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It's That Time of Year!

We all know what May brings… Prom dresses, hair and make-up, tuxedos and bouquets! … But what does April have to do with it? It is the month of “promposals.” For anyone wondering what this term means, it is an elaborately staged request to score a date to the prom. Although we don’t know exactly where the term originated, one early article about the idea of asking a high school classmate to prom with a creative, over-the-top gesture, was written by the Dallas Morning News about a group of high schoolers in 2001. Not at all shocking, because, you know, everything is bigger in Texas!!

Bougie Grubs Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


… • 1 package of Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix … • 1 cup of Guittard Milk Chocolate Chips … • 1 egg … • 1 stick of butter, browned (room temperature ) • 1 teaspoon vanilla …


… • Preheat oven to 350 degrees … • Mix all the ingredients together … • Form dough into balls and place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. • Bake for 12 minutes … • Cool and enjoy!

The Monthly Mix

Easter Style … Spring is upon us! With the season comes beautiful weather and longer days. It’s definitely one of my favorite seasons! Easter will also be celebrated soon. I’ve put together several looks that will carry you from church to brunch and, of course, photos with the family!

Dear Mrs. (Slightly) Sophisticated

Over the years, I’ve been given a lot of useless items: a clunky coffee mug, a peace-sign cookie cutter and an expensive photography book still in the plastic. Can I re-gift? Dear Stuck with Stuff, … While I love a thinly veiled insult as much as the next person, re-gifting to a co-worker or relative is never a good idea. Lucky for you, there are many other options on how you can unload the items you find useless. … Start by asking questions. Is your church having a rummage sale soon? Does the teacher down the street have a use for that cookie cutter? Or maybe the art teacher?

Beautiful Evolution

photos by Matt Cornelius
Building a house is really a lesson in trust; you might not always see the same vision as your spouse, but you recognize the need to communicate and offer your support. … When Katie and Kyle Trumble went through the building process, they worked together and allowed the house to evolve and change as they went. “I had never built a house before,” said Katie. “And Kyle had a definite vision for what he wanted.” The couple also hired Seventh Day Design to provide mood boards of Kyle’s inspiration pictures and purchasable links to everything.

If These Walls Could Talk

photo by Kendal Dockery Photography
Words to Live by … She turns seven this month. Getting her here took longer than we thought and started with a year of disappointment. It wasn’t until we were in the midst of the first stages of infertility testing that we were blessed with a positive at-home pregnancy test. Although I didn’t want to hear it at the time, my loved ones were right—it happened once I gave up control and got out of my own way. Our girl was the first grandchild on my side of the family, and it had been six years since the last grandchild was born on my husband’s side.


“Dust and ashes touch our face, mark our failure and our longing...” These are the beginning lyrics to a song we will sing tomorrow at St. Edwards Catholic Church. Lent, one of my favorite seasons of the church year is about to begin, and as I often do with other events and holy days of the Catholic Church calendar, I recall song lyrics!

“I Have a Dream”

Trinity Lomelino … In Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the statement that stood out to me the most is, “With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.” This quote means that one day there will be hope for various skin colors to be able to be together: together at work, together in school, and together in standing up for what’s right.

Bougie Grubs Sangria Chicken

Here is a quick, simple and yummy twist on baked chicken.


… • chicken thighs seasoned with black pepper and sea salt … • 1 tbsp of unsalted butter … • 6 slices of thick-cut bacon cut into pieces … • 1/2 of red onion, sliced … • 1/2 of sweet onion. sliced … • 1 tbsp of minced garlic … • 2 cups baby carrots … • 2 cups of Sangria (I used Members Mark brand) • 1 tbsp of dried rosemary … • 1 orange, sliced ( blood or regular)


… • Preheat oven at 375°. • Melt butter in a dutch oven on medium heat. • Brown chicken on both sides for 3 minutes, skin side first.

Hannah and Dylan Martin Wedding

Q. How did you meet? … A. Dylan and I met at a church retreat in 2013. It took us a few years to get in contact with each other and officially start dating, but I had a major crush right from the start! … Q. What drew you to each other? … A. Once Dylan and I really started getting to know each other, I loved how genuine he was. He’s one of the most thoughtful and nicest people I’ve met; and that’s what really drew me to him. As our relationship progressed, we realized we both shared the same morals and values, and we each had big plans for our future.

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