Friday, January 30, 2015

Uncertainty on a Friday.

...because that's a fabulous way to start your weekend...

So, I would like to think that I am one that doesn't complain often. I really try not to because in all honesty, I am a living a great life currently and we have all that we need to be happy however, sometimes uncertainty comes a knockin'. If you have been around Coffee&Glitter for a while, you will know that I have chosen to take this year off work to go back to school for special needs education and to travel with the support and encouragement from my sweet, sweet boyfriend and parents. I am so lucky and privileged to be able to do this and I do not take it for granted one bit.. the only issue is that I am sort of wondering if this was the right decision. I feel like I can not settle for any grade less than an 100% because I do not want to let anyone down. I literally had a break down last night at 2am when I couldn't figure out a math problem to save my life. With a lot of help from Pinterest quotes, as it was to late/early to confide in John, I kind of got it under control.

On a brighter note, I am linking up with
Karli for Oh Hey Friday!
All of the girls for 5 on Friday
All of the girls for High Five Friday
Jennie for Friday Favorites
Rebecca for That Friday Blog Hop
Leslie for Confessional Friday
Amanda for Friday Favorites

So, first off, I have finally finished my DIY table! More to come on this later but for now, here is a picture:

Also, I had the absolute pleasure of having a dinner date with these two studs on Tuesday. 
(John and His Cousin, Jeff)
We went to the Cheesecake Factory and indulged in Mojitos, flatbreads, gumbo, and well, cheesecake, of course! 

John was also on a mission the other night to prove to me that he was the 'cutest' child in the family so we found this adorable picture:
How's that for a #transformationtuesday??
Can you say #cutebabyalert between him&I?!

I also partook in my 7,000 steps around the park and then drinks at Brio with my life coach/second momma/ lifesaver

Thankfully, I have completed my assignments for this week so, I will be able to have a relaxing weekend with John and his family that will be in town! I hope each and everyone of you have great weekends as well!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Newest Addition:Our Bar Cart

Hi. My name is Sarah and I am addicted to Pinterest and Target. 
I don't know about y'all but these are just two things I can't say no to. What makes it worse is the fact that I am an impulse buyer-like bad! 
During the holiday season, I was obviously keeping myself busy pinning fun decor and DIY ideas, catching up on my fav blogs and seeing their decor ideas and shopping...lots of shopping. It was THE DAY BEFORE Thanksgiving that I decided to add a new little gem into our living space. Mind you, this past Thanksgiving was the first time I hosted so, you'd think that my mind would be focused on how many potatoes I needed or if we had enough eggs but instead, it was set on these:

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A Bar Cart. Why? Well, 1. more space to decorate 2. it's cute 3. um..why not? 4. I think they are much more classy than pulling out the bottle of vodka from the back of the cabinet under the kitchen counter. 
Anyways, I made up my mind that we had to get one and started pinning ideas and shopping around for the best price. I settled on this one from Target. It was $129.00 originally but, I had a furniture coupon and they were running a special holiday deal so my out the door price ended up being $88.00 (reason number 5 for wanting one...uh it was a steal!
After picking up my new beauty, I ran to Hobby Lobby (for decor purposes, obvs!) and to the liquor store...because what is a bar cart without liquor?
So, after my impromptu morning of errands, this was the end result:






details
bar cart $88.00
white vases $12.99-$17.99 
gold trimmed candle holders $17.99
wine glasses $4.00 ea. 
gold striped pitcher $25.00
wine rack $13.88 pier one
serving tray $14.00 hobby lobby
candles $9.99 ea. hobby lobby
paper straws $5.50 hobby lobby
pumpkins $3.75-8.75 hobby lobby
flowers $12.99 fresh market floral
Clearly, Nadine (the bar cart) was decorated for the holidays in these pictures. Most of the items I used for decor are year-round appropriate minus the trees and such. I just love our new little addition and she is so much fun to decorate! 
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Butter Chicken {Recipe}

It is almost a little strange for me to be writing a post about Indian food as it is a food that I am not particually fond of. I usually find the dishes a bit too spicy or then don't make my tummy feel too good after, if you know what I mean haha! Anyways, while my sister was home, she begged and begged me to go to an Indian restaurant downtown so I decided I would give it another try. I am glad I did because this became my favorite comfort food. 



I ordered the butter chicken. It was moist, creamy and just absolutely delicious. My mom is pretty good friends with the owner and snagged a recipe for us to make at home! I bless you with this deliciousness:

What You Will Need 

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp peanut oil
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 large white onion diced
  • 6 chicken cutlets
  • 3 tsp garam masala
  • 3 cups canned chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup plain, unsweetened yogurt
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp honey 
  • ½ cup cream
What You Will Do 
  1. In a large pot, over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic in the butter and oil until softened. Increase the heat to medium high and add the boneless chicken thigh pieces.
  2. Cook completely through but do not overcook. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  3. Add the tomatoes. Saute the tomatoes until they break down and form a chunky sauce.
  4. Add the sauteed tomatoes to a large blender or food processor along with the chiles, yogurt, 4 tsp garam masala, cardamom, nutmeg, cumin, chili powder, lemon juice, fresh ginger, minced garlic, and melted butter.Puree all ingredients together and simmer together until reduced by about ¼. 
  5. Add the chicken back to the pot and simmer slowly for 10 -15 minutes.
  6. Finish the dish by adding the honey and cream.
























Serve over rice or with a side of veggies! The leftovers from this are super yummy as well!

Share your recipes with Emily and Kate.

Monday, January 26, 2015

monday.



























Happy Monday dolls! It is kind of weird to be typing this as the last time I sat down to type was last Sunday night ( thank you pre-scheduled posts) anyways, if you don't follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, then one, you're missing out and two you probably didn't know that I spent the last week in California at Disneyland. The majority of John's family are diehard Disney go-ers so, it was only fitting that after four months in Japan, his cousin chose to stop at Disneyland on his way home. One of the really great things about taking this year off from work and doing classes online is the freedom to travel so, I hopped on a plane and met him in California.

We spent Monday- Thursday morning together opening up the parks and shutting them nine hours later. Here is a bit of a picture recap for you:

I am not going to lie, I had a total blast but, Disney World is so much better! (and I will be there in less than 10 days!)

It was a great time spent with a member of John's family and we definitely created some memories that I will never forget.

As far as this actual weekend goes, I literally did nothing. I caught up on literally 8 hours of homework, watched the shows I had racked up on our DVR, listened to Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran and Break Up In A Small Town by Sam Hunt about 1,000,000,000 times...oh! And, I worked on my DIY table!



























Now that I am back, I will be back on my regular posting schedule so, don't forget to stop by tomorrow to see what recipe I will be sharing with you!


That is it for me, for now! Link up with these babes: Bella from Weekend Recap&Meg from Mingle Monday and have an amazing week!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Adoption Story Sunday {Pt. 3}

Hey lovelies! 

I am back with the third installment of Adoption Story Sunday
Click here for Part One 
Click here for Part Two


So, it is no secret that adoption is a beautiful thing but, it can come with a lot of uncertainty and unanswered questions. Depending on how and when you find out, it can even be traumatic. Luckily for me, my parents were always super open and honest with me so it was a pretty smooth process.


A closed adoption means that no last names are disclosed to either party. If any contact is made, it must be done through the adoption agency-ie, if pictures are sent, they get sent to the agency, repackaged, and the agency will send them to the other party. 

This is a legally binded agreement put in place until the adopted child turns 21. 

To be honest, I now like that I am adopted.. I went through a phase when I was being bullied that I hated it but, once I got a little wiser I realized what a special bond it creates within our family. 

Of course I had and have questions about my history and some have been answered and others haven't but, I am okay with that because I have the best family backing me up the whole way. 


Frequently Asked Questions I Get About Adoption

Q: How old were you when you were adopted?
A: I was a mere three days old!

Q: Do you know about your birth mother? Birth father?
A: I know the basics about my birth mother. I know absolutely nothing about my birth father and I am okay with that. 

Q: Have you met your "real parents"?
A: Well, of course! I see them everyday. My BIRTH parents however, no I have not. I have no desire to. Not because I resent them but because I believe that that is a door that I do not need to open. My sister on the other hand wants to meet her birth parents very badly and I support her the whole way. 

Q: Is is weird having parents that are white?
A: I kid you not, I have answered this question so many times and each time I feel it is just more and more ignorant. It was never "weird" having parents of a different race and quite honestly, I didn't even realize it was a 'thing' until my sister and I were bullied for it. Meg and I were constantly called "charity cases" in grade school. The only personal challenge we faced in our family was that my poor little momma had no idea how to tame African American hair! 

Q: Do you have any full blooded brothers or sisters?
A: It has been said that I have a half brother but no full siblings. 

Q: Why did your parents adopt?
A: There are a few reasons, most that are not my place to put on the internet but the most important: my parents felt like they were missing something in their hearts. 

Q: What are your thoughts on your birth parents.
A: First and foremost, I am really very thankful that they decided to give me up for adoption. However, my birth mother was scared to put anything "negative" down on my adoption papers such as medical issues out of the fear that I wouldn't be adopted. Lucky for me, I was adopted by a doctor and a nurse. My parents tried over and over again to assure her that nothing she said would make them not want me but she stuck to her "no known medical issues" and well, thats a crock of ---- so that is frustrating. What is worse is that on my 21st birthday when she could legally contact me, she managed to and all she said was that if i wanted to learn my medical history I would have to form a relationship with her...
1. haha NO! not that worried about it. 
2. She is clearly not someone I need in my life if she is going to give me ultimatums. #byefelica

Q: Do you feel like part of you is missing?
Not one bit. My parents have done a bangin job making me feel just like their child. 

Q: Would you adopt?
100% yes. I would ultimately like to have one or two children of my own and then adopt one or two more. 



Thank you for following my adoption story series and taking a bit of a more personal look into my life! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below or contact me privately at sarahrricker@gmail.com


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Graze vs. Nature Box

THIS POST IS NOT SPONSORED BY OR AFFILIATED WITH THE COMPANIES MENTIONED. ALL THOUGHTS, PICTURES, AND OPINIONS ARE THAT OF MY OWN. IF YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS, QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT RUNGE91@GMAIL.COM


Welcome Back!
So in 2014, subscription boxes became all the rage-there are boxes for everything from dog treats and toys to crafts to clothes to snacks! I definitely am a subscriber to my fair share of boxes and I have found a new one to help drain my bank account! 
I am a big snacker. During the day, I find myself reaching for wavy lays and dip, a candy bar, cheese and crackers..really anything quick. I have been gaining a little bit of weight lately so I am making a change to snack healthier. I came across two subscription boxes and specialize in healthy snacking options- Graze and NatureBox
I will give a quick summary review on each box complete with pictures and prices then reveal my favorite and why at the end! 
GRAZE 
Graze is a snack subscription box. Every month, they send you a small (fits in a mailbox) sized box containing 4 trial sized snack options. Each box is just over $6 with free delivery. You are able to sign up for a bi-weekly or monthly ship options. Once you subscribe to Graze, you are able to pick out your snacks. 
They use a simple, quick and easy rating system for all of their products:
Trash: you don't like it and they will never send it to you.
Try: you don't know if you will like it but you are open to trying it.
Like: you have tried this item or something similar and would enjoy receiving it.
Love:something that you have tried, really like and that you would want to see a lot more. 
This is a great system as you are able to change it as you go. A great perk about Graze is their customer service. I really don't like Siracha or Siracha flavored items and one made it into my box. I contacted them and they compensated me right away no questions asked. 
Another awesome thing about Graze is that they are always coming out with new snack options and go along with the seasons-in November they had 5 pumpkin flavored options. The nice thing about Graze is that their boxes are portion controlled. Although these snacks are a healthier choice compared to regular chips, they should still be eaten in moderation and this makes it easy! 
Box #1: November
BBQ Pistachios
Florentine Mix

Banana Caramel Dippers 
Herby Basket
Portion Size



Box #2: December
Tropical Daiquiri
Lemon Drizzle FlapJack
Hot Cross Yum

Mango Chutney

Box Opening

Box

Box #3: January 
If you are interested in trying Graze, feel free to use my referral code here:
https://www.graze.com/us/p/TCK2RYCGU
If you sign up with my link, you will get your 1st and 5th box free!  


NATUREBOX

NatureBox sends 5 full sized bag snack options for $19.95 per month. When you sign up for NatureBox, they first send you a trial size box with snack options that they have picked out for you. After your first box is ordered, you are able to go into their snack section and add snacks to your "pantry" that you think might be yummy. NatureBox then picks five items from your list and your box will be made. NatureBox has over 100 snack options to choose from and they too pick items that are in season. 
Box #1:November:Trial Box
Packaging
Full Sized trial:Very yummy!
Snack size trial





Box #2 December
Box #3 January 
For every box you subscribe to through NatureBox, one meal is donated to Feeding America. 
RESULT
So the verdict here is: Graze! NatureBox is nice because they have full sized packages which are ideal for traveling but, I feel like Graze has a much better selection of snacks and flavors. Graze has also said that they will start carrying full sized snacks soon. As of 2/15, Graze does have a full sized snack option! The customer service, packaging, and flavor combos are total winners for me! 
Don't forget, if you use my referral code, you will receive your 1st and 5th box free! 
Have you tired either of these snack boxes? What are your thoughts?
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies {Recipe}

Hey y'all! So, with all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I found myself pulling out all the stops for everyones dessert and cookie preferences. Several of John's family members are unable to eat chocolate (I know, unbelievable, right?) but, I adore them so, I have been perfecting chocolate-less desserts that we can all enjoy.

One of the biggest hits over the holidays and the treat that was requested three times were these Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies!
What You Will Need
-2 cups flour
-1 cup butter
-1/2 cup sugar
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup chopped pecans
-1 egg
-1 tsp vanilla
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/4 tsp salt
frosting:
-1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
-1 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup milk
-1 tbsp butter

What You Will Do
preheat oven to 350* and prep a cookie sheet, combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. cover and chill for 20 minutes. form dough into 1 in. rounds and place 2 in. apart on baking sheet. bake for 10-12 minutes.


let cookies cool for 1 hour. combine frosting ingredients and ice the tops of the cookies. add a pecan half for decoration. let the icing set (about 10 minutes) and the cookies will be stackable as the icing will be hard.

Enjoy!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Comin' Atcha Bright and Early

Good Morning lovelies! I hope each and everyone of you had a fabulous weekend!
























I am linking up with Bella for Weekend Recap and Meg for Mingle Monday!

Friday I got to meet up with a few of my favorites. We started the morning off with a 3.5 mile walk around the rowing park and then finished with lunch..and wine... at Bonefish (hey, I got a salad to keep up with the healthy-ness of walking!) When J got home we were super fun adults wicked boring college students and did homework for three hours...I do have to say though, that I am pretty proud of us. We finished our first 'clean eating' week out strong with a big steak salad with homemade avocado cilantro vinaigrette and baked/sweet potatoes!
























Also, because my body likes to think of sleeping as more of a suggestion than a necessity, I was up until 330 watching movies with the fur-man while my other man was sleepin'! We watched Frozen, Blended, and Wedding Crashers. We saw blended in theaters and I forgot how absolutely adorable it is! 


















On Saturday, I went to breakfast with some of our close family friends and ended up spending a good part of the day with them running errands. Around 3pm, it turned into "take your girlfriend to work" day and it was actually really fun. J picked me up on his way to Tampa for a work stop. We went to this huge restaurant warehouse place and it was pretty neat to see everything they had there and it was cool to see him explain things to me and be so passionate about it. When we got back, we met my parents for dinner at Carrabbas..cheat day! And again, finished with movies!
























On Sunday, I met my dad for breakfast and finished packing. John and I then took our hounds over to his grandmothers for a playdate with their pups and had a great time catching up. We then ran a few errands and came home to, of course, watch our Patriots take on the Colts...AND WE WON!!!!

















I hope you all have fabulous weeks! By the time you see this, I will be high in the sky on my way to...
















DISNEYLAND! Have a great week! I will be returning on Friday!