Wednesday, September 29, 2010


in honor of thanksgiving-- wait, what?-- i'm making a post of things i'm thankful for.
ok. maybe just in honor of recent personal events.
(i know i make lists a lot. blame the organizer in me.)

  • having friends who know how to work on cars.
  • long, hard work nights-- because they mean bigger-than-expected paychecks. much bigger.
  • unexpected blessings. and a god who provides.
  • the ability to purchase christmas gifts for family.
  • organization. (see?)
  • friends and their babies.
  • fresh mint.

enjoy your wednesday, everyone.

Monday, September 27, 2010

menu on monday

monday: salmon, steamed broccoli, couscous
prep: slice beef

tuesday: beef stir fry
prep: none

wednesday: pork loin, steamed broccoli, pasta side
prep: none

thursday: chicken and rice frozen dinner
prep: none

friday: lasagna rollups, corn
prep: none

sunday: chicken spaghetti

look! i planned sunday's meal! and as for friday, i left that as a really easy (heck, the whole week is pretty easy)-- because it's the first of the month and chris and i often plan our date nights on the first of the month. so we may or may not go out to eat that day.

Friday, September 24, 2010

ooohhh... scary.

In honor of the upcoming holiday, I'll share with you some of the things that frighten me more than anything. ps does anyone still remember that elementary song when they spell halloween?
H- A- double L- O- W- double E- N spells halloween!


in no particular order:
  • spiders. actually, all things creepy-crawly. i will call chris from across the apartment so he can come kill something for me. i don't care if it's the size of a pin head, or a darn tarantula. they're all the same to me.
  • babies. i'm terrified to have a kid. there, i've said it. i can't wait to get pregnant, but i'm so scared that i'm going to screw it up and end up with a felon, or a bully, or a kid who doesn't want to go to church. or that i'll be a bad mom and they'll never want to hang out with me. or that i'll get depressed because i just. don't. know. what. to. do.
  • carpet stains. i'm so nervous when someone has something red over our carpet. and it's not even mine. it's an apartment. but i take pride in what is in my possession (even if i don't own it).
  • the refrigerator breaking. all that wasted food would be such a shame. and i work so hard to fill it with good, homemade things, that i just might cry over that.
  • being audited by the IRS. i don't know why. i don't do anything wrong on my taxes. heck, i don't even deduct anything, really. so i don't know why it scares me. maybe because the IRS is "the man" and you never want the man to be over you. i guess.
that'll do for now. i know i'm jumping the gun on this whole "fall" and "halloween" thing, but i do believe fall is my favorite season, and now that it's officially here, expect more fall-ish posts from me.

Monday, September 20, 2010

menu on monday

monday: sausage, salad, baked potato wedges
prep: thaw posole

tuesday: posole
prep: none

wednesday: shrimp and vegetable stir fry
prep: thaw ground beef

thursday: snow cap casserole. or shephard's pie. whatever you call it. green beans, corn, tomato sauce, ground beef, topped with mashed potatoes and baked.
prep: none. that's right, none.

friday: stuffed peppers and veggies (no prep because i cheated and bought stouffer's. they had a sale. and it saves me time. and stouffer's is delicious. don't judge.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

dollar store grapevine wreath

i've been in the mood lately to start getting into fall. meaning, i want spiced teas, cool weather, crock-pot meals, and apple/cinnamon scented candles.

i also want my house decorated like fall.
well, since i'm not quite to the house-decorating part yet, i thought i'd try to start that today.

i altered a dollar store fall wreath and a grapevine wreath and came up with my own dollar store grapevine wreath :-)

everything you see came from the dollar store. as in, the everything-costs-a-dollar dollar store. not that fake dollar store that has items for $10. i bought two bags of leaves, a plain grapevine wreath, fall garland, and a wreath hanger (long-term investment there, folks. for A DOLLAR). i already had the hot glue gun, glue, and flower wire. But i actually only used less than one bag of leaves, so you could say that this wreath only cost $4 to make. yay for cheap.

i started by simply wrapping the garland around the wreath. i used the flower wire to hold it in place and to keep it tighter in some areas.

then i started filling in the blank parts with the loose leaves. they weren't nearly as nice as the ones in the dollar store wreath blog, but they did fine. besides, who's going to come peer in really close and examine my work?

be very careful working with hot glue. if you get a giant dab on you, it is not like touching a hot iron. the heat stays with you. and melds itself into your skin and under your fingernail. then you end up with a giant blister on the tip of your finger and it's hard to type the instructional blog. fyi.

aaaannnnddd... here's the final product. taaa-daaa!! i love the color that this brings to our front door! can't wait for the rest of the decorating-- we're going to carve pumpkins and set them on tables out front. you'll be the first to see the finished results!

Friday, September 17, 2010

giveaway (not mine)

i like true feminity. it's a neat site where a young lady shows how to be feminine, but still strong. basically showing there are ways to be pretty without being... skanky? it's true.

anyways, she's having a giveaway. see more here.

i'd love to win this gift card to help decorate mine and chris' new place!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

the search for a church - the village northway

wow. i'm so sorry it's been so long since i've updated our search for a church. i guess that could mean good news, huh? :-) well, it does.

we visited The Village Northway for the first time on august 29th. i was skeptical because it is a branch church; the main church is The Village Flowermound. i've got nothing against the video screen-- i watch that mainly when i'm at any church where i can't easily see who's speaking. however, branch churches... ok, so i only had one experience with branches anyways, but i didn't like it.

for this church, i'm not even going to go into the pros and cons. mainly because i was REALLY struggling to find cons. that's a good thing! chris and i left and both knew we'd found our church. i like the way it practices, i don't mind the video screen with no one talking live in front of me, the pastor is AMAZING, the band is great (even though they played mainly songs i don't know, and you know how i feel about that), they do communion every week (is communion the right word, or is that the catholic in me speaking?), and it's going to be a great place to get plugged into.

it's full of people our age-- young married couples. so so so many pregnant ladies. maybe there's some fertility agent in their bread. haha. anyways, it's people on the same life track as us, which makes us comfortable and really looking forward to getting to know people.

we found our church!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

menu on monday

monday: bean burritos for him, grilled cheese and tomato soup for her. chris is getting his broken-down car tonight, so we were sorta on our own. i don't like not eating dinner together!
prep: chop veggies

tuesday: beef stew in the crock pot, salad, and whole wheat french bread
prep: none

wednesday: fish, green beans, leftover salad and bread
prep: thaw buns and sausages, chicken

thursday: macaroni and cheese, beef sausages (hot dogs) with chili
prep: marinate chicken

friday: grilled chicken, salad, couscous

this week, chris is cooking twice. he doesn't know it yet, but he's making dinner on thursday and friday. i don't think he'll have a problem with friday, cause he's really been wanting to grill for a while now!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

dallas tornadoes?

yep. there were tornadoes all over the metroplex yesterday. chris and i were hearing some emergency interruptions on the radio on our way home, but it was for a tornado that was some miles away from us, and not heading towards us. so we got home, he changed, i started cooking dinner (beef stir fry!), then we got a call from a friend over on the fort worth side, telling us one was supposed to be in our neighborhood-- so we turned the tv on, and found out, sure enough, there was one just down the road on mockingbird. woah! and it did that thing where the rain is pouring down, then it just sorta stops... you been in a tornado, you know what i'm talking about. luckily, it passed just to the east of us, but it did some damage in the area. that's the only thing on the news today. that and the incredible flooding. because apparently we doubled our record rainfall for one day-- we got 8"!

anyways, here's a good shot of the tornado near our place, when it was by my work.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

i believe in...

bread. i will never be one of those ladies who goes on a no-carb diet. no lie.

the power of a good book. if you do too, you know what i'm talking about . that ability to be completely removed from everything. the feeling that reading this book is the only important thing. you forget how to eat. how to sleep. how to answer the phone.

love. i believe that the kind of love you have with *that* person can fix anything. i believe that the wanting to pack lunch, that the refilling your drink before mine, will never end.

jesus. i believe that god sent my savior down to earth to die for my sins. and i am thankful every day for that.

the healing powers of a glass (or two) of wine and a long mineral bath.

staying busy. i work full time. i have a second job teaching at a local college in the evenings. i'm finishing my master's. i cook dinner most nights, and pack lunch every morning. and i wouldn't have it any other way.

scarves. i think that scarves and handkerchiefs are not used enough. for me, they're the perfect accessory.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

i'm proud of my husband

i love my husband.

i've wanted some more organization in my bathroom for some time. i had one of those corner organizers in my house in arkansas, but it didn't fit in the first house i was in here, so i'm pretty sure i got rid of it. but i love to have things on the shelves instead of just sitting on the edge of our (garden!!) tub.

so i picked up one of these organizers for pretty cheap from walmart this weekend. it didn't take him long to jump up and put this together for me, even putting things on the shelves in what looks like a nice arrangement for us!

what a good guy. i love when he puts things together for me.

did i tell you he also put together our bedside tables for our bedroom? he's my rockstar.

Monday, September 6, 2010

menu on monday

last week we had some hiccups in our weekly meal planning. after eating so unhealthy during the weekend, we were craving a giant salad (inserted on wednesday). also, we had a visitor so had an unexpected night out to eat. sooo. i'm reusing some of the meal ideas for last week. here goes:

monday: grilled cheese and tomato soup (prepped by my lovely husband)
prep: thaw ground beef

tuesday: hamburger helper with side salad (also prepped my my lovely husband)
prep: thaw beef steak, chop peppers and onions

wednesday: beef stir-fry with rice
prep: none

thursday: homemade pizza
prep: none

friday: fish, greenbeans with almonds, noodle side dish

again, i'm still just planning for the week, not yet the weekend. i'll get there.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

what is hatch chili?

i realized how spoiled i am when the first two comments on my last post questioned hatch chilies.


back this train up.

let me tell you, my dear friends...

Hatch is a town in new mexico. hatch green chilis are grown in Dona Ana county- known as the chili capital of the world. chili season is during the end of august and beginning of september, and is a delight to your senses. see, hatch green chilis are not raised for heat. sure, they're fairly spicy if you're not used to eating any heat, but more than that-- the flavor. oh, the flavor. they are perfect for green chili chicken enchiladas. nothing better tops a burger than roasted hatch green chilies. delicious when making green chili stew.

shoot. now i'm craving them.

in any case, last season i taught my uncle how to roast them. to do so, you pick up a ton of chilies. and trust me, you'll want a bunch; they freeze well, and you'll be sad if you run out of them by february, depression might set in. it's that bad.
anyways. back to how to make them.
turn the grill on about medium. roast the chilies, turning every few minutes, until most of their skin is black. slow roasted is best, to get the best flavor on the inside. take them off the fire and place on a cookie sheet, then transfer (while still warm) to a plastic bag for a while. it helps steam them together in there.
while wearing plastic gloves (take my word on this one), take the chilies out of the bag, peel them, remove seeds (leave the seeds for heat), and chop them up. or slice them. i prefer them diced because you can use them in more recipes this way. package in small freezer bags and store in the freezer until use! unfortunately, these really don't last more than a couple months. it's like girl scout cookies-- every year you say that you'll make them last over the whole year, and every year they're gone in a month.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September 1st

say it with me now:

doesn't it sound good? cooler than august? maybe a little breezy? with a hint of orange? i can't think of september without thinking of fall.

i sure hope this year's september holds up to all i have in mind for her:
* fun with husband
* roasting hatch chilies
* healthy eating
* experimenting with squash
* working hard at school
* back to the gym
* a camping trip