Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Catching Up

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Boy, is it hard to get back to the swing of things.  Being on vacation and not writing for that long is hard.  Coming back from vacation sick (sore throat over here) makes it even more difficult.  But, I just have to get this thing started.  Get back to what I do best....write.

I have had so many things to be grateful for these last few weeks and it reminds me of the power that gratitude gives.  I came back to work without having to worry about all the stuff  I needed to do.  I just got through the emails and was happily surprised that a lot of the stuff was taken care of while I was gone.  So, I got to start with a clean slate.  Total bliss right there.

Yes, I've been sick.  Not being able to swallow because of pain really does suck, but having a husband who takes care of you makes everything so much better.  We are such a good parenting team.  He gives when I can't and I do the same.  I was reading Tausha's post yesterday and she is so right.  Nothing is more attractive than when a man becomes a father.  Hubby is so great with the kids.  He is a father any child would be lucky to have.  Oh, how I wish we could have more to share his daddy-ness with!  And...he takes care of me.  He made me homemade chicken noodle soup last night with cherry jell-o for dessert.  It's the little things like that which make me love him so much more everyday.

You know what else rocks my world?  Texting with wonderful friends that just get you.  You can send a "hey there" text to her and know you aren't bugging while she is busy with her day.  Or texting her after not doing so for so long and you don't miss a step.  Or getting excited because you read a message from her or see a pin she sent you, knowing she was thinking of you.  It's pretty wonderful having this blog community and finding some wonderful women you can call friends.

I've also been pretty thankful to pinterest lately.  I know it's such a time suck, but it also is so inspiring.  I just love pinning all the words that give me hope and finding ideas for outfits to Elevate (!)  It's less than four weeks away and ohmygoodness, I am thrilled to see so many of the girls I've grown to love...and meeting new ladies! Yes!  What does that have to do with pinterest, right?  I have no idea.  But one thought leads to another of course.

So I guess I just wrote a little blog post there for ya, huh?  I knew all I had to do was break through that difficult wall and just let the words flow so I can "talk" with you.  Just like always.  I missed you, loveys.  Bunches.

Now, go have an awesome day!
Make it count.
Be brave enough.
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Back from Spring Break

Hi there Loveys!

Can I just tell you....

Oh how I wish I was still on Spring Break
with these three loves of my life.
But I'm back to work.
Back to school.
Back to reality.
Not ready for anything really, though.
Is that okay?

I would love to go back to
San Francisco, Reno, and Lake Tahoe again.
Relive all of those new memories and experiences.

But it'll be fine.
I'll get back to my rhythm of life.
And then look forward to the next vacation, right?

I did miss you all though.
How was your week?

Just a little note to say HI.
Short and sweet.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

When a Blog is Delightfully Taken Over...

Day Three of the Blog Takeover is here, Loveys!
Today's blogger is one of the sweetest ladies I know.  She is the co-creator of the awesome annual blog conference, Elevate, and has the warmest heart I know.
Enjoy the truly awesome Jen today:)

Hi to all of you beautiful coffee-n-ink readers! 
I'm so excited to be posting on Nay's blog! She has been a dear friend in the blogging world and I'm so glad I had the chance to meet her in real life at Elevate 3 years ago and see her every year since! She is truly a light in this blogging world and I love reading her heart felt posts. 

 My name is Jen and I blog at Delightful Deets
My blog has become my place where I write about anything that is happy and beautiful to me. 
 I love to share style, an occasional craft or makeover, & parties.
I love a good party with an abundance of treats!  

 pinterest quote 

Life is chaotic and amazing. It's everything good and everything frustrating all at the same time. You can feel like a failure and a champion in the same hour. Enjoy the little things because one day you may look back and realize they were big things.

 pink and cream toddler dresses 

Paying attention to the details is what lifts me up and keeps me going. It might be a crazy day where you are rushing to get to soccer and dance and the grocery store and the bank, but for a split second in the rush of things your little girl asks for a messy bun like yours. The world stops. And instead of explaining that your hair is up in a bun because it's day 3 of not washing it and you are wearing work out clothes to run an errand because then you might actually be motivated to work out, you take it as the biggest compliment ever that she wants to look like you and thinks you're beautiful.

 wedding outfits 

It's the time when you are about to pull your hair because his clothes are all over the place and not in the laundry hamper, but when you are making your way to him to tell him for the 47th time where to put them, you find him making a fort and tucking his baby sister into her make believe bed while telling her how cute she is.

 my three babes 

There's a baby full of personality in our house that takes a full cup of water and dumps it, tries to eat toothpaste, is always sneaking fruit snacks, and has stuck her hand in the toilet more times than I'd care to count. When those sweet little arms go around my neck and she says, "mommy, sorry, kiss, hug, high five," I know my heart can't love them anymore. Laughing and smiling makes for a much more patient me. Trying to remember little details makes me appreciate the day to day blessings I have in my life and I try harder to not get boggled down with the bumps along the way. 

Thanks Nay for letting me take over! 

I'm leaving ya'll with a great slush recipe that the kids and I love to make!


Pineapple Sherbet Slush:
My mom and aunts used to make this for bridal showers, baby showers, and some family get togethers.
It’s now really difficult to find pineapple sherbet…trust me. We called around. It must not be very popular, but this is what I was set on making with 7 UP so I made it from scratch.
If you can find it, skip this part:
1 large lemon
2 cups granulated sugar 1 quart half-and-half 1 (15 ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice – I used a 20 oz
1 pint whipping cream
From the lemon remove the zest & chop the zest fine. Squeeze the juice from the lemon into a small bowl. In a small saucepan, heat sugar, half-and-half & zest until sugar is melted, but DO NOT BOIL. Set aside to cool. When sugar mixture is cool, add lemon juice & pineapple and the pineapple juice. Don’t drain. Freeze only until it is frozen an inch or so out from the edge. Spoon the partially frozen mixture into a mixing bowl & beat with electric mixer, before folding in whipping cream & mixing well.
I used a large tupperware container & left it in the freezer overnight.
Use 1 container of sherbet and 3/4 bottle of 7 UP. Whisk together until it’s slushy. If you can’t find the sherbet and make your own, try the same mixture. I’ve been making individuals (4-5 scoops and filling the 7 UP almost to the top of the glass) 

Mrs. J

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's a "Living in Yellow" (and her stomach) Take Over:)

Hey loveys,  

Still on Spring Break and loving every minute of it.   You know what I love a little more, though?  Today’s blogger extraordinaire (!) I met her at Elevate last year and she's every bit as wonderful as she is on her bloggy. Pinky swear.  I asked her to come by and keep you company while I'm away.  She said Sure...Isn't she nice? Enjoy the wonderfulness that is Erin…You’re welcome:) 

Well hey Nay lovers. 
I don't know about you, but does your love for this woman just run naturally deep?
There is sweet and then there is really sweet. I often find myself asking "how does she do it?" I am guessing I will never know, but I will forever appreciate it. Fortunately for me, our bond goes beyond a computer screen. 

You see, we like to hangout in Cali on the regular. 
And by regular, I mean once, but I am bound and determined to make it happen again. 

So this is awkward--I just remembered I haven't even introduced myself yet. 
My name is Erin and I make a fool of myself over at Living In Yellow daily. 

When I am not doing that I am either drinking wine or eating something really unhealthy, which is where my inspiration for today's post came. I thought of it only because I just got done eating it. Plus, I am a believer that all good things must be shared so that's what I am here to do. 

Without further ado I present to you.... 

It should be noted that I was not able to get any actual desirable looking pictures of this dish so you are going to have to excuse the appearance and trust the taste. What you are looking at is what I like to call sausage hashbrown casserole. Is it hashbrown or hash brown? Do things like that really even matter? Anyhow, I am not an egg fan by any stretch of the imagination so breakfast casseroles have always been a bit anticlimactic for me. Until this sucker magically appeared in my life that is. Potatoes, sausage, veggies, and cheese. Does life need any other ingredient? Yes. Sour cream, so we threw that in there as well. Here is the recipe peeps. Make it, love it, repeat, and repeat. 

Sausage Hashbrown Casserole Ingredients:
2 pounds sausage
(I used one pound spicy and one pound medium)
1 cup sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can french onion soup
1 cup onion
1/2 cup red pepper
1/2 cup green pepper
2 cups shredded cheese
30 oz country style hashbrowns
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Brown the sausage
2. In a separate bowl combine all of the other ingredients. Add in the sausage.
3. Pour into a 9x13 pan and bake for 45-60 minutes at 350.

And just like that you moved from a 9 to a 10 in your man's eyes.


Thanks for allowing me to share a bit of my stomach with you all today. 
Hope to see you over here soon!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hey Absolute Mommy! Take Over My Blog!

Hello Loveys,
While I'm on Spring Break this week, I have given some bloggers permission to take over my little space in Blogland.
To start off the week, one of my sweet blogging besties, Megan!  
Yes, we all know and love this girl.  This writer that inspires all of us to be writers and not just bloggers.
Read. Enjoy. Repeat.
You're welcome.
Your Nay

Hello coffee-n-ink readers.
I'm Megan from Absolute Mommy. Maybe you have heard of me.
I'm one of Nay's blogging besties and before you say, "How lame, you guys haven't even met, right?", we have met and I can tell you Nay gives the best hugs. 
Also, Nay has the heart of a writer and when she asked me if I'd like to guest post here, I couldn't resist. 
Reason one being because I'd do anything for her, and two because I love to be the center of attention. 
Just one of the many things you just might hate about me. 
Don't hate, I just had my hair done when I took this picture. I promise it doesn't look like this all the time.

Ten Things You'd Hate About Me
I'm an only child. And I've been spoiled to a fault. I'm so used to being the center of the universe that some days it's still hard for me to realize that I'm really not anymore. I'm a work in progress people!

I don't drink coffee. Or any caffeine really. I've got adrenal fatigue and so caffeine is a no-no for me on most days. I do cheat occasionally. But most people think this fact about me is coo-coo bananas.

I'm a size four, but I still think I'm fat. I know, it's awful, you don't have to tell me. But in my defense, when you get used to a certain size and now you are a new size your heart kind of breaks a little. I'm learning to accept this new me, but it's been harder than I can admit.

 I've done nothing to change number 3. 
I know. I should be exercising if I'm really unhappy with my size. But I really enjoy sitting on my ass and watching the Mindy Project or Scandal. I could be apologetic about this fact, but that would be a lie.

My favorite book is Love Story. My mother absolutely despises the book because of the cheesy movie made in the seventies, but the book captivated me! I wanted to go to an Ivy League school and date a hockey player/old money man like Oliver Barrett. I just didn't want to end up like Jenny Cavilleri, if you know what I mean. But I adore this book for all the sap, descriptions of Ivy League schools in the fall, and poetry read at wedding ceremonies. I love every single piece of cheese it holds.

The flip side of that is, I cannot for the life of me enjoy Pride and Prejudice. I get it, I call myself a bibliophile, and yet I just can't with this book. This one I'm actually sorry about.

 I am known for my selfies without make-up. What can I say, Instagram filters really make me look good. In my youth I would have never left the house with out make up and clean hair. As I've aged I've figured those things are luxuries on most days. So don't hate me because I know how to filter to my advantage. It's a finely cultivated skill...

I don't eat wheat, gluten, or grains of any kind. Yes, I'm that person. So I'm the worst to go out to dinner with. I always get to pick the restaurant, and I always special order. In my defense, I'm allergic to every grain that grows. 

 I'm a Brazilian waxer. Even though I hate it. I still do it. I have my reasons.

I have nothing but love and affection for the "eff" word. I won't use it here, this isn't my blog, but you may see it from time to time on my blog. Listen, I've got small kids, so my use of this word has taken a back seat in recent years. However, I've been known to use it as a comma, an adjective, and a verb. Sometimes in the same sentence.

So that's a lot about me. 
If you'd like to read more about the chaos that is motherhood, or my crazy life adventures, you can follow me on my blog. If you want randomness with a side of hilarity, follow me on Instagram
Otherwise leave a comment for Nay. 
She loves her some comment love!

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