Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cookies ...

Hello Blogging World!

Being at home all summer has been a wonderful rejuvenation time for me (refer to previous post as to why I'm re-stating this to myself daily!)  I've been able to organize my house, vacation with family, and spend all kinds of time with people I love! I've also missed ... I'm scared to say it out lout ... being 'busy' with something. Since I was feeling slightly bored I decided that I might could make cookies ... cute decorated sugar cookies.

I found this blog: for a lady who calls herself the Cookie Mama. She's really good and you should totally check her out! After looking at endless amounts of cookies I decided that I'd try. So, I've spent a couple days looking at recipes, researching icing, and spending a little dough (har, har) on supplies. 

Here's what I've learned/accomplished ...
1. I found a GREAT sugar cookie recipe that doesn't change shape very much when it gets baked.
2. I've got a good handle on "flooding." That's the way you ice the cookie to look perfectly smooth.
3. I've started figuring out royal icing ... it's kind of a royal pain in the butt ... but I think with practice I'll get the hang of it. (Good thing powdered sugar is cheap!)
4. David needs to be the photographer because these pictures are a little dark.

Here you go:

Those are the monograms of some awesome chicks ... my mom, Courtney, Caroline (sisters), and Beth (momma's bff).

Daddy's initials.

COMbat softball stuff for David ... my child husband.

Some fun random stuff ... hearts, a turtle, polka dots.

So as you can see, I'm a NOVICE! Icing will take practice. I didn't want to try really cool designs until I got the hang of it ... which I really don't fully have yet. I did however mix three of my favorite colors to try out first. The cookies, by the way, are delish if I do say so myself!  So be on the lookout for holidays and fun stuff ... I might just come with a basket full of cookies!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Frazzled Teacher

School starts in two weeks and this is how it makes me feel ...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lost in His Love

Sometimes old hymns touch my heart ... 
I don't know why ... 
I cried while singing this in my car tonight ... 
we serve a wonderfully loving God ...
I long to be lost in his love! 

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.

This is my story, this is my song, 
praising my Savior all the day long; 
this is my story, this is my song, 
praising my Savior all the day long.  
Perfect submission, perfect delight, 
visions of rapture now burst on my sight; 
angels descending bring from above 
echoes of mercy, whispers of love. 
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, all is at rest;
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
watching and waiting, looking above,
filled with his goodness, lost in his love.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

my tripple vacation is over ...

Hello ... I've been on a two week hiatus and LOVING every minute of it. During these two weeks I've managed to accomplish three vacations! (and you thought teachers weren't productive in the summer, ha!)  I spent a week at North Greeenville College with he youth of our church at M-Fuge. It was a great learning experience with a wonderful speaker - Jason Young.  Then I went on to Lake Jocasse with my family - was nice to go back after two summers off. Last, I went to Myrtle Beach to tag along on the last day of my cousin's vacation - kinda like old times!  Here's a few pictures ...  getting my hair "corn-rowed" at the mission site in greenville, new tube trick that my sisters and I accomplished this year, and a fiddler crab from a cast net that Travis caught trying to fish for flounder in uncle Kerry's boat.  Lots of stories, lots of fun, lots of sun! Now it's back to reality - well, it will be in a month!