Showing posts from April, 2012


I had my friend Cassie over yesterday and we made a huge pot of gumbo. We started with a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up a few final ingredients. Who knew okra was so hard to come by? We eventually tracked some down in the frozen section at Albertson's, grabbed a bottle of sparkling cider to drink while we cooked and headed home to get started. We used this recipe:  and added chicken breast and andouille sausage to it. Neither of us had ever tried gumbo, but most of the traditional recipes used all three meats. It was actually a pretty easy project. We took turns chopping veggies and stirring the roux. (A flour and oil base to thicken the stew.) It was pretty much as simple as throwing everything in the pot and letting it simmer after that. Here's a picture after the last step, adding the shrimp: The best part of it is that it's so full of chunks of delicious meat and vegetables. It was the first time I had ok

12 Things I'm Loving Right Now

Trusting Jesus Coral (The color, that is) 1910's Fashion (Think Downton Abbey) Chevron Patterns The Hunger Games Green Tea Sherlock Holmes Sunshine Vintage Maps Baked Eggs Kisses From Katie (The book) The Civil Wars (The band)

My DIY Hunger Games Fashion

Agh! Two blog posts in one day, craziness right? This one is less significant than the first, just some fun makeup and nails I wanted to share. (I kind of want to do this for Halloween now) Inspired by Effie Trinket's reaping day look in The Hunger Games: Sorry for the not-so-great pics, I was taking them of myself with my phone, so yeah, they're not the best. My poor little flower just can't compete with hers. :(  The gold on my lips didn't show up very well in the pictures, and I didn't have an crazy pink eyelashes like she wore in the movie, or these really cool butterfly ones: My first ever attempt at gradient nails. They came out pretty good if I do say so myself.  And while I'm on the subject, I may as well give a quick review of The Hunger Games. I wasn't all that interested in it. It's not the kind of book I usually read, but my mom and sister has both read it and were excited for the movie, so during Spring Break, I cave

Exciting News!

Hey again! I want to let you all know about my next adventure. I’m going to Haiti this summer! I’m going to be working with The Apparent Project in Port-Au-Prince and teaching knitting there for about three weeks. First of all I want to thank you for your prayers and support of my YWAM school last year. It was an amazing experience! I grew so much and got to share my gifts with the people of Japan and South Korea. I’ve shared about it to most of you and if you haven’t gotten the chance to hear about it, check out my blog or send me an email. I’d love to tell you more! One of the things I really came away from YWAM with is “the travel bug.” My 6 months at home have been great, but I’ve already been itching to go somewhere. After a lot of thought and prayer, I know the next place for me is Haiti. You might remember the benefit event I held 2 years ago, raising about $800 for The Apparent Project. It’s a ministry in Port-Au-Prince run by some friends of my family, Shelle