sushi chef

I apologize for the blogging hiatus… it’s been a busy week at work. 

This past weekend, Mike and I (thanks to groupon!) were able to take a sushi making class =)  We took the class with some friends of ours and learned how to make a california roll and a shrimp roll.  It was so much fun! 

Here are a few pictures from our adventure.  And for you people out there who are unsure about the whole sushi thing… sushi can be made with cooked fish (which is how our rolls were made in the class).  It is always worth trying something again if you haven’t recently.  Go with someone who knows a good place and knows what to order, that always helps!

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Soo yummy and tasty!  We can’t wait to buy our own sushi mat and try our hand at doing it ourselves =)  There MIGHT JUST be a sushi party coming up very soon.


you are the rock in my star



I am married to positively the best man ever.  Ok ok! I know, just like your own baby is probably the cutest baby ever… well same thing probably goes for husbands too.  But really and truly I have a wonderful man. 


Yesterday, I came home to a car with only two tires, the dog supervising from the garage and a man with brake dust all over his hands and a grin on his face.  It was a wonderful sight to behold.  So I pulled up an old 5gal bucket (after changing clothes of course!) and sat down to chat and lend a hand.  Mike was changing the brakes on the front of the car and it was pretty awesome to watch for sure.  It isn’t easy, but he’s patient enough to take the time to do it himself – which is wonderful b/c it saves us money!!  And in case you are concerned… all the pieces were put back together and the brakes are working smoothly once again.  And wow were we thankful for the air compressor and sweet tools from Christmas!

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Last week we spent quite a bit of time hauling wood in order to stockpile for next year.  While at church two Sundays ago, Mike was talking to a  friend that he usually cuts wood with when a family behind us (that we didn’t know) said they had a bunch of wood already split behind a shed they were looking to get rid of!!  So the Dutch in both of us and Korean in one of us said – where do we sign up?  Well these people were awesome.  We took away probably two ricks worth of wood.  They live seriously just a little off the beaten path and no more than 5 minutes from a Wal-Mart (so really they aren’t in the sticks at all) but they have an amazing view of Knoxville and all the way to the mountains!  The gentleman showed the view to us the first time we were there, even pointing out some of the landmarks… so the second time we went back, I took a few pictures.  Wow it was amazing.  The picture doesn’t do it justice and I need to learn to take better pictures of landscapes like that before our trips this year.


So anyways, back to the man who is the Rock to my Star!  He’s great!  We spent a lot of Saturday moving our raspberry plants out of our blackberry patch and we have the scrapes to prove it.  He works hard providing for our family by not only working, but keeping the cars in excellent condition, helping me with the garden to provide veggies/fruit for the spring, summer and fall and he even helps around the house with the mounds of dog hair that are always accumulating.   Love you babe!


hope central

This past Sunday, I went with a group of students from our church to Hope Central to serve some of the children of downtown Knoxville.  You do not have to travel far (maybe 15 minutes at the most from my house) to find a real need.  No passport necessary. 

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When we arrived, there were no kids!  It was a very cold day, and they must have thought we weren’t going to come because it was cold.  So we sent out a few teams to gather them in and enjoyed wonderful time.

We played 4-square, taps, drew with chalk, made a craft, ate a snack and even listened to the story of Jonah. 

Love serving alongside these students!

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crafty weekend success

This weekend, as promised, Aunt Donna and I were able to have a mostly successful Pinterest craft day! 

Appliqued Tie Onesie Tutorial

The actual “tie” onesie is coming soon.  This is just an example of the girls layout we chose.  The “wonder under” that I purchased had a big cut in the box which cut through to the actual wonder under stuff!!  So the project is currently pending until I can exchange it at the craft store.12-03-05 Crafting with Donna 015

Faux Jewelry Necklace Onesie

These ones turned out super cute, but I guess I totally missed taking pictures of them!  Bummer!  The paint even puffed up like it was supposed to.  Here’s to perfecting the art for sure b/c it’s just too darn cute and girly.

Handmade Tissue Paper Flowers and Pompom Garland

it took a few youtube videos to figure out the best way to fluff said flowers after our first ones turned out like crazy looking butterflies or something.  Even Mike had a hand in helping figure this one out!  But I think we got the hang of it!  The first one had an overhaul and was made to look even better.

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Tutorial: Freezer Paper Stenciling

This project was a lot of fun!  I have to complete the final ironing but I think it turned out really well.  I’ll have to do this one more often as it was probably one of my favorite of the weekend for sure.

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Our own Aunt Donna’s creative embellishment ideas.

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They all turned out great and we had a lot of fun doing them too.  The craft room dining room has not yet recovered, as some of the projects are curing.  I hope the little ones and their mommies enjoy the finished projects.  (yes I’m kind of giving away some of the gifts, I know – oh well! can’t disappoint the readers)

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All in all, a very successful Pinterest project weekend AND a wonderful time spent with a very special person.