My Planner: January in Review

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I don’t think I’ve done a monthly review of my planner since I’ve transferred it into a Kikki K binder, or have I? Hmmm, I’ll have to check the archives. I am absolutely in love with this system. It’s a bit of an investment to purchase both an Erin Condren Planner with a Kikki K binder, yes, but for me it’s been worth every penny. If you’re looking to try out a system using a Kikki K binder, heads up: the one I use is on clearance for under $40 right now.

My system is an Erin Condren Planner (click here for $10 off your first purchase!) that I uncoiled and punched to fit inside a lilac and gold Kikki K binder. I love the ability to remove my pages and write on them, add extra pages, toss in invitations or coupons, and add or remove to my heart’s content. I also really enjoy having the front inside portion to store paperclips, sticky tabs, extra business cards, and even my health tracker.

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I sort of trailed off in my planning towards the end of the month. I took a brief break from blogging and I attribute my lack of writing/planning to being away from my desk. I’m back at it now, which is clearly seen in the last few days of the month.

I’ve been trying a different format with the morning/day/night squares and playing around with how I use them. I don’t have a set system in place as of yet and may still end up going back to my old method of separating my life into three categories rather than arranging items per the time of day.

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I found a couple sets of stickers at Dollar Tree that were meant for kids, but they’re all tiny and work well in my planner, so I’ve been using them a lot thus month for appointments and such. I’m also playing around with different ways to track my daily devotional and commenting on fellow blogger’s posts. If you have any ideas, please let me know in the comments below.

In February, I’m planning to continue using my Erin Condren Life Planner because it simply satisfies all of my planning needs. However, I’m hoping to use it alongside an Emily Ley planner in hopes I’ll be able to map out some office/working hours for my life. I know several of you want me to share my thoughts and review it as well, so hopefully I’ll be able to use it enough to give a well thought out opinion.

If you love planners as much as I do, be sure to follow my Planner Inspiration board via Pinterest for some lovely organizational eye candy.

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3 Romantic Restaurants in the Victorville Area

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, some fellow blogger friends and I came together to create a romantic restaurant guide to share with the readers in our area. I live in a small town just outside of the Apple Valley/Victorville/Hesperia area and frequently travel there for shopping, food, and errands. This Valentine’s Day, my husband and I will be celebrating at Mama Carpino’s , but we love all three of these romantic restaurants in the Victorville area and I wanted to share them with anyone who may live in the area.

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1. Mama Carpinos: This Apple Valley Italian restaurant is cozy and the food is phenomenal. This is my husband’s favorite restaurant in our area and it’s usually our first choice when celebrating a special occasion. The atmosphere is romantic with dim lights, soft music, and even a patio area with twinkle lights where they occasionally offer live entertainment.

2. Steer ‘N Stein: With an options to order plank steak for two, this Victorville steak restaurant definitely knows how to cater to couples out celebrating Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or any other special occasion. I love their variety of choices and flavors, all of which they execute wonderfully in their beef, especially.

3. Johnny Carino’s: This chain restaurant may not seem like an obvious choice, but the Carino’s in Victorville sets a lovely atmosphere in their dining area for couples. The lighting is romantic and the rustic decor feels authentically Italian. Their menu is extensive and almost all but guarantees a delicious meal.

What is your favorite romantic place to dine at in your area? Let’s talk restaurants in the comments below.

Savory Coca-Cola Cheese Dip, a Big Game Favorite

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With The Big Game right around the corner, I know I’m not the only one searching Pinterest for creative ideas to bring to a party. We usually host a few friends and their kids at our house, which is really just an excuse to eat food that fills our bellies with pure satisfaction and cheese burps. My Pinterest account is currently filled with cheesy creations, carbonated concoctions, and chocolate covered everything. When I discovered a cheesy Coca-Cola inspired dip, I made some adjustments with flavors I knew my family and friends would enjoy and whipped up a cheese dip for the record books. The not-so-secret ingredient is some Coca-Cola, which is surprising, but adds loads of flavor perfect for raw veggies or spread on a Ritz cracker.

You’ll start this recipe off with some grated cheddar and bruschetta jack (pepper jack will also work if you can’t find bruschetta jack).

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Next, you’ll add a clove of garlic, some margarine, grated onion, a bit of Worcestershire, some dry mustard, a pinch of salt, and a dash of hot sauce.

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Then add in some of that not-so-secret Coca-Cola ingredient.

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And now you’ll mix it all up nice and smooth in your electric mixer on a low speed. Isn’t my mixer just gorgeous? I heart her.

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Next, you’ll add in even more Coca-Cola and then turn up the speed of your mixer to high until the cheese dip is smooth and fluffy.

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The last thing you’ll do is pack it into an air tight container and let it sit in the fridge overnight. Once it’s chilled through the night, you can plate it with crackers and top it with some diced green onions. I like the added zest and color they bring to the dip.

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You can serve this heavenly Coca-Cola cheese dip with crackers, fresh veggies, or even on some crusty bread. You can find all of the ingredients at your local Walmart along with everything you need to throw a fantastic Big Game bash.

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Savory Coca-Cola Cheese Dip
 
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Ingredients
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces bruschetta jack (can substitute pepperjack or bleu cheese)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¾ cup Coca-Cola
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce

Instructions
  1. Grate both cheeses into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add garlic, ½ cup of the Coca-Cola, and the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until well blended.
  4. Add remaining ¼ cup Coca-Cola.
  5. Beat on high speed until cheese mixture is light and airy.
  6. Pack into an air tight container and refrigerate overnight.

Notes
Adapted from Coca-Cola Company

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Do you watch the Big Game? What are you food or family football traditions? Let’s talk Game Day in the comments below.