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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:

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.

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.

Where Have I Been?

Written By: Colleen - Jun• 06•15

So, I went and disappeared again for a while. I didn’t do it intentionally. I’ve just been busy. About six months ago, I started doing some part-time freelance work. It was mostly manageable stuff, but I wasn’t making money as fast as I was hoping. Then, about six weeks ago, just as I was thinking I should try to find something else, I took an assignment from someone who was looking to give writers more regular work. And, suddenly, I was swamped. It was great, but definitely no longer a part-time job. I’ve been spending hours doing it on the weekend and working until 12:30 or 1:30am. On some days, I got up at 4 a.m. to work on it. But most days, I go to bed at 1 and get up when Zach wakes up between 5 and 6 a.m. This was while still working my busy day job. Needless to say, I’m a little bit exhausted right now. However, I can’t complain because I asked for it, haha, and I’m forever grateful to how good God is to me. I now have more respect than ever before for men and women who work two or three jobs to support their families.

Anyway, I let myself get too wrapped up in doing this stuff, and haven’t been taking very good care of myself. Aside from the not sleeping, I’ve been eating like shit and since I’ve been staying up so late, I’ve been guilty on several nights of having a night cap when I know I have about 30 minutes left and want to make sure I’m “relaxed” enough to fall asleep. I’ve gained some weight and been sick on and off. I’ve exercised five times in the last six weeks. I’m mentally and physically exhausted all of the time. I’m just very unhealthy right now.

So, that’s where I’ve been. I’ve been busying working and not taking care of myself at all. If you’re reading this and you work multiple jobs at once that add up to more than 40 hours a week, then you are my hero. I have the utmost respect for how amazing you are.

As for me, I’m taking a little break for the next week so I can prepare for Zach’s birthday and write some sappy blog posts about that. Stay tuned!