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A Holiday, A Snow Day, & A Birthday

22 Jan

As the Arctic chill settles over our area once again, I thought I would poke my head out of my snow drift and remind everyone that this time of year can be tons of fun – especially if you live in the snow belt like me!!


CO’s main side-kick, Cooper!

I shamelessly proclaim:  I actually like winter.  Things I don’t mind: layering up or scarfs or mittens or rosey cheeks or snowflakes! Also, hot chocolate, all of the holidays, snow days, snow balls, and snowmen, dogs running around playing, and the raw, natural beauty of icicles are when they catch the sunshine.  Things I do mind:  frostbite, slush, falling on ice, all of the milk and bread going missing from the grocery store.  Don’t get me wrong, I really like the spring thaw.  But I choose to enjoy the cold months instead of suffering through them.

Monday was kind of a perfect storm for some snow-filled fun.  MLK Jr. day meant the kids were off from school and it also happened to be CO’s birthday (Christina’s littlest brother)!  Since Christina had volunteered to show the kid a good time for the big 1-0, I opted to close the Changin’ Time drop off window and join in the celebration!  YOLO, right?

We excitedly picked snow-tubing as our birthday activity, but due to everyone and their mother showing up at Boyce Park for snow-related activities we were forced to find a back-up option.  Annoying.  We ended up being in the car like an hour longer than we planned because we had to drive from Monroeville to the North Hills.  CLEARLY too long based on the status of the back seat:

If you follow me on Twitter, this is the hysterical "CO" I am always quoting!

If you follow me on Twitter, this is the hysterical “CO” I am always quoting!

Who falls asleep with their hands folded like this!  He’s adorable, I can’t even stand it…

We arrived at Wildwood Highlands almost 2 hours prior to the 3PM-5PM tubing session to reserve our passes.  With time to kill and grumbling bellies, we headed to nearby North Park Club House for some grub.


The menu had tons of kid- and adult-friendly options, but the best part was the big game room reminiscent of Dave & Buster’s or Chuck E. Cheese.  You play games for tickets and are then able to cash them in for embarrassingly cheap trinkets.  I had to convince the kid not to spend $40 worth of hard earned tickets on A SINGLE FUN DIP.  I mean, he could’ve cashed in for about a dozen Fun Dips or even one of the better prizes, but nooooooo he wanted just one Fun Dip.  Kids.  I made him get these little mustache clips that go on your straw while you drink.

Snow-tubing was so much fun!  You pay for a “lift pass” and get toted up the to the top of the hill in your tube.


When you get to the top of the hill, there are 4-5 lanes to chose from.  You can go down on your butt or on your stomach or as a group holding onto each other. The boys had tons of fun and everyone ragged on me the entire time because I was too scared to go down face first!  There were several times when I was air born on the steepest hill.  Not something I want to experience with my face half a foot away from the ground.

I felt like Wildwood Highlands was fairly priced and the session time was a good length of time.  We lucked out and our session was a bit slower than I expected so wait times weren’t long at all.  They had apparently promoted some kind of family package on Groupon where 2 adults and 2 kids were $45.  We paid $75, so we will certainly be looking out for that deal next year!  Like so many family attractions in the ‘burgh (i.e. Kennywood, Sandcastle, etc.), it seemed to be run entirely by teenagers.  So basically every employee was rude, sarcastic, and full of attitude.  That felt like knives stabbing through my soul and digging away at my single solitary ounce of patience.

But that’s not what’s important.  What’s important is that we had a blast, we got a chance to spend CO’s birthday with him, and we made the most out of one very cold day!  Happy Birthday CO! 🙂

♥ Doll’s Birthday ♥

12 Mar

Yesterday was a very important day: her♥ birthday.  There are 20 days a year where we are only 1 year apart in age and I like to remind her of that constantly, although she insists that she doesn’t feel as old as I do.  I’m obviously keeping her around so she keeps me young. 😉

Since our schedule has been so hectic lately, I tried to make her birthday as special as I could without taking time away from work.

On Sunday, her dad invited us over for some takeout from Bravo! Cucina Italiana.  I am not a humungo-fan of Italian food (which is odd because my parents are constantly cooking pasta dishes), so I opted for the Balsamico Cobb Salad.  I didn’t take a pic because her dad is a little weary of my phone being on me at all times.  Its nothing fancy, just a salad with egg, tomato, bacon, grilled balsamic chicken, Gorgonzola, and these little crunchy pasta pieces that reminded me of Chinese food.  I of course indulged in the creamy horseradish dressing because I am obsessed with horseradish anything.

On Monday, I basically spent the entire day in the kitchen.

I made us a larger-than-usual breakfast spread with eggs, bacon (extra-crispy), and toast.


Lunch was coconut-crusted chicken tenders, Brussels sprouts, and sliced pineapple.  It didn’t even last long enough for a photo op.  Then, I immediately went home and strapped up!


She requested chocolate cake with vanilla whipped cream icing and voila…

An over-the-top, ginormous cake:

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Probably too much for two people, but luckily we have tons of family members we plan on pawning it off on today.  As opposed to cakes I’ve attempted in the past, this one was actually good.  I always try to get creative and use fondant, but guess what…fondant tastes like crap and as far as I’m concerned should only be used to make accents on a cake.  In your face baking shows.

She requested chicken fettuccine alfredo with broccoli for dinner, which I obliged.  We had tried this flax seed pasta by Hodgson Mills in the past, but always with red sauce.

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(Yes, we are still under construction.  Miss Perfectionist refuses to primer until the mudding and sanding is impeccable.)

I still love the pasta, but I will never again make it with alfredo.  It just…wasn’t good.  Like the pasta absorbed the alfredo or something.  I actually can’t put my finger on exactly what happened, but just trust me on this.  Skip the alfredo with the flax seed pasta.  We basically just ate around it and had alfredo chicken and broccoli.  Oopsie!

Anyway, my doll♥ seemed to have a good birthday even though dinner was ruined because of my insistence on eating healthier.  Cheers to another orbit around the sun 🙂

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