30th Nov2012

Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head {Coffee Talk}

by Daenel

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}Y’all, where did the time go? Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of December? Seriously, doesn’t it feel like we just celebrated 2012? Really, how quickly did this year fly by?

1. Have you seen the commercial for the new reality show Amish Mafia? It’s a show about an Amish gang. I want to laugh. I want to watch. But I’m just a little bit afraid. Just in case they really exist.

2. But you know what did make this year feel incredibly slow? That presidential campaign. I know y’all are as tired of the crazy as I am but this is about to take things to a whole new level… At the Soul Train Awards, Jamie Fox declared President Obama to be his lord and savior. blank stare Let me tell you something, Jamie, President Obama is a man, a human being. He is not the lord and savior. There is one God and He tells us in Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me.”

3. What was the oddest thing you found on the playground when you were a kid? For me, it was a hearing aid. My daughter lost hers on the playground and the whole school went outside to look for it, does that count? Anyway, some kids in Russia found a 5~month~old lion cub! And do you know those little people took that cub to their teacher, who kept it in the school gym until the police arrived to take the cub away?  While waiting for the police, the kids petted and named the cub. One child even tried to ride it like a pony. Fun~ny.  The cub is now living in a zoo.

4.  America is getting heavier. It’s been all over the news. And now store mannequins are finally starting to catch up and people are horrified. Apparently, people’s delicate sensibilities are harmed by seeing mannequins that look like real people. Personally, I find those Old Navy mannequins more disturbing than I do real sized ones. I have rolls, I wanna be able to approximate where the fabric is gonna settle. I say bring on the more realistic mannequins.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

28th Nov2012

Hope {Advent Bible Study}

by Daenel

The focus of this week’s Advent study is HOPE. Hope means to anticipate or expect with confidence.

Advent Bible Study {Living Outside the Stacks}

SCRIPTURE

Jeremiah 33:15

In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land.

OBSERVATION

God promises His people that after their captivity has ended a righteous descendant from King David’s line will be born. The fulfillment of this promise is the birth of Jesus Christ, who is just and righteous.

APPLICATION

When I read this passage, I think of a new bud on a tree branch and all the promise that it holds. It represents new beginnings, a fresh start… When we trust in Jesus, we are reborn and our lives begin anew.

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the gifts of love, mercy and new beginnings given through the birth, death and resurrection of your son. There are no words to express the joy and hope that I have in knowing that I have been made brand new. And I ask that you touch the hearts of my friends, so they may know and accept you into their lives.

Amen.

ABOUT THE STUDY

This month, I will be participating in the Advent Study, Keeping Our Hearts Focused on Jesus, hosted by the ladies at Good Morning Girls. Good Morning Girls are a group of Christian women who email, Facebook, Twitter and text message each other to keep them accountable for their quiet times. You can even catch them on Instagram, just follow the hashtag #goodmorninggirls.

Having quiet time in the Word is a great way to begin or end the day. It gives you time to focus on God and His will for your life as well as to renew and refresh your strength. I encourage you to take a few minutes out of your day and spend some time just reading and thinking about the Lord.

If you’re joining in, please leave a comment below so I can pray with you.

28th Nov2012

Thirty {What I Wore Wednesday}

by Daenel

What I Wore Friday

Friday was a total down day for me. If it wasn’t for the fact that breathing is an automatic occurrence, I probably wouldn’t have done it. That’s just how incredibly lazy I felt. I think all the excitement of Thanksgiving got to me. My parents were here, my twin sister and her family… It was just an incredibly overwhelming laugh infested exhaustion inducing day.

What I Wore Friday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Friday {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ve been seeing the denim shirt and leggings look all over the place, so I decided to give it a whirl… And, well, I’m glad I didn’t really have anywhere to go. The hubs thought it was a thumbs up, I thought it was a thumbs down. Maybe if the shirt were a little more fitted and longer. And if I had something around my waist.

What I Wore Saturday

Nothing but jammies.

What I Wore Sunday with a Special Link Up

On Sunday I went to church and had the most amazing time. It’s a beautiful thing when you can walk into church feeling overwhelmed and walk out feeling renewed.

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

The white eyelet skirt is another one of my thrift store finds. Love it. If I could have twirled around all day, I would have. I wasn’t sure about wearing it since it’s Autumn and everything but then I was all rules are made to be broken…

Thursday Threads, a link~up for ladies who love thrifting!

So if you’ve been following my What I Wore Wednesday posts lately, you’ll know that I finally hit the thrifting jackpot. This has me beyond happy. So this week, I’m co~hosting Thursday Threads with Rebecca from Grown~Up Plus

If you love thrifting and you wanna show off your stuff, just hit the link below!

I’m also linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.




27th Nov2012

Hope {Advent Bible Study}

by Daenel

The focus of this week’s Advent study is HOPE. Hope means to anticipate or expect with confidence.

Hope Advent Bible Study {Living Outside the Stacks}

SCRIPTURE

John 1:12 {KJV}

But as many as received him, to them gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

OBSERVATION

There are many who reject Jesus and His claims, but there are also many who believe His claims. And it is those who believe in Him, who will inherit the kingdom of God as His children.

APPLICATION

The gift of life is free to those who simply choose to accept that God in His mercy and grace looked down upon this world in all of its nastiness and offered up His son as the perfect sacrifice.

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for sending your son, even though His own people rejected Him, thank you for giving me the opportunity to accept Him. Thank you for the gift of salvation. I ask that you continue to lead me in your truth and help me to walk faithfully in your word.

Amen.

ABOUT THE STUDY

This month, I will be participating in the Advent Study, Keeping Our Hearts Focused on Jesus, hosted by the ladies at Good Morning Girls. Good Morning Girls are a group of Christian women who email, Facebook, Twitter and text message each other to keep them accountable for their quiet times. You can even catch them on Instagram, just follow the hashtag #goodmorninggirls.

Having quiet time in the Word is a great way to begin or end the day. It gives you time to focus on God and His will for your life as well as to renew and refresh your strength. I encourage you to take a few minutes out of your day and spend some time just reading and thinking about the Lord.

If you’re joining in, please leave a comment below so I can pray with you.

26th Nov2012

Hope {Advent Bible Study}

by Daenel

The focus of this week’s Advent study is HOPE. Hope means to anticipate or expect with confidence.

Jesus is the Light {Living Outside the Stacks}

SCRIPTURE

John 1:4 {KJV}

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

OBSERVATION

Jesus is life and light; without Him, there is only death and darkness.

APPLICATION

I’m a news junkie. I watch the news pretty much from the minute I wake up until I go to bed. When I’m at work, I have the radio set to a news channel or talk radio. I like knowing what’s going on in the world around me.

One day, while watching another one of my news programs, the hubs turned to me and said “How do you watch this all day without getting depressed?” I can watch without worry because I know who holds my future. Jesus’s birth, death and resurrection let’s me know that no matter how dark things get, no matter how scary things seem, there is light. There is hope.

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank you for coming into this world and giving me hope when there was none. Thank you for loving me even when I least deserved it. And as we go into this season of celebration, please help me to stay focused on the “reason for the season”. Let your light shine through me so that others can share in the hope of eternal life through You.

Amen.

ABOUT THE STUDY

This month, I will be participating in the Advent Study, Keeping Our Hearts Focused on Jesus, hosted by the ladies at Good Morning Girls. Good Morning Girls are a group of Christian women who email, Facebook, Twitter and text message each other to keep them accountable for their quiet times. You can even catch them on Instagram, just follow the hashtag #goodmorninggirls.

Having quiet time in the Word is a great way to begin or end the day. It gives you time to focus on God and His will for your life as well as to renew and refresh your strength. I encourage you to take a few minutes out of your day and spend some time just reading and thinking about the Lord.

If you’re joining in, please leave a comment below so I can pray with you.

26th Nov2012

Preparing for Christmas {Advent Bible Study}

by Daenel

Last week, I briefly talked about how God has been dealing with me about the ways I’ve been using social media for His glory. Specifically, the fact that I haven’t been. I’ve been using my spaces on the web to talk about style, food, photography and all sorts of other things… There’s nothing wrong with that, I believe that God wants us to have fun, but I don’t want that to be all there is to me. I firmly believe that I’m living at this time and place for a reason. God has a purpose for me.

So I know it was nothing but God that lead me to an eBook called Reach: How to Use Your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God by @laurakrokos and @angipratt. The book challenged me to look at how I’m using Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to spread the message of God’s redeeming love. the book also made me examine the reasons why I had stopped focusing on my faith:

  • Fear of losing readers who don’t share my beliefs
  • Feelings of unworthiness

While my fears are very real, ultimately, my fear of disappointing God is greater. No matter what I do, I can’t earn God’s grace, it was a gift freely given because of His mercy (Titus 3:5). Furthermore, the Word tells me that His word will not return void (Isaiah 55:11). So even though not everyone will accept Christ, there will be some who will have their hearts pricked. And, last, but not least, we are commanded to go out and share the message of Jesus’s birth, death and resurrection (Mark 16:15).

I don’t want to waste the opportunity that I’ve been given.

And I can think of no better way to share the message of God’s love than to start at the beginning with the birth of my lord and savior, Jesus Christ. So tomorrow I will begin two Advent studies! I’ve never celebrated Advent before and probably wouldn’t have even thought about it had my friend, Ellen from Miss Stewart AKA Mrs. Seaman, not invited me to celebrate with her and her friends on Facebook.

In fact, I’m so new to the concept of Advent that I had to look it up. This research led me to Good Morning Girls and a cute little video that explains that Advent is basically preparing your heart for the arrival of a very special guest, Jesus Christ. You can watch the video by clicking here. I’d also been seeing #goodmorninggirls on Instagram and Twitter for the longest time, so I’m doubly glad to finally know what it stands for

Anyway, I look forward to sharing the message of Jesus Christ with you and I pray that you find comfort, joy and peace in the knowledge that Jesus was born, crucified and resurrected for you and for me.

25th Nov2012

November Photo A Day {Instagram}

by Daenel

Time for another week in review, Instagram style. I’m so enjoying this Photo A Day Challenge, it’s fun to look back over the week and see all that’s happened. The prompts may seem random but it really requires a bit of creativity to capture memories…

Day 18: happened this weekend

Day 18 It Happened This Weekend {Living Outside the Stacks}

The hubs made dinner for us: Hamburger Helper for himself and the kids and big ol’ hamburgers for me. This made me incredibly happy.

Day 19: something awesome

Day 19 Something Awesome {Living Outside the Stacks}

Can I get a “What? What?” The hubs made dinner two nights in a row! Pork steaks, rice and stuffing (he’s not much of a veggie man).

Day 20: work/play

Day 20 Work/Play {Living Outside the Stacks}

Even with all of the tech toys at my disposal, I still write my to do list out by hand and then transfer the library related stuff to my online calendar. Redundant, I know but that’s part of my charm.

Day 21: what you wore

Day 21 What You Wore {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m totally digging colored tights, especially now that the weather’s getting colder. I also love that they don’t have to match, they just have to go with… Gosh, being a girl is so much fun.

Day 22: grateful

Day 22 Grateful {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m grateful to God for my family who provides me with laughter and love all year long. We all gathered at my house for Thanksgiving this year, which was truly a blessing after being away from everyone for almost 15 years.

Day 23: black

Day 23 Black {Living Outside the Stacks}

My Nikon D3100. The best gift the hubs has ever given me. And that includes the children.

Day 24: a sound you heard

Day 24 Sound You Heard {Living Outside the Stacks}

Squeekerz, our Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix, spent a lot of time barking this week. He’s not much for company. Or the people who actually live in the house. Unless we have Girl Scout Cookies. Or bread.

So that’s my week in review. Nothing super exciting, just a life that I thank God for every single day. How was your week?

Are you on Instagram? If you are, give me a shout out, I’m 4daenelt!

23rd Nov2012

Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head {Coffee Talk}

by Daenel

Family Photo {Living Outside the Stacks}

I hope everyone had a beautiful Thanksgiving. We hosted my parents, my twin sister and her family at our home this year. The dinner was incredible, if I don’t say so myself. I was pretty proud of myself. But we did learn something… I either need a bigger oven or a double oven. It was really hard to get everything cooked and kept warm with only one oven. Just typing that makes me grateful for the silly First World problems that I face on a daily basis, because I know there are people who have it worse.

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}I’m also grateful for the cray cray that enables me to do these weekly posts because, wow, people are always leaving me scratchin’ my head…

1. Sherman Hemsley, star of The Jeffersons, has been laid to rest. He died on 24 July. It is now 23 November. Hemsley’s funeral was held up over a lawsuit over his estate which is worth a reported $50,000. This only confirms my belief that weddings and funerals bring out the worst in people.

2. I think I’ve made it abundantly clear that I’m not a fan of Black Friday. I know in this economic climate it’s one of the big money makers for retailers but the craziness just gets to me, but I think this takes the cake: a Massachusetts man left his girlfriend’s 2~year~old son  asleep in the car while he tried to score some major deals. After purchasing a 51~inch flat screen TV, he went home and left the child behind. What? I have a couple of questions here:

  • How did he get home without the kid?
  • And how mad was the mother?

3. Ya know, I thought last week would be the last week I’d write about post~election craziness but I was wrong. A Florida cop has resigned after telling co~workers that he’d volunteer to assassinate President Obama and other members of the Democratic Party. blank stare Really? During the investigation, the officer said that his words were “hyperbole and not actual threats”. Ummmm, too bad being stupid isn’t a crime.

4. I’ve never been a gambler, I can’t see working 40 hours a week just to give my paycheck to a casino, but if that’s your thing, enjoy. But that being said, you have to really like gambling to have doctor inject you with Botox and facial fillers so you can maintain a “poker face”. This new use for the cosmetic procedures is called “Pokertox” and is the brain child of a New York doctor of aesthetic medicine. I could be wrong but isn’t part of the poker playing fun, trying to figure out a person’s “tells”?

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

20th Nov2012

Twenty~Nine {What I Wore Wednesday}

by Daenel

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I cannot wait to slip into a food induced coma. I’m hosting this year, which means that I’m supplying:

  • turkey
  • ham
  • brussels  sprouts and bacon
  • candied yams
  • glazed carrots with craisins
  • green beans
  • mashed potatoes with garlic and sour cream
  • corn bread
  • sweet potato pie
  • pumpkin pie
  • pecan pie

My sister is supplying the macaroni and cheese. Now, I have to tell you about this mac~n~cheese, I am not a mac~n~cheese eater BUT one year my sister made one that was so good that I didn’t let her leave my house until she’d made several more and frozen them for me to eat later. It was that good.

My mom is bringing the stuffing. This makes me happy too. There are so many good memories wrapped up in that stuffing. Memories of my whole family gathered in the kitchen, helping my dad cook. Everyone except me. I hated cooking. But I did wander through periodically to “sample”.

What I Wore Wednesday

Wednesday was a regular work day for me. I’m a librarian, so I have a lot of flexibility in what I wear. I’m not a business suit kinda girl, so being able to express myself in my clothing is pretty important to me. In fact, it’s so important the before my interview, I went to the library to check the staff out. I’m not saying I would have turned the job down if it had been more formal but there definitely would have been so hesitancy…

What I Wore Wednesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Wednesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Thursday

I’m trying desperately to get into the colored tights trend. I think it looks so cool on other women, I’m still not sure how I feel about it for myself. I did read that ladies over 40 (I’m not there yet. I’ll be 40 in March so….), should stay away from patterned tights. How do you feel about patterned tights on ladies 40 and over?

What I Wore Thursday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Thursday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Sunday

Remember last week when I talked about all the cute skirts that I purchased at the local thrift store? Well, this is another one of them. I think this is by far my favorite. You can’t tell but it’s oh~so~very swingy. It took everything within me not to twirl. And can I tell you how much I paid for this little piece of floral happiness? $3.00!  Yeah, I’m pretty darn happy.

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What will you be serving for Thanksgiving dinner? More importantly though, what will you be wearing?

I’m linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.

17th Nov2012

November Photo A Day {Instagram}

by Daenel

It’s a beautiful Saturday morning, and I’m sitting here watching a documentary about Abraham Lincoln. He’s such an interesting character. I’d really like to go see the movie that’s come out but I know that’s one I’d have to see alone. If I asked the hubs to go, he’d say: “That’s not my thing.” Sometimes I like that our tastes are so different; other times, not so much.

This week I finished reading Reach: How to Use Your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God an ebook by @laurakrokos and @angipratt. I can’t remember exactly how I stumbled across the book, but I’m glad I did. For a while, I’d been thinking about how I could use my blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc to spread the gospel. I don’t want to face God and have Him say that I squandered the resources that He provided for me. There will definitely be some reevaluting of my online priorities.

I also kept up with the November Photo A Day prompts! Yay me. Two weeks in a row. I think I may just make it this time.

November Photo A Day {Living Outside the Stacks}

  • day 12: drinking a cup of coffee in my office
  • day 13: my poor bedroom, it needs help
  • day 14: I like to crochet flowers to embellish my cardis and jackets
  • day 15: yep, I carry all that stuff in my bag (so. very. heavy.)
  • day 16: looking out my dining room window
  • day 17: one of the seven skirts I purchased at the thrift store last weekend

So that’s my week in review. Nothing super exciting, just a life that I thank God for every single day. How was your week?

Are you on Instagram? If you are, give me a shout out, I’m 4daenelt!

16th Nov2012

Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head {Coffee Talk}

by Daenel

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. I guess judges are getting tired of people doing dumb stuff and making taxpayers for their stupidity, so they’re finding creative ways to punish them. A Cleveland Municipal judge ordered a woman to stand at an intersection holding a sign that read: “Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.” Yes, you read that right. That woman drove on the sidewalk to pass a bus that was unloading children.  Shaking my head

2. When I first read that some people were so salty over the elections that they filed petitions to secede from the union, I thought it was just another crazy Facebook meme until I read about them on the Washington Post website. Y’all seriously? Let me tell you something about this great country of ours… This is a democracy, the people speak every 4 years. The people chose to re~elect President Obama, so you deal. And in 4 years, when you get another chance at the White House, present a stronger message! Second, this is a free country. No one is holding you hostage. If you don’t like it, leave and go to one of those countries where you’re not free to voice an opinion or pick who governs you. For the record, this would be my opinion regardless of who’s sitting in the White House.

3. I know pregnancy makes you crazy… I once dreamed that ginormous Power Rangers chased me and the hubs into a church. The pink one ripped the roof off the building, picked the hubs up and ate him. But this lady takes crazy pregnant lady to a whole new level: an Arizona woman was so upset when she found out that her husband didn’t vote that she ran over her husband with her SUV. Her fear? That President Obama’s re~election will bring hardship to her family. Oy! I guess in the grand scheme of things, secession makes so much more sense and murder is much easier than divorce.

4. I love a deal. No, I really love a good deal and will share info about a great deal with anyone who’ll listen. But I love spending time with my family even more. And I’m almost positive that other people love deals and spending time with their families just as much as I do.  So why is it that a certain segment of our population is being denied the right to spend time with their families because people have decided that Black Friday deals should begin on Thanksgiving evening? What the heck? Are you seriously telling me that people cannot wait until Friday morning to begin Black Friday shopping? Thanksgiving is supposed to be about spending time with loved ones, not going out and trying to kill yourself to buy a $20 discounted item that no one’s gonna remember 6 months from now but will make repeat appearances on the credit card bill for the next 4 years. Stop the madness!

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

15th Nov2012

Banana Bread with Cranberry Trail Mix Crust {On the Table}

by Daenel

My kids love bananas. In fact, they love them so much that bananas rarely last long enough for me to make banana bread. So on those rare occasions when the bananas do start to get overly ripe, I jump at the chance to put some bread in the oven. Only this time I didn’t have any baking soda or baking powder… What to do? What to do? How about use what you have on hand?

So, here you go, Banana Bread using self~rising flour…

 Banana Bread with Cranberry Trail Mix Crust {Living Outside the Stacks}

What Ya Need

  • 6 Very Ripe Bananas, mashed
  • 3 cups Self~Rising Flour
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Cranberry Trail Mix

What Ya Do

  1. Preheat oven to 325º
  2. Cream together butter, eggs and sugar until smooth.
  3. Add bananas and vanilla. Beat well.
  4. Pour into a bread pan (this makes 2 loaves).
  5. Sprinkle with trail mix.
  6. Bake in oven for 1 hour.

Now Ya Eat

  • Can be eaten warm
  • My daughter puts peanut butter and honey on hers

If you make it, let me know how you like it!

 
 

 

13th Nov2012

Twenty~Eight {What I Wore Wednesday}

by Daenel

This week has been crazy busy but not nearly as crazy busy as next week will be. Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving? I am so not ready. I don’t have a turkey or a ham. I have one can of pumpkin pie filling and a bag of potatoes. Did I mention that I’m having my parents, my sister and her family over? Are you ready? Do you have a menu planned?

I’ve got nothing. Well, no, I do know what I’m going to wear and, really, looking cute is all that’s important. The pictures will last forever, the meal not so much.

What I Wore Friday

The hubs and I spent some time together on Friday, just hanging out. I almost never wear dresses or skirts unless we’re going to church but I just couldn’t resist slipping into this cute little peasant dress. Can you believe I got it on sale for $2.47? Craziness, huh?

Notice the socks? I love the look of socks with boots and skirts/dresses. I just think it looks so playful and fun. And it keeps my toes warm.

What I Wore Wednesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Friday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Monday

Today began the Colors of the Season Fall Fashion Challenge and the first challenge was to wear teal. This one was so hard for me. I knew it would be. I’d long ago given my only teal item to one of my daughters who then gave it to one of my other daughters. I took it back.

And that skirt? I bought it at the thrift store! I cannot believe I found something so cute. I’m always complaining that our thrift stores have the ugliest clothes but looook what happens when you go digging. It still had the tags on it!

Also, you can’t tell, but I’m wearing wine colored tights. Yep, I’m totally digging the colored tights trend.

What I Wore Monday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Monday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Tuesday

I’ve had that velvet blazer in my closet for. Ever. I’m not sure what made me buy it… The color, the velvet, the Victorian cut? I don’t know but it probably would’ve continued to sit in my closet had it not been for this challenge.

Also I was having a really good hair day…

What I Wore Tuesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Tuesday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What was the last thing you thrifted or grifted? 

I’m linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.

12th Nov2012

November Photo A Day {Instagram}

by Daenel

It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon and I’m sitting here reviewing last week’s pictures from Fat Mum Slim’s Photo A Day Challenge. My inner critic is wishing that I’d been a bit more creative with the prompts but the quitter in me is celebrating the fact that I have 10 pictures posted.

Photo A Day {Living Outside the Stacks}

  1. one of my favorite mugs from Earth and Wears
  2. what’s more colorful than shelves of books in a library?
  3. breakfast date with the hubs
  4. yes, our TV is hanging on the wall above the stairs
  5. kickin’ back in the recliner
  6. right now I’m totally diggin’ my boots from Sebago
  7. view of my kitchen in the hall mirror
  8. I drink coffee every day for your protection
  9. my little pink monkey usb
  10. I’m blind as a bat without my glasses

So that’s my week in review. Nothing super exciting, just a life that I thank God for every single day.

Are you on Instagram? If you are, give me a shout out, I’m 4daenelt!

10th Nov2012

The Wedding {Photography}

by Daenel

A few weeks ago, the hubs and I attended the wedding of a couple from our church. While there, they asked if I could take a couple of pictures for them. Naturally, I said yes and silently thanked God for having me grab my camera on the way out the door.

This is the first time I’ve ever taken wedding pictures but I’m happy with the way they came out. But, more importantly, so are the newly weds.

The Wedding {Living Outside the Stacks}

 Adjusting the Veil

Candid shot of the bride having her veil adjusted by one of her bridesmaids.

The Wedding {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Beautiful Bride

A candid shot of the bride looking in the mirror.

The Wedding {Living Outside the Stacks}

Congratulations to the Happy Couple

Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day,

09th Nov2012

Things that Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head {Coffee Talk}

by Daenel

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. Pregnancy tests aren’t just for solving those “Am I or aren’t I” riddles anymore. Apparently, pregnancy tests can diagnose testicular cancer. I know, right? How in the world do we know this? Well, some guy decided to take a pregnancy test as a joke and the dang thing came back positive! After posting the test online, some folks told old boy that he needed to go to the doctor’s and get checked out. Turns out he had a small testicular tumor. Duuude… You can look up all the medical jargon on your own but the quick story is that pregnancy tests detect the amount of the hormone beta human chorionic gonadotropin {hCG} in a woman’s urine. The hCG lebels help to determine how far alng a woman is in her pregnancy. This same hormone is present in males who have testicular cancer. Mind blown.

2. A mail carrier in Denver has been put on administrative leave for stepping around the body of a man who collapsed and died near his front door. In the mailman’s defense, it was around Halloween and he thought the body was a mannequin or some left over Halloween decorations. See, that’s why I don’t decorate my house for Halloween.

3. Speaking of dead bodies, Sherman Hemsley still hasn’t been buried. For three months, his body has been sitting in an El Paso funeral home while his former business manager, a long lost brother and a “cousin” fight over the actor’s estate. Seriously, people, y’all can’t show the man some respect and allow him to be buriedTriflin‘.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

08th Nov2012

Homemade Potato, Corn and Shrimp Chowder {On the Table}

by Daenel

Have you ever wanted to eat something so badly that you thought about it all day long? That’s how I was the other night. I wanted Shrimp and Grits with Fried Chicken. Desperately. So I quickly drove home and, guess what? No grits anywhere in the house. So I started thinking and thinking and thinking and when I finally accepted the fact that I wasn’t going to get in my car and drive back in to town just for some grits, I decided to make chowder. Best decision ever. Here’s the recipe, I hope you agree. Potato Corn and Shrimp Chowder {Living Outside the Stacks} What Ya Need

  • 1/2 lb Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cans Corn, drained
  • 6 strips Bacon, crumbled
  • 4 cups Red Potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 3 cups Chicken Broth
  • 4 cups Milk
  • 1 tbs Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper

What Ya Do

  1. Place potatoes, corn and onions in a large pot with the chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender.
  2. While potatoes simmer, combine butter, milk and flour in a saucepan over medium~low heat and cook until smooth and thick. Stir constantly.
  3. Pour milk mixture into the cooked vegetables, add the bacon and shrimp. Cook until the shrimp is no longer opaque.
  4. Remove from heat. Add lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste.

Now Ya Eat

  • Can be eaten as is or you can add shredded cheddar cheese

If you make it, let me know how you like it!

 

06th Nov2012

Twenty~Seven {What I Wore Wednesday}

by Daenel

I’m sitting here watching the election returns on TV and feeling almost exactly like I did every time I gave birth. deep breath annnnnd puuuuush OK, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration but the anticipation is killing me. I didn’t have any ultrasounds, so no gender reveals until the birth day. But this jumping back and forth, is it Obama, is it Romney is causing me to have heart palpitations…

So let’s get to something less stressful and a whole lot more fun, clothes!

What I Wore Sunday

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

Sunday was a crazy busy day for us. The family and I went to our regular church and then the hubs and I went with our pastor and his wife to another service in Illinois. My goal was to be comfortable, cute and warm. I think I managed to hit all three. I also wanted to show off my new scarf. Really, how adorbs is that infinity scarf? If you’d like to crochet one for yourself, the pattern is right here.

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What I Wore Monday

What I Wore Monday {Living Outside the Stacks}

What is with my face in this picture? And do I look super awkward or what? Whatevs… I also made the scarf in this picture. It’s a longer version of the Infinity Scarf in the Sunday picture. Can you tell I loves my scarves? And those boots. OK, lemme tell you, those are probably the most expensive pair of shoes I own but they were worth every penny. They’re crazy comfortable and can go with anything.

What I Wore Monday {Living Outside the Stacks}
What I Wore to Vote

What I Wore to Vote {Living Outside the Stacks}

Thank you to all the men and women who came before me and fought racism, sexism and pure hatred so that my voice can be heard. Every time I cast my ballot I think of you.

Colors of the Season: Fall Fashion ChallengeI’m trying to add more color to my wardrobe. I’m such a neutrals kinda girl. But I do love color. So funny how that works. Anyway, to kinda help me along I’ll be participating in the Colors of the Season: Fall Fashion Challenge that’s being hosted by Megan at Megan Mae Daily and Keely at Casual Chic Kiki. The one color I’ll probably have a hard time with is teal. I used to have a really cute teal cardi but one of my daughters (probably that college student) swiped it. Maybe I can hit up a thrift shop and see what I can find? Or maybe I can do something funky with my nails?

Do you have favorite fall colors? Is there a color combination you really want to try?

I’m linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.

06th Nov2012

Infinity Scarf DIY {On the Hook}

by Daenel

Mustard Infinity Scarf {Living Outside the Stacks}

I love mustard. Not the condiment, the color. Well, no, I like the condiment too but this isn’t a food post. That’s coming on Thursday, so stick around. Hint: it involves potatoes, corn and shrimp… Anyway, back to the scarf, I’ve been seeing mustard colored clothing and accessories everywhere, yet it was lacking in my wardrobe. Then I remembered this beautiful golden mustard colored yarn I had tucked away and instant happiness was upon me.

It took me about three days to whip up this lacy scarf. And don’t you just love the brooch? I may have to hit up some thrift stores for some more.

After posting a picture of the scarf on Facebook, I received a lot of requests for the pattern, so here it is. Just remember I’m not a pattern writer, so I did things the best I could.

  1. Chain 35
  2. Turn. Chain 5. Skip 2 chain’s on the base chain. Single crochet in the next chain. Chain 5. Skip next 3 chains and single crochet in the next chain. Repeat all the way across, ending with a single crochet.
  3. Turn. Chain 5. Single crochet over the center of the chain 5 (do not go through the stitch). Skip next chain, chain 5. Repeat all the way across, ending with a single crochet over the turning chain.
  4. Repeat step 3 until you reach the desired length for your scarf.

Variations

  • You can make the scarf long so you can double wrap it and let the ends hang loose
  • You can make an infinity scarf by single crocheting the ends together, this creates a ruched effect.

What are you working on this week?

02nd Nov2012

Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head {Coffee Talk}

by Daenel

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. A man in China sued his wife for being ugly and won. The husband discovered that his wife had spent $100,000 on intense plastic surgery to change her looks. The surgery was not revealed to the husband until after the birth of their child, whom he described as “incredibly ugly”. The sad part is that this woman discovered way too late that she married a shallow butt head of a man. The real ugliness resides with him and not with the mother and child.

2. An Orange County woman wants to set up a roadside memorial in the city of Irvine to honor hundreds of fish who died in three~way crash. Fish~eyed stare She said she wants to remind drivers that all animals “value their lives and feel pain.”

3. Have you ever read the fine print on some mascara ads? They tell you that the lashes have been enhanced, my question is this: Why? If you’re trying to convince me that your mascara is gonna give me fab lashes, why not show me real fab lashes? Apparently, L’Oreal agrees with me and filed a complaint which resulted a Christian Dior mascara ad featuring Natalie Portman being banned in England for false advertising. I think it’s a given that almost all advertising for cosmetics has been ahem enhanced.

4.The Hallmark Channel is airing an awards show for dogs. I kid you not. This makes me think, maybe the fish lady has a chance.

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