Sunday, November 28, 2010

A lil Surprise!

So.. to add a little giggle to kickoff of Holiday..

First, Bought this ADORABLE Guess dress to wear for Black Friday...

Paired it with leggings and adorable foldover leather boots.

I felt SO sassy, even at 4am when I opened my shop. LOVE!

Anyway, I walked past a full length mirror in the dress, and noticed
"hmm.. this combo makes my butt look kinda perky, maybe it's just the bump in the front emphasizing the bump in the back?"

Tried on jeans the next day, and a friend said " Jeez, Ash.. I never noticed before but you've got a butt!" I replied and said, "Haha.. oh, I've always had curves." and blew it off.

Last night, I brought it up to Buck and asked him, "I know I'm carrying ALL BABY but have I gained weight anywhere else?"

"Your butt."

Oh yes. I can officially compete with Beyonce.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Baked Potato Soup!

Hi again Blog Friends! As promised, here is my recipe for yum yum yummy baked potato soup! DEFINITE crowd pleaser, and in my opinion is a GREAT option for the perfect baked potato made into soup form!

*Serves 8 Plus leftovers!*

5 lbs potatoes, cubed/chunked
1 package of bacon, cubed
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 16oz chicken broth
2 8oz packages cream cheese,


After cube-ing the potatoes and bacon, dump everything into the crock pot. I eyed the black pepper and salt- it's the only thing I don't measure, and the bacon is okay uncooked in the crock pot as long as your temps get high enough. ;)
Cook on High for 3 hours, or Low for 6 Hours. Stir more occasionally if you do it on High..

*Another variation for creamier soup is to put the potatoes into a blender before putting them into the crock pot. Your choice!

We love to garnish with crumbled bacon, green onion or chives,cheddar cheese and sour cream!!

Mmm Hmm! Hope you get to try it, and like it! :)

Happy Wednesday! Hope yours is warmer than mine is about to be!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mexican Soup!!

Here you guys go! Yummy Yummy Crock Pot Mexican Soup
(Serves: 8)


1 16oz. can pinto beans
1 16oz. can white kidney springs
1 16 oz. can hominy
1 11oz. can Green Giant niblet corn
1 11oz. can Rotel tomatoes with green chiles
1 28oz. can diced tomatoes
1 04oz. can diced green chiles
1 envelope taco seasoning
2 envelopes ranch dressing mix, Fiesta is best!
16-24oz. shredded chicken, canned is fine!

Add all ingredients to crock pot, do not drain cans
Stir and Cook! Either on High for 2 hours, or Low for 4 hours.

We love ours with Sour Cream, Chopped Green Onions, Shredded Cheese, Tortillas, Tortilla Chips, Salsa and Queso! :) I love this recipe. It's so easy; just dump everything in and leave it- and it is an awesome crowd pleaser!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Great New Discovery!

It's so simple... BUT I have discovered something that makes my cooking life amazing.

I have always LOVED crock pots. Loved the simplicity, and the ease.. Any meal I can crock pot versus baking, grilling, whatever-ing I will totally do it.

This pretty lil model from Hamilton Beach is definitely my friend. We're tight.

Since the move to NoDak, I've actually been in the mood for soups. But I am SUPER picky with soups... I don't like runny soups. It has to be thick in texture, and often times if I can add some garnish like sour cream to thicken it up- I totally will.

Last week I made a FABULOUS baked potato soup.. I'll post my recipe later, but it was a HIT. And this is where the discovery was made.
So stinkin simple!!


turns my already good Mexican Soup (toot toot) into

an almost exact replica of On The Border's Enchilada Soup.

*all pictures from their makers: Hamilton Beach, Wal-Mart, On the Border)

I have been trying to replicate it for YEARS!! And FLOUR was the secret?! ?!Que Paso!? *happy sigh*

Oh I love simple discoveries, and am delighting in the fact that flour=thicker soup. :) Happy Sunday all!

My next two posts will be the recipe for Mexican soup and Baked Potato Soup. :) Stay tuned!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I wish...

I wish I had my energy back.

This is what I used to feel like- and what my mind is saying BRING BACK!!!

Gosh, I'd give anything to be able to do that again.

Don't get me wrong, I've had a fairly easy pregnancy... morning sickness was light-and I could tackle it like a tying a shoe, I haven't had the swelling in my feet or ankles that make it unbearable (and I'm on my feet all day- I would so notice), I have had weight gain in my legs (but that's another story! And I can still fit in my pre-pregnancy pants).. I'm lucky, and I know it.

However- losing my energy has been like a slap to the face.


So, because I am a notorious list-maker. I'm going to make a list of things that I will be doing to get my energy back- even if it is just mental/verbal energy!
I will be:
1) Starting the day well-rested. And forbidding thoughts of "Ugh, I just want to stay in bed.." "Ugh, so early..." "Ugh... so comfortable..." from popping into my head.
2) I will take the time to eat a good breakfast.. not one that I'm just eating because I know I need calories and sustenance for me and baby. (Pop-tarts and nutritional shakes can serve as snacks not meals from here on out...)
3) I will dance! In college, I had my laptop hooked up to speakers on my desk, and every morning while I got ready I put on a fun playlist and got my groove and voice on.. and got pumped up (even before the 'less-interesting' classes.) I'm bringin it back. :)
4) I will say my prayers twice daily, and THEN as needed; I need to get really good again with God, not just good.
5) I will be repeating Tuesday Nights of pampering at least 3 days a week! And Buck has agreed to continue his end with the massages (killer foot rub then, killer neck/back rub today.. Oh yes, it's staying) and sweet treats.
6) When I find myself feeling not so energetic- I will find something to laugh about!

Generally, it's not that hard to have energy outside of pregnancy- you're in your niche, you know yourself and by george! Life is good! However, with something taking over your body, you have to readjust- and I guess that's part of the preparation for motherhood- it's not just about you anymore. I have to share everything, including my energy.

So baby girl, I'm diggin deep- and getting us some more energy! Let's share, what do you say? ;)

Tomorrow is FRIDAY blog friends!! :) Happy Pre-Weekend!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Well-Needed Night

Tuesday was FABULOUS!

After work, it included:

a little do-it-yourself-to-cover-up-lovely grays-that-haunt-me-and-make-me-not-be-able-to-make-it-to-my-December-hair-appointment

and while I was waiting the recommended amount of time,

as well as a much needed, and officially harder to do

Then a little

and final touches of

and all while leaning back in the recliner enjoying



*None of these are my personal pictures, because for one reason or another; my legs are swelling, toes are swelling, face feels rather un-photogenic.. Oh pregnancy is wonderful. ;-) )

To some of you who are new followers: Official Hello!! I'm so grateful to have you as new friends! :) I tried to comment back to some of you, but blogger hides your e-mail... lovely address pops up instead. So, I'm not cruel, or ignoring you, I just can't get back in touch with you! So HI! :)

To longer followers: I've been such a bad commenter myself! I will redeem myself! I miss you all, and soon enough will be commenting again like I usually do!

Hearts n Hugs n all that good jazz!

Happy Wednesday! Hope your week is as fabulous as my Tuesday! :)

Ok Blogger. Not Cool.

Stop deleting my posts! Ugh.

I had a good one, blog friends... and little ol Blogger decided to delete the post box! All I did was switch from one tab to another, and when I came back I found a pleasant little white box.

I only have nice things to say to you right now, blogger. I thought we were friends. :(

Will post later when I am not frustrated!!


Monday, November 15, 2010

Movie Review!!

Ok! Not disappointed in this one!! There hasn't been an instant classic added to the Happy Madison collection in awhile (in my opinion)... and this one slips right in perfectly!

Hubs and I walked past the RedBox tonight, and although I wasn't really up for a movie- he convinced me to stop. I chose the movie, assuming he'd lose interest or fall asleep 1/2way into it and we headed home.. AFTER stopping to get some lovely North Dakota Burger Time!!

Yummy Yummy Goodness... Mmm!

So we curled up in the recliner, and we BOTH laughed the entire hour and a half.
This is a must see- go rent it now! lol. ;) No, I'm not being endorsed, but me and the little one do enjoy a good 'belly' laugh!

Happy Monday! :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Things NOT to Say...

Cute enough, isn't she?

Sure.. until someone shopping in your store says "Oh you have a little pot-belly, don't you?"

I'm pregnant, not a pig. What's your excuse, lady?

<3 preggo hormones and blogs- I get to say what I couldn't say to her face! haha!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Happy Veteran's Day, Mil and Mil Spouses!

I am so grateful for the sacrifices you have all made for us.

I appreciate that today is a day to recognize that honor. It was strange to me at first to hear that they dismiss schools in ND in honor of Veteran's day. It is cool, that they see it worthy enough to be a holiday for kids, too..
However, if I had any say in it- I'd rather send the kids off to school today and have them rearrange the curriculum to center straight around different wars, then maybe a movie following the topic. That would be fun! Memorable! And that, to me is the honor that should be brought for our servicemen and woman. For the youth to be educated on the sacrifices, and to remember them.

Wishful thinking, maybe. But if my kids are dismissed for this holiday one day- I do believe that is how we will spend our days.

Anyway. Thank you Vets!!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The VS and Oprah Revolution!

I think I remember hearing it originally on Oprah a few years back that a suprisingly high percentage of women wear the wrong fit of bra. (like 85%!!!)


We've all seen that lady, saggy bra=saggy shirt. Usually hangs out with other saggy bra friends- who of course can't tell her friends she needs a better bra, because she herself needs a better bra!
If it wouldn't be super creepy, somewhat perverse and maybe offensive, I would give into my urges and approach those women and take them into good ol' Victoria's Secret and get 'em fitted!!

(Maybe a future job calling will be with VS.. hmm PR maybe? haha)

Oh my strange desires to make sure people are looking their best at all times... makes me good at what I do, but also makes me more aware of my sickness.

Anyway! Ranting concludes in the fact I was walking through my mall the other day, and as I usually check out jeans and count how many are from my store (sickness, I tell you!), I was surprised to find myself checkin' out ladies' chests.

Victoria's Secret has officially revolutionized my corner of NoDak.

The boobies are fitted! Yay! :)

(I'm totally in love with this bra btw. Can't find it in me to splurge on a bra at 29.5 weeks preggo- so I'm counting down the days to Semi-Annual Sale!)

Does anything weird like this stick out to you guys? I know I'm a freak.. but I can't help but notice all revolutions in fashion ;) and this is one I find blog-worthy!

Happy Day to everyone!!

*VS is not endorsing me for this article, just thought I'd throw that in ;)*

Monday, November 8, 2010

Every day should be..

Every day should be a sunny 60-something degrees.
----------days you can wear a jacket, or not. your choice.----------

Every day should be a day you can laugh.
----------multiple times that COULD be considered belly laughs.----------

Every day should be one you wake up feeling loved.
----------whether in the arms of the one you love, or not.----------

Every day should be one you feel gorgeous when you look in the mirror.
----------and one where the feeling lasts through every step of the day.----------

Every day should be a day you enjoy what you do.
----------life is too short to live otherwise.----------

Every day should be one you can truly connect with someone.
----------either in making new friends, or making an old one feel special.----------

Every day should be pleasant.
----------and anyone who thinks otherwise can take all the 'ick' with them.---------

Every day should include a pretty drive to whereever you're headed.
---------- including moments of 'wow' - this is not optional reaction.----------

Every day should be one you feel excited to share with the world.
----------and never one you wonder- was it good? is it blogworthy?----------

Every day should be a day you scream it to the world.
----------i love my life.----------

have a wonderful 'every day' blog friends!!! :)

Just Dating...

Just Dating...

Engagement Weekend

Engagement Weekend
The night before he proposed in Kansas City, what an AWESOME weekend!

Engagement Picture

Engagement Picture
This is the picture we sent out on our wedding announcements. :)

Another Engagement Picture

Another Engagement Picture
This is actually one of Buck's faves!


This picture makes me all warm and fuzzy inside! And yes, we are in a phone booth! :)

The Day Before Our Wedding!

The Day Before Our Wedding!


I love this picture, because it was the first right after we got married, you can see how happy we were...

Manti Temple

Manti Temple
Here is where we were able to get married. I had my heels off at this point, so our true heights are showing- hill or not; I'm short!

My Wedding Gift to Buck...

My Wedding Gift to Buck...
Our first day married...My horse was ironically named Gator! :) And yes, I know it's disgusting we match... But I love it.

Two Days Married!

Two Days Married!
You can't look at this picture and NOT laugh... can you?

Big Chair!

Big Chair!
Here we are at Bishop's Castle- now THIS is a LoVeSeaT!


SO excited to be MARRIED!