Recent recipes.

It’s been tough to be super motivated to cook when I don’t get home for work till 6:00. After cooking, eating, and clean up it seems like it’s 8:00 and your night is gone. But I’m still trying to find ways to make it happen. Here are some recipes I’ve tried lately.

lasagna-pasta-retake-041.jpgLasagna Pasta – I actually made this one while I was visiting my brother in Austin but it still fits the description of quick, easy, and delicious.

Slow-Cooker-Mexican-Pot-Roast-foodiecrush.com-018.jpgSlow Cooker Mexican Pot Roast – this one was delicious and easy. I oven prep slow cooker meals the night before so I can just start it right before I leave for work. (Or, have Josh start it, because he leaves for work a little later than me and is a rock star…)

Chocolate-Chip-Veggie-Cookies-Zucchini-Two-Purple-Couches.jpgChocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies – we grew some zucchini this year and had high hopes that we’d have a large harvest. We didn’t have the luck we’d hoped for but we did kick out 1 or 2 squash – 1 of which I used to make these cookies. I’m sure they aren’t healthy but you feel a little bit better about yourself than the average cookie.

Crock-Pot-Pot-Roast-2.jpgClean Eating Easy Crock Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots – this is a more traditional pot roast recipe. I know what you’re thinking… that’s a lot of pot roast. Here’s why: I’m trying to branch out and use meats other than chicken, we had some carrots from our garden we wants to us, and crock pot (‘nough said.) This was a hit, too.

That’s all I can think of for now. But here are a few new recipes that I WANT to try.

Slow-Cooker-Chicken-Burrito-Bowl-5.jpgSlow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

Turkey-Taco-Stuffed-Sweet-Potatoes-Recipe-Cookin-Canuck-3.jpgTurkey Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Grilled-Garlic-and-Herb-Chicken-and-Veggies-1-2.jpgGrilled Garlic and Herb Chicken and Veggies

That’s probably enough recipe sharing for now. Happy  cooking!

Adult Education.

I am currently on a flight to LA to have a mini vacation with my favorite guy. Don’t tell him… but I maybe paid $8 to use their wifi. Why? 1. Because I’ve been up since 4:30am and I can’t sleep and I’ve got to find something to do to kill the time. 2. It’s a 3.5 hour flight. 3. Why not? (I thought I had more good reasons… but I don’t.) So I though I’d spend some time catching up on the blog and let you know what I’ve been up to lately.

Since I was in college and lived with my beloved friends the Haslags, I’ve had a love for fresh flowers at home. I used to think that they had to be for some special occasion like an anniversary or a funeral or something… But Sara would just buy them for herself and put them in the house… and I loved it. So these days… it’s pretty much a constant to have fresh flowers in the Agee household.

Along with my love for flowers, I have also grown to love arranging them myself. I can’t just buy a bouquet and throw it in a vase… I love to pick out different flowers and put them together and what not. Recently I made a couple of flower “arrangements” (if you can even call them that) for a baby shower for a friend and was discussing with another friend how I really wanted to attend a floral arranging class so I could learn how to do it well. A week later she sent me a text of a floral workshop in town that she came across… and after some debate (it was $75… a bit pricey, I suppose) I found a friend to go with me and we went for it.

It was at this cute place in town call Pink Antlers Studio. They sell a lot of cute party goods, paper goods, home decor… pretty much anything that’s beautiful. My friend Danielle and I walked in their shop and we looked and each other and both said, “I’m going to love this place…” They also host workshops, like this floral arranging workshop, which is pretty cool.

There was this long (cute) table with a vase and floral sheers for each one of us in the middle of the store. Plus a plethora of beautiful fresh flowers to the side that we got to choose from. The lady who was teaching the class started this business called Bloom Academy – I guess she does classes like this often. She was a florist for weddings for a while, then started a family, and decided she wanted to do something a little less demanding and so she started teaching people how to do it. She started the class by showing us how to do everything… prep flowers, cut flowers, pick flowers, care for flowers, arrange flowers… By the end I felt like I pro. Then we got to try it ourselves… pick our own flowers and take a crack at it. All the while surrounded by the cute shop and yummy treats from a local bakery. I was in creative heaven…

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Emily, from Bloom Academy.
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Pretty flowers…
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Hey, Danielle!
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Flowers are prepped!
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Bad pic of random lady – but these were our flower options.

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My finished product… still have a lot to learn but it’s a start!

I loved it! I loved learning something new of an area of interest. I’ve decided I need to be doing more things like that… Finding things I enjoy and trying to learn more. People talk about continuing your education as an adult and I always think, “But what would I want to learn about? I don’t want to go back and take Calculus or something…” But it doesn’t have to be like that! It could be a floral arranging class, or a dance lesson, or a watercolor tutorial, or taking cello lessons… The options are endless! I’d encourage you to keep learning… I know I’m going to!

Currently. 

Josh was reading through some of my old blog posts and was making fun of how just about every other time I would say something like, “Wow, it’s been forever since I’ve written.” I’m tempted to say it now… but I won’t. Though I basically just did… Moving on.

I’ve been struggling to come up with things to write about lately. I’ve wanted to write… but the things that are going on in my life are pretty much the same things you’ve heard about: hanging out with friends, trying to find quick meals to make, gardening, etc. Super exciting, I know. I suppose life isn’t super exciting all the time though. I ran across a “Currently” post from another blogger, Iowa Girl Eats, and thought I’d steal her idea. So here’s what I’m currently into to…

Time and place: 9:56am in my office. (Don’t tell anyone… It’s been a slow morning. Likely story will be I’ll write for 5 minutes then get pulled into something else…)

Loving being married. (Don’t hate me, single people. It has it’s hard days, too.) Overall – life with Josh is pretty wonderful.

Wanting it to be fall. I am loving the long days with lots of sunlight but goodness… I’m ready for cooler temps. The humidity and heat has got me ready to move on to the next season. Only two more months… (I went to look for pictures that I took of last fall and this was all I could really find. Clearly I was knee deep in wedding prep last fall!)

Drinking Encore Coffee. My cousin is a coffee roaster and we subscribed to his “tour” which means he sends us a new batch of coffee at the beginning of each month… and it’s pretty much the best.

Watching Poldark Season 2. I have written previously about my love from the shower Poldark. The first season was on Amazon Prime but you had to pay for the second season. Now it’s on Prime too, so I’ve just started watching again.

Listening to the Spotify Sessions Covers playlist. They have artists come in and record sessions of them doing their songs and they have people do covers of other artists songs. I love hearing different takes on familiar songs. Warning… some aren’t the most appropriate – so you may want to skip through some. 

(See, told you I’d get interrupted. It’s now Monday at 3:54pm.) 

Ordering these books on Amazon: Lizzy & Jane by Kathryn Reay. I just finished the book Dear Mr. Knightley by the same author and I loved it. It had a lot of references to a lot of the classics that I enjoy. I also ordered Just Do Something: A Liberation Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin Deyoung on eBook. I don’t actually have a Kindle… but it was $.84 so I’m going to try to read this on my phone. We’ll see how it goes… I’ve heard good things about this book from my cousin Dana!

Learning in 1 Peter. Our church has been studying 1 Peter for the last month or two and it’s been so good. This last week we studied 1 Peter 3:1-6 which is about how we are to be as godly wives. Our pastor’s wife helped speak about the topic and it was just really good. You can check it out here. (They had a really good one for husbands this Sunday, too!) 

Snacking on G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix popcorn. We got a Costco membership last week and I knew this would have to be included in my first haul. Caramel corn and cheddar cheese corn put together? Yes, please!

Missing my brother, sister-in-law, and niece. I had such a good time visiting them in Austin a few weeks ago.

Reading The Gospel-Centered Woman by Wendy Alsup with my discipleship huddle. It’s a small book but with a lot of good content. I’m being challenged and inspired to live a Christ-like life with every page I read.

Wishing I could see Wonder Woman again like it was the first time. Do you ever wish that? I enjoyed it a lot – way more than I expected to – and wish I could see it again… but like I’d never seen it before.

Anticipating our trip to Estes Park, Colorado in a couple weeks. We are going with a good portion of my extended family so it’ll be fun to break Josh in with a big family vacay. We’re even making matching shirts…

Welp, that’s it for now! 

Wildflowers.

I remember reading that you can find all sorts of life lessons in gardening. We learned ours this past week.

Back at the end of February we planted some seeds from a packet of wildflowers around our compost pile. I love the look of wildflowers and we thought we’d spruce up the thing a bit. As of a couple of weeks ago we hadn’t seen any blooms. It just looked like a pile of weeds. We had pretty much given up. Josh even suggested that we till it up and start over next year. I told him it was low on my priority list so we could do it some other weekend.

… then we got a bloom! Four months of waiting (which actually doesn’t seem that long… but when your green beans pop up in like a week, your long game abilities shorten a bit…) and we finally have flowers! I’m hoping it fills out even more but check out these beautiful flowers! We were pretty stoked and were reminded that you shouldn’t give up on things – you never know when they are going to bloom.


I’m alive! 

Wow – it’s been a while, huh? A bit has changed in the past few weeks… keeping me a bit more busy than normal. But I found a little lull in the middle of my day – so I thought I’d catch you up.

Job – Last October I left a job that had me so stressed out that I was losing my hair and crying on my way home from work every day. Well, sometimes God calls us to crazy things and I am back working that job. No – I’m not insane. The job is the same – but splitting it with someone else so I’m basically doing half of what I was doing before and have another person to help and bounce ideas off. I have survived three weeks and so far I’m really glad to be back. A bit more busy and tired – but overall, it’s been a good thing.

Garden – well, we’ve had some successes and some failures in our garden. Some things we’ve decided to plant more of (arugula) and some we have decided to start over on (sugar snap peas) and we’ve add some (zucchini and tomatoes) – but long story short – I’m still loving it. Not to get all sickeningly lovey dovey on you (sorry Katie – I hope I’m not as bad as Gimme Some Oven…) but I am really glad I married a guy who brought things into my life that I had never experienced before (gardening, composting, gymnastics, etc…) 

Kitchen – I’ve been trying to figure out our new schedule since I’m back to the old job. I get home about an hour to an hour and a half later than I was before so the main thing this has impacted is my time to make meals… Quick yet delicious is the name of the game on weeknights now. Here are three recipes I’ve made lately that have fit the bill:

Sheet Pan Garlic Parmesan Chicken & Potatoes 

Mexican Chicken, Sweet Potato and Black Bean Skillet 

Easy Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice 

Social – We threw a surprise party for my good friend Kim this weekend and we now feel like we’ve officially broken in our house. We simply had a BBQ with grilled burgers and hot dogs and 35 (plus 15 kids) our Kim’s closest friends came to celebrate. We had yummy sides and desserts provided by the guests, competitive yard games outside, and solid conversation all night. It was one of the most fun evenings we’ve had at our house so far. We are already dreaming up a 4th of July party now that we know our house is a solid party house. 

Activity – I was struggling to find time to be active with my new work schedule so last week I started the Couch to 5K program again. I’ve been waking up to work out before work and surprisingly (or not surprisingly if you know anything about the benefits of exercise) I’ve been less tired even though I’ve had a little less sleep. I’m writing all this not to say, “Look how awesome I am…” – because I’m not and a healthy lifestyle is a constant struggle for me – but so you can check up on me for a little accountability from someone other than my loving (nagging? JK…) husband. 😏 Also, we played pickleball for the first time last night at Chicken N Pickle and it’s one of my new favorite activities. If anyone wants to play – the Agees will be game! 

That’s all for now… Just thought I’d write to update and let you all know I’m alive! 

Dang good noodle-less lasagna! 

I don’t really remember when or why… but recently Josh and I were talking about how you could make lasagna out of butternut squash instead of noodles. The conversation is also a little hazy (you’d think I’d have pregnancy brain, but I’m not pregnant…) but he basically didn’t believe me or something so I said I’d try to make one.

I hopped on over to one of my favorite healthy blogs, Skinnytaste, and she had a recipe for Noodleless Butternut Squash Lasagna. I took a chance and made it for some friends who came over for dinner on Friday night (I know… why do I always try new recipes on my unsuspecting guests?) … but y’all… it was good! So good! Everyone agreed! I was thrilled! And I had another excuse to use my Inspiralizer and it actually worked… so I was double thrilled!If you’re looking for a less carby, just as delicious lasagna – this is the one for you! (You don’t need an Inspiralizer to make one, btw, just some mad knife skills or a mandolin.) Happy Monday!

P.S. I also made a super easy Dutch oven “artisan” type bread that was a hit. Check it out! (This lady’s YouTube video is pretty awesome as well…)

Less Pinterest, more me.

About a month ago I decided I wanted to have a pot of flowers outside our front door. So we bought this cedar planter that I thought was cute enough and cheap enough from Menards. That same Menards trip Josh asked me if I wanted to buy some flowers to put it in and I said, “I’m just not quite ready yet. I need to do some research and decide what I really want.” I am pretty sure we even went back a second time a few days later (Menards is 7 minutes from our house – it’s been pretty dangerous so far this spring…) and I still wasn’t ready.

I googled and Pinterested different ideas and I literally got stressed out because I wanted to have the perfect potted plant on my front porch. So the planter just sat there, empty, for a good solid couple weeks while I debated on what to put in the stinkin’ pot. (… see what I did there? 😏)Then one day, it hit me – who cares what Pinterest says is pretty or trendy or best or whatever. Just do what you want! So I hopped in the Prius, drove myself the 7 minutes to Menards, and picked out the flowers that I thought were pretty – not caring what might possibly look better or grow better on that side of the house or be more economical. I decided to wing it! To just try it out and if it looks awful or the flowers die quickly or whatever – at least I tried and can learn for next time! 

So yesterday – one of the flowers bloomed and it was/is beautiful! And I feel like I can actually take ownership for the arrangement because Pinterest or google or whatever didn’t tell me how. So I’ve officially decided to live life less by Pinterest and more by me (and the Bible – just had to put that in there) and to try (as difficult as it may be) to not lean so heavily on what others say is cool and more on what I say is cool.

P.S. I am not quitting Pinterest fully. I can tell you that I was on there last night looking for back patio ideas and recipes like every other girl out there. Just trying to alter the weight that I put on its “truths” and have more of a mind of my own. The end.

Yesterday was a good day for gardening. It was one of those days that all of a sudden everything seemed to just explode and come more and more to life and I loved it. I think green may be my new favorite color. Our peas are starting to look more pea-y. Green beans popped up out of nowhere! (Ok, not nowhere – we planted seeds – but they hadn’t emerged from the dirt yet and all of a sudden there are tons of them!) Some bushes that we transferred from my parents’ yard to ours started to show new green leaves (which is great news because I was afraid they weren’t going to survive the move.) And I was able to harvest some spinach and arugula for a salad for dinner! I was literally giddy when Josh got home to tell him about all of the growth out there.

We pray together every night before bed and the thought came to me as I was praying about how thankful and lucky we are that God allows us to be a part of this growth process. What a beautiful thing the earth is and how cool is it that God made us this way to be able to work the land and see his creation do its thing! It made me think of Genesis and how God created Adam and “put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” This is what we’re created to do and as cheesy and ridiculous as I probably sound to you if you aren’t a gardener – it just feels right!

So thankful for so many things. That I married a guy who introduces me to things I would have never experienced – like gardening. That I serve a God who lets us play a part in beautiful things. That we’ve had sun and rain and warmth to have success. The list goes on… Who would have thought gardening would be this great?!

Loving lately.

Holy cow! It seems like forever since I’ve written… Here are some happenings, things I’m loving lately, really whatever I want to write about in list form… Because it’s Friday!

Kansas CityFirst one on the list – babay! I don’t know why – but I always feel proud when Kansas City makes these “cities you didn’t know were awesome” lists.

Oatmeal fudge bar recipeOatmeal fudge bars. My mom used to make something like this when I was little and so I brought it back when we went over to some friends’ last week and it was a HIT. Proof that you don’t have to add crazy things like unicorn color schemes, salted caramel, foreign ingredients that you can’t pronounce, etc. to baked goods to make them delicious. This one is an oldie but a goodie, I’m telling you. (P.S. She made hers with butterscotch chips – if it were just me, I totally would have added these, but I’ve got a husband who doesn’t love butterscotch so I left them out. I think they’d be divine either way!)

IMG_2817.jpgInstagram inspiration. I have started following random people (like bloggers, artists, shops, etc… I’m not just a creeper) on Instagram whose aesthetic inspires me. With their help, and the cheap things you can find on Amazon – I have slowly been making our house a home. #cheesysaying Josh’s hats and my necklaces were just sitting on our dressers so I got an expendable hanging rack thing (two for $10) then stained it myself – top left. Also, Josh’s disc golf discs were consistently hanging out on our kitchen table and I’d been wanting to find a place for them (among other things) so I found this coat rack ($13) and basket (not quite as cheap, $26) which did the trick – bottom right! So I suppose it’s Instagram… and Josh’s messiness that’s been my inspiration. (Just kidding, Josh, you’re doing a great job keeping the house clean!) Some of my favorite folks to follow are @ourgrowingstorey, @tylerkingstonshop, @goldenandpine, @joannagaines, @highfancypaper, @magnolia, @erinapier… to name a few. And if you’re looking for a new follow and want to follow my semi-creative self – you can find me @abbyjagee.

IMG_2792.jpgGrowth. Our vegetables are GROWING, y’all! It rained the other day then was sunny the next and it felt like they doubled in size! We also bought some pepper plants, rather than seats, so that helped… Right now we’ve got spinach, arugula, sugar snap peas, beets, carrots, broccoli, green beans, bell peppers, and jalapenos. Next we’re going to track down some tomato plants and maybe even some fruit!

IMG_2767.jpgSix months. As of today, Josh and I have been married six months – that’s half of a year! What?! It’s been hard at times, but overall a great time so far. I found a good one. Here we are at the rehearsal dinner of the wedding we went to over Easter.

rose rose cake-27.jpgThis cake is beautiful! Sometimes I wish I could stay home all day and just create beautiful things like this.

I guess that’s all for now! Happy Friday!

Weird burgers.

We had some new friends Erin and Thomas over for dinner last night. It was one of those nights where everything seemed to go wrong… I semi burnt the fruit pizza crust, I forgot to thaw the meat for the burgers so Josh had to run to the store last minute, I had less sweet potato fries in the freezer than I thought I did so everyone got like seven fries, it was windy so the grill kept on blowing out so the asparagus was over-cooked and the burgers took forever to cook… When they knocked on the door, I was a bit flustered and just hoping the meal would be edible. I even told Erin, “If you try this, and it’s horrible, I won’t be offended if you ask for PB&J. I would actually be delighted if you were real enough to ask for it.” Thankfully the meal was edible and Erin didn’t ask for PB&J. (I was honestly glad she didn’t because after I offered I realized we didn’t have any bread… I told you – not my night.) Thomas and Erin were gracious guests and patient with my meal-cooking woes and we had a great time with them!

One of the topics of conversation was about how I never cook anything “normal.” Everything has some kind of weird twist. Last night’s weird twist was on a burger – and it ended up being pretty good! It has inspired me to do a round up of all the weird burgers I enjoy – just in case you want to weird things up a bit as we end this grilling season!

Grilled Jalapeno Pepper Jack Turkey Burger

Grilled Jalapeno Pepper Jack Turkey Burger – This is what we had for dinner last night. I actually made these with chicken. Ground chicken and turkey are pretty interchangeable so I normally go with whichever one I can find the cheapest.

Spicy Hawaiian Chicken Burgers

Spicy Hawaiian Chicken Burgers – I love the sweet and spicy mix in this burger… Canned pineapple is an easy and cheap way to fancy up a burger.

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Thai Turkey Burgers with Peanut Sauce – Still probably one of my all time favorite burgers. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – peanut sauce makes everything better.

Healthy Chicken Parmesan Burgers

Healthy Chicken Parmesan Burgers – Confession: when I was doing some research for this post I realized that I’ve actually previously written about all the crazy burgers I enjoy… BUT, it was almost 4 years ago so I figure it’s ok to write about it again. I don’t actually remember these burgers but in my previous post I said they were pretty good – so I think I want to give them another shot.

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Chili Lime Chicken Burgers – Another favorite of mine… Guacamole on a burger? Sign me up!

OrchardTurkeyBurgerswithBrieandCaramelizedOnions

Orchard Turkey Burgers – This one is unique because you don’t actually eat it on a bun – you eat it on a bed a greens. Definitely on the healthier side of life.

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Plain Ol’ Beef Hamburger – I’ve recently posted about this one but this is as normal as I get when it comes to burgers. We could probably rename it as the Meatloaf Burger though – because that’s basically what it is.

Alright – that’s all for now! Happy grilling!