Kat’s V-Day 2013

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This Valentine’s Day went pretty well. I was very pleased that Kit and I decided to stay at home. I hate the stress of going out for a fancy dinner only to find every restaurant over-packed with other noisy people. Besides our food was better. First, we got semi-dressed up and were witnesses at a friend’s wedding. We had lunch with the happy couple and then went trudging to do the V-day shopping we should have done days before.
I was surprised how many men were snatching flowers with a desperate look in their eyes and how many folk there were in the grocery store.

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This is a hugely popular DIY gift on Pinterest. The project is called 52 Things I Love About You. On each card I wrote something that I love about Kit. I copied some from another crafter, but I found that the ones that meant more were the personal ones. My Kit rarely wears pants. He is a shorts-man. Because of that fact I wanted him to wear shorts for our wedding. The phrase “Two Wild Banshees” is one of those things I catch him saying all the time.

cardsWhen Kit looked through the cards on Vday, he was chuckling and smiling all the way through. Because I wrote on the face of the cards, they can still be played with normally.

wineSupper started the only way it could; with wine. I bought a bottle of the same wine we had for our wedding (a peach chardonnay) and threw some frozen peaches into it. Perfecto.

kabobsHonestly, the first thing I did was begin marinating the shrimp and steak. The shrimp was medium, fully-cooked and frozen. I used a lemon ginger marinade that I should have started the night before, but the hours run away from me. The marinade for 1 pound of shrimp is:

  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3/8 onion, chopped
  • 5/8 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger root
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro leaves (I used cubed bouillon style cilantro)
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika (dash)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (dash)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper (dash)

I cubed up a steak and threw it into a gallon bag and tried to follow this steak marinade recipe: (I didn’t have W-sauce, oops!)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • dash of pepper

As you can see in the photo above, I skewered quartered small sweet onions, whole mushrooms (baby portabellas were on sale), whole grape tomatoes, and fat slices of red and green bell peppers. I baked these kabobs on a cookie sheet (I recommend putting aluminum foil on the trays to help with cleanup). Bake them for 10-12 minutes at 450F, flip them over and bake an additional 7-8 minutes. Thanks for the oven kabobs recipe, Sarra!

cccakeI made coca-cola cake for dessert. I failed to check my stock of butter and only had enough to make the cake and not the glaze that went on top. What makes coca-cola cake special or different from a regular chocolate cake? I honestly have no clue. Google is not helping a sister out either. It was a good recipe that I have to try again when I can do the glaze as well. I honestly love my mom’s recipe for crazy cake. This was more moist…almost like a light brownie.

The rest of the evening was spent enjoying our present that we gave to each other. Our Roku is so much better than jewelry I may never wear. Tons of Netflix TV shows at our fingertips. In one month, the Roku has already paid for itself several times over because we were frequent users of Redbox.

Day 293: Comforting Comforter

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It’s been a little while since I had a post about my adorable animals.
Tybalt is spoiled rotten. I know this, but gosh he’s cute.
I don’t have a problem with spoiling him just a little. He is my street dog that got a forever home. He is also my first dog because as a kid my family always had cats. I bake him doggie treats at home, buy him big chew bones and mend his favorite squeaky toys by hand. Love that sleepy dog.

Day 292: Sock-Bride

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I’m gonna throw this out there. Sock monkeys creep me the eff’  out. They are flopsy, have creepy plastered smiles, and have the most dead eyes I’ve ever seen.
That being said, I know most people lost them and have super fond memories. Go for it.

Even though sock monkeys make me wary, I deeply wanted photographic proof of the human sized sock monkey bride. I wasn’t about to stand near that thing but my friend is super brave.

When the world gets flipped, I will take care of the evil clowns if you watch my back for the sock monkeys.

Sidenote: this was handcrafted by some sock-artists at the local farmers market. Scary but solid work on their part.

Day 291: Ink Bat

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I finally committed to a design and artist for my bat tattoo that I’ve wanted for about four years or so. I am currently the 5th day of healing. It has scabbed nicely and is starting to flake off. If you’re not tattoo savvy, this is a good thing.

I don’t always make the healthiest choices for my body (MacDonald’s, sodas, couch potato-ing), but for this tattoo I chose to use coconut oil to keep it lubricated. (I hope you’re laughing at the word “lubricated” too)

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Coconut oil does tend to soak in pretty quickly, so I put it on two to three times a day. Typically, if my tattoo starts feeling really tight I know it is time. The cool thing about using coconut oil is that it doesn’t take very much. Granted, my tattoo doesn’t cover my entire back, but it really doesn’t take much! I am also washing it twice a day–as recommended. I am not a doctor, nor am I a tattoo artist. Don’t be a moron and take this blog as gospel and try to sue me later. 

fresh tattAll in all, I am super pleased with my new tattoo. I am already scheming and finding halter and one shoulder tutorials on Pinterest. Look out, Summer! I am gonna be showing this tatt off like crazy! This tattoo was designed by my good friend and Camino partner, Jess. It was inked by her older brother, Randall. Thanks, guys!

What do you think of my new tattoo?

Do you have any cool tattoo stories or pictures of your ink that you wanna share?