Yummy treats made by me, via Pinterest, this week

s’mores pops

I had a few friends over this week for brunch and decided to try out some brand new recipes. This is always scary because you never know how the food will turn out if you have never made it before. Luckily, everything turned out pretty good.

The s’mores pops, pictured above, were inspired by a picture on Pinterest. There wasn’t an actual recipe attached to the picture, therefore, I will tell you how I made them.

Ingredients:

Marshmallows

Hershey Syrup

Graham crackers

kebab sticks

Step by step:

1. Stick the marshmallows on the sticks.

2. Dip the marshmallows in Hershey Syrup.

3. Cover the syrup with crushed graham crackers.

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Melt in your mouth Chicken Tacos

I had a really busy week last week, therefore, I wasn’t able to make more than one Pinterest recipe during the week. The one I did make came from the blog Chocolate Therapy, and it was amazing.

Yesterday, while taking care of our adorable puppy, I decided to take out the crock-pot and give it another go. I made two dinners in the crock-pot before and they didn’t turn out too great. This time, the recipe was perfect and the meal was delicious.

Crock-pot tacos will definitely be a new taco night special. I try to make Mexican once a week because Jim and I both love Mexican food and Taco Bell just isn’t cutting it over here. I usually make taco pie, re-fried bean burritos, or beef tacos. Now I have a fourth meal to choose from and this one is going on top of my choice list!

We have a new addition to our Korea family!

Meet Toby Monster! Yes, Monster is his middle name; it is October after all.

We adopted him last night from the Osan Air Force Base, Homeward Bound Animal Shelter. It feels good knowing that we are able to give this little guy a good home.

He was rescued from the streets in Korea, where his owner was selling him out of a box with other dogs. The shelter checked him, and lucky for him, he was parasite and heart-worm free! He is about 12 weeks old and they think he is part dachshund. His shots are up to date and he will be going to his next vet appointment in a few weeks.

Jim and I have been wanting our own dog for a long time now. We would go to the shelter in Pensacola almost every week, even thought we knew we couldn’t adopt a dog. We were waiting to get to our first duty station to adopt. When I arrived in Korea, I knew we would be going back to the states in August, and we thought it was best until we returned to really look for a dog. We saw Toby two weeks ago and fell in love!

The REAL Army Wives of Alaska

photo taken from Oprah.com/own

As I write this, my Slingbox is malfunctioning. To say I am panicking is an understatement, but my wonderful mother is dealing with the issue back in the states, and hopefully it will be fixed by the season premiere of “Married to the Army: Alaska” on Sunday, November 18. I’m pretty sure I would die of boredom if I had to wait that long to watch my shows again, but I am working on other outlets and hobbies that waste endless amounts of time, like crafting and reading, or just plain old stalking on Facebook.

This is my kind of reality show, for the obvious reasons. Okay so you caught me, most reality shows are my cup of tea, especially my new-found obsession with “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” but when you’re in another country, or without your husband for long amounts of time, you take what you can get.

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What we ate this week!

Jim keeps telling me to find a hobby since I can’ find a job. I know that Pinterest isn’t considered a hobby, but actually doing what you pin is, at least in my book. I always said I wanted to be a housewife when I grew up, and here I am living the dream. Hint: it’s actually kind of boring when you don’t have any kids to raise yet and you spent tons (and still spending tons) of money on a college degree! But alas, we may be getting a puppy this week!!!

I have made a few recipes in the past from Pinterest, but now it’s game time. I am going to try to make 3-4 every week.

This week we had:

Mac and Cheese Muffins, compliments of Emily Bites.  This recipe was delicious! I used fresh spinach and cooked it on the stove while the macaroni cooked. I added olive oil and garlic to the spinach and eliminated the garlic from the rest of the recipe since I already used it in the spinach. I ended up having 18 muffins, served 6 for dinner, and froze two batches of four, for two other upcoming meals.

Sloppy Joes, compliments of Lizzie Jane Baby. This was a very simple variation of Sloppy Joes. We had been just using a can of Manwich and decided it probably wasn’t the healthiest option. This option isn’t as bad for you and has a very distinct and different flavor.

Chic-Fil-a nuggets, compliments of A Mommy’s Life with a Touch of Yellow. These were fantastic! I am obsessed with Chic-fil-a and ate it roughly fives times while I was back in the states. This is a great go-to meal when I am craving some delicious chicken. It’s not the exact same taste, but it’s better than nothing. I paired zucchini fries, which are found this list of  ten new ways to use zucchini. They weren’t waffle fries by any means, but they were still pretty good, and easy to make!

Chicken Tortilla Soup, compliments of I Heart Nap Time. This blog rocks! On Mondays the blogger posts her weekly food itinerary, which has inspired a few meals of mine from this past week and this upcoming week.  We ate this for dinner tonight and it was one of the best soups I have ever had, not to toot my own horn, but toot toot. It was full of flavor and warmed my belly. It will be added to our winter food rotation this year!

I don’t know that I’ve ever felt as happy as I did that day, but then again, it was always like that when we were together. I never wanted it to end. – Nicolas Sparks

It has been a busy two months! Since my last post, I turned 26, went back to the states for 3 weddings, and a Christening. We have since then, returned to our current home in Korea and have been back for about two weeks.

It has been hard coming back. Being in the states with our family and friends was great. Living 7,000 miles away from them has not been easy, but being with Jim is Korea makes the time apart from the rest of the people we love, worth it.

We spent time in NJ, PA, and NY. We were able to eat at Chic-Fil-a, Olive Garden, Cheese Cake Factory, Sonic, and a few other restaurants that we salivate for while in Korea.

I was able to drive my car and go to Target and Starbucks whenever I wanted to. This happened at  least two-three times a week, multiply that by the six weeks I was there and that equals a lot of coffee and Target time! I am going through withdraw. Target online and Starbucks in Korea is not even close to the same.

One of the best parts about being back in the USA was the silence. It is so loud here and I can’t stand it. Korea is a loud place, at least where we live. We live really close to the city and I am not used to it at all, and frankly I don’t think I’ll ever be used to it. I am not a city girl, and going back “home” reminded me of that.

Although I have had a hard time readjusting to “city” life, I am happy to be back in our own space. I love our apartment.

We only have a little over a year left here and I know it will go by fast. I just told Jim that this time next year, we will be packing up and heading to our next home, wherever that may be. We need to make a list of must see sites in Korea and actually go visit them, or the time is going to pass us by way too fast.

Here are some highlights from our trip to the USA!

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