Tuesday, December 29, 2009
- The Christmas party we hosted was incredible (if I do say so myself)! Yay! Much thanks to our dear friends, Matt and Anna, who helped :)
- Everything worked out and now I am still employed with SharpVisions but instead of being in HR, I'm a Job Facilitator (yay!). That's still the same job that I described in previous posts, its just with the company I was already with.
- We went to TN and had a very relaxing Christmas. We caught up on sleep and had fun just laying around, it was so great to see John's family and be able to spend Christmas with them!
- We made it back to PA last night (at approximately 8:45) and we promptly brought all of our luggage in, then I began to prepare for my first day in my new job (no, we don't stop...just call us the Energizer Bunnies).
- My first day in my new position was wonderful! This is definitely going to be different from what I was doing, which will be awesome and scary (because I have to learn everything) at the same time.
- My family is coming to PA on Thursday! We'll get to celebrate our Christmas with them and New Years, wahoo! Please pray that they have a safe trip (you know they're from NC and ain't used to driving in that there snow :)
- Seriously, the snow was really coming down yesterday in WV, thank goodness John is good at driving in scary weather because I bout near had a heart attack in the passenger's seat.
- It was also great to see some of our sweet friends while we were in TN, love ya'll!
- Yes, I saw New Moon for the 2nd time in the theaters...what? I had to take Kathy and Heather, hello, they are Twi-nerds too! Plus we almost got in a fight with the loud people behind us (well....kinda....).
- I read a hilarious book my Mom let me borrow, Such a Pretty Fat by Jen Lancaster...seriously, ladies if you've ever tried to lose weight (who hasn't?) and can look past a little bit of bad language this is the book for you! I seriously laughed out loud (and promptly felt like an idiot) but still so. stinkin. hilarious! You must pick it up :)
- This is a shout out to all of my family and friends in NC that I didn't get to see over Christmas...I miss ya'll so much and love you dearly!! We will meet again soon :)
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
5 things I really like about her:
- She tells people how it is (gotta love that honesty)
- She is a fellow veg head
- She is one of the craftiest, most creative people I know
- She does an awesome slow motion fist pump
- She has a huge heart and she's extremely compassionate
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
- Bought Christmas gifts
- Bought decorations
- Bought wrapping paper and cards
- Put up the Christmas tree
- Replaced candles and air fresheners with Christmas smells
- Put a Christmas dog collar on Dixie
- Wearing Christmas pajamas (well technically I do that all year)
- Started listening to Christmas music
- Decorated the house with Christmas decor
- Planned a Christmas party and sent the invitations (evites...nothing fancy
- Remembered how much of a sucker I am for anything that is Christmas related when shopping...I seriously have to restrain myself sometimes
- Put a Christmas background on my blog
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Well, now I have a new show that I'm obsessed with (big surprise there). I went to Anna's apartment Friday night and we had pizza, beer and ice cream and we had a Glee marathon (a new show on Fox) and let me tell you, its awesome!! Seriously, so hilarious, I absolutely loved it! Its basically based on a Glee Club (go figure) in high school and all of the happenings that go on around that--there's high school drama, witty dialogue and great music (and yes the actors and actresses are all really singing!). I highly recommend it!!! The next two links are some of my fave scenes in the whole series (make this mental picture, I was literally squealing and clapping on Anna's futon in my Snuggie) haha.
Single Ladies--Football team
Apparently people have really strong views on the most incredible invention ever, Snuggie. Well its not really the most incredible invention but it is pretty freakin awesome! My cuz, ABby got one for her birthday and I've been wanting one for quite awhile now so that pretty much pushed me to go buy my own and I LOVE IT! So for all you nay sayers out there, hush. And for all of ya'll that like to be warm and yet functional, go on and get one! (Bed Bath and Beyond, $14.99 plus make sure you use that 20% off coupon) Holla!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
1. Anna and I have come up with a workout plan, thank goodness! And she's a pretty tough cookie so hopefully she will hold me accountable even when I'm difficult (and we all know that's very rare...insert roll of eyes here...)
2. Apparently I had a good interview on Monday because they called me back for a second interview on Friday, plllllease throw some prayers up that it goes well, this job would be awesome!
3. My cousin ABby had a vampire themed birthday party yesterday and I'm really jealous that I wasn't there (do I sound like a 5 year old? ok good, that's what I was going for)
4. It's cold here (surprise) it was like 45 degrees today and my friend said he thought it would snow tonight (doubtful), but we'll see.
5. Today I remembered the one thing that I like about cold weather is the snow.
6. I got my November Southern Living in the mail today and literally wanted to eat the front page, it was a yummmmmy looking picture of pumpkin pie.
7. John is still crazy busy with school (surprise)...but it'll be over soon (thank you Lord).
8. We're going to a baby dedication for my friend's newborn son on Sunday, does anyone have ideas on what's a good gift for that?
9. I literally filed all 8 hours of my workday today (yikes!).
10. I have decided that we're going to have a Christmas partay, wahoo!! (more details on that later)
11. Lately, I have next to no motivation to do wifely house duties (oops).
12. Still no heat...(insert sarcastic tone here) our love will warm this home...geez we're cynical...
1. Her style--she is a true fashionista
2. Her dancing skills--she can put anyone I know to shame on the dance floor
3. Her patience, she waited like 10 years to be married to Jared :)
4. Her sweet demeanor, she is just so...sweet, I really can't think of another way to put it
5. Her ability to make me laugh with almost anything she says
1. To love others without limits
2. Live everyday like its your last
3. To have a big, open heart, because after all, that's what life is all about--loving others (see #1)
4. Appreciate the loved ones that surround you and make sure you show it
5. Eat as much as you want (we all know the boy could eat :)
ABby I enjoy every time that I'm around you, you make me so, so, so happy and Will, we all miss you so much but I know you're having a big ol' party up there in heaven!
Friday, October 30, 2009
1. Yes, we are still alive.
2. John is busy, busy, busy with school...we're hoping that it will slow down and he can sleep again (no seriously) sometime around mid-November (prayers for his sanity...and mine...please)
3. I have a job interview on Monday...I would love some prayers for this since I have decided that HR is not my career path of choice, and yes, for all of you worriers out there, my current employer knows that I'm job searching.
4. Volunteering at WCN is amazing! I've already met some incredible women of God and I'm building great friendships with them. More importantly I'm going through the training process (it'll be over in 2 weeks) so that I will be able to counsel women in need, yahoo!
5. We went to a FABULOUS wedding this past weekend in the FABULOUS city of Nashville, TN!! Definitely one of my favorite weddings of all time (more on that later) and one of my fave cities of all time!
6. Still no heat in the house. Luckily it was almost 70 degrees today (thank you Lord) so we don't have frostbite yet.
7. We woke up to 7 mini piles of poop on our living/dining room floor this morning. And by "we" I mean John...Dixie started barking early this morning and I asked him to check it out...well he stepped in a mini pile of poop (yikes!) and found 6 (or even more) little piles. It was a great way to start off a day (insert sarcasm here). Poor little Dixie (and John). We assume that the poop parade was due to her eating some kind of ham bone last night (dog chew toy...not literally a bone from a ham...I think?).
8. I went to see Couples Retreat last night with my best movie bud (Anna Banana) and it was great! I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars, soooo hilarious!
9. I am slowly but surely making my way through the Twilight saga, I'm about 130ish pages into Breaking Dawn (the last in the series). Anna Banana and I shamelessly bought our New Moon tickets last night (it premieres November 20, Mom you should be so proud that I'm planning ahead!)
That's it for now folks, more later, I swear :)
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Loves and warm wishes :)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
This stuff is yummmmmy (and super healthy...207 calories and 0.3g of fat per serving)!!
- 6 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (2 1/2 pounds)
- 2 medium onions, diced
- 2 carrots, thinly sliced
- 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
- 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans low-sodium fat-free chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups fat-free half-and-half
Combine first 8 ingredients in a 4 1/2-quart slow cooker.
Cook, covered, at HIGH 3 hours or until vegetables are tender.
Stir together flour and half-and-half; stir into soup. Cover and cook 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve in Italian Bread Bowls, and garnish, if desired.
*I cooked one batch of this as directed (for someone at work) and then I cooked one for myself for 8 hours on low then followed the rest...I liked the consistency of the second recipe better.
(photo and recipe courtesy of cookinglight.com)
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup fat-free vanilla pudding
- 4 large egg whites
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, stirring just until moist. Stir in chocolate chips.
Spoon batter into 2 (8 x 4-inch) loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pans on a wire rack, and remove from pans. Cool completely on wire rack.
(recipe courtesy of cookinglight.com)
Sunday, October 11, 2009
- garlic cheddar biscuits
- homemade (healthy) potato soup x2
- pound cake
- meatball sandwich (for John)
- chocolate chip pumpkin bread x2
- microwave popcorn (my dinner)
Sunday, September 27, 2009
The air is a little crisper and cooler here which of course threw me into a fall frenzy. This resulted in me making my first wreath (with precious little yellow and orange flowers), decorating the house with fall decor and of course making something with pumpkin in it...this time it was pumpkin muffins. This may come as a surprise to ya'll but I get intimidated by long ingredient lists and usually skip over the recipe, however this recipe was super simple...plllease try it, it is light, yummy and a perfect fall treat. Enjoy!
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 3/4 cup fat-free sour cream
- 1/3 cup fat-free milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg white
- Cooking spray
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
Preheat oven to 375°.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (flour through salt) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture.
Combine pumpkin and next 6 ingredients (pumpkin through egg white); add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Spoon the batter into 18 muffin cups coated with cooking spray.
Combine 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and brown sugar; sprinkle over muffins.
Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Remove muffins from pans immediately; cool on a wire rack.
(recipe and photo courtesy of cookinglight.com)
This is what we had for dinner tonight and it was YUMMY!!!
- 2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
- 3/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 (3-ounce) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp, coarsely chopped
- Cooking spray
- Hot pepper sauce (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. Combine milk and broth in a medium heavy saucepan; bring to a boil. Gradually add grits and salt to pan, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cook 5 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in Parmesan, butter, and cream cheese. Stir in parsley and next 4 ingredients (through shrimp). Spoon mixture into an 11 x 7–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until set. Serve with hot pepper sauce, if desired.
(recipe courtesy of cookinglight.com)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Julie & Julia:
I love, love, LOVED this movie, it was so stinkin cute that I would like to own it! Basically Julie decides to take on Julia Child's famous cookbook: Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and make all of the recipes (I believe that there were over 500) in a year. Plus it also goes back and forth between Julie and Julia's lives (at the point in Julia's life when she was writing the cookbook). Its really, really cute and if you enjoy cooking (or eating) you should definitely see it!
This is your basic cutesy love story...although there is a little sad element to it so don't be blindsighted when that comes about. I thought it was cute, definitely worth the $5 I paid to see it but I don't know if I would see it again. However, Jennifer Aniston was stunning as always and I left the theater with plenty of cute outfit ideas thanks to her fab wardrobe!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
John showed me this picture Friday and I just wanted to share it with ya'll, doesn't this sweet little animal/possible monster look pitiful? I feel sorry for how much wool it has on it, I mean you know that little rabbit has to be really hot under there. But on the other hand it is kinda funny lookin...
- 8 cups water
- 6 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 1/2 pounds)
- 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 8 ounces uncooked small seashell pasta
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 cups 1% low-fat milk
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
- 3/4 cup finely chopped green onions
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 (1-ounce) slices white bread
- 2 teaspoons butter, melted
Preheat oven to 400°.
Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan; add cauliflower and 1/2 teaspoon salt to boiling water, and cook 4 minutes or until tender. Remove cauliflower with a slotted spoon, reserving cooking liquid; set cauliflower aside. Bring cooking liquid to a rolling boil. Add pasta, and cook 7 minutes or until al dente; drain and set aside.
Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Combine flour and milk in a saucepan, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in thyme and garlic; cook over medium heat until thick (about 8 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, cheeses, onions, mustard, and pepper. Combine cauliflower, pasta, and cheese sauce in a large bowl. Spoon the cauliflower mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Place bread in food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs form to measure 1 cup. Combine breadcrumbs with butter; sprinkle evenly over cauliflower mixture. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
This is one of John's favorite desserts (he says that his Aunt Brenda's is the best) so I decided that I would make an attempt at creating one of my own. I chose a CookingLight recipe to keep the fat and calories to a minimum and let me just say that it was delicious!! Here's the recipe:
- 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple slices in juice, drained
- Cooking spray
- 1/3 cup fat-free caramel topping
- 9 maraschino cherries, drained
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350°.
Press 9 pineapple slices between paper towels until barely moist; set aside. Reserve the remaining pineapple for another use.
Coat a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray; drizzle caramel topping over bottom of pan. Arrange prepared pineapple slices in a single layer over caramel; place 1 cherry in the center of each slice.
Place the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave at high 1 minute or until the butter melts. Add sugar, stirring with a whisk. Add eggs, and stir well. Stir in low-fat buttermilk and next 4 ingredients (buttermilk through baking soda). Lightly spoon 1 1/4 cups flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Add flour, stirring just until blended (do not overstir). Pour the batter into prepared pan.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 1 minute in pan on a wire rack. Place a plate upside down on top of the cake, and invert onto plate. Cool completely. Cut cake into squares.
- I LOVE celebrity gossip!
- I truly want to help make the world a better place...whether that's by being a recycling Nazi and/or by devoting my life to those in need...every little bit helps
- I have crazy, vivid dreams every night...I sometimes confuse them with my day to day life
- I have finally reached a point in my life where I can feel beautiful just the way I am
- I can eat a Chipotle burrito in less than 5 minutes...who I am kidding, less than 3 minutes, its kind of disgusting but I'm kind of proud
- I am a nosy person, I like to call it being well informed :)
- I would like to travel all by myself one day, truly travel, some place that I've never been. (Don't worry, John and I have already talked about this and he said that he would like to live in the wilderness by himself for a month....ok honey, you said wilderness I say Paris...)
- I want to achieve something incredible, absolutely amazing in my life and I have no idea what that may be
- I would like to own a pair of Manolo Blahniks just once in my life
- In this moment my soul is at peace, where I've been, where I am and where I'm going...its at peace.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I'm sure that you've all heard about Kanye West's stupid little stunt the other night at the VMA's. Well for those of you who live under a rock (yes, I would be in this category if not for my sister and her texting updates)...my sweet, favorite country singer, Taylor Swift was accepting the Best Female Video award at the VMA's (her first VMA to be exact) and stupid Kanye jumped up on stage and said...and I quote: “I’ll let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos ever.”
What a jerk. Poor Tay Sway. Well being the class act that she is, Beyonce later invited Tay up on the stage after she (Beyonce) won Best Video of the Year so that Tay could enjoy her moment.
Moral of the story: Beyonce and Taylor are awesome. Kanye is an idiot.
Cut the eggplant in half, lengthwise and carve the insides out. Chop up a handful of the insides into hefty chunks. Chop up a half of a squash, half of a zucchini, part of an onion, some mushrooms and throw in some minced garlic (and add whatever spices you wish). Saute veggies for about 5ish minutes until they look good. Now dump veggies equally in the eggplant boats. If you have fresh mozzarella, cut off little chunks of it and stick in the eggplant boat. Cover with marinara sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes and viola! You have a yummy eggplant boat!! Note to eaters: don't eat the actual eggplant, just the yummy mixture inside. Oh and if you like meat, you can cook up some chicken or whatever you prefer and mix with veggies.
Creation by jkelly :)
Sunday, September 13, 2009
- Gaelic rock-call me a dork, call me a loser, it doesn't matter...this music is freakin awesome...check out this band (Gaelic Storm) that we heard yesterday, and I dare you to tell me that you don't enjoy their music
- Sweet Potatoes made like baked potatoes with some butter (just a tad) and some brown sugar...mmm mmmm
- Corn bread, I finally tried my Momma's recipe and man, do I love it (so does John, which is a plus)!
- New accessories...when I went shopping with Mom and Katie I bought some new earrings, head bands (with flowers attached) and cute bobby pins with flowers attached and they are so fun to pair with an outfit
- Babies, no none of my own, but I volunteered yesterday for a function for an unplanned pregnancy center and I plan to keep volunteering there, and those babies are freaking adorable!!
- Mushroom risotto--this is an incredible recipe that my aunt Cissy made at the beach and it is hands down one of the best dishes I've ever eaten and re-created...I've made it 3 times since we were at the beach...find the recipe here
- Target, I've gone ummm only 3 times in the last week (hey, it was all stuff that we needed!) and I still looooove that store!
That's right, it's that time of the year, wahoo! I love the fall of the year, there's nothing else quite like the crisp, cool air and the beautiful multi-colored leaves. I also love all of the smells and foods that come with fall! I have already lit my multiple pumpkin spice candles and baked a pumpkin pie Friday night, yummy!! Now we can start having heartier meals that just warm your body all over. Yay for fall!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Yesterday was definitely the day of yummy food for me. I began the day with my Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread for breakfast then we ordered lunch from Kassab's (a Lebanese restaurant that is quickly becoming one of my fave places). I have had the Falafel platter from Kassab's which is delish but yesterday I thought I would try the Vegetarian Moussaka and let me tell you it far exceeded my expectations! It was so freaking yummy I almost passed out at my desk! For those who don't know (I didn't before yesterday) moussaka is basically a Mediterranean lasagna dish. It was layered with eggplant, peas, corn, cous cous, potatoes, cheese and other various veggies that were stuffed in there. I ate that thing so quick and then quickly regretted eating the entire thing (my tummy was a little more than stuffed). I'm going to try my own recipe but if you are ever at a restaurant that serves this you MUST try it, I promise you will not be disappointed! Oh yeah, and I also ordered a piece of baklava from Kassab's as a mid afternoon snack.
Then for dinner I made a pizza...this is what it looked like: the entire pizza had pizza sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, fresh basil and mushrooms...1/3 of the pizza had halved cherry tomatoes and the other 2/3 had lots of pepperoni. It was sooooo good! Mmmm, I forgot how much I love fresh tomatoes (we've been blessed with neighbors and co-workers who have grown some this year and want to share). I love fresh veggies and I love homemade pizza! What a yummy day :)
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
- Cracker Barrel-well, I've always loved this wonderful place, however I just found one that's not too far from us and of course I made John go today and it was sooooo delicious!
- Green onions-they smell so good and add so much flavor to dishes
- The song Do You Realize? its originally by The Flaming Lips but I prefer this version
- Tazo Awake tea, with a little milk and sugar
- The Twilight series (duh), I'm currently reading New Moon (the 2nd book in the series)
- Ikea-I made my first trip here this past week and please know that this is an understatement: I freakin LOOOOOOOOOOVE this place!!! Talk about incredible furniture and appliances for niiiice prices!
- Magazine subscriptions-within the last week or so I've been receiving my latest month's worth of magazines (I receive Southern Living, Cooking Light and Marie Claire) and I set them aside and flipped through them all this morning, so relaxing and fun.
- Coke Zero-when John's parents were here over July 4th, Gary had an 8-pack of Coke Zero bottles, I tried one and it was sooo good, since then I've bought two 8-packs (so much for trying to lay off of the sodas...oops). I honestly think they taste better than Diet Coke.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Today is my dad's 50th birthday! 50 years young, right Dad? My dad is an incredible man and I'm so blessed to have him as my father. He has a great amount of patience and a wonderful sense of humor (I like to think that I inherited both of those). We are both easy going, we love popcorn, Cheez-Its, naps, laughing and movies. Dad, I love you a lot and I hope that you had a wonderful birthday!
I thought I would commemorate this day with pictures from one of my favorite moments with my daddy!
This is a big happy anniversary shout out to my sweet cuzzie ABby and her hubby Jared! I cannot believe that (yesterday) they were married for 2 years! Congratulations, I love you both!!
(Picture cred: I took them off of Abby's facebook--the first is a lovely picture of the newly married couple and the second pic is one of my favorite pictures from their big day!)
Sunday, August 2, 2009
After I posted yesterday I completed the 70 pages left to read in Twilight. I then rented the movie from Redbox. Then I sat down (with many interruptions...thank you, Dixie) and watched the awesome movie! So when it was time to go to bed I read the first 50 pages of New Moon. I was warned that once you started reading the series you become obsessed and I'm here to completely validate that. If you don't want to read four 400-500 page books in two week's time, I suggest that you don't pick up Twilight. However, if you want a really great book(s) to read plllllllllllease pick it up so that I can have yet another person to join me in this obsession!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Yes, I am obsessed with Twilight. I once judged the others that were obsessed but now I have become one of them. And let me tell you, the book is AWESOOOOME! My cuzzie Emily brought them to the beach last weekend to lend to me and once I picked it up there was no going back. The story just captures you and it's hard to put it down. I have about 70 pages to go in the first book but so far I give it 5 out of 5 stars!
PS-I know this will sound sort of weird but I kinda wish I was a vampire!
Two sweet friends of ours, Megan and Kyle, were married last weekend! We met them through YoungLife in college and they are such great people! I'm very inspired by both of them because their faith is so real and they're very honest people. I had the pleasure of being in a Beth Moore study with Megan (and other awesome friends) during my last year at State, and it was so great to get to know her on such a deep level, she's an incredible woman with strong faith. Anyway, they're wonderful and we love them and now they're married! Wahoo! Congrats Megan and Kyle!
(the pic was taken off facebook)
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Marbled-Chocolate Banana Bread
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
- 1/2 cup egg substitute
- 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350°.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.
Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add banana, egg substitute, and yogurt; beat until blended. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until moist.
Place chocolate chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until almost melted, stirring until smooth. Cool slightly. Add 1 cup batter to chocolate, stirring until well combined. Spoon chocolate batter alternately with plain batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Swirl batters together using a knife. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
Blackberry Crumb Bars
- 6 tbsps. unsalted butter, melted, and 1/2 cup room temperature, plus more for pan
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for pan
- 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 containers (5 oz. each) blackberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line bottom with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides; butter and flour paper, tapping out excess.
- Make topping: In a medium bowl, whick together melted butter, brown sugar, and 1/4 tsp. salt; add 1 cup flour and mix with a fork until large moist crumbs form. Refrigerate topping until ready to use.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining 3/4 cup of flour, baking powder, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt; set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat room-temp. butter, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy; add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce speed to low; mix in flour mixture. Spread batter evenly in pan; sprinkle with blackberries, then chilled topping.
- Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 40-45 minutes. Cool completely in pan. Using paper overhang, lift cake onto a work surface; cut into 16 squares.