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Magic Crust 3-Layer Pie

When C and I started dating I didn’t know how to cook. Seriously– I could pour milk into cereal and maybe microwave some ramen noodles. So I made myself a promise that I was going to learn how to cook. Once a week I cooked a meal for us. I looked up recipes, I asked my Nanna for advice. I’ve had some flops and some masterpieces. 🙂 I think I’ll share some recipes I’ve tried here.

C is in eastern Kentucky, so it’s just Nanna and myself here. About 7pm last night we’re searching the cabinets and trying to think of something sweet. Then I remembered a recipe that I had pinned ages ago. Sure enough we had all of the necessary ingredients so I gave it a try!

Magic Crust 3 Layer Pie.

20140226-100831.jpgIngredients:

♥ 4 Whole Eggs
♥ 2 cups of 2% mile
♥ 1/4 Melted Margarine
♥ 3/4 cup granulated sugar
♥ 2 tsp vanilla
♥ 1 pinch of salt
♥ 1/2 cup all purpose flour
♥ Sprinkle of Nutmeg

Directions:

♣ Preheat the oven to 350°
♣ Butter a 9-inch pie pan
♣ Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl with a hand mixer for 30 seconds
♣ Pour into the buttered pan, and sprinkle a very light dusting of ground nutmeg
♣ Bake for 45-50 minutes; let cool completely before serving

Ratings:
Functionality: 4/5
Personal: 2/5

Review: The recipe came out exactly as it was supposed to. It did ‘magically’ form three layers (a crispy top, custardy middle, and flimsy crust)– So for just turning out how the recipe was intended I would give this a 4/5 stars! However— My Nanna and I did not like this recipe one bit! On a personal level I give it a 2/5 stars! The middle layer was too… ‘eggy’ and the crust layer reminded me of a really thick crepe. My Nanna said that she could taste the egg, and that she didn’t enjoy eating the same flavor for 3 layers. Overall I’m bummed, because I love custard and I wanted to like it so badly, but no dice. This was a dud!

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Busy, busy, busy, like a really tall bee…

“Busy, busy, busy, like a really tall bee…” Lorelei Gilmore.

This weekend has been super busy, but very productive. I always say that I do my best household cleaning and baking when I have exams on the horizon. That is very true because I have a medical-surgical exam on Monday, and I had a pharmacology quiz today. So my house is all but spit-shinned clean.

Saturday I balanced the check book, updated our monthly budget, ran a few errands, did all of the laundry, and deep cleaned the kitchen. I also studied for both of my exams, and completed some pharmacology worksheets.

This morning I took my online quiz (100%!!), cooked a delicious lunch, studied, and now I’ve got a homemade pineapple upside down cake in the oven.

I have a facetime date with my husband tonight. 90 miles is not that far away, but it seems far when I’m sleeping alone at night. What’s that Brand New song that says something like, “But with nobody in your bed– the night’s hard to get through.” So truthful. My husband and I aren’t even the lovey-dovey types but spending so much time apart is lonely. Clearly the FaceTime date is important.

Obviously I understand that these few short weeks are going to be hard, but I know that it’s important for him to do this for our family. He’s still busy getting his late father’s things cleaned up and organized. He spent much of this weekend cleaning up his dad’s old motorcycle. He promised to take me out this summer for a ride. It’s a 1989 Harley Davis Springer.

Just a small update. Nothing to crazy going on at the moment.

73 Days until my Pinning Ceremony, and 83 days until we move. ***

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Kitchen Design Ideas!

These are just some pictures of ideas I’ve had for the kitchen. I can’t decide on a backsplash idea and that is mostly because I’m not very good at visualizing the final product. I like the idea of tile and the cohesiveness of the paint — So it’s up in the air for now. I will say that my husband likes the idea of the tile.

As for the appliances, cabinets and countertops… I’m 80% sure on those decisions. The appliance package we both love and I found a great deal at BestBuy. Who would have thought that BestBuy would beat out Lowes, Home Depot, HHGreg and Sears on price?

When I’m picturing my kitchen I’ve got a few things in mind– I’m thinking cover of ‘Southern Living’ magazine. I want white cabinets and an island. I’m also wanting some ‘open’ cabinets and/or glass doors on some of the cabinets. I want it to be mostly earth tones, with some soft blue accents. The paint samples I got from Valspar had a beautiful kitchen pictured, and I’m looking for something very similar in style to that kitchen.

For now I’m spending a lot of time on Google and Pinterest trying to find inspiration. 🙂

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Sooner than expected…

So when my husband told me that the house would be ready in June or July… For some reason I didn’t think I would be moving until June or July. He assumed I was moving to our new home as soon as I graduated, because the house would be ready enough for me by then. That changes things. I expected to accept a job as a RN where I’m working right now as a nursing assitant when I graduated. I wasn’t telling them I was moving because I didn’t expect to hold the job longer than 3 or so months, and I knew if they knew I was moving they wouldn’t offer me the job. Now I know that is not going to be a problem because I’m moving Mid-May, I told my supervisor last night. She tried to playfully convience me to work there anyway, because there are a lot of people that make a lengthy commute, but I think a 90mile commute (one way, mind you) is a bit much.

Don’t get me wrong, I would love to accept the job because I already know the facility and I know the people– making the transition from nursing assistant to nurse would be as seamless as possible if I took a job there. I just really don’t think it makes sense for me to keep that job for several reasons. One being it’s 90miles. Two being it is a long term care facility, and I eventually want to be a mid-wife. I don’t expect that my first job will be on a labor and delivery unit, but hospital nursing vs. long term care nurseing are two very different things. Three is the fact that there are plenty of other jobs much closer to our new home, so it’s not like I’m walking away from my one and only job offer. (well– I don’t have any other job offers yet, but I have some very well written letters of reccomendation.)

The other news is this past weekend I went to visit our new home for the first time since the decision to move was finalized. I can now see more clearly the hopes that my husband has for renovating the place. It’s still hard for me to see past the cob webs and lack of paint, but it’s getting easier every day. Walking the rooms and talking about our ideas to one another was exciting. He gets so animated when he’s describing his ideas and hopes. I can’t get past designing the nursery and the kitchen.

As of now I’m in ‘moving mode’ I’m in the process of writing a letter to our landlord to give notice that we will be breaking our 2-year lease, and researching a new cell phone provider (because Sprint doesn’t get service were we are moving). I’m also going to start packing. It’s going to be my job to take care of our things here in central kentucky, while he is away taking care of our new home in eastern kentucky. My time line is as follows: We will be 100% vacated from our current home by May 31st by the written notice given to my landlord, but my thought is we willactually be moved out by May 17th (one week after I graduated college), and that gives me two weeks to close up things here and make sure the home is ready for the next tenet (shampooing the carpets, painting a wall or two, etc.)

That is 3 months from now. So in the next 12 weeks I’ve got A LOT going on. Besides packing, I’ve also got work, and trying to stay on top of my studies. This is my final semester of nursing school and it is no joke! I have 5 exams (2 of which are cumulative), 40 hours of pediatrics clincal, 120 hours of medical surgical practicum, on top of completeing my online pharmacology class that has worksheets due every sunday and an exam every other sunday.

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Bridesmaid!

So on top of the other exciting news I’ve been blogging about there is something else. One of my girls from nursing school is getting married in October and I was asked to be a bridesmaid. So here soon we are going to be planning the engagement party, wedding shower, and all the other fun goodies that comes with being a bridesmaid! 

This is the first wedding I’ve been do where I am actually in the wedding party (besides my aunts that I attended when I was a single-digit age). 

She picked her wedding dress this past Saturday, and the appointment ran long into the bridesmaid dress appointment.  We just reschedule for a monday in March. I’m nervous and excited. I did tell her that we may need to consider a dress that would flatter potential bump. 

Too much excitement! 

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Application for Graduation

The application for graduation is due Friday Feburary 14, 2014. I just turned mine in today: Thursday Feburary 13. Me, procastinate? Never!

It’s so exciting to know that that is one thing I can cross off of my list and look forward to. 83 Days until our pinning ceremony! 82 days until my FINAL final.

How exciting is that?

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Home Sweet Home!

So I mentioned that my husband is going to be renovating our home for the next several months, and with the help of his Step-Dad we plan on doing all of the work ourselves. Not only will that save us a ton of money $$ but it will also be a wonderful to plan each step of the process.

I just wanted to post a few pictures of the house as it is now. This is an old home, I don’t know the exact year of it as of now, but it’s old. I’m thinking 1950’s, but I could be way off! It needs a lot of work to bring it up to code and modernize it for a growing family. The short list of things to do (besides the obvious things like finishing a wall here and there, and such): new windows, new HVAC (and duct work), all new paint/trim, fence in a portion of the backyard (and potentially put in a pool), build the entire kitchen (it’s a  blank canvas), new roof, new gutters, and ‘finishing’ the basement (putting in a roof and sealing it up better). There are some other projects he is wanting to do, like building a french doors in the master that open to a deck, repaving the walkway up to the home, etc. We also are putting in a mobile home behind the house for my grandmother to live in, so they have to tie her home into the electric, water, sewage, etc.

We got lucky because his dad did a lot of work on the property before he passed away. The home has new insulation, wiring, and refinished floors in much of it. Much of the house has a very antiquated vibe, so I plan on mixing that in with our modern tastes. Wait till you see the chandelier in the bathroom!

It’s a lot of work, but we are both very excited about it. Hubby will be leaving his job here soon and moving back there for the majority of the time so that he and his step-dad (who is retired, and just finished building his dream home from the ground up) can get started. He is projecting it to be done by June/July of this year (2014). That is a very vague date– but I’ll keep progress posted.

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Beginnings

So I think it would be wise to catch you up on what is going to be happening here in the coming months. My ‘About Me’ page gives just a synopsis, so if that is all you’re interested I encourage you to skip over this post.

To start off with, I’m graduating college soon! I am in my 4th and final semester of my associate degree nursing program. May 7th, 2014 is my pinning ceremony into the profession I have devoted my heart and soul to. Being a nurse is just the tip of the iceberg. I have plans to go on to get my masters degree and be a certified nurse midwife. With graduation and my new career, I feel like (and realize) that a new and very exciting chapter of my life is going to be starting, and this is just ONE of the BIG things I have going on.

On top of that my husband, grandmother and myself are moving from central Kentucky to eastern Kentucky. To give you some perspective– I’m moving from a city with a population of over 300,000 to a city with a population that just goes over 2,000. My husband very recently lost his father, and that loss (on top of long conversations weighing the pros and cons) led to the idea of moving. Hubby will be spending the majority of the next few months renovating our new home, meaning that my grandmother and I will be alone for much of the time until we move. The good news is it should all be ready come June or July, and our new home is being completely renovated! So I’m agonizing over paint colors, cabinets, countertops, and appliances. It’s a welcome distraction from missing hubby and nursing school. We are even going ahead and decorating one of the bedrooms with the barebones of a nursery, since that is what it will be used for one day. 😉

Which brings me to the third major change in our life:  starting a family. We have decided to ‘let nature take it’s course’— I probably won’t buy ovulation prediction kits, but I’ll keep an eye on my cycle and just enjoy the intimate times with my husband. I’ve had the burning desire to become a mother and start a family, but we’ve been waiting for me to finish my degree. We’ve just come to realize that if we do become pregnant (which could take several months) I will be out of school by the time Baby is due to make an appearance. 

The next few months are going to be busy and exciting!