Twelve Things Tuesday: 05/05/2015

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Here in San Antonio, it’s not the prettiest of days to celebrate, but I’m sure people will find a way!

But to the list:

ONE: Since this will be the third week, that something A&M will not only be included on this list, but at the top, I guess it needs to be made into a tradition! But really, this deserves to be at the top because of how amazing and important it is to highlight.
For the 39th year, the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M held their 18-mile March to the Brazos in support of prenatal health and the March of Dimes. This year they raised $113,000 in their efforts!

TWO: Do you drink coffee? Well we all know I do nowadays. But I found a list that gives you even more reasons to drink coffee everyday.
10 Healthy Reasons to Drink Coffee

THREE: Homemade Vanilla Ice CreamICE CREAM was once again made in my house. Yum. I would have no problem putting my vanilla up against the best brands. It is absolutely the perfect vanilla, not overpowering, but just enough to make you feel like a kid again. It would be the perfect recipe for a root beer float! But make sure you take the time to mix it together and then leave in the fridge overnight or the freezer for a few hours, stirring frequently, before putting it into your ice cream maker. This will allow it to freeze through quicker, keeping the ice crystals as small as possible. When I do this, it takes no more than 20 minutes in my maker.
Practice does make perfect though. I’ve probably made this recipe 30-40 times over the last couple of years, and you definitely do develop your own tricks and techniques. So stay with it!

FOUR: I have been on the reading train lately. Mainly just on drives to and from work but then again that accounts for almost 2 hours of my day. So needless to say, I can get through some books pretty quick with my Audible app.

This week I continue to read “Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation”. It’s apart of their Great Courses, which by the way are only $6.95 each through May 8th! It’s not the quickest read, but I try to get in 15-20 minutes here and there. Extremely enlightening though.

Also I have begun reading my very first Nicholas Sparks novel, “The Longest Ride”. I know it’s more than likely going to be cheesy at  times but the reviews were pretty positive and figured it was worth the 13 hours of my life. Will update you next week how good it is.

FIVE: Weirdest thing I have tried lately? Merlot cheese from HEB. It is kind of ridiculously amazing and well worth the try if you find it at your grocery store. The brand that I picked up was Sartori Merlot BellaVitano, I believe. But here is the thing you must promise me/yourself, you must eat the rind too! It makes it even better. I can’t wait to try more of this brand’s combinations. They all sound so tempting.

SIX: I’ve been playing a few different CDs in my car lately.
1. The first I talked about previously, Hold My Beer, Vol. 1 by Randy Roger and Wade Bowen. Hold My BeerIt’s well worth the $10 but can also be found on Spotify!
2. The Underdog by Aaron Watson. Again on Spotify, but well worth the money. This CD has 14 songs for only $7.99!
3. Texas Like That by Zane Williams. Another great Texas country album I found on Spotify. I haven’t purchased this one off of Amazon yet, but plan to.
All of these albums are great dance hall kind of country albums that won’t be confused with any other genre. Plus I have had the pleasure of seeing all of these artists in concert and it’s good to know they really can sing too!

**Soon another musical playlist will be posted!**

SEVEN: P.S. I hope your calendars have been marked for Mother’s Day this coming Sunday! You definitely don’t want to forget that. Next Tuesday I’ll include in my list what I got for my mom!

EIGHT: Does your dad have mad joke skills like mine does?!? If so this post from Buzzfeed may remind you of him. There are some pretty good ones on their but this is my dad’s classic for you to share with the rest of the world:

Dad: What fish did they serve at the Last Supper?
Me: I’m not sure.
Dad: HOLY MACKEREL!!!!!!!

Yep he came up with that one in church!

NINE: I find myself sometimes wanting to be hyphen-happy sometimes, especially at work or when I am editing business type pages. I don’t know why, I just do. But I found this helpful cheat sheet from The Economist that proved helpful and made me feel a little more educated!

TEN: This past week we had a retirement party for one of my sweet co-workers. She’s my photography buddy I have referred to before. She happens to have a Flickr page that will always be sure to surprise and please! I was asked to give a little talk in front of everyone to give them a little insight of her beyond the office. It was so fun putting together some of her pictures on a little pamphlet of sorts for everyone to enjoy! So I figured I’d share with y’all too!

ELEVEN:  QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” — Henri Matisse

There Are Always FlowersI’m going to say bye to you right now, before you watch the video linked below. You’ll see why.
But anyways, another fun week in the books. Here’s to a great May!

Ok now, see #12.

TWELVE: Watch this video. HOWEVER, be warned there is some inappropriate language and vulgarity in this video. But it’s well worth the watch, just not something you want to blare at work! These Baseball Wisdom videos are frequently quoted at our city league softball games!

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