Apple Cider Margarita

27 10 2011

I saw this today (at 8am, mind you) and really want one real bad…Cheers!  I’m buying the ingredients today!  Perfect for when trick or treaters come knocking at my door again, and again, and again…

Apple Cider Margartias

serves 1, is easily multiples

1 ounce Grand Marnier

1 ounce gold tequila

5-6 ounces sweet apple cider

orange segments and apple slices

cinnamon + cane sugar + coarse sugar for glass rimming

cinnamon sticks for garnish

Add a few spoonfuls of cane sugar, coarse sugar and cinnamon to a plate. Run an orange segment around the edge of the glass, then press into the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat the rim. Add a few orange slices in the bottom of the glass, fill with ice, then add the Grand Marnier, tequila and apple cider and stir to mix. Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks. Enjoy!


To the heart of it all

11 07 2011

Wednesday, Joey and I will be leaving to take a trip to Denver, Colorado.  This is the first place we “traveled” to when we were dating.  As we made our journey from Manhattan, KS to Arizona, this was our first stop.  We had our first Thanksgiving together at his parents house.  That was in November of 2007.  Now we make the trip back to Colorado this week.  I’m anxious to see how much I remember, how in my eyes, things are different.  Back then we were still dating…now we are married and life brings whole new meaning, especially a trip back home to see his family and friends. 

I’m sure back in 2007 his friends thought of me as just another girl, or someone he was with.  Now I’m “Joey’s wife” and to me, and them, it means a whole lot more. 

I’m very excited and anxious to spend a week in Colorado.  We did not get to do a whole lot last time, and it was cold.  Now we are going to go camping for a couple of days at Blackhawk.  Going out downtown, seeing a friend from back in Kansas, and touring Colorado in a whole new way.  I think these things make it that much more meaningful to me.  Not that I didn’t take the trip in last time, but it means so much more this time. 

Is it a sign?

8 06 2011

About 4-5 times a month this happens to me:

I’m getting off work or going somewhere and a certain song is on the radio right before i shut the car off.  Then, when I get back in, the next day, that same song is playing on the radio when I turn it on.  (I know what some of you are thinking, and no, it’s not a cd).  Strange huh?

Even more strange, I was listening to a song on my ipod today while working out; not a very common song.  I took my headphones off, and sat in the sauna for about 20 minutes, with that song in my head.  Then when I got out and back into the lockeroom, that song was on the radio in the gym….freaky!

Am I the only one this happens to?

And they think that is doing what for them?

8 06 2011

Lately I’ve been noticing some gym members doing ridiculous looking exercises at the gym.  Mostly guys…well, all guys actually.  You see, females learn how to do things right b/c they don’t want to look ridiculous doing something wrong.  But all I have to say is, why, why, why?  Let me tell you, with as much as I know about exercise, I can still get intimiated with an area of about 30 guys and me being the only girl, but these crazies make me feel much more confident!

Scenario 1: Old guy wearing a weight belt doing the lat pull down machine….backwards.  Very oldschool, very ineffective, very good at getting injuries!

Scenario 2: Younger guy trying to do front deltoid raises, but his dumbbells are about 3 times too heavy.  So he proceeds to keep his elbows almost at a 90 degree angle while leaning his body waaaay back everytime.  Dumbbass!

Scenario 3: Guy doing lateral raises with dumbbells, using an ok weight, but not really doing lateral raises.  His hands stay by his sides and it looks more of like a chicken wing flapping exercise.  What is that working again?

Scenario 4: The Smith machine lunge.  Ahhh, what a machine.  It actually HELPS you do things right.  But only if your feet are in the right place.  In order to lunge, you have to spead your feel far apart forward and backwards, not only 1 1/2 feet, then your lunge just looks pathetic and dangerous.  Now I see why you are wearing that weight belt. 

That’s all I’ve seen lately.  What about you?  I’d love to hear what you have seen-ridiculous and all!

It’s finally done…

1 06 2011

My pride and joy…the backyard!  The place for backyard BBQ’s, horseshoes, washers, fun and family and friends is finished.  The grass is done, the rocks are done, and the beer is full.  Those locals, come over and enjoy.  Those far away-wish you were here. 

A small step in time

25 05 2011

Last Tuesday, my hubby, Joey, had a much anticipated and might I add, long awaited surgery.  He had a complete ankle replacement by Dr. Casillas of the Nix downtown San Antonio.  The surgery was much quicker than anticipated and extrememly successful.  Lots of arthritis removed and the new ankle went in perfectly.  In 6 months, all should be normal, with almost perfect range of motion.  We spent more nights than expected in the hospital and learned many ways to pass the time in a tiny room.  When he was finally released, we set up camp at home.  He now resides mostly on the couch (in my spot!), mixed in with a bit of recliner and the bed sometimes. 

 There are a lot of things I have learned this week, about myself, and our marriage.  It has brought us closer together in many ways.  If you have ever walked into a hospital room after someone you love has had surgery, than you know what I mean.  I have learned how to care for him when he was in the room, bringing him snacks, cutting his food and making sure he takes in fluids (and lets them out).  How when finding out he has to stay yet another night, I decide to sleep over with him and surprise him with Chick-fil-a to cheer him up.  Upon arriving home, I have learned even more patience, as things that normally take 2 minutes, now take 10 or more.  Showering, cooking, cleaning, and even simple things as getting from one room to the next or switching chairs.  This is when I greatly appreciate all Joey’s mom has done and how much she is helping out.  An extra hand to get him some water, filling the dishwasher, helping water the plants, all relieves a little I have to do, and gives me more time for the important things. 

In turn,  I have seen changes in him as well.  More appreciative, caring, loving, and the actual realization of what he and I both have.  I could not have asked for something better.  This small step back has moved us forward in our lives and in our relationship.  We have accomplished in this one week, what others have to go to counseling sessions to achieve.  I am blessed for what I have in my life!

Project Chevy 101

9 05 2011

It takes a lot of trust (a lot) for a couple to spend a little money (what little they have) to make a little extra money.  A while back, Joey wanted to buy this 4 wheeler for about $200 that came to his work, with the promise that he will sell it for more.  I trusted him, and before we even paid for it, he sold it for $500.  He is ALWAYS selling things on ebay, or helping other ppl at their houses on their bikes, and doing whatever else he can to make our family extra money.  I am so proud of him for that and I know he works hard.  But when this next one came around, I was very hesitatant.  The price was larger and the risk larger.  $1800 with taxes to be exact.  A 94 Chevy Silverado, someone traded in on a bike.  After market everything, V8, extras, etc.  (Someone put in a lot of money but really wanted a bike).  My financial gut said no, but my trust was with him.  In less than one week he cleaned it up, primered it, bedliner, everything and its already up for sale.  First email received today inquiring about it.  Listed $4500.  Now, I dont know about you, but that profit sounds pretty good to me, even at $4000.  Yeah, with paint and supplies he probably spent $2000 total, but to give our family an extra $2000, that more than pays for our trip to Hawaii in November!

I love you baby and am proud of you and what you do for us!