Old School Romance.

I never in my life imagined I’d be the lucky girl who found her prince charming, rode off into the sunset, and lived happily ever after (super mushy, I know) ...but I was.  Now that I’ve got  you screaming with envy, I’ll let you in on a little secret…our marriage isn’t perfect, but we don’t let that stop us from happily-ever-aftering, either.  One reason that I sincerely believe we’re such a strong couple, is because the Lord is at the center of our marriage.  Both of our lives revolve around our faith in Him, and we’re both fully aware that every precious thing that we treasure is a blessing from God.  With that being said, any of the crappy little issues  that we have throughout the day seemingly fade away as soon as the workday ends and we’re able to rush home into each others’ arms.


Fail #1:  I realized, when zooming into the parking garage at work this morning, that I had some cream-like substance all over the front of my wool coat.  I learned that I should probably be more careful about where the Brummel & Brown is flying when I butter my toast in the morning.


Fail #2:  Jarid manages to make me believe that my kisses are wonderful, even when my lips are so chapped that they’re bleeding.  As of late, this Burt’s Bees is a necessity…and I forgot mine yesterday, so I’ll let you do the math as far as what my lips looked like by the time I got home from work.

Fail #3:  The wool jacket that I was wearing got stuck on the door on my way out of work and ripped a button right off my sleeve.  It wouldn’t have been so bad if the other parts that help keep my jacket closed were there, but they’d been pulled off somehow, too.  Goodbye warm, thick, winter coat!  😦

I wasn’t going to let my fails stand in the way of an awesome night at home with my husband.  I refused to let the little negative things get to me.


Typically when I get off work at 5pm, I don’t have ample time, between travel and transition from work to home, to deliver an exceptional meal to the table by the time Jarid gets off work at 5:30.  We had a pound of lean ground beef in the freezer, which I’ve found is quickly becoming a staple in our house now that I’ve re-introduced it into my diet, so I started searching for some yummy things I could make that we’d both enjoy.  I came across this recipe, and since we had almost all the ingredients, I decided to go for it and improvise.

Beef BBQ


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • all of the ketchup we had (about 2/3 C.)
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • a sprinkling of Splenda (about 1 tbsp.)
  • salt to taste
  • 100% whole wheat bagels


  1. In a large skillet over high heat, sauté the beef, onion, and garlic until the beef is cooked and browning, and all the liquid has boiled off (around 10 minutes).
  2. Turn the heat down to low, then add the spices and cook, stirring, for a few seconds.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients, then partially cover and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.
  4. Divide the mixture among the buns or bagels and serve.


While the meat was cooking, I roasted some broccoli and cauliflower with salt, paprika, and nutritional yeast in the oven for about 20 minutes at 450º. I served his on a whole wheat bagel and topped it with some reduced fat cheddar — he’s a cheese man.


Mine was more of a barbeque bowl since I got snacky and ate a piece of toast while cooking… not to mention the steamed snap peas that I munched on.


I created a nice little set up for us, since we rarely eat dinner together.


It was nice, for once, to be dining in the same room at the same time.  I was really pleased with the end result!  It was a smokey sweet barbeque taste and I had an epiphany while eating it… next time, I’m going to make spaghetti squash for my base!


I think Jarid enjoyed it too… as soon as he was finished eating, he hopped up out of his chair, played a song that we had on our wedding CD favors, and said, “Can I please have this dance?”  Who could say no to that face? 🙂


Next on our agenda for the night, was a DIY project that we’ve been wanting to work on for awhile now.  Since we bought a new bedroom suite off of craigslist (barely used!), Jarid’s dresser from his parents was something that we wanted to up-cycle into a TV stand — we’re currently using a small wooden one that just doesn’t fit with our living room.


His dresser is much bigger and will be much more appropriate as soon as we finish the paint job!  Jarid had already sanded the entire thing and worked on installing panels to separate each section before-hand, so all that was left for me to help with, was the fun part!


We got down to business painting and may or may not have had a little too much fun painting each other.  The headlight that my Mom got Jarid for Christmas really came in handy as we were trying to paint each little crack and crevasse.


We finished up most of the first coat of paint and then called it quits for the night to watch the Duke game and eat some no-sugar-added vanilla bean ice cream that Momma & Poppa Cox sent us home with after the last family gathering.  They are the BEST! 🙂

At the end of the day, all the little things that went wrong or really bugged me, didn’t matter at all.  There’s no use getting frazzled about stuff like that because it only makes the little things that go RIGHT harder to appreciate ❤

Did you ever have one of those days?  


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