Showing posts from October, 2011

Just a Quickie

Just a quick post to announce that I'm now selling mark. makeup! It's a division of Avon and they sell affordable makeup, skincare, fragrance and fashion items! "Like" my Facebook fan page to see the greatest deals, new parties, and beauty tips! I'll probably be doing some beauty tutorials on here as well! I don't have any parties planned just yet, but in the meantime you can shop through my online eboutique ! It's a super convenient way to order anytime!


Our family is working on doing more creative, healthy and cheap meals, so I searched for a bunch of recipes and helped make the menu for this month. I found this yummy  gnocchi recipe . It suggested frozen gnocchi, but I made it from scratch from a  Giada recipe . As for the sauce and toppings, I decided to just wing it. I looked at the ingredients on the recipe and made it up from there.  My ingredients Chopped zucchini, onions, fresh parsley and garlic My excellent sous chef, my little brother. He rolled most of the gnocchi. Mmmm....veggies sauteing in brown butter. Finished Product: Gnocchi Zucchini Ribbons and Parsley Brown Butter. Bon Appetit!

Pasta Fagioli

My first endeavor in cooking since I got home....I was craving something a little more exciting than a sandwich for lunch, so I put some penne on to boil and whipped up a yummy rustic pasta fagioli.  Pasta Fagioli is a dish my grandma often made for us growing up. If my Dad or Grandpa were out of town, (since they weren't big fans of pasta) we headed over to Grandma's house and had bowl after bowl of her simple blended bean and tomato sauce over elbow noodles. It's a traditional Italian dish and my grandma always blended the sauce till it was smooth. For this "rustic" version, I added a bunch more veggies and left the beans simply mashed. We had some fresh garden tomatoes, zucchini, basil and parsley, which I threw in a skillet with some bell peppers, onions, garlic and carrots. Once they were sauteed, I added a can of white beans, mashed them, and then stirred in half a jar or so of marinara sauce.   Here's my sister's  bowl. (Also, credit t


Well, I'm home. I'm still not quite settled in, but I'm getting there. Coming Home has made me want to redo a lot of things in my life, like reorganizing, purging, deep-cleaning, and decorating my room, and doing the same for my blog. For a while this blog was just for my cooking and crafts, and then it became a journal and log of my adventures with YWAM. Now I think I want it to be part style blog, part cooking blog, part journaling about my faith and my thoughts blog, mostly just life blog. So here's just a few highlights of my life since I've been back. Just getting settled in. I thought it would be really weird, but it feels like I never left. I had geared myself up for weirdness, so it's almost weirder that it's so normal. Spiritually I can't say I have anything particularly profound to report. I haven't been as diligent as I hoped to be when I got home. I've made it to church and college group a few times, had some good worship.