Friday, November 22, 2013

Sunday Social

I forgot I did Sunday Social and never posted it! I should really start scheduling these things. I really don't know why I don't...

1. Name 4 jobs you've had in your life. My first job ever was an a "teacher" at an after-school program at a local preschool. I have also cooked at a restaurant (favorite job ever ever ever), taken school pictures and worked in a call center (least fave!)

2. Name 4 movies you would watch over and over. Cruel Intentions. Forrest Gump. Con-Air. Backdraft. Four movies I must watch if I am channel surfing and find them on TV.

gotta go watch this right now, bye
3. Name 4 places you have lived. I don't even have 4! My parents house, college, our apartment. That's it! <3

4. Name 4 of your favorite foods. Anything breakfast, pizza, a good steak, and nachos

5. Name 4 things you always carry with you. iPhone, chapstick, keys, wallet

I'm ________ and I'm a lip balm addict. Anyone else?
Right now I have 1 in my pocket, 2 in my purse, 2 in my desk, 2 in my car, 1 on our coffee table and one next to my bed. and that's not counting the ones waiting to be opened. The first step is admitting you have a problem, right?

6. Name 4 places you have been on vacation. Only 4?! Well here are my favorites: Jekyll Island, GA, anywhere in Maine, Gettysburg, PA & Savannah, GA

Gettysburg, PA
Somewhere in Maine. Rockland I think. Taken from a Lobster boat!
This took place in Savannah. I saw the Forrest Gump bench in person! And saw where they filmed some of the Vietnam and shrimping scenes, which was actually on St. Simons Island, GA
Jekyll Island, GA

Sunday Social

Monday, November 11, 2013

Really, Dude?!

Yesterday I stumbled upon this Buzzfeed on facebook, 27 Painfully Awkward Things That Never Stop Being Awkward. It's pretty funny you should check it out. And then, today at the gym, #21 happened to me.

27 Painfully Awkward Things That Never Stop Being Awkward

Except with treadmills. 

Really, dude?!?

Isn't it just some kind of common courtesy, when there are 30 other empty treadmills! It was 2:30pm on a Monday afternoon, not like it was 5:30 and the place was packed. He was weird too. He ran the whole time holding onto the top of the treadmill, and he was short so it put him in a weird reclined position. 

I purposely picked a treadmill next to one that was out of order on one side of me. Maybe I will start bringing my own out of order signs. Ha. That's actually a great idea I think...

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Sunday Social

1. Favorite Thanksgiving Memory Some of my favorite Thanksgivings were ones that we spent at the firehouse. My dad was a firefighter, and there are still emergencies on holidays, so the guys that were on shift, all the families would come to the firehouse and we would all have Thanksgiving together. We would have 3 or 4 turkeys, 6-8 pies, and all the side dishes you could image.

I die over this sweatshirt
2. Favorite Thanksgiving Food Believe it or not I am not a huge fan of turkey. I would have to say my favorite Thanksgiving food is probably my dads stuffing. I like my stuffing nice and crispy, not soggy.

3. What is a Thanksgiving Tradition you and your family have? The Dallas Cowboys of course! We are diehards and watching the game is one of my favorite parts about the day.

4. Show us a favorite Thanksgiving picture(or 5) from years past I just happened to find this on good but honestly, I die. Could you just imagine Spencer and Ruby!?!

5. What are you most looking forward to about this Thanksgiving? I can tell you one thing I am not looking forward to is being on call for work. But at least it's the only major holiday I will have to work for. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year, so I am looking forward to spending the day with my family, eating yummy food and hopefully a Cowboys win!

Sunday Social

Friday, November 8, 2013

Photo Worthy Mascara

Thanks to Influenster, I had the opportunity to try Rimmel London's new Scandaleyes Retro Glam mascara

hits stores this month!

I don't usually use black because I am so fair, but because we had our engagement session scheduled, and I've heard that it's good to go a little heavier on your makeup for photos, I decided to give it a try. 

This is a picture without any other eye makeup on at all. You can see the awesome definition! I did curl my lashes beforehand like I always do.

Here's a sneak peek of the mascara in action! A sample from our session! I couldn't be happier with how the pics came out, and I can't wait to see the rest of them!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Nickal Family Recipe

If you were to ask me to think about a recipe that has been passed down in our family, I would have to think pretty hard because there aren't many, but our family's favorite is probably this one. My family came to America from Germany, through Ellis Island. Out of that heritage, and the need to feed a large family during the depression era, this recipe was born. 

Can you tell this thing has been around a while?
I transferred the recipe to a recipe card last weekend.
We all love this recipe but it can be labor intensive, so we only have it once or twice a year. It's so yummy though that I had to share.

Cabbage Bread
1 lg. head cabbage
2 lbs. ground beef
2 lg. onions, chopped
1 lb. carrots

2 boxes hot roll mix -or- 3 loaves of frozen bread dough

First saute the ground beef. Then add the onion and cabbage. Saute until soft, stirring often.

Add the carrots, saute another 10 minutes or so, until soft.

The original recipe did not call for carrots, but they add more flavor and nutrients to the dish.
Here is another place that we deviate with the recipe. I'm sure the original original called for a homemade bread dough. In the recipe that was handed down from my Aunt, she uses 2 boxes of Pillsbury hot roll mix, that still has to be mixed up, left to rise, punched down and then left to rise a few more times until it is ready. 

My mom used a ready made frozen bread dough this time around to see how it would come out. It was so much easier and just as delicious! She used 3 loaves. She took it out of the freezer the night before, and let it thaw in the fridge overnight. The next morning she took them out of the fridge and set them in the sun, covered in plastic wrap, so they could rise. You will want to make sure the plastic wrap is pressed right down on the dough or else it will get a crust on it, which we don't want because we are going to split up the dough. The dough will about double in size.

Once we were ready to make the rolls, my mom took each risen loaf and rolled it out to about 3/4" thick. Then cut the dough into 6 equal squares.

In each square she placed about 2 big spoons on filling,

Then bring opposite corners together, and make sure to pinch the seams tight!

The cabbage breads were then placed seam side down on greased cookie sheets. Make sure you leave a bit of room here because they have to rise again.

I sprayed the top of the loaves with cooking spray, then covered with plastic wrap and a towel to allow to rise. Once they were about double in size they were ready for the oven. 

These go into a preheated oven @ 375. Bake for about 20-30 minutes until golden.

Then eat! We like them with ketchup, I don't know if that's weird or not? :)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Our Autumn Tradition

I first talked about our kinda weird fall tradition in this Sunday Social post, and last weekend we made our annual trip. We were about a week later than we usually go so the action wasn't top notch, but it's still always fun to go. Here are our pics from the day.

Once the baby salmon are big enough, they are released here in CNY, as well as all over the US. The salmon will always remember where they were released, and they will go back to that location every single year of their life to breed!

We always go through town to see the fly fishermen. It is fun to see them fight with a big fish.
Sometimes the fish win, sometimes they lose.
Last year we learned about a waterfall that is nearby, and this yeah we decided to visit. It was so cool to see!
Pics from the trail

 Views from the top

We witnessed a crayfish standoff.
Riveting I know...
a panorama I took of the top of the waterfall, from one side to the other
Ruby got a new bed that day too! Jeffry was impulse purchasing... But it's pretty and it matches our bedroom!
sweet girl!
Phew those pics have been a long time coming! Sorry I have been so MIA! I have been wasting my time pinning wedding things. But I'll try and be better I promise! xoxo

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Engagement Photo Inspirations

So as much as I would like to dive head first into wedding planning, for my sanity I need to take it one step at a time! In a few weeks we will be getting our engagement pictures taken. Our photographer is not only my good friend, but an amazing photographer. You can check out her Facebook page here.

Today I have sort of an inspiration board for our session.

love it all
great outfit ideas!
for my hair, obvs
Engagement picture
Great ring shot for Engagement photos.
love her shirt and sweater. both of us wearing plaid might be a little much though
just died
cute sitting shot
Lol pretty much
pretty much lol
outfit idea for Jeffry
cute up-close shot
love their outfits. this link has all sorts of ideas on what to wear
I can't wait to get a couple things locked down, then I will start feeling more accomplished. Especially once we have a date/venue!