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Like any other group of teenage friends, Zola and I get together to have sleepovers every now and then. Normally another friend joins us but she was M.I.A. this time. *cough Mishell cough* Anyways this past sleepover consisted of me staying up wayyyyyyy to late, Zola staying up even later (she is a night owl) and lots of laughing while brainstorming things to do and talk about on this good ol’blog. Any suggestions? And recipes you would like us to try out? Or projects? Or even challenges? Feel free to let us know- (we won’t bite ;))
-Ziggy

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Challenge Day 1

So real proof of me and Ziggy running on our first challenge day is scarce…no pictures, videos, nothin’…but we definitely did it and freezed our butts off in the process! Anyway, this is like a new start, I decided that along with this challenge I wanted to not only get tip top healthy shape….no more movie popcorn for a while :/….. but also do things that make me happy, take some time out of my day to have me time and so today, after I ate the chili Ziggy and I concocted, I decided to sit down and draw, because I love to, almost as much as I love to write! I’m hoping to start a much healthier and happier lifestyle! Wish me luck and maybe you’ll be inspired too :)!

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~Zola

Zola’s Beasts :)

 

 

 

 

Meet my babies :)………………………………..

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This is Nike(yes, like the shoe), my big boy! He’s LOVES the snow…he’ll lay in it for hours and just kinda relax. He’s pretty much our zen dog.

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This is Abby, the lovebug!

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And finally, Mady.  She’s my 4 pound Pomeranian who looks more like a mix between a Chihuahua and a meerkat and acts like a squirrel with a sugar high. She’s my little psycho.

You have officially met my lovely little mutts! Let me meet yours! Send in your favorite picture of your pets, exotic or otherwise! I’d love to meet them! 🙂

~Zola

It’s Chili Outside!

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So it’s day one of Ziggy and my 30 day running challenge, and let me tell you, where we are it is COLD unless you consider 28 degrees comfortable. To warm up, we decided to cook up some chili! Now, my mom is a champion chili cooker (not really but it’s good) and to compete with her was a difficult task to manage, but here’s how we did it.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 T. of chili powder
  • 1/2 T. of cumin
  • 2 can of kidney beans
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 chopped peppers
  • 1 package of McCormick chili seasoning

Cook the ground beef and garlic in a large chili pot until brown. Replace excess fat with tomato sauce! (Much healthier 🙂 ) Add chili powder, cumin, and chili seasoning to pot and mix. Place lid on pot and allow to simmer for about an hour. Once done, add beans, onion, peppers, and, if dry, canned bean juice (or water). Cook for fifteen more minutes, stirring occasionally, and serve!

We had our chili with shredded cheese and dollop of sour cream with a  nice slice of Italian bread on the side. Yum!

Hope it’s as good as my mom’s. Enjoy!

~Zola and Ziggy

Caramel Pecan Bars!

It’s been a while since Ziggy and I have baked together so today we decided to put together some yummy Caramel Pecan Bars!

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Ingredients

2/3 C. Flour

2 C. Brown Sugar

1/4 t. Baking Soda

1/4 t. Salt

1/4 C. Butter

1 1/3 C. Chopped Pecans

4 Eggs

Caramel Sauce

Directions

First preheat oven to 350 degrees, then melt the butter completely and pour in into the bottom of a 13 by 9 pan.

Next, mix all of the ingredients together into a mixing bowl. Pour into buttered pan and bake for 40 minutes (check occasionally).

Enjoy!

~Zola & Ziggy

Buncha pennies on a keychain

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LUckY PennieS

Handle With (arePennY KeYChain

Up Up Must Have Been Lucky

We all stumble on that penny when walking through a store, or down a street. What if all those pennies are really lucky? This is part 1 of my penny project series. Today I paid my sister one quarter for her 24 pennies (i was ripped off…) and i took it upon myself to start the penny project.

I have a few penny projects that I will be completing over the next few weeks and here the first one!

You will need:

A metal letter stamp kit, like this one

Pennies, and lots of them

Drill with a 5/64 bit

Scrap wood (to place under the pennies as you drill, you don’t want any holes in your table)

Hammer

Crafting Pliers (and split ring pliers)

6mm and 9mm split rings

1 Key chain

Step 1: Lay all of your pennies face up and pound the letters LUCKY into them. It took me a few practice pennies to figure our how i wanted the letters to be placed. I started the ‘L’ underneath the ‘liberty’ and swooped the letters down, following the shape of the penny which led me to finish on the date. I found it is easiest to do on concrete.

Step 2: Place the pennies on a piece of scrap wood, and drill one hole into the top of the penny, i tried to get as close to the edge as possible. Be careful because the metal scraps that come out of the penny may look like innocent silver spirals, but are actually weapons in disguise, waiting to cut you… ;(

Step 3: Loop a 6mm split ring into the holes of all of your pennies (I used 12 pennies for my key chain)

Step 4: Attach three of your pennies (the ones from step 3) onto a 9mm split ring. (you should have a total of 4 larger split rings with three pennies attached if you did it like me.)

Step 5: Attach the split rings from step four together. I placed empty split rings in between as spacers so it was not as bulky.

Step 6: Attach to a key chain 🙂

I hope those directions made sense, it takes time and patience to make this keychain, so choose a rainy day. 🙂

Stay tuned for more penny projects and the best of luck to you!

-Ziggy

30 miles in 30 days challenge!!

Hey guys! So to start the ball, and the new year, rolling on our Buncha Challenges page, me and Ziggy are beginning the 30 miles in 30 days challenge, which is where me and Ziggs have to run a mile a day for 30 days. We’ve been on and off runners before but this will definitely get our butt into gear and kick off our 2013 year the healthy way! Target’s already having bikini sales and we need to be ready!! 🙂 We’re starting this challenge next Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 21st). Wish us luck and we’ll keep you updated, we promise!

P.S – If you want to join in, feel free! Send in a picture or comment each day you complete a mile! The more the merrier!

~Zola