Archive for March, 2010

March 31, 2010

girls night!

I’ve been a part of Pastor Mike Doyle’s Tuesday night Bible study since July of last year.  I feel like I’ve grown a lot in my time there and have really met some amazing people.  Finally, after a lot of talking about it, us girls got together for dinner and fellowship on Saturday night.  We probably had too much fun.  I made lasagna, Tara brought salad, and Amber…. Amber brought the bread from Balthazar and the cupcakes from Crumbs.  This is just one of the many reasons we love Amber.  We ate, Tori played the guitar and we sang worship songs, and we talked. A lot. (Hey, we’re girls… it’s just what we DO, okay?)  We decided that it’s going to be a monthly thing and frankly, we can’t wait till next month! (Mark your calendars, ladies: APRIL 24!)

Sunday Tori accompanied me to church, Amber went to her church and the three of us met up afterwards for more quality time.  We got lunch at Chipotle in Union Square, headed back out to Queens to grab the guitar, headed to midtown east for Aroma Coffee (you’ve gotta try it) and finally, we ended the evening with Sunday night prayer & worship.  Our prayer meetings are always a really refreshing time and a great way to wrap up the weekend and head into a new week at work.

This week is already coming to a close, which is hard to believe.  Tomorrow is “fake Friday” for me at work, as we have Good Friday off.  I’m thinking I’ll spend some time in Central Park, as it’s supposed to be a beautiful day on Friday.  Then I’ll head to a church service, but I still haven’t decided on where… Hopefully I’ll have another post for you by the end of the weekend.

For now, though, let’s talk lasagna.  The recipe I made can be found HERE.  It’s delicious.  Seriously.  Some photos to prove it to ya:

Needless to say, there are no leftovers. :)  And those cupcakes I told you about? Well, we made sure everyone got to try as many flavors as they wanted:

And a few more photos from the evening:

(I understand that photo of Amber & I is a little awkward… okay, a lot awkward. But I love it.)

I leave you with this:  that lasagna recipe makes a decent amount of extra sauce.  Today, I came home, sliced & halved some zucchini, sauteed it in a bit of olive oil, added some leftover sauce, mixed with whole wheat penna rigate… and VOILA! Dinner:

March 25, 2010

don't forget haiti.

I follow a girl on Twitter that I don’t know, but she’s in Haiti right now.  I’ve been following her updates since just after the earthquake.  I’m not sure if she was there for the actual earthquake or not.  Anyway, the details aren’t important for this post.  She said something last night that really had me feeling convicted and sad.  It was such a small phrase but I feel like it carries a lot of weight:

“goodnight world don’t forget haiti.”

Isn’t it sad how quickly we move on?  If we’re being honest, how often have we been thinking about Haiti and praying for the people and those who are serving them?  I will admit that, for me, the answer is not often.  I hope that changes.

Join me in remembering Haiti after the news crews have left and the world has seemingly moved on.  Let’s pray for healing and hope and strength.  Let’s pray that the world doesn’t walk away, that WE don’t walk away.

Also, if you can, please consider giving to Compassion International’s Haiti Earthquake Response Fund.  The organization is trustworthy and they’re doing a lot of great work in Haiti and throughout the world.

Whatever you do, however you participate, let’s not forget Haiti.

“The rich and the poor have a common bond, the LORD is the maker of them all.” Proverbs 22:2

March 24, 2010

when you wish upon a star…

Since my last post I have traveled to Orlando, Florida and back on a brief vacation.  Eileen moved down there in September so I wanted to go visit her, as well as my friend Kori.  It was so good to spend time with Eileen and see the life that she has down south.

On Friday, Eileen’s parents and her aunt (who were staying in Cocoa Beach) came to pick us up and we all headed to Tampa for a Yankees spring training game.  Those of you who know me know that I love those pinstriped baseball players!  They beat the Tigers 6-2 and I was excited to see A-Rod’s first homer of spring training and to see Mariano Rivera pitch.

My boys!

Best friends

On Saturday we got up bright and early to meet Kori and head to the Disney parks!  We started out at Hollywood Studios at 9am, then to Animal Kingdom, followed by Epcot and finishing it off with Magic Kingdom… where we stayed until midnight!

Needless to say, it was a LONG, LONG day.  But we had SO much fun and I felt like a kid again! :)  The weather on Saturday was absolutely fantastic. Sunny and about 80!  Unfortunately, the rest of my time there was a bit cloudy and cool.  Nonetheless, it was good to be away from the city and to relax for a few days.  Eileen and I got to spend a lot of quality time together and I think that’s something we both really miss!  It’s just not the same over the phone or through emails and IM.

Now I’m happily back in New York.  Today was a beautiful day although I think there’s a lot of those spring showers in our future.  I’m so looking forward to warm and sunny days in Central Park, wandering aimlessly and finding new little spots to sit and read a book.

This coming Saturday I’m having girls night at my place and cooking lasagna for friends.  I’ll be sure to post the recipe and pictures for ya!  I’m so thankful for the kind and encouraging friends the Lord has blessed me with here in the city.  It’s nice to step away from our busy lives for a bit and spend quality time together.

Hope you’re all enjoying the spring-like weather!

March 15, 2010

lemon-rosemary chicken pasta.

I came home tonight excited to do some cooking.  I made some lemon-rosemary chicken with zucchini tossed with pasta.  I don’t typically cook from a recipe, so below is a very general idea of what I used.  You can alter it to suit your tastes!  It was super light and yummy, and pretty healthy, too!


1/2 box Barilla Plus Farfalle
1/2lb of boneless, skinless chicken breast (I used 1/2 a package of tenders, I prefer them because the cook faster and more evenly in the sautee pan)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lemon, halved
Rosemary (dried or fresh, I used dried)
2 medium zucchinis, sliced and cut into quarters
2 tbsp butter or margarine (I used Brummel & Brown spread)

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil, cook farfalle al dente.
  • Place the chicken in a shallow bowl (I used a pie pan) so that they don’t overlap.  Squeeze the juice from 1/2 of the lemon over the chicken then top with the rosemary. Make sure the chicken gets well coated on both sides.
  • Put olive oil in nonstick pan over medium heat, cook chicken through and remove from the pan.
  • Add zucchini to the pan, cook until fork-tender.
  • Drain water from the farfalle and pour pasta into serving bowl.  Put butter or margarine in the bowl and stir until melted.  Squeeze the juice from the other half of the lemon over the cooked pasta, and add lemon zest if desired.
  • Cut cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  • Add chicken and zucchini to the serving bowl and toss with farfalle.

Clearly I’m not a skilled writer of recipes, and hopefully I remembered everything.  Bon appetite!

March 14, 2010

I'm in love!

With New York City, of course, and the signs that spring is indeed on its way.

This past week at work was a bit less intense than the one before, and boy am I thankful for that.  The weekend seemed to come fairly quickly.  On Tuesday night we watched an amazing message from Jim Cymbala about prayer.  You can find the video here and I encourage you to watch it.  After watching it I felt like I’d been beaten up… but in the best way.  I came home and couldn’t wait to share with my roommates how great study had been and how excited I was about what God can and will do.

Of course that’s the moment my friend Gus-Gus (the mouse) decided to slink into my room and kill the mood.  Oh, Gus-Gus… where have you gone?  Hopefully you’re not living under my bed.

Wednesday I got to meet up with my dear, beautiful, wonderful friend Katy for coffee.  I hadn’t seen her since we graduated from Hofstra and it was so good to catch up.  I miss our talks and our time together.  Thankfully she brought her camera, so we got to take a pic together:

Yeah, I miss her a lot.

This coming Thursday I’m flying down to Orlando to stay with Eileen and see Kori!  I am so excited for some quality time with Eileen (who, whether we actually live together or not, will always be “Roomiehead” to me…)  I’m also not sad about the warm weather and sunshine.  And Disney World.  Is it weird that I’m excited to take pictures with Minnie, Mickey and the gang?

Oh, and by the way, that book I’m reading, BIG GOD?  Almost finished, and feeling so encouraged and excited.  Britt wrote in the front of the book, “Jesus is more wonderful than we ever imagined.”  This book is such a reminder of that.

“But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.” (Psalm 13: 5,6)

March 11, 2010

happy thursday!

Another week is coming to a close.  The week has been pretty uneventful.

Tuesday night I went to Bible Study and my pastor, who just came back from a week in California, got me Britt Merrick’s book, BIG GOD.  I can’t put it down.  I love Britt’s preaching and often listen to podcasts from Reality Carpinteria (the church he pastors at) and his book doesn’t disappoint either.  I highly recommend ordering it from Amazon.

I also wanted to share with you a new project that is raising money to buy tents for the people of Haiti.  The organization buying the tents is A Home In Haiti, and the project is Voices of Haiti from photographer Jeremy Cowart.  Every day he posts new photos from his time in Haiti.  The stories behind the photos are powerful.  Buy a photograph or two… or more!

Hope you’re all having a good week!  Enjoy your weekend and take some time to relax :)


March 10, 2010

new roommate.

A mouse took up residence in my room last night. We tore the room apart trying to find the little guy to no avail.  Needless to say, I didn’t sleep well last night.  I was certain every noise I heard was the mouse trying to scurry up into my bed.  Not a comforting thought, to say the least.

Welcome to life in New York City…

March 9, 2010

Passion 2011.

Passion 2011 LiveLink

I participated in last night’s Live Link for Passion 2011.  It was an awesome time of worship and prayer.  Cool to think that everywhere around the world people were gathered to be a part of it.  Louie Giglio gave a message on being doorholders that really got me excited about what God can do when we allow Him to work in and through us.

You can check out the link above for the event.  It will be available for streaming for 24 hours.  I highly recommend checking it out.

Also, check out the new Passion 2010 album, AWAKENING, on iTunes.  It will be providing the soundtrack for my work day!  My favorite track so far is Christy Nockels’ “Healing Is In Your Hands”.

March 8, 2010

lovely weekend.

After a lazy Saturday morning, the weekend picked up its pace.

My roommate Molly moved out of the apartment on Saturday and Anna (who had been our extended visitor) is now moving into her room.  Nicole and I did a bit of “spring cleaning” in our storage area and coat closet.  This was the result:

Saturday evening we hit the town for some delicious Ethiopian food as a belated birthday celebration for me.  Keri, Miles, Anna, Nicole and I headed to Queen of Sheba on 10th Ave which is the only Ethiopian restaurant I’ve been to here in the city.  My goal is to become a regular and have them know me by name. :)  Here’s a picture of our meal:

It always makes me miss Ethiopia a lot.  Thankfully I had some amazing friends to share it with:

(Not pictured: NICOLE!)

And apparently we all had quite the appetite….

On Sunday we (Keri, Miles and I) headed into the city for church (Harvest Christian Fellowship).  Afterwards, we headed to lunch at Route 66 (one of our favorite spots) for some brunch action.  It was a beautiful day in the city yesterday, so after we wrapped up our meal, Dan, Keri, Miles and I walked down to Times Square so Keri could visit some old work friends.  She and Miles had to come back here and grab their stuff and then the four of us headed to the Bowery Ballroom for the Copeland show.  The openers were Deas Vail, Person L and I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business.  I’m not going to give you a full-out review here, but it was good stuff.  Here’s a poor photo (that’s what happens in difficult lighting w/ a point & shoot camera I suppose…)

Of course today I’m sleepier than I’d like to be and can’t wait to get a good night’s sleep.  But it was a wonderful weekend and it was so nice to have Keri and Miles in town.  Weekends like that are a reminder of how blessed I am with such wonderful friends.

Now a new week has begun and it’s back to work!  As always, I’m looking forward to Tuesday night Bible Study and seeing what God wants to teach me this week.

Feel free to comment on the post and let me know how I can be praying for you all.

Love love love,


March 6, 2010

lazy mornings.

It’s a Saturday in New York City, and I’m sitting at home watching the Food Network.  Wait, what?

Weekends around here tend to be pretty lazy after a busy week at work.  It’s a nice change of pace.  My friends Keri and Miles are in town from D.C. but are out and about right now.  They got married back home in Hawaii on January 24 and this is the first time I’m seeing them since!  Keri is a dear friend and lived here in New York for about a year.  We met at church and she, Gina and I became very close and spent quite a bit of time together.  I’m so excited for Keri in this new chapter of her life and can just see how happy she is with Miles – I’m so happy for them!

This past Tuesday was my 24th birthday, and there’s nothing like a birthday to remind you of how blessed you are.  I was blown away by the amount of messages and phone calls I received.  It’s hard to believe I’m 24.

I’m excited to see what God has for me in the coming year.  There’s a lot of exciting stuff happening and He’s reminding me daily of how perfect His plans are.  I’m hoping to keep this blog more up-to-date so that I can keep you all in the loop!

I’ll have to update with some pictures and whatnot so you can all put faces to names and get an idea of what life is like here in the big city!

Until next time,