Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Holding on to Hope



Last year when I joined Phi Lamb my relationship with God grew like it never had before. I took so many steps in my faith in such a short period of time and it was truly life changing.

Since the new semester I have gotten super frustrated with myself because I feel like I haven't progressed any more in my faith. It has left me feeling super guilty and torn down. I have been filled with so much anxiety and  as I watch people around me who are venturing off into different directions (such as mission trips, missionaries) and while those are awesome directions... they're just not me. I've battled with feeling like I am supposed to want to do those same things. But the truth is, I don't want to at all.  And if I don't does that make me a bad Christian? Does that mean I am disobeying God? 

After many great talks with my mom and wonderful friends I have come to the conclusion that no it does not. And while that may seem like an obvious answer to people, when you're in that place of doubt and being ashamed you just don't see everything quite so clearly.

I am here to say if anyone out there feels the way I do, know you're not alone. Life is a journey and you will never stop growing and God knows this. There is not a switch that we can turn to change ourselves automatically. Your relationship with God is just that, your relationship. And everyone's is going to be different.  Slowly I have started believing in myself and the purposes I have on this earth. Because I do have a purpose, just like you, and more than likely our purposes will not be the same. And that is okay. 

In fact, I think you will always be trying to get to where you want to be, but you'll never achieve it until you're face to face with The Lord. I feel I am pretty honest with people about who I am and what my life is like. I have never been good at pretending my life is going great when it's not. I am the person who always envies everyone else because whether it's true or not, they look like they have their life together. But they don't. No body does. We are humans who make mistakes every single day and no matter how hard we try not one single person on this earth will ever reach perfection. This may just be me, but that gives me so much hope. Hope that I'm am doing what God has planned for me. Hope that I am taking steps in my faith, no matter how small they may be. And hope that though I am human and may struggle with my faith, God loves me the same.

Simply, 

Kendall Rose

Friday, September 26, 2014

Catch up + Foodie Friday

I totally intended to post more this week but it just didn't happen. It was one of those go-go-go weeks.... which I feel like I've had a lot of lately. So today we're just going to play catch up and combine Foodie Friday with what I've been doing lately!

Last week I helped watch my brother while my parents were out of town so I was driving back and forth and back and forth from home to classes everyday. Which was exhausting. It's amazing how traveling can be so tiring even though you're sitting down for the majority of it.

On Monday I went to brunch with my big/bff and I had every intention of shopping and buying tons of great stuff but in the end all I bought was a cupcake... go figure.




Tuesday morning I woke up bright and early for a doctor's appointment, where I had to drive, yet again... I met my mom for the appointment (which went GREAT by the way!) and after we grabbed lunch and caught up on everything happening between us lately. Which is just a whole lot of school and work on this end...

Wednesday, I slept in as much as I could before I met up with my awesome prayer group for the first time this semester. It is just so great to have a group of girls to keep you accountable and help encourage you through everything. I decided to go shopping again and had better luck this time around. It was definitely one of those days where I just wanted to spend but I resisted... my bank account better thank me later.

Thursday was a busy day. Thank goodness it is over, whew. I had class at 8am (the agony!), squeezed in a doctors appointment between classes, went straight from my last class to babysit, and then went from babysitting to work. I didn't get home from work until after 1am and I thought about posting but fell asleep in the process.



Friday has been really awesome so far! I got to finally sleep in and just have a really (much needed) lazy morning. This evening I'm meeting up with my wonderful friends to catch up some, then I'm leaving to stay the weekend with my cousins- I'm so excited to see their sweet faces!!

Okay, enough about me...
Last but not least, on to the food! So I tried this recipe awhile back and it is just too simple not to share.

Ingredients

6 Granny Smith Apples
1 t Cinnamon
3 T brown sugar
2 T sugar
1 can of pie crust

Directions

Preheat oven to 375
Set aside 3 apples to be the "bowl"
Wash and peel the remaining 3 apples
Dice apples and set aside in bowl
Cut tops off of "bowl" apples and scoop out insides
Mix together brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon
Add mixture to the apples
Once "bowl" apples have been hollowed, scoop in apple filling
Roll out pie crust and cut into 1/4 inch strips
Cover the top of the apple with crust making lattice pattern
Place apple in a pan with 1/2 of water
Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until crust is brown
Enjoy!











As the weather starts to cool down this warm and healthy dessert is definitely the way to go. Thank you so so much for reading and enjoy my friends!

Simply, 

Kendall Rose

Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumn Bucket List

Attention everyone, it is officially Fall!

Hip hip hooray! It's finally here and I just couldn't be more delighted!



If you're new here and have never heard about my bucket lists, read about them here. The overall goal of my bucket lists is to accomplish reasonable and fun things over a season. This way you're not too overwhelmed by what you're hoping to do.

I would have to say every season is my favorite season, because by the end of a season I am always tired of the current one and ready for the next to come along. So, as of now, it's my favorite season! (Check back with me in two months about this one... by that time I'll probably be going Christmas crazy)

As we all get ready for the scarf wearing, pumpkin eating, leaf-throwing time of year, take today and think about what you hope to do during this fall season. 

Here's what I'm planning on doing...

Autumn Bucket List

- Pumpkin Patch

- Start a book club
- Read three books
- Make my moms pumpkin cookies
- Take a road trip
- Go to Oktoberfest
- Visit Nana
- Have a friendsgiving
- Dallas Arboretum (yes again, the pumpkin display is to die for)
- Go to The Rustic
- Go to the state fair
- Have a Halloween party
- Go to San Marcos
- Perform 10 random acts of kindness
- Go on a hike
- Volunteer somewhere
- Watch my brother show his steer
- Go to adoration at least 4 times
- Make a new blogger friend
- Give up sweets for one week (for real this time!)
- Purge my closet and donate what I'm getting rid of
- Write in my Grateful journal everyday
- Go camping (or more reasonably glamping?)
- Watch the sunrise
- Pick apples*
- Eat at Harvest (New Farm to Table Restaurant)
- Buy a new scarf
- Plant something
- Initiate a meet up/get together with three people I just met
- Start a bible study
- Keep my room clean
- Have a pen pal

Thank you all so much for following along!
Please leave a comment below or hashtag #SimplyFallBL on Instagram/FB/Twitter to show me your Fall Bucket List! I can't wait to see them:)

Simply,

Kendall Rose

* I'm not quite sure how I'm going to pull this one off... so if you have an apple orchard that just needs to be picked- I'm your girl!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pumpkin Hello Dollies~ Foodie Friday

Happy Friday everyone!

Wahoo!! I made it through this long, never ending week. I have been so tired and overwhelmed and now this week is over! I'm thinking of throwing a party.

I have been trying to plan out my posts more so that I can *hopefully* start posting more often and consistently. I am happy to declare Friday's Foodie Friday! From now on I will be sharing recipes every Friday. I am really looking forward to being able to share some of my favorite recipes and dishes with y'all. If there is anything specific you would like to see or if you have any suggestions or recipes for me please,please send them in. I would love to try them out!

I have been craving some kind of rich, chewy bar and since it is almost officially fall I thought something with pumpkin would be appropriate. Well after hours of searching on Pinterest, all I could come up with was pumpkin cheesecake (I mean really Pinterest!!) and that was just not working for me.

I decided to come up with my own bar recipe involving pumpkin. Yeah... these things are amazing! You have no idea! They are so rich and moist and gooey and just the best things to ever happen. And the recipe is the easiest thing in the world. The whole process is literally three steps. 

 I promise you will love love love them. And so will your family and everyone. But don't take my word for it. Try them out- you will die.


Ingredients

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 can of pumpkin puree
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup of white chocolate chips
1 cup of butterscotch chips
3/4 cup of unsalted butter (melted)
21 oz of sweetened condensed milk

Directions

Preheat over to 325
Mix together all of the ingredients in a large bowl(except the sweetened condensed milk)
Transfer mix to a oiled pan and pat down mix evenly 
Put in oven for 30-35 minutes
Wrap dollies in tin foil and let sit over night








They are super gooey and don't really come out all clean and pretty, but once you taste them, you'll forgive them for their appearance. 

Enjoy my friends!

Simply, 

Kendall Rose

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September Favorites

Hello wonderful people~

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone has been having a fantastic week! Mine has been lovely crazy, hectic, busy, but still lovely. My parents are in Hawaii for the week and I got invited to go along but I said no thank you, I prefer school and work to luxurious paradise. 

Anyways, September has been super busy for me and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. I've been working on a more personal post, but it has been delayed because of said busy schedule, but I wanted to share some of my favorite things this September.

raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things

I assume you know the rest so I'll spare you...

September Favorites




Joules rubber boots, / Crossbody handbag / Black sunglasses Lifefactory kitchen dining, / Rifle Paper Co. Botanical Journal, / Pirate's Booty, Aged White Cheddar, 1-Ounce Bags (Pack of 24) / Junior's Anorak Jacket Green


One// This dusty rose bag is everything. I am so obsessed with it and I feel like it is the perfect bag as we transition into the fall season. I tend to go back and forth when buying purses  based on quality or quantity. For awhile, I was only buying higher quality bags, but lately I have wanted to change my handbags with almost every outfit. Gone are the days of the summer neon, brights  but say hello to soft, understated, muted colors. Please stay awhile, I fancy you quite a bit. 

Two// Okay so these glasses are fake and from Claire's... but before you run away hear me out. I feel like "fashion frames" are becoming the new scarf. Well maybe that's a stretch but they can be such a fun (and super cheap) accessory to play around with to get a different look. I've been searching for some fun frames that aren't too expensive and I think I've finally found some. So thank you Claire's, my middle-school self appreciates it.

Three// So I finally got my wellies in from The Hundred Event! Now I am patiently waiting for the day it rains in good ole' Texas so that I can slip these babies on. Not going to lie, I have thought about wearing them many a days when no rain has been present. But I have held off... delayed gratification people. Well, kinda. 

Four// These Lifefactory glass water bottles are the bomb. First off all, they're much better for you than plastic bottles (and much cuter might I add). Basically these bottles make you feel like you're saving the world while looking like Shaliene Woodley. 

Five// Okay not like Pirate's Booty is a new snack or anything but if you've never munched on these while watching TV then please stop what you're doing now and go get you some booty! It is literally the best snack ever and a much better alternative to chips, baked or not!

Six// This jacket is to die for. I couldn't find a picture, but it also comes in a couple other colors, my favorite is the mustard yellow. It is literally the comfiest jacket ever. You can throw it on anything and even though it feels like you're wearing a sweatshirt you look like you have your life together. And that is a major win in my book. 

Seven// If you're anything like me, you're constantly writing things down. Whether it is to-do lists, or great book ideas I feel like I am constantly writing. About a year ago I decided to ditch the boring lined paper and treated myself to some super adorable journals and I am so glad I did. Sometimes on the worst of days my notebooks are one of the only things to bring me joy. It's the little things.

Eight// Sadly enough I've watched so many series on Netflix that it has come to the point that I now have nothing left to watch (except I heard Gilmore Girls is now streaming?!!?). That was until I got myself a free month on Hulu and began binge watching The Mindy Project. Kelly Kapoor (Mindy's character from The Office) is my soul sister so naturally it makes sense for Mindy Lahiri to be her replacement. 

I just spent 20 minutes looking up The Sound of Music and singing all of the songs so before I make a remake I will say so long, farewell,auf wiedersehen, good night. I hate to go and leave this pretty sight. So long, farewell auf wiedersehen, adieu .

Adieu, adieu, to you and you and you.

Okay, really now I'm done. 

Simply, 

Kendall Rose

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Storm Before The Calm

Hello all! I hope everyone has been having a great week! I can't believe it is already September... September has turned me into a busy bee (who has had no time to blog whatsoever and it sucks).

I knew I wanted to have a party/get-together in the beginning of the semester because it's fun and a part of my summer bucket list.* I have been planning this party for awhile now and to be honest it has been a complete disaster. I came up with the theme of "London Calling" pretty quickly. Once my obsession ensued from Ladies of London I just couldn't stop. 

So the story begins. Within a day I had invitations made and sent. Rookie mistake? I think so because when I put the invitations in the mail I realized that I would be out of town that weekend. I was in such an uncomfortable position because it was too late to get my invites back, my friends had not even received the invitations yet and I had already changed the date, but I didn't want to ruin the surprise and tell them about the change just yet. 

One of my dear friends sent me a picture of her envelope and it was empty... (jokingly asking if she was still invited to the party) aka I forgot to send her an invitation. Talk about embarrassing. So I had to assure her that she was invited and that the date had changed. Soon after, I realized the date I changed the party to was my college's first home football game of the season... and you guessed it the party was scheduled at the exact same time. 

While all this was happening the semester started and I started a new job. Well, running off of 5 hours of sleep and juggling all of the above I forgot about the party. Also meaning I forgot to order the decorations and make a menu and reschedule the party... again. 

With my hands covering my eyes I texted my friends, once again, to reschedule. And then the stress followed. Now that this party was really happening I knew I had to kick it up a notch. Today is Friday, the party is Sunday, and I rescheduled it Wednesday, so I had three days to get everything together. Thursday I had school and work and couldn't do anything so all last night and all today I have been working nonstop to get the party together. Because it was too late to order any of the decorations, I have attempted to make them. Every thing so far has turned out kind of failureish but there's nothing I can do at this point and with this luck nothing is going to change. 

This whole post is pretty much just me complaining and rambling on about a party... talk about first world problems. But I just wanted to say as (hopefully) cool/pretty as my pictures of the party come out, don't be fooled. The no-care-in-the-world smile is not my everyday life and tiny elves did not come and throw this all together. I did. And I didn't so much "throw it all together", more like struggled to even finish at all. Complaining over and out. 

Simply, 

Kendall Rose


*FYI I'm going by the "official" seasons so I will have my fall bucket list out soon