Thursday, December 17, 2009

Confessional Thursday

Today's confession is about wanting to sell everything and RUN! FAR AWAY!

Some days I wake up in this -40 (Celcius) weather and I just want to sell everything we own and move with Mr.BB to South Africa, Egypt, Antigua, or ANYWHERE but here! Red Deer has a population of 80,000 people. In the winter it's a little more (like 110,000) because people come here to work in the oil field. This is the 3rd largest city in the province of Alberta and it's a HOLE! Calgary and Edmonton are both 1 1/2 hours in the opposite direction, so that helps, but who wants to drive that far to go eat at a decent restaurant? I wish we lived in either city, I would be a little more content. I guess I shouldn't complain because I have my job that I enjoy and it's not like we are stranded in the middle of no where, it's just really hard when you have no friends or family around.

There is no Taco Bell here. How the HELL is there not a Taco Bell here, but in cities that are smaller there are?! Makes no sense. There is also no Harvey's (which is a delicious Canadian burger place) or Red Lobster (which is my favorite)!

We plan on moving to Florida in 2011 (SO far away) if all goes well with Mr.BB's spouse visa appication (or whatever that's called). I can't wait.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Our X-Mas Gift!

It just arrived at my work! Josh and I got a DSLR for X-mas (we justify it as a wedding expense ;) lol)! It was on sale for boxing week (which is Canada's version of Black Fri) which isn't until next week, but the guy gave us the deal this week and threw in some goodies! Meet the Olympus E-620!


Can't wait to get home and play with it!!! =)
Going back to the store today to pick up another lens for it cause it's on SUPER sale (like $300 off)!

On the first day of Christmas....

I gave to my true loooooove....

Yes, I am a big suck who definately have her fiancee the 12 days of Christmas! Not anything like the real 12 days of Christmas, but none the less I like my list of things. Today is day 3, but here is a re-cap of the things I'm giving him:

  1. A House Coat
  2. 2 pack of razors
  3. 3 pack of Kinder eggs (little chocolate eggs with white chocolate inside and a little surprise in the middle! I hate them but Josh loves them)
  4. 4 mini shot glasses (maybe I'll get those ones that have liquor already inside of them) or 4 beer glasses
  5.  5 fingered gloves (not that I know of any 1-4 or 6+ fingered gloves)
  6. 6 pack of boxers
  7. 7 lotto tickets
  8.  8 yummy cookies
  9. 9 minute sexy little show ;)
  10.  10 minute massage
  11.  CD with 11 songs
  12. 12 pack of Budweiser
 I hope he likes it, I think it's a pretty good list if I do say so myself! I've never done the whole 12 days of Christmas, so I thought it would be nice to do something different this year considering what a crazy non-traditional kind of year that we have had. =)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Featured Bride Blogger!!!!!!!!!

YAY! I am a featured blogger on the Weddzilla Blog now! Check out my intro post:

Hey there everyone! My name is Ashley and I am a 22 year old bride-to-be! We are currently living in Red Deer, Alberta (Yes, Canada) and are trying to plan a Destination Wedding for October 15, 2010 in the Dominican Republic! We were going to get married on 10-10-10 but the resorts don't do weddings on Sunday's, so we just chose the following Friday because the 10-9-10 would have been a holiday weekend in Canada (which adds up the $ for flight prices).

Josh and I met in Karate when we were 14, so sometimes I will refer to him as Mr. Black Belt, and call my wedding stories "The Adventures of Mrs. Black Belt" because our lives have been nothing but an amazing adventure. We are a pretty quirky couple, and we have quite the sense of humor. We quote movies and songs all of the time, to the point where sometimes I think that we are that annoying couple that people just want to barf by just listening to or watching us, but I'm just fine with that. That's who we are, the couple who is so in tune with one another that it makes people physically ill. I LOVE IT!

We are very laid back, and like to do things a little "differently" than most. I like unique things, funky color palettes, sparkly things, kitties and puppies, Detroit Red Wings, punk rock (and all other kinds of music), DIY, meeting new people, and well writing (otherwise I would be kind of a boring blogger... never writing anything)!

I know from listening to other brides about their weddings that things can't always turn out perfect or just as planned. Sometimes there will be that one hitch, but the most important thing is the two people getting married. I actually find life rather beautiful with the imperfections that it throws at us. They make us grateful for the things we have, the perfection that we find in our love for one another, and the chance that we had for living today because we are never promised tomorrow.

View it here=)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Recipes with Kraft Dinner!

I absolutely love Mac N Cheese. It was a staple at our house when I was little, and I still love it to this day! There are so many dishes you can make with it! Here are a few examples:

Mac N Cheese Salad: (my cousin made this, I wasn't a fan but it was fast and just ok)

1 (7 1/4 oz.) pkg. Kraft macaroni and cheese
10 oz. pkg. frozen peas (thawed and cooked)
1 med. tomato, chopped
3/4 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. sliced celery
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 tsp. salt
6 hard-cooked eggs, chopped (less may be used)

Prepare mix according to directions on package. Add frozen peas. Stir and add rest of ingredients. Chopped green pepper may be added, if desired. Chill before serving.

Tuna Mac N Cheese: (I love making this when Mr.BB isn't home. He hates tuna)

1 box Kraft's macaroni & cheese dinner
1 can tuna, drained
1 sm. onion, chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can Rotel tomatoes

Cook Mac N Cheese as directed. Add tuna (prepared how you like) and onion. Thin the cream of mushroom soup with milk and add it in the mix with the tomatoes. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. I usually leave it uncovered.

Tex Mex Mac N Cheese: (Mr.BB's fav.)

1 lb. extra lean ground beef
1 pkg. Macaroni and Cheese
1 can chili style stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 cup water
1 cup Tex Mex Shredded Cheese

Brown meat in large nonstick skillet; drain. Stir in Macaroni, tomatoes and water. Bring to boil. Simmer on medium-low heat 15 min., stirring occasionally. Add Cheese Sauce Mix; stir until blended. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Top with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and avocado slices, sliced olives, salsa or sour cream.

Mac N Cheese Beef Casserole:

1 pkg. Macaroni and Cheese
1 lb.lean ground beef
1 can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
1/2 cup Double Cheddar Shredded Cheese

Heat oven to 400ºF. Prepare Kraft Dinner as directed on package, omitting the butter. Meanwhile, brown meat in large nonstick skillet; drain. Stir in tomatoes and oregano; cook until heated through, stirring occasionally. Combine KD and meat mixture; spoon into 9-inch square baking dish. Top with Cheddar. Bake 10 min. or until Cheddar is melted and casserole is heated through.

Chili & Cheese:

Chili Recipe:

1/2 to 1 lb of bacon
2 lbs of ground beef
2 packets of McCormick (or other brand) chili seasoning
1 large onion chopped
2 bell peppers (I prefer a yellow and a red) chopped
2 cans diced tomatoes (I prefer the Hunt's Fire roasted )
1 can red kidney beans
1 can light colored kidney beans
1 can of "chili beans" (if you can't find this just use another can of kidney)
1 to 2 cans of plain tomato sauce (I like thick chili so I use 1 can but if you like it soupier use more)

Fry bacon. Drain MOST of the grease but leave enough to coat the pan , throw in the chopped peppers saute for a few minutes , then add onions , saute a few more minutes until soft, add in ground beef , season with garlic powder , salt and pepper to taste, and then 1/2 a packet of chili seasoning and cook through . Add ground beef mixture and all other ingredients including the bacon crumbled up or broken in to small pieces to a large pot or crock pot .... simmer on stove top on low for an hour or in a crockpot on low for 3 hours.
Then, cook KD as directed. Add into Chili. Top with sour cream.

Cheeseburger Mac N Cheese:

3 cups frozen vegetable blend with broccoli, carrots and cauliflower
1 pkg. KRAFT DINNER Macaroni and Cheese
3/4 cup skim milk
1/4 cup Italian Dressing
3/4 lb. extra lean ground beef, cooked, drained
3/4 cup Part Skim Mozzarella Shredded Cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 375°F. Place frozen vegetables in colander in sink. Cook Macaroni as directed on package. Pour cooked macaroni over vegetables in colander to drain and quickly thaw vegetables. Return macaroni and vegetables to saucepan. Add Cheese Sauce Mix, milk and dressing; mix well. Add cooked meat and 1/4 cup of the shredded cheese; mix well. Spoon into 2-L casserole dish; cover with lid. Bake 35 min. or until heated through. Uncover; top with remaining shredded cheese. Bake an additional 3 to 4 min. or until cheese is melted.

Mac N Cheese Lasagna:

1 pkg. Macaroni and Cheese
1/2 lb. extra lean ground beef
1-1/2 cups pasta sauce
1 cup Mozzarella Shredded Cheese
2 Tbsp. Parmesan Grated Cheese

Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare Kraft Dinner using the Sensible Solution directions on package. Meanwhile, brown meat in skillet. Spoon 1/2 of Dinner into lightly greased 8-inch square baking dish; top with layers of 1/2 each sauce, meat and mozzarella. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake 20 min. or until heated through.

Chicken Caccitore and Cheese:

1 tsp. oil
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2   zucchini, chopped
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 can water (use empty can from tomatoes)
1 box Macaroni and Cheese

Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 5 min. or until browned. Add vegetables, oregano, tomatoes, water and Pasta. Bring to boil; simmer partially covered, 12 min. or until pasta is tender.Stir in Cheese Sauce; cook until heated through.


1 box Mac N Cheese
1 can/bottle spaghetti sauce
Ground Beef

Put some oil in a pan, and on medium heat cook the onion and toss in some garlic if you wish. Then brown the ground beef. Once cooked, drain the remaining grease. Add in pasta sauce. In another pot cook Mac N Cheese as directed. Add mac N cheese to the pasta sauce. Serve with garlic toast.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Confessional Tuesday

I am a makeup whore. I think I own like $2,000 worth of makeup...maybe even more. The sad thing is that I use it ALL the time except for when I go to work (because well who wants to get up an HOUR earlier than normal just to put on makeup). So normally my friends see me in makeup, and at work they see me in no makeup/almost none. I might occassionally (if I have time) put on a sweep of mineral powder foundation (Lise Watier - Poudre Mineraliste... a nice Canadian brand, which is like that Bare Minerals stuff which I have yet to try) and some blush (usually Nars - Orgasm). SO I look like this when I am at work (minus the super childish shades I was trying on at Michael's):

The on the weekend I look like this:

And when we're doing something special I look like this (but just a little more jazzed up):

You are probably thinking... ok so what was the point of that? It leads into the second part of my confession: I am a lazy ass! I should look great every day, but I am always too tired to get up early so I can put makeup on because I have to do homework until 11 PM the night before.

The Solution:

New Years Resolution - Make more time for ME! Stop worrying about everything and everyone else and worry more about myself. Both 2008 and 2009 were all about helping out in the community and volunteering (which I wont stop completely because I love doing it), putting up with peoples BS (which I mean... they are family... so I guess it's expected), and just generally about everyone else but me. SO 2010 will be about my health (weight and sanity....hahaha), helping me (school, work, etc), and our wedding. Everyone elses drama can take the back burner for the year while I deal with my own crap. =)