Monday, September 1, 2014

Dreaming Together

One of my favorite things to do with Caleb is to dream about our perfect future.  We talk about where we'd like to live, what we'd like to do and be good at, and what we'd like to be focusing on years from now.  We come up with different ideas, but they all fit in nicely around a large parcel of land in the country.  Envisioning all our ideas together makes me think that our home will be the kind of place Robin and Marian would visit.

Dream home in the woods | A Log of My Life
Transylvanian Dream by Laszlo Indig

Friday, August 29, 2014

Recommended with Greek Baked Chicken

I love a well cooked chicken.  Flavorful, tender, and juicy or crispy, crunchy, and hot.  Caleb cooked me my first seared chicken, and it's a unanimous favorite.  Thighs seared in butter with garlic clothes and dusted with salt and pepper.  It's such a simple recipe, but when I first had it, I was so impressed!  What is this wonder you've prepared?!

I typically don't bake.  I have a bad habit of accidentally burning myself, and putting any limbs into an oven makes me turn the other way, but emboldened by the Herb + Citrus Chicken masterpiece I made this winter, I decided it might be worth it to try a few things from this NY Times piece.

Link Collection with Baked Chicken

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DIY to Try?

I found this Tea Garden in a Box idea on Martha Stewart's website.  I like it so much!  Herbs to supplement your tea or to create your own blends, how cool is this?  I've wished of having my own herb garden someday, but I hadn't even considered using the herbs for tea.  Have you ever made your own?

A Homemade Herbal Tea Garden!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Personality Test, Part III: What I've Gotten From My Parents

My parents were a Yankee air traffic controller who rarely lost his cool and an artist at heart/counselor/3rd grade teacher who loves sci-fi and fantasy.   I think it's super cool how I can see a blend of my parents' personalities in who I am along with a heavy dose of originality...
Family graduation picture
This is one of our favorite family pictures with one of the awesome professors at my college graduation.

Friday, August 22, 2014

My Birthday in Atlanta!

My first birthday in Atlanta, my first birthday as a wife, and my first time being 26!

My birthday was this past Sunday, on the 17th, and I planned out everything to ensure I/we got the most out of the day.  Caleb and I kicked it off with breakfast in bed with the most recent episode of Legend of Korra.  When we finished breakfast, we walked down to the Georgia Aquarium and spent about 2 and a half hours enjoying everything there.  (They let you in for free on your birthday!)  I love aquariums, and Caleb does, too.  It's so great to find something we both like so much!

My favorite part was spending 20 minutes in front of the whale shark/manta ray tank.  The aquarium had the doors to their ballroom open, which was a rare treat.  There weren't many people in there, so there were times when we had the exhibit to ourselves.  Manta rays are my favorite animal, and it was amazing to see them in person!  I had no idea they could get so big!  Some were doing back flips in the water like they were dancing.  It was just a completely magical experience.

This is a little video of our trip.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Personality Test, Part II: Myers-Briggs

I wrote a short while ago about learning what an ambivert is.  That got me thinking more about personality tests, so I took some more!

When I took the Myers-Briggs test in 2007, I was an INFJ.  I've learned that it's one of the rarer combos, and knowing that made me feel pretty dang special, but I know that I've gone through a lot of changes since freshman year of college, so I had to know for certain: am I still a special INFJ?  Or am I Something Different!  (Dun dun dun!)

To get the most accurate assessment which would still be free, I completed 4 online tests.  One, two, three, and four.  However, as the lengthy intro on website number four states, none of these are the real test (the not free one), and the most accurate assessment comes only from that test.

 Myers-Briggs personality test

Friday, August 15, 2014

Recommended for Celebrating

How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

Now that I have a husband, I've found that I want extra focus on me for my birthday (2 days!).  I swear this is a new development.  Put into action, I've decided that I'll be choosing the dinner menus for the week before my birthday.  I want to be sure that we have macaroni and cheese and that I make myself an artichoke (a very special treat).

For the actual day, I already have plans for us to go to the aquarium.  In the evening, either Caleb and I will have dinner at Sufi's or, if my girlfriends are able to meet up, we're going to hang out somewhere and I'll bake and bring some lemon cake cookies!

These lemon cake cookies.  Oh my gosh.
My mom made them for one of her Bible study groups last year, and I could not stop eating them.  They are so soft and that perfect bright blend of sweet lemon.  I'm not sure where my mom got the recipe from; it's all over the internet, and for good reason.  It's also very, very easy.  Definitely a keeper.

The best lemon cookies you'll ever have


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