strawberry shortcake.

I have a slight obsession.

I LOVE making recipes I find on the back of boxes or under product lids.

I figure that if the manufacturer is taking the time to print a recipe on millions (probably billions and gazillions) of boxes of baker’s chocolate or under the lid of a container of oatmeal, it must be worth trying. I’m obviously already buying their product, so why not get some pointers straight from the manufacturers about how to use it?

Maybe you’re feeling a little skeptical about how good some of these recipes are. I mean, everyone loves mom’s chocolate chip cookies from the secret recipe she keeps stashed in the back of her recipe tin that she thought no one would find. But let me tell you, one time I looked on the back of a bag of Nestle’s chocolate chips and discovered that “mom’s secret chocolate chip cookie recipe” was printed right there in black and yellow for all to see.  So let me challenge you to check the labels of the canned goods in your cabinet or on the back of your canister of Hershey’s baking cocoa and try one of the recipes you find. (Warning: do not try the chocolate chip cookie recipe found on the back of the bag of Aldi brand flour…. they taste pretty awful.)

However, here is one recipe you’re not going to want to miss out on. My all time favorite “from the box” recipe:


strawberry shortcake.

Located on the left side of your average box of Bisquick, you will find one of the simplest and most delicious recipes for Strawberry Shortcake you have ever tasted.

4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 c. sugar
2 1/3 c. Original Bisquick mix
2/3 c. milk
3 Tbsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
1 container (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed

1) MIX strawberries and 1/2 c. sugar’ set aside. Heat oven to 425 F.

2) STIR Bisquick mix, milk, 3 Tsbp sugar and the butter until soft dough forms. Drop by 6 spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.

3) BAKE 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Split warm shortcakes; fill and top with strawberries and whipped topping.

Don’t worry about writing this one down or printing it out. Just go buy yourself a box of Bisquick and check the left side. However, if your recipe box is actually organized (please come to my house and help me organize mine) feel free to do what you need to keep up with the organization, as I’m sure a Bisquick box won’t fit in your recipe holder.
Anyone have any great “back of the box” recipes that we need to know about? I’ll do my next recipe post about it!

Try something new today! (Like strawberry shortcake from the Bisquick box!)


louder than words.

There is something heavy on my heart that I would like to share. It has been a huge encouragement to me and has been a source of life for my marriage.

We all have heard the phrase a thousand times that “actions speak louder than words.” And I’m learning (sometimes the hard way) that they really, really do. You see, someone told Andy and I shortly after our engagement that we shouldn’t waste our time together arguing. Not that we really argue all that often, but most of our usual arguments these days revolve around whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher or who should take the dog out. Let’s face it — neither one of those things are so important that they should take time away from the valuable time that Andy and I can spend together. So, why argue about them?

I keep coming back to these verses as a reminder:

1 Peter 3:1-2

1 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.

I keep reading these verses over and over because how I conduct myself within my marriage is frequently on my mind. Now technically, the first verse of this passage is referring to wives of non-believing husbands and how these wives shouldn’t focus on trying to win their husbands over by convincing them they should believe, but rather they should live their lives in such a way that their husband can’t help but notice the purity and reverence in the life of their wife and therefore begin to desire a life of purity and reverence as well. However, as I read this more and more I keep realizing that wives of believing husbands can reap much from these verses as well.

How I act toward Andy is more important than what I say to him. Telling him that he needs to take the dog out and it’s his turn to put the dishes away typically gets me nowhere. Rather, when I just take the dog out without complaining and clean up around the house he usually follows up by taking out the trash and taking care of other things to help keep everything in order and our lives running smoothly. This works both ways because to be honest, Andy is usually the one taking care of dishes while I complain about being too tired to do anything after I get home from work. He is a GREAT husband!

Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t talk to your husband about things that are on your mind or that you shouldn’t share your feelings or anything like that, and I don’t think these verses are saying that at all. What I’m trying to say is that at the end of the day we shouldn’t be so concerned with whose turn it is or have a bad attitude about something because they’re having a bad attitude about it and it annoys us. But rather, we should seek to live lives that show Christ’s love to our spouse. And that means loving them more than they “deserve” to be loved, because none of us did anything to deserve Christ’s love, but he died for us anyway.

So, I encourage you to love your husband (or wife…. and I’ll keep going on to add brother, sister, mother, father, friend, etc.) more than they deserve. Don’t seek to get even. Seek to show them Christ’s love through your actions so they will see that your beauty comes from the inside.

Do something today that you wouldn’t normally volunteer to do.



So I’m feeling the need to write the obligatory blog post about why it’s been so long since I’ve posted and why I’ve neglected my blog and what I’ve been up to since the last post and all that jazz.


I’ve been sick and my dog ate my homework.

The first part was true for about a week as Andy and I huddled up in bed trying to convince ourselves that we weren’t going to die from our 102.4 fevers generously donated by the flu. The second part is sort of true but more like… the dog is chewing everything in sight (which is just annoying) and our computer crashed. But fortunately the computer is fixed now (for free! thank you apple care!) and I am finally feeling 100% myself again and Charlie is still chewing everything, but I’m not going to let his chewing keep me from blogging.

Oh… and if you’re curious what a month-long blogging hiatus can do to a puppy… just take a peek:

growth spurt anyone?

It’s sort of unreal how quickly puppies grow. Charlie has officially tripled in size since we got him just 2 months ago, but he still loves to be held by his mommy and will continue to be held by his mommy until her back gives out. Which, I’m assuming, will probably be somewhere around 45-50 lbs.

Anyway, one of my biggest pet peeves is making excuses… so I’m going to cut this one short. (Hopefully my excuses for not writing were cleverly disguised with cute pictures of our puppy) But, just to let you know that while I was on hiatus I did a ton of baking, a lot of making, and a little bit of painting, so get excited for lots of new recipes and insights on my current (and just finished) projects!

Don’t make excuses, make things happen!