Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Goodbye November

1. Do you send out Christmas cards?
My parents send one every year, usually along with a Christmas letter detailing the past year's exploits. I love getting Christmas cards and will definitely send one out when I have my own family. Doesn't this below picture look like a Christmas card though?

2. When do kids become adults?
Hmm... most days I don't feel like an adult. But I really don't feel like a kid either. I'm not sure. I'll let you know when I figure it out.

3.Does your beauty regimen change with the season?
Not really. I wouldn't even say I have a set "regimen" in the first place. I do use more lotion in the winter and I wash my hair less.

4. What is something you like to eat that might cause other people to turn up their noses.
I LOVE crabs covered in Ole' Bay (probably my favorite food). Mussels and clams and oysters and escargot- love it all! I find that not everyone enjoys seafood like I do which I just can't understand!

5. Gloves or mittens?
I love mittens because they are cozy and keep my little hands warmer. But if I'm out with Peter he doesn't really like holding my "mitt" so I wear gloves because I like holding his hand. Anyways, he keeps my hands just as warm as any mittens could.

6. What is the longest queue you've ever been in? Was it worth the wait?
I feel like I've spent a lot of time queue-ing so it's hard for me to remember a single line that stands out as the longest. England has mastered the art of the queue. I waited in super long lines for the London Eye and Madam Tussauds- both very touristy but still worth the wait. I have always waited in too many security/immigration/and customs lines at airports. Always worth the trip!

7. Besides Christmas, what is one thing you are looking forward to this December?
On Saturday Peter and I are going to see A Christmas Carol at Ford's Theater. I lucked into two free tickets from a hotel that I work with in my job. I've never been to Ford's Theater but Peter used to go to this performance when he was a kid. I just love this play! I think it will really get me into the Christmas spirit to get all dressed up for the show and go then out for dinner afterwards and just enjoy being together this time of year!

8. My random thought:
I never shared any pictures from my time at Young Life camp a few weekends back so here's one now: I got to go zip lining with these awesome girlies! Love em!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Baked Brie en Croute

Yesterday I shared a picture of Peter and I hard at work on a tasty treat for the holidays. And today I am sharing the recipe for: Baked Brie en Croute with dried cherries, and pecans. It's not my recipe, I got it here. It's super easy and sooo delicious! Your family, friends, holiday guests, strangers, will love you for serving this!

Ingredients:
1 package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (package comes with 2 sheets, you will only need one)
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1/3 cup dried cherries, softened
1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves (optional- I didn't have any when we made it last week and it's still divine)
1 (13.2 ounce) round Brie cheese

Directions:
1. Thaw the pastry sheet at room temperature for 40 minutes or until it's easy to handle.
2. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
3. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork for egg wash.
4. Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 14-inch square.
5. Stir the cherries, pecans, honey and rosemary in a small bowl. Spread the cherry mixture into the center of the pastry square. Top with the cheese round.
7. Brush the edges of the pastry with the egg mixture. Fold two opposite sides of the pastry over the cheese. Trim the remaining two sides of the pastry square to 2-inches from the edge of the cheese. Fold the sides up onto the cheese and press the edges to seal. (Basically just cover the cheese with the pastry and try not to have tons of extra dough).
8. Place the pastry-wrapped cheese seam-side down onto a baking sheet. Brush the pastry with the egg mixture.
9. Decorate the top with pastry scraps or additional rosemary, if desired. Brush the pastry with the egg mixture.
10. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the pastry is deep golden brown. Let stand for 45 minutes to 1 hour (uh... yeah right. I guess this would make the cheese less melty but I don't have the patience to wait that long).
11. Serve with the crackers or bread or apples slices.


*Peter and I made this together. Doesn't food taste better when it's made with your sweetheart?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Still Thankful

I am not going to limit the season of thanks to just one day. I am still thankful for so much and want to celebrate my blessings everyday! I am especially thankful that I got to spend the past week at home! It was a great little vacation and a wonderful holiday! It was also extra special because Peter got to spend it with my family. This was our first time celebrating a big holiday in the same place. We've been together for over 3 years now but have always been apart on the holidays. He fits right into my family and that makes my heart so happy.


Peter and I baking together. I'll share the recipe for this yummy treat tomorrow!

The five of us all gathered, ready to enjoy the feast we prepared.

We went to Wawayanda State Park one day- had to walk off all those starches.

Peter and my sister and I outside the Jets stadium. Peter, being a Redskins fan, was maybe feeling conflicted but we all enjoyed the nail-biter of a game, the great box seats, and the company!

Time with my mom and dad is hands down my favoirte part of being home, duh. I hate living far away from them (even though where they are living now is closer than we've been in 4 years, it's still not close enough).

I simply do not get enough time with my family- what really qualifies as enough time?

We went bowling, baked and cooked, went on a hike and to the football game. Forced Peter to watch home videos and Gone With the Wind. But when it all boils down I feel like all we really did this holiday was eat. Even when we were doing something else there was food present. Oh and we took A LOT of pictures which I'm pretty sure is not something Peter is used to quite yet, but in our family it's a requirement! I don't mind one bit, even though I do roll my eyes when the parentals whip out the camera for the zillionth time.

This morning I missed walking down to the kitchen and chatting with my mom and seeing my dad first thing in the morning. And don't even get me started on my sister time. Fortunately Christmas is right around the corner or I just could not bear it!

Hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tonight

Tonight after work I am meeting my roomsky and some of her work friends for dinner and a happy hour before heading to the special early release showing of Breaking Dawn at 8pm.

In the past, I'll admit it, my girlfriends and I did go to see the other Twilight movies at the midnight opening. This was mostly becasue our university student activites group rented out a theater and sold tickets for only $3. How could we not go then? But now I'm old and I never stay up past midnight anymore- except for Harry Potter, and I'll probably go to the Hunger Games midnight showing, but that's besides the point, this is just Twilight. Still I am really glad that my friend was able to get me a ticket to the special 8pm showing- it will be a fun girls night!

Back to the Hunger Games now... This new trailer was released a couple days ago and I could not be more excited! If you have not read this book do it. I promise it's nothing like Twilight!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hodgepode

I am linking up at my mom's blog today for the Wednesday Hodgepodge. Hop on over to share you answers!

1. What song reminds you of a specific time in your life and what is it about that song that makes you remember?
The first 2 Needtobreathe albums (Daylight and The Heat) take me back to my college days every time because that's where I first heard them. They used to play at fraternity functions and at the Handlebar downtown. And I can still picture myself dancing on the patio of the Polynesian Hotel with all my favorite people singing We Could Run Away sophomore year. Or crying whenever I heard the song More Time senior year because I was almost out of time.

(Sophomore year)

(Senior year)

2.What's something that you've given up on?
Washington D.C/ Politicians- they always fall short of their promises.

3.What's something you'll never give up on?
God's love for me and his promises for my life- He never fails!

4. If you had to cook something from scratch in the next hour what would it be?
The other day Peter and I bought all the ingredients to make this yummy Garlic Parmesan Edamame that I pinned the other day. It wouldn't be that much of a meal but looks like a delicious side or snack dish to me:

5. Have you started Christmas shopping? Decorating? Listening to Christmas music?
I have started drafting my shopping list however no purchases have been made. Must get on that I suppose. Decorating I tend to wait until after Thanksgiving since I have a lot of cute fall things that I'd like to get more use out of. And as for the Christmas music- well, it's pretty impossible not to listen to it since they pump it out of the speakers in every Starbucks and place that I stop for lunch.

6. What do you know about your parents wedding?
I love listening to my mom talk about their wedding. It's so fun to get a better idea of what my parents were like when they were at this stage in their life. I know the year they got married they were also in 10 weddings between the two of them! My mom went with my grandma and her sister to a wedding show/fair/whatever and was very decisive about what she wanted- bouquet, photographer, etc. (I hope I can make clear decisions when it's my turn- I am notoriously bad at that.) They got married in a church in Maryville, TN where my dad is from. I know my mom's bridesmaids wore peach colored dresses. My dad still had a mustache and looked very handsome and my mom was absolutely beautiful. Their reception was at a hotel and they went to Florida for their honeymoon and that was the second time my dad flew on an airplane.

7. I can't believe I: will be at home with my family in less than a week! Get here now!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Blog Lovin'

Please excuse my absence. I don't really have a reason for my infrequent posting- just laziness and a lack of creativity.

I feel a bit like I'm relearning to ride a bike- I think getting back into the rhythm of writing is going to take me a few posts but I really actually miss it. I feel left out when I read my favorite bloggers daily post and I don't have one of my own. I've hit a wall but I'm going to just keep plugging away and hopefully it will take back off.

I have a lot going on in the next couple of weeks- plenty of blogging material.

This weekend I am going to Young Life camp with some awesome high schoolers. I am so excited to spend the weekend with these friends and to get to know them on a deeper level- plus have a ton of fun! I think I've made my love of YL camps pretty clear (see here and here).

I have been battling an annoying head/throat/chest cold for a week now and I'm really starting to get irritated by it. I am hoping it's completely gone by the time I leave for camp on Friday because a weekend of late nights and early mornings and running at full power is not going to help! Fortunately, after this crazy fun weekend comes a relaxing holiday!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?! I am taking some nice vacation time and heading out of town on Tuesday after work. Anndd... Peter is coming home with me. This will be our first big holiday together. I am really excited for him to see some of our family seasonal traditions and to sit down to dinner for some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes- and experience Angel Pie (yes, it is a treat that you don't just eat, you experience it) but more on that later.

Just want to quickly share that I signed up for Bloglovin which is a site/app that allows you to read you favorite blogs on your smart phone. That was always my complaint about blogger- that their website couldn't be navigated on my phone. So now if you're on there Follow my blog with Bloglovin!