Monday, September 29, 2014

W67: Ain't No Rest for the Wicked...

As you may recall, one of the gifts for my husband's 30th was tickets to see 
Cage the Elephant and The Black Keys at United Center in Chicago!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

W66: Writing Exercise

I really haven't written anything creative in a while, so for Week 66, I thought I would test out a writing prompt generator that I've never used before from

The prompt I was assigned was:  She was the bane of my existence and my constant companion.

I started, first, by brainstorming potential paths I could take with this prompt.  I immediately imagined a woman looking into a mirror or some play on conscience but soon dismissed those as obvious choices.  I needed to dig deeper.  Then, I took a little detour into the weird and twisted with a second head or an absorbed twin...  The next thought was a shadow, but that seemed too abstract or childish.  

Finally, I came up with two semi-decent story lines:

Monday, September 15, 2014

W65: Natural Exfoliant

Okay, I admit it.

I'm a sucker for natural, home remedies...

I am always looking for cool skin and hair treatments from everyday kitchen products.  In preparation for my friend Jaclyn's wedding, I thought I would try out this exfoliant that kept seeing on Pinterest.  It's so simple, it's pretty much impossible to screw up and yet...

Monday, September 8, 2014

W64: Greek Cucumber Salad

I tried Cucumber Salad for the first time at a family gathering on Labor Day and instantly knew I needed to try this recipe out myself!  It's full of delicious veggies but with a Mediterranean flair.  What's not to love?

Dressing: 1/2 c. olive oil, 1/4 c. red wine vinegar, 1 1/2 tsp sugar,
1 clove garlic (minced), 1 sprig fresh dill (minced), 1 tsp dried oregano,
1/2 tsp garlic powder, dash of salt, pepper to taste

Whisk together in a small bowl.

Combine dressing with 1 lb. halved cherry tomatoes (used red & yellow for color),
1/2 c. pitted, drained & halved Kalamata olives, 1 c. goat cheese, 1 diced cucumber

Refrigerate for several hours before serving.

Serve over pasta for a complete meal!

It tastes better than it looks in this picture...
I added more goat cheese than the recipe actually calls for since I love it so much!
So it came out a little creamier than it's supposed to...but still delicious!

Coming up... Week 65: Natural Exfoliant

Thursday, September 4, 2014

W63: Bachelorette Weekend Nashville

Beyond excited that my friend, Jaclyn, is getting married in just TWO WEEKS!  
Over Labor Day weekend, I had the pleasure of partying it up in Nashville
with these lovely ladies.
Becky, Jaclyn, me & Michayla
(note the water cup--we were WILD, let me tell ya)
What was so amazing about this trip was that it wasn't entirely focused on going out to the bars.  Yes, we did make it downtown two nights in a row despite the fact that we were all old, married women (except for Jaclyn of course), but those memories weren't even the highlights of the weekend.