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The purpose of our blog is to share our journey through life with family and friends while we leave our mark on this world. Our 20's have been very kind to us and as we enter the 30's we are hoping to continue to enjoy our time in this thing we call life. I should have called this blog "Traveling through Life".

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial weekend with a project on the "side".

Maybe I should say our whole holiday weekend consisted of a project but I'll start with Friday before all the madness kicked in. Although Friday night was cold and drizzling rain I was determined to grill out! So I put on my jacket and fired up the grill. This dinner was delicious! I marinated everything in caribbean jerk seasoning.

Grilled Veggies! Yum!

Ok on to the craziness. The heat really kicked up this weekend and we were outside the whole 3 days building our pergola which we finished thank you very much! We did notice that we were the only crazy people in our neighborhood who were outside yesterday in the 90 degrees...but we are young right??

Here is our plain old yard before:

Ta da!

Yep we did that. Mostly just the two of us but we did have to call in some extra muscle for some of the pieces. Our backyard transformation will probably happen in phases. This was phase 1 and we are not quite done. We are going to add some other "architectural feature" boards hopefully this week. Phase 2 will be purchasing a nice patio set which I have never done before. Super excited about that! I can't wait to eat breakfast outside. Phases 3, 4 and so on I want to spruce up our patio by maybe expanding it or building a deck off to the side. We are not sure what we want to do but we are happy with what we have finished so far.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

We've made it to 4!

Thursday was our 4th wedding anniversary and although the weather tried to be similar to our wedding day I don't think we will ever be able to reproduce how awesome that day was for us. This milestone is a fun little one because we've been together twice as long as we've been married, we will never get to say that again. We officially became a couple in May so this is a special month for us. I think I celebrated our 8 years together more than our wedding anniversary......I want credit for the 4 years before marriage....don't those count for something too? It's where you are really feeling out the person to see if they are the one you want for your whole life. It's where you can walk away at any time with no strings attached.......I think it's a critical time in a relationship. Lucky for us I have to say that our whole time together has been pretty easy and the big reason why..........I could go on and on about the things we truly love about each other but I will make it plain and simple.........we both want to live a drama free life together! There can be drama around us all day long but we refuse to let it into our relationship. Plus we just make a really good team.

On thursday night we made homemade gnocchi together and went for a bike ride. Tonight we are going to our favorite Italian restaurant in Zionsville to celebrate more. This restaurant is also special to us because it is the place we went the night we got engaged.

Roses for me is always a nice touch!

For breakfast I made some "anniversary" muffins. My own special recipe.

Loaded Blueberry Streusel Muffins(makes 12)
1 3/4 cups flour, I used whole wheat
1/3 cup sugar or brown rice syrup
2 teasp baking powder
1/4 teasp salt
1 teasp vanilla
1 beaten egg
3/4 cup milk of choice
1/3 cooking oil
~ 1 cup blueberries

Streusel topping:
3 tblsp flour
3 tblsp brown sugar
1/2 teasp cinnamon
2 tblsp butter

Grease muffin cups. Preheat oven to 400. Combine all muffin ingrediants in a bowl and mix well. Spoon into muffin tins. To prepare topping placing ingrediants in a small bowl and cut the butter into dry ingrediants until it makes a crumble mix. Sprinke topping over each muffin. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool before removing.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Missing Husband

Has anyone seen my husband? He's tall dark and handsome and tends to disappear when the weather is nice.

Oh wait I found him!

This is called "hammock time" and it is what I have lost my husband to. The first day he had it set-up I realized that the time we would spend together would be shorter and shorter each week......just kidding. It's actually really relaxing to be in the hammock under our willow tree and next to the pond. It's a great reading spot.

Also a little update on my second week of saving money at the grocery store.....this visit I only spent $37 so I'm still staying on track!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Gardens, Coupons, and Homeade Stuff

So where do I start to bring you up speed on the past 8 weeks. I can't believe it's been that long since I've blogged but I haven't been wanting to be on the computer or telephone since Spring weather has been flirting with us. We've been trying to work outdoors when it's not RAINING! Matt has prepped our garden soil and the vegetable sprout trays have taken over the inside of my house! I can't wait to put them in the ground very soon. Our garden is much larger this year and full of our "homeade" compost. Our thumbs seem to get a little greener each year so we'll see if we are good at this. Planting seeds is way cheaper than buying veggies at the grocery or even buying veggie plants somewhere else. We are also looking into a rain barrel to conserve water.

So speaking of cheaper....that's brings me to the next thing I have been burying my nose in. Couponing! Everyone likes to save money, right? I have always used just a couple coupons here and there when I had them but I caught some episodes of the show on TLC and those people are nuts! It did teach me a couple things although most of the coupon items I will never buy. I will not become that crazy coupon chick in the store but I have proposed a little challenge to myself to see how much I can save. I have heard of a lot of people who gave up eating meat to save money but since we gave up meat and are trying to eat healthier we are spending a ton of money on groceries. So I am trying to spend $200 on groceries for the month of May. So that is essentially $50 a week for us. This past Sunday was my first attempt to shop for the week so I researched the sales flyer to make my menu and found my coupons and I only spent $36!!! That bought us food for the entire week and it is all healthy. So far so good.

The next thing that I am kind of getting obsessed with is making my own anything at home. There is so much "junk" in a lot of things today that I started researching ways to make things myself for stuff that I use a lot. So far I have made my own deodorant, jam, peanut butter, almond butter, and granola. Matt made hummus which I think the recipe needs tweaked before I am a fan... it's pretty hard to top my red pepper store bought stuff. I was going to make my own lip balm but I found the organic stuff at Whole Foods to be a pretty good deal. I was also going to make my own soap but one of our Chemists at work makes her own so I have trusted her formula and will buy from her for now. I have found a lot more that I want try but I don't want to over-indulge, like last night when I was baking at 9:30, which is partly because I had today off as a Holiday and because Matt was getting me hyped up about starting my own side business. The first day I took my granola in to work I had people offering to buy it.....I had no response for them because I hadn't even thought about selling it. So we shall see.......

Last month I had the vacation itch so luckily we made a trip to Florida. A big thanks to John, Kel and kids for taking us to the beach. We really needed the sand in our toes and a dip in the ocean......oh and the sand that was still in my bathing suit when we got home :) I love going to visit those little kiddos, we are both always very sad to leave them.

So you all know that spring usually equals some kind of project for us. We are finally building our pergola in the back yard for some much needed shade. Matt has worked up the plan and we started buying supplies. This will probably be completed at the end of May only if the rain stays away. We are going to build the pergola first and then probably fancy-up the patio.