Mad’s heavenly brownies

Tonight Andrew and I are spending time with some friends at their new house, and I thought I’d whip up some brownies because, who doesn’t love brownies? (Crazy people, that’s who.) The funny thing about this recipe is that I got it from a friend from church who doesn’t like chocolate. The way I see…

summer; an abridgment

It’s hard to believe that summer is quickly drawing to a close and school begins in just a few short weeks! The school I’ll be working at this year starts in July, which will be quite an adjustment considering August has always been the month I associate with the start of school. But. All is…

oh baby!

It isn’t often that you stay friends with the people you were friends with in elementary & middle school. I have a few that have stuck with me during the good, bad, & ugly – believe me, those middle school bad hair days I would definitely count as the ugly! But in all seriousness, sometimes…

it is well with me.

The end of a school year can be such a bittersweet time. Maybe your kids are driving you nuts and you’re counting down the minutes left until you can bask in sweet summertime. They’ve cleaned out their desks and helped you collect an enormous wad of sticky tack from the various posters around the room….

clean out your refrigerator chili

Guys, I am obssssesssssedddd with my crockpot. Crockpots are amazing. It’s like having your own personal little chef who takes all your ingredients and makes them into something magical while you leave for the day. Yes, please. This week has been especially crazy, so I wanted to make something today that I didn’t really have…

my “famous” banana bread

Banana bread is one of my faves. Probably because it’s so easy to make! I started making banana bread back in college when my roommates and I would have weekly “roomie breakfasts” where we would cook breakfast together, chat about our weeks, and pray for one another. It’s one of my favorite college memories because…

wanna save money? plan yo’ meals!

Let me start out by saying, I am in no way a master budgeter. I have a ton to learn and greatly admire people who manage their money well. I am still a work in progress! But one thing I have learned is that if I want to save money, I need to meal plan, and stick…

a crafting kinda week

In the midst of preparing my third graders for ISTEP, I found time this week to craft. Praise the Lord! Creating is definitely a way that I’ve found I can best relax, unwind, and not think about things. (Namely, standardized tests!) One of my favorite items to craft with are Scrabble pieces. I’m always on…

snail mail & homemade ice cream, oh my!

Good morning and happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! Over the weekend I spent some time preparing for this week because I knew it would be a busy one. One thing I love to do (even when it’s not valentine-writing time) is send snail mail. There is a certain feeling you get when you give and receive handwritten…

michigan winters

Anyone who knows me knows that I hate driving in the winter. Even though I’ve lived in the midwest my entire life and should probably be used to it by now, snow, ice, and my 4-wheel-drive-less car do not make good friends. But for your college roommates, you make exceptions. Like that time 3 years ago when…

first things first

Well, here it is.. the first blog post. Growing up, I wanted to be an author and even penned some short stories when I was in elementary and middle school. I went into college pursuing an English degree in hopes of one day writing books. As time went by, though, my love for writing dwindled…