Monday, October 3, 2011


this weekend was wonderful. friday the grands picked me up on their way to montgomery to watch stead. quality time with them is always welcomed. we drove back saturday morning and had coffee at mcdonalds at exit 51. i was wearing tps sweats and chacos. definitely a look to remember.

saturday was spent doing my favorite things. cleaning [seriously, i love cleaning the apt. makes me feel so productive, domestic, and refreshed. not many things allow you to feel this way], watching college football, threw in a little exercise, fall weather, Amsterdam's for dinner, candles and open windows before bed... that is the equation for a good saturday.

although most of these things were done solo, i could not have asked for a better day. [i even did all my homework] sunday was great as well. you can't beat Cornerstone fellowship and worship, studying and two lattes [don't tell mom...] and bed time at 9:30. overall, i deserved points for productivity and usefulness. too bad we took the points system down...

now playing: ben rector- hank.
i do spotify now, which is great, if you do not know what it is, google it. download. and fall in love.
ben rector is one of my playlists. today whilst studying, Hank came on. i restarted it and listened again to the lyrics. it's the sweetest song. he wrote it to his nephew and it touched my heart. i'd love to do something similar for my sibs kids one day...

To a boy who looks just like his mother, who's a sister to her brother, who sings this song to that boy from far away

I am young but you are younger until you speak more words then mumble, You have to lend an ear to everything i say.

So be kind and love your mother and your father, though sometimes they seem to bother come by, Hank, and you'll know. 

There the ones who'll always love you and support you, they prayed for you before you stepped foot into this world. That's one thing that I've learned.

I remember you were walking, in a month I'll hear you talking. There's a million things I'd love to say to you.Though your parents, they are wiser and will be better advisers, maybe hearing these things twice will get them through.

Go and find a girl for whom your love is selfless, someone who makes you helpless, to change the way you feel. But stay away from girls who always look so pretty, who's hearts just aren't fitting for the man in you I see. 

Would you remember that for me?

i just thought it was sweet.

red finger nails.

Source: via Morgan on Pinterest

it's time. october for me means fall... which also means red fingernails. it's a sort of signature of mine that i did not discover until now. i love red nails. right now mine are "valentine" by Revlon. they will be "vixen" in November. don't know why, just glad it is finally red fingernail time.

monday munchies.
today is a little too busy for me to do this, but i am going to start doing one recipe a week on mondays. here is one for you to dream about me making, because two tests today might not be a good combo in the kitchen...

Lasagna Soup
(print recipe)
for the soup:
2 tsp. olive oil
1-1/2 lbs. Italian sausage
3 c. chopped onions
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 T. tomato paste
1 28-oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 bay leaves
6 c. chicken stock
8 oz. mafalda or fusilli pasta
1/2 c. finely chopped fresh basil leaves
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
for the cheesy yum:
8 oz. ricotta
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
pinch of freshly ground pepper
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add sausage, breaking up into bite sized pieces, and brown for about 5 minutes. Add onions and cook until softened, about 6 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute. Add tomato paste and stir well to incorporate. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the tomato paste turns a rusty brown color.
Add diced tomatoes, bay leaves, and chicken stock. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add uncooked pasta and cook until al dente. Do not over cook or let soup simmer for a long period of time at this point, as the pasta will get mushy. Stir in basil and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
While the pasta is cooking, prepare the cheesy yum. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, Parmesan, salt, and pepper.
To serve, place a dollop of the cheesy yum in each soup bowl, sprinkle some of the mozzarella on top and ladle the hot soup over the cheese.
Servings:  8

found this last night in the midst of looking at job openings in the atlanta and birmingham areas. why i was looking in October... who knows. but i was, and i found this instead. 

i love when God reminds me of things....


I have been reading eat. pray. love while nannying after i study and such. i saw the movie last year, but i love a good book and this is definitely good.

i discovered my love for a place i have not even been to yet. a place full of mystery and love. and carbs. and beautiful words and even more beautiful landscaping created by masters of architecture and The Master of gardening.

i love italy.

and i want to go. and get lost.

it is one of the journeys i need have to go on. before i am married. i literally want to pack my things, fly over, and get lost.

sometimes, when you're lost somewhere, it is the only way you can ever be found. or find yourself.

i believe there is so much romance [not love romance, but world romance] in italy. relationships with words, foods, buildings, and the people who made it happen.

imagine getting lost in this place.....

Source: via Brooke on Pinterest

until another day...

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