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Just realized that…

…I’ve only been posting food stuff lately 🙂

Back story: Steve and I decided that we didn’t want to post pictures of the little guy on Facebook or the blog… I guess the idea of some random person downloading and distributing his photo kind of freaked us out. SO, no pics of him here.  Needless to say, since I’m not posting pics, I’ve also refrained from posting updates.

To be honest, until I was a mom, I usually skipped over the whole “here’s how awesome my kid is” kind of posts. They were boring. I guess I just don’t want to bore you guys (all 3 of you) with my boring mom posts. Thus, the influx of recipes on the blog. Suffice to say, sweet Pax is amazing. He’s growing quickly, smiling, and pretty much making our lives better in every way imaginable! If you want to see a photo, let me know and I’d be happy to shoot you a few via email 🙂

In other news… it’s memorial day weekend and we have no real plans. It’s strange. We got so used to always having plans with friends in Austin. When we lived in Wisco, everyone always headed “up north” for holiday weekends. I miss the texas barbeques and the wisco water skiing!!! Here, most folks LEAVE town on holiday weekends because, well, let’s face it, there’s not much to do in Athens! That takes some getting used to 🙂 Steve works today & monday. So we get one day of fun family time tomorrow. It’s suppose to be gorgeous outside (90s) so I’m sure we’ll find some way to spend it outside!

Hope everyone has a safe memorial day weekend!


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Exploring different yogurt options

We just got back from the grocery store a few minutes ago…and I made the mistake (?) of totalling up what we spent on YOGURT.

We bought:

8 chobani yogurts @ $1.19 a piece

5 Fage greek yogurt, 2% milk fat @ $1.79 a piece

for a grand total of…. $18.47 FOR YOGURT. Ummm…. seriously?

How is it that expensive??!!!
Let me take a second & back up here. As most of you know, Steve & I try to buy mostly organic, natural, and local food. AND I’m trying to cut down my simple sugars to keep gestational diabetes at bay… here enter chobani (no high fructose corn syrup or other artificial sweetners/aspartme) for Steve & Fage greek yogurt (no sugar added) for me. Do you know difficult it is to find wholesome yogurt? It’s tough, even with the incredibly large selection that most stores offer.

Anyway, I digress. $18+ is WAY to much $$ to spend on yogurt for a week. So next week I’m going back to making my own plain yogurt. I have an awesome yogurt maker that my folks gave me a little over a year ago. When we moved here, I was just aghast at the price of organic milk… so I stopped making yogurt. But now that I see how much yogurt costs, I think I’m giving the homemade variety another go!

I’ll let you know how it works out!

If you have any grocery store crunching tips, I’d love to hear about them! 🙂

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Steve & I are reading through the Bible chronologically this year. The most recent readings are from the first few chapters of Leviticus. They talk about the different sacrifices that the people had to make back then (for peace offerings, sin offerings, etc.). While it can be challenging at times to read these types of passages, they always remind me how incredibly blessed we are to no longer be bound by the old covenant, by those regulations.

We have an amazing, loving Savior who died in our place and took OUR sins upon Himself.  We don’t have to transfer all of our ugliness to an animal for atonement…because He has already paid the price.   Hebrews 12:1-3 reminds me to live in that truth.

Hebrews 12

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Whenever I feel weary, worship music has a way of stirring my heart. The last few weeks we’ve been singing a song in church called “Defender.” It has been my absolute favorite since we moved to Athens.  The song is so encouraging & enriching. It has a somewhat haunting melody…but there is something about the song that is so moving. I hope it restores you in the same what that it restores me 🙂

Here’s a link to the song:

Defender (Call Upon the Name)
Words and Music by: Travis Doucette

Verse 1:
He is near to the broken
Close to the weary of heart
In His name is a refuge
A safety for the weak and discarded

There is help for the hopeless
For the wounded in need
In the presence of Jesus
There is power unleashed

Call upon the name of the Lord
He’s our defender, our deliverer
A shelter in the midst of the storm
Jesus, our Savior
He is King over all

Verse 2:
I will sing of my Redeemer
Testify to the touch of His hand
Lifted me from disaster
Set my feet on a solid rock to stand

God is our refuge, our strength and salvation
A mighty fortress is the Lord Almighty!
There is no equal, no power beside Him
Forever our champion is the Lord our God!


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It’s been FIVE years since I…

… Shoveled Snow.

Yep, FIVE years. The last time I shoveled was in Milwaukee, WI. I was a 2nd year master’s student and was living on the 3rd floor of a house built in the 1800s. The other people that lived in the house (on the ground & middle floor) did not like to shovel. So in order for me to get out of the driveway, I had to shovel a lot!

I remember this one snowfall in particular … Steve helped out 🙂 and we shoveled more than a foot of snow. It was insane. I’m super super super grateful that mother nature did not decide to drop THAT much snow on us last night!!! A few inches was enough to make this girl wiped for the day!


Here’s the driveway 1/2 shoveled…

Whew! 1 hour later, all done!!

It’s continued to snow, but luckily, it’s not really sticking to the roads/driveway.

When we lived in ATX, I always complained about missing the snow. I’m glad to be living in a climate where it snows again… but I WILL admit, it’s nice to only have to shovel 2-3 inches, not a whole foot or more of snow!

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The neighborhood

We are really enjoying our neighborhood for several reasons….

  1. Our neighbors are awesome. All of them. The ones across the street lent us their clippers & electric trimmer, the ones next door brought us a goodie back of local foods (they know me so well already!), and the ones kitty corner (or catty corner if you’re saying it in Texas-speak) brought us a bouquet of flowers. They’ve all been really friendly and welcoming. Oh, and of course our neighbors/colleagues down the street have been amazing since day one. But y’all have already heard about how we’ve put them through manual labor etc. 🙂
  2. It is gorgeous around here…hilly, lush, green, large trees 🙂 Perfect for a run… well, actually, it’s a killer run, but a great workout! I find myself walking a lot more around here. It’s tough to handle all of the hills! The neighborhood is very established and the trees hang over the road to some extent. It very much feels like we’re driving around in northern Wisconsin. Oh, and then there are the apple trees in our back yard. We have four of them… three which are really producing a lot of apples. Most posts to come on that for sure!
  3. We see wildlife in abundance. No joke. We have gorgeous birds around here including blue jays and cardinals. I see them daily. We also have deer that visit us at 7pm sharp every night. What can I say, they like the apple trees too. Yesterday, we actually saw a deer stand up on it’s hind legs and grab and apple right off of a taller branch on the tree. CRAZY!
  4. It is really peaceful. We can just sit out on our back porch and take in the quietness of it all. Save an occasional lawnmower noises, it’s really serene around here.


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As promised, a sneak peak.

I keep promising that I’m going to post before & after pictures of the house… and I WILL. But for now, I will give you a sneak peak into our new life in Ohio.

These pics detail our first day in our new home. After 2 LONG days of driving, we arrived in Ohio late Friday afternoon June 4th. Here’s a shot that I took while driving (sorry mom)…  but I just had to get the “welcome to ohio sign” shot on my way into the state!!!

Here’s Steve looking incredibly relieved that he didn’t smash the Penske into vehicle, overpass, side rail… my car 🙂 etc.

We walked in to find that our realtor had left us a very thoughtful gift. OU wine glasses & a bottle of Chardonnay.

I can not tell you how excited I am about our back yard!! It’s just so beautiful. Note. I have already seen DEER, yes DEER in the yard 🙂 Pictures to come. The wildlife here is so beautiful…. cardinals, blue jays, etc…

Our awesome neighbors Scott & Lynn and their sweet daughter fed us a great meal shortly after our arrival. We were re-energized & decided to get to work. My task: clean the refrigerator. It was NASTY. Yucky red mold… just plain yucky. It took like 4 hours to get the whole thing clean.

(Do you see the gorgeous bowl of fruit, TP, dish soap etc. to the right of me?? Our super stellar neighbors left those there for us as a house warming gift. Super thoughtful AND practical!)

Steve, on the other hand, decided to get started on the wall paper removal….note the flowery wallpaper, the brassy fixtures, and the green counter top… (just wait till y’all see the AFTER pics on this one :))

Ahhh Home Sweet Home.

This shot was clearly taken before we knew what we were getting ourselves into with the whole “home ownership thing!!”

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It’s been almost a month…

…and I haven’t written a word.

Why you might ask… well the Petersons became Ohioans this past month. We departed the great state of Texas on June 3rd (a day delayed, but that’s another story) for Athens, Ohio. We made it here, but we’re still making it home. Hence, the long departure from the blog. But don’t worry, I’ve been taking pictures to document the whole process.

I just realized I need to post a few graduation pictures still too!! Not to mention the shots we took our last week in Austin. I am far behind, but I’ll catch you all up soon. We’re been doing some pretty significant home improvement projects. I’ll post before and afters once we’re settled.

Today we’re trying out a new church in the Athens area. We’re praying for a good solid church home & community of believers. The toughest thing about leaving Austin was moving away from our church and our ‘family’ there. We’re thinking of y’all & missing you today.

On an unrelated note, happy fathers day to my awesome Dad!! I miss you & love you dearly. I couldn’t have asked for a better father. Truly, you mean the world to me. Below is a shot we took @ Christmas this past year. Hope you have a great day daddy~ I miss you!

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