Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sweet Songs at the Vulcan

Sunday, I had the chance to hear the Secret Sisters play at Vulcan as part of the Vulcan AfterTunes fall concert series. They were great! If you get the chance to hear them play, I would definitely recommend it. They actually wrote their song that was chosen for the Hunger Games soundtrack after the
April 27th storms in 2011.

I had never been to any of these concerts before, but with the beautiful views, great weather, and good music and food, I would definitely go again.

Most importantly, I got the chance to catch up with some good friends from college and their hubbies. I had a great time hanging out with you guys!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Less than 1 more week...

Until I FINALLY get to see these little munchkins!

We have not gotten to see our sweet nieces and nephew (or Mel & Kevin) in 6 long months (these pics are from the last time we saw them at the beach)! That's the longest we've gone without seeing them since Nora was born. Waaaay too long! Between working weekends and lots of other stuff, we haven't been able to work out a time to see each other since we went to the beach.
Thank goodness for Skype!

Next weekend, Little Miss Nora will be turning 4. So we are making the trek to Louisiana for her Minnie Mouse birthday party.





Louisiana, here we come!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

East Lake Football Sundays

For the past year or so, Andy and a few guys from our church have been getting together with a bunch of middle and high school boys from the neighborhood to play football on Sunday afternoons. It's been a great way for them to build relationships with the boys and share Jesus with them.

This Sunday, the guys had a kickoff tournament and cookout to start off the new year of football. The only thing that stopped the boys from playing all night long was a downpour of rain. We had a great time hanging out with the guys and getting to know a bunch of new kids from East Lake and Woodlawn. 

Grill Masters

Honorary Coach

Playing football sure makes kids hungry!

It has been such a joy to witness these men pouring their lives into these boys and showing them the love of Christ. I'm so proud of you guys!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Apple Crisp Pie

Last weekend when we were at the lake, my mom gave us each a bag full of apples from my uncle's farm. All week, I've been thinking of making apple pie or apple crisp with my apples. Then I thought, wouldn't it be yummy to combine the two and make a pie with apple crisp topping?

Well, after a quick search on Pinterest, I discovered I wasn't even close to the first person to have that idea. There are quite a few Apple Crisp Pie recipes out there. Yesterday was a rainy, cool day so it was the perfect time to stay inside and bake.

First, I made homemade pie crust--for the first time in my life. Why have I not done this before? It was so easy, and incredibly tasty.

Homemade Pie Crust

(original recipe found here)

1 3/4 c flour
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter*
1/4 c ice water

*If you use unsalted butter, add a little salt to the dough (or you can be like me and use unsalted butter and forget to add salt...the crust still tasted yummy anyways).

Combine flour and sugar in food processor by pulsing a few times. Add half of the butter and pulse until coarse crumbs form. Add remaining butter and pulse again.

Slowly add ice water until dough forms a ball.

Remove dough and roll out between two pieces of wax paper to size needed for pie plate. Refrigerate 30 mins.

Heat oven to 375. Remove dough from refrigerator and place into pie plate. Form edges of crust as desired. Pierce crust with fork.

Place foil in the middle of the crust and fill with pie weights (or beans or marbles or rice...whatever you have on hand). Bake for 15 mins. Take pie out of oven and remove foil and pie weights. Bake for another 15 mins. Check pie periodically and pierce any bubbles with fork. (I had such a big bubble, I had to pierce it and then flatten it with the fork)

While crust is baking, make pie filling and topping (or if you're like me, leave crust to cool, and come back after a trip to the grocery store to finish the pie).

Apple Crisp Pie

(original recipe found here)

6 cups tart apple slices (I used 5 med to large sized apples)
1/2 c brown sugar
2 Tbsp flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice (I didn't have this on hand,
so I used a few dashes of nutmeg and cloves)
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp lemon juice

Crisp Topping:
1 1/4 c flour
1/2 c brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c butter, melted

Preheat oven to 425. Combine dry ingredients for filling in a bowl. Set aside. Peel, core, and slice apples. Add to dry ingredients. Add vanilla and lemon juice. Stir together, coating apples well.

Pour into pie crust.

Combine dry topping ingredients in another bowl. Add melted butter. Combine until soft dough forms. Sprinkle over top of pie, covering as completely as possible.

Cover pie loosely with foil. Bake for 20 mins at 425. Reduce heat to 375 and bake for an additional 35 mins. Remove from oven, and enjoy (preferably with ice cream).



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Lake People

I feel like most people in the world are either beach people or lake people. You may enjoy going to both, but if you had to choose one for the rest of your life, what would it be? There's your answer.

My family, we are lake people. Don't get me wrong, we love going to the beach. But if we had to choose just one, we'd pick the lake. So this Labor Day weekend, as usual, we packed up and headed to the lake. (Andy is a beach person, but we still let him tag along =)

Our Backseat Driver

My family has been going to Greers' Ferry Lake in Arkansas since I was little. My parents actually went there on their honeymoon. Even though it's a 7-hour drive now, Andy and I still make the trek whenever we can. It's one of the most beautiful lakes I've ever been to...definitely worth the drive! 

This weekend, in addition to the fam, we got to bring along some good friends of ours, Tyler and Lindsay, and the guest of honor, sweet baby Piper. We ate tons of amazing food (thanks to my super-chef mom & grilling king dad)...went boating, swimming, tubing...played some cut throat table tennis...and played our favorite games: joker board and Ticket to Ride. Here are some pics from the weekend...(I didn't take many, so most of these are stolen from mom's iPhone)