Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I Know I Look Ridiculous But...


Okay! I know that I look absolutely frightening in this picture, but please just hear me out on this! I have VERY dry skin and have been on the search for some natural ways to help with this issue, and this is what I found.

 A Raw Honey Face Mask!

 Honey is full of amazing enzymes and is a natural antibiotic, did you know that? So why not use something that is completely natural on one of the most sensitive parts of your body, your face? Here's the "recipe"

2 tbsp RAW Honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
 *Cinnamon & Nutmeg act as an exfoliator*

 Mix ingredients in a bowl. Smooth "paste" on your face and leave for 30 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water. (They said to follow up with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil to use as a moisturizer but I didn't have this, so left it out).

  The RESULTS:

My face feels AMAZING!

 The website says to do this every day for 2 weeks, and then you can reduce it from there.

 So, are you going to try it out?

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Good Morning!

I love quotes, sayings, phrases, poems, etc. Anything that will help me through a difficult time, remember a wonderful memory, or live life just a little bit better than I had been doing. I have books of them written down, saved on my computer, and now saved in Pinterest. I thought I would start my own little "Words of Wisdom Wednesday." If you want to join in, please do!









Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Good Things Tuesday

I'm still recovering from Thanksgiving, how about you? I also graced the doors of the gym last night, first time in a week and man I'm so sore this morning! Ouch! My arms feel like jello, I don't even want to lift them up! And my legs, well let's not even talk about them. I think that staying in my chair all day at my desk is sounding like a great idea!





This morning while driving to work the skies were cloudy (mostly dark) but yet there was a break of sunshine attempting to peer through! And then straight ahead there was a beautiful rainbow! Wow, what an amazing way to start the day! It wasn't a full rainbow, you could only see the ends as they began to arch up, and the arch disappeared in the clouds to only reappear again. Getting a picture was not going to happen, as I was going 70mph on the interstate, but it was still beautiful though! It definitely put a smile on my face!

My boyfriend (Jon) just called me at work just to tell me "He loves me & to have a great day."

I love this day!

What good things have happened to you today? Life really is about enjoying the simple things!










Monday, November 28, 2011

Release


 miss the one release
My soul; it pours freely
The frustrations have formed
One stroke
They quickly crumble down
The simplicity reasons; it’s not out of reach
While seeming miles away in the distance
Reality brings it back within
Mere inches between
A muse being held
The next line
Simply waits to be written.
©2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

*Recipe* Pumpkin Pie Mousse

  
I've been put in charge of bringing a dessert & a vegetable to Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. Fortunately/unfortunately the dessert is now complete and chilling in my refrigerator! Yes, one dish down and one more to go! The unfortunate part of this is that now I need to kick in major self-control to not just eat it straight out of the bowl!

This dessert is delicious, not to mention pretty much guilt free! Go make it now!

Courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats


Ingredients:
1 package sugar-free vanilla instant pudding
1 package sugar-free butterscotch instant pudding
2 cups skim milk
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 8-ounce container fat-free whipped topping
Directions:
Whisk pudding mixes and milk in a large bowl for 2 minutes. Mixture will be very thick. Stir in pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice, then fold in whipped topping. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and serve!
Pudding Mixes Dumped into Bowl
Adding Milk into bowl. 

Mixing away!
What it should look like so far after mixing!
   

Pumpkin has been added! 

Pumpkin has been mixed
Mmmm, the glorious whip cream!



Enjoy! 

Photo Dump

Good Morning, ya'll! The holiday weekend is almost upon us, can you believe it!?

I cleaned out my photos on my phone this morning and thought I would share them with you! It's what I like to call a "Photo Dump."


Starbucks this morning! Did you know they now have Skinny Peppermint Mocha! Yessss! Oh, and I received a coupon for a free drink on my next visit! Great morning so far! 


My hot cocoa the other night. I love that cup!     


I love him. And her (the cat that is). And I adore this picture, they love each other so much! I'm not sure which one loves who more. 
Lilly - Aka "The Queen"


Lilly after we came home from vacation. The look of "Please don't ever leave me again."
Little Kitty! Wild eyed as always! 


Hope you have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mad Hopper

Last night as I was about to go get in the shower, Jon decided to have a “Hopping” contest with me. I’m not sure that it meant to start out as one, but it sure ended as one. With me surpassing him, him blocking my forward motion, which resulted in me grabbing and hanging onto his waist for dear life and trying to not plummet to the ground. He gets in the way of my momentum I tell him!

Hopping you say? Yes, that’s what you do when you only have one leg and your artificial one is propped up against the bedroom wall, you hop! I’ve become quite the “Mad Hopper”, as Jon likes to call me!

After the initial thought of what we just did came into play, I leaned up against the wall uncontrollably laughing, so hard I couldn’t get my breath! Jon was laughing, and I was still gasping for breath from the deep belly laughs! He says, " this has to be quite possibly the most retarded thing we have ever done." Ha!

He says, “You know when we have kids they are going to go to Kindergarten and show their teacher how to hop.” The teacher will look at them puzzled asking them where they learned to do that. As they hop around in circles singing their ABC’s, saying my mommy does it all the time!

I said, well at least they will do great in a sack race!
Jon: No, they won’t! They will have someone holding them up and slowing them down!

Oh, the craziness of my life and how I love every second of it!

Monday, November 21, 2011

~Recipe~ Apple Fritters

What does a rainy cloudy day call for? Homemade Apple Fritters!

I found this recipe on my arch nemesis Pinterest a couple months ago, and decided that tonight was a perfect opportunity to try it out! Also, with 13 quarts of apples in my freezer I need to start finding creative ways to use them up!





Homemade Apple Fritters Recipe

heaping cup AP flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
dash salt
1 – 2 tsp. cinnamon (depending on how much you love cinnamon)
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 T. butter, melted
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1 – 1 1/2 cups chopped apple, your favorite kind for eating, peanut sized or smaller
oil for frying
milk and powdered sugar glaze for dipping or just powdered sugar for dusting
(About 1 cup pwd. sugar + 1 T. milk or more) 

Directions:
Mix all dry ingredients together, slowly add the wet ingredients minus the apple. Carefully mix until well combined but not overly beat,gently fold in apple pieces. The batter should be the consistency of a light cake mix. Once the oil is ready (when a test drop of dough floats to the top of the oil, a drop of water sizzles, or a piece of white bread browns in 60 seconds) then using a cookie scooper or soup spoon, place a 4-5 balls of dough into the oil. Be careful not to overcrowd and watch carefully for the underside to turn golden brown, then gently flip over and continue frying until done. Adjust cooking times based on size of fritters and temperature of your oil, ideally around 365° F. It is always a good idea to test one to ensure it comes out like you are expecting.

These were SO delicious! They tasted like food you would get at the Fair! 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

*Recipe* Creamy Chicken Rice Soup

Where has this weekend gone? I can't believe it's already Sunday! Thankfully I only have a 3 day work week coming up, I love holidays! :).

Today was cloudy, rainy, and just plain nasty outside! A perfect day to stay inside, which I did ALL day! I did cook up this soup I had found on Pinterest (My obsession) and it looked like a perfect meal for a rainy Sunday.




Ingredients:

4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 package of Rice-a-Roni long grain and wild rice ( I didn't have Wild Rice, so I just used Chicken Rice A Roni)
1/2 tsp salt (plus more to taste)
1/2 tsp pepper
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
2 cups half and half (I used 2 cups of Fat Free Evaporated Milk)
1 cup grated carrots ( I used 2 cups of Frozen Mixed Vegetables in place of the Carrots & Celery)
1 cup diced celery

Directions:


Combine broth, water, carrots, celery, chicken and rice (along with seasoning packet) in a large slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours. Take out chicken and shred with two forks and then add back into slow cooker. In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, and flour. In medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in flour mixture by tablespoon to form a roux. Whisk in cream, a little at a time, until fully incorporated and smooth. Stir cream mixture into slow cooker and then let cook on low for 15 more minutes. 


I served this with Garlic Parmesan French Bread Baguettes, so delicious! What is your favorite rainy day meal? 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Perfect Day

Today was one of those days that I wish I had more of. Jon got up early to go Deer Hunting as I chose to sleep in, while being snuggled under the covers. I woke up around 9:00 am, went and got breakfast and spent the rest of the day relaxing. Jon came home and took a nap on the couch with his feet propped in my lap as I read most of the afternoon. After awaking we went to the grocery store, rented a couple movies and spent the rest of the afternoon/evening snuggled up on the couch. Top it off with homemade chili for dinner, and I have to say it has been a Perfect day! Lots of giggles, laughter, & of course kisses!

I wish there were more days like these! Relaxing and not rushed to be anywhere but where we are that exact moment!

I hope you had a wonderful Saturday! 

P.S. We rented Bad Teacher tonight, so funny! Have you seen it? 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Share Your World Thursday



1. Did you have a favorite blanket or toy as a kid? If so, do you still have it??
I had this handmade baby doll that I received when I was 6 weeks old, her name is Lindsey. She has a pink crocheted blanket that is attached to her, half of her hand is chewed off from one of my dogs but I still have her. She was my “security blanket” for a lot of years.

2. I love it when my _______ does ________.
boyfriend (Jon) - his goofy imitations! It cracks me up and makes me smile when I’m having the worst day!

3. You're at a ball park. You have $5 in your pocket. You order...
Nachos w/ cheese and a Diet Coke! Ha, i think it evens out with the “Diet” thrown in there!

4. If you could have any celebrities 'voice' as the voice on your GPS, who would it be?
The Guy (Jake) off of Sweet Home Alabama, his voice just makes me swoon! I’m a sucker for Deep Southern voices.

5. Are you a messy sleeper or a neat sleeper?
Oh, I am a total messy sleeper! Pillows & Blankets end up on the floor. Somehow, the Fitted Sheet gets un-tucked and is hanging off the bed, I’m not sure what I do in the middle of the night! ha! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thankful Day #14 & 15

It's a rainy/dreary Tuesday here in Kentucky, with a bit of a chill in the air! A perfect day to be spent at home sipping hot cocoa and reading a book.

Monday, November 14, 2011- I am thankful for Jon's dad wanting to be a part of my excitement on Saturday, even asking for photos to share with his co-workers. That meant SO much! (Yes, still need to share my Excitement with ALL of you!)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - Today I am thankful for the rain today. It's left me quiet and peaceful within, while sitting back and reflecting. I enjoy these moments from time to time.

Happy Tuesday! 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Guest Post

 I did a guest post today over at Stilettos & A Fishing Pole, please go take a look!

Oh, and browse her blog while you're at it she's wonderful! 

Have a GREAT day!

Thankful #11-13

Happy Monday, my friends! How was your weekend? Mine was AMAZING, but that will call for it's own post! I'll get on that, Asap!


Friday, November, 11, 2011 - I am thankful for having a quiet day at work! Those are appreciated when they come around!

Saturday, November 12, 2011 - I am thankful for my patience! It definitely paid off today, more than I could have ever imagined! (That's the AMAZING post) coming your way!

Sunday, November 13, 2011 - I am thankful for the full circle of life and being able to appreciate the simpler of things!

How was your weekend!?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fill In The Blank Friday!

1.   My favorite new blog of the moment is   Todays Letters. I’ve loved them for a long time!

2.   Something I am thankful for is  my life!

3.  Something that made me laugh this week was  my crazy silly boyfriend! It all started with some Ruffle Potato chips and dip....

4. An item that is currently on my wish list is a new direction in life! That’s all I can say at the moment :).

5.  I am excited about  this weekend spent with Jon in the woods, being complete naturalist. It’s hunting (Deer) season baby!

6.  If I were a color I would be   turquoise or yellow. They are both so cheerful and make me smile!

7.  My favorite way to spend a chilly fall day is by  grabbing a cup of coffee and a good book. Spending it outside exploring. Wrapped up on the couch in blankets and have a movie day with my love. 

40 Extraordinary Things

What a beautiful way to start off a Friday morning! This list really made me stop and think what a wonderful world we do live in! Wow! 

Right now is a phenomenon.  Right now extraordinary things are happening.

Right now…
  1. A soldier of sorts is diligently fighting the fight so you don’t have to.
  2. Someone who suffered from a severe injury last year is back on their feet.
  3. A small group of people are building something that will soon make the impossible possible.
  4. Somewhere on Earth a double rainbow is stretched from one end of the horizon to the other.
  5. One of the next Billboard-chart-topping musical artists is patiently rehearsing in her garage.
  6. A piece of literature is being written that will eventually change your perspective on life.
  7. Young children all over the world are singing and dancing before they even realize there is anything that isn’t music.
  8. A friend is helping a friend rise above thoughts of suicide.
  9. Someone is thinking what you’re thinking, but hasn’t said anything yet either.
  10. Two people in your hometown are falling in love.
  11. Somewhere someone is admiring a breathtaking sunrise, and somewhere else a surreal sunset.
  12. People of various religious backgrounds are in temples, churches, mosques and other places of worship praying, wholeheartedly, for world peace.
  13. Someone who has struggled with their weight for the last several years is standing on a scale and smiling.
  14. Hundreds of cute elderly couples are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
  15. A baby girl just took her first few steps without falling.
  16. Two best friends are laughing so hard they aren’t even making any noise.
  17. A future world leader is in grade school at recess.
  18. Someone is in the process of sincerely forgiving a seemingly unforgivable act.
  19. There’s a kid studying hard somewhere who aspires to get to where you are in life.
  20. A firefighter is running into a burning building to rescue a perfect stranger.
  21. Someone in your vicinity genuinely wants to be your friend.
  22. A young mom is lying in a hospital bed and holding her newborn baby twins for the very first time.
  23. Someone is taking a shower and singing happily at the top of their lungs.
  24. There is someone out there who smiles when they think of a specific moment they once shared with you.
  25. An alcoholic just celebrated one full year of sobriety.
  26. Volunteers in major cities all over the world are working at homeless shelters caring for those who are less fortunate than themselves.
  27. A young man is pulled over on the side of the road helping a young woman change a flat tire.
  28. A high school athlete just broke her own personal record.
  29. Two teenagers just received their very first kiss ever from each other.
  30. A husband and wife who were drowning in debt five years ago proudly hold a balance of zero on their credit cards.
  31. Someone is hugging a friend who desperately needs it.
  32. A new small business owner just wrapped up his first profitable year working for himself.
  33. A grandfather is holding his granddaughter’s hand and they’re both smiling from ear to ear.
  34. Someone just placed their spare change in the charity collection cup at the grocery store.
  35. A small group of friends are sitting around a table sharing funny stories and cheerfully reminiscing about the good old days.
  36. A breast cancer patient just found out her cancer is in complete remission.
  37. Someone out there is missing you and looking forward to your next visit.
  38. Honest people are working for various government entities to help protect your basic human rights and civil liberties.
  39. An emergency room surgeon is in the middle of saving his patient’s life.
  40. Someone is holding the door open for the person behind them.

Right now is a new beginning.  Right now is an opportunity.
Do something extraordinary.

Source: http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/01/03/40-extraordinary-things-happening-right-now/

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thankful Day #10

Today I am thankful for my willingness to try new things and be adventurous!

 It makes life intriguing! My boyfriend is the avid hunter and outdoors man and I think it's wonderful! I believe more individuals in this world need to be able to fend for themselves if an emergency was to arise. With that being said, we eat lots of Wild Game meat, Venison being my absolute favorite! Tonight, I tried Rabbit for the first time. So delicious!

  

Share Your World Thursday

 
 
 
1. What style do you tend to lean towards when decorating your home?
I love the rustic look. Anything old, distressed, and vintage immediately captures my heart. I love warm colors, but also love to throw in pops of color here and there. My home is filled with photos of places we've been, of US, family & friends, and anything that makes us smile! 
 
2. I never leave the house without...
My cell phone. Sad isn't it?

3. I love to pamper myself by...
*Bubble Baths with candles lit 
*Reading a good book
*Starbucks
*Painting my nails (It immediately makes you feel better)
And the list could go on! 
 
 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thankful Days # 7 - 9

Thankful Day #7 - 

I am thankful for the beautiful weather! Sunshine and temperatures in the mid 60's for November, definitely will take that any day! That's just one less day of snow, right?




Thankful Day #8 - 

I'm thankful for my friends! I don't have a big group of friends, it's actually quite small. However, the close friends that I do have are amazing and wonderful, and without them sometimes I'm not sure how I would make it! I love the moments we share together, especially the moments that no one else would "get" except us :).



Thankful Day #9 - 

Today I'm thankful for a job that helps me live each day with no financial worries. Sure, I don't live a lavish lifestyle but I'm thankful for being able to afford the basic necessities in life to survive. It's not a job that I love, but I have to be happy that I have one when so many people in this country are desperately searching for work.


I wish my desk looked like this! So charming :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thankful Day #6

This morning has consisted of Homemade Biscuits & Gravy for breakfast, a cup of coffee, and Jon upstairs in his man cave piddling around. The sun is shining brightly as I type this post, and we are going to head out and enjoy the weather while it still lasts!

Today, November 6, 2011 I am thankful for:


My Oncology Nurses. They were amazing while I was a pediatric cancer patient and without them I may not be here today. They were understanding, caring, a friend, and a part of my family for 2 years. They will never be forgotten.



Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thankful Day #4 & #5

It's Saturday evening already? Wow, where has the weekend gone!? Hope you have had a great one so far!

Today, November 4, 2011 I am thankful for: 

My mom. She was a single mom and there are times I'm not sure how she did it all, and without her I wouldn't be the person I am today.


Today, November 5, 2011 I am thankful for:

My pets. I am a huge animal lover, and my two cats I love dearly. They make the worst days seem okay, and they truly are considered to be a part of the family :).

Lilly 

Little Kitty 


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thankful Day #3

First week back from vacation and already sick, how does that work? I think my body is wondering why I've put it into overdrive this week! Nonetheless, I came home early from work today to lay on the couch and watch countless hours of HGTV along with a lovely nap. It's a rainy Thursday evening here in Kentucky, so a perfect night to stay in!

Today, November 3, 2011 I am thankful for: 

My amazing boyfriend Jon, of 2 1/2 years! When we first met I wasn't even looking for a relationship and he swept me off my feet! We've had our rough times, but also some wonderful ones too! He has made me appreciate the smaller things in life, to slow down and live EACH day and stay in the present, and to most importantly just be Ashley! He loves me for all that I am, pushes me out of my comfort zone, and believes in me more than I do myself sometimes. He's goofy, crazy, spontaneous, and an amazing man! I'm so thankful to have him in my life, more than I probably tell him at times.

This is Jon & I eating dinner on Sunset  Beach in Florida last week on our First Vacation together! Great memories!  
                                                 

   

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thankful Day #2

I hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday, wherever you may be! The sun is shining brightly here, with cool crisp temperatures! Definitely feels like FALL!

Today, November 2, 2011, I am thankful for:

Finding out that I have been accepted back into college! I haven't been in 5 years, but think this is the right direction to move forward with my life! A lot excited, and a little scared/nervous! 


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thankful November

We should be Thankful every day for all that is in our life, whether it be big or small! It seems that the month of November reminds us of this even more, with the upcoming holiday, Thanksgiving! I thought it would be fun each day to post something that I am thankful for, to remember the little things in life! 

Today, November 1, 2011 I am thankful for: 

Having no cavities at the dentist today for my 6 month cleaning! Yippeee!!!

I took this picture on my vacation last week! Jon and I saw a "sky writer" and he drew a smiley face. So cool!

 What are you thankful for today?