Sunday, October 30, 2011

Time To Get Serious

I know it's hard to believe that I can be serious for a minute, but I'm going to try.

I know things are hard to explain to people and somethings don't require explanations, but I wanted to set some things straight.  When I was a girl, 8 or 9, I don't remember, I prayed a prayer in a bathroom at a sleepover.  I went forward in church the next Sunday at church and was baptized a few weeks later.

I went to church, did what I was supposed to do.  I was sure that was enough.  Until I was a teenager.  I was at church camp and felt a tug.  Thinking it was just emotions I ignored it.  Then when the speaker said "No Change No Jesus", something hit me.  I was still living like nothing happened.  I prayed another prayer and went on with life.  My pastor told me for years that I needed to be baptized again, but I didn't see the point in it.

Fast Forward: 10 years later.
God had been laying it on my heart that I needed to be baptized again.  I kept ignoring that feeling.  Again, thinking it was just emotions.  Today, Ronnie Hill came to Central Baptist Church for the sermon "Unashamed".  He preached about how being baptized is the same as being married to Christ.  And that we should be unashamed.  It shouldn't matter what people thought about us going forward.  That was part of my problem.  I was worried about what people would say.  "You've already been baptized once, you don't need to do it again".  Well, today I decided not to care.  I went forward and was baptized on the spot today.  I am proud of what I did.  If you don't understand, that's ok.

No I didn't do it for show.  I didn't do it because everyone else did.  I did it for me.  I did it because I am unashamed.  I did it because I want to show my obedience to God.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Baking Diva

So since I'm no longer "single and fabulous" I decided to show you guys I can still be fun.

I think I mentioned in my last post that I am addicted to Pinterest.  One thing I love about the website is the fact that it makes me want to make things.  My favorite thing to make is Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookies.  They are so easy and very yummy.  They are the right "chewyness" for me and it's almost like having a cookie in a cookie.  The recipe came from Lovin' From The Oven and is fairly simple.
Here's what you need:
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 11 broken pieces Oreo Cookies
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Here's What You Do
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter, and sugars until well combined. Add egg and vanilla until mixed well.
2. Place flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl, stir to combine. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients then stir in oreos and chocolate chips until just combined.
3. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop onto baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until cooked, but still soft. Let cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

The first time I made these cookies, I chopped up 11 Oreo cookies with a food chopper (from pampered chef).   The Oreo pieces were small and hardly noticeable.   The next time I made them I threw Oreos in the batter whole.  I didn't use 11, I think it was around 6 or 7.  This seemed to work better for me.

Hmm...who knew 100 Ways To Cook a Chicken would actually turn into a cooking blog :)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Guess Who's Back

Sorry for my lack of posting, I could blame it on being super busy (which I am).  But, I guess the reason I took a hiatus was for lack of cynicism.  My first post were based solely around my sarcastic and cynical ways.  I guess part of the reason I am not so cynical these days has to do with the guy in that picture over there.  He's pretty swell.  That picture was taken at Lambert's on a recent trip to St. Louis (on Labor Day weekend).  He keeps my pretty happy (Shannon not Lambert) these days.

I have picked up an addiction to Pinterest (www.pinterest.com), don't say I didn't warn you, it's highly addictive.  One thing I have picked up from Pinterest is the urge to be crafty and the urge to bake.  I have painted 2 canvases and baked several things.  My favorite is Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookies.  They are super easy and super tasty.  I'll post the recipe one day.

Shannon and I at Parker Homestead
Recently, school has been keeping me pretty busy, but I have had time to have some fun.  Today, I went to Parker Homestead with my lifegroup.  We had a blast.  My TOMS got awful dusty, but the kettle corn was delicious. 

I know most of you are probably bored with my "real" post.  Don't worry, I'm sure I'll have some gripe later.