Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Extra Sloppy

Today was one of those days. Most of the ladies out there can understand what I mean about ''one of those days''...a little (or a lot) over-emotional, tired, and just plain hormonal. If I ever get pregnant I worry for my poor husband...I would be a lot to handle. I am not exactly mean, but more weepy and not fun to be around. Sorry Jason, it'll be over soon (he's so sweet and takes it like a champ though).
The morning started off well with a meeting. I am going to be teaching clinical for a nursing program this fall (starting next week) so it was a meet and greet with the students. I came home and made myself a good breakfast. Next was to meet with my trainer...good, right? Well apparently my body decided it was done by noon today because I was exhausted throughout the whole workout. Oh well.
I then attempted to force myself to be productive. Failure. At least I know myself well enough to give in to ''one of those days'' sometimes. So I thoroughly enjoyed allowing myself to lay on the couch for most of the afternoon and watched 2 discs of Six Feet Under (good show...on season 3 now).
I then drug (dragged?...not sure) myself to the store to get the rest of the ingredients for a ''one of those days'' dinner...which actually turned out quite well : ) The recipe originates from the Hungry Girl website. There are some great classic recipes with a healthier twist. If you haven't already, I would say check it out! (The fettuccine alfredo recipe is good, minus the tofu noodles (in my opinion) ) She also has a great cookbook for healthier cocktails and appetizers. There are some great things in there too : )

Bri's Extra Sloppy Joe's (adapted from the Hungry Girl recipe)
p.s. whenever I even think about sloppy joe's I can't help but recite Billy Madison in my mind..."I made 'em extra sloppy for ya''...yeah

  • 1lb lean ground beef, browned
  • 1 3/4 cups of plain tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp steak seasoning (or montreal chicken spice works too), sprinkled on beef
  • 1 tbsp worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp sugar or splenda
  • hamburger buns (if desired)
  • dash of salt to taste
1. Saute onions and peppers in olive oil
getting some use out of our abundant green peppers from the garden!

2. In separate pan, brown beef and sprinkle seasoning
sorry if this picture grosses you out! it kinda does to me!

3. Once browned, combine beef with onions and peppers
4. Add remaining ingredients, stir, and warm on stove
 5. Serve on buns if desired
 6. Enjoy!
mmmmmm yummy
And then, if so desired...follow up with a fattening dessert. If you're in the market for one, I'd recommend the no-bake Oreo cookie dessert. It can be found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores and even Target. I managed to muster up the energy to make some of these today too. Priorities you know. 
So now, I am enjoying the dessert shown above (not gluten free btw...obviously) and watching Tangled. I am such a girl. 

On a whole separate note, my brother-in-law Chris left yesterday for his study abroad trip in Rome. It also happened to be his 21st birthday. Now that is a good day! All of Jason's brothers came over the other night so I shot a few pictures (in our poorly lit basement) since it will be awhile til we are all together again. Happy Birthday Christopher and have a most wonderful time in Italy...I am mega jealous!
All the DePauw boys : ) Including Brayden and baby Liam!

From left to right: Christopher, Mathew, baby Liam, Josh, Jason, Brayden, and poor Danny on the bottom

Bray liked my work shoes
Ok, I better wrap things up. It's the lantern part towards the end of pretty : ) Makes me think of Ellie, Lula, and Ruby...miss you girls!!! And last but not least those adorable nieces I speak of pointed out that Jason and Flynn from Tangled both do the ''smolder''...this is SO true. This clip is pretty much Jason to a T!


Maybe Jason's is alcohol induced...but still
Ok, that just made me feel better. He he : ) Night night everyone!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

More Photography love

This was the other adorable couple we photographed during my workshop with Erin. They have such a cute style and she has some great clothes! : ) It was so much fun. Thanks guys for coming and being patient!

Thank you guys for your patience! : )

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Last week I was lucky enough to take a workshop with Erin Johnson, the fabulous photographer who shot our wedding. This workshop really helped boost my confidence in some of my photography skills and gave me hope of starting a little side business someday. We got to practice on a gorgeous lady (I think she looks like a fashion model!) and her hubby and I am happy with how my pictures turned out. If I am able to turn this into a business someday, I would be thrilled because the feeling I get taking the pictures and coming home to upload them on my computer to edit them is comparable to how excited a kid gets on Christmas. That's good stuff. I know I still have a ways to go, but the only way to get better is to keep practicing! I am hoping that I can take some newborn pictures of our new nephew Liam this week and post those too! Hope everyone had a great week.