Me, Myself, & I

Andy was out of town in Chicago all weekend for a bachelor party which meant I had the entire house to myself (and Bosco)..

I started off the weekend on Friday night with some much needed girl time. I had my friend Lisa over for pizza and wine, and we sat up and chatted all evening until around 9:30ish.

Saturday morning called for some waffles.


I took Bosco on a super long walk and we were still home before 9am. I packed everything up and headed out to do some shopping, and spent a little more than intended but hey - tax season is here!

I scored some awesome deals at Hobby Lobby (spring decor is all 40% off!), Home Goods, and Marshalls.


I knew I wanted to spruce up the bathroom a little and was kind of unsure how full-out I wanted to go. I knew we needed new rugs and a new shower curtain, and I also wanted to add a shelf above the toilet. We are just staying in a rental for now, so my DIY projects are limited - but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I plan on replacing the greenery in the jars with something a little lighter and florally, but it works for now.

Just ignore our atrocious floors! In a perfect world, I'd love to stain our vanity a dark brown to match the rest of the wood and put in new floors. But Andy is quick to nix any elaborate plans... sigh.. we can't wait to have our own house.



I also made a few spring wreaths - one for our door, and one as a gift for a friend! These were super easy to do. The grape vine wreaths were $5 at Hobby Lobby, and the flower stems were all 50% off. So I made two wreaths for under $25!



I also decorated for spring (too early?) and had a lunch consisting of Cadbury Mini Eggs, whoooops.

Later that night, I settled in for a Red Wine face mask, some leftover Chinese food, and the movie Wonder. Highly recommend this one!


Sunday was another early morning, and like the previous one - consisted of another walk.


I grocery shopped and tried the skinny Smoked Butterscotch Latte. Sooo good but really anything butterscotch is my favorite.


I tried a new salon and got my nails done.


And made a pot of chili for dinner, some raspberry muffins, and patiently waited for Andy to come home.



Even though I enjoyed a relaxing and productive weekend, we are so glad to have him back home!


Five on Friday | 2.16.2018

Happy Friday!

ONE // Andy and I celebrated Valentine's Day on Tuesday (he had to work Wednesday night) and we grilled burgers, tried our hand at homemade onion rings, and topped off our cheat meal with chocolate malts - yum! I gave Andy his gift (Men's Coach Cologne, yeah it's amazing), and was told my gift should be arriving by mail soon.. can't wait to see what it is!


 
TWO // Bosco also celebrated the holiday with some heart shaped puppy treats


THREE // I took my 30 minute break yesterday and ran to Target for some needed things.. road trip snacks for Andy, some Easter dollar section items, and to try the new cherry mochas at Starbucks. These were only for Valentine's Day but the barista graciously made me one anyway and holy wow it was delicious! I'm bummed it's only a limited time thing.



Speaking of delicious coffee drinks, I recently tried this cold brew from Trader Joe's. It was under $2 and it blew my mind! It's got like a frothy creamy texture to it and is perfectly strong. It was enjoyed alongside our box of chocolates my mom gave us for Valentine's Day. She also gave me the mug - and I decided it's definitely one of my new favorites.


FOUR // I'm rejoicing that I finally got back in the gym this week! After being gone for a week in Mexico, and then getting food poisoning from said trip - it had been some time. I did weigh myself thinking I for sure had gained a few pounds from over-indulging on our vacation, but found that I actually lost four pounds while being sick for that week. I just have my fingers crossed it's not four pounds of muscle because I worked too darn hard for that bit to just lose it to the stomach flu.


FIVE // Andy sets off to Chicago tonight for a bachelor party so it's just Bosco and I all weekend. We have tons of plans to keep us busy though, ahem.. *bathroom remodel* and a spring DIY wreath to make. Tonight, I'm keeping things simple though and having a girlfriend over for pizza and a glass or three of wine.


Cheers to the weekend!

Teriyaki Chicken Wings

We are huge wing lovers around our home. It's safe to say that we end up making them at least a couple times a month. It's an easy meal, and can be relatively healthy (most of the time) if we bake them. With that being said, we looooove trying new sauce recipes! We have a homemade buffalo sauce recipe we are obsessed with, and we've nailed down a great honey BBQ recipe too. So, we decided to try something new on Friday (and didn't order pizza - whattttt?!) and we made Teriyaki wings!



Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Bone-in chicken wings (we  do a whole bag of the frozen ones from Target, leftovers are great!)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil
Leaves from 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro

1 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
5 garlic cloves
2 inch piece fresh ginger, grated

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season the chicken wings with salt and pepper, and drizzle them with olive oil. Lay wings in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes until the skin is crispy and wings are cooked through.

While wings are baking, combine the teriyaki sauce ingredients in a large saucepan. Simmer over low heat and reduce until slightly thickened (use a little corn starch if it seems to thin). Pour the sauce in a large bowl. Dump the wings in the bowl and toss to coat. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle cilantro for garnish.



Significant Other Valentine's Quiz

I found this floating around a few years ago for Valentine's Day and thought it would be a blast (and humorous) to quiz Andy on myself and our relationship! We actually had fun thinking of these answers after dinner on Monday night, and it really shows that even after knowing each other for four and a half years, there's still things we don't 100% know about each other. That being said, there were some answers showing that Andy knew me better than I know myself - or vice versa! Here we go..



Where was your first date?
Carlie: Chilly Billy's on campus for frozen yogurt
Andy: Chilly Billy's

Who said "I Love You First"?
Carlie: Me.
Andy: Me.

The verdict is still out on this one (it was me.)

What's her most commonly used phrase?
Carlie: "Oh My God!"
Andy: Umm.. "Pay attention to me!" or "I'm awake!" 

When ordering drinks for the two of you, what would you order?
Carlie: Old fashioned, Moscow Mule
Andy: Beer, Mojito

What's the best thing she has ever baked?
Carlie: Banana Bread
Andy: Pie or cookies

What's her annoying habit?
Carlie: Over-planning everything
Andy: Talking to me while I'm trying to fall asleep

What's your favorite color on her?
Carlie: Dark green
Andy: Pastel colors (threw me for a loop there)

What's the last thing she does before going to bed?
Carlie: Grab a specific blanket and turn on my fan
Andy: Talk my ear off, give Bosco water, Forget to plug in her phone. A lot.

What's her favorite thing you cook?
Carlie: Salmon or steak
Andy: Steak.

What's something that cheers her up?
Carlie: Dessert, a glass of wine, and conversation
Andy: Sweets, kisses, and surprises

What's her favorite dessert?
Carlie: Rita's Italian Ice or Chocolate Chip Cookies
Andy: "Stop that - all of the above"

What's your favorite thing about her?
Carlie: My optimism
Andy: How genuine you are

What's her Starbucks Kwik Trip coffee order? (What can I say, I love me some magical gas station coffee...)
Carlie: House blend, flavor shots of blueberry and almond, french vanilla creamer.
Andy: Hazlenut coffee, flavor shots of blueberry and cinnamon, french vanilla creamer.

WOW Andy has a lot to learn about my coffee order.

What's her dream job?
Carlie: Part time event planner, part time travel agent.
Andy: Event planner.



I'd say Andy gets a solid C on this.. he did get some right that I ended up not! 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Dove Heart Peanut Butter Cookies

Valentine's Day is up there on my list of favorite holidays and it probably has something to do with the insane amount of delicious sweets involved. I'd be lying if I didn't say that Andy and I devoured half of this cookie batch right out of the oven. These are so easy that I had them made, in the oven, and cooling in 30 minutes!



Dove Heart Peanut Butter Cookies

1 package Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix
1 egg
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon water
Chocolate Hearts (We used Dove dark chocolate ones - yum!)

Mix your dough according to package instructions. Roll into 36 1-inch balls. Place two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden.

Immediately press a chocolate into each cookie and remove from cookie sheet to cool.




There is no way these will make it to Wednesday!

Cancun 2018

Andy and I got back on Thursday morning from a six day vacation in gorgeous Cancun. It was such a relaxing and rejuvenating week, which is exactly what we wanted. Six days of no plans, no alarms, and no diets. Get ready for picture overload.

Our flight didn't leave until 12:40am on Friday morning, so we got to the airport late Thursday night and had some pre-flight drinks before getting kicked out of the bar so they could close.


We flew Spirit... which is definitely not my first choice in flights, in fact - it's probably my last choice. But we got these plane tickets for free so no complaints. Also, Andy so happened to sit in a "lucky seat" so we got another 5,000 free miles to use!
 




Once we got to our hotel, we laid by the pool for awhile and devoured some authentic Mexican food before passing out for the night,



The hotel had an omelette bar every morning and they were to die for!




Where you could find us 90% of the trip.. the swim up bar!




On Sunday we took an excursion to Isla Mujeres. We rented a golf cart and drove around the entire island, drank out of coconuts, and got lots and lots of sun.











My handsome navigator!











Other than our Isla Mujeres day, we spent all day and every day by the ocean or the pool trying all of the hotel bars yummy drinks.







And our nights looked a lot like this - a lot of card games, music, and people watching.



I got to read an entire book while on vacation. I highly recommend this one if you like psychological thrillers!





 


It was one of our favorite vacations ever, and we made so many sweet memories to get us through the rest of this winter here in Minnesota!

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