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6 Months of Change, Learning, and Love

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Today my husband and I have been married for 6 months..I feel like this shouldn’t really be a big deal but so many people have told us that the first year of marriage is the hardest, so being half way through feels like a big deal to me!

6 months.
So much has happened.

I figured I would celebrate by sharing what John Zachary and I have been up to these past 6 months and what we have learned about marriage and each other. Also I am planning to treat myself with ice cream to celebrate as well. That is something that John Zach is learning – that I always want ice cream and I will not share it with anybody..ever. Also probably the reason why I was so totally okay with moving to Fishers was because I knew that there was a Graeters Icecream in town.

If you have never had it, travel somewhere that you can get it.
OKAY! So let me tell ya’ll a bit about what’s happened since our wedding.

About a week before our wedding day we moved all of our things into our new place in Fishers, several week…

Overflowing Joy

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Yesterday I made some fellow drivers quite mad when I didn’t start to drive when the traffic light turned green.
Truth is I didn’t start driving right away because I was distracted. Totally not paying attention. At all. In my own little world.
At that moment my world was filled with cars driving around me with real Christmas trees tied up on the top of each car. There were about 20 cars that went by, all with Christmas trees on top, and I was just mesmerized. I was so stuck paying attention to that, that I totally missed the green light right in front of me.
Watching those 20 cars drive by made me so happy. I mean the kind a happy where you are just smiling so big and you start laughing. I fell in love with those 30 seconds and then snapped back into reality with tons of horns honking at me. I was just thinking about how very simple circumstances or one moment or even a certain word or image can either bring us the overwhelming feeling of joy or this sudden deep feeling of anger or s…

A Little Bit of Lemon on a Rainy Day

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Hi all! Its a cold and gloomy day and all I want to do is stay inside and drink some tea…but I figured I’d share a new recipe with you!

Sometimes I just don’t have enough time in the morning to make a bowl of oatmeal and I don’t want to make a smoothie and wake Zach up, so I am always looking for something to make ahead of time and just grab as I run out the door.
So lately I have been making a lot of loafs, and I just found this recipe that Zach and I both seriously love! And it’s also dairy free if that is something you are looking for too! Its perfect to grab as you’re on the go, have for dessert.. and even a late night snack.
Hope your enjoy as much as we do!
Lemon Almond Loaf: For the bread you will need –
-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1 cup granulated sugar
-2 tablespoons lemon zest (about 2 lemons)
-3/4 cups unsweetened almond milk (I love Califia Farms Almond Milk)
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-2 large eggs
-1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

It Wasn't About Me...It Never Was

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I wrote a blog post about a year and a half ago about seasons of life – how God guides us through those and what he teaches us in them, in preparation for them, and after we are out of them.

When I wrote that blog post I was frustrated because John Zachary hadn’t proposed to me yet. It was a season that I knew was coming, but it wasn’t the right timing and to be honest, I was just so gosh darn mad. I wanted what I wanted and thats all that mattered. And it took me a while to say, “Okay, God, I will let this go because this isn’t about me, its about us and our relationship but more importantly its about You and the timing You have planned for this next step.” Well and sure enough we got engaged shorty after I had come to terms with waiting. Typical, right?


Fast forward to present time and John Zachary and I have been married for 4 months and this season of life has been absolutely crazy – life-changing really.
In the past 4 months we have gone through graduating college, getting our f…

You NEED to Add This Spice in Your Life!

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This past Friday I was thinking of the perfect “Friday Night” dinner…
Homemade…MAC N CHEESE.

I wanted to add a little bit of a twist to the dish, and I was a little nervous if John Zach would like it but he said it was his favorite mac and cheese ever! He said he would eat it 3 days a week every week and never get sick of it…so I just HAD to share this!


Here is my Spicy Mac N Cheese: In a cast iron skillet (of whatever skillet you have, Zach just loves cast iron skillets so that all we have haha) – -Melt 3 tablespoons of butter -In a small bowl on the side mix together 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese and take one spoonful of the melted butter in your skillet and add it to the breadcrumb mixture. Set aside. -In your hot skillet add 1/4 cup flour and mix it with the butter. -Add 3 cups of milk, stir together. -Add in 2 cups of elbow macaroni noodles and let cook until al dente. -When noodles are cooked, remove skillet from heat and add: 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard …

What Can I Say...What Can I Do...

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Watching someone grieve is heartbreaking.

We have this tendency to want to fix the problem, say something and hope it’s meaningful; sometimes you just have to sit and watch as the tears fall.
I work in the Oncology Department at St. Vincent Hospital, if you’re not sure what that means, its cancer. I work with people who have cancer. I watch people as they hear their test results, their new diagnosis. I watch people put a smile on their face and endure the pain. I watch people and family members come to the realization that they or their loved one is dying. I watch people die. And I watch as the tears fall.
As I watch others grieve, I grieve too. I desperately want to fix the problem, and I want to say something that helps them feel okay even if it is just for a few minutes. I can’t stand to watch something so horrible unfold. But I have to. This week has been so difficult as I watch this poor girl younger than I am go through the news of a terminal diagnosis that doesn’t give her muc…

Vanilla Cake Cake Cake!

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I just have to share this!
For Labor Day I made some cupcakes for a bbq our sister-in-law and her husband were having, and it was the best cake recipe I have ever made..so I have to share it with you all! So if you are looking for a delicious, fluffy, flavorful vanilla cake, here’s my best –
1 and ¼ cup cake flour*
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt, to taste
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cup granulsated sugar
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
¼ cup plain yogurt, room temperature
½ cup milk. room temperature (2% or whole preferred) *If you don’t have cake flour on hand, measure 1 and ¼ cups all purpose flour into a medium sized bowl then remove 2 and ½ tablespoons of the flour. Replace the 2 and ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour by adding 2 and ½ tablespoons cornstarch. Whisk the mixture for about 1 minute then sift.
This cake batter will be thicker than your used to, thats okay! The milk and yogurt ma…