This is what life has looked like lately for us. Luna is in heaven with all the paper, tape, bubbles, and boxes. She’s been playing musical boxes for a good week or so now. Tests them all out. Tomorrow we pick our moms up in Spokane, WA and stay the night visiting with our good friends Shannon and Phil! The rest of the week is busy with last minute details. In one week we will be ready to roll and headin to Chicago! We cannot wait!
Colleen & RJ
Wow! So today is the year anniversary of our blog. It definitely does not feel like we’ve owned this website for a whole year. Looking back it’s crazy to see how far we’ve come. Even just looking at the first post it’s funny to see how different our post layout was. We learned a lot working on the website, and still are. There is just so much to do for two people to do, especially when you keep finding out new things that need to be done. Including search engine optimization, changing post layout, our first ad, and even just getting a facebook page!
With this new year we are trying to get our posts more regular. At least once a week. Now of course some weeks, like when we are moving, it probably won’t happen. But we shall see. We also hope to keep growing our traffic by getting more readers. It is a lot of hard work, but very rewarding when we hear all the feedback from family and friends.
This year we are sponsored by Monkey Business, Etc… We thank Rich Lulik (dad) very much for all of his constant support. And can’t wait to be looking back in a year to see how far we will have come from today. Thanks for everyone’s support. And we love hearing everyone’s feedback.
And don’t forget to tell your friends!!!!
In high school I used Photoshop often in graphic design and photo classes. I absolutely loved it. Now that we have our site, I have tried to use multiple different photo editing programs for our pictures. I run into so many situations where I get frustrated and just want real Photoshop! The issue is Adobe Photoshop CS6 is about a months worth of rent and way too expensive to splurge on! There is Adobe Photoshop Elements now which is way more affordable, and still has almost all the features I would use. I have already almost just sucked it up and bought Elements. And I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before I finally do! We just have to save every penny right now for our big move back to Chicago. My best friend, Ruth, also suggested I get Adobe InDesign because it has everything I would need to fully maximize our blog. But InDesign is even more expensive than Photoshop and I am not familiar with it. Decisions, decisions. I would really like to hear everyone’s experience with the different programs to get some feedback. Especially if you’ve used more than one. I’m also thinking of really giving Gimp another shot, because it is free, and I haven’t played around with it very much.
In one of our Frugal Cookbooks by Jeff Smith, RJ saw a recipe for a whole boiled chicken. He became determined (and almost obsessed) to try it. Right away I said that boiling chicken is NEVER a good idea. Not only is it disgusting, but the smell of it makes me want to vomit. The one food I absolutely cannot eat is chicken noodle soup, so maybe it stems from that distaste. I can’t eat any kind of soup with chicken in it — chicken in liquid sickens me! So, I told him if he wanted to try it it was all on him. I wanted nothing to do with it. Well that of course did not happen… Apparently everything he read said this certain way of how to boil a chicken is supposed to be so delicious.
First, when we went to get the chicken out of the fridge it dumped raw chicken juice ALL over the inside of the fridge. So, while he began his boiling method I spent a good amount of time scrubbing and bleaching the whole fridge and everything inside of it. He follows all the directions, and an hour or so later checks on it. In keeping with my prediction that this would not work, it was still completely raw. It was getting late and we were hungry so I heated the oven, seasoned the chicken, and tossed it in the oven on a rack in a roasting pan. (It goes without saying that I was being a brat and snickering the whole time telling him “I told you so!”)
It still is a tender subject around here. Apparently it was too big of a chicken and I’m sure if we had kept it boiling a lot longer it would have been fine, but we still managed to turn it into a good thing. We ate a piece of the baked chicken afterwards, then the next day we pulled the whole chicken and added a ton of BBQ sauce. We steamed up some cauliflower and melted cheese on it. RJ brought home some bread from work and we had pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches. They were scrumptious!