Thursday, December 23, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
1. For the saving grace and mercy of God, which accomplished and keeps my salvation without depending on any contribution from me.
Friday, November 19, 2010
What am I eating for lunch today? This chicken, rice, Mexican recipe... I made a cross between two recipes that I have been meaning to try and added a few things of my own to it. ha. That is what cooking is all about anyhow. The original recipe came from Mrs. Bailey (for a Mexican chicken pot pie of sorts, I made it minus the crust). Yesterday at work I was looking at a similar recipe (that called for yogurt instead of sour cream) which inspired me to go home and cook it for dinner. The ingredients are listed below. I mixed various amounts of them together until I liked the taste. While I mixed everything together and preheated the oven I cooked the rice. I try to always have shredded chicken in my freezer so that can whip up dinners pretty fast. Then I sprinkled cheese on top of it and bake in for 25 minutes at 350 degrees F and on broil for a while until the top became a little crunchy. I served it over spinach with some corn chips crunched up on top. Pretty tasty. I'll make this again.
* brown rice (cooked for 35 minutes)
* shredded chicken (for freezer)
* a little sour cream (I ran out of yogurt)
* green peppers (I had some already chopped up that needed to be used)
* a can of green chilies
* garlic (recipe didn't call for any seasonings, but it was bland without it)
* cumin (added)
* oregano (added)
* salsa (doubled or tripled what the recipe called for)
* can of black beans (could use more... I am a big bean fan)
* corn (I added extra corn too)
* carrots (I had some cut up that I needed to use up... they are still crunchy... I wish I hadn't added them).
Happy birthday to the little babies of the family.
I love you both. See you this weekend!
Question: Do you have any exciting weekend plans?
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I made this last night. It is so simple, but delicious!!
Directions: Peel as many sweet potatoes as you are going to cook. Rinse. Cut them up in cubes (I sliced them into 0.5 - 0.75 inch rounds and then cut into 6 or 8 pieces). Place the cubes on a cookie sheet (one with a rim is better). Sprinkle with salt and a little olive oil. Toss them around until they are lightly coated. Put under a broiler until they turn a little brown on a couple sides.
I cooked mine on low for about 30 minutes, but you could definitely cut down on this time by putting in on high a couple times. Make sure to stir a few times during the cooking. I was sewing so I would set the timer for 10 minutes and let them sit under the low heat, stir, and go back to sewing.
I am eating them room temperature for a snack today. I can't resist. They taste so sweet you would think they had sugar on them. Yum!!
Oh, and the fat little prairie dogs were out at the zoo yesterday eating their lunch. I am going to visit them and my cotton topped monkey friends today again at lunch.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Scarves!! Scarves!! Scarves!! I have two cashmere scarves that Jared bought me in blue and purple plaids. They are lovely and soft. I worked in a different part of the office last winter (where it was colder because it was near the server) and wore them all day long. Now I work in a small area crammed full of 12 people, 12 desks, 12 computers, and a copier. The heat is a little oppressive at times. I am wearing a short sleeved polo and dressy jeans today and it is warm. I drink a lot of cold water most days. My scarves last for the first two hours of the day around my neck, but then I have to take them off. I also love my light blue pea coat and my wool dress pants. Winter clothes are so much cozier than summer clothes for me. I look forward to bundling up in the winters!! I love love love it.
And speaking of clothing/shoes, I bought a pair of Privo (Clark Brand) shoes to walk around work in because my feet were hurting just wearing flats. They are incredible! My feet haven't hurt since I started wearing them; I adore them. I wear them 3 or 4 days a week and my old lady clogs the other 2 days. My feet are happy; I am happy. Thank you to the Clark outlet for selling shoes at half price for the little people. These shoes make me want to throw away all my other shoes and invest in well made expensive shoes. My plan is to slowly build up a good rotation of comfortable shoes to wear over the years. I also practically stole a brown pair of Clark clogs for $15 on the discount rack. If they had had these Privos any cheaper I would have bought several pairs. ha. I am really waiting for their Unstructured shoes to go on sale and to the outlets. Those are my favorite shoes that I tried on at VP.
Okay, another Question: Do you use flannel sheets?
My alarm went off this morning and I immediately realized that I way touching one of my quilt and not my sheets (we have three quilts on our bed right now -- so cozy). I looked over and Jared was all twisted up in the sheet. It was all untucked and unkempt. It was a good think though because it reminded me that I have been wanting to put on my flannel sheets. YAY!! So tonight I am going to go home (after the gym and dinner and before a little quilting and putting away clothes) and make my bed with flannel sheets. While Jared is off studying at the library (if that is what he is doing tonight) I am going to curl up in my newly made bed and read a good book. Books are golden. I also "use" flannel sheets that I buy on sale after the holidays for quilting. :)
Monday, November 08, 2010
That whole last scene was so out of character for the books and the show. It really annoyed me. Otherwise, I loved the references to the 5 Orange Pips and the Purloined Papers. The flash drive was a clever twist. I liked it. I enjoy seeing how they are basing it on the books, but an updated version. If it hadn't been for the last scene I would have been completely positive about Sherlock. Putting the last scene aside (it was terrible), I would still recommend this show and I am planning on watching it again. I have already watched the second one twice. I think that is my favorite of the three. I hope they make more so they have a chance to redeem themselves from this dreadful ending.
In other news, I made Minestrone yesterday. It is the perfect soup for a cold evening (or two or three). I brought some to work today for lunch. Sprinkle a little Parmesan on the top and it is amazing. It was inspired by a little date lunch we had to Olive Garden two weeks ago (thank you to anyone that gave us Olive Garden gift cards or any restaurant gift cards - so fun). I also am eating an apple and peanut butter (love) and some grapes. I really wish a Trader Joes would decide to come to Salisbury. After Chipotle it was the store I missed the most from College Park (now, with the addition of Chipotle to the bury, TJ has moved to the top spot for most wanted store).
Question: Is there any stores you would like to see in Salisbury?
Food: Trader Joe's!!! I would love some trail mix or tomato basil soup or cornbread right now. YUMMY! Maybe an Aldi. I have heard great things about them too (mainly lower prices).
Clothing (not that I have even gone clothing shopping since being married - ha, but I like to admire beauty): Banana Republic and Anthropologie.
Question 2: Have you ever been disappointed in a TV series ending? Which one and why?
I don't really watch that much TV and the shows I do watch are usually BBC shows or miniseries. I haven't been disappointed in any of them. The one TV show I started watching and gave up on was LOST. I quit watching after the second season, but I did watch the last season and the ending. It was a complete cop out and devoid of any creativity. If Jared hadn't been at school those nights I wouldn't have wasted my time watching the last season. It was pretty worthless.
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Recipe for Hannah Nanner: (p.s. it is SUPER easy... well, except the chocolate coating part... it is a bit messy).
I found the recipe here. I love "The Kitchn". It is one of my favorite food blogs.
2 cups powdered sugar
1.5 tbsp softened butter
2 tsp peppermint extract
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cream
8 ounces (about 1-1/3 cup) dark chocolate, chopped
1 tbsp vegetable shortening
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper or a silpat. In a blender, cream together the sugar, butter, extracts, and cream on low speed. After the ingredients are combined, raise the speed to medium-high and beat for an additional 1-2 minutes until mixture holds together very well and is creamy, not powdery.
Using a teaspoon, roll the candy into small balls and flatten them on the wax paper or silpat with the palm of your hand into patty shapes. When done, put them in the refrigerator to chill for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt the chopped chocolate and the shortening in the microwave or over a double boiler.
Using dipping tools or two dinner forks, dip the patties into the chocolate one by one. Drag them across the lip of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate. Return them to the wax paper or silpat, and place back in the refrigerator to set the candies. They should be ready to eat in a few hours.
And that's it! Due to the dairy ingredient, these need to be kept in the refrigerator. Layer the patties between sheets of parchment in an airtight container. They'll last for a month.
Friday, November 05, 2010
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
I had a cavity filled yesterday. Afterwards I decided that having a cavity filled is really not that traumatic and is actually less painful than having your braces adjusted. Before you protest, let me explain. When work was done on my braces, tightening wires or putting tight fitting metal rims around the molars, my mouth was never numbed. Sometimes it felt like they were yanking my teeth out of my head or pounding on it with a small hammer (which I think he was actually doing at times). In other news, I have also decided that upper cavities are the easier of cavities because my lips don't feel numb and those don't get bitten while I eat dinner afterwards. :)
Oh, I found a new TV show that I absolutely LOVE!! We went to turn on election results, after choir last night, but they weren't on yet. However, on PBS playing was Masterpiece Theatre Mystery's new show, Sherlock! I love BBC productions. They should just be all of TV. At first I thought that a modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes might be a little bit goofy (kooky), but the more I watched the show, the more enchanted I became with it. British accents make the show even greater. J If anyone knows me they should know that I ADORE all things Sherlock Holmes. He is my favorite fictional character of all time. This was very true to Sherlock Holmes character, unlike that awful movie that recently came out with Jude Law and that guy from Iron Man. I haven't seen it, but the previews and reviews I read sounded nothing like Sherlock Holmes. This felt very true to his character in the books. Anyhow, I am trying to find a way to watch all the ones that I have missed. I love love love loved this show. If it is out on DVD it would make a marvelous Christmas gift for me. *hint hint*
Oh, and an interesting fact, the guy who plays Watson is slated to be Bilbo in the Hobbit. He is great. I am really looking forward to seeing his performance in the Hobbit, if they ever start making it. The man who plays Sherlock is also perfect. His movements and the way he talks, they are completely Sherlock Holmes. I thought at times that if Sherlock Holmes had a great great grandson, this is probably how he would behave. I loved the show, the one episode that I saw, and would recommend it. I hope the rest of them are as good. I was highly impressed. I usually don't like TV shows at all, but this was classic and it was British. Love love love it.
And since I can't go a whole day without talking about food… I had a homemade whole wheat English muffin with butter and honey on it this morning for breakfast. Delicious! I have been so amazed by how easy and tasty English muffins are to make. Maybe I'll post a recipe sometime.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Monday, November 01, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I went and had my teeth cleaned today!! Yay. They feel so ... clean.
My two labs that I am teaching are going really well. I love being a university lab instructor. If I could only break into the professor world. I will continue to try to climb in any doors that they open to me. :)
Tonight I am going home to make stuffed shells for dinner. They are going to be delicious! And I really wish the weather would make up its mind to stay cold because I REALLY REALLY want to make soup. I love soups, stews, and chowders. I rebelled and made some chicken and rice soup last week because Jared had a cold. Thankfully, I didn't catch his cold. I am so grateful for that. I am craving some good potato and ham or simple potato chowder. Soup also calls for a batch of rolls. I love Autumn. Speaking of weather, it is way too hot!
Last night Jared and I spend the evening watching the end of Martin Chuzzlewitt. What a great movie. I didn't enjoy it the first time I watched it. I thought it was rather weird and the main character, Jared's favorite character, Pecksniff ANNOYS me. But the movie has grown on me. I enjoyed it greatly this time around. The book is going to be on my reading list soon. Maybe after Jared and I finish reading Harry Truman we can jump into this book. Here are the books on my reading list right now (but first I have to buy them... NOTE: Christmas presents - Mom and Mrs. Shelton you should talk to each other before buying any of these - ha). I have been eyeing these beautiful books for a while. I have read a lot of review about them and can't wait to read them. Which reminds me, I am so glad that we don't have internet. I don't have time for it.
Okay, here are the books:
* The Case for Working With Your Hands: or Why Office Work is Bad for Us and Fixing Things Feels Good. By Matthew Crawford
* Made By Hand: Searching For Meaning in a Throwaway World. By Mark Frauenfelder.
* The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. By Nicholas Carr.
* Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy. By Eamon Javers
Friday, October 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
* 6:15 - wake up, eat a snack, and get ready for the gym.
* 7:00 - wait for gym to open, find out that it is not, and head home.
* 7:30 - get dressed and head to the park and flea and farmers market
* 8:30 - head up to bargain bills, amish market, and other laurel stores
* 9:15 - stop in various antique stores
* 9:45 - head to goose on the roof and find the chest!!! YAY!
This thing was painted the most gross brown. We could tell that there was a tealish layer below that and finally an orange layer at the bottom. But I was up to the challenge (and since it was 1/2 to 1/3 the price of normal cedar chests that are beat up in antique stores, I thought it was a great deal).
* 10:30 - we took the thing home
* 11:00 - I went grocery shopping to pick up food for my mother for Sarah's goodbye dinner.
* 12:00 - we went to pick up my brother's truck to tote every box that Jared has received from everything in his house, since he moved in. There were a lot of boxes in the shed!
* 1:00 - we went to Lowes and picked up paint stripper, sandpaper, and fencing.
* 2:00 - we headed home and unloaded everything and started loaded the boxes up into the truck.
* 3:00 - I started stripping paint off the chest.
* 6:30 - I let Jared take over after he got back from dropping the boxes off at the dump and my brother's truck back to the house.
* 7:30 - we went inside to read a little Harry Truman.
* 8:30 - I fell asleep.
On Monday, we sanded that box for three hours until almost ever flake of orange paint was taken off. Wasn't it a beautiful morning?!? This whole weekend was lovely. We then took showers, at lunch, and just hung around the house doing nothing. It was lovely!! I did a little cooking, a little sewing, a little planning of a baby quilt for a good friend of mine, and a little sitting next to Jared and hold his hand without having to worry about going anywhere.
Now I am off to a chemisty department meeting. Love to all my family! It was great to see you this weekend. I love vacations! We will go camping soon and it will be marvelous!!!! I love Jared. :D
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Just in case you didn't realize… Chipotle opens today!!!
And if that wasn't great enough, I also, probably, will be able to pick up my car today, complete with its new doors! Why is my car having two new doors installed? On Sunday, August 1, our alarm didn't go off. Jared had to be at church 15 minutes from the time I woke up and looked at the clock to practice a song and for praise team practice. So he jumped out of bed and quickly left for church. I assured him I could just drive myself (this was only the second time since we have been married that we had planned to drive separately, I say planed because I never ended up driving). Jared left, I took my shower, boiled water, pealed peaches, sliced up peaches for a pie, packed a change of clothes to decorate for VBS, and various other things.
Around 9:10 I walked outside, leaned over and picked up the paper (we receive the paper on Sundays for Fwwwweeeeee because Jared is a student), opened the back door behind the passenger door, threw in the paper, and then noticed glass all over the back seat and the window shattered, with a four or five inch hole in it. I walked around and saw the driver's door handle was dented in about an inch (not a lot) and there were several dents in the door behind the driver's. I called Jared. I called Mom. I called Dad. I called Jared again. I sat on the front steps and cried. Everyone I knew and loved was at church or on their way there; no one would be checking their phones for two or three hours. I was all alone. I sent Jared a text; I figured he might miss me once church started and check his phone. I called Anna. I called Luke. I called Sarah. Sarah picked up around 9:25!!!
To shorten this story, Jared came home, I gave him a huge hug, we called the police, they came by and said my car was vandalized (but nothing on the inside was touched, so I don't really know why they would break the window or hit it), and we made it to Sunday school. Yay. It took until Wednesday to have the insurance come out and look at it. Wednesday? I mean, that is four whole days. That is silly. The insurance tried to tell us that we would have to pick up our rental in Lexington Park, Md. For those of you that don't know where that is, google it, it is directly across the bay and south of us. By car it takes 3 hours and 10 minutes to reach there. The insurance said it was the closest place. Thankfully, after spending two hours arguing with them and them promising to even come pick us up (they weren't understanding the whole three hour trip thing), they let us rent a car at the airport. YES!
So I have been driving this little go-cart of a car for the last 2 weeks. It is great on gas and I love parking it! It is so nice to fit easily in parking spaces. I will miss that. However, I miss my car. I miss not having to worry about it picking up dents and dings in the work parking lot. I miss the comfortable seats. I miss normal. I miss being able to find my car. Ha. This car is too small and I forget what it looks like. Thankfully it has New York plates and I have been able to locate it that way.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Over the past few months I have had a real problem at work concentrating because the woman I work next to is constantly calling her family (and friends) and talking (loudly) on the telephone (in her language). While she does this she plays minesweeper (or some game which requires constant clicking of the mouse). It drives me crazy and headphones don't seem to block it out. Grrr.
Anyhow, today I started off the day by praying about this specifically instead of letting it bother me. God cares about the small things too, right? All morning she left her desk and visited her friends around the plant (jnstead of talking on the phone). When she was at her desk she just surfed the internet and played computer game, but didn't talk on the phone. This was so unlike her and I knew it wouldn't last. I said a quick thanks to God for the temporary relief a few times during the morning and let Him know how much I loved the peace and quiet. After lunch, I just KNEW she was going to talk on the phone because she ALWAYS does for the last two hours or so of her day. She made two phone calls and each time I prayed they wouldn't be long. Ha. She was off in less than five minutes, probably closer to 2 minutes. She has called several people this afternoon and they haven't been home!!! YES!! That practically never happens. This is so great.
Hooray. Hooray. Hooray for a God who cares about the little things in life. It has been nice to have a day without the constant drone of her voice on the phone. What a great day! Praise God. I am still amazed that she is not on the phone. She'll be leaving work in half an hour! I have made it almost a whole day without hearing a few hour long phone conversation. I love it!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Grilling – it keeps the house cool and it tastes amazing. Plus, I can grill all sorts of favorites that I thought could only be done in the oven, like pizza and feta chicken. I am working up my nerve to try some desserty things on the grill. I really think it would work.
Porches- my dream is to have a house one day that has a nice big porch on the front and I can watch people and the sun or just the wind in the trees. Sigh.
watching sunsets (or sunrises) – I need to take time to watch more. They are each a work of art. God is marvelous.
it being dark later and light earlier – it makes climbing out of bed easier (so does being married and knowing if I get out of bed I will be rewarded with a hug)
fireflies – has anyone noticed more of them this year? YAY!! I was just thinking I hadn't seen them in a while and then I notice them this summer. Maybe I just wasn't looking the past few summers.
fresh fruit and veggies – I love not eating starches with dinner and lunch. I feel so much better.
tubing – it is kind of scary, but it scares the laughing right out of you. Mainly, I like spending time with family and friends!
sudden thunderstorms (or any thunderstorms) – I like them. They are fun to watch.
The smell of rain coming soon – so refreshing
fresh peaches – enough said
gold paint still on my hands – from painting for VBS last night. I love VBS and reformation party. Those are two of my favorite times of year. I love creating!! I love working with young people and seeing them serve others. It is very refreshing. I'm glad the youth group is helping to decorate. That is great.
the smell of fresh cut grass – YAY!
wildflowers along the roadside
grass between toes/fresh tilled dirt between my toes
grilled corn/steamed corn/any kind of fresh corn
fresh salsa – it is such a refreshing snack
skirts!!!!!!! – one of the best things about summer is wearing happy, crisp white skirts and cheerful, bright colored skirts. They are so light and airy. <3 <3 <3
fresh blueberries – I eat them by the bucket.
shorts, especially soccer shorts – so comfortable
antique shopping outside with Jared, anything with Jared – ha ha
picnics – if the weather would cool down, I might go on a few. I eat my lunch outside under a tree out front of Harvard if it drops belong 80 degrees.
traveling, especially when it involves seeing something new or visiting friends/family. Oh Germany, I want to visit you again someday. And oh how I wish I could have gone camping with my family this last week, but at least work has been busy and has gone pretty quickly.
Driving with the windows down – okay so I have to do this because my ac in my car broke. Ha.
Air conditioning – in the house, in my car, at work, and other places I go. It hasn't been working at work or in my car. It makes me thankful for the other places.
Fresh food and skirts would probably be my top two things. I figured I would mention again how awesome fresh food is. My mouth has been so happy recently. YAY, for summer!
In other news, Jared and I finally made it through Lord of the Rings. What a great book (or books)! It has been so much fun having Jared read to me while I cook, bake, and sew. Marriage is so much fun. I love being married. We are going to visit the Grandis this weekend and going to see a play. That should be a blast. I miss living with them. Work is as amusing as always. I am very thankful for my job. Happy July 22, everyone. Happy 3 years and 1 day anniversary to Linnea. How exciting!!!