Thursday, October 27, 2011


Jason told me the other night that he saw someone's online countdown to retirement, which was set to the year 2032. Complete wishful thinking if it's that far off, but it got him thinking about the future. His retirement date is even later - somewhere around 2052. Whatever year it is, that is a lot to process!

Jason's face was just the best as he tried to imagine 2052. Big eyes, raised eyebrows, mouth slightly ajar with amazement and contemplation. We both had similar thoughts - when we imagine being "old," we imagine our bodies old, but still living in the present age. I can't even imagine how different ordinary life will be in 40 years, but it still is fun to think about it.

A Bible verse I read this morning really stood out to me, and I think it's perfectly relevant to the future.

"...If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all."

Isaiah 7:9, NIV

Can I plaster that verse everywhere? It was exactly what my soul needed today, and I feel so grateful that God speaks to me through his word like he does.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Scenes and seasoning

Happy weekend!

A few random tidbits from my life:

Jason surprised me with a cast iron skillet last weekend. We've been going to a lot of weddings and giving a lot of gifts so Jason decided it was time for us to get a gift. It was a pleasant surprise to find it in the kitchen and I love it! I had been wanting and waiting for one for a long time now, and after reading about the dangers of the non-stick and aluminum pans, I feel a lot better about cooking with this. It came pre-seasoned but I still got a lot of sticking my first time using it. I will learn in time.

The bus schedule is kind of erratic, so yesterday I found myself walking home and snapping pictures with my cell phone. There are several old homes on Mill right across from campus and I admire them every time I go by. They're quaint, charming houses - not too big, a little worn but well-cared for. I'm not sure how old they are, but I know they've seen many more years than I have.

And I didn't think I would ever say this, but I found some great recipes on Paula Deen's website. I had kind of pre-judged her without really knowing her. Well, consider me humbled, because I want to cook nearly each recipe in her fall soup collection.

Yum, yum, yum.

Side note: I've never been a big fan of soup, and neither has Jason. But then something marvelous happened. We started cooking our own soup, and suddenly, we're both sold on soup. Sorry Campbells!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Bow ties & popcicles

Remember when I had that bad day? I can happily say now that all of those critiques helped me push myself and come up with a better project. This is what came of it:

It's a window display for J.Crew's kid store, crewcuts. I had fun making about 50 or so fabric miniature bow ties. Too bad there were another 150 to make. Ah well, after a week of late nights and early mornings, I finally had a completed model. I said a prayer of gratitude that I am not an architect where I am expected to build models like this all the time.

In celebration of finishing our projects, one of my classmates Allison and I went to this awesome little place on Mill called Paletas Betty. My friend Julie first introduced me to paletas in high school and I have been in love ever since. The restaurant is pretty small but clean and quaint.

We were so low on sleep we were kind of pathetic. Allison pulled an all-nighter, but thankfully she still wanted paletas before she went into hibernation.

Allison's had pecans.

Mine was orange cream.

We also got hot chocolate paletas samples. All of it was so good. So, so good. Do me a favor and go there if you're in the area, you won't regret it.

Da bebes

Babies are pretty cute, and on occasion, Jason and I like to hang out with them.

This lil peachy came to visit us, probably almost a month ago now.

We had the honor of babysitting Jeter while his parents went to a D-Backs game. He was 11 months and he was really into walking everywhere! He just needs a little help and he's happy as a clam.

Our apartment doesn't have too many kids things, but thankfully Jeter didn't care. We played with magnets a lot.

Jeter kept giving them to me. He's already good at sharing!

Jeter looked pretty darn adorable in his pjs, too bad he didn't want to sleep in them. It's okay, we had fun cuddling on the couch.

Come visit again soon, lil Jeter!

Also, Tiffany had her baby! Little Layla is so very precious. We got to see her when she was about a week old. I loved her. I could held her all night. Hopefully her mom lets me do that very soon! Just kidding Tiffany, I won't steal your baby until you're ready.

Look how precious!

Thanks, friends, for having babies! Good work.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Daydreaming behind my desk

The weather is so perfect today. It's begging me to sit under a tree and read a book for hours, have a picnic at the park, and go for a casual walk around the neighborhood. When was the last time I had enough free time to any of those things? Depressing. It's probably better that my office doesn't have windows because I don't know if I could handle it today.

I love the season changes and it's upsetting when I can't fully enjoy them because school is all-consuming. Fall is such a fun season and I'm a big fan of PUMPKIN everything! I hope to cook a lot this season, so here's my fun fall recipe list: (yes I know it's long and excessive but maybe just maybe I'll update this when I check them off)


Pumpkin Pancakes

Breakfast Apple Granola Crisp

Pumpkin Muffins

Apple and Cheddar Scones

Main Dishes & Soups

Pumpkin and Sausage Soup

Fettuccine with Sausage & Kale

Black Bean Pumpkin Soup

Roasted Eggplant Soup

Tuscan Kale Soup with Chorizo


Butternut Squash & Chickpea Salad

Swiss Chard & Sweet Potato Gratin

Balsamic Braised Brussels with Pancetta

Pumpkin Bread

Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pie

Snickerdoodles done

Apple Pie

Yummmmm! I can't wait. In the meantime, I'll be listening to this. A lot. I couldn't help it, I've officially fallen under the spell of Adele.

She is glorious.