Our Newlywed Experience

Within the Body of Christ

Daily receiving life and grace from His constant hand:

"I said to the Lord, 'Thou art my Lord;

I have no good besides Thee.'" Ps 16:2

Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring Semester Photo Updates: Scene 2 "Come and Listen..."

“…Let me tell you what He has done for me.” Psalm 66:16

Had a wonderful catch up time/phone date with a dear girlfriend from undergrad this afternoon, Lindsay.

I think she may be second, only to Grayson, on the “Shoulder I’ve Cried, Laughed, and Snotted On Most” list.

Catch-ups not only are the opportunity to find out the current state of affairs in your friend’s life, but to also get a “step-back glimpse” at your own.

Our verdicts?

We’re both blissfully happy.

Absorbing His blessing.

There's so MUCH I want to simultaneously process and share here right now, but hardly even know where to begin! For now I will wait...

I will say that the Lord has called be back to intentional, constant, daily Scripture MEMORY. Not just reading and cherishing, but solid memorizing. Sowing it into my heart, and experiencing its bursting forth with life and freedom.

“I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me LIFE.” Psalm 119:93 Amen.

So for my birthday Grayson got me a few pink Moleskin journals, small enough to tuck inside my purse and carry wherever I go. I have been filling those pages non-stop with precious bits of life I want to tuck inside my heart.

The first verse?

“Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.” Jonah 2:8

Phew... Amazing. Refining. Convicting. Restoring.

I wish I could share and process all that has been on my heart, all that Christ has been leading me through. It would take an entire weekend I’m afraid…

So for today, it’s just these precious Scripture “Bits of Life” and a few more pictures :)

Dodgie jumped in here one day while I was studying, and I actually DID have to take him to a Monday evening class that NEXT week! He was an ANGEL and everyone loved him - even the professor, who has had Yorkies before :D

Stress ulcer everytime I opened my closet

Beautiful! Ahh the organization ;)
SOMETHING in this crazy life feels ordered

El Seestor - Caroline!
Came up with the in-laws for the weekend

What a hottie ;)
And we're at Mash House of course

They have this special disappearing spinach artichoke dip...

Obviously Gray didn't get any of the disappearing dip

I love heem ;)

Down for the COUNT!!!

Little Dodgie Podgie

Looking a lil on the shaggy side - groomer wasn't until next week
But STILL couldn't get ANY cuter!

My Handsome Boys

Remember those dreary snow-covered pansies from another post???

How BEAUTIFUL are they now???

Weekend trip - had a lil tag-a-long ;)
This is also right BEFORE the groomer...

And here he is AFTER
That lil peanut hiding under all that hair ;)

Daddy and Mommy were heading out for a foreign mission trip and Mama wanted a quick photo for her bedside ;)

My Valentine's Flowers


Blessings :)  -Katie

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Stop What You're Doing...

... and go make this yummy Ginger Steak Salad by Pioneer Woman.

Please, please, please??? I'll be your "bess fwien."

And then after you taste it = you'll be mine.

It really puzzles me. Did you know that I ABSOLUTELY ADORE cooking?

Yeah, I didn't think you did. Because I never share recipes and food stories!

It is because... I am one of "those."  A "recipes-are-just-guidelines" one of "those."

Which makes sharing my 'non-existant' recipes VERY difficult.

This is unfortunate, because I am a fabulous cook. Or so my husband tells me. Well, he doesn't really 'tell' me. He just proposes all over again at each meal, right before falling into a food coma. That counts right?!?

SO I am excited to share a recipe for Ginger Steak Salad ( < click, click, click! ) that I followed!!! Yes!!! I can faintly hear my mother-in-law Susan's excited applause ;) 

Cooks Notes:

Well, ok, the steak we used we had grilled the night before (because how BEAUTIFUL has it been outside lately???) using a homemade Mango Teriyaki Marinade and not the marinade in the above recipe.

Also - I doubled the dressing so I could have some more on hand :) For the dressing, I had no limes so I squeezed a fresh blood orange and did half sugar/half splenda. And DONT SKIP the fresh minced ginger!

Mmmmm... Blood Oranges.
We have quite the long-standing love affair.

I also topped mine with: caramalized onions, toasted sesame seeds, fresh cilantro, and crumbled goat cheese.

And right about now Susan's excited applause has probably burst into laughter, because I suddenly realize I didn't quite follow the recipe EXACTLY like I thought I had.

But it's all for the better, right??? MmMmMmMm :D

As my darling Paula Deen would say:

"Love and Best Dishes, from My Kitchen to Yours."

Blessings - Katie :D