our weekend adventures

friday

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in case you missed it, i did a little ‘a work day in the life of me‘ over on my snapchat
// @jaevas. sorry if you were annoyed by it, but it was really fun to do that, ya’ll got to see where i work, what my daily shenanigans are as a working woman and then a momma bear/wife afterwards!

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something else exciting happened…i hit 199 followers on the good ol’ blog! once that bad boy hits 200 i will be doing an awesome giveaway of all of my favorite things!
i’m thinking, hair care, candles, makeup, jewelry…the whole 9, y’all!
thank you so much for your continued support!

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another girl scouts meeting and another friendship circle! this song is so catchy…”a circle is round, it has no endddd, that’s how long i want to be your friend…” i wake up singing that song…

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after girlscouts, we came home and tended to all of our plant babies. look at how big our hydrangea bush is getting!

saturday

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cale had to work {again} so jaz and i went and explored hobby lobby and targé. and of course, per the norm, we stopped and had phò.
we.are.addicted.

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we got to babysit this little rugrat while her mama & papa went on a little date night! she is such a little character! she is starting to say little words and gosh darnit, it is the cutest thing ever!

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after a little teeny meltdown, which, can i just go off on a tangent here?

[is it weird that i was totally okay with it? i loved being able to comfort her and it just brought me back to when little jazmina was teeny tiny. i forgot how much i loved rocking her to sleep, scratching her back and playing with her hair. while she still loves when i do that {minus the rocking part} it’s just not the same from when she was a baby/toddler. 
~le sigh~ that time will come soon enough {not too soon though}  ]

anyway! after i got her to sleep {aaron & misha} came home and of course we played a little catan! and i kicked butt! it was my first win, in the many games we have played, so i was so excited! also, the beer in the picture….hands down the best grapefruit beer…EVER!

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i’m sure i have mentioned in a lot of my previous posts that misha might be the craftiest person i know. she personalized my kate spade newlywed tote {here}, she hosted a beautiful friendsgiving {here} not to mention all of her diy stuff on her blog {here}! but now she has started her very own business!

⇒ the petite flag shop ⇐ 

i now have three… {this one} is at my office, so all of my catty co-workers can read it everyday and maybe be a little nicer {at least to me}
{this one} is in my home…because, obviously.
but the one pictured is very very special, this flag supports misha & aaron’s niece, a beautiful little girl who is battling cancer. you can read all about her journey and follow along {here} and the direct link to purchase this flag is {here}.

i received mine and it is beautiful!

sunday

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this is my life every sunday. it never ends.
never.

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cale wasn’t feeling the best, so jaz and i left him to take a nap while we grocery shopped. these clouds were a bit ominous. it’s rare to see clouds this dark. eek!

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came home to the cutest little cuddle puddle!

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uhmmmm…can we just…adele you are amazing! when i downloaded the album{the day it was realeased!}, i was instantly drawn to this song. it’s upbeat, spunky and of course amazing {it’s adele…duh} so when i saw that this was her next single and that this was the video…holy balls. yes! everything about it, yes! girlcrush, for sure, ya’ll!

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and because it was cold and rainy, some turkey chili was necessary! email me and let me know if you want to see the recipe!

well, it was a jam packed weekend yet again!
the weather was poopy though which was a bummer. we only got a little work done to the deck.
but we are gearing up for a road trip to coeur d’alene for the memorial day weekend and we are so excited!
what did you do this weekend??

always,
-jess

a tasty series : cheeseburger cups

WELCOME BACK TO BLOG DIABEETUS!
aka – our first husband and wife blog series!

today’s recipe trial and review is…

cheeseburger cups

yes, that is right, mother-fluffin cheeseburger cups!

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what you’ll need:
refrigerated biscuits
1 pound of either ground beef or turkey (i always cook with turkey so that’s what i used)
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tsp worcestershire
1 tbsp mustard
2 tbsp brown sugar
small slices of your choice of cheese
a variety of toppings…you choose! we chose tomatoes, pickles, onions and avocado

let’s do this!

preheat your oven to 400°

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step 1 }  brown your meat, mine will look a little different because i used turkey.
step 2 }  once browned, add the ketchup, mustard, worcestershire and brown sugar.

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step 3 }  take your biscuit and flatten it out in your palm first then stick it in the cupcake pan, making sure to create a little bowl for the meat.

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step 4 }  now add your meat, you can be generous!
step 5 }  pop these into your preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until your biscuits look golden brown

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step 6 }  add your cheese and pop em’ back in for another 3 or 4 minutes

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step 7 }  in the meantime, cut up your toppings! try not to eat as many pickles as i did, eek!

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yummy cheesy goodness!

now add your toppings

and…..

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VOILA!
adorable cheeseburger cups!

so far tasty is 2 for 2 and we won’t stop…can’t stop, won’t stop?
if you missed our last trial and review i linked it below and will continue to do that until we stop this series.

a tasty series :
mini oreo cheesecakes

thanks for stopping by!

always,
jess & cale

a tasty series : mini oreo cheesecakes

hello and welcome to blog diabeetus.
haha just kidding {kinda}

in case you don’t have a facebook {i have trust issues with people that don’t} then i will fill you in on something my husband has stumbled across…

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→  buzzfeed’s tasty  ←

it’s basically a 10-15 second video of a delicious, heart attack causing, but again, so delicious recipe.
and my husband watches every one and usually posts them to my wall so i know what to stop at the store for, on my way home.
-_-

i recently saw one and immediately regretted what my salivary glands were doing and i knew, because of my impulsiveness, that i would be stopping at the store to pick up everything i needed.
that my friends, was this glorious, mini oreo cheesecake goodness.
it had me at oreo. 

so to clue you in on why i am calling this the ‘tasty series‘ :
cale has tried two different recipe from this and they came out superb. i have tried just this one that i am about to show you and it knocked people’s socks off!
so we decided that we are going to do a husband & wife mini-series. basically of us getting fat on carb saturated recipes.
ENJOY!

***
obviously my disclaimer is that these are not my recipes and
the purpose of these posts are just for fun and to review them.
{please don’t sue me}
***

oreo cheesecakes!

what you’ll need:
16 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
package of regular oreos {not double stuff}

 

LET’S GET FAT!

preheat your oven to 275°

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1 } mix the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, vanilla and eggs together in a bowl. it’s best to do it when your cream cheese has softened.

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should look something like this

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2 } line your pan with some cupcake liners. AND THEN…{name that movie!}

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3 } drop some oreos in. use all the will power in the world to not pop one in your mouth. you already did it, didn’t you? that’s okay…me too. now use a large spoon to scoop the concoction you created atop of the oreos. go ahead and fill those bad boys up to the brim.

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4 } separate about 10 oreos, meaning scrap off the filling. you will only use the actual cookie part. you can either break the cookies with your hands or just take a big{er} knife and chop chop chop. something similar to ⇑ is what you want.

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5 } sprinkle the oreo chunks to the tops of the cupcakes. stick these in your preheated oven and let them bake for about 22 minutes. when ready, let them cool to room temperature, then place them in the fridge for 2-3 hours.

AND THEN….

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OREO CHEESECAKES!!!!

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DELICIOUS…

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…AND INCREDIBLY FATTENING, CHEESECAKES!

not going to lie though, i ate about 4 or 5 of them.
so so good!

have you guys tried any of tasty’s recipes?
if so which ones?? i would love to see or hear about your experience!

i hope you guys enjoyed this, there will be lots more recipes to come from the new
mr & mrs!

till then!!

always,
chef jess

delicious turkey wraps

and a happy hump day to you fine folk!
it’s recipe time and today i’m talking about yummy healthy turkey wraps!
with a little over 3 months until the wedding, i am trying to eat healthy-ish, and these were so easy!

let’s go!

what you’ll need:
large tortillas {i used wheat}
fresh turkey from the deli {boar’s head is the bomb}
homemade ranch {use low fat mayo}
lettuce
tomatoes
avocado
red onions
low fat pepper jack shredded cheese

IMG_6051 look at how delicious this looks! i ate almost half the stack before i actually started making the wraps…fresh turkey is the best!

IMG_6053 alrighty, chop all those veggies up. the lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and onions.

IMG_6058 after you heat the tortillas up, either in a skillet or as hispanics call it…a comal, add a few lines of your ranch you made. you don’t have to make it but low fat ranch store bought is yucky tasting.

IMG_6054 add just a little bit of lettuce. remember that you have to roll this up so don’t use too much.

IMG_6059 add your turkey!!

IMG_6060 now this is important, you must add the following toppings in this exact order…tomatoes, avocado {extra if you know what’s good for you} onion and finally cheese. BAM!

IMG_6062 roll once, tuck in the sides and then keep rolling. don’t be afraid to roll it tight. if you heated the tort correctly, it won’t break.

IMG_6064 now cut in half and go to town! and by town i mean eat it…eat it all.

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i made cale’s a little more loosely. more like a burrito, if you will. still just as yummy, just make sure to hold the bottom!

and VOILA! yummy deliciousness!

i hope you have a great week!
thanks for stopping by!

always,
chef jess!

7 layer yumminess!

H A P P Y  C I N C O  D E  M A Y O

ARRIBA ARRIBA!!
i really wish y’all could hear me say that…i’m the whitest mexican ever!
given the festive holiday and the great food that comes with it, i thought i would make a 7 layer dip to take to a neighborhood party we’re going to.
but instead of doing a huge dish i wanted to do individuals because if you’re like me, you love to double dip.

vamanos!

what you’ll need:
9 oz clear plastic cups
piping bags
refried beans
guacamole
2 avocados, 1 tomato, 1/3 cup cilantro, 2 tbsp lime juice,
1/4 cup onion, 1/2-1 jalepeno, salt
sour cream
salsa
shredded monterrey jack cheese
diced tomatoes
green onions

IMG_5805 i only used 9 cups. if you do make more be sure to up your quantities on each ingredient.

IMG_5806 {step one} scoop some refried beans into a piping bag, snip the end off {big enough for chunks of beans to get through} and pipe it into the cups.

IMG_5807 each one should be filled about an inch high.

wait! make the guacamole!!!

IMG_5808 mash those acovados {yes that was intentional}

IMG_5809 dice them tomatoes and toss em in.

IMG_5811 finely chop the cilantro. toss it in!

IMG_5812 dice the jalepenos…make sure to use a glove if you’re a big baby like me!

IMG_5815 dice those tear jerking onions…have some goggles? use them.

IMG_5814 add some salt… not too much, just a pinch!
now mix mix mix

back to the dip!

IMG_5816 pipe some guac into the bag and pipe it onto the refried beans.

IMG_5817 remember only an inch.

IMG_5818 scoop some sour cream into a bag and pipe that in on top of the guac…

IMG_5819 how much? oh just an inch.

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 now for the salsa…this was a disaster. i would NOT recommend using the piping bag…just spoon it in there.

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IMG_5824 add the cheese, chop some tomatoes & green onions thennnn…

IMG_5827 add some kind of festiveness and you got yourself some awesome treats to take to a cinco de mayo party!

have a fun and safe cinco de mayo everyone!!

always,
-chef jess

homemade chicken noodle soup

happy thursday, everyone!
i wasn’t going to post this until tomorrow but i thought that since i’m sick in bed today, it was more appropriate to post it now.

i made this monday night because cale was sick. i’m convinced that he gave it to me but in reality it’s probably our pesky allergies. any who, he was congested, stuffed up and his throat was killing him. when i called him at lunch he asked if i could make my chicken noodle soup, how can i say no to that sicky {but kinda hot} voice?

this is seriously the easiest recipe to make. so easy i only have two pictures to go with it.

what you’ll need:
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1-2 cloves of minced garlic
7 cups of chicken broth {4 cans}
1 3/4 cups of vegetable broth {1 can}
1/2 pound of cubed chicken breast
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
egg noodles

IMG_5691 {step 1} chop your carrots, celery, onions and throw them in a pot along with the butter and sauté until soft {about 5 minutes}. meanwhile, mince your garlic & start your egg noodles, follow the cooking directions on the packaging.

{step 2} cube your chicken breast, i didn’t take a picture of this because i have decided raw meat looks nasty, haha.

{step 3} add your garlic in with the veggies after your vegetables are soft, stir for about a minute. then add your broth, chicken and spices.

{step 4} bring to a boil then lower the heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

** i don’t like to add my noodles in until it is served in bowls. i feel like if i add them before it is served, the broth can get really starchy. so i keep them separate but that’s totally a personal preference. 

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{step 5} add as many noodles as you want and spoon some nice, hearty soup in and voila! you have yourself a sickness curing, big bowl of yummy goodness!

this is the best stuff to freeze and save for later. if you do freeze it, obviously, add the noodles in. it will freeze the starch right in!

let me know if you try it out and send me some pictures!

always,
-jess

original recipe {here} just a bit tweaked 

homemade chipotle bowls!

this is my all time favorite thing to make! mainly because i’m obsessed with chipotle but also because it’s relatively easy. i say relatively because it’s a lot of multi-tasking.

here we go! hope y’all enjoy!

what you’ll need:
2 medium sized steaks {sirloin or tri-tip}
however many shrimp you think you need. {i am the only one who eats shrimp in mine, cale is allergic, so i only needed a few}
2 cups white rice {cook according to it’s packaging}
2-3 bunches of cilantro
1 large tomato
2 large avocados
1 jalepeño
1 medium onion
1 green & red bell pepper
1 can black beans {if you prefer pinto…then use pinto!}
2 tbsp creole seasoning
1 tbsp chili powder
2-3 limes
1 bag of pre-chopped romaine lettuce
salt & pepper to taste

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{one} you’ll want to start your rice first as this takes the longest. i only have a family of 3 so i only needed to make 2-4 servings. i used 2 cups of rice and that was plenty for us.

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{two} dice up the steaks you chose. i like to use actual steaks because i find that the meat is more tender than the pre-cubed steak that you can buy at the store. i added a little bit of olive oil to both the steak and the shrimp. add 1 tbsp of the creole seasoning and 1/2 tbsp of chili powder to each of the meats you are cooking. add salt & pepper to taste.

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{three} cut your bell peppers into thin slices and cut half of your onion the same and sauté with some olive oil until soft.

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{four} meanwhile, while all of the goodness is cooking away, go ahead and start on your guac & pico. i usually don’t go all out with this guac like i normally would because i am making a separate pico de gallo. so all i used for this was obviously the avocados, a lime and some cilantro. super easy!

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{five} after the guac, make your pico de gallo. all the while, stirring your meats and veggies. for the pico i used; 1 tomato, the other half of the onion, cilantro, a jalepeño, lime juice and salt.

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{six} your rice should be done at this point, so now you will need to squeeze 1 lime and 1 bunch of chopped cilantro into the rice. you may need to add some salt, depending on your preference.

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{seven} get those beans a’cookin’!

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{eight} for the lettuce, i grabbed a bag of pre-chopped romaine lettuce and chopped it even more. i hate iceberg lettuce so i would definitely not recommend buying that.

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{nine} here’s what my spread looked like…kind of like the chipotle bar, right?!

are y’all ready to go down the line… pretend you’re at chipotle…

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white or brown rice? oh i’ll take white, please. 
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what kind of meat? steak and shrimp, thank you!
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oh wait wait…can you add some veggies to that. yeah that’s good thanks.
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{out of order…sorry} black or pinto beans? black beans please.
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mild, medium or hot? mmm let’s do the mild.
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anything else? lettuce and guacamole please. guacamole is ex..YES, IT’S FINE! thank you…

a glorious, homemade chipotle bowl. simply delicious!

always,
-chef jess