Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Back to the Grind after Snow Week

Well it's the first full day back at work after being out of school for 5 days and then going in an hour late for 2 days.  While I enjoyed the lazy time off it was good to get back to a routine....and just get out of the house!

We were expecting 6-8 inches of snow.  In Arkansas.  But we got a few inches of sleet/freezing rain instead.  Now I know in Northern states that wouldn't be that big of a deal.  Not compared to the FEET of snow some places have gotten.  But here in the South snow=sit your butt at home.

So I litterally was in my pajamas for 5 straight days!  I got out day 1 and then on day 6.  

This is what the roads looked like on our way to my brother's house to go sledding.  That's ice with a little bit of snow on top.

Now this is a four-lane highway.  Not some back country road!

Here is our group of sledders.  We had so much fun!  I didn't get pictures of my girls and friends riding on a car hood being pulled by a four-wheeler.  (Can we say red-neck!?)

I'm one of those sledders but not going to identify myself.  Wasn't my best hair day. ;)

It was a good mini vaca consisting of pajamas, Netflix, reading and catching up on my TV shows.  I got caught up on Grey's Anatomy, New Girl, and State of Affairs.  State of Affairs is a new show I'm watching and boy is it getting good!  It was good while it lasted but those extra days added on to the end of our school year are really going to suck.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Best Baked Pototoes

It's pretty difficult to mess up a baked potato right? About the only way to mess up a baked potato is to not cook it long enough.  But an hour and a half in the oven on about 425 has always worked for me even for those big honking potatoes.

But I wanted to make it even better!  I googled how to cook a baked potato and used a couple of different sources and tried it my way.

Grab you some sea salt and olive oil.... and of course-potatoes!

PS.  Sorry for the crappy iPhone pics.  Was already running late getting these in the oven so I used my phone. :(

Here is what you will need:

  • Potatoes (however many-I like Russett)
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Optional-Shredded cheese (I used store brand Sharp Cheddar)
  • Optional-Bacon Pieces (I used Oscar Myer Real Bacon pieces)

I wanted to put a rush on my potato baking since I fell asleep (!?) and didn't have as much time as I needed.  So I washed my Russetts and poked them a few times with a fork so they won't explode in the microwave and nuked them.  Mine were pretty big potatoes so I put 5 in there for about 15 minutes. Just enough to get the cooking started.

In the meantime I mixed a few tablespoons of olive oil with some sea salt.  

When the microwave finished I brushed the potatoes with the olive oil and salt mixture.  Not too much, just a thin layer.  

I then wrapped them loosely in aluminum foil.  By wrapping them loosely it allows a little air/heat to get in to the potato so the oil doesn't make it soggy.  But without any foil then the skins get too crispy.  Clear as mud?

Oh the blurrrrr.  Sorry.

Pop those suckers in the oven at 425 and bake for about 1 hour.

 (Please don't look at the bottom of my oven.)

I didn't tell my family that I had done anything different to the potaotes this time.  I wanted to see if they noticed the difference.  And they sure did! The husband asked if I had cooked the potatoes different because they tasted much better!  And they really did.  And the texture of the potato as well as the skins were great.  And the inside was YUM. MEE. 

With such little effort the baked potatoes were much much better.  And then we added on some shredded cheddar and bacon.......just can't beat it with a stick. :)

Monday, February 9, 2015

No More Nails

I splurge and do a few things just for me sometimes. We all need a little pampering right?  One thing I pamper myself with are massages.  I absolutely love a deep tissue massage where I feel like I've had all of the stress massaged out of me.

Another thing I do is to get my nails done about twice per month.  I don't enjoy this one quite as much. The tools make me nervous and I am just sitting there thinking of all of the things I need to be doing instead.  

I have always bitten my nails.  Always.  I remember when my first daughter was born (almost 21 years ago! EEK) my dad saying that since I will be changing dirty diapers now so maybe I will quit biting my nails. But that's what soap and water is for. :)  And I don't really remember actually getting poop on me too many times.

The only way I can have nails is to have acrylic ones. I start out with tips glued on and then after a few times I just have acrylic overlay applied to my real (thin as paper) nails.  This keeps them nice and strong and keeps me from biting them.

But I'm trying to take a break.  Mainly because of the damage this does/has done to my real nails. I was recently overdue getting them filled in and the acrylic was peeling away from my real now so I went to town picking every piece of acrylic off.  This is almost as pleasurable and addictive as biting them! :)

So now I am left with very thin nails with ridges in them.  

Can you see the damage???  The ridges??? :/

Ugh.  I'm going to try to be strong and NOT bite or pick at them.  To achieve this, my plan is to keep them cut very short until they are strong.  I'm determined to have real nails.  To help repair the damage I am using this-

I have used it in the past and it really does make my nails stronger-if I don't gnaw them off first. I got mine at Sally's Beauty Supply and it's only $8.99. I highly recommend it based on past use.  I just have to not bite and let it works it magic.  Pun intended. :)  I'm going to stay strong this time and NOT BITE MY NAILS.   Hopefully this time I can be successful!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine's Day Wish List

Just in case anybody plans to buy me a little something for Valentine's Day, here are 9 items that would make me smile.

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  1. Clarisonic Mia 3 Removal Expert $199 ($257 value) Who wouldn't want a Clarisonic and with this lip pattern?!  So stinkin pretty.
  2. Elizabeth and Janes Nirvana White Gift Set $75   The sweet lady at Sephora gave me a sample of this perfume the other day when I purchased my Tart lipstick.  It smells yummy.
  3. H&M Moss Knit Throw $79.95 I would love to have this throw for my living room to cozy up with to watch Netflix.
  4. Forever 21 the Everything Tote $60.90 This is a little expensive for Forever 21, but I love the combo of gold and rose.  And this size and shape can do no wrong.
  5. Urban Decay Naked Basic Palette $29 Everyone loves some Nakeness. This is just the perfect pallette. My 15 year old has this and I might have borrowed it a few times.
  6. Sweet Heart Rose Gold Heart Earring $10.90 Sweet little earrings in rose gold.  
  7. Gradient Knit Scarf $13.40 Can't beat the price on this plaid scarf.  And can't beat plaid with a stick right now. It's EVERYWHERE.
  8. Women's Heart Lounge Shorts $10.94 Sweet little p.j.s that I would get cold in right now, but would be perf for spring.
  9. H&M Box with Gold Lid $9.95 And how cute is this little box with the cute little gold top? I love when pretty things give me somewhere else to hide my junk.

I don't want all items on my wish list....just 3 or 4.  I don't wanna be greedy! :)