May 26, 2011

Oui. Oui.

 I love France. 

I adore Paris.

I hate onions....officially. Unofficially, I love them. They are beautiful - especially when they are slowly sautéed and become a giant pile of caramelized goodness. So, when we were invited to a fabulous French themed dinner with our foodiest of food friends Kara and Natalie, I could not resist making French Onion Soup. Or, as they call it in France, regular old Onion Soup.

The soup took a little more time than I was expecting, but was worth every moment. I followed this fabulous recipe from Smitten Kitchen with a few variations and it was met with wonderful reviews.

Listen to Deb when she says not to skimp on the slow sautéing of the onions. She's serious and she's right. These were the most delicious and best-smelling onions of my life. And, be liberal with the cheese. duh. Like I even needed to tell you that. 

That topping is the best part. The only thing I would change for next time (and there will be a next time) is that I would toast my baguette in smaller pieces. The larger croutons were a little harder to eat in a sophisticated manner. All in all, this soup was a winner and a great addition to a fabulous night gathered around the table with good friends.

May 21, 2011


Five months...
152 days...
3,648 hours...


We get married!


Vacation starts today! No big deal. I'm very nonchalant about it. Really. I'm just boarding a plane. Eating some peanuts. Reading Bossypants. Basically, I'm in heaven on my way to the beach! I miss you. Kind of. I'll see you when I get back.

May 18, 2011

100 Cars for Good

Toyota is doing something pretty cool. They are giving away 100 cars to 100 nonprofit organizations in their 100 Cars for Good campaign. What's even cooler than that? Mission: St. Louis has been chosen to be one of the organizations in the running. A new Toyota truck could make a huge difference for their folks and an even bigger impact on our city.

Vote for Mission: St. Louis TODAY!

May 11, 2011


I've been thinking a lot about community over the past few months, years, lifetime. There is this craving in my heart, my life to be a part of something bigger. I think it's part of what points me to Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit. We are called as the body of Christ, his church. I'm not called all alone to live life just as good as I can muster up to be until someday I scrape across the line and into heaven. There is so much more life to live. There is so much good news to tell. There's a story and we're in the middle of it, all of us together.

This is a video from Soma Communities. Watch it. It was life changing for me. One of their pastors, Caesar  Kalinowski, came to visit our church this week and we had the incredible honor of getting to talk to him about the Gospel and community, about living on mission and making disciples. My heart has never been more broken for community nor have I ever been so hopeful. The church and life and community as I've always dreamed that they could be has never seemed so far or so close.

Soma Communities - Tacoma, WA from Verge Network on Vimeo.