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Journey Journal: Days 214-231

The last few weeks could be characterized by copious amounts of coffee accompanied by fabulous fellowship and foodie adventures, intermingled with thoughtful musings on articles and video clips. Check it out below.

“The relationship between coffee and well being” – picture courtesy of Stephen Altrogge

Day 214: Friday, August 2, 2013

Had another wedding today. Picked up the various pieces on Wednesday, started working on them on Thursday night, and finished up Friday morning–and actually got a full night’s sleep on this one!

This weekend’s wedding flower lineup included white hydrangeas, calla lilies and roses, blue delphinium, purple statice, peach wax flowers, green hypericum berries and grass…oh, and blue thistle!!  It turned out to be a beautiful combination! Here’s a sneak peek. I’ll post professional pics soon.

Day 215-216: Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4, 2013

More house projects. A FaceTime “coffee chat” with one of my best friends, Katie. Church. And a “breakfast for dinner” get together on Sunday night as a send-off for three of our friends who are moving away from Greenville–two to work with a church in NC (while the husband pursues ordination with the intent towards chaplaincy), and the other to teach English abroad. It was a really good time…though we will miss our friends.

Day 217: Monday, August 5, 2013

On Monday, a friend from church dropped off their first batch of eggs from their farm! Of course, that automatically meant I “had” to have eggs for dinner. So we made a batch of sausage gravy and served it over toast with a farm-fresh omelet filled with onions, peppers, goat cheese and basil, topped with arugula. So delicious! You know the eggs are fresh when they yolks are perky and deep orange. I was super excited to start getting these each week…that was, until a coyote (or neighbor’s dog) got into the chicken coop. Sad day…because these eggs were amazing! We savored egg dishes the rest of the week!

Day 218: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

One of the video clips I was fascinated by this week is below. Talk about “trash to treasure”–this “Landfillharmonic” clip is amazing! Makes me thankful for all that we have:

Day 219-220: Wednesday through Thursday, August 7-8, 2013

I had some perfect peaches, so I decided to make peach pie to share with our Shepherding Group. It turned out pretty good, but I’m still working on my pie not being too runny. After Shepherding Group on Wednesday, I made stuffed peppers for the first time in ages. I found several recipes online and adapted them to be my own unique creation–recipe here.

On Thursday, I heated up the stuffed peppers and took them to lunch with my friends Shannah and Annette. Annette brought a corn salad and a cucumber salad; Shannah shared a fresh spinach salad with homemade maple vinaigrette and homemade peach pie with latticed crust and all–it was perfect!

I had plenty of leftover stuffing left that didn’t go in our peppers, so on Friday, I used them to fill hard corn taco shells–and they were fantastic! I topped the tacos and stuffing with fresh arugula, cilantro, and a dab of sour cream, along with the avocado sauce.

Day 221-222: Friday and Saturday, August 9-10, 2013

Friday lunch with an old high school friend that I was recently reunited with through work. Had our friends Kevin and Melissa over for dinner and games–recently we’ve been playing a lot of Dominion with them, but tonight they taught us a new game, Elder Sign–which is really fun! (Definitely on the Christmas wishlist 😉 ). Saturday was more work on the house. Helped the couple moving to NC pack up a bit and said final goodbyes (not that we won’t see them again soon). 😉 Lunch with my folks and sister–my parents were picking up my sister’s boys for a few days at the farm before school started. Then ran some errands and ended the day with having my sister Michelle and her husband Alan over for dinner (with only the new baby girl). We just made simple sandwiches and she brought some potato salad–and we taught them to play Dominion. It was a lot of fun! We should do that more often.

Day 223: Sunday, August 11, 2013

First Sunday not teaching in the children’s ministry for several years. It was kind of weird trying to figure out which Adult Life Application Group we fit best into. We ended up in Marriage Foundations, since we know a lot of the people in that class, and we really enjoyed it. We want to visit a couple more before we make our final decision–though any of them would be really good, I think.

Day 224-228: Monday through Thursday, August 12-15, 2013

Monday was a hugely successful day: got all my data exported and submitted for conversion at work! AND we got the majority of the insulation put up in the new room! Phew! I just have to say…if I “had” to install insulation in a hot room on a hot day, at least I got to do it with my hot husband! 😉

Read a really good article on marriage: God Loves Odd Couples. Marriage isn’t about being “perfectly compatible”…it’s about reflecting Christ. Very encouraging article.

Tuesday, I had my semi-annual dentist appointment, followed by a free birthday cupcake from Chocolate Moose–no, I didn’t tell the dentist where I was headed after my cleaning, and, yes, he did tell me I won a “mouth of the month” award! After work, I went on a long walk with a good friend, Jan. She’s a fantastic young mom of two and even though we aren’t able to get together as much as we’d like, every time we get together is always refreshing and uplifting.

Wednesday night after church, I had two friends over. Great night of fellowship with sisters in Christ who love Jesus, the Gospel and the power of Redemption! Enjoyed precious gifts of conversation, edification, good coffee, and orange cinnamon rolls.

Thursday night was dinner with some more friends, Ben and Ashley, whom we haven’t been able to catch up with in forever. Forgot that the 2 1/2 cups of coffee that I drank at dinner tonight was NOT decaf. Fail.

Day 228: Friday, August 16, 2013

Nothing like James Galway and fresh coffee on a rainy morning! I love classical flute! It’s been far too long since I played. After work, I grabbed a few ingredients and we headed over to our friends Daryl and Adrianne’s house. It was my first attempt at from-scratch banana pudding with meringue topping! I added freshly grated nutmeg and soaked the bananas in a little lime juice before adding them to the pudding with the Nilla wafers. While we made the dessert, the guys watched the grill and practiced their target shooting. It doesn’t get more Southern than this:

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Day 229-230: Saturday and Sunday, August 17-18, 2013

Progress on the house…windows and door are finally in in the new room! …along with framing, wiring, insulation, and subflooring! Plus new white posts instead of green rails on the front porch! More to come, but excited for the progress so far!

Sunday, we stopped by Panera and Starbucks for breakfast before church (wanted to use my free birthday drink). Caught up with several friends at church. Afterwards, we used some more birthday “freebie” e-coupons (World Market, etc.), then lunch with Bryan and an evening of hanging out…just the two of us! It was kind of a perfect day!

Day 231: Monday, August 19, 2013

Today I turned 32 years old. And the word that comes to mind is…blessed. I had a fantastic birthday! Tim and Debbie took me and Bryan out for lunch today, my friend Tami brought by a cute little flower pot to the office, the sun came out, and Bryan’s taking me out again tomorrow night for a nice dinner…plus lots of phone calls, messages, and emails that made me feel loved and appreciated. So thankful for the family and friends God has brought into our lives. As you can tell if you read the above post, it’s a busy stage of life for us, but it’s so rewarding and fulfilling!

So This Is What a Weekend Feels Like…

Subs, corn on the cob, fruit salad with a honey orange glaze, peach-thyme green tea, and a game…or six!

This past week, my husband started a new job! He’s been working night shift security at the hospital for the last 15 months – and his shift was every weekend – Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, which meant he had to sleep a good bit during most of those days. He was still able to make it to some services at church, but not as many as we would like; we definitely looked forward to Bible study on Tuesday nights and Shepherding Group on Wednesdays. Well, he finished that job last Monday morning and began as a part-time Facilities Assistant at our church this past Wednesday. We praise the Lord for providing this position, which will enable Bryan to return to school to complete a Respiratory Therapy degree, as well as be on the same schedule as me and be able to be more involved at church.

Needless to say, this weekend was his first weekend off in a very, VERY long time! We got to spend most of the weekend together, and we kept looking at each other and saying things like, “So this is what a weekend feels like,” or “So, this is what normal couples do every weekend?” and other romantic niceties. It was nice! I am so privileged to be married to my best friend!

This weekend, Greenville hit some record high heat levels, so we decided to get up early on Saturday morning and do the yard work before it hit 100°F. We were done by about 10:30AM, cleaned up, and headed downtown for lunch at one of our favorite spots, The Velo Fellow (we had a Living Social voucher that we needed to use). He got burger sliders and I ended up with a giant salad, loaded with bacon, ham, cheese, eggs, avocado, almonds, tomatoes, and balsamic vinaigrette. We split the honey glazed croissant that came with my salad for dessert. She brought it out last, so it was still hot and sticky! Yum!

After lunch, we walked around the mall for a while (yes, we must be getting old, but at least it had air conditioning), and we ended up at our favorite little local game store, Boardwalk. We bought an expansion for the game Dominion, plus some cool beverages (I got iced tea and Bryan got an iced Starbucks mocha – role reversal much??). We ended up playing three rounds of Dominion with the new expansion before the day was over.

Sunday was refreshing with good services and music. And Bryan was finally able to help me teach Sunday School again! We had another voucher for Grille 33 for lunch, and Bryan rated it “Best Burger in Town,” which is a very high praise, if you know Bryan. Then we went on a little Sunday afternoon drive, rested a little at home, went to evening service, and then played three more rounds of Dominion with some friends after church on Sunday night. It was like one big, long date! (No, we don’t normally eat out much, but this was a celebration weekend…and we hardly spent any money with those vouchers, which was an added bonus.)

I’ll try to write more over the next month to catch you up on various happenings. Upcoming blog posts: summer book reviews (I have about five books I need to tell you about), my first trip to NYC, and most importantly my little brother’s wedding (the reason for the NY trip)!! I also co-hosted a baby shower with a burlap and teddy bear theme, plus I have one military appreciation lunch that I’m doing decorations for, and two weddings that I’m doing flowers and reception coordinating for in the next month. So, it will be busy, but I’ll try to write at least once a week besides the weekly meal plan post. God has also been teaching me some things about holding things loosely (“living with my hands wide open“), being flexible, trusting, etc., so I want to share those with you in the near future too.

How was your weekend?!

Dinner: Moroccan Couscous with Sweet & Spicy Chicken and Honey Glazed Carrots

Believe it or not, this is a 30-minute meal! Everything came together very quickly and each piece took about the same amount of time to cook. The carrots and couscous are low maintenance (cover and cook on low, basically), and then you just have to watch the chicken. Tonight’s dinner came from this week’s meal plan:

I used Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs for the meat and we seasoned it with our favorite Sweet & Spicy Rub, pan-frying in about 1 Tbsp. of butter over medium-low heat (about 20 minutes).

For the couscous, I added chopped frozen spinach and minced garlic to the couscous as it was cooking instead of cooking the spinach separately (only cooks for 10 minutes after it comes to a boil).

For the Honey-Glazed Carrots, I peeled the carrots and left them whole. I added 1 Tbsp. of butter to a large saute pan over low heat. I lined up the carrots across the pan and covered them, letting them steam and become golden brown on one side (about 10 minutes). I rotated them one time, covered again, and let them finish browning on the opposite side. Meanwhile, I melted 1 1/2 Tbsp. butter and 2 Tbsp. Raw Mesquite Honey in a small saucepan with 1 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes (fresh would be even better). I drizzled the honey butter over the carrots after they were plated. So pretty! (This took about 15-20 minutes from start to finish.)

Not pictured: a beautiful salad of romaine, grape tomatoes, green pepper slices, chopped carrots and chunks of feta cheese with a celery seed vinaigrette. (This was left over from last night, so it didn’t add into the prep time for tonight’s dinner, but if you prep your vegetables when they arrive, it makes it a lot easier to pull together quick dinners.)

We had our friends Nate & Leigh over for dinner and finished the evening with French Pressed Vanilla Coconut Coffee and a few games of Dominion. Bryan’s been wanting me to try it for months now. I think we know what we’re going to spend our anniversary gift on this year! This is such a fun game!