Tea and Scripture

IMG_4772I taught Wednesday night religious education two years ago, but I needed last year to write my thesis. When I heard the announcement at church that more high school catechist were needed, it tugged on my heart. That wasn’t enough to get me to call. I spend every day with high schoolers. I’d have to be crazy to sign up for more. Call me crazy.

It was only a few days later when the director of religious ed called and asked if I would be willing to teach sophomore scripture every other Wednesday night for two hours.

Want to know one of the reasons I accepted? I have a desire to know more about scripture, and teaching it will require me to study up. We fly through the lessons in order to make it through the curriculum within the year, but I know I’ll be teaching myself just as much, if not more, than I’m teaching my sophomores.

As I came home tonight and passed up my papers that need grading for the Bible and a book on scripture, it felt good. I had to laugh when I noticed the brand of my herbal tea alongside: Simply Balanced. I’m living it, and it feels great!


White Chicken Chili

The fall weather had me in the mood for crockpot cooking. Our two go-to crockpot soups are chili and chicken noodle, which we love! With time to experiment this weekend, I wanted to find another crockpot favorite. We struck gold on the first try with this white chicken chili recipe.

If you like tacos, you’ll like the flavor of this easy recipe I adapted from here.

1 1/2 – 2 pounds uncooked chicken, cubed
2 cans (15 oz each) of Cannellini beans, drained
1 or 2 cans (15 oz) corn, drained
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 4 oz. can green chiles
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can (14 oz) chicken broth
1 pkg. taco seasoning

Place all ingredients in the crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

I didn’t take photos because we were too busy eating. Enjoy!

Comedian Brooks Wheelan

IMG_4767Last night, John and I met up with our friends Sara and Mike to attend Brooks Wheelan’s comedy show in downtown Iowa City. We purchased tickets weeks ago, thankfully. It was a sold-out show. Add that to the fact that Iowa City was hopping after the Iowa/Iowa State game, and you’ll begin to picture the wild crowds.

If you watched Saturday Night Live last year, you’ll recognize Brooks. However, he was let go after his first season, and he is now making a living doing stand-up around the country. He was on Conan last week, but the material we saw last night was so much better.

Originally from Manchester (he was a year younger than me in school), the hometown of Sara, myself, and John, his jokes were more than relatable. They were spot on! Combine this with jokes most appreciated by our age group, and I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever see a better comedy show. It was THAT funny! From jokes about Goosebump books and Harry Potter to SNL pitches that were never used, I had a stomachache from laughing when we left.

Keep your eye on Brooks. He’s bound to do hilarious things in the entertainment business.

America Runs on Dunkin’

Dunkin’ Donuts offered free coffee, any size and any flavor, to its Iowa customers Monday-Friday this week. I won’t admit how many times I took advantage of this promotion, but I will say that I only bought donuts once. Talk about self control!

I blame my love for DD coffee on our trip to Boston. With 300 DD stores around the city, it’s difficult to drink anything else while visiting. What’s my DD drink of choice? Coffee black with hazelnut syrup. If you’re up for branching out, DD has awesome flavor options including: Blueberry, raspberry, coconut, cinnamon…and more.

For as many times as I’ve posted about my Starbucks coffee love, don’t consider me a traitor. You still can’t beat a Pumpkin Spice Latte or a Chai Tea Latte for taste. When it comes to price though, DD is the way to go, especially this week!

Shut Out

IMG_4714The last time Michigan was shut out was in 1984, before I was born! Last night was exiting for Irish fans, and even more so to witness the sweet victory in person. We’re lucky my uncle decided to pass along his coveted tickets to us. Thanks, Uncle Dean!

We departed for Indiana right after school on Friday afternoon. Although the game wasn’t until 7:30 Saturday night, staying close allowed us to arrive on campus early and enjoy the IMG_4742perfect weather. In addition to some tailgating, we were able to attend Mass before the game in the gorgeous Basilica. Making all the rounds to the tourist stops on campus, we even witnessed a marriage proposal at the grotto. I assume the fiancé lit a candle in prayer before he popped the big question. Don’t worry; she said yes!

You all know the outcome of the game by now, but before the game was a show, too. Three Navy Seals parachuted into the stadium, game ball in hand. Talk about making an entrance!

Although John was silent most of the game along IMG_4749with the other wolverines, he was a good sport wearing his ND jersey. “When in Rome…” The victory made the trip even more worth it, and I think any Irish fan can agree we’re happy Everett Golston is back. It’s looking like an exciting season ahead.

Go Irish!

Late 20s Obsessions

I read this article as I was food prepping for the week, so obviously I was laughing pretty hard at its truth. As I kept reading, I remembered I bought a new fall table runner over the weekend at TJ Maxx, and I knew this article was speaking to me.

24 Things we Unexpectedly Become Obsessed With In Our Late 20s

If I had to add things people in their late 20s are obsessed with, I’d say:

  • Blogs (mostly for recipe prep)
  • Trying unique restaurants that aim to be more organic
  • Road races or Crossfit specific fitness goals
  • Becoming professional photographers (Instagram can make almost anything look good, people)
  • Making work as mobile as possible (coffee shop and work-from-home office sessions)
  • Online shopping with free shipping
  • Streaming TV rather than watching cable.

What would you add to the list?

A Favorite Month

Who doesn’t love September?

Beyond pumpkin spice lattes, sweatshirt/jean season, and football, September is the month my niece or nephew is scheduled to arrive. This officially makes this the best September yet!

Thinking of you every day, Ash and Tony!

I can’t wait to see you as a family of three and snuggle with baby M!