Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Antiques and Motors and Antique Motors

This past weekend was perfect. Matt and I had such a wonderful time together, living life. He took me up in a plane! It was my first flight with him since he got his license! So fun!

These were our views from the plane! The leaves were a bit past prime and they definitely looked better on the ground, but they were still much better than Oklahoma.  
That was one of the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York.
And it was so wonderful getting to hang out with friends. We're going to miss them when we officially move back to Oklahoma!
Speaking of Oklahoma, BOOMER SOONER. I could not believe how much we dominated the University of Texas last weekend. We enjoyed every minute of it.
My favorite part of the whole weekend was getting to cook with and for Matt. We made excellent breakfasts (e.g. Sausage and Apple Pancakes with Maple Cinnamon Butter) (Whatt?!? Yes, it was as good as it sounds). And it actually felt like fall!! It didn't even get above 60 degrees except for one day! So of course, we made delicious soups.
And Matt took me to antique shops! How sweet is he? Then we went to a museum about Glenn H. Curtiss, the "Fastest Man on Earth," who broke the speed record with the motorcycle he built (one of the first!) in 1903. He also engineered the first airplanes and motor boats, so the museum was chock full of motors, progressing through the twentieth century. So we both got to enjoy our respective loves: antiques and motors. And we had a blast we each other while doing so.   
Loved every minute of this weekend. Wish we could do it all over again exactly the same. 
Hope y'all had great weekend too!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Porch Swing

We're still alive and kicking! Promise!
Nursing school just doesn't leave much time for blogging, you know. Here's one of my favorite pics of us for you in the meantime.
Jesus is wonderful. Life is beautiful.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Welcomed Home

This was one my favorite things to see upon entering the South Plains:

Beautiful. Of course, it would be so much better if the cotton could be twice this size, but it's still alive at least! For my friends from Pennsylvania and New York, that's how flat we're talking about here in West Texas.
More Southern greetings:
--Texas twisters (aka: dirt devils)
--shrubs (which I used to think were trees)
Things I miss from PA:
--real trees
But as much as I loved the beauty of the Pennsylvania forests and mountains, I could never choose them over wide-open spaces and Texas sunsets.
It's good to be home.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Little Hike

The other day, we went for a hike in the woods. It's been a bit more parched here than normal all summer long. The grass in our yard is dead, but the woods are still alive and kickin'! And so, we dove into the beauty.

I'm so glad I brought my camera. I usually rely on Matt for the expert photos, but there is something joyous about capturing something beautiful from your own perspective. My pictures look very different than Matt's (I would say less artistic, but we'll just leave it at different). I like that.

We saw this fallen tree. Remarkable.

He almost blends in to his surroundings.
Of all the pictures I took, this one is probably my favorite. I love roads and this one is so beautiful with the sun shining through the trees. And it reminds me of country life.


Saturday, July 14, 2012

PA Picnic

Yesterday, Matt and I spent our Friday evening with a picnic. The weather was perfect at 80 degrees and cloudy. I couldn't think of a better way to spend time with my hubby.
We stopped by a drive-up BBQ place that was actually pretty good for Pennsylvania barbeque.
We brought along Bananagrams for a nice, competitive game in which Matt barely squeaked out a win. :) Just kidding. We were neck-and-neck the whole time. I love Scrabble games.
Our view from the hilltop park looked down upon our little town. That's the high school track where we run. Matt is training to run a 5K in less than 18 minutes. I'm training to run a 5K in less than an hour.

Isn't the greenery just beautiful?? That's one thing about PA that I will miss.
Hope y'all are having a wonderful weekend!!

Saturday, June 16, 2012


This past week Matt and I were blessed to be able to take off work and celebrate our first year of marriage together!! We had a wonderful time road-tripping along the east coast. Our first stop was in Ocean City, Maryland. Beautiful!! I don't think I've ever loved the beach more than last week. I just wanted to stay always. We then drove a short way to Assateague National Park and camped right on the beach!

Peaceful. When we awoke in the morning, we lazily made our way to Williamsburg, VA. We stopped along the way in Norfolk, Virginia to look at a gigantic battleship, the U.S.S. Wisconsin.
Woah. Seriously huge.
I was quite excited to reach Williamsburg. It's such a cute town!! I love old things.

While there, we toured Jamestown. Remember John Smith and Pocahontas? We learned all about them and how the Disney version is not exactly accurate. It's amazing what the first settlers of our country went through. We learned so much but the best part was walking where they walked and imagining them there over three hundred years ago. Can you tell which president this is?
After we'd had our fill of city life and bed and breakfasts, we started out for Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to do some camping. We backpacked in, crossing a couple streams until Matt found us a good camping spot. I don't have any pictures of it, but I can show you my future backyard. This will be the waterfall and pond that Matt will build for me.
Just kidding. It would be kind of difficult to recreate that. Isn't it beautiful, though??

 After a hot bowl of oatmeal in the morning, we hiked to the top of the highest peak in the park and got these shots:
And this:

Don't be too impressed. We only hiked 700 of the 4050 feet. I wouldn't have made it otherwise. It was pretty steep. Gorgeous, isn't it?
Over the week, we soaked in all the experiences we could. We were thrilled to be closer to the South we miss so much. While in Virginia, we had our fair share of fried chicken, BBQ, sweet tea, and pie. Oh yum. I now feel that I don't need to cook for a week. We can just run on that.
I couldn't have asked for a better anniversary trip. I'm so grateful that we got to spend so much time together!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

New Favorite

Can I share my new favorite drink with you?
This is was is referred to as the Green Monster. I haven't come up with a better name for it yet. I tried a version of it a while back and didn't care for it. Then I tried it again based off of Joy the Baker's recipe and loved it!! I think the problem the first time around was using Nutella instead of peanut butter. Wrong choice. What better combo is there than peanut butter and bananas?

Those seeds on top are Chia seeds. I like to mix them in for some added protein, Omega 3's, and more good stuff. For the smoothie, I basically just throw in a handful of spinach and ~3/4 cup milk into a blender and blend until smooth. Then toss in a banana, a tablespoon-ish of peanut butter, and a teaspoon (or more...:)) of honey. Blend again! So good! And it's a healthy snack or breakfast drink. Try it!
Well I'm a busy, busy bee these days. I'll try to post again soon! Now I'm off to work! Have a blessed Thursday!!
P.S. Doesn't it feel like a Wednesday? That Memorial Monday threw me for a loop this week.

Sunday, May 6, 2012


There are very few garage sales here in PA. Reason: there are very few garages. So here they are called rummage sales. I rummaged all over yesterday while Matt was away. Want to see my finds??
First up: tea towels! How cute! The blue pattern fabric is a table runner that may or may not live a long life as a table runner.
Vintage calendar towels! I see my dad's birthday there!!
Stationary. Only 25 cents. Lovely.
Bowls with handles. Perfect. Items in picture are larger than they appear.
Cute sunglasses! The only problem is I didn't realize they were bifocals until I got home. Bummer. Could've been cute.
Well...maybe not that cute:
Goofy. Oh well. They were only ten cents.
Pretty successful day, though, huh? The towels and stationary are my favorite. The whole day cost me less than 4 bucks! The only thing that could've made it better would have been to have company. I missed my sisters, mom, and grandma yesterday!! 

Monday, April 23, 2012

It's a Dutch Baby!

So I did make that bread I told you about. I tracked back the original recipe as well. You can find it here. They have tons of great bread recipes! And look at how pretty mine turned out!

It was really good too! Semi-crunchy outside and a beautifully moist and fluffy inside. Wonderful.
Well...I told you about those Saturdays. It happened again. This time we decided to make a recipe from my new Joy the Baker cookbook. I thought the recipe for her Toasted Coconut Dutch Baby looked delicious. Matt isn't the biggest fan of coconut, but I thought it was worth a try. And Matt loved it even with the coconut! I loved it too, but of course I would--I love coconut. I love pancakes. What's new? I tried to find the recipe on her blog, but I think she must have such a plethora of recipes that she doesn't share the ones from her book on her blog. Here's a link to another of her Dutch Baby recipes:
What is a Dutch Baby, you ask? I didn't know either. Apparently it's like a mix between a pancake and a pop-over. Does it really stem from the Netherlands? I don't know. Do french fries really come from France?
I think Matt and I should own a bed and breakfast. Seriously, how good does that look?  

Well, we're working on it. It's not like that's our own recipe or anything. Give us another year or two and we'll be full-fledged gourmet chefs. And you can visit our bed and breakfast. Ha.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Joy of Baking

Happy Monday!! Because Mondays can be just as wonderful as a Fridays if you want them to be. Each day is whatever you choose to make it. Today, I am choosing to be mindful of all the blessings God has given me. Life is wonderful when we dwell on the beautiful things in it.
My sister, Katie, blessed me with a gift last week--Joy the Baker's cookbook!! Woohoo! I've already made two recipes from it and I am planning what I want to make next. First, I had been thinking about what to do with an extra sweet potato we had. When I saw her recipe for sweet potato chocolate chip cookies, it sounded perfect. Those cookies were delicious.
 I was a bit wary of her recipe for Texas sheet cake due to her odd ingredients (coffee and sour cream). It turned out well, though! We shared it with our small group and still had leftovers so I took the rest to work. Matt was disheartened by how quickly it left us. Maybe I'll make a 1/2 recipe for us later. :)
This is what we had for dinner after church yesterday! Doesn't it look beautiful? I will admit that was part of the reason I wanted to try it. This is a chicken and broccoli braid from a cookbook we got from my great aunt Jeanette for our wedding.
It was so good! And simple! And yet I felt a little fancy too. It's good for a girl to feel fancy every now and then. Especially when baking. I've been on a baking spree lately. Today I'm thinking about making this bread from Cooking for Seven. Apparently, it is the best bread ever. We'll see! Hope you all have a brilliant start to your week!

Monday, April 2, 2012

An Eventful Friday

The beauty of pre-made salads:
All I had to do was mix up a little vinegar, honey, and spices and toss it with the veggies. Simplicity. And those are sweet potato fries!! YUM. Usually we bake them, but this time decided to fry them up instead (Why did we go for the less healthy option?? I have no idea.). That's barbeque chicken in the background if you're wondering. Good weeknight meal.

Would you like to hear about our crazy (fun) weekend? Actually, this is now two weekends ago. I get behind sometimes.
It started with a bird.
A bird got in our HOUSE!!!
Apparently, they are getting into our attic somehow. So when Matt went up to get something from the attic on Friday, the bird made it's way into our apartment. And would not leave. We* seriously tried everything to try and shoo it out the window.
*I will not mislead you. When I say we, I mean Matt. Matt tried everything while I cowered in the corner, hoping I would survive the incident without getting pecked or pooped on. All I did was shout out suggestions.
After ~45 unsuccessful minutes of trying to scare the bird out the window by nudging it with a broom, Matt got innovative. This contraption is a garbage bag, held open with a wire hanger, taped to a broom handle. This was meant to catch the bird and then release it. After one swoop at it with this, the little bird flew out the window. I guess it saw that we meant business. The triumphant:

Thank you, Babe! To see the bird and watch me be a goober, please follow this link to a video we posted on YouTube. Update: since this is a week later, the hole where they were getting in has now been closed up. Yay!
To calm my nerves, Matt then took me to a farm I've been wanting to visit. It is an animal farm close to us that is open year round for visitors. I loved it! Here are some pics from the day.
This was right before the goat nibbled Matt's hand. Ha!
Matt's view:

My view:

I thought of Robin Hood as soon as I saw this rooster. Perfect! That is still my favorite Disney movie ever.

Trying to decide...
OK, yes. Matt will pet the horse. With the back of his hand.

Dearest family, what does this remind you of?
I even look like I'm 10 years old in that picture.
After playing a round of frisbee in the park and then heading home to get cleaned up, we took off for the big city. AKA--Binghamton, NY. Haha. We stopped by a local favorite to try some of their famous ice cream. I went out on a limb and got their grapenut ice cream. It was surprisingly really good! Like I-would-get-it-again good! Then we went to the Super Walmart to get a bike for Matt. He's been wanting one for a while, but the problem was we didn't have room for it in our second-floor apartment. Finally, I decided to allow the bike to reside in our kitchen/dining room. Too generous? Oh stop, stop. Y'all flatter me. Well, I guess it will make up for me not helping at all with the bird catastrophe. Ha!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Surrounded by Beauty

"See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land." 
Song of Songs 2:11-12
This morning I was inspired by beauty. I took a walk in the golden light to capture the glory of spring with my camera. The air was crisp and fresh and this song kept playing over in my head.

Can you see the softness of this Lamb's Ear? I love it. God is so creative. 

"He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught."
Isaiah 50:4

Monday, March 19, 2012


I think we might have a problem.
We like sweets too much for breakfast.
My favorite breakfast in the world is coffee and a baked good.
I made a breakfast cake last week solely for the purpose of having it with coffee in the mornings. Actually, it was The Pioneer Woman's prune cake found here: It was very good and very sweet. Don't worry. I didn't make my little body run on flour and sugar all day. We also had oatmeal with the cake.
If it was only that, it wouldn't be so bad, but I hate to admit that the past few weekends have been spent making things like these for breakfast:

Those are apple fritters (Mom, I thought of you)!! They were so good! Matt should start his own donut shop.
And French toast-
But doesn't he look so happy with his French toast?? Cutest thing I ever did see.

And there you have it. Three reasons why we should not be left alone on Saturday mornings. For our families who are now worried about our sugar levels, let me assure you that we eat healthier throughout the day and I work out at least once a month.
Just kidding!
Matt makes sure I go out for a run a few times a week. He takes care of me, thank goodness. Except when I want to make a coffee cake. Then he lets me run wild.
Add us to your prayer list.