Things I’ve learned after a month of marriage!

1. Being married is super fun when your husband is cute and lets you be crazy a lot of the time.

2. Being married means being an adult, which means working full time. Ick! And living outside of Baltimore means sitting in lots of not so fun traffic every weekday, which makes me feel like even more of an adult. On the upside, I enjoy getting nice paychecks!

3. Joe and I are ridiculously lucky to be in zero debt. No college debt, no credit card debt, etc. It’s pretty awesome. I couldn’t imagine starting married life out under a pile of extra bills.

4. Crock pots make good food but are heavy, and therefore a pain to clean. Exhibit A:

This recipe was called Angel Chicken, I found it on Pinterest. Cream cheese, a packet of Italian seasoning, a can of Cream of Mushroom soup, and two frozen chicken breasts. Cook on high 4-6 hours, and enjoy! I added half a cup of milk to make it more saucy, and it was pretty good! Not something I’ll make super often, but it was okay. Cleaning it was a serious work out though! Joe heard me struggling and kept offering to help but I powered through and the crock pot is as good as new.

5. Most nights I really love cooking dinner, especially since Joe and I have such great friends and family that got us really great kitchen supplies. I have a beautiful red Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, a Cuisinart food processor I’m slightly afraid of, and lots of cool gadgets like an ice cream scooper that I use to scoop out muffins and cupcakes!

6. I love being Mrs. Blackburn, but as a girl, I can say it is a serious hassle changing your name! I need to come up with a way to make it seamless and quick, because I wanted to pull my hair out a few times. It was all worth it though I suppose, I really love my new name!

7. Joe and I didn’t live together before we were married. We both had apartments and spent most of our time together, but I have to admit I was a little apprehensive because aside from my dad, I’d never lived with a boy before. Luckily I can say that Joe is like the easiest person in the world to live with. I am super OCD about cleaning and order and whatnot, and he lets me do things my way, but always offers to help! It’s super sweet.

8. I can’t really think of any others things worth mentioning right now (I felt like I should acknowledge our one month anniversary on here, which was yesterday). This was a little off the cuff so please ignore my rambling-ness!


How to make a horrible day better.

Today was my day off for the week, and as usual, I had a super long list of things I needed to get done. The first and most important thing I needed to get done was get my Maryland license. That required me driving thirty minutes away to the Essex MVA, which I’m fairly certain is the worst place in the entire world. I’d already been twice to this scary place, and was determined to leave today with my MD license. I get through the first line, the second line, and after two and a half hours, finally get to the lady that takes my picture. She is the worlds slowest typer, and at this point I both have to pee badly (I was afraid to go to the bathroom and have them call my stupid number), and I am about to chew my arm off because I’d eaten my emergency Chewy bar two hours ago. Everything is almost done, and the woman says, “Uh oh.” My little heart about broke. She said that there was an incomplete form that wasn’t completed from Tennessee, I have no idea what she was talking about but said that there was nothing we could do and they couldn’t give me my license until the form was complete in the system. So basically they will call in a few days when I can come back. The woman was sympathetic, but I was so upset I just got up and walked out.

After that complete fail, my day was totally off. I had to cross things off my list that I couldn’t do until I had my license, the Amish store I had been looking forward to checking out was closed, I couldn’t find a stupid Goodwill store to drop off a bag of clothes, a prescription at CVS cost a ridiculous amount because they don’t have the cheap $3/$9/$12 type deals that you can get at Kroger and whatnot in Tennessee.

I made it home in one piece and decided the best way to cheer up.

I made funfetti cupcakes and poured myself a nice glass of sangria! Not just any kind of funfetti cupcakes, but the Spring kind! Extra special. Joe came home from work and that also made things much better! I don’t like to brag but my husband is probably the best. Did anyone else watch Raising Hope, Cougar Town, and New Girl tonight? We did, and they were all hilar. Schmidt is one of my favorite character on tv right now. That’s all I have for now! I’ll leave yall with a super cute picture of my guy.

This is how we spend a lot of time! Joe playing Mass Effect 3, while I sit on the couch with Uma and play Draw Something on my Iphone. Married life is pretty sweet.


Joe and I have been married two weeks! Time is already flying by! We haven’t gotten sick of each other yet, so that is good! We picked out a couch that will be here tomorrow, and our big new tv should be here Friday! Our apartment will be fully furnished soon! We also adopted a baby kitty, her name is Uma and she is super adorable! Sunday I made an OreoCheesecake, it was time to break in my brand new Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer!

Here are all the ingredients! I used the recipe off Kraft’s website, it was pretty basic!

You can ignore the jalapeno’s and whatnot, that was stuff for Joe’s chili he is making tonight to bring to a chili cook off! Marriage has turned us into serious cooks! I got to use my brand new food processor as well, to crush the Oreo’s for the crust!

The food processor was another wedding gift, and I was a little intimidated to use it at first. It worked great at crushing the Oreo’s for the crust!

The recipe called for twenty quartered Oreo’s. Joe and I got a really fancy knife block, so I had a good quality knife to chop these things up, but   they ended up shooting all over the place and I got crumbs everywhere!

Here is the Oreo crust in my brand new spring form pan!

After the crust was done I tossed the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla into my food processor!

You let that cream together and then add the eggs one at a time, mixing for a bit after each egg. I was pretty amazed at how great the electric mixer worked! I’ll never use a hand mixer again! Once the eggs are all incorporated you fold in the quartered Oreo’s and you are ready to pour the mix into the spring form pan!

Looks pretty healthy, huh? Now you throw it in the oven for an hour. During that time you can occupy yourself. I cleaned this massive pile of dishes…

And watched my super cute husband play Mass Effect 2 while our super cute baby Uma napped/stretched out on his lap!

She is a total daddy’s girl, and she likes a lot of attention!

You can’t resist that sweet face! Get the cheesecake out of the oven after an hour, let it cool a bit, and then pop it in the fridge for at least four hours. The Kraft website recommended cooling it over night, by my husband wanted to break into it right away so I was lucky it lasted the four hours! The final result was amazing!

I try to eat small pieces, but I can’t help myself! Hubs thought it was pretty great too, so my first attempt at cheesecake was a success!