Curtains Complete!

Hey hey heyyyyy!

This weekend was, as usual, way too short. On Friday, we went to dinner with Kirsten and Kevin. Guess where we went. No, really guess.

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Surprised? Probably not. We can’t help ourselves it’s just so good. I got the Good Ole burger again, but (my) Kevin switched things up and got their fish tacos which came with Mexican corn on the cob – basically heaven in your mouth.

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It was Kirsten and (her) Kevin’s first time – I think they’re hooked.

After dinner, we went to B-dubs to watch the Blues game. They lost, and I cried myself a river. Only after eating a second dinner which consisted of wings. #ieatwhenimsadokay?

In other news (possibly the most exciting news to come out of the Bladdick/Deitsch household for the past few weeks) WE HAVE CURTAINS!!!!!

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Hobby Lobby “found the missing fabric” we ordered (what.ever.) and we picked it up on Saturday.

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Hello pretty new curtains and GOODBYE TRASH BAG DRAPES!

Since we moved in, I have been HATING on these massive windows because of how big of a pain in the arse they are (having to make your own curtains vs. shelling out thousands of dollars for custom drapes), but with these crisp, white, flowy curtains, I’m obsessed. And the trees in our front yard provide the perfect amount of privacy where I feel comfortable leaving them open all day, only to close them at night.

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(And thank you Kirsten and Kevin for letting us borrow your iron and ironing board!)

We added another addition to our house – a dog bed for Grace! Now that we have our new couch, new chair AND new bed, we’re trying to prevent her from getting on the furniture.

IMG_3110Speaking of Grace – she got a special little package in the mail today. 🙂

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Our friends Jess & Chris (and Calie & Nita) from Des Moines mailed Grace a bunch of homemade cookies today and she LOVED them! Here’s a video of us opening the package. She’s a silly little thing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8ZKzSP-fdE

And lastly, today we booked our plane tickets out to San Francisco for our friends Jeannie & Brett’s wedding in September! And I booked mine, Katie and Jackie’s hotel for Jess and Jason’s wedding in July! I have weddings on the brain so I’m off to see what’s left on our big to-do list. I’m feeling a little inspired. 🙂

 

Taco Pizza and Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Soooooo last night was my first experience with taco pizza and it’s my new favorite thing. It’s everything I love about tacos put on top of everything I love about pizza. YUM!

We went out with our friends Jess and Chris last night for some pizza at a place called Papa’s Pizzeria in Polk City. I can’t believe I didn’t take a single picture, but I’m sure you can imagine what taco pizza looks like. We shared one taco pizza, one meaty pizza and a couple pitchers of beer. Then, we went back to their place to watch Couples Retreat (funniest movie ever!) on their big projector screen. It’s so cool! (Also should have taken a picture.)

Early this morning, Kev had to go into work for a couple of hours so I decided to make his favorite breakfast before he got home – Chocolate Chip Pancakes! There’s nothing tricky or complicated about making chocolate chip pancakes, but I think the trick is buying (or making) a buttermilk mixture. It makes it so thick and fluffy!

Mix everything together according to package directions and dump some chocolate chips in. I use 1/3 of a cup of chocolate chips for 10 pancakes.

I use an ice cream scoop because it’s the perfect size and the mixture is thick enough to not run off the scoop.

You know it’s time to flip the pancakes when it starts to bubble at the top.

Butterrrrrrr. (Speaking of butter, this morning I was watching Paula Deen, whom I’m not a huge fan of, and I decided one could get drunk by 10 a.m. if they played the drinking game “take a shot every time Paula says ‘butter.'” You should try that next Saturday!)

They were SO good and now that I’m seven pancakes in, I’m ready for a nap. 😉

Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes

Ingredients
-Buttermilk pancake box mix (or follow this homemade recipe)
-1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions
-Turn griddle to 300°F
-Oil griddle with Pam (or other cooking spray)
-Mix batter to package directions
-Add chocolate chips
-Using ice cream scooper, form pancakes on griddle
-When bubbling, flip pancakes
-Top with thin slices of butter immediately after removing from griddle

While I was cooking, I noticed an old picture of my dad, mom and I that I have hanging up on a cork board picture frame in the kitchen. Can we take a sec and look at my dad’s shorts (go Blues!) and the bandana around his neck? Not to mention the Disney World button on his shorts? Bah. I’m sure we did not win the 1993 Disney World Most Fashionable Award.

I just LOVE looking through old pictures. When I graduated high school, my mom put together the most thorough scrapbook of my entire life and it definitely includes some hilarious photos. I look through it all the time – such a good present!

I’m off to relax (possibly nap), clean house and get ready for a sushi party we’re going to this afternoon! Kevin’s co-worker’s wife is from Bangkok and she is an AWESOME cook. She is having a sushi/Thai food get together at their house tonight and I’m drooling already thinking about it! Then, we plan to watch the BLUES game!