Well folks, we moved. You know that already. We were planning to live on base but when I got pregnant, we quickly discovered the houses on base would not be large enough to accommodate all 6 of us and all our junk so we decided to look off base. Rentals off base are tricky. Most of the houses we liked were either too far away or didn’t allow cats (but dogs up to 150lbs, wtf?). So I floated the idea of buying and Hubs was down. We started stalking Zillow and found some nice houses. Then we realized we should probably start talking to a realtor so we could actually buy a house. We tried a couple but they didn’t mesh with us and so I looked at USAA and we used their home buying service and got a great realtor.
We were initially going to wait until we got in town to start looking at houses but our realtor warned us that anything we liked online probably wouldn’t still be for sale a month later because of the market and she offered to go to the houses and Skype with us. The movers were packing up our house in Hawaii as I looked at the houses. We had narrowed it down to 3 houses. The first 2 were nice on the inside but the neighborhoods weren’t my favorite. The last house she looked at was my favorite one and once we saw it, we knew, this was the house we wanted. We put in an offer that day. Buying a house is easy with a computer, we were able to sign EVERYTHING online, and our offer was accepted the next morning. We got so lucky because the sellers had just reduced the price by $15,000!
We were in a temporary house for about 2 weeks until we closed. Our household goods were already here so we were just waiting on the keys. Our house has 4 bedrooms (Mac and the baby will share), a bonus room aka toy area, a formal living room, and an office! So now I have a great space for all my crafts and sewing and blogging. The kids have their toy area and Hubs has a gym set up in one of the garages. I love it. I never thought we’d buy a house but hey, at 30 I guess it was a good time.
I have been decorating on Pinterest and in my house since we moved in and I can’t wait to show off the rooms. I love home decorating. If it was an easier career field, I might have pursued it. Oh well, Hubs will just get to reap the benefits of my design eye. And our new purple couch. 😀
When you move to a new place, what’s your favorite part?
I thought I would share a couple books that I’ve read lately. I’m currently in the middle of 2 books and just finished 2. Well, 1 was a calligraphy “how to” book so that doesn’t really count as reading since it was a lot of tracing and practicing. Anyway…
I had heard about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child while still in Hawaii and honestly, I was not too excited. I mean. I like Harry Potter but I am not a Potterhead so I was like whatever. We happened to be at a Barnes and Noble the day before it released and I noticed all the book release party they were setting up. I mentioned it off hand to Hubs and a couple days later we were at Target, saw the book, and picked it up. I knew it was a play and I knew it was about Harry’s youngest son but that was about it. I thought J.K. wrote it but I guess she only gets credit for providing the characters and settings. It was an interesting book based on what it was, which was basically fan fiction in play form. I honestly never thought Cedric was that important of a character so it was interesting to me to see an entire story based around him. I don’t know. I enjoyed it but it definitely didn’t have the same magic as the other Harry Potter stories.
I got Simply Calligraphy from Blogging for Books back in June and I quite enjoyed it. I really like all the hand lettering people are doing on Instagram lately and I want to learn how to write it too. I don’t hate my normal handwriting but it isn’t that pretty all the time. This book was nice because there were plenty of practice pages and things to try to get the alphabet down. I am working on it, it’s still not good enough to show off but maybe 1 day. This book is great for people who want to learn calligraphy without watching tutorials or videos online. It’s nice to have the book in your hand instead of just watching a YouTube video.
What books have you read lately? Did you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Did you like it?
I don’t know about you but my husband loves brussel sprouts. I just say it’s because he’s British and humor him by eating them for dinner a few times a month. The key is to eat them with bacon. And cook them in bacon fat. The only problem is, sometimes we have leftovers and then I don’t know what to do with them. Well, after looking around Pinterest, I found nothing. So I decided to eat them for breakfast.
Brussel sprouts for breakfast? Well, if desserts for breakfast are a thing, then why not? As you know, I am not a fan of conventional breakfast meals so this was right up my alley.
All you need is a few brussel sprouts, chopped in half, some bacon, and an egg.
I reheated by brussel sprouts and bacon in a frying pan. Once they started to get hot, I took another frying pan and heated it up. I never cook eggs on a cold pan, it’s weird and takes forever.
Once most of the white is cooked and you can move the egg around on it’s own without sticking to the pan, you’re ready to flip. Flip that bad boy over and cook for, oh 20 seconds or so? Just to get the whites cooked through but not enough to cook the yolk because runny yolk is the best yolk.
Once your egg is done, slide it onto the top of your brussel sprouts and you’re done. Cut into and let that yolk just coat everything. That, along with the bacon can make any brussel sprout delicious.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. What if you really don’t want to mix dinner with breakfast? Try mixing dessert with breakfast instead! The cupcakes have bacon in them so if you really need bacon in the morning, you won’t be going wrong with that!
What’s your favorite twist on breakfast? Or am I just alone in this quest for non-breakfast breakfast foods?