Friday, May 9, 2014

Cinco de Mayo (from scratch!)

I really should start posting these things *before* the holiday...

Anyway, I L.O.V.E. Mexican food!  I love to go to Mexican restaurants and I love to cook it (however unauthentic my cooking may be).


I had soft tacos on my menu plan for the week, so I cooked those up using this recipe for the seasoning.

I also cooked my usual Mexican rice...so delicious!

There was a time where I made my own salsa, but have gotten lazy.  Hubby requested it the other day, so I whipped up a batch of it.  I don't measure anything; I just chop and combine the ingredients and keep taste-testing until it is delicious.  This was the first time I threw the ingredients into a food processor to make it less chunky.  The ingredients I use are: canned petite diced tomatoes, part of an onion, cilantro (lots!), jalapeno slices (just a few), lime juice (a dash), salt, and garlic powder.  Maybe one day I will figure out the measurements and blog the recipe!

I also made the margaritas from scratch using this recipe I found on Pinterest.  The recipe makes a gallon, so I used one cup of tequila, converted the other measurements into ounces, and divided by six to make just over two drinks.  They were good; Hubby enjoyed it more than I did.  I thought it was a little too tart and next time I will be limiting or eliminating the lemon juice from the recipe.  As it watered down, I enjoyed it more.

I was very proud of this meal and it was all delicious!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

DIY Initial Door Hanger

 I am normally a wreath-lovin' girl.  I have made several wreaths for my front door!  Unfortunately in this home, our door is red, which I love, but it tends to clash with my regular wreaths.  My spring wreath is pink cherry blossoms, but it looked terrible against the red door!


I was going to make just a daisy wreath for spring, but decided to be a little more trendy and make a letter door hanger!  I figured yellow would really pop against our red door.


You will need:
  • A letter (this one is 13 inches from Michael's)
  • Paint
  • Flowers
  • Burlap or ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paintbrush
First, I painted the entire letter yellow, making sure to also cover the sides.  (I didn't think you needed to see a picture of me painting it!)





After the paint dries, cut the flower off until the stem is flat against the bottom.


Glue the flowers to the letter in whatever arrangement you like.  I like things in threes.


If you have burlap, cut a length you want and then cut it in half.  If you are using ribbon, then just cut two lengths you want.  Basically you just need two lengths of material that are about 2-3 inches wide.


Since this is the support for the letter, I wanted to use a lot of glue to make sure it holds.  I glued a little bit of the burlap on at a time so it wouldn't dry out.


Again, since this is the support for the letter, I glued quite a bit of burlap to the back.  I just wanted to make sure it holds!  I glued the entire width of the ribbon.


Tie the top of the ribbon together (I just tied a regular knot).


The grand total for this project?  $12.66 and 20 minutes (to let the paint and glue dry).


I think it looks great!  Now to repaint the door...

Monday, May 5, 2014

Medical Mondays: Good Intentions

Hubby is currently on his last day of a less time-intensive rotation (we're talking 8am-4pm shifts)!  At the beginning of the rotation when he saw how much free time he had, he began talking about all of these projects we needed to do, and how we needed to go ahead and do them while he had time to help.

Can we all pause to laugh for a minute?

I know he had the best of intentions.  I know he intended on helping.  And he did help...for three days...

I will be posting before and after pictures of our yard once the grass grows in (please please please grow!!!).  If you go back to this post, you will find all of the projects "we" worked on.

 The days he did help, he worked very hard.  He pulled out the stumps to some big bushes at the end of the driveway, helped to shovel some of the rocks (but not all), and planted (most of) the grass.

(They're finally gone!!!!!!!!!!!)


Oh yeah, and I planted a vegetable garden.  He tilled up the ground, but I picked out all of the grass/weeds and did the work!

All of this is in addition to all of the laundry, cleaning, finances, part-time work, cooking, taking care of the animals, etc. I (and we all!) do around the house.  And there aren't even kids in the mix yet!  I think all medical spouses should be considered superheroes!

When I called him out when I was working by myself and he was in the house, he said he got tired more quickly than he expected.  Poor guy.  I know he works hard and he deserves the down time when he can get it.  But it was his idea to start all of the projects, and I knew as soon as he suggested it that I would really be doing the majority of the work.

I am thankful for the help he did give, and I am super proud of all I (we) have accomplished in the past two weeks.

But no more projects for awhile, no matter how gung-ho hubby is.


Friday, May 2, 2014

May Money Plan

For April:

End of Month:   $780.86 over budget.

However, if I take out the money spent on the two trips, I am down to $105.86 over budget.  Since that is what I did for the other trip and taxes, I think I will do that this time, too.
  • Our natural gas bill is still high.
  • We had 2 trips:  a bachelor party and a wedding/visit to family in Georgia ($675 for both trips)
  • We redid many areas of our yard and bought plants/grass seed/topsoil for it ($163.36)
  • Hubby got his expensive guitar repaired ($125)
At least I am encouraged that our budget overage was due to the two trips.  That wasn't the only area over budget, though.  I went over in all categories except gas (outside of the trips) and shopping (I counted the yard materials in miscellaneous).

Progress:

September:  $1,024.55 over budget
October:  $271.72 over budget
November:  $1,037.86 over budget
December:  Quit keeping up...
January:  $152.18 over budget (not counting the $490 I spent on the Disney trip)
February: $594.64 over budget (not counting $900 from savings for federal taxes and car deductible)
March:  $577.85 over budget
April:  $105.86 over budget (not counting $675 for bachelor party and wedding trip)

May's Plan

Hubby goes on nights next week so hopefully we can reign it in.

I am hopeful for May!!!  Let's see if I can keep it in the green for once in my life?