Just a little update

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Friends! Boy, have I missed you all! I'm so sorry I haven't been able to get on here to blog much recently. The company I work for is going through a ton of changes, and I have been incredibly busy. I feel like I have a never ending pile of work to get done. The good news is that I only anticipate the craziness lasting until mid February, so I can rest assured that a break is coming. Praise God! 

In honor of the fact that all I can seem to think about lately is work, I decided to post some pictures of my little office. I try to make my office feel like home, because the truth is, I'm actually here more than I'm at home. In a dream world I wouldn't be in a cubicle, and I would be able to paint my walls, light some candles, and play some music while I work, but right now I just have to do with what I've got. 

Do any of you have an office/cubicle?
 What do you do to make it as comfortable as possible?

I promise I'll be back soon with some interesting things to talk about. 

What I've been cookin' lately

Friday, January 10, 2014

      I'm going to let you in on a little secret: I'm obsessed with cooking shows. I don't watch tv often, because I'd rather be spending my time reading a good book, or doing some sort of project, but chances are you'll catch me watching cooking shows anytime I turn on the tv. I consider the Pioneer Woman and Giada to be some of my closest friends. There's something about making something from scratch that is just so incredibly fulfilling to me. It makes me think of way back in the old days, when things were simple. People made their own bread, turned their own butter, and sewed their own clothes. I think I was born in the wrong century.

      I made this french bread to go along with lasagna I was making for Rory and I.  Homemade bread is so much better than store bought, and let me tell you, it's so much easier than you would think. Don't let making things from scratch intimidate you, because if I can do it, so can you. And I promise you'll enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes along with making bread with your own two hands. 

I decided to make homemade lasagna for Rory, because him and I both share a love for Italian food. I've never made homemade lasagna noodles before, but I gave it a shot, and it blew my expectations out of the water. So much more delicious than store bought noodles. In the words of the lucky charms leprechaun, it was magically delicious.

I had some banana's that were about to go bad, and so I decided to make some banana chocolate chip muffins. 

They turned out so moist, and were perfect for a nice little breakfast treat! 

These are cake batter rice crispy treats, dipped in chocolate with sprinkles. I ended up packing these a little too much, and so they weren't as soft as I would have liked them to be, but they were still a yummy little treat. 

I think it goes without saying that I've been spending a lot of time in the kitchen the past few weeks. Maybe some day I'll share some of my favorite go-to recipes with you all.  

What are your favorite things to cook from scratch?

Putting on the honesty hat

Thursday, January 9, 2014

   If you're like me, you've already read a million blog posts regarding the new year. Everyone has new goals, and everyone is hopeful that they'll follow through with those goals, unlike the previous year, where their goals went out the window sometime around February. It's true, a new year really does something to all of us; it refreshes us, and in some ways, brings some sort of hope into our minds that this year is going to be something special. Rory was telling me that one of his co-workers said that she didn't make resolutions, that she's just an "I'm going to get my crap together" kind of girl. I liked that. It sums up exactly how I feel about 2014--The year where I get my crap together. I know the word crap doesn't sound too lady-like; however, it works rather well. Yes?

  I'm going to put on the honesty hat right now, and humbly confess that I'm someone who really stinks at being disciplined with certain aspects of my life--especially with my money. It makes me feel a little better that the majority of society struggles with this, but I would like to be different than the majority. I've gotten much better as I've gotten older, but there's still quite a bit of growing that I have to do in the discipline department, but let me tell you, it's a constant battle between wanting that really awesome pair of shoes, and wanting to put that money into savings. These two fight, and they fight hard. Typically the awesome pair of shoes finish the race with a win.

 I'm getting older. I'm going to be 26 in a few short months, and the thought of that brings my head that tends to float up in the clouds back down to reality. I need to honor God with my money; I shouldn't be spending it on all these frivolous things that I totally don't need; it's not wise, and it's certainly not glorifying God.

My dearest Rory has given me a ton of advice on money saving. He's been really good with his money, and he's really been encouraging me and helping me find ways I can cut back on my spending. I can say that I've done exceptionally well with my money so far in 2014. I've been able to dump more money than I ever thought I could into savings, and I've cut back on my Starbucks outings and eating out. I'm taking baby steps {I cant say that without thinking about What About Bob}, and those baby steps certainly pay off and make a difference in your bank account.

Of course there's other things in my life that need some fine tuning, but this is an area that I'm choosing to really focus on, not only this year, but for the rest of my life.

                     What money saving methods do you use?


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