Monday, August 30, 2010

Man on Wire:

 "If you haven't "Man on Wire." Be careful though, it is likely to make you think you could do anything."

- Doug Castle


Saturday, August 28, 2010


The other day I made breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And then I decided to make cupcakes that night.  I can not remember the last time I spent that many hours in the kitchen throughout a day.  The cupcakes were really really yummy and we had our friends over to eat some and we watched some of the Miss.Universe Pageant.  It was pretty ridiculous, but we sure did laugh a lot.  [I wanted Australia to win, I thought she was adorable].

Chocolate Cupcakes:
[thanks Martha Stewart]
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

2.Mix in eggs, water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla until smooth, about 3 minutes. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin tins. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until tops spring back when lightly touched, about 20 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks.

Friday, August 27, 2010

My Birthday:

I got to spend my entire birthday alone with my favorite person. We walked around Utica Square, shopped at Whole Foods, looked for shoes, and ate wonderful food.

A veggie burger and fresh pasta salad for lunch from the Blue Moon Cafe.
Fish Tacos from Los Cabos for dinner.

And adorable cake from the bakery.

It was a perfectly relaxing and enjoyable day. Doug always treats me so well.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Beautiful Day:

It might be the prettiest day of 2010 today. Maybe it is because the awful heat has fried my memory of any cooler days we might have had this year, but today is absolutely gorgeous.

Doug came home for lunch. We sat on the front porch and had black bean burgers, fresh corn and avocado salsa, chips, and green iced tea. Maxwell laid in the sun.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Our New Life:

"Do you mind helping me pan up some biscuits? There is nothing like a husband and wife team staying late to put some biscuits on pans"

- Douglas

Monday, August 16, 2010

Evening Date:

Doug asked me this morning if I would want to go into town with him tonight after he got off work. I thought about it all day. I was so excited.

I feel like I have been into town a lot lately to get stuff for the house and for the kitchen, but I have had to go in by myself. Which, if you know me well, I hate. I would always rather have Doug with me.

We drove into town, went to Walmart, walked the grocery aisles, and then we stopped at Sonic on the way home for breakfast burritos at 9:30 at night.

It was pretty romantic and pretty perfect.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fish Tacos with Friends:

Last night I was invited over to the McKinneys for fish tacos. Doug had to work so he was not able to come, but there were four good friends gathered for a meal. Nathan blessed the food and expressed thanks for good friends. It was so appropriate and was exactly what I was thinking thinking at that exact moment.

The tacos were wonderful and the conversation was great. I ended up leaving a bit earlier than the rest to try to find Doug. I came home to find him unwinding from his busy day on our front porch. We talked, vented, and then came inside and cuddled on the couch as we watched the evening news.

Friday, August 13, 2010


D: We got a new refrigerator today. Is it okay if I think an appliance is beautiful?
Brother Andrew: No that is fine, it just means you are married.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Dear Lizard,

You are cute and you are small, but please do not crawl into our kitchen. I know we live in the woods now, but I just don't like you inside my home.


Danae Castle

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Girls Night:

This past weekend some of the women got together to celebrate Grandma's 80th birthday. Aunt Kelley decided the perfect way to celebrate would be to attend the Celtic Woman concert. Here are some of my thoughts and reflections:

- You know you are in the Bible Belt when the only song that gets a standing ovation throughout the course of the concert was Amazing Grace. (I do have to say, I even wanted to stand to my feet it was such a beautiful reminder)

- The little fiddler that is so famous, can sure fiddle. But I am not entirely sure as to why she has to fling her head and hair all over the place. It made my neck hurt.

- The girls had four wardrobe changes. The best dresses were defiantly the second and the last dress. The third dress was awful, dreadful, and so bland. I am glad they only sang one song in that outfit.

- Listening to Celtic lullaby's in a cold dark arena almost put me right to sleep.

- I love the encore of almost any performance. Like I get all warm and fuzzy feeling inside.

- I am so incredibly blessed to not only like Doug's family, but love and care for them deeply. They are such wonderful people and a awesome family to be a part of.

Monday, August 2, 2010


I just spent way to many minutes of my life reading old Xanga posts. Do you remember Xanga? I made my first post on December 31st 2003. I was in high school.

Then I read the posts that Doug and I made the day after we started dating. It really made me laugh and filled my heart. I forget sometimes how funny and perfect it was when we first started dating.

We started dating right before I came to work at camp for the summer and he was going to living and work in Tulsa. I was so nervous to tell people that we started dating. I am not sure why, but I was. I remember our friend Hannah King telling me that she knew we would date and that someday we would get married. I just laughed nervously. My mom and sister cried when I told them.
It was like everyone knew we should date before I knew, everyone including Doug.