Thursday, August 28, 2014

First Martini



After years of drinking fruity drinks and hiding alcohol in kool-aid, I decided to try a classic cocktail. I made a vodka martini with an olive. Holy crap, it was nasty. The olive was good. And the drink was almost drinkable after filling the glass to the tippy top with cranberry juice. Eventually, I just gave it to Christopher to drink and I got a coke. I think I'll stick to margaritas and mixing liquor with juices or soda. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

How do you dry your hair?


Apparently towels are bad for drying your hair. They make it frizzier, and that is the LAST thing I need. I read that cotton T-shirts were a good choice in hair drying, so I've started stealing Christopher's under shirts for my hair drying needs. Above is my nun in training hair drying style. Below is my do-rag. Just keepin' it real y'all.



Thursday, August 21, 2014

S'mores


After a particularly blah day recently, Christopher and I decided the perfect thing to cheer us up was S'mores. We both love S'mores, but it's just too dang hot out to make a fire. We decided the side burner on our grill was the way to go, and it was amazing. It was easy, quick, and produced the best toasty and not burnt marshmallows a S'more makin' kid could ask for. Next time you have a craving for this campsite staple, just pop open your grill and viola! S'mores! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dear kind Chick Fil A stranger



Dear Kind Stranger, 

Thank you so much for paying for my meal in the Chick Fil A drive thru last night. It was wonderfully kind and unexpected. I truly appreciate it and  I promise to pay it forward.

Love, 

Natalie

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

My lovely friend Carrie nominated me for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and I did it. Here's the video. I won't challenge you. Unless you are my dad, brother, or fetus friend. Then it's on and I want to see some ice flying. 


It's never a bad idea to consider giving to charitable organizations. I encourage you to look into ALS research and see if it's a good fit for you and your charitable giving dollars. 


Friday, August 15, 2014

August Birchbox



This month Birchbox added a cute touch to the address label. I am pretty fantastic, if I do say so myself. 


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mushroom Swiss Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries


We decided to spice things up a little with dinner this weekend. We made mushroom, swiss, and caramelized onion burgers and sweet potato fries. 

We mix A-1, black pepper, garlic powder and grated onion into our ground beef for burgers and then sprinkle them with a little salt before grilling them. Then this time I caramelized a handful of sweet onion, sauteed up a couple of mushrooms and we melted some yummy swiss cheese on those bad boys. I like to keep my condiments simple on a mushroom swiss burger, so I just had mayo, and Christopher used mayo and a little Trader Joe's hot sauce. 

This was the first time I've ever made sweet potato fries and now that I know how easy it is I'll probably make them once a week. They were so good. I cut two small sweet potatoes into fry sized strips, and then tossed them in olive oil, salt, pepper, a little bit of garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. I baked them at 450 for 35 minutes. I think next time I might bake them a little lower and slower, because some of them got a little more burnt than I would prefer and some were too wiggly. It was so delicious I could eat it again this week, but I'm all out of sweet potatoes.