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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

First came love...

Two years ago today I married the love of my life. At the time I thought there would be no day greater. Turns out I was wrong. It was only the beginning, and since that incredible day there have been so many moments when I had that similar "on top of the world" feeling!
Last year we celebrated our first anniversary knowing that our sweet little girl would be arriving very soon! Basically, I felt like I was walking on a cloud the entire time. 
Obviously the day she was born was another high point (THAT was the best day). It's an indescribable feeling that I'm so happy I got to experience with such a wonderful husband by my side! We have experienced so many changes in the past year, I look at that couple holding the balloons and I can't believe we are those same people! Life has changed, and changed for the better!Not a day goes by that I don't realize how lucky I am to have him in my life. It won't be long before Ella realizes the same (actually I'm sure she already knows)! Stephen is such a loving husband and father, there isn't anything he wouldn't do for us girls. He is perfect for us in every way. 

First came love, then came marriage, then came Ella!!! Year number three is already shaping up to be another good one! Happy Anniversary to US! 
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Friday, April 18, 2014


Let's address the elephant in the blog has changed a little. Okay, a lottle! I'm less about the recipes and cooking and more about my Ella Rose. She is my world now, so naturally she's the focus of my blog! The transition started the minute I got pregnant, but lately I've been wondering if I should make an official switch. Do I change my blog or leave it as is"?!? I've decided to leave well enough alone (for now anyway) and just go with it! Here's why...
1. It still applies - Let's not be so literal! First of all we all know I've used the same spice twice (it would be impossible not to). We need to think a little deeper here, even beyond actual spices. I'm thinking more along the lines of every experience and day is different....things don't always turn out the way you's hard to plan ahead. Life unmeasured - get it? Am I  making sense?

2. I haven't thought of anything better - Believe me I've tried! Anything I've come up with so far is taken. I might consider a change if I could think of something completely creative and original. 

3. There is still some food - My weekly meal plans aren't going anywhere any time soon. Of course I will still post recipes that I want to share with you all. I do still eat, and I do still cook believe it or not! There are even a few recipes for baby food I plan to post!

4. It's a hassle - When I think about all of the steps that would be involved in a total blog overhaul I shudder. It's taken me a while to get to this point, I'm not sure I have the energy to start over. I'm not just talking about followers. Although, I'd like to think most of you would stick with me if I made an official change (no pressure or anything)! This is not a numbers game for me by any means. 

5. I just don't wanna - I'm not ready! I've grown attached to "Never The Same Spice Twice". This blog has evolved quite a bit over the past FIVE years. (A pretty big Blogiversary came and went this year and I missed it - total fail). Fun fact = It was first "A Day In The Life Of Sessy" for a while and I blogged about scrapbooking. No bueno, too boring although I do love my nickname Sessy!

When I came up with the name NTSST I fell in love. It's my blogger identity right now and I'm not prepared to give it up! I admit, a blog makeover sounds exciting and fun. For now, "ain't nobody got time for that". When it's time you will all know, but for now it's staying!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Boys Behind The Blog {Link-up #11}

It's our ELEVENTH link-up and it's a good one! We took five of your guys questions from last month. Thanks Joe, Brian, Justin, Sam and Nate! You are all so creative! Hubs answered these questions way earlier than previous months...must have been because of all the great questions. I'm glad he remembered because my brain is total mush from work! I can't wait to come home tomorrow and read all of your posts!

I'll stop complaining about work and turn it over to this guy...Happy BBB Thursday!
1. Your significant other’s blog; a blessing or a curse?
A blessing. She’s met some really good people, brought some delicious meals to our table and shared some great stories. All in all, it’s been very positive.

2. Do you read your wife's blog?
Of course. Now, I can’t say that I pop in every single day however I do catch up at least once a week to see what she’s writing about me. I mean, I have to keep some kind of tabs, right?

3. What is one thing you can do better than anyone you know?
I make a mean chicken salad sandwich; award-winning, I dare say, if such an award existed. I also have this sixth-sense for selecting produce. Need a ready-to-eat, vine-sweetened cantaloupe? How about perfectly-ripened avocados for your guacamole? I'm your guy.

4. What is your favorite TV sitcom from the 90's?
Dinosaurs. Although, the entire TGIF lineup was pretty awesome – Family Matters, Step by Step, Full House, Boy Meets World, Hanging with Mr. Cooper. Now I’m getting all nostalgic.

5. If you were opening a small business or shop, what would it be? What goods or services would you sell?
I would open a small craft brewery. Most definitely.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

What's cooking this week?

Hello gorgeous Sunday morning (again)! I've got my eye on the pool. I think another pool adventure is in order! Maybe we'll actually go all the way in this time. First thing's first...
Tonight: Thai Noodle Soup (never made this last week)
Monday: Not cooking
Tuesday: Taco Braid (my own spin on something like this)
Wednesday: Creamy Artichoke Soup and steak for Hubs
Thursday: Cucumber Avocado Subs
It's been a fabulous weekend even though I'm feeling like garbage. I've got this nasty cough and I'm beyond exhausted from this past week at work as we prepare for testing. We still had a wonderful day yesterday meeting up with my Uncle Ricky who was in town for a conference. We had lunch at a place called the Copper Canyon Grill and I couldn't pass up these INSANELY DELICIOUS fish tacos! 
Ella sat in the high chair like such a big girl. I didn't even think the bring the high chair cover because last time we tried (a few weeks ago) it didn't go too well. What a difference a few weeks makes! She sat and played so nicely for about an hour! Thankfully she had this yummy magnadoodle to keep her busy!

I'm getting a little bit of a late start today but there is still a lot I'd like to accomplish. We are running low on baby food so I plan to make another giant batch of deliciousness for my babes. I've got turkey tenderloins in the crock pot for her now. Yum! Happy Sunday everyone! 
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Down By The Pool

Another first for my girl! We finally took her for her first trip down to the pool. It's crazy to me that it's taken us this long to put this cutie in her suit and stick her little toes in the water. The pool has beach entry (that's a thing, I think). It was perfect because she was able to sit and splash right at the edge! The water was a little chilly so we didn't go all the way in this time. Ella seemed to enjoy her first of MANY pool-time experiences! I thought the watermelon teether was very appropriate...and refreshing! 
We are looking into buying her a float...let me know if you have any recommendations (preferably one with a shade). 
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