Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bake: Apple Pie in Apples

If you are my friend on facebook then you've seen me post the pictures to this recipe already. However, I didn't include any instructions and I've already gotten several messages about the recipe. So, today I'm going to tell y'all how I made apple pies inside Granny Smith Apples. It was SO easy and they were delicious! For it to have been my first time making them, I defintiely learned a few things that I would've done differently next time but they were still delicious this time.

Here we go!!

What You Need
5-6 Granny Smith Apples
(Disclaimer: It was VERY hard for me to scoop out the inside of the apples without getting seeds all mixed in so I suggest you buy the amount apple for the little pies you want to make and then buy 2-4 more apples. If you want to make 4 little pies like I did, I bought 6 apples. I just cut up the extra two apples for the filling and threw the filling from the apples I carved out of away!)

1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1/4 Cup of Sugar

1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar

Pie Crust
(You can buy premade kind or make your own)



 What You Do:

Start by cutting the tops of the apples off and spooning out the inside. This step takes time-and patience! :)





Then, in a mixing bowl, mix the cut up apples with the above ingredients.



Now, spoon the filling into the apples.



 Position the pie crust any way you would like on the top.



Cook the apples in an 8x8 glass pan.
Put just enough water in the bottom of the pan to cover the bottom. Cover the apples with foil.


Cook on 350 degrees for 20-25 with the foil on. Then, remove the foil and bake for another 20-25 minutes or until the pie crust is golden.



I realize that sometimes I may not be as thorough as some people would like. If there is a step you don't understand or think I've left one out, just email me and I'll answer any questions you may have!! :)


Happy Baking!!

 



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

adopt a soldier.

Have you ever just had a really good day?
A good day that was good for no in particular reason? That was my day today! I woke up in a good mood and just decided to have a good day!
 
I had my fair share of challenges as well. Challenges as in the air went out at work and I've never sweated at work as much as I did today. I work at a vet and the entire "office" part was literally hades on earth. The sweet pups in the back, however, were nice and cool. I wanted to take my work to the back and sit down next to my fave dogs in the kennel. It was hot.
 
But, it was still fun. I'm thinking about majoring in Bulletin Boards as a minor in case nursing doesn't work out. Haha. I love being creative!
 
 
Anyways, on the way home, I got not one but TWO sweet emails from people telling me that they are new readers here! They were both so genuine and said SUCH nice words! Thank you girls!

I got an email from an advertising company that I thought slipped through from my Junk folder today. But, I'm so glad that it did.
 
It was from a military support team asking to donate money to send to troops. While it seemed super sketchy, it got me thinking. Even though it seems like everyone is at home with their families and that there is no fighting or serving in the military, there still is very much a need to support our military men and women.
 
I did a little research and came across a website where you can "adopt" a soldier. It only costs about 20 dollars a year to join the organization, but you are an "official" member and adopt a soldier. The rules, so to speak, ask that you send one letter a week and one care package a month.

That's so easy to do for someone who is fighting and putting their life at risk every day just so I can sit here and type this. I LOVE this idea. So, I signed up in a hurry and already have been assigned my first soldier. YAY!!!

Writing letters and sending gifts is RIGHT up my alley. Hope this guy doesn't mind!!
Speaking of doing good deeds...
 
I am a member of a small Southern Baptist Church. This past Sunday, everyone in the congregation received a card with a chaplain that we could pray for. I saw three cards sitting in seats where no one walked in and sat down, so I grabbed them!! I'm currently praying and trying to email four chaplains. It's so fun to put a face and story with my prayers! I've already received an email back from one of them.

So, I'm going to ask y'all to help me pray for these Chaplains and to pray that I'm a good example of Christ's love to my newly adopted soldier! :)
 
Short and to the point tonight! Hope y'all don't mind! :)


Monday, August 26, 2013

she's so mean

Sorry for ripping off Matchbox Twenty for the title of this post- but it's the most fitting title I could find.
 
What is wrong with girls today? I just need to start off by stating the obvious.
 
There are two very different types of girls today: mean and nice. There's no middle ground. A girl is either too nice and gets taken advantage of or she thinks that she is God's gift to the world and is hateful.
 
This has to stop.
 
The behavior of these "mean" girls are literally ruining others lives.

Some girls today completely reject the idea and mannerisms that a lady should have. The Bible is very clear on the way that a lady, or girl, should act.
 
Girls should embrace their own style and personality and push away from the "norm" or "standards" that the world has set. If you don't like skinny jeans, don't wear them. If you don't like dangling earrings, don't wear them. If you don't want to be in a sorority, don't be in one. If you don't want to give your virginity away before marriage, then don't.
 
You have to accept that you are different from a man. Physically, obviously. But, also, in every other aspect of life. God created girls to be more gentle, kind, nurturing and the mother/bearer of children. Men are instructed in 1 Peter 3 to treat women in an understanding way because our needs are different. Men don't need the same emotional reassurance that women need. Women shouldn't be threatened by men, inappropriately touched by a man or used by a man. Too many women today try to compete with men in "toughness" and strength. But, why? Women, stop trying to prove your toughness by how much weight you can bench press. Your strength is a different strength. It's what makes you a lady. As a women, embrace it. As a man, your role is to embrace the needs of a women-emotionally- and allow her to flourish.
 
As women, we have to stop defining what a woman is based on worldly ways or culture. The only way that we should be defining what a woman should be is with the Bible.
 
Take a look at these verses:
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“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment . . . . Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit” (1 Peter 3:3–4).
 
“This is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful” (1 Peter 3:5).
 
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).
 
“I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety” (1 Timothy 2:9).
 
“She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness” (Proverbs 31:26, kjv ).
 
“Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality” (Romans 12:13).
 
“Train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God” (Titus 2:4–5).
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As women, our worth has to come from God. It cannot come from a man. If your worth comes from a man, then you cannot ever truly feel 100% worthy. Even the nicest man on the earth is no match for God. Godliness is what makes you a woman, not if you have the latest pair of sunnies from Vogue. Our value is not determined by the clothes on our back. Our value has already been determined by God and no one (not even the mean girls at your school) can take away your worth.
 
As women, we have two enemies. Ourselves and other girls. I read a quote on a kindness campaign page just the other day that read: "Why do we, as women, knowing how hard it is to be a woman, do so much harm to other women?"
 
Hmmm. Isn't that true? I can sit right here at this c0mputer and type this all out, but if I switch tabs and go to People.com and rant about what a train wreck Miley Cyrus is- that does two things. That directly goes against what it is to be a lady and it is not producing anything that is good.
 
Yes, we are women. And, yes, gossip can be fun and truthful. But, what if the words that come out of your mouth are what others are saying about you? Think about it. We spend so much time tearing others down to make ourselves feel better. What if we all just started focusing on making ourselves better? What a concept.
 
We are also our own worst enemies. While I believe that a man not should pressure a girl to have sex with him if she doesn't want to, I won't put the blame of this on the guys. Your body is that. It's yours. And if you respect yourself and your future spouse enough to not want to engage in sex before marriage, it's ultimately YOUR responsibility to make sure that happens.
 
Girls will message me and say that they want to be a lady of God and save themselves, but that it's so much more fun to live in sin. They collectively will say that Christians don't have fun. Well, let me tell you.
 
I sing and dance and go to concerts and go on dates and go eat with friends and go to football games, etc. etc. and I have A TON OF FUN!! You can have fun and be pure. You can have fun and not compromise your standards. You can have fun without being drunk or high or without having sex. It's worth it. Being a lady is about doing what the Lord expects of us. It isn't about sitting at home knitting a scarf and never leaving the doors.
 
The Lord uses FUN, Christian ladies to show other ladies how fun and fulfilling being a lady of Christ is. Knowing that my worth and fulfillment comes from God is an indescribable feeling. It teaches me that my husband will be an incredible bonus to my life and I can't wait for that day to come.
 
But, in the meantime, don't give up your standards as a Godly woman for anything or anyone.
 
You are beautiful.
 
You are wonderful.
 
You are loved.
 
You are lovely.
 
You are treasured.
 
You are wanted.
 
You are sought after.
 
You are enough.
 
 


Sunday, August 25, 2013

the right kind of wife

I love love.
 
That wasn't a repeat word, spell check. I mean it. I love seeing people in love. I love weddings, I love dates, I love men. I love L O V E.
Ha. Yet my internet goes out more than I do, currently.
Lolz, everyone.
 
Okay, so I know I obviously am not going to be 1,000 guys or even 100 guys first choice as a wife. And, you know, that's cool, because marrying 100 of them is a little scary. Anyhoo, it really only matters to the right guy. The guy.
 
I'm a Christian. I believe that marriage and the want to be married and have a family is a desire put in my heart by God. I also believe that if he allows that desire to be inside of me, he is MORE than faithful to deliver on that desire and allow me to be married one day.

Some days, it's a defeating feeling. My mother was 19 when she married my daddy. My sister was young (22ish?) when she was married. Getting married young seems to be a trend. Then, here I am. Ha. Single as can be.
 
I don't say that for pity, number one. I think that everyone gets married at the right "season" of their life and I am NOT in that season right now. I'm so overloaded with school and two jobs and learning and cooking and studying, I cannot imagine trying to share a life with another person right now. That does not mean that I don't want to get married. Because, I really, really do.
 
 
My Pinterest board probably gives that away.
 
I want to get married. But, I want my focus to be on having the marriage of a lifetime and not having the wedding of the year.
 
I mean, come on, my wedding WILL be, but, that's not the point. :)
I've been doing a lot of reading and studying in the Bible recently on exactly what my role as a wife one day will be. And, my discoveries were mostly things I already knew. I've come to an exhilarating discovery recently, though.
 
Even if you're not in the season of marriage, you can still be praying for your future spouse right now. Wherever they are, whoever they are, whatever they're doing, you can pray for them.
 
Let's look a little bit at what the Bible commands of us as future wives.
 
1) A Godly Woman Always Seeks to be Modest in Her Dress.
I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes (1 Timothy 2:9, NIV).
 
2) A Godly Woman Always Seeks to be Holy in Her Conduct.
 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV)
 
3) A Godly Woman Always Seeks to be Truthful in Speech and Motives.
 
4) A Godly Woman Seeks to be Gentle and Quiet.
And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. (2 Timothy 2:24, NIV)
Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. (1 Peter 3:4, NIV)
 
5) A Godly Woman Seeks to Care for the Home.
 
6) A Godly Woman Seeks to Serve Others.
 
7) A Godly Woman Strives to be a Person Who Can be Trusted.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life (Proverbs 31:11-16).
 
These are seven biblically proven qualities that a GOOD wife should have.
 
I feel like so many women today have a negative view of marriage. Either a man hurt them or violated them or misused them, and they automatically take on the "I don't need a man" mentality. And while, yes, technically, you don't "need a man." But, I believe that God created us as women to be helpmates. And, if we are staying on the right path of our own spiritual life, we will be less likely to be struck by one of these "dog men."
 
A real man of God will value my kindness, patience, willingness to serve, willingness to learn, purity and trust.
 
The man that the Lord has for me will not criticize my decision to wait until marriage to have sex, he will protect that decision. He will honor that decision as well.
 
The man that the Lord has for me will always push me to the next level. If I want to keep going for degree after degree in school until I cannot get another one, he will not hinder me, he will encourage me.
 
The man that the Lord has for me won't have to worry about competing with what I'm reading every month in Cosmo magazine because my nightstand is filled with Southern Living magazines.
 
The man that the Lord has for me does not have to be "rich" by world standards. My ideal date is laying on a blanket under the stars or going down some back roads late at night with the windows down.
 
The man that the Lord has for me won't have to stop and pick up dinner every night, I'm a pro at pies, ice cream, jams and more.
 
The man that the Lord has for me will have to be a college football fan. RTR. And a Luke Bryan fan. ;)
 
The man of God that the Lord has for me will probably be messy to teach me to meet in the middle. It's okay if every dish isn't put away before we go to bed at night. Your marriage is not determined by how many dishes are left in the sink at night.
 
The man of God that the Lord has for me will have to stop me at every meal after taking a bite to remind me to say "grace." Hey, at least I still say it.
 
The man the Lord has for me won't have to worry about me not knowing what a touch back, safety or roughing the passer means. I gotcha! ;)
 
The man the Lord has for me will be loved and cherished and appreciated. He will not be gossiped about. He will be able to go fishing and hunting as often as he wants, as long as he takes me with me. He will have a praying wife. He will have a hard working, hard playing wife. He will be encouraged to pursue whatever dream he has. It's never too late.
 
 




Saturday, August 24, 2013

Farm Tour Giveaway

Hey, y'all!!

Happy Saturday!
I announced my second giveaway today via Instagram and I've received over 30 FaceBook and Twitter messages asking me when it will post.
 
Well, wait no longer, it is here!!
 
 Do you want to see this man shaking it in the middle of a field possibly FRONT ROW!!!
READ ON!!
I'm hosting a giveaway for (2) tickets to Luke Bryan's Farm Tour.
 
The winner will be able to choose between the Macon, GA show or the Auburn, AL show. These shows are at local farms in each city and it's general admission. So, if you get there early enough, you'll definitely score front row. My sister and I were this close last year.




All you need to do to enter is comment with your name and email address. Your email address is what will be entered in my giveaway hosting site, so make sure you post one!! **If you don't want your email address posted to the public, email me with "Farm Tour Giveaway" in the subject line and state that you are emailing me in the comments. This will be open to comment on and be eligible for (6) days. That way, a winner will be announced next Saturday!! Enter away!!


 
Happy Saturday!
Oh, and I made these sweet things today! Recipe to follow!!
 


Thursday, August 22, 2013

the low down on matt pitt

I've tried to write this post four times since Friday. I've shared a news story or two on my facebook page and I've received more than my fair share of hate messages of people defending Matt Pitt. I figured since it's SUCH a huge news story in Alabama, and since so many people HAVE asked my opinions, I'd give them.
 
DISCLAIMER RIGHT NOW: THESE ARE MY THOUGHTS. You can't be hateful or rude or "want to kill me" for posting my thoughts. So, here we go:
 
I went to the Basement for the first time in May 2009. The first night I went is still a blur to me. It's a blur because there was SO much to take in. The lights, the security guards, the police, the show, the music and Matt. Matt spoke about having a summer that would "change your life." He spouted off more Bible verses than I could- and I had been saved since I was five. At this point, the Basement was gaining momentum. It was meeting at Cathedral of the Cross, a whooping 45 minutes from my house. I was home for the summer from college and I went every Tuesday night. My friend, Jordaan, would come with me most Tuesdays, but I can remember three or four Tuesdays where I straight up went alone.
 
It was captivating. I'm southern Baptist. We sing hymns and we preach. We don't jump or spin or raise hands or ANYTHING. It was amazing and equally scary to me to see people worshiping the way the people at the Basement did. It also changed my life.
 
Like I said earlier, I accepted Christ when I was five years old. You can question or challenge that decision if you want, but I know that Christ was knocking at my heart's door that day. The day I accepted Christ changed who I was. I was still young and I never turned to drugs or alcohol or partying or boys for fulfillment, I was always fulfilled by Christ.
 
I decided to move home to be a part of the "leadership team" of the Basement in January 2010. My entire first semester of my sophomore year of college, I would drive from Montgomery to Birmingham every Tuesday night to be a part of it. I stepped down from being Vice President of my sorority, Secretary of SGA, and a full scholarship to be a part of this ministry. It did change my life.
 
I started meeting SO many new people at the Basement each month. I would leave and before I could get home, I would have 30-40 friend requests every week from people I was meeting. It was so fun to meet so many people who loved God. It rocked me.
 
A lot of the "leaders" and people really involved with the Basement met Jesus there. They weren't a little Baptist girl who came into the middle of the ministry. These people were literally set free in the Basement of Matt Pitt's house. Incredible.
 
Jesus used Matt Pitt and the Basement to teach me a new way to worship and introduced me to a deeper and more intimate relationship with God. Matt Pitt didn't change my heart but God DID use Matt Pitt to draw me closer to him.
 
Matt was/is a public figure. He's a celebrity. In the height of me attending the Basement, he was the ticket to Christianity. One summer, he would do two or three festivals a week where he spoke. It was incredible. There was one summer where I want to say he lead over 100,000 people to Christ.
I was a part of leadership for almost two years. I went on Basement trips, Christmas parties, girls nights, etc. If it was Basement related, you could bet I would be there.
 
Here is what happened with me and the Basement: I (me, myself, no one else) started to put the Basement and their events above my own family events and sometimes about the events in my own life. I missed every one of my brother's football games for two years. I would skip class sometimes to "hang out." I spent over 100 dollars A WEEK on fruit trays, monster energy drinks and gas. I let a ministry overtake my life. It was no one's fault but my own.
 
I started to feel like I was growing in a different direction than the Basement was. My last service I attended was the record holding service where we all marched in front of City Hall in downtown Birmingham. I just felt like my calling wasn't to be a part of a mega ministry anymore. I felt like God wanted me with my family, pouring my new found excitement for worship into my local church.
 
I lost touch with everyone after I left. It was so much easier to be "friends" with all the girls when I literally saw them 3-4 times a week. Everyone was so far away it was hard.
 
But, while I was a part of the ministry and was under Matt's "leadership," I've still never heard a man preach with more passion and fire for the Lord. When we were having weekly leadership meetings, Matt would preach so hard. He told stories of the disciples and Jonah and David that I remember to this day. He always told everyone "thank you" and he was always the last one to leave the venue. He prayed for us. He watched out and over for us. He loved us.
 
Jesus used him to change me for the better. At a Christmas party one year, when we were all taking pictures, and it was my turn, I just remember him saying "thank you" to everyone. He was so grateful and humble and real. He was genuine. He lived his life the way I wanted my future spouse to live.
 
He's a husband. He's a brother. He's a son. He's a friend. And, while I don't know the entire story of what was/is happening, I do know that the 12 minute video that NBC posted of him is not the Matt Pitt I knew. He looked tired and defeated and sad. And, for that, I'm praying for him.
 
I'm praying for his family, his friends and everyone still involved with the Basement. Judging Matt Pitt for whatever he has done doesn't make me a better Christian. And, it doesn't make you a better Christian, either.
Yes, he is in the public eye, and yes, he is held to a higher standard. But, maybe instead of logging on and making assumptions about what has/has not happened, maybe we should just close the screen and pray. Really and truly pray on his behalf. Because, whether or not everything that everyone is posting is true or false, he is still sitting in a jail cell right now probably scared for his life. And I would be too. And I know that I wouldn't want to wonder about what everyone on the other side of the jail walls were saying and doing. I would want to be confident that my brothers and sisters in Christ were praying for me.
 
Not making excuses, not spreading gossip, not crucifying me,
 
BUT PRAYING FOR ME.
 
And I think that's what we all need to do. I don't want to see any more news stories about it. I don't want to read another status about it. I don't want to KNOW anymore about it. I just want to pray for him. I am grateful for the time I spent at the Basement. I'm grateful that Matt Pitt was an unashamed preacher of the gospel that helped light a brighter fire for me in my soul. I don't think that anything that I was a part of when I was involved was fake.
 
Matt Pitt was real. He was loving. He was genuine. He would lead us in worship well past midnight many nights. If there was a problem, he would address it. He didn't brush things off, he always made sure everyone was okay and happy. He was fun. He had a light in his eyes that everyone talked about.
 
I'm not saying that any of the above mentioned is gone. I do think that he is tired. For whatever reason. If I was in his position, regardless of guilty/innocent status, I know that I'd be tired of defending myself. I'd be tired mentally, spiritually and emotionally. So, again, I think instead of crucifying him, we need to pray for him.
 
Just pray! :)

Monday, August 19, 2013

final bucket list update and fall bucket list.

Well, I started school today.
Woo hoo!!!
I always said if being a student was a profession, that would be my job. Then, I went to nursing school. That lovely material is H A R D. Anyways, if you pray, I would like to ask now that you add me to every prayer list you have or know of to stay focused and determined this semester.
Summer is over and I accomplished SO much this summer. There are only a handful of items that I didn't do (go to six flags, go to Paula Deen's restaurant, or kill an alligator). In my defense, alligator season isn't even until September-and I'm still working on this item. Six Flags is scheduled for October and Paula Deen's place is scheduled for December. I did finish a few more on my list this past weekend, though.
1. Get a fake tattoo.
When I made this item on the list, I was hoping to get some super presh henna tattoo with an amazingly philosophical quote. Then, I realized that summer ended yesterday so I settled for this buck tattoo I found in the floor board of the car. Winning.
2. Make homemade popsicles.
Done. And delicious. I'm actually attempting to eat one while posting this. Easy, too! See previous post for instructions!


3. Go camping.
4. Have a sleepover over on the back porch.
Or spend the night on the back porch while camping. I'm a genius, I know.
Hey, it's my bucket list so I make the rules. ;) My BFF Chandler spent the night and my 29 dollar tent (that was originally 109 dollars) has a sky view opening that we watched all night. It was so fun! Woo hoo!!




I did so many things this summer that I normally wouldn't just wake up and decide to do. I got to climb an incredible lighthouse on Bald Head Island. The view from the top was incredible. It was so hot and hard walking up over 100 spiral, little stairs, but so worth it. I put meet a celebrity on my list and low and behold, I meet THE celebrity- Mr. Luke Bryan himself. It was an absolutely amazing summer! I got to vacation with both sets of grandparents as well as my whole family. I got to experience lots of new things with my best friends and work on my "wife" skills learning to make pies, ice cream and jam.

By far, the best summer of my life!!!
The second part of this post is my F A L L Bucket List. I've decided I want to make a bucket list each season or at least once a year or so. It challenges me and gives me a guideline to never get board and try new things.
I hope y'all will join me and make one! Make sure to comment or email me if you do! I would LOVE to keep up!!


1. Go to as many Alabama Football games as possible.
RTR.
2. Go to six flags for fright fest.
3. Throw the best second birthday bash for niece, Ava Claire.
4. Go to a pumpkin patch.
5. Learn to shoot a bow.
6. Kill a deer with a bow (or gun).
7. Work on that "hunting an alligator" task.
8. See Luke Bryan as much as possible. (4 different concert dates already bought!!)
9. Meet AJ McCarron.
10. Make apple butter.
11. Make apple cider.
12. Make another Luke Bryan pumpkin.
13. Have a bonfire.
14. Go picking cotton.
15. Go to the fair.
16. Go to a corn maze.
17. Make a big pile of leaves and then jump in them.
18. Dress my dog up for Halloween.
19. Go on a lot of hikes.
20. Have a fish fry. (aka catfish dinner)
HURRY UP FALL!! :)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

strawberry lemonade popsicles.

Well, as of tomorrow, summer is O V E R for this girl.
Boo.
 
I'm in love with summer and everything about it.
I'm having an affair with fall, currently, though.

Summer and fall are my favorites.
There is nothing about fall that I don't adore.
Football games, apple cider, apples, pumpkins, farms, fields, etc. It's all so much fun!
 
My summer bucket list was, without a doubt, the smartest thing I've ever done. It gave me so many goals and ideas to try. I accomplished them all except three (and an updated post will come tomorrow). I've already wrote my fall one that will post later this week, too! One of the items on the list, however, was to make homemade popsicles.
 
This is SUCH an EASY bucket list item and they are SO yummy!!
STRAWBERRY LEMONADE POPSICLES
 
What you need:
strawberries
lemons
strawberry lemonade mix (I used country time lemonade)
popsicle maker holders (I found mine on clearance for $1 at Wal-Mart. That's right, a BUCK!!)
 
What you do:
1. Mix up 2 quarts of the strawberry lemonade.
 
 
For those of you who are bad with math, this is a gallon container. And, four quarts equals one gallon. So, two quarts is half a gallon. Moving on.
 
2. Cut up the strawberries and one lemon. Cut off the rind and remove the seeds.
 
 
 
3. I put 5-6 pieces of strawberries and 3-4 pieces of lemon in one popsicle slip.
 
 
This is what the popsicle holder looks like. Again, mine come from the clearance section in Wal-Mart.
 
 
4. Fill them to the line and put them in the freezer.
 
 
5. Let them freeze for 14-16 hours before you try to eat them or else they won't be hard enough.
 
 
Verdict: They were delicious. And this sweet niece approved!
 
 
 


Monday, August 12, 2013

Crash My Party: The Review

Well, what do you know. This little blog didn't just disappear after not posting for forever and a day. And, I sincerely apologize for that.

Life happens, ya know. And I never set out to be a blogger for audiences. I set out to blog about my life and all the fun things I get to do. But, if there is like, you know, that one person who checks in here on the reg, I sincerely apologize. 

School starts next week and life will oddly SLOW down a little. Weird, right? No more trips (until my four night tour date stop with Mr. Bryan in October) for a while. I LOVE traveling and I hope to be able to do that for my entire life. I was talking with some friends the other day and decided I will totally take an average sized house if it means I can travel the world. Some people prefer mansion houses and then don't like traveling, but hey, I'm not one of those girls. So, anyways, once school and a routine starts again, I'll be posting more regularly. Stay tuned!!
 
But, for now, this guy has probably the MOST anticipated CD of the year coming out on Tuesday, August 13. 
  


I was emailed by Paul T. with ITunes today. You know what's really cool about this guy? His job is to listen to albums BEFORE they hit the local tarjayyy (aka Target) and review them. And, because I'm a crazy stalker obsessed loyal fan of Luke's, Paul asked me to review his new album. I don't know if it's because he'll know I'm automatically giving the album 5 stars without listening to a word or if he genuinely wants my review, but, hey, either way, he's getting it.

So, thanks Paul. Here we go.
"Crash My Party" is Luke Bryan's fourth studio album. The first single off the album, "Crash My Party," spent three weeks at number one. His second single off the album, "That's My Kind of Night," is already creeping up the charts week by week.

I've MORE than done my homework for this review and I will do a song review, but before we get there, let's set the stage a little bit. Luke Bryan is the definition of country, whether you want to admit it or not, he is. He has the song writing abilities, the singing abilities, the creative abilities, and the hips. Lord, those hips.



I've read a few reviews of the album online already. And,  I cringe at reviews like the Huffington Post who calls this album "predictable" and I want to throw rotten eggs at USA Today for saying Luke "throws the same old party." 

I just have to address these haters for a moment. You may think it won't do any good, but you aren't Katelyn, and you aren't the one who Paul asked to review this album, so there's that.

Ha. Um, predictable? If by predictable you mean I want to jump on top of a truck and DANCE to every song or I want to spend all my dates on a dirt road or catching up some catfish for dinner and never get tired of any of this, then, yes, Huffington Post, this is "predictable."

And, hey, USA Today, if you've ever been to a Luke Bryan party (aka concert) and you expect something different than the usual, then, yes, he's throwing the "same old party." But, your sorry butt can stay over there behind your computer screen in your liberal state and be jealous that you've never experienced that "same old party." Buh bye haters.

Excuse the rant, moving on.

The album opens with "That's My Kind of Night," his current single. With lyrics like

 "All them other boys wanna wind you up and take you downtown
But you look like the kind that likes to take it way out
Out where the corn rows grow, row, row my boat"


it's easy to set a high paced tone for the entire album. I mean, I'd rather run through a field of corn or row a boat any night of the week, and I'm as girlie as they come.

The next track, "Beer in the Headlights," was written by Luke's good friend, Cole Swindell, who is making a name on his own for his writing abilities. This country/rock ballad has lines like "heart beating like a drum, call me the lucky one//I've got the cooler full, you've got the beautiful."

 Luke has said in several interviews lately that he feels like he doesn't have to be one of those artists who will only sing songs that they write themselves. Luke did write a few of the new songs, but he welcomes incredible song writers like Cole.

The third track, "Crash My Party," is also the title of the album. And, while PARTY may be in the title, the lyrics of this love song prove to be revealing a party dealing with two people vs hundreds. Easily one of my favorites on the album.

The fourth track, "Roller Coaster," was also written by his good pal, Swindle. Some of the lyrics of this song: "she's got me twisted like an old beach roller coaster" easily reveals the story line of this song. The beach and love. Ahh.

Another favorite, track 6, titled "Drink a Beer," is the first and maybe the only slower tempo song. It tells a story of losing things and losing people.

"Sometimes a greater plan is hard to understand, right now it doesn't make sense."

Sometimes, all a country boy can do is sit on a pier and drink a beer.

If I could give a golden award to any one song, it would DEFINITELY be track 9, "Play it Again." Play it Again tells the story of how a girl is obsessed with a song and the guy is doing everything in his power to play the song for her. She hears the song, then he finds the song on the radio, and it ends with him pulling out his guitar to play the song for her.

"Oh my god, this is my song, I've been listening to the radio all night long,
sitting round waiting for it to come on and here it is
She was like, "come here boy, I want to dance"
Before I said a word, she was taking my hand
Spinning me around until it faded out and she gave me a kiss
and she said play it again, play it again, play it again
and I said play it again, play it again, play it again"

I mean, swoon. Really? Guys, take a cue. (Aka learn every Luke Bryan song, take me to the country and play me said songs).

Moving on, track 11, "Out Like That," is yet another fast paced song about love. On the CMT special, The Making Of Crash My Party, revealed a lot of Luke's thoughts on each song. The thirty minute special, directed by Michael Monaco, shows in depth, behind the scenes outtakes of Luke recording the songs. His favorite line of Out Like That?

"Feel your heart tick tock while the rain from your hair drip drops."

I mean, sounds good to me.

Track 13, the final track on the regular cut CD, "Dirt Road Diary," was also written by Luke and others. This is his literal "diary" opened up for the world to get a glimpse at Bryan. While he may be a multi-million record selling artist, and a multi-millionaire, he is still the MOST down to earth, respectable, humble artist. I can say this first hand. I've met the stud. He told ME "thank you" at least two different times in the 60 seconds I talked with him. AMAZING.
Examples of the diary revealing song:

"If you want to know the real me, just turn the page in my dirt road diary
It's right there for you to see, every kiss, every beer, every cotton field memory
tan legs and some Dixie land delight, riding round, windows down on a summer night
I was there, that was me, it's right here in my dirt road diary"

Dirt road diaries sound a lot more fun than princess tale diaries or college drama diaries any day of the week.

You are going to buy this album if you love any of the following: Luke Bryan, boots, dirt roads, tractors, trucks, moonshine, beer, whiskey, beaches, roller coasters, guitars, tailgates, headlights, good music, good people, or yourself.

Okay, hurry up people!!! What's your favorite song?