Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015


Thank you isn't big enough to express the gratitude I feel for the service men and women who have given their lives for my freedom. This and every Memorial Day I will think of the lives lost and the families missing a loved one, so that I can feel safe in this land that I love. To the families of these service men and women, thank you. To those that are currently serving, thank you. To those that will serve in the future, thank you. Because of brave people like you, America is lucky to have so many freedoms others can only imagine. Thank you!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pinned it: Better Box Mix Yellow Cake + Milk Chocolate Frosting




A few weeks ago Publix had boxed cake mixes on sale for $1 so I decided to try a combo of pins I've seen a bunch of times on Pinterest: The Better Boxed CakeMake a Boxed Cake Taste Like Bakery.


I figured while I was trying new things, I might as well try a new frosting. I spent a little time pinning frosting recipes, especially chocolate ones! I decided to try the Milk Chocolate Frosting recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.  


You use the box mix, milk instead of water, butter instead of oil and extra eggs. I also added vanilla extract.


The cake definitely had a more homemade texture, but still the same fakey boxed cake taste.


The frosting was light and fluffy, but I wish I had made a fudge frosting for this cake.

I am planning to try this again with Devil's Food cake mix to see if it's any better. Actual homemade is still absolutely a million times better. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Six Years



It feels like our wedding was six months ago, not six years ago.

In six years we've lived in one apartment and bought one house in neighboring towns.




We've had five cars. The Tangerine Speedo, The Sandbox, The Mini Minivan/Spaceship, Mayella/The Roach Mobile, and The Salsa Red Jetta. 

We adopted the cutest, sweetest dog on the planet. 


We've played host to a couple dozen bats over the last two summers. 


We grew green peppers. And killed most of our other plants.


I learned to like the beach.



Chris learned he didn't know how to eat food in shells. 


We've ordered room service twice. 


 

We haven't traveled much, but we've been to Washington DC, Atlanta, and Nashville. 




 We've had Disney and SeaWorld Annual passes.


Our Family grew. We picked up two sisters in law (Hi Kimber and Jess!), an Aunt Erica, a cousin in law (Hi Jessie!), a cousin in law to be (Hi Ben!), and we became Aunt Natalie and Uncle Chris for the first time (Hi Molly!)

We've tried new restaurants, new bars, new hair styles, new laundry detergent, and had all kinds of other little adventures.  


Christopher, 

Life with you is definitely interesting. Sometimes it's harder than I'd like to admit and sometimes it's more fun than I even know how to handle. I'm looking forward to the next six. 

Love, 

Natalie

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Welcome Summer!



Sorry for such a long break in posting. I promise to be back in action soon! I'm still fighting a pesky cough and it makes sleeping difficult and not sleeping makes me difficult and it's a rotten cycle to be in.

This Friday marks the first of my half day Fridays at work! It's one of the best perks of my job.

Christopher and I are also celebrating SIX years of marriage this weekend. Can you even believe it?! Time really does fly! It flies so fast that I almost forgot about our House Anniversary! We bought our adorable little green house three years ago! I feel like we just moved in and like we have always lived here. Time is a funny thing.

I realized that I haven't ever blogged anything about our wedding, so I'm hoping to share a little about it next week in honor of our anniversary. Keep in mind I got married pre-Pinterest. I had my own version of Pinterest.. a 2" binder, tabs, page protectors, and every bridal magazine published in 2008.

This weekend we are off to the the gulf coast to relax in the soft white sand and eat a few pies. I can't wait.

Friday, May 1, 2015

A Cheesecake Project: Almost Halfway

Today I realized that it's been a LONG time since we tried a new flavor of Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake, and I think this weekend is the perfect time to get working on this cheesecake project again. 

Below is our progress through the Cheesecake Factory's cheesecake list so far. Not gonna lie, this is a delicious project. 

The List

The Original
Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake
OREO® Dream Extreme Cheesecake
Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake™
Reese's® Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake
30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake
Godiva® Chocolate Cheesecake
White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle®
Fresh Banana Cream Cheesecake
Adam's Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple
Lemon Raspberry Cream Cheesecake
Dulce de Leche Caramel Cheesecake
Chocolate Coconut Cream Cheesecake
Tiramisu Cheesecake
Chocolate Raspberry Truffle®
Chocolate Chip Cookie - Dough Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake
Mango Key Lime Cheesecake

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake 
Toasted Marshmallow S'mores Galore
White Chocolate Caramel Macadamia Nut Cheesecake
Piña Colada Cake Cheesecake
Hershey®'s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake
Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
Chocolate Tuxedo Cream™ Cheesecake
Kahlua® Cocoa Coffee Cheesecake
Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake
Dutch Apple Caramel Streusel
Low Carb Cheesecake
Low Carb Cheesecake with Strawberries
Wild Blueberry White Chocolate Cheesecake™
Key Lime Cheesecake
Caramel Pecan Turtle Cheesecake
Snickers® Bar Chunks and Cheesecake
Craig's Crazy Carrot Cake Cheesecake
Cherry Cheesecake
Peppermint Bark Cheesecake
Chris' Outrageous Cheesecake™

Monday, April 27, 2015

Cough, Cough, Go Away.


For the last week I have been coughing myself dizzy. After four days of feeling miserable, using up my sick time and then having to leave my office while meeting with a student because I couldn't stop coughing I visited the doctor. And once again for the 900 millionth time in my life they told me, "Congratulations, you have allergies". I swear every time I hear this part of me dies inside. How can all of this misery be caused by trees, grass, dust, dogs, flowers, etc. HOW?!

The cough is finally getting less frequent, but I'm still dizzy, and I have no voice. It's been a rough week.

I look forward to being back here soon and sharing happier stories.