Ten Thursday Thoughts

1. I have been baking again! Two weekends ago I made double pumpkin muffins (my first pumpkin baking experience of the season – sad I know). I actually have the recipe from Women’s Health but found the blog linked above with the recipe all laid out. Then, on Tuesday night, I made super easy chocolate cookies: one box of devil’s food cake mix, two eggs, a third cup of oil, and any chips (I used mini Reese’s Pieces). Sugar…mmm.

2. Speaking of cookies and sugar, a few friends and I are doing a cookie exchange Sunday morning. We each come with one cookie done and bake the other together. Cookie suggestions?

3. On the cooking front, I made Brody’s favorite dish that I make: baked ziti with Italian sausage in mornay sauce. It makes great leftovers, so Brody is bringing over a container of it to Barret and Kelly (parents of the adorable Owen).

4. I love how these thoughts are like a chain and not totally random – do not expect that to continue for the entire post. Anyways, this past weekend we had our annual Friendsgiving. Erin and Tom hosted, and unlike last year’s wine-filled celebration, we were all pretty tame. The reason? Babies!

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Left to right: Avalyn (6 months), Owen (6 weeks), and Reed (2.5 weeks)

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The boys holding babies and watching football

5. Bret Bielema left the Badgers. I don’t really care but do think it’s odd he didn’t wait until after the Rose Bowl. Montee Ball, James White, Melvin Gordon, and Bielema made an appearance at the UW basketball game we were at Sunday afternoon with the Big Ten Champion trophy, which was cool but now he seems like a phony.

6. Costco, which is a half mile from our house, has been open for over three weeks and I haven’t been once. I am embarrassed.

7. Although I have no races planned for a while, I have still been running three miles a few times a week, often with Brody and the dogs. Ya for family exercise time!

8. It is so sad how early the sun sets at night. I have been trying to go to the dog park at least three times a week but have been avoiding going alone when it’s going to be pitch black.

9. Our house is semi-ready for the holidays: the tree and the outside lights are up and some decorations are out.

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Tonight Brody and I decorate the tree, and tonight St. Nick comes (or maybe he was supposed to come last night – whatever).

10. Last but definitely not least, I am pregnant!

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Stay tuned for more details.

Have a great night!

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Watching Hockey While Eating a Brat with Goldens at My Feet

One of the many reasons I like being married to Brody is that I feel like we complement each other well. Through our almost four years of marriage, we have adapted to each other to create a happy union.

For example, when I first met Brody, he rarely paid attention to prices and rarely considered items on sale. On the other hand, I grew up with a mother who bought just about everything on sale; I call this frugal (cheap sounds insulting). Money is often a reason for couples to fight, but I am proud to say that we have slightly altered our previous habits to meet in the middle.

There are some things in life I never would have imagined I would participate in or care about before I met Brody, but I embrace these interests because they are now a part of our life together.

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My view from the lobby watching Brody’s hockey league.

I knew NOTHING about hockey before Brody, but because he had (and still does) tickets to the Badgers’ home games, it was something we started doing together. When I first started watching, I could barely follow the puck. Now, because of Badger games and watching the Blackhawks on tv, I kind of know what is going on. I am still learning all of the referee calls/motions, but at least I can follow the puck and see the goals happen.

Before Brody, I didn’t eat a lot of meat and could’ve easily been a vegetarian. Being single made it difficult to cook full dinners, so most of the time, the only meat I would have would be deli meat for sandwiches. That all changed once we bought our house and moved in together.

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Hard to see, but that food item on the far left is a brat.

Brody is definitely a “meat and potatoes” guy. I like meat – don’t get me wrong – but if it were totally up to me, we would have a meatless meal every now and then. Brody’s love of meat has encouraged me to try new recipes, often from Eat Live Run (I made her Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta Skillet last night) and Skinnytaste.

My family had a shih tzu poodle mix named Boo. He didn’t care for kids, other dogs, cows, or barns (because cows were often by the barns). Brody’s family often had Golden Retrievers. When we began talking about bringing a dog into our family, I was hesitant about Goldens because they were bigger than what I thought I wanted and they shed like crazy. I am so glad I listened to Brody and let him convince me of the amazingness of Goldens. I cannot fathom a life without Moose and Frankie, and although they are both large (105 and 85 lbs. respectively) and they leave a blanket of hair for me to vacuum up every week, they are SO worth it.

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Question:
What things did you start to care about or enjoy after moving in with your significant other?