Blues, Puppies and Boats

This past weekend, well pretty much the entire week was amazing. I have found out that I’m am getting a puppy. Ahhh! I cannot contain my excitement. I have always grown up with large dogs (I actually have a large dog now) but I am changing it up a little bit and getting a little dog (an ankle biter). My sweet little baby is a male Pomeranian. I went and visited him last Wednesday and when I arrived his eyes were still not open. I stayed for about 2 hours snuggling and loving on him, by the time I left his eyes were fully open and he started wiggling around a lot more. 

   
 
He is absolutely precious. I don’t have a named picked out yet but I do have a couple in mind. 

If you live in or around the Pensacola area then you know that this past weekend was Blue Angel weekend.  

   
They are the cream of the crop in the Navy. Their performance had my hair standing on edge throughout the entire performance. It was beyond incredible. If you’ve never seen the Blue Angels then you need to look them up and go to one of their shows. You won’t regret it. The best way to see the Blue Angels at Pensacola is on a boat. I was fortunate enough to be on two boats this weekend.  

 Sonny Seas, a 65′ Princess Viking SportCruiser (which is actually for sale, message for more info about it). This yacht has a full kitchen, dining area, living room, laundry room, 5 bedrooms & 4 full baths (including the captains quarters in the back). It’s gorgeous.  

 We were also lucky enough to be on this 48′ fishing boat with 2 big beds and 2 full baths.  (This boat is not for sale)

Needless to say, it was a very eventful and busy week. I can’t wait to share more of my adventures with you next week. 

xoxo, H

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Making Marlins

Most of my followers may not know this but last weekend was the Pensacola International Billfish Tournament.  My boyfriend took 2nd place in the Tuna category weighing in a 107.4 pound tuna.  He took home a plaque and some new lures for the boat.
The third place winner we were a wee bit jealous of because they got this amazing piece of artwork that represents what fish they caught and placed with that weekend.

So, my boyfriend woke up and came up with the idea that he was going to start making some of the same artwork for our home (currently we don’t have anything on the walls because we are picky).  Right now he is making a piece of artwork for the man cave.  Below are pictures and step-by-step instructions on how he has made this piece of artwork.

Step 1:
Get a pallet board.  Once you have your pallet board you need to carefully take apart the boards on the outside (for our Marlin he only used 3 pieces of the pallet and we will save the rest for another project.)  After we have the pieces off you are going to want to use the center piece of the pallet to use as your base and nail your 3 pieces (or however many you used) so that way you wont have to worry about messing with wood glue or anything like that.

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Step 2:
For the second step we went ahead and googled an outline of an Marlin.  We printed it out and laid it next to our pallets so we could look at it and place our beer caps, yes that’s right, we used beer caps to outline the Marlin.

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Step 3:
Lastly, once you have your beer caps placed all you need to do is grab a hot glue gun and glue those beer caps down and, BAM, you’re done.  All you need to need to do now is hang it up and wait for all the compliments and questions about how you made it.

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xoxo H

p.s. If you aren’t crafty but you love this item, comment and let me know and we would be able to make one and get you a great deal on it, especially for my fellow bloggers (:

Trying something new.

Happy Sunday Funday readers,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Fourth of July weekend celebrating our wonderful countries birthday.  I know that I did.

Today, I was inspired to do something new and creative.  I was inspired by not only my awesome boyfriend but I was also lounging around this morning (coffee in tow) watching Julia and Julia.  I loved the fact that she decided to blog about her one year of trying out Julia Childs recipe book.
So…I have come to the conclusion that I am going to blog once a week, every Sunday, about either a new recipe that we have tried, new projects that we have decided to make for our new home, new decor (where and how much the item was) for our home, and all sorts of other things.  I will post pictures, links and step by step instructions for anything we do.

I will also be posting some other cool new recipes and ideas that I found on pinterest.

To start it off, I will be posting about a new art project that my boyfriend is working on for his man cave.  I hope that you guys will love it as much as I do.

xoxo H

Quinoa Salad with Chicken and Dried Apricots/Honey Yogurt Dressing

Quinoa Salad with Chicken and Dried Apricots
Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 23-27 minutes

Ingredients:
1 1/3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup dried apricots, thinly sliced
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 cups butter lettuce, torn
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Directions:
1. In a medium saucepan bring broth and salt to a boil.  Add quinoa.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.  Remove from heat.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add chicken.  Cook 8-12 minutes or until chicken is 165 degrees (F), turning once halfway through cooking.  Slice chicken; cover and keep warm.
3. In a large bowl combine quinoa, apricots and onion.  Add Honey Yogurt Dressing.  Toss to combine.
4.  To serve, line a large serving platter with lettuce.  Top with quinoa mixture and sliced chicken.  Sprinkle with almonds.

Honey Yogurt Dressing

Ingredients:
1/4 cup plain yougurt
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:
In a small bowl whisk together.  Cover and chill up to 24 hours

Clementine Delights

On my weekly shopping visits to Publix (southern grocery store), I always pick up the ‘Publix Family Style’ magazine.  It’s right in the front by the sales ad and the best part is that it is 100% free.  In this magazine there are always great cooking tips and tricks and of course the best part, new recipes to try.  New recipes are either a hit or a miss between my boyfriend and I.  There are two specific recipes that I am going to share for my fellow bloggers who may not be able to access a Publix in their hometown.  Clementines are a big hit in the south during winter, I’m not quite sure what it is but they are juicy and delicious.  These two recipes have to do with, you guessed it, Clementines.

Clementine-And-Honey-Glazed Pork Chops

Makes: 4 Servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Marinate: 2 to 24 hours
Broil: 9 to 11 minutes

Ingredients:
6 Clementines, divided
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
4 8-ounce bone-in pork chops cut 1 inch thick

Directions:
1. Zest, then juice 3 clementines. (You should have 1 tablespoon zest and 6 tablespoons juice.)  In a medium bowl combine clementine zest, juice, honey, vinegar, rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.2. Place pork chops in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. Pour honey mixture over pork chops. Seal bag and turn to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator 2 to 24 hours.
3. Preheat broiler. Remove pork from marinade. Transfer marinade to a small saucepan; set aside. Quarter the remaining 3 clementines.
4. Place the pork chops on the rack of an unheated broiler pan. Season both sides of the pork chops with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
5. Broil 3 to 4 inches from the heat about 4 minutes or until the glaze darkens and any exposed parts of the pork chops turn brown. Turn over pork chops and add the clementine quarters to the pan. Broil 5 to 7 minutes more or until pork registers 145 degrees F on an instant-read themselves.
6. Meanwhile, heat reserved marinade over medium-high heat until boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 8 minutes or until reduced by half.
7. To serve, spoon honey reduction over pork chops and broiled clementines.

A meal is not complete without dessert.

Dark-Chocolate-Dipped Clementines

Makes: 54 segments
Start to Finish: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
6 clementines
4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon shortening
1 tablespoon finely chopped crystallized ginger

Directions:
1. Line a large baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside. Peel and segment clementines.
2. In a small heavy saucepan heat and stir chocolate and shortening over low heat until melted and smooth. Dip clementine pieces halfway into chocolate, letting excess drip off. Place on the prepared baking sheet. While still warm, sprinkle with ginger. Let stand until set. Cover and chill up to 24 hours.

Don’t forget to comment with how you like these recipes and to tell me your favorite recipes.
XOXO, H

54 Crazy Thoughts A Girl Has When A Guy Isn’t Texting Her Back

We, as girls, have all had some crazy thoughts to why her man is not texting them back.  Don’t deny it, it happens to the best of us.

1. He’s definitely ignoring me on purpose.
2. Who is he f*cking?!
3. Maybe he didn’t get my message?4. Maybe he lost his phone?
5. Nope, he just like a picture on Instagram – he definitely has his phone.
6. Is it because I’m ugly?
7. I’m better looking than he is, WTF!
8. Maybe he’s playing hard to get?
9. Maybe I should?
10. Nah, where’s the fun in that?
11. What about a Snapchat to get his attention?
12. Why are his three best friends on Snapchat girls?!
13. He’s definitely seeing other people.
14. I wonder which one of these girls he’s slept with.
15. Maybe he’s taking a nap?
16. Should I take a nap?
17. Maybe if I do then I will wake up to a response.
18. Did I come on too strong?
19. …Or not strong enough?
20. He hates me.
21. Why does this always happen?
22. Most people have their phones in their hands 24/7.
23. I know he saw it.
24. It’s 2014 – my message clearly got delivered, it even says it!!!
25. Am I too intimidating?
26. Again – who else is he sleeping with?!
27. Maybe he’s in the shower?
28. Who takes this long to shower?
29. I guess I do… but I’m a girl!
30. Maybe he’s jerking off?
31. But I could be doing that for him.
32. I wonder if he’s thinking of me naked.
33. Doubt it, then he’d definitely be responding.
34. Assh*le!
35. Maybe he’s on the phone?
36. What bitch is he calling?
37. Probably that girl who just wrote on his Facebook.
38. She’s not even that pretty.
39. OK, fine, she’s actually really hot.
40. He could be at the gym.
41. Sh*t, should I go to the gym?
42. Why couldn’t we just work each other out? It’s so much more fun…
43. Who exercises when it’s 28 degrees outside?!
44. Maybe he’s just doing work?
45. Should I call him?
46. Maybe I should do a casual walk-by-his-place-to-see-if-he’s-home?
47. Damn it, it’s raining; screw that.
48. Wow, I sound crazy.
49. Oh well, it happens to the best of us, doesn’t it?
50. WTF is going on?
51. I thought we had a great time the other night?
52. I guess I was the only one who thought so?
53. Whatever, he lost his chance; I’m over it.
54. OMG!! HE JUST RESPONDED!!!

Yes, ladies we all have this thought process.  We can’t deny it for one second.  We’re human though so it is natural.

Strawberry Lemonade Moonshine

Strawberry

Yields: 6 quarts plus a half pint (if you use 5 cups of Everclear)

Ingredients:
4 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
12 cup Water
4 cups Sugar
1 liter Strawberry Puree
1 Daiquiri/Margarita mix for the Strawberry Puree
5 cup Everclear

Directions:
1. Low heat mix water and sugar till dissolved
2. Cool to room temp
3. Add lemon juice and strawberry puree
4. Add Everclear
5. Stir well
6. Strain out the pulp
7. Jar it, and let it sit in the fridge for a couple of weeks (the longer it sits, the better it becomes).

You can use 3-5 cups of Everclear, up to you and how much alcohol content you want.