Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Recipe of the Week

I made this week's recipe for a dinner party we hosted recently. It was a huge hit and my first attempt at homemade Mac & Cheese. We loved it and had plenty of leftovers. If anyone has a homemade Mac & Cheese recipe that they love, please share it so I can try it out!

Smokin' Mac & Cheese
Courtesy of: Southern Living


1 lb. box uncooked macaroni pasta
2 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
1 c. milk
12 oz. can evaporated milk
2 c. shredded smoked (or regular) Gouda cheese
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground red pepper, divided
1/2 package cooked bacon, crumbled
2 c. cornflakes, crushed
2 Tbsp. butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350º.
2. Cook macaroni as directed on package. Transfer to large bowl.
3. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in medium saucepan over medium heat.
4. Gradually whisk in flour until smooth; cook, whisking constantly for one minute.
5. Gradually whisk in milk and evaporated milk; cook, whisking constantly 3-6 minutes or until thickened.
6. Whisk in Gouda, cream cheese, salt, and 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper until smooth.
7. Remove from heat and stir in bacon.
8. Combine pasta and Gouda cheese mixture and pour into a lightly greased 13x9 inch baking dish.
9. Stir together 2 c. crushed cereal, 2 Tbsp. melted butter and remaining 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper. Sprinkle over pasta.
10. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Let stand 5 mins before serving.
11. ENJOY!

*I use low-fat/low-calorie options whenever possible, i.e. 1% milk, 1/3 fat cream cheese, low sodium bacon, etc.

Friday, August 27, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-in #10

Wow, is it Friday again already? And has it really been 10 weeks since Wife of a Sailor started the Friday Fill-in? Time is flying!

  1. What secret indulgence do you act on while your spouse is away? (from Devil Dog Darling)
I'm not sure that I have any "secret" indulgences. I'm pretty sure he's fully aware of all my indulgences. When he's away I usually stay in my jammies, eat chocolate and catch up on the few TV shows that I like and he doesn't.
2. If you were a spice, what would you be? (from New Girl On Post)
Either Cinnamon- sweet, great smelling, & awesome in desserts, or Ground Red Pepper- spicy & good in almost any dish! lol.... fun question!
3. Where do you go for support when your significant other is deployed? (from Texas Meets
Family, friends, bloggy buddies and twitter peeps, chocolate, red wine. =)
4. What is the oldest thing you own? (from A Troop's Girl)
I have several things from my infancy that my mom kept- toys, spoon, clothes, the handkerchief/bonnet from my birth. Those are the oldest things of my very own that I own. The oldest things in general would be books I've picked up at flea markets from the early 1900s, photographs from my dad's childhood, and my mom's old cake pans and recipe books.
5. How did you vision your future pre-military? (from Daddy's Duty)
Married with a kid or two, working as an APN, living in Little Rock, traveling once a year for vacation; my current reality is MUCH better: married to my soulmate, kids hopefully in our near future, APN degree done, living in Europe, traveling the world

Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Just for Just_Megs!

Just_Megs has a super cute blog called Sugar Bee's Hive . She is a milspouse and is in the process of starting up her own business. I just read her latest post and it broke my heart! I did a quick scroll through and no comments have ever been left on her blog. I have tried multiple times throughout the past several weeks to leave comments, but for some reason, the site won't let me. I thought it was just me, maybe because I have a Mac, but now I'm thinking this is true for everyone since there are no comments on any posts. I wanted to email her, but can find a place to, so Just_Megs, this post is just for you to let you know that people are reading your blog and love it, but we are unable to leave comments! =)

Recipe of the week

I'm starting a new feature here at Uncork and Unwined: Recipe of the Week.

I love to cook and bake (especially bake!). I enjoy browsing other blogs for their favorite recipes, so I thought I would share some of mine. I get a lot of them from Myrecipes.com, Cooking Light, Kraft and Southern Living. (No, I am not sponsored or compensated by any of these companies for these recipe reviews.)

Recently I've started meal planning and it has been a huge success. I take about 20-30 minutes and plan out our meals for the following three weeks. I include one night for leftovers and one night for eating out (even if we don't eat out, this gives us some flexibility). One of the biggest hits by far lately has been Chocolate Oreo Surprise Cupcakes. I've already given the recipe to several people and every one of these tasty little things was eaten up this weekend at the two parties we were at. One of the best things about them is that they are incredibly easy to make!

Chocolate Oreo Surprise Cupcakes
Courtesy of: Kraft


1 pkg. chocolate cake mix
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 egg
2 Tbsp. sugar
16 mini Oreos OR 8 regular size Oreos
1 tub Cool Whip, thawed

1. Heat oven to 350º.
2. Prepare cake batter as directed on package; set aside.
3. Mix cream cheese, egg and sugar until well blended. (This will not look appetizing, but that's ok.)
4. Spoon cake batter into lightly greased, paper lined muffin cups. (About 1-1.5 Tbsp.)
5. Top with 1 mini Oreo or half of one regular Oreo and 1-1.5 tsp. cream cheese mixture.
6. Cover with remaining cake batter.
7. Bake 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.
8. Cool 5 mins. Remove from pans and place on wire racks. Cool completely.
9. Frost with cool whip.
10. ENJOY!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Random Ramblings

*Why, oh why, can't our commissary carry more flavors of coffee creamer?

*There are only two of us. How does our kitchen get so full of dirty dishes?

*Facing a possible 3 years without a job. I'm not going to lie, all of that free time is a little bit daunting.

*Why are hydrangeas the only plant I can keep alive?

*I can't help but be a teensy bit hurt when I lose a follower. I've lost 2 recently.

*Slugs are disgusting. And they are literally EVERYWHERE here in Germany. I want to salt our backyard, but I don't have the heart to kill them.

*I never knew the weather in Germany was so much like the weather in Arkansas. If you don't like it, wait 5 minutes and it will change.

*Who knew it would be so difficult to find a good used car?

*Why do I always stub my pinkie toes and none of the others? I think the big toe would hurt less. (Currently my right pinkie toe is black from a stubbing yesterday.)

*I'm actually excited about getting involved in volunteering and squadron activities.

*Meal planning rocks! Our next three weeks are all planned out. (Planning makes me happy).

*How in the world did Mondo escape being in the bottom three last week on Project Runway? A purple top with polka dot pants. What?!

*I just discovered that I've been using clothes washer tablets in the dishwasher. No wonder the dishes never get completely clean! (Hey, the writing's all in German; don't judge.)

*I can't wait for Modern Family to start in September. Funniest. Show. On. TV.

*Happy Monday Everyone!

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Ah, Amsterdam. Prior to this trip, we had heard so many good things about Amsterdam. It's a city full of culture, everyone speaks English, and there is tons to see and do. All of this is true, but there is so much more that we weren't told.....

It's a crazy city. LOUD. Busy. Crowded. Dirty, with trash strewn in the streets. Smelly. HOT. While I know it has it's good points, these are the main things we remember about Amsterdam.

This was a hastily planned trip so we blame ourselves, mostly, for the lack of preparation. You see, we went to Amsterdam the weekend of the World Cup finals. In which The Netherlands were playing. For THE World Cup. ACK! In our defense, we didn't have television, nor do we have any interest in soccer, so when we planned this trip, we didn't even factor in the fact that the World Cup finals were taking place.

And honestly, we might have had a better time had we have gone to Amsterdam first and then to the beach. As it was, we had an amazing three days at the beach, and then traveled to the busy, loud, crowed city. It was a complete change of pace, setting, everything, and not for the good.

The entire trip wasn't a bust. There were parts of Amsterdam that we loved. The food was amazing! We ate at a lunch shop called B&B our first day there. Eating their sandwiches was a moving experience. No, not literally, but they were damn good. Being the huge wine lovers that we are, we ate dinner that night at an Italian wine bar and restaurant called Vinomio. This was the best part of our trip! The food and wine were fabulous and the staff was so friendly. They let us sample the wines before we bought them to make sure we liked it since they were all house wines. They also came to our rescue when it started pouring before we left. Im talking flood the streets pouring and we were without an umbrella, facing a 10 block walk back to our hotel. They loaned us an umbrella so we wouldn't get soaked. So, so sweet of them.
This is on the back of their menu. We had a great laugh over this. In case you can't read it, it says "Tourists, No Dope Smoking." Ha!

We visited the Anne Frank house on our second day. The line to get in was long, but moved quickly. It is definitely worth the 8.50 euro entrance fee. J and I were both moved. It was an amazing, powerful place to visit, and we are so glad we made the time to see it. We wanted to visit the Van Gogh museum, but the line was blocks long, so we decided to save it for the next time.
I know you're all wondering if we went to the Red Light District. Even though I was slightly uncomfortable with the prospect, J convinced me that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity that we couldn't pass up and I knew he was right. So we went. It's actually very clean and almost normal appearing. Except for the prostitutes hanging out in the windows. Oh, and the transvestites sitting on the street benches. The sex shops, live porn shows, and pot stores were a bit out of the norm as well. But other than that, completely normal looking. ;) So now we can check that box off our to do list.
Most of the people in dresses and wigs are guys.

We stayed at the Quentin Hotel. Perhaps if we stayed in the winter it might have been a more pleasurable experience. The best thing about this hotel is the location. It's right on a canal in the center of the city. The staff was also friendly and helpful. Our room was tiny, even by European standards. The bathroom did not have a shower stall, just a fixture on the wall & a drain in the middle of the floor. So when we showered, everything got wet. They did not have A/C or fans, so the room was miserably hot. We were sweating just sitting in the room. It made sleeping impossible. It was hands down the worst night that Ive ever spent in a hotel. We were so uncomfortable because of the heat and the noise. To say that it was loud is an understatement. People were partying all night long, right outside our window. We weren't able to fall asleep until 5 am. The following morning, we asked the front desk clerk for our money back and informed him that we were leaving regardless. He told us that he could not refund our money due to the fact that we booked online. It was a very friendly exchange, and while we were disappointed that we weren't going to get our money back, we decided to leave a day early. We could not stand to stay there another night!

Parking was another nightmare. There isn't any free parking in the city center. It costs 4 euro an hour to park. That gets expensive quick. So we used a "car hotel". Seriously. We'd never heard of it either. This company will pick your car up, park it in a garage outside the city, and return it when you're ready, all for a nice little fee. It was less expensive than parking it at the hotel, so we went for it. The whole deal was a bit shady, but our car was returned to us with nothing more than a few new minor scuffs.

My greatest advice would be this: Know what is going on in the city you are going to visit, prior to booking. Luckily, J and I love adventures and have a great sense of humor, so we don't consider this trip a bust, merely a learning experience.

After this trip I decided that I wanted to share our experience with others looking to go to Amsterdam so they would not have the same experience that we did. I love, love, love Tripadvisor.com. I think this is one of the best websites for finding hotels, attractions and restaurants in any city. The reviews are very personal and tell you what other sites won't. I am now a contributor to this site and am working on posting my reviews of all the places we've been in Europe.

***PS...A few weeks after we returned from Amsterdam we noticed a credit back on our credit card transactions. The Quentin Hotel did in fact refund us all of our money, for both nights! How awesome is that?! We were so surprised and so thankful, because it wasn't cheap! =)

Friday, August 20, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-in #9

Ah Friday, how I love you. I've really enjoyed reading other MilSpouse's responses. It's great getting to know everyone. Here's this week's MilSpouse Fill-in!

1. If you could be a fugitive from the law for whatever reason, what would your crime be? (from It's a Hooah Life)
Well, I'd rather not be a fugitive, but if I had to chose, I would say I'd be a fugitive for stealing millions of dollars from some corrupt person/company. Of course I would flee to a tropical island and get away with it.

2. How long do you think you will be a military family? (from Julie the Army Wife)
Either six more years or sixteen depending on whether J stays in for the entire 20 or not. We still haven't decided and frankly, right now we don't have too.

3. What's your favorite recipe? (from Keep Calm and Soldier On)
I have so many! Here's one that I just made for the first time this week courtesy of Southern Living:

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

1 c. flour
1/3 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 c. butter, softened
3 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. sugar
3 large eggs
1/3 c. sour cream
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 (12 oz.) package mini chocolate chips, divided

Beat first three ingredients at low speed with electric mixer until combined. Increase speed to medium and beat until well blended and crumbly. Pat mixture into a lightly greased 13x9 pan. Bake at 350 for 13-15 mins or until brown. Beat cream cheese at medium speed until creamy. Add sugar, beating until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating at low speed until just blended. Add sour cream, vanilla, and 1 c. mini chocolate morsels, beating until just blended. Pour over crust. Bake at 350 for 25 mins or until set. Cool completely. Microwave remaining morsels in 2 c. glass measuring cup for one minute. Stir. Microwave in 30 second intervals until completely melted. Stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Drizzle over cheesecake. Cover and chill at least 4 hrs. Cut into bars and serve. Enjoy!
I made these this week and they are so yummy!

4. What would you want your last five words to be when you leave this life? (from My Goal is Simple)
I hope Heaven has cupcakes! =)

5. Where do you hope to retire? (from Pennies from Heaven)
To the beach. Somewhere warm. With lots of fruity drinks.

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Holland has a beach?

A few weeks ago, J & I made it up to the Netherlands. Due to many issues, we basically planned the trip and booked the hotels the night before we left, so we were left with little options and no idea what we were going to be getting into. Being the travelers that we are, we crossed our fingers and headed off for another adventure!

This is what greeted us when we arrived in Zandvoort, Netherlands.
Did I forget to mention that this was a BEACH trip?! Who knew The Netherlands had beaches. And beaches that look like this? GORGEOUS! The North Sea is beautiful, albeit cold, but hey, the Pacific is colder. It really wasn't bad once you were in it. Or so J tells me... I didnt actually go all the way in, just to my stomach or so and that was enough, thank you very much! =)

The beach town of Zandvoort is the hidden gem of Europe. We LOVED it! We stayed at the Strandhotel Sunparks. It was right on the beach, reasonably priced, and the employees all spoke English (a major plus). They have a sports area with ping-pong, basketball, badminton, squash, indoor tennis, bowling, indoor & outdoor mini-golf, sauna, lap pool, water slides, outdoor heated pool, and a huge kids area with games & go carts. It was so cool!
Our room was impressive for European standards. It was very roomy & we had a fridge, microwave, and stove top. Our only complaints were that the water temp in the shower fluctuated constantly between freezing & scalding, and the bed sheets were unbearably scratchy. Next time we will bring sheets with us and we'll be set!

We spent two and a half glorious days at the beach. Temps were in the 80s, the sun was shining, & everything was very right in our world. We relaxed on the beach for hours each day, reading, napping, playing. It was perfect. I walked away without a sunburn, but dammit if I didnt get another heat rash on my feet. Like one wasnt enough this summer. I was even paying extra attention to my feet, covering them up, keeping sunblock on them, you name it. Alas, none of that mattered.
We read an article by famed traveler Rick Steves discussing how prudish Americans are compared to Europeans. After this trip, I have to agree. We were expecting to see topless women. We were not, however, expecting them all to be old. I'm talking grandmother age. Perhaps 10% of the women at the beach were topless and of that 10%, 90% were over the age of 50. Im certainly not an agist, but I was surprised. Another oddity was the lack of clothing on children. Most female children were wearing only bathing suit bottoms and the toddler age group wore nothing at all. While this didnt bother us, we definitely noted it as a difference between our two countries.

There were tons of restaurants along the beach and all of the food that we ate was amazing! We had Cuban food the first night at a place called Mangos which came highly recommended. The food was delicious, the prices were reasonable, the drinks were strong, & the menu was in English. Really, what more could we have asked for?
On our second night, we ate at an Australian place called Skyline. (Are you thinking it's weird that we were in The Netherlands & never ate Dutch food? I am.) The food there was...interesting. I had a fantastic goat cheese salad & J ordered the steak... which turned out to be...........KANGAROO! For real. Like Kanga and Roo from Winnie the Poo. J always ends up eating the strangest things! Horse in Italy & now kangaroo in Holland. The meat was...different, but edible. We had the most amazing view to watch the sunset that night.
Our last day there, we enjoyed a traditional breakfast at a Pancake House. This is what mine looked like. Yes, it's larger than the plate, & unfortunately no, it didnt taste like a real pancake. It had apple & bacon cooked inside of it, but the bacon wasnt well done, so it was a bit chewy.
After breakfast we headed to the center of town to go shopping. The town has a real "beachy" feel, which J & I love and we felt right at home. Our #1 favorite place to be is with each other at the beach. It also wasnt touristy, which was a point in it's favor. This was one of the best places that we've been to so far in Europe and we cant wait to go back!

Next time Ill share with you our trip to Amsterdam, which we drove to after Zandvoort. It was a completely different experience than Zandvoort, and not a good one....

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sweet Bloggy Love

A super sweet new bloggy friend, Angela over at Tomorrow is Another Day, gifted me with this award. It totally made my day! Thank you Angela! I love cupcakes and pretty please with a cherry on top! I love her blog. She's self-depreciating, witty, and a lot like me. =) So after you're done reading this, check out her blog. You'll be happy that you did.

So here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who, in a display of erudite good taste, bestowed the award upon you. (Check)
  • List three things you love about yourself. (Ugh...)
  • Pass the love along to five other bloggers. (Check!)

I always feel weird when it comes to promoting myself, but here are my three favorite things:
  • My eyes- I was lucky enough to get my mother's gorgeous emerald green eyes with thick, dark, long lashes. My eyes are my favorite feature hands down.
  • My sense of humor- I like to think of myself as being witty. J is the funniest guy in the world and we frequently spar back and forth with witty remarks. I also love sarcasm, but am so disappointed when people don't pick up on it. I always say, if I didn't laugh about life, I'd cry.
  • My compassion, to help others, and change the world- I have several volunteer opps lined up and I cant wait! One of my greatest wishes is that "we", meaning everyone, helped others more- friends, neighbors, coworkers. I feel like we don't do enough for others because we are so wrapped up in our own lives. Im setting out to rectify that immediately!
Blogger Love
The five bloggers that I am passing this on to are:
  • Mary @ Mary and Sean's Adventures Abroad- I love reading about their travel adventures and she always posts the yummiest pictures of the food they eat!
  • The Mrs. @ Trying Our Best- She tells it like it is and I love it!
  • Just_Megs @ Sugar Bee's Hive- I just started reading this blog and it is so cute!
  • Wife on the Roller Coaster @ Riding the Roller Coaster- I love her writing style!
  • Jessica @ {Mis} Adventures of an Army Wife- She too, tells it like it is and I think it's hilarious!
So go on and enjoy their blogs if you don't already. Hope everyone has had a fabulous weekend! The hubs is home and I couldn't be happier! =)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-in #8

It's that time again!
Wife of a Sailor hosts MilSpouse Friday Fill-in every Friday and I think it's a fun way to get to know other milspouse bloggers.

*What is ONE thing you'd like civilians to understand about being a military family?
I suppose that all of the "perks" that they think we get are more like compensation for all of the hardships that we endure. We arent living the high life on others tax dollars. What they see in movies and on TV isn't real life.

*What is your favorite mistake?
This is a tough one. Im going to take the easy way out and say something related to travel. J & I almost always get lost at least once on every road trip that we take. Usually, these "mistakes" lead to something cool that we wouldn't have gotten to see otherwise. Most recently this happened to us while trying to find a gas station off the Autobahn on our way home from Amsterdam. We mistakenly thought there was one between the border and home on the Autobahn. When we realized there wasnt, we set off to find one in the backwoods of Germany. Luckily, we happened upon one of the most beautiful villages we have ever seen, surrounded by a river and vineyards. We can't wait to go back! (and yes, we found a gas station, just before we ran out of gas!)

*What indulgence could you give up for a year?
Coffee. It would be incredibly difficult some days, and easy others, but I think I could do it. Once Im prego, Im also going to have to give up wine. That is going to be difficult with a capital D. The not drinking part will be easy, but the watching others drink it part will not.

*If you could be a winged animal, what would you be?
Hmm, while penguins are awfully cute, if Im going to be a winged animal, I want to be able to fly! I would choose to be a swan. They are gorgeous, can fly, and mate for life.

*What is one question you'd like to see asked in a future MFF?
I always love to hear how soulmates met, so How did you and your husband (significant other) meet?
On a similar note: How did your husband propose? (and if you arent engaged/married- what is your dream proposal?)

So the hubs comes back from his TDY very soon, which means I will have our laptop once again. I've got two posts on Holland all ready to go and once I insert some photos, Ill post them. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Top Eleven Reasons Why

Living abroad has helped me develop a stronger appreciation for all things American. I've always been a lover of our great country. When I married J, that intensified. I am so incredibly proud of him and what he does, what he stands for. But, it is easy to take things for granted. Especially things that you have always had, that have always been available, that are a part of your reality.

Although it has only been two months, I have a growing list of things I miss from home. Yes, I love living here in Germany and I am happy to be here for the next three or so years. Please don't misunderstand, I am grateful for this opportunity and I understand what a blessing it is for two travel loving people to be able to live in Europe. We are going to take full advantage of this opportunity, of that you can be sure.

Nonetheless, there are many differences, many adjustments, that make me ache for home. So here it is:

The Top Eleven Reasons Why I Miss the USA
(Why 11 & not 10?... Why not?)

11. Lower prices, i.e. Walmart & the Dollar Tree.
10. Pandora, although I've recently been introduced to GrooveShark and I am in love!
9. Instant viewing on Netflix....sigh....
8. Air conditioning.
7. The convenience of everything (Stores are open late & on weekends, fast food (because yes, sometimes I need food fast))
6. The variety of everything. Here we have 1-3 choices of brands and that's it. Love it or leave it.
5. The ease of shopping & obtaining goods. It's nearly impossible to find anything here.
4. Customer service (Yes, I know it can suck back home too, but seriously, try it out over here)
3. Fast internet. Ugh!
2. Friendly, open, forthcoming people. Not that the people aren't friendly here, but I'm from the South where people are usually friendly with a capital F. The fact that I have to drag details out of people frustrates me to no end. Probably this is because I'm a talker & I tend to divulge way more than you ever wanted to know. Life is in the details right?


1. My family, friends and the familiarity.

Monday, August 9, 2010


Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I bummed around the house, mostly, and was semi-productive. Since the hubs has all the new travel photos with him, I decided to do a quick post on a trip we took in February. J is from Southern California, so we went to visit his family before we moved to Germany.

Prior to meeting J, I had never been to California. Since meeting him, I've been ~6 times. I love it for a variety of reasons, namely getting to see his family, but the other huge draw is the beach. I LOVE the beach and the ocean. Love. My heart is at the beach and I always feel like I'm home when I'm there. Not just this beach, but any beautiful beach. One day J & I will live near a beach for good. We're going to have to hit the lottery before then, but it will happen. Which means that we actually need to start playing the lottery....

When we lived in the States, J & I were frequent Travel Channel & Food Network watchers (I know, you're surprised, right?). One night in January we saw a program listing the top 100 best places to eat in the country. A famous sandwich shop in L.A. was among them. Philippe's French Dipped Sandwiches is known for their, well, French Dipped Sandwiches, which is my favorite type of sandwich. Neither J, nor any of his family had ever been, so we decided to have lunch there while we were in town. While the food was good and the atmosphere cozy, yet cool, I was disappointed with the sandwiches. Perhaps the hype had been built up too high and there just wasnt any way for them to live up to it.

Since it was February, it was cold outside and the water was icy. Anyone who's been to the Pacific knows that it's never warm like the Caribbean, but this trip, it was unbelievably cold. I love the photos from this trip because it provides such a contrast that only the photographer knows. Warm sun, cool air, freezing water.

We are heading back to So-Cal soon for J's brother's wedding and I'm looking forward to spending some time at the beach in warmer weather. I swear I hear the ocean calling my name.....

Friday, August 6, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-in #7

Oh how I love Fridays! Heck, who am I kidding? When you don't have a job or kiddos, every day is Friday is it not? I've loved all of the comments from fellow milspouses. Thank you all so much! I'm not gonna lie, I love me some comments. I've also really enjoyed browsing other milspouse's blogs and getting to know them. I'm so happy Wife of a Sailor came up with this! So without further ado, here is this week's MilSpouse Friday Fill-in #7.
1. What is something you wished you’d learned to do earlier in life? Learn another language and play the piano. It is incredibly more difficult to learn to do either of these things when you're older. *gasp* Am I "older"?! That's a freakout for another time. Anywho, I've always been interested in languages. If I could go back in time, I would have majored in linguistics and learned a few languages.
2. What is your biggest pet peeve with the military? That nothing is certain or final until it happens. The uncertainty can get unnerving. Oh, and how most things are complicated. There is rarely an easy fix or an easy answer. This leads to many frustrations!
3. What tourist attraction near you have you never seen? Several! I just moved to Germany, so there are a ton of things that we haven't seen or done yet, but we will. At the top of our list is Stuttgart, Paris, and the Sleeping Beauty castle here in Germany!
4. What are you avoiding doing right now? Going to the VAT office. I know it's going to be a headache, and I just don't want to go. But I have to. Maybe tomorrow.
5. Wine, beer or liquor? I love certain beers and some mixed drinks, but wine is definitely my favorite. J & I are big red wine drinkers, though we are learning to like some whites since we now live in Germany, the land of white wine.

Happy Weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Blog Hop '10!


So I've decided to participate in Blog Hop '10 hosted by Robin at Pensieve. This is the third year that she has hosted this great event to coincide with BlogHer. There will be exciting giveaways and a chance to "meet" some great new bloggy friends. Thanks so much for stopping by!

I'm K, twenty-something years old and married to my soulmate, J. We've been married for almost two years and have been together for just over four. No kiddos yet, but we'll get to that soon. We are deliriously happy, and yes, one of those couples who make you sick (but secretly jealous) because we are so lovey-dovey and have so much fun together. =)

We recently moved to Germany so J can fly around Europe for the next 3-4 years. We are loving it so far and soaking up as much culture as we can. We've already traveled to several other countries and can't wait to see the rest.

I'm an advanced nurse practitioner, newly licensed, but currently jobless. My professional specialties lie in diabetes, gastroenterology and education. My personal passions include: traveling, red wine, reading and baking. I love to bake and decorate cakes, cupcakes, really, dessert in general. I'm organized, sarcastic (though I think of it more as "witty"), expressive, and blunt. There's tons more to me than this, but let's keep this short and sweet. If I told you everything, there would be no reason to read any further, and really, I don't want to spoil it for you! ;)

This blog is many about our travels, our love of wine, and making it as an AF wife. I hope you stay awhile and enjoy what you find!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Burg Nanstein ... and some other stuff too

So the hubby is in OKC for two weeks and has our laptop with him. With all of our travel pictures for the last two months. Which means that while Ive got a post all written and ready about our trip to The Netherlands, I cant post it until he gets back here with those photos. So...
What I do have are photos from a day trip we took a couple weekends ago to a castle that is only 15 minutes away. It's called Burg Nanstein and it's in a town called Landstuhl. Landstuhl is also home to the largest American hospital outside of the USA, which will one day hopefully be my employer.
The view from the castle is absolutely gorgeous! You can see not only the entire town, but many other neighboring towns as well. We could pick out the general area of our house based on the windmills! You also get a fantastic view of the air base, which makes it easy to watch planes taking off and landing. There were several people with binoculars for this very purpose.

There is a restaurant on the grounds that offers lunch, dinner, and drinks with plenty of outdoor tables to enjoy the view. Of course we had to sample the drinks after our tour!

The castle itself is pretty small by my castle standards, but a joy to explore. It's parent and kid friendly and they offer a military discount. It was only 2.20 euro for us to get in. It was built in 1162 and has a colorful history.

J had to duck when walking through most parts, though I could walk without ducking. Im guessing people in the 12th century weren't 6'3".

On to more mundane things....
Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope your week is going well so far. Im staying as busy as I can with the hubs being gone. Our house is finally starting to look like a house. Ive been so busy cleaning, organizing and decorating, that I havent left myself much time for blogging. Now that it's all coming together, I'll have more time to blog. If I can stay off my new iPhone. Hello Words with Friends, Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Where have you been all my life? ;)

PS...I took my very first Zumba class tonight. Great googlymoogly, it kicked my butt! I love to dance, but I am so not coordinated. You want me to move my hips like what, and my feet like how, all while moving my arms too? Yeah, right. I am going to commit to it though, and continue to go with my bloggy friend Kristen. It has to get easier once I learn the steps, right? Right? Dear Lord, someone tell me I'm right?!