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 261: Tree Shots

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The hilarious thing about all the dozens of tree pictures I took last month are that I have a half dozen pins about how to take great Xmas tree photographs. As you can see, I pinned them and completely forgot to read the tips.

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I really had to capture this moment despite my cell phone not taking the best pictures. My cat curled up tight as a ball and some of our Christmas presents nestled under the tree.

Day 257: Music Mug

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My Sister in Law and I play this game where when we go shopping we are on constant scout for presents for each other.

Except it is more like window shopping for each other. We neither one of us rich. So this is where we employ the saying “It’s the thought that counts.”

This is me thinking of my dear SiL. This music mug was a sweet find that I stumbled on at TJ Maxx. This is where I got several of Kit’s Christmas presents.

Day 239: What’s in Your Stocking?

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I know there are many, many lists out there for what to put in your husband’s stocking but you know what, we need one more blog about it.

My hubster isn’t your typical hobbyist. He likes hunting and fishing but hasn’t been in years so he doesn’t need extra tackle or extra paraphernalia.

He’s not a guy who gets into baseball/football/basketball and there just isn’t much swag for people who like Professional Bull Riding. My hubster is really one of those guys who is hard to shop for.

Let me also preface my list by saying that items that go in stockings should be food or small gifts that cost under $5-10.

The exception to this rule is for adults. Many adults don’t want as many toys–instead wanting practical items (think kitchen utensils) or want a fancy accessory. By that I mean putting classy tie, jewelry, cufflinks, etc.

Kit and I don’t have a ton of money to spend on each other so any big presents are just wrapped under the tree. We bought all our small gifts at Everything’s a Dollar store. Small inedible gifts are typically wrapped in tissue paper.

Here’s our list of stuffers:
Scented candles,
Peanuts, cashews, pistachios, sunflower seeds,
Chocolate covered coffee beans,
Soft (old fashioned) peppermints, life savers mints,
Caramel creams,
Lindt truffles,
Jolly ranchers,
Beef jerky (traditional),
Chocolate covered cherry cordials,
Key chain light,
M&Ms,
Beenie Weenies, and
Oysters (this was a gag but we are weird and love eating them).

One of the sweetest gifts I gave didn’t come from a store. I wrote a letter to my husband and stuffed it into the stocking too. He wasn’t expecting it and read it straight through. He won’t want me telling but I saw him wiping the corners of his eyes.

I wrote about the fun and trials we had this year. My hopes for next year. How much I appreciated his love and support through hard decisions and teaching me to drive a manual.
It helps that he is an awesome partner, so writing the letter was easy. It means a lot to receive a hand written letter. It is something that takes time and he knows I was thinking about him the whole time I wrote it.

We will be traveling on Christmas Eve and Day to our family’s house so we’re doing our gift exchange early.

Day 234: Bee Box

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This year to save on cash we are doing wee presents in stockings for our family members.

This snack box is for my brother’s MiL. She has recently gotten slightly obsessed with small containers, juice glasses and baby sized spoons.

I am not in a position to judge considering I talk to myself 85% of the time that I’m alone.
I still believe that is a completely healthy habit.

I also got her a pair of bear snack boxes. They are super cute and I think she will really like them.

Day Eighty-Five: Class of 2011

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I realize there are TONS of people graduating this time and year and you could give less than two shits about one more undergraduate whooping it up this weekend.
However, please take a few minutes to note my raw awesomeness:

  • Graduated with honors (red/white cords) from University
  • Member of Honors Society of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Department (red sash of awesomeness)
  • Summa Cum Laude honors (four levels, this is the highest and I got a higher honor than my sister/role model)
  • GPA 3.88 on a 4.0 scale
  • My mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, fiance and rec buddy (one year behind me) all sat through my boring as hell graduation just for me :D
  • My awesome family and friends showered me with gifts I wasn’t expecting and they all were thinking about my needs and wants for my career field and interests
  • They served fried chicken at my honors reception

    Coming Soon in the next 365 post:

  • I got to go to doughnut shop after graduation