Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from my little banana!!!

I'm sick and don't have much energy to write tonight :( I hope that everyone had a fun and safe Halloweekend and Halloween! Hopefully I'll have the energy to recap everyone on my fun {until I got sick} weekend!

Until next time...
With love and God bless,

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pumpkin Carving and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Oh Saturday, I have missed you so! I was supposed to tackle a lovely 8 mile run in the freezing cold this morning, but since it decided to snow this morning, I was stuck squeezing in 6 miles on the treadmill when the gym opened this morning! Updates on the snow and running to come tomorrow! I will say that this run was only the start of what will be a busy day! Since the Gougler's days in Pittsburgh are limited and dwindling quite fast, we're try to make the most of every day we have here! Today, we're heading out to West Virginia to go to one of JP's colleague's home for a football party! Naturally, everyone there are big OSU fans, but since the Texas A&M game is on at noon, everyone is coming out early to celebrate the Aggies with us! Updates and pictures to come on Monday's weekend recap post! I know there will be lots of food, booze and fun people, so I have a strange feeling it'll be a good time. Tomorrow night, we have a Halloween party to go to for one of our friends on our flag football team! I've never been a big Halloween fan, but I think it will be nice to dress up after skipping out the past few years!

Now let's rewind to Thursday night. JP and I met Maria up at the gym for a work out {obviously}. After we hit the cardio machines and the weights, we stopped by the grocery store to pick up our PUMPKINS!!! Neither of us had carved a pumpkin yet this year, so it was clearly time. We also made some french fries, zucchini fries and mummy dogs for a Halloween themed dinner :)

Mummy dogs! Before the went into the oven. They didn't live long enough to have an after pic...we were starving!

Drawing my pumpkin's face! I named him Mater {from Cars} because of his buck teeth!

Maria taking the first stab!

Pumpkin guts! My favorite part of carving :)

The finished product!
Okay, so we're clearly not pumpkin carving experts or artists by any means, but we had a blast doing it and that's what matters!

Yesterday I decided to roast the seeds from our pumpkins. I did a batch of sweet and another of savory. I based both of my recipes off of others which you can find at the end of the post. Take a look at some pictures and my version of the recipes I found below!

For the Spiced Seeds you need: 1 cup of pumpkin seeds, 2 tsp Worcester sauce, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp of chili powder and 1 tbsp melted butter

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Mix all of the ingredients together in a baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes, let cool and enjoy!

For the kettle corn style pumpkin seeds you need: 1 cup of pumpkin seeds, 1 1/2 tbsp of butter, 1 tbsp of sugar and a dash of salt

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Mix seeds, butter and sugar together in a bowl. Spread out along a foil wrapped baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt then bake for 25 minutes, let cool and enjoy!

Here are the links to the recipes that I based mine off of:

What's your favorite way to eat a pumpkin seed? Plain, sweet, salty, spicy, Halloween-y? Hope everyone has an amazing Saturday!

Until next time...
With love and God bless,

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Edition of My Friday Fancies!

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Friday to all! Can you believe it's the final Friday of the month? In 4 days, we can officially say that Christmas is next month. I'm not excited or counting down or anything like that :)

Back to business, today I am linking up with the wonderful Alison from Long Distance Loving for My Friday Fancies! **Side Note: I found out this week that Alison and I share the same anniversary with our hubbies! Yay for having an anniversary twin. She also made this awesome banner for my blog!She's fantastic!

This week I have created a super fun 1920's inspired flapper Halloween costume!

1920's Flapper

I love the idea of dressing all glamorous and pretending to live the lifestyle of a woman in New York or Chicago in the 1920's! All of the jewels and fun dresses are perfect for a classy Halloween costume! Oh and I love the original Tiffany & Co. shipping barrel from the 1920's; I had to add it to the glam.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Friday! I have a fun weekend ahead of me and can't wait for the working day to be OVER! What are you going to be this year for Halloween?

Until next time...
With love and God bless,

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Changes are Coming!

I know they say that fall is the season of change, but for the past several years, winter has been my season of change.
In December 2009, I graduated from Texas A&M University and started my first grown up job in the real world {still have it too!}. January 2011, JP and I moved away from everything and everyone we know and love up to Pittsburgh. Now, in December 2011, we're making the trek back to the Lone Star State!
Andrea and I on graduation day! December 2009
House hunting trip to Pittsburgh: December 2010
This move is BIG though. Moving itself is challenging and a hassle, but this time around we will be purchasing our first home! I am super excited and nervous all at the same time. We had initially anticipated that we would be moving at the end of January. However, as oil companies like to do, they have moved JP's start date for his new position in Houston for JANUARY 2nd!!! Yes, that means we'll be moving back over Christmas. We have already planned our house hunting trip for the week after Thanksgiving, but now this seems like it's a little too late! We've done a lot of looking online and found a realtor,so we hope that will help speed up the process a little. Looks like we'll be hanging out at the Timmer house for a bit longer than planned.These next few months are going to FLY by!

I'm flying to Texas November 11th to go to San Antonio for the weekend, then I have a crazy week in the office the 14-18th. I'll be back in Pittsburgh for 4 days before JP and I fly back to Houston on November 23rd for Thanksgiving! We'll spend Thanksgiving in College Station, then it's back to Houston for house hunting! The next weekend we'll be up in Fort Worth for Trav and Hanna Jo's wedding and we'll be back in Pittsburgh December 4th. As of right now, it looks like JP and I will start our trek back to Houston on December 20th!!! It's going to zoom by, be a little stressful and a lot of fun.We're looking forward to heading back home. I'll be sure to keep everyone up to date on the process.

Until next time...
With love and God bless,

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

Hello friends! Is it really Wednesday? Thank goodness! We're getting there, halfway through the week already! As I do every week, I'm linking up today with This Kind of Love for What I'm Loving Wednesday! and The Vintage Apple for Oh How Pinteresting Wednesdays!

I'm loving that my little pup is snuggling with me under the blanket on the couch while I work on this chilly, rainy day.

I'm loving that JP and I are running errands together and taking Maggie to Petsmart after work today! Sometimes it's just the little things :)

I'm loving the Home Goods that just opened in Robinson Town Center! Mom and I went to check it out on it's grand opening and I'm definitely going back real soon...maybe today when JP and I are running errands!

I'm loving that Rock 'n Roll San Antonio half marathon is only 18 days away! Can't wait to be in San Antonio with two of my best friends, Julie and Andrea!!!

I'm loving my Pinterest finds of the week!
Apple Nachos! Recipe

Nilla Wafers + Bananas + Peanut Butter+ Sprinkles = Tasty and Adorable!

Halloween treat and party ideas!

Color and back of this dress! Love

Love the simplicity of the dress with the beautiful necklace

Teal and Lace. Lovely

Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

Pretty mirror

Dream Bathroom

Story of my life.
I'm loving that Thanksgiving is less than a month away!

As always, I'm loving my amazing husband!

What are you loving this Wednesday? I'll be back tomorrow with new news about our big move back to Texas!

Until next time...
With love and God bless,

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Here Comes the Bride...

I've been debating on whether or not I was going to do a post about my wedding for a while now and have finally decided to go ahead and do it! I know that I got married over a year and a half ago, but I didn't start blogging until this past January! Plus, I know that I love looking at other people's wedding pictures, so maybe I can entertain some others with mine!
Now let's rewind a few years...

JP and I started dating November 14, 2006. We were engaged on our two year anniversary at the park behind Johnny Carino's in College Station, TX which is where we went on our first date. We were married on April 10, 2010 at St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land, TX.
The dress...not sure why it's rotating when I upload it!

Up close of the bodice detail
I absolutely adore my dress still to this day. I'm planning on taking more pictures in it this Spring since I didn't get as many as I would have liked of JP and I on our big day! Here are a few bridals:

Our special day went exactly as planned and I couldn't imagine a more magical day. I still cannot believe that God created such an amazing man to compliment me. God works in wondrous ways and I am beyond blessed that he led JP and I to one another.

Best sister friends getting ready to get our hair done!

Mom and Emmy helping with my dress!

My amazing Daddy walking me down the aisle. He talked to me the entire time. {I think it was so that he wouldn't cry!}

St. Laurence Catholic Church performed by Reverend Father Drew Wood.

Our special prayer time together :) Magical private moment during a big production.

JP, you may kiss your bride!
Had to get one of everyone in there!

They read you Cinderella, you hoped it would come true, that one day your prince charming would come rescue you!

The dance floor was hopping all night long! It was definitely a party which is just what I wanted!

Perfect ending to the best day of my life!
I hope you enjoyed reminiscing with me! I still love to go back and look through my pictures on random days. It reminds me of how lucky I am to be married to JP. I thought I couldn't love him more than I did on our wedding day, but the best thing is that I love him more and more every day. I love being married and can't wait to make even more memories with my best friend!

Until next time...
With love and God bless,

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