October is Ova

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It’s November in Syracuse. Alls we people think about is when the f is the snow coming. We actually live in Game of Thrones. It’s filmed in my backyard. lol Just kidding. but if it was acceptable to wear what they wear in the Cuse I’d be more then okay with it.

 

Winter is coming and it’s not joke. Here is a Throw Back Sunday from last year I pulled out the archives

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That is a comin folks.

Well back to the topic I wanted to blog about…

October! The month of:

1. finally getting to wear your boots

2. carrying around a starbucks cup is way way cooler

3. testing out my bad ass seat warmers in my new car

4. apples

5. pumpkins

6. doing 1 & 2 while doing 3 &4

7. breaking out the flannels

8. putting on my fleece sheets (high suggest those)

 

Obviously my iPhone didn’t sit the bench in all of Octobers festivities. Here is what my camera happened to catch-

October collage 1+ Went on a wine tour aka saw some chickens & drank some wine in a school bus…

+ Car ride with Ed the Dog to Franklin Square

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+ Loveeee this picture I snapped for john working on a photo project!  :) (Ed for an attempted photobomb on the left)

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+ Okay, no joke, you NEED to check out the Bacon Bandits. Its exactly what it looks like. Bacon Mac & Cheese. My middle name. Bacon everything

+ HOMEMADE breakfast at work by Muching Moose! (pumpkin scones, egg bakes, sausage in a blanket & apple french toast casserole)

+ Mia’s 47th birthday, that is literally what we put on the cake

 

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+ Pumpkin picking & Corn Maze!! Check out what this places corn maze design was this year here

 

Halloween collage 1

HALLOWEEN 2014!! Part 1 – HOT TUB TIME MACHINE

+ Most of the clothes we got at out local Goodwill. Leggings & Leotard F21.

+ How freaking cool is my friend Lindsay’s make-up!!?

Halloween collage 2

HALLOWEEN 2104!!! Part 2 – HOWARD & BERNADETTE FROM BIG BANG THEORY

+ Again, our local Goodwill freaking killed it

+ PS that is all Johns real hair. blow dried & straightened!!

 

Halloween collage 3+ My friend Rachel went as a Chola. Shit was the funniest thing everrrrrrrr! She completely nailed it. Tattoos, earrings, khaki’s

+ My sister went as Kelly from Saved By the Bell. Obv she got the boobs in the family.

 

I always get really into halloween. Gotta go big or go home. Can’t be predictable.

November is off to a dashing start.

Christmas is in 43 DAYS FOLKS

Homemade Mojitos

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Okay, I will say it, I HATE BEER! I do not like the taste or the smell, nothing! Yes I know they have lime flavored beer and pumpkin flavored beer blah blah blah but my heart is with the hard liquor. This past weekend John & I whipped up some homemade mojitos that totally hit the spot!

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What you will need is :

+RUM! (white rum, we used Bacardi)
+Limes (or lime juice)
+Mint bushel
+Club Soda
+Sugar
+A Muddler
+Super cool glasses

mojito supplies

To start, cut up a lime into 4th’s and put in the bottom of a glass or bowl (Bowl may work better because there is more room). Then take about 7-10 mint leave and toss those in with the lime.

mojito limes

mojito mint

From here you will take your muddler and start smashing away at the lime and mint. I suggest getting as much lime juice as possible while trying to keep the mint leaves as whole as possible (ours became shredded – worked out okay tho).

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And this is what it’ll look like when your done muddling!

mojito muddled

Now, we added in the RUM! Add in anywhere from 1-2oz of your desired rum. Then throw in a few ice cubes! Now give your concoction a good stir. From here you will add in some sugaaa (1-2 spoonfuls depending on how you like it)! Side note: we decided on making a simple sugar for the next batch. That is just water and sugar mixed and then heated on the stove until it hits a syrup like state. Either way is totally fine.

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SOO, you’re almost done. After you add in the sugar give it another good stir. From here you will finish off with some club soda. The amount all depends on how much ice you use. Finally, garnish with a fresh lime (lightly squeezed on the top of the liquid first), give it a good mixing and a take a nice swigggg!

mojito taste test

It was delicious!! Not too much alcohol, perfectly sweet, & easy to drink :) BTW, don’t mind the killer decor in Johns kitchen…

There are tons of recipes out there that allow you to be crazy and add in fruit and fun things. This time around we wanted the classic beverage. We will definitely be making this again this weekend:)

Derek Jeter.

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As many of you know, Derek Jeter is my idol, my future husband, my hero. My love for baseball came about when I was about 10. My dad & my aunts were big time Yankee fans so I obviously followed suit. I don’t think anyone in my family would have known how obsessed I  would become with it. By obsessed I mean like I could literally live with only ESPN, YES Network, and Disney Channel (at the time lol) not obsessed as in let me wait outside your house and peer into your windows… As soon as I hit middle school I wanted on the softball team. And I wanted to play shortstop. I wanted to be number 2 and I wanted it to be known I was just like Derek Jeter. Well, my skill set obviously didn’t lead me anywhere near DJ status but my passion for the sport and my passion for the way he played the game gave me the best childhood hero to idolize.

 

I watched every game I could. I got the newspaper everyday so I could look at the standings and last nights game stats. I would cut out news clipping if Derek Jeter was in them or if he had a killer game. I eventually started a scrapbook in a 3 in binder that held all news clipping, photos, interviews & memorabilia from the early 2000’s. Okay, I won’t lie here but this was during my serious obsession phase lol. I remember for my 12th birthday I think it was, that my friend Kelcey bought me  a life size poster of Derek Jeter and I criedddd. I was so freaking excited. Who wouldn’t be?!?! I’m pretty sure I still have it kicking around somewhere.

 

I have everything from Yankeeography’s to homemade art from the streets of NY. Anything dedicated to Derek Jeter I wanted it. In middle school I got the name Mrs. Jeter put on my sleeve instead of my name lol. Again – obsessed. I wanted to be just like him.

 

My family & my close friends can tell you I knew everything there was to know about Derek Jeter and the Yankees. I told them that the day Derek retires I will be there. I need to be there.

 

It’s funny because it doesn’t seem like its been 20 years since Derek’s first Yankee game. It doesn’t feel like 3,465 hits have gone by. It doesn’t seem like 5 World Series Championships have been won.

 

But they have.

 

My entire childhood came to an end this year. Not in a bad way. In the best way possible actually.

 

Derek Jeter announced via his foundations Facebook in February that the Derek Jeter era will be coming to a close. I was at work when I read/saw the news. My whole childhood flashed right in front of me. Alot of people said they saw this coming… I did not. I never thought the day would come. But I trusted him that it was time…

 

For me, Derek was the most inspirational person I have every looked up to. It may sound stupid to some people but look at what he was done for the past 20 years. He has become one of the most clutch athletes that has walked this planet. The only time he was in the media was when he had a clutch play or went 4 for 4 the night before. You never saw him in the news for beating some girl up or for getting too drunk at a club. He is the true face of what an athlete and celebrity should stand for.

 

He wanted one thing – to win. And he wanted to do it for the fans. He didn’t do it to surpass so-n-so on the top whatever list. He played the game for the love of the game. He makes me think I can do anything. He told his parents that he would play baseball and he would play for the New York Yankees. He made his dream come true. He wasn’t given a spot on the team, he worked his ass off get exactly what he wanted.

 

September 25, 2014 will be a day I will never forget. A day I made my dream come true. I saw Derek Jeter’s last game as the shortstop of the New York Yankees.

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One of my dreams came true. I got to share this moment with my 2 aunts and my dad. The people who kickstarted this passion of mine.

Stans

 

Just standing outside Yankee Stadium was a blessing in itself. The fact that 1. I could afford the ticket and 2. I got to enjoy the game with 49,000 die hard fans was enough make a girl cry. There were no angry people, no one was pushing and shoving. Everyone was there for the same reason. Derek Jeter. Due to a storm that came up the east coast, there was no batting practice because of rain. And just like I predicted the skies cleared and there was blue skies and sun for first pitch… God knew :)

 

None of us in the stands or at home knew what was in store for us. We didn’t know if there would be some announcement before hand or if he would give a speech. We had no clue. Before player introductions, Derek gladly accepted a check to his Turn 2 Foundation with some of his Jeter’s Leaders. Then it was game time. No dilly dailing. There was a game to play.

 

One last national anthem and we were on our way. Derek took the field one last time from the left side of the dugout to be greeted by 49,000 cheering fans. I will tell you, that is a sound I will never forget. It literally brought tears to eyes. Imagine that many people chanting your name! The entire stadium was electric.

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Number 2 batted in the No. 2 slot. And as soon as Bob Sheppard’s voice came over the sound system the place erupted.

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Every chance we got the entire crowd was chanting DE-REK JE-TER!!! Never got old. Not once.

 

Many of you know the ending to this story but none of you could have ever thought something like this would actually happen. on his last game. ever. From the 2 hours before the game to the 2 hours after, every single baseball fan saw an era come to a storybook end.

 

It was kinda funny (but not really), I hadn’t realized that the bottom of the 7th might have been his last at bat. It wasn’t until the bottom of the 8th when I realized. Top of the 9th came along and we were up by 3. I turn to my dad and I was like Derek won’t get another at bat. And after a few seconds we laughed and were like well unless we blow this inning. Well, be careful what you say because it’ll happen. Looking back at it, I think we all were initially pissed but then started jumping for joy realizing Derek would have one more at bat.

 

You would have thought it was the bottom of the 9th, tie game, world series championship on the line.

 

Bottom of 9. Runner gets on base. Gardner lays the most perfect sac bunt ever. Runner is in scoring postion. Derek Jeter is up.

 

I wish I had a picture to put here but there was no way I was looking through my phone to watch this. I was ready to take a video of a just in case moment but then amazement happened. Derek Jeter sends the first pitch to right field. Holy crap my heart is literally racing as I type this. Runner scores and I completely lost it. Everything I have ever wished for in life just happened right in front of my own eyes. I cried my eyes out. I couldn’t catch my breath. I was literally so amazed, so happy, and so sad all at once. Derek freaking did it. He hit the game winning hit on his last game ever in Yankee Stadium. We were jumping up and down like a kid in a candy store. 49,000 people jumping, screaming, chanting, crying. Nothing compares. The team swarmed the field and hugged it out and then on the big screen they show the other 3/4th of the fab 4. At this point I was freaking bawling. It was INSANE! It couldn’t have been a more perfect 10 minutes.

Derek Jeter Game winner video – Watch!

 

Last hit crying

Derek took a solid lap around the bases waving to the fans thanking them for the 20 years of dedication. 20 years. 2 decades of fans.

 

He ended his lap at the place where that 20 years of baseball lived. Where the infield meets the grass – at shortstop.

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Derek Jeter will go down as one of the most talented baseball players who ever lived. I am so blessed to have been apart of his legacy and have the memories of how truly amazing he was. I will remember September 25th 2014 for as long as I live. I will remember the breath taking silence before the game winning hit. I will remember Derek Jeter as my favorite Yankee player.

 

But most importantly, he will continue to be my hero.

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Peace Out Summer Part 1

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As I type this, my phone is telling me its 55 degrees outside. 55 DEGREES. So in typical white-girl fashion I am in leggings and Uggs debating on spending a solid hundred bucks online on fall sweaters. Do I need them? ehhh, probably. Do I need them now? ehhh, probably not. Well maybe. Gotta account for shipping time lol.

Before I get into the joys and sorrows of winter, I need to reminisce on fun things that happened this summmmaaa (in Olaf voice)! I previous shared my amazing birthday gift to myself – BEYONCE CONCERT. But don’t worry, I’m sharing all my pics in this post 😉  The summer was filled with friends, new & old, and alot – I ALOT – of alcohol. That’s the definition of summer right??

With further ado – BEY (PS Pic overload coming your way)

We stayed with my friends Jen & Rachel in Hoboken for the day/night. Freaking love it there!!

rach & jen

 

nyc skyline

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She is AH MA ZINGGG! & Jay was crazy good live! Couldn’t believe it. All around it was so much effing fun. Next time she tours I promise you, I will not hold back and I WILL spend the 500 bucks on good seats lol.

That’s not the only thing I did all summer. So here are moments of the rest –

We went rope jumping.

Well I didn’t. I watched from the boat lol

john rope swing

rope swing 2

rope swing 3

rope swing 4

rope swing 5

funks camp

 

Then there was the GREAT NEW YORK STATE FAIR. Everything a fat person dreams about…

fair fried pickles

fair john onion

fair bloomin onion

fair milk

fair john rachel milk

fair me and rach

fair i got it

fair jason derulo

 

Then there is Ed the dog! We all literally call him “ed the dog”. Such a goofy dog with a hilarious personality!!

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& a few drunken randoms…

me and john 2

me and steph 2

 

There will be more to come of what else happened this summer!

What was your fav moment? Are you ready to see summer go?

 

Saturday Breakfast

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Yesterday, I woke up and had 1 thought – pancakes. Pancakes, bacon, juice… the whole nine yards. So, I took it upon myself and made these delectable M&M pancakes with bacon! John 100% cheered this idea on from the get-go. He had a bunch of work to do so I catered the breakfast to him : )

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To make these, I bought M&M mini’s and regular pancake mix. Super easy but slightly better then regular chocolate chips. Nothing beats a super unhealthy breakfast on a rainy morning!

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Amazing breakfast indeed! Might try some with fruit in them next. Strawberries and maybe a little whipped cream??

Sign me up!

Sir Patches

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Sir Patches is a prince to say the least. From his sweaters to his Vera Bradley leash set, he knows how to rock the neighborhood. Mind you he is very scared of anything other then people: Other dogs – no way, Squirrels – only barks from inside the window, leaves – super intimidated but always scares them away… you get the point. I wanted to introduce the pooch to the blogging world.

Stats:
Breed – Shih Tzu
Weight – 10 pounds
Age – 15
Color – light brown
Personality – diva
Place of choice – the backyard

Without further ado —

Patches day 1

The day I got him for my birthday

Patches mirror

Patches Couch

Patches Chair Selfie

Patches chin

Patches close up

Patches Good Morning

Notes my mom sends me… much too often

Patches Grass

Patches Sun Selfie

Patches Dogue

Douge.

These are just a few of Patches’ many faces. He is 15 years old so he’s an old little guy but he still has some pep in step!! He’s gotta be deaf now because he never listens to me. Or he is just ignoring me. Or both. He is the best dog in the world. Never yippee or crazy. He was the runt of the litter so he actually is extremely calm and small for a Shih Tzu. He is literally the greatest dog in the world and obviously my siva side kick.

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