7 Quick Takes: Making Lemonade from Lemons

Good morning and happy Saturday to you! Just a quick note, if any of you are planning on heading to a senate meeting today….Beware, the Ides of March!

Normally I try to get my Quick Takes posted on Friday but yesterday was a bit busy for my family; We spent 14 hours at our church catering an event. I didn’t have time to write my post on Thursday because of all the prep work that needed to be done, so here I am on Saturday. I’m currently writing this post from the Library in my church, because around 7:30 this morning power got knocked out for our entire area. My mom is in book club down the hall, while I’m blogging, studying, and writing…lemonade from lemons!

1.) I’m finally getting over the cold that struck me down  at the beginning of the week. Tuesday I came to work and started feeling gross, so because I work at the church in the office and nursery I know where to find what I need. I headed to the nursery area to find a thermometer…I was running a low grade fever; I checked again every hour and it still hadn’t broken, but I pushed on with my work because that was the ONLY symptom I had of being sick at all. When I got home that afternoon my head felt like it was going to explode, and my nose was stuffy…..it is finally on its way out…Praise the Lord!!

2.) Normally I could have stayed home to work today, but my computer wont work unless it’s plugged in. My battery needs to be replaced and I’m cheap so that won’t be happening any time soon. It’s really nice though, sitting alone in a quiet library (a dream I’ve had since I was a kid but the Library in my dream was the one in Beast’s Castle, you know the one….Floor to ceiling books surrounding the room), just me and my thoughts and my writing. I love libraries….I always thought that it would be cool to be a librarian; run my own library, help kids learn to read…and learn to love it! Odd fact for the day: I am actually trained to run a library. I don’t have formal training, it’s more of an apprenticeship, but I can step in and shelve books, check them out to people, return them, and code them for filing….

3.) I found an article this week on Pinterest that I want to share with everyone who knows me….something that I can just hand off when I first meet so that they can understand me a little bit better. 23 Signs that You’re Secretly an Introvert…..except in my case it is no secret. If you met me, you’d never know it; I don’t fall into the stereotypes that society applies to introverts. I’m not shy, quite, or anti-social. I don’t sit alone at parties, I make an effort to meet new people….I do all those things, but here’s the kicker: It’s exhausting! I come home so physically drained from parties, potlucks, and picnics; I love being with people, and talking to people but where an extrovert would be energized by that, it drains my energy….I wish I could explain that to people when I leave a party early, or when I’m so exhausted from a Sunday morning at church that I don’t go back for the evening service. Look at that…another odd fact about me! 
4.) I do have a confession to make…I’m writing this post right now as a way to avoid my writing. I need to be writing, but right now I’ve got such bad writer’s block that I honestly can’t do anything……I should be though….I should be writing. 

..Because I have writer’s block….and I had a blog post to write….and……and……

Okay, fine! I will….as soon as I finish this post!

5.) Tonight our family will all be getting together to celebrate my amazing Great-Grandma’s 95th birthday! She is such a cool lady, and I love being able to spend time with her….physically she is still doing great, but her mental faculties aren’t all there anymore…..it is always so much fun to spend time with her!!

6.) Okay, here’s another odd fact about me….I’m a terrible decision maker. I can’t make a decision to save my life! I’m going to be repainting my bedroom, and I posted this picture to Instagram and Facebook this week.

I picked up paint chips at Home Depot last Saturday and taped them to my wall. I told in the picture that I am terrible at making decisions and Facebook friends rock! Bless their collective hearts! With their input I was able to finally make a decision and I will begin painting on Monday! Now if they could help me decide where to go for my birthday lunch with the staff at work that’d be great! 
7.) If you made it this far I applaud you! Now head over to Conversion Diary to read more (better) Quick Takes!

Blessings, 

Megan
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7 Quick Takes: 10/11/13

I’m alive I promise!! It’s been almost two weeks since my last post, and I feel pretty bad about it….not sure why though….maybe it’s false guilt – but that is all beside the point…the point is I’m back to blogging, and I have a Quick Takes post ready for you, so here it is:

1.) I’m typing this as I’m standing in my kitchen waiting for a batch of Brown Sugar Maple Bars to bake, and listening to some music on my computer which reminds me of a blog post a friend of mine recently wrote all about the Soundtrack of a Story…..it was really good, you should check it out….I can wait…..

oh good, you’re back! Well, what did you think?! I love movies with strong soundtracks, in my own personal playlist I have Band of Brothers, The West Wing, The Hunger Games, John Williams (I didn’t want to list all the movies)….this is just a sample of what I listen to, but these are easily some of my favorites.

2.) I bought my Halloween costume for $10 this year. Or I bought the pieces of it rather. It is a “some assembly required” costume, the pieces of which came from my local Goodwill store, and with a little time spent on the sewing machine hopefully I will have a dress that resembles Snow White’s iconic gown…..

via Google

3.) I’m also eating butterscotch chips by the handful….but I don’t think you needed to know that.

4.) I finally watched Iron Man 3 last weekend and it was AMAZING!! I love Tony Stark, and I love Robert Downey Jr.. I love anything Marvel comes out with, and have learned to watch a movie to  the VERY VERY end, even past the credits……******SPOILERS AHEAD********

This made my nerdy heart extremely happy!!

AH!!! I know, I’m a nerd, but I LOVE IT!
5.) The bars are out of the oven, and I have a caramel frosting to make…I’ll be back! 
6.) Caramel frosting is done….and insanely good! We are heading up to Frankenmuth tomorrow to do some shopping. We will hit up Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, and a few other local stops. If you didn’t see it already, here is the post I did about Frankenmuth….It was featured on Janssen’s Everyday Reading. 
7.) As always, I’m linking up with Jen and the others over at Conversion Diary. Make sure you read Jen’s post about the centipedes and scorpions. I live in Michigan, but still made it a point to check my bed and blankets before going to sleep the other night…..read this post, and you’ll understand why! After reading this, spiders aren’t looking too bad!! 
Have an awesome weekend! GO BLUE!!

Blessings,

Megan 

Birthday Breakfast

Saturday was my Mom’s birthday and I wanted to do something special for her, so I combed through my boards on Pinterest until I came across a Fiesta Breakfast Casserole. This is a great recipe, but I ended up modifying it based on my family’s personal preferences. Here is what I did.

1.) I sprayed a 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray, and covered the bottom with a layer of frozen hash brown potatoes.

2.) I diced up one red bell pepper, and a small onion. I layered this mixture on top of the potatoes.

3.) While I was working on the veggies, I had some bacon cooking in a pan on the stove. I cooked it until it was crisp, and then crumbled it over the top of the peppers and onions. 
4.) In a mixing bowl, I mixed nine (9) eggs, and seasoned them with salt, pepper, cumin, and cilantro. I use a salt grinder so I didn’t actually measure the salt, I just used two (2) twists worth of salt, a palm full of pepper, and two (2) pinches (literal pinches, with my fingers) of cumin. The only cilantro that I have is dried so I added three or four shakes…..as you can see, when I’m cooking I don’t really measure…I just play around with the seasonings as I go. I whisked all of this right into the eggs…
5.) Pour the egg mixture over top of everything in your dish and top with cheddar cheese. 
6.) I did mine the night before, and left it in the fridge over night. In the morning when I got up, I put it in the oven @375 for 45 minutes. The cheese got bubbly and golden brown, and the eggs were cooked through! Serve with salsa, green onion, or whatever other fixins’ you like! 
ENJOY!
Happy birthday to my sweet Mom! I love, and appreciate you so much more than you could imagine! 
Blessings All!! 
Megan 

7 Quick Takes: Fall Favorites


Happy Friday my dear readers! I missed a week of QT’s because of a crazy busy week at work, and getting ready for school to start up, but I am back this week with a fall favorites edition of 7 Quick Takes….and as always I’m linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary so be sure to check it out! Here we go….

Let’s call this one Take number 1/2: We spent Thursday evening mopping up a flooded kitchen and laundry room. The garbage disposal stopped working, causing the sink to back up and flood the kitchen. In the kitchen there is a low spot that (when not caught right away) leaks directly into the downstairs laundry room….we didn’t catch it in time…..thankfully we were able to have a plumber come to the house by 10:00 that night to fix it for us. I’m so so so thankful for the fact that they are able to come out so late at night in order to help people like us out!

Sorry, now on to the real takes! My Fall Favorites:

1.) College Football. There is nothing I love more on a Saturday in the fall than chili in the crock pot, leaves on the ground, and my Michigan Wolverines playing football! College football kicks off on Saturday and I am so excited! This year is going to be even more fun for me now that I am a University of Michigan student. Dad is UofM alumni, I’m a current student, and mom puts up with us yelling at the t.v.

A Michigan fan through the years. The one on the right is the most recent one I have in any Michigan gear, I was about 4 in that one….I think it’s time for a new picture! 
2.) Post-Season Baseball. The Tigers are leading the AL Central, the Pirates are fighting their way back to first in the NL Central….Playoff races will be starting soon, magic numbers are being calculated, MVP and Cy Young talk is in the air. Things I’d like to see this year: 
  • Detroit Tigers World Series championship
  • Cy Young for Max Scherzer
  • MVP for Miguel Cabrera
  • Lions in the Superbowl……………………………….yeah, that’ll never happen. : )
3.) Pumpkin Spice Anything: Lattes, muffins, cupcakes, Lattes : ) I can’t wait for my first Pumpkin Spice Latte this season!! 
4.) Cool nights. Extra blankets on my bed, the window slightly cracked, and the smell of leaves on the ground. Pure Michigan perfection! 
5.) Trips to Apple Orchards. Apples, apple cider, cider donuts, hay rides, and apple picking! 
6.) School supplies: New text books – I love cracking open a brand new text! The sound and smell of a new text is wonderful! Brand new pens and notebooks – there is nothing at all like school supplies!
7.) Music Ministry Christmas Preview. Every September we preview the Christmas music for the coming Winter. The choir gets their books, orchestra gets their parts, and rehearsals begin! I also start breaking out all of my Christmas music shortly there after! 
There are my fall favorites, now tell me….what are your favorite things about fall!?
Blessings for a wonderful weekend!
Megan 

Memories

The barn. Grandpa’s barn. The catch all for anything, everything, and then some. We were at grandma’s last night walking around her property, and I was able to snap a few pictures of grandpa’s barn. 
And a sunset pic 

We had a great time with grandma last night! 

Blessings all, 
Megan 

7 Quick Takes: VBS Hangover

Happy Saturday everyone! I’m a day late with my post but I’m recovering from VBS! It was a fantastic week, I had a great time with the kids, and am already planning for next year, but here are a few highlights from the week…..

1.) I was in charge of Bible Memory for the week. The kids learned 5 verses over the course of four days.

                a.) “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God.”
                       1 John 3:1a

                 b.) “Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people.”  Jeremiah 7:23a

                 c.) “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone the new has come.”
                     2 Corinthians 5:17

                  d.) “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5

                   e.) “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him
                        will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Each child got a card like this to take home at the end of each night so that they could work on memorizing their verses for the week. 
2.) If they could come back the next night and tell me their Bible verse they got…….
CANDY!! Wow, could these kids just devour the candy….but they were learning the Bible verses, and  retaining it! Did I bribe them….technically yes…..were they learning?? Absolutely! By the end of the week each of the hundred and twenty children went home with at least one piece of candy because they learned a Bible verse! I was so proud of those kids! 
3.) Bible memory was done in the same time frame as snack, so of course Miss Megan just had to indulge on the night of root beer floats. 
The kids you see in this picture? This was our (kindergartners going into the) first grade group. As far as memorization goes, they did the best job. Every child in this group was able to recite EVERY verse to me by the end of the week! My heart soared when I finished up with this group on the last night!
4.) 
The theme for the week was Tumbleweed Gulch….it was a western theme. No western would be complete without a campfire right? So we employed the use of the inflatable campfire! 
5.) VBS was over on Thursday night, dad had the day off on Friday so mom decided to go blueberry picking! We went out as a family, and came home with close to eight pounds of berries. 
6.) The bushes were just absolutely loaded down with berries, peaches are coming in, and apples will be ready to pick by the first of September! I love the orchards here in Michigan, and can’t wait to go out apple picking in just a few short weeks…..
7.) As always I will be adding my link with everyone else’s over at Conversion Diary so make sure to head on over and check them out! 
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! 
Blessings, 
Megan 

7 Quick Takes: 8/9/13

Happy Friday! I don’t really have much of consequence to share with you today….it was a pretty boring week…but, lets see what I can come up with, here goes nothin’

1.) There was an accident just recently at our church campgrounds; a young boy (about 4 yrs. old) ended up being air lifted to University of Michigan Children’s Hospital. He is in ICU. Please pray for him and his family!

2.) It has been almost two months now and I am still having some pretty bad digestive issues….and I can’t seem to find a solution. I’m very reluctant to go see a doctor, but I’m thinking right now that may be my only choice…..(please note that if a doctor or nurse happens to read this and might be willing to answer a few questions, please send me an e-mail!!!). Okay, that will be the last time I beg for help, I promise!!

3.) We went bluebe5.)rry picking this week, but not one of us thought to take our phones and get some pictures……I will however try to post pictures of the pie, jars of jam, and maybe just a bowl of blueberries, because I know you are all just dying to see them right!?

4.) Our Vacation Bible School is starting up on Monday, please pray for our leadership, our workers, our Children’s Pastor (my dear ol’ dad!), and especially the kids that will be coming! Mom and I are doing snack and Bible memory, Dad is in charge, and we are hoping to have at least a hundred kids (but more would be awesome!). Please pray that lives will be  changed during this awesome week!

5.) I finished my quilt, but I’m not going to post pictures to this post. I’m going to give my quilt it’s own post later this week……this is because I have not been able to get any decent pictures of it yet, but I’m trying hard to get some decent ones! Look for a post coming soon!

6.) I am so looking forward to our family reunion tomorrow!! We only do this every two years, so it will be wonderful to see everyone! We have family coming in from out of state, new babies to love on, and lots of stories to tell and food to eat! It should be lots of fun!

7.) I’m linking up with Jennifer Fulwiler over at Conversion Diary as I do every Friday. Go check out all the other Quick Takes this week!!

Blessings,

Megan

A Whirlwind Weekend

Guys! I’m SO excited! I’m being featured today (on one of my very favorite blogs) Everyday Reading. Each weekend Janssen features a different blogger and their city! I look forward to these posts every week. I love traveling, and a lot of these have given great trips on where to eat, and where to travel in general. Janssen’s blog is one of my favorites. She always posts great recipes, book reviews, or craft ideas. I just happened to stumble across it one day via Pinterest (of course!) and now I’m totally hooked!

You can check out my Whirlwind Weekend in Frankenmuth, Michigan right here.

Janssen, if you happen to read this…Thank you so much! I just sent this off on a whim, thinking that you would get flooded with e-mails and not even see mine, thank you for allowing me to share not my hometown, but one of my very favorite day-trip locations with you and your readers!

Blessings,

7 Quick Takes: 7/5/13

Happy Friday! Let me be honest, I hadn’t planned on posting Quick Takes today, because my week was so uneventful there wasn’t really anything worth posting. Well, that plan went down the drain and here I am…..let’s see what I can come with!

1.) Last Saturday my Grandma called me up and asked for my help. She decided to take two of the neighborhood kids, and her great niece to go see Monsters University. She wanted me help because the kids are pretty young, and well she isn’t! So I went with her and the kids, and let me tell you……that movie was AWESOME! I was pretty excited to see it….mostly because it’s Disney, and I love the first one SO.MUCH! I really loved this movie!

2.) I finished reading While We Were Watching Downton Abbey. It was a great book. I would recommend it, however the ending is a little……disappointing. The book focuses on the lives of four different people, and how their lives intersect, the troubles they have, and the friendships that develop. I feel like the author got to the end, and rushed to finish. Only one of the stories was really resolved, and even then it was pretty fast. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book, but the ending really left me wanting more….which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just felt very rushed to me.

3.) I Finally started Code Name Verity. So far, I LOVE IT! Check out Janssen’s review of it here.

4.) I have two panels left to put on my quilt! I’m so excited, because this was part of my summer bucket list, and the fact that it is going up as fast as it is, and that I’m SO SO close to finishing is a really great feeling! 
5.) I just started listening to “The Big Boo Cast”. This is the podcast that Big Mama and Boo Mama. I listened to the most recent one, and I was hooked! I subscribed to their podcast, and downloaded every episode and I’m working my way through all of them! I love these two….they are so funny, faithful, and by the end I feel like I’m talking to two good friends! 
6.) I hope everyone had a great time celebrating the 4th of July! I know I did. We cooked out, ate great food, and spent time with great friends! What are your 4th of July traditions? Cook outs? Fireworks? Going to the beach?
7.) As always, I’m linking up with Jen….go visit her to see more (better) Quick Takes. 

7 Quick Takes: 6/28/13

Once again, let me wish you all a very happy Friday! I have no plans today, none, nada, zero! I am free! This may not seem like much, but let me tell you, it doesn’t happen very often and when it does I tend to enjoy it! So, without further ado, let’s get to the takes!

1.) From Friday to Monday, I was in Indianapolis, Indiana attending the 28th General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene. It was amazing! The city, the thousands of Nazarenes from around the world, the worship services, the Missionaries, all of it! I loved hearing all of the languages as we recited The Lord’s Prayer! All of the voices and languages mingling with each other as we sang! General Assembly happens every four years, and this year happened to be an election year. Two of our General Superintendents retired this year, and our delegates elected two new Generals! It is such a fun election process, and I was able to watch the entire Assembly (that I wasn’t there for in person) via live stream on the General Church website! I can’t wait ’til 2017, and look forward to what these next four years hold for the Church!

2.) Monday, we headed home…by way of Shipshewanna. I visited a few quilt shops in town, and had to leave them both before doing any serious damage to my bank account! It was fabric galore, and I may have drooled just a bit! While in town, we ended up eating lunch at the Blue Gate Restaurant. It was awesome! The Blue Gate also houses a theater, where they are currently performing Half Stitched the Musical. Half Stitched is based off of the book, The Half Stitched Amish Quilting Club. I LOVED this book! I would love to take more time and go down to see the show, wander around those shops a little longer, and take a buggy ride! I can’t wait to get back to Shipshewanna! 
3.) Wednesday was spent with Grandma. Gram didn’t want to be home that day, and I can’t say I blame her. It was June 26th, four years ago, that Grandpa was called home to be with the Lord. His battle with cancer was finally over. He passed at home, Mom was with him that day, and I was with Gram. It was pretty hard on her that day, and honestly it still is pretty hard for us. I don’t do this often, but on Wednesday it seemed like all of my stress, and frustration from the past few weeks, and memories of Gramps all came flooding in at once and I ended up a crying, emotional mess during orchestra rehearsal (of course, I was able to pass it off as being blessed by the Holy Spirit, it WAS a pretty powerful song). 
4.) Okay, I need some advice….I will spare you all of the details, but I’ve been having lots of stomach issues lately, and I think I may be on to something. I started thinking of how my eating habits have changed, and all I could come up with is that in the last two weeks I’ve gone from eating absolutely NO Greek yogurt (or yogurt of any kind for that matter,) to eating it every day. Is it possible that this could mess with my digestive system, or throw it out of whack?? Any help would be appreciated!!
5.) I’m currently reading While We Were Reading Downton Abbey, I’m not very far into it, but I highly recommend it! It is a great mix of characters and personalities, seriousness and levity. It makes for a very fun read! Check it out, you won’t regret it! 
6.) I’m hoping to work on my quilt some more this weekend. I’d like to at least add the rest of the panels by July! It was (is) on my summer bucket list, and I’m really hoping to have it done soon! If I do add to it, I’ll try and get some pictures up! Wish me luck! 
7.) I’m linking up with Jen like I do! Head on over to Conversion Diary and check out all of the other Quick Takes! Sorry for cheating, and using that as take number 7, it’s been a really slow week, and I honestly couldn’t come up with anything else worth while!
Enjoy your weekend! 
Blessings,