Archive for July, 2011

Any of you who know me probably know that I don’t cook very much.  So, you may be a little shocked to read this post.  But, yesterday I was watching a vlog on YouTube where a girl was talking about how she does meal planning each week, and I got inspired.  So, I printed off the meal plan sheet she uses (found here) and got started thinking of things we could have for dinner each night this week.

I started by looking in the freezer and pantry for things we already have on hand in hopes that we could eat some of them up first before going out and buying new things.  That accounted for about four full meals for the week, and a couple side item choices for a few other meals.  So, I was left trying to decide what main course type items we could have for those other three meals.

Jake helped me come up with some ideas for the other three nights. My goal for the week is to make dinner for us every night this week, with the exception of one night where we have plans with a friend for dinner.  So, one of our meal ideas will just get pushed to next week.

Once we had the meals all decided, I made a list of the groceries we would need, and we actually made a trip to Publix yesterday, when we usually don’t go until Sunday.  We bought everything we will need for the week, and can you believe I am actually a little excited to make dinner every night this week?!  I can’t.  I was a little worried that my motivation to do that would be gone by this morning (haha!) but so far it hasn’t left me.  We’ll see as the week goes on.

I also decided I wanted to make a dessert for us to enjoy throughout the week… a pie specifically!  For our wedding shower, my mom made us the cutest pie plate with a purple dragonfly on it.  If I had a picture of it, I’d show you.  It can’t be put in the oven though, so she had given me a few pie recipes that don’t require baking to use with it.  I’ve been wanting to try out the pie plate and recipes and make a pie with it, so I included the ingredients for a peanut butter pie on the grocery list yesterday, and I whipped it up last night, complete with pie crust!  Haha, I am super proud of myself.

Here is a picture of me making it, and a couple pictures of it this afternoon before I cut a slice out to eat.

It was delicious, by the way.  Only problem was that it wasn’t solid like a piece of pie should be.  It had a thick consistency, but just kinda falls apart when you try to scoop out a piece.  My mom says she thinks it was probably because I used reduced fat cream cheese.

I’ll have to keep you posted on how the rest of the cooking goes this week!  Wish me luck.

Do you plan out your meals for the week in advance or just ‘wing it’?


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Hey everyone! Remember when we showed you our home office? Wellllll… We just found out that we were featured at Unclutterer.com as the ‘workspace of the week’ on June 3, 2011! Yes, Yes, I know… that is a month and a half ago, but better late than never, amirite? Anyway, here is the link to that post by Unclutterer.com:

Unclutterer.com Workspace of the Week

We are excited to be part of an elite grouping of individuals to be noticed for our office antics and design. We thoroughly enjoyed the post and the comments about our home office. Also, Lindsay wanted me to add a disclaimer: “Please excuse her and her PJ’s.”  Who knew that Lindsay would ever be featured on Unclutterer.com of all places? Haha! BTW… please excuse Lindsay’s shirt which says, “Clemson Sucks.”  By no means does she think, or encourage others to think, that Clemson sucks.  In fact, it is quite the opposite… she LOVES Clemson. Occasionally, she does the Taylor Swift ‘heart hands’ when I simply speak the word, “Clemson.”  Regardless, she is seen wearing the shirt because it is simply a ‘comfy’ shirt that was convenient to put on… true story.

What do you think of our Unclutterer.com fame?

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So, I just went to the SC Board of Accountancy’s website to check the status of my CPA license application, and it said I had no pending applications.  Hmmm.  I thought it was weird, since it had been showing they’d received everything and was just waiting for the Board’s approval.

So, since there was nothing there, I decided to check the licensee lookup, JUST IN CASE, and I was there!  I’ve been approved!  With an official license number and everything!


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Hey Everyone! We hope that you had a happy 4th of July! We celebrated Independence Day by having amazing hot dogs complete with chili and barbecue chips for lunch followed up by a good ol’ American steak (for Jake) and shrimp (for me) for dinner.

What did you do for the 4th of July this year?

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