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Who’s hungry!

We’ve been cooking lots lately. Some highlights:

This lovely grilled pineapple over pound cake with caramel rum sauce was so amazing.

The pound cake recipe is from How to Cook Everything by Bittman (this cookbook is legendary, and also, really can tell you how to cook almost anything. I recommend it.)

The rest was from Bobby Flay’s Grill It Cookbook, which is also where the fish taco recipe came from.

We also made some homemade pot pie!

We started by chopping up some fresh vegetables.

Then we cooked some chicken leg quarters in the pressure cooker. We did three leg quarters, four cups of water, some thyme, some rosemary, two bay leaves and a quarter of an onion. We reserved the water, skimmed off the fat and froze it in one cup bags to use as chicken stock.

We mixed together the chicken, vegetables, a couple cans of cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup and popped it all in a store bought pie crust. In the over for about an hour at 400, and we ate this delicious thing:

We actually cut up way too many vegetables, and ended up with enough to fill three pies. So we took the second two pies and wrapped them in several layers of plastic wrap, put them in a large freezer bag and put them in the freezer so we’ll have some easy home cooked meals in the next few weeks.

We also had some excitement last weekend. Seth and Amanda came to visit, so naturally we decided it would be a good idea to put on some camo and shoot each other.

Paintball was really fun, and Amanda and I kicked butt!

I still haven’t found a job, and just got word I didn’t receive the one I interviewed for about five weeks ago. I do have  meeting tomorrow about another one, though (It’s not really an interview I don’t think) so wish me luck!

In the meantime, we told Tucker he needs to find some work.

Have a happy Memorial Day!

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Isn’t it beautiful!

All this beauty makes me want to be outside! But first, a quick blog post.

Here are some photos of our backyard, where Tucker has lots of fun! There is also a fire pit, which we haven’t gotten to enjoy quite yet, but the weather is getting warmer so we should be able to soon!

The fire pit!

The deck. There's a basketball hoop to the left. This is a view from the upstairs landing.

Enjoy the weather!

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House photos!

Here are some photos of the front portion of the house.

The view from the front door. The living room is to the right, the kitchen is around the corner to the left. The first door on the left in the hallway goes upstairs, the second is a coat closet. That is the office straight ahead.

The entrance to the living room

The fireplace. I am still working on finding frames I like for wedding photos to go above the mantle.

The other end of the living room. The window looks onto the front porch.

The kitchen! We love to cook. Paul installed the pot rack above the stove, and I made the curtain at the back left for an appliance garage. Hopefully you can forgive the mess and clutter. It's also nice having a bar to eat at, as there isn't really room for a dining table anywhere.

We don't really know what to call this room. It's just kind of stuck in the middle with no room for a dining room table.

The dining table is on the enclosed porch, but we don't ever actually eat there. The porch also serves as the place for Goodwill donations and recyclables. Also, WordPress won't let me flip the photo and I don't feel like fighting with it. So sorry about that.

This door goes to the patio in the backyard. It conveniently came with a doggy door, so the dog can come inside or go outside when we aren't home. Same story with the sideways photo.

So that’s the main part of the home.

Coming next week:

Roasted chicken!

The outside of our home

The back of our home (bedroom, office and bathroom)

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A quick apology, a quick update

So sorry for the hiatus. Just thought I’d give you a quick update and tell you about my new initiatives to make sure I blog at least once a week.

First of all, I am spring cleaning this week, so I will have photos of the rest of the house up this week.

Second, quite a while ago, I gave myself a goal of cooking one new recipe each week. The point was to try and learn new techniques, new foods, new flavors and to reduce the amount of eating out we did. A goal that kind of piggybacked was to do more meal planning, take grocery store trips that were less frequent and more accomplished and to reduce the amount of food that is in our freezer and refrigerator. When we moved to Indy, I started putting a list on the refrigerator of what we had ingredients to make.

With the cruise, the holidays and the move all piling up in December, the new-recipe-a-week goal went by the wayside, so I am now renewing that goal, and each week I will blog about it , providing a recipe, photos, notes and pointers in case anyone else wants to join me or thinks a particular recipe sounds particularly delicious.

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As promised, here’s some more information on our new family member, Tucker!

Well, of course you can give me a belly rub

Tucker glamour shot taken when he was with the rescue

Another glamour shot, very debonaire, don't you think?

We got Tucker on Jan. 3 from a dog rescue in Indianapolis. They had had him since Thanksgiving, where he was placed with a foster family and cared for well. (They had named him Butler, but as Butler is a rival of the SIUC Salukis, we decided to change it. He didn’t seem to mind.) He is a shar pei and pit bull mix, so he has really big floppy cheeks and tiny ears.

He was about 10 months old when we got him. As no one knows when exactly he was born, we decided to give him an auspicious birthday – The Ides of March. As of right now, there are no special plans for March 15th, but maybe he’ll get a special treat or something.

When we first got him, he was a pretty nervous puppy. He submissive peed a lot (Hooray for Clorox wipes!) but a month and a half after we got him, he is doing much better, and only pees a little sometimes when he meets new people. Which is why we like to make introductions outside.

Our house has a closed-in porch with a dog door (that he just barely fits through. We’ll be making sure not to overfeed him!), which is perfect. We don’t have to leave him in his kennel all day or worry about him destroying things or making a mess. We just don’t put anything out there if we would really be upset if it got destroyed.

The porch, and proof of Tucker's destructive abilities

Shortly after we got him, we started obedience classes. (We opted for 16 weeks instead of 8, as he is rather hard headed) So far he’s been doing really well. He has learned to sit and we are currently working on lay down, stay, leave it and loose leash walking. We almost have “off” under control. The foster family allowed him on the furniture, but we don’t, so it took a little bit to get that through his head. Now the most he tries is a paw or maybe both on the couch. He also jumped on people a lot when we got him, and while he hasn’t yet learned to stop jumping, he just leaps in the air and not on people, which is actually pretty adorable. For the most part, he is very calm and does well around people he doesn’t know. He gets a little too excited when he’s around new dogs but is not allowed to greet them, but he is also getting better with staying calm. He is very vocal, and grumbles a lot. He also yawns loudly and snores.

Some Tucker stats:

Weight: 54 pounds

Height: Approximately 24 inches at his back

Favorite toys: Tennis balls, soft toys and his bone

Favorite treats: Peanut butter and ice cubes

He also likes:

To conquer things (mostly Paul)

The Colts (but not wearing bandanas)

To sleep and cuddle by the fireplace

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aaaand we’re back!

Sorry for the long delay. What with the cruise, Christmas and moving, we’ve been pretty busy.

We’ve got the main level of the house unpacked, which went really quickly. I’ll be updating you on some projects we did over the next week or so.

First thing, first, a few highlights of the cruise!

There was walking on the beach

A really big boat!

Towel animals

Shows! (this was an excerpt from Mamma Mia!)

and champagne!

It was a wonderful trip and we were sad to see it end, but we hit the road running when we returned. In the past two weeks, we have moved all of our stuff to Indianapolis, spent much quality time with our families and then returned to Indianapolis to unpack our stuff. We were very dedicated, and got a lot done quickly, so we decided to go ahead and start our next project:

More to come on him later, too!

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Sayonara, stuff!

I have had a very serious problem with being a packrat for, well, my entire life. I have decided that will be the case no more!

This resolution has come from several things. One of those is the fact that our attic is CRAMMED full of unpacked boxes, and now, at the final hour, I must go through them. I keep telling myself that they are added insulation, but I am probably wrong. The other is that, the last time we went to my parents’ home, it took me (with Mom’s help) many hours to sort through all of the things I had been hanging on to for years and years. When I was sorting through this, I had a realization that, while these things were once important to me, they are only things.

So today, I took one bag of clothes to consign (where I earned $28.42! Woo!) I also took three boxes of stuff to the Salvation Army, and more will go tomorrow! I’m glad to get rid of it, but sad because I know we hauled all of that stuff around during the last move! But, there’s no better time than now to begin! (Mom, are you reading this?)

Paul also went through some boxes and got rid of a big box of stuff. I hope some of it (like the remote control Corvette Paul received as a joke gift from his dad – when you graduate college I’ll buy you a Corvette!) ends up making some child very happy for Christmas 🙂


Anybody else on a mission to pare down?

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Hey! Nice to see you!

Welcome to our blog! Here we’ll be keeping you all updated about our new life in Indy, adjusting to city living, settling in and the projects we take on! We’ll also be blogging about sweet finds or disappointing dives as we learn about Indy ourselves.

We’re still in Illinois for a couple of weeks, but we’ll be keeping you up to date on everything we get done between now and Dec. 23, when our stuff will be unloaded in Indy! We might also show you a tantalizing photo or two of our Western Caribbean cruise we’ll be on next week for our honeymoon!

For now, we’re trying to keep things clean clean clean and very organized! I have been strategically grouping things so that the moving company packs them together! Today’s project: Finish the craft room and work on the attic!

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