Snickerdoodle Cookie Image

Snickerdoodle cookies are by far one of my favorites. The smell of baking sugar and cinnamon brings to me a bliss – a “Heaven” you might say. Not to mention…they are one of the simplest cookies to make. Below is my very own recipe – it’s pretty standard (I’ve adjusted it over trying numerous different recipes). Please note that this recipe only makes about two dozen cookies. Ingredients:  ** Cookie ** 1.25 cups Flour 1.25 tsp Baking Powder 0.5 tsp… Read more »

MSU Marching Band

On October 5, 2010 I received my letter of acceptance to Michigan State University. As it is a Big Ten school – sports are important. My absolute favorite is football! The Spartan Stadium  is like nothing I had ever experienced before. Literally, you sit with over 75,000 others cheering for the same team. It is invigorating! This year, we played the Wyoming Cowboys for our Homecoming game and won 56-14! Check out some of the photos from the parade as… Read more »

Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups Image

What’s for dinner tonight? You guessed it! Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups, courtesy of Budget Bytes!Serves: 7 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutesIngredients: 1 lb. lasagna noodles 15 oz. ricotta cheese 1 cup shredded mozzarella 0.25 cup grated parmesan 1 egg 10 oz. spinach 2.5 cups marinara sauce to taste salt and pepper as needed non-stick spray Directions: Bring a large pot of water to boiling. Add salt and lasagna – cook until al dante – NOT SOFT! This will… Read more »

For a moment today, time stood still and what did I wish for? – More time. It’s outrageous. Me. You. The world. We never seem to be satisfied or at peace, for even just a moment.Eight hours of work requires more like twelve, but time with family and friends is important too… a lack of sleep presents itself. And now? We are too tired to get through our (hopefully) 36 hour day tomorrow. And the next day? We wish for… Read more »

Dad, Ashlee, Mom

Forty-three years. Fifteen thousand, seven hundred and five days. On September 17th, 1971 (at five o’clock) it took Mom and Dad five minutes and five dollars to become best friends for life. Moms’ wedding dress was blue and their wedding reception, following their vows, was sharing a dinner of mac n’ cheese at Holme’s Grill. Their story is the definition of simple. But the fundamental values that provide the foundation of their relationship – trust, faith, hope, love and laughter – are… Read more »

The first 3D Printer I ever saw built a whistle right before my eyes. The demonstrator showed us how the printer takes in a digital image and some plastic and outputs something 3D.  As he removed the whistle he immediately shared one fault of 3D printers…they still can’t defy gravity! Nope – the little ball inside the whistle to help make the sound correct had to be cut away from the side of the whistle so that it could be… Read more »

Cover of People Can't Drive You Crazy If You Don't Give Them The Keys

  The title of this book was what won me over first – but that was only the beginning. In Mike Bechtle’s book, People Can’t Drive You Crazy if You Don’t Give Them the Keys, he writes about how each of us can change our day-to-day crazy, hectic, drama-filled lives by giving us a different way to deal with difficult people. He pokes, prods and uses good clean humor to help convey his point. In Part One, Mike helps us admit that… Read more »

Tonight for dinner I decided to try something new – stir fry! I’ve been reading through a lot of stir fry recipes and after reading about common themes…I decided to go it alone and created my very own stir fry recipe! It was yummy! Ingredients: Ribeye steak (cut into small squares) Orange Bell Pepper (chopped into small pieces) 1.5 cups or so of Asparagus (chopped) 2 cups of Mushrooms .75 cups of Green Onion Garlic, Salt & Pepper for Steak… Read more »

Monster cookies turn every cookie-loving individual into a Cookie Monster. Check out the best Monster Cookie recipe below! Ingredients: 0.5 cup butter (room temperature) 0.5 cup brown sugar 0.25 cup white sugar 0.75 cup creamy peanut butter 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 0.5 teaspoon baking soda 1.25 cups all purpose flour 0.5 cup quick cooking oats 1.5 cup m&ms 0.5 cup chocolate chips 0.5 peanut butter chips Recipe: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the butter, brown and white… Read more »

In today’s world, many of us place emphasis on what we (or others) are doing wrong. You’re too fat. She’s too skinny. He’s too muscular. She’s too smart. He’s too nice. They are too focused on their careers.  Too! Too! Too! Why? Why are we wasting all this time focusing on what’s “wrong” with each of us? And who is to say what “wrong” actually looks like? We have this obsession with labeling everyone with a negative tone… I don’t… Read more »

Two hours of my life was just spent updating a ten-tabbed spreadsheet I’ve created to plan my trip to Europe. There are several things I’m realizing while planning a month-long adventure: (1) Europe is larger than you think. (2) I’m not yet old enough to rent a car, so I’ll be counting on trains, busses and my own two feet. (3) Power is different in Europe… power converters/adapters knowledge here I come! (4) …that includes my hair dryer… (5) ^^… Read more »

Anne Walker (Piper Perabo) and Auggie Anderson (Christopher Gorham) make for yet another dynamic duo in this CIA drama. Season One was released in the summer of 2010 and it’s currently on Season Five. Anne comes in as a new CIA spy and shows impressive instincts from day one. Auggie, her blind technical sidekick, helps Anne along the way to keep her out of danger. If you like semi-intense dramas – this show is for you! And that “semi-intense” is… Read more »