These pictures are from Wednesday, so obviously I'm a little late getting them up. This is me sitting in one of the back entrances of the auditorium during James' message. We're two weeks in to a new series called Pulse, and it's about prayer. If you look at the picture below, you'll see the signs on the left and right of the screen that have heart rate on them. Well, they're made out of Post It Notes, hundreds and hundreds of Post It Notes! We had them assembled and hanging up at the beginning of the service last week. Then in the middle you'll see a heart. We had just the yellow and blue part of that made ahead of time, and it was laying on the floor in front of the stage. All of the students had received a blank pink Post It when they entered the auditorium, and at the end of the message James told them to write a prayer on it and then come forward and place it in the heart. So this week we had the completed project hanging up too. At the top of the picture you'll notice a colorful swirl, that was this weeks project. We had everything marked out ahead of time and the blank swirl was sitting up on the corner of the stage. At the end of the message the students were again told to write a prayer on the Post It they received when they came in that night, and then they were supposed to get up and put it in one of the many buckets that our student volunteers were holding around the room. As they were all doing this, me and one other girl were (very quickly) walking around taking the Post Its out of those buckets and taking them to the stage where a group was assembling the swirl. We had to move fast because we had just three songs to get the whole thing assembled and then we were going to hoist the thing up while the students were praying in small groups. For a while I didn't think they were going to get it down in time, but they did and the final effect was awesome!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I was excited to make this post because it will be something brand new, that's never been on the blog before. There was a half marathon in town today, part of which ran through campus, and The Well (aka me, Drew, and Seth) ran one of the water stations. We stood in the road and held out little cups with water and Gatorade, and the runners would grab them as they ran by. I learned that the best way to hold it is by the rim, which makes it easier for the runners to grab. Seth, who runs lots of races, gave us lots of tips as how to be the most effective water giver-outers. Also, since the runners usually drink while they run, they just throw the cups on the ground when they're done with it. So another part of our job was to go back and pick up all the cups, which is what I was getting ready to do after I took my picture.
We also witnessed lots of ridiculous things...
Unfortunately, the roads weren't marked and blocked well, and so lots of people kept trying to drive where the race was taking place, and we'd have to tell them they couldn't come that way. This one guy was trying to come through and we told him he couldn't. He whipped around and made a u-turn and started coming back, and for a brief moment we thought he was going to drive through anyways. But he slowed down a bit and said, "The d@#! roads are closed," and then another lady working with us said, "I'm sorry, it's not our fault," and he yelled back "Yea it is!" and peeled out.
Towards the end of the race, when the runners were coming through really sporadically, we'd let cars through. This one girl drove through and stopped in front of Seth who was holding two cups of water and asked if she could have one. Really? Who does that?
We also saw cars trying to pass cop cars that were blocking traffic. When I see cop cars driving very slowly with their lights on, my first instinct isn't to drive around them. Especially on a somewhat narrow road where a race is going on.
I also had a lady tell me, as she's running toward me, that she wanted the yellow Gatorade, so if she spilled it it would blend in with her shirt, which was yellow. I know I can be prissy, but I don't think that would be my first concern if I was running a race!
One of my absolute favorite fall meals is chili. A good hearty, chunky chili with cheese, sour cream, and Fritos. When I moved out on my own and wanted to make chili for the first time, I searched allrecipes.com for crock pot recipes. I'm not an anti-red meat kind of girl, so I don't know why I decided to make turkey chili, but all I know is that this recipe is easy and delicious! It does have quite a few ingredients, but don't let that scare you, it's still pretty cheap, and like I said, easy!
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 2 (10.75 oz) cans tomato soup
- 2 (15 oz) cans kidney beans, drained (I use 1 dark and 1 light for more variety)
- 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped
- 2 tbsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tbsp. ground cumin
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- 1 pinch ground allspice
- salt to taste
- Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Cook turkey until brown, drain.
- Coat inside of crock pot with non-stick spray. Or, I highly recommend using crock pot liners, like these from Reynolds. They prevent you from having to do practically any clean up!
- Add all ingredients and mix well.
- Cover, and cook for 8 hours on Low, or 4 hours on High.
Last night I had another little group of girls over to hang out, and I made one of my favorite snacks - Pepperoni Rolls. They're big, fluffy rolls with cheese and pepperonis stuffed inside. My mom and all my friends' moms have made these for as long as I can remember, and they're great for parties and games. Which is great since it's football season (go Pats!). They're pretty easy to make, and always a big hit!
- 1 package frozen dinner rolls
- 1 package pepperonis
- 1 block mozzarella cheese
- Butter and garlic bread topping (optional)
- Pizza sauce
- Place frozen rolls on cookie sheets
- Lay a piece of saran wrap over the rolls, spray with non-stick spray, and then flip over so the sprayed side is on top of the rolls.
- Let the rolls rise, usually 3-5 hours.
- Cut the cheese into cubes, enough for one per roll.
- After the rolls have risen, place two pepperonis and one cube of cheese in the center of the dough.
- Fold the top and bottom of the dough over the cheese and pepperoni. Then do the same with the sides.
- Pinch the dough well to seal the pouch. Place back on cookie sheet.
- Bake according to directions on the package.
- After they've come out of the oven , top with butter and garlic bread topping (optional).
- Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
I'm signed up to bring snacks for Bible study tomorrow night, and when Sherri posted this recipe for Pumpkin Apple Bread on her blog last week, I knew it was what I wanted to make. And it turned out deliciously! It also made my house smell great while it was baking.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Tonight some of the girls from my ministry team came over. It was the epitome of girls night: brownies and candy, gushing over engagement stories and wedding picturing, squealing and giggling about guys, and taking silly pictures - and I loved every minute of it! We also did one of my favorite things: craft with Mod Podge! We decorated pictures frames. It was a fabulous Friday night indeed!
|Finished product! Except I broke the glass putting it back in.|
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Tonight started intramural season for The Well and I made it to the co-ed game. Sometimes I get really into the game, other times I do not. Tonight was a night that I did not. I talked with people the whole time, unless I was taking pictures of course, and I just realized that I don't even know if they won or not! I'm such a bad fan.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Just wanted to show you better pictures of my trunk and some of the other treasures I got during my weekend in Virgina...
|It has this really great old paper lining in it.|
|Love this retro pitcher!|
And I have a small collection of old books, and found another to add to it: The Wind in the Willows.
|I love the linen cover.|
|And it has cute illustrations and that wonderful old book smell!|
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
This afternoon turned out to be beautiful, the perfect weather for being outside. So I sat outside with some wonderful ladies, Ivy and Heather, and we had a good chat.
Then tonight I had to pick up the ice cream for our Class '15 event. I had to chuckle when I saw the 5 1 gallon buckets of ice cream in my cart. The girls and I had talked about when we have a rough night and eat a pint of ice cream on our own. I looked in the cart and thought to myself, "Tonight's not a 1 pint kind of night..."
Quick recap of the weekend...Thankfully I felt much better on Friday and had a great ride into Lynchburg. On Saturday Mom made me Micky Mouse pancakes and then me, Mom, and Dad headed into the mountains. We picked apples and drove around exploring...
|Ok, I haven't made his face out of chocolate chips in while, so he looks more like a bear.|
|Stoney Creek Rd.|
Then we went to an estate sales place. I found this cute, little step stool with lots of peeling paint and character for only $4!
I picked up a few other piddly little things, but my best find was this old steamer trunk for $25! Whoever owned it previously painted it red and green, but it's a little too Christmasy for me. Hopefully I can repaint it soon. At the moment it's still in the backseat of my car, so I can't show you a good picture of the whole thing, but here's an idea...
That evening we joined some of my parents friends for dinner at this neat restaurant. It was called Liberty Station and it was near the railroad and had a railroad theme to it. I ordered the Brushetta Chicken and it was divine. Chicken topped with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, and all served on top of crusty, garlicly garlic bread. Ah, so good!
|At Liberty Station|
Later that night we played scrabble and I won! I never win, let alone playing against both of them. I was quite pleased with myself! After church on Sunday I headed on back to Tennessee. It was a quick trip, but a good one!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Do you remember how Tuesday I mentioned that my throat was starting to hurt? It's gradually been getting worse all week, and when I woke up this morning I could barely swallow. My throat felt huge and every time I did swallow or cough it felt like it was being rubbed with sandpaper. Not pleasant at all. And I just felt like crud in general. I was afraid that I might have strep, because I didn't have any of the other cold symptoms and I was pretty sure I'd run a fever the night before. So I headed to the doctors to find out for sure what the problem was. After an unpleasant swab of the back of the throat I found out that I did not have strep. Thank goodness! I would have felt awful if I'd been walking around contagious all week. But I do have an extremely swollen and raw throat, possibly caused by a virus. I was sent home with a few prescriptions and directions to rest and drink hot tea with honey and lemon. No problem, I can do those things! So now that I'm full of steroids, Sudafed, Singulair, tea, chicken noodle soup, and cough drops, and taken a nap, I'm feeling...not a whole lot better. Hopefully soon though, I want to enjoy my weekend!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I finally went to the gym tonight. I haven't been inside that building in probably over a month. I went with a few girls from ministry teams, and we each did our own cardio thing and then got together and did abs. My body is going to hate me tomorrow, I know it. And my ankle already hates me. It swells up when I do too much. But, no pain, no gain, right? Which might not be the right statement, because I'm trying to lose some weight, not gain anymore. Oh well. And my throat starting hurting this afternoon, and I can't think of any gain there, just pain unfortunately. Hopefully some hot lemon tea will help!