It's hard to believe I haven't blogged on here since August. Brandy in August was full of vim and vigor. I was doing Whole30, exercising 5 days a week and getting ready to celebrate one year with the boy! But then, in late September, I woke up one Sunday not feeling well. Splitting headache. General … Continue reading *WAVES*
I was going to call this "OMG I Just Got Home From the Gym and I'm Starving and I Don't Even Have the Energy to Chop a Dang Onion" Chili. But that was just a little too long. But the reality was, I got home from the gym, and the last thing I wanted to … Continue reading Recipe: Kitchen Sink Chili
That's right, folks. I'm doing Whole30. If you haven't heard of it, it's basically a 30-day elimination diet, where you cut out all sugar that doesn't come from fruit (including honey, maple, agave, etc.), grains, legumes and dairy. So basically, you eat a load of veggies, fruit, eggs, potatoes, nuts (except peanuts) and meat. Honestly, … Continue reading Whole30: 1ish Week Down!
It happens towards the end of the service every Sunday. After the hymns, the sermon, but before we file forward to accept the body, the blood on our tongues, we say the prayers of the people. The exact words vary, as does the person leading us in the prayers, but one thing remains the same … Continue reading Thoughts from the Pew: Lord, Have Mercy
When it snows, I like to bake. When it snows in April, I like to bake things that taste like spring. As the snow piles up outside, I preheat the oven and pull out the muffin tin. As the streets fill with gray slush, I rummage through the produce drawer for bright yellow lemons. As … Continue reading Tastes like spring (and a recipe)
This past December, my boyfriend and I went to see the Christmas lights at the botanical gardens in Denver. It's one of my favorite things to do at the holidays. There's something about twinkling lights and cinnamon roasted nuts and breaths turned to white puffs in the air. It was one of the last Saturdays … Continue reading Everyone Forgets to Look Back
A month after I turned 3 years old, my mother and I moved to a little trailer in Evergreen, Virginia. She had just married my stepdad, Dennis, and this was our new home. Evergreen was less a town and more a village. In Evergreen, I learned how to ride my pink bike with its white … Continue reading After the Storm
Oh! Hello there! I'm not sure exactly how nearly a month has passed since my last post. Well, that's not really true. Between Christmas and a shiny new relationship and New Years and work and a birthday, there hasn't been a lot of extra time. I can get really stressed out during seasons like this. … Continue reading Tap Tap Tap
Dear Mom (and three other people who read my blog) -- I just realized today that it seems to have been three years since I last wrote a Christmas letter! I honestly don't know how the world has kept turning without my wit and sarcasm. But don't worry. I've been saving it all up for this … Continue reading My Semi-Semi-Annual Christmas Letter…You can now celebrate
I love to bake. You can ask anyone I work with. I used to be the queen of bringing in baked goods. Pumpkin muffins stuffed with cream cheese. White chocolate cookies studded with tart cranberries. Bundt cakes dripping with puddles of glaze. Not only did it all taste good. Baking was a stress reliever for me, … Continue reading But does it taste good (and a recipe)?