Thursday, September 30, 2010

pumpkin pie

Let me just start by giving you a little piece of advice about the pumpkin pie pop tarts - if you see them, BUY THEM! Not only are they one of the most delicious pop tarts Kellogg's has ever come out with, but it took me about 7 trips to Target to finally get them. I must not be the only sucker that falls for the limited edition because those things fly off the shelves around here.

Toasted: If you close your eyes and take a bite you might just think its Thanksgiving. Seriously, it tasted just like warm pumpkin pie (Ok, so the texture was different but the taste was the same). And since we finally replaced our toaster I was finally able to enjoy this one without the microwave - a much better option.

As Is: I think this was the first pop tart where I actually didn't mind the crust. To be honest, I kind of liked it. Pumpkin pie crust, unlike bread, pizza, and all other pop tarts flavor crust, is different.

Frozen: I think this was possibly my favorite way to enjoy the pumpkin pie flavor because one of my all-time favorite things is eating pumpkin pie for breakfast the morning after Thanksgiving and this chilly treat brought back a flood of those fond memories. Maybe I can justify eating pumpkin pie for breakfast if it's in the form of a pop tart...

Pop Tarts Fact: Ben Brugler helped invent the Pumpkin Pie pop tart...kind of. Read his story here: #pumpkinpiepoptarts

And since it worked for Ben...kind of...I decided to send Kellogg's my own inventions. If you see any of these in the not-so-distant future, remember that you saw them here first ;)

...and no "canady" is not a typo ;)
p.s. sorry for the crappy quality of pics, but my sister "borrowed" my camera and I haven't seen it since!!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

RESTORE ME

"On the outside, You think I'm alright
There's a smile on my face, everything's okay
But on the inside there's a different story
I've stumbled down this road and I've got so far to go

I'm a broken man
On my knees again
Longing for a touch from You
I need your hand to

Restore me, I need Your mercy
Take me to the place I used to be
Use all the pain and the hurt
To do a greater work and restore me

I wore my mask, running away from my past
Hiding all my scars, thinking I'd gone too far
But He knew my pain and He loved me just the same
He promised, I'd be free if I fell on my knees and cried

Restore me, I need Your mercy
Oh, take me to the place I used to be
Use all the pain and the hurt
To do a greater work and restore me

Restore unto me the joy of my salvation
So I'll sing again, the song You wrote for me
Give me a clean heart, I want a brand new start
Like the moment when I first believed

Restore me, I need Your mercy
Oh, take me to the place I used to be
Use all the pain and the hurt
To do a greater work and restore me

Please Jesus, oh yeah
Give me another chance
I want to be a new man
Please restore me, yeah yeah, yeah"

- Anthony Evans-

Thursday, September 23, 2010

finally fall

It is officially fall! I love fall, but I wasn't always such a big fan. In fact, I would almost say fall was probably my least favorite season growing up (what was I thinking?). I suppose it was because I associated the season with going back to school, raking leaves, and having to wear my coat at the bus stop. My how times have changed.

Here are my favorite things about fall:

PUMPKIN ANYTHING!!!
Specifically...
A pumpkin spice latte from Starbuck's.
OR, even better, pumpkin spice coffee from DD.
And these orange-flavored pumpkin-shaped chocolate-covered marshmallows that only appear once a year.
Any and every excuse to wear a hoodie or my North Face.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and a day to see my entire extended family.
All of the Fall scents at B&BW.
Picking out my Halloween costume.
The Poquoson Seafood Festival, Bay Days, The State Fair...any and all festivals. But most importantly, the seafood fest.
Leggings & boots.
Wearing leg warmers to ballet.
And if you are wondering if I still want Sanuk's Tube Flops...the answer is YES!
Picking out and carving a pumpkin, eating apples off of a tree, college football, elections, and other fall-related activities.

What are your favorites?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

orange cream

"Limited editions" always get me. Do they ever get you? Whenever I see something packaged as "limited edition" I feel the sudden urge to try it. I mean, if you don't try it right away you might not ever get another chance, right? And then if you DO like what you try, you have to buy it in bulk before it disappears. Yeah? So you can imagine my excitement when I found these LIMITED EDITION orange cream pop tarts at the grocery store. An orange dreamsicle taste packaged in a pop tart? Please and thank you!

Toasted: A little different. I've never had anything orange flavored that was warm so it was kind of a new concept to me and I'm not so sure I liked it.

As Is: Yummy - they taste just like orange dreamsicles!

Frozen: Again, just like an orange dreamsicle. GO BUY SOME NOW! THEY ARE LIMITED EDITIONS, REMEMBER?!?

Pop Tart Fact: Pop Tarts World, the first retail store and cafe for Pop Tarts, opened in NYC! Andddddd I finally got to visit! Check out pictures below...it was awesome. My Dad and I both had custom-made pop tarts for breakfast. He chose a blueberry pop tart with vanilla frosting and coconut and I opted for a raspberry pop tart with lemon frosting and rainbow sprinkles! The pop tarts (of course) were delish, but the frosting was terrible. Next time I recommend just keeping things simple by ordering a toasted pop tart of your choice. If you want to get crazy take a hike over to Amy's Bread and top your pop tart with a shot of their cream cheese frosting!!!! So worth the walk! (Plus you'll be burning off the pop tart, its clearly a win-win situation). Oh! We also got the pop tarts sushi. Cute idea, but not very good.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

back to the burg

This weekend I drove back up to the Burg with Brie! Friday night we got into town late and stayed the night with the Clarkson's. It was so good to catch up with Jess - I love hanging out with her & Nathan, they are so welcoming and comfortable to be around. Saturday morning Brie, Jess, and I got up ridiculously early to drive to Roanoke to run in the Marine Mud Run 5k! It was a BLAST and we were sooooooo muddy afterwards!
I even got a battle wound!
When we were wading through the river and going through the obstacles we kept imagining we were real Marines. Good thing it was just pretend!

I spent that afternoon catching up with Beth and then headed off to Smith Mountain Lake with Sarah, Megan, Rachel, and Tirzah to surprise Jen for her b-day! And boy was she surprised!!!! SUCCESS :) We stayed up late gazing at the stars, catching up, and celebrating Jen! I am so blessed to have such amazing friends. The weekend was way too short!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

#nycfw

Yesterday was incredible. Dad & I flew up to NYC for the day. It was so nice to just get away and spend time together! September is the best time of the year to visit NYC - the weather is beautiful, there are less crowds, and of course September kicks off fashion week! We went up to the Lincoln Center to catch a peak. Yesterday's shows included Vera Wang, Max Azria, Rodarte, and (gasp!) MARC JACOBS! We didn't get to see an actual runway show (it's invite online) but it was still fun to be in the middle of all the buzz. Check out these pics:

Monday, September 13, 2010

just dance

It is official. I am a ballerina again!

Not too long ago my friend Stevie and I decided that we were going to join a dance studio and take ballet again. Why? I think the more important question here is, "why NOT?!?" Lately I feel as though my whole life revolves around the motto, "If not now, when?" and that certainly was true of our spur of the moment decision to dance. We spent the past month scoping out local dance studios and finally fell in love with one. We had our first lesson tonight and it was a blast. I love dancing, I love our outfits (one of Stevie & I's favorite parts about dancing was choosing our outfits), and I love that those 5 years of French didn't completely go to waste. Start clearing out your wallets and your calendars people, there will be photos and a recital in the not-so-distant future.

And for those of you who didn't have the chance to know me as a ballerina the first time around. I give you these throwbacks...


In addition to ballet I am also taking hip hop. I've turned into a dancing machine. Hip hop, though completely opposite of ballet, is still just as fun and entertaining. At the end of class we have dance offs and freestyles. Just go ahead and picture that. I'll post videos soon! Be blessed!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

mac attack!!

I finally did it - I had my very first Big Mac! How I made it so long without one, I will never know. In fact, I almost prided myself on it because I felt like I was one of the only Americans in this country who had never had one. I can't say that I loved it, but I definitely didn't hate it. In fact, I gobbled up the entire thing. All 540 calories of it. And the side of 500 calorie fries...in true American fashion. I had to laugh a little while I was eating it...I had a flashback of my trip to Israel where we were literally starving (the food was THAT bad) and one night our hosts felt terribly sorry for us because we hadn't been eating. They were trying to come up with a menu that we would like and asked if we liked burgers and fries? "How stereotypical!" I thought, before immediately replying, "Yes, yes, we love burgers and fries."

It's true. I do love a good burger and fries. And while the Big Mac wasn't so awful, I have way better burger recommendations. Trust me on this...(in no particular order)

1. Stand - NYC
2. Burger Joint (in Le Parker Meridian Hotel) - NYC
3. Shake Shack - NYC
4. Fuddrucker's - Nationwide
5. Cheeseburger in Paradise - Nationwide

What is your favorite burger? From where?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

see ya in september

I love September. It is quite possibly my favorite month out of the entire year - it always reminds me fresh starts, of new beginnings. And even though I know that the new year technically starts in January, I think my mind is secretly programmed to think that it starts in September (I blame school for this - we always went back after Labor Day) I love this month already because I know God is, yet again, using a period of time in my life to refine me. The process is a pain, but I know the results will be beautiful.

These lyrics have been heavy on my heart...

I've been here before
Now, here I am again
Standing at the door
Praying You'll let me back in

To label me
A prodigal would be
Only scratching the surface
Of who I've been known to be

Turn me around, pick me up
Undo what I've become
Bring me back to the place
Of forgiveness and grace
I need You, I need Your help
I can't do this myself
You're the only one
Who can undo what I've become

I focused on the score
But I could never win
Trying to ignore
A life of hiding my sin

To label me
A hypocrite would be
Only scratching the surface
Of who I've been known to be

Turn me around, pick me up
Undo what I've become
Bring me back to the place
Of forgiveness and grace
I need You, I need Your help
I can't do this myself
You're the only one
Who can undo what I've become

Make every step lead me back to
The sovereign way that You

Turn me around, pick me up
Undo what I've become
Bring me back to the place
Of forgiveness and grace
I need You, I need Your help
I can't do this myself
You're the only one who can undo
You are the only one who can undo
You're the only one who can undo
What I've become

Watch the music video here!


"But me He caught -reached all the way from the sky to sea; He pulled me out of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning. They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved - surprised to be loved! God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before Him. When I got my act together, He gave me a fresh start." - Psalm 18: 16-20 (MSG)


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

goodbye earl

Hello Hurricane Earl.

This isn't normally a good sign...looks like this weekend might be a bit rainy!