Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I Love Bread!

Over the past few years I have found myself disliking store bought sandwich bread more and more. I have gotten to the point were I will just do without sandwich bread unless I make it myself. Today, however, I purchased bread from the grocery store. It was on the expensive side ($4ish) but it looked soft and the ingredient list was almost exclusively made up of ingredients that you find in homemade bread. To top it off the bread was produced by a small local company (within the state) and included a Bible verse (Deut 8:3) on the label. I always have great respect for companies that give God the credit for their success. When I got home I threw a piece of bread in the toaster so I could try the bread as I made dinner. I only put butter on the bread before taking a bite. Then I took another bite, and another, and another, and before I knew what happened I had snarfed the bread down. It was SO GOOD! It tasted just like homemade bread. yummy! I know I will not buy this bread often due to the price but on the occasional weeks where I need sandwich bread and can't make it myself I will definitely be reaching for a loaf of Golden Ground made by the Daily Bread Bakery. Oh by the way, did I mention they grind the wheat right before mixing the bread dough? Yummy!!

P.S. I'm working on my very first tutorial and I hope to have it posted for you by the end of the week.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Summer Weekends are Wonderful

Weekends always seem to fly by. Summer weekends are especially enjoyable. They seem to be lazy and yet they seem to be chock full of activities. This Saturday and Sunday were lovely summer weekend specimins. To begin with, it didn't rain!! This is a huge plus because we have been recieving massive amounts of rain here in the midwest (so much rain in fact, we had water in our apt and ended up ripping out the carpet).

Saturday evening Scott and I were able to hang out with our good friends J & S (or as Scott likes to call them, "Jorbrina" lol). We spent the evening playing egyptian rat trap (my reflexs are not up to par for that game!), playing a hilarious game of apples to apples, and watched the movie Frequency. Goodness that movie had me on the edge of my seat. Silly messing with the past, screws things up everytime.

Sunday was filled with fellowship at church and burgers & friends all afternoon (we ate the burgers but not the friends). There isn't much better than warm weather, grilled burgers, & friends hanging out in the yard. What a blessing friends are!

Over the weekend I finally got around to making granola (I've been meaning to make granola for a few weeks now). I made a few changes in order to use what I had in the cupboards, so I left out the sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, added wheat germ, and replaced the raisins with craisins because I don't really like raisins. Plus Craisins make the granola look prettier :-)

This weekend has left me feeling blessed & refreshed. Especially after such a very long week. I hope this weeks speeds by. I am looking forward to Scott & I's 1 year wedding anniversary next weekend. I can't believe it has already been a year! Time flies. I hope your weekend was as relaxing and refreshing as mine was. What was your favorite thing about the weekend?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Why I have a blog

I have been avidly following several blogs for the past few months and have toyed with the idea of starting my own blog. However, starting a blog brings about a very important question, what would I write about? I originally started to think about blogging as a way to 'give back' to those whose blogs I read. It sounds kind of silly but I felt like I was just taking from the blog world and not giving anything in return. Many of the blogs I read are either craft/sewing blogs, food blogs, or fashion blogs. I love crafting but I don't accomplish projects enough to actually make a blog and I don't have money for fashion. I do love cooking but I don't know if I could stay on task with a cooking blog. That leaves me with a personal blog as my last blogging option. I tried to have a personal blog at the end of highschool/beginning of college (back when xanga was the 'it' site) where I wrote what ever I felt like and it turned into a place to vent. And really, who wants to read about my bad days? Who even really wants to read about any day unless it has some sort of point? This blog needs a thesis statement to keep me within a rough sort of boundary in order to prevent this blog from devolving into a rambling mess (darn entropy). After evaluating what over arching elements I enjoy most from the blogs I read, I have discovered that as a general rule, all of the blogs focus on the good in life, the blessings that God has given us every day even if it is as small as actually eating breakfast.

So my thesis statement for this blog is: A Blithe Spirit exists to purposefully find the blessings God gives in daily life.

I know that I don't stop often enough and really focus on what God has given me. I tend to worry and fret and remember all of the blah stuff from the day. Here I plan to praise God by thanking Him for his many blessings. Some days those blessings may be in the form of pictures, other days it may be a 'how-to' post, and other days it may just be musing on my blessings. Regardless of the form, I want this blog to be an uplifting and authentic representation of my blessed life. I hope that if anyone reads my words that they will come away with a renewed desire to see the blessings in their own lives and to give God praise for His many gifts.

p.s. I promise to never assault you with automatically playing music when you come visit my blog. You can hold me to it :-)