The Happy Nappy Bride

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Figured it out! January 26, 2011

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Well, after many doctors visits, blood tests, and ultra sounds…the docs have figured out what’s wrong with me.  Before I tell you, I just want to warn you of the dangers of internet diagnoses.  After putting my symptoms into a search engine, I was sure I had all sorts of awful diseases and maladies.

Turns out I have IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, of the constipation variety.  So, not a disease and not anything that can be fixed with medicine or whatever, but it’s something that I’ll have to deal with for the rest of my life.  Symptoms are: gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, headaches, and backaches.  I swear to you if you put those symptoms into WebMD, you could either be pregnant or have cancer!

Anyhoo, to what I’ve got to do.  I’ve learned a lot about soluble and insoluble fiber and how they make me feel.  We think that fiber is awesome and great for us, but for me…insoluble fiber is evil!  Things like raw green veggies, carrots, and fatty foods are on the “try not to eat” list.  While solubles like bananas and potatoes are good for me.  The good news is that if I start with solubles, then I can add insolubles without all of the yucky side effects.

So that was the diagnosis.  Anyone else have to deal with this?  Any tips for me?

 

Groceries from amazon.com? January 19, 2011

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Okay people, I’m back from my existential blogging break (what am I blogging for? does anyone care? what’s the point?)…nice to see you again!

I just found out that you can subscribe to receive items from amazon.com on a regular basis…it’s called subscribe and save.  It’s kind of a crazy deal!  I actually was looking for fiber pills (yes, I’m old) and stumbled upon it…and was able to save (more than the savings you usually get from amazon) a lot of loot.

I feel like I’m a salesman for them (I’m not…but I can be bought, lol!) but I think it’s a great program.  You sign up to receive items at a regular interval you choose (every one, two, three, or six months) and your card is charged when the items are shipped.

You can get groceries, toilet paper, diapers, makeup, office supplies…all sorts of stuff!  They even have organic foods.

Anyhoo, I thought that this would be a cool way to save some loot.  You should check it out!

 

Love your honey… October 21, 2010

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…and make him eat good food!

I know some of you out there are like me and a little nutty about food.  I’m totally anti “food” that’s just add water and eat for dinner.  Now don’t get me wrong, we’ll still have those bad for you (but oh so tasty) Little Debbie snack cakes around the house…but for “real” food?  It’s got to be immediately recognizable as food.  Like an actual fruit or vegetable.  Or a cut of meat that looks like, well, meat…and not a pieced together mish mash of meat pieces.

Anyhoo, here are the ways I try to stay on top of feeding my fam the good stuff:

  1. Eat fresh foods. I have the world’s biggest junk food tooth.  I won’t say sweet tooth, because it goes well beyond the sweets, because I like the salty’s too, lol!  But to balance it all out, I put a lot of effort into making sure that we’ve got healthy and tasty options prepared and ready to go in the fridge.  Our dinners are always made with real food and we typically have fresh veggies and fruits in their for munching and snacks.
  2. Cook. That’s obvious right?  I should have said, cook in large quantities.  I’ll make a couple of meals at a time, because I don’t know about you…but my job has me working like a field slave.  So I don’t have time to come home everyday talking about making dinner.  When I cook, I usually make enough for a couple of lunches and dinners to come from one meal.  I’d prefer to cook fresh everyday (and I do when I’m off in the summers…thank you academic calendar!), but that’s just not an option while I’m working.
  3. Learn. My mom is a good cook and she made healthy meals for us when I was growing up, so she set a good example.  But once I started learning about food and what it does for our body…I got serious about eating good stuff.  Michael Pollan’s books have been super helpful for my learning why crappy food is crappy and why I should eat the good stuff.  That may sound silly, but when I’m faced with choice of Micky D’s or homemade…his books have helped bring me back from the fast food ledge.

Anyhoo, I’d love to hear what your household (whether you cook or it’s your hubby) does for food.  Do you talk about cooking and how you eat?  Or do you secretly make the fam eat healthy?  Do your kiddos like healthy or no?

 

Are you the “good” house? October 7, 2010

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So the paper from my old stomping grounds (H-town) rated Halloween candy…more specifically, they rated the worst five Halloween candies that you can hand out.  See if you agree.

5.  Hard butterscotch candy. While I do think these candies are tasty and yummy and remind me of my younger days…I’m pretty sure you’ll get a disappointed face from whatever little tyke you try to give these to.

4.  Wax bottles. You remember those right?  They’re those waxy things with liquid sugar water in them.  I never got those and I’d consider myself a candy connoisseur.  You can’t eat the wax but you’ve got to get thru it to get to the sugar…not worth the effort.

3.  Candy corn and pumpkins. Whoa, whoa, whoa…this is a party foul!  These are the cornerstones of Halloween candies.  Does it even feel like Halloween without candy corns?  This may be an overreaction because I’ve already mowed through like five bags of candy corn/pumpkins/autumn mix…but I think they’re pretty tasty and Halloweeny.  No lie, I was just looking for mini bags to hand out…and I stand by that decision!

2.  Tootsie rolls. I’ve never been a tootsie fan, but I know a lot of folks are…I think it’s a solid handout for Halloween.

1.  Peanut butter taffy. Blech!  You know the ones…that nasty *ss candy in the black and orange wrappers.  This candy is a trick…you get all excited for yummy and what you get is pure nasty.  But I hear that there are those that actually like this crap…and Bit-O-Honey too.  These candies are destined to be part of a trade if you hand them out.

What they left out: the non-candies…apples, raisins, pennies, pretzels.  Kids don’t want those!  Give them candy and let their parents worry about their teeth and their health.  Your job is to answer the door bell and hand out sugar, plain and simple.

The moral of the story is…hand out chocolate, lol!  You can hand out anything else you want as long as you’ve got a Twix mixed up in there too.  What do you think?  Do you and your honey hand out candy?  How long to you keep the light on?  Do you hand out to teenagers?

 

rabbit’s foot September 16, 2010

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“You’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?” –Dirty Harry

I’d say that things have been going well for me lately.  I’ve got a job I love, married a fabulous dude…I could go on and on.  But do you know when I knew for sure that my life was on the right track?  When The Mister and I went to Buffalo Wild Wings and I won this:

That’s right playa…50 free wings!!  Yippee!!!  Here’s how it went down.  The Mister and I always sit at the bar when we go there, so I saw the dude pick the paper out of the bucket and I just knew (I could feel it!) that he was going to call my name.

Me: He picked my sheet!
The Mister: How can you tell…did you see your name?
Me: No, I can just feel it…I’m gonna win! *bouncing up and down in my seat*
The Mister: *skeptical* Did you see your name or something?
Me: *heavy sigh* Noooo, I can just tell…he’s gonna call my name, just wait!
Dude behind bar: *looking around* Dawn, is there a Dawn?
Me: *fist pumping* Yaaaay!

So that’s it y’all…I’m a winner and get to stuff myself full of wings soon and very soon.  Have you gotten lucky lately?  (that sounds funny, but you know what I mean!)

 

fire starters August 14, 2010

Filed under: Home life,Meals/Meal planning — Happy Nappy Bride @ 4:27 pm
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I love to grill.  I mean I really love to grill…I’m pretty sure I haven’t cooked one meal in the house this summer.  I just believe that summer was made for grilling.   Also, as I’ve written on here before, I have a love affair with charcoal…boy does it make food tasty!

But hold the phone!  When I was buying more charcoal the other day, I ran across the things that are pictured in the photos above.  They’re fire starters and they. are. amazing!  It takes a quick moment to light it up and it stays lit for about fifteen or twenty minutes…plenty of time to get a high quality fire going.  The set up is just like normal.  Pyramid your charcoals, just put the fire starter at the bottom of the pyramid and leave an open space so that you can reach it with your lighter/match.

Not only does your food taste better, because you’re not adding chemicals to the coals in order to get them started, it’s easy!  I’d always resisted the chimneys that some people use to start without lighter fluid because that’s just another step in the process.  The fire starters don’t require any extra effort and you’ll still get the tasty results.

When I used these last week, my first thought was, “I’ve got to send these to everyone I know!!”  So that’s impossible, but I probably will send them to my mother and brother…who’ve got the grilling bug just like I do.  They’ll be amazed and then think I’m super awesome.  Anyhoo, if you get a chance to try them (or some other version of fire starter that’s out there), I’d highly recommend it.

What’s your lighter fluid-free way to grill out on your charcoal grill?  I’m sure there are other ideas out there that I haven’t heard of.

 

the power of food July 20, 2010

Filed under: Building a life,Meals/Meal planning — Happy Nappy Bride @ 1:56 pm
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At some point I wrote about creating a life with The Mister and actively thinking about the life we’d create together.   I got some grief about wanting to be “traditional” in the sense that I’d do the cooking.  Let’s get one thing straight.  The Mister was single for a long time before me and he didn’t die of starvation, so he knows how to cook…sorta.  But it’s not his forte.  He’s good at tons of things, but this just isn’t one of them.  It does happen to be an area that I excel in and happen to love doing.

I’ve always loved cooking.  When I was in college, our fraternity brothers would come over and I’d pull some chicken out of the freezer and get to frying.  And when I lived in Houston, I’d have holiday parties all the time where people were only required to bring themselves and a happy attitude.

For us, part of the life we’d like to create is having people over and entertaining.  I’ve already said that I love to cook, so that’s a no-brainer.  And The Mister is fantastic with people (and I’m just alright), so we’re the perfect party-having couple.  People always seem to gather around food.  To just sit and talk or tell funny stories or play games or just catch up.  I love the feeling that food brings to people.  Like many women before me, sharing my food and my home with you is my way of showing love.  I want folks to be comfy and at home when they’re at our place.

And even when it’s just our little family, I want everyone to feel loved through our food.  I try for most of what we eat to be organic because I believe it’s better for us…there’s nothing that’s just out of a box on our table.  The act of eating together is pretty important to us in terms of creating a family.  The Mister’s daughter will set the table and he’ll help me get everything on the table.  One of us will say grace and we’ll chow down.  And life goes a little slower and I like that…we listen to music instead of the television, we sit and chat rather than looking at our phones or laptops…we connect with each other.

Have you thought about the life you and your hubby would like to create?  Why is it important to you?