Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Columbus Blue Jackets = my fav!

Matt and I are excited to announce that we are partial owners of Columbus Blue Jackets season tickets!!

Hockey is my absolute FAVORITE sport and cannot wait to see what this season has in store for our Jackets! My dad has owned season tickets for several years but decided to give them up this year because he was not very happy with how they have played the last few seasons. He felt like it was a waste of money to go watch a team that quite frankly, sucked! Fair weather fan? Not really...when you put so much money (& time..LOTS of time) into something, you'd like to see positive results at least SOMETIMES. He got fed up with their losing record and decided to spend his hard earned money on something else. That is...for about a couple of days. He caved. Apparently he missed having something to do two or three nights a week during hockey season! He renewed his PSL under one condition...if we split the cost 3 ways with. The tickets have been divided among himself (& my mom but she doesn't really enjoy hockey much), Matt and I, and my brother and his wife. Fair enough! We have been spoiled by getting free tickets from him long enough, it is time to contribute!

Matt and I will be going to our FIRST game of the season tomorrow. We are really looking forward to it. Rick Nash (our fabulous captain) is pictured below. Wouldn't you be excited to go see this guy skate across the ice for a couple of hours? ;)

If you are thinking, "Uh, what's so great about him?"....you should see him in person. Perhaps this picture does not do him justice :) No worries...hubs knows about my slight crush on him.

We are also looking forward to visiting Matt's family in his hometown this weekend! His parents live about an hour and a half away from where we live. Although we saw them a week or so ago, we are anxious to travel to them this time because it has been a while since we've been there!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pinterest Inspiration

On Friday night, I got together with two of my lovely ladies and our significant others at my girlfriend's house. We had a "Pinterest Date". Our date included choosing a dinner and dessert recipe from Pinterest to make for the men. The guys played Playstation while we slaved away in the kitchen :) The three of us split up the list of ingredients to pick up from the grocery store. We made Crispy Chicken with Creamy Italian Sauce and Bowtie Pasta. Here's a picture to make your mouth water:

Along with the chicken and pasta, we made Bisquick's Cheese Garlic Biscuits...YUM! These things never disappoint!
The chicken was delicious!! We came to the conclusion that it was not terrible for us because it was coated in corn flakes...nothing too bad for you. The pasta on the other hand...calls for a whole 10 oz. package of Italian Herb and Cheese Cream Cheese. It may've been artery clogging but it was absolutely scrumpcious and will definitely be making it again.

Dessert came next.

Chocolate overload? I think yes...but it doesn't hurt every once in a while. We cheated a little on this recipe. Let me explain. The recipe instructed to make the chocolate chip cookie and brownie from scratch. We decided to cut down on the labor, LOL. We knew we'd be busy making the chicken and pasta so we simply bought mixes instead. Amongst the boys, it was a fan favorite...you can't go wrong with double stuffed oreos smothered by chocolate chip cookies and brownies, right? The guys were very impressed with what their women created in the kitchen that evening. A couple of them even indulged in seconds!

Pinterest is something that we are very thankful for in this household (although Matt claims to not be interested). When we started building our house, I promised Matt that since we were going to have a huge kitchen with a double oven and extra long gourmet buffet, I would learn how to cook and make dinner ALL the time. Well, immediately after we moved in I became extremely busy with wedding planning since our engagement was only a mere 10 months away! I then made a promise to start cooking after we the wedding was over. Conveniently, I discovered Pinterest right after we got back from our honeymoon. The mouth watering recipes inspired me to get busy in the kitchen. I've tried making several different things since then and don't plan to stop anytime soon! Hubster is happy as a clam and is always eager to discover what is next in the lineup! He is also extremely willing when his help is needed in the kitchen whether it be to help prep the meal or clean up afterwards! I'm very thankful to report that our relationship is 50/50 when it comes to house chores and duties!

In the next few weeks, I will be taking a trip to Hobby Lobby to gather materials needed to make these DIY projects!

How cute is this?! OMG, obsessed! I'm going to make one for our house and if I am confident enough, I may make some for Christmas gifts! I better get crackin'!

And this. These are so cute and look simple! I'm going to make a "B" to hang somewhere in the house. Our kitchen theme is "all things wine" so it will probably go in there somewhere. We already have a ton of corks so I might as well use them for something crafty :)

I will leave you with a picture of a couple of friends that we went out with last night! Adobe Gilas is always a fun bar to go to...especially when there is a LOT of fun people watching to do! :) My oh my...I wish I had pictures to share of some of the things we saw...