Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cleaning the Oven...

I have been told numerous times that my oven is dirty. I don't know if many of you know but we moved back in with my parents until we can find somewhere to live in Nashville. So with that said this oven has been dirty for a while. I can say though that I decided not to clean it with easy off this go round. I'm trying out a more natural work and so that's a good thing I guess. I'm trying it out using 5 tablespoons of baking soda, 5 drops of dawn dish soap and 4 tablespoons of white vinegar. I am hoping it works because if not then I will have to go and use the easy off. I've recently been trying to use and cook natural and so this is one more thing that could be off my list soon.

Well it's almost time to get it off and go get ready for the day. I went for a run today and I have a parent/teacher meeting at Olivia's school this afternoon. So looks like I will be working on my accounting homework later on.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

We love Pinterest!

I am always looking for good recipes to try off of Pinterest and found several that are absolutely worth mentioning. I made last Monday two dishes of one of our favorite meals that we love to eat at the house. I fixed the All in One Chicken Dish which I found off of pinterest here. The recipe does call for half of the italian dressing mix to be sprinkled on but I like the more flavorful taste that the whole packet gives you and instead of using butter like I did the first go round, I used E.V.O.O. and it was a lot better as well. Much healthier for you indeed.

Another recipe that I tried and made yesterday was a made from scratch birthday cake and buttercream frosting. I had never used cake flour before and so this was all new to me..then again baking a made from scratch cake is pretty new as well. I gathered the ingredients and made the cake. The cake was very heavy but the buttercream frosting kind of made it taste light and airy. Weird I know. I'm not sure if I did something wrong but instead of the cake being light and fluffy it tasted more like pound cake. Not sure where I went wrong I guess it's a learning curve for me. But the buttercream frosting was amazing! I didn't use the whole amount of sugar it called for because the original recipe calls for 9 cups of powered sugar. Um no...I don't feel like going into a sugar coma! But you can find the recipe for the cake here and the frosting here.

I have tried several others that are keepers but this is all I wanted to share with you!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy 95th Birthday Grandma!

Today as I sit here and blog, I think about how special it is to still have my grandma around. I know that she won't be here forever but it's a blessing of how she is here today! Today is her birthday and she is now officially 95 years old! It's amazing how she is able to still remember such great memories of her growing up and of how she and my granddad met and so forth. I love listening to her tell her stories even if I have heard them several times before. I know that those moments I will cherish forever when she is gone. There are still times I think of my granddad and when I was at the hospital visiting with him. I still have tears that come and flow down and yet I think of how lucky I was to have known such an amazing man!

My grandma has 3 beautiful grandchildren and now 3 beautiful great grandchildren. My brother's son was born last Wednesday and it was a blessing for her to get to hold him and love on him. I know she won't be around most likely when Jason and I have a little one but still getting to see the newest Kunkel member and it being a little boy is truly a blessing in our family.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

We are back!!!

We are officially back from vacation and it was a great one. We had some problems while there but we soon didn't let that hold us back. I will be doing a review on my trip and on a few new restaurants we tried which were amazing!!!

Running and walking is going good and I feel like this blog has taken a backseat since we moved. I am going to be starting back up with blogging about life and all that and more reviews will be coming. So be on the lookout! Thanks to my readers who have been sticking with me for the past 8 years! Hope you all will continue to come visit us and continue to read!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Train Bulletproof Picasso Album Review

Do you like music? I sure do and listen to it quite often. Now that we have moved I have been listening to new music and I was lucky enough to be able to review Train's new album "Bulletproof Picasso" early. How awesome is that? Well I am sure that you all have heard of Train before since they did "Marry Me" and "Drive By" which are both very catchy songs! I love listening to Train because many of their songs have great meaning to them. This new album is nothing short of their other albums. They have nailed it on the head and I have a few songs that are my favorite off this new album. My two favorite songs are "Wonder What Your Doing For the Rest of your life" and "Bulletproof Picasso." They are very catchy and I have to say this album is something that I have been listening to since I downloaded it. Plus if you watch QVC on today, September 5th at 5pm EST you will get to see Train on there preforming live! Awesome!! I love how you can preorder the album on iTunes & Amazon. Another great place to check out is Train's Official Website!

I participated in the Train Bulletproof Picasso album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.