Dec 6, 2011

I'm seriously loving Pinterest. I'm actually quite addicted, sometimes staying up late browsing on my phone while laying beside a sleeping M. I guess it's kind of like my husband's obsession with Reddit, however I can put my phone down when needed. But that's beside the point for this post!

I've made all kinds of boards, from Christmas wish list inspired ones, to fitness motivation. Here's some of my favorites of recent.

I've made these and they really are as good as they look! Delicious!

Source: via Kelsea on Pinterest

If only I had some Christmas parties to attend!

These are just some of my favorites. There are plenty more things I have pinned! Check it out here!


Nov 30, 2011

shall we dance?

Nov 14, 2011

You know....every girl needs romance. I'll never forget the time I went salsa dancing when I was in college. It was so much fun! Watching these videos makes me want to go dancing again. It's so much fun to just let someone lead you on the dance floor and give up control to the music. I feel alive and attractive (silly, right?) when I'm dancing (and I don't mean club dancing. I just feel stupid when I do that!).

Need an example of what I mean?

(ignore the spanish!)



Nov 13, 2011

1. After work Friday, M and I decided to try to tackle a small section of the millions of leaves on the ground. We raked, piled them in the truck, dumped them in the back of our property, and repeated about ten times. By the time we were done we looked at what we had accomplished and just laughed because it was such a tiny part of the yard. I guess it's a good thing we enjoyed spending time together outside! It makes me think of my own version of Frost's poem..."and piles to go before I sleep, and piles to go before I sleep".

2. M had to work every night this weekend, so while he was sleeping Friday evening I baked a batch of my best-yet cookies. I've tried a bunch of recipes and this one was the best. It was a simple recipe, but the difference, I think, was that it called for melting the butter but then chilling the batter for an hour before baking it. 

3. Some friends in Nashville had an extra ticket to the Vandy vs. Oregon game and invited me to come along when they found out I was home bored. I was thankful because it was going to be a long night! M had been asleep since about six and was going into work at 11 that night. It was a good game, I enjoyed the company, and it was nice to be out of the house.

4&5. On Saturday, M got home about 7am, watched the Nebraska game until 3, then went back to bed for his 2nd 11pm to what ended up being 11am shift. I decided I wasn't going to just let my day be ruined because he had to work. I got up and went into town to shop for Christmas decor. I got some $1 glass vases and some small cheap ornaments and started on the top of the piano. I plan on getting some lights and garland to add there, too. I also started wrapping some of the gifts we already have.I've also taken advantage of ordering some things online and am expecting them this week!

6&7. M's parents sent me an early Christmas present in the form of money to buy curtains. I finally found these at Z Gallerie in Nashville at Green Hills Mall. I love the modern, geometric pattern. They look navy in the picture, but they're supposed to be "charcoal" or "ash" gray. I've figured out that my new color is gray. Hopefully that doesn't say anything about my personality...or does it?

This week M has training in Nashville, so I'm going to hope the week goes by fast and try to get some things accomplished. There is only a week and a half until we leave for Virginia and I couldn't be more excited! Bring on the Holidays!

silver white winters

Nov 10, 2011

.....well not yet. BUT....for the past week I've been playing Christmas music and getting so excited about decorating. I'm over Thanksgiving already and it hasn't even happened. I'm over pumpkins and scented pine cones. Bring on the lights, the tree, the smells, the garland.M and I will be some of the first customers to the first Christmas tree stand in our town-although I can promise you M won't be nearly as excited as I will be. I just don't get that- but I'm learning to accept that some people just don't get excited about things. 

Anyways, I've had the Christmas station playing on Pandora all week and it's got me feeling so nostalgic.  This Christmas will be our first as a married couple, meaning our first Christmas in our new house in our new town. Technically, we'll be in Virginia on Christmas Day, but we'll still be able to decorate, have a tree, open gifts...the works.

It's funny...when I explain things to M about how much I'm looking forward to something, I explain it in detail that just wouldn't occur to him. For example: "I can't wait 'til Christmas! I can't wait to have candles going, and Christmas music playing, and a quilt on the floor in front of the tree for us to open presents on and hot apple'll be so special and romantic!" M's response: "Why can't it just be that you're excited to open presents? Why all that extra stuff?". 

So you see my struggle? I feel so alone in the Christmas excitement. I'm hoping M catches on soon. Although, I know I just need to accept the fact that I married someone who isn't as passionate as I am. And that's okay. I'll just wait until we have children and watch them get as excited as I do about the Holidays.

A few favorites:

"pinterested" in my inspirations? 'Tis the Season!



Nov 6, 2011

Friday night, we went to Jackalope, a brewery in Nashville, with some friends for some pre-dinner drinks. The beer was pretty good (according to M)and the atmosphere was really relaxed.  I loved the decor on the walls and the natural wood tables that each had some kind of quote engraved in them. 

After drinks, we went to Tavern for dinner. I loved that atmosphere, too. It took us awhile to get seated and get our food, but we had such a good time with everyone that it didn't really matter. For dessert, we all shared the S'mores. It was delicious!

On Saturday morning, I met my friend Amber and her mom and went to the local Christmas in the Country at the high school. After we walked around there for awhile and they got a few things, we went downtown to my favorite local coffee shop and had lunch. Afterward, I came home and watched the football game with M. I found it really hard to pay attention to the game and actually got a pretty good nap in the fourth quarter. I try, I really do! 

On Sunday, we went to Nashville to have lunch at one of our favorite places, Whole Foods, and get a few things there. We also went to several stores looking for curtains. I ended up finding some I LOVE and also got some cute Christmas decor at Marshall's. I love the globe and the reindeer. I can't wait to decorate for Christmas!

This evening, I fixed some Chicken Noodle Soup and M burned some of the thousands of leaves we have in our yard. You'd be amazed at the amount - no ground to be seen here! We finished the evening on the back porch, M in short-sleeves and me in a coat and gloves, sipping our soup and enjoying conversation by candle-light. It's been a good weekend, but it's gone by so fast. I'm looking forward to a week of getting things accomplished - at work and the gym!


Oct 31, 2011

On Saturday night, we went to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Carrabba's, and did some shopping at Whole Foods and Bass Pro Shop. I had my favorite- Pasta Carrabba and Blackberry Sangria. I have yet to replicate either recipe, but am looking forward to some attempts! I've been making tons of soup/chili the past few weeks so I got some lentils in bulk and have plenty to last us for spicy Italian Sausage & lentil soup.

Sunday morning we woke up late and M fixed us breakfast - uncured, all-natural bacon and organic, unbleached corn grits. He's a great breakfast chef! After breakfast, we went into town, ran some errands, and ended up taking a long drive out in the country looking for houses for sale. We found some pretty areas and enjoyed the pretty colors on the trees. Afterward, M came home and did some work on his truck. We ended up having a pretty productive evening, as we were able to clean out and organize the shed and I was able to switch our summer clothes for our winter clothes and make the annual "giveaway" pile. Here in Dickson we've found the Help Center and have chosen to donate our things to them. I enjoyed the beautiful mums on our front porch and was able to use my new lens to grab some pretty shots. 

I'm looking forward to this week. We're planning on hitting the gym and finding a place to go camping this coming weekend. I want a big fire, pretty scenery, and s'mores. What are you looking forward to?

In the Kitchen | Cornbread

Oct 30, 2011

I love this recipe for cornbread. It's so simple, easy to make, and absolutely delicious.It goes well with just about any soup or dinner and reheats well, too.

1 C Flour
1 C Cornmeal
1/3 C White Sugar
1/3 C Brown Sugar
1 tsp Salt
3.5 tsp Baking Powder
1 Egg
1 C Milk
1/3 C Vegetable Oil

Mix. Bake at 375 for 20~25 minutes. Enjoy.

random musings

Oct 28, 2011

I just cannot seem to jump back on the blogging train. I blame it on not having a camera- what's a post without pictures? Well, I just recently got my new lens! It's a 35mm f/1.8 for Nikon and I couldn't be more thrilled with it. 

I was able to sell another lens I had that I never used on Craigslist and it practically paid for my new lens. I haven't really used the new lens yet because my camera body is dusty. I'm waiting for the cleaning kit to arrive before I try to leave the lens attached for a long period of time. The few pictures I did take with my new lens just blew me away. It really is all about the lens! 

In other news, work is still going well. I've really tried to go above and beyond what is required of me and it has paid off. I have met all of my goals for the month and am able to take these last couple of days to relax and plan out the upcoming month. I enjoy my co-workers and although the job can get pretty stressful, it can be very rewarding as well. 

The past two weekends M and I have been out of town and have had a great time with friends. It has been nice to get out of our semi-little, boring town, but I'll be honest- I'm looking forward to this weekend! We get to sleep in, watch the football game, catch a movie, and hopefully head to church on Sunday. 

My brother-in-law has spent the last four years of his life as a Marine based at Camp Lejune in Jacksonville, TN. I'm very thankful for his heart to serve our country. Most of us will never ever know what he has gone through in two deployments. This past Wednesday was the last day of his 4 year contract. He and my sister packed up their things and drove back to VA to live yesterday. They have some HUGE changes coming up -finding jobs, a place to live, etc. Please pray for them that God would lead them to where they're supposed to be. 

Once I get my camera cleaned and ready to go, I promise I will have some more consistent posting- so check back next week!

What I'm Lovin' Wednesday

Oct 12, 2011

I'm loving this cool weather! The leaves are already starting to turn and fall. The crisp mornings feel wonderful and inspire me to cook warm comfort food.

 We've had chili and cornbread twice and tonight we are trying our own version of Spicy Sausage Lentil Soup. We shaped our recipe around the original found here. 

Recently, I've really enjoyed trying new recipes- soups, breads, desserts. They've all turned out surprisingly very well! 

This week I've got training in Nashville and am having to drive 45 minutes in the morning and 45 minutes home in the evening. I'm actually enjoying the drive as it has given me time to unwind and sing to my heart's content.

Of course, I'm still enjoying Pinterest. It has been where I have found many of the different recipes I've tried. It also is so neat to see how many creative things people can come up. I'm inspired every time I visit! 

I'm loving this time with my husband. M and I have really had fun together recently- even if it's just something as simple cooking dinner together or watching shows we like as we unwind in the evening. It is so important to a marriage to still do the "simple" things together.

I'm loving Chris Medina's song about his fiance- "What Are Words". Warning: It's a tear jerker. Not only has this song inspired me to be more true to the words I vowed to my husband, but also be more aware of the words I say to others. I am going to be more committed to doing what I say I'm going to do- whether it's pray for someone, actually call them after a "we haven't talked in so long, let's catch up- I'll call you!", or just follow through with something I've said I will do. "What are words if you really don't mean them when you say them?"

I'm LOVING my bohemian dress from Rue 21. It is the most comfortable dress I've ever owned. The top is stretchy tube-top-like, and it is long and flowy straight down to my toes. The pattern is great and it look so cute with a sweater and a belt. It's like the picture below, except with bright orange and teal patterns. I didn't think it was me, but once it was on- I fell in love!

I'm loving being able to make plans spontaneously. M and I are going to visit our good friend Jeremiah (one of M's groomsmen) in Alabama this weekend- and it was planned literally yesterday. It feels good to finally have a little extra money to do things that we enjoy. 

What are you loving today? 


Oct 8, 2011

It has certainly been awhile since I've blogged. It's been a mixture of being so stinkin' busy at work and just not really feeling like writing about anything. Glad I haven't lost any readers! 

This past week at work I worked over almost every day, and I still don't feel caught up. I have truly grown to love my job and don't feel like "the new girl" as much anymore. I've even got a full caseload now. As a case manager, I've constantly got something that needs to be done for somebody. It definitely requires organization and staying on top of things. I'm proud to say I have yet to procrastinate! The next week or so, I will be driving back and forth to Nashville everyday for training for work. As much as I am not looking forward to driving the fifty-some miles twice a day, it will be nice to just relax and listen instead of driving around what feels like the entire world! 

After a crazy workday on Friday, I was ready for this weekend! Last night we went to the movies and saw Courageous. It was an excellent movie. Even though it was geared towards fathers, it definitely inspired me to want to be a godly, right kind of mother when that day comes. Hopefully the movie spoke to M as well. Also, at one point there was a clear presentation of the gospel. Praise the Lord!

This morning we slept late and it felt SO good. We eventually got up, worked outside for a bit, then hopped in the truck and headed for lunch downtown and a festival a town away. 

We had lunch at House Blend, a coffee shop and cafe in downtown Dickson. They have the best coffee and the cutest gift shop. I love going in there in between visits during the week. We had lunch there today and it was delicious, as well. 
After lunch, we drove toward a small town called White Bluff, where the people who we rent our house from were selling homemade Jambalaya. There were also various vendors lining the main street and a band playing. We walked around a bit, people-watched a bit, and had some of the BEST Jambalaya we've ever had.

M all the sudden got the gumption after we got home to FINALLY help me put our headboard together. We've had the wood for literally 3 months or more. We put it together, stapled the batting to it, and I plan to staple the fabric to it next week. I'll be sure to post pics of the final outcome!

Hope everyone has had a great weekend! I look forward to posting more this week and catching up on all your blogs, too!