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Pies, Books, Hair and Chili Lesson

Phew!  What a day! I’m exhausted but it has been tons of fun.   Here it is in pictures.

First of all I had book club in the morning and made these pies
First of all I had book club in the morning and made these pies

me and pie

Blackberry Crumb Pie

Ingredients

1 Pie Crust, refrigerated or from scratch

For the Filling:

3 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
¼ – ½ cup sugar
¾ teaspoons cinnamon

For the Crumble Topping

2/3 cup sugar
1 ½ cups flour
12 tablespoons butter

Instructions

For the Filling:

Toss the berries with the sugar and the cinnamon.

For the Crumble Topping:

Whisk together the flour and the sugar.
Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or fork until mixture is crumbly.

Assemble:

Press the pie crust into a pie dish.
Pour in the berry filling.
Cover with the crumble topping.
Bake at 400° for 1 hour (The recipe only called for 35 minutes but it just wasn’t done)

Book club was neat. I figured out it was our 30th book! Not too shabby.  We read Rebecca by Daphne DuMarier and we all enjoyed it immensely.  While we were talking about the book I had my light fixture and art installed in my room.  I kind of love it!

new light fixture
Isn’t it pretty? I just love it.

Then I met my trainer for a quick session and went to 2 Wallgreens to get an awesome collage poster done for my lesson.  I’m teaching about friendship and so I made a poster of my friends.  Then I came home and had another mini bookclub session with my friend Melissa who couldn’t come earlier but wanted to talk about the book. So fun!

Next, I had to work on my lesson for a bit and do the program for tomorrow’s relief society.  Then it was time to get my hair cut and colored by my friend Rachel.  It’s very similar to what I always get but I like it.

New hair.  Or the same hair again.
New hair. Or the same hair again. What do you think?

Then Taylor and Becca came over and we did another of our cooking lessons.  This time I taught them how to make chili and cornbread.  Everything turned out great especially the chili and it was so much fun to teach them and gab together.  They are such fun friends.

I think they had fun? :)
I think they had fun? 🙂
chili
I’d say it was one of the best chili’s I’ve made. Yum

Chili

1 yellow onion diced

3 red, orange, yellow peppers diced

2 jalapenos seeded, pulp removed, finely diced (less if you don’t want it to be spicy)

1 tbsp olive oil

1 lb ground beef

3 cans diced tomatoes

1 small can of tomato paste

2 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp smashed garlic

1/2 tsp cumin

1 tbsp paprika

1/2 tsp nutmeg

2 tbsp honey

4 cups chicken broth

2 cans black beans (or any kind of beans)

Heat olive oil add diced onion, garlic, peppers.  Sweat vegetables until clear.  Add ground beef until heated through.  Add spices. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth, black beans, add honey to taste. Come to a boil and then simmer and it will get thicker. Top with cilantro, green onion, greek yogurt etc. Serve with cornbread.

Taylor learning to cook
Taylor learning to cook
Me and Tayor
Me and Tayor
Becca stirring some chili
Becca stirring some chili

So is that not a super full day? Tomorrow I have to teach my lesson and pick my Dad up from the airport and then its back to work.  Busy, busy, busy but happy.  Life is good. Wish me luck on my lesson.  A little nervous about it because its a little unorthodox but in a good way.  Right now I’m too tired to give it much thought.  What fun day!

Laziness is a Lie!

So I’ve decided that every time I don’t want to do something, I should do it. I can’t think of a time in my life that I have debated about doing something and then haven’t been glad when I actually go and do it.  (Did that sentence make sense?).  For instance, today I had heard about a relief society party with my new ward and was planning on going, then when it came close I debated.

“I’m tired”, “It’s my only night off all week”, and “I don’t feel up to meeting a bunch of new people” all floated through my head.  Even told my sister these lame excuses.  (To be honest, the excuses got even lamer- like there will be unhealthy food (which there was cheesecake…) and my jeans are still wet and won’t be dry in time).

Fortunately for me I am blessed with a personality that most of the time shuts off the lazy me and goes and does anyways, and like I said I’m always glad when I do.  (I also have friends who refuse to let me be a lazy slob!  Thank you!) So today I got off the coach, away from my laptop and went to the party and you know what it was great!  Everyone was so friendly and welcoming.  A lot of people had been told about me which I found amazing as I had just spoken to the bishop on Tuesday (nice work ward!).  There was a great turn out and we even got to meet my new neighbors across the street.  They seemed super nice.

I’m really glad I went because now I will at least know a few faces and more importantly they will know me.  That is a great relief when moving to a new area, especially as a single Mormon. What made me particularly happy is the ward seems very diverse.  There are houses, townhouses, apartments, etc and a group of singles that meets once a month for family home evening! 🙂

So now I have a request for all of you.  When you hear me say something like ‘I was going to do something but…’ or ‘I’m really tired.  I don’t know if I feel like going to….’ or ‘I could really use the rest.  I don’t  think I will do…’ look me square in the eyes and tell me to get off my butt and go and do whatever it is that I really want to do deep down inside! Remind me that the lazy voice in my head is a lie.

I mean look at me- I wrote a book in 10 days, I swam a 5k, I served a mission, work 3 jobs, have a book club for almost 3 years, written over 500 blog posts, with 3 callings, all while still keeping up with Dancing with the Stars and Project Runway 🙂 (Not all those at the same time but still I can do hard things).  I am clearly capable of doing great things and doing things makes me generally happier.  It makes me crazy to think of all the times I told myself I couldn’t do NaNoWriMo and then I do it in half the time allotted.   It makes me want to go back and kick that lazy person telling myself I was too busy.  Think of what a better writer I would be if this hadn’t been my first time!

No more lazy Rachel! That voice is almost always a lie!  Remind me of this post dear friends.  Remind me possibly tomorrow when I don’t want to work out, or do whatever it is I’m supposed to do…