Friday, June 28, 2013

Buh bye!

I'm off to Georgia :)

I hope you all have a wonderful (and safe!) time celebrating the Fourth of July!

Sayonara suckers!

-C Doc

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Strange Addiction

Have you ever seen that show My Strange Addiction? Well, Sean now has a new obsession.... and it's totally random. The boy is now totally bananas for old moldy cheese Blue Cheese. It's crazy. He used to be disgusted by it and then one day he tried it again and fell. in. love.

Like, mad, crazy love.

As in, we bought a tub (a tub!) of it from Sam's Club.

Who is this guy?

Anyway, I decided to make a dinner devoted to his favorite cheese. Since I'm a big fan of not going to the grocery store, I threw together something for dinner using the random things in our fridge. Let's begin.

I started by defrosting some chicken that I had in our deep freezer (already marinated), chopped a sweet onion into thin slices and got out some spinach and the tub of blue cheese.

I then set out the chicken breasts (sliced very thin), laid a bed of spinach on it, spread some onions on there and topped it off with chunks of blue cheese.

I attempted to roll them up as best I could... It got a little messy, but once they were all done, I plopped them in a 350* oven for about 20 minutes.

Five minutes into the baking process, I threw in some crescent rolls and started cooking a sweet potato.

When that was done, I served it up! Bon appetit, buddy! Dinner is ready.

It was pretty good! Hubby liked it; but if I had it my way, our chicken would have been stuffed with copious quantities of FETA! Oh how I love me some feta cheese! Feta and spinach stuffed chicken with a side of tzatziki sauce. Gah-lee that sounds amazing! Now I'm hungry...

-C Doc

Monday, June 24, 2013

Not so pretty in pink

What an awesome weekend! Saturday we got a lot done round the house. I got the floors cleaned up, the kitchen got a deep clean, the bathroom did as well, and Sean did the yard. House=overhauled. Awesome. I took this picture right as he got done with the yard:

It was perfect timing. Right as he got done, the storms started rolling in to dump insane amounts of rain on our freshly manicured lawn. I'm sure all of our plants are happy-happy-happy (Duck Dynasty shout-out!). And did you see the size of the flowers?! Every time I look out the window I can't get over how big they are. They're almost as tall as the shrubs behind them. I love it. So beautiful, colorful and cheerful. yay :)

We had a party to go to Saturday night, so we left the house during the monsoon. Cue the puddle stomping, soaked clothes and frizzy hair.

Besides that, we had a great time! It's always a good time hanging out with our friends. and eating. and drinking. and eating alcohol soaked fruit. double win! yummm :)

When the night came to an end, we headed home. Usually we enter the house through the garage, but, for some reason, we used the front door that night (weird for us). As I unlocked the door, I glanced at my wreath devoted to 'murica and saw this:

Crap.... the wind and the rain were so crazy that the dye came out of the red hydrangeas and turned the white whatever-they-ares red too.... and then, I looked down.

Shhhhiiiiii-ooooootttttt!!!! Our freaking door is red!!!!!!!!!!

Sean just stood there and gave me "the look"....

I rushed in and grabbed the Magic Eraser - my saving grace when it comes to all things dirty. It was not so magical this time, however. So, next up, bleach. I sprayed. and sprayed. and sprayed some more. A slug was killed in the process of spewing bleach everywhere. Sorry PETA. In the end, some of the color came out. But really, all I was left with was a pink door. Fantastic. Because we haven't painted the door since we installed it, it's super porous. It soaked up the dye like the Jersey Shore cast soaked up the uv-rays in the tanning bed. Oooohhhh yeahhhh, pink door, yeahhhh!!!

Dangit. Thankfully, you can't see the pinkness from the road.

Next up on the list-of-crap-to-get-done: paint the entryway.


-C Doc

Friday, June 21, 2013

Oooh summah summah time!

Although it’s hotter than Hades outside, today is officially the first day of Summer! Yippee! Time for heat strokes, dehydration, sunburns, sweating, tanning, boating, fishing, swimming, and parties! Bring it on.
This is probably my favorite time of year. Yeah. It’s freaking hot. But that’s what swimming pools, ocean swims and cool drinks are for, right?! Sean and I have already prepared for this summer by shipping out the old and welcoming the new (to us). We got rid of our 16’ Carolina Skiff flats boat and bought my uncle’s 20’ Mako bay boat. It’s been in my family since I was two years old and I practically grew up on it. It’s the reason I have such a huge love for fishing, boating and the “salt life” in general. I have a lot of memories and fishing lies stories that stem from that boat, and now, it’s all ours  :) 
One of the first things that Sean and I bought for the boat was a marine bean bag. Soooo awesome! Whenever Sean has spare time this is where he spends it: 
Yep, right in the driveway. No shame in that boy's game.
Moving on, let’s talk about the most important “B’s” of the season:
That's what it's all about folks. As many of you know, I’m not a big drinker. But as time goes on, I’m finding more and more that I like. What do I like, you ask? Pretty much anything that’s sweet. Haha! I still haven’t found a beer I can remotely stand…  So, in honor of my love for everything fruity-tooty, here are some things that I’m excited to make this summer:

And, if I'm feeling lazy, my favorite fallback that doesn't require prepping,

An ice cold bottle of Woodchuck Cider. Yummm :)

Our summer plans pretty much consist of going out on the boat and chillin' at our favorite spot, the John's Pass Sandbar! It's perfect because there is cool water to sit in, it's close to home, we have a bunch of friends that we meet out there and it's shallow enough for the dogs to hang out with us too!

Lucky for us, it's summertime here about ten months out of the year, so we'll be doing this routine for a while! Bring on the boat trips, cool pools, fruity drinks and good times; it's summah time y'all!

-C Doc

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Life and times

Sean and I are in a really good place. We’re happy, healthy and goin’ with the flow. At times we can get on each other’s nerves, but lately, it’s been different. It’s been awesome. I think we’re really getting the hang of this whole marriage/business partner/roommate deal. I mean, we had a pretty easy relationship before, but still, everyone would ask us how the “married life” is. We’d always say “great!” and that not much has changed. And for the most part, it’s true. Not that much has changed since we got hitched. Granted, we’re still learning each other’s quirks. I think we will till the end of time. But lately, life has been good.
In my month long hiatus, I celebrated my 25th birthday. That’s a tough pill to swallow. I’m half way through my twenties! Where has the time gone?! Your twenties are some defining years… they’re the years in between being told what you are and actually becoming who you are and being that defined person. That’s a big deal. A big big deal.
So far I’ve graduated college, received a license in massage therapy, got a good job, got a house, made it a home, nabbed a husband, gained some friends and reluctantly lost some friends. To say it’s been one hell of a ride would be an understatement. But, these are things that are a part of my definition. These are the things that have made me the person I am today. And while I’ve got the next five years to really figure my ish out, the first five have been a whirlwind. A roller-coaster ride, if you will.
Growing up has been fun. I have a lot of awesome memories with some equally awesome people. And I will continue to make said memories with said people with a Tervis cup full of wine in my hand. Because I’m classy like that *insert hair flip* 
I’m excited for what the future holds. I’m blessed beyond belief to have an awesome husband that supports me and I’m happy that he’s my best friend. I know that nobody has my back as much as he does and I’m humbled to know that he’ll always be there for me and I’ll always be there for him.  And I’m glad to be surrounded by a good group of people. It makes life so much more appealing. I’m also glad that I get to go on vacation next Friday with these particular people. Good times are to be had, for sure. Georgia and North Carolina doesn’t know what it’s in for. This upcoming trip will definitely create some memories and I can’t wait. Perhaps it will be a “life defining” trip. After all, there will be seven of us crammed in a house together. Now that…. should be interesting. Luckily there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms to handle us.
Let the good times roll. 

-C Doc

Monday, June 17, 2013

Father's Day

Sean and I are so lucky and blessed to have two of the coolest sets of parents around. Both parental units have been married for over 30 years, which is hard to come by these days. While I was on a blogging hiatus for Mother's Day, I'm here to dish about our dear ol' dads. Because, let's be honest, they're pretty cool dudes.

We had a cookout on Saturday for Sean's dad, John. And, because he is a lover of everything sweet, I made these guys:

So much better! More chocolate, more happiness.

As for my dad, Sean and I cooked a mean breakfast. I made these awesome baked eggs in bread bowls while Sean cooked two pounds of bacon with no shirt on... he's not the brightest crayon in the box. I also set up a Bloody Mary Bar, one of my dad's favorite drinks!

Major blogging fail: I didn't get a picture.

All in all, it was a great weekend. A lot of good times were had and a lot of good food was eaten. I'd say that's a success.

And, last but not least, to my dear husband Sean:

Although you are a great father to our fur-kids, Lord knows we are not ready for a tiny human. Cheers to not being a father....  yet.

-C Doc

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Gimme some more

I keep seeing all these ads, pictures and articles about how excited people are about summer. And don't get me wrong, I am too, but let's be serious.... it's freakin' hot outside. And all these crazy people can talk about is hanging out, going to bbq's and having bonfires. Um... what?!?!? Bonfires? Give me a cool pool and an ice cold beverage, thank you very much. Old Navy, with your camp commercial, why don't you wait six months to talk about camping... the thought of staying in a tent, in the wilderness sweating my bum off in some crazy scorching temperatures makes me want to cringe.

But, alas, I am not here to rant or bash anyone's ads or their summer plans. Today, I am here to talk about one of my favorite desserts, s'mores! If you're like me, when you think of s'mores, you think of roasting your marshmallow on a stick over a fire. which is so overrated.... 9 times out of 10, the chocolate never melts when you smash your roasted mallow between two grahams and a Hersey square. Am I right? So, let's get busy making them the right way, ooey gooey, messy, crumby, and super sticky. Yummm :)

I started out with typical s'more stuff, graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate. Instead of buying the bars of chocolate, I bought Kisses. Who doesn't love a kiss?

Let's begin:

Step 1: Pray to 8lb baby Jesus that your graham crackers aren't completely crushed when you open the package (this is the most important step).

Step 2: If they aren't all crumbs and are in somewhat whole pieces, break them in half (I know, it seems counterproductive) and lay the halves out on a cookie sheet.

Step 3: Place a marshmallow on them.

Step 4: Put them under the broiler and make sure to keep a close eye on them!!!

Step 5: When your marshmallows get a nice Jersey-Shore-like tan, take them out and smash a Kiss in the center of the marshmallow.

Step 6: Let them cool for a little while and enjoy!

How good do these look?!

As you can see in the picture above, the Kiss may start to melt a little bit and sink further into the marshmallow. Although it looks a little wonky (like the guy on the left), it still tastes great! Melted chocolate in the middle of a warm roasted marshmallow on a toasted graham cracker. Sign. Me. Up.

The best part? I didn't have to sweat like a whore in church pig by a fire to roast each marshmallow to make them! Next time, however, I think I'm going to smash a chocolate square on top, much like a normal s'more. The Kisses are super cute, but why just have chocolate in the middle? Spread the love!

^^ This girls knows what I'm talkin' about. We want more, like, we really like it. We want some more s'mores.

-C Doc

Monday, June 3, 2013


I'm baaaaaack! Did ya miss me?

I haven't posted on here lately because I've been busy... ah, who am I kidding, I'm lazy. My DIY list is running slim since our house is, dare I say it, pretty much complete! Plus, to be quite frank, I'm running out of wall space and room in the house for cute stuff. Which is a total bummer. We need to move so I can start over. Haha, kidding not really.

On the cooking side of things, I haven't really been documenting anything. I tried some great new recipes, however! Trix Krispies (which were a huge hit), Cheesy Ranch Burger Bites (also very tasty! especially with hot sauce), Fiesta Dip (yummy!) and Taco Roll-ups (gone in 60-seconds). I definitely recommend all of these recipes; special thanks to Pinterest for existing and allowing me to find all of these tasty concoctions :)

Back to the decorating side of things. There is one thing I'm still able to design.... my changable wreath! As you remember, the last time I decorated it I stuck a bunch of brightly colored flowers in honor of it being spring, the time before that I shoved a bunch of greenery in my twiggy wreath in honor of St. Patty's Day. Now, since we're fully engulfed in a hot and sweaty summer, it's only right that I change it out again!

Two important holidays take place during these summer months, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. What's better than an Americana wreath?! Super cute, sorta vintage/rustic looking and it represents the best country in the world, the good ole U.S. of A. Since we're on the subject of the U.S.A. it's only right that we talk about stripping....

The wreath that is.

After my naked wreath was all prepared, I then prepped the flowers and doodads that I planned to use.

Total Cost: $15.00. Everything American-esque was 50% off after Memorial Day and most of the floral items were 50% off as well. Whoop whoop!

After careful placement, here is what I created:

Even though it's hard to see the details in the wreath from the road, and most of our friends and family enter our house through the garage door, I know our mailman has to appreciate the cuteness. At least I hope he does.... Heck, he's probably hightailing it away from our house most of the time since our dogs completely despise him. What is it with dogs and mailmen anyway?

-C Doc