The First Two Weeks

My first two weeks of student teaching are done – wow, how can that be?! I am absolutely stunned that this time has gone by so quickly already.

Week one was filled with getting to know my students’ names and personalities as well as seminars at Concordia. As awesomely informative as the seminars were, they were equally scary and frightening. Like, how am I going to get all of this done?!

Week two was filled with my first lessons. I decided to first start teaching math. This was partially because I’ve always found math to be easy to catch on to and Kindergarten math is certainly no challenge for myself. I also chose it because it’s more structured and my cooperating teacher prefers for me to stick closer to the curriculum. Fewer things to need to come up with means less work and less initial stress, right? Wrong. These lesson plan forms are going to be the death of me.

I have now finished week two and have spent my weekend pouring over these forms for not only math, but now Jesus Time too! Yes, my second class I’ll start teaching will be Jesus Time..tomorrow…

I am still so excited to become a teacher and to have my own class, but sometimes it’s hard to keep that all in perspective. These forms and the looming edTPA are all I can see right now it seems. Which brings me to now – sitting at a Starbucks working on my lesson plans for the rest of the week.

I better start….
XO Elisebeth


2015 on Instagram

Can you believe it? Today is the last day of 2015.

I don’t know about all of you, but this year was pretty fantastic for me. Like, majorly fantastic. I cannot believe everything that happened this year and all of the amazing blessings God has given to me through my friends, family, and opportunities.

To finish off the year, I am going to give you a little recap via my Instagram photos.


January 29, 2015
Trevor + I went ice skating together for the first time! It was a blast!


February 27, 2015
I attempted to eat healthy for a while… I also found an awesome new app called Phonto that adds fonts to your photos!


March 8
I got to see some great friends from CUW over my spring break!
March 13
I went on some great shoots with my Pentax K1000.


April 20
I lived with some awesome roommates!
April 23
I tried Jamba Juice for the first time!


May 23
Trevor and I explored a lot, even Green Bay has some pretty cool spots.


June 2
Trevor + I went mini golfing in Door County for the first time!
June 10
I went to the Farmers’ Market in Downtown Green Bay as much as I could, often with my sister!
June 10 (2)
I nannied for three awesome, yet challenging boys.
June 16
I rocked some awesome new sandals from Target.


July 7
I bought my first calligraphy pen from Hobby Lobby.
July 13
My sister, mom, and best friend through me a great bridal shower.
July 26
I learned the amazingness of Bolthouse farms smoothies!


July 27
Trevor + I got married! (This photo is actually from July, but I don’t have any I took the day of)
August 7
My parents gifted us with a new couch and kitchen table and chairs from IKEA. Look at my lovely setting it all up!
August 10
I learned the true beauty of Polaroid photos.
August 12
Trevor + I enjoyed a Twins game at Target Center in Minneapolis.
August 27
I hosted ladies’ night! 


September 8
I explored Minneapolis with Sarah.
September 16
I enjoyed all of the wonderful scents and views of my favorite season: autumn!
September 27
My friends and I went apple picking – and I rocked my LBD from Cotton On.


October 13
I made apple chips – they are the best snack!
October 20
Trevor + I both posted this picture on Instagram, but I finished it in August or September. Our entry way has never looked better!
October 27
The fall colors rocked in the Twin Cities and it stayed fall for quite a while.


November 21
I attended my first Timberwolves game – we got second row seats!


December 8
Sarah and I toured the MN Governor’s Residency.
December 15
Christmas 2015 in the Rodriguez home
December 27
I attended Ana’s beautiful bridal shower
December 27 (2)
Trevor + I attended an awesome winter wedding!

2015 was an awesome year. The pictures prove it, right?!

Want to keep up on how 2016 goes? Follow me on Instagram and never miss a moment!

Tried it Thursday {Acorn Squash}

I’m so excited to share this recipe with you all. I just made it earlier this week and cannot wait to make it again soon!

Whether you’ve tried squash before or not, I suggest you give this recipe a go. It is super cheap and uses very few ingredients.

I bought our acorn squash at ALDI – they’re only 89 cents there! Trevor and I have begun shopping there to save some money. I compared the price to what it is at Target (where we used to buy our groceries) and they are sold for $1.89 there. So go buy your acorn squash at ALDI, I just bought more today!

Follow me on Instagram (@hovie06) for future blog post previews!

What you need:

  • a pan (13×9 suggested in original recipe)
  • water
  • acorn squash
  • butter
  • brown sugar (optional, but suggested 🙂 )

How to make Acorn Squash:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Slice acorn squash in half and remove the seeds + pulp (kinda like a pumpkin!)
  3. Fill pan with about a half inch of water. Place squash halves in pan, like seen below.

*I suggest if the stem is long or curved to cut that off too. I did not do this and it caused issues later on.

4. Place pan in oven for 40-45 minutes.
5. Remove after time is done. 6. VERY CAREFULLY flip squash over. I used tongs because mine were so hot I nearly burned myself.
7. Put lots of butter in the hole of the squash. (See where that curved stem caused me some issues…) 8. Add brown sugar to the hole of the squash (optional).

9. Place back in oven for approximately 10 minutes.
10. Remove from oven and decide how you want to eat!

Two easy options for eating this tasty meal are straight from the squash skin, like shown below…
OR scooping all of the squash goodness into a bowl and mixing it all together!  I prefer the second method because I can mix in a little extra brown sugar.

See, I told you it’s an easy recipe! To see the original click HERE.

If you have any suggestions on how to improve this recipe or feedback on how the recipe went for you, comment below! I would love to hear your thoughts on this delicious meal.

XO Elisebeth

Tried it Thursday {Apple Chips}

Hey everyone,

I know I started these “Tried it Thursday” posts back this summer and have struggled to keep up with it, but I’m going to try to improve at that! As you can see, the blog has undergone a little transformation! Until I get A LOT of “Tried it Thursday” posts accomplished, I will just be posting them in their respective area. Eventually It’ll get its own spot in the header above.

Apple Chips

So I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest (who would have guessed). It is honestly the simplest recipe ever. Even if you’re not too great at cooking, you should give this a shot!

You may have seen a picture of the delicious finish product a few posts ago when I talked about fall break, so I’ll include that again at the bottom as some extra encouragement to give this recipe a try.

Step 1: Slice the apples – THIN!

Be very careful doing this – apples have a not so pleasant shape when it comes to slicing. Each slice needs to be super thin if you want your chips to be crispy + crunchy. They don’t taste bad if they’re on the thicker side, but they’re much better the thinner you can make them. The website (which I’ll link later) that I found this on suggested using a mandolin slicer. Unfortunately I do not have one, but I’d imagine that would do wonders for step 1.


Step 2: Coat apple slices in cinnamon sugar goodness.

Mix up some cinnamon and sugar together and throw your apple slices in! The suggestion from the other site said to sprinkle, but I love the intense flavor when I coated them well.


Step 3: Heat oven at 200F degrees (do this in advance if you don’t have a gas oven like me!!!).

Step 4: Lay apple slices on a cookie sheet.




Step 5: Bake the apple slices for about 1 hour, flip over all of the slices, bake them for another 1 or more.

Step 6: Turn off oven – but leave in the apple chips for another hour! This helps your chips reach their maximum crunchy potential.

Step 7: ENJOY.


To see the original website I used this recipe from, click HERE.

I would love to hear how your apple chips tasted as well as if you have any helpful hints or tricks to make them better!

XO Elisebeth

Fall Break 2015

Last weekend, my school had fall break.. It was a much needed break, although I spent it doing many other things than I would have liked or intended to do.

Wednesday night Trevor hurt his back, so I spent the night caring for him. Thursday his back was no better so we spent a lot of time in bed. I would get up to get him what he needed, like a quick run to Target for some Icy Hot.

Thursday I also had an interview at Caribou Coffee! That’s my “big” job news… My interview went quite well. They told me that they will give me a call to set up a second interview, so now I play the waiting game (again). So fingers are crossed that this job opportunity works out!

Friday I was able to enjoy the morning in bed, watching Friends on Netflix. I did work at Noodles that evening – oh joy…

Saturday I worked a double at Noodles. Talk about a day from hell. I woke up with a sore knee, but knew I had to go in since I was opening. My coworker that was supposed to come in at 11, never showed. And we were swamped with a college volleyball team and several large families. What a lovely time to be understaffed.. At the end of my first shift, Trevor picked me up. I had no want to go back-at all. But I knew it was only me and another guy scheduled for front of house for the evening, and I couldn’t do that to him. So I did go back. Thankfully, my manager let me out an hour early (Tracy is seriously the best manager ever).

Sunday, I was a bad person. I called in to Noodles (I was scheduled for another double) and said I could not make it in due to my knee being swollen and barely being able to walk. Now this may have been a slight exaggeration, but my knee was quite bad and I didn’t want to spend my last day of a break at the place I am not so fond of. Plus, Trevor didn’t work until 4:30, so I wanted to spend some quality time together.

So Sunday turned out to be a great day! Trevor had an Apple appointment for his Mac charger, so we went to the Rosedale mall for that. I enjoyed smelling probably 30 different candles at Bath & Body Works. We then headed to Taco Bell for a cheap lunch. After picking up a classy lunch, we headed to the end of Summit Ave in Saint Paul. There is a beautiful outlook of the Mississippi River! It was breathtaking, especially with all of the fall colors! We then headed to Caribou Coffee for a drink and Trevor went to get his haircut (FINALLY). We may have waited for an hour before he actually got that taken care of, but it’s done now!

I am so glad we got to spend the afternoon together.

After our fall colors excursion, we headed home and Trevor went off to work. I got a little homework done, but primarily just enjoyed myself with lighting a lot of candles and making apple chips. (I’ll be posting a tutorial with a recipe of those soon!)

I am so thankful for the opportunity to have enjoyed (a good chunk of) my fall break. While I didn’t get the chance to travel anywhere, like some of my friends. I got some awesome time with my husband, and that is good enough for me!

XO Elisebeth