I found myself dropping quarters into the man’s hand. What was I thinking? Everyone knows that quarters are a precious commodity to college students. Well, I may have to combine some laundry loads, but at least the mini pumpkins would look festive on my counter.
They hadn’t been sitting there more than two hours before I grasped my trusty table knife and made the stab. Surely I was out of my mind. You use seeds from big pumpkins when you want to toast them, and you do so in an oven. This was going to end badly.
Somehow, it worked…
“Toasted” Pumpkin Seeds
- Fresh pumpkin seeds
- Cinnamon to Taste
- Press the pumpkin seeds between layers of paper towel to remove excess moisture.
- Combine cinnamon and dried seeds in a sealable container and shake until the seeds are well-coated.
- Lay pumpkin seeds n a flat layer on a microwave safe plate.
- Microwave one minute.
- Microwave thirty seconds.
- Continue microwaving in thirty second intervals until seeds begin popping.
- Let cool, eat, and enjoy!
As you know, I am quite
fond of, in love with, obsessed with peanut butter. It is natural, sweet, creamy perfection in a jar. Even though they are technically a legume, peanuts cannot be forgotten on National Nut Day.
It’s a classic combination: good ‘ole raisins and peanuts. Simultaneously sweet and salty, this freezer fudge is a perfect snack to keep on hand.
GORP Butter Fudge
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 tbs. honey
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. peanuts
- 1/2 tbs. raisins
- Combine all ingredients in a shallow bowl.
- Serve, eat, and enjoy!
I have an embarrassing number of shirts. I considered counting just my school shirts to give you an idea how high that number is, but (like I said) it’s embarrassing. When you consider that I also have dozens of t-shirts from playing sports in high school, the number becomes alarmingly massive. It’s bad.
You may be thinking to yourself, “She lives in a dorm room! Where does she keep them all?”
It gets tight, but there are ways to fit everything in the drawers and closet.
Here, let me show you some options…
Ten Ways to Store Shirts
1. The Quarter Fold
2. The Store-style Fold
3. The File Fold*
*This is how I store my t-shirts. Yes, they are in ROY G. BIV order because I
may or may not be am OCD.
4. The “I Bought Every Hanger at Dollar General” Hang
5. The “I Ran Out of Hangers” Hang
6. The Sausage Roll
7. The “Is this Clean?” Wad*
*This seems to be my brother’s go-to method.
8. The “I Forgot I Owned This!” Smash
9. The Lazy Hang
10. The “I Only Need to Fit One More Shirt In Here!” Bundle
Hope you enjoyed this laughable post!
How do you store your shirts?
I am distracted.
Severely distracted. When I sit down to study, I have my laptop, phone, iPad, books, study guides–I don’t focus on any one of them for more than thirty seconds.
My WordPress dashboard is filled with unpublished recipes. I am in the middle of reading at least five books right now. There are three Word documents, two PowerPoint presentations, and an Excel spreadsheet cluttering my taskbar. Rather than reviewing for tomorrow’s exam, I am typing a post that I know I will not publish today (just to prove it: Today’s date is October 6, 2014).
The same is true in my Christian walk. There are a million distractions trying to steal my attention from the Savior. I wake up in the morning determined pray without ceasing and focus on Christ, but within five minutes, my radar is spotted with other pursuits.
Are these distractions necessarily bad things? No!
I am distracted by school assignments. I am distracted by my friends. I am distracted by food. I am distracted by work. I am even distracted by church and ministry.
Martha is a perfect picture of being distracted. She was working hard preparing the meal and cleaning the kitchen; she wanted everything to be perfect for Jesus. Meanwhile, her sister Mary sat at Jesus’ feet. Martha was appalled that her sister was not serving the Savior, but Martha was “cumbered about much serving” (Luke 10:40). It is likely that Mary and Martha had equal zeal for God. However, Martha became so engrossed in doing things for Jesus that she failed to be with Jesus.
It is easy to become burdened with God’s work. We want to make sure that our churches are beautiful and we have good programs for children. We plan women’s conferences, and the men host work days. Let us not become so distracted by serving our Savior that we forget to worship Him.
I have a confession: I am a midnight snacker. I have been known to feast on turkey sandwiches, cookies, cereal, milk, and various other snacks late at night. Come on, admit it! I know that you do this too!
To protect against famishing in my sleep, I try to keep some one-bite power snacks in my mini-fridge at school. One late night as I was eating some homemade Larabar bites, I came up with this recipe for lemonade cookies; I baked them the very next morning. They are a little tangy, but the banana gives a nice sweetness as well.
I didn’t have any measuring spoons, so I am not sure of the exact amount of Kool-Aid that I used. I do know that it was a negligible amount–straight Kool-Aid mix is potent! I suggest starting with very little, tasting your batter and adding more based on how lemon-y you want your cookies. If you don’t know what to do with the leftover mix, try sprinkling some into vanilla yogurt or your next bowl of overnight oatmeal (or just make more cookies).
Lemonade Midnight Bites
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1 overripe banana
- 1/8 teaspoon lemonade flavored drink mix
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Mash banana
- Stir in oatmeal
- Sprinkle in drink mix and stir well
- Place by spoonful onto lightly greased cooking sheet
- Bake for 8 minutes (they are done when you can gently press the center and they spring back)
- Let cool, eat, and enjoy!
What are your favorite late-night snacks?
As the days grow shorter and the air chills, my wardrobe changes drastically. While I would prefer to wear sleeveless tops and sandals year-round, goose bumps and frozen toes force me to stow away the shorts and extricate the sweaters. Below are the ten items most used items in my fall ensembles.
Ten Fall Wardrobe Staples
1. Long-sleeved oxfords
Although oxfords were traditionally worn by only men, they have become a staple in most women’s wardrobes. I find them very versatile–they can be worn with jeans, dress pants, skirts, and even dresses. You can roll up the sleeves or leave them down.
Keep those legs warm and dry!
3. Knee-length skirts
If its warm, knee-length skirts can be warn with simple flats. When the weather grows colder, add tights and boots to the ensemble.
Nothing shouts “FALL” louder than jeans and sweaters.
Admit it. There are days when you just feel like wearing a hoodie and leaving your hair in a ponytail. Hoodies are also great to carry with you to a bonfire–warm evenings quickly chill when the sun sets!
Outside temperature: 50
Inside Temperature: 72
Solution: a cardigan
7. Dress pants
Invest in a classic pair of dress pants for looking professional when it’s cold out. I snagged these at a consignment shop for $3.
8. Ballet flats
Just like the oxford, flats can be worn with jeans, skirts, dresses, and dress pants.
9. Long-sleeved dresses
Pair with tights and boots for chilly Sunday mornings.
10. Boat shoes
Boat shoes pair well with jeans and hoodies when you are heading out to a bonfire.
What are your fall wardrobe staples? Do you ever succumb to wearing hoodies and old jeans on cold days?