the life of a nanny

just the musings of the life of a nanny

collards May 3, 2011

Filed under: 101 in 1001,food — thelifeofananny @ 2:29 pm

Saturday April 16th, my mom and I spent the day frolicking around town. Caleb had to work, and my dad was in a kayak fishing tournament, so that left us ladies to spend their monies- just kidding 🙂

We didn’t have much planned other than we knew we wanted to go to the farmers market in market square. So that was our first stop. We looked at everyones different produced and then bought the things we wanted. I never had collards growing up, but Calebs grandmother has made them once for us, and i love them. So this one lady was selling a few things we wanted, including collards, so we purchased things from her. She had collards that were already cut up in a bag without stems, but i wanted to do them all by myself, so i bought the ones that weren’t precut. A whopping 10+lbs of collards for $4- sounded like a steal to me.

Then we headed to shoe station, because, well, what girl couldn’t use a new pair of shoes! Well I looked, and looked, and saw a few things, but they were out of my price range, so I told my mom I wasn’t getting anything, She BEGGED me to let her buy me something. Seriously, begged me- told me that i should take advantage while she was offering. I just felt so bad- $70 for a pair of shoes, no way! But I picked out a new pair of tennis shoes, after all, I haven’t had a new pair since 2005! She then tried to talk me into letting her buy me another pair. Thats where I drew the line.

After shoe shopping, we then headed to Mozaik for a delicious lunch. We split the crab cake appetizer and then split the portabella sandwich- delicious!

Then we went all the way across town to Earth Fare- she had never been, so I had to show her what all the hype was about.

Then we went back to my parents house to hang out. I love my sweet mom! She is the absolute best!


Later that night, i decided to cook the collard greens. and boy, was cutting them a production. After trying various techniques, i decided to whop out my awesome papered chef pizza cutter, then i had them suckers down to a science.

I just cooked them in some water with a little seasonings such as salt, pepper, and cajun seasons. They turned out delicious. We ate them with chicken sausage and jalapeno cornbread muffins. yum!

collard leaf

cuttin' collards

cookin' collards

dinner- yummy!


the curry pot

Filed under: 101 in 1001,date night,food — thelifeofananny @ 1:58 pm

well, in honor of my 101 in 1001, caleb and i ate at a local indian restaurant called the curry pot (located in betton place).

neither one of us had ever eaten there, so we gave it a shot. it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad, maybe just alright.

here are a few pictures of what we ate:

calebs plate: lamb

sauces and rice

my plate: tandoori chicken

i believe the date we ate at the curry pot was friday 4/8/11


Springtime in Tallahassee April 4, 2011

Filed under: 101 in 1001,date night,g5,our garden — thelifeofananny @ 2:24 pm

This weekend was busy- story of my life.

Friday, after work, my parents met Caleb and I at our house and then we headed to First Friday, where we met up with my brother and his girlfriend, Kaylee. Can we say Triple Date! hahh!

My brother, Justin, and Kaylee

My parents!

Caleb & I

drummers. their music was beautiful!


After First Friday, we headed to Cabos for a late dinner. It was delicious!

Saturday morning I went to the annual Springtime Tallahassee Parade, with the Gonzalez Family. I got to see the parade from a whole different angle, as they were invited to the patio view with catered Chic-fil-a! Cant beat that!

our view, second story of the realtors bldg on the corner of college and monroe.

LHS band

The Catered life, Christian and Adeline

Love this lady!

Springtime Tallahassee is a parade, and that knocks off one of my 101 in 1001!

After the parade, I stopped by Mozaik to see my super cute chef boyfriend. I even tried something new on the menu, the portabella sandwich, and it did not disappoint! Then i went and ran a few errands. When Caleb got off work, we headed to Tallahassee Nurseries to pick up some marigolds for our garden. Marigolds attract lady bugs, lady bugs eat the pest that have been eating the leaves of our garden plants. We bought 6 of them, and planted them in little pots around the garden to welcome as many ladybugs as we can get. If some dont show up in a few days, I will buy some offline- ha!


marigolds and our growing garden

We picked up these tiny watermelon plants too.

Planted the watermelons in our herb box, so they will have plenty of room to grow. Tag says that they are the “perfect icebox watermelons”! Excited to watch these babies grow!

Sunday, the day of rest, was anything but! We had picked up Calebs moms trailer to help my brother get a few things moved out of kaylees old apartment and some stuff out of storage. Sunday when we woke up, it had a flat tire- we didn’t have the proper things to fix it, so we had to wait for his brother to come bring us the correct tools. oh fun! 2hrs later…we met my bro and kaylee and the girls at kaylees old apartment to get the rest of the stuff out: 2 TVs, a couch, an entertainment center, and a few other odds and ends. Then we went back to our house, because we got the couch, a tv and entertainment center (woo hoo to our formal living room actually having furniture in it!). Then we went to the storage unit to get some things out fir


101 in 1001 April 1, 2011

Filed under: 101 in 1001 — thelifeofananny @ 11:14 am

I got this idea from another blog I follow, and thought it would be good and challenging for me to complete. I even created a tab in the top right corner of the blog where I will keep things updated as I complete them, and I will also blog about most of them. Wish me luck!!

The Challenge:

Complete 101 preset {by me} tasks in a period of 1001 days.

Start Day: April 1, 2011

End Day: December 24, 2014

The Key:

working on


Note: These task are in no order and will not be finished in any sort of order.


For Myself

001. Buy a DSLR camera

002. Make a list of 25 things that make me happy

003. Get a new badass tattoo

004. Get a pedicure and manicure

005. Get my AA degree

006. Reconnect with an old friend

007. Do something that scares me

008. Buy a new (to me) vehicle

009. Go to eye doctor

010. Buy 8 pairs of new shoes

011. Take my parents to dinner

012. Completely unpack house

013. Get a professional physic reading

014. Go fishing with my dad

015. Meet a new friend

016. Buy a bicycle and ride it

017. Teach Remington a new trick

018. Get chickens/hens

019. Buy new bedding

020. Floss every night for a month

021. Pass out 20 business cards

022. Update resume

023. Buy something I love for myself off Etsy

024. Buy myself flowers for no reason

025. Get life insurance

026. Figure out what I want to do after my AA



027. Learn something new

028. Take a creative class

029. Learn a new craft

030. Sew 20 things

031. Paint on canvas

032. Frame and hang pictures I have taken

033. Take a picture every day of the same things for a month

034. Re-furbish a piece of second-hand furniture



035. Complete the Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred

036. Drink 8 cups of water a day for a whole week

037. Lose 50 pounds

038. Get a massage

039. Find out my blood type

040. Get a facial

041. Do a walk for a cause



041. Save $500 and invest it

042. Pay off all 3 credit cards

043. Put $5 away for every goal achieved.

044. Donate money to a charity


Food & Beverage

045. Try at least 2 new recipes a month and blog the recipes including pictures

046. Visit 10 new restaurants in my area

047. Make 5 different ice cream flavors with my ice cream maker

048. Can my own stock, jam or sauce

049. Visit a brewery and take a tour

050. Brew my own beer

051. Eat a meal from my garden



052. Go to IKEA

053. Visit Aunt Linda and Uncle Bert in PA

054. Visit NY to see Aunt Judy, Uncle Jeff, and 3 cousins

055. Visit Calebs dad in California

056. Go on a road trip with no plans (other than asking off work)

057. Beach vacation

058. Mountain vacation

059. Take a weekend trip with my mom

060. Go to Las Vegas

061. Visit a national park


For the Heck of it

062. Steam clean couches or buy new ones

063. Adopt another dog

064. Assemble an emergency kit for the house

065. Take a bartending course

066. Read 101 books, and make a list of them

067. Update my iPod

068. Go camping

069. Watch the sunset

070. Watch the sunrise

071. See snow

072. No cell phone for one weekend (Friday night- Sunday evening)

073. Wear something new everyday for a whole week

074. Kiss in the rain

075. Tie a note to a balloon and let it go

076. Watch 50 movies that I have never seen

077. Go on a picnic

078. Do some volunteer work

079. Have dinner by candlelight

080. Throw a surprise party

081. Host a holiday dinner

082. Go fishing with Caleb

083. Operate some form of heavy machinery

084. See a film in IMAX

085. Play Bingo at the Elks Lodge

086. Have a summer BBQ with friends and family

087. Wash my car by hand

089. Act like a tourist in my own town

090. Use public transportation to go somewhere

091. See a musical or play

092. Go to the circus

093. Go to library and check out books

094. Go to a parade

095. Attend a concert

096. Go kayaking

097. Buy a set of dishes (for 8+ people)

098. Get a gun

099. Go to a costume party

100. Win a contest

101. Complete my 3 page To-Do List on the fridge