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Art with Zach

Written By: Colleen - Aug• 26•15

So I finally got into Snapchat! I really don’t know how to tell people to find me other than to search my username, which is Colleen429.

Anyway, my Snaps are somewhat niche…they’re mainly of Zachary, particularly of Zachary either eating or walking, lol. I have fun doing them, and I don’t have a lot of followers, so I don’t feel the pressure of having to do something super awesome every day.

Last Wednesday was Zachary’s last day with one of his teachers, Miss Rachel. We love all four of Zach’s teachers. They are really great women, and Zach loves and feels safe with all of them. I wanted to do something nice for Miss Rachel as a goodbye present, so I thought it’d be cool to do one of those footprint butterflies. When I poured the paint, Zach got excited. I know that he paints at school, so I figured I’d do a last minute switch to a handprint butterfly. I also decided to Snapchat the entire thing. Here is the full experience:

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The Adventures of Zach & Zoe: Part 16

Written By: Colleen - Aug• 18•15

They send Snapchats to our friends Paul & Alice together…

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[Picture taken on August 16, 2015. Big thanks to Paul for grabbing me this screen cap!]

Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Bread

Written By: Colleen - Aug• 13•15

It’s been ages since I’ve made a post from something that I’ve made after being inspired by Pinterest. The last time I did a food-from-Pinterest post was October 7, 2013, which happened to be the day that I found out I was pregnant with Zachary. Holy moly, time flies.

Anyway, I decided to get back to that tonight. I’m not sure what inspired me, other than I just felt like a food project. On the menu was a recipe I found for “Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Pinwheels.” I didn’t quite understand the recipe, so I modified mine a bit and it ended up being more like stuffed bread or a really messy stromboli, lol. The presentation wasn’t as nice as I hoped it would be, but it was delicious nonetheless. I’m going to make it again soon and correct what I did wrong (which I’ll note below).

Here’s what I did.

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  • 1 package of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  •  1/2 lb of lean ground beef
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 3 Tablespoons of pizza sauce

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Cook and drain the ground beef.

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3. Cook and crumble the bacon. (I used the Target brand pre-cooked bacon and microwaved 8 slices for a minute.)

4. Take the crescent rolls out of their can and lay the dough out flat in a long rectangle. Pinch the seams together. (This is what I did wrong; I didn’t lay it out in a rectangle at first, so it was weird trying to put it back together!)

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5. Sprinkle the mozzarella and cheddar on top of the crescent rolls.

6. Add the ground beef and bacon on top of the cheeses.

7. Add pizza sauce to the top.

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8. Roll up the dough so it covers everything, then add cheese and garlic powder to the top. (I either didn’t stretch the dough enough because of how I took it out of the can or I put too much of the fillings in!) Option to cut it into rolls.

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9. Place on a pan/baking dish and bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.

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Like I said, the presentation wasn’t a nice as I had h0ped, mainly because I couldn’t get it to roll completely closed! However, it didn’t make a difference at all in the taste. It’s meat, bacon, and cheese. How bad could it taste?! Both Jay and I thought it was delicious and agreed I should try it again with some of the corrections. I can’t wait to try making this with other things inside!

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If you want to see how they were “supposed” to look, check out the link above. :)

The Adventures of Zach & Zoe: Part 15

Written By: Colleen - Aug• 12•15

They hang with Cap together…

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[Photo taken August 9, 2015.]

Jay & Jack and Bobby Moynihan

Written By: Colleen - Aug• 12•15

Guys! On Monday night, Jay and Jack recorded a podcast with Bobby Moynihan aka Drunk Uncle from Saturday Night Live. He’s a big LOST fan! On the podcast, which is a part of their 10th-anniversary retrospective, they talk about Bobby’s top five favorite LOST moments, and more. It’s really fun. If you are subscribed to the LOST Podcast feed, it’s on there. Plus+ members had access to it early, so it’s also on that feed. :) Here is the link to their website: http://www.jayandjack.com/2015/08/11/lost-podcast-mp3-ep-7-12-bobby-loves-lost/

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P.S. Joe Matero, if you are reading this…Bobby sounds exactly like you when he talks on the podcast! I miss your face, my dear old friend.

Sorry, Sam & Nia.

Written By: Colleen - Aug• 11•15

Well. I can’t believe that this is going to be my first post back in a month, but here goes.

Like a gazillion other people, I saw the video of vloggers Sam & Nia announce their pregnancy last week. I didn’t know who they were, but I thought it was delightful and I loved it. When I saw that they had suffered a miscarriage a few days after posting that video, I was genuinely sad. I’ve had friends who have had miscarriages. I spent 39 weeks and 6 days terrified that my baby wouldn’t make it to term. I’m still terrified of it happening someday.

What made me even sadder than hearing the news is reading the comments on YouTube, Facebook, and underneath the articles on various news outlets. I have read everything from “They did it for publicity! They aren’t really crying!” to “Keep your personal life private!” to “That’s what you get for sharing it so early on in the pregnancy!” to “Get over it. It’s just a mass of cells so early on anyway. It’s not even a baby. Who cares?”

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The Adventures of Zach & Zoe: Part 14

Written By: Colleen - Jul• 15•15

Reunited after eight days apart. One of them is excited, the other is just really desperate for attention. You can decide which one is which.

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[Picture taken on July 14, 2015.]

Jay & Jack’s 9th Annual Comic-Con Panel

Written By: Colleen - Jul• 01•15

Woo-hoo! If you’re going to San Diego Comic-Con this year and you’re into TV shows such as LostGame of Thrones, and The Leftovers, then you definitely want to check out “Lost Podcast and Beyond” with Jay & Jack. This year, they will have special guests Kris White (The Official Lost Podcast) and Nick Dunn (Game of Thrones with Jay, Jack & Nick).

This year, the panel is at the new library. Hopefully, that won’t deter anyone from showing up. It’s going to be awesome. Plus, it will be Zachary’s first time watching Jay & Jack do a Comic-Con panel. Yay, awesomeness. Getting excited!

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love always wins

Written By: Colleen - Jun• 28•15

Regardless of “recent” blog posts, I have still been struggling to find my creativity. I made some steps towards doing that today. I was curious to see if there were any good t-shirts on the Internet yet that honored Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.  I couldn’t find anything that I liked, so I decided to create my own. I was inspired by several different image searches, but did create this one myself this afternoon via Pages and Paint X Lite.

It’s primative. I don’t claim to be artistically inclined in any manner whatsoever. Here’s what I came up with. I ordered it this evening. I hope it gets here in time for San Diego Comic-Con. I also hope this is the start of my creativity coming back. Fingers crossed.

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It is so ordered.

Written By: Colleen - Jun• 26•15

I can’t say anything more eloquent than these words.

 

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In a time when there are some very bad, hateful things happening in this country, it’s nice to get a win for love and equality. There is hope for us yet.