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July 2012

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It’s taken me almost a year but I finally decided on some bedding I like in our room.  Sadly, I have absolutely no inspiration for how to decorate the rest of the room– just trying to keep the laundry off the floor for now 🙂 

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Do you remember my plate wall art for my kitchen I did several months back?

https://smithfamilyhome.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/kitchen-wall-art-update/

Well, it was featured on wallartanddecor.net! 🙂 You can check it out the article “Top 10 Kitchen wall art ideas” here:

http://wallartanddecor.net/top-10-kitchen-wall-art-ideas-wallpaper-canvas-traditional-contemporary-picture-frames-quotes-green-diy-kitchen-wall-art-ideas/

The Bible’s not about you.

Saw this yesterday and continue to be encouraged by it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkNa6tLWrqk

 

One year of marriage!

Its hard to believe that already a year has passed since my alarm went off at 5 am on my wedding day and I woke my bridesmaids up screaming, “I’m getting married today! I’m getting married today! I’m getting married today!”  God has been so gracious to us this past year, faithfully growing us in love for Him and each other! Below are some sweet moments from our wedding day captured by our awesome photographer Austin Simmons (http://austin-simmons.com/) — its so fun to look back at them a year later!

i love my momma.

getting ready.

prayers.

boys being silly with some fake mustaches

my dress.

Loving my husband

One woman’s encouraging application of 1 Corinthians 13 has blessed my soul today; 

http://www.domestickingdom.com/2012/02/14/how-one-wife-applies-1-cor-13/

 

Adoption.

I am encouraged by this family, their adoption journey, and this post about how adoption has affected their biological children:

http://www.dinglefest.com/2012/07/adoption-has-affected-our-biological.html

 

A year and 5 months ago…

We took a walk…

He shared his heart with me,

and asked me to be his wife!!!

A year and 5 months later I am awed by the love of God demonstrated and the grace of God extended to me through this man!

In the kitchen

Greek Quinoa Salad:

This was my first time cooking Quinoa (I have been a little intimidated by it) but it was really easy- just like cooking rice on the stove top- and this recipe was super delicious!

recipe via http://www.shape.com/salad/healthy-salad-recipes-greek-quinoa-salad

Parmesan Tilapia:

This was also really easy and delicious but next time I will definitely only use half of the butter and cheese mixture.

recipe and photo credit via http://www.food.com/recipe/mamas-supper-club-tilapia-parmesan-53914

And last but not least,

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars:

These are terrible for you but oh so amazing.  A 9×13 pan calls for 1 cup peanut butter, 1 stick of butter, 1 bag of chocolate morsels, 1 package of yellow cake mix, and 1 can of sweetened condensed milk.  It’s like a giant peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bar.  The recipe also calls for 1 optional cup of coconut that I didn’t add and won’t add in the future- these were perfect!

recipe via http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2009/03/peanut-butter-chocolate-bars.html

Easy Taco night sans MSG

This combination of meat, rice and seasonings is a staple in our house- its cheap, doesn’t take much time and super flavorful!

What you’ll need:

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 large clove of garlic minced

2 green bell peppers, seeded and diced

vegetable oil

1 cup of rice (white or brown) cooked

2 Tbs. butter

Cumin powder, Chili powder, Dried Oregano, Chopped fresh Cilantro, Salt and pepper.

1.) Saute the garlic and diced peppers in a few Tbs. vegetable oil on medium heat until the pepper soften up.  Add the ground beef, breaking it up into smaller pieces.

2.) When the meat is cooked, add the cooked rice along with the 2 Tbs. butter and turn down the heat to low.  Add the chopped cilantro, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper to taste.  Add a pinch of dried oregano.  Let the flavors meld for a few minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.

3.) Serve with soft or hard taco shells, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, salsa, fresh lime, etc…

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