Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tent Camping!

Trey had a coupon and dividends to REI and we have been wanting a tent for over a year now, so we finally bit the bullet! After the discounts it only cost us $65 for a nice 4 person tent! This was my anniversary present to him and we decided to use it for the first time the weekend before our anniversary for a night "away" :) 

When the tent first came in we decided to give it a try in our living room! The dogs weren't too sure about the whole ordeal at first but they got used to it. It was super easy to put up and also fits our air mattress! 

I posted yesterday about our busy weekend. We spent Saturday night camping at Falls Lake in the tent.

Mom and dad wanted to come with us too, they enjoy camping in the RV at falls lake and wanted to witness me tent camping :) We shared a spot so it was super cheap and we could hang out together. Trey and I still stuck to the outdoors and didn't cheat! (Except for using the bathroom there Sunday morning instead of walking to the bathhouse since we were in a hurry to get downtown to see the race!)

 The dogs enjoyed hanging out outside all evening!

 After we got set up Trey cooked dinner. We had burgers, corn and beans on the grill. 

 The tent was sort of my anniversary gift to Trey but I still wanted to surprise him with something. It wasn't our actual anniversary yet but my other gift to him was a hammock! I knew he would want to use it camping so I gave it to him early. It hangs between 2 trees and is super comfy. 
 My view while testing out the hammock. 

 We took a walk around the campground while it was still light out, then headed back to start a fire for smores. We enjoyed the campfire for a while and then crawled in to our tent for the night! We fit the airbed (blown up via the charger port in my car!) and the dogs bed along with a few bags in the tent. The dogs seemed content until about 20 minutes later we could hear gunshots in the distance. I guess that's what people do out in the country, but the dogs were not fans of it. Within seconds they were on top of us in our bed. We finally got them back in to their beds and settled and all slept well. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Busy Spring Weekend!

We had a very busy but fun weekend. It was gorgeous weather, so great for lots of outdoor fun. Friday night we grilled out with some of Trey's co-workers. 

Saturday was the spring football game. During the quarter change they honored Russell Wilson and put his number on the wall of Vaughan Towers. 

 Russell on the field
 His before being uncovered
 The unveiling 
 There it is!
 "Please stay off the grass"

After the game we headed to Falls Lake Holly Point campground to go camping! I will post more about that tomorrow :)

Sunday morning we woke up bright and early to the sun and birds chirping. We broke everything down and packed up the car to head downtown to see Allison and Christy running in the Rock n Roll Half/Full Marathon. 

 Allison did a great job on her first half marathon! 

 About 45 minutes after Allison finished the half, Christy got to the finish of the full marathon. She finished 26.2 miles in 3 hours, 8 minutes! She was the 3rd place female. She has been training by running an insane amount of miles each week and I am super proud of her for getting a new PR. 

We had to check out the "after party" concert area to pick up the plaque that Christy got for placing. 

After the race we went to get brunch at Busy Bee. I had their Juevos Rancheros.... oh. my. gosh. So good. You must go try them! 

After we got home from the race and brunch Trey laid sod! We have a large dirt area in our backyard from the dogs running out the door to the other corner and all of their playing, and the lack of sun that we get there. We have tried to seed it before, successfully gotten tiny little sprouts only to have the dogs demolish it again. So this time we are putting down sod (Bermuda, it's dormant that's why its brown right now!) and keeping the dogs out of that part of the yard until it is secure.

 In order to do that we have added a new doggie door, the start of it is pictured below:

Vegas is excited for her nice back-scratching grass. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

DIY Laundry Detergent

I found a link on pinterest to a recipe for DIY laundry detergent and decided to try it. It comes from a family of 9 who uses it in their huge loads daily and said it works great. It cost just under $20 for all the supplies. They said it lasts them about 2.5 months, doing 1-2 stuffed full loads per day... I will have to see how long this ends up lasting us and see if it was worth it, but I figured why not try!

What You Need:
1 box super washing soda
1 box Borax
1 box Pure Baking Soda
1 (3 lb) container of Oxy-Clean
3 bars Fels-Naptha, shredded
Large bucket (at least 3 gallons)
1/4 cup scoop (I saved the scoop from the oxy clean)

What You Do:
You are going to mix all of the ingredients together, but since it is a lot of white powders it is best to do one at a time. 
Mix Borax and Super Washing soda in the bucket (with large spoon).
Then add Baking Soda and mix well. 
Add Oxy-clean and mix well (save the scoop!)
Lastly you will add the Fels-Naptha but you first have to shred it. They recommended a food processor, but since I didn't have one I simply used a grater and it worked awesome! 
Mix all of these together well and store with an airtight lid. 

For ease of use, I used the Oxy-Clean container to put a small amount of detergent in the laundry room and saved the large container in a different area. You will need 1/4 cup per large load (or 1/8 cup if you have a high efficiency washer). In order to not have to buy a measuring cup, I measured 1/4 cup of water in the Oxy-Clean scoop. It came up to the 3 line that is already drawn on there, so I marked it with a Sharpie for future reference. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spent Grain Dog Treats

Trey recently started brewing with actual grain (instead of extract) and so when he is done brewing he has a lot of grain left over, called spent grain. 

We looked up a recipe to bake dog treats with it... it is super easy and the dogs love it! We just put together the grain (4 cups), flour (2 cups), peanut butter (1 cup) and 2 eggs! Mix it all together and then cut it into "cookies" ... the only cookie cutter we actually have is a gingerbread man so that's what they got!

The dogs love them! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Trolley Pub

We wanted to do something fun and different to celebrate Trey's birthday and decided to rent a Trolley Pub (really the Biker Bar NC in downtown Durham). We took a mid day tour that started at Bull City Burger and stopped at Fullsteam and then Triangle Brewing Company. We thought (were told before purchasing the trolley pub) that we would be stopping at each place to go on tours, but instead we were just told a little bit about them and then grabbed a drink. It was probably more fun than actually taking multiple tours though.

We were also able to bring our own drinks on the trolley. We had it booked for a weekend in late March and the weather was actually kind of rainy (but at least warm). So we came out in our rain gear and had a great time. The hills were a lot of fun, downhill was crazy and uphill was quite a workout!