Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Favorite Music

If you haven't heard of Jesus Culture, go check it out. I love this and I'm sure you will too! :)

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Sunday, January 16, 2011


Have you seen the show Hoarders??? So gross! I'm all about getting a good deal on things, but this is a little overboard. I just watched an episode where this elderly lady just kept buying things because she got a "good deal" on it. She had food in her house that had expired SEVERAL years back. SICK. I've really been trying to watch every dollar we spend and shop wisely, especially when it comes to grocery shopping. I've done really well, but I think the key is that you still have to be disciplined. There are great deals out there, but you should still only buy things that you need or will use. It's getting easier and easier every week. I've learned to look through all the local grocery ads online and match up my coupons. I try to go grocery shopping on Thursday afternoons...Saturdays sometimes, but it's usually pretty busy then. I take my list and stick to it. I'm usually in and out of the store in a matter of 15 minutes or so. The actual shopping is really quick, it's going through and matching up the coupons that takes a little time. I enjoy doing it though. It's kinda like a game to see how much I can save.
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Monday, January 10, 2011

Pioneer Woman's Flat Apple Pie

This was soooo good! I got the Pioneer Woman Cookbook for Christmas (which I absolutely love). When I came across this recipe, I knew I had to try it.

I used a pre-made crust (2)
5 peeled and sliced Granny Smith apples
2 T flour
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 t salt
6 T butter

***This recipe makes two***
Preheat the oven to 375. In a large bowl, stir together the apples, flour, lemon juice, sugar, brown sugar, and salt. Roll out the pie dough. Place half of the apple mixture on a crust. Fold over the edges of the crust so that it covers 2 to 3 inches of the apple mixture. Dot the top of the pie with chunks of butter. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. It was sooo good! Mmmm!

BUT please don't do what I did....

I wasn't thinking and I just put it on a flat cookie sheet...bad idea! The juice will run...and then spill over in the oven...and then start to smell bad....then it will form a huge cloud of smoke as you open the oven door....and then smell even worse, right before people come over to hang out. ugh.. that was dumb on my part. But now the inside of my oven is super clean :/
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Thursday, January 6, 2011


Can I just say, I have some pretty great friends! It was so sweet of Leslie to make time to hang out while she was in town for Christmas. I loved getting to see precious Jolie and what a treat for Stacy and Maddie to stop by too. I love my friends! :)

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Photos at the Park

I took my camera out to the park the other day just to play around with some of the settings and stuff. Here are 3 of my favorites. I can't wait to take some pics in the spring when everything is blooming and it's sunny out. I know these aren't super exciting pics, but I'm loving my camera!

Interesting tree roots -

At some point I'll figure out how to use photoshop...which would really help with this one. It's such a cute squirrel, but I couldn't get him out of the shadows. Zoom in and you can see him holding his food and looking right at me.

I love blue skies and I liked the contrast in this pic.

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

1-1-11 Chilly 5k Run

Back in November a few of us from church got together and decided to do a 5K on New Years Day. It sounded like a great thing at the time, but as the day got closer I started second guessing myself. It's been a pretty mild winter so far, until today. When I left the house this morning it was 18 degrees! Burr! (I'd much rather run in 100 degree weather than in the cold.) I had so many layers on I didn't know if I'd be able to move. I always dread doing races until the race actually starts. Once it starts, I'm ok. I just don't like thinking about it ahead of time. I survived though and I had a great time. It was fun to do a race with Chad (even though he kicked my tail) and everyone from church. I'm glad we got to do it. It was a great way to kick of 2011.
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