Weekending at its Best

Dare I say…Spring has arrived? *crosses fingers*  Two gorgeous weekends in a row, plus nice days in between…it looks promising!

A couple of posts ago, I told you about Evening, the formal event at my school.  Evening was great, but it basically served as a kick-off to a fun and relaxing weekend.  Photo montage……and go!

Our first (major) stop was Millersylvania State Park.

“Millersylvania State Park is an 842-acre camping park with 3,300 feet of freshwater shoreline on Deep Lake. The park, filled with trails, is abundant in old-growth cedar and fir trees. Millersylvania was constructed almost entirely by hand in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.” (source)


This was our lunch view.

And this was our lunch!

We took pictures of each other taking pictures…

…and drew on our Montana roots to make sure we didn’t get lost on the trail where we saw…

…lovely flowers!  Mom, are these some type of lily?

 

After wandering the trails for a bit, we decided to head back North.  After a quick stop by my apartment, we were off to…

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Tortilla chicken soup and green salad for me,

BBQ chicken wrap for Ron!

I may or may not have stolen fries. 😉

By this time, we were still bursting with energy tired like old people, so we headed for some dessert, then Ron took me back to my apartment.  Oh, and I had homework.  But whatever. 🙂  Any guesses on dessert?

Sunday morning, Ron came bright and early to pick me up to head to church, and then, we were off to the Tulips!  If you’ve never been to the Tulip festival…go.  You won’t regret it!

After a quick stop for lunch (that I forgot to photo), we were off to Roozengaarde, a very popular tulip destination.

The colors and variety are breath taking.  Don’t believe me?  Scroll down.

Aside from the fields, there are decorative gardens.

The obligatory in-the-tulip-row shots…

And don’t forget the daffodils!

Oh, and here’s my favorite tulip variety sign.  Ever.

Apparently there’s a tulip called “Ice Cream”.  Too bad it wasn’t blooming yet!

After wandering the tulips for a while, we decided to make our way back south.  And we were feeling some pizza!

Zeek’s to the rescue!

They have about a million pizza’s to choose from, but we decided to design our own.  Only after munching on some cheesy bread sticks, though.

Salad was involved, but alas.  I forgot to take a picture.  It was tasty, though!  I mean, it doesn’t get much better than greens piled with tomatoes, cashews and gorgonzola!

But the pizza.  Ohhhh man!

Marinara, mozzarella, chicken, tomatoes and basil.  Simple and delicious.  The best!

Any guesses on dessert? 😉

Shocker, I know!

Did you notice: My bad friend, ED, wasn’t invited…and he didn’t show up.  🙂

Well folks, that sums up my weekend!  It was a nice little break before the madness of finals sets in.  By the way, finals are the week after this.  Oy vey!

Coming soon: a recipe or two, another lovely weekend recap, and some big news!

Blessings,

Beth

A Mom Visit

Hello friends!  I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since my last post…time flies when you’re having fun doing homework, I suppose!

On Monday, my mom stopped by on her way to visit my grandma.  Although it was a super short visit, I enjoyed it and am quite glad she got to swing by!  Too bad my dad had to work and couldn’t come with her.  But hey.  Only a few more weeks till the end of the semester! 😀

Mom and I did the typical “mother-daughter” thing…we went shopping.  Along with some necessities, I picked up a few fun little things:

This sweatshirt, from Target –

 

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Comfy, light, springy – I’ve worn it at some point every day over the last 3 days…ooops.  Oh well 🙂

This book –

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I’m currently on page xxvi – as in, I’m not past the introduction – and I’ve already underlined SO many things I can relate to and understand.  It’s almost unnerving how similarly “Ed” can affect people.  But I’m really looking forward to reading this book.  It’s even written to be easier for people with Eating Disorders to read; the chapters and sections are shorter, which accommodates short attention spans and lack of focus commonly seen in people who are under-nourished due to an Eating Disorder.  I’ll let you know how the book goes!

Oooooh and I found this excellent devotional journal!

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If you’ve never experienced anything by Beth Moore, you’re missing out.  God has given her a gift for speaking right to the hearts of women from any background, at any place in their lives.  This journal is designed to go along with her book, “Get Out of That Pit” which I haven’t read, but so far, I’m really enjoying the journal anyways.  By the way, I’ve been through Beth Moore’s study, “Breaking Free” , which I would highly recommend, and I bought her book “Praying God’s Word” which is an EXCELLENT study and prayer tool.

Mom and I also had dinner, but the highlight came after dinner. *drum roll*…..we went to Dairy Queen!!!  Not that I was excited or anything *cough-cough*.  My recent experience with cookies n’ cream seems to have whet my appetite…cause the only thing I could think about after dinner was an…….

Man!  So good!  It was like ice cream nirvana.  How can something as simple as vanilla ice cream and crushed oreos be so good?  Wait.  Don’t answer that.  It’s ice cream!  Seriously, though, this was tasty!  Just what I wanted – and the perfect way to cap off our mom-daughter evening.

And we very intentionally took a picture of me EATING said blizzard.  I just apparently don’t pose well when eating.  Oh well.  I’ve got bigger fish to fry!

Well there you have a little summary of my mom’s visit – it was definitely a nice diversion from the typical homework-filled evening.  I may or may not have skipped my two classes the next day to do work…shhhh 😉

In observance of Good Friday, here is a little something to chew on:

Have a blessed Easter.

Beth

 

Tastes Like Home

You know how there’s some recipes that no matter how many times you make them, they NEVER taste as good as the first person who made it for you?  This is why I don’t try to make my mom’s chicken stew or meatloaf.  This is why I’ve never even tried to make roasted red potatoes like my Aunt Chelle.  And even though I’ve tried to make pasta salad like my Aunt Alice, it just never tastes as good.

Well, friends this recipe I’m about to share isn’t quite like mom would make, but it reminded me a lot of mom’s scalloped potatoes!

Except it was a breakfast casserole.  But just go with it, m’kay?

This casserole, which came together in a snap was not only easy, but filling, satisfying and quite inexpensive to make.  It served as a teamwork dinner, and provided leftovers for one night for both Elizabeth and I, as well as dinner for me tonight.  Hooray for leftovers! 🙂

So why did this remind me of mom’s scalloped potatoes and ham?  I think it must have been the combo of ham and onions, whose smell wafted from the oven, torturing us until the blessed timer went off signaling time to dish up!  But I literally opened the oven and was taken back to Christmas break when mom and I made those deeeeelightful scalloped ‘taters!  Sigggghhhh……..anyways…

 

Farmer’s Casserole

Adapted from “The New Better Homes and Garden’s Cook Book”

 

The Goods

Nonstick cooking spray

Frozen roasted baby red potatoes, or other frozen potato (enough to cover the bottom of the pan)

A couple handfuls of shredded (cheddar) cheese

1 small package of Canadian bacon, diced

1/2 small onion, chopped

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

salt and pepper to taste

 

The Method

 

 

 

1. Lightly coat pan with non stick spray; pour in enough potatoes to cover the bottom of the pan

2. Layer Canadian bacon and onions and one handful of cheese on top of potatoes

3. Beat eggs with milk, salt and pepper, then pour over potatoes

4. Bake, uncovered at 350* for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

5. Let stand 5 tortuous minutes before serving

 

And voila!  A tasty, inexpensive, healthy CUSTOMIZABLE dinner!  Use whatever kind of potatoes you like.  Use whatever kind of cheese you like!  Don’t like Canadian bacon?  Use ham or regular bacon.  Or skip the meat and add veggies.  It’s a blank canvas 🙂

A lovely dinner, especially when accompanied by toast and broccoli (and the obligatory squirt of ketchup).  This would obviously be excellent for a breakfast/brunch also.  Or lunch.  So basically, you can eat it any time of the day 🙂

Well, this weekend went by in a hurry!  From Elizabeth’s senior recital, to shoe shopping to homework, it’s been full.  But I’m looking forward to my mom’s visit tomorrow!  It’s going to be short and sweet, but I’ll take it!  I wish my dad could come too, but it’s only a few more weeks until summer break.

I’m sure I’ll properly document my mom’s visit, which will include an inexpensive dinner and ice cream.  Perhaps some more cookies and cream?  And guess what?  ED isn’t invited.

Blessings!

Beth

 

Have Your Ice Cream…

Have your ice cream and eat it too!  That’s my theme today.

Last night, I had a slight inkling that cookies n’ cream sounded good.  Really good.  It’s one of my favorites, after all!  But I forgot all about it until this morning.  Whilst browsing Pinterest, I saw this:

Cookies n’ Cream scones, from Baking Bites.  And I remembered my craving.  And it came back in full force.  I could almost taste it!

A status update on Facebook garnered a text from my roommate, encouraging me to go get me some ice cream.  She said, “Listen, right now you have no reason to avoid eating something that will make you happy.  None.”  But I made excuses anyways.

I’m eating lunch.

It’s more fun to get ice cream with someone else.

I’ll just wait till tonight until you can come too.

Except I kept thinking about that darn ice cream.  And I felt antsy and cranky. I decided to get out of the apartment (and into the GLORIOUS weather!) and walk down to the music building to practice for a bit.  During my little stroll, I decided to face my ice cream decision head on and ask…”What are you scared of?”

Well, I rarely eat ice cream before dinner.

So.  Is there some kind of law about that?

What if it’s really hard to eat dinner because I know I’ve indulged already?  What if eating ice cream now makes me want to restrict?!  Maybe I’ll have salad for dinner…

Is there any difference in eating ice cream before or after dinner?  It’s not like pre-dinner ice cream has more calories.  You won’t suddenly become fat.  Promise.

But what if I want dessert after dinner, except that I’ve already had ice cream?

So.  What’s wrong with having two sweet things in one day?

But what if someone sees me?  Is it weird to go get ice cream alone?

Uhhhh…wow.  That’s a lie straight from ED!  People get ice cream alone ALL the time!  Have you ever seen the Dairy Queen drive-thru?

 

By this time, I was feeling a bit hungry.  And I couldn’t stop thinking about cookies n’ cream.  So I came home from practicing, grabbed my wallet and got in my car.  Destination: Baskin Robins.

I wasn’t the only one there.  There were a couple of ladies slowly slurping down their double scoop waffle cones.  And the high school kids in front of me excitedly grabbed their double scoop waffle cones.

“Can I help you?”

“Uhh, yeah, could I get a kids scoop of cookies n’ cream please?”

$2 later, I’m back in the car, carefully setting the cup down and hoping it doesn’t melt before I get home.  It’s 55 degrees after all!  But all was well – a few minutes later found me walking up to my apartment, getting ready for some ice cream.

Melty, creamy, sweet…perfect for this sunny and warm day.  Even though it was a little scoop, would I be able to finish it?  After a couple bites, I knew the answer. 🙂

I love how the cookie chunks are soft – not soggy, but not crunchy.  I love how there’s always a couple bigger chunks, too.  I save them for last.

I love the smoothness of the ice cream, and how it gets soft and melty, perfectly blending the cream with the cookies.

This really hit the spot.  I’m not cranky anymore.  I’m not antsy anymore.  My body asked for something, and I listened.  Listened and acted.

I took a few moments to think about how I handled ice cream in the past.  I’ve always liked it.  It had a place in the freezer at home just about all the time.  Post ED diagnosis, I could generally do alright with ice cream.  A blizzard or cone here and there…a bit at home after dinner.  No prob.  Last spring, I downed a pretty good-sized scoop of good ol’ cookies n’ cream one afternoon – and I did the same after a long hike this summer.  I’ve got some work to do, folks.  But it’s ice cream.  Ice cream work can’t be that bad! 🙂

And it’s not as though I don’t like ice cream.  I can certainly eat it.  In the words of CJ over at Happy, Healthy, Whole…”Fake it till ya make it!”  Just gotta reach the point of pure enjoyment NOT laced with guilt.

Marisa will be home soon, and we’ll make dinner together.  I’ll eat veggies.  And rice.  And meat with sauce.  And I’m quite sure it will taste good.  And if I have to, I’ll write on my hand:

“It’s not like pre-dinner ice cream has more calories”

Go eat some ice cream 🙂

Blessings,

Beth