Monday, May 18, 2015

All The Things

So in March, Deanna came to visit!

They happened to be visiting family less than an hour from us, so she came and had a birthday lunch with me ... toured our house and Lejune .. it was so amazing to have some familiar faces! On their way back out of town I made breakfast for all of us, it was so much fun!! 

The night before my birthday, Jeff baked me a cake. Chocolate chocolate and it was awesome!!

Also for my birthday, my two favorite guys woke up super early to go tour to breakfast with me ... 
Jeff had duty for 24 hours on my birthday, so we got breakfast before he went to work. 

I've made two great friends, since we've gotten here. Tracey and Nicole ... these two. I swear I could tell them anything and they wouldn't be surprised or judge. They're awesome listeners, a ton of fun and love a good bottle of wine! 

My parents came to visit and to see our new place in April! They were actually here for my Mom's birthday, Easter and Opening Day! 

 Here is my first try at creamed eggs on toast :)

Duke made a buddy:

It really was such a good time hanging with them!!

Jeff and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary together. We had a beautiful dinner out and enjoyed the day together. The night before .. I couldn't wait to give him his gift ... So at about one o'clock in the morning I popped my trunk and he found a table saw. He was so excited, he was in disbelief. He kept saying "Who helped you with this!!!" And I kept saying "umm? The guy at the store?" HAHA!

Putting the table saw together ... At two AM :) 

That evening we went to Outback, one of our favorite places to celebrate:

We took this dorky timer picture of us eating the top of our wedding cake ... Which was still delicious, a year later. I can only imagine how it tasted on our big day! Haha, we didn't get any ... Except for the piece we cut for the pictures!

More recently, Jeff's truck was out of commission for two weeks +
The poor guy was out in the garage, working on it every minute he could .. It just took forever. He got it though! He fixed it, with the help of a buddy and saved us a ton of money!

Duke's pool got left in the back yard after a pool session. I came outside to find him like this in a dry pool the next day. 
"Where's the water, momma??" Too funny!!!

I went on a job interview for an MCCS job that I really want .... 

I planted flowers in our first garden beds ... And have been tending to the weeds of course ..

We went to the Jacksonville Jamboree (a festival)

Jeff and I went for a drive. I showed him the pier that my parents and I found while they were visiting ... And we kept driving to find a small town called Beaufort ... ADORABLE .. I can't wait for a date night out there. It reminds me a little of Downtown Plymouth back home. 

Tropical Storm Ana hit and it rained for about 4 days straight, if I remember right. Duke was losing his mind being stuck at the house. He was in our back yard unsupervised and got VERY muddy.. So we took him outside on the leash to hose him down. Jeff had the good idea to let him run back and forth in our giant puddle in between our driveways. I don't think I've ever seen this dog so happy. He ran to me through the puddle and then back to Jeff at the other end. It was hysterical. He loved being in the water, it cleaned him off and burnt off some of his energy!

And .... Since we haven't had enough pictures of Duke today, here's two just for fun haha!!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Firsts: Snow, Beach & Pool

Two weeks ago...
It snowed here! The whole town shut down. The base mostly shut down and they sent everyone home early! When I woke up in the morning and had this on my car... A tiny bit of North Carolina snow!

Then I went to the gym and came out to my car looking like this ...

Now, we totally had flurries ... The pictures I took didn't show it very well. It was funny though, because everyone in the gym was saying "oh my God, we have to get home ... It's really coming down now!"
Down here, they don't see snow often. 

But I couldn't wait to get home to Duke! I couldn't wait to see what he thought of the snow. He's seven months old now ... And still having firsts :) haha! 

So... Here's his first time in the snow!!
He was trying to bite the snow falling.

The video is funnier ... But I can't get it on here. 

Last week we had two REALLY nice days, so we took Duke to the beach! Snow and then 80 degree weather ... I feel like we're in Michigan!!! 

And then he passed out immediately in the car :)

This weekend, it was nice again! Jeff and I went garage saling and found a baby pool for $4! #awesomescore ... And since we know he loves the water, we filled her up!

This dog loves the water ... In any form :) 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Cauliflower Pizza Dough

I've been meaning to try a recipe for cauliflower pizza dough and I just hadn't gotten around to it, with the move and all. Just a few days ago I made the one from The Lucky Penny's blog {recipe found here} It was good! I still have to work on the consistency .. and I didn't use parchment paper like she said (because I didn't have any) .. so maybe that will help with the baking too ? We will see. I'll definitely give it another go! Check it out:

She said to preheat the oven to 450 with the pizza stone in there ...

I used a giant head of cauliflower which she said not to do. This might be another one of my problems, but it all measured properly ... so maybe not? I'm unsure. Just use the florets.

Put the florets in the food processor (I used the smaller grater)

 Place in the oven for 4 minutes to cook.

While it was in the microwave, I added the other ingredients together.
1/4 c. mozzarella
1/4 c. parmesan
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. salt

Looked like this ...

When the cauliflower was done in the microwave, I had the tea towel laid out on the cutting board and spread it evenly over the towel to cool. Once it was cool I strained (weird pic = left hand)
I got a ton of water out, and strained until my hands couldn't strain anymore.

Mixed with the dry ingredients ...

Added an egg and mixed ...

This is where I was bad and didn't use the parchment paper .. If I had, I would have been able to form the dough exactly how I wanted and then slide the paper onto the stone. Instead ... I had to work with what I had .. and ended up with this:

I baked it for about 12 minutes ... added the toppings and baked for another 5-7 minutes. I forgot to take a picture of the pizza dough cooked, but before toppings. Sorryyyyyyy....

It really did taste delicious ... but we had to eat it with forks rather than hold the pieces with our hands like a normal pizza. I'll absolutely be trying to perfect this!
(Toppings: turkey bacon, cheese, chicken, tomato, peppers, onions)