Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I'm not a fashion blogger...


I'm not a fashion blogger, but I am going to participate in "What I Wore Wednesday" at The Pleated Poppy for the first time today!  I'm not particularly proud of this "outfit" - I use that term loosely because it's not really an outfit at all.  However, I did whip up the scarf I'm wearing in about 40 minutes last night!

You see, today was "Tie Dye Day" as part of Red Ribbon Week at the school where I teach.  Red Ribbon Week is about saying no to drugs, so today's tie dye was to say "peace out to drugs".  I only own one item of tie dyed clothing, and it was an old shirt from another school I used to teach at...which then became my painting shirt and had splatters on it.  So, I took that shirt and used some online tutorials to create my tie dye tshirt scarf!  It's so comfy I think I might make a "nice" one in a normal color to sport this winter!

I used this tutorial and this tutorial to help.  I cut my ends to have some fringe and added a quick jersey ruffle detail. 

 So easy and great use of old tee shirts!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tasty Tuesday - Easy Alfredo Three Ways

Here are 3 easy ways to use Butoni Light Alfredo sauce! Things like this are great if you're cooking for one. It is quick, easy and delicious!
You can find this Butoni sauce in the refrigerator section of the grocery store.  Each of these meals is 1/4 cup of Butoni Light Alfredo sauce mixed with something to make it more delicious!

1) Mixed with pesto and frozen spinach to make Spinach Pesto Alfredo tossed with whole wheat penne

2)  Mixed with 1/4 cup pumpkin and a dash of nutmeg and used to top spicy sausage ravioli.  I know this sounds weird, but I promise - it's delicious!!

3)  Mixed with 1 tablespoon of tomato paste for a Tomato Alfredo tossed with spinach fettuccine

3 easy and cheap side dishes!  Give it a try!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Be My Everything

Today's Monday Melody is a song I heard at church this weekend that really spoke to my heart. I wrote a few weeks ago about Jeremy Camp's song, "My Desire" and I feel like this song has a similar theme. The theme being that through everything, the laughter and the tears, the waiting, the hurting, the healing, and the hoping - this story I have been given is really all God's. It's not about me. It's not about what I've been through. It's about Jesus. It's about a God who has been there for every step and will never leave my side.

I hope as you read this, that you know what it's like to have relationship with Jesus. If you don't, I pray that someday you will because I know it's the best thing that had ever happened to me. Jesus is everything.

EVERYTHING
Tim Hughes

God in my living, there in my breathing
God in my waking, God in my sleeping
God in my resting, There in my working
God in my thinking, God in my speaking

Be my everything. Be my everything
Be my everything. Be my everything

God in my hoping, there in my dreaming
God in my watching, God in my waiting
God in my laughing, there in my weeping
God in my hurting, God in my healing

Christ in me
Christ in me
Christ in me the hope of glory
You are everything

Thursday, October 13, 2011

It's Becker Style!

Today I'm super excited to be featuring my first ever guest poster!!

Allow me to introduce you to the lovely and fashionable, Lauren Becker of "It's Becker Style"!  Lauren is a Jesus lover, military wife, and mama to Roman (1 year old) and Liam (due in January).

"It's Becker Style" is a style blog where Lauren shares tips on everything from hair styling (love this one!) to putting together an outfit.  Through her blog, you can also hire Lauren as a personal stylist.  She created the "It's Becker Style" styling business because her heart is to help women 1)know how to dress their bodies in the most flattering way and 2)to interpret their unique style and help them translate it to the way they dress.


After Lauren shared her eyebrow fill tutorial, I wanted more!!  So, I asked Lauren if she would do an eye-makeup tutorial for me to share with my readers!  


I've been doing the eyebrow filling and the eye makeup routine Lauren shares all week and I love it.  It's quick, easy, and beautiful!  Hope you enjoy the tutorial and go visit Lauren over at "It's Becker Style"!


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Monday, October 10, 2011

Tasty Tuesday - Pumpkin Oatmeal

During the cooler months, I LOVE having baked oatmeal for breakfast.  I recently saw a recipe on Pinterest that I wanted to try, but I did tweek it.  I am loving the results, it tastes so yummy!

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups regular oats (quick cooking or not)
1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8-1/4 tsp each of assorted "Fall-ish" spices (I used pumpkin pie spice, cardamom, ginger, and allspice)
1/2 cup sucanat
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

Directions:
1.  Mix the dry ingredients together.
2.  Whisk the wet ingredients together.
3.  Stir the wet ingredients into the dry and pour into a baking dish. (8x8 or a pie plate)
4.  Refrigerate overnight.
5.  The next morning, bake 40-45 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Sharing this at Beauty & Bedlam!
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This Is My Life

Have you seen this commercial?


Yeah, that's kind of my life right now.  Because last week, while I was at school...my parents were doing this:

(and for the record, my mom has 51 Facebook friends)
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fall Mantel Fail

A few weeks ago, I pulled out all of my Fall decorations and started to Fall-ify my house.  Here's a picture of my Fall mantel:
Um.  PATHETIC.  I know...

So I set my sights on some new Fall decor and a little crafting to help spruce up this sad mantel.  Here's what it looks like now:
Much better! (even with bad lighting in the photo)

I added:
A new vase to hold leaves (clearance at AC Moore $5 and spray painted brown) and 2 fake pumpkins ($3 and $5 from Target) on my re-positioned basket.

A wicker light-up pumpkin ($15 from Target)

3 tiered pumpkin topiary ($15 HomeGoods) and some Fall ribbon from my stash to my candles

And I made these super cute Happy Fall blocks!


The blocks look like this:
Wooden rectangle with scrapbook paper ModPodged on, edges painted brown, and a brown wooden letter glued on

Small wooden block attached to the back so they stand up!


I also added these items to my Fall decor:
Candy Corn yarn trees

A pumpkin subway art-ish piece of art (one piece of subway art scrapbook paper glued to a piece of cardboard, cut out a pumpkin and glued that on, put it on a plate rack - voila!)

And I changed out my previously blogged about Fall centerpiece a bit - took off the yellow felt, and traded the taper candles for pumpkin scented votives!






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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tasty Tuesday - Pumpkin Scones

It's Fall, which means one important thing - pumpkin baked goods!  Did you see my pumpkin cobbler recipe last year?  I definitely need to make that one again soon!  This weekend I tried a recipe for pumpkin scones.  They were yummy!!

Pumpkin Scones



Ingredients:

For the Scones:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 tablespoons half-and-half
  • 1 large egg

For the Powdered Sugar Glaze:
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
For the Spiced Glaze:

  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground ginger
  • 1 pinch ground cloves

Directions:
1.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
2.  In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger.
3.  Add the butter and use a fork or pastry blender to mix until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal, with the butter pieces no larger than small peas.

4.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, half-and-half and egg.
5.  Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients. 

6.  Form the dough into a ball. 

7.  Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a 1-inch thick rectangle about 4 inches by 12 inches. Use a large knife to slice the dough making three equal portions. Cut each of the portions in an X pattern (four pieces) so you end up with 12 triangular slices of dough. 

8.  Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until light brown. Place on wire rack to cool.

9.  While the scones are cooling, make the powdered sugar glaze by mixing the powdered sugar and milk together until smooth. When scones are cool, use a pastry brush to spread plain glaze over the top of each scone. Allow to firm.

10.  While the powdered sugar glaze is firming, combine all of the ingredients for the spiced glaze. Drizzle over each scone and allow the icing to dry before serving (about an hour).
Try to resist the temptation to eat them all in one sitting!  

Find more recipe inspiration at Beauty and Bedlam!
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Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday Movie Review


This weekend the movie 50/50 opened in theaters.  The movie is based on the true story of Will Reiser's battle with neurofibrosarcoma, a rare spinal cancer.  I headed to the theater with a few of Isaac's friends and armed with plenty of tissues.  My final review of the movie?  Eh.  It was okay.  I'd give it maybe 3/5 stars?  I didn't love it.

There was one scene, where Will has a major surgery, that really hit me.  Having never actually been in the operating room for any of Isaac's surgeries, it was hard to see the actor laying on the table and intubated.  I kept picturing him as Isaac and ended up watching that whole section with tears streaming down my face.

Parts of it were really funny too, especially things that we could identify with or were things that Isaac would have approached with a similar humor.  I appreciated that it was a movie about cancer that wasn't all sappy and filled with big gestures and a bunch of cheesy stuff.

But, on the other hand, I think I missed some of the sap and cheesy stuff.  I felt like the movie didn't offer hope of any kind.  This guy's family was distant, his girlfriend sucked, and his best friend spent most of the time using the F word and talking about sex.  I think the vulgarity was a little excessive and detracted from the overall theme of the movie.

I guess I expected the theme of the movie to be something more involving approaching cancer with humor can provide some relief from the overall crappiness of cancer.  But I left the movie feeling like they tried to combine The Hangover with Letters to God and missed the mark.

The movie does do an excellent job of portraying the loneliness of cancer.  Isaac used to talk about that a lot, how even though he had all of these people in his life who were there for him, he still ultimately had to battle alone in many ways.  Watching this movie was almost like viewing the cancer battle from inside Isaac's head, which I really appreciated.

The lack of hope in the movie comes from a lack of faith.  Our faith was such a huge part of our cancer journey, that I forget sometimes that others don't have that faith when they're on that path.  The movie made me so very thankful that Isaac had HOPE in his battle, and that I have HOPE in my life.
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