I haven’t mentioned it in a while, but church is going really well. I have really been enjoying going to the services each week, and everyone has been so welcoming and friendly. We are looking into membership as well as the pre-marital (!!) process.
Another great thing that has come out of church is a group of neighbors that get together a couple times a month to eat dinner together, get to know one another better, and discuss the Bible in a very relaxed environment. Being fairly new to actively participating in religion, I still have a lot of questions, but I am learning and growing, and I think it’s been very good for Boyfriend and I, as well as our relationships with our good friends and neighbors.
Dinner for community group is potluck style. The host and hostess take care of the main dish and offer up general ideas for what others can bring (bread, salad, appetizer, dessert, etc). Group is big enough that no one couple has to make a ton of food — and we have so many great cooks in our circle that no one ever leaves hungry. We have had some seriously good meals, great company, and enlightening conversation.
This week I grabbed the desert course knowing I would have most of the afternoon Sunday to create something fabulous. I combed Pinterest and my starred blog reader items, and one thing that kept popping up were dessert dips and dessert [cream] cheese balls. I’ve wanted to try a couple of these at some point, but I just couldn’t decide which ones…so I made 4!
In order of my preference, I made lemon cheesecake, brownie batter, red velvet cake, and cookie dough dips. I adored the lemon and brownie. The red velvet was pretty thick and very rich. The cookie dough, while it was the favorite for some, just didn’t taste as good as real cookie dough (unlike the sinful cookie dough brownies, with edible cookie dough that is to die for).
I served the dips in these cute little rectangle bowls I got from Home Goods for so cheap, alongside a big dish of graham cracker sticks, animal crackers, and Nilla wafers. They were a big hit, and no one had seen a dessert quite like mine.
In other news, I wish I could tell you all that my new job has gotten better/easier/more fantastic and I’m the happiest person ever right now, but that is not quite the case. I’m still working with my life coach, E, on exercises that will make me reaffirm my ability to do this job and stop pulling my cuticles apart due to anxiety. One of the things I did on my own, and mentioned in a previous post, is hang some happy quotes on the wall of my cubicle. I took the decorating one step further this week and hung a clothesline-style photo display.
Now, when I am doing my calming breathing and tension relieving exercises, I can look up at the pictures of Boyfriend and Brady, smile, and know that I am loved.
Super cheesy, but it’s working, for now.