So Glad I Found You!

Oh dear! I didn’t realize Valentine’s day is in 3 days— that sure went by really fast!!! So, here are several more ideas to complete your 14 Days of Valentine’s

Valentines Idea

  1. In our house, apples are not very popular but we don’t mind dried apples 🙂 So, if you’re like us grab some dried apple snackies with a note “You are the apple of my eye”
  2. You can never go wrong with Snickers unless of course if you’re allergic to nuts. So if your man/woman is a fan of Snickers… “I hope you don’t snicker because I’m crazy about you!”
  3. “Be-twix you and me…I love you” Yummy & simple.
  4. My husband loves mint chocolate. He seriously ate the whole package of Andes mint chocolate in one day. So note to self, make sure to give the note first before he devours the treat. “We’re mint to be together”

Doing the 14 days of Valentines can be pretty tedious & it might take a lot of effort but don’t get discouraged! It’s TOTALLY worth it. Just remember who & why you’re doing it ❤

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Mr. Love Robot

Hello & Welcome to another session of 14 Days of ValentinesFor today’s love token, I call this guy the Mr Love Robot — you can’t really command it to do anything other than showing your love one that you care about them. It might look like a science fair project gone wrong but I’m quite proud of this one. I pretty much improvised and did whatever I could with what was available and Ta-Da!

lollipop love

 

With a styrofoam ball, some bamboo skewers from the kitchen, and lots of lollipop, you can make a masterpiece like mine 😀 Let your valentine know that no matter what, you’ll always  be there for him/her especially when things get sticky.

I hope everyone’s having an awesome weekend!

Valentine’s Around the Corner

Love is in the air ❤carlellie2

Valentine’s around the corner & since I’m a hopeless romantic,  I’m all about this holiday. Last year, I didn’t get to write about our very first Valentine’s as a married couple so for the next few days, I will share our 14 Days of Valentines. 

DSC_0694For the first day of Valentine’s, I had this note saying: “On the first day of Valentine’s I want you to know you are the best. Today you get a full body massage. Come on in, lay down & take a rest!”

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xoxo, Grace

3 Hour Old Fashioned Oven Pot Roast

For today’s post, we have an Oven Pot Roast recipe. Now, this is quite a victory for me because I have NEVER made pot roast before. I was really nervous about trying something new especially when I want ed to make it for our date night dinner. I did some research & luckily I found this recipe from Food.com. Brian really enjoyed this recipe & even said that it’s one of his favorites 🙂 —-> Happy wifey!!!  

3 Hour Old Fashioned Oven Pot Roast

Oven Pot Roast

Ingredients: 

  • 1 Bottom Round Beef Roast (I used 2.5 lbs)
  • Season Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cajun
  • Cumin
  • 4 medium Carrots (cut diagonally)
  • 2 large onions, quartered
  • 8 medium fresh mushrooms, whole
  • 12 small potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 1/4 cups beef broth, divided
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarchDSC_0585

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Sprinkle *season salt & pepper all over roast, place fat side up in dutch oven or roaster.
  3. Bake uncovered for 1 hour at 375 degrees.
  4. Reduce heat to 325 degrees, sprinkle all over roast with Cajun & Cumin seasoning.
  5. Add 1/2 cup beef broth to roaster, cover & bake for another 1 hour.
  6. While waiting for roast, boil potatoes & carrots with water. *
  7. Remove the roaster from oven & add 3/4 cup beef broth to roaster.
  8. Add potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and onions. Sprinkle  with season salt & pepper.
  9. Cover & roast for 30 more minutes or until veggies are tender,*
  10. Remove roast to platter & slice. Surround with veggies, cover with foil & keep warm.
  11. Add cornstarch to cold water, whisk & add to roaster.
  12. Whisk while bringing to boil, simmer for 5 mins or until thickened. Ladel over roast & veggies.
  13. Enjoy!

*Changes I made from original recipe.

I will most definitely use this recipe again. I’m just glad it worked out! Sometimes it’s good to do something you’ve never done before right?

http://www.food.com/recipe/3-hour-old-fashioned-oven-pot-roast-317798

Living Room Inspiration: Light Blue Walls

Hello pretty people! Well, it’s official…I have actually found it fun to shop at Lowe’s & Home Depot! Owning your own home definitely gives you a different perspective & I’m learning SO MUCH from our home improvement journey. Right now, we’re inspired to start with our living room with maybe light blue walls.

A Seaside Living Room- Pale Blue Walls with White Trim

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James Andrew’s Light Blue Living RoomJames Andrew Living Room

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Light Blue Gallery WallBlue Gallery Wall

So… yay or nay??? We definitely LOVE the color blue & would love to somehow incorporate it in our house. We just have to be careful that whatever blue we pick won’t look like a granny blue hehe 😀

$150 a Month for Two: Carissa

Hello Dearests! Carissa here!

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I have been married for almost 8 months now (LOVING every second!), and one of the things I am trying to do is get our grocery budget down to a reasonable price. See, I love cooking and trying new recipes, but a couple months ago I realized that we were spending over $300 on groceries- $300 FOR TWO PEOPLE?!? Hmm… did not quite add up in brain. I thought about “couponing,” but there simply wasn’t enough time in my day between work, errands, and quality time with the hubby and my LDF (long distance family). It was then that I decided on a reasonable price- $150 on food, health and beauty products and household goods. These posts will be about keeping track of progress each month. I will also be posting some recipes so stay tuned!

This month’s haul:

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Groceries: FEBRUARY 2013 = *$90.81

MEAT

  • 1 pack of chicken
  • 1 pack of extra large shrimp
  • 1 pack of pork- rib tips
  • 1 pack of tilapia
  • 1 pack of bacon
  • 1 pack of sandwich meat (turkey breast)

VEGETABLES/FRUIT

  • 1 mesh bag of onions
  • 3 heads of garlic
  • 3 avocados
  • 2 limes
  • 1 ginger
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 1 pack of celery
  • 1 pack of broccoli
  • 1 pack of green onions
  • 2 slicing tomatoes
  • 1 tomatillo
  • 2 apples
  • 1 pack of “Cuties” easy peel mandarin oranges

BREAD/PASTA

  • 1 loaf of whole wheat bread
  • 1 pack of 10 large flour tortillas
  • 1 box of linguine pasta
  • 1 box of ziti pasta

SALAD/CONDIMENTS:

  • 2 packets of ranch dressing mix
  • 1 bottle of spicy brown mustard
  • 1 bottle of mayo
  • 1 bottle of teriyaki sauce/marinade
  • 1 bottle of soy sauce
  • 1 bottle of sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 pack of tortilla salad strips

CANNED FOODS/SOUPS

  • 1 can diced green chiles
  • 1 can diced jalapenos
  • 2 cans of red beans
  • 1 can mild red enchilada sauce
  • 2 cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of mushroom
  • 1 box of onion soup mix

BAKING/SEASONINGS:

  • 1 bag of sugar
  • 1 can sweetened condense milk
  • 1 bag chopped walnuts
  • 1 bag coconut flakes
  • 1 bottle of Italian seasoning
  • 1 bottle of garlic salt

DAIRY/EGGS:

  • 1 box of butter
  • 2 small sour cream containers
  • 1 gallon whole milk
  • 1/2 gallon light vanilla soy milk
  • 1 bag of fiesta blend shredded cheese
  • 1 block of pepper jack cheese
  • 2 packs of sliced pepper jack cheese
  • 1 pack of 18 large grade AA eggs
  • 1 pack of plain yogurt
  • 1 container of heavy cream
  • 1 container of buttermilk

* The total came out to $135.77, but I had a gift card worth $44.96, making the total $90.81.