Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge!

I talked a bit about this challenge at the beginning of the year. I really can’t believe I am still hard into this challenge. I am the type of person that starts something and never finishes. I hate that about myself. I’m continually trying to change that about myself!

If you don’t know this challenge, I will quickly sum it up for you. Obviously it’s a reading challenge, and it’s 339 books that Rory read or talked about on the show Gilmore Girls. There’s no time limit, because frankly that would be absurd! I’m hoping I finish all these within 10 years! 😛 I started the challenge this past summer and the first book I started reading was Moby Dick. Well, I’m still reading it. I went full throttle when I started it last summer… I got over halfway through in 2 weeks. Then I had to return it to the library, and just had no motivation to continue to read it. Last week, I checked two books off the list and decided to finish reading the book. Checked it out and I think I’ve read 20 pages, and have yet again, started reading a whole entirely different book. I just can not seem to get into it this time around! Plus, I have two other books waiting for me at my library and it’s like they’re secretly saying, “Oh to heck with Moby Dick… return him and come get us!” Dang talking books!

If you would like to join in on this challenge… do it! The more the merrier! I’m going to post all 339 books on my blog and then say which ones I’ve read already. I’m going to make a separate page/tab for this rather than a blog post so it’s easier to come back and update/look at, and you can find that…. HERE!

Hope you have a great day! 🙂


Pan Fried Asparagus.

Pan Fried Asparagus

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 Bundle of Fresh Asparagus (roughly 4 servings)
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp onions, chopped


  1. Put coconut oil in pan, and allow to heat up. (Doesn’t take long at all)
  2. Put garlic and onions in pan and sauté.
  3. Place Asparagus in pan and let fry!

As I stated in my green bean recipe, I like my veggies on the crisp side, not super tender. If you want them more on the tender side, steam prior instead of placing directly in pan.

*Again, I just put stuff in as I went along…*


Pan Fried Green Beans.

Pan Fried Green Beans

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Fresh Green Beans (I used about 3 handfuls)
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 Tbsp onion, chopped


I like my green beans crunchy, not mushy, so I didn’t steam them before I pan fried them. If you like them to be tender, I would get a pot on the side with a little water and steam for a few minutes, or steam them in the microwave.

  1. Put coconut oil in pan and let heat up.
  2. Place garlic and onion in pan and saute.
  3. Put green beans in pan and let them fry!


*Sorry if this recipe is hard to follow… I did it as I went along. 🙂

I want my kitchen back.

This is the week that we’re finally remodeling our kitchen, bathroom, and little area that was once an eat in kitchen sorta thing but is now where the dogs call home.  For the past couple of weeks we have been cleaning out cabinets, cleaning the appliances we are donating, and really just gearing up for everything that was going to happen this week. This past weekend we cleaned off all the grime and gunk off the cabinets. The cabinets are the only thing that is staying in our kitchen, so we had to make them shine and look “new”. After we cleaned them and put some orange glow polish on, I put on some new hardware. This is what our kitchen looked like on Monday morning before we started. Thankfully we are paying for all the work to be done for us, but the cleaning out and getting ready for the work to beginning was hard and stressful enough. I don’t know how people live weeks upon weeks through a remodel. I’m only on day 2 and I’m going insane. Luckily just have to hold out until the end of the week. DSC_0241DAY 1: We had the plumber (Pat is super cool!) come and he unhooked the kitchen sink, dishwasher, fridge, stove, bathroom sink, and toilet. Once, that was all completed the countertop guys (awesome gents who were insanely nice!) put in our new granite countertop. While they were ripping out the old countertop, I noticed something sitting next to the wall under the radio… walked over and it was a check from 1993!

We are in total love with the countertop. It’s got little specks of copper and a navy/greenish color (depending on light) mixed in with it as well. It’s so gorgeous!

DAY 2: The flooring guy came and took out our old floor and put in the new. I even got to reminisce my childhood and got to see the original flooring! I haven’t seen that in many, many years. It was kind of cool.

DAY 3: Right now the flooring guy is putting in the last of the flooring in the bathroom, and then he’s going to grout it. Once that is completed, we won’t be able to move the new appliances in until Friday. Last night, my mom and I were looking into and discussing backsplash glass tile and wallpaper for the bathroom. Hopefully we can figure that out and order it so we can put all that in next week.

Oh, I forgot to post the pictures of the appliances we are saying “Goodbye” to… these are all real gems…

The Fridge

DSC_0249 We can’t stand this fridge. We really don’t even know why my mom bought it to begin with. For starters, we are not fans of side by side’s. There’s no freezer room, and the actual fridge space is crowded. I give kudos to anyone who can make it work, because frankly, we couldn’t. It got it’s 10+ years, but now it’s leaving today!

The DishwasherThe Dishwasher


I’m kinda on the fence about this one… I mean, it wasn’t the best dishwasher at all, but it was definitely better than our last one. Again, onto bigger and better! Hopefully… because we didn’t spend a lot of time looking at it… it was the last thing to get and we just kinda “picked one”. Yikes.

The Microwave


I’m actually kinda sad about getting rid of this. This and the stove are the original appliances. It has lasted us close to 25 years. I think that’s pretty awesome. It’s time for it to go though… the handle has broken off so many times (Thanks for saving us super glue!), the light inside stopped working probably 5 years ago, the turn table stopped working when I was a kid, and just recently the number 3 stopped working. It’s been a trooper!

The Stove

I have to say that this is the only appliance I am quite sad that is leaving. It’s such an awesome stove. What makes it completely rad is that it still works perfectly. There is nothing at all wrong with it at all. Definitely a quality made appliance. I have made and learned a lot of cool recipes/dishes on this stove. Hopefully it will go to someone who really needs it and uses it nicely. (Donating!)

Well, that’s all I have really for now. After the flooring is done today, it will be kinda slow and boring here until Friday. So until then…