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Hello From The Other Side

Holy cow, y’all. I never want to move again. It was….challenging. I seriously cannot even remember the last 6 months. It’s all a big blur of painting, cleaning, packing, and swearing. I have so much to catch you up on and share! My poor neglected corner of the internet needs the cobwebs swept off and some serious sprucing up! I will say, this little break has been good for me and hopefully it’ll be good for the blog too. I’m re-energized and refreshed and excited to start sharing again. 

Over the next couple of days I’ll be do some behind the scenes housekeeping work and fixing of broken links, etc. I have several posts already done and waiting to post so look for those early next week! And if you’ve stuck around for the last few months, thank you! I appreciate the loyalty and can’t wait to share all the happenings in our house!



I’m Still Alive, I Swear

Hi friends! I’m still alive, I promise. This has been the biggest whirwind of a month. I did not mean to disappear for the last couple of weeks. I don’t have a lot of time right now but I wanted to pop in and give a quick update. As most of you know, we have been working hard to get our house ready for sale. Our goal was to be ready to put the house on the market in May so we could move after the school year ended. Well, the state of our current housing market necessitated us moving up our timeline. Houses are literally selling in days in our neighborhood with bidding wars and multiple offers. So we spent the last month working like dogs to finish up any last minute projects. I think I’ve slept 5 hours since March haha! But we did it. Every project was finished and we called our realtor. Our house was on the market within 5 days of calling her. And the offers began rolling in, even before we had showings. I’m happy to tell you that our house is officially under contract. We had multiple good offers and accepted an all cash offer over asking price. They requested a quick closing so we’ve been scrambling to find and secure our rental house and all the hoops that requires us to jump through. 

We’ve had so much going on other than our house stuff too. Tyler went to prom. Maliah has a boyfriend. The little kids spent the weekend at their grandparents….I’ll do a real catch up life lately post soon when my head is finally above water again. I can’t wait to share the professional pictures that we had done of our house for the MLS listing! 

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Weekly Book Club {3.28.18}

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I haven’t had a lot of free time lately but I’m trying to fit in at least 20 minutes of reading a night before bed. Every spare second has been consumed with getting this house ready to go on the market. I’m so ready to move so I can read books again!

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Need to Know by Karen Cleveland– Vivian Miller is a dedicated CIA counterintelligence analyst assigned to uncover the leaders of Russian sleeper cells in the United States. On track for a much-needed promotion, she’s developed a system for identifying Russian agents, seemingly normal people living in plain sight. After accessing the computer of a potential Russian operative, Vivian stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents within America’s borders. A few clicks later, everything that matters to her—her job, her husband, even her four children—are threatened. Vivian has vowed to defend her country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. But now she’s facing impossible choices. Torn between loyalty and betrayal, allegiance and treason, love and suspicion, who can she trust?

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

This one was so close to a 5 Star read for me. I really enjoyed it. The story line flowed nicely with good pace, there was enough tension to keep me interested the entire time, and the characters were well developed. The angst of Vivian’s situation was almost palpable throughout the entire book and I thought the way she handled things was portrayed very realistically. My only complaint was the ending. I thought it wrapped up the story and drama a little too quickly and neatly despite the author leaving room for future books. I hope she does write a second one! Definitely recommend!

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Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner– In southern Texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another is ripped from her car at a stoplight. Another vanishes from her home while checking on her baby. Rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, fears that a serial killer is roaming the dark roads outside Austin. Caitlin and the FBI’s serial crime unit discover the first victim’s body in the woods. She’s laid out in a bloodstained, white baby-doll nightgown. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest’s darkness. Both bodies are surrounded by Polaroid photos, stuck in the earth like headstones. Each photo pictures a woman in a white negligee, wrists slashed, suicide-style–posed like Snow White awaiting her prince’s kiss. To track the UNSUB, Caitlin must get inside his mind. How is he selecting these women? Working with a legendary FBI profiler, Caitlin searches for a homology–that elusive point where character and action come together. She profiles a confident, meticulous killer who convinces his victims to lower their guard until he can overpower and take them in plain sight. He then reduces them to objects in a twisted fantasy–dolls for him to possess, control, and ultimately destroy. Caitlin’s profile leads the FBI to focus on one man: a charismatic, successful professional who easily gains people’s trust. But with only circumstantial evidence linking him to the murders, the police allow him to escape. As Saturday night approaches, Caitlin and the FBI enter a desperate game of cat and mouse, racing to capture the cunning predator before he claims more victims.

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

This was a truly gripping book. It was a gritty, dark read that was uncomfortable at times but I enjoyed every minute of it, if that makes any sense. I finished this book in 6 hours because I could not put it down! I started it around 9pm and woke up at 4am with my iPad on my face and only 1 chapter left to read. Ha! I loved the suspense, the mystery, the police procedure of this story. I liked the main characters and I can’t wait to read more from this series!

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5 Things Friday {3.23.18}

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It’s been a week, y’all. I’m literally counting the days until Spring Break. It cannot get here fast enough for me. I need a break and I need to blow through this to do list so we can get our house on the market within the next 2 weeks! ugh. 

1. Little Miss Sassy Pants here had a birthday party last weekend and she wanted her hair in the top knot “just like mom”. I’m so proud. She rocked that top knot and had the sassy attitude to go with it. Ha!

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2. On Sunday Zoey had her best friend over for a playdate and they had the best time. They watched a movie, drew pictures, played Minecraft, and took a dip in the hot tub. A good time was had by all and Zoey was so tired after her friend left that she slept for 4 hours. That’s a win!

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3. Tyler did his promposal this week. It was adorable. He’s taking the sweetest girl and I’m so happy! He did the whole thing himself. He bought the donuts and sweet tea (her favorite), made the poster, bought the paint and recruited some football and basketball teammates to help out. And a good friend of his videoed the whole thing so I could see it. I love this school. 

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4. We love Spring. And we especially love the first day of Spring when Dairy Queen gives out free ice cream cones and Rita’s italian ice gives out free italian ices. Win! We hit both up on Tuesday night despite the fact it was freezing cold and raining. We don’t pass up free dessert at our house!

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5. And on Wednesday I woke up not feeling great. By Wednesday afternoon I was so sick that I had to hit urgent care. What I thought was just a sinus infection ended up being a very serious sinus infection, an ear infection with a perforated ear drum, and the infection had spread to the lymph nodes under my jaw. Sigh. So I’m on heavy duty antibiotics and feeling like death right now. 

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Turkey Bacon Ranch Sliders

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I’ve been searching for some easy slider recipes for Spring. I’m tired of all my winter recipes and I’m looking so forward to pulling out some Spring pasta salads and sliders! I gave this one a try last week and it was delicious! I’ll definitely be making this again. 

Ingredients:
1 pkg slider rolls
20 slices turkey deli meat
6 slices provolone cheese
4 Tbsp ranch dressing
1 pkg bacon, cooked

Directions:
1. Slice top half of rolls off and lay bottom half in baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
2. Spread ranch dressing on top.
3. Break bacon pieces in half and lay on top of ranch dressing.
4. Layer turkey over bacon.
5. Top with cheese slices.
6. Cover with top half of slider rolls.
7. Spread thin layer of margarine on top of rolls and sprinkle with garlic granules.
8. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

So good, y’all! The kids ate every bite and I made TWO pans! Matt was mad that he didn’t have any to take to work the next day. I used the fully cooked microwavable bacon because I was short on time and it was the perfect amount of crispiness. 

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