I think Fall is my favorite season of the four. I love watching the leaves turn color. I love decorating my home with fall items to make it more cozy. I love the cool nights that allow me to cuddle up on the sofa and watch my favorite sitcom. Most importantly, I love fall baking because it leads me right in to Christmas baking! There are more reasons why I love this season, but I think I will just stop right where I am at.
Last night, my husband and I were able to do something together for the first time as a married couple. Carve pumpkins. I haven’t carved a pumpkin in ages. I did kind of cheat this year because I purchased a carving set and outlines at Hobby Lobby over the weekend. Dustin made a scary pumpkin. I honestly don’t know what you call the guy and I carved an alien. Let’s just say, Dustin won the pumpkin carving contest.

Ta Da, Dustin’s masterpiece!

My alien creation!
Since we didn’t have actual candles, Dustin improvised and used our dining room light to get the full effect. All together now, Ohhh, Ahhh!
Once we got our pumpkins all done, I baked our pumpkins seeds thanks to Food Network for an easy recipe in this month’s magazine.

I would like to mention about this past weekend too. I was able to have a girls day and we sure went all out! My coworker Codi, her dear friend Mary and I went to a concert. It just wasn’t a concert, the main performer-well I like everything about her-she’s amazing…Miranda Lambert! So here is what you missed:

The Randy Rogers Band opened for Miranda Lambert. A very good group I must say.

Justin Moore was there too!
Oh wait, look who I ran into. My other coworker and dear friend Mary!

Oh yes, she’s the real deal! My dream is to play a pink guitar like her!

And she even brought the Pistol Annies-a new group and they are amazing!
And we all I had a great time! Thanks for the ladies day, gals!

So there you have it! This weekend, I will be sure to have some more exciting things to tell you about as Dustin and I are heading to SuFu (short for Sioux Falls) to see my family-since its been long overdue! We are going to be taking in a Augustana Football (my sister-in-law’s brother starts for them) and it will be exciting to see everyone again.

Time is evil…

It’s been two weeks since I last blogged and I know my Grandma checks this everyday, but time is evil! At this rate, we have two months left for wedding planning and daily work just keeps piling up. Honestly, I still have clothes sitting in the laundry basket that has yet been nicely put away for about two weeks. So we have a lot to catch up on!

Before I start with my two week recap, I just want to give you an insight on my day. There is 24 hours in a day and here is a breakdown of what a day looks like for me.

10 hours of restless sleep
1 hour to get ready for work
8 hours of work
1 hour to walk Jet, sometimes 2 because he’s a social butterfly
4 hours to spend with Dustin, conquer wedding plans, try to blog or clean the house
Total: 24 hours of exhaustion

Well, I better not waste one more minutes thinking about exhaustion, and start sharing about my recent happenings! The last time I posted I was getting ready to head home for a weekend of fun. I’m pleased to announce Jet loves traveling and Minnesota.

But, the main reason why we journeyed home was because there was a bridal shower for me. I was completely shocked by the love people gave me. I was just beside myself for how many people showed up. It was truly humbling since I haven’t seen some people who came for a couple years!

My wonderful hostess!

My amazing mother!

My lovely sister-in-law, how’s practically a sister to me!

The women of my family! My mom, sister-in-law, grandma and I!

Also, we checked one large thing off our wedding list. We got all the invitations assembled in a mere 4 hours with a powerhouse of a crew. It was so much fun, well some what but my dear friend Rachael came and helped even though she has her own invitation to assemble for her wedding on July 9th! Have I mentioned that I’m stoked for this summer? Well I am!

Since being home in SD, I have been my busy usual self. I think when we got home, Jet was in a state of shock because he now has to listen where as he was outside most of the time in MN. He is still in his chewing on things stage but has quickly learned a few things such as ‘kennel’ and ‘no’, which is used a lot in the house! He has a new chewing object this week. Remember those cloth chore gloves, yep, you guessed it!

(Note: Sorry for the blur – camera can’t capture Jet’s lighting bolt moves all the time!)

Also, I have been able to bake one thing since being home. Most of our nights are spent eating boxed dinners, but healthy ones. I made a breakfast casserole and it was really good that I’m currently gorging on leftovers!
Scramble Egg Casserole
Cheese Sauce:
2 tbsp. butter
2 1/2 tbps. flour
2 cups milk
1 cup Velveeta cheese-shredded
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 cups cubed ham
2 tbsp. melted butter
1 dozen eggs, beaten
4 oz. slice mushrooms
1/4 cup melted butter
2 1/4 cups soft bread crumbs

To make cheese sauce, melt butter, blend in flour and cook for one minute. Gradually stir in milk; cook until thick. Add salt, pepper, and cheese; stir until cheese melts. Set aside.
Saute ham in 3 tbsp. butter. Add eggs and cook over medium heat until eggs are set; stir in mushrooms and the cheese sauce. Spoon eggs into greased 9×13 baking dish.
Combine topping ingredients; spread evenly over egg mixture. Cover; chill overnight.
Uncover, bake at 350º for 30 minutes.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! It will be a nice thing to have for a Sunday brunch! Well I better move onto other things on my list. Remember time is evil! This weekend is Easter! I hope ya’ll have a wonderful weekend!

Until next time, I sure hope Mother Nature brings sunshine into your life!

Checkin’ My List…

Happy Hump Day everyone! We are one more day closer to the weekend and we one day closer to packing up the car and heading east to my native state, Minnesota! I’m very excited about this weekend in particular because my aunts and my mom’s wonderful herd of girlfriends are throwing a bridal shower for me, AND I get to see all my family and friends. That’s even including my soon to be family members!

Now on the eve before we leave, it’s usually a mad house. I’m doing laundry, cleaning the house and car, and packing all our belongings at the last minute. Usually I make a list of what needs to be done all the way down to how many undergarments we need to pack. Yes, I’m like that because we don’t need any necessary trips to Walmart!

However this trip is going to be the most interesting because we have our beloved dog, Jet. He is going to experience his first long, enduring trip to Minnesota. I’m just hoping for the best–that he’s going to sleep the whole time!

So here’s my wonderful to-do list for tonight:
1. Sit and relax for 1 minute after work.
2. Sort out the clothes I would like to wear.
3. Eat the left overs.
4. Make a few phone calls.
5. Pack my 7 outfits and pairs of shoes. I’m just kidding. Dustin thinks I pack way too much clothes and shoes for the 3 days that we visit.
6. Give Jet a bath, clean out his ears, and pack his belongings. What a high maintenance dog!
7. Go to sleep, maybe!

Well I better get going! Time is wasting away! And for grandma and grandpa, I know you check everyday, we can’t wait to see you! Lunch on Friday? I shall be back after the weekend! Enjoy the sun and beautiful weather that Mother Nature has blessed us with these couple days! Next thing on my mind, gardening!