VTMAS No. 80: I’m THAT Friend

[Sorry, it’s been a while, here we go~!] I’ve come to realize that I’m THAT friend. Yes, the one you can’t take out in public without something weird or embarrassing unfolding. Granted, in my defense, it’s not intentional but at times it may seem like self sabotage. It happens enough times, that it definitely impacts my ability…

VTMAS No.74: Link Wants Pretzels

Kids are naturally funny, but at times they are far more clever than we imagine they are capable of being. Both my little boys have a knack of reminding us we are in for a long wild ride. This story is a conversation that unfolded between my husband and our three year old, Link. We…

VTMAS No.38: Gas On A Plane

We had just gotten married back in April 2007 and I was excited that I was going with my husband and his family to a reunion. I had just experienced my real first plane rides on our honeymoon to Cancun and here I was about to fly to Ohio. It was going to be my…

VTMAS No.30: Baby Brain

If you have been pregnant, or know someone that was in their last trimester, you will know what it means to have Baby Brain. I can dive into the medical complications that cause one to be “spacey” and absent-minded, but trust me, its for real. It was during my first pregnancy that I got a…

Recipe: Texas Skillet

Ingredients 1.5 pound ground beef 1/2 ~Fist Sized Sweet Onion 2 Tbsp of Minced Garlic in Water (Usually found in Produce section in jars) 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, undrained 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice (Minute rice works fine – 1 bag) 1/2…

VTMAS No.23: Hungry Hungry Girlfriend

It’s always an anxious ordeal when you meet the boyfriend’s parents for the first time. I had met them a few times since our “Spicy Valentine’s Day” but here we were verging into November… and we are driving 7 hours in the same car as them to Miami from Orlando for the NASCAR race. As…

VTMAS No.22: My Spicy Valentine

Oh, my first Valentine’s Day with my husband was definitely interesting. We had started seeing each other the last week of January, more or less the first week of February. Me being the not-so-romantic type, I didn’t think anything of it with Valentine’s Day right around the corner. Poor Justin calls me to see if…

Recipe: Strawberry Rum Chicken

Ingredients: 1 box of strawberries diced; Set aside a few slices to serve with Chicken 1/3 cup & 1 Tbs White Sugar 1/4 cup & 1 Tbs Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum 1 Tbs Lemon Juice 1 Tbs Butter thin cut boneless skinless chicken breast (2-4 pieces) Garlic Powder Fine Sea Salt Black Pepper Onion Powder…

VTMAS No.8: McDonald’s Creeper

This actually happened the other week. Many of my friends who have had the pleasure of hanging out with me in person can confirm one thing: Val is a magnet for weirdos. I was sitting at the McDonald’s with a good friend of mine. She had asked for some advice on gathering research for a…