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Stress, stress, stress… and sadness

Posted in Deployment, Marriage, Navy, Separation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2009 by aedd

This holiday season has been an incredibly hard time for me.  Mostly because AJ has been gone, not only for all the holidays, but also for our first anniversary, which was yesterday, but for other reasons as well.

For one, I transferred to a new command.  With that comes another problem, when I moved into the barracks I was told that I should move out ASAP since I’m married I’m not actually entitled to having a barracks room.  Once I checked in with PSD, I was told that I didn’t need to route a chit, that I simply needed to bring in a copy of my lease and the form stating that I had check out of the barracks.  So I return to PSD, both in hand, and I’m told that because my husband is military as well, I do have to route a chit, and unless the barracks are full, I will most likely be denied.  Previously it didn’t matter if I was married mil-to-mil, simply that I’m married, and now it does.  And I’ve already gone through the trouble of finding an apartment and gIetting everything ready to move in!!  I even moved out of the barracks, so I no longer have a place to live until I get moved in, but I can’t afford to have the apartment without getting BAH.  So I’m kinda stuck… Thanks PSD and CBH, thanks for all the ‘help’.

All that happened the day I went on leave for Christmas/New Years.  Talk about unneeded stress added to an already stressful holiday season.  If the people who were there to help had the same information, maybe they wouldn’t have problems like this.  Of course, this is the nave we’re talking about.

AJ is due back sometime in March, and I’m really looking forward to it.  Unfortunately, I’m set to deploy in July/August, and they will be going to Bremerton, Wa for 16 months of maintenance, then changing home ports to Everett, Washington for at least 3 years.  What that boils down to is: On our 2nd anniversary, we will have spend less than a year’s worth of time together, plus we’ll be stationed 1300 miles for at least 2 or 3 years.  So for the next 4 years I’m just going to have to keep telling myself “I love my husband, I love my husband, I love my husband.”

Oh did I mention I didn’t even get to talk to him on our anniversary?

Sigh.

Home ‘Crafted Holidays: Recipes in a Bottle

Posted in Uncategorized on December 3, 2009 by aedd

Its been a crazy couple of weeks with Thanksgiving on top on transferring commands and moving into a new barracks And for the icing on the crazy/hectic cake, I also just got in touch with family I haven’t seen or spoken to since I was four (getting in touch with them is a good thing btw).

In spite of all this craziness, I’m thrilled to participating in Domestic Witch’s Home ‘Crafted Holidays!  Unfortunately, due to the move I haven’t been able to actually make my craft, so I hope that I can fully express it with just words! So on with the show!

My favorite ‘craft’ for gift giving is what I like to call Recipes in a Bottle. I was originally given this idea by a friend who gifted me something similar. It’s a great way to share a favorite recipe with friends and family! This year I wanted to make Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies, a recipe that I’m always asked for. For this you can use any type of container you’d like as long as it has a lid with a tight seal, preferable a tall container rather than fat! Make sure the dry ingredients will all fit inside without much room left over. I use a Mason jar for mine.

My Recipe:
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

What you need:
A mason jar and lid (the kind with a ring)
Small square of fabric (big enough to cover mouth of jar)
Ribbon
Cardstock, recipe card, or something of the sort
Hole punch
Pen (or printer)
Dry ingredients from your recipe:

  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Walnuts

Measure out the correct amount of ingredients, but keep them separate. Remember its only the dry ingredients. Mix the flour, salt and baking soda, since there are such small amounts of salt and baking soda.

In the jar (which should be clean) layer the ingredients as you see fit, try to alternate colors and don’t make the layers level for a more artsy look, just like sand art! Once you’ve used the ingredients and the jar is mostly full, place the lid (without the ring) on top of the jar. Place the square of fabric on top of that. Your fabric can be anything you like, and the edges don’t have to be straight, break out the scrapbook scissors and get creative! Once you’ve placed your fabric on top of the lid, screw the ring on top of that as tightly as possible.

Next take your cardstock, recipe card, or whatever you want to use, and write your recipe on it (or you could print it or use calligraphy). Once again, feel free to be creative with both the card and the writing, just make it readable, the recipe is part of the gift and they need it for the ingredients in your bottle to be useful. Once you have the recipe down, fold the card in half and punch a hole in one of the corners. Label the outside with ‘To:/From:’ if you wish, then string the ribbon through the hole. Tie the ribbon around the top of the mason jar, tightly enough that it won’t fall, and you’re done!

You now have a thoughtful, creative, and yummy gift for a loved one! Experiment with different recipes, containers, or whatever! Hope you enjoy giving this gift as much as I have, and thank you to Domestic Witch for including me in her holiday cheer!