Friday, February 3, 2012

Be Back, soon!

Hello February! I have been ears deep in school work; work, work; and life work. I promise I'll be back to post my adventures and such. Last month I posted four times, this month I'll try and post 6! I like to work on my goals in this manner. I always sing Johnny Cash's, "One piece at a Time," whilst checking off the mini steps, of my actual goal. It keeps the overwhelming feelings away :) I have been super productive and hope to keep up the pace! Right now I am just figuring out a happy balance. More to come, promise! 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Homemade Mac N' Cheese

Okay, this dish is totally not healthy per say, but I like to think of it as food for the soul. Since the weather has turned I have been craving comfort food like crazy. I decided to cave and indulge in this delicious mac n' cheese recipe. I obtained it from a friends mom and will never make homemade mac anyway else. You can't go wrong, try it!

***You can add whatever veggies you'd like,  substitute your favorite cheese, whatever your heart desires! The possibilities are endless!! Enjoy!

What you will need:
2 c. uncooked macaroni (then cook it)
2 T. Butter
2 T. Flour
2 c. Milk
Make white sauce
Add 1 c. each Colby, Monterey Jack, & Cheddar Cheese, add to white sauce, stir til' melted.
Pour over cooked macaroni, Top w/bread crumbs. 
Bake @ 350, 25-30 minutes 

1.) Cook your noodles!

2.) Make your white sauce

3.) Add your cheese!

4.) Melt cheese!

5.) Bakings Great! 

6.) Indulge! 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fresh Steps

Yesterday was just what I needed to organize and move forward with my week. I had a bit of studying and light chores to attend to. But all and all it was a great day to be at home cuddled in the heat. The winter has finally arrived here in west michigan, it's promising to stick around for a while. Today my school commute was treacherously chilling, we received an inch of snow per hour, starting from 8 a.m. and not slowing until 10 a.m. or so. Have to love Lake Effect snow, no really, it is a beautiful thing. See:

Fresh Steps

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Links and Weeks

Weekends into the early week are usually packed full of long hours at the brewpub, I appreciate my job, however it is physically and mentally exhausting. I always look forward to the quieter part of my week, which is now upon me. Speaking of brews and free time,  it's Kalamazoo Beer Week! I hope to check out a few of the events. If you're around, you should join, here's the whole run down: Michigan has really exploded and mastered the craft beer, if you ever have a chance to indulge, you shall not be disappointed.

Today I hope to play on my sewing machine. It is still very new and I cant wait to learn everything I possibly can about it! I absolutely love learning new things, I hope to make many of my garments when I have the skill. For now though I plan to start small and become acquainted with my machines abilities. I will keep you updated on all of my progress. I found this post extremely inspirational, and encouraging, Thank you Missy I can't wait to start following!

I am also well on my way to catching up on my NPR goodness! I am a daily listener, but most of the time can't catch my regular programs, their website is as well designed as their programing. I'll leave you with this gem by Lower Dens. I heard it earlier and fell in love, I can't wait to hear more from them. I love discovering new music and artist. Big Thanks to All Songs Considered, for keeping me in the loop.
(P.S. If you like this song it is available on their website as a free download.** I am planning on ordering their new record from my local shop, but this will help tide me over)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Basic Bull!

Hello, introweb world, am I ever so excited to say.... Welcome to my blog. I have been moseying around the blogosphere for awhile now, and can't wait to be apart of it! I have been enthralled and inspired by so many lovely people. I have always enjoyed journaling, and can't wait to have my own little space on this massive world we call the internet. OKay, here is a bit about myself and somethings you may see here..  

Basic Info:
I currently live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Where I study Earth Science/Biology, secondary education. I hope to complete my BA in 2013. It has taken me sometime to complete this long awaited goal and I can not wait to start a new chapter in my life! Most of my classes are taken in Rood Hall, it is basically the Geoscience and Math Department. There are many fascinating rocks and minerals to ponder upon. This is located outside an entrance, one of my favorites: 

Michigan Copper Erratic 

***This rock was formed in the upper peninsula in the Precambrian period, during this time the geology consisted of volcanic rocks. Mass copper deposits were dispersed in fractures. Way cool! I hope to take an adventure vacation up north this summer. 

Things you will see here:
*Crafting and such: I have been collecting art supplies for sometime now in hopes to spark my creative juices. Already this year I have made several things and hope to keep up the pace! You will see everything from sewing projects to homemade meals! Here is my work space, a bit messy but well loved...

*Entertainment Reviews: Music, Art, Movie, Television, and everything in between. I usually go to at least a few bigger named artist each year and, also attend many local shows. I love the connection and feeling you get after watching an artist live. It is more powerful than words. My favorite show I attended last year had to be Bright Eyes. I have been infatuated with this band for a decade now, and will never be displeased with Conor's work. 

Bright Eyes 2011, Detroit MI
Mini Questionnaire:

1.) What's your style? Vintage Modern 
2.) Follow up, Favorite Store: Either the thrift store, or the internet. I spend so much time window shopping on here, that it's hard for me to find what I am looking for anywhere else.
3.) Where do you spend your time? Student at WMU, and I serve tables. I have worked in the service industry for a long time now, somedays I love it, other days not so much. However, I always show up with a smile on my face. 
4.) Any Pets? Oh boy, do I ever love animals. I have two tabby cats, Estelle and Miles Davis Jr jr! My roommate/cousin has a chocolate lab, Thor. They are all pretty darn cute.
5.) What are you reading? Back to Work by Bill Clinton, and Human Physiology galore (class text)! I also read a ton of internet comics, magazines, newspapers, etc..
6.) Consumables, what do you eat? Well, I eat a lot at the restaurant I work at, luckily there is a vast amount of tasty foods to choose from. I try to make a few meals a week, fresh homemade food is my absolute favorite, nothing beats it! I also try to buy local and organic as much as possible, someday I will grow all of my own consumables. 
7.) Why blog? The biggest and number one reason I want to begin an adventure in blogging is for me! I think it's so neat that you can document your life. It's like leaving your own stamp of you. Having a space to show how you see the world, is something I definitely want to be involved in, and something quite special. I enjoy many different things, especially science. Hence the name Eclectic Charge. 

Welcome. and. Enjoy.