Thursday, December 29, 2016

Chocolate Eclair Cake

A few days ago I said I would share the Chocolate Eclair Cake. This is one of the easiest cakes I have ever made. It is no bake and super easy to make. You can not mess this up. I made this for Christmas Eve dinner for my family and there was none of it leftover. Everyone loved it and a few even took the recipe home. I got the recipe from a friend and it is now a hit in my family!


What you need:

2-4 oz boxes French Vanilla instant pudding
1 container of chocolate icing
2 Boxes of graham crackers (I only used one)
2 large cool whips thawed
Milk 
 

Directions:

Whisk the 2 puddings and 3 1/2 cups of milk together. Put them in the fridge for 20 minutes or until it becomes thick. Then "fold" in the cool whip. Layer your pan starting with graham crackers, then pudding, ending in graham crackers.
Place icing in your microwave (after you remove the lid and foil on top) for 30 seconds; stir and repeat until it is pour-able. Pour over the top and use a spoon to distribute. Refrigerate over night.
 
 

Let me know if you make it and how you like it!! 

 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas Recap

Christmas has come and gone..sad face. My Christmas was amazing this year. We had a jam packed schedule this year and I felt like we were going 100 mph but I would not of had it any other way. I absolutely loved every minute of this year.


We had a big Christmas Eve dinner with my family at my house. I spent all day Christmas Eve cleaning, cooking and then hosting my family. I had around 15 people in my house and after it was all said and done, I was absolutely exhausted by the time every one had left my house. On Christmas Day, we spend the morning/breakfast with my in-laws, opening presents and watching A Christmas Story. It is a tradition we have every year and we always do the same thing. After that we went to a friends house for a few hours which was something new and it was fun. It was nice to actually see friends on Christmas for once. We never do that and our friends our family to us. We also had a nice small dinner with my in-laws as well.


After all the dinners, driving, presents, cooking and cleaning, I was exhausted, tired, and over food. I had to come back to work to get rested! I am looking forward to New Years Eve now. We always have amazing get together with friends!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Traditions


In our house, every year, we have some Christmas traditions that we always do. It is not Christmas if we do not have them. It just does not feel the same. I wanted to share a few things we always do to get us in the Holiday Spirit!

1. Put up the tree! Of course everyone does this but ours has meaning to us and every ornament has a story some thing behind it!

 
2. Look at Christmas lights. Every year we ride around and look at Christmas lights. We try and find the tackiest, the prettiest and anything we can find. It is a game. If we can park and walk around, even better.

3. Make Christmas cookies. This is my all time favorite. I love making cookies. I never got to do this as a child so I love making them every year and now my niece gets to help me make them. We also gift them to friends and family members.

4. Enjoy Monkey Bread on Christmas morning (I will share that recipe ASAP, stay tuned for that)

5. Watch a Christmas Story all day Christmas Day. I never did this growing up. My husband did. It his tradition that I have adopted since we got married. He loves this movie.

6. Spend time with family. This is the most important part of it all!

What are some traditions that you have to have to make Christmas, Christmas?


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Almost Christmas Time!


You guys I have no idea how it has happened so quickly but it is almost Christmas. This year has flown by and now Christmas is here. I am not done Christmas shopping. I still have a few people to finish shopping for which is stressing me out to the max. I am hoping to finish on Friday. I am also hosting a dinner for my family on Christmas Eve and I have to get everything for that still to. We have not hosted a dinner at my house in a few years so it will be a nice change for us. My grandparents, parents and sister and her children will all be there. It will be nice but stressful. But you know what? It is all worth it. To see the smiles on my families face and to see everyone together and happy..it is all worth it. I love seeing everyone happy and together. To me Christmas is not about the gifts or decorations, it is about being with family and spending quality time together.

This year I have been so busy with my new job I have not had the time I normally do to get things done. Normally I am off work for 2 weeks and I am baking cookies and getting ready for the family dinner. Sorry to everyone that is expecting cookies this year. I do not have the time for cookies unless some magic Christmas Elf shows up at my house and does it for me.

I have a huge list of things I have to get done and the way I see it, whatever gets done, gets done. If it does not, then it is what it is. I can not stress. Christmas is about joy and happiness and family. I am not letting it be about stress. I am putting the focus back on what it should be on. A few family members will not be at my house, but it will be okay. That is their choice, not mine.

Everyone...cross your fingers and toes that I can pull off an amazing Christmas Eve dinner!


Friday, December 16, 2016

Life Lately

Life lately has been super busy. I started my new job a few weeks ago and it has been amazing. I am learning so much and I love it. That is part of the reason I have not blogged as much. I am just way to busy and do not have the time, so I am sorry. I love my blog still and I am blogging when I have the time. I figured I could give a few of the big key things I have done lately since I have lacked on my post!

1. I went and participated in the Santa Fun Run. It was a benefit walk/run to help people that have disabilities. I took Itsy Bitsy with me and it was a blast. We wore Santa Suits and she had on a little Santa dress. People loved her and kept asking to pet her. The local news paper took her picture and it was awesome.


2. Working out. I am working out harder than ever. I slacked off a few weeks ago and gained 5 pounds back. I have lost most of it but I am 3 pounds away from 155. I am so ready to be there and it can not get here soon enough. I am worried I will never hit 155 but I will not give up. I am confident in myself and know I can do it. I am happy with my progress and I see my body toning up.


3. I signed back up for Rugged Maniac for this spring. This will be my 5th time running. I am pumped for the race. The medals have changed and the shirts. I love this OCR race. It is the best one around.

Other than work, working out, my dogs, or Christmas shopping, not much has happened on my end. I know how boring this sounds. I promise to be better about updating the blog though! Stay tuned and I will have more entertaining post!


 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

To Get a New Puppy?



Itsy Bitsy from the Santa Fun Run (Picture courtesy of the Daily Progress)
 
Recently we have been given the opportunity to get a new puppy. Now, I know, we already have 2 and they are my babies. They are my world and I love them to death. I do not have children and if you are a long time reader, you know they are my kids and I would not give them up for anything. In fact, I am highly allergic to my dogs and still keep them and they even sleep in my bed. I suffer through because I love them so much. I am moron but those faces, who can deny those faces!
 
Okay, let's get this train back on track. One of our friends has pitbull/lab puppies. One of our dogs is that breed and she is amazing. I am a big pitbull advocate. Itsy is a pitbull, Zoey is a mix. Last night, I was messaging the person with the dogs and we were going back and forth on the puppies. We prefer female dogs. The males hump to much and I do not have time for the peeing on everything. The only have one female in the litter and we have dibs on her if we want her.
 
Here is my dilemma. We already have 2 amazing dogs and they are spoiled rotten. It has taken a lot of training and sacrifice to get them to where they are today. Itsy is my baby and would be very upset if we got another dog. It is really hard for me to say no to a cute puppy though. House breaking a dog is such a challenge. It takes time, patience and effort. I am in a new job and I am working more so my husband would have to stay up more with this dog. I did Itsy's training which is why she is rammed so far up my butt it is not funny.
 
I know a lot of people have more than 2 dogs. One of my friends has 6 beagles and another has 5 French Bulldogs. I am not sure what we will do but my heart wants the dog but my head says no. What would you do??


Friday, December 9, 2016

PCOS/Baby

You know, for the past 3 years or so, my husband and I have tried to have a child. Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). Now, to get this lovely diagnosis, it takes a good year, multiple doctor visits and a ton of lab work. The entire time while you are doing this you are going through an emotional roller coaster of am I pregnant or not?  So, I do not ovulate when I am supposed to and I have higher levels of hormones and a few other things that completely suck. I was put on metformin to try and regulate it and when that did not do the job I did 6 rounds of clomid. As of today, I still have no baby. My next step if I want to try the medical route, is IVF.  I can not afford IVF. It is pricey and I am not going to do that. I wish I could afford it but I can not. I was put back on birth control to help me have a regular period but that has made me the spawn of satan and given me super bitch syndrome lately. So..this brings you full circle.
 
Now, I am having normal periods again thanks to birth control. My buddy, my pal. My husband and I have decided to stop taking it and that we will leave it up to God and whatever else is in place at this point. If my periods decide to go MIA once again, which before they did. They would come once every few months for a day or so and run away again. If I get pregnant I do, if I don't, I don't.
 
You know, you spend your entire life trying to not get pregnant and not have something only to when you want it, you can not have it. I see people every day with children who do not appreciate them, take care of them and I would give anything for that. I know I could adopt, but here in the ole USA, that is super $$$$. I would have to go outside the US for that. I want a child of my own. I know that is selfish but I do. A few bloggers have went through what I am going through. They went through the stress of trying but now, they have their babies. I am stuck here with nothing. I get tired of hearing the just keep trying, stop stressing, your trying to hard, you need to try this, etc...etc..etc. No one knows how emotionally draining it can be to want a child and your body is like nope, I can't do this. This is the one thing I am supposed to be able to do and I can't. As a woman, I am supposed to be able to make a baby and I am unable to. I am defective. That is a big hit to my ego and my self esteem. It is so hard when everyone around me is having children and I am the only one not. I just do not know what to do sometimes.
 
I am hoping that at some point we are blessed with a child but I do not want to get my hopes up. All I can say is pray for us and hope that we will have good news one day.
 
 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

It's Beggining to Look Alot Like Christmas


You guys, I could not wait any longer to get my Christmas Tree up. I have been begging my husband for weeks to put the tree up and he always puts me off for as long as possible. I am a nut about the holidays and the sooner I get that bad boy up, the happier I am. This time, I used my niece as bribery to get the tree up over the weekend. How can you say no to your sweet, 12 year old niece right? It worked like magic and all of my Christmas decorations are now adoring my house. 

Now every chance I get, I want to turn the tree on. I have the tree on when I am getting ready for work in the mornings, even if its only for a few minutes, I have it on the minute I get home until I leave for the gym and until I go to the bed. I love, love, love my tree. 


The big part of the holidays for me is not the gifts or the money, it is the decorations, the feel of everything and spending time with family. I love the lights, the spirit and just the environment. I could sit in my living room watching sappy Hallmark Christmas movies with the tree on every evening and be completely content. These are things that make my heart fill with joy! 

I hope everyone else is starting to enjoy the Holiday season as much as I am!