@gettingoutofthepickle

@gettingoutofthepickle

Hi! I'm a mother to two sour patch kids, military wife, stay at home chef and a mediocre blogger of my crazy life.

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Tomorrow we sign the papers to sell our house and then on Saturday we are on our way to our next adventure. #gettingoutofthepickle #lilybean #smileyriley #family #goodbyewyhoming #newadventuresawait #2daysleft #militarylife

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And just like that all our stuff is packed up and on it's way. I will miss this house that we made a home here in WY, but I can't wait for this next adventure to begin! Stay tuned for weird family travel pictures and birthday girl pictures! Since we are traveling over our oldest daughter's birthday we promised to make it a fun trip. Fun stops and funky restaurants it is!! #gettingoutofthepickle #byewyhoming #downtosingledigits #albuquerquebound #movingontobetterthings #almostbirthday #funkyfuntimes

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Tiny girlfriend is a little skeptical with all the packing shenanigans. She has been a real trooper through her 1st move though. #gettingoutofthepickle #smileyriley #moving #almostoutofhere

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And so it begins! #gettingoutofthepickle #letthegamesbegin #moving #movingontobetterthings #movingout #albuquerquebound #itsgoingtobealongday #sendallthecoffee

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Lasagna soup for dinner with fresh baked bread. Soup needs a little tweaking, but still good. Easy family dinner night ♡. For dessert some wine and egg custard pie! #gettingoutofthepickle #lasagnasoup #freshbaked #breadbaking #allthewine

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Today, I tried out my proofing basket. I am super excited! Fingers crossed the end result is beautiful. One of my favorite things to make is bread. It is definitely something that forces me to be patient. One of the things I want to do once we move and get settled is work on more bread recipes. Friends in Albuquerque I hope you like bread haha! I also want to cook with friends more. I miss cooking with people. Maybe I'll teach a cooking class again. We will see! #gettingoutofthepickle #proofingbasket #learningnewthings #newgoals #movingsoon #14days

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Baked chicken tacos for dinner! Super tasty. Ill have to play with it to get a better method, but they are relatively easy and don't take long to cook. This is the only picture I could get, we devoured them! #gettingoutofthepickle #homemade #crispybakedtacos #chickentacos

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Lily has been doing testing at school and made her personal point goal. I saw these hot cocoa bombs at target a few weeks ago. I knew they would sellout quick, since they are the "it" thing this year, so I got 2 for the girls. They are fun and Lily loved it. I topped it off with the jet puffed strawberry heart mallows at the end. I will have to make some of these with the girls. I may even make some latte ones. Who knows 🤷‍♀️. Fingers crossed testing goes well the rest of this week. Tomorrow is our appraisal. Here's hoping all goes smoothly. 18 days out until our new adventure. #gettingoutofthepickle #personalgoals #hotcocoabombs #pinkhotcocoa #crunchtime #fingerscrossed

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Do you play board games or have a family game night? We are going to try to have a regular family game night once we move to the new house. We have tons of board games and are always looking for more to add to the mix. Do you have a favorite game? #gettingoutofthepickle #lilybean #games #boardgames #allthegames #play

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Today Lily got to make use of one of her Christmas gifts. Now we wait 4 days to see if it worked! I see root beer floats in the near future. Side note, we are now under 30 days until we move. #gettingoutofthepickle #lilybean #science #makingrootbeer #fatherdaughtertime #nowwewait

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Happy New Year's Eve! Do you have a menu for tonight? I like to make the traditional southern new year dinner. I'll be making black eyed peas (maybe hoppin john if I'm feelin it), smoked pork, cornbread, and collard greens. All the things to bring good luck into the New Year. I'm not saying it works, but we could use all the help/luck we can get. This year I couldn't get a smaller amount of ham hocks. I only need one since its the 4 of us and we are moving in about a month. So, I opted to use smoked pork jowl and it's beautiful! #gettingoutofthepickle #newyearsdinner #southernnewyear #blackeyedpeas #porkjowl #needalltheluck

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This is an understatement if I ever saw one. With the new year approaching and a move in sight, I have been thinking of how I want things to be different this next year. I am working on some personal goals, mom goals, and wife goals. Heres hoping 2021 has some good things in store for us. #gettingoutofthepickle #bestyearevernot #goals #fingerscrossed #itcanonlygoupfromhere #alwaysstrivingforbetter #makethoselists #doallthethingsyouwanttodo

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Lily finished her bracelets for Operation Gratitude today! We will be getting them shipped out soon. Now she has a new skill to utilize. #gettingoutofthepickle #lilybean #scoutingathome #scoutserviceproject #operationgratitude

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Finished our cinnamon ornaments today! Watching the Polar Express, painting ornaments and eating candy canes.... I don't think it gets much better for a kid ❤ #gettingoutofthepickle #lilybean #smileyriley #polarexpress #christmascrafts #candycanes #2daysuntilsanta

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Christmas craft of the day! We made cinnamon dough ornaments. 3 ingredients is all you need and time! Cinnamon Glue Apple sauce You can bake them at 200°F for about 2-3 hours or wait and let them air dry for a few days ( roughly 3 days). Easy, not expensive and they smell amazing!! I didn't put amounts because they do vary depending on consistency of apple sauce. If curious I can send you a rough guestimate. #gettingoutofthepickle #lilybean #smileyriley #cinnamon #cinnamonornaments #smellslikechristmas #3daysuntilsanta #bakingwithkids

Cheyenne, Wyoming

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Holiday salt painting! Trying to do some kind of craft or treat for the holidays as often as we can. These are always fun, easy and stuff I have on hand. Tonight we plan to look for the Christmas star and go searching for Christmas lights. What are your winter break plans? Do you have holiday traditions? Favorite holiday crafts? #gettingoutofthepickle #lilybean #smileyriley #christmascrafts #christmaslights #4daystochristmas

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Cookie Day 2! You gotta make spritz cookies for the holidays! I almost forgot I had this guy in my cabinet. I got a new one last year and it has a disc for every holiday. Super cute ♡ I think Riley will be strong enough to squeeze next year. #gettingoutofthepickle #lilybean #cookietime #bakingwithkids #spritzcookies #wreaths #christmastrees #allthecookies #5daysuntilchristmas

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Cookie decorating day 1 went well! Tomorrow we will make and bake our gingerbread cookies. They will be Ninjabread men and the girls will decorate them on Monday or Tuesday. One night this week we will be going out looking for awesome Christmas lights. We still have a sew presents to wrap, but we are still in the Christmas spirit and ready to celebrate. Do you bake or decorate cookies with your kids? What is your favorite part? We all know the clean up is the least favorite part, haha! #gettingoutofthepickle #lilybean #smileyriley #cookietime #bakingwithkids #westillgotspirit #kidsarewashable #allthecookies #ninjabreadmen

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Gave tiny girlfriend a smorgasbord for lunch. She can pick and choose whatever and then she'll have an early bath with shaving cream paint and then a nap! Tomorrow is Lily's last day of school and then we start winter break!! The plan is to go see some Christmas lights, decorate our cookies, watch ALL the Christmas movies and I'm sure I'll throw in a craft or two to get rid of some more art supplies before the move! #gettingoutofthepickle #smorgasbord #pinkonpinkonpink #christmasbreak #allthingschristmas

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So, I sent these little letter to Santa sheets into my daughters class. This is hers and it breaks my heart to read it. If you think Covid isn't affect kids you are so wrong. My daughter has had to endure a lot this year along with us preparing to move and Covid going. She has a very kind heart. I don't know how to feel about her letter. It definitely hits you with all the feels. I see you sweet girl and thats a lot for Santa to deliver, but hey, its Christmas time. Praying for a Christmas miracle ♡ #gettingoutofthepickle #lilybean #dearsanta #stopcovid #doyourpart #helpourkids #thisaffectseveryone #weareinthistogether #hurryupsanta #christmasmiracle

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Today, Lily's school is filming their Christmas program. She was dead set on dressing up for it. For the record, we are still in WY and the high is 35° haha. She did have her big heavy jacket to wear also! I can't wait to see what they do this year 🎅! #gettingoutofthepickle #lilybean #Christmaspagent #itscold #ohwellshelllearn

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After one week on the market, we are officially under contract! Fingers crossed for all to go well these next few weeks. #gettingoutofthepickle #smileyriley #undercontract #timeisflyingby #thatwasquick

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Meringue Christmas trees are in the oven! Now the 2 hour wait. I love making these. I think they are cute ♡ #gettingoutofthepickle #christmasbakingtime #meringuecookies #cutecookies

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Today we had an open house, so we hung out at the state museum, saw Trump rioters, had lunch, did some shopping and came home to do crafts. We were lucky the state museum had grab bags with crafts for the kids Tomorrow is another open house, so who knows what we will see or do 🤷‍♀️. #gettingoutofthepickle #lilybean #smileyriley #statemuseum #openhousesaturday #openhousesunday #outexploring

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Tonight we made some "gingerbread" houses. We had fun, there was not competition at all.... new tradition for every year! Let the games begin! #gettingoutofthepickle #lilybean #grahamcrackerhouses #christmasfun #cute #familytime #happyholidays

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Happy Hanukkah from our family to yours! #gettingoutofthepickle #happyhanukkah #lilybean #smileyriley #oyvey #brisketlatkesandchallahohmy #lightthosecandles

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Tomorrow, is the start of Hanukkah. I will be making brisket, latkes, challah and asparagus. We will also be having chocolate babka for dessert. I bought the babka this year, this way I can be flexible if anyone wants to come and see the house. It will smell like brisket, which is a plus in my book, haha! #gettingoutofthepickle #hanukkah #8crazynights #festivaliflights #brisket #holidaysandsellingahouse #comesmellthebrisket #challahdays

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This morning my tiny girl and I went out so someone could check out the house. This girl is so sweet ♡ shes my ride or die chick. Love my girls! I can't wait to start our adventure in NM soon. So much to do and explore! #gettingoutofthepickle #smileyriley #girlmom #momsofinstagram #newadventures #checkoutourhouse #rideordie

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Well, the house is on the market! Keep us in your thoughts while we try to sell our house to get ready for our move. If anyone is looking for a house in Cheyenne, WY, come check out our house! #gettingoutofthepickle #remax #houseforsale #miraclehome #militarylife

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I love when our guys pick up Santa in the helicopter for the kids! Luckily the girls got to have time with Santa this year. A Christmas miracle! #gettingoutofthepickle #lilybean #smileyriley #santacame #helicoptersanta #myhusbandsjobisbetterthanyours #merrychristmas #almostchristmastime

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! #gettingoutofthepickle #lilybean #smileyriley #ohchristmastree #itsthattime

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We are decorating the house for Christmas early this year. In less than 2 weeks our house will be on the market. We are excited for the holidays and our move, but dang if it isn't stressful! Keeping your house clean when you are trying to sell, is like telling the kids to throw glitter in every room. How do you keep your house tidy when you are are trying to sell it? Help me! #gettingoutofthepickle #happyholidays #tistheseason #sellthishouse #movingsoon #movingontobetterthings #militarylife #everythingisglitter #crazykids

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Today, we start cleaning up and putting away all the fall decor. Because we bought lots of decorative squashes and such, my husband suggested to cut them up for the birds and squirrels to feast. What a great idea! So, I cut them up and put them in our raised beds for the animals and compost. Yes, that is also a dusting of snow you see. Welcome to life in WY where it snows on almost every major holiday, haha! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving filled with great food and family bonding. We may not have gotten to have groups of people over, but being together is always something wonderful. #gettingoutofthepickle #leftovers #naturesthanksgiving #birdsandsquirrels #compost #wyominglife #together #familybonding

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Thanksgiving at our house in a nutshell. Happy Thanksgiving! Now lets kick off the Christmas season with Christmas vacation! #gettingoutofthepickle #lilybean #smileyriley #happythanksgivng #turkeyday #lotstobethankfulfor #christmasvacation

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Morning tea parties with apple cider tea and graham craker bunnies are always a hit! Later the girls will get to decorate turkey cookies from the trader joes kit I bought. Since my cranberry sauce is done, I will start the pies! Lily will be my pie assistant this year. Fingers crossed she has fun baking for the holidays as much as I do. #gettingoutofthepickle #teapartytime #applecidertea #cookies #piehelper #holidaybaking

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Cranberry sauce is simmering on the stove. I love making cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. My favorite part is listening to the little popping sounds when the cranberries burst open. Plus the color is always so beautiful ♡ If you lost the recipe from when I posted up last year, let me know and I'll help you out! #gettingoutofthepickle #Thanksgiving #passthecranberrysauce #sotasty #makeityourself #homemade #almostturkeyday #piesareupnext

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Well, girlfriend lost a tooth at school today. She was super excited to show us when she got home. She is gonna run out of teeth, haha! Next week is a short week with Thanksgiving coming up. Don't forget to pull your turkey out of the freezer! I'll start next week by making my cranberry sauce. What do you have planned for Thanksgiving this year? Do you have traditions? We wake up and watch the Macy's parade. This year I got the girls a cookie decorating kit from @traderjoes. I can't wait for them to have fun with it. I'm sure I'll print some color pages and do a craft, too. #gettingoutofthepickle #lilybean #toothfairytime #lostatoothatschool #toothlesswonder #thanksgivingbreak #traditions #traderjoes #givethanks #macysparade

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Ballet recitals during covid aren't the best, but atleast she got to dance. We weren't able to go in to watch, but I did get to peek a little. This was Lily's last recital here in WY. I'm not sure if she will dance in NM or not yet. We will have to wait and see. #gettingoutofthepickle #lilybean #balletrecital #cinderella #tinydancer #dancemom #covidballet #goawaycovid19