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The Year of Pie

January 24, 2014 — Leave a comment

I absolutely love baking pies! And it goes without saying that I absolutely love eating pie!

Think about it…

Pie is just plain awesome! It brings a sense of comfort, and a comfy home feeling.

What is with all the cupcake love these days? Yes, I love a good red velvet cupcake, but it certainly doesn’t bring the nostalgia of a homemade pie! Am I right?

Look out world, I'm baking some pie!

Look out world, I’m baking some pie!

Ever since I can remember I was the kid that watched the cooking channels for all the baking shows. Besides making me crave what they were making, it would get my creative wheels turning. From then on I have had this insane desire to be an incredible baker.

I have tried my hand at baking the cool decorative cakes and cupcakes. While they turn out yummy (most of the time), they don’t always turn out pretty. Not to mention the immense frustration I get from my lack of skill with cake decorating. My kitchen ends up destroyed… flour everywhere, not a single pan clean in the kitchen and a lopsided cake that was definitely prettier in my head than on my plate.

But pie, ahhh that is another story. Last night I was creating a new recipe for my sister’s birthday and let me tell you I was loving every minute of it. Don’t get me wrong, I have had my failed attempts at recipes. But that is part of getting better, you learn from experience. I just feel like I am in my element when I work with pies. Oh, did I mention the pie that I made was a mix between an Oreo pie and a french silk? I’m thinking of calling it Oreo silk, or silky Oreo…

Get ready 2014, I’m baking lots of pies this year!

About a year ago I created The Original 30 before 30 list. Through the year I second guessed some of the items that I had on my list for one reason or another. I had put several items on about going green and I really wanted to focus less on the things that interested me at the time and more on goals, plans and things for the future. I also mentioned having two more kids. With my Lupus there is just no telling. God might give us two more children or He might decide that we are meant to only have the beautiful baby we already have. I am not putting a magic number on our family anymore, we will be given the family that we were meant to have!

I know some of you might be saying that once I finalized my list there is no changing it. That was how I felt at first. Then I decided that it’s my list, filled with things that I want to do… so I can make whatever changes to it that I want because it’s for me in the first place. I hope you enjoy my newly refurbished 30 before 30 list!

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1. Grow my hair out to my waist
2. Get my family tattoo
3. Finish my novel
4. Participate every year in the “Walk to end Lupus Now” event
5. Get Lasik eye surgery
6. Take a baking/cake class
7. Start/get involved with a ministry to teach people to transition to a green life
8. Paint our kitchen cabinets
9. Be debt FREE!
10. Plant a vegetable garden
11. Finally go skiing
12. Create my own pie recipe
13. Hang pictures from Chase’s documentary
14. Go on a family vacation to California
15. Read 30 books
17. Go parasailing
18. Pay for a strangers meal at a restaurant
19. Go on a train ride as a family
20. See a movie at the drive-in (I seriously have never done this)
21. Find my favorite brand of all natural make up
22. Try a really fancy bottle of wine
23. Go on a trip out of the country
24. Go to a dinner show
25. Take a spontaneous family day trip to new places in our home state
26. Finally decorate our bedroom
27. Finish scrapbook (you seriously have no idea how long this has taken me!)
28. Actually start and complete a knitting project
29. Watch and stay awake for the entire movie, Stand by me (I have attempted and failed twice)
30. Play Christmas carols for a family sing along on the piano

3810870705_46a5db9f4d_nNumber 26… perfect homemade Pad Thai. This is item number 26 on my 30 before 30 list. Chase and I love Thai food, in fact we went out to lunch today to our favorite Thai restaurant. When I initially set out to make my list I was having no problems coming up with items to put on the list, but at the same time I was also wanting to make it things that I could actually do during the next four years. For instance, I would love to travel to several countries on my “gotta visit someday” list, but at the same time it’s not necessarily practical that we would be able to take several big vacations before I turn 30, I mean we do have bills to pay and all, not to mention item number 10 which is to be debt free which would mean we need to stay on a budget. So with that said I came up with some things on my list like item “perfect homemade Pad Thai” because it is not an easy thing to mark off yet still completely possible.

We have attempted homemade Pad Thai once. All in all it was decent… not bad, not great just merely decent…edible, if you will. The biggest problem was on my purchasing the wrong kind of noodles, apparently that makes a world of difference in how the dish turns out. We even bought a cookbook that had a bunch of different types of Pad Thai recipes, but I guess if you don’t have the right noodles nothing will matter. Oh well, at least I like to cook and it’s always fun to try new recipes, which apparently is what I will have to do if I ever want to cross this item off my list!

 

Photo Credit: Ben Sutherland

Knitting The Change

October 31, 2011 — Leave a comment

 “Mark a life of discipline and live wisely; don’t squander your precious life.” Proverbs 8:32 (MSG) 

“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves? Self-discipline with all of them came first.” Harry S. Truman

This past weekend at a Halloween party I was talking with a friend about crocheting. It then brought me to talking about my knitting projects. I taught myself how to knit a few years ago. I get started and then eventually after a while I stop and never finish the project. I don’t know why I do this because I honestly do enjoy doing it, although I have wondered at times if I am still doing it right! I turned 25 earlier this month and with that I made a 30 before 30 list. One of the items on there was for me to start and FINISH a knitting project. I gave myself five years, I would think that I could accomplish this goal in that time. I did get inspired today on Pinterest when I saw a knitted coffee cup sleeve. It’s eco-friendly, small and would work for my completed project. I guess only time will tell!

My husband was reading this book called Quitter. While he was reading it he mentioned one of the points in it and it has really stuck with me, discipline begets discipline. Wow! I hadn’t really thought of that. You are always taught growing up to be disciplined, hard-working and so on. But, did it ever occur to you or were you ever told that the way to do this is practice? Think about it… if I want to be disciplined in a certain area of my life, say working out regularly. It won’t happen just because I want it to. It will happen when I start to make discipline a part of my everyday life… getting up on time, a schedule for the day, a budget for our home and so on. People do not make changes over night because it’s a good idea, the changes that they make are because they were already disciplined enough to make those changes and they stuck! Think about all the times people go on “diets” but only last so long before breaking it. Its easier and more successful to make a lifestyle change with how you eat than to diet.

This idea of discipline brought me back to my silly little knitting project. In general I feel that I am a pretty disciplined person, we have a budget, I am a vegetarian (as a way of life, not diet), I work out and my son and I have a great routine daily. But for some reason I can’t seem to find the discipline to sit down and do something I actually enjoy long enough to complete the project. Perhaps I need to make a more conscious effort. Go ahead and ask me in a few days if I have done any knitting. I’ll be honest, and I hope the answer will be yes!

Photo Credit: Steven Depolo