Monthly Archives: July 2013

Turkey Bacon Dijon Wraps

With the crazy heat wave we’ve been experiencing this week added to the fact that we have VBS going on,  I haven’t done any cooking. For supper I’ve been throwing together wraps or subs, and I came up with this easy and delicious wrap recipe. I made them for supper tonight and my husband really liked them.

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Turkey Bacon Dijon Wraps

6 pieces bacon crumbled

4 pieces turkey deli meat

1 Tbls. + 2 tsp mayonnaise

1 Tbls + 1 tsp Dijon mustard

2/3 cup diced tomatoes

1 cup shredded lettuce

1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese

2 wraps

Mix the mustard and mayonnaise in a bowl together.

Add the remaining ingredients and mix with the sauce. Put into the wraps!

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The Balancing Act

Right now our lives are absolutely crazy! We’re making the move from Pennsylvania to Nortclockh Carolina on June 26th. I have to get knock out medicine for our pets to make the trips. I also have to get rabies shots for Charlie and the cats. There’s still quite a bit of packing left to be done, and next week is VBS at our church. Both Brian and I are teachers for VBS. Not to mention all the goodbyes and dinners we’ve been invited to. Needless to say our lives are pretty hectic right now. It’s times like these that make it hard for us to spend time together. There is so much needing to be done, that we struggle to find time just to be together.

Brian was saying that we need to schedule time for each other, which is totally true. But we also have to appreciate the little time that we get together. Like yesterday, we had very little time together due to having a couple friends over for supper. But we did have an hour after Brian got off from work. I know the hour was spent running to the library and stopping by Wal-Mart to make some much needed purchases, but at least we got to do it together. Brian pushed the cart around Wal-Mart and I threw things in, while we talked about everything from the plans for that evening with friends to a story I had read online. Then we had a half hour car ride back to our house, again another great time to just sit and talk to each other. Last night as I was thinking about our crazy day, I suddenly remembered the fact that we had had just snippets of time together here and there. It’s easy to take those small times together for granted when things are crazy.

Now I’m not suggesting that you just spend snippets of time together. I know for a fact that it’s not healthy for a marriage to survive on small snippets of time. But there are seasons in your life (hopefully short ones or your priorities are all wrong) where you only get to spend short amounts of time together. It’s during these seasons that you learn to make the most out of the little time that you do get together: Brian sends me texts over his lunch break,I go upstairs and pack in his office while he’s applying for jobs online, etc. . .  I’m still learning to be content and appreciate what time I do get with Brian. I know this will totally shock you, but I have been known to spend our short time together complaining that we don’t get to spend time together. It’s totally selfish of me, and I’ve had to confess my selfish to Brian and God. I really should be rejoicing that God allowed us to have those few minutes together.

I guess you could say we’re going through the balancing act right now. Trying to balance other things with spending time together. I have an amazing husband who works to schedule time for me! And God has been gracious to help us get things done, so that we can enjoy those few minutes we get together.  And the nice thing is we both realize we need to spend time together, so even though we’re busy we work to prioritize each other (that’s the way marriage is supposed to work).

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The Charlie Diaries

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve blogged about my pets. Charlie was getting a little concerned that maybe my blog wasn’t staying true to it’s married with pets name. She says I’m a domesticated doggy mom, and if I must claim theDSCN4957m then I’m mom to the cats and a rat. But if it’s up to her, I’m just her mommy (that would be my #1 job in her mind). Anyway, Charlie suggested that I share a few pages out of her dog diary, and keep everyone posted on her life.

Charlie is officially housebroken! Daddy doesn’t believe it, but it’s true. She hasn’t had an accident in the house in weeks. The last accident she had was in her crate (she spends the night in her crate), I had slept in and didn’t get her out of her crate in time to go. She left the mess on the plastic floor far away from her blanket, and then she laid down on her blanket. She was kind enough not to get herself all messy, and mommy was most appreciative.

Charlie attended her first fireworks show last week. I didn’t realize that it would scare her as much as it did. She wouldn’t even take treats during the fireworks (which is unbelievable for Charlie seeing as how she’ll DSCN4998eat anything), that said she took it like a trooper. No running away, jerking on the leash, or trying to escape. She simply laid on the ground with her heart racing like crazy. I think mommy drove everyone around me nuts because I sat there praising her throughout the whole show. By the way, the fireworks a local Montrose citizen set off on the golf course were much better than the city of Montrose’s display.

Charlie would like everyone to know that she hates the heat. She is really looking forward to laying over an air conditioning vent in North Carolina. These days it’s all I can do to get her to play outside. I try to take her out early in the morning, but she doesn’t like running around in the heat. Basically, she’s content to lie around the house all day. Poor puppy!

Charlie wanted me to mention that she’s especially good about eating her veggies. She loves eatiDSCN4999ng baby carrots. Unfortunately, she has to be limited to one (sometimes two) at a time. Her stomach can’t handle too many carrots. Also, she hasn’t taken to water. In fact she would rather run around a body of water then swim across it. She has made some progress in this area, though.

Oh, and Charlie is officially a year old! She turned a year old in June. She said the best part about birthdays is the big bones you get. She got a shoulder bone of some animal or other. You can buy them for $5 at the Tractor Supply in Montrose, PA. I think that’s about it for the Charlie news. I can’t think of any omissions that I’ve made but I’m sure Charlie can!

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A “Cool” Summer Date Night

I was trying to think of a cheap, fun date night that involves staying cool. That’s when it came t me. Why not do a water balloon fight? I thought this would be a lot of fun! I stopped by the Dollar store on a recent shopping trip, and for $2.16, I got 200 water balloons! That’s the total cost of this date night!

Whenever I plan a date night, it comes complete with dinner. I usually try to make Brian’s favorite foods for our date nights. I don’t recommend trying new recipes for a date night, but that’s up to you. If your spouse is the type that goes to restaurants and tries new food each time, then by all means make them something new. I see date night dinners as a way of eating iDSCN5090n a restaurant at home. Just make sure if you try something new that it’s something you think they would like. Brian goes out to eat and almost always orders the same thing, so when I plan a date night I just make his favorite meal. It’s all about personality!

Now it’s time for the water balloon fight! I bought two different colors of water balloons. My original idea was for him to get the green balloons and me to get the orange. The only problem was I picked the wrong night for a water balloon fight. It started raining as we were filling up the balloons, but we pressed on. We just didn’t fill up as many due to the fact that we were already wet. By the way the filling up of the balloons is a great team activity. One person fills while the other person ties. Brian and I had fun just talking while we did this. Once we filled our balloons, we started by playing catch. We tossed the balloon back and forth stepping back every time we caught the balloon. Another fun game to play with water balloons is water balloon pop. Set up starting and finish line. Start with one balloon and race to the finish line, sit on the balloon to pop it, then race back to the starting line and get another balloon. The first person to pop five balloons wins! The nice thing about adding games to your water balloon fight is it prolongs the game!

Now it’s time for the actual fight! We just grabbed balloons and ran around throwing them at each other. Some of the smaller ones won’t burst on impact, so you have to get close and bpirate shipurst them on each other! We had a blast. Once you’re done with the fight, you need to pick up the balloon pieces. Again, it’s another team activity and it doesn’t take that long to do. Picking them up gives you a good chance to just talk.

To end the night pick out a movie that has a water theme. We watched Muppet Treasure Island, which we already owned so it cost nothing. Other good movie choices would be Flipper, Soul Surfer, Dolphin Tale, Andre, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (or any of the pirates movies), or any other movie with a water theme. The sky’s the limit! It was nice to settle down and finish the night off with a good movie. Viola! A fun and cheap date night with very little prep work!