Friday, January 25, 2013

The next step

In the Shmee world we have been toying with the idea of buying a Sphynx! Being that I am not at all a cat person I would say say that this is actually a very big step for me. I have tried to read about how to care for a Sphynx, but I would love to know from anyone about their own personal Sphynx experiences. I don't really know if we will actually get one because they are SO MUCH WORK! Basically if I'm not ready for a baby I might not be ready for a Sphynx. I actually wanted a bunny, but Sam doesn't think that it would be loving enough. If anyone knows anything about bunny care let me know!

Either way to me the most important thing about owning a cat/ bunny is the name. We've thrown so many out and honestly most of them are embarrassing, so I'm just not even going to go there. This is warning you should all be prepared when you come over to our casa there will be some sort of little critter that comes and snuggles you!

but lets be honest, knowing me I will most likely end up with something like this...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

So Sam turned 25

I had the privilege of surprising Sam for his 25th birthday. For those of you that don't know, Sam hates surprises. So he says but I am convinced he loves them just as much as me! Even though I love them a unhealthy amount.... but that's another story.
I went weeks and weeks planning this party down to the very last details. Along with the help of one Michelle Nowlin, and all the guys in Wolf Killer, WE successfully pulled it off!!! There were friends, family, a live band, delicious food, games on the green belt, drinks, tons of American flag decor (of course, sams fav), confetti (thanks Betsy), and one extremely surprised Sam!!! It really was just a great time, and all of it to celebrate my wonderful husband. I am so honored to be his wife and getting to share in the different stages of life with him. I love that he is a person that relationships are very important to him. He has taught me to appreciate and love the people around me in a totally different way. Sam is a one-of-a-kind and I just can't get enough of him. I love him more and more as time passes. I can't wait to celebrate his next mile stone!

Here are some fun photos of Sam's special day.

the lawn people

waiting to surprise.
These two looking good while waiting for Sam.
so relieved that the lies are over.

Wolf Killer reunion.


There are sooooooooo many more pictures to share, but that will have to be later. It was such a good birthday. Thanks again to everyone that could make it. WE love you!!!!


Friday, August 17, 2012

Goodbye summer.

I know I am always saying this, but here I go again.... "It's been awhile"

I have not had a desire to blog during these summer months. This is because we have had such an amazing summer! I could not have asked for a better  summer, so sitting down to type out a post has been far from my mind lately. But now I am really missing it. Now with that looming sadness of school starting back up next week... Either way I'm sure that this will provide me with enough of a distraction from doing homework, reading, writing essays, and whatever else school has in store for me this semester.

Since I have been absent all summer there have obviously been lots of things going on with the shmees. I don't plan to share all of them, I some what like them being secret memories that we get to share together. I know someday we will struggle to remember them, but find joy when we finally do and still be the only ones that get to share in that sweetness. Don't be sad, I will be sharing some snap shots of some of our time spent with each other and others this summer.

siblings came to visit.

sam had a mustache

we bought a raft.

we took a road trip.

we saw old Joshua friends.

I had girlfriend time.

Sam shaka'd the gnar....hella.

Mom graduated!!!!!

we had lots of beach time.

we went to shaver lake (and never went in the water)

We had lots of friend time (happy birthday Matt)

We conquered dirtbiking.

We dominated the wake.

So there's a peak at what we have been up to this summer. We are more in love then we were almost 2 years ago when we got married, wait more in love than when we first met 5 years ago. But now we have learned so much more about each other and get to share daily life with one another... it never gets old.

Friday, May 4, 2012

These Lives are a change'n

Almost two months since my last post and even now as i type I can only fill you in a little bit. As I am in between seeing Sam on his lunch break at his new job (oh yea new job! I'll get into that and most likely post a long overly detailed post about it) and going to nanny. So many new and exciting things have been going on with "the Shmees". As well as some not so exciting but also new events that have taken place.

A quick run down goes like this: Sam got a new job, our "new" car we got was falling to pieces and --as we just learned-- was about to blow up, then Sam's car fell apart, Sam had some medical problems and we had just ran out of insurance so we had to deal with all kinds of weird insurance crap some new opportunities that would change my whole work / school schedules came my way just recently (they are still in the works so who knows what will happen), Colemans mom got pregnant (which doesn't really affect me but it's exciting) and I am STILL in school! 

More about all that nonsense later. We are happy, healthy, and in love, actually more in love then ever. God has really used these times to bring us closer to him. In the midst of all this we were pray for more time with one another, and for a new church to call home. He gave us both those things in ways that we did not think would happen. We are currently sharing one car, SO we have to be together most of the day. Be it going to and from to work, or just running errands together. It was really hard at first but now that there is a light at the end of the tunnel with our other car coming back to us, we don't want to be apart. It's funny how those things work out. I love our morning car rides were we share coffee and talk about how bad other people drive (because we are perfect drivers, obviously) As far as church goes we just started going to Vintage faith Church here in Santa Cruz, and we are loving it. I will admit I was really weirded out by some of the artsy, creative ways that they like to preach the gospel, but I am now really i love with this place and just how much they love the Lord. I'm running late to work now I hope to blog again really soon!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Cauliflower pizza

I have had this head of cauliflower sitting in my fridge, just going to waste. So, I finally decided to use a recipe I had found for cauliflower pizza crust. It was a little confusing because this website doesn't really go into detail on how things should that I think of it, I might just be one of those people that need to have step by step pictures. Either way these babies turned out wonderfully. I would say the first time making these is a bit time consuming... but now that I've done it, it will be a lot faster.
 I was a bit worried, and skeptical, about the turn out of the crust and if this crumbly weird "dough" would all stick together. And it turns out that it did! So if things look a little weird, don't worry its totally normal!

Also I didn't take any photos of the crust prep!!!! i was way too stressed about these things not turning out! But here some of the after.

1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese- I only had a bag of pre shredded Italian cheese blend and it worked just fine.1 egg, beaten- I didn't beat my egg before I just tossed it in a mixed it with the cheese.1 tsp dried oregano- I also added pepper, fennel, and Italian seasoning1/2 tsp crushed garlic- didn't have a garlic crusher so I minced mine. Strong garlic taste and a bit garlic odor after, but it's worth it1/2 tsp garlic salt
olive oil (optional)- didn't do this.. i dont think it needs it.


To "Rice" the Cauliflower:
Take 1 large head of fresh cauliflower, remove stems and leaves, and chop the florets into chunks. Add to food processor and pulse until it looks like grain. Do not over-do pulse or you will puree it. (If you don't have a food processor, you can grate the whole head with a cheese grater). Place the riced cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 8 minutes. There is no need to add water, as the natural moisture in the cauliflower is enough to cook itself.

One large head should produce approximately 3 cups of riced cauliflower. The remainder can be used to make additional pizza crusts immediately, or can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.
To Make the Pizza Crust:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt, stir. Transfer to the cookie sheet, and using your hands, pat out into a 9" round. Optional: Brush olive oil over top of mixture to help with browning.
Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven. To the crust, add sauce, toppings and cheese. Place under a broiler at high heat just until cheese is melted (approximately 3-4 minutes).
*Note that toppings need to be precooked since you are only broiling for a few minutes.

I made sauce from a jar of marinara from trader joes with some tomatoe paste added to thicken things up.