Thursday, November 17, 2011

27 years

Happy 27th Anniversary Mom and Dad!

I am so grateful for the wonderful example of a God honoring, loving marriage that has been set by my awesome parents. I pray that Andrew and I can follow in your footsteps and enjoy the same bliss for 27 years! 
I love you! 

Apartment Tour

Many of you have been asking for pictures of our now home. Well here it is-- our humble abode.

Our Kitchen- complete with awesome kitchen aid mixer, krueig coffee maker, and, my husbands 2nd love, the vitamix. :)

Our living room
While I was in Florida, JoAnn fabrics was having a huge sale on their christmas decorations. Christmas is my favvvvvorite time of year, so I bought the Joy and Noel wood cut outs because they were so cute, AND 65% off... Couldn't resist! And I put them out already, just for fun. :)

oh and ps. Those roses, are the roses Andrew gave me the night he proposed. :)

Reminders of that awesome March day. :)

Our Bathroom

And Lastly, our bedroom. 

Although, it's nothing glamours, it is ours. Newlywed budgets are tight, yo! But we are so thankful for how God has blessed us in our first months of marriage. :)

Monday, November 14, 2011


Hello my beautiful readers! I hope you've all had a glorious day today. I've got a little favor to ask of you! Remember, Ryder?! Well, he's been entered into a Pretty Babies contest on facebook and we need YOUR help to help him win! I'm not sure on all the details, but I know if he wins, he gets a gift card to babies R us! And we all know baby's {and mommy's} love that! So If you could just click this like right here to vote.


If you have facebook, all you do is click the link, and LIKE the photo. Don't like the album, you must like Ryder's photo for the vote to count. He is photo #4, it is the photo identical to the one on this post.

If you don't have facebook, don't worry about it! Thanks for reading my blog anyways! :)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Let your light shine

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works 
and glorify your Father in heaven."
Matthew 5:16

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my little {bigger} brother, Bryce!

I love you, Brother! 

 "He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and 
awesome things which your eyes have seen."
Deuteronomy 10:21

Friday, November 04, 2011

Beef and Barley

My poor hubs has not been feeling 100% lately, plus it's been crazy cold...perrrrfect soup weather. So, I went on Pinterest {which has become my favorite place for recipes, if you're not on it, you should check it out!} and found this little gem of a recipe for beef and barley soup. I'd say it was a hit, because Andrew had 3 huge bowls of it! 

I changed the recipe slightly to cater to my husband's liking. I added more meat, more barley, doubled the carrots, celery and potatoes, added peas and omitted the mushrooms. Okay.. maybe taking out the mushrooms was for me. I despise those slimy little things. But really the rest was for Andrew :) He likes really hearty soup {less broth, more substance} and this recipe is definitely a keeper. 

ps. Check out our super adorable new plates I got from TJ Maxx for 4 dollars! They make perfect little charger plates for some added cuteness! I just love them! :)


450 g (1 lb) Striploin or Ribeye Steak, trimmed excess fat, cubed (about 1 ½-inch pieces)

1 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
1 Large Yellow Onion, diced
2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1 Pack (200g) Crimini Mushrooms, quartered
2 Carrots, peeled and diced
3 Ribs Celery, diced
2 Medium Potatoes, diced
1 Bay Leaf
½ Cup Barley
6 to 7 Cups of Beef Stock
Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped
Sea Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Heat the olive oil in a stockpot over high heat. Brown the beef cubed in batches, and set aside.

Reduce the heat to medium-high and melt the butter. Add the onion and garlic, and stirring frequently until it is golden brown. Mix in the mushroom, carrot, celery, potatoes, bay leaf, with a little salt and pepper. Continue to stir the vegetable mixture with a wooden spoon, for about 10 to 12 minutes. Then add the beef and 6 cups of beef stock and the barley.

Bring the soup to a boil, remove any impurities, and reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for about 1-½ hours. Remove the bay leaf and thin the soup with beef stock, if necessary. Season the soup with salt and pepper and serve warm with some chopped parsley.

Enjoy! :)

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The most precious baby boy

Meet Ryder. The most adorable baby boy in the world, and the first grandchild in the Knuth family. A couple of weeks ago I got to spend a whole week with him and my cousin Kelley in Orlando. It was too short, but I'm so glad I got to spend that time with them. My camera hardly ever stopped clicking, he just looked so cute ALL the time! :)

 Harley Man
 Ryder and Great-Uncle Brad {My Dad}

 While I was there, he learned to sit up all by himself. It was so neat to watch him learn to support himself and learn what he could and couldn't do while he was sitting up.

Bath Time! 
 We took him to a pumpkin patch one day to try and get some pictures. Have you ever tried to get a 5 month old to look at a camera after you've just set them on hay surrounded by all kinds of new things!?! haha It's definitely much harder than people make it look. He was fascinated by the hay, and the pumpkins and by some of his facial expressions, let us know that he was annoyed that we were trying to make him stop playing with them. The pictures are still adorable, even if we couldn't really get him to look at us! ha :)

 "ooooh what's this stuff?!"

Sleepy boy 
 I love that smile! I cannot wait for Christmas! :)

Ps. Today happens to be his 6 month Birthday! Happy Birthday, Ryder Man!