Saturday, May 4, 2013

Oh so soon.

Welp, It is officially that time of my life. Everything is changing. Some good and some bad. In a week, things will start getting real for me, at least I think... My roomie Sam is moving to Illinois. I am so excited for her, but also very sad! When she is gone, I know that things are really going to start sinking in and I am going to realize what I am going to miss! For those of you who don't know (for the few that probably read this) I moved my moving date from August to June. June 8th to be exact. Holy stress batman, right? Well, yes, and no. I am so excited to move home. I have really been having AWESOME quiet times recently and I am really finding an odd peace within me about moving. There are quite a few people that I am going to miss so much, and I have also realized that it isn't as many as I thought it would be. I have really been evaluating the relationships that I have with people and I have realized that I don't have as many close people here anymore. I have a handful of amazing co-workers, and a few families here that I am really the closest to. My other heart friends are spread out everywhere and it is great. :) There are some awesome opportunities waiting for me when I am in Newton, and I am so excited to push on throughout the struggles of moving homes, moving jobs, moving BACK in with my mom (love you, mom!), pursuing photography even stronger thanks to some great people, leaving a place that I have called home for the last 5 years and leaving some amazing people. One of the families that I think I will miss the most though, is the precious Sapp family. I know that I have talked about them so so many times, but I do have to say, I don't know if they will ever understand the impact that they have had on my life. I have been at the lowest points and they have been there for me every time that has happened. Nate and Erika have blessed me with the opportunity to babysit their amazing girls since the end of my freshman year here. I have loved watching these girls blossom into great little treasures of our Lord. I love their curiosity for life and for God and they have taught me so much that they don't even realize. I know that I am moving and I am crushed that I won't be able to be as close to them, or even be in little Hunter's life as well, but being only an hour and forty five minutes away helps. :) I will definitely shed a tear when I have to say goodbye to them. I also have to say thank you to the amazing family that has opened up their basement to three (now two) crazy girls and being a second family to us. The Classen family is one of the most inspirational, caring families that I think I have ever met. They are so loving and you can tell that they genuinely love. That is becoming more rare in people nowadays, and it is comforting to call their basement home. Their 3 kids have blessed me also. The laughter that they bring always lights up my day when I walk in that door no matter what mood I am in. Whether it is me coming back from a great weekend at home and missing peeps from there already or coming home from a poopy day at work, I can usually count on them to bring a smile on my face. :) More tears will come from that. Well, talking about telling the people I love in Manhattan goodbye is not fun, so, moving on! I am very excited to see where God takes me in the job market too. I might be transferring to Menards and look for a job then in Newton so I don't have to drive, but I am also excited to see what he does with my photography business. One of the amazing families in Newton is really determined in seeing my photography succeed and that in itself is uber encouraging and I cannot wait to make my business even bigger and hopefully reach more people! That is just one of the many reasons home is getting more excited. I will write more about that later. This blog post is already long enough. ;) So, for the next month I will be trying my hardest to just cherish what I have here and now and try not to focus on home. That will be hard, but I am going to try! I know. I am being a little bit dramatic, but that is how I do, so whatever. :) 

Sam and I threw a pizza party/movie night for the Classen kiddos and the Sapp kiddos the other night and I wanted to share some of the precious pictures! :) 

Me and all of the wonderful children. :)

Ahh. My girls.

Best of friends!

Love these children with all of my heart!

:) :) :)

Oh what a little heart breaker!

These children bless me. So much.

Best friends!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
-Jeremiah 29:11

Favorite verse ever and definitely helpful for the next month. :)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Simply Delicious :)

So, in the whole trek of trying to lose some pounds, I have been trying to find some good, cheap and easy recipes and I have found some flops, but I did find this one that was phenomenal! They are Philly Cheese steak stuffed green peppers. I mean, you can't really go wrong with that can you? Well, I just needed to share the recipe because of how delicious they were! So, here you go! Recipe and Link below!

Slice peppers in half and get rid of all the guts 
Slice the mushrooms and onions and combine them 
 Cut the roast beef into thin little slices
Saute the mushrooms and onions, add salt and pepper, cook for about 30ish minutes
 Put a piece of provolone in each of the peppers
Then, add the roast beef to the saute mixture. Leave on for about 5 minutes 
 Then, fill each pepper with the deliciousness until they are practically overflowing
 Then top with another piece of provolone!
Stick it in the oven for about 15 minutes, and enjoy!
 Oh my. They are just delightful.

8 oz. Thinly Sliced Roast Beef
8 Slices Provolone Cheese
2 Large Green Bell Peppers
1 Medium Sweet Onion
6 oz. Baby Bella Mushrooms
2 Tbs. Butter
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
1 Tbs. Garlic - Minced
Salt and Pepper - to taste

Slice peppers in half lengthwise, remove ribs and seeds.

Slice onions and mushrooms.  Saute over medium heat with butter, olive oil, minced garlic and a little salt and pepper.  Saute until onions and mushroom are nice and caramelized.  About 25-30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400*

Slice roast beef into thin strips and add to the onion/mushroom mixture.  Allow to cook 5-10 minutes

Line the inside of each pepper with a slice of provolone cheese. 

Fill each pepper with meat mixture until they are nearly overflowing.

Top each pepper with another slice of provolone cheese.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese on top is golden brown. 

Serve and Enjoy!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Moscato cupcakes!!

I am cleaning out the pictures on my computer and I forgot that this last summer, my friend Marisa and I made these delicious Moscato cupcakes! I had a gift card, so I bought some moscato and we went to it! :)

What you will need! :)
The recipe and the ingredients :)

Combine the first ingredients and sift:

Add the eggs!

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just blended!

Fill the cups about 3/4 full and bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes (We did about 17ish)

Ingredients for frosting:

Combine and mix until it is soft and smooth. We added a little more moscato to make it a little smoother!

While you are waiting, enjoy some delicious Moscato :)

Annnnd maybe a lunchable. You have to be classy! ;)
Let them cool, and frost!

Yum! They are so good! Enjoy!!

We might have to make these again. Hmmm.

Link to the Recipe!

-2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
-1 tsp. baking soda
-3/4 tsp. salt
-1 1/4 cups sugar
-1 cup oil
-1/3 cup Sutter Home Moscato
-3/4 cup buttermilk
-2 large eggs
-1 tsp. white vinegar
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 2 cupcake pans with liners. Combine first 4 ingredients and sift. Combine next 5 ingredients and mix until blended. Mix wet ingredients into dry and mix until just blended. Scoop into prepared cupcake page, filling each 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until done. Should make 12-18 cupcakes.

-4 oz. cream cheese – room temperature
-4 oz. butter – room temperature
-2 tbsp. Sutter Home Moscato
-1/2 tsp. vanilla
-2 cups powdered sugar
Combine cream cheese and butter, mixing well. Add Moscato and vanilla, mix together. Add powdered sugar and whip until smooth and light. Frost your cooled cupcakes.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Time to move on

So, I mentioned this in my last blog post, but the last couple weeks, it is something that has been crowding my mind and my prayers. I think about it constantly and I really don't like it consuming my thoughts so much! The thing I am talking about is relationships. I feel like I talk about this a lot, but I just kind of want to talk it out and then be done with it. :) So, recently A LOT of my friends around my age have been getting engaged, married and having kids. Holy moly. I have really only ever been on one date in my whole life. So, saying that and seeing them is super hard for me. I am so excited for them and I love they they have found that one that God has planned for them, but I have found myself a little bitter on the inside. I hate doing this. I need to be excited for them 100%. So, the last couple of weeks, I have been praying a lot more about my future husband. I have been trying to pray about where he is, when I will meet him and just for him day to day that God blesses him. I have no idea who this guy is, but I can tell you that I am so excited. I have also made it a point to make it stop consuming my every thought. I can't let it do that because then I start thinking about myself and why I don't have a boyfriend and that leads to my past of absolutely NO self confidence and then that makes me feel like poop. So, I am kind of changing a couple things at the beginning of the new year. I am trying to lose weight and make myself healthier and I am also trying to be super duper patient with God on the guy subject. I am trying to make myself get over the fact that I don't have one. I am happy right now, and as much as I would absolutely love to be in a relationship, I need to stop hanging on to those thoughts and realize that I am blessed with a great life. :) I have also realized that I am very picky with the guy that I want. First and foremost, he NEEDS to yearn for the Lord. I need someone that will challenge me and grow with me in my relationship with God. That thing and then some other things have thrown up a red flag and let me know that I am picky. I am ok with that though. I don't want to just settle with a guy. Like the title says, it is time to move on. I am going to continue to pray for this wonderful guy I will someday have (hopefully) and if not, I am going to pray that God gives me peace to understand that I might not ever get that guy. The praying is hopefully will be all. I don't want to continue to cloud my thoughts with guys and thoughts of relationships. I am young, I still have a while. :) So, I am anxious to see what happens this year. 2013 will be a good year. A year full of change and growing up, but it will be good. So, sorry for spilling my guts out again. :) I guess it happens when I open this tab! I do feel better!

"Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations."
~Deuteronomy 7:9