Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Happy Birthday Party Peter!

Never once have I mentioned the neighbor boy who is considered a brother to my sisters and I. Maribeth and Maeghan's little brother Peter just turned seven. We have known this little boy since he was two! I love laughing when someone brings up the well remembered and treasured memory of the time we made him kiss Alexis.

Anyway, he turned seven on the 23rd and today is his party. He will have waterslides, hot dogs, birthday cake, and foam. This birthday party sounds amazing right? The only part that he stood still on was that there shall be no girls at his party. Of course there will be at least five girls but those girls will not be his neighbors, the ones who have loved him and teased him for years. He did though say that we could come after the party is over.

Ashley and Alexis were appalled. I was laughing so hard it was a struggle to breath. And my mom was just worried about whether or not we were getting him a present. Of course we did, he is allowing us to come at some point.

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So here I am shouting out to Peter: "We love you buddy! Happy Birthday, have a great day. Have fun, and I am glad, very, very glad that you know how to deal with girls. It will help you get through life! ;) "

XO AnnaD

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Girls Will Cook: Mac N' Cheese

Making homemade Macaroni and Cheese is not something that most girls/people will do if they want Mac 'N Cheese for lunch. Most of the time, the box or microwavable kind is available. But I am telling you this recipe is easier than pie! (Honestly pie is hard to make so I don't understand how it can be "easy as pie.") 
 This recipe is super easy. If you know how to make the box kind, you got this in the bag! Your ingredients are:
  • One box of elbow pasta
  • 4 quarts of water
  • 2 tablespoons of sour cream
  • 4 cups of shredded cheese (I used a mixture of mozzarella and cheddar)
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of thyme (pronounced: time)
The things you will need to make this recipe are:
  • A pot
  • A strainer
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • A large spoon
Bring water to a boil, add pasta and boil until soft. Turn off the burner and move the pot to burner that has not been used. Pour pasta into the strainer and shake all water from the pasta. 

Pour back into the pot and add cheese, sour cream, and milk. Stir until cheese-y, you might have clumps of cheese but they will get melted. Move the pot back onto the hot burner. Add garlic, salt, pepper, and thyme, stir until well distributed. As you stir the mac n cheese, the cheese will start to get stringy, so just make sure you keep the cheese off the spoon and in the mac. 

Serve to your friends and/or family and enjoy!  Below are some step-by-step pictures to help you out.

If you have any questions about this recipe let me know!

XO AnnaD

Monday, July 20, 2015

Girls Will Cook: Cooking/Baking Tips

Nowadays, not every teenager-young girl knows how to cook. Whether that girl be in school or homeschooled. The point of these recipe posts are to get girls cooking. To make cooking easier, you need to remember five easy to remember points to help you when cooking.
  • Basic fractions
  • To follow the recipe
  • Tastebuds will help you through a difficult recipe
  • Clean as you go
  • Set a timer
Let me explain: You will need your basic fraction when measuring ingredients. You will come to a point when you just start throwing stuff in, but for now, remember to measure. 

I have a few problems the second point, almost everyone does. Sometimes, even if you follow a recipe it won't turn out like the picture or won't taste like the reviews said it would. Some recipes are like that and some are just bad. 

No matter what your mom or older sister said when you were small, you are allowed to taste! Sometimes tasting can even save a bad recipe. If you know that it's bad before you cook or serve it, you can figure out how to fix the recipe.

I am telling you this to save you from future issues: unless you are on a cooking show, you should wash your dishes as you cook. It will be wonderful in the end to be able to sit down and enjoy yourself. If you happen to be on a cooking show, I don't recommend cleaning as you go because it will take up your time. 

Good cooks set timers! If you want to be a good cook, set a timer. It can be the difference between 
something cooked too long, something cooked too little, and something cooked to perfection. 

Come back later for a recipe! 

XO AnnaD

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Mission Trip to Chicago

Hello Everyone!

I've been away for awhile and it is because I have been in Chicago. I was there on a youth trip with Mars Hill. We toured the city and also served in several different ways. 

We departed on Thursday the 9th from Mobile at 6 a.m. and arrived in Chicago at 11 p.m. We stayed at Southside Christian Church and were very comfortable there. (Shout out to women's group for the excellent meals!)

On friday, our first day in Chicago, we went to Moody Bible Institute, and got a tour of the campus, which was very interesting. It is crazy how much the Institute is involved in missions. One of the highlights of that tour was listening to one of the students who majors in communication speak to us. I noticed the clarity, and I know that I could do that  someday. 

In that same day, we went downtown and got to walk the Magnificent Mile and go to Navy Pier. I went on a Ferris Wheel for the first time, and I got to pray with a girl from the trip who I have had a difficult time with spiritually in the past. For dinner we went to the well known deep dish pizza place: Giordano's. It was delish! 

Saturday we went to the Field Museum and just walked around. After lunch there everyone was basically done with the museum so we tried to go to the aquarium. It was to long of a ride so instead some of us got bikes and rode around downtown. We had so much fun that day on those bikes I wanted to repeat it again and again. 

Sunday we went to the south side of Chicago to attend Christ Bible Baptist Church. I had so much fun worshipping, and listening to the sermon and "Welcome Song." Let me explain: every time there are new people in the pews, the church sings a welcome song trying to get you to become members. It was so thrilling trying a different church, a church that is different from mine.  

Besides the sightseeing part of the trip, we got to do some amazing things as we worked along side of Sunshine Ministries. Our group had about seventeen kids in it and was split into three smaller groups. One group stayed to help with Sunshine's camp for inner city kids, another went to a church called Living Hope to help with their camp and apartments that need repair, and the last group went to help with a school and also ended up cleaning out a house that some of the interns at Sunshine stay at. I was in the second group.We worked at these places from 9am-2pm, and then regrouped at Sunshine's building. 

We then went to different "listening opportunities" until about 5:30-6pm. The "listening opportunities" were places that we went to listen to tours and stories. 

On Monday we went to a homeless shelter called Pacific Gardens Mission {PCM}. We got a tour of the shelter and afterwards, we sat down and gave our perspectives of the place. I personally was put off by how much it resembled the Battleship here in Mobile, and how the dorms looked very prison like.

Tuesday was my favorite because we made lunches and got to go downtown and talk/eat with the homeless. I met several different people and was definitely moved by the experience. There was couple who didn't ask for money, food, or for anything else but prayer. The young couple had 4 kids and were really struggling to get where they needed to go. We got to pray for them, and give them a lunch. 

Wednesday's "listening opportunity" was a tour of the neighborhood around Sunshine Ministries. It was a very interesting tour and kind of embarrassing as well, but funny none the less. So this was the last day of our trip and I was feeling a little tired. I didn't get a coffee like a should have and as soon as I got into the van I knew I would fall asleep. 

I told the girls I was sitting next to to not let me fall asleep. Well I did end up dozing off, and they did not wake me. I also was snoring! I felt really bad and the tour guide was kind of awkward when I apologized, I guess I would be too. In the end I learned that if I feel tired and I am about to do something that involves listening, I need to get a coffee... Great life lesson, huh?

We departed on Thursday from Chicago at 5 a.m. and arrived in Mobile at 7:30 p.m. The weather was like a punch in the face. As soon as I was out of the ar I started to drip with sweat! It was funny to see some of the kids who have never left Mobile react to the humidity.

I really enjoyed this trip, I have a new mindset towards the homeless, and who they are. Also I feel like I have learned to serve in a way that I didn't know how to. I was humbled through this trip and it was a blessing for me to see God worked in different peoples' lives. 

If you would like to read more blog posts on this mission trip, click here. Thanks for reading, and if you've been on a mission trip or to a camp this summer let me know in the contact tab. 

XO AnnaD

Thursday, July 2, 2015

With or Without Heat: Loose Curls

Welcome to With or Without Heat, my hair curling and waving series. This series will appear on Thursdays so come on by to learn new tutorials on how to curl your hair. We will use several different techniques, and several different products. If you have any questions or ideas you can contact me at

Today I'll be doing a no-heat tutorial. My favorite feature is that you can wear this as a hairstyle, and then wear the curls. It's great if you want to wear the curls at night to a party or something.

To start you will want damp hair. The hair will need to be damp, if it is wet, it will take longer to dry. An idea is to start with dry hair and spray it wet. 
Next, part the hair into two sections. Starting at the top of the head, in the front, twist back the hair away from the face. Once you have twisted all the hair in that section twist it into a bun. Secure with bobby pins. Repeat on the other side. Wear to bed or wear for 4-5 hours.
In the morning, or after a few hours you can remove the bobby pins and separate the hair with your finger. You can sleep in this hairstyle, but you will get harsher curls, whereas wearing them for all day they will be softer. Spray with hairspray.  

This method does not work on everybody, even I had a hard time. Do not be discouraged if this doesn't work on your hair. Try a different method.

XO AnnaD