Monday, February 7, 2011

Every 5 Seconds and Is this a GAS station?

I just got my ring back from being re-sized!!! It was gone for three weeks--being sent of to NYC to become the perfect fit! It is extra new and sparkly looking and I basically feel just like I did when we first got engaged and I looked at it every five seconds!  

Johnny did a good  great AMAZING job! Oh, I love him!

The weekend before last I went to Arkansas with my Mom to visit Andrew and Anna and watch the track meet! We had so much fun. First of all---HEAT WAVE! It was like 75 degrees in Fayetteville, strange! 

Ignore the fact that I look completely pasty white...I had to take off my cardigan because it was warm and I love the feeling of sunshine on my shoulders *insert Laura Marling "Shine"* (i need shiiiiiiine, step away from my light, i need shine)

My twin is a stud. Holler.

We had such a fun dinner at Bonefish Grill. I tried Grilled Chilean Sea Bass with steamed broccoli and it was SO YUMMY! We went all out and got fun drinks, coffee and dessert too...coconut chocolate cake.

The girls! 

Okay: story time. After dinner, we needed to fill up the car before heading back to Andrew's apartment. We pulled into this gas station and my jaw dropped. It was a gourmet gas station. Uhhh. What? Did you even know such things existed? Nope, neither did I! They had a pizzaria, fresh fruit, snack mixes, organic granola bars, spices, anything you could possibly need for your health (I could go on and on)..and since words are just insufficient in this case...I should probably just show you the pictures!! 

Cute couple at the gas station.

Mom and Andrew singing into the snacks at the gas station...I mean, isn't that what we all do when "Everlasting Love" comes on the radio/soundsystem?!?!

Ummm, words necessary. We found our inner child like spirits while exploring this fancy-smancy gas station. 

Our favorite old childhood snack, Bugles (okay, question time...who used to put a Bugle on every finger then act like a witch with long fingernails before eating them one by one...surely it was not just me).

They had EVERYTHING at this store. Even Turkish Delight...hellllllo NARNIA!

Root Beer!

Um, this is some tea that they had for different bathroom issues one might face.

We ended the weekend with a delish breakfast date and cup of coffee at Common Grounds before getting back on the road to Kansas City...I picked out the house special of Snickerdoodle Coffee....and it was Mmm Mmm Good. 

All in all, a very fun weekend with the Momma, Twinsie and Miss Anna Fay. 

Have a splendid week!

Love and Prayers, 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wabash and Fuzzy Forts

Clearly, I am the lucky charm. 

I bought KSU basketball tickets this year, without considering my schedule too much, therefore failing to realize that I wouldn't be able to go to a significant chunk of the games. Well tonight I was free, so I bravely donned my purple attire, braved the arctic tundra that is Manhattan, KS and headed to Bramlage Coliseum to cheer on the Cats!

(I am trying to learn cool new settings on the camera Johnny got me...pretty fun!)

Yay! We beat  CREAMED the Nebraska Cornhuskers I am not exaggerating one bit, come on give us a break we need something to hoot, holler and celebrate!

I have to say (at risk of being shunned by all the much better and more faithful "bleed purple" k-staters) that it is still weird cheering on KSU in BBall, I mean I was born and raised on Jayhawk Basketball...Hello, I CRIED in 96 as a 1st grader when we lost to Syracuse. I have vivid memories of my mom and I yelling at the TV and always shouting "get the rebound" and discussing with one another how "we need a 10 point lead" :)  I knew every single player's name and number and got to introduce Jerod Haase when he came and spoke at our elementary school in second grade. I was a die hard fan. My dad would take turns taking us kids to Lawrence to see a game in Allen Fieldhouse whenever he got his hands on tickets from a friend from work. It was so much fun, I remember loving the atmosphere and just being on a date with my dad. He drove me around Lawrence, told me about college and we always ate at Yellow Sub. 

I don't really know why I went off on that tangent...ohhhh stream of continuousness. Basically, YAY I am glad the Wildcats finally got a victory tonight. 

In attempts to be positive and not whine about the arctic temperature, I am going to tell you what I am thankful for in light of the fact that it is currently 42 degrees in my room at Kappa. (and no, our power/heat is not off or broken...we just live in an old old house and my room happens to be one of the more drafty).

I am super duper thankful for my favorite blanket which I nicknamed Snuggleupogis (hmm, never spelled that out before...ya, that looks about right). This morning, I was trying to work on some things on the computer for Johnny and my hands were about to fall off while I was typing because it was so cold. *enter makeshift fort here* I was in my cocoon and I swear it was at least 10 degrees warmer. Very nice! 

 Second thing I am super duper thankful for is my smartwool socks. I hit the jackpot on socks this Christmas and a few pairs were smartwool. They keep my toesys oh-so-warm. And I also think it is appropriate that in my color-messing-with-weird-setting- on my camera, it decided to make my face blue...because that is how I felt....FROZEN.

7 layers of clothes and counting...

Love and Prayers, 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Let it Snow and Court's Frozen Meals

Take Two.

I tried to write this post and was about halfway done when I somehow deleted it. Shooooot. I can't even blame a computer malfunction or the stupid Kappa internet, it was totally my fault. Dang it.

I am bundled head to toe in blankets right now freezing my bootay of and watching the "Blizzard of the Century" outside my window. I always have to grin when watching any type of winter storm weather updates. I mean, I'll give it to them this time, this is quite the storm, but I am pretty sure they have used the phrase "Blizzard of the Century" every time we get a dusting since as long as I can remember. Sheesh.

I am currently working my way through my second mug of hot cocoa for the day and am relishing in my second ever college snow day. K-State NEVER cancels class. A few weeks ago we got 8+ inches and still had to treck across the unplowed streets of the Little Apple to make it to class. That day, KSU was kind enough to send us all a text message alert at 6:15 in the morning saying that we still had classes...lame. Yesterday however, the mean streak was broken and we all rejoiced and then rolled over when we got the text message informing us that due to inclement weather all classes would be CANCELLED! Oh ya! I felt such relief because I knew that I needed this day to catch up on my crazy Block C classes and get re-grouped from being out of town this weekend. Then it was an extra cherry-on-top surprise to learn that school would also be cancelled today, I am crossing my fingers tomorrow too, but definitely don't have my hopes up.

I was loading pictures on my camera from this weekend and realized there were a few leftover from my california trip that I never posted. The last few days of my visit, after we went to Disneyland were spent cooking and cooking and cooking. The Mr. is very capable in the kitchen (well at least at his famous pancakes, turkey sandwiches and quesadillas) but he is so tired when he gets home from work that he never feels like cooking. *Enter Court's Frozen Meals Here*. I went to the grocery store and filled the cart with all kinds of ingredients for my day of cooking. Then while jamming to my favorite pandora stations I cooked:

-Chicken Lo Mein
-Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas
-Taco Bake
-Baked Potato Soup
-Banana Bread

The Banana Bread was, as my Aunt Sue likes to say, a "Baddy Turned Goody" Johnny decided he wanted bananas at the store earlier in the week, but didn't really decide to eat them every morning for breakfast like I thought he they were getting to what I call the yucky stage. Personally, I like the light yellow bananas, even with a hint of green. The moment those freckles start popping up they are way too soft for my liking. And these bananers were definitely speckled. Then I remembered a fun Banana Bread recipe that I wanted to try from Smitten Kitchen. It turns out it is delish and you should all go make some right now on your snow day! I changed the recipe a pinch here and pinch there and am naming it "Baddy Turned Goody Banana Bread" adapted from here which was adapted from here.

look how artsy and cool...natural light
I think Johnny's neighbors thought I was crazy cause I was taking pics of bread balanced on the balcony

Baddy Turned Goody Banana Bread

Preheat Oven to 350. Okay, good, now we have that out of the way. I always marvel at why recipes put that step last when it is really what you need to do first. Then scatter-brained people like me forget to preheat the oven until the end and you have to sit and wait and twiddle your thumbs while the oven heats up...but I digress. Just heat the oven first!

3ish icky speckled bananas smoooshed (3 large/med bananas 4 if they are a bit smaller--take out all anger and aggression. smash these things!)
1/3 cup melted salted butter (I never buy salted so I added a pinch of salt to the regular, unsalted kind)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla (plus a little extra for good measure, you know I always let the vanilla overflow a bit)
1 glug of rum (you totally don't have to use this the original recipe calls for bourbon but this was the only alcohol in the apartment, Johnny's roommate had some left over from a par-tay and I probably used about a tablespoon or a tablespoon and a half- water would work too, just less flavor)
1 teaspoon baking soda 
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Pinches of whatever other spices are around (nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, cloves...all good options)
1 3/4 cups of flour

Okay, the goal here is to only get one bowl dirty. I hate making a mess while baking. cleaning. Get a medium bowl that can go in microwave and melt the butter, then at the smoooshed bananas. Toss in the sugar, egg, vanilla, rum (or bourbon or water), baking soda and salt. MIX. Then after it is all combined, add the flour. Pour batter into a well greased 4x8 inch loaf pan. Set your timer for 45min-ish and then check every 5 min after that to see if it is done (which you will know when you stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean) Now try to wait as long as you can for it to cool before you stuff your face!

Largest batch of cheesy potato soup known to man. Oh-so-good. 

Last night of my California trip Johnny made me my FAVE food in the whole wide world, Strawberry Shortcake. It makes me miss summer!!
And we went to the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and had some really good talks and read some really neat books about getting MARRIED. Holla. We are so excited. 

Becoming the Woman of His Dreams (SUCH an amazing book, I need to do a whole separate post sometime about all the amazing and valuable lessons the Lord has taught me through this book)
Sheet Music by Kevin Leman (We have heard a lot of good things about this book, and went ahead and bought it...but we  decided that we aren't going to read it tell we get a bit closer to our wedding date *smiles*)

For all those who are in the 13 states effected by this "Storm of the Century" be safe, stay warm, drink hot cocoa...for those who are not...go frolic around outside for those of us with cabin fever!!

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Love and Prayers,