Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Update

It seems like summer is almost upon us! It is that time of year in the Midwest where we have the Spring hot/cold/rainy combination of days which unfortunately leads to pretty severe weather.

This most recent event in Moore really hit close to home because I am from Oklahoma. I do not live there anymore (although I am not too far away) but my family does. My Mom called me while I was at work and told me to say a prayer for my brother because a tornado was close to him. He was in Norman starting summer school at The University of Oklahoma which is about 15 minutes outside of Moore. After I got off the phone with my Mom I found an Oklahoma news station stream and starting watching. I can't even describe the overwhelming gut-wrenching feeling I got watching that (live) tornado get bigger and bigger and take out all the homes and the school. Luckily, the tornado changed course and went the opposite direction of my brother but still left a horrible path of destruction. It is a day that I will never forget. Please continue to keep all those affected by the storm in your prayers.


On a lighter note, we have had a lot of fun things going on. Here is the short list:

- My Mom and Nana came to visit
- Visited family over Memorial Day weekend
- Lots of work in the yard
- Charles giving us a run for our money (Oh boy, have I got some stories to tell...)
- My husband got a fun, new ride
- Started a new job! (Yay me!) - I won't go into details on this one but I will say the job is awesome and so are the people I work with. Bonus, it is 5 minutes from my house.


The new ride is a 1990 Porsche. My husband convinced me this would be a good idea...somehow.

Updates coming soon! In the meantime, I am looking forward to my virtual dinner "date" with Sarah tomorrow! We have a very summery dish on the menu which I will share soon!

Have a good day!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Prayers for Oklahoma

Please say a prayer for all those affected by the devastating tornado that hit Oklahoma, where I was born and raised, today.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

My Instagrammed Life


Good morning!

Hope all has been well! I wanted to share a few things that have been going on lately. Although, I did not capture everything on Instagram. About three weeks ago I caught the flu followed by a serious case of bronchitis which is just now starting to fade. For those of you who got the flu, I feel your pain. For those of you that haven't, pray that you don't get it. I was in bed for a week with at least 100F fever with chills, aches, etc. It was miserable to say the least. Most of my team members at work got it and we were slowly passing it around to each other. It is only in these past few days I am finally starting feel like a normal human being again.With that said, I decided not to capture my lovely flu moments and share them on Instagram. I thought you might only want to see the good moments.


1. Almost every night we have dinner Ellie sits up and begs. She gives us the most pitiful looks. I can't help but give her just a few little bites...

2. My dear sweet husband took me to see Swan Lake when the Russian Ballet was in town. This was the theater. It was gorgeous.

3. We recently celebrated our two year wedding anniversary. We were married on February 10.

4. This Thursday we got a 12 inches of snow. I stepped outside and took this photo after a few hours of the snow falling.

5. My parents gave me a Roomba (whom I named Ruby) for Christmas to help me keep up with the dust bunnies that develop only after a few days of me sweeping. Ruby often will clean Charles and he doesn't like it very much. Although, he makes no attempt to move out of Ruby's way.

6. This is part of a project I am working on. Hint: It involves a stairwell and pictures.

7.  For our anniversary I bought live Maine lobsters. My husband kept trying to guess what was in the box when it came in the mail. He guessed that it was some of his favorite beer. He was pleasantly surprised and had lots of fun with the lobsters. I have some funny photos to share from that night. Also, I will show you soon what he got me but it is not yet complete. It is awesome.

8. Poor little Ellie can barely get around in this snow. She HATES it. She does her business and then sprints back to the house so she can go in and get warm. Yesterday her little paws got so cold that she was trying to do what looked like a handstand and walk with her front feet. It was so pitiful. I am considering buying her snow booties. It doesn't normally snow this much so I am not sure if it is worth it.

9. This was just too cute not to take a photo

That's all folks. As you can tell I mostly spend time taking photos of the dogs doing cute/funny things. It's what I do when I am sick and it is too cold to go anywhere.

If you want to follow me on Instagram, search for mbcooper17. I have to approve it so give me a day to accept.

Have a wonderful weekend!



Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Seasoned Crackers


Hi!

Hope you are having a great day! I wanted to share a quick, easy and delicious snack recipe with you. My dear friend at work brought in some crackers one day and kindly shared a few with me (Thanks Jen!). They were so good that I asked for the recipe and whipped them up just a few days ago. Enjoy!

Sidenote: Jen just found out she is having a baby boy!!! Congrats!




Seasoned Crackers (Double Batch Recipe) For the Single Recipe simply half all of the ingredients

Ingredients
2 (1 oz) packages of Ranch Dressing mix
1 tsp dried dillweed
1/2 tsp lemonpepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup canola oil (vegetable oil works too)
10 cups (2 10 oz. bags) of oyster crackers

Directions
Preheat oven to 250F
Combine all dry spices with oil. Add crackers and toss well to completely coat the crackers. Spread evenly onto a couple of large cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, stir gently and bake an additional 5-10 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving or storing.

Notes: If you would like the crackers to be less "dry" you can increase the amount of oil to 3/4 cup. Also, the recommended brand of ranch mix is Hidden Valley. This one has the best flavor.





Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sunroom


Good morning!

My husband and I have been busy trying to find furniture to fill our house. We want to have the basics in each room. The accessories are going to have to wait. So, no rugs, fun little trinkets or accent furniture pieces right now. Luckily, we have been able to add furniture to each room to make them comfortable and functional.

Today, I am going to share our sunroom with you. This room is MY room. I share with my husband and guests of course but this is my reading/lounging room. It is so cozy at night and light and bright in the mornings. This is the only room where I will be able to have my pretty white furniture. Between my husband, the dogs and .... me the white furniture just isn’t practical for our everyday life. Plus, when kiddos are in the picture it would be even more difficult to keep white furniture looking clean. I know there are slipcover pieces out there that I could use in other rooms but I would be ripping that cover off and cleaning it constantly. I just don’t want to do that because it would drive me crazy.

Where was I? Oh yeah, my special room J My husband and I had been thinking about the best setup for the room. What furniture would be best? Chair, couch, coffee table? It is hard because this room is so little. We also wanted to provide as much seating space as possible in order to create a spot for intimate area where guests can chat.  We measured and taped out options on the floor. We decided a sofa a small chair would work well. No coffee table but rather a side table. After that decision had been made we hit the furniture stores and found a floor model about 50% off. It had a few little smudges but nothing professional cleaners couldn’t get off (followed by a good dose of scotch guard). So, we took the plunge and bought the sofa and chair. Aren’t they pretty?


So...because this room has such pretty white couches we decided to add a little something to keep the pups out. I came home one day to find muddy paw prints all over the chair and sofa. As you can probably guess I was kinda annoyed. To remedy this problem my husband ordered a baby gate. Eventually we want to get a glass paneled door to go there but since we would have to have the the door custom made (since all of our walls and doorways are crooked) we went with the cheaper option. It isn't the worst looking thing ever and we decided we would need it someday in the future anyway.



To fill in the rest of the of the room we took an old brass lamp and sprayed it a light gold to tone down the color and put on a drum shade. I am thinking this shade could use a face lift and a splash of color. This is on the list of future projects.



We had a little side table we inherited from family. It was the perfect size and is made of bamboo so it works in the sunroom. The color was a peachy white-washed  color though. So, we decided to add a pop of color and painted it green. I think it works perfectly and compliments the room.




 I love snuggling up in a blanket when I am reading, even in the summer, and I needed a place to hold all of our throws.  So, I checked out my little stack of gift cards left over from our wedding and hit up a few stores. While browsing around Pottery Barn I found the perfect Big Basket to hold the blankets. The price was also mismarked to a lower price and after talking with the manager we were able to get it at the discounted price. Awesome! With the gift card and the lower price we only had to pay $20 out-of-pocket. Not too shabby if you ask me. When we were walking back to our car with the basket, my husband kept having people make comments to him about the basket. “Is there a snake in there?”, “That’s a big basket, did your wife pick that one out?” “What is that for?”. It was pretty funny.


My husband had the idea of putting my drafting table in here for drawing, painting, crafts, etc. I plan on painting the legs sometime soon. I am debating on what color I want to do though. Gray, blue, green to match the table??



I absolutely love this room!

There are a few "odd" areas of this room though.

Like this random space. I am not sure what I am going to do with it. Shelves? Pictures? Who knows.


Another issue is this wall. This is what you look at when you sit down on the sofa. Not a nice view. Like I mentioned earlier this was the best configuration for the room. We did try having the sofa pushed up against this wall but it hung over into that nook on right side of this photo where the drafting table is located. Also, we got a lovely view of the neighbor's garage and driveway which gave us no privacy. I would prefer not to read my book and wave at our neighbors every time they pulled into their driveway. I have a few ideas in mind of what I might do here. I am thinking art, maybe a tapestry,etc. Only time will tell.


That is it for now.

Before


After



It is a work in progress but I am so pleased with the furniture in here.


Have a wonderful day!

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