I have been cooking more in the past few months than I ever have in my entire life and I love it! I love trying new recipes and fine-tuning them the second time around. This mac and cheese is one of my new favorites! I love the heat from the jalapenos and the crunch the panko bread crumbs give. But my absolute favorite part about this recipe is that I get to use my super cute individual casseroles!
My computer is still not healed.
My camera battery is dead and, of course, my charger is no where to be found.
However that hasn’t kept me from capturing some pictures for my Project 52! I’m just a little (okay, maybe a lot) behind. Here are the last 4 weeks!
Matt and I went to LA for my Spring Break. Ricky was gracious enough to let us stay with him and was such a wonderful host! We went to Yogurtland, which is a self-serve frozen yogurt place, several times. It was so great to just hang out, eat yogurt, and talk about life!
Hollywood! We snapped this while outside of the Griffith Observatory. It’s on a hill high above LA. The views were stunning! You could literally take in the whole city. We were also able to look through a couple of telescopes. We saw the polar cap on Mars and had an amazing view of the moon. It was very coo and, best of all, it was free!
The weather over Easter weekend was beautiful! Joey and Patsy came in to visit and were gracious enough to help us start an herb garden. I had a better time than I thought I would digging in the dirt and filling up pots with my new plants. I can’t wait to cook with my new herbs!
So there is a snippet of our last 4 weeks! Don’t forget to check out The Mom Creative to see all the other Project Life posts!
All of that to say, here are our pictures from weeks eight and nine:
Matt went on a little guy’s trip to St. Louis. He had a great time! It was good for him to get out of town for a couple of days. (I’ll have him write on the journal card for this week.)
My desk area at work! Right now it looks like a total mess but I feel like it’s organized. Everything has a place and those that don’t will soon be in a folder, labeled, and filed away. Added to my desk area this year were a new laser jet printer and an ELMO document camera. Notice all the post-its? Clearly I love making lists… :)
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Then I clicked on this link and it rocked my world.
Shame on me. Shame on me to think I couldn’t give up chocolate or TV for 40 days. (I mean, I would miss the Bachelor finale if I did that?!)
Blood:Water Mission reminded me with their 40 Days of Water challenge that there are people who would be happy to have something to sacrifice. It reminded me that there are people who make sacrifices every day just to get clean water to drink.
So that’s what I’m hoping to remember every day of this 40 day challenge. As I drink only water, clean water that I get with no effort, I pray that this tiny sacrifice will help me become innately aware of how blessed I truly am.
I convinced Matt to take on this challenge with me. You can read his take on it here. We started today. (Hence the water you see above:)) I will be calculating our saved expenses by choosing only tap water for the next 40 days and then make a donation to Blood:Water Mission. We would love your support and encouragement.
Are you participating in lent this year?
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My picture this week is of a few of the cookbooks I have been using recently. I'm trying to cook meals more on the healthy side. I've made mac and cheese and an Alfredo that were both low fat and delicious! Our other new favorite is crock pot chicken tacos. Yum!
- Put the frozen chicken in the bottom of your crock pot. Mix the rotel and taco seasoning in a small bowl and pour over the chicken. Cook on low about 6 hours.
- When chicken is done remove from the crock pot and shred using two forks. Mix in some of the rotel left in the crock pot.
- Fill your hard or soft taco shells with the chicken mixture and add your favorite toppings!
Love love love!
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My picture this week is from one of my very favorite new traditions: Willis Wednesday! Every Wednesday night we get together with the Willis family. They are such a sweet family and have a cutie pie boy, Jonah. Wednesdays have become a night I look forward to every week.
This week Matt and I were pseudo parents to sweet Elias. (You may remember him from Week 3.) Both of his parents were traveling so we had a slumber party with him at our place. He and Jonah got along famously! It was so fun to watch the boys play together.
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As you all know if you saw my Week 2- Project 52 post Matt resigned from his job earlier this month. So now we are looking for him a ‘tent-making’ job and starting the church planting journey. I’m excited about this but I’m also scared out of my mind.
For me this is taking a lot of faith. Most of the time more faith than I feel like I have. I don’t know anything about church planting and I really struggle with feeling inadequate. Is God really sure that he wants me to be a part of this? Doesn’t he know me and all my imperfections?
I really have to cling to the fact that He is who He says He is. And that doesn’t come easy for me. But His plan is not about me, it’s about Him. And luckily I don’t have to find my worth in people. I can only find my worth in the Lord.
My prayer is that these attitudes of my heart will become the attitudes of my life because currently there is a disconnect. I’m living in fear and allowing other’s perceptions of me (my looks, my hobbies, my ‘christian-ness’, my talents) to guide my actions. I claim my favorite verse is Psalm 27. I think it’s time I start believing it.
A David Psalm
1 Light, space, zest— that's God!
So, with him on my side I'm fearless,
afraid of no one and nothing.
vandal hordes ride down ready to eat me
alive, Those bullies and toughs
fall flat on their faces.
besieged, I'm calm as a baby.
When all hell breaks loose,
I'm collected and cool.
4 I'm asking
God for one thing, only one thing:
To live with him in his house
my whole life long. I'll
contemplate his beauty; I'll study at his
5 That's the only quiet, secure place
in a noisy world, The
perfect getaway, far from the buzz of
6 God holds me head and shoulders
above all who try to pull me down.
I'm headed for his place to offer anthems
that will raise the roof!
Already I'm singing God-songs;
I'm making music to God.
God, I'm calling at the top of my lungs: "Be
good to me! Answer me!" When my heart whispered, "Seek God,"
my whole being replied,
"I'm seeking him!" Don't
hide from me now!
9-10 You've always been right there for me;
don't turn your back on me now.
Don't throw me out, don't abandon me;
you've always kept the door open.
My father and mother walked out and left me,
but God took me in.
11-12 Point me
down your highway, God; direct me along a
well-lighted street; show my enemies whose
side you're on. Don't throw me to the dogs,
those liars who are out to get me,
filling the air with their threats.
13-14 I'm sure now I'll see God's goodness
in the exuberant earth.
Stay with God! Take heart.
Don't quit. I'll say it again:
Stay with God.
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My picture this week is a small glimpse of all of the boxes of books that used to be in Matt’s church office. Now they are stacked neatly in our guest bedroom. I already have plans to organize our storage area and soon they will all be tucked away in there. :)
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My main source of inspiration for this new goal is my friend Jessica. She is so good at taking pictures and documenting her family’s story. She is doing a picture taking project titled, “Project Life”. It’s this awesome kit that comes with everything you need for a complete album. Literally everything but your pictures and handwriting. Check it out here.
The goal of the project is to document life as it happens. Basically you take a picture everyday and write a little blurb about each picture. At the end of the year you have an album full of 365 pictures from your life with little reminders about why that picture was important to you that day.
So, without further ado, here are my two pictures (I’m already going above and beyond!) from the first week in January. Also, on Jessica’s blog she is hosting Project Life Tuesdays where others who are doing the project or something similar can link up together. I will join her each Tuesday and post my picture of the week! It’s not too late to start your own!