C is for…

…Our New Car

Meet the newest member of the family, Ruby.

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Ruby, is a Nissan Versa and the first car that me and my husband have bought together.  Somehow this felt like a new level of becoming an adult.

We had decided on a Nissan Versa after driving one as a rental car on our honeymoon.  My husband also did more research to be sure it was going to be a safe car with good gas mileage.  I don’t know that much about cars, but I will say that it is comfortable to drive, very spacious for a small car and a fun color (I know that is not relevant, but it mattered to me).

We went to about three different dealerships and countless online shopping before we decided on this one.  One thing that was very important in our searching process was to pray for wisdom.  Discernment can be very important when you are dealing with sales people that are not always honest.  God does listen to pray, and he will help you be able to determine truth, even in things like buying a car.

I have never been a fan of any kind of sales person, but I will say that all of the sales people we dealt with were very polite and honest, and I did not feel like they were just trying to make a sale.  The other thing that we really learned through the process is to really look over the paper work that you are signing and take time to read the fine print.  I ended up saving us about $800 by noticing that they were charging us for extra things that we did not need nor want.

Another helpful tip is to use the Kelley Blue Book website to find the true price/value of a car.  It is very helpful in determining if you are getting a good deal or not. Also plan a day when you have a lot of time at the dealership because sometimes when you linger a little longer at the dealership they tend to go down in price.

I have been driving it for a couple months now, and it has been a very nice little car. It also does pretty well in bad weather.  I drove it in hard rain and wind and a snow storm with no problems. it also has skid control that locks the wheels to keep you from sliding.

…Cookie-in-a-Mug

Cookie in a mug

Sometimes on a cold January afternoon, you just want chocolate chip cookies.  I was craving some the other night, and since I’m trying to eat better I didn’t want to make a big batch that I could potentially eat by myself. So, I remembered a recipe that my mom had found quite a few years back for a Cookie-in-a-mug.  It is really easy; you just mix all the ingredients in a standard coffee mug and then cook it in the microwave for 60 seconds. It makes a perfect one person serving of a warm, soft chocolate chip cookie.

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 T Butter (melted)
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 T Granulated Sugar
  • 1 T Brown Sugar
  • 3 Drops Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/4 Cup  All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 T Chocolate Chips

*Melt butter in microwave for 15 seconds.  Separate the egg yolk from the white, discard the the white. Add egg yolk, vanilla, granulated sugar, & brown sugar to melted butter in mug and mix.  Then add all remaining ingredients and mix together.  Microwave for 60 seconds (time may need to be longer depending on microwave). Enjoy!

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