Monday, November 18, 2013

Husker Shenanigans

Sami's Shenanigans

Sharing the  happenings of my weekend with Sami and the rest of the linkup bloggers, and you, my wonderful readers, too!

1. Friday night, the new outlet mall near our home opened up, so we had to go check it out! It was pretty busy, but we found some good deals and I can't wait to go back when we have more time!
2. Saturday morning brought a day filled with Husker events, starting out with some tailgating with some friends and family.
3. Can't have tailgating without some beer pong, and some horrible playing by me.
4. Next came the Husker football game with my hubby, our first game together this season.
5. It was a beautiful day out for the game, however, our beloved Huskers lost to Michigan State.
6. After the football game, we moved onto the Nebraska volleyball game with Ryan's cousin and his wife, aka Samantha from 3 Oh 1 Grace St, also a good friend of mine! The volleyball team won their game in 4 sets and we had a lot of fun!
7. Sunday, we celebrated Thanksgiving with my mom's side of the family, and it wouldn't be complete without our competitive game of spoons between the cousins. It was great to see lots of family!
8. Sunday night, one of my friends hosted craft night for us girls, complete with crafting, snacks and wine!
9. I loved catching up with the girls, and even got some crafting in! (More details to come once I put the finishing touches on my decor)

We had a nice weekend and I was glad to spend it with my husband, family and friends!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Things I Learned...

The things I learned this past weekend after a 10 hour roadtrip...

1. Make sure to check directions when it comes to a split in the road, before you end up driving 30 minutes out of  your way and luckily realizing it before ending up in Minneapolis instead of Chicago.

2. Heads Up is a great road trip game! But be warned that if you post the video, your friends may get confused that you were driving in Europe.

3. Pulling an all-nighter on the drive there is all fun and games, until you have to drive back and try to stay awake after getting minimal sleep all weekend!

4. If you drink enough and have great friends, it is possible to sleep 3 girls in a full-size bed (not queen or king, a full/double) without anyone falling out or moving the entire night!

5. After navigating all weekend, you may wake up sleeptalking when you get home, telling your husband that you're going the wrong way.

6. Free suite tickets to a football game are awesome, but beware of the ticket-giver becoming a stage 5 creeper!

7. Snapchat is a great way to show all your friends back home all the fun you're having, and make them slightly jealous or curious about your trip!

8. Toll roads are not cool, especially when you end up paying $20+ in toll fees.

9. 312 beer on tap in Chicago is amazing!!

10. Saving the best for last...last-minute spontaneous roadtrips with your friends are amazing, and having no definite plans is great because you can do whatever, whenever!! As everyone says, you only live once, so make the most of it! I would do it all over in a heartbeat!

If you want a full recap of our trip, check out my previous post here!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Roadtrip Shenanigans

Sami's Shenanigans

Linking up with the lovely Sami to share about my weekend!

This weekend, two of my friends and I roadtripped to the Nebraska vs. Michigan football game in Ann Arbor, with a stop in Chicago on the way! We decided to do this on a whim about a week ago, and I'm so glad we did! We had an AMAZING weekend, and here's the awesome recap to share with all of you!

1 and 2. We left on Thursday night and drove through the night to Chicago. We only had one minor detour (#2), as we missed an exit and almost ended up in Minneapolis, but we caught ourselves before we got too far!

3, 4, 5, 6. Once we got to Chicago, we spent the day sightseeing! We visited the Willis (Sears) Tower, and got to see the beautiful views from the top, which was so cool! We even got to walk out on "The Ledge", which is all glass.

7. We also visited the Harold Washington Library, which has 9 floors, crazy! 

8 and 9. Our last stop of the day was Grant Park, which had a huge fountain, some beautiful views of Lake Michigan, and great looks of the city in the background.

After we got done sightseeing, we were on Hour 36 of being awake with no sleep, so we took a short cat nap before going out on the town for the night!

We ate at Giordano's pizza, which was super yummy!! The pizza was so thick and cheesy and I loved it! Then we went out in "Wrigleyville", which is a strip of bars close to Wrigley Stadium! We had so much fun, and even got to hang out at the Husker bar there! We danced and drank until we couldn't anymore and took a cab back to our hotel and crashed for the night!

Next up, gameday in Ann Arbor!! We got up early Saturday morning to drive to the game!

1 and 2. We made it to "The Big House", aka, Michigan's stadium! It holds over 100,000 people, wow!

3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Don't worry, we got FREE box suite tickets from a guy at our hotel, so we enjoyed our premium seats for the game! Here are some pictures of our view! The Huskers won, which made it even better, as it was a close and exciting game!

8 and 9. After the game, we went out in downtown Ann Arbor, met some fun people and found some Husker fans too!

Sunday, we survived the long 10 hour drive back with many laughs and memories from our trip! I'm so glad I got to spend a fantastic weekend with these two wonderful girls and I can't wait for our next adventure!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Deep Covered Baker Recipes

One of the nice cookware items I received for our wedding was the Deep Covered Baker from Pampered Chef, and so I'm always looking for new recipes to make that use it! Here are some good ones I've found so far!

Baked Pork Loins
2 or 4 pork tenderloins
1/2 finely chopped onion
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp thyme
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
*any other seasoning of your choice

Combine all ingredients and rub over the pork tenderloins. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes, until meat is fully cooked.

Four Cheese Mac N' Cheese

Creamy 3 Cheese Pasta

If any of you have more ideas to use my deep covered baker, please feel free to share!

Monday, November 4, 2013

My Shenanigans

Sami's Shenanigans

Even though I had to work this weekend, we managed to be social for a few things!

1. Friday night we reunited with our summer softball team for dinner and delicious margarita's at Roja
2. Saturday night, we got together with some friends and had some intense games of girls vs. guys Catch Phrase, in which the guys won all 3 games, unfortunately!
3. After Catch Phrase, we went bowling. I did ok and only had a few gutterballs.
4. I finished my book this weekend! Any of you familiar with this series? Now I can move on to the 3rd book, yeah!

How was your weekend? Can you believe it's November already? 
Thanks for stopping by!
Be sure to go link up your weekend with Sami!