Monday, January 17, 2011

New Year and Meeting the Bloggers!

Well it's a new year and I'm hoping it will be full of many exciting things for me!

I'm sure many of you follow Skinny Runner.
Her laid back humor always brings me back to life and helps inspire me to run. Well she was in town, along with a whole boatload of others, for the PF Chang's Rock n Roll Marathon and setup a get together in Phoenix while she was here.

We met at Seasons 52, (all the girls ran except me, boo for me being too down n out to run) for some healthy dining. I have to say it was a beautiful restaurant with great dessert!
It was so nice meeting everyone! It was my first blog meet up...and hope it's not the last.
Have a great evening ladies.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I'm In the Southwest Again

Well I'm back in Az...for good. I have been wanting to move back here for some time now and I couldn't handle the harsh Midwest winters anymore. I was lucky enough to come across an opening with my company here in Arizona so I jumped at the chance. I won't go into much detail on anything else at this time but I'm excited to take on a new chapter in my life and see what the future holds. My blog name will change here soon but I haven't decided what to call it...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Arizona comes to the Midwest Part 2

My second friend who came to visit was my first friend ever...Alecia.
She lived across the street from me growing up and our moms were pregnant at the same time. We had to have everything the same...dolls, jammies, you name it....
We did everything together...
After about 3 years, she moved away...we tried to stay in touch but it just didn't happen. Then one day I was playing outside during recess in grade school and saw the new girl standing by the tree--guess who, Alecia!! I couldn't believe it. We obviously picked up right where we left off with our friendship. Then high school came and we were still friends but in different activities and didn't really hang out much. So a few years rolled by and I'm on "Palm Walk" at Arizona State and who do I see--Alecia!

Wow how does God do this? He's great and obviously he wants us to be in each others lives, so we decided no matter what we're staying in touch, even if we're two time zones away! She's such a great person and is so understanding I just love her!!
Alecia and Duke, on our way to the NU vs. Iowa State game

Her husband, Phil aka Party Boy Japan...LOL, she comes up with the funniest names for him.

Of course we couldn't let them leave without some wings from Oscar's--Char buffed, the only way to go!Only 5 days until I go to Phoenix for Thanksgiving!! I can't wait to see my parents and my great friends...and to get away from the Arctic Circle--aka Midwest. We've already received our first of many snows of the season.

Have a great week girls!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Arizona comes to the Midwest Part 1

Hello all,
It's been one hectic fall! Over the past two weeks I've had two of my closest girls come visit me in the good ole Heartland!

First was my girl Ondrea. Our visit was full of fall festivities including tailgating...
(Wait a minute...two Sun Devils in Husker attire--when in Rome is all we can say....)

Stopping for a quick pumpkin photo shoot while shopping...

and of course,the Carrie Underwood concert!

Could my smile be any cheesier? NO! So scary, but such a cool shot with Underwood above us.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Overnight Breakfast

Hello all!

I've been in the biggest blogging slump lately but I couldn't resist sharing with you my overnight breakfast I made for my husband, brother in law, and two nephews. It's usually a full house here on Nebraska game days, especially late ones, so I knew I needed to make an easy breakfast. I love "bed and breakfast" style menus but these boys don't eat ANY vegetables! After typing through a few recipes I decided on my menu:

~Cinnamon Rolls
~Bacon Biscuit Egg Casserole
~Orange Juice
~Coffee (for me :-)

I made these delicious Cinnamon Rolls adapted from Katie at Good Things Catered. Her recipes are yummy and relatively easy. I highly recommend her blog.

For the Egg Casserole, I made it on my own.
Bacon Biscuit Egg Casserole
~ 4 eggs
~ 1 c Whole Milk
~ Grands Flaky Biscuits
~ 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
~ 1/4 tsp Salt
~ 1/4 tsp Pepper
~ 3/4 c 2% Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1. In a stand mixer, whisk eggs, milk, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper until combined, about 1 minute. Stir in 1/2 cup of cheese.

2. Cut up biscuits into quarters

3. Pour half of egg mixture into a greased 8 in. square baking dish. Drop biscuit pieces evenly in dish. Pour remaining egg mixture on top of biscuits.

4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. (You could just cook it now if you are making the morning of).

5. In the morning, preheat oven to 360°. Bake for 30 minutes or until casserole isn't runny in the middle anymore.

Have a happy Labor Day weekend!