Dear All The Praying People

My kid slept 8 hours last night! Granted, he went to bed at 7 pm and I went to bed around 10:30 pm so I didn’t get 8 hours but 4.5 is a big improvement! Thank you for your prayers and your words. The best part about this blogging challenge has been hearing from so…

Save The Turkeys! Use a Brine {Cooking Adventures: Day 5}

The best way to prepare and cook a traditional Thanksgiving turkey is to use a brine. A traditional brine is essentially a saltwater bath in which the concentration of salt in the bath interacts with the cellular composition of the meat, resulting in a form of osmosis that flavors the meat.  That is my ten…

Fun Time Friday – I Heart Radio

I love getting my music on at work on Fridays.  Fridays tend to be catch up days, lots of office work, very few meetings. So I typically plug in the IPhone and roll through a playlist or two while catching up on emails. Today, however, I am trying out a new app called I Heart…

April Showers: Pink and Green for the Preppy Bride-to-Be

If you are wondering why I have not been blogging as much lately, its because I have been party planning for my newest bride!  I was honored to be invited to stand up for one of my dearest friends as a bridesmaid in her June wedding.  Being a bridesmaid means many things, and of the…

February’s Soundtrack

I’ve been really quiet lately here on My Living Canvas.  I guess I’ve been trying to do more listening than talking.  I am still faithfully reading my Bible using the blended plan on http://www.youversion.com and I haven’t stopped writing. But I have been doing more observing and noticing and hoping that this pause will produce…

Thanksgiving Recap

The food, the friends, the fellowship, the fun.  Thanksgiving was a wonderful day at the Walters.  Between breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner we hosted about 15 people in our tiny little condo.  It was great! So, as promised, I did document the preparation of my turkey and brine.   And so it begins, with a…

Fool Proof Turkey and Dressing

My first year of marriage, I cooked my first Thanksgiving Feast!  My husband and my brother-in-law Brett were my culinary advisers as I set out to single-handedly cook the entire Thanksgiving meal. On a whim, I discovered the secret to Thanksgiving Turkey success.  I was google searching turkey tricks and techniques when I came across…

Bright Side of Wednesday – Somebody to Love on Glee!

Today we feature a Daily Bright Side, my favorite part about Wednesdays this fall… GLEE! If you have not yet seen this new musical comedy on FOX you MUST check it out tonight, 9 pm EST.  Since it started in August, Glee has had 5 songs in the itunes top 10 and an additional 5…

Couch Potato to 5K: The Bright Side of Getting in Shape!

{Repost from my Daily Bright Side Blog!} About two weeks ago I had a dream that I ran a marathon. For some reason this dream has inspired me to start running again. I used to run a lot in my mid twenties, but after I got married my schedule changed and it was difficult to…

Spiritual Heroes

{Repost from my Daily Bright Side blog} So the daily bright side blog has been a bit silent over the past week. Well, please do not think we are already out of business. There is still plenty of bright side to go around! The bright side of silence, at least here on this blog, is…

The Bright Side of Shin Splints: New Shoes!

I bought some new shoes to compliment my new running program. Some of my runner friends told me to go to Road Runners in Falls Church to be fitted for shoes. I have never been fitted for shoes before, but this was the coolest thing I’ve ever done associated with exercise. They call it, The…

The Bright Side of Staying Home on Labor Day: Staycation!

{Repost from My Daily Bright Side blog from September 2009} This weekend Brian and I decided to unplug and have a good ole fashioned staycation. If you are unfamiliar with the staycation, this is when you stay at home during a time others typically go on vacation and treat the city in which you live…