Friday, October 28, 2011

Birthday!

Well my golden birthday was great! (Minus working 12 hours that day...)  But I was awake for 21 hours out of the 24 hours...so I got to enjoy almost every minute!  I will post more later about the day and what I bought myself!  Hope everyone enjoys the Halloween weekend!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

And the winner is...

ME!!!  I received first place for Best Batch of chili and tied for first for Hottest Chili!!!!  There was 13 chili's in the cook-off and I tried everyone...I had one full belly after that.  But alas Chili Cook-off is my second favorite work day (after Pie day...)  This was a very nice win to have the week of my birthday!  Now I have to think of a chili to make for next year - any suggestions?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pumpkins!!!

I love to carve pumpkins!  For the last two years I have received pumpkins from my good friends the Foo's (Thanks!!)  They are the sweetest people ever that they even give me a pumpkin for Rue to 'carve'!  We have had such nice weather here this past week that I thought it would be a great idea to carve the pumpkins out on the deck - and plus Rue likes to sit on the deck with me.

Rue thought that he should check out what was in that pumpkin...looked a lil suspicious.... 


Our pumpkins turned out great!!! 


Carving pumpkins kind of wore Rue out...this is how I found him when I was done cleaning up our pumpkin mess!


For the first time I attempted to make pumpkin seeds and I learned a valuable lesson: Wax paper is NOT the same as Parchment paper...don't ask...

The seeds turned out pretty good and I brought some to work for people to eat and everyone loved them!  Here is the recipe:

2 egg white
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups fresh pumpkin seeds (cleaned off)

Preheat oven to 375˚F.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a bowl, whisk together everything but the pumpkin seeds.  When mixed add the seeds and toss to coat.  Spread seeds in a single layer across the baking sheet and back for ~15 min.  Stir them up a bit and put back in the oven for 5 more min until they are golden in color.  And enjoy!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

You're so Golden...

Here is my latest Golden Gifts I have received!  Apparently this person knows me pretty well cause I got some glittery things!  I love anything that sparkles!!!


My Golden Birthday is this week!!! YAY!!!  Very excited for many things that will be going on - and I will be sure to share them along the way : )  Hope you have a great week because I know I will be!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Chili Cook Off Practice!

Every year our building at work does a Chili Cook off and every year I eat my weights worth in chili...well worth it though!  Last winter I bought a crock pot and said I would make a chili for this years Cookoff.  My neighbor Heather made me an awesome White Chicken Chili one day and gave me the recipe and I thought I would give it a try.  Made a few minor changes to the one she gave me and I thought it turned out wonderfully!  So I thought I would share!  Here is the recipe:

White Chicken Chili
1 lb cooked chicken chopped
One 48 oz jar of white beans
One 16 oz jar of salsa (med or hot - depending on what you like)
8 oz shredded monterey jack or Taco blend cheese
One half tsp cumin
1/4 cup cilantro (because I believe everything tastes better with cilantro)
1/4 cup green onion cup up
fajita seasoning
Bag of tortilla chips

Since I am weird with meat I just got two cans of already cooked and chopped.  (Heather got a rotisserie chicken and cut that up.)  I drained and rinsed the chicken and put that in a skillet.  I then put the cut up cilantro and green onion in with the chicken and sprinkled it with some fajita seasoning.  I let that cook for a lil bit.

While that was cooking I got out my trusty crock pot...


Then I added the rest of the ingredients into the crock pot.  I decided to use HOT salsa - and o believe me it gave it a nice kick!



When the chicken doesn't look like it came straight from a can - I then added it to the crock pot.  It should look like this:


I had it cook in the crock pot on the highest temp for about an hour and a half.  (You can make this on your stove top - it is quicker, but doesn't everything taste better if it cooked in a crock pot??)  

When the chili is done serve it up nice and hot and crunch some tortilla chips on the top and ENJOY!


I will definitely be making this for our Chili Cook Off this year! (Wish me luck!)  This is a great dinner idea for a cold winters night or great for watching the game!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

More Golden Gifts...

I have continued to receive Golden Gifts everyday so far!  The Golden Gift giver is getting pretty creative finding different places to surprise me with the gifts...on Tuesday I went out to my car after work and this is what I found:


Yum GOLDFISH crackers!


Whoever is doing this awesome thing either knows me really well OR they have been rummaging through my apartment finding what I am out of (i.e. Hair binders, bobby pins and make up!)


The ring I got is a leaf and it goes over two fingers - TOTALLY my style!  Love it!!  

Monday, October 10, 2011

Golden Gifts...

For those who live in the Midwest know when you turn the age your birth date is it is referred to as your "Golden Birthday".  This year it is my Golden Birthday!!!  I will be turning 27 on the 27th of October.  I have been talking about this birthday for at least a year because I am really excited for it!  Apparently someone took note of my excitement and they have been leaving me golden gifts...

The first golden gift I found was at 11:30 pm on October 1st outside my door.  My neighbor Heather had been down at my place watching a movie and when she left she said "Ah someone left you something" and at my doorstep was a blue and gold purse with a noted that said "To Keep All Things Golden...More to Come..."  I was super confused and it didn't click with me what it was - then it hit me that it was a golden gift!  I have received a golden gift and a note each day of the month so far and I am really really appreciative of whoever is doing this!!!  I have my suspicions...but will wait until my birthday to figure out who is being so sweet.  The gifts have been left in a variety of places and at different times of the day - I even found one of the gifts on my lunch in the freezer at work!!  Here is a few pictures of the golden gifts I have received so far:




Now since my blog is up and running I will try to post when I find others!  

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sometimes being picky pays off...

I am extremely picky at somethings - including picking out an iPhone case.  When I bought my phone I just picked up a case at the store and thought no big deal I could find one that I actually liked in no time.  Well I have had my iPhone for almost 6 months now and still no dice on finding a case I liked.  So I searched online because I was determined to find one I liked, but after hours of searching I could not find a case that said 'Lindsay'.

Then I found www.case-mate.com and saw for the same price of a pre-designed iPhone case you could design your own!  YAY!!!!!!  So I went in and played around with their 'I Make My Case' application  and really dug the Shadow Chen designs.  I designed my case, ordered it and 4 days later it was waiting for me in my mailbox!  Here is my new iPhone case:


I have had it a few days and so far I am really happy with it!  The site was really easy to use and the product is up to my standards (looks good and durable) - I would recommend them.  You can use your own photos or graphics on the Web site too, you don't have to use the graphics they provide you.   I thought this was a good deal and a great buy so I thought I would share! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hello!

Hello!  My name is Lindsay and I figured I would start a blog.  What am I going to write about?  Great Q - one I do not have an answer to!  I'll probably post whatever fancies me that day, anything I find interesting, great deals I find or whats going on in my life!  

The title of the blog is kinda a joke I always make about myself.  I always talk about how great I am and I always have to say how humble I am...cause I kinda am not!  You'll see...