Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tasty Tuesdays

Who doesn't love pizza! With all these fresh ingredients growing in the garden its a perfect excuse to put them together for a quick and delicious dinner. I have used other pizza dough recipes in the past, but today in the back of my cabinet I found a package of unexpired Fleischmanns Pizza Crust Yeast. I decided it would be a perfect experiment for Tasty Tuesday. Normally I don't trust anything this fast and east, but I can't complain today as we ate the whole pizza! I will list the ingredients for the dough below according to the package.

1-2 cups all purpose flour
1 envelope Fleishcmanns Pizza Crust Yeast
1 tablespoon salt
2/3 cups warm water
3 tablespoons oil

Combine 1 cup flour, yeast,  sugar and salt in a large bowl ( yes this is a little different, as this recipe apparently requires no rising time). Add warm water and oil and mix with a fork for about 1 minute. Gradually add more flour. Add enough flour until it turns into a round soft, but slightly sticky ball. Knead on a floured surface for about 4 minutes. Spread the dough out on a 12 inch GREASED pan ( or in my case a pie dish because that is what worked for me). Spread with desired pizza sauce ( I make a bruchetta sauce as it is simply more tasty and has more texture). Put in your ingredients. Heat oven to 425 degrees and bake for about 15 minutes for a wonderful crispy crust with a chewy middle. It is simply awesome! I only got a few pictures in as I got preoccupied, so here it is!
Here is my awesome ball of dough.

I don't have a pizza dish, so pie crust dish it is!

My bruchetta make shift pizza sauce... I shall share a recipe next time!

Half ham and jalapeno and half ham,jalapeno and broccoli!

Can't forget the cheese :) I didn't get to take a picture of it baked, because , well I forgot and we ate it to quick. Oops! Sorry, but try this recipe out, for real. It is yummy.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Musings

Inspired by Jen over at Conversion Diary  and following many other awesome bloggers, I will be posting ( God willing) everyday for a week. So as always lets start out this beautiful week with...

Right now: It is 5:31 pm. Got back from work not to long ago. Waiting for Sebastian to come over from work to eat dinner with me :). I stole recipe from Amelia to make a salad.  The baby kitty is currently biting my toes. At one point I really should start doing homework!

The weekend: Was pretty awesome. Friday my parents came up and we spent some of the evening together catching up on the last week, some wedding talk etc. 

Saturday I had the day off from work and basically just worked around the farm. We had a few chores that we have been putting off that really needed to be done on top of all the daily chores. We needed to grind corn, weed and gather the garden, finish my wood shed :). I also fixed a pipe, yes me..a manly man pipe fixed by me. I felt so awesome. I showed my dad and he slightly laughed at my awesome..make shift job :). After working all morning Sebastian, my brother and I went to the beach for a little bit to swim and catch some sun. We grilled out and after Sebastian and and I went to the local town bar. They were setting up for a event and we got to watch that happen not to mention catch up with each other as the last week or so has been crazy. Afterwards we hung out with a few more family members back at the house:).

Sunday we had to go to 8 am Mass instead of a later one because I had to work at 11:15. I am still glad I got to go even though I was working. I hate working on Sundays, but it turned out to be a good work day and for that I am happy! Afterwards, Sebastian took me out to dinner for a belated Anniversary celebration,  we got coffee after and went to a few stores before coming back to the house and watching a movie.

Some plans for the week: I don't work till Friday, yay! That means I get to catch up on cleaning, canning, baking and homework! I have to finalize plans for my bridesmaids outing next week. Since I will be up in Chicago that weekend, and have everything within 2 minutes from my parents house I need to prepare o a list of groceries I want to bring back and other things that I an get done up there.

I am grateful for: Having such awesome customers at work who bring their fresh garden goodies, as my garden looks pretty pathetic right now! I am grateful for my parents who are running certain wedding errands for me since I am two hours away. I am grateful for my parents who are helping me receive an education , as much as I complain about it sometimes.I am grateful for my brother who stayed with us for over a month who helped me a ton around the farm! I am grateful for Martha who suffered from the same problem as I do, as in not slowing down and looking at the wonderful things right in front of me (Luke 10:38-42)

Prayer intentions: For my upcoming school year and classes to pan out so that I can graduate on time! For a few people in my town that are suffering severely from cancer.For my mom whose injuries still cause her pain and for a fast recovery on her newest hand sprain injury. Peace for Sebastian as he is dealing with stress and anxiety over his big job interview at a police department in a week. 

Something that makes me smile:

The most random/odd books at Goodwill. Look how happy these women look :). Ha ha.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Quick Take Friday

I love thrift store shopping, and I absolutely hate buying things, especially clothing items/books/decorations at full price. When I find an awesome deal, it feels amazing, and I want to tell the world. However, because I live 40 minutes from the nearest Goodwill, thrift store, any store really. I do go sparingly which is good and bad. Good because I am easily tempted by deals. Bad because I definitely believe in buying used, and you can't always find what you want on any given day when you go to a thrift store, going once a week for me is ideal, but not always feasible. Today, I did have the chance to go and here is what I scavenged!
I have been meaning to find a book about women of the Bible, to compliment my "A Year of Biblical Womanhood". Haven't read anything about it but for 99 cents, and a few minutes of skimming proved to be a risk worth taking.

I haven't read this book or heard anything about it. However, I do like Jodi Picoult, and figured for 99 cents, can be worth the try!

I found this very no ironed skirt , it is a pretty green with some detailing at the bottom that is hard to see. I really wish it were a tad longer, but can be a great around the house skirt if anything. Please don't mind my bleach stained shirt, also the picture is cropped as it is 110 degrees right now, and my face is all sorts of icky :)

I like buying crazy print skirts, because I can wear a plain top and it balances out perfectly ( I am not a huge risk taker n the fashion department). Very flowy, light material perfect for this over hot weather! Can't beat these skirts at $1.99!

Speaking of the heat. I am a horrible sister. As I mentioned in many posts earlier my younger brother Paul, who is 15 has been staying with us on and off for a total of probably a month or more now. He is leaving this weekend to go back to Chicago with my parents. He has been a great help here on the farm, and I will truly miss his man help around here. All week it has been in at least the 90's and  the last couple days we have had a heat advisory as it peaked to 110 degrees with awful humidity. Thank goodness for our house that is in the shade, and without the air on, it is a cool 74 degrees!  I wrote out a chore list yesterday for Paul, and as I was writing from inside the COOL house, I looked outside that the grass was getting a little tall. Not thinking I told him to mow( thankfully with a rider mower) our full 15 acre yard. I didn't realize how hot it was until I went outside AFTER he was done. I am a horrible sister. Poor Paul was drenched in sweat, with probably a hint of heat stroke, and dehydration. HE DIDN'T EVEN COMPLAIN ABOUT DOING IT AT ALL. I am a horrible sister, with an awesome brother.

I bought him a book today at Goodwill to bribe him for forgiveness, does that count? Haha. : /

I found an awesome article last night about breastfeeding. I have already shared it with a few blogger moms, bt figured it was such a happy (rare) news story I should share it with you. There has been a lot of breastfeeding talk in the blog world, news world everywhere world lately. I haven't contributed to the conversation much only because I am not a mom yet, therefore I almost feel as I do not have the right to make a statement yet. However, I DO support the women who breastfeed, and for those that have the courage to do it out in public where stares and ridicule can be common. I would like to and HOPE that I am able to breastfeed my future children, God willing. I think breastfeeding is natural, healthy for both mom and baby. It makes me mad that there is a "stigma" against it. So THANK YOU for those women who do breastfeed, and for those who do so in public areas. Thank you for the men who encourage their wives, and thank you for the supporters such as this one..


Bet most of you have been wondering about this rascal.


Here he is when I first "rescued" him from abandonment in the barn


And here is the monster now. Running around...everywhere. Thinks he is entitled to sleep anywhere... Eat anything, playfuly bite anyone... especially when they are cooking. BUT he is potty trained, seriously I feel more accomplished than what college has done for me so far. Ahh, I think we will keep him.

Speaking of college. School is going to start in about a month. Usually around this time I am itching to get back to the books. This is my senior year of my undergraduate. This is supposed to be the year I relax and focus on the future. However, due to a very unorganized system I will be taking around 30 credit hours each semester. Of very hard classes! I am not excited. I know I made a mistake coming to this certain school. I knew it after the first year, and the only good thing that is going to come out of it , is that I met my future husband here. Who shares the same disgust for this institution and what it has become. But there is no backing out now... One more year. I beg for prayers from you lovely women. I know it's just school and that babies, households are truly harder, but please I need your help.

On a completely different side note. I refuse to buy magazines anymore. Has anyone noticed how much they have gone up in price?! I wanted to grab a Home and Garden the other day... almost 6 dollars!  For me that is ridiculous. My solution... Find the magazines at a local thrift shop, go online, or buy them through my NOOK :). How do you guys save money on books,magazines,DVDs, VHS etc?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. For those in a heat advisory, stay COOL. Check on your neighbors, the elderly, and any families that do not have the luxury of air conditioning or shade!

Thank you to Jen over at Conversion Diary for hosting!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Journey Continues!

I have mentioned in a previous post that my cousin, also one of my bridesmaids is coming from Boston to visit at the end of July for 8 days! I decided that I would round up all of the bridesmaids and make a day out of going to look at dresses. Since most of these girls do not know each other, I want to give them a chance to get to know one another a little better as we probably wont ALL meet up together till closer to the wedding date. 

I want to also show them my appreciation for their support and willingness to travel, help, lick stamps, haha etc.! I posted a few days ago that I ordered t-shirts, and they have arrived! I want to make a few more items for them, as I want to explore my creative side AND make this a memorable day for all of us. Where better to o to get ideas than PINTREST! Below are some ideas of items I would like to make/buy for these girls. I will report what I get done ( I only have 2 weeks ... eek!) and what will be given. I can always use the ideas I don't have time for, for another gift closer to the wedding!

Cute poem!

Sweet necklace

Love this idea for their dresses, now.. how do I do that!?


Easy DIY!

More to come later :) Off to work beautiful ladies!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Womanly Wednesdays: Head Coverings

Every time I write a Womanly Wednesdays post I feel the need to put a disclaimer as the topic may be controversial. This time is no different and I hope that everyone can be respectful, these are my opinions and interpretations, and yours might be different :).

Head Coverings

Living in America we rarely see head coverings on women unless they are Amish, Mennonite, or Muslim. We ASSUME that these women are one of the following. As a general look Christian women do not often wear head coverings full time.  I say this is controversial because it is all about interpretations of the Bible, which is different to almost every individual. As I have researched and personally saw women head coverings this is what I have discovered...

When I first moved into my college town, I realized that I was among a large population of Apostolic Christian women. In the Apostolic Christian denomination the women often do not cut their hair, and most of the time have it up in public, covered by a head covering "doily" looking fabric. There is more to what most of these women are convicted to do , but that shall be for another time. This denomination often references the verse

 1 Corinthians 11:15 " But every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven"

When talking to a friend who is Apostolic Christian she interprets this as , her hair is her glory, thus she must never cut it. Her glory is for her husband thus she may not let other men see it, which is why it is often worn in a bun/up-do ( These women get super creative too though!). It is covered by a small piece of fabric ( they do range in size) such as this...

The women of the Apostolic Pentecostal denomination are often confused with Apostolic Christian women as they have similar convictions when it comes to dress, however one main thing is that women of the Apostolic Pentecostal denomination do not wear a head covering, and you see many of their long tresses ( And I meant LONG! My friend has hers below her knees!) let down or styled however they want.

Such as these lovely ladies :)

When asked why such a difference in a bible verse my friend replied that...

1 Corinthians 11:15
"But if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering"

Since it says  a woman's head is like her covering, her glory that we must not cut our hair, but our hair is like our crown, our covering. 

Amish women and Mennonite women alike wear head coverings full time. This of course differs church to church and my good friend Liz is Mennonite and does not wear a covering, however, a church 10 miles down from her, also Mennonite, the ladies adorn bonnets and the like. 

My reasoning for showing such difference is that the above denominations are Christian, but "rules", convictions  interpretations differ from church. However, women that are Muslim are often seen in a hijab, head scarf or something similar. Head-coverings in this faith  are often seen as the "norm" unlike Christian denominations where if you do wear a covering you are more than likely automatically categorized in to one of the a fore mentioned.

By the way, all the information above is what I have researched as well as what my sources (friends) explain to me. I do not mean to hurt anyone with the information or misrepresent!

Anyway, as a Catholic women, I often pondered the idea of a head covering for myself. 

I wanted to wear a covering for the following reasons;
  • I like the idea of showing my hair to only my husband ( and family)
  • I do want to live biblically, and as a good Catholic ( although I fail, every single day one way or another!)
  • I look upon our blessed mother , as see that she too, wears a covering.
  • Modesty

Why I do not want to wear a head covering;
  • I understand that women of the bible wore coverings, as that was the culture during Christ time, but that opens a whole other can of worms on basically every bible verse there is.
  • I want to be modest, and part of modesty is not bringing attention to ones self, and head coverings often do just that, because it is not the "norm"
  • I want the "holier than thou" stigma put upon myself, as this is between Jesus and I, but other do not understand that. 
  • Women in all of the Catholic churches I have been too do not wear a covering.

Why I am confused about coverings;
  • If I were to contemplate wearing a head covering do I do it full time? Just to Mass and Adoration? Just during Adoration?
  • Is my cut hair, enough to be a covering on its own?

When pondering anything in life I often turn to a priest, the Catechism, the Bible and prayer. 
What I found was that up until about 40 years ago women DID cover at Mass, however in the new Catechism it isn't a must. So it comes down to conviction. Back tracking a little back to the other denominations that I mentioned such as the Pentecostal and Apostolic Christian. These women are convicted to wear a head covering. This is true to a point. My former boss was part of the Apostolic Christian church and she did not adorn a head covering nor modest clothing. She was asked to leave her home church and had to find another. When I went to visit these churches I had a friendly reminder from my friends that I should wear a skirt and hair up. A church near my area just recently lost many members as the preacher required women to wear a covering full time, sleeves no shorter than elbow length and no skirts higher than the ankle, this cost some controversy, and many women left.

 I think a conviction is between myself and the Lord, and my future husband. I think my decision still requires much prayer, but most importantly before I wear a veil, I must wear a veil on my heart. My accepting to wear the veil, I must accept the place that God gives women in the church, in family and society. My wearing a veil is  wanting to imitate Our Lady in her humility, submissiveness, and obedience to Christ.

I hope everyone is having a great week!
Trust in The Lord!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tasty Tuesday!

So I have this terrible habit of planning something for Tasty Tuesday then life decides to be life and I change my mind. This past Monday I was planning a super last minute cookout for my niece and her boyfriend. They just came back from Poland and we decided to grill out. I wanted to make a small, sweet treat, my dilemma I had about 45 minutes to pull this whole event together. I wanted something simple, but delicious and from scratch ( I have recently started boycotting processed foods, corn fructose syrup and other things). So I present a light, fluffy, delicately sweet, coffee cake that left them eating crumbs!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Streusel Topping Ingredients:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. butter( melted)
1/2 cup nuts (optional, but delicious)

In a bowl mix together sugar, shortening, egg. In another bowl mix together salt, flour,baking powder. Slowly add the flour mixture into the sugar mixture. Put into a greased 9 inch pan. In another bowl put all of the Streusel toppings together, sprinkle on top of batter. Heat the oven to 375* and bake for 20-25 minutes. 

It is awesome. Really it is :)

May God bless all of you! Have a wonderful week!

Friday, July 12, 2013

7 Quick Takes!

I went to my first Rodeo last night! A few towns away from where I live was the fair, and each day they have a event going on. Last night was the Rodeo! Both myself, Sebastian and my brother Paul ( he decided to stay another week after this, waaahoo!) headed over. It was so much fun! I got the full experience of a fair, lemonade shake up ( yes, my first one!) and singing the Star Spangled Banner, accompanied with a prayer from the announcer! We all had a good 2 hours of fun. I hope that they do it again next year!

The start!

 Wild Cow Milking!

Wild Horse Bucking!

I think I have hay fever or something going on because, I am feeling terrible today! I hate being a debbie downer, but oh man, being sick really brings you to reality as making tea is a struggle! My throat is aching, my ears are hurting. I speculate hay fever, but WED MD says either ran ear infection or Thyroid cancer... The worst is that I have to go to work tomorrow and I hate being sick while working as I have to deal with very strange customers at the gas station. Please pray for my sanity tomorrow!

I currently have cinnamon raisin bread rising. When I say rising, I mean not rising. I shouldn't bake when I am feeling like poop. I hope that I added all the right ingredients, and that it comes out decent, if not I am sure that the chickens will eat it!

I think I mentioned that at the end of July my cousin Justina, who also is one of my bridesmaids is coming into town for 8 days! She lives  1,000 miles away and I see her, well never! I figured this would be a perfect time to gather round all of my bridesmaids and let them get to know one another. I am planning a day out for dress shopping etc. I want to make them each a little gift basket so show my appreciation that they are coming from all over the country for my special day... I found a great groupon coupon ( yes, say that three times fast, haha) for VISTA PRINT, and made them t-shirts! Yay! Here is what they look like...

Obviously my maid of honor t-shirt for you guessed it my maid off honor!

For the rest of my bridesmaids!

You guessed it , my shirt!

Speaking of Groupon. Do any of you guys use it? I just found it a few months ago and hot dog! I love it! For those who do not know what it is.. here is a run down. I will use my t-shirts above as an example. Groupon is a website where you can find amazing coupons. These can be for restaurants, things and places to do, bars, Vistaprint, doctor appointments, massages, anything you can think of.  I saw a coupon for Vistaprint, an online printing store, the coupon was for 70 dollars off an order, to but this coupon you had to pay $17. This means that I bought the coupon for $17 and then was able to download it. When I went to Vistaprint to purchase the shirts, my total was about  $73. The coupon takes off $70 dollars, leaving me to pay $3. So instead of paying $73 for the shirts above, I only really paid $20. I hope this makes sense? Sebastian and I use this site often to decide what where where we will go for date night, and plan a lot of our vacations! Some things are worth it, others are not.

I cannot believe that it is already way into July. That means school is around the corner. Which means stress of senior year for both me and Sebastian. On the bright side we are getting married next September! Now, focus Joanna, FOCUS on graduating. AhgghhUhgh!

I am falling asleep from the allergy medicine that I took and have been typing this blog entry for the last two hours... which means my bread has been rising for a little over that. Whoops. Time ta put it in the oven and go to sleeeep and rest up. Yes, I realize that it is only 6:24 pm.
I apologize for my loopiness today. it has been a long and tiring day. help.


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Thursday, July 11, 2013

How We Met

Following One Catholic Mama and a few other favorite bloggers, I decided that I should share my "How We Met" story, as this is a blog partially focused on my up and coming wedding ;). I will try to keep it short :)!

Sebastian and I met my freshmen year in College. We happened to be in the same Chemistry class. I remember seeing him , walking in each day ( he was always early; something that makes my hear flutter, haha, no really.) One day I was wearing a "Our Orchestra" hoodie, that I found at a local thrift shop. He asked me if I went to that school, and I red faced and all reply "no... I found it at a thrift store" ( I felt really dumb). Anyway that got us talking about us both playing the violin in high-school, and I made the stupid excuse of  looking for a violin, and he happened to have one for sale ;). Anyway, I gave him my number (Yes! I made the bold move... probably the first and last time in my life!).  We started texting, about the violin of course (haha) and he asked me to take a walk with him.

A few moonlight walks, meaningful text messages, and simple words exchanged in class later, Sebastian asked me out on a date. I agreed, and I was taken on one of the most gentlemen like dates I have ever been on! I was so nervous I couldn't stop shaking and he was so nervous he forgot his wallet in his car and had to leave to get it (we still laugh about it today, as I contemplated at the moment if the date went so horrible that it was his excuse to "ditch"). After that we went out on a few more dates. We talked about what we wanted in life and what we were hoping to achieve between us. Sebastian asked for a commitment to me, and I didn't think it was a good time to do that then. We parted ways, and I couldn't stop thinking about him.

Fast forward a few months and I was in class with Sebastian's MOM! His mom was pursuing her bachelors at a later age, and we actually became pretty close in class. It was also an inside look to see how Sebastian was doing ( I know, I am "SO" tricky"). Of course she was relaying this information back to him. Freshmen year came to a close and we both thought we were moving on to different areas of life.

Around this time, I started discerning a religious vocation with the Third Order of St. Francis Sisters. Sebastian was dating another girl, and wanting to go into the Navy. First semester of Sophomore year passes. I find out that a religious calling is not for me, although time with the Sisters was VERY beneficial, and I will never forget them and their hospitality! Around this time, I was looking for 2nd semester books. I found out through Sebastian's MOM that he has a book for rent. Although I didn't need it, I contacted his mom to see if I could borrow it ( light reading, of course ;)).

Fast forward  a few days, and our book exchange was approaching. I dragged along my good friend Liz with me so that I could stop shaking before I saw Sebastian. The exchange was brief, but left an impact in my heart. A few weeks later Sebastian messaged me. I told him I was working that night at the local coffee shop and he should stop in ( this man likes his coffee black, strong, and by the gallon!).
 When he walked through those doors. I am pretty sure I spilled milk, powder and what ever else I was holding  at the time. He ordered his drink, and when I brought it out to him I just sat down as if he were an old friend and talked for a few minutes. That night before he left he asked if I would have dinner with him the following week. I said yes.

Our First Picture Together * blushes*

That first date, he asked me what I wanted from life, and I asked him the same. We didn't want to "date" around, we were looking for the one to spend our life with. No games, just honesty. We were on the same page this time.

Fast forward two months of "dating" bliss. Sebastian got down on one knee in a sun flower field where we had our "first" date from the first time around and asked me to be his partner, his wife, his one and only. I said yes!
We started dating "officially" February 18th, 2011. April 29th, 2012 we got engaged, and September 20th, 2014 we will be united through God as husband and wife, God willing!

Although we disagree on some small things, we always agree on the big important stuff. Although we get angry and bitter sometimes, nothing feels better than a hug from him. I cannot wait to be his wife, his partner and his one and only.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tasty Tuesdays!

My mom is amazing and left me with a package of pork chops, unfrozen, so I knew I had to use them quick :)! I figured this would be a great time to go ahead and try out a new recipe. I think hat pork/pork chops can be very versatile and easy to work with, but for some reason I tend to lean towards fried pork chops every time. I decided to use the internet as my tool and search for something delicious!

After looking high and low I finally found a recipe that I ave not tried, look fairly simple, and had great reviews. However, as I was making this it was NOT going as planned and everything seemed to be going down hill. For that reason... I didn't take any pictures, and I improvised a lot on my own. I now regret that because... Both my brother and Sebastian licked their plates clean...and my serving dish...
So I bring to you...

Sour Cream Pork Chops 
Joanna's Version!
( As I mentioned, I made lots of changes to this recipes. I will be writing the original version, and my changes are in red)

  • 6 (4) pork chops 
  • 2 (1) cubes bullion ( Next time I just might use chicken stock)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 8 oz container of sour cream
Season pork chops with salt, pepper and garlic powder. In a medium skillet brown the pork chops in a small amount of olive oil. 

     Now the next step in the original recipes tells us to move the pork chops, when brown to a slow cooker. I omitted the slow cooker part and did this instead. If you would like the slow cooker part please email me. 

 Move the pork chops into a dish and stick in the oven at 250 degrees to keep warm. In the pan where the you were browning the pork chops place the onion and let them brown with the juices from the chops. After browning, pour the 2 cups of water into the pan and put the bullion cube in and bring to a boil. While that is heating up, take the 2 tbsp flour and mix with the 8 oz container of sour cream. When the onion/water mixture is brought to a boil but the sour cream/flour mixture. Whisk/mix well so that the flour does not clump. This should turn into a  smooth sauce. 

Take out the chops from the oven , and pour the sauce over them. I put these back into the over for another hour at 250 degrees, and I served them!

This is a picture from the website that I found the recipe. I will be using this recipe once again and then I shall snap a picture! :)


Monday, July 8, 2013

Monday Musings

Right Now: After a pretty busy, productive day I am sitting down before bed watching "Newsroom" with my brother. Sebastian, my brother and I decided to go out for ice cream after dinner, and made a quick grocery trip!

The weekend: was actually nice and slow! Weekends feel like they have been flying by lately, and that usually is caused by work, but... I had both  Saturday AND Sunday off!!! 

Saturday, Sebastian was out working a few jobs with stumping. My parents came by the farm and while my mom and I cooked and cleaned together my brother helped my dad build a wood shed. I even got to help with the shed building a little! Afterwards, My family met up with some other family members and we went to see fireworks on the lake! Oh! We also went swimming. What a great day!
Sunday, we went to Mass. It was definitely a hot day and I praise God everyday for the invention fans and air conditioning! Afterwards a few cousins came by to shoot guns with Sebastian. It makes me so happy to spend time with family, and that my fiance has a general interest spending time with them!

 Yay!  A almost done woodshed( the men need to find a door...somewhere). This will be in hand for rainy days as well as in the winter so that the wood does not get wet!
Happy 4th of July!

Some plans for the week: I am working Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I hope to try a new recipe or two. Sebastian and I hope to buy a new computer this week, any suggestions? We are doing more wedding planning, focusing on our Church and filling out our paperwork. I started reading a new book and hope to get deeper into it. it is called "A Year in Biblical Womanhood". I hope to do a post or two about it because it is very interesting. I don't agree 100% with the author but it is a good read thus far. I am also planning a bridesmaids get together for the end of July! This type of stress I love! I love to plan events, and although this get together will only be a day long, I am hosting a cousin of mine for a whole week. Whooo!

I am grateful for: Life! I am so happy that I am a healthy abled person. I am grateful that I have a loving family that cares for me! I am grateful that our kitten is slowly but surely getting littered trained. I am grateful for my fiances ability to speak when something bothers him, I need to learn to do this better! I am grateful for awesome bridesmaids who are bending over backwards trying to figure out our get together!
Some prayer intentions for the week: I pray that my moms new medication will work with her diabetes. My dad will get his butt to the doctor for his knee. For my brother that realizes how awesome God is, and that the Catholic faith is beautiful. For my fiance to have hope for finding a job, to worry about himself sometimes, to deal with his own spiritual battles. For me and my mom to better our relationship as the days, weeks, years go by, for the wedding planning to go by smoothly, for the strength to raise in the morning excited for life, for peace in my heart when I start getting stressed. For all my friends to enjoy the rest of their  summer break safely. For my blogger friends to have a wonderful week!

Something that makes me smile:

When a women is craving ice cream this man not only takes her but her brother out for a delicious treat :) Thank you sweetheart :)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

What I Wore This Sunday

I decided to join all of the other wonderful ladies  at Fine Linen and Purple who participate in What I Wore This Sunday. I think this fits in perfectly with my blog as I am all about femininity and encouraging women to look their best, especially on a Sunday! This Sunday Sebastian, my brother and I headed out for 9:30 Mass (Sebastian prefers 8 am, my brother prefers 11:30, and we all just compromise on 9:30, ha-ha). Here is what I wore...

This is outside of town. I love gazebos! I hope, that one day I am able to have something like this as it makes a perfect spot for prayer and relaxation!
I am wearing...
*A button up shirt from Ann Taylor that I bought at Goodwill
*A below the knee skirt also purchased at Goodwill
*Sandals from... Rue 21?
*My engagement ring :)

Have a blessed Sunday:)

Wedding Planning Continued

So I meant to write this post exactly a week ago. I knew that I would need to be in the right state of mind( peaceful and excited) and that it wouldn't be a quick post. I kept postponing this because as I have mentioned before it was a week filled with unpleasant happenings. When I last wrote about anything wedding planning related, I mentioned and put pictures of our hoped wedding hall. This is a run down of how last weekend actually went...

Friday - Sebastian and I had to hurry to go to my parents house ( about 2  hours away) because I was going to go look at wedding dresses with my mom and my aunt! I decided on these two women because I obviously wanted my mother to be there, and my aunt is my moms best friend and we all share a similar style, however very opinionated. We headed over to Davids Bridal , and after trying on about 10 dresses we all were left very unsatisfied. The consultant kept trying on the same dress style , even though I wanted to try on all different types , just to say that I did and that I didn't like them.

When it comes to my dress there are a few thoughts that go through my mind... 1) this IS the most important dress of my life, and I will only have one. 2) We do have a budget that we have to stick too. 3) I don't want  a dress that I have to change to much about, and I want positive reactions from both my mother and my aunt. 4) Are all the dresses seriously strapless :( ? So Davids Bridal was a bust, and we moved on.

Saturday - This was the day that we were going to go ahead and look at the banquet hall that we had reservations for, this is the "castle" one that I mentioned in an earlier post. Needless to say, we ALL fell in love with it. The prices are reasonable, the decor is beautiful and... WE BOOKED IT! I am so happy! We are officially penned in with a  deposit for September 20th, 2014! Oh happy day! Here are some pictures of our adventure! My mother, father, brother , aunt and aunt went with Sebastian and I. It was great to hear positive reactions from everyone(believe me this VERY rarely happens haha) Here are some pictures...:)
My amazing mom and ever growing brother! This is the parking lot area of the banquet hall.

This is the front of the hall!

My patient father and loving fiance!

Sunday - On Sunday Sebastian and I were  planning on going back to our neck of the woods early afternoon. Little did we know that those plans would quickly change when my mom and I decided to make a "quick" trip to the bridal store where my older sister bought her dress. Along with us my two aunts came again. This dress adventure was a lot more relaxed, fun as our consultant put me in crazy dresses I would never wear, to dresses that were questionable. There was this one dress on the hanger that technically fit my criteria ( not strapless, not tight fitting, beautiful, and not to "showy"). However, it wasn't the material that I was looking for, it wasn't the right color ( it was pink! but it could be ordered in white) and it was almost to simple for my taste. 
However, I put it on, turned around toward my aunts and mom  and they all started bawling. Needless to say.... I FOUND MY DRESS! Well, we of course didn't make that decision right away ( this turned into an almost 5 hour ordeal) we called in my maid of honor for an opinion... which was positive! We got the price we were looking for and when we called my dad, my dad approved it over the phone... OH HAPPY DAY!

Needless to say, we just knocked out TWO big things on our wedding planning list! That makes me thrilled because we are still over a year away from the big day, but with our senior year of college approaching soon it is such as good thing that we are getting ahead of the game!

* I am not showing the picture of the dress nor am I saying to much detail about it because I want to keep it a secret till the big day! :)