Wednesday, June 27, 2012

7 Questions

Today is my day off, and though I'm in the midst of many projects (to be shown later), I wanted to take a few minutes and answer 7 Questions thanks to Gentri Lee and Housewifed.  

We can start with a funny photo! This is what my dog does when left alone in the bedroom - he bunches up the blankets and makes a nest for himself. Obviously our mattress is just too hard for him. 

1. If you could be any princess- which would you be and why?
I'm not really that interested in princesses, but the answer is Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Mostly because I would like to be a mermaid, and Sebastian and Flounder are some pretty awesome sidekicks. 

2. Do you have any odd habits? (do things in order, words that you say too often, etc)
If you ask my husband, I have many odd habits, but I'll go with I always have to put my left shoe on first. 

3. What's your "go to" outfit?

Jeans and a black shirt. 
4. Do you have any siblings? What are their genders, ages, order of age, names, etc?
I have three siblings, though I refuse to mention their ages. Addie (sister), Mary (sister), and Herman (brother). I'm the youngest.  

5. What's your favorite precious stone?

I like opals a lot, and tourmaline. 

6. If you had a check in your hand for 1 million dollars, what would you do with it?

I would pay off my debts (including the house), finally take a honeymoon, and then see what's left to help my family with their houses :) 

7. What do you love most about yourself- physically (eyes, smile, hair, etc. I don't know a good way to word that question...)
I like my eyes the most. I think they're very pretty, and I love that my siblings and I all have the same eyes (possibly the only feature the 4 of us have in common). 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Warm Bacon Dip

Sunday afternoon was my brother's birthday party. About two hours before the party, I realized I had nothing to bring, and the invitation said to bring a snack to share. So I did what any self respecting girl would do, which was scour my pinterest board of food to try for a recipe that I had most of the ingredients for. And Warm Bacon Dip was the answer! Really, who doesn't love bacon??

All I needed to get was sour cream, and I could get that at the store down the street. So I assembled my ingredients:

Cut the bacon into bits, snip the chives into to tiny bits, and mix it all together. Since it was a billion degrees, and it all fits in a 1-quart dish, I put this bad boy in my toaster oven!

It took a little longer to cook, since I didn't preheat the "oven", and then we were running late and had to hurry off to the party, so I didn't get the delicious after picture. Instead, I got a half-eaten picture because it turns out the dip was really good!

Warm Bacon Dip
adapted from the Daisy Brand website

2 cups sour cream
8 oz cream cheese
4 oz bacon bits (honestly, I cooked a pound of bacon, cut into bits, and threw in a handful, so it was probably a lot more)
1/2 cup chives
2 cups cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400. In a bowl, mix all ingredients together. Put the mixture in a 1 quart baking dish. Bake covered for 25-30 minutes, or until heated through. Serve with crackers, vegetables, whatever you feel like dipping in warm, gooey bacon dip!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A Morning Emergency

Yesterday morning I was awakened by a chorus of screeching crows. Sure, they were probably just "cah-ing", but at 5:00 in the morning it was not appreciated. It was only a few minutes after John had left for the day, so I couldn't imagine what was going on out there. I tried to ignore it, but finally I got up and looked out the window to see what was amiss. And there was a fox circling my chicken coop!! The poor girlies inside were clucking away and trying to fly, but of course were locked in. The fox was running around, trying to find a hole in our fence and a way in to our chickens. We don't own any guns, but usually we have some firecrackers around or something loud that would scare the fox away (because my husband really enjoys things that go boom).

Not wanting to waste time, I threw on my shoes and opened the front door. The fox looked at me, and kept looking for a way inside the coop. So I took a few steps outside, and the fox ran away. Which is a real good thing, because though I had put shoes on, I had neglected to put pants on. Beyond running outside in my underwear, I had no real plan for getting rid of this fox. Luckily, it has not been back since, but we're always on the lookout and no longer leave them running around when we're not home. Call us overprotective, but we just love them. And they love John (they're warming up to me).