Monthly Archives: January 2013

New Years Resolutions

I love the idea of setting new years resolutions. Because really, it’s like making a task list – and boy oh boy do I love a good task list.

But here’s what I don’t love. A year? Really? So much can happen in a year to completely alter those goals – and I think it’s such a far away distance that you don’t really work to achieve them, they are easy to forget about, etc. If my boss walked into my cube and handed me five things to do ‘this year’ – I’m not that motivated to start right at this moment… but if he walks in my cube and says ‘these things need to be done this month’ – I’m going to get those suckers done.

Why don’t we all just set monthly goals for ourselves? That seems like a much more attainable, trackable, accountable idea. You can begin the month setting yourself up for what you want to get done and thirty days later (or less if you’re starting late – whoops) – reflect on how things went and adjust, as necessary, for the next month.

Here are the things I’m going to do in January. Please feel free to hold me accountable and ask me about it!

  1. Buy nothing month. I already blogged about it here. It’s going well, but that’s still a goal for the month!
  2. I need to get a new drivers license and license plates for my new state. I have 90 days from move date… and end of January will be the last of those days! It’s quite the process in this state. I’m sure you’ll be hearing about that adventure.
  3. I think I have about 100 thank you notes to write from Christmas. I am going to write these.
  4. It’s impossible to run here. There is no air and it’s all hills. Oh and secretly (or not so secretly if you’ve ever run with/near/around me) I hate running. Therefore, I must find a new means of exercise. And it needs to be indoors because it gets cold and it’s already dark by the time I leave work. And I miss my bootcamps. So I will take suggestions – because the elliptical gets old ūüėČ
  5. Learn to cook one new meal a week each week of the month. I’ve got a new cookbook and Pinterest, these will be beautiful tools. Plus, a girl can only eat so much spaghetti!

With my mass amount of free time all of the ‘clean and organize my closet’ or ‘sort out and get rid¬†of things you don’t need’ have already been accomplished. Bam. Take that! But I think these are five very do-able things that I have 27 days to accomplish. Bring it on January. I’ve got my eyes set on you…

Pinterest Challenge – Macho Nachos

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The ingredients!

Let’s face it, I love nachos. It’s a combination of all of my very favorite things… salt & carbs! Living in the sorority house in college we basically survived the weekends by eating microwave nachos for breakfast/lunch and dinner. Some chips, some shredded cheese and 30 seconds in the microwave – bam! – lunch was ready.But I kept hearing of these people who baked nachos… or broiled them? What? Foreign concept. Yes, I will accept that challenge and try it out. So to Pinterest I went… and I stumbled upon a recipe from Paula Deen. Seriously, if Paula Deen has a recipe for nachos, how do you NOT try them?

I present to you – Paula Deen’s Macho Nachos… with my edits… of course!

Ingredients (Serves 12): (I’m one person, so I adjusted)

  • 1¬†¬† can refried beans (or a few scoops from one can)
  • 1¬†¬† large bag white corn tortilla chips (as many as you think you can eat – stop – put some back, your stomach isn’t that big, don’t kid yourself)
  • 1¬†¬† medium onion, chopped (how about just a slice or two? save the rest for the next batch!)
  • 1¬†¬† can chili (recommended Hormel) or your favorite chili recipe (Hormel. Duh.)
  • 1 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese (enough to cover all of the chips)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (ditto)
  • 1 cup sour cream (I strongly dislike sour cream, so that got the ax…)
  • 1 cup green onion, chopped (whatever tastes good and looks festive)
  • 1¬†¬† tomato, diced (I love tomato, so this is perfect)
  • 1¬†¬† jalapeno sliced (I used half and I’m a weenie so I threw out the seeds)

Directions:Seriously, chop it all up before hand because you're about to throw it all on in two shakes.

Have all ingredients prepared and ready to assemble nachos.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.In a small saucepan on low¬†microwave, heat refried beans (and chili)¬†until they are loose enough to spoon onto nachos.¬† On a large oven proof platter (or cover a normal baking sheet with tin foil – saves on clean up!), spread out tortilla chips and quickly put a teaspoon of hot refried beans (and chili)¬†on each chip.¬† Working quickly, sprinkle with onions, Jack cheese, and jalapeno slices.¬† Spoon on chili and top that with Cheddar cheese. Repeat this layering process until ingredients are used up. Place chips in the oven at 350 degrees until cheese has melted.¬† Remove from oven and¬†place on a trivet¬†or heatproof surface¬†and¬†set on stove. Then feel free to take tin foil off pan and place onto plate.¬†Top nachos with sour cream, green onions, diced tomato and jalapeno slices and serve hot (Whoops! Who needs that step, I’d already thrown all of those ingredients on before baking!).

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Baking effort. Pretty good. WAY TO MUCH. Silly Betsy.

So here’s my review – they are good. They looked nice.¬†But as it turns out – I wasn’t that wild about all of the stuff on my nachos and having them be a bit soggy.As any good chef would – I tried it again (did I mention I love nachos?). This time I used my leftover ingredients (sans chili – it really wasn’t that great) – and I heated up my beans to dip them instead (instead of putting them on the chips and making them soggy gross). AND I BROILED THE NACHOS.

Way better. There aren’t words better. And it¬†is much easier and quicker than baking the nachos! Who knew?! You turn on the broiler, stick the pan in, let the cheese melt AND let the chips get browned… and then you take them out and eat them. Genius. Oh and did I mention this way the chips BROWN. Yum. High five. Yay broiler.

Broiled success! Look at the brown! Look at the beauty! Yummo!

Broiled success! Look at the brown! Look at the beauty! Yummo!

Overall – the recipe – even modified slightly – was a success! It’ll be a great way to make a quick snack item for people when they come over AND they look great!Next week, I vow to do something with potatoes as I have about 10 left in my bag and it feels wasteful not to use them…

8 Years Later

I did something crazy this weekend.

It’s something I’ve thought about doing ever since my college neighbor knocked on my door for the first time. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for more than 8 years. I’ve thought about it, always worried about what people would say and think – and I’ve talked myself out of it for eight years.

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Things to note: the monkey, Mike, Mike’s t-shirt and the studio art..

But this weekend, with the encouragement of a friend and a whole new mindset on life. I did it.

I pierced my nose.

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A love affair eight years in the making…

Yup – goody-two-shoes, rule following, hair highlighting, Loft wearing, Coach carrying Betsy pierced her nose.

And I love it.

So much.

I think it’s a perfect way to kick off a new year, new adventures, new life stage and really new everything else.

So yes, I’m 27. I’m an adult. I’ve got a professional job. I follow the rules.

But now I do that all with a little extra bling!

And it makes me smile.

Oh and don’t worry budget savvy friends – not only was it a small $10 investment in a lifetime of happiness… but I spent it in December. Everyone wins!

Is there something you’ve been wanting to do for a while? What’s holding you back? Go get it! I may have been shaking like leaf, but it was so worth it. I can’t believe I didn’t do it years ago!