Hi friends -
Sorry for the inactivity in the last week or so. I've decided to take an indefinite hiatus from blogging due to some things going in my personal life. I'm hoping that it won't last very long - I just need the time for other things right now. Thanks so much for your understanding and patience. Looking forward to posting for you again!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
A few months ago, I accidentally ran across Mrs. Bettie Rocker. And, oh. my. goodness. Her recipes are I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E. And the pictures she posts along with her recipes are so good that you could swear her savory dishes and delectable treats are sitting on a plate right in front of you. Here's a picture from her lastest post: Sugar Cookie Truffles.
How can you not want to make these now?! Check out her blog, and then make some of her treats. You won't regret it!
Monday, February 14, 2011
I saw this idea out there in blog-land somewhere and thought I'd share it with you. I used picnik.com to edit these photos. Enjoy, and Happy Valentine's Day!
|Me and Matthew|
|My little brother, Kenneth, and me|
|Me and my sisters, Kristen and Kasie|
|My adorable and wonderful 'rents, Allison and Ken|
Happy Valentine's Day!!!
Friday, February 11, 2011
"Couples Who Pray" - Review
I recently read a complimentary book provided to me by Book Sneeze called "Couples Who Pray" by Squire Rushnell & Louise DuArt. (Although the book is complimentary, my opinions are 100% my own, and I was not paid for my review.)
The book is written for Christian couples to discover the power of praying together through the authors' 40 day prayer challenge. The first two thirds(ish) of the book is mainly dedicated to testimonials from couples, many of whom are relatively well-known, who tried the 40 day challenge. The last third (or so) of the book refers more to the actual challenge and factors that can/will affect couples during the challenge.
I was not thrilled with the book for the first two thirds. I did not like that the majority of the book seemed to be a bunch of name dropping. I was hoping it would be more grounded in Biblical truths than other peoples' - famous or not - testimonials. However, I thought the last third of the book was way more what I was hoping the rest of the book would be - more Biblical references, more personal dialogue from the authors, and less name dropping. The last third could flow better than it did, but I felt like it made my time spent with the book worth it.
Overall, I liked the concept put forth from the authors - I just wish there wasn't so much celebrity dialogue.
Okay, okay. I admit it - I've been a lazy blogger this week. I didn't blog Wednesday OR Thursday. I would like to blame it on the fact that I've been too busy, but I haven't been. I think it's more or less because I don't always have super great ideas for Wednesday's and Thursday's themes. So I'm thinking about changing them or nixing them altogether. We'll see. On to the important stuff though...
I realized that I totally forgot to tell you how Zumba was a couple of weeks ago. It was FANTASTIC! What a great workout, people! I don't think I've ever worked out that hard in my life (not that I've worked out that much in my life ever anyway). Since Zumba I decided I should really actually use my gym membership and workout more often, so I have been. But, back to the lazy thing, I only worked out once this week. This actually is because I haven't been able to find a good time to go. Hoping that next week will be better in that realm.
This week I got my new glasses!
My car is having some health issues - big surprise. This always stresses me out a bit. I really need a new car, but I don't exactly make bank. So I'm going to deal with it. My daddy says that it's probably the brake pads and the rotors (or something like that). And I'm hoping it's an easy and relatively inexpensive fix. This is one of those times when I especially miss living close to my family because my daddy can't just take my car in to get it fixed for me. I have to be an adult and get it done myself. Growing up is yuck sometimes. Haha.
Speaking of growing up, I filed my taxes by myself this year! Woohoo! And I'm actually getting back a decent amount! Unfortunately, the money will leave my account almost as soon as it reaches it. Fortunately, I'm completely okay with that.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day (or S.A.D. - Single Awareness Day). Next time I give my weekly recap, I'll be 24!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Is your mouth watering yet?! Are your eyes tearing up at the thought of such a majestic duo?! I think you're going to love/hate me after you've read this. You'll love me because these are to-die-for. You'll hate me because these are to-die-for. Seriously.
So this is how these happened. My friend Jessica found these delicious cookies, and we decided to try them. She then found some other cookies filled with peanut butter (not chocolate chip ones) and wanted to try them too. We tried the Oreo ones Sunday night - incredible. Brought tears to my eyes. So we decided to try the pb ones last night with the left over dough. Here's what we got...
*Disclaimer: The KC Experience is not responsible for any unwarranted weight gain after the consumption of these desserts. However, we will take responsibility for any bliss experienced during or post-cookie-consumption.*
PB Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies
(inspired by the genius of Jessica Huckaby)
What you'll need:
- Chocolate chip cookie dough
- I suggest using this recipe for the dough. I used the recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag, and they spread way more than I wanted them to spread. The ones from the link didn't seem to spread much at all.
- 1/2 c peanut butter
- 1/2 c granulated sugar
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper or foil
- Oven - obviously
What you'll do:
Make the dough. This is part of what I had leftover from the previous night.
Take your peanut butter and sugar (in a separate bowl), and mix them well.
Make a "dough cookie" in your hand and dab a dollop of your delectable peanut butter/sugar mixture right in the middle of your dough patty (I couldn't resist using the alliterated d's - sorry).
Enclose the peanut butter with the dough, and form it into a ball. Stick it on your cookie sheet and bake according to the dough recipe you used (pretty much until they're barely brown). Let them sit on the tray for a couple of minutes, and then let them cool on a cooling rack - assuming they make it that far once you get a whiff of these amazing treats!
Now you just have to enjoy them, which won't be hard - I promise. :)
Monday, February 7, 2011
So I'd like to apologize for posting so "late" tonight - I usually post in the morning but had too busy of a weekend to get things in order!
Anyhow, today's blog post is dedicated to featuring 5 (of the million) craft projects I've seen and would love love love to try (as well as my thoughts on them)! So here we go!
from HGTV Canada
I saw this lampshade done on "She's So Crafty" several months ago and instantly fell in love with it. I finally bought all of the materials and hope to get started on it very soon. And I'm pretty stoked because all of the slides are pictures of places in Europe! Isn't that fun?
from Momma Hen
Even though I'm not married (or engaged, for that matter), I am head over heels for these pillows. And I have a couple of friends who are getting married in the near future who just might be getting a set because I'm dying to make them!
I think what I love most about this project - other than the fabulous colors - is that it was made with an ordinary, every day supply. Since I'm cheap (and not full-time...yet) I love projects that are easy on the pocketbook. And this one is so beautiful! I even love the texture that the plastic bottle gives the flowers (you can see it in in some of the teal flowers).
from CREATE STUDIO
CREATE STUDIO is one of my absolute favorite blogs because of her cute, creative, and practical ideas. And this one is absolutely precious! I'm in love with the whole bird motif, and I love books - so this project is right up my alley! And I adore how she hung these right over a chair in a little nook in her house - what a perfect reading spot.
I'm starting to get more into paper crafts, namely because of this project. I think it's a really cool art piece that is so versatile and unique. And it can be used in so many different places: a wall in a child's room, on a mantel, in a kitchen, on a door - the possibilities are endless!
I hope these projects inspire you like they inspire me! I absolutely love them and can't wait to actually make them and then feature them for you!
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
I have a special treat for you - it's a Valentine Printable!
I'm going to be using it for a special project that's yet to come (hopefully). In the meantime, I hope you enjoy it! Let me know how you use it!
This week has been a pretty good one, except for the fact that I'm one day ahead of myself - I woke up Wednesday and thought it was Thursday (same goes for Thursday thinking it was Friday). Talk about a bummer! Oh well. :)
Probably the most exciting thing about this last week was our singles small group. The first week kind of got off to a rocky-ish start because there wasn't a very big turnout. So that was sad. Going into this last week (our second week), I was anxious about whether or not we took the right approach for the group. Boy did God ever turn that thought away!
Our meeting this week was SO fun! I decided to take a fellowship approach with it this week since the singles group concept is really new at our church, and we had a game night. Cindy, our lovely host, made amazing turkey chili, and we played "The Game of Things." And it couldn't have gone better! We had a blast with that. After a little while Cindy's son, who is also in the group but had to work that night, got home, and we all sat around joking, laughing, tearing up from laughing, and chatting. In fact, we enjoyed ourselves so much that we didn't leave until 11 pm! Thank goodness Cindy loves the company! I feel so blessed about this group and can't wait to see where the Lord takes us next!
I also scored a fabulous deal this week! Only problem is I can't tell you about it until next Friday because it's going to be a gift for someone super sweet...and it's not Matthew! I bet you're eager to find out that one. I can't wait to tell you either!
Matthew gave me my Valentine's gift the other night, and he sure knows me!
It's a cupcake stand with Valentine cupcake liners filled with candy! He may have had a few - accidental - hints. We were shopping together one day when I saw the cupcake stand and raved about it. And there's no hiding how much I love candy. Seriously. He's a smart one. And since I now have cupcake liners and a cupcake stand, I had to buy Valentine cupcake mix and Valentine frosting! I think I'm going to make them for our small group! Can't wait to post pics for you!
The only other thing I'd like to mention - the last thing, I promise - is that my birthday is only 12 days away. Just in case you need a reminder. ;)
Have a great weekend!