Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Obsession Confession: Roasted Chick Peas

What has 16% of your daily  fiber intake? What has 6 grams of fiber? What has vitamin C and iron?

You guessed it my friends. One serving of chick peas (about 1/2 cup).

Ever since I was introduced to home made hummus, chick peas have been a staple food. You can do so many things with them! Let me share with you my favorite snack of all time:

Roasted Chick Peas

1 can of chick peas (drained and rinsed)
1.5 table spoons of olive oil
Spices to taste (I usually throw in a dash of red pepper flakes, some onion powder, paprika, and garlic salt- but you can be creative here)

Preheat oven to 450.

1. In a bowl, toss ingredients so the chick peas are covered in oil and you can see a nice dusting of spices
2. Pour chickpeas onto a baking sheet (any size that lets you have an even layer of chickpeas so they aren't on top of each other)
3. Set timer for 15 minutes and put the sheet into the oven
4. At timer, move around the chickpeas so they wont burn on the bottom
5. Set another timer for 15 minutes and put sheet back into oven, watching the last few minutes to make sure they are not burned, but browned and toasted
6. After hearing that timer, you are all set!

Take the chick peas out, let them cool, and you will have a crunchy and tasty snack! YUM!

Do you have any delicious chick pea recipes? What about other favorite healthy snacks?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Slugs, Bandwagons, and Jars of Clay

Hey Family and Friends afar. I've been a little lax in communication lately, and I apologize. As you probably know, my phone was out of service for a few weeks there and Ive been kind of  busy since I got the new one.

Figured I would update you a little bit on some things Ive been up to.

My roommate Erica and I poured salt on a slug that we found in our backyard the other day:

I went to a upclose and personal acoustic Jars of Clay concert in Foxboro the other night with some friends. Here is my favorite clip from my most favorite song:

Yesterday a friend and I got caught up in an "Occupy" Providence protest march. It was pretty intense, but everyone was really nice, and there were some great signage.

Aside from work, reading a ton of books, hanging out with friends, enjoying olive bread from Seven Stars Bakery, and church, that's been about the past week :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

New England Fall Adventures I Hope To Have

As fall slowly creeps in to New England (finally.. wait.. is it even here yet?! IT'S OCTOBER!), and the air begins to prick your skin with it's cool breeze, now is the time to make a list of all the fall/winter wild adventures!

A selection of local vendors featured on Grant's Block featured to showcase Rhode Island crafters, farmers, and culinary geniuses. Every Saturday from Thanksgiving to mid December. 

pic from Creative Commons
"One minute, it's slaloming along a rocky riverbed through dense cover of birch and maple; the next, it's soaring up to a sudden vista as if God has suddenly pulled away a curtain. There's a reason this stretch of highway -- some 200 miles from Massachusetts to Lake Memphremagog -- has been called the most scenic in New England." -from Yankee Magazine

A restless foliage peeping route. Sounds perfect. Now, to get a car.

From gregcookland.com

3. Steel Yard Iron Pour //October 28th 
"Each year, the Steel Yard teams up with the Iron Guild to demonstrate the industrial arts in an exciting, accessible way. Our annual Iron Pour is a luminous spectacle in celebration of the fall season here in Providence. This year's performance promises to be in keeping with the dramatic displays of the past with a monster theme."

Um, awesome!

October 22 2011
Forests, bonfires, storytelling" all perfect fall activities in a hardly known but amazing park in Providence!

Here are some helpful resources:

What events or annual fall activities do you have on YOUR New England calendar?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

In My Weakness He Is Strong

God is good.

I think he brings us to a place of emptiness so we realize that nothing else will satisfy us except for Him.
A place of loneliness so that we realize that no one else can be there for us like He can.
A place of loss so we can realize that he is our ultimate provider.
A place of weakness so we can realize that he is our strength.
A place of waiting until we realize that it is His sovereign timing that is perfect.

All of these things so we learn to make less of ourselves and more of Him.

Tomorrow I get to spend time with my lovely church family through our corporate gathering and then some of us are hitting the road for a spur of the moment camping trip in the woods of Rhode Island. Spending time away from the "busy-ness" of life always helps me to gather my thoughts and relish in the bigger picture of things.
Catch ya on the flip side.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


I've gotten so close to writing a legitimate blog post in the past few weeks that my draft section is over flowing with measly half-thoughts. 

So for lack of anything better to do, I think I will combine all of those half thoughts into this one blog post. God bless you as you wade into my inabilities to produce something worth while. 

September 24, 2011

That word about sums up how I've felt lately, especially today.

September 29, 2011

Hostel. Cafeteria. Frat house. Discipleship community. Restaurant.

Those are all words that help describe the abode where I along with 11 others live, lovingly deemed "The Jewett."

October 5, 2011

"What am I doing with my life?"

"I just need to take a break from people to figure myself out."

"Who am I?"

All questions and statements that are easy for an introspection junkie like me to get caught up in. But that's the problem, more of myself isn't going to solve anything here.

That about sums up the past week or so.

There is a lot more going on, but I'm really horribly unmotivated and distracted to be able to write anything cohesive. Bear with me friends.

Catch ya soon.