Crafty Snow Weekend

Oh look! {More} SNOW!

Oh look! {More} SNOW!

Yep. More snow. Again. For the third weekend in a row.

Yes I’m tired of snow. I’m tired of not being able to take Beanie outside (she loathes the snow). I’m tired of looking at this! Although it is a tad pretty. Kinda.

Beanie's wishing for Spring

Beanie’s wishing for Spring

I decided to finally get around to making the wreath that was supposed to be my mama’s christmas gift but I didn’t have the time to finish it. So I got crafty on this snowy weekend.

What you’ll need:

6 different color fabric squares (Jo-Ann’s sells fabric squares in separate, handy squares and sometimes they’ll have the packs of complimentary colors)

pinking shears

foam circle

hot glue and matching gun

knitting needle or crochet hook (I use a crochet hook)

Ravens colors, of course

Ravens colors, of course

Cut the fabric into 2X2 squares. You can rough estimate it, I do.

Craft 2

Put the rough side of the fabric over the end of the crochet hook and put a drop of hot glue on the end of the fabric

Craft 3Shove it into the foam ring. Only puncture the ring enough to set the fabric into it, do not just glue the fabric to the ring! Place each fabric square close to one another

Enjoy a nice cup of tea while you work ☺

Enjoy a nice cup of tea while you work ☺

You want to make sure the fabric is on the inside, as well, but you don’t have to go nuts with the inner portion. There is no rhyme or reason to the pattern, just pick and choose as you go.

The Finished Product

The Finished Product

It’s simple, it’s nice, and you can make them for every season.

Ravens Football!

Ravens 1

What a hell of a way to retire, Way To Go, Ray!

Ravens 2

 

Action Shot - On the Move

Action Shot – On the Move

Ravens 3

I saw this meme floating around and I literally laughed out loud

Ravens 5

You know someone was going to come up with something…

WOO HOO!

We did it. The Baltimore Ravens are going to the Super Bowl!

Let’s face it: Haters Gonna Hate. But to everyone who complains about Ray Lewis crying, shut your face. Seriously. The man has had an incredible career, he plays for the second most penalized team in the NFL, he is the Original Raven, and after 17 yrs of playing, he’s retiring. It’s an emotional thing for him. Football is an emotional game. You can’t play this game without being emotional. Right now he feels like he’s carrying the weight of the City of Baltimore on his back and it’s emotional for him. Last night, those guys played their hearts out and aside from Pollard’s nasty hit on Ridley, it was a clean game. They earned that win and you have to give credit where credit is due.

Funny though, how much the ball was ran and passed equally and we finally started to really utilize Doss, Boldin, and Pitta now that Cam Cameron is gone.

Funny indeed.

My favorite new “meme” out there:

Sorry Tom Brady.

Sorry Tom Brady.

I get why this is an “Instagram” Photo-Of-The-Day because this is shown in the “Nashville” filter. (I stole this pic from my SIL, Thanks T!)

There is a trend starting, no?

There is a trend starting, no?

And just because I thought it was pretty funny:

Breakfast DatesApparently Beanie thought E needed some dates for breakfast. She systematically placed all of her Little People on his tray and plate. This little girl is finding so many different ways to amuse herself 🙂

 

It’s Football Sunday!

(as originally written by Dave Tieff on FB)

“Why are Ravens fans making such a big deal out of Ray’s retirement?”

Here’s why:

I’ve seen some grumbling in the national media (Terry Bradshaw), from current NFL players (Reggie Wayne), and from countless fans of other teams who don’t understand why Ray Lewis retiring is such a big deal to Ravens fans. I was sort of surprised at first, but then I realized you have to be a fan to truly understand, and you have to keep in mind the history of Baltimore football–not to mention the history of the NFL.

Once upon a time, the Baltimore Colts won a Championship in 1958, a game that was dubbed “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” That single game put the NFL on the map and thrust football into the fabric of American culture forever–and virtually overnight. It also produced the NFL’s first big star, Johnny Unitas. Before Bart Starr, Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, and Joe Montana there was Johnny U. I wasn’t alive to see Johnny Unitas play, but his significance has transcended generations, and to this day Baltimore fans call him their own–it makes no difference whether he was a Colt or a Raven. As Johnny once defiantly said when asked about his records being part of the Indianapolis Colts history, “I didn’t play for Indianapolis, I played for Baltimore.”

The Baltimore Colts won a Super Bowl early in the SB era, and also lost one of the most famous Super Bowls–or games for that matter–to the Joe Namath lead NY Jets. By the early 70s the Colts had remained one of the NFL’s premiere teams. A big deal for a small city when compared to New York, DC, and Philadelphia. When I was old enough to become a fan in the late 70s the Colts still fielded a competitive team and a playoff contender. I had no reason to believe the Colts would ever leave Baltimore.

Fast forward to 1984, and the classic seen of the Mayflowers trucks leaving in the middle of that dark, snowy night for Indianapolis. As a kid I was crushed, but older generations who had been fans from the Johnny U days had their hearts ripped out to see their beloved team leave forever. It really doesn’t matter what age you are, when your football team leaves, a team with a once proud tradition, it leaves a whole in your soul and a black cloud over the city.

So what does this have to do with Ray Lewis?

12 years later we got a football team back in Baltimore, and I was ecstatic. But I know many will agree that at first it just seemed strange. New uniforms, new name, and new players that we hadn’t come to love, or even like–yet. Ray Lewis changed ALL OF THAT. When the Ravens won the Super Bowl in only their 4th year of existence, the pride came back to Baltimore, and the team and it’s fans adopted the personality and spirit of it’s most passionate player, #52. He became more than just another great football player, he was the most inspiring and uplifting player we had ever seen. Please try and name ONE other player that’s had more of an impact on his teammates, his fans, and his city. You can’t, because there aren’t any.

Ray Lewis is more than his skill on a football field, which by itself is worthy of a first ballot Hall of Fame Induction. He’s the voice in the huddle before the game, he’s the dance coming out of the tunnel, he’s the emotional leader of the Ravens and has been the face of defense in the NFL since he entered the league. He made us proud to be Ravens fans, and more important then the mascot name, he made us proud to be BALTIMORE fans again. First there was Johnny Unitas, then there was Ray to UNITE US once again. Baltimore was back on the map, and has been there for his entire 17 year career, and because of one man will remain there for long after he retires. As a fan we all owe him a sincere debt of gratitude. It’s meant much more than wins and losses, though fortunately there have been many more wins.

So here we are at the AFC Championship once again. There’s no question that Ray’s return after his injury has provided the spark that the Ravens needed to get to this point, when no one (outside of Ravens fans) thought they would make it this far. Of course the story book ending would be the Ravens beating the Patriots and then ultimately winning the Super Bowl in New Orleans and sending Ray out the right way. But honestly, the story is already written. Football is back in Baltimore and that’s where it will stay, and it will reach far beyond the outcome of this season. I know there are/were MANY great people involved who brought football and joy back to Baltimore, and as a father of two sons I am eternally grateful for the excitement and memories that that will create throughout our lifetimes. But there’s really been ONE MAN who made all of this possible, and Sunday could very well be his last game. Here’s hoping you’ve got two more wins left in you Ray, but either way, the biggest victory has already been ours.

POTD Day #20: Scent You Adore

Scentsy!

Scentsy!

Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll

I absolutely adore Scentsy products. I adore their Cafe collection and anything Pumpkin, I’m on board. Apple Press, Mochadoodle, Sugar Cookie, and Pumpkin anything. LOVE!

Reading

POTD Day #9 – Something you are Reading

POTD Reading

I’m a sucker for series. I get sucked into them because every time I finish a book, I want to know what happens next. I even read that godawful 50 Shades of Grey triology because I needed to know what happens next. My ma told me about this series (The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts) and I do love a good Nora Roberts novel. I’m not very far into this book yet. Once class finishes, I’ll have a smidge more time to get lost in the book.

Up Next:

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I adore Stuart Woods and his writing. I was introduced to this series (The Stone Barrington Series) back in 2002 and now, 25 books later, he constantly leaves me wanting to know more.

I know what you’re thinking. I read shit. You’re right. I deal with too much nonsense at my job on a regular basis, I need something that is removed from reality. I sometimes will read “real” books but that stresses me out. I’m a sucker for chick lit too.

I’m on goodreads and I keep track of what I’m reading. It’s just another gadget. I’d like to set a goal of reading XX amount of books in 2013 since my POTD challenge is only through the end of Jan but I’m starting another class though so I’m not thinking that will be in the cards :/

What are you reading?

The Weight Saga – Weeks 7 & 8

Total this week: +5lbs

Total Overall: 9lbs

Yea. Not a fantastic two weeks. I got call on Friday night, the 16th, that my Poppy had passed away and that E and I needed to go back to MD for the funeral. That meant eating on the road, driving at least 9 hours one way, and having an extremely messed up sleep and work out routine. Between visiting family and driving, there was no time for working out (unless I wanted to lose an hour of sleep and frankly, with all the emotions, there was no chance of that being feasible).

Then there was Thanksgiving. I didn’t limit myself but I did listen to my body. E parentals and my parentals came to our place and we did the tourist thing which was nice but again, that left little time to work out. That part was my own fault but I haven’t seen them since Sept so I really just wanted to catch up and visit and relax.

My need to relax = a gain of 5lbs. I’m hoping some of this weight is just bloat from other issues and I’m chugging water like it’s my job so I WILL see a loss this week. It’s just a matter of how much will I see.

While my ma was in town, we decided to continue my sunday baking and we made Pumpkin Roll

 One thing I learned — when they say have the cream cheese at room temperature — have the cream cheese at room temperature. I have cream cheese clumps now.

I think it was a bit heavy on cloves but overall, it wasn’t bad for my first attempt.

30 Days of Giving Thanks – Days 10, 11, and 12

So clearly I suck at this whole “blogging every single day” bit but I’m trying!

10) A Time Of Day: After Beanie’s bath but right before she goes to bed, we sit in her glider and we read a story from her Bedtime Story Book and she settles down and watches the pages turn. I can’t believe she is getting so big so fast but she is an amazing little human ♥

11) A Tradition: one tradition that started in my family and I’ve continued it with Beanie is every Christmas season we watch the Christmas movies on TV and then we watch Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas. The singing and dancing are my favorite and it just gives a great message. We watched it last Christmas with Beanie (well, we watched it and she slept) but it’ll be something we’ll do again this year.

12) A Gadget: Apple TV, by far, my most favorite. I love being able to catch up on shows that are off the air or that I’ve downloaded from iTunes. I’ve had many Netflix days with this gadget 🙂

Sunday brought the usual football and baking. A 1pm game where we promptly pummeled the Oakland Raiders (am I the only one that was surprised they still have a team? I honestly thought they didn’t have a team anymore). Sneaky Sam Koch and his TD 🙂 Awesome Play.

In the baking division, up to the plate was: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

This is a “Case In Point” when you don’t omit ingredients. I left out the chocolate chips because I didn’t have any and sure enough, they are missing the sweetness :/ E is still eating them but they could have been better with the chocolate.

I might actually try these again when I get chocolate chips.

And I learned a VERY important lesson this past weekend.

Do Not Leave Beanie Unattended

The Weight Saga Continues – Week 4

Total this week: -1.2

Total overall: 11 lbs

Last week was tough. First off, being a girl sucks. Just saying. Thursday was a hectic day so we didn’t get to work out but Friday, we went for a “short run”

1.90 miles in about 32 mins. We walked some of this because we were wiped from the morning’s workout (weights). I’m thinking we’re aiming to make my GPS nuts 🙂

Sunday was rainy and gray, in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy so it was a treadmill run for me. A 5 min warm up, followed by a 20 min jog (jogging the entire 20 mins @ 4.1 mph), and then a 5 min cool down netted me 268 calories and a back ache. I think I’m getting too used to running outdoors.

Since it’s still rainy and gray, it’s an elliptical work out for me today and probably for the rest of the week. Weigh ins at work were today. I’m over, as expected but the good news it, I’m only over by 1% body fat, which everyone is confident will come off in no time. Fingers Crossed!!

Apple Crisp and Football

Sundays are the days where we watch football and chill and get ready for what is almost always assumed to be crazy weeks. Yesterday was no different. We watched the Ravens play the Dallas Cowboys and like last week, this was an ugly game. I’m not sure what’s going on with these guys but c’mon! My blood pressure can’t take much more!

I couldn’t take watching the last 5 mins of the game so I decided to indulge and bake a little. After looking at what I had, I came up with this: Apple Crisp

I used Honey Crisp Apples. I know that seems nuts, given that they are $8/lb (Exaggerating. I think I paid $2.99/lb) but I like that they’re juicer. Galas would probably work too. I like the sweet and the tart flavors together.

All of this put together becomes this:

 

It was just sweet enough that you only needed a small serving. I’m sure it would be awesome with vanilla ice cream but we didn’t feel like running out to get some.

This was the aftermath of Skyping with E’s parents. Apparently play time took a lot out of them. Happy Sunday!

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