31 While 31

Weekend Recap: Camping Trip!

by agirlandhermutt on September 24, 2012

A few months ago I put a call out to my friends on Facebook. “Looking for a tent. Anyone have one I can borrow?” Less than 5 minutes later I had an answer. My buddy, Lee, agreed to let me borrow her tent, or as she fondly refers to it, “the condo”. Unfortunately my summer was a bit of daze due to work obligations and such so the months passed and I didn’t borrow the tent. Fortunately the stars aligned and a camping trip was born about two weeks ago.

I officially marked #6 off my 31 While 31 list (a year late, but still exciting!)

6. Go on a camping trip. DONE!


Camping…Instagram Style!

The campground was right next to the beach so the majority of Saturday was spent hanging out on the beach reading, napping and having a few beers. All that salt water air really helped my cold clear up and I was feeling almost brand new by Saturday afternoon. That night was the FSU vs. Clemson game and I couldn’t miss it. Fortunately there were several places nearby showing the game so we came in from the elements to eat some pizza and watch the Noles kick butt.

When I got home on Sunday I was ready for a shower and a nap. Plus it was nice to be reunited with this guy.

He is in desperate need of a haircut, but I really want to wait until he is totally clear of his skin infection. I think I’m being overly cautious on the timeline, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.

Camping was so much fun! Although I am a bit of a girlie girl, I really do enjoy being outdoors. Especially at the beach. Hearing the waves crash, breathing in the salty air, and running the risk of being attacked by a seagull all just make my heart sing. I also have learned over the years that I am a pro at putting a tent up.

I’m looking forward to another trip next year already. Thanks Lee for the tent!


Sunday Night Dinner…Non Instagram Style. 😉

In other news, I also came to a slightly defrosted freezer. Ugh. Rather than get all upset I decided to eat up a few of the things that were in there, including shrimp and corn.

I used this recipe that I found on Pinterest to whip up a quick meal that starred Honey Lime Shrimp. I didn’t change a single thing about this recipe and I absolutely loved it. It was quick, easy and really tasty. Definitely a great recipe to have around for a quick & busy weekday dinner.

While I was perusing the website that had the shrimp recipe I came across another recipe for a spicy corn dish. I made a few changes by using greek yogurt instead of heavy cream and substituted some frozen corn for the fresh corn. Make it with what you got, right?! This corn was spicy, a little salty from the feta, and super easy to make. Another winner! Check out The Dough Will Rise Again for more recipes.

I’m still drowning in tomatoes so I finished the meal with a side of halved cherry tomatoes with a little sprinkle of truffle salt.

This whole meal was put together in less than 10 minutes. BOOM!


I’m starting the week refreshed and revived. I got my meal planning done. I scheduled out my workouts. I’m ready to go! Lets do this.

Are you a fan of camping?

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Fancy Jello Shots

by agirlandhermutt on April 9, 2012

Sometimes you just have to state the obvious. Here is how my weekend went down…

Silly pictures of the moon.

Fancy schmancy jello shots.

Deviled eggs. The Scientist’s favorite and something I didn’t know about him.

The world’s cutest dog. Seriously. Korky melts my heart every.time.

Another adorable face for me to look at.


See those fancy jello shots? I was doing a little browsing around Pinterest for some fun things to make over the weekend (32W32 is gettin’ done!) and caught of a glimpse of fantastic looking jello shots in fruit. What a genius idea. I knew we would be going to a birthday party over the weekend so this was the perfect time to make them. What would I have done with no party? Would it be weird to just make them for yourself? Heh.

“What are we having for dinner tonight Erin?”
“Oh, just a few jello shots. Do you want some roasted brussels too?”


I tried making them with oranges and lemons. They both tasted great, but the lemons held up so much better.

There are TONS of directions out there on how to make these, but I do have a few tips.

*Cut stem to stem. This is especially true for the orange. When you start to remove the flesh of the fruit there is a tendency for it to rip where the stem was.

*To keep the shells upright while the jello set I used a muffin tin. You could use a clean one. I decided to use this gross one and then photograph it for you all to see. 😉

*When pouring into the fruit shells use a container with a pour spout.


*Fill it all the way to the top of the shell. As the jello sets, it will shrink a little.

*Use mini (nips) of alcohol for your flavored shooters. Most of the recipes call for 1 cup which is just a little more than 4 minis. I used the 4 and it worked perfectly. I also didn’t have to buy a big ol’ bottle of flavored vodka that I would NEVER work all the way through.

*When slicing the jello after it has set, use a sharp knife that has been run under warm water and then dried off. The knife doesn’t tear the jello as much that way.

Folks, I might retire the boxed wine that I typically bring to parties and make these jello shots my contribution. Who wants to invite me first?! 😉


I hope you guys all had a great weekend!

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See ya tomorrow!


New 32-While-32 List!

by agirlandhermutt on February 28, 2012

Hello friends! That time of year has come again for me to look at the year ahead, think about a few things I want to accomplish and put those items into a nice little list. This list of items to accomplish is meant to be fun and to be used as a tool to drive me to do things that I may otherwise not think to do. This list isn’t meant to be stressful or a pain in my butt, but rather doable and entertaining. There is no pressure to finish this list, but the satisfaction in doing so would be immense. Or I imagine it would be if I had ever finished my list. 😉 I’m talking about the X While X list. I’ve been making this list for several years now and started documenting my list fun a few years ago. No, I haven’t been 100% successful in marking everything off the list, but it was fun trying.

On Feb 13th I turned 32 and officially my list name changed from 31W31 to 32W32.

Without further ado….


1. Go on a proper picnic.
2. Visit the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.
3. Visit a state I haven’t been to before.
4. Visit an out of town friend.
5. Give someone flowers for no reason.
6. “Unplug” for one week at home. No computer, internet, or surfing on the phone.
7. Complete Project 365.
8. Have pictures of Korky taken.
9. Donate/Throw Out/Give Away 100 items.
10. Attend a blogging conference.
11. Go to the zoo.
12. Eat at a restaurant run by a former Top Chef contestant.
13. Film a YouTube video & post it.
14. Have “Discover the Neighborhood Day” on bike.
15. Run a 5k.
16. Create/Make 5 things from Pinterest.
17. Go vegan for 1 week.
18. Make ravioli from scratch.
19. Learn to play chess.
20. Learn the perfect cookie recipe by heart.
21. Learn to cook a recipe from 10 different countries.
22. Read 12 books that are NOT part of book club.
23. Take a ride in a hot air balloon.
24. Visit 3 museums.
25. Make at least 5 homemade gifts for friends.
26. Take a sewing class.
27. Document my CSA share experience each week.
28. Complete NROLFW.
29. Plan a surprise day for The Scientist.
30. Make a photobook of my favorite photos.
31. Host a girls dinner party.
32. Take Korky to the beach.

*A new feature to this list is that for every item I complete I will add $5 to the Spa Day Savings jar. For every item that I do not complete I will donate $5 to the Humane Society. <—Don’t worry. I donate on a regular basis, but this would be in addition to my yearly donation.

Do any of you have a X While X list? Maybe a 101 in 1001 list? Leave a link in the comments to your list!