Soups and Stews.

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Winter means SOUP SEASON!

Check out this awesome soup I made last week:

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Link to fabulous recipe here: http://www.closetcooking.com/2014/10/creamy-parmesan-tomato-and-spinach.html

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The recipe called for heavy whipping cream or greek yogurt, I used greek yogurt and it was amazing and not as unhealthy! Also, I did puree half the can of diced tomatoes as it suggested but I’m sure that’s not necessary.

photo 3 (6) photo 4 (6) photo 5 (6)Dinner is served! I highly recommend this recipe! Let me know if you try it!

Olivia.

The Little Engine That Couldn’t.

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Happy Monday! Sioux City is officially a Winter Wonderland…or Wasteland depending on your view/location. Last week, snow fell for the first time and I broke out my Christmas candles and extra quilts.

I’m not a huge fan of the snow. I like it when I’m sitting inside with a nice warm cup of coffee watching the morning news. I don’t like it when wind is blowing ice in my face and I’m drooling into my scarf and my fingers feel like they don’t even belong to me and my mascara is running down my frost-bitten cheeks and…well, you understand.

Another thing I don’t like about the snow is driving in it. I really dread getting in my car each morning (usually 15 minutes earlier than I normally would, therefore losing that extra precious sleep) to drive 15 MPH under the speed limit and have 2 near death experiences before I even get breakfast.

Last Friday, after the temperatures had plummeted to single-digits, I made my way to my car after bundling up in layers of wool and water-resistant clothing. I got to my car, turned the key, and “click-click-click”….Nothing. My battery was dead. I had to be in class in 15 minutes and my battery was dead. Another fabulous feature of winter weather: car problems.

After jumping the battery twice throughout the day, running around town trying to find the best deal to buy a new battery and get it installed, and spending the night confined to my apartment, I finally got it replaced on Saturday morning.

Since then, my car has been starting fine. I still cross my fingers and say a little prayer every time I turn the key though just in case.

How has your winter started? I was quickly reminded that I should really consider looking for career opportunities in California or Arizona.

Talk to you later,

Olivia.

First Snowfall.

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Hello all! Can you believe it’s already almost halfway through November? Crazy! Thanksgiving is right around the corner and after that, CHRISTMAS! This is really one of my favorite times of year because there are so many traditions and memories that come along with colder weather.

Speaking of colder weather, Sioux City is scheduled to get its first round of snow tonight. I can’t believe it’s already time for boots and mittens! I always like snow…for about the first week or so. After that, I am ready to get rid of it! I think my biggest reasoning for it is how scary it makes our Midwest roads. I’m not necessarily the most cautious driver, so this can make things especially nerve-racking.

What is your take on snow? Take it or leave it? I will say, regardless of the complaints I make about it, I have no plans to move from the Midwest anytime soon, so I must not hate it THAT much.

Have fun making your snowmen!

Olivia.

Last Hoorah.

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Hey there! How is it going? I have been getting extra busy, but things are going great. I’ve had a few opportunities come up with internships and projects in the near future that I’m really excited about. I can’t believe how close graduation is getting!

Speaking of that, I register for my last semester of college today. Time seriously flies. At the beginning of my freshman year, it seemed nearly impossible to think that I would ever be where I am now…100 and some credits later.

I also feel like I have learned so much OUT of the classroom over the last few years also. It seems so corny to say that you “find out who you are” in college, but it’s so true! Not that I don’t have a lot more to learn…because believe me, I do.

What was your favorite part of college? What do you miss the most and what was the greatest part about moving on and growing up?

I will let you know how everything works out for me, stay tuned!

Olivia.

All Hallows’ Eve

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Hello ghouls and goblins! It’s that time of year again: Halloween. The one day of the year that you can be anything you want to be.

Now, I know that Halloween can sometimes be stressful. With all of the costumes to choose from, how do you ensure that you’re making the right decision? To make this year a little easier for you, I have put together this post of my top 5 Halloween costumes for 2014.

5. Ceiling Fan

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Relatively inexpensive and creative.

4. Never Ending Story

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Bonus points for if you can find a real live Falcor, the lucky flying dragon dog.

3. Crazy Cat Lady

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2. Spice Girls

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This has been a little over-done, however, it is still a long-time dream of mine to be Posh Spice. I just really wannabe Posh.

1. Britney Spears

I really love this option because there are so many great Britney phases. Hit Me Baby Britney, I’m a Slave for You Britney, Circus Britney, Breakdown Britney.

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Also, there are a few great couples costumes in this category.

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Hope this maybe gave you come ideas. I’m probably going to go as a witch or put a sheet over my head as a ghost.

Happy Haunting!

Olivia.

Coming home.

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Hey guys, hope you had a good weekend. I had an extra couple of days added to it due to fall break and a few classes being cancelled. Not complaining!

On Wednesday night, I went and saw a GREAT friend of mine, Dana. She used to live in Sioux City and we worked together. Now she lives a little over an hour away and with both of our busy lives, we don’t get to see each other nearly as much as we wish we could, but that makes it even more fun when we get together. Stories, laughs, and lots of margaritas!

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After a fabulous reunion, I hit the road for home on Thursday evening. I had so much fun with family and friends that were also in town over the weekend. And of course my dog.

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What did you do this weekend? Hope you made as many awesome memories as I did!

Olivia.

Cooking for One.

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Hey everybody, hope you are doing well.

You may remember from a previous post that fall is my FAVORITE. And it is well underway. One thing that really gets me going in the fall is the food.

Fall is the season where meals change from hot dogs on the grill to chili on the stovetop or a roast in the crockpot. Which brings me to the subject of this post: CROCKPOT.

Since moving off campus and having a place of my own, I have always had a crockpot. I always intended to use it last year, but never got around to it. It just sat in my cupboard and collected dust.

This year, I decided to change all of that. I was on Pinterest and found tons of awesome recipes. I’ve tried two so far and I am basically calling myself the Crockpot Queen.

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What’s your favorite comfort food to make in the crockpot?

Toodaloo,

Olivia.