Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Biscuit Bonanza!

Okay, everyone knows you only go to Red Lobster for the biscuits. Yesterday, Red Lobster just lost some business.

Hellooooo garlic cheesy biscuit goodness. SO good people. Go home and make this tonight, and then to thank me, make some more and send them to me.


On to the recipe. (Adapted from allrecipes.com. One of my favorite websites of all time.)


Garlic Cheese Biscuits


Servings: 10 (although when we made the recipe, we only got 8 biscuits)


Ingredients:


2 cups buttermilk baking mix
2/3 cup milk
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon garlic powder (or more to taste)

1/2 teaspoon parsley (or more to taste)


Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. Combine baking mix, milk, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and cheddar cheese in mixing bowl. Beat with wooden spoon till soft dough forms.
  3. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Mix butter, parsley and garlic powder and brush half of mix over biscuits. Bake 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
  4. Brush the remaining butter mixture over warm biscuits before removing from cookie sheet.

Heaven!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Servanthood

Philippians 2:1-7
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

I joined a friend at an evening church service last night. The sermon was about one of the identities Christians have: servanthood. I was moved and challenged to put away my self-seeking mentality and become a servant as Christ was. Not out of duty, not to gain righteousness or favor with God, but because Christ first loved me. Because he changed my life. and continues to change my life.

Hours before Jesus was crucified, he knelt down and washed his disciples' feet. This was a task only the lowliest servant would do, and yet Jesus, who was above the disciples, humbled himself to serve.

The pastor challenged everyone to ask themselves this simple question: how would my life change if I treated others as though they were more important than myself? How would our thoughts, bank account, schedule, activities, and so on, change?
He then encouraged everyone to think of real and practical ways we can incorporate this into our daily lives.

The lyrics of the last song became my prayer. The honesty of this song is always so refreshing - it speaks to the waywardness of my heart.

O to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee
Prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love
Here's my heart Lord, take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ode to all things Martha

Meet my new idol. Her name is Martha Stewart and she is fabulous.


Since I'm poor, I don't buy her magazines, I just look at her website. I started looking there when I discovered her wedding section. My respect for her has been slowly building, as I see more and more of her creative genius. I wandered the aisles of Macy's and looked at all her pretty kitchen and home goods. I poured over her website for inspiration and ideas.

Now my friends, I am sold. I want to buy all of her magazines. I want to own her collection of cooking tools. I want to work for her company and design pretty things. I want to be her best friend. And really, if I'm being honest, I want to be Martha Stewart.

I'm going to share some of the pictures that I've saved from her site. What better way than to start with cupcakes?

YUM.


DOUBLE YUM. Aren't they lovely?

On her website, she has a cookie of the day. Fabulous. Today is Marshmallow Cookie Sandwich.


She sells a picnic basket set. Love. Her.

Red cast iron? Yes please.
This is not the best picture, but her cake stand is so adorable. It's on sale at Macy's but I can't bring myself to buy it because I know it will just collect dust in one of my kitchen cupboards. But someday, I will have pretty cake plates and host parties where we eat fancy cakes off of said cake plates.

Also adorable, this food chopper.

Can I please have an office like this?

Or this?

Martha taught me how to make these pillows. Pretty sure that means we're on the road to best friends.

I love yellow, and so does Martha.

And more yellow. I will have a gray and yellow room someday and it will be fabulous just like my best friend.

As much as I love bright colors, I still love rooms with neutral colors palettes. So soothing, so pretty.

Red stairs? Awesome.

More yellow. It makes me happy.

I love everything about this room.

As do I love this one. I love the unusual colors and that mirror is so fun and so girly.

Martha gave me the idea to put wallpaper in my closet. So fun!

Martha has several houses (jealous) and this is one of them. GORGEOUS.
This was her first house. So charming!
Her kitchen makes me drool. I'm liking gray more and more, and especially this gray. It's so warm and fresh. I could cook all day in here.

Dear Martha, I love you. Is it too soon?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

House husband

For the time being, I have a house husband. Jason's job hasn't begun yet so he holds down the fort while I win the bread and bring home the bacon.

My house husband:

  • Cleans the bathroom

  • Makes a mean pot of slow cooker beans so we can eat burros and quesadillas all week

  • Does the dishes and manages the dishwasher

  • Has suggestions for how to decorate our apartment and recounts them to me when I get home from work

  • Slipped a love note in the sandwich he packed for my lunch

  • Goes grocery shopping with me (and even kinda likes it)

  • Meets the neighbors

  • Chauffeurs me back and forth from work

  • Organizes my various messes

  • Surprised me with a footrub after a long day at work

  • Wants to go to a swap meet with me this weekend

It really is nice to have a house husband, but we are looking forward to Jason beginning his new job. He was planning to start on July 26 at McClintock High School bookstore, but just yesterday secured a job (on the spot at the interview) at Tempe St. Lukes Hospital, which is just half a mile from our house. God has such good plans for us, and we are learning to be patient in him.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Office space

If I had my own desk at work, this would definitely be hanging there.

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(Clearly I'm a little too obsessed with etsy.com)

Daydreaming

My home needs some pretty things

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Honeymooners

My husband is an enraptured world cupper, so here I am updating my blog.

Our honeymoon was wonderful - the perfect getaway after the stress of a wedding. We were both so grateful for the time together.

We started our honeymoon with a lot of funny looks from other cars on the freeway... oh yeah, probably cause of the writing all over our car (the bagels on our antenna and the streamers didn't last as long).

We stayed in Anaheim but drove to Long Beach on Monday to check out the aquarium there. We stopped for lunch at Jim's #3. The #3 was the deciding factor.

We took our food to the park and shared the scenic view with a group of homeless men. I felt right at home.
My highlights at the Aquarium of the Pacific, like all over aquariums, were the jellyfish (amazing creatures that they are), and also seeing a British family: "Oh bloody, my pictures are all blurry!" Jason's was seeing the shark feeding.

We walked along the harbor at Long Beach. We tried to take a picture with the lighthouse, but tragically cut off the top. whoops

We also saw these cool guys. Totally picture worthy... Asian mobsters possibly?

What honeymoon isn't complete without some kissing pictures? (my apologies Kellie if you're reading)

We had some fun at the Long Beach boardwalk


We found an awesome hat store. The workers were probably pretty annoyed with us, but we enjoyed ourselves.


The next day we went to Newport harbor. Jason spotted an octopus below this bridge. It was AWESOME.


We rented a kayak and worked on our upper body strength (aka were reminded how out of shape we are).

My favorite part was just floating... it was a peaceful day on the water.
There was a sailboating class... the students were all about 10 years old. Hardcore.

There was some really cool boats... this one was from Transylvania.


The next day we came back to Newport.

We rented a tandem bike and rode around the beach for an hour and a half. We got to see the amazing beach houses (LOVE) and even passed a lemonade stand. We wanted to stop by the stand on our way back but apparently the kids had closed up shop. Lesson learned.

This was a mural outside the bike shop. People, when I say my hair is a disaster in humidity, I'm dead serious. I don't know what better proof than this picture.

On our last day in the Golden State, we stopped at Crystal Cove to go hiking. One more reminder than I am hopelessly out of shape. Those steep hills were brutal. It was an overcast day but we still had some awesome views of the beach and surrounding areas.

We had paused on the trail to figure out where our turn would be, and apparently looked like tourists, because a nice gentlemen stopped to help us out. His accent was awesome, he used V sounds in place of Ws, but we didn't get the chance to ask where he was from. He suggested we go a little further to avoid a steep downhill drop, plus we would get a better chance of the ocean on the other side. We took his advice but it added some time to our hike so I was HURTING.

Cute, eh?

At the top, I found this charming barbwire fence.





We found some wildlife along the way.

And of course, I had to take some nature pictures. The colors in the hills were beautiful, my camera really couldn't do it justice. (I'm thankful for my patient husband who let me take these)


We were pretty excited when we finished the hike. Mostly that we were still alive.

And so ends the pictures of our honeymoon, as we had to return back to normal life. Thankfully, normal life is pretty great so we can't complain.