May 26, 2009

Dinner and PIE!!

So on Sunday morning R and I went strawberry picking. We had discussed it earlier, but I really wanted to go, so we found a place that was open on Sunday. We drove out there (Vaughnns Farm in Fuquay Varina) and picked almost 10 pounds of strawberries! Now, that's a lot of strawberries. My car still smells like them!

On our way back, we stopped at a Biscuitville and this was the first time I'd ever eaten at one. It was YUMMY! I love breakfast, and this was especially nice after having spent 45 minutes picking strawberries.  So after work, I found recipies for a strawberry pie. We had enough berries to make 2 pies so I made one regular, and one with a chocolate sauce on the botton of the pie.  The recipie is one that is super easy and yet super yummy.

Yesterday I bought a lot of food to grill for the week. I got chicken, turkey sausage, and veggies. And rice, but you can't grill that...

I grilled everything, and have had it for lunch and dinner today, and if I do say so myself, I can work a mean grill! Now for some pie for dessert... :)

May 22, 2009

Wisp Review

So about a month ago I was in CVS and saw this product called wisp. It's by Colgate and it's four individually packaged mini toothbrushes. They are pre-filled with a little toothpaste (spearmint, cinnamint or peppermint) and have handy toothpick things on the other end. Basically it's so you can brush/freshen up at any time, without the hassle of carrying around a full sized toothbrush.

I used it just a moment ago, when I had finished my coffee, and needed to freshen up. I opened the product, and was pleasantly surprised to find that each brush is individually sealed in aluminum foil for protection. Opened the foil pouch, and pulled out the brush. Wet it, and started brushing. From there I was a little disappointed. The bristles were more like hard plastic, not the soft bristles I have on my toothbrush at home. they didn't exactly feel like they were wisping on my teeth; more like they were scrubbing away.

The handle was short, so to reach the back teeth, I had to either barely hold on to the handle, or almost put my hand in my mouth, and the "burst" of toothpaste didn't exactly invigorate my mouth. I might have liked 2 "bursts" on my brush. But when I was done, my mouth didn't have a coffee smell, my teeth felt clean, and I must admit, it was handy.

Would I use it again? Yes, in a pinch.
Would I recommend it to others? Yes, with reservations.

Out of 5 stars, I'd give it a 2.5.
Handy? Yes.
Convenient? Yes.
Better than keeping a brush and toothpaste on hand at work? Not really.
Better than keeping a brush and toothpaste in your bag? Yes.
Worth the price? If it were about $2 I'd say yes, but I seem to remember it being more like $3.99. so No.
Did it live up to my expectations? Sort of...

Friday Thank goodness!!

I am soo glad it's Friday. It's been a long, and crappy week. But tonigth I get to go on a double date, get to have some fun, and get to start planning the fun part of the whole home ownership experience!

Yesterday I got my House Book started, and am VERY excited by it. Since I love to be organized, and love to keep things in their place, I have finally realized that filing isn't for me. I can't do it, and things just pile up, until I go through it one night, and accidentally throw something away that is rather importatnt. (reciept, bill, something)

Upon this realization came another realization: I love 3 ring binders. I like tabs and pockets and color coding things...Hey! I should forgo the filing bit and just keep 3 ring binders on hand.

So I went to staples and bought my House Book. It's a binder that has tabs for everything house related: cotnracts, hoa stuff, leases, home owners insurance, floorplans, deocrating ideas color swatches, landscaping ideas, loan info...basically everytihng I could ever need in one place.

Then I made to scale drawings of each room, and all my furniture, so I can place the furniture and know exactly what will be the best layout before we move. R must think I'm crazy, but it's fun. It makes it easier for me to visualize when everhting is the way it should be, so I can see if the furniture I want iwll fit in the room, the way I want, the size and color/texture stuff...basically it lets me lay it all out without having to heft furniture around.

I'm going to try to implement the 3 ring binder approach for bills, taxes, FSA, etc too...and then everything will always be neat and organized.

May 19, 2009

Dinner plan

So I've been working really hard at trying to do more cooking, or at least more eating at home, so I'm keeping a list of what I've prepared at home, and what meals are good (or not!)
So Sunday night I went to The Fresh Market and got their small maple brown ham ($8.99 a pound, or around $14 for the whole petit ham). That was our entree, and along with it we had sweet white corn, mac and cheese, and a cherry brandy sauce for the ham. We had plain vanilla ice cream for dessert. It was yummy, and I'm glad we had enoght left over for dinner later this week.
Last week I got their chicken rolls (which are actually much more delicious than it sounds) which is chicken breast rolled with something inside; the ones I choose were stuffed with mushrooms and swiss cheese. Super easy to cook, wrap in it foil and cook in 20 mins, at 350 degrees, then unwrap and cook for another 15-18 mins. Along with that we had white corn, and sugar snap peas.

Both meals were really yummy, and we had leftovers, which means...spending less money on eating out!

And it kinda makes eating out more special. Also, it's nice to know that when we move in together, I can fix dinner a few nights a week, and R and I can eat well for the whole week!

May 10, 2009

House update

So the last time I blogged, R and I had discusssed finding our number one house and putting an offer on it. So very long story short, we decided on our number one house, and put an offer on it.  They counter, and the catch is they want to close on May 14th. Yes, as in this Friday.  So after lots of discussion, we counter that they would have to covor our rent since we would be closing soo soon. The other catch is there's suddenly another buyer. Needless to say in a competing buyer situation there's no negotiation, so we let that house go.  

We regrouped and looked at more houses, and one of our original houses came down on the price, we decided it was worth it and made an offer.

And they accepted!

Now this all just happened yesterday, (the actual offer part) so we still have a lot to do but I'm very excited!!