It's a Dog Tag Wife Life

The musings of a non-conventional, soon-to-be Army Wife

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #20 November 5, 2010

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You should visit Wife of a Sailor to join in if you’re interested, she does it every week!

1. A different twist on last week’s question. This week, the first question is: what’s the nicest thing a MILSPOUSE has ever done for you? (brought to you from navy_smurfette)
Well, I’m still pretty new but a few months ago, at a change of command ceremony, one of the MilSpouses came over and knew that I was still new to everything.  She sat and talked to me, saying if I ever needed anything, that I could always come to her.  Then she gave me a pin for the battalion that we were a part of.  She was a Colonel’s wife, and it was just so sweet of her to come over and spend some time with me.

2. How often do you drive faster than the speed limit?
I grew up in the Midwest, and it was always 70 mph and where we are now, it’s 65, so I almost always drive at least  5 mph over the speed limit.  Except in the 25 mph area, the cops stake those out.  Oh and never on post.

3. Did you have a nickname in school? If so, what was it?
I never really had one, most people called me by my real name, they just shortened it.

4. If your life was a book, what would the title be and how would it end?
Probably something like “How Did I Get Here?” because my life is sooooo much different than I envisioned it.  But it would end, “and then they started the rest of the journey, together.”

5. Look back (in your planner if you have one) to September 14th… what did you do that day?
I actually had a Dr appt that day.  I’ve been working on my stomach issues and we determined that stress was a major factor.  Also, later that day, the hunny and I went to pick out wedding bands.  Although, I was a bit irked because of course, there was an emergency at his work so we ended up shopping two hours later than I expected.  Which stunk because I had to drive half an hour to get there and had left work a few minutes early.  But we picked out our rings and they are awesome!

 

Labor Day = Blueberry Muffins! September 8, 2010

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I will be honest, I am not entirely sure why, but for all long weekends I want to make muffins or some other baked good (occasionally Texas Sheet Cake, I’ve been known to go crazy with banana bread and cupcakes also).  This past weekend was even more special because I was at the beach with the hunny & part of his family.  I know that his family likes blueberries, which lead me to believe it was imperative for me to make blueberry  muffins and haul them down to the beach.  Boy, am I glad that I did.  We ended up having a great time.  I think we both needed some down time after the travels and the craziness that is wedding planning.  Although, I am happy to say the only two things I feel like I haven’t gotten a start on are flowers and a cake.  I’m making appointments for next weekend for flowers, and the cake, well, that will come in time.  But I have to say, when people say they will respond, and don’t, it makes me less inclined to use them.  I know the day might not be important to you, but it is to me so if you don’t treat me well before my big day, how are you going to treat me on what I feel is the most important day in my life ::diatribe over::

Back to the blueberry muffins.  They were a huge success.  This is a fantastic recipe that I’ve used for years and wanted to share it with you all.  I thought that I would add in some pictures to make it a little more interesting and to show consistency of the batter at different parts.

To Die for Blueberry Muffins

(Courtesy of Colleen from Allrecipes)

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (I like to add a few extra)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners. (The tube on the right are all my muffin liners, I used to bake cupcakes, A LOT)

The ingredients (pretty simple, huh)Combine 1-1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder.

Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup.  (This may be slightly more than 1/3 cup milk, but that’s ok)

Mix this with flour mixture.  This is what the batter should look like.Fold in blueberries.  And yes, I mean fold, not stir violently. Trust me, it ends up leading to a very interesting violet colored muffin without delicious juicy blueberries in the middle.

Fill muffin cups right to the top and sprinkle with crumb topping mix.  The original recipe calls for making 8 muffins but I make 12, this way, they don’t over flow, and you have a nice even dozen.  I use a mini ice cream scoop which I use for making cookies.

To make crumb topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon.  Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.  I use a french pastry blender to mix.  I find a fork isn’t as productive, but works if you don’t have the french pastry blender.  This is what it looks like when you first start blending.

This is what it should look like when it’s ready to be spooned onto the muffins.

You can use all the mixture quite easily.  Feel free to put a generous amount on to use it all up.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

The tops are just a little crunchy once cooled and are best not covered up.  While still delicious, the crispy part will no longer be crispy if they are covered too long.

I hope you enjoy these, I had fun making (and eating!) them!

 

A New Day, a New Check Mark September 3, 2010

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Ok, I am in the midst of wedding planning.  I have heard from people how fun it is, how stressful it is, what a pain it is, and how it’s the most exciting time of their life.  I agree with all of these, but just a little bit.  It’s part fun, part stress, part pain in the ass, part exciting.

I have found some things that I really like about it, like putting on pretty dresses and prancing around like a princess (ok, I didn’t really prance, but when I found “the dress” I wanted to).  The stressful part is watching my budget.  I’m usually very good about budgeting, but for some reason, I keep finding myself saying, oh crap, I can’t have that, what can I do to replace it?  The pain in the ass is the vendors not returning calls or e-mails.  I finally decided on a photographer and he hasn’t responded to me for the last two days!  Not that I expect him to respond immediately, but I just agreed to pay you A LOT of money, please let me know what I need to do next.

But then the thing I remind myself of, day and night, is the excitement.  I’m excited to marry the hunny.   Let me put this in a slightly more dramatic way.  I’m not excited about the food, or the dress, or the flowers, or being surrounded by our friends and family dancing and drinking the night away.  Technically, I am excited about that, but marrying him is what I’m most excited about.  I’ve had a couple “wedding dreams”.  My dress didn’t show up.  The flowers are wrong.  The cake fell over.  None of my bridesmaids showed up.  I have an odd ability to control my dreams a little bit, and at the end of them, I always say, “Well, I’m still marrying him, aren’t I?” and the dream ends with me walking down the aisle in jeans and a white button up shirt or eating Snickers instead of cake.

And that’s what I remind myself of in my daily life.  Marrying him is what’s important.  And not marrying the Army.  I understand what I’m marrying into, but that’s not why I love him.  It’s part of him, yes, but so is his love of racecars, camping, and beer.  Just like his profession doesn’t define him, this one thing doesn’t define why I love him.  I’ve heard of girls looking for a guy in uniform, simply because that’s the type of person they wanted to marry.  Silly if you ask me, I used to think that I didn’t want to marry someone in the military, and here I am, months away from becoming an soldier’s wife.

But day by day, I have new check marks that are showing up in my wedding planner.  I have to remind myself that the biggest check mark that day is marrying him.  If that happens, the day was a success.  Even more so if my cake and dress show up and I finally get to do my princess prance.

 

 
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