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Years. Off. My. Life.

25 Feb

I have something to share.

Bruce took approximately 10 years off of my life this morning.

I haven’t mentioned it on here, but Bruce has been working part-time, which is a blessing in so many ways for us.  It is a little bit of income that doesn’t involve my savings account, but it is not something he would mind walking away from if we have to move.  The past couple of mornings he’s been up and at ’em around 6 and this morning was no different.

After Bruce left this morning, I rolled over and went back to sleep.  I was partly being lazy, but was mostly just exhausted because my cat decided 3 a.m. was a nice time to declare her desire to be fed by knocking everything off of my nightstand one item at a time.

I rolled over again at 8 a.m. feeling refreshed, but still a little bit lazy.  I had brought my laptop up to my room last night, so I pulled it into bed and started checking my email and catching up on my favorite blogs.  I figured I could get away with it because Bruce wasn’t home and no one would know.

Fast forward to 9 a.m.  I thought I heard a car coming up my driveway.  Is that my driveway?  Or is it someone coming up the neighbor’s driveway?  Maybe it’s the oil truck?  No, I just got oil last week.  I swear that’s my driveway.  Is that the garage door opening?  No – who knows the code to the garage door?  My mom?  No, she’s texting me.  My dad?  Maybe he has a delay because of the weather.  Maybe I’m just hearing things.  Maybe I should get up and check.  Is there something within arms reach that I can grab and hit someone with if I’m being robbed?


My heart started to beat a little faster because I thought I heard someone coming up the steps.  I looked up and all of a sudden Bruce walked through the door.

“Hi Babe!”

“ohmygod you scared me half to death!”

Apparently he didn’t have to work very long today.  I did not know that.  So two things happened this morning …
1. Bruce took approximately 10 years off of my life.
2. Bruce caught me in bed reading blogs at 9 a.m. on a Friday morning.
I’m not sure which is more horrifying.

How about some Friday Favorites?  My shelves are bare and I think I am going to  look for some new inspiration as I head to the store this weekend.  Here is what is catching my eye right now!

(Head over to Finding Joy In My Kitchen for more Friday Favorites!)

I don’t have any blackberries at the moment, but I still have some of Maura’s raspberries in my freezer.  I would love to try my hand at a Raspberry Cobbler!
This recipe is genius.  I don’t like bananas, but I think I could use strawberries instead and OH MY it seems divine.
I’ve actually made this before, but not in at least a year!  I’d love to bring it back and get the recipe up on my blog as well.

Emily made this with a bunch of vegan cheese-like ingredients, which I’m kind of scared to try.  I think I’ll just use the real stuff. 🙂
This isn’t so much a recipe as it is a meal idea, but doesn’t this look amazing?  Between this and the tuna I had at Betsey’s the other day, I can’t stop thinking about the chicken of the sea.
Alright, I’m off to be productive and make up for the fact that I was caught red-handed!
Have a great day – TGIF!

Five Friday Favorites

22 Jan

It’s Friday night and I’m on my couch in sweatpants doing sermon research.

I’m not sure what this says about me.

I think I am starting to feel the wear and tear of the search and call process.  Things are going very well, but living in an in-between time and staring into the future of the unknown is starting to take its toll on me.

I appreciate the blogging community more than I could possibly ever express right now.  I love the daily interaction and the creative inspiration.  It fuels me.

Every week SnoWhite over at Joy In My Kitchen showcases her Friday Favorites, recipes that she’s come across throughout the week on websites and blogs that she wants to try in her own kitchen (my Black Bean Burgers made the list this week!).  She has invited people to link up with some of their favorites this week and I thought it would be fun to jump in.

The snow-and-ice-related running hiatus that I am (involuntarily) on right now has me a little bit nutty.  Giving myself 20 minutes to mindlessly browse through some of my favorite food and cooking blogs was just what I needed to stabilize myself after a hectic day!  I hope you enjoy.

(I set it so when you click on the photos you get taken directly to the recipe – click away!)

This looks delicious.

Kari’s mom said it was delicious.

It’s the Pioneer Woman.

Need I say more?

Emily inspires me every day to try new vegetables.  She has an incredible way of making not-often-used greens look like comfort food.  I think it’s magic.

I also think she has incredible camera presence (like stage presence, only with a vide camera).  I think I commented on this post and told her that I hoped Food Network would give her a show.  I wonder if I’ll get production credit?

Maybe it’s because I’m back in New England, but I’ve got ‘maple’ on my mind these days.  I look at this photo and my mouth literally waters.

I actually came across this recipe because it was a Foodbuzz Top 9.  Doesn’t it look delicious?  It looks like something my father used to make.


I actually didn’t know what minestrone soup was before a few days ago, when I found a can of it in my pantry.  As I was eating it, I was thinking that it couldn’t be that difficult – looks like it isn’t!

That was fun!  Head over to this post to see some other favorites.  Consider publishing your own and linking up!  Food blogs are cheap therapy, as far as I’m concerned.

Okay, I’ve played around long enough.  My sermon beckons!

Night!