homemade ginger: April 2012

A Cup of Tea

Monday, April 30, 2012

I've been loving loose leaf tea lately.  Ever since I got my teapot for my birthday, I've been on the hunt for some good tea to brew.

It's actually been a little tricky to find loose leaf tea, and some that's not super expensive.  The best place I've found with a nice tea selection that doesn't cost an arm and a leg is World Market.  Here are two teas that I've been in love with.

The Ginger Peach by The Republic of Tea is sooo yummy.  I've had this before in tea bags, but it's even better in loose leaf.  And the World Market brand Moroccan Mint is mellow and comforting. I also love that it's green tea without an overwhelming green tea flavor.  I love green tea for it's health benefits, but I'm not always in the mood for it's unique flavor.

This is what the ginger peach looks like. So pretty and fragrant.

Scoop some into your pot, pour on some boiling water and let it steep.

It's a little hard to figure out how much water to pour in since there aren't any markings on the teapot...and you end up with less water in the end since some of it gets trapped in the basket.

But it usually always comes out delicious. Push down the plunger and pour away.

Perfect for a rainy day and a good book.

And, you have to drink it out of a teacup of course.

Pour yourself a cup today!

An Ordinary Day

Friday, April 13, 2012

Reid had yesterday off, so we decided to go to an estate sale with the girls. First, we stopped for some donuts at a place that's been around forever.

Of course she went with sprinkles.

I love those vintage chairs outside the donut shop.

Jane agrees. Pretty cool.


And what better family activity is there than sword fighting with swords made out of pool noodles?

Things like these are normal occurrences in the house of a youth pastor.

Lunch was a little healthier than breakfast.

Have a great weekend!!


Entryway Window

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

First off, thanks so much for all of your encouraging comments, emails and texts after my last blog post. I was not expecting that much feedback!  I've been so blessed by this blog and readers. I am definitely not quitting, but just needed a little time away from it to regroup.  Thanks also for keeping the Nagel family in your prayers even though most of you don't know them. I know they probably appreciate it!

I do have a fun little quick project to share today.  I've had this old window for awhile and have been wanting to do something with it, just never got around to it until now.

When I found some clearance knobs at Hobby Lobby and Anthropologie, I snagged them and decided to turn the window into a little wall hook/entryway functional piece.

We measured and drilled holes for the knobs and then simply screwed them in. (Reid always wants to be in my blog...here is your picture, hope you are happy.)

Then, I hung it and was done!

It's the perfect spot to drop off your scarf or bag!

I'm wanting to do a little entryway makeover, so I'll be back with more ideas!

Lets Get Real

Monday, April 9, 2012

Alright people, it's about to get real up in here...get ready.

I know my blogging has been terrible lately. I'm sure I've lost a few readers and I'm sure I will lose more. But, that's ok.  I went through a phase when I was really focused on readers and daily hits. I knew when I lost a reader and I would take it personally.  I pressured myself to post every single day.  In return, I ended up doing hasty projects that I didn't even love just so I would have something to post. That's not what I want for this blog. I have realized that lately, so I just kind of stopped posting. I guess you can call it "blogger's block".   The past couple of months life has been really busy.  And I decided that blogging wasn't going to be a priority.  And so, I was kind of left at a loss for what to even post when I did have the time. I have received some negative comments and feedback that, to be honest, I do take personally.  I started to feel un-inspired. 

I had a few projects I was planning on posting last week, to start to get into the swing of things again.  But, then something unimaginably terrible happened to a family that we know.  A young father and husband suddenly died of a stroke.  This family has already faced some horrible losses the past few years and now this happened. Although I don't know them very well, it struck me to my core.  It's consumed me. Suddenly my little blog didn't seem very important anymore. In fact, it seemed pretty ridiculous.

As I sat at the funeral on Thursday, I looked around at the nearly 1000 people sitting in the sanctuary.  I listened to this man's father eloquently speak to the huge mass of people just one day after his son died.  He spoke of how he had no regrets in how he fathered.  He spoke of the great joy he and his family have in knowing that Matt is in heaven.  It doesn't take away the pain that they feel...the grief that I can't even begin to fathom.  And I realized that I have that joy too. I keep going back to the verses in 1 Corinthians 15

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”

 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

And then, very fittingly, it was Easter. And it all became so real.  Although death is so horrible, Christ has overcome it for us.

I know I don't post things like this on my blog, normally. I never intended for this to be a theological or personal blog because, that's just not me. But at the same time, I feel like I need to be real a little more often.  I do have this blog that quite a few people read (or used to anyways!) and I don't ever want to give the impression that my life is perfect.  I have flaws, my kids don't obey, my house is a mess, we eat McDonalds sometimes (gasp!), I'm unorganized, etc, etc.  My life is a mess just like everyone else. I'm a mess just like everyone else. That's exactly why I desperately need Christ and the hope of the resurrection as much as anyone else.  And although my blog isn't necessarily about that...in a way it is. Because the hope of Christ should spill out into everything I do.

All that to say...I don't intend on ending my blog.  I needed a break from it.  I needed to regroup.  I have realized that I've missed blogging these past few weeks.  I love doing creative things and sharing them with others.  I just hope to be a little more authentic in the process. And I know that might cause others to delete me from Google Reader...but really that's ok.

 I hope you were able to take time to reflect on the work of Christ on Easter.  And if not, maybe you will take time out this week to do so.

 And I urge everyone to remember that life is so terribly short....embrace every moment.

If you want to find out more about the life of Matt Nagel or how to help his family, you can visit his Caringbridge site.  And go home and hug those you love a little tighter.

Plate Wall Collage

Monday, April 2, 2012

I've been a little MIA lately.  You were probably wondering where I went and if I'd come back.  I'm still here, promise! I finally completed (kinda) the thing I had planned for our dining room wall.  I mentioned wanting to do something with it after we painted it teal.

I've been collecting white plates for the past few months.  They are mostly from thrift stores, and I don't think I paid over $3 for any of them.  I did find a few at Marshalls on clearance.  Once I thought I had collected enough to start a little plate collage, I tried laying them out on the ground.

Then I traced each plate onto newspaper and started taping it up on the wall.

After I came up with something I liked, I just started nailing the hangers right into the newspaper.  Well, first I made a little mark with a sharpie so that I'd know where to nail.

You do have to measure down a few inches based on how your plate hanger fits onto the plate.

And here they are!

It definitely looks smaller in pictures than it does in real life.  Although, I probably will still keep collecting plates and adding to it.

I love how it contrasts with the darker wall color! I've been working on a few other projects around the house that I'm excited to share!


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