Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I've Moved!!!

I know I've been MIA for sometime now and after a lot of thought I have decided to start fresh. I want to thank each and every one of you for reading, following, and commenting over the past few years and I hope that you will continue to follow me along on my ever changing journey. You can now find me at www.submarinesandpearls.blogspot.com

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Breakfast Roll-Ups

I was looking for a twist on breakfast for dinner when I found this great recipe from Pillsbury.. The real thing never seems to look as good as it does in the picture - but these sure tasted good! 

They're pretty easy to make, albeit time consuming. You'll need:

Scrambled eggs (5)
8 fully cooked sausage links
4 pieces of sliced cheese
1 can crescent Pillsbury dinner rolls

Place the sausage, half a piece of cheese, and a spoonful of egg onto the roll. Roll up the roll (ha!) and bake them for the recommended time on a greased cookie sheet. 

Eat way to many and enjoy!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year and Some Resolutions

I hope everyone had a fantastic New Years Eve!

Mr. S had to work late yesterday and had to go in early again this morning so we had a pretty quiet night at home. He actually fell asleep around 11 and I woke him up just minutes before the ball dropped to sneak in a midnight kiss! 

I'm thankful that we were able to spend last night together (even if we just made dinner and watched a movie) because who knows how many New Years we'll be able to celebrate together in the future. 

Every year I tell myself that I'm not going to make a resolution and every year I still do! 

Some goals for 2014:

Keep kicking butt in school and maintain a 4.0
Get organized! (I'm almost there already!)
Spend more time with God and with His word
and ... drum roll please ... get healthier!!

Do you make resolutions? Is anyone actually able to keep them?!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Home for the Holidays with Kendra

I'm having a wonderful time in Michigan visiting family and friends! When I get back to Carolina I'll be sure to share details of my trip, my first experience in a USO airport lounge, pictures from the Christmas wedding I went to last night, and my new (much shorter!) hair!

In the meantime I would like to share a "Home for the Holidays story" from the lovely Kendra Thornton. Her story especially tugs at my heart strings this year. 

You can find Kendra on Twitter @KendraThornton or at her website www.thorntonpr.com

Nothing Beats Home for Holiday Celebrations

As the holiday season arrives once again, music is evoking special sentiments in all of us, and many people are feeling energized as they buy gifts and prepare for celebrations with loved ones. In Chicago, this time of year practically guarantees snow along with the pleasure of spending time with friends and family. Like all families, mine has a few of our own special Christmas traditions. Half of my family is from Norway, which brings some unique touches to the holidays. We never fail to enjoy food and drinks that celebrate Norwegian heritage.

Our family always makes Norwegian favorites kringla and lefse, and every year on Christmas Eve, we gather around to swallow whole, raw oysters in unison. This is always guaranteed to be hilarious. Next, we all have a hot serving of savory stew made with oysters. Finally, our family holds a toast before downing shots of Akvavit, a potent spirit of Scandinavian origin that is guaranteed to warm you up. We all yell, "skol," which basically means "cheers" in Norwegian.

Ice-skating is always an important event for my kids during the holidays. Other seasonal activities they love include tree decorating in front of our home's bay window, cooking a huge Norwegian feast with my help, drinking hot chocolate and making special cookies to leave for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. However, one of our best traditions is to make and sprinkle reindeer dust around the outside of the windows in my children's rooms for Christmas Eve. According to legend, this dust will help guide reindeer to your home. It's no wonder that my children enjoy this so much.

My last job required worldwide travels all of the time, but I've found that nothing compares to spending the holidays at home with loved ones. I would never want to spend Christmas away from my family and the beautiful snow that Chicago gets each year. On Gogobot, I once read an article that compared holidays spent in the snow with those spent in warmer places. Personally, I've visited plenty of warmer climates, but I feel that those places just don't make Christmas shine the way it does in snowy areas. There's just no comparison between ice-skating amongst snow-covered pine trees and rollerblading under palm trees. How would you describe your own area during the holidays?

The truth is that I've only ever known Christmas as being cold and snowy. For us Thornton’s, it's the only way to celebrate. Fortunately, we're able to stay in town for Christmas again this year and celebrate with family members who joined us for so much fun at Thanksgiving recently. I truly hope that your holiday season is amazing this year and has plenty of wonderful food, time with loved ones and hilarity. The Thornton family wishes you Happy Holidays.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Country Life

When I was a child we briefly lived in Northern Michigan in a tiny little town off the interstate. It was about as country as you could get there and I loved it. We moved down state (to a city) and while it was always my mother's intention to go back it just never happened. I've lived in a city ever since. There are so many things that I enjoy about living in or close to a big city, especially now that we live so close to Charleston, SC. I miss the slower pace lifestyle though where traffic isn't insane and you know every single one of your neighbors. 

I had a chance to visit my college roommate at her and her husband's first home before moving to Charleston this past summer. They live in a tiny little lake-side town in Western Michigan and I couldn't get enough of it. I can't wait to visit her again! With Mr. S in the Navy it is doubtful we will live in the "country" anytime soon, but maybe we'll retire somewhere like this one day. 

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