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We’ve moved!

Just curious…What do you drink throughout the day to hydrate? I am a hardcore coffee drinker (duh) but I have started to track my water intake at work (4 big cups yesterday, but struggling for 2 2today). I find that I feel a bit better when I up my water. What do you do?

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Semi-Homemade Chips and Salsa

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A few weeks ago I had a Mom’s Night In with a few of my friends. We do this occasionally do this to gorge on tasty foods, a few beverages, and gab without kids around. And I am friends with some really good cooks so this last round had bacon dipped in chocolate, Snickers Pie, pumpkin mousse, grilled wings, spinach dip….the list goes on!

Then I realized that I needed to make something to add to this amazing spread. Um…errr…my mind went blank….my motivation has long since jumped out the window…Pintrest was failing me because I was always missing one or two ingredients.  I pulled out my white flag and announced that I was stopping at the store for chips and salsa. I HATED doing that. Before I started working full time during the week I baked constantly. There was always a fun muffin or tasty cookie to try. Notsomuch these days.

The day of our party rolled around and my husband and oldest munchkin were out at Free Comic Book Day and the new Spiderman 2 movie during the day so it was just my Diva and the “Baby.” (I really have no right to call him a Baby anymore…he is almost three and now sings me songs accompanied by bongos…he will always be my snuggle monkey baby). I had zero motivation to pry us out of our PJs and head to Kroger (or more than likely Target because it is more fun!) so I set the kiddos up with some Sofia the First and scoured the kitchen for what I could make.

Salsa

Salsa

And then it hit me…I could MAKE chips and salsa!! We happen to have 2 packs of small flour tortillas (my kids prefer them to bread sandwiches) so I looked up a quick recipe and made it happen. As always I took the recipe and made it my own.

Oil, Salt, and Tortillas

Oil, Salt, and Tortillas

First I preheated the oven to 350 degree and started to chop up a pack of flour tortillas into triangles.

Cut, Chop. Slice.

Cut, Chop. Slice.

Then I dabbed them with some olive oil…the recipe said to use cooking spray, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do that.

Dab.

Dab.

This is as oily as these chips got.

This is as oily as these chips got.

I had so many that I needed 2 cookie sheets...I need some new cookie sheets. Don't judge me!

I had so many that I needed 2 cookie sheets…I need some new cookie sheets. Don’t judge me!

While I was laying out and oiling the tortillas my kitchen space got invaded. Apparently mommy jamming to her 90’s pop station on Pandora was more entertaining than Sofia so my little Bub decided to come dance!

He grabbed a clean cooking utensil and started dancing.

He grabbed a clean cooking utensil and started dancing.

He also swipped a few triangles of tortilla.

He also swipped a few triangles of tortilla.

I kept trying to take video, but the music would stop and so the dancing would stop.

I kept trying to take video, but the music would stop and so the dancing would stop.

Once we were done dancing I attached the chips with salt! I LOVE a salty chip. And then off to the oven they went for roughly 12-15 minutes.

While the chips were cooking up I shoo’d my little friend back to his viewing of Sofia and I gathered my ingredients for salsa.

2 Ears of Corn, a can of Black Beans, a can of Salsa tomatoes, and coffee...duh

2 Ears of Corn, a can of Black Beans, a can of Salsa tomatoes, and coffee…duh

First I chopped the ends off of the ears of corn. This is a little tough, BUT it will make cutting the kernels off of the ear easier!

The smell of fresh cut corn makes me happy.

The smell of fresh cut corn makes me happy.

Just look at the corn juice on the knife! YUM! throw your corn in a mixing bowl (or even a serving bowl).

Next, I opened and rinsed a can of black beans. I used about 1/2 – 3/4 of the can for the salsa…there was a lot more corn in two ears than I was expecting!

Beans may not be Paleo (actually this post is about as non-Paleo as possible) but they are cheap and can fill out a meal on a budget...they also make GREAT brownies.

Beans may not be Paleo (actually this post is about as non-Paleo as possible) but they are cheap and can fill out a meal on a budget…they also make GREAT brownies.

Then I opened up the can of salsa tomatoes and threw them in the bowl. Then I sprinkled a little salt on top and mixed everything up.

I got so lucky that we had salsa tomatoes in the pantry...I thought I was going to need to use diced tomatoes with jalapenos.

I got so lucky that we had salsa tomatoes in the pantry…I thought I was going to need to use diced tomatoes with jalapenos.

By the time I was done mixing this up the chips were perfectly baked.

I think that the only thing that might have been missing was some cilantro, but it wasn’t that big of a deal. Still totally tasty.

So when Hubs and the oldest midget got home I grabbed my goodies, picked up my Bestie, and enjoyed Mom’s Night In at our friend’s house. Of course I forgot to take pictures…we were having too much fun having some very interesting conversations about our kids.

Until next time, friends!!

I really need a logo or catch phrase or something….

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Apparently I Need to Drink More Coffee…and a Giveaway

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This week the unthinkable happened…I was basically told that I do not drink enough coffee.

GASP!

Me in my natural habitat!

Me in my natural habitat!

While recording a podcast (Greetings From Storybrooke) I was a little sleepy and yawned a bit. I was also suffering from a VERY high pollen day here in Georgia (pollen is evil!) so I had the sniffles on top of the yawning. Neither of these make for very interesting podcast listening so I apologized profusely to our listeners because I typically have a dose of caffeine before recording! Unfortunately, one listener called me out on it on our blog!

My feelings were hurt! My co-host and I both apologized in the comments and apologized on our next show! I was even a bit embarrassed because I do claim to be a Highly Caffeinated person!  I even record my caffeine intake! Seriously!

A few weeks ago I saw a post from 2 Wired 2 Tired. She posted a review for a phone app called Up Coffee. I was highly entertained! You enter all of your caffeine intake over the course of the day and it tells you how “Wired” you are! It also tracks where you are in relation to being “Sleep Ready.” It can also be linked to a Jawbone Up which I was unfamiliar with.

Per the Verizon website it does the following:

  • Track activity, calories burned and sleep quality
  • Wear around your wrist in the pool or shower
  • Access your information from your mobile device and set goals

I think that this sounds super cool and like something I may have to put on my wishlist!

In case you are curious the Up Coffee app rated me as a Heavy Drinker!

Heavy Drinker

Like there was ever a doubt…

I am moving on past having my feelings hurt. I need to learn not to take EVERYTHING so seriously! So to show that there are no hard feelings I am going a COFFEE giveaway! Leave me a comment with a link to your favorite brand of coffee and next week I will send out a bag of Whole Bean Dunkin’ Donuts coffee! Entries end 4/14/14 at NOON EST.

 

This post is sponsored by no one! I just wanted to share my feelings and my love for coffee and cool apps with others. If you would LIKE to sponsor a post email me at crunchycraftyandcaffeinated@gmail.com

My New Job and My Attempt at a Work/Life Balance

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As I have mentioned, the main reason that this poor blog has been a bit (or completely) neglected is because I got a new job. I am now working as a Staff Associate for the Kellen Company. We offer management support for professional and non-profit associations. This is basically my dream job! For the past through years I have really been drawn to wanting to work with groups like this and even almost went back to school for a Masters in Non Profit Management. This is not completely off of the table, but I need to get all 3 of these kids in school first!

Anywho! Within the company I divide my time over two very different clients, the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals and the Research Chef’s Association. I am a part of the certification team with SMRP, as well as tending to the day to day operations of the chapters and SIGs and managing sponsorships for our annual conference this October in Orlando! For the Research Chef’s Association I also work on the certification team, but have also taken on some additional duties within the Education Committee and Foundation. I actually just got back from their annual conference in Portland, Oregon about a week ago. It was a lot of hard work, but so much fun! I really need to go back.

The view from the rooftop bar at Departure Restaurant and Lounge

The view from the rooftop bar at Departure Restaurant and Lounge

PortlandI had been looking for a full time position for about 3 years when I stumbled across the posting for this position. I was flabbergasted when I got a request for a phone interview…and even more so when I found out that they wanted to bring me in for a face to face interview. Once they offered me the position I was all in, and quickly moved to panic mode. We needed day care STAT! We only have one not awesome car and this was a solid hour-ish commute each way. The dress code is Corporate Casual and I certainly haven’t dressed corporate in ages…I even had to Google what Corporate Casual meant! It is basically a step down from having to wear a suit every day, but I have learned that there is a lot of freedom with that.

Well as expected everything fell into place. I found a day care to get us started. I tested different leaving times to avoid traffic and even worked it out that I could come in and leave early. I also picked up a few odds and ends with my Christmas money to help get me by in the clothing department.

Now that I have been with Kellen for 3 months I feel like I am starting to hit a good daily routine. Everyone (even the little kids) know their role in the morning and afternoon. We have only had to miss a few extra activities with my oldest’s school, but we have been able to hit some great ones. I still feel like I am struggling to get my personal extra items (friend time, blogging, crafting, etc) but I am slowly coming around.

That is one reason I have made revamping my blog a priority. Also, since taking this job I have started to become highly interested in professional fashion, and fashion in general. I spend way too much of my time Pinning pretty outfits (you can find them HERE). I am way into polka dots and flowing skirts right now. I enjoy figuring out what I am going to wear each day and trying to make myself look nice even if it is just jeans and a simple top with a scarf. And some days are a struggle, like this past Friday. I felt like my shirt looked nice at home, but when I got to work it was strangling me and short. I threw on the fleece I keep in my cube and called it a day! You can’t always sweat the small stuff.

I still worry that my kids aren’t getting enough of my attention. I struggle when I see things that I 100% would have done for/with them when I was a SAHM (swim team, summer reading class, play dates with friends!). In the end I do know that this is best, because I was NOT happy as a SAHM. I needed to be able to do more with my day than watch PBS, make peanut butter and jelly rollups, and make it through Target without spending $100! I wan’t happy. Now I feel very fulfilled in being able to do it all. Well maybe not everything. My house is still a disaster and my youngest is not taking well to potty training this weekend! Cest La Vie!

Well that’s enough for now! Time to grab a fresh cup o’ coffee, fold the 4+ loads of laundry that are waiting for me, and to figure out what to make for dinner…maybe I should even scrub a bathroom or two. NAH! 😉

Tweet A Coffee Coolness

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In October 2013 Starbucks launched an amazing program…Tweet-A-Coffee. You could literally send someone a Starbucks gift card via tweet! By simply typing “@tweetacoffee to @________” they would receive $5 gift card. Or you can go to the Starbucks website and Tweet-a-Coffee from there and include a little message. I have yet to participate in this awesome program on either the giving or receiving end I completely plan on doing so in the near future! It is always nice to say Thank You with an amazing coffee! In fact I can think of no better way to thank my readers than to send one random reader a coffee! I think it will even be a Christmas present! To enter please leave a comment on this blog with your Twitter handle and your favorite Starbucks blend. 

Talk soon!
Anne Marie
@amdesimone

 

DISCLOSURE: This post is purely my own awesome opinion. I am getting nothing from Starbucks. I am just an avid fan who thinks this program is cool and wanted to give away a gift card. 

BOOm!!! The time has come!

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WELCOME!! This is my new blog Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated!

I blog about:

FOOD! I am living a mostly Paleo lifestyle these days some most recipes will be of that nature, but occasionally others will sneak in because we all deserve a cheat day or two.

CRAFTS! I have always been a crafter (scrapbooks, sorority crafts (Go Chi-O!), and the ever popular child’s tutu) but I am expanding! Over the past year I have been trying to teach myself to sew and I recently became obsessed with painting. I am also NOT scared of glitter…

COFFEE!!! And tea, but mostly coffee. 95% of the time I am drinking coffee or green tea. I have a Starbucks obsession to be honest.

I will probably throw in some other random posts (like about my work with Susan G Komen or how crazy my kiddos are) but I am going to try and keep focus 🙂

Feedback is always welcome, but hatred is not. Find another spot to be cranky other than my blog. Every mama deserves their therapy!

 

Thanks for coming,

Anne Marie

ME!!

ME!!