Posts Tagged ‘dogs’

Hello friends! As you may (or may not) have noticed, I pulled a slight disappearing act for…well, a week & a half! But the good news is that we’re moved into our new home (and with internet access again!)!

The past week & a half have been a whirlwind, but really exciting. We’re still working on putting everything in its proper place, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at some of my favorite places and things so far.

More to come as we  become more settled in!

Come back Friday for a surprise! 🙂


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We’re homeowners!

We signed the mounds of paperwork yesterday afternoon to be the official owners of this house! We couldn’t be happier with this gem we found – a newer home in an older, established neighborhood. Just what we wanted!

After signing, we promptly headed out for a celebratory drink. Ironically, we bumped into a group of friends, so we made it a big celebration!

Even though we don’t have anything packed up yet, we sped back home to pick up the pups and some goods for a quick dinner and headed over to our humble abode.

We ate tacos on the floor of our empty living room.

Toasted to our new home with a couple of beers.

Showed the pups their new home.

Attempted to take family pictures in the mirror.

Then we drudged back home wishing we had everything packed up.

We promise we’ll keep updating you with more pictures of our new home as we move in and get settled!

To start your weekend, here’s my favorite picture of the week. I have no idea how she didn’t fall. 🙂

Have a great weekend!

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You get excited about new bakeware!

An awesome friend sent us a 1 year anniversary gift certificate a couple weeks ago and we redeem it for these!

So, last weekend on Labor Day night, in an attempt to avoid greasy take-out pizza and a trip to the grocery store (& to use my new pans!), we scrounged through our pantry and refrigerator to see what we could come up with. And this is what happened…

Easy Cheesy Lasagna Roll-Ups

Yields 8 roll-ups

What You’ll Need:

8 whole wheat lasagna noodles

– 12 oz (approx. 1/2 jar) tomato sauce of your choice (I use Newman’s Own)

– Shredded cheeses of your choice (I had mozzarella & colby on hand)

– Ricotta cheese

What You’ll Do:

– Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions

– Lay one noodle out and spread on spoonful of ricotta cheese.

– Top with a spoonful of tomato sauce.

– Sprinkle with shredded cheeses.


– Repeat for remaining 7 noodles. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees or until cheese is gooey and melty.

While these were baking away, I dusted some brussel sprouts with a touch a olive oil, garlic powder and pepper and stuck ’em in the oven for 15 minutes.

For a quick, thrown-together meal, it came out perfect!

Kya approved.

And Kota seemed pretty excited when we told her about it.

Let’s Talk.

What creative meals have you come up with when your pantry and refrigerator are low?

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Hello! After one crazy week, I’m back!

Let’s start with Friday. What was supposed to be a pretty low-key weekend before our big 5K on Sunday, started with this:

Meet Kota!

I had been to the Humane Society earlier in the week and spotted a gorgeous husky. After begging Dillon to go out and visit him, we took Kya out for a meet & greet on Friday. The meet & greet went well, but the husky had some aggression issues.

Before heading back out, we checked out the rest of the dogs and that’s when we ran into Kota (named Flower at the shelter). She, along with 7 of her brothers and sisters, had arrived at the shelter just 1 1/2 hours before we got there. It was love at first sight and just a couple of hours later she was coming home with us.

She’s just 8 weeks old and full of spunk.

Although, after 10-15 minutes of play, her little legs need a little rest.

Saturday it was off to the dog park!

Big sister Kya isn’t sure what to think of Kota yet, but she was sure to protect her from the big dogs.

And when Kya wasn’t around, Kota found shelter elsewhere.

After our visit to the dog park, we all headed downtown to the Arts Festival where Kota was the center of attention.

She even got to visit with some of her sisters who were waiting for her at the Humane Society booth!

We can’t forget about our first baby, of course.

It was a long morning, so the rest of the day was spent lounging around.

Not without a little bit of play, though.

Amongst all of this excitement, Dillon and I had to try to focus on what was happening on Sunday!

We woke up bright & early (well, we were up anyway with the puppy ;)) and prepared for our first 5K! We’ve been training for a couple of months and felt pretty prepared, but I was still nervous at the start line.

I’m proud to say, though, that we finished (without stopping!) the full 3.1 miles! To make things even better, it was my birthday! I really couldn’t think of a better birthday present to myself…

The night before (while the pups were sleeping) we both made Operation Beautiful signs to wear on our backs.

Not only was it motivating for me as I repeated these mantras to myself as I ran, but we got thumbs up, smiles, thank you’s and shouts of “YES, BE STRONG!” from other runners as we ran. Operation Beautiful makes my adrenaline rush. 🙂

After the race, we came home to play with the pups, and much to my surprise Dillon had more birthday presents for me!

I’ve been wanting this cookbook for a long time, so I can’t wait to dig in! Plus, when I opened it up a gift certificate for a 1-hour massage was beaming back at me! He’s the best.

Later in the afternoon, we went out with a group of friends and their pups for the last doggie sundae of the summer.

Even Kota got in on the action!

Post-ice cream coma.

As if the weekend couldn’t get any better, we dropped the pups off at home and Dillon took me out for a birthday dinner to Carinos!

A birthday pomegranate martini for her!

Delicious, creamy tortelloni.

Followed by the BIGGEST pieces of chocolate cake I’ve ever seen. So good, we almost needed to be rolled out of the restaurant.

Whew! What a whirlwind of a weekend, but all so worth it! Thank you all who sent me messages, texts, called and sent cards for my birthday – I couldn’t ask for better friends and family!

Have a great week!

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