Archive | October, 2012

wonderful words

17 Oct

Happy Wednesday!

And Dan and I absolutely love How I Met Your Mother so I love these life lessons.

Hope everyone is having a great week!


fall fun {columbus day weekend}

16 Oct

Columbus Day weekend was last weekend. We had a long weekend and it was crazy busy. We, of course, filled pretty much every minute of the weekend up because that is just what we do.

Friday night we relaxed because we knew we had a busy weekend ahead.

Saturday morning started out bright and early with us heading to Dover for Dan to run a 5k. After the 5k, we walked around the Apple Harvest Festival, which was crazy packed, even at 10am.

From there, we headed home so Dan could shower. Then we went right back out to meet up with some friends at the Portsmouth BrewFest. A bunch of breweries all come together so people can taste all of their beers. There were so many breweries and beers and people. It was crazy. I’m not really a beer drinker at all but I did try a few and ended up liking at least 1. It ended up being really warm but it was a blast hanging out with some faves.

After the BrewFest, Dan and I left so we could drive right to New York for a wedding on Sunday. When we got to the hotel, we hung out with the bride and groom and a few of their friends before we needed to go to bed because we were exhausted.

The wedding wasn’t until the afternoon on Sunday, so we decided to use our time in Plattsburgh and go to Ausable Chasm. It is this really cool place with about 5 miles of trails. Some go right along the chasm, which is what we mostly walked. I loved being right there on the small stone pathways and hearing the water rushing by.

There was also a trail that went down to a dry chasm. There was beautiful foliage throughout the trail.

At the end of all the trails, there was a big bridge that gave a fantastic view of the waterfall.

After Ausable Chasm, we went back to the hotel room to get ready for the wedding. The wedding was for one of our friends from college. They live in North Carolina and we barely ever get to see them so it was really great to be able to celebrate with them on their wedding day.

The ceremony was in a beautiful ivy covered chapel. It was gorgeous inside and out. The reception was at a hall down the road and there was delicious food and good music.

After the 2 busy days we had already had, we were exhausted. We took our time getting ready Monday morning then headed out of NY to come home. The sky was amazing when we took the ferry from NY to VT. I had to take some pictures.

We were going to do a little hiking on our way home but it just didn’t work out how we thought. We did do some leaf peeping though. The foliage was gorgeous.

We found this really amazing little area with a curvy road and tons of yellowy trees. So beautiful. There were tons of people there but I managed to take some good pictures.

Driving down the road a little further, we got a view of some mountains. And there was snow on them. SNOW. I am not ready for that.

All in all, it was a really great weekend full of a ton of fun, crazy, and amazing activities. And we were exhausted when we got home. I went to bed early Monday and Tuesday night. But it was worth it.


jillian michaels {30 day shred}

15 Oct

I used to do this DVD a lot before we got married. It is really hard, especially for being a 20 minute workout. It is 3 minutes of strength training, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs then you repeat 2 more times. There are 3 different levels that get harder and harder.

I’ve never actually done it for 30 days in a row though. I decided I would try it for 30 days and see what the 30 day shred can do for me.

I plan on doing each level for 10 days and then moving on to the next level.

I started the 1st level today so October 15th is day one. I already know there is at least 1 day that I won’t be able to do it but I plan on doing it every single day that I can. So let’s see where I am in 30 days from now. I will definitely keep you guys posted.

Has anyone else done the 30 day shred? Has anyone seen crazy results?

pinned it. tried it. {recipe: buffalo chicken grilled cheese}

14 Oct

I found this recipe on Pinterest and basically had to try it right away.

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Closet Cooking


  • 1/4 cup cooked shredded chicken, warm
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon mayo (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon carrot, grated
  • 1 tablespoon celery, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon green or red onion, sliced or diced
  • 1 tablespoon blue cheese, room temperature, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, room temperature, grated
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature


Servings: makes 1 sandwich

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

  • Mix the chicken, hot sauce, mayo, carrot, celery and onion in a small bowl. (I just used chicken and hot sauce and left out everything else)

  • Butter the outside of each slice of bread, sprinkle half of the cheeses on the inside of one slice of bread, top with the buffalo chicken salad, the remaining cheese and finally the other slice of bread. (The only bread I had was Arnold’s Sandwich Thins which still worked well but I think I would enjoy regular bread better.)

  • Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  • Add the sandwich and grill until golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 2-4 minutes per side.

I love grilled cheese sandwiches and this was an awesome way to change it up a bit. Once I had the cheese and chicken on the 2 slices of bread, I found it a little difficult to put the 2 slices together and get it in the pan without the cheese going everywhere. But in the end, it was delicious and I will definitely do this again.

photo friday

12 Oct

sunset over the marsh


foliage over the river

ausable chasm in plattsburgh, ny

ausable chasm

waterfall at ausable chasm

beautiful wedding at a beautiful ivy covered chapel

amazing sky during our ferry ride

leaf peeping

morning clouds

Happy Friday!

fun at school {do something nice day}

10 Oct

I have been keeping up with the crazy holidays and I think it is a lot of fun. The students seem to enjoy it so I will keep it up.

Thursday, the 4th, was World Animal Day. I left a spot on the board for the students to write what their favorite animal is. I had both classes do it so it got very filled up and some of the answers were interesting.

Friday, the 5th, was Do Something Nice Day. I had the students write something nice they could do that day and I loved a lot of the answers.

Today is Stop Bullying Day and October is Bullying Prevention Month. So, the kids are in the process of making bullying prevention posters. They started them today but didn’t finish. So we will finish them tomorrow and I will post more on that later.


wonderful words

10 Oct

So I have realized that I haven’t posted much in the past week. We went away for the weekend and I have been so exhausted from being so busy for the weekend. I do have a few things to post but first, here are the wonderful words for the week. Enjoy.


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