Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cheapo breakfast!

I had seen a few people making breakfast sandwiches for super cheap. I made 6 for about the price of 2 egg mcmuffins from McDs.

I used 4 eggs with a little milk to fill up 6 sections on a muffin tray. I saw some people who used scrambled, but this way seemed way less messy, and it was! I also split my cheese slices in half bc I didn't need them super cheesy.

4 eggs-$0.63
6 English muffins-$1.08
6 slices of shaved honey ham-$0.12
3 slices of cheese-$0.34

Total for 6 sandwiches-$2.25
Price per sandwich-$0.38

Not something I plan on eating every morning, but the great thing about these is they can be frozen.

At our local grocery store they sell Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches for $4-$5 for 4 sandwiches. No thanks!

For my fellow teachers...

"If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some who didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job."
-Donald D. Quinn

Is it Christmas break yet?!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Campbell University

A big thanks to our local university for a free field trip. They did some math & geography with the kiddos based on the basketball program and tried to motivate them to want to go to college... And let me tell ya, these kiddos need some SERIOUS motivation!

You might be a redneck if...

I think we've got enough hay for the winter now ;)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

While I wait for it to be time to put the turkey in...

I got this from Whitney @ Everything Happens for a Reason, who got it from Julie... etc. lol... so if you're a milspouse, feel free to join in the fun, and let me know so I can check out your answers.

1. How did you and your spouse meet? 
At a bar called "The Ugly Stick Saloon" where "the girls dance on the bar"... slightly embarrassing, but hey, it's the truth. lol. I happened to notice he was the only good looking guy that happened to be there that night (might have had something to do with the fact that he was wearing a stetson). That was back in May 2009, and the rest is history.

2. How old were you when you two met? 
I was 23, he was 25
3. How long have you been together? 
since May '09

4. Where are you and your spouse originally from? 
He's from MI, and I'm from NY. However, both of us are pure country, and are convinced we were supposed to be born in the South.

5. How did you feel about him joining the military?
He was already in the military 

6. Where did your spouse go to Basic Training? 
Fort Sill

7. Has your spouse ever been deployed?
Once to Korea, and once to Iraq... in the spring its off to the 'Stan. 

8. Ever been to his promotion ceremony? 
 Yep! They actually had to wait on me & another wife. lol. Thankfully 1SGT likes me :)

9. How long have you been a military wife? 
Long enough for my dependent ID to say he's an E-3, and my husbands to say E-5. lol

10. Did you marry him before or after he joined? 

11. How did your husband propose? 
He didn't really... I got gypped. lol.
12. Where did you get married? 
 At the court house

13. How old were you two when you got married? 
23? 24? Ha, I never remember how old I am.

14. Did he wear his uniform on his wedding day? 
Nope... jeans, a button up, and that damn stetson ;)

15. Where are you and your spouse currently stationed? 
We're at Bragg

16. Do you live on base? 
Nope. We have pitbulls, so we will never live on post

17. How long were you married when you had to go through your first separation? 
He deployed a few months after we got together

18. What is your favorite base so far? 
We've only been here... but I don't think Bragg is as bad as people make it out to be if you stay in the right areas

19. Do you think your spouse looks good in his uniform? 
Duh! Aside from the fact that he's airborne and has to tuck his pants into his jump boots... Whose idea was that one?!

20. Do you think military life is more advanced than civilian life? 
 More advanced as in... ?

21. Do you like the benefits you receive as a military dependent? 
Sometimes... I rarely use my military ID for anything other than getting on Post, and saving a few bucks at the movies

22. Do you have a lot of military wife friends? 
Yes & no... a lot of them are from work, so they're more teacher friends... I only have one close friend whose strictly a milspouse friend (In real life. lol)
23. What is the hardest part of the military life? 
Never knowing... especially with this upcoming deployment. First he was set to leave in April/May... then Feb... now its summer... but I'm sure it will change 100 more times before he actually leaves

24. Do you own military wife stuff?

25. Do you support your spouse as a member of the military? 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Super Easy Dinner

-Dice chicken and saute in a pan w/EVOO until mostly cooked
-At the same time, boil pasta (any type will do) and broccoli
-In an oven-safe casserole dish mix 1 can cream of broc soup, 1 can of milk, a few squirts of yellow mustard, and a few dallops of Greek yogurt (you can also use mayo... thats what my mom used growing up, but now with Greek yogurt being so popular, its an easy healthier substitution)
-Stir in chicken, broccoli and pasta
-Top with shredded motz cheese
-Heat on 350 until cheese is melted

Enjoy :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Will you stop?

I saw this floating around facebook. I don't eat McDonalds often. If I'm going to get fast food, I normally try and talk the hubs into subway or quiznos. Every once in a while, he'll want McDonalds. And I don't forsee myself refraining from the occasional mcnugget based on this picture, especially if I'm only eating it a few times a year. 

It seems like now-a-days EVERYTHING seems to cause cancer, or some sort of health ailment. If I spent my whole life wondering what was going to happen to me before I put something in my mouth, I would starve to death!

Don't eat meat with growth hormones or you'll grow an extra appendage, or maybe become a harry wildebeest... Don't eat vegetables out of a can or you'll get botchulism... Don't eat fish or you'll get mercury poisoning... and now: Don't eat McDonalds or you'll get cancer...

It all makes my head hurt, and I honestly don't care all that much. I think as long as you eat EVERYTHING in moderation, a little of something isn't going to kill you... or that's what I'm going to tell myself :)

Is there anything y'all don't eat because of something you've read?

I'll admit...

I saw Breaking Dawn pt 1 last night AND I liked it! ha!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pregnancy fail

(via google images)

I've seen these images floating around facebook like wildfire (mostly from my non-military affiliated friends) and people think its funny, so they keep sharing it.

It's absolutely HORRIFYING for poor Kendra. The caption on the photos both list that her husband was gone on a 12-month deployment, which is what is getting people all-a-twitter. People with no military affiliation haven't heard of a little thing called R&R... aka mid-tour leave. So they see this poor girl as a whore who is now very pregnant even though her husband has been away. None of these people sharing this photo have taken into consideration that the baby was conceived during the tour, or possibly even by the use of fertility treatments. Get on any military wife forum online and I bet you can find HUNDREDS, possible THOUSANDS of women who have conceived babies on their husband's mid-tour leave.

I came across THIS link in which they spoke with Kendra about how horrible it's been for her. Her husband's homecoming, which is something she should be remembering as one of the happiest days of her lives, has been tainted all because a photographer who saw a cute photo-op happened to catch something that quick-to-judge people had to ruin for her. 

Seriously people?! She has even gone as far as getting a paternity test done to prove to the skeptics that babies are conceived on R&R. That is something she never should have had to put her family through.

(For the record: Although I don't particularly care for her choice of homecoming outfits for myself, I think she looks adorable)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

All grown up... or not?!

Back in April I posted THIS blog about getting a new addition to our family. A 13 week old terror with 4 legs whose options were us or pound. Obviously, we took the little stinker in. Back then he weighed in at about 25lbs. Now the "little" porker tips the scales at over 60lbs... and guess what?! He's only 9 months old! Yep, this little pupper still possibly has some growing to do.

Be sure to go back to the post of Rebel's first appearance and check out how little he looks next to Dixie, our 40lb female pitbull... Then come back and see what a beast he's become!

He may be scary because of the reputation pitbulls have, but I'll be the first to tell you that you needn't worry unless you are a bird, mouse, or other small furry creature. They absolutely LOVE people. It's kind of pathetic. If you dont let them sit next to you on the couch they will sit there and look at you in the most pathetic way and wimper. Our other two dogs don't do that. Pitbulls = needy, cuddle bugs!!

She may be littler, but she kicks his butt!

Rebel (9mo) & Dixie (2.5yrs)


Rebel, Ty & Dixie

They look like they're up to no good

They're ridiculously fast

She looks so little!

I'm so glad he didnt grow into his big floppy ears

Miley... no, that's not snow. It's the remains of many dead stuffed animals. RIP

My big man

She has no intention of joining in the playing

Mmm sticks

Itchy Itchy Itchy

I love that he hops. I has to be part bunny!

They now go in size order, backwards! Miley is the oldest, then Dixie, Ty & Rebel.

Monday, November 7, 2011

What I've Been Watching

Hart of Dixie
(google images)

Zoe moved to a teeny, tiny souther town from NYC and she's doing everything she can to be excepted as the new doctor in town so that she doesnt lose her half of the practice to Blue Bell's other doctor. It's on CW. Best part is all the yummy men!

Sweet Home Alabama
(google images)

I watched this last season while Devin had to choose between 10 city guys & 10 country guys, getting down to the final two, which included this season's eligible bachelor, Tribble. Last season my 2 favorites from the beginning were Tribble (because I was convinced she'd pick him) and Adam (because I just loved him) and I was elated that those were her final two. I was shocked she picked Adam, but super happy because he seemed the most genuine.
This season Tribble has 11 city girls & 11 country girls to choose from. My two favorites are Cassie Rupp from KS and Tristan Smith from AL. Cassie looks EXACTLY like my vet, but with blonde hair, so I think that's why I love her so much. I've said a million times how amazing my vet is, so anyone who reminds me of her gets my vote. lol. And Tristan is just too sweet. I'm just hoping Tribble doesn't think she's too young because she's still in school, and he got rid of two other students on the last episode.

And judging by my choice in TV, this is why I'm convinced I never should have been born in the North. lol. 

I'm also watching NCIS: LA, Criminal Minds & Storage Wars... but none of those are newer shows, so I'm sure you've all heard about them ;)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Major Update:

I seriously have no touched my computer in almost a month (aside from paying my century link bill last week) School has exhausted me, and I come home and crash every night. 29 students are BEYOND exhausting.

I have missed so many of your blog posts that it is going to take me an eternity to catch up. Thankfully we will be having more days off coming up. This time of year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a giant waste. The kiddo's are crazy, and I spend way more time babysitting & counseling that I do teaching. It makes you see the pros in a year long school that has a 6 week break at the holidays.

So what have I been up to besides being beyond lazy when I get home from school?
-I made my first apple pie using THIS recipe
It was actually SUPER easy!! I didnt have any nutmeg, so I skipped that, and I added some brown sugar  after I poured in the apples.

-I made this yummy mac'n'cheese using THIS recipe via pinterest
It was DELISH! Totally unhealthy (even with me not using the powdered cheese and half the butter) but sooooooo worth it!

-I made these Halloween decorations inspired by THIS pinterest post

-I made this fun halloween wreath for less than $10
I got this black cloth from the dollar store ($1), and wrapped it around a dollar store wicker wreath ($1)
I spray painted ($4) the skulls ($1 for the big, and $1 for the 4 little ones) and glittered their eyes (I had the glitter) Then I wrapped them around, and glued on the big guy.

-Spending time with my horses
They are both doing amazingly. Illusion only has to add a little more muscle tone along her spine to be able to ride her. I am beyond pleased with her progress :)

-Visiting the state fair & laughing at all of the ridiculous new fair foods they come up with each year to top the last
This sounded absolutely disgusting! lol

This is my favorite "fair food"-maple syrup cotton candy! Its what I look forward to every year

-Rescuing an abandoned puppy

I just happened to be feeding her when my amazing friend Crystal text messaged me. She just so happened to know someone who wanted a puppy, and within a few short hrs, this little lady had a new home! Her name is Phoebe, and she is getting lots of loving from her new daddy. 

You can see in the background that the trailer her "family" lived in burned down. The first day after the fire I noticed that she was still there, but they had taken their other dog with them to wherever they went. Since she appears to be a pit-mix, I figured that was the reason that they couldnt take her right away. I didnt see her again for a few days, so I thought the low-lifes came back for her. Well, they didn't. I saw her again almost a week later. Still there, all alone. I fed her everything in my car including some leftover potatoes, and some slim-jims. Once we were BFF's I wisked her away to her new home with a family who wasnt just going to leave her behind.

-Seeing Josh Turner in concert for free (one of the perks of being at a military base)
...I'll post a picture of his amazing hotness when I find the husbands camera...