• baking,  inner world,  jesus,  working moms,  writing

    DDIY

    Don’t Do It Yourself. This is my motto for December. Amongst the amazing Pinterest ideas floating around about making your own DIY decorative Christmas trees out of recycled materials, cookie baking, and connecting with people whether through our work of year end fund development or holiday get-togethers and the the pressure of working on my book I just. can’t. do. it. this year.  After a helpful conversation with our respective supervisors about the tricky dynamics and scheduling of both serving on staff with InterVarsity Christian fellowship I realized I was still stressed about the stuff I felt like I should be doing this Christmas. Our plans changed for the holiday…

  • baking,  cooking,  inner world,  Uncategorized,  work,  working moms

    under the gun is much more fun

    You’d think that with all the free time I have during my sabbatical, I’d be getting a lot done that I normally don’t. wrong. In some ways this is good- the point of a sabbatical is to rest or engage the mind in other things like getting a degree. Now that my time is mostly spent in writing and reflection on how I’m going to integrate what I’ve learned during this past year I find I have a much more difficult time structuring my schedule. A few years ago I took the meyer-briggs type 2 test which provides an even more detailed breakdown of a personality type- as in, just exactly…

  • baking,  Uncategorized

    use it don’t move it

    this is my philosophy for the next two weeks while Dave and I pack our house up to move to Cleveland Heights, OH. Today I took stock of what we had in our cupboards and freezer to figure out how we could eat everything up and not have to move it. I had been debating about whether or not to pack our crockpot and breadmaker- two things we use on a weekly basis and two things that make our lives easier. For the sake of our sanity and our budget I decided that I’d rather use what we had, not pack or throw out the one cup of rye flour…

  • baking,  exercise,  food

    fighting the february flab

    I thought my jeans were tight the other day because I had just washed them. Then I noticed some muffin’ stuffin when I looked in the mirror. So it wasn’t quite like the one in the picture, but it was enough for me to do a double take & realize that “dun-laps” (as in “my stomach dun lapped over my belt!) disease had caught up with me this month. It’s easy to freak out and think about cutting all the goodies completely- but when I’ve done this in the past it shoots me in the foot. So, I decided to: Losing a few pounds over the course of a month…

  • baking,  church,  food,  friendship,  grad school,  inner world

    sabbatical dreams

    It’s hard to believe that in eight days I’ll begin a year long sabbatical from my regular job with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship! After seven years IVCF grants up to a year for academic sabbaticals, an amazing gift! I’m actually in my ninth year of ministry and during this year, I plan to  finish my M.A. through Wheaton Grad school.  I was talking with my friend Gracee the other day about helpful things to consider before beginning a sabbatical- I’d love some advice from any other people that have done/are doing one! Since my degree is modular and my first class doesn’t start until March, I’ll actually have a decent amount…

  • baking,  cooking,  food

    festivities!

    Tomorrow night Dave and I are hosting a formal dinner for our care group from church and have a very yummy menu planned! I posted a few weeks ago about this & did a flashback of the dress options I have for tomorrow night. Which one did I choose? You’ll just have to check out my post after the party to find out! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone all dolled up in their evening-wear finest! Here is the yummy (and healthy) menu for tomorrow night: baby spinach salad with craisins and goat cheese warm crescent rolls stuffed acorn squash with white beans, chard and chicken chocolate gingerbread assorted appetizers and…

  • baking,  books,  friendship,  Uncategorized

    top five thankful list

    In preparation for the inevitable “what are you thankful for this year?” question that most of us get asked on Thursday, I thought I would be a little more thoughtful than rattling off the standard, “family, friends, pumpkin pie” answers.  Since this is my last post for this month’s challenge to practice thankfulness, I thought I’d encourage all of us not just to be thankful, but to be specific in your thanksgiving. What do I mean by this? Example A: I am thankful for clothes so I don’t have to be naked and cold. Specific modification: I am thankful for this pair of jeans and this amazingly stylish sweater from…

  • baking,  food,  Uncategorized

    homemade halloween

    Here is a visual summary of my weekend of homemade goodness. I baked three pies.  Two were my grandmother’s favorite- coconut cream and lemon meringue. Grandma has good taste in pies. The other was for my friend Brad’s ordination party. Way to go Brad! I made some artwork to decorate our newly painted bedroom. We have $0 for a decorating budget so I got creative and expressed my growing fixation with peacocks by making these: I was very pleased with how these turned out & how they look against the new lemongrass color of our walls. Now I just need to find/make some drapes! It only took us 7 years…