My Crazy Life

Hey Everyone, I’m Brielle and I’m sorry I haven’t posted in.. 2 years.. ANYWAYS! The past few months have been Crazy with a capital C for me. Let me start back in January…

Januaury started like any other month, except it was cold and snowy! But thankfully I didn’t have to worry about the cold in our new apartment, My mom moved in with her boyfriend and I joined with her. My brother stayed with our step family due to his job being over there. My Brother would come over sometimes, Bring his laptop, and play this game. I use to watch him but I didn’t really understand it.. some war-fighting-ship-base-fleet game thing.. but as I watched him more and more I began to understand it, yet I still hadn’t made an account. Around mid January, my brother came over and he was using this Skype-like program called TeamSpeak, Skype without the video pretty much, and he was talking to some friends of his. I’d press the button to speak and say hi to all the people he was talking to. My brother told me I should make an account, so I did! I downloaded TeamSpeak and used it to talk to his friends as well. The people I talked to mostly knew each other, They were all friends and family in real life.

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So I started playing the game, It’s called Vega Conflict and I still didn’t have any idea what I was doing.. I’d just sit on TeamSpeak and talk to all of them.. my brother started warning the guys that “I’m his little sister” and to “not flirt with me”.. well that didn’t completely work out. I started talking to one of his friends named Austin. We talked day and night for a few days and then decided that, even though he’s in a different state, we can try being in a long distance relationship.

Around the middle of February I started to mention me and him meeting one day.. which lead to me saying how unhappy I had been for the past few years. How I felt like I needed a change.. So we planned for me to come see him. By the beginning of March, he got a job offer in North Dakota. He could work in the Oil fields with one of his friends, Thinking it would make good money he agreed. This made my situation a little harder because when they were headed to North Dakota from Wyoming (where they both lived) the weather got iffy, and they couldn’t come get me… I was anxious to when I would get to see him. I had saved up $300 for this and my boyfriend suggested Greyhound Buses.. We looked up prices.. $230 to get from St. Louis, Missouri.. To Bismark, North Dakota. I decided it was the only way I’d get to see him unless I wanted to wait 3 months.. lets just say I was impatient! So I bought the ticket for a few days later.. Which happened to land on my 17th birthday!

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My bus ride took 26 hours.. I had 2 transfers and a ton of stops (look above). I met a guy at the first stop, His name is Bobby.. He offered to help me with my bags and he flirted with me the whole first bus ride! Till we stopped in Chicago, Illinois at least ;) he bid me a farewell, gave me his facebook, and wished me good luck on my travels. I sat in Chicago’s bus station for 2 aching, lonely hours. On the plus side I had a really good burger from their food venue there.

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**2 hours later** I was back on the road on my second bus. Sitting next to a man who asked to sit by me because he “didn’t want to sit by anyone weird”. He explained to me that he’s going to North Dakota to meet a girl he’d only met once before, he also explained that he starts tour in a week with his band.. he showed me pictures of when he toured with Korn.. yes, Korn.. I felt like the whole bus ride was fake! This bus took me through Wisconsin and Minnesota, I stopped in Milwuakee and minneapolis. We stopped in Tomah, Wisconsin for 20 minutes to get some food.. Let me tell you how weird it was to eat McDonalds cinnabites at 2:40 in the morning..(we got there early so we got an extra 10 minutes to eat and stretch. By the time We hit minneapolis it was 6:30am. we were ahead of schedule.. the sun was still down so I captured this picture when my third bus finally took off (look above).

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My third bus, At this point I was counting down the hours.. 7 hours left.. I took a few naps.. The one Rockstar guy was still next to me. After a few more naps we landed in Fargo, ND. We had 45 minutes layover there so I went to the bathroom and did my makeup.. since I only had 1 hour and 30 minutes left! I was getting more and more nervous. Finally, We made it.. I was sitting near the front of the bus and I was the 3rd person to get off the bus. I saw Austin standing there with his friend Cheyenne. I walked over and awkward smiled and giggled dropping my carry-on on the ground and giving him a short hug. We got my bags and got in the car to head to the little town of Garrison, ND, Population: 1,550 people. lets say.. Small town.

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After a month there, the oil field just wasn’t putting out so we drove back to Wyoming and stayed for a week or two, then took a 2 week vacation in Missouri, so my mom could meet Austin. We came back to Wyoming and that’s where we’ve been since! A month ago Austin asked me to marry him, since we can’t get married until I’m 18 it gives us time to make sure this is what we want. :)

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Thank you for reading all of this and I hope you enjoyed it. I’ll keep you all updated more often now! I love you all so much!

xoxo Brielle

 

What I’ve Been Cooking – February 2013

What I've Been Cooking

Hi there, I know I haven’t posted a recipe in awhile. It’s been too long, I’ll get better. School keeps me so busy with lots of homework and then during my extra time I’d rather be with my friends than always in the kitchen. Ya know?

But really, I have missed it, so I will do better.

In the meantime, I thought I’d show you some of the things my mom and I have been cooking up in the kitchen. These are the things I’ve actually helped her with. I will link to the recipes that we have posted already. Most of them are coming in March and April.

1. Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes – These were supposed to go on MY blog back in October, but I got super busy and forgot to post them. I’m trying to decide if I should keep them until Fall ’13 or post them now. What do you think?

2. The Cooks’ Easy Baked Ziti – coming to my mom’s blog in April for the A-Z Challenge (ha! It’s the letter ‘Z’!)

3. Clam Chowder – Mom’s Blog – in March. I didn’t do much with this one except that I ate it and I also styled the photos and took them.

4.The Cooks’ Best Chili Recipe – This is already on my mom’s blog, but we wanted to update the photos (and eat Chili too!). It’s was really cold here that night and we got 5 inches of snow.

5. Pumpkin Donuts – On my mom’s blog. I know I didn’t actually show the donuts (they are really pretty and yummy looking too) I picked this photo because I love it and I love my  mom’s stand mixer. My favorite appliance in our kitchen.

6. Salad – Nothing super special, except we make our own buttermilk ranch dressing and most nights we do salad, I make it. I love salad.

7.Grapefruit Smoothie – My mom is really into smoothies and she likes to make all kinds of them with odd and different fruits and even vegetables (gross!). This grapefruit smoothie is for her A-Z Challenge in April. What letter do you think it is?  I don’t really like grapefruit, but the smoothie was pretty and I took the pictures, so I showed you.

8. Lemon Pepper Chicken Lunchbox Wraps – These were so good and I took these pictures too. My mom gets to work with cool brands, like Land O Lakes and she was using a product they sent her in this recipe. You should totally make these, we all loved them!

9. Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread – O.M.G! We had this last weekend and it was my first time helping my mom make it. It’s just so good, probably one of a handful of recipes that all us kids agree on. That usually makes my mom happy.

 

Brielle’s Breakfast Bullseye

This recipe is easy, fun, and delicious. They are easy breakfast meals and  after school snacks. Your kids will love them.

These bullseye’s are fun for the whole family. Perfect for slumber parties and just some friends hanging out. So run out and buy these amazing ingredients and make yourself a magnificent bullseye.

Brielle’s Breakfast Bullseye
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 slice of bread
  • a glass or cup or circle cookie cutter
Instructions
  1. Take the piece of bread and a cup and punch out the center(don’t let the edges get too thin)and set aside
  2. Heat a pan like you are cooking an egg
  3. Lay the butter in the center while heating up
  4. Set the bread in the middle and make sure the butter is in the center of the bread
  5. Crack the egg in the center of the bread(its okay if the egg runs from underneath)
  6. Break the yoke with a spatula and add the seasonings you want(salt, pepper, etc…)
  7. Wait until the egg is firm on the bottom and flip it over
  8. Don’t let it burn but when both sides are done cooking use the spatula to transfer it to a plate
  9. If you like hot sauce you can add a small bowl to the side
  10. Eat with your fingers and enjoy

 

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites #SundaySupper

These pumpkins last for almost 2 weeks in the fridge and are great for kids lunches. But make sure they are cold or chilled. These are a Peanut Butter Lovers favorite snack. It’s also My favorite after school snack. You will crave and want to make these over and over again.

Peanut Butter Pumpkins 3These pumpkins are not just tasty but fun to eat. Kids love them, I know because I am a kid and I adore them. My family and friends enjoy them too!

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Thanks #SundaySupper for letting me join you! Hope you guys enjoy this awesome ORANGE recipe. BTW the category for this sunday supper is The Color Orange! The color orange isn’t my favorite color but when you start to cook with it you realize all the cool orange foods there are!

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4.3 from 3 reviews
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites #SundaySupper
 
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Serves: 25
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1½ cups peanut butter
  • 1 (16 ounce) package confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • red food coloring
  • yellow food coloring
  • green decorators icing
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a large bowl and add a few drops of yellow and red food coloring, until mixture has a nice orange color.
  2. Add the peanut butter and confectioners sugar and mix together until a dough like consistency is reached. (This means that when the dough is nice and stiff and it gets hard to add any more sugar, to let it go at that).
  3. Shape dough into small balls shaped like pumpkins; make ridges on the pumpkins with a toothpick.
  4. Add a small amount of green decorators icing to the top of each pumpkin for a stem.
  5. Refrigerate, if desired, to allow pumpkins to firm.
  6. Serve on a plate lined with toasted coconut and Halloween decorated cookies, if desired; these also look good on top of cupcakes.

 

 

Sunrise  (Breakfast and Brunch)

Paula from Vintage Kitchen Notes is bringing her Orange Ricotta Pancakes
Erin from Dinners Dishes and Desserts is baking up some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Heather from Girlichef is bringing Pumpkin Doughnuts with Spiced Buttermilk Glaze
Nicole from Daily Dish Recipes is making Pumpkin Donut Puffs
Kris from In the Kitchen with Audrey and Maurene is bringing Sweet Potato Pancakes
Patti from Comfy Cuisine is bringing  Classic Orange Marmalade
Sunithi from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz is making Spiced Pumpkin Ricotta Muffins with Craisins and Walnuts
Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet is cooking up some Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal
Jamie from Mama Mommy Mom is bringing Butternut Squash Butter
Chelsea from Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence is bringing Pumpkin Spiced Donuts with Chai Icing

High Noon (Soups, Salads and Sandwiches)

Renee from Magnolia Days is serving up some Butternut Squash Soup
Beate from Galactopdx is bringing her Carrot Ginger Soup
Jen from Juanita’s Cocina is making some Curried Sweet Potato Salad With Cranberries and Pecans
Megan from I Run For Wine is making Skinny Roasted Butternut Squash and Italian Sausage Soup
Sarah from What Smells So Good is filling our bowls with some Spicy Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup
Alice from Hip Foodie Mom is coming with her Roasted Carrot and Red Quinoa Salad
Susan from The Wimpy Vegetarian is making Cider – Spiced Sweet Potato Soup
Tora from Tora’s Real Food is bringing Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food is making Monty’s Pumpkin Soup
Lyn from The Lovely Pantry is bringing Roasted Pumpkin & Coconut Soup
Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic is whipping up some Mandarin Chicken Salad

Sunset (Dinner and Main Dishes)

Sarah from Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends is offering up some Pumpkin Ravioli
Shelia from Pippis In The Kitchen Again is serving her Roasted Squash and Ricotta with Honey
Pam from The Meltaways is making Spooky Stuffed Peppers
Patsy from Famfriendsfood is bringing her Carrot Souffle
Laura from Small Wallet Big Appetite is bringing Chicken and Sweet Potato Fritters
Mehereen from Chattering Kitchen is making Sichuan Orange Glazed Chicken with Toasted Sesame Seeds
Tammi from Momma’s Meals is making Hearty Pork Stew
Kristin from Kwistin’s Favorites is making Orange Chicken
Soni from Soni’s Food For Thought is cooking up some Rigatoni with Pumpkin Ricotta Sauce
Shelby from Diabetic Foodie is cooking up some Moroccan Vegetable Stew
Dara from Generation Y Foodie is bringing Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Brandie from Home Cooking Memories is sharing a DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar 
Amber from Mama’s Blissful Bites  is bringing Rice and Fig Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

By The Bonfire (Sweets, Snacks and Sips)

Carla from Chocolate Moosey is making Pumpkin Tiramisu with Pumpkin Butter Caramel Sauce
Heather from Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks is offering up some Pumpkin Cake Truffles
Shelia from Cooking Underwriter is bringing Sweet Potato Bacon Beet Salsa
Anne from Webicurean  is making some Drunken Pumpkin Bread
Karen from In The Kitchen With KP is making Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Leslie La Cocina De Leslie is making Sweet Potato Atole
Seet Fei from My Trials in The Kitchen is bringing Sweet Potatoes Mini Balls
Tara from Noshing With The Nolands is bringing Oranges En Suprise
Susan from The Girl in The Red Kitchen is making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scone with Pumpkin Glaze
Brie from Brie’s Bites is bringing Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites
Conni from Mrs. Mama Hen is making Orange Glazed Poundcake
Isabel from Family Foodie is baking up Moist Pumpkin Bread
Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings is baking up a Vegan Pumpkin Orange Cake
Brenda from Meal Planning Magic is whipping up some Creamy Pumpkin Dip
Laura from Family Spice is making some Unprocessed and Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
Kathya from Basic and Delicious is baking up Butternut Squash and Carrot Bread
Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is serving up Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling
Stephanie from The Cookie A Day Challenge is whipping up some Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches
Katie from She Like Ruffles, He Likes Truffles is bringing Pumpkin Harvest Cookies
Nancy from Gotta Get Baked is baking up some Orange Macadamia Dark Chocolate Cookies
Angie from Big Bear’s Wife  is bringing Orange Soda Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
Katy from Happy Baking Days is bringing Carrot Cake with Orange Glaze
Sandra from Midlife Road Trip is bringing Orange ya glad it’s fall! Hungarian Apricot/Walnut pastries

That’s fifty nine awesome dishes this week!
Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper.
We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm(Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite recipes featuring our favorite fall color.

All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat.

We’d also love to feature your easy go to recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers, too.

Come hungry!

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I linked up to Scrumptious Sunday Recipe Link Party #32.

Herbed Butter Pork Chops #SundaySupper

Hi guys! I’m back again and this week I am participating in the 5 ingredient recipes #SundaySupper. I’m bringing my Herbed Butter Pork Chops.

These pork chops were AMAZING! So tasty. The pork chops turned out really well and my whole family enjoyed them. My mom made some veggies and rolls to go on the side and we had a perfect dinner. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family and I did.

Thank you #SundaySupper for allowing me to join you in this weeks #SundaySupper, and to my mom’s friend Amber, you did a really great job getting it all together. Sadly I won’t be able to talk to you guys during the chat, because I’m going to the football game with my dad and I am really excited about it. My dinner will be football food and hot chocolate. My favorite. Thanks again #SundaySupper!

P.S. Guess what? Tomorrow I am supposed to be moving to my own domain! Next week I should be at www.briesbites.com! I can’t wait!

Herbed Pork Chops
Herbed Butter Pork Chops

These were SO good.

Herbed Pork Chops
Herbed Pork Chops

5.0 from 2 reviews
Herbed Butter Pork Chops #SundaySupper
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ stick of butter
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops (1/2 inch thick and 4 ounces each)
Instructions
  1. While oven is preheating to 350°, allow the butter to melt in the pan. Remove the pan when butter is melted, careful it will be hot.
  2. Set it aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients,feel free to add a pinch of pepper; rub over pork chops.
  4. Place the pork chops into your buttery pan.
  5. Bake uncovered, at 350° for 38-42 minutes or until juices run clear.

 

 

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