Friday Favorites: Snow Take 2

We have had two more snow days this week.  I've added a migraine to the mix this week and boy am I glad it's Friday!  My Friday Favorites are all about snow days and dealing with migraines.  I'm also linking up with Andrea, Erika and Narci.  

Favorite 1: Childhood Lunches

On Monday, some of the girls in my community group and I were talking about what we wanted for our dinner on Tuesday.  We decided on a theme of Childhood Lunches.  We were going to have PB&J, Fruit Cups, Sour Cream & Onion Chips, Tropical Punch Kool-Aid, Little Debbie Swiss Roll Cakes, Capri Suns, Hand-snacks, Nesquick, Chips Ahoy and who knows what else.  If you were recreating your childhood lunch what would be in it?  I think I might add some of these...

Favorite 2: Migraine Woes

Obviously, I am not a fan of migraines.  However, I have found a few things over the years of getting them that work.  Most of the time a shower, baked potato and sleep do the trick for me.  This one lingered off and on from Monday night until early morning on Thursday.  It was terrible.  I did a lot of sleeping and it was not helping much.  I have learned that having something cold on my head helps.  I found this at Target a while back and it works wonders.  

You can heat it and have it warm or do what I do and just leave it in the freezer so it is always cold and ready.  I have used this thing several times this week.  

Favorite 3: Baking

I am sorry, but when it snows and I know I am not going to be able to leave my house for a few days the last thing on my mind is milk and bread.  I want to have the essentials to bake.  Sugar, cocoa, chocolate chips, eagle brand, toffee bits, etc.  

I made Mix and Match Mama's Chocolate Toffee Bars.  You are welcome.  Toffee, chocolate, and eagle brand.  How can you go wrong?

I also made one of my childhood favorites.  Greg and I wanted Sausage Balls for breakfast on our snow day.  So easy.  Three ingredients...bisquick, hot sausage and shredded cheese.  We bake ours until they get super crunchy.  

Favorite 4: Snow Covered Beauty

I went for a quick walk around our street yesterday and came across this pretty barn covered in snow. I can see it from our back deck, but I wanted a picture a little closer.

Snow and more Snow

We have more snow! I can't believe it. It's been a crazy few weeks around here. This snow is so pretty!  Enjoy your snow day. 

I'm No Wonder Woman

I have been reading Jessica Turner’s The Fringe Hours this past week and it has been just what I needed.  I feel like this book applies to 99.9% of women.  It is not just for married women, for moms, for older ladies, it really does apply to all ages and to all stages of life.  

Greg is in his second year of a leadership program at work.  We were talking about his growth over the last few years and what he noticed different about himself.  We both said that he would have NEVER taught a small group back when we were dating.  We both probably would have laughed at anyone who had told us that.  I find it hard to now think of him not teaching.  It has become such a big part of what we do now and I love that.  Greg then decided to think about how I have changed over the last few years.  His response was interesting to me.  He told me that I have learned to say no.  Part of me laughed when he said this and another part of me just stopped.  I have never said no well.  

I think for many of us, saying no is difficult.  I believe many women struggle with this and at the same time there are women who have no trouble with it.  Those women are my heroes!  How do you do it?  I’m so thankful that I can see some progress in this area of my life.  I think for me, saying no became focused around my priorities.  I had to make a decision to prioritize.  A lot of what I said yes to were good things, but they were not the right thing for me.  

I think this is what The Fringe Hours are about.  Many of us have so many things on our plates.  We try to create balance and to force things to work in our schedule.  For me to have this time to do things that I want to do, I am going to have to say no to other things.  It is not easy and that is the point.  It is a daily decision.  We have to be intentional with our time and our priorities.  It can be done.  

Here are some quotes from The Fringe Hours

“The problem is that when I overdo it and try to make everyone happy without taking a breath for me, I feel empty and drained.”

“I also have my hands in everything and often believe that I have to be the one to do something for it to be done right.  This is unreasonable.  No one else forces these expectations on me.  I do it entirely to myself.”

“We act like we have to be Wonder Woman, doing everything and doing it all perfectly.  We think we need to be everything for everyone.  But we can’t.” 

Oh the Places We Should Go

I can't believe it has been almost three years since Greg and I got married.  We have been talking about taking a little trip this year and I have been trying to think where we could go.  We have talked about D.C. or Savannah, Georgia.  Who knows?  

For our honeymoon we went to Charleston, South Carolina.  We loved it and hope to go back again soon.  It is a beautiful and historic city.  

Where are some other places that would be great to visit?

Friday Favorites: Snow Day Edition

It's Friday!  I think it is Friday at least.  This week has got me all sorts of confused.  Silly snow days and snow delays.  It is Friday and that means I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for their Friday Favorites.  I decided to make mine a snow day edition. 

Duke Basketball
We were so excited about watching the Duke game on Wednesday night as they took on Carolina.  It was a crazy game that went to OT but Duke won, so all is okay in the snow world.  We were looking forward to this game all week.  This picture was actually taken on the day Coach K hit win #1000.

Netflix Binge Watching
I think if we are all honest, we watch a little too much TV on snow days.  I am guilty.  I probably watched one if not two seasons of FRIENDS this week.  I'm sorry, but could it BE any more cold?


All Things Sweet
One, I somehow still had some of these bad boys left.  Do not ask me how.  I don't know.  They are delicious. 

Two, I love all things peanut butter and last week I found this recipe that involved white chocolate, popcorn, sprinkles and peanut butter.  It sounded like a wonderful combo to me and it was.  It turned out to be a great snack this week.   Check out the recipe for the Valentines White Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn here.  Feel free to change the M&M and sprinkle colors to whatever your little heart desires. 

Snow Days Covered in Ice

Snow days are fun, but not as much fun when the forecast is mostly sleet and ice.  No one wants to build a snowman in that. 

Monday night, I tried to prepare myself for the worst.  I had my iPhone, iPad, Macbook, extra iPhone battery and anything else in our house all charged up.  We pulled out the flashlights, including my awesome Car's flashlight.  After all of the hard work, I decided to wind down with my book, Abide Bible study and some Cocoa Krispies.  Greg was still watching the radar like the true weather man he is. 

This is our cute little house after all the winter storm had visited us.  It was slick and poor Gnomeo, our fearless gnome, was not able to stand up to the storm.

Our quiet little street did not see any plows to clear off the snow and ice.  Greg had an interesting time trying to clear his car to go to work on Tuesday.

For those of you don't know, you need this ice cream.  Tuesday was the one year anniversary of Jimmy Fallon as the Host of The Tonight Show.  Ben and Jerry's released a special ice cream just for him and I am ready to go get myself a pint of it.  Read those delightful ingredients.  

Jessica Turner's new book The Fringe Hours came out on Tuesday and it is fantastic.  On her website, she has released three new phone lockscreens.  This is one of them and all three of them are great.  Check them out here