Currently Cooking #1

As a newlywed, I’ve been cooking more and more to feed our new little family. (And to have delicious leftovers for lunch!) Plus all my new kitchen gadgets make me really excited to bake! So here are some recent recipes I’ve tried, and, in several cases, loved. Try ‘em out yourself!

S’mores Bars from Truffled Delights

S’mores Bars: Made this for the first time we hosted our church homegroup. I thought they were pretty good, but our friends raved over them. Easy and yummy for sure. Resist the temptation to cut while still hot. It’s a sticky mess. Let them cook completely, cut into bars, then warm one up in the microwave if you like the gooey, drippy thing.

Texas Sheet Cake Cookies from Cookies & Cups

Texas Sheet Cake Cookies: I decided to try these after a friend posted she made them on Instagram. I was slightly disappointed. They were fine but not rave-worthy. The icing matched the traditional cake icing flavor and texture well, but the dense cookies left me wishing I was eating moist cake instead.

Cookies & Cream Bars from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

Cookies & Cream Bars: I avoided a little disaster here with a sharp new knife. When they say to butter your paper before pouring, listen! I was scraping wax paper off every bar. :( Overall, good, but very dense and chewy. I think I prefer dipping the original cookies in a big ol’ glass of milk. I ground pulverized the cookies into fine crumbs (in my new food processor!), so maybe keeping them a little more choppy would ease the density?

Herb-and-Chili Shrimp Toasts from Real Simple

Herb-And-Chili Shrimp Toasts: Yummmmmm. This was such a fresh and delicious recipe, and fairly quick and easy to make (I think… Greg did it!). I saved time for us by buying pre-peeled, -deveined, and -cooked shrimp. We used a jalapeno because I couldn’t find any red Fresno peppers and parsley because HEB was out of my preferred cilantro. Instead of a baguette we used slices of bread from the recipe below. The perfect summertime dinner paired with…

Peach, Basil, and Almond Panzanella from Real Simple

Peach, Basil, and Almond Panzanella: We served this as a “side” to the shrimp toasts, though Real Simple claims it could be a lunch on its own… not sure of how filling it would be, but I’d probably just eat the entire recipe’s worth! We toasted our own almonds, used white wine vinegar (HEB wasn’t fancy enough for champagne vinegar), and grated pecorino cheese instead of ricotta salata. Greg and I both really liked this! I should make it again while peaches are still in season…

Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet from Budget Bytes

Chorizo Sweet Potato SkilletSo quick and delish! I cooked up a whole bag of dried black beans we’ve had in the pantry forever, so I’m looking for more black bean recipes! This one was a hit (Greg said it was a repeat for sure), and we thought it could be fun to mix up the meat, types of salsa, and types of cheese for varying flavors. Greg doesn’t usually like chorizo, but whatever kind I got at HEB won him over (for this dish at least).

That’s some of what I’ve been cooking lately! I hope to write posts like these every so often to share my finds and kitchen adventures.

Have you cooked/baked anything good lately? What should I make next?

Well, I’m married now!

Well hey, guys.

I haven’t posted in a few months (as per ushe) because, well, this time, I got married, and that kind of took up a lot of my time in addition to a busy summer of New Student Orientation at work.

But I do want to try to write more now that the wedding planning is over! And I have so many things to share, like

  • more tweets from the past
  • a wedding recap
  • honeymoon summary
  • what I’ve learned from marriage so far (I’m an expert! ha! jk.)
  • the epic pranking our friends did while we were in Seattle
  • and more

So here’s to hoping I make more time for the blogs! I have high ambitions now that my home iMac basically has it’s own room (“the study”) because I am an adult who lives in a house with her husband and we have matching throw pillows and a fancy foot-pedal trashcan! (That’s defines adulthood, obvs.)

So… more to come from this married gal!

Past-Lindsay Tweets, Vol. 6

Volume 6 of Past-Lindsay Tweets brings us to Spring 2011, my final semester at Mizzou. Fun Fact: I tweeted 687 times in April 2011. What. the. heck. Past-Lindsay, you CRAY. I think it was because it was my last month of college, and I procrastinated the crap out of it. Let’s see how it went!

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Magazine major/Human Development & Family Studies minor problems…

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I was in charge of making all the food for a 100-person Super Bowl Party. There was a lot of queso.

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It was a freakishly cold spring, and I’m pretty sure I had Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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One of my favorite jobs I had at Mizzou was an internship with the ResLife marketing department. The best was designing T-shirts for all the residence halls! #tshirtseason

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Ah yes, interviewing for grad school back in my home state.

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I’m obsessed with color-changing cups. We might have them at our wedding…

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I never did meet her… *sobs*

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I still think this, though my fear has lessened.

I still think this, though my fear has lessened.

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I took a 20th Century Art class, learned all about Ready-Mades…

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People always wanted Truman (the Mizzou mascot) doing various things on their T-shirts.

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Gotta love Student Affairs life. This was from the manual for my summer graduate assistantship at A&M.

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Past-Lindsay Tweets, Vol. 5

We’re back with tweets from Fall 2010, aka the first semester of my senior year at Mizzou! My first semester in my own apartment, my semester at a Freshman Interest Groups Student Coordinator, my first semester as a leader in my church. There are a lot of tweets about my good friends from LT and The Rock this time.

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It was a right of passage to do a wheelie in my friend Justin’s wheelchair.

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Breezy is legitimately one of the funniest people I know. Hahahaha this still cracks me up. In case this needs context, Google the book “Captivating.”

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I stopped regularly working out my sophomore year of college After that, going to the Rec just meant cutting through it on a walk across campus…

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Tuersday, guys.

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Love me some Amanda Craven serenades!

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This semester I also applied to grad school at A&M.

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That time I visited A&M over Thanksgiving break.

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Still so proud of them!

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I visited Kent State over the break to see some LT people!

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My 11-year-old brother, everyone.

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Girls don’t let other girls wear Bump-its.

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Guys. I STILL haven’t read GWtDT, though!

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Now this is a story. One time John Murray wore a polo every day for a month and made a Facebook album with pictures. At the start of the month he smiled in every picture, but by the end, he was just snapping pics real quick. There’s one picture of him in an orange polo with a scraggly beard and he looks like a convicted murderer. This picture has become a running joke with my friend Breezy, who periodically prints this picture and mails it to me or will randomly Facebook message it to me because it’s hilarious.

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It’s funny because he’s in a wheelchair!

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I LOVED my magazine editing class that semester.

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My apartment that year was a little janky… including my bathroom where my toilet was jammed right up against my shower and there was barely any leg room.

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Aka Justin, Amanda, Sam, John, and Ben.

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Most of the rest were just silly, self-explanatory thoughts and quotes. Oh, Past-Lindsay!

Favorite Things Friday #4 (Wedding Edition!)

Happy Friday!

For this edition of Favorite Things Friday, I wanted to share some of my favorite things that have been super helpful in the wedding planning process. Hopefully they’ll help out some of you brides-to-be or will be things to tuck away for later if you get engaged!

Disclaimer: These things have been super helpful for my wedding, but they may not work for your style. We’re on a small budget with a huge guest list, so we’re keeping it simple and chill. No matching linens (slash no linens at all, honestly) or letter-pressed stationery for us. Also, we’re still a little less than three months out, so I may have more favorite things to add later once all’s been said and done!

1. Vistaprint
I self-designed our save-the-date postcards, invitations, and thank-you notes on with Abobe Illustrator and InDesign and used Vistaprint to print them. I bought a Groupon for half-off some orders, but Vistaprint is also usually running some sort of sale. Sign up for their emails for coupons, but be prepared to hit “delete” a lot since they send emails daily (if not more). I originally budgeted more than $500 for our invitations, but they ended up costing us a little more than $100! Now, these may not be printed on the most luxurious paper or have the most premium envelopes, but they are pretty, functional, and don’t look like we’re cheapskates. They’re simple and perfectly match the mood of our casual 2 o’clock wedding!

2. David’s Bridal
Lots of women have negative things to say about DB, but my experience was great! I honestly was dreading the dress-shopping experience, and I did have some bad experiences, but DB redeemed the whole process.

One store I went to was really, really unhelpful in helping me stay in my budget. The type of dress I had originally envisioned myself in was way more than I wanted to spend on a dress; the dress wasn’t a top priority to me, so I was hoping to spend less than $500. The other store I went to told me I needed to go home and do more research about what dress would realistically be in my price range and refused to help me find a cheaper dress because “I had my heart set on expensive lace.” So I cried in the dressing room there.

But David’s Bridal was so helpful! I explained that the look I was going for was probably out of my budget, but they helped me find more reasonably priced dressed that matched the style and mood of my original dress ideas. While the first store only brought me dresses outside my budget, DB brought me dresses under my budget, and the one time my sales associate brought me a dress that was slightly above my budget, she made sure to warn me before I tried it on.

So if you want to look pretty in your dress, but you don’t care about designers and want to keep your budget low, DB was great!

3. Pinterest
I’m a little humbled that this is on my list because I was not one of those girls with her entire wedding planned on a board titled “Someday My Prince Will Come.” But real talk, the website is perfect for wedding planning. I started with one big wedding board, but that has quickly branched out into a bunch of boards for various things so I can just concentrate on each task or item I’m trying to figure out: wedding hair, shoes, makeup, bedding to register for, etc. It’s a great place for inspiration, but also for pinning things you need to remember. I repinned ideas for my reception, but I also pinned all the shoes I was looking at for my dress.

4. Google Docs
I hope you already know how awesome Google Docs is because it will change your life. It’s been the perfect place to store all my planning documents: guest list spreadsheets, day-of timelines, lists of honeymoon ideas, the budget spreadsheet, etc. I can edit it from anywhere (work, home, my phone, Greg’s iPad…) and share specific docs with whoever (my mom, Greg’s mom, our photographer, Greg). I made a folder for the wedding and have each document stored within so certain people can see certain docs. Love it.

5. Real Simple‘s Wedding Magazine
I bought several wedding magazines looking for inspiration and guidance in the planning process. Although it was fun (sort of?) to look at magazines like The Knot and Bride, they just were not practical for me. Trying to sort through the ads and the actual content was annoying, and most of content was really just… superfluous.

I could write an entire blog post about the wedding industry and how it’s a huge money-suck that often loses sight of marriage and focuses on the party. But Real Simple cut through the clutter and provided a straightforward, organized wedding planning guide and magazine that gave inspiration, but also gave a really helpful structure for planning. Sure, it included extravagances that Greg and I are not indulging in, but it also affirmed that small, simple, and inexpensive are great, too. You don’t have to spend the American average of $20,000-$30,000 on a wedding, and Real Simple is helping me make that a reality.

(Side note: The magazine cost quite a bit more (~$15) than it’s competitors, but it was worth it for the lack of ads and it included a year-long subscription to Real Simple, which is really an excellent lifestyle magazine that I would happily subscribe to anyway.)

6. Etsy
Now that I think about it, the only wedding things I think I’ve gotten from Etsy is Greg’s wedding band, but it can be a great and unexpected (many time cheaper, too!) place to find wedding things! I know my roommate got her wedding stationery design from an Etsy shop, and I’ve bought lots of accessories or gifts that people always comment on: “That’s so cute/cool/unique/perfect! Where’d you get that?” “Etsy.” Check it out for gifts, headpieces, jewelry, cake-toppers, and lots of other fun wedding items.

That’s all for now! I started to write other wedding planning tips, but I think they would fit better in an entirely different post, so we’ll see what comes of that. Happy planning (or imagine-planning)!

Past-Lindsay Tweets, Vol. 4

Welcome to the fourth installment of Past-Lindsay Tweets, Colorado LT edition!

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I got food poisoning pretty much right off the bat at LT. It was bad.

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Truer words have never been spoken. She got me.

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My first neti pot! Which is now a staple in my medicine cabinet.

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Luckily the sicknesses ended after that.

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#boom

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I was pretty proud of that card.

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I even blogged about it.

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So many firsts that summer…

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See next tweet for how that turned out…

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Awkward. Nice, Barclay.

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Summer 2010, aka the summer I realized I was homesick for Tejas.

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Present-day Lindsay approves!

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And forever since this day, Thomas Fritts has called me a squirrel killer.

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I appreciate Greg being 6’6″ for this very reason!

Not as many tweets this time because I was busy living an amazing life in Colorado! :)

Past-Lindsay Tweets, Vol. 3

Welcome to the third edition of Past-Lindsay Tweets! This post comes to you from Spring 2010, aka my spring of my junior year of college. Reading these tweets was actually sort of hard at times for me. This semester, as I have written about previously, was really tough on me academically and with my job-load. I also recall struggling socially transitioning friend groups and (I’m a little embarrassed I tweeted vaguely about this) with a few crushes that year. Anyway, here are some funny and poignant tweets that sum up that spring!

Things to know: I was still an RA and front desk supervisor, but I also worked as an infographics designer for the Missourian and finally really committed a lot of my time to the Twain canvas group this semester.

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Who do you think you are, Past-Lindsay??

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This was about my new supervisor, Laura. I still have a huge friend crush on her. :)

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This is only funny if you know who both these people are. So it’s hilarious to me!

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My empathetic life.

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One time I dreamed I married one of the desk attendants I supervised. I made the mistake of telling him this. Awk.

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Well, duh.

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There were way too many tweets like this from this semester. It’s gonna be okay, Past Lindsay! Unfortunately Present Lindsay still struggles with paralyzing fear and procrastination when she’s overwhelmed.

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My first ever Vlogbrothers video! The beginning of my citizenship in Nerdfighteria.

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Yeah. Sums up that semester.

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Somehow I’m always in the male-heavy small groups at church…

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Beginning of my stationery obsession? Also I just realized that I need to clarify this was The Office themed paper. That’s who Jim is.

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Yeah. Sad Past-Lindsay was consumed with worry.

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This was the time I was talking about when I blogged about deodorant tissues!

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Haha! Good times at the graphics desk at the Missourian. Referring to this graphic, which became a scale rather than a map.

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One of my FAVORITE John Murray moments/stories.

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It was really hard leaving the dorm after living there for 3 years!

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Mission accomplished and ego boosted!

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One time my friend Katie and I were studying for a final and we flipped over a bowl of ramen all over our notes, books, and my dorm room floor. #latenightsinTwain

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Working at the front desk was so weird sometimes.

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But seriously. I miss regular #johnmurrayquotes in my life.

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Spoiler alert: I did not make an A on that test. Got my first C+ of college!

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Aw! Love that guy and that dorm.

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I snort-laughed when I read this one. Good times closing the building as an RA cleaning out people’s rooms!

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#twainlove

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What say you, Greg?

Up next: Summer 2010, aka the summer of LT!