Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weekend Recap: Water problems & Good Eats

If you would have asked me two days ago what my plans were for the weekend, I would have said "Relaxing with my husband around the house!" I wouldn't have told you I was looking forward to cleaning up a flooded basement. But, sometimes things don't go as planned.. and this weekend was one of those times.

Friday night Michael was still out of town working in Missouri. Where there were terrible storms and tornado's. Of course I was overly worried the entire day. Here is a news video of his crew taking down a water tower Friday. Not something you see every day and definitely not something many people do for a living! I accomplished nothing more than cuddling with Sandy girl.
Michael on the right

Saturday morning I woke up for work and heard the sump pump running a little too long. So I went downstairs and checked it out. It was definitely backing up. Of course this crap only happens when Michael isn't home. I didn't have any time to do anything about it so I called Michael and he had someone go to the house. By time I got home from work he said it was okay and it should be fine now. We went on with our day and headed to my Dad's property to visit and do some shed hunting. There's still way too much damn snow to find anything. All we got out of it was some exercise from walking through knee deep snow.... Now that is a workout!

I was totally looking forward to sleeping in on Sunday morning. Until both dogs and my husband woke up at the crack of dawn and made me roaring mad. There went that idea of sleeping in. And it was the morning I had planned on starting my cleanse. So deep down I really wanted to sleep in as long as possible to stall that morning fiber drink. First thing Michael decided to do after he poured his cup of coffee was to go check on the basement. Then I heard the cuss words and "Gonna need the rubbers {boots folks, not those kind of rubbers} to go down there!" It was right at that moment, I knew I shouldn't have started the cleanse. I should instead start drinking vodka. Straight from the bottle. 
So it begins. The weather is warming up. Which means the 2 feet of snow is melting. Which then causes the ditches to back up. Which means the water in our sump pump has no where to go. As well as all the water in the yard and underneath that house. Therefore, it backs up into the basement through the sump pump hole and/or in today's case - also in through the cement walls. Sounds pleasant, right?! This is exactly why our basement will never be finished and nice. So we got to cleaning. Well first, Michael got to mixing some rum chatta with his coffee. Then, we got the second sump pump hooked up and draining out the window down the driveway. 
Next step: throwing stuff away, getting stuff off the floor, moping followed by squeegee. 
We finally got everything taken care of and were able to move on with our day. At this point, I forgot what I even had planned and I’ve lost all desire to do anything productive. We grabbed some lunch and headed outside to burn what garbage we could and to take a walk through the woods. The dogs could use some fresh air and so could we. Jack also thought he could use some mud and water. Our driveway and front yard and now become a mini pond from pumping the water out and Jack wanted to play in it. Of course I’m a sucker for his cute face. Little did he know that was going to result in a bath! 

Enough about the water disaster… let’s talk about some good eats! 

Spinach Strawberry Salad
Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing
Fresh Spinach
Fresh Strawberries
Fresh Mozzerlla, cubed
Sliced Almonds
Next time, I'm going to add chicken! So yummy!

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
April posted this recipe which gave me the idea that I had everything on hand. I didn't have any capers or sundried tomatoes so I added artichokes, fresh lemon, and some additional seasonings. It was yummy! {mine doesn't look as pretty as hers!}

EASY Fruit Cobbler
Lisa posted this recipe a while back and it was so easy I couldn't forget about it! Three ingredients... berries, 12oz sprite zero, and a box of cake mix. You can use a mixture of berries or in my case, I have so many strawberries on hand that I just used those. Layer berries on bottom of 9x13 cake pan, combine cake mix and sprite in a separate bowl, spread over top of berries. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. As Lisa says, easy peasy! :) 

I thoroughly enjoy learning new recipes from fellow bloggers that are tried and true! 

Oh, and one last exciting thing... our friends had their baby today! It's a girl! She's adorable! 

So how was your weekend?! Ever have a water problem like ours?!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Easiest dinner, ever.

No joke. Easiest dinner ever.
As I was cleaning and organizing my cellar Sunday night, I realized I had a lot of salsa left from last years canning goods. Which gave me the thought of making one of my favorite easy meals that my Grandma Julie taught me!

What you need:

Chicken {4 breasts}
Salsa {I used one of the quarts of "hot" salsa I canned from our garden}
Sides of your choice - rice, veggies, whatever you like.
That's it! That's all you need! Well and a crockpot of course...
Place the chicken in the crockpot
Pour salsa over the chicken with plenty to cover.
{If your not sure if there's enough, just remember that more is better so that it doesn't dry out}
Cook on low for 6 hours
{If your gone for longer than 6 hours, just be sure your crockpot will shut off and just stay on warm.. or set up your crockpot on a delayed timer so it doesn't start right away}
Serve with your choice of sides.
I choose brown rice or long grain rice. It's a good mixture! My salsa is thick and chunky so I don't usually serve a vegetable as well, but you could!
Optional topping: cheese!
OR... you could shred this up and make up some chicken tacos!
Don't you love an easy meal with very few ingredients?!
I'd love to hear what your favorite easy dinner is to make!
I'm off to run some errands and go stock up on groceries and figure out what next weeks meals will be! Gotta plan a head when you live in the sticks with no grocery store {gas station groceries don't count} within 30 miles! :)
Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014


I'm stealing this great post idea by Emily @ Beauty-Blether - go check out her ABC's too!
I thought that since I've got some new followers (welcome & thank you!!) I would do the ABC's of me so ya'll can get to know more about me! :)
A - Age: 26
B - Birthday: June 15th {same day as my Dad!}
C - Color: PINK
D - Drink: Water and Advocare Spark {those are the only 2 things I drink on a daily basis besides milk with dinner}
E - Eyes: Blue
F - Flashback: My granny. It's been 2 years since she passed and I miss her dearly. There are so many things I wish she were here to have been a part of and to talk to her about on a daily basis.
G - Gent: My hot hubby, Michael ♥♥ 
H - Hobby: Hunting, gardening/canning, camping, and photography of scenery ♥ 

I - Indulgence -  Ice cream. Lots and lots of ice cream.  
J - Job: I've been at my current employer {financial institution} for 9 years and varied through different positions and offices over the years. 
K - Kiddos: Hopefully someday! {I want 3 or 4 - Michael wants 2}
L - Love: Husband, furbabies, siblings, parents & inlaws, and friends
M - Music: Country, although I also love some good classic rock/oldies
N - Nickname: Jules, Jew, Sis, Rudy
O - One Wish: To be able to start a family {one of my biggest fears is infertility} and for Michael to find a job that allows him to be home on a regular basis every day. I wouldn't mind winning the lotto and being able to have financial freedom either! :)
P - Pets: Oldest to youngest {Ha!} Ginger - Mini Dutch rabbit, Sandy girl - mountain Curr, Jack - black mouth Curr
Q - Quote: Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can call together - Marilyn Monroe  
R - Residence: The hubs and and are currently living in our first home on 20 acres! He originally purchased the home on 2 acres 8 years ago and I moved in with him 2 years ago. We have since then purchased 18 acres behind the home and began the process of making the house our home together! ♥ This is our little piece of land on earth with our heart shaped pond {which I didn't know until I seen this image!} ♥
S - Siblings: Jeramie {29} Lives in Seattle Washington - Kristine {15} - Ryan {12} - Jasmine {11}
T - Temperature: I do love the four seasons in Michigan! I love a fall day, a rainy day, a thunderstorm, a snow storm, and of course blazing hot sunshine on a beach! I like it all.. except not too much all at once! {cough cough, old man winter}
U - University: SC4 and Walsh - I was once a billboard child for SC4!  
V - Vehicle: Gas saver - Malibu LT - Previously a Jeep Cherokee {miss it!} Would give my left arm for a Tahoe next! :)
W - Worst Habit: Swearing, snoozing the alarm {everrrrryday}, not staying consistent with working out
X - XRays: I've had farrrr too many! Broken nose, broken arm/hand, fused vertebres, and hip surgery!
Y - Yuck: Seafood, Crime/Cruelty, blood/guts, people who think they're better than others, mustard.
Z - Zodiac - Gemini 
That's the ABC's {plus some pictures because I love pictures!} about me! :)
Happy Hump Day!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Weekend Recap

Another weekend has come and gone too fast...
Photodump of our weekend...
Friday night we went for a booze cruise around home. The hubs has been on critter control now that the weather is warming up and all the skunks, possoms, and racoons are out. It is slightly cruel how much he likes to kill hunt animals... yet it's entertaining. {Sorry animal lovers}
I got a couple good pictures of some bald eagles that we've been seeing around too!
This field had probably 150 deer in it. Crazy! Couldn't get them all in one picture...

Saturday I picked up the custom shelf I had a local make for our entryway. It turned out perfect! This was my inspiration... which was too expensive to buy online or in store. {$150-$300) 
And this is what I got! It matches the wood trim that I re-did as well as the bench in the entryway. Guess how much I paid?????!!!! Did you guess $35??!!! Cause that's how much it was! How awesomely cheap is that?! And it's far from being cheaply made! Winning! I've just got to get the hooks for it and some decorations...  someday....

On my way to meet my family Saturday afternoon, I decided to stop at Panera bread. I haven't been there in probably 5+ years. I couldn't wait until dinner to eat. I still had over an hour of driving to do. So I stopped and got a little bite to hold me over. Grilled southwest flatbread. Oh. My. Goodness. It was ahhhmazing! If there was a panera near my house, I would eat this every day!
Have you ever had Panera?!
My Mamma, little Sis, and I watching my cousin's cheerleading competition at Cobo Hall in Detroit 
Go Alexa!  
Some of the stunts the other teams did were amazing! I've always loved watching cheerleading ever since I was on the high school team. These types of teams are much more intense and amazing!
Made in Michigan Moscato - Yum! 
Twisted Mac n Cheese at the Twisted Rooster - SO delicious!  
My bestie Natalie stopped in the restuarant to visit on her way home! I miss her dearly! ♥

On Sunday, my sister and I slept in. It was SO nice! I didn't get up until almost 9. She didn't get up until 10. It was much needed!

Then my Ma and I headed to her salon so she could do my hair. I was in dire need. I hadn't had it done since late September (I think). I've been talking about how much I love the ombre look but I just never have the guts to try something new. But I went for it this time. And I think my heart beat had slight palpitations throughout the process. I kept questioning what my Mom was doing and why she was doing it the way she was. Then I felt the color brush straight to my scalp. I'm sure at that point my heart was racing through the roof and I was about the have an axiety attack. I've never fully colored my hair. I've only gotten hightlights. So when I felt that brush to my scalp, I was a little terrified. May not sound like a big deal, but in my world, it was huge.

This was my inspiration (off pinterest)  

When my hair was washed and I finished blow drying it... I didn't like it. It wasn't ombre. I don't really know how to describe what it was. I could have left it as it was and it would have still looked okay. It just wasn't what I was hoping for. It was blonde with a little bit of low lights. Then my Mom argued with me that I was "freaking" out and that made her nervous so she did it VERY subtle. Long story short, two more hours later... it was complete and I was satisfied. My Mom told me that was worse stress than what I gave her on my wedding day. {Sorry Ma} I will admit... I am extremely anal about my hair.

Here I am with my subtle ombre "sombre" hair driving the dreaded 2 hours home Sunday evening after sitting in a salon for 5 1/2 hours. That's exhausting in itself! Yay for no more orange well water saturated hair!
Even though I got home much later than anticipated, I still had some things I wanted to get done around the house since I wasn't home much all weekend. First things first, I had to pick up crap that Michael left laying around for me to do {insert sarcasm} ;-)

I couldn't be too upset with Michael for leaving the house a mess because he did do something I've been begging for him to do. {Thank you babe!} We have this little cellar space in our basement that is piled with stuff. It's such a mess and I really want it organized. It's a great place to keep things cool and dry since it's raised up off the groud in a little cubby.



I love the feeling of relief after cleaning and organzing!

Since I'm always a slacker and I'm recapping my weekend on Monday... This morning I styled my new hair do... and attempted to snap a couple pictures. {if you follow on IG then you already seen it @justjuliejoy} There's just something about a shameless selfie that I have a terrible time doing.. thank God for self timers!

How was your weekend?! Do any spring cleaning/organizing? What's your thoughts on ombre hair?!