Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Happieset 5K & Thanksgiving Week

I ran The Color Run this weekend in Concord, NC with my co-worker Amie. I'm super thankful that we went together because everyone else on my team was unable to and she was in the same predicament, it wouldn't have been as fun without her either!

It was an experience to say the least, but I was proud of myself we finished in around 40-45 minutes! J was a trooper of a husband and came with us to be supportive.

J's first day at the new job is tomorrow, please send a prayer for his nerves and a great first day/week. In addition to that it's Thanksgiving week, one of my favorite weeks of the year! I've always loved Thanksgiving, I mean honestly what's better than lots of comfort food, crazy loving family time, parades and football? Not a lot in my opinion. In addition to that we have a LOT to thankful for the Lord has been nothing but good to us this year and really reassured me that He is our ultimate provider, He's blessed Jeremy with a new job, good health for all family members, no surgery for Buddy Dog this year, a lovely little house which we've turned into a home, a great job and lots of opportunity at Yodle for me, a great group of people in our small group, bringing cousins home from Afghanistan safely, the best friends you could ask for, my husband who is so sweet to me... seriously my list could go on and on about how thankful I am to the Lord for all he's done.

 This year will be super special as it's the first time that J and I are hosting Thanksgiving at our house for my family, I'm excited and nervous all at once! The good news is that I'm off of work on Wednesday so I can get the house cleaned and prepared early in addition to any prep cooking I will need to do. Today we went grocery shopping after church in order to avoid the craziness later on this week and stocked up on the food goods in preparation for Wednesday and Thursday. I will be tackling my first ever apple pie as well! I'll let you know how it turns out but here's the recipe I'm following:

Easy Skillet Apple Pie

  • 2 pounds Granny Smith apples 
  • 2 pounds Braeburn apples
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter 
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 (14.1-oz.) package refrigerated pie crusts 
  • 1 egg white 
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Butter-pecan ice cream 


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350º. Peel apples, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges. Toss apples with cinnamon and 3/4 cup granulated sugar.
  2. 2. Melt butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat; add brown sugar, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and place 1 piecrust in skillet over brown sugar mixture. Spoon apple mixture over piecrust, and top with remaining piecrust. Whisk egg white until foamy. Brush top of piecrust with egg white; sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar. Cut 4 or 5 slits in top for steam to escape.
  3. 3. Bake at 350º for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly, shielding with aluminum foil during last 10 minutes to prevent excessive browning, if necessary. Cool on a wire rack 30 minutes before serving.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


There's a first time for everything and today, I ironed my new pale green polyester curtains for our dining room. Wife Domestication at it's finest. On Friday night, Jeremy took me on a surprise date night and while we were waiting for the movies (which we didn't end up going to) we found a sweet metal piece for our dining room, so I had to change the curtains since the red ones no longer matched. Pictures to follow from the new and improved decor in the dining room as soon as the new piece is hung!

Date night on Friday was awesome, J took me to Olive Garden and then out shopping and we ended up watching The Raven here at the house in the man cave vs. going to the movies. We were old and got tired early haha.
This has been a great weekend, one of the best in a long time and the greatness started early on Thursday with the news that J got a job offer- one we've been waiting and praying for! God is always faithful and his timing is ALWAYS perfect. I'm sure you're curious as to what do I mean? Well, you see his state unemployment end next week, he will start his new job the following Monday. How awesome is that? 

"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him."-Ecclesiastes 3. God just keeps bringing this verse up in my life in so many instances, I'm starting to see a theme here.

Witnessed a sweet Clemson victory yesterday in Death Valley against Maryland! Clemson is 9-1.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Wester Wedding

Had a blast two weeks ago at the Westerburg Rowles Wedding! The photobooth at their wedding was a huge hit, loved taking some crazy pictures :) Makes me wish we could have done something like this at our wedding, sighhhh...Check out Flickerbooth if you're interested in doing one at your wedding, your guests can download the pictures for free afterwards- amazing!