High Five for Friday No. 41

Happy 5 MORE DAYS OF SCHOOL for me. Basically it feels like these last two weeks are going to last FOREVER! Today I will be attempting to keep track of 500 8th graders at a waterpark... aren't you jealous?! I'm pretty sure it will end up more like 20 teachers laying out and praying no one does anything stupid. So while I'm doing that yall can read about my High Five from this week ... 

1. My AMAZING anniversary date! 
Read about that HERE  

2. English Olympics!
In a bid to keep my kids SEMI entertained and still engaged in school I had them participate in the first annual United States of Scholz English Olympics. Even though they complained they just wanted to watch movies they secretly LOVED IT! 

3. Kendra Scott! 
Reese surprised me with the perfect anniversary gift!!! He is really the best gift giver!! 

4. Memorial Day at the Lake! 
Read about that HERE


If you don't hear from me today you can go ahead and assume the kids revolted and we are being held hostage at a water park in Houston don't send help-- SEND WINE! 
Happy Friday!! 

Linking up with Lauren! 

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THE Cheesecake Party

Somewhere in our first weeks of dating Reese and I decided to make a cheesecake. One thing we learned quickly is that cheesecakes take a long time--they are temperamental little divas. We started late on a Sunday afternoon and somewhere around midnight threw our hands up to the cheesecake Gods and prayed that we had just the right amount of jiggle in the cake. Monday morning I went to work with plans to meet Reese for lunch before he headed back to school in Louisiana. A few bites into our lunch Reese proclaimed that he was NOT going home and was going to stay and we were going to have a cheesecake party. So we did. We invited neighbors and friends over to eat the cake and share some company and wa-la the Cheesecake Party tradition was born. 

It is said that a tradition is born when it is done a second time, you can read about the second Cheesecake Party HERE

After the first Cheesecake Party the idea has changed a little it morphed into away to say thank you to the people who love and support us. Each year we make a cheesecake take two slices and share the rest. Our roommates, friends, co-workers basically anyone who has had an impact on Reese and I in the previous year. Also we can not and SHOULD NOT each the whole thing ourselves-- we would gain 10lbs apiece.

May 29, 2013 the Third Annual Cheesecake Party. Last night we shared the cake with our roommates and today the sharing continues and right now we are sharing with all of you. I want so badly to wrap up a piece and send it to every single one of you because you are part of our journey. This community is where I turn with my struggles and my praises with my crazy ideas and my fears of the future. It is where I turn and get affirmation that in fact boys are strange and that it is normal for eyes to roll and ask if were done taking pictures of our food. You are my friends and as per the rules of the Cheesecake Party friends get a slice and a big hug and a thank you! So here is your big virtual internet hug, a slice of Reeses Peanut Butter Cheesecake and a "Thank You" for being a light in our lives! 

and now the recipe if you feel the need to visually watch your hips expand...
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cheese Cake
4 1⁄2 cups oreo cookies (crushed)
1 cup roasted peanuts (chopped) 
1⁄2 cup butter (melted)


2lbs cream cheese (softened)
5 eggs (at room temperature)

1-1⁄2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 1-cup smooth peanut butte

1⁄2 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

3 ounces sour cream 1⁄2 cup sugar

Put Oreo cookies and peanuts in a food processor and grind. Mix ground Oreo cookies and peanuts with the melted butter. Press the mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 10” spring form pan to make the crust.
To make filling- In a large bowl beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs one at a time and beat after each egg is added. Add sugar, peanut butter and whipping cream. Mix until smooth. Fold in pieces of Reese’s peanut butter cups with a rubber spatula. Pour filling into prepared crust.

Place into the oven and bake at 275 degrees for 1-1⁄2 hours or until firm and lightly browned. 

Combine sour cream and sugar and pour over the cheesecake. Return cheesecake to the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow cheesecake to cool for 1 hour. Place into the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. 

**Tip from our super fancy cooking class: Turn the oven off and let it cool IN THE OVEN

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Hubbell and Hudson Viking Cooking School Date Night

Since I moved to Houston I have been eyeing the Viking Cooking School that is located in my version of Disney World aka Hubbell and Hudson, a local market and bistro. Finally we found an occasion to tie on a chefs apron and get cooking! For our three year anniversary (which is officially today) we took "Date Night: Cooking with Fire" our menu consisted of Steak Diane Flambé, Lobster Mac and Cheese, Rosemary and Cheese Biscuits, Grilled asparagus and Double Chocolate Kaluah cheesecake with salted carmel.  Basically we were in heaven. Fun fact most of my cooking terminology comes from having all 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls memorized-- that Sookie St. James she was quite a chef. So I was fairly confident in a professional kitchen which made the magical quality of the Viking kitchen all the more profound. I call the kitchen magical not only because of the food, but also for the way that all my ingredients were measured out, my dishes disappeared when I was done and my wine glass was never empty. Pure magic I tell you. 

At the end of the night the 8 other "chefs" and Reese and I sat down and got to enjoy (and take home!) one of THE most delicious meals I have ever tasted (made all the sweeter having cooked it with my love!). We laughed, chatted, and ranked the likelihood we were going to be able to recreate this meal in our kitchens at home--Reese and I gave ourselves a solid 8, I did learn everything I know from the Food Network and Gilmore Girls thats got to mean SOMETHING! Ulitmately it was the best way I could have ever thought to spend celebrating 3 years with my best friend! 

and in case you were not hungry enough DESERT. 

Wanna know our story? Check it out HERE

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The Memorial Day Weekend of Lobster Boy and Overly Tanned Girl

There is something magical about the beginning of summer-- the burgers taste a little better, the sun shines a little brighter, the water is a little cooler and we all (or at least the "all" of us in the south) somehow forget that this is as good as it gets in terms of actually enjoying the summer weather. Reese and I are extremely blessed to be able to spend perfect summer days at Reese's Aunt and Uncles lake house  grilling, sunning and  bargaining with God to PLEASE keep the temperature like this weekend forever (ill get back to you on whether that works or not... my money is on not). Here are the highlights of our lake trip

+ I finished "Gone Girl"... I now think I can commit the perfect crime ( but to be fair I always think that after I read/watch a thriller like that) 
+ We (and when I say "we" I mean Reese) caught 5 catfish... we came home with 8... so basically it's a miracle (really the neighbor caught too many and shared... minor details, the fact he caught fish at all with me there was a miracle)
+ Reese's uncle kept calling him lobster boy, I SWEAR my burn will turn into a tan (if all else fails I have my trusty Fake Bake)
+While jet skiing the phrase "IF YOU FLIP ME OFF I'M BREAKING UP WITH YOU" came out of my mouth... for the record we are still dating. Good boy. 

And now back to calling today Monday 4000 times.

Linking up with Sami!!

Sami's Shenanigans
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1st Anniversary Gift: First Year Cookbook

I am possibly the most nostalgic person on the planet. My mother claims that I will keep a gum wrapper if it has some sentimental meaning (side note she is completely wrong). None the less I will admit to having quite a few sentimental bones in my body, so when it comes time to give gifts--big gifts, like anniversary or birthday, I can go a little over the top for people I care about (read Reese). Our three year anniversary is next Wednesday and because I was not blogging on our first anniversary I am sharing with you the very special gift that I made for me (and if were being honest me)!

We love food. Plain and simple.
We love experimenting, pairing, grilling, baking, savoring, sipping, tasting, and sharing food.
During our first year of dating we lived 5 hours a part and would go weeks in beween visits with so much driving and so little time with each other the kitchen became our hide out. We are a well oiled kitchen machine seamlessly chopping, sautéing, roasting all in perfect unison and somehow in all three years of dating having ZERO arguments in our scared space.  So when the time came around for a first anniversary present I whipped up a little cook book to document our first year of meals and memories!

The book is a combination of recipes, stories, sweet memories and pictures that annotate our first year together! Each recipe has a story from our first year, and an "I love you because..." statement. In total I included 18 recipes, 6 pages of pictures (each to represent a place we visited in our first year) and 3 pages of inside jokes. I keept the recipes in order starting from the first meal we cooked together (Chicken Piccata) to what I made for our anniversary dinner! It is honestly my favorite gift I have ever given! 

I printed each recipe on cardstock (at a local printshop, I find their quality of paper and ink far superior to at home printing) and used a 1/2 inch binder and good quality plastic sheet protectors to ensure each recipe can stand up to the fury that is my kitchen! I used Word to type up the recipes and photoshop elements to create the picture pages (I was still learning photoshop and still kinda cringe when I look at them but 

( I always joke that I couldn't handle spicy food before I started dating a boy from Louisiana... basically it was start liking spicy or starve!)

 Our first anniversary date! Fancy dinner and then out with friends in Shreveport! We look like BABIES! 

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Most Likely to...

I have acquired some interesting responsibilities at school towards the end of the year including being in charge of the 8th Grade Class Superlatives. Staring at 14759 excel boxes for  hours tallying up the scores gave me some time to think about the superlatives I SHOULD have won in high school yearbook. Then I decided to take a walk down memory lane, that only leads to crying and gnashing of teeth, called facebook and found that many of my profile pictures through the years quite accurately depict the awards that I really should have won!

Most likely to play flag football with a full face of make up. 
Most likely to get her nosed pierced and not tell her parents.
Most likely to over use the saturation button for the entirety of 2009.
Most likely to cut a really complicated relationship out of a facebook picture. 
Most likely to end up with a boy from a college 5 hours away.
Most likely to dye her hair dark three times and regret it all three times.
Most likely to be a blogger and make a list like this. 
Most likely to go through a hipster phase a deep, deep hipster phase. 

Also boy who wrote in a cuss word or wrote "your mom" in every box on your ballott AND THEN PUT YOUR NAME ON IT you're dumb. --Sincerely most likely to be a middle school teacher

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Weekend Shenanigans with a Bow

Somethings are just ment to be together...
Peanut Butter and Jelly

Mary Kate/Ashely Videos and 90's sleepovers
Fetta and Olives
Justin Timberlake and NSYNC
(ya know just in case he ever googles his name and reaches the 1000,000 "o"
 on google and needs my reminder to have his "NSYNC needs to do a reunion tour" epiphany)
Kaitlyn and Meg.

This weekend I found out just how true that last statement is! Kaitlyn the cutie pie behind "Put a Bow on it" and I became instafriends and are BLOWN AWAY by the fact that we had not met before, yall blogging was THE LAST place we should have met. We both cast a pretty wide net in Texas and Louisiana and somehow have the most RANDOM connections in the world! Wednesday night we had a 3 hour dinner and both realized that we were both going to the Dave Matthews Band concert aka a GREAT start to my weekend!

 Friday, Houston woke up with a nice little gift from Dave Matthews Mexico... apparently there was some "Agricultural Burning" smoke that wandered over to the Houston area which is a why these pictures are a little hazy... nothing to do with the concert. We met up with Whitney, Reese and Andre didn't just do the head nod thing-- they spoke with out us there (good job Boys i'm impressed), listend to great music, pretended to run finish the Iron Man, and enjoyed (maybe a little too much) people watching the crazies sitting around us (im looking at you crazy lady behind us). Also shout out to Matt and Caitlin (our favorite travel couple) who were also there but the only picture I have of you is an epic haze fail!
Miss Whitney!
I mean... who wouldn't wanna be friends with her! 

We finished 16 hours BEFORE the race even started... and looked cute doing it... beat that Iron Men! 

Saturday and Sunday, Reese and I just "chilled out maxin' relaxin' all cool" good steaks on the grill, a fun blogger meet up (where I didn't take and pictures? Who am I?) and an attempt to organize (read-- play jenga) all of my treasures that have been plaguing my apartment since August (I got one episode of New Girl in before I quit, hello summer project)

Over all a great weekend with fabulous new and old friends
(Did I mention I ran into the boy I had a crush on in Elementary school? Yeah that was a special moment)

Linking up with Sammi for Weekend Shenanigans because...
A. This weekend was full of shenanigans ( Hey Kait, lets blame Reese)
B. Sammi is Kaitlyn's homegirl (and pretty legit)

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High Five for Friday No.40

I don't think I have ever been more excited for a Friday in my life!!! This is the end to a crazy crazy two weeks of "bootcamp" (specialized instruction for kids having to retake our state test) and Resse comes home from a week of traveling (its crazy to think that going weeks at a time with out seeing each other used to be out norm!). I am finally getting back into the swing of things here and as per Friday tradition I am linking up with Lauren for High Five for Friday! 

1. Teacher Appreciation Week: 
AKA feed teachers lots of sugar to get them through the rest of the school year. Thanks to my school and local businesses I totally felt appreciated... my kids had no idea it was teacher appreciation day or week but whatever i'll take the candy and run. 

2. Newborn Session: 
I swore after I attempted to take my sweet nephews newborn that I would never do a newborn sessions again, this sweet girl changed my mind about them! It was beautiful! The pictures make my heart melt!! I cant wait to get them edited and share them with you over on MCP! 

3. 7 months of Working out: 
This week I celebrated 7 months of consistently working out! It is amazing how much stronger and more energized I am. Next on the list... eating habits... JOY!

4. The little things:
With such a trying two weeks I found little ways to celebrate... this weeks celebration a new leopard print phone case! (ps like my middle school bathroom pic!) 

I am so excited for my mommy to get her mothers day present... even if I had to send it at the combination used car lot/taco shop/gas station/post office! (were crossing our fingers it gets to South Carolina!) 

Happy Friday yall! 

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6 Things Blogging Has Given Me

April and May (which might I add practically hasen't even started) have been kicking my butt which is why there have been long postless strands. Honestly I have been rethinking this blogging thing. I have been thinking some things that I feel cross all of us lifestyle blogger's minds-- "Why am I writing? "No one wants to read about that", " This is dumb", "What if people don't like this?". I started scrolling though old post and my camera stream and quickly realized that blogging isn't for anyone else it is for me not anyone else. I have compiled a little list of how blogging has changed my life. 

1. I actually figured out how to do my hair. 
Thanks to Kate and the thousands of other tutorials out there my hair is no longer something I begrudgingly dry and straighten in the morning, but something that is a ket to my personal style. 
(L: After Kate R: Before Kate) 
 2. I have met some of the most amazing, inspiring, joyful people 
I could have ever asked to meet! 
We hear about the blogging community all the time and it is truly the best part of blogging, stepping out from behind the key borad and getting to meet amazing that share their stories, struggles and triumphs everyday is why I keep pounding the keys. 

 3. Everything I own is now monogrammed. 
Not that I didn't love a good monogram before I started blogging, but now I get to help support small businesses with my obsession!!! 
(Shop Crystal Faye Tumbler)

 4. I will never forget what my feet look like. 
 It is a FACT that my style has improved 10 fold since I started this little online space. It is always fun to look back and see how style and trends change! 

 5. My obsession with leopard have tripled.
If you had any doubt that leopard is the best animal print in the world then please talk to me because you are sadly, sadly mistaken! 
 6. I would not have been inspired to get fit! 
I have never really been athletic, I danced in high school because it was fun and social NOT because I enjoyed doing 3000 crunches to Madonna songs. Once I stated being part of an online community I realized that fitness was something that is not only necessary in life but something that can be enjoyable.   

Thank you to all of those who read this random mash up of life. Thank you to all who encourage and inspire me everyday. Thank you to all the people who keep writing against everything that tells us we shouldn't. 

I truly love each and everyone of you. 

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