Try a NEW activity every week!

February 11, 2013

Have you ever been snowshoeing? Have you ever cooked sushi?

I am a firm believer in trying to find new things every week to enjoy! I’ll go to a comedy show, or go see the Silver Knights soccer team play – just to try something new. You never know if you’ll like something if you don’t even give it a chance! Sometimes, I might not be so hot on the activity (especially making sushi – just buy it!) but other times, it’s cool to push yourself  out of your comfort zone and try something new!

This weekend, my “chance” was given to ice fishing. Some of my friends are avid ice fishers, and this weekend was the Erieville Ice Fishing Derby – so I figured I’d give it a try. First of all, to prepare I had so many layers on you couldn’t tell if I was a lady or a man. Long johns, sweat pants, snow pants (or the intention of, but that’s a whole other story) hoodies, coats, gloves, scarves – I was going to be in the cold for hours in the middle of a lake, I needed to be prepared! Walking on the ice is the first challenge – slipping, drudging through the 8+ inches of snow we got the day before, it seemed like the set-up was miles away. Thankfully I had some experienced ice fishermen with me who wanted to teach me how to do it. I got to learn all about baiting the line, hooking the fish, and most importantly – beers in a can make a slushy almost instantly while ice fishing.

After two hours of sitting, literally staring at a hole (with only one bite) I came up empty handed. The other fishermen I was with did catch a couple. Here’s a picture of my friend with a small mount bass (unfortunately out of season so it went back into the lake)

I must admit, I did spend a good hour of the time on the ice in a nice heated shelter … it still counts, right? I had a pole in the lake for two hours!

Here’s the important factor (at least for me), it’s not the activity itself that makes something enjoyable, it’s the company you keep.

Go out and try something new this week!

One last recipe before Project 42!

January 16, 2013

I’m going to embark on a very serious diet next week, Project 42 with Well Rounded Fitness – I’ve had a couple conversations with Jeramy at Well Rounded, and I can’t WAIT to start the journey of seeing what I can accomplish with my health/body in 42 days. It’s a fun challenge, and I’m up to it!

With that being said… I’ve been finding myself doing a little extra indulging lately… in my mind the world is ending, at least for the next 42 days food wise (March 10th can’t come soon enough). It’s like I need to get all the “bad food time” in before I can’t anymore! I’ve had a bag of chips with dip for dinner, followed up with a chocolate bar. Bad, bad habits! Anyways, I found this:

Cookie Dough Dip Recipe

It looks great, and I’ve decided it’s going to be my official “last meal”. You know we ALL do it, we get a real big pizza before we start our diet the next day, I hope there’s more people out there kicking those bad habits with me – and I look forward to updating you on my progress at Project 42!

French Toast in the Crockpot!

December 10, 2012

Wow, I am going to try this!! Working takes up a lot of my time, so eating good food always falls to the low end of the list – that’s where the crockpot come in!

Here’s how you do it…

Put 1/2 loaf of white bread in the crockpot (break it up into half pieces)… combine 6 eggs, 2 c milk, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1tsp light brown sugar and 1 tsp vanilla and add to bread. Set the crockpot to the lowest setting and cook for at least 6 hours. Remove the lid for 15 minutes to brown & toast – serve with warm syrup!

Here’s a link to the whole thing!

My Wreath is Decorated!

December 04, 2012

So very proud of my wreath this year! Usually I buy a pre-decorated wreath for $20+ but this year I decided to mix it up! I went to the farmers market on Saturday and picked up a simple undecorated wreath for $6. I got it home as my “Saturday project” and looked at it for hours thinking “what the heck am I going to do with this?”. I had some glittery tree bulbs already, and started gluing them on. It wasn’t doing it for me though, so I ripped them off and then had an epiphany! I wrapped my collection of vintage necklaces around it, and hot glued some extra pearls throughout to make this masterpiece! Simple, easy and FREE!


How do you decorate your wreath every year, or do you buy an already decorated one? I’m a fan of both, but especially proud of coming up with the idea on my own. It deserves it’s own Pinterest post!

(Also featured in the picture my handsome cat, and one of a series of holiday decoration banners I made this year with scrap booking paper, twine and pearls!)

Destiny USA Adventures: Wonder Works!

November 21, 2012

While some 20 somethings are out at the bar on a Saturday night, I found myself at Wonder Works.  I went into it with no idea what it was, all I knew was the outside looks upside down. Wonder Works is actually similar to the Most, with less emphasis on education, more emphasis on interactive games. For around $24 you get a day pass to come and go as you please. You start out by walking through a trippy “fun house” tunnel, where you feel like you literally are turning upside down, but you’re really not moving at all. Then, you walk into the fun stuff! There’s a hurricane room with 74mph winds, a basketball shooting competition, you can lay on a bed of nails (literally), do an astronaut simulator, a rollercoaster simulator, play a lifesize piono, a 4D movie room, a bubble area and games galore. There are scientific games, but then there are also just plain fun games. For a couple big kids, it took us about 2 hours to go through everything – but I can imagine we coulda done a couple more things twice! Wonder Works is a great place for small kids, and big kids like myself – and a great addition to the new DESTINY USA mall!

Next adventure at the mall is the ROPE COURSE, which is suspended over two stories!