Saturday, August 27, 2011

not samosas. pot pie.

 What does this combination create?






A delicious, slightly burnt.....




I love Indian food. Sometimes I crave samosas. This is our non-fried substitute. Typically we make smaller individual portions, but I was too tired. This isn't the meal you make often, spending 2 1/2 hours in the kitchen, preparing, baking, and cleaning up after a dish is a long time. Let me tell you, that is a /long/ time. I'd recommend having the house to yourself, and turning on really loud music to entertain yourself. Or just think. But don't get so lost in thought you cut your fingers.... That'd be gross.

Another note, please do not call these samosas around native Indians. No, these are to be called Indian Pot Pies or Curried Pies. Anymore suggestions?

senses

 I took these pictures a few days ago, when I was photographing a dress I am going to sell.
God has been showing some of the sin in my life. Attitudes, thoughts, frustrations. I get so frustrated at other's frustration, which doesn't help at all. I think so much about others, and what they are doing wrong, while ignoring the hypocrisy I am committing, and ignoring the sin in my life. Attitudes are contagious, what am I passing around? Am I focusing on the sin around me, or on the righteous God who is with me?

1 Corinthians 15:34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.



Sunday, August 21, 2011

peanut butter bars

I made these last night. They were pretty easy to prepare, and they didn't require the oven.

They were welcomed by many hands. :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

worry

There was so much I wanted to post today... now I cannot remember anything!

I want more of God.

I have a job offer. The way it came about amazes me, it seems so orchestrated by God!

However, we need someone to cover for me when I am at school. This has begun to worry me.  

I am a worrier by nature. I always analyze possible situations, and all the possible negatives weigh me down. So much so, that I don't take initiative. I want perfection.

As I keep wondering and worrying about this job situation, and try to think of someone who would want to work with me, and how quickly I will learn how to preform my tasks, I felt burdened.

But God has placed several things on my heart.

The first was about how well I'd do at this job. He quietly reminds me that I am His. I will make mistakes, but when I do, I must give them to Him, and continue striving to do a good job and be a good Ambassador.

Turn your burdens over to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will never let the righteous person stumble. Psalms 55:22 (God's Word Translation)

I've been in prayer and praise over this job, I would appreciate it if others joined me!  As I pray about it, I do have a peace. When I remember how this opportunity arose, I remember God is in control. He will provide someone.




Tuesday, August 16, 2011

fading sunset

Before:
 After:


It may seem hard to tell the difference in these pictures. You may still be recovering from the 'up-your-nose' shots. However, my hair is different. I love it. I love my sister, Ali. I was a little late to the ombre-scene. But I am here now, and that is all that matters. This is the perfect hairstyle to transition into Fall, which I cannot wait for.

Monday, August 15, 2011

change of oil

No pictures today.

Instead I am going to tell you a little story:


Once there was a girl who was soon to be a lady, but she knew she had a lot to learn about being an adult! So she started practicing and learning so she'd be (somewhat) more prepared when the time came for her to leave her home.
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 one of the things she needed to learn was to take car of her car. one way of doing that was getting the oil changed.
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although unsure of this process, she decided to give it a go. she pulled into the parking lot. good so far. she turned off the music and the a/c. good so far. she turned off the engine. good so far. as she was looking through her purse for a coupon, and getting her books together, she noticed the man waiting awkwardly by the car. she opened the car and grabbed her strawberry shake.
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this is where it goes downhill.
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in her hurried manner, she broke the Styrofoam cup. as she was trying to show him the coupon, he pointed out the messy, sticky, pink substance that was getting everywhere. she didn't have any napkins to deal with in at the moment. she apologized and showed him the coupon. she felt embarrassment, and apologized and tried to cover-up the embarrassment, making it allllll worse.
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she then got back into the car, to take the keys out to give to the man, only, they wouldn't come out. . . . . . he told her she could leave them in the car, he would get them.
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she stumbled up to the building, quickly got napkins and cleaned up the mess, feeling 12 again.
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she did just fine at the sitting and waiting part.
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however, when leaving, she walked in the wrong direction until the man pointed her towards her car.
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the two things she kept in mind during this:

1) she would probably never see any of these people again.

2)she had just had her hair done, so at least her hair looked amazing.

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after she became an adult, she dreaded oil changes and always made sure to plan them around her hair appointments.

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okay, maybe that last part won't be true.
I am also thinking this post is a .bit. too long. perhaps boring should be mixed into the description pot?

Friday, August 12, 2011

dream

I went to a concert today, they were raising money for the Got Your Back Movement. Unfortunately I forgot my camera. Like Paramore? I would check out Adelaine if I were you!

The last few days I have been dreaming about a couple of articles of clothing...
First one is a button-front khaki skirt I found at Old Navy in the Mall of America. It was 5 or 6 dollars. But I decided not to get it. I completely regret that decision. It could have added so much to my wardrobe. My brother-in-law told me that it was a librarian skirt. I take that as a compliment. I've been looking all over the internet for it, to no avail. The closet thing is this:
http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=839317012&tid=onfr1r

The other item I have been wishing for is a beautiful knee length 50's dress... Of course, I would take 40's, or 60's dress as well! Doesn't even have to be a dress.

http://www.weardrobe.com/pictures/101994-vintage-1950-s-dress
http://pintuckstyle.blogspot.com/2010/04/1950s-dress-cute-cotton-with-full-skirt.html
http://lookbook.nu/look/77629-Alice-in-Wonderland
http://www.dressingvintage.com/vintage-womens/dresses-and-suits/cocktail-party/4150-px-vintage%201950's%20bridesmaid%20dress.html
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fdoeppen/4739233365/

If anyone is interested in donating one (or both) of these items, please, please, please contact me...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

habits

 1 Kings 13: 33 Even after this, Jeroboam did not change his evil ways, but once more appointed priests for the high places from all sorts of people. Anyone who wanted to become a priest he consecrated for the high places. 34 This was the sin of the house of Jeroboam that led to its downfall and to its destruction from the face of the earth.


Downfall and destruction; wiped from the face of the earth. Those are pretty heavy consequences. 


Jeroboam did not honor, love or devote himself to God. He was not passionate about doing right. He allowed/supported pagan temples in his kingdom.


If, as the verse begins, he had just turned from his evil ways... 


It makes me think about my evils ways. There are several sinful habits/choices I allow into my life. I know they are wrong, yet I continue anyway. I make half-devoted promises to change. 


I allow my stomach, my laziness, my doubts to rule. 


Habits aren't easy to kick, I always seem to forget that. 


Because God is the greatest, I want to live my life to please Him. I don't want to be only partially devoted.

Monday, August 8, 2011

up the escalater

 Yesterday I went shopping with my friend Jessica. We were both pretty tired after awhile. :)

 I love this picture, she is so beautiful!


Also had my first Orange Leaf. Uh-mazing! Somewhat pricey, but oh so good... I think I am going to be having dreams about it...

Saturday, August 6, 2011

house

 today seemed crazy. my family was coming home from a trip, so I spent most of the time doing some cleaning and yard work. I've decided I want a very very small house when I live by myself.  I could not keep up with all the housework!
 When I wasn't moving about, I was watching White Collar and The Postman Rings Twice, with a smoothie close at hand. :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

accident balloon

                         I spent this last weekend with some friends, and it was fun!
 If you haven't been to Which Wich before, you need to. So good!
 Do you remember, in the first Princess Diaries, Mia and her mother painted as a hobby, but with darts? I've always thought that looked like fun, and had bought supplies for it a couple of months ago. We finally got to try it! :)

Warning:

 This is potentially a messy activity. I recommend doing it outside, and wearing junk-y clothes. (Although, I find it strange that Megan is the only one who had 'accidents')


It also involves pointy objects. There is a risk of hurting yourself.

To continue:
1) Paint. We used acrylic/permanent. No reason behind this.
2) Balloons. We used decorators. Also no reason behind this. They were rather difficult to blow up though.
3)Pins.
4) Darts.  I had purchased soft tipped and metal tipped. Metal tipped are recommended.
5)Cardboard
6)Object to paint

We took a balloon, blew it up and then released the air. We then squirted paint into the balloon. This took some time to figure out. We did it two different ways. The first we had one person stretch and hold the balloon open with two or three of their fingers, and another person squirt paint into the balloon. This method got less paint on the neck/rim, thus less paint on our mouth.
Or we  just tried to carefully squirt it directly in.


We then blew them up again. Do not inhale air through your mouth while doing this step. Also, during the first few tries we got paint on our mouths.
 We had purchased a roll of cork-board to paint, and pinned the balloons too it using two pins.
Try to only pin the 'neck' of the balloon.
As you can see from the next picture, we soon realized that we needed something underneath the cork-board to keep the darts from tearing through the cork-board. We placed cardboard under it, which help a great deal.
We didn't have anything to lean/place the cork-board upright against, so we just kept in on the grass and stood on my patio and threw the darts down at the cork-board.
It was work, and we learned a long the way, but it was a lot of fun and we'd do it again in the future, but more prepared.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

coincidence

I am by no means a talented pianist, but nothing brings me more joy then to sit and the piano and simply worship.

I find it strange that within five minutes after I had published the last post, I found my camera. In a place I thought I had (briefly) looked before.

It is at God's peaceful waters I find rest, I find joy, I find forgiveness.

change

Okay, I have been searching for my camera the last two days. I cannot figure out where I could have placed it! I lost it within a small time frame, and I know it has to be in our house. Hopefully I'll find it soon.

I stumbled upon some blogs in the last week that have really made me think, and question myself. 
I believe when I started this blog, I was hoping to become like the other style bloggers I admired, to have lovely followers and amazing pictures and giveaways and etc. 

I held myself back from being completely myself. 

God is important to me. To live for Him with a surrendered life and to strive to be more like Christ are important to me. To glorify Him is my goal. If that is the top priority in my life, why did I try and keep that separate from my blog? So I could achieve earthly goals? May God penetrate all areas of my life! May I completely give everything to Him!

From now on, I will try and be myself. I will still show outfits, some pictures of my day, but I don't want to put myself into a box. To not strive for an earthly fame with this blog, to be myself, to allow myself to speak of God's greatness everywhere, at all times.