Thursday, October 8, 2009

No, I'm Not Pregnant!

For realz. It seems to be the big question on many peoples minds... when are we going to get me knocked up?!? Family members. Friends. Co-workers. Perfect strangers who stop me while grocery shopping. Argggggg! Don't get me wrong, I can't wait to have babies someday in the near future. But it gets old when people expect an announcement on a daily basis.

Today I went to get my hairs did and my stylist tells me that one of his other clients asked the no-no question... "Do you think Mrs. is preggers?" My stylist asked the woman why she wanted to know and she said she just had a "feeling" that I was. This immediately starts the paranoid slew of thoughts that plague most people who make their living as a talking head... "Do I look heavier?" "Did me suit fit funny?" "Did I make a joke about having a baby?", etc. When my stylist pressed the woman about her "feeling," she replied, "She just has this glow going on." Huh. So this Sherlock watched one newscast, notices an extra gleam about me and logically deduces it must be a bun in the oven!

This is one of the many reasons I can't wait to be preggy. So then people can stop wondering already!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Adventures in Homemaking

Busy and productive weekend! Well, after a rather languid and snuggly Saturday morning, that is. I spent my afternoon shopping for all things domesticity. Michael's for Fall garland and a fake pumpkin, Target for baby gifts and cards, Macy's to pick out a new (FREE) Crock pot and some fabulous pans. Grocery store and local fish shop rounded out the list.
So Sunday rolls around and I just HAVE to try out the shiny new Rival 6 qt. Crock pot (with attached hinged lid and digital programming). So sleek, so large... so many possibilitiesBut I settled on comfort food: namely, chicken and dumplings. I found this recipe through my Saturday morning Googling. After reading the reviews and jotting down a few words of advice, I exchanged the water for a carton of chicken stock, added a can of corn along with the biscuits after 4 hours of cooking on High. I let the biscuits simmer in the liquid on Low for another 1.5 hours. The results= Delish!

I also whipped up a huge pot of chili using the amazing red cast iron pot from our wedding registry... and the biscuits mentioned in my previous post. The MR. was in Heaven! Everything turned out just dandy and we will be feasting for the rest of the dreary work-week.

I heartily recommend all of the recipes from this weekend!


Friday, October 2, 2009

Chilly= Chili!

So as a girl who spent her formative years in the deserts of Arizona... I truly appreciate the crisp Fall weather the Midwest offers. Even if it is inundated with drenching rain and scary pale skin. Since we officially reached Fall with our temperatures dropping into the 50's, I feel it's time to tie on the apron and get cracking on some chili this weekend.

This makes me especially excited as I FINALLY get to use my red Martha dutch oven pot... a wedding gift from my gal pal Liz. ((((((SO EXCITED))))))

I searched the webz for a new recipe to culminate this momentous occasion and found this little ditty. I think I will also attempt these bad boys as the perfect side item. My husband doesn't know what's about to hit him this Football Sunday!



Thursday, October 1, 2009

I, The New Marshall in Town, Do Solemnly Promise...

Alright, if one starts a blog then one should keep up with said blog. This is the rule I apply to others so I better darn well start living by my own rules! From here on out I will do my best to post daily, even if it is just a quick, fun update or tidbit. So, to catch everyone up on the last, oh, 5 months of our lives:

-Mr. Marsh is studying for a licensing exam. It is currently the bane of my existence... but the end of the road is near. Hopefully we can begin more home projects once he is finished.

-We travelled to Idaho for Mr. Marsh's sister's wedding. It was beautiful! I fell in love with the surroundings and met a wonderful group of people. Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Young!

-We also visited one of Mr. M's clients in Mississippi and experienced Southern football first hand. What an experience! The South really knows how to throw a party!

-My mom is coming to visit in mid-October and I can't wait! It's been 5 months since I last saw her. I have all sorts of fun things planned : )

-We are throwing a Halloween party and I am coming up with some fabulous ideas to make this event bigger and better than ever.

Cheers everyone!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mixing Up the Menu?

Since moving in with E over a year ago, the hardest part of our week to week living has been coming up with creative items for our dinners. We work opposite schedules, so on the weekends we generally cook a lot of food so that we have plenty of leftovers to see us through.

I have been searching high and low for some inspiration this week and I think I just stumbled on to a genius (and oh so simple) recipe:

INGREDIENTS:2-4 Steaks (whatever cut of meat you like is fine.
3T. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
3T. Water1T. Fresh Cilantro Leaves, chopped
1 Small Jalapeno Pepper, chopped and seeded
2 Garlic Cloves, pressed
1/4t. Ground Cumin

Directions:Combine lime juice, cilantro, water, jalapeno pepper, garlic and cumin and pour into a large zip-top plastic bag.
Add steaks, seal and shake bag to coat meat.
Let marinate in refrigerator 1-2 hours,shaking bag every now and then.
Grill steaks over medium heat until cooked to your liking, turning once.
Serve and enjoy.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New life, New name, New SSC

So I spent the morning getting a massage. Got to love a deep tissue rejuvenation to start the day! Especially when the next stop on my list was the Social Security Administration. Not fun. Ever.
But I did my research ahead of time and showed up with my manila envelope containing my Marriage License, a copy of my marriage license, my birth certificate, old SS card and my driver's license. Plus a waiver to sign over my first born if need be.
Not necessary, as it turns out. I waited for half an hour listening to all sorts of sad tales of children facing jail time who needed a copy of their SSC; a new mother trying to get a card for her baby who was turned down because she had no proof that she was, in fact, the mother; a young dude trying to interview for summer jobs, who didn't realize he had a SSN or a SSC and was here to inquire. Awesome.
So, needless to say, my case was quick and painless. Showed my original Marriage License and turned over my old SSC. That's it. My new card will now read Mrs. Marshall. Weird!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Because I can't Knot forever...

So it's time for me to find a new obsession. Something I can craft and utilize during my suddenly boundless free-time (it's amazing what happens once the wedding is planned)....

I decided I needed to re-evaluate my interests and hobbies and find some creative outlet to amuse myself. Ta da! A blog offers just the right remedy: I still get to talk about our life and all the exciting (and mundane) tidbits taking place, but people can just stop reading if they become bored. Brilliant!

So happy reading and please excuse the first few messy posts and I learn to navigate.