Crock Pot Caramel Fail

Well folks. I failed. I attempted to make caramel from sweetened condensed milk in the crock pot, but it never got to be caramel. I got a light tan color, but no caramel. I cooked it on high for 6 hours, as opposed to low for 8 hours. I guess I’ll try 8 hours on low. So I have shortbread, but I haven’t tried it yet because I’m waiting for the caramel! 

I did have some success yesterday though. I did make myself some butterscotch chip cookies and they were delish. I’ll share the recipe tomorrow. I didn’t end up making bread or biscuits, but I think I will next weekend. 

I just had lunch with my sister on her lunch break at work and now I’m trying to find some motivation to get moving. The rest of my Sunday is not going to be that fun. I have a group project I need to finish up my part on, I have laundry to fold and put away, and some general picking up and organizing. I hope ya’ll enjoy the rest of your Sunday! 

XoXo Kayla

Cookies, Shortbread Bars, and Biscuits, OH MY!

Since I’ve been a bad blogger lately, I’m baking up a storm today, so I can share pictures, recipes, and reviews. I’m making butterscotch chip cookies (I don’t like chocolate. No, I will not eat the entire batch of cookies, I freeze them!), I’m also making salted caramel shortbread bars, and chocolate chip cookies. I may also bake some homemade bread and cheddar herb biscuits a la Red Lobster to go with our dinner tonight. After I get done baking everything I will write up some reviews. 

Enjoy your weekend lovely readers!

XoXo Kayla

Just Living Life

It’s been a busy month. School is going really fast since it’s a short quarter, so I’ve been really busy with that. Last week was my birthday, so we had a party on Sunday, then I had school all week and Thursday I left on an overnight trip to the casino with my parents. We had a lot of fun. They gave me some money to gamble with, and unfortunately, I lost all of it. Darn. But I still got a bunch of entries into the contest to win a million dollars. I can dream, right? 😉 We had a great dinner, spent a lot of time gambling and then slept pretty late the next morning. After getting home, my husband and I ran a few errands and then went to my parent’s house for dinner and to play Scattergories. That game is so much fun, but I can’t play without my sister. She has the best/funniest answers. I made more tomato sauce this weekend for lasagna. My grandma is out of town for a while, so my mom and I made two kinds of lasagna so the family could have dinner with my grandpa. I used a different recipe this time, that I liked a lot better, so I will post that recipe soon!

I’m loving school again this quarter which is nice. Last quarter was a little rough, and I got pretty discouraged. It’s nice to be back on the ball and doing well. I’m looking for a job, and it’s not going too well, so I’m a little frustrated with that. But something will come along for me, I’m sure.

A little update on Lucy. She’s getting HUGE. She’s only 4 months old, but she’s a big girl. She’s still very sweet, and she’s very smart, but…she’s very stubborn. And boy does she like to talk. We taught her the speak command, and instead of sitting or shake, she likes to talk. But she catches on to things quickly. So far she hasn’t been too destructive, although she did get a hold of a coconut bra and completely destroyed it. She also taste tested my Ugg boots and my leopard print flats, but apparently she didn’t like those too much. Lucky for her 😉

I hope life is treating you all kindly. I’ll try to post more often, I’ve been slacking lately! I’ll post some pictures of both of the dogs, as well as some more recipes. I’ll also recap my birthday party (It was a blast!!) and share some pictures from that.

XoXo Kayla

First Day of Summer Quarter. Already!

Wow! It’s the first day of summer quarter already. At the end of the quarter I always promise myself that I will write more, but I get busy with things I can’t get done when school is in session and so writing goes to the way side. I only have one class today that meets in person, but I do have an online class that I have homework in already as well. I wanted to get to the gym after class, but we’re having my grandparents over for dinner, so I have to clean my house. My grandma is a neat freak, so I’m going to go a little nuts cleaning my house. I’ll have to see if I have time for the gym after I get done cleaning. At least dinner will be easy, we have potato salad and pasta salad leftover so all we’ll have to do is BBQ burgers and hot dogs. We also have a watermelon we need to eat up!

This quarter of school is going to be hectic. Summer quarter is a lot shorter than other quarters, and I’m taking 4 classes instead of my normal 3. But to add to the chaos, we’re considering a big move. My husband has a potentially great job opportunity in California. However, the cost of living in California is outrageous compared to where we live now and yes, he will be making more money, but I don’t know if it’s worth the big move to essentially be in the same situation we are in now. I think he might be a little bit happier with this other job, but he’s worked with this particular company before, and he didn’t exactly love it. We’ll see. 

My birthday is exactly one week from today. My birthday party is in 6 days. It’s going to be so much fun. Like I said before it has a luau theme, so there’s going to be lots of fruity drinks, kalua pork, pulled pork, and huli chicken. There will be sides of course, rice and macaroni salad. Soda. CAKE. And my step-mom has tons of decorations, so the house and yard will be decked out to the max. I’ll share pictures. Yay! I can’t wait. 

I hope ya’ll are doing well and enjoying summer. 

XoXo Kayla

Busy Bee and the Fourth of July

Ahhhh where did the time go? I officially start school again on Monday. MONDAY. I’m not ready. I still have planning to do for my birthday party. And I want to plan something really cool for my husband’s birthday at the end of August and our anniversary is also at the end of August, so I need to figure something out for those as well. I need time. Plus it’s summer, I want to be out swimming and laying out in the sun with friends. Ahh ok, enough whining. 

Have you guys ever met someone and thought you hit it off pretty well, but then you hang out again later and realize that they are kind of…crazy? We’ve hung out with my husband’s coworker and his wife a time or two, and this last time… I realized we’re just not meant to be friends. I like the husband just fine. Meh, no biggie, I was just excited to have another couple that we could hang out with together. Oh well. She’s nice and I’ll still hang out with her occasionally, but I no longer wish to hang out one on one with her like we had talked about previously. 

I got to do some shopping today, only I didn’t have to pay for any of it. My lovely stepmother took me shopping for my birthday. I got 3 dresses, a skirt, 2 shirts, and a pair of shoes. I kept telling her it was too much. She lured me into it by telling me that we would shop for just a birthday dress. Just ONE dress. This woman doesn’t take no for an answer. I feel guilty, but I love her so much. 

OH! How could I forget? How was your Fourth of July? Ours was pretty great. We got to catch up with an old friend, as well as make two new friends. We had a few other people over, too, and we BBQ’d, had some drinks, and of course, set off fireworks. I burned my thumb with a Roman candle and it hurt pretty bad. But.. I burned it with a Roman candle, so I’m pretty cool. Ha! I hope you all had a great Fourth! 

XoXo Kayla