Monthly Archives: April 2012



Brussel Sprouts for dinner
Found a new old Michigan mug to add to my collection right here in TexasIt was definitely time to trade in the old walletThe beginnings of a salad from homegrown lettuce!
Tomatoes are turning red!

I got a little help with the fence!
This weekend we went camping with our church at Hi View Ranch. We had a bonfire complete with S’mores, went horseback riding, tenting, fishing, picnic-ing, played several rounds of dodgeball, shot some arrows in archery, had great fellowship, fajitas and sing-a-longs, and then got welts and bruises while paintballing….all in a day and half whew.

And a church function just isn’t complete without someone locking their keys in their car right? At least it wasn’t me this time.

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Update On The Gardening

Update on the garden sitch. It’s growing! I don’t know why I’m so surprised by this, I guess I just had low expectations for my ability to grow anything. I’m still working on that fence, it’s taking me WAY too long to complete it. Hopefully I can put it up on my day off, fingers crossed. I still have 5 empty squares because I have some actual plants to put in there. I’m just excited that so far I’ve got two kinds of cucumbers, some radishes, carrots, lettuce, zucchini, and beans.  I found this old Coke crate at the thrift store and thought I’d try to turn it into an herb box. I wasn’t sure if the spaces were big enough, but so far so good. Everything seems to be growing. I still have several open spaces in this too just waiting to be planted.

So I may have went a little overboard on this whole growing things kick. This is my porch at the moment. Those flowers need to make their way into a planter. I’ll have to share that with you next. (my poor tomato plant is getting too heavy and needs some serious support)Remember the baby lettuce I had a few weeks ago?

That’s it for now, but stay tuned for more gardening adventures.

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Wow oh wow. This has been a LONG, busy week. I managed to take  a few pictures to show you some pieces of my life this week…

We were hoping to grill out for Easter, but Mother Nature had other plans. As soon as we got out of church it started to down pour. We had a few friends over and we finally decided on Easter tacos. We live in Texas, what do you expect?? It’s not Easter without deviled eggs though, those eggs look familiar?

My current favorite muffin/cupcake liners. They started out as bright purple, pink and orange and once baked turned to nice jeweled tones. Love.

Grocery runs. Not the worst kind of runs you could have:). Sorry, that was uncalled for, I’m 12. I couldn’t see where I was going, this is typical.

I saw twin cars while walking.

And for my failures this week…these were supposed to be cookies?

Finally got around to filing my taxes and I owe the government money. Fail. I was a little bit infuriated. I asked this question to the Turbo Tax experts. They didn’t respond. I’m almost not kidding though. (As you can see I was a little upset, I had to repeat myself…next year).

This pretty, chocolate, raspberry filled cupcake from one of my dear friends helped out with some of that frustration:)

And coffee is just always a good idea. I spent a couple hours up at Oak Cliff Coffee on Friday doing some training. 2 hours of pulling espresso shots + no food because I was running late = jittery awesomeness.

What about you? What did you do this week?

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So it’s been a bit of a heavy week around here. I don’t want to get all depressing on you, because what kind of blog would that be? But this is real life.  And I know you’re not supposed to start a sentence with the words “but” or “and,” but again… real life and sometimes you’ve just got to do that.

Over the weekend we lost a friend.

This week we’re having to say goodbye to one of the most loveable, friendliest, guys you could have met. Andrew Brake had a passion for life and a love for people. He always had a big engaging smile on his face and was the kind of person that made you feel like you were good old friends even if in reality you’d only first met.  Andrew was always surrounded by people, he was outgoing and fun and traveled with an entourage. He was just the kind of person people wanted to be around.

I met Andrew first at the coffee bar. His signature drink…large vanilla bean blender. No espresso. Once one of the employees put espresso in his drink not knowing and he refused to let her make him a new one. That’s just the kind of guy he was.

Andrew had a big heart. He loved to cook for touring bands that came through the Lighthouse. His specialty…Garlic Buttered Noodles. He always made sure to bring a box of leftovers for me to try if I was working during the show. So as we remember our friend that left us too early, I feel it’s only appropriate for me to share with you a recipe for those famous noodles.  Andrew, you are already greatly missed.

Spaghetti Warehouse Spaghetti with Garlic Butter

When making this sauce, I suggest you cook this sauce slowly so the raw taste of the garlic cooks out completely. This garlic butter would taste delicious on garlic bread.
Yield: 2 to 3 servings
1/2 pound butter
2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic about 4 to 5 cloves
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese, divided
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1/2 pound dry pasta – prepare according to package directions

In a small pot, melt 1/2 pound butter on low. Do not cook the butter on high heat, it will brown, and then burn. If you burn the butter you will need to restart the recipe. Chop garlic finely, and add to the pot. Simmer the butter sauce on low for at least 20 minutes. You want the raw taste of the garlic to cook out completely. Add about 1 tablespoon of the freshly chopped parsley to the butter sauce and mix well. Add 1/4 cup of the Romano cheese into the butter sauce about 4 minutes before serving.
Cook pasta according to package directions, and drain. In a large bowl combine butter sauce, and the pasta and mix well. Place pasta onto plates, and garnish with remaining Romano cheese and chopped parsley.

*Andrew chose to serve this dish with bow tie noodles, but any type would work just fine.

{{This recipe was taken directly from this website. I did not adapt this recipe whatsoever.}}

In Memory Of…

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So there’s been this crazy internet thing about using natural dyes for dying Easter eggs this year. Have you seen it? It’s everywhere I look. Sounds cool in theory, but I wonder how much it costs for all those ingredients? If you went through the time and trouble of dying eggs organically I applaud you. I really do, it looks awesome. As for me, I had to go with the old standby PAAS tablets. The other night I had a couple friends over and we dyed eggs like we were 12.  Whether you go the natural route, or the easy route, dying eggs is still fun nonetheless. Before you get too disappointed in me, I did have to attempt something creative. I found this idea for dying eggs with old silk ties. I didn’t have enough time or patience to really give it all the attention it needed, but a couple of them turned out really cool. This one was our favorite. 

And of course we had a Frankenstein egg. Who doesn’t have a Frankenstein egg at Easter?

These guys are going make delicious deviled eggs and egg salad sandwiches…can’t wait!

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So we celebrate

It’s Good Friday. Today we’re celebrating the sacrifice of life that was made for us some 2,000 years ago so that we can live. I believe it. I believe it with my whole heart. Today I’m going to take some time to reflect on the grace that was given to me through the death of Christ on the cross. The freedom that was received when His body was given for the atonement of my sins. To redeem my humanity. I believe that God has a plan. I believe He always has. Today I am thankful. Thankful that He loves me even though I don’t deserve it. Grateful that His mercies are new every morning.

I still think that John Mark McMillan says it best in his song “Death In His Grave.” I wrote about that last year, in this post, you can take a look.

The $1.91 mark...real classy.

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So I missed my “pieces” post the last couple of weeks. Sorry about that. Here’s a little bit of what I’ve been up to the past couple weeks. I’ve been working on that fence today, but it’s still not finished. Ugh. I do have some sprouts already in the garden. Beans! I’ve got bean sprouts. And some radishes too. If you didn’t know, radishes are totally rad. I didn’t like them growing up, but my Grandma however has known what was up all along. She’s been putting radishes in her tossed salads for years. Such a smart lady she is.

Here’s the beginnings of my fence.

Shorts and tights weather.

The brother and I made this delicious meal one night.
I came across this door on a little day off adventure and this old abandoned house that I want to be MINE!!

There was a little dumpster diving for newspapers for my garden project.

Blood Oranges…they’re just so pretty!

I’m thankful for friends. Even if they’re younger than me. Whatever. It’s never dull.

We went to Mexico Oak Cliff to this Mexican restaurant. It was the real deal. We were the only group fo 12 white people anywhere near this place. I ate cow tongue. I did NOT enjoy it.

I attempted some bread again. This time…not so good. You live and learn.

Hey look, I’ve got dreadlocks. I should write about those sometime because I never document them at all. Haggard hair.

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