Archive | November, 2013

Thankfulness 2013 / Part 3

29 Nov
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Click on this picture and print it out!

Here I am, thinking about this verse as I sit at my parent’s kitchen table. The table where I grew up eating casseroles and stir-fries. The table where many thanksgiving have been eaten before. I’m reminded how many things there are to rejoice in, how many prayers have been answered, and how many things there are to give thanks for.

I’m so thankful to be at my family’s house this Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for the normal stuffing we ate yesterday and all the leftovers ready to be heated up for lunch. I’m thankful that my sister is here as she prepares to head overseas for a semester come 2014. I’m thankful for my parents who are always around when I need them. They are such a constant in my life. Thank you Lord for my husband who is sitting here next to me and giving me sweet glances in between our sentences.

Thank you God for the things I know that I’m thankful for and all those things You have done for me that I don’t even know about.


Thankfulness 2013 / Part 2

27 Nov

Monday, I began this Thanksgiving week with gratefulness to the Lord for himself and my husband. Yesterday, I showed you some Sharpie Therapy quotes about thankfulness. Today, I have another printable for you. Just click on the image and send it off your your printer! This one is from Philippians 4:6.

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In everything give thanks. Honestly, thanksgiving is not always the first thing on my mind. My pastor talked recently about making sure not to forget God in the good times. When you are doing well and everything is right remember the One who brought you through the dark times.

Take life one step at a time and trust God through each part of the journey. Let God lead you. Present your requests to God through prayer and petition and don’t be anxious about anything.

Sharpie Therapy / 4

26 Nov

sharpietherapy1Happy Thanksgiving week! This week Sharpie Therapy is covering quotes and verses about gratefulness and thankfulness. Practicing thankfulness renews your spirit so I thought it was appropriate to draw these out on green card stock. Let me know what you think and Be Thankful!

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Thankfulness 2013 / part 1

25 Nov

I wanted to do a few thankfulness recaps for you guys this Thanksgiving week. Other things happened this weekend, but in lieu of a Weekend Recap, I’m going to begin this week with thankfulness to my Creator and my husband.

This year has been everything: accomplishments, failures, good times and bad, new experiences and every day happenings. I know there are many full years to come and this is just one more thing that leads me to the Lord for strength. During all times, I know nothing should stop me from being thankful. The Lord is the first one for which I give thanks.

thanksgiving2013 printableFeel free to go ahead, print that out and hang it up around your house as a reminder to be thankful in everything! (No worries, I made it) 🙂

I’m thankful for people. Circumstances change and possessions break but family and friends get you through tough times. Thank you Lord for my helpmate. He is such a blessing to me.

Thank you Bradley for showing me truth and spurring me on to love and good deeds. This is something I’m especially thankful for this year. I feel like God’s been refining me this year and I’m thankful for that. However, He has been using Bradley in a great way in my life. Continually, he shows me God’s truth and reflects the Lord in his wisdom and admonishments.

Thank you for showing me perseverance, steadfastness, and faithfulness. Thank you Bradley for doing the work the Lord has you in right now. You are a rock for me and point me to the Rock that is larger than both of us. I can never thank the Lord enough for bringing you into my life.

Baking: Pumpkin Scones

22 Nov

As soon as Joy posted these on her Instagram, I knew I had to make them. I’ve never made anything with pumpkin before and these looked like a great place to start! As this is the week before Thanksgiving, it was the perfect time to try out a prospective recipe for turkey day morning. We are headed up to my parents house and after my mom saw these pictures she asked me for the recipe and requested I make them when I come!

This recipe is full of spices. You’re going to love the intense flavors!

IMG_3997Step 1: Use a whisk to mix together all the dry ingredients

IMG_4001Step 2: No editing needed here, look at that pumpkin color!

IMG_3999Step 3: And mix it together with the other wet ingredients.

IMG_4002Step 4: Cut the butter into cubes and use a pastry blender to mix in.

IMG_4003Step 5: Now combine the pumpkin mixture into the dry ingredients and add pecans.


IMG_4005Step 6: Use a cookie scoop to get the perfect portion on to a well-greased pan.


Step 7: While they are cooking, make the brown butter glaze. It was so simple and amazingly delicious!IMG_4009Step 8: After about 18 minutes pull the scones out and let them cook on a rack until cool.IMG_4010 IMG_4012 IMG_4013Step 9: Now drizzle the glaze back and forth all over the scones. I put a piece of plastic wrap down under the rack as to ease clean up later.
IMG_4017 IMG_4020Enjoy! These were the best scones I’ve ever made. You’ll be a pumpkin believer after munching on a few of them.Processed with VSCOcam with c2 preset


Original Recipe from Joy the Baker


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup, 6 ounces) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup buttermilk, cold
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

For the Glaze:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons whole milk


  1. Place rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and all of the spices.  Add the cold butter to the dry ingredients and toss to coat.  Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, break the butter down into the dry ingredients.  Work quickly so that the butter remains cold.  Some of the butter will be the size of oat flakes, others will be the size of small peas.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the wet ingredients, all at once to the dry ingredients.  Stir together until almost thoroughly combined.  Add pecans and stir until no dry flour bits remain.  Using a large ice cream scoop, scoop scones dough by the 1/2-cupful onto the prepared baking sheet.  Leave about 2-inches of space between each scone.
  5. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until browned slightly with dry tops.  You can insert a toothpick into the center of a scone to test for doneness.
  6. Allow to cool completely before glazing.
  7. To make the glaze, in a small saucepan melt butter over medium-low heat.  The butter will begin to crackle and pop.  After the crackling subsides a bit, the butter will begin to brown.  Continue to cook until the butter smells nutty and the butter solids begin to brown.  Immediately remove from the heat and transfer to a small bowl.
  8. In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, browned butter, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of milk.  Whisk together and add more milk as necessary until your desired consistency is reached.
  9. Generously drizzle scones with glaze.

Workwear: Polka Dot Button-up and Yellow Sweater

21 Nov

I love mixing stripes and polka dots, prints and graphics, and plaids and florals (ok the last one might be a stretch for me). In this outfit, these prints go together perfectly for a couple of reasons. Let me explain why:

1) Same color scheme. When mixing prints, try to stay in the same color vicinity. If you’re wearing a bright color like yellow, it might not be favorable to also throw on a loud red or fuchsia. Stick with one vibrant color and then mesh everything with it. Here, yellow and black/grey/white take main stage. 
2) Large-scale/small-scale. Try and wear one print that is small than the other one. Two large-scale prints don’t work well. If the polka dots were just as graphically loud as the bold stripes, they would be competing with and not complimenting each other. 

IMG_3603I’d love to see what you come up with when you mix prints! Send your pictures to and I’ll feature you in an upcoming style post!

IMG_3604Shirt: Loft (similar) – Sweater: Marshall’s (similar here and here) – Pants: Target – Belt: Target (similar) – Flats: Target


Apartment Design / Kitchen Walls

20 Nov

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I’ve been wanting to write a couple posts about updating our lovely apartment after two years of living in it. The pictures below are from our eat-in kitchen area. I love Julia Child quotes so I found these printables on a blog. (Unfortunately, I printed the off so long ago that by the time I actually got them up and took pictures I can’t seem to find where they were from.) Here are a couple other options in case you’re also looking for some great “typographically sound” printable Julia Child wall art (design 1) (design 2) (design 3) (design 4).

IMG_6730Here I am looking into a mirror I refinished.

IMG_6732 IMG_6734It used to be a gold-ish black color and unfortunately matched the previous look I was attempting to achieve. After the inspiration to put up a white floating shelf with white frames and colorful quotes, I knew the mirror had to change as well.

IMG_6735I took it outside and spray painted it white. However, it didn’t really change the mirror frame color white. It became more of a salmon pink. Against our light tan walls, let me tell you, it was a gorgeous color (not). IMG_6736So I ran to the store and grabbed another can of spray paint. This time a soft and dark grey color. It really covered up the awful pink nicely.

IMG_6738 IMG_6739When it dried (after several attempts while it was still wet), I used two different weights of sandpaper to rough up the frame. It reveals some of the “white” underneath and gives it a washed and worn effect.
IMG_6741I really like the looks of where this new kitchen is going! Sometimes inspiration hits and when it does, I like to grab spray paint and get some design work going!

Sharpie Therapy / 3

19 Nov


This whole Sharpie Therapy concept is different for each person. I use it both as a free-flowing though process and a creative way to think through scripture or a song while adding emphasis and writing it beautifully. I love that sharpies have such a distinct look. They bring color and contrast to any paper they touch.

For my good friend Grace, Sharpie Therapy is writing out quotes from her favorite books and poets. It’s finding the one passage that means that most to her at that given time and drawing it out in the most creative and readable font possible.

This week I’m showing you a couple Psalms I’ve read in the past week. I draw a lot of inspiration from these verses and am reminded that the Lord is our Protector, Savior and Almighty God.





Weekend Recap / 5

18 Nov

Bradley and I had the opportunity to host my mom after she returned from a trip to China. While she was there she had the opportunity to teach english at two different camps! Yea, mom’s a world traveller. Note: When your family travels, it’s awesome living next to a major/international airport. Even if I don’t get to go, I at least get to see them on the way in and out of the country. 🙂

Mom brought me back the most amazing gifts ever! You know how there are specialty Starbucks mugs in every city designed around what that part of the country is known for? Well, apparently they have them in China too! She hand delivered to me a China Starbucks mug!! Look at that Chinese dragon on the side. AMAZING! Knowing that I can’t get it anywhere makes it all the most valuable to me 🙂

IMG_6765 IMG_6769She also brought home a roll-up practice mat used for drawing Chinese characters. Usually the children use them when they practice writing their language at a young age. Complete with this amazing brush, I now I have a way to practice new brush fonts! The best part is that it uses no ink, only water, and the lettering disappears in minutes so it’s reusable!

IMG_6744IMG_6746IMG_6748IMG_6750IMG_6751IMG_6761Super cool mom. Thanks for the gifts!

Note: I have never used this many exclamation points in a post before.

Weekend Recap / 4

11 Nov

Yesterday, I completed an item off my bucket list. I ran a half marathon! And you know what, It wasn’t half bad. 🙂 After months of training and then taking two weeks off to prep for and work on a huge election, it was definitely not an easy run. But it was beautiful course and wonderful weather for the race.


They closed down the GW parkway for us to run on.
With thousands of participants, I guess they can do that. 🙂


We ran across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, hence the Woodrow Wilson Half Marathon.


That last leg of the race took us right down to the National Harbor. Beautiful!


This was the last half mile of the race. It was gorgeous! But, oh, I was hurting.

If you ever want a Half recommendation and live in the DC metro area, this is definitely one to check out. Bradley snapped some pictures of me at the very end of the race. I’m so happy he was there to cheer me on. 🙂

IMG_6600 IMG_6608 IMG_6609 IMG_6610 IMG_6612 IMG_6617 IMG_6620Next item on my Bucket List: MARATHON! After yesterday, I can’t wait to complete one!! What’s on your bucket list?