Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hurry up Sunday!!!

So Sunday nights were filled with a delicious dinner and The Walking Dead. 

Walking Dead sadly is done for this season. Poo on AMC for not making their season longer BUT man, was it a good season! 

And thankfully, my Sundays are being replaced very very soon (as in this Sunday) by Game of Thrones. 

The level of my obsession for this show just can't be measured. I bought the book series a year ago by the urging of lots of my friends. They are fantasy and at that point, I was just not into reading fantasy books (yet I used to play WoW....hmm...) so I never did. After watching season 1 over the summer, I was hooked. But still, never read the books. Now that season 2 is starting (ON SUNDAY!!!!) I finally started reading the first book. 

I can't put it down.

I stay up until 11 (which is indeed past my bedtime lately) just reading because I MUST know what happens next. I have not been this engrossed in a book series since I started reading the Name of the Wind series I read over the summer. I love how each chapter is a character POV so you never really get lost. The chapters are short and sweet and you find yourself just turning page after page constantly. THEY. ARE. AWESOME!


Another awesome trailer!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Rural Inspirations Winners

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my page and hers! I know she loved it!

The three (3) winners of the jewelry are:

#12 Jill
#25 Nicole D
#18 Elle

Please contact me within 48 hours at soljersterATgmailDOTcom to claim your winnings! The pieces will be given out as a first come, first serve basis. So get those claims in fast!

Thanks so much and be looking for more awesome giveaways from The Pioneer Apron :D 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

When it rains, it pours?

You know, I always wondered what that saying really meant. I have never had horrible Murphy's Law really. Well, this last time Other Chef was gone it was one thing after another but at least I had a couple weeks in between crappiness.

This time, not so much. 

Ain't this the dang truth?

My tire blew last Friday, finally had it replaced by Sunday. 150$ to fix that bad boy.

Monday, my brakes went out. No warning. No grinding. No squealing. Just out.

Come to find out I broke the calibers on my brakes and I was leaking brake fluid everywhere. So they had to rebuff my brake pads, flush the entire system, replace the calibers. 240$ for those bad boys BUT at least my car is safe to drive again! 

Wednesday I am sitting at my Docs Appt and I hear my ring make this tinking noise. I look at it and move my diamond. Its literally TURNING in the prongs. So on my way home, I stop at Jared's to get it re-tightened. Well upon looking at my band, I was missing 3 prongs on those. 120$ to save that investment.


So 510$ in a matter of three days. Nice huh? 

Someone up there has to be laughing at us. Seriously.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Featured Small Business for March: Rural Inspirations!!!

Besides my obsession with Chickbands, there is another one that just totally has grabbed my attention and has held it now for the last 2 years. Its an etsy shop called Rural Inspirations and its FABULOUS!

My Goodies over the past couple years:

My Christmas Wreath, taken with phone so bad picture!

My yarn wreath she made me :D

My earring holder completely full. Now the entire top of the box is just covered in earrings
My friend Jessica owns Rural Inspirations that specializes in handmade jewelry. She makes the most beautiful necklaces, earrings, rings, name it, she makes it. She also makes swags and wreaths (definetly own a few of those). The entire top of my jewelry box is covered with earrings (a few custom orders that she did an amazing job on). Not sure about you ladies, but I love handmade pieces. You know there won't be 50 of the same thing floating around. They are unique and yours. Only yours. I've had her make a couple custom pieces for me that were sold before and she made them completely new, giving them their own personal twist.

Jessica is donating three (3) pieces of jewelry to give away to THREE (3) winners! One winner will one of the three pieces of their choosing. The choosing will come as a first come basis so the winners make sure you get your claims in as soon as you see it posted!! 

The items that you could win are:

How can you win? 

1. Must be a follower of this blog and comment below that you are (+1 entry)
2. Must like Rural Inspirations FB page and leave her come loving :D, comment below that you did (+1 entry)
3. Comment below which piece you want to win (+1 entry)
4. Share this giveaway on your blog, Twitter and/or FB (possible +3 entries)

Good luck!! The giveaway ends on March 27th at 9AM. I will pick a winner sometime that day!!

Monday, March 19, 2012


The winner of the LARABAR's is....

#4 Just Jen!! 

Thank you so much for the entries and new followers!! Jen, please contact me within 48 hours at soljersterATgmailDOTcom so I can send your information to Annie :D Make sure you let me know how those taste too! 

I will be posting March's Small Business later tonight so make sure you're the look out for that. Here is a sneak peek at ONE of the things you can win!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Just a quick note....

Hi everyone! 

I am still alive, I am still cooking and I have a LOT of updates to give this blog. I have been MIA for about a week now and its because I have been so busy with Doctor's appts, stuff at Little Man's school, school has started back up (man taking 5 classes at a time, WHAT was I thinking??) and just generally wanting to sleep all the time! 

I miss you all! I had one heck of a week. Friday ended with my tire completely shredded. Like we're talking entire side of tire gone. That was replaced today so now I am just trying to catch up on housework that I was too sick to handle! Can we say deep spring cleaning?? OH YES! 

I will be updating again in a couple hours, about to go get my roast in the oven!!! 

Friday, March 09, 2012

Guess what???

I can eat again!! 
Its so glorious to be able to eat food and not worry about how I am going to feel later. LOVE IT! 

This morning I started it off with ham and mushroom scrambled eggs with some colby cheese. AH-mazing. N and her 18 month old thought so too since I made enough for us all :D

So I want your favorite recipes since I am making my menu again, since I can actually eat. So spam me! Give me your favorite recipe!! 


Thursday, March 08, 2012

Two HILARIOUS videos on YouTube...

One of my friends (the featured small business for March in about 6 days!!) posted this video a long time ago on her Facebook and it got me watching Jenna Marbles. She. Is. Hilarious. Come to find out, BRiley is in love with her too. Where has this woman been my whole life?! 

The sad thing is, she kinda reminds me of me when I am driving...

Then another friend posted these videos on her Facebook. Apparently her boyfriend thinks they are hilarious. ANNNNND I do too. We totally do sound like this:

New Chickbands Winner...

One of the winners never contacted me back SO I picked a new one. That winner is:

#12 BRiley

Contact me within 24 hours so I can send your information over to Kara at Chickbands!! 

Thanks all! 

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

LARABAR Giveaway!!!

A couple months ago I did a great giveaway for LARABAR and I know the winner is in Larabar Heaven with them. 

I got an email today from Annie and she asked if I would be interested in hosting another giveaway. Sure would! I love this product and I love getting it out there!! 

They were featured on The Biggest Loser last night! Not just the bars but also two flavors...Peanut Butter Cookie and Cherry Pie (PB Cookie is AMAZING btw!!). The team at Larabar want to share these awesome flavors with you so they are giving away 2 of each:

Nom Nom Nom!
Here is how you can score these awesome flavors!!! 

1. MUST be a follower of my blog. Comment below +1 entry
2. Which flavor are you looking forward to most? Comment below +1 entry
3. Share giveaway on Twitter, FB or blog +1 entry per (possible 3 entries)

Each entry must be made in a separate comment :D 

Good luck! I will pick a winner on March 14th :D 

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

I miss it...

I miss the gym.

I miss running.

I miss putting in my headphones and just getting my workout in and feeling fantastic afterwards. 

I have been horribly sick the last 4 weeks. My Doc put me on Ensure because I haven't been able to keep anything in my system. My meals lately have consisted of chicken broth, Saltines, Ensure and some fruit. Nothing to really write home about. 

Hence why the cooking part of my blog has slacked. I miss cooking :( Other Chef has been doing all the cooking lately and I am totally grateful for that but I feel bad. 

Tonight its broccoli and cheddar soup. Let's hope that I can actually enjoy it!!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Another awesome Adele song...

So my exposure to Adele until late has just been Rollin in the Deep (its my actually my call back tune still). Just recently have I actually sat down and listened to her album. Found this awesome gem today. Enjoy!

Chickband Winners

So I know I said I would pick a winner on Friday and I am sorry I did not! I have been so sick lately and have really done nothing but sleep. No joke, all I do is slepe it seems! BUT I have been feeling a lot better lately, can finally eat again too!

Anyway, the winners are as follows:

Winner #1 is #10 Jen with Running with the Girls
Winner #2 is TurboTurtle
Winner #3 is Lunges and Lunch

Congrats ladies! Contact me within 48 hours at soljersterATgmailDOTcom so I can send your info and your band pick to Kara at Chickbands!

Friday, March 02, 2012

Love me some Adele...

I heard this on Smash this week. And its amazing. Definetly on repeat all morning long!!! 
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