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I have found blogger to be a bit more friendly as far as customizing. I will not be getting rid of my wordpress because have separation anxiety haha. I will be blogging on the new blog from now on.





Banana Bread

When life gives you  bananas, make banana bread.

banana bread

1 cup Sugar.

1 stick of unsalted butter.

2 eggs.

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

1/2 cup of sour cream.

1 cup of mashed bananas (2 large or 3 small bananas)

1 1/2 cups of flour.

1 tsp of salt.

1 tsp of baking soda.

1/2 cups of chopped walnuts.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan; set aside. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, and beat to incorporate.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture, and mix until just combined. Add bananas, sour cream, and vanilla; mix to combine. Stir in nuts, and pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Let rest in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.

Kitchen Painting

So we painted the Kitchen…..I hate our kitchen but it looks a bit better now. I think I can manage cooking in it. Chris painted the top cabinets white. (Simply White – Benjamin Moore)  and it made a huge difference. I painted the walls an off white. (White Dove – Benjamin Moore) and that helped to. We were stuck on the bottom cabinets though. Paint them white? That would be a little too white and maybe to clinical for a kitchen since we do not have beautiful cabinets. If we had gorgeous wood cabinets I would be all for an all white kitchen but not in this scenario.  Looking at a few pictures and inspirations online, we saw some kitchens with black bottom cabinets…….Drastic? yes. We took a leap of faith and used the same black paint that we used on the front door and tested it out. Welp its black or ….black. At this point I just wanted to be done with painting.


I had the Friday after July 4th off and went to town painting the bottom cabinets. 4 COATS PEOPLE 4 COATS and I still have little tiny patches that need a few more coats but whatever. Black paint is the worst and I officially retire painting.


The outcome

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I think it looks better than before and I think there is more continuity now with the floors. Not a big fan but its a bit better than before. We are going to add silver hardware to every cabinet to match the stainless steel.

Once upon a time

April 2010- A guy from the Midwest met a girl out in California.

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he loved her and she loved him.

1 1/2 years into dating he decided to move back to the Midwest. She followed him there.



It was the longest drive of her life………it took 2 days!


They lived in a cute little apartment and had to use the laundry mat!!! This California girl was not in Kansas anymore!



She was homesick so he bought her a puppy!

Charlie Horse


Meet Charles! He is a Lab and Weimaraner mix. She loved him and so did he.

They went to Florida. It was her first time.



She loved him and he loved her.

They bought a house.

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Charles loved his backyard!

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They had dinner out on the Patio

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He got down on one knee and told her he loved her and wanted to marry her.

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Charles Approved! He gave his blessing.

Charlie Face


She loved him and he loved her.

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3 years later – Happily Engaged 06-15-13

Yard Work Weekend

Well It was bound to  happen guys…..that one awful dreadful task that SOME people actually enjoy and others despise…..Yep that’s right……YARD WORK!!!!!! its inevitable when owning a house. I thought it would take care of itself kind of like how my parents took care of it at home and how Frank the landlord took care of it at the apartment.

Reality check Simone!!!! I did yard work on the first beautiful day in St. Louis this year. Instead of soaking up the sun, taking a walk, eating “Bon-Bons”, I did yard work and my body is feeling it today.

On Saturday I chopped down ugly bushes, dean plants and anything that looked like it was never going to see life. Our grass is yellow and  in pretty bad shape BUT it is slowly, very slowly at a glaciers pace coming together. it looks cleaner that’s for sure.

On Sunday Chris helped with the front yard. We put new mulch in the front and it made a big difference. I still need to dig up the ugly dead plants growing along the walkway and plant pretty flowers and put down new mulch there as well. It’s a work in progress. Our house no longer looks like the neglected house on the block!!! Woot!

I know what you are thinking over there, you are thinking to yourself “A twenty-something year old doing yard work on the weekend”???? Don’t worry on Saturday we had dinner at Mission Taco because I deserved it!

On Sunday morning we had Donuts on art hill and soaked up a wee amount of sun before going to Lowe’s and Home Depot 5 times… They recognize us!!!

How can I forget about Charles? The poor pup had an allergic reaction to something because his snout puffed up like a puffer fish..he was fine the next day though, so no worries.

This is a side view of our yard. Yes it all looks dead but trust me it looks so much cleaner now! We plan to put down new mulch where the dirt is.



If you look closely his left side in the picture still looks swollen compared to the right. This was the day after he turned into a blow fish.

Charlie Face

Backyard 2

This is part of the backyard. Those brown paper bags you see on the side, I filled up 10 of them!


Just a view from Mission Taco on Saturday night.


There was a marathon going on on Delmar on Sunday morning. It was neat seeing the different age range running.

Winter Blues

Where is my sun? Where is my warmth? Where is my spring, Missouri?

I am so over this weather. I am so over being cold every morning and pretty much all day everyday. Its MARCH!!!!! I need a little sunshine otherwise my crabbiness will get worse. Maybe I am suffering from seasonal depression?

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We had to rake leaves in the rain yesterday……wet leaves + rain + crabby Simone = NIGHTMARE!!!!!

Where art thou sun??????


Random Pictures. Enjoy!

It has been a busy week. Nothing exciting to report except I had a few “firsts” happen. Hopefully I will have some true me time to write a proper blog post. I apologize in advance for the poor photography skills. It doesn’t help that I am posting this from my phone, on the sofa, in my peejays either. Don’t judge me….


First time making ribs. Unfortunately they were just okay. I should really consider becoming Chicken Finger-tarian. What? I could live off chicken nuggets and fingers and no other kind of meat!


First Missouri Complaint, or how you guys like to say out here “petition”


First Costco trip!


My dog is a hoarder. I have NO idea where he is getting these sticks from. We don’t even have a tree in the backyard. And why does he collect them at the back door???