smiles. And I look him right in the eyes and smile.  And it starts all over again.  Ahh, makes my belly hurt just thinking about it I was laughing so hard.  Such great times. Laughter really is the best medicine.
So, what was said perfectly aligned comedic agreement you ask? Phteven.
 Simply Phteven.
Oh. Em. Gee. As if the top portion isn't funny enough ... then there is the dog's face. The dog's face. Wow. Really got us. 

So, in honor of Phteven, let's link up with our lady Whitney over at Yoga Pants for a little #backthatazzup friday and listen to a little Chili Peppers "Funny Face"!
Funny Face by Red Hot Chili Peppers on Grooveshark

Okay, I need to compose myself - over and out.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Johnny Appleseed

Do you guys remember Johnny Appleseed day in grade school? Or was that something only my school celebrated?  I think we made it a thing because he introduced apple trees to large parts of Indiana? Well either way ... we celebrated it.  And, it's today if any of you are wondering ... or well ... today is his birthday (thanks to a random fact twitter feed I follow) so I assume it's celebrated today? I could very well be lying to you.
In honor of mister Johnny Appleseed, our little clan headed to the orchard and went Apple Pickin! Okay, I'm lying again. We really went apple pickin' simply because we wanted to. And because it means we checked off another item on our Fall Bucket List! Whooooooooop!
We headed to a cute little orchard tucked in the middle of some new developments and had a big ole' time.
 Bennett picked his very first ever apple with a little help from dad ;)
But obviously was not as excited about eating it as he was picking it. And he wasn't too thrilled about the daggone bees that were all over either. 
 And of course we had to set up the self-timer for a family photo-op before heading out with our goodies!
 Now if only I knew how to make apple pie ...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fall Tootsies

I did it. I made the switch and committed to a fall color on my tootsies. 

bahama mama
a warm, rich, creamy deep plum

It took me a few days to get used to and get back in the fall groove, but now I'm digging it. Plus with a name like Bahama Mama it's letting a little bit of summer linger in the background.  

What are some of your favorite fall colors? 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Recipe Monday: Mini Meatloaf and Taters

For whatever reason in the world I was craving meatloaf the other night, and had some extra time so I decided to make it fancy. That's such an oxymoron. Fancy meatloaf? Okay, Katie.

Anywho, I was feeling inspired to make something better than just meatloaf (or at least make it look better) and I remembered seeing mini meatloaves one time while I was on a foodie Pinterest spree and decided to do my own take on the number. End result?  Meat Cupcakes (this was the first thing Shane said when he walked in the door, and as much as it makes me cringe ... he has a point). Sounds sick. Tastes delicious. 
I realized I should be taking pictures to share for recipe Monday way too late after I was already well into the meal prep. This was the moment I remembered. Whoops.
And, this was one of my "inspired chef meals", so I didn't use any real measurements ... so sharing with you how much I used of each ingredient is a ballpark guess ... So, bare with me.

Mini Mealoaf and Taters aka Meat Cupcakes

Ingredients:
Meatloaf

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3-4 tsp. Worcteshire sauce
  • 1/2 packet McCormick meatloaf flavor
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 pablano pepper (green pepper would also work)
  • 1 tsp basil paste
  • 1 tbsp fresh garlic
  • 3-4 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 pinches kosher salt
  • 2 pinches black pepper
Mashed Taters
  • 1 bag small ruby red potatoes
  • 2 pinches dried basil
  • 2 handfuls cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup milk (this one's always tricky ... don't want too much or they're runny)
  • 2 pinches kosher salt
  • 2 pinches black pepper

Directions

Preheat Oven to 375 and let's get to work. Take off your rings, so you can get you hands all in the nitty gritty!

Okay the next step is the hardest part of the entire recipe, so pay very close attention.  Combine all meatloaf ingredients in large bowl.
Did you get all of the that? Sorry to be so complicated ;)

Next lightly spray a square corn muffin pan with cooking spray. Fill squares level with meatloaf mixture (I was able to get 9 mini meatloaves).
Next spread ketchup on top of the mini loaves. And then pop them in the oven for 30 minutes.
Now time for the taters!  While your meatloaf is under the heat, turn up the heat on the stove. Pending the size of your potatoes will determine boiling time, but usually with the small potatoes you can boil them in salted water about 20 minutes, keep the skin on because it makes them much prettier. Once the potatoes are soft and tender drain and give a light mash before adding the rest of your ingredients. Next, add all of your ingredients to bowl except for milk ... add this as your mix as needed so you don't get them too soupy.


About the time your taters are complete and delicious, should be about the same time your oven is dinging for the mini loaves! Place some of your taters in a baggy (or real piping bag if you have those type of things around your house) ... snip a small piece off the end off the baggy and swirl them around the top.
 This helps to make the meatloaf pretty and create the perfect meat cupcake.
Next pop em back in the oven on broil for about 2-4 minutes (just to make sure they're hot incase it takes a while to pipe ... and it will also brown the top of the taters to make em' look extra tasty). 
Let sit for about 2 minutes to let the sides harden up (this will make them easier to remove from the pan).  

Plate em' up and serve!  Meat Cupcakes. Yum-Ohhh.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Katie New Year : The Late 20's Edition

Welp, it's officially here. 
My birthday. 
The birthday that starts the downward slope to thirty.
I can't decide if I'm more terrified that today means I'm this much closer to being 30, or because it makes me realize just how long it's been since I turned 21. Good grief!
But seriously ... My late 20's? 
Wow. 
How in the H - E - DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS did this happen?? 
Gosh, I swear just yesterday I was wobbling standing outside of Two Keys after a day full of tailgating hoping my fake ID would work. And now I'm married, with a kid, a dog, all of which live in a house, that we own. What in the heck?  That sounds so GROWN UP! I'm certainly not old enough for all of that right?! (probably not...) But here we are ... ready or not. 

That being said, I wouldn't change a single thing, because I am beyond blessed in this life. But, there are still things I wish I would have done differently and parts of myself I wish were better.  So, on my birthday I say to myself ... ain't no time like the present right??  So here's to a new year for Katie Marie with goals and happiness galore ... let's do this.

1} Focus on photography. If you remember, just last year I got my first "real" camera for our European travels (travels in which I still owe you several posts on ... really I just owe them to myself, I really want to document that trip). It was easy to be inspired and pick up my camera while we were on vacay because we were surrounded by beautiful castles and old buildings, but here... not so much. Although Kentucky is gorgeous, I haven't felt as inspired here; therefore, my camera stays in my fancy bag in my desk. I'm hoping to make a change and use my new camera and lens often. Hopefully, on things other than just Bennett's monthly check-ins ;)

2} Bring back date night. Shane and I have always dated, and worked hard to focus on each other. We try to be creative and attend parties, go hiking, explore, hit up festivals, go to games, etc. And now we've got a kiddo and we know these will not be as frequent as they once were in the past. But I want to make sure we continue to keep our relationship alive too. Keep up the bonding and bring little man along! We've got a lot of memories to make.

3} Exercise at least a few times a week. Is it sad I can't even remember the last time I did cardio? Sure, I break into a sweat every so often when Bennett freaks out in public and won't take his paci, but I honestly can't remember the last time I felt sweat. As I'm typing this, I'm eating cheese-its and am probably covered in formula stickiness. God bless my husband. Anyway, back to my hatred of exercise. I must start. Here's to getting my sweat on in my Katie Marie New Year!

4} Stay in touch with friends. I talk and email with a few friends regularly, but need to make a greater effort with others. It's difficult because everyone is so engrossed in their own lives and we're all busy in different ways! And I'm using my baby as an "absent" excuse entirely too much. A phone works both ways, but it's got to start somewhere.

5} Be better at meal planning. Thanks to maternity leave and Pinterest, I've honed even more on my cooking skills. But this doesn't mean I make a gourmet meal every night. Moreover, it comes 4:30 and I panic as to what I can put on to simply try and eat. If I spent more time planning out the entire week and writing down my grocery list, I'm sure I'd be successful. 

6} Be more thoughtful.  I always have these grandiose ideas and intentions to send people cards, wake up early to make hubs coffee, or buy cute things that remind me of someone at the store. But that's usually where they end ... mere thoughts. I'm bad about putting them into action. They say it only takes a few days for something to become a habit right? Must start acting on these ideas.

7} Pin it and do it.  When I first became a fellow Pinteresteer I was pinning all the time. One of those annoying addicts who comments on things as if they are the greatest idea ever imagined (even though some really are) ... I was all inspired and even tried some of said pins. Now, though it's lost its luster. I feel like I just jump on to pass the time vs. actually looking for inspiration and completing a project. I really enjoy DIY so I need to get back to getting crafty with it. 

8} Be a better family member. With how busy everyones lives are these days Hubs and I tend to get caught up in "our" family's busyness and not make time or touch base with our extended families. Need to remember,there's a reason they say blood is thicker than water.

9} Be the best dang momma I can be.  I'm still learning, but I'm determined. That little man deserves the best.

10} Explore.  I love to travel, but some of my extravagant excursions may need to take a backseat for a little while until BUB is a little older and we all can really enjoy where we're headed. But that doesn't mean we still can't explore ... I'm happier when things are changing and we're discovering new things. So that just means I need to find new ways to carry it out. 
Woah, Is that a challenge within a challenge? ... I believe it is and I'm game.

I'm game for all of it. And my late 20's.  
Bring it on Katie New Year!
Bring. It. On.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Recipe Monday: Heath Bar Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies!

Ever since I was a little girl I've been a chocolate chip cookie fan. But then again, who wasn't? I remember making them with my mom (brownies were also a young Katie Bugg favorite) and once I was deemed old enough to start making them by myself I started experimenting with recipes other than the tried and true 
back of the bag Tollhouse recipe.

One of my favorite alterations was a recipe I discovered several years ago. I'm not even sure it's origin, nor why I decided to try it, but boy am I glad I did.  It incorporates pudding packets into the cookies and gives them an even sweeter flavor, while making them extra soft.
Here's the sweet treat for Recipe Monday: 

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Vanilla Pudding
And I added some Heath Bars to this batch too 
(I had some leftover from another recipe I had made)
:) Yummy yummy!

Ingredients:
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 (3.4 oz) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups semisweet chocolate chip minis


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Sift together flour and baking soda in seperate bowl and set aside. (Forgot the picture, but I'm sure you can manage)
In large bowl, blend together butter, brown sugar and white sugar. 
Beat in pudding mix until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla until mixture is smooth and creamy.
Blend in the flour mixture.

Stir in chocolate chips (or whatever kind of chips or candies or nuts your little heart desires).

Rolls cookies into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet.
Bake 10-12 minutes. Edges should be lightly golden brown.
Now, grab a glass of ice cold milk and eat until your content!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Gettin' Leafy Wreath It

Yep, it's a horrible attempt at a play on words, you caught me. 
"Getting Leafy Wreath It" ... "Gettin Jiggy With It" ... get it? 
No? Okay, great because I really don't either, but I'm all jazzed because my crafty skills just repurposed a wreath. And that means not only did I save mucho dinero, but I also have new door decor! Yipppeeee. I'm so domestic!

Alright, so do you remember this adorable little bowtie wreath from my Little Gentleman's Shower my gal pals threw me? 
Yes, adorable I know. My pal Megan made it for me ... and speaking of that she's started an adorable little Etsy Shop called Crafts Galore by Megan that is totes worth checking out if you're in the market for other adorable door decor.

 Well anyway, after BUB came home and I finally took the "It's a Boy!" thingie-mah-jig off the front door I had to replace it with something and I wasn't quite ready to throw in the towel on the whole baby theme just yet. So, I popped up the fancy bowtie wreath and it's been charming our entry way for nearly 2 months.

However, today I decided it was time to bust out the fall decor and I was stumped when it came to the new door decoration.  I swear I had a cute wreath I used to put up for fall ... it was one of those viney looking ones and I would always add a scarecrow I had or something, but I've already repurposed that wreath for another permanent decoration in our formal living room ... so I was left with nothing. 
After I got all of the decorations up in the house I had 2 bundles of leaves from Michael's left over and thought I'd add them to the bowtie wreath and see where it took me.  And it took me on a one way street to a beloved fall wreath I tell ya!

I'd share a tutorial, but in all honesty I didn't do anything other than remove the bowties and randomly stick the leaf bunches in the wreath and add a pre-made welcome sign (also from Michael's).  So here it is ... whaddya think? 
Not to shabby eh? And even better news ... I think that green burlap ribbon piece (which is nearly permanent) will parlay perfectly into Christmas colors as well ... so we may have another repurposing job on our hands!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

9.10.11

The day we became a family.
The day I married the love of my life.
The day Shane became my bestest bestie of all time.
The day I will forever remember.
The day we were surrounded by everyone we love.
The day we were toasted the best toasts around.
The day my dad made me the awesome Katie video I will forever cherish.
The day our support system lifted us up.
The day we took the biggest step towards our lifelong commitment.
The day the Lord united us as one.
The day we became "man and wife".
The day I became a Mrs.
The day I wore my favorite piece of clothing ever ... my wedding dress.
The day we danced to "The Way You Look Tonight" by Michael Buble.
The day Megan Wynn captured the best memories we'd made to date.
The day my dad gave me away, but I promised to forever be his little girl.
The day I saw Shane's lip quiver when I walked down the aisle.
The day our friends and family partied the night away.
The day our groomsmen looked superbly dapper.
The day my best friends posed for pictures that will forever grace our walls.
The day my mom zipped me into my dress and hugged me with the happiest embrace.
The day I served corn on the cob at my wedding.
The day my bridesmaids pulled out the blue flowers in our bouquets because I had a bridezilla moment.
The day Emmie and Brody collided for the best flower girl and ring bearer entrance of all time.
The day MaKenzie finally became my Matron of Honor.
The day my grandma, my mom and I took my all time favorite picture.
The day my husband was the most handsome groom ever.

















The day. 
The best day.
Our Wedding Day.
September 10th, 2011.
Two years ago today: The day I married HIM. 
Happy Anniversary Mister Shane.
I love you.