Happiest Season of All

Well, we got our tree! The cutest little 4 ft tree you ever did see. As we were putting the tree in the back of Loren’s RAV4, some friendly man called to us, “Hey, the tree is supposed to get tied to the top of the car, isn’t it? Tradition!” True, but the tree would have been lost up there and we didn’t have rope. We did consider taking the tree into Starbucks with us for fun, but chickened out in the end. We want to continue patronizing that Starbucks.
We cranked up some Christmas music and decorated it simply with white lights, a burlap garland, candy canes and a paper star that Loren made.
We did put a few other decorations out, but maybe I will save those for another post on another day. I love Christmas!

December Goals

I know I’ve already posted a couple times in December, but it’s not too late to talk about some goals for this month. Since it is December, a lot of these goals will obviously be geared towards Christmas, but I have some other plans in mind as well.
  1. Get a Christmas tree and finally decorate for Christmas (hopefully tonight!!).
  2. Learn how to really cut a paper snowflake.
  3. Make burlap stockings (so much burlap left from our wedding!).
  4. Make some Christmas goodies I’ve never attempted before.
  5. Drink hot chocolate & play games by the light of the Christmas tree.
  6. Find some Christmas traditions to start as a new family.
  7. Make some more arm knit scarves for friends and family.
  8. Organize our important document drawer.
  9. Meet up with as many family members as possible over the Christmas days.
  10. Give more than receive.

Broski Birthday

Today is this guy’s birthday.
Back in the day, he was my little brother, pioneer & Indian dress up buddy, fort builder, partner in crime (ashamedly, I did on occasion let him get in trouble when I should have), and everything else that only a brother is. We didn’t always get along very well, but growing up and maturing has helped in that area quite a bit. 😉
Today, he is still my little brother, even if he is taller than me, and we still have fun whenever we rarely see each other, as he is way far away across the ocean pursuing his dream to be a rescue mission helicopter pilot in Germany.

I’m so thankful you were born 21 years ago, William! I pray that you will keep working hard and honor the Lord as you seek Him throughout your life. Love you!

We Gave Thanks

Thursday morning after making apple crisp together (my inauguration into the “Crisp” family), Loren and I hopped in the car and headed to Cincinnati to spend some fun family-filled days with Loren’s family. The amazing Thanksgiving dinner was celebrated with all of Loren’s siblings, nieces & nephew, aunt & uncle and some cousins. We didn’t actually get pictures of the food, because we were having such a blast stuffing our faces, catching up and playing games. But we did get some of some of the other action going on.
Can’t get enough of these kids!
Friday afternoon after recovering from late night/early morning Black Friday shopping, we headed out to Big Tree Plantation to hunt down the perfect Christmas tree for the Crisp family room. I had never been to a tree farm to chop down a Christmas tree before, and it was quite the fun experience, definitely worth doing again.
And we found it!
I love this man and am so thankful I get to spend these first married holidays with him!
Friday evening, we celebrated Mom & Dad Crisp’s 40th wedding anniversary with a special dinner, mainly prepared by Chefs Jonathan and Rachel (5 year old niece). It was delicious! Mom & Dad have done so much for us and there is no way we could thank them sufficiently, but it was fun spoiling them for the evening. Plus, we learned some new information about their sweet love story!
Saturday we headed downtown Cincy for some ice skating (perfect ice skating weather!!), Graeter’s ice cream and coffee with the siblings.
Loren and I were going to head home Saturday night, but we were having such a blast that we didn’t want to leave, so we ended up staying another night. We spent the evening celebrating Jeffrey’s upcoming birthday, making cranberry and popcorn garlands for the tree, watching Elf and playing games. Sunday we went to church with the family then reluctantly headed home so Loren could get some homework done. All in all, the long weekend was a much needed refreshing break/vacation. We are so thankful for the wonderful family (on both sides!!) the Lord has given us and surely do not take them for granted.

Surprise Sister Visits

Sometimes you just need to pack up and take a surprise visit to see your sister you miss like crazy for a weekend. So, late Friday afternoon, that’s what Loren and I spontaneously decided to do. I got home from work around 6 pm, we left around 7, and got to Crystal & Joel’s around 10:30 pm. I had texted Joel earlier about coming, but Crystal didn’t have a clue. She was putting Timothy (22 month old nephew) to bed when we rang the doorbell, so Joel answered the door, let us inside then went and told Crystal that two homeless people from Indiana were at the door and looking for somewhere to spend the night. Needless to say, she was rather surprised when she saw us! We spent the weekend touring their new house, catching up, playing with Timothy, cooking together, visiting their new church, eating and just relaxing. It was a much needed visit and I wish it could happen more often!

Sauerkraut

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Not everyone likes it. But we sure do in this family! Growing up in Germany, we had sauerkraut fairly regularly, and once we got married, I was happy to discover that Loren was quite fond of it. And since ALDI carries it year round, we’ve been having it about once a week lately.

I prepare it either with pork chops and mashed potatoes or hotdogs and pan-fried gnocchi, and here is how I made it this week:

Sauerkraut and Wurst:
1 tbsp olive oil

1 small onion, diced (optional)

1 package hotdogs, sliced

¼ apple, diced

1 jar Sauerkraut, drained

Salt and Pepper to taste

In a wide sauce pan, heat up the olive oil. Add onion; saute until tender. Slice the hotdogs and stir in. When the hotdog slices start to brown, add the apple. Once the apples are soft, stir in the sauerkraut, salt and pepper and let heat through.


Pan-Fried Gnocchi:
1 package Gnocchi

1 tbsp butter

dash of olive oil

1 tsp minced garlic

½ cup Parmesan cheese

Bring four quarts of salted water to a vigorous boil in a medium pot over high heat. Drop the gnocchi into the boiling water a few at a time, stirring gently and continuously with a wooden spoon. Cook the gnocchi, stirring gently, until tender, about 1 minute after they rise to the surface. Remove from heat and drain.  Meanwhile, melt the butter with a dash of olive oil in a large frying pan. Dump the gnocchi into the pan, and spread them around with the back of a spoon to create an even layer over the pan. Let the gnocchi fry for a couple of minutes, or until they turn golden brown. Turn them gently with a spatula, and cook on the other side until brown and crispy. Toss in the Parmesan cheese.

And enjoy! 🙂

6 Months

It’s been just over six spectacular months since I walked down a burlap aisle on a perfect early summer evening to meet my groom and start this walk called marriage with him. I can’t imagine life any other way now and every day truly just gets better. I am so thankful for the many examples of godly marriages God has put in our lives (especially our parents!) and pray that we will be the same to those we come across in our lives. I love you, babe!

Photo courtesy of Cleland Studios

No Clue

Hi and welcome to my little corner of the internet! I’m so glad you stopped by.

I went back and forth several times about actually starting this blog, because, let’s be honest, I have no clue what I’m doing. But with continued encouragement from my sweet husband, I finally am taking the bull by the horns and here I am.

Ultimately, this blog is to keep family and friends updated on our lives here in Indianapolis as Loren pushes through grad school at Indiana University and I attempt to keep him fed and the apartment homey while working full time downtown Indy. With that said, who knows what will appear on this blog.

So stay tuned!