Love Your Stylist!

If you don’t love your stylist I have a good one for you! Sky loves her too! Once again Eleanor at Embellish Salon worked her magic on Sky’s hair.

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Anyone who knows me knows I’m good about hair upkeep. I get the cuts and the colors regularly, and I keep heat styling to a minimum.

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Oh you can tell she’s feeling it! 

You would think I would be better at maintaining Sky’s hair, but I kind fall down on the job with her. She has enough hair on her head for 3 people at least, and while it has beautiful brown curls, it does sometimes border on wild frizz. She’s just not there yet when it comes to taking care of it like it needs, and frankly I’m struggling to get out of the house for work on time, so she is left to her own devices when it comes to weekday hair.

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Guys, it kinda got out of control, and I didn’t even realize how out of control it was until Sky asked Eleanor to cut it off. I feel bad now looking back, but am so thankful that Sky wanted to get it cut short. It looks so healthy and is an adorable style on Sky. Bonus, so much easier to get the tangles out which means way less mother/daughter heartache!

Thank you Eleanor for giving Sky’s hair new life, we adore you!

 

Spring – Where Are You?!

Spring, I’m here for you! I’m ready for longer days, more blue sky, and sun. Winter came on late and fierce and I’m kinda over it. But, I’m trying to have a good attitude and appreciate each season, that’s part of the beauty of living in the PNW…four distinct seasons.

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Snow, snow, go away and please don’t come back another day!

In the meantime I’m doing a few things so we can hit the Spring ground running and enjoy it!

  1. Spring Cleaning is going to happen right now! Even if it’s cold and dreary outside, feeling Spring clean on the inside makes it easier to get through the last bit of winter.
  2. Garden planning. It’t too early to plant, but I’m putting together my plan and doing things a little different this year. It’s fun to look forward to fresh produce grown in my own yard!
  3. We cleared out some outgrown yard toys and I now have a lot more room for flowers! Again, a bit too early to plant but I’m expanding my usual flower game and branching out to plants and flowers that I haven’t done before!
  4. Trip planning! Spring Break is coming (and we don’t have a plan yet…yikes!) and right after that it’s Summer Break! Planning warmer weather trips during winter give me something to look forward to!
  5. Daily activity has been a lifesaver. Last winter hit me kind of hard, and that has never happened before. This time around I have been intentional about getting my daily activity in. It could be a HIIT workout, a long walk, or 10 minutes of stretching (I have 6 different physical activities I rotate through during the week) whatever it is it gives me at least 10 minutes, often more, of me time. And I feel so much more focused and calm. And, I’ve been feeling great this winter (so far…it’s not over yet).
  6. Embracing home. We don’t travel nearly as much to visit family, camp or vacation during the winter months. I LOVE being home, love, love, love it. While I love our adventures as well, spring and summer find us gone a lot. I’ve really made it a point to enjoy being cozy at home, soak up all the home time, so when the adventures kick back into high I’ll be ready to get away!
  7. Rain Boots – Spring in the PNW means rain and I’m on the lookout now for a wild, fun pair of rain boots to stomp through puddles in!
  8. Rose all day. Ok, well not all day, and not even every day. But there is something about drinking a “summer” wine that makes winter easier to deal with. I close my eyes and picture myself lakeside on a hot day in the sun! Which is more Summer than Spring, but Spring is the gateway to Summer!

I think we probably all have our coping tricks to get through seasons in life and Mother Nature. I really try not to wish time away, so I’m making the most of the current season while excitedly waiting for the next one!

Happy almost Spring!

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Live for these blue sky winter days. It’s cold, but the sun feels so good! 

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Getting outside for a little fun, even when it’s chilly, feels so refreshing, and makes me look forward to longer days and better weather so we can do this every day!

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for fun in the snow! Old Man Winter decided to visit us and give us more snow than we’ve seen in ages! I stopped measuring at 10 inches, I don’t think we got much more than that at our house, but that’s more than enough!

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Sled Races!

I know snow is a pain for most people, and I don’t love that we now have extra days to make up in the summer, but I have to say I enjoyed it as much as a person can. It was so nice to be cozy at home watching it through the windows, and only venturing out when we really wanted to.

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Dashing through the snow in a Subaru…love my car. No snow is going to stop us!

There was an ambush Team Yeatman snowball fight (I lost since Mark and Sky were a team and I was only in pj’s!), lot’s of sledding, snow furniture making (Sky created a recliner to lay back and relax in…sounds too cold to me) and fun with the dog. Who knew that our little Texas rescue dog, who doesn’t like the cold rain at all, would love the snow. She’s a snow dog, and wanted to be outside playing in it as much as possible. Sky spent a lot of time throwing snowballs for her to catch.

It was fun while it lasted, now it’s back to real life, and I’m thankful for that as well.

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So hard to get a photo of how big the flakes were, but they were epic!

What are you thankful for today?

 

 

 

 

Thankful Thursday

Tomorrow will be day four of Sky being home sick. I mean miserable, cranky sick.

No pictures please!

Mark gets all the parenting points this week as he’s been working from home to take care of her.

I am beyond thankful he is able to work from home, that he didn’t have meetings he had to be at the office for, and that I didn’t have to worry about finding a sub at my work.

Very thankful we have the jobs we do and they allow us to be flexible in different ways for our family!

Thankful Thursday

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Today I’m thankful I’m not a Federal Employee who is working without pay, or not able to work at all because of the shutdown. Most people in this country can’t get by if they miss even one paycheck.

The potential fallout from the shutdown continuing could be catastrophic for some. Sadly with such a volatile and unpredictable person (who won’t feel any personal financial impact BTW) in charge who knows how/when it will end.

Until then I’m thankful Mark and I have jobs that are secure, and we will do what we can to help those we love that may be impacted.

On to something happy…

Who doesn’t love rainbow ponies and little cowgirls?! Throwing it back a few years with this one because it makes me happy and the state of current affairs is too much sometimes.

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What are you thankful for today? What makes you smile?

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful that Mark takes on projects, like Gingerbread Houses with Sky.

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She’s been wanting to do one for a few years now, and for whatever reason I’m just not that into them. I guess I don’t see the point, and I don’t really enjoy making messes, so it’s not been a priority.

However, Sky has been asking and asking, and Mark picked one up for her and then spent several evenings working on it with her, for which I’m very thankful!

Gingerbread house Christmas tradition complete!

Two Hour Turkey!!!

For really real you can have a beyond yummy Thanksgiving Day Turkey cooked and ready to serve in two hours! And, I’m not talking small turkey, I’m talking big enough to feed the family turkey (22lb’s the first year I did this method)!

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Time to eat!

I’ll be totally up-front that the origins of this recipe are unknown, and I am in no way taking credit for this recipe, or claiming it as my own. That’s not stopping me from sharing it though because frankly it’s brilliant! I’ve lost count of how many turkeys I’ve cooked at this point, but no matter the size (from 22lb down to 12lb) it always turns out perfect.

Just know, if you offer to cook the turkey using this method, that will become your “thing” every Thanksgiving forevermore!

Here’s what I love most about this process…it leaves me free to do whatever I want Thanksgiving morning…which mostly means watching the parade, in pj’s, with a mimosa! Not gonna lie it does feel a bit “wrong” to be relaxing all morning while everyone is posting on FB about being up early and the turkey’s in the oven, and I haven’t even started thinking about it. But, on the flip side it feels really great to sleep in and enjoy the morning!

The best part…since it only takes two hours there is no reason not to cook turkey any time of year. No need to wait for a special reason or holiday. If you like turkey this makes it way more accessible any time of year, time wise anyway.

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Roasting the turkey on its side makes better use of the heat and shortens the cooking time!

Two Hour Turkey

Serves: a lot 🙂  Prep Time: 10 -15  minutes  Cook Time: 2 Hours (maybe a bit less depending on size of turkey) plus 10 minutes of resting time Heat: 400

Ingredients: 

8-20 pound turkey, completely thawed

Salt

Pepper

Paprika

Oil (I use Olive Oil)

Directions:

Cut the “crop skin” at the neck of the neck of the bird off, and cut wings off at second joint. Also, cut off the tail.

Salt and Pepper the turkey inside and out. Sprinkle a generous amount of paprika on the turkey (I sprinkle inside as well) and massage into the bird using 1 cup of oil, coating the entire bird.

Arrange the turkey on its side in a roasting pan, on the roasting rack. Roast bird at 400 for up to 2 hours, a little more or less may be needed depending on size of turkey. 3/4 of the way through cooking remove turkey from oven and turn on to its other side. Be careful not to pierce the skin as you do not want the juices running out. (I use two kitchen towels…make sure they are not nice ones as the paprika will stain them).

As the skin darkens and becomes crispy, the meat should be checked to see if it’s done. The skin should look like a new football. Make a small cut in the thigh joint and if juices run clear the turkey is done, you can also insert a meat thermometer and when it reads 165 the turkey is done.

Let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.

Serve with good company, yummy sides (for real the turkey is so easy you can get fancy with sides if you want to), and good wine!

Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!