Cancun Fun!

Hello everyone!

It has been some time since I’ve last updated the blog… life gets busy then bam, six months fly by!

The hubby and I recently got back from a winter getaway in Mexico and I thought I would post a few pictures from our trip. It was my first time in Mexico and it was a great one – I can’t wait to go back some day πŸ™‚

We stayed at the Hyatt Zilara resort in Cancun and it was absolutely amazing! A beautiful resort with a breathtaking sea view from every room – can it get much better than that? πŸ™‚

During our time in Cancun, we ventured off the resort a few times but not for too long. We took a guided bike tour one morning. This was fabulous because it allowed us to see so much of Cancun in a short amount of time! It’s crazy the number of resorts that line the ocean on the main drag. We also would walk around in the afternoons and explore some of the shopping centers.

The food at the resort was pretty tasty – our favorite being the authentic Mexican tacos that you can see pictured above! We definitely did not go hungry or thirsty on this vacation πŸ™‚

Long walks on the beach, amazing weather, and endless hospitality – can’t wait to go back to the Hyatt Zilara some day! Definitely beats the Iowa winters any day πŸ™‚

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1 Year Anniversary

I still can’t believe it, but yesterday my husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary! They say time flies when you’re having fun and that’s the truth!

I wanted to write a post to capture all the big milestones we’ve had this last year (there were a lot!).

Matt and I had a gorgeous May day to celebrate our wedding! Lots of planning and help from family and friends went into making this day a complete success and one we will always remember πŸ™‚ We can’t thank everyone enough for all their hard work!

We traveled to Jamaica for our honeymoon! We had a blast and can’t wait to go back and visit sometime! The people were all so nice and the scenery was spectacular!

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Once we got back from our honeymoon, we had a crazy month in store! June was filled with purchasing our first home and standing at the alter for one of my best friend’s weddings!

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The rest of the summer months were filled with relaxing, enjoying married life, and preparing for a new member of the family! We welcomed our Australian Shepard, Charlee to the family in August πŸ™‚ It’s hard to believe she is almost one year old already!

We spend many of our fall weekends cheering on our University of Northern Iowa Panthers at the football games! Charlee even joinedΒ us for most of them πŸ™‚ We can’t wait for football season to start back up, go Panthers!

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In January we took a trip to Key West! You can check out my blog post about our trip here. It is beautiful there and we will most definitely be visiting again!

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Winter turned to spring and our lives were going along as normal. However, late spring both my husband and I both received new job opportunities! We’ve been adjusting to the changes but are loving every minute of our new careers!

Hard to believe all of this happened in one, short year! Here’s to many more!

 

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Hope everyone had a great weekend and a happy Mother’s Day to all those mamas out there!

Last week, I was baking at work and decided to try a few new recipes. I found this recipe on JuliasAblum blog and it was amazing! The cookies were gone within 48 hours and I even doubled the recipe! I can almost guarantee I will be making these again soon!

I like this recipe because it is super easy and they are unique because you don’t press them down like a typical peanut butter cookie πŸ™‚

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar for coating

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, use a mixer together the peanut butter and butter until smooth. Add the brown sugar and beat until combined. Next, mix in the egg and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Slowly combine the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until a smooth dough is formed.

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Grease a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper. Then use your hand to roll small balls of dough. Roll each one in the sugar before placing it on the cookie sheet.

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Place the dough balls into the oven and bake for about 12 minutes or until they start to puff up slightly. The cookies should be slightly brown around the edges and begin to crackle on the top. Remove them from the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes before moving them to a wire rack.

Enjoy these wonderful cookies and try not to eat them all the first day!

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Adventures in Key West

Happy Monday, everyone! I finally had some free time this morning to write about our recent trip to Key West! I had been here once before but it was my husband’s first time visiting.

We decided to ditch the Iowa winter for a few days and head to sunny Florida! Key West was in a “cold spurt” for most of the days we were there (highs around 65 degrees) but, coming from -10 degrees in Iowa, we didn’t mind one bit πŸ™‚

However, we did get a kick out of the locals down in Key West running around in their winter coats and hats!

We didn’t get to do any water sports while we were down there due to the cooler weather and high winds but that didn’t stop us from eating and exploring our way through Key West! The food was absolutely amazing! We had everything from brick oven pizza to BBQ to seafood. My husband and I were trying to decide on a “favorite” restaurant but soon came to the conclusion there wasn’t just one we could pick. From watching the Seahawks play in a local bar, Flap Jacks to a half pound monster cookie sundae at Mattheessen’s – everything was delicious!

One of our favorite restaurants for breakfast would most definitely have to be Pepe’s. A local boutique owner suggested this place and it did not disappoint! This is a local’s hangout but is becoming more known to tourists as well. The outside was deceiving but the food was amazing! Pepe’s is said to be the oldest restaurant in Key West so I’m sure you can imagine what the outside looked like but the history that filled the walls on the inside was a fun way to start our day πŸ™‚

When we weren’t eating our way through the island, we were exploring the beautiful town! Key West is so small that we were able to walk to most of the sites we wanted to visit. However, if you aren’t up to walking, motorized scooters and bike rentals are available on almost every corner! We were able to see the Southernmost Point, Mile 0, and even a few Carnival cruise ships while we were there! But the best scene in Key West has to be at sunset from Mallory Square. We went here every night to catch the sun going down and it never seemed to get old πŸ™‚ Not only do you get to see the sun set but there are also some amazing street performers for entertainment. Definitely a spot to hit if you ever find yourself in Key West!

Key West is a small island with tons of character! The homes here were stunning cottages painted in all types of fun colors. And the buildings that line the mail drag (Duval Street) are just the same! I can definitely see us visiting again sometime in the future πŸ™‚