Saturday, March 26, 2011

My Latest Project

For the past two weeks I have been working on a new sewing project, a sundress, and I finished it today!

I just had to post what my new dress looks like!
It's a cotton wrap dress.

Here is the pattern of the material up close, it's kelly green and white damask.
I'm quite proud of my dress!

I:43 Leadership Game Night

Last night I hosted a game night for the I:43 Leadership Team. It was basically just a night to get to know each other better since we all work in leadership together.

I, of course, made a ton of food, but I think the thing I was most proud of was my cupcakes that looked like flowers... They are so pretty!
"Baked Flowers"

The evening was so much fun! We all watched YouTube videos, ate, and played Apples to Apples. Anyone who knows the game Apples to Apples has an idea of the crazy evening we had... ;)

I:43 is a college and career ministry, and as a result, most on the leadership team are in college. What to do you think happens when you get a group of college students together late at night, eating junk food (a.k.a sugar), and drinking caffeine? Well, let me show you...

Now to be fair, this lasted all of five minutes and then we all acted like sane people, but it was too funny, and I had to share. I think my favorite part is when they realized I was recording the insanity, it stopped, almost immediately.

Again, it was a great evening, spent with some wonderful, fun, godly people, and I hope we can do it again!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Hiking Abrams Falls

We went to Gatlinburg this weekend (Justin's parents, sister, and sister's boyfriend came down) and we got to spend some nice time with family.

Of Course we hiked! This time it was Abrams Falls... a 5 mile round trip hike with a gorgeous waterfall at the end. This hike was easier that our last at Rainbow, but I still felt the burn! The hike itself wasn't as pretty as Rainbow Falls but the falls were WAY better!
Me at the beginning of the hike.
This is a pretty good representation of what the trail was like.
These log bridges make me dizzy when I walk across!
Abrams Falls from a distance. Can you see the tiny people to the left of the falls?
The main reason that the falls were so pretty was due to how much it has rained recently! The water was CRAZY high, and we were really muddy at the end of the hike.

Great hike though, great hike.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mardi Gras + Princess Tiana's Beignet Recipe

Today is Mardi Gras! So tonight for dinner I am making Jambalaya and Princess Tiana's beignets.

Diseny's Princess Tiana is a girl from New Orleans during the 1920's who kisses a frog and ends up turning into a frog herself. The frog she kissed was a prince who was turned into a frog, now he has to kiss a princess to turn both of them back into humans.
Here are a few pictures of Disney's Princess Tiana in case you don't know who she is...
Tiana before she became a princess.

This is from last October when Justin and I went to Disney World... we saw Princess Tiana and Prince Navine.
Tiana with her famous beignets.
Yes, I am a dork... but I LOVE Disney! Last October when Justin and I went to Walt Disney World  we stayed at the Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, and of course, they had Tiana's Beignets. I fell in LOVE with them! So I knew that this Mardi Gras I was going to have to make them!

Here is the recipe:

Princess Tiana's Famous Beignets

3 cups Flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 teas baking powder
1/2 teas baking soda
1/2 teas salt
1/2 teas nutmeg
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup water
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teas vanilla extract
Tons of powdered sugar
Vegetable Oil

In a medium bowl, combine 2 1/4 cups of the flour with the sugar, baking powered, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Whisk everything together.

In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, water, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir in the flower mixture from Step 1.

Use some of the remaining flour to dust your work surface. Place the dough on it and pat into a large 1/2 inch think square. Dust the top with more flour if it gets sticky. Next, slice the dough into 2 1/2 inch squares.

Now it's time to fry the beignets. Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy saucepan on the stove-top until the temperature reaches 325*  on a deep-fat thermometer. Check the temperature every so often while cooking. If it gets too hot, temporarily turn the heat down.

Carefully drop 3 dough squares at a time into the hot oil. Fry them for 3 minutes, turn them over, and continue frying for 3 more minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the beignets to a wire rack set atop paper towels to drain. Dust the beignets with confectioners' sugar and ENJOY!
Hope you have a wonderful Fat Tuesday!