Our House: Building Update #1

Throughout the process of building our house, I’ll give updates outlining the different stages of  construction and our experiences with them. 



Our house is under construction!!!!!!

We are so excited to be in the process of building it.

This first update spans a great deal of time, but future updates will be shorter in time and with more process. The beginning stages take some times as there is time for permitting, surveying, leveling the lost, framing the foundation, pouring it, etc. Once the house is framed the pace tends to accelerate (hopefully!).

So let’s begin!

Monday 4/25/16

Bought Our House

We signed the contract for our house!!!

In the following weeks we send emails to our designer, Ali, at the Design Studio asking about some finishes and pricing. We didn’t immediately make an appointment to select our finishes as we still were pricing out our options and we preferred to do that on our time, in private to discuss money without a designer there. We felt it would be beneficial to be more prepared at our design meeting.

While that was happening, an architectural firm was readying drawings to submit to the building department for review for a building permit

Wednesday 5/25/16

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We met with our designer at the Design Studio to make our finish selections. (I will do more an in depth recap of that process)


Wednesday 6/1/16

Our plans were submitted to the building department for permitting.

This process typically takes 30 business days for Hillsborough County, where we are building.

Thursday 6/9/16

Price dropped off the 30% check for the design options that we selected that was over our budgeted amount. This is due as we exceeded the original contract amount.

Wednesday 6/22/16


We frequently checked the building department website to check on the status of our permit. We saw that the Graphics Review was now complete and being forwarded on to the plans examiner for their review.

Friday 7/1/16


Our permit was denied! Ugh!

The comments and rejected plans are now going back to the architect to get updated and revised for re-submission.

While this is extremely disappointing as we wanted things to keep moving on, I have worked on plenty of projects that have permit comments. It’s a bummer, but it happens.

Thursday 7/14/16


The comments causing the permit to be denied were addressed by the architect so now they are back in the building department for review.

Friday 7/22/16


We are really excited at this point as the plans have now been reviewed and approved. The next steps in the getting the permit in hand is under way!!!!

Thursday 7/28/16


Our Permit was granted!!!

Tuesday 8/2/16


We met with our project Manager, Chris Bernhardt, to review the process and estimated schedule of building our house. Chris was great to meet with as we did a great job at explaining the process to us. While we are well versed in architecture and construction, we are not that familiar with residential projects. Also, building in Florida is going to be different, in some ways, than what we are familiar with from growing up in the Northeast. There are different codes and practices that are here, like building is done on grade vs on basement foundation or that of a crawlspace (like what I grew up with).

Wednesday 8/10/16

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Stopped by in the afternoon to check on progress. Nothing had been done to our lot, except for the flags being installed indicating underground utilities. The lot next door had their slab staked.

Friday 8/12/16

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Signed off on 2 revisions to our electrical plan that we made during our 8/2 meeting with Chris. They were electronically sent back to our designer at the Design Studio to be officially added to the contract documents. (Make sure you get everything in writing!)

Saturday 8/13/16

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Crews were working on our neighbor’s house (she got her permit before us). No progress on our lot.

Monday 8/15/16

Price stopped by after work and saw that our lot was scraped and leveled. As well the corners of the house were located, per survey.

Excited to see progress but questioning if the location of the corners are correct as they are so close to the black silt fencing.

Tuesday 8/16/16


Price emailed our Project Manager asking about the location of the house as it appears to be so close to the silt fence (property line?) and the adjacent house.

Stopped by in the afternoon (2.30pm) to check on progress. No crews on site, but more slab framing had occurred.

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I had a tape measure with me so I took some measurements of our house corners to the house next door. Verified that the location of the house was correct. The deceiving part is that the neighbor next door laid a brick walk off  from their lanai in their set back area. Their house and lanai are located right along their set back line (5′ from property line) so this through us off a bit.

Received an email (3.30pm) from our project Manager further explaining what I has just figured out while I was on site. Additionally, clarified that the silt fence is not on our property line, it was set further in.

Saturday 8/20/16

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We stopped by the house to see if there was any progress since we had last been there on the 16th. During that time crews dug trenches for plumbing supply and drain lines.

Monday 8/22/16

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This visit gave as a real peek at what plumbing lines go into the ground before the slab is poured. Plus, it was fun to space plan where things where as we could identify rooms where things where going, like our sink is in out kitchen island so I could stand there and pretend to see the living room and backyard from there.

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We noted that a plumbing line and drain on our lanai was missing.

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Tuesday 8/23/16


We stopped by again to see how things were going at the site, in particular we were wondering if the missing plumbing for the lanai was installed- it still had not been.

We emailed Chris about this as we didn’t want to be in the position of having to chip out a brand new slab missing stuff that were always in the drawings. Of course, there are inspections, but I have been on plenty of job sites when things have been missed.

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Wednesday 8/24/16

Price stopped by after work to check on things and saw that they had the plumbing for the lanai installed!

Thursday 8/25/16

The plumbing passed inspection and the vapor barrier had been laid down in preparation of pouring the slab.

Saturday 8/27/16

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We stopped by the house at 8.30 am to check on the crew pouring the slab. It was exciting to pull up to the house and see 4 concrete mixing trucks right out front of our lot!!

We left shortly after 9 to head back home and get on with our day. They were still hard at work pouring concrete.

Sunday 8/28/16

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We were expecting to see the crew again hard at work but they actually wrapped up the day before!

It was so wonderful to see the smooth slab. We had wanted to stick our hands into it while it was wet but it was well worth missing out on that to have the slab done.

The next step is to wait for the delivery for the Concrete Masonry Units (CMU), aka block,  for the first floor block walls.

Tuesday 8/30/16

Emailed Chris requesting a project update and the next steps as we saw that the block, had been delivered to the house.

As well, we asked him about the landscaping for the property. It’s a long way away but we were curious to know what plans are included for our property (it varies by building and by house design) and the general layout. We are interested in knowing what would be included since there are plants that we do/don’t want and we want to clarify with the landscaper where we will plan on installing a fence.

Wednesday 8/31/16

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Received an email from our Project Manager saying that we just need to wait out the storm to get started- totally understandable.

Chris also included an example landscaping plan and plant list. The plan is not site specific so they would need to make adjustments for our house and the lot (pie shaped). While there is a list of plants on the plan, he clarified that the plants do depend on what the nursery has on hand (due to season and stock). (Good, since we dislike most of them. ha!)

Thursday 9/1/16 Through Monday, 9/5/16 (Labor Day)

Hurricane Hermine and Labor Day Weekend really-wrecked havoc on our schedule. The storm prevented the crews from working on the block walls for the first floor of the house. And then it was Labor Day weekend.

On top of that, the geniuses that delivered the block on site on 8/30 also brought bags and bags of cement, which got ruined by all the rain that fell. So we needed crews to free up and more supplies to get delivered to the site.

Tuesday, 9/6/16

Price emailed our Project Manager Chris (4.30pm) to let him know that we had been by on Saturday and Sunday, the 3rd and 4th, to see if there was any progress (there was none) and to bring to his attention all the cement that has been ruined. Additionally, we wanted to confirm that the lanai has a gas line, as we didn’t see one next to the plumbing.

Chris promptly responded at 5.15pm that he will remind the block installers that the cement is ruined. He also clarified for us that gas line is run later in the project.

Friday, 9/9/16

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I stopped by after work to check on progress at the site, the block crew was working on the neighboring house. This was great since we had to wait a bit for crews to be available again since the schedule got all messed up from the storm and holiday weekend. I had a quick chat with one of the guys on site and he said they would be starting on our house on Saturday and it should be done by EOD Monday.

Saturday, 9/10/16

When we did a quick drive by the site mid-morning, we didn’t see any action yet on our house. The crew was next door working.

Sunday, 9/11/16


Since the crews had worked on past weekends, we stopped by to see if they were working. Unfortunately, they were not, but it gave us a chance to walk around and check things out since they did start on our house…

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Our excitement was quickly washed away when we were walking around the site and I noticed some trash stuffed in one ofthe blocks. I grabbed it and discovered it was a half eaten pulled pork sandwich. Then we noticed beer bottles in the walls.

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We began the process of walking around the site to see what else we could find.


In the end we pulled out about 20 empty and almost empty bottles of Corona from the block walls.

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Food was also found in the piles of block that were set up in staging areas around the site. While those could have been cleaned up later on as they grabbed those blocks to use them, they clearly had no intention of cleaning up the bottles in the various walls. Assholes.

We emailed the team about this at 1pm explaining what we saw with pictures. We tried to keep it up beat but clearly we were pissed off, frustrated, and hurt that people would disrespect us and our house this way.

We got calls and emails from the team but I still stopped by the show house later on (around 5pm) in the afternoon and spoke with Renee to confirm that we didn’t want a new crew, which would cause a delay in schedule, but a supervisor watching over the crew would be acceptable. She apologized for the behavior of that crew as we discussed what happened while reviewing photos. (I spoke with Chris the following day and he apologized repeatedly as well.)

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I then went back to the house to get out more bottles with a grabbing tool. I was able to get all but 2 broken bottles.

Monday, 9/12/16


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Stopped by the house on my way to work to check on things. A crew was there and a supervisor was there with them.

Then my dad stopped by later on in the day and snapped a few pics of the crew working.

Tuesday, 9/13/16

The lintel of the house (the top 2 tiers of block of the first floor) are getting filled today.

Wednesday, 9/14/16


My dad stopped by and snapped a few picture so we could see the progress of the block being done!


I am stopping this recap at this point to capture the competition of the block. My next update will be about the framing of the interior and exterior walls.

While there have been some schedule delays and issues with a crappy crew, we are so excited that our house is underway. The Ashton Woods team that we have been working with has been great and attentive along the way.

We are looking forward to the next steps of the process.

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Slow Cooker Short Rib Tacos


So the person who created those YouTube videos of opening up kids toys and surprise eggs is a genius. GENIUS.

I never would have thought that would be ‘a thing’ but they realized how easily kids can get sucked into anything with their favorite character on it. They tapped into a great market of Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, Bubble Guppies, and Mickey Mouse lovers.

We try to limit our daughter’s TT time (just morning before getting to daycare) and use of electronics (our phones), but there are times you 15 minutes, so you plop them in front of the computer and turn on those videos. Then you can get enough time to do important things, like shower or fold a load of clothes. It’s like a bizarre magic that over takes them.


Autumn was home yesterday with an upset stomach so I had to make use of these videos just so that I could have some time to do super fun, exciting things, like striping the beds and unloading and reloading the washer and dryer.

So thank you lady with the weird voice for that awesome 15 minute Peppa Pig toy video!


Anyway, Happy Taco Tuesday!!!

These Slow Cooker Short Rib Tacos will quickly become a favorite in your house. I swear.

They are so tender and flavorful from their day in the slow cooker. And since you make them in the slow cooker it’s a meal that is very easy to prepare. Give them a quick sear, set them in your slow cooker, and come back at the end of the day to pull the tender meat off the bone. All you have to do after that is assemble your tacos. So simple, so good!

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Short ribs are so flavorful since they are meaty, fatty, and on the bone. I swear that when you cook with a meat on a bone it’s extra tasty. This might not be the case, but I think it’s true so let’s go with it. ha! The short ribs just make such a wonderful cut of meat so you should totally enjoy them in your tacos.


Be sure to double your batch of short rib tacos for plenty of leftovers since you will love them so much!


Slow Cooker Short Rib Tacos

Makes 8 Tacos


  • 2- 2 1/2 pounds short ribs, evenly sized
  • 1 Cup beer
  • 1 Cup beef stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • For serving: slices of avocado, pickled onions, crumbled cotija/goat cheese, thinly sliced radishes, salsa, sliced jalapenos, chopped cilantro, etc


  1. Sprinkler salt and pepper all over the short ribs.
  2. In a medium sized pot over medium-high heat, sear all sides of the short ribs.
  3. Place in a slow cooker. Add the beer, stock, and bay leaf. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Remove the shrot ribs and let cool until you can handle them.
  5. Remove the bones and excess fat while you shred the meat. Return the meat to the liquid in the slow cooker until you are ready to serve the tacos.
  6. Assembly the tacos by warming the tortillas in a dry skillet.
  7. Divide the meat evenly and then top the tacos with your favorite toppings like avocado, cilantro, pickled onions and cheese.


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Our Disney World Anniversary Trip: Epcot


It was Day Three of our Disney Adventure to celebrate our First Wedding Anniversary. We did Animal Kingdom, we did the Magic Kingdom, now it was time for Epcot.


Having got sucked into the heartbreaking news of the Orlando Night Club shooting, we arrived at Epcot later than we wanted.

It was 10:30am and we did not have anything besides a few cups of coffee. So the first thing we looked for was a restaurant that could provide us with a sturdy healthy warm breakfast.

Our eyes locked in on Sunshine Seasons for a quick service meal. It was less than a 5 minute walk from the entry and on the way we stopped at a FastPass+ kiosk and signed up for Spaceship Earth and Mission:SPACE.


Afterwards we made our way to breakfast. Sunshine Seasons, in The Land Pavilion, was a convenient quick service place that had plenty of options. An added plus was that our meals had surprisingly large portions, and included a drink.

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With out bellies full we decided to stay in The Land building for our first ride, Living with the Land which is a slow ride and informative for the past present and future of food growth and production. So cool.

We the headed over to the Imagination! Pavilion. The Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival was about to air so we stuck around for that to begin since we love Pixar movies and the theater was air conditioned. The 3D movies, “For the Birds“,”La Luna“, “Get a Horse” were really cute and worth the short wait for them to begin. Outside we looked at the fountains and the geometric shapes.  Imagination! complete!


Around the World features different buildings featuring places around the world that wrap around a lake at Epcot. Price was super excited for the Around the World exhibit mainly for the beer drinking in each “country.” But in addition to that we would be taken to a new place as each country featured architecture and buildings in the style of their own country. It doesn’t have a strip mall feeling, it’s authentic! Just like the beers of course from their native countries.

Our first stop was in Canada. We spoke with a couple from a town near where Price grew up in NY and some of the people in Canada about how different life is in FL compared to NY. We perused the merchandise but passed, again it was the beginning of the day and we weren’t about to carry around something all day.


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Then on to jolly ole England at the United Kingdom pavilion. We stopped by a cart for a pint of Magner’s and a cider. At one of the Crown and Crest chop, there was the opportunity to could locate your country of origin and shield by last name.


Of course Price’s English and Scottish background popped up, mine surprisingly popped up as well. Placed an order for a family shield that I gifted to my Dad for father’s day. Besides making a great gift, it was great that we could pick it up later in the day at a pick up location as we exited the park. With free hands and growling stomachs, we headed on.

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Next up, France. Okay so we skipped the beer in lieu of a croissant at the pastry shop, Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, and a venture into the wine and cheese shop. Not that Price and I have ever split a bottle of wine in the fly while walking the streets but we could have, but we had other countries to visit right now.

Mickey Meltdown Meter= 75%

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Morocco was next, the architecture was beautiful. Plus, the scents from the restaurants were so enticing. Since we had a late breakfast we didn’t stop for lunch, but I look forward to during future visits.


Price had to stop by for a drink as I breezed by the stand. On we went in the Summer heat.


We we entered Japan we were greeted with a drumming performance called Matsuriza. It was fun to listen to and watch as they put on a show banging on each other’s Taiko drums and banging onto each other.


Being that it was so hot out, I couldn’t resist stopping at the shaved ice cart and I couldn’t resist the honeydew ice with condensed milk. Get the condensed milk on it. So good!


Then we ended up in… America.  Wait, are we State side again?  What number beer is this?  Since the majority of the buildings looked just like what we saw every day in Boston, we breezed through this area.

Mickey Meltdown Meter= 85%


Back on the trail to Italy. We browsed the shops and even watched a street performance with a juggling mime that got the crowd involved and cheering.  It was all so much fun!


There was a perfect spot to stop and check out the gondoliers, as well as the views. We took a bit of a break here and watching the crews setting up for the Illuminations: Reflections of Earth fireworks show.


Again we skipped the beer but then hit Germany, so… beer.  Price ended up getting a Leinenkugel Grapefruit Shandy which we both got hooked on and enjoyed buying throughout the rest of the summer at out local grocery store. When you think grapefruit, it’s bitter, it’s biting, but not this beer, the beer is light and smooth and taste like Summer in a bottle.

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I skipped drinking here and instead stopped into Karamell-Kuche for some caramel popcorn. I swear it is the best caramel popcorn I’ve ever had. I quickly regretted getting a small bag.

Mickey Meltdown Meter= 90%

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Next up China.  It was now 2pm and we were hungry so we wandered into Nine Dragons Restaurant. Since we felt that we could get good Chinese at home we skipped it. This was a bad move on our part, but more on that later…

Noway was next! We checked out some shops (hello Anna and Elsa gear!) and put our names on the list for an early dinner at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.

We hit up Mexico next for another beer, what type I don’t know but who’s counting at this point?!?


At this point we finished up the World Showcase just in time to make it over to Mission: SPACE for our FastPass+ reservation.

I was so excited to finally get on a ride! I love rides! I love roller coasters! It’s all so much fun. Price, on the other hand, is not a big fan of rollercoasters or fast rides. But being a good husband he humored me and agreed to the ride. Poor poor man.

There are 2 intensity options for the ride… green and orange. Green is the less intense version, orange is the more intense version. There were young kids heading into the Orange Team side so I was thinking that we could handle it. Sadly, I was wrong.


This is the time when you say ‘didn’t you pay attention to the warnings alerting people who suffer with motion sickness, people with heart monitors, or other illnesses to turn back and did we… no! We got in, we did the tutorial, and we skipped all warnings then got into the capsule. Price was seated next to a kid (8 or younger) with his father so he wasn’t about to bail. The “ride” wasn’t a roller coaster and you didn’t go upside down or in a corkscrew so Pricer would be fine, oh boy! The Orange Team ride puts you into what feels like a space shuttle. The shoulder bar comes down and the screen is in your face so you cannot look away. How you feel like you’re laying down when your standing we don’t know. The launch occurs and you feel like you’re being pulled back in your seat at 1000 MPH!  The clouds wiz past and the dark sky gets closer.  You slam some buttons which is the only interactive part of the trip and then.. you float. It’s weird but you go from launch to a feeling of weightlessness in less than a minute.  Price was about to freak, the beer, the food, the heat! Of course the Mission:SPACE ride has to take you all the way to Mars so you hit “hyper-sleep” then wake in a meteor shower and crash on Mars.  Suddenly it ended.  Mickey Melt don in 3, 2, 1, go!


For those following along, the Mickey Meltdown Meter and a very real thing no matter the age. We did Disney for three days, we went hard for each park, and we attempted to do as much as possible in those few days but at what cost. Price had a 45 minute meltdown that centered around his fierce hatred of everything. We walked out of Mission:SPACE and right into Innoventions just to get into some AC and sit down. At one point I lost him for about 30 minutes but found him pacing the walkways trying to cool down. The only available seats were next to an entrance (so Summer heat pouring in when every person walk in the door) but it had an outlet so we could charge our phones. Pricer got a Powerade which he could have paid $200 for and not cared. He had had it with the people, the heat and humidity, the rides. Everything was a gigantic irritation including all things in motion and a second wind was far for mounting.  Luckily he pulled together since we still had dinner and we really needed some food to fill our bellies (and make room for all the beer we drank!) Beware the Mickey Meltdown; make one day a pool and spa day and just remember to take it easy.


Thankfully, a short while later, Price was smiling again!

We headed back to Norway for our character dinner at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. The dinner was just what we needed to regroup after a hot day full of drinking and random snacks. We needed some real food, tons of water, and some AC!

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Our exceptions for drinks and dinner were blown away. Dinner started with a buffet that had plenty of seafood, salad, meat, cheese options, including Norway’s signature brown cheese, Brunost. I skipped it but Price tried it and said it had a sweet caramely flavor.

The entrees were the star of the show. Price’s Kyllingbryst and my Bassert Biff, were both incredible. His chicken was juicy with a nice crisp skin and my beef was incredibly tender.

We were so full then, but we still made room for dessert that featured 3 small desserts, including an apple cake. yum!

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I am 31 years old and I still get a kick out of the Disney Princesses. It’s just so fun. Don’t be a kill joy and ignore the princesses. Enjoy it! Shoot even take a picture.

Of course, I was giddy with getting to meet Ariel. Hands down she is my favorite princess.


Ever wonder what’s inside that giant golf ball looking thing? Well it’s not just a sculpture, it’s the Spaceship Earth ride.

Our FastPass+ reservation for Spaceship Earth aligned perfectly with us winding down our day at the park. It is a peaceful slow ride and an easy end to our long day. Definitely makes up for the Mission: Space fiasco.

We ended our day by getting the family shield I bought in the UK pavilion and then hoped on the bus (not unlike our Boston bus trips with a bunch of sweaty irritated people not talking to each other) for our ride back to the hotel.

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Once back at the Coronado, we dumped off our stuff and got into our bathing suits. We needed to cool off so we headed to the pool for a bit, right before a massive thunderstorm rolled in.

While there was the Mickey Meltdown, our day at Epcot was a success since we spent it together enjoying the magic of all the wonders that the world and future have to offer.


Check out my recaps of our previous days at Disney World!

Day 1: Animal Kingdom

Day 2: Magic Kingdom


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Chorizo Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers


Woah What a week!

Price’s Birthday was last Thursday. And since I am a horrible wife, with a food blog, I bought him a cake from the grocery store. ( I know owe him 4 years of homemade birthday cakes!)Well, to prevent Autumn from taring into it at the grocery store I bought her a Red Velvet Cupcake as well. She enjoyed her cupcake when we got home. After her bed time, we enjoyed some diner and cake to celebrate Price.


Unfortunately, she had a 24 bug or the cupcake didn’t settle since she threw it up in the middle of the night. Getting red velvet cake throw up out of the carpet… not too fun.

We took it easy on Friday with lots of cartoons, toast, and pj’s. Which are the best kind of days when you are sick.


Thankfully, she was feeling great on Saturday so we made the trip over to Disney World to bring her there for the first time.

I’ll share more about that wonderful day really soon!

As for the Chorizo Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers… I didn’t want to share those!

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Jalapeno Poppers are my favorite snack to eat while watching football. Nachos come in a close second, but poppers rock it. I love the spice! I even love the risk involved in biting into it when you think it’s cool enough and find out it’s not. Oh it’s a good burn.

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I think stuffing jalapeno poppers with the traditional cream cheese is great but the added cheese and the chorizo really kicks them up. It’s good extra cheesy, extra spicy meaty filling. It’s like wrapping poppers in bacon but even better.

I used a corn meal and flour blend to coat the poppers which gives the popper crust a nice texture. Be sure to use a fine corn meal though!

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So my tips for enjoying these poppers…

Wear gloves when cutting the jalapeno peppers. NO JOKE! I mean it.

Use a tall pot so the oil doesn’t splatter much. Helps reduce the mess.

The cheese in the poppers will melt and might ooze out a bit. Just be careful handling them then.

Get a cold beer. Or any drink you prefer. It helps wash all those delightful popper down. But if you think one is too hot, skip the water and get some milk!


The jalapeno popper is the perfect spicy bite! You won’t be able to resist them, especially with them stuffed with a meaty chorizo filing.


Chorizo Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

Makes 25 poppers


For the poppers

  • 25 large jalapenos
  • 8 ounces of raw chorizo
  • 8 ounce package of light cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 6 ounces of cheddar cheese, finely grated

For the Batter

  • 1 egg
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1 Cup corn meal

oil for frying


  1. While wearing gloves, remove the stem from the pepper. Carefully remove the seeds and ribbing from the jalapeno with a knife. Set aside.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the chorizo. Break into very small pieces while the chorizo cooks. Remove and place on a paper towel lined plate to cool.
  3. Combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and cooled chorizo. Place in a large piping bag or a large plastic storage bag with the corner cut off.
  4. Evenly fill the jalapenos. Chill for at least 2 hours.
  5. Heat the oil to 350 degrees while you coat the poppers.
  6. Beat the egg and milk together. Combine the flour and corn meal together in a shallow bowl. Dip the chilled, filled jalapeno into the milk mixture, then into the cornmeal mixture, back into the milk mixture and then again into the cornmeal mixture. Coat very well.
  7. Gently place the coated poppers in the oil. Flip occasionally so it cooks evenly. Cook until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel lined plate to cool.
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Stitch Fix – July 2016


I was so excited to get this latest Stitch Fix!

My recent boxes have been great so I was looking forward to getting more awesome items to add to my closet.

I received this box in July and have been rotating my goodies in my wardrobe since.


Conor Eylet Detail Top from Skies are Blue  for $64.00 (Size S)

I have been telling my stylist that I don’t really want long sleeve shirts since I live on the surface of the sun. So for a brief second I was bummed I got one, BUT I chilled out quickly since it’s cotton and breathable. Plus it’s white. Totally doable in Florida.

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I decided to keep this rather quickly since I liked the fit,

I’ve worn there to work once and several times on the weekend with jeans, as pictured above. It’s a nice neutral top so I typically accessorize it with bright sunglasses for a fun contrast.


Mula Knit Tank from Paper Moon $38.00 (Sized S)

Stripes! I totally dig the stripes on this top since they vary in color and size.


I’ve worn this more often on the weekends since I think it’s more casual than dressy but I’ve worn it to work with a black skirt, to go with the black striping.


Levi Ponte Dress from Brixon Ivy  $68.00 (Sized S)

I could go on and on and on about how much I love this dress!!

The shape, the material, the stripes, the color… it’s all fantastic.

And then there is a price, which is great for a dress like this.

And then there are the pockets. Pockets are life with a toddler who hands me stickers, chapstick, toy cars, 24/7.

I want to order a back up dress since I have a feeling I’ll probably spill something on it and then have a freak out.

Plus, I don’t have to wear a bra with this dress. A total win!


Alanzo Split Neck Cotton Tank from Skies are Blue $48.00 (Size S)

This top is similar to the button down tank I received in the Fix that arrived in April, which I thought was a bummer. But then I put it on and realized that I liked it so much more than that top in April. (Can I send that one back?! jk!)

I really like the detail in the neck line. It’ s simple but adds to the top to elevate it from just a plaid top to one that can be  dressed up for work as it’s more tailored.

I like the fit and style of this top a lot. Plus, it’s cotton!!

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Vilia Lace Detail Knit Top from Papermoon $48.00 (Size S)

I don’t love this top that much. It’s a seems like I could get it from Forever 21, but it’s nice. I’ve already worn it several times. I guess, I don’t like the price of it more than anything since it looks like a top from Forever 21.

But the fit is great (loose), I like the detail (lace), and the color (pink!) so it works.


Merchandise Total: $266

Buy 5 Discount: 25%: -66.50

Styling Fee Credit -$20.00

Total $179.50


I decided to keep all 5 items from this Stitch Fix box. It was a real winner!

I just scheduled my next fix, which will arrive in a few weeks.

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