Tuesday, August 28, 2012


My oh my. When I created this blog I had such good intentions of being on here frequently giving little blurbs of my every day life as a country bride.
um...... fail.
There were different times when I considered it for sure. The thought process went like this: "It would be fun to sit down and blog, but.....first I've really got to finish my laundry." or "I really should update my blog! So much as happened! But....the dishes!"
And of course, I never got to it.
But here's to starting again!
First big news of the day: rock-a-bye BABY! Probably not new news to any of you (....facebook ;)) but it still feels new to me! :-D And SO exciting. Simon and I are so thrilled to be parents and thank God for his wonderful little gift to us - our peanut (or "raspberry" as the pregnancy websites would say. That's approx. how big our little munchkin is right now). :)

News headline numero dos: I'm going to have to change the name of my blog because....I'm no longer going to be a "country" bride! We're moving to town! (blog re-name suggestions welcome ;)
We're very excited. This means Simon will be 12-15 minutes from work as opposed to 45 minutes. This is probably one of the things we're looking forward to most. We found a two bedroom apartment and (insert happy face) it has a wood fireplace! Can you say dream come true? I'm a huge fan of Fall and Winter and a wood fire is just icing on the cake (or "dark chocolate to the soul" in my case). ;) I can already picture two stockings hanging in front of the warm fire - A cozy little tree in the corner all lit up with lights and perhaps strung with popcorn and cranberries - the smell of pumpkin pie and homemade bread drifting through the house.....ahhhhhh :)

On a different note ("La, la la!"), today I was quite happy with a little recipe experiment I tried. I wanted an alternative way to satisfy my ever-present sweet tooth. So - when I was at Trader Joe's the other day, I picked up some frozen vanilla Greek yogurt. And today I tried my hand at making a berry smoothie. SUCCESS! Delicious.
- A few small scoops of frozen vanilla yogurt
- a splash of milk
- a few ice cubes
- 5 strawberries or so
- one very ripe banana
- a small handful of frozen blueberries

and....voila! A tasty (healthy!) snack.

That's all for now folks! :)

"I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds." ~ Psalm 9:1 (ESV)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Married and lovin it

Tonight at 7:45 Simon and I will have been married for 5 weeks and 4 days! Can I just say that, before the wedding, the days, hours and minutes draaaaaged on and now time is flying! I can't believe we've been Mr. and Mrs. for over a month! And what a wonderful month it has been - filled with joy and thankfulness to our Lord who has been with us every step of the way. Every day I love Simon more. His love overwhelms me and I bask in it every time I think of him (which is....all the time ;) )

I LOVE being married!! I've loved setting up our house and making it a home. I'm lovin cookin (it's actually working! :-D). I love hearing my man drive up after work and come through the door.

Life is good. GOD is good!

Going back to "I'm lovin cookin." Below is an equation I'm so glad I tried the other night:

Ground Beef + Cabbage + Onion + Dinner Roll Dough = BEIROCKS!

Just cuz we liked them so much I'm going to post the recipe below:

1 lb ground beef
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1/3 head of cabbage, shredded

1 pkg active dry yeast
1 c. lukewarm water
1 egg
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 c. melted butter
3 c. flour

Prepare dough first so that it can rise while you are assembling the filling.
Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Add egg, sugar, salt and butter and stir. Add half of the flour and stir until smooth (ish). Add rest of flour and stir. Place in greased bowl, cover and let rise.

Brown the meat and season (to taste) with lots of salt, pepper and garlic powder. Put cabbage and onion in another pan with some butter and cook (stirring often) until cabbage is limp and onion is translucent. Add cabbage and onion to the meat and toss together in the pan.

On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a big rectangle (a little thinner than a pie crust) and cut into 4 in. squares (approx.) Put filling in each square and pinch to close.

Place beirocks (pinched side down) onto a greased baking sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-18 minutes. Brush tops with butter while still warm.

Serve with butter and salt for people to add.

Delicious with a side of salted cucumbers in vinegar.


That's all for now, friends!

"You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." ~Psalm 16:11