Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Jason and I have made a habit/tradition of watching Food Network on Sunday nights. We're big fans of Iron Chef America and Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Oftentimes when I watch all the yummy dishes being made, it makes me want to hit the kitchen. Usually I resist the urge because it's late, but tonight I gave in and made my favorite chocolate chip cookies. I thought I had posted this recipe earlier, but I searched for it and couldn't find it, so here it is!
Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup real butter
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I usually just add the whole bag)
1 1/2 cup nuts (optional)
1 cup coconut (optional)
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes
1. I LOVE my husband. Yesterday and Friday I was assigned to work the Utah Valley Spring Home Expo all by my lonesomeness from 11 to 8 both days. Count it folks, that's 18 hours total on my feet pushing magazines and subscriptions on strangers. Out of the goodness of his heart, Jason kept me company on Friday after he got off work until it was over and on Saturday from about 2 to 8. And not only that, he brought me food and helped me talk to the expo-goers.
2. My new lamps!! The booth next to mine at the expo did a drawing for lamps, and Jason won! They are pretty, don't you think?
3. The onset of spring... which means cabin time is coming soon!! I'm hoping I can go up there a lot this summer, it's such a beautiful place -- and so much fun! (see, this is me looking at the beautiful surroundings at my cabin and throwing my hands up in joy)
4. My dad. 34 years ago on March 16 he was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am grateful that at age 15 he was able to recognize the spirit and make a decision that has shaped his whole life and made it possible for me to be born into the gospel. This is us celebrating his baptism anniversary at Olive Garden.
5. Disneyland. Now I know you all know this, but I just wanted to reiterate my love for the Magic Kingdom. Now that we have blackout dates on our season pass (we have to pay $40 admission) we probably won't go again until the fall when the blackout days cease.
6. The wonderful family I married in to. I feel so blessed to have such wonderful in-laws and two (soon to be three!!) beautiful nieces.
7. Ibuprofen for the temporary relief from my headaches. It doesn't completely get rid of them, but it sure helps.
8. The Beatles. I've been listening to them in my car for the past week and they just make me happy.
9. My young women. There's only four of them, but they're fantastic. We just had a planning meeting and planned out our activities for the next 3 months. One of our activities is going to be going up to the temple and taking pictures of them individually and as a group ... I can't wait to put my photo skills to work on these beautiful ladies!
10. Each and every one of you who read my blog. Thank you.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
16 Tbs (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk
1 cup lemon curd
1/3 cup heavy cream, whipped to medium-firm peaks
12 rasberries or 6 strawberries hulled and halved lengthwise
1/4 to 1/2 cup blueberries
Confectioners sugar for dusting (optional)
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour the Daisy Ann Cake Pan (if you do not have the Daisy Ann Cake Pan, a regular one should work just fine) Over a sheet of waxed paper, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the granulated sugar, beating until blended. Increase the speed to medium-high and continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrap down the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and stopping the mixer occasionally to scrap down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the vanilla.
Reduce the speak to low and add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour, beating just until blended and no lumps of flour remain.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes. Carefully turn the cake out onto the rack and let cool completely, at least 1 hour.
Put the lemon curd in a bowl. Using a large rubber spatula, gently stir the whipped cream into the curd until no white streaks remain. Spread the lemon curd mixture in the well of the cake. Place 1 raspberry or 1 strawberry half, cut side down on top of the curd in each flute. Mound the blueberries in the center of the lemon curd. Dust the cake with confectioners' sugar. Serves 12 to 16.
Does anyone here watch American Idol? I do... I've been a loyal fan since Season One.(Except of course when I didn't watch at all during Season Six, but like a prodigal child I have returned!) And I'm excited for tonight's elimination. My top three are David A., David C. and Brook White and my bottom three are Chikezie, Jason and Ramiele (in fact, I like them so little I'm not even going to bother checking how to spell their names.)
For amazing recaps, visit HERE
Who do you like?
Who don't you like?
Come on, let's get a rousing conversation going here!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
2. Being a Mia Maid adviser and being able to go to Young Women's.
3. Mac makeup. This is the only brand of makeup I use because it lasts forever and is amazing.
4. Being inspired by other wedding photographers.
5. Watching my March Madness bracket, even though many of my picks did not win.
6. Reading other people's blogs. One of my latest favorites is The Coterie. Heather, the creative gal who writes the blog was in one of my BYU wards.
7. My new Easter dress from Ann Taylor.
8. Going to my cabin with my family, that's what we did this weekend and it was a blast.
9. Playing Settlers of Catan. Or any other game, but Settlers is my current favorite.
10. Brainstorming my new photography Web site ... it's in the works and it's going to be amazing!
One non-love: Headaches. I've had a throbbing one since Thursday, and Advil only provides very temporary relief. If anyone knows how to remedy my pain, please let me know.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
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If anyone else would like to join the blog and share your own yummy recipes, leave a comment with your e-mail address and I'll add you, thanks!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
So I've been having MAJOR issues with my computer. Apparently I only have 12 percent memory left on my computer, which is bad. It won't even let me edit photos. Apparently my "scratch disks" are full. Whatever that means. As you can imagine, this has caused me some drama as I'm supposed to have Rachael's photos edited. Grr. Anyway, I stumbled across this picture today and it brought me much joy so I decided to share it with you all. Enjoy.
(for those who did not attend Orem High School, this is my favorite teacher ever, Mr. Downs. He is the honors/ap English teacher, baseball coach and drivers ed teacher.)
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
So I'm having computer issues and can't edit any more photos until I figure something out, but here's another picture from Rachael's bridals. Her flowers were done by my friend Brittanie who is interning at my office, cute hu?
Also, the cupcakes ... amazing. Try them today.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Here's the recipe thanks to Chockylit:
Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cupcakes
14 regular cupcakes / 375 degree oven
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temp
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temp
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoons vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Beat butter until softened. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined.
4. Measure the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder into a small sized bowl and whisk to combine.
5. Measure out the milk and vanilla and stir to combine
6. Add about a third of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar and beat to combine. Add about a half of the milk/vanilla and beat to combine. Continue adding, alternating between dry and wet and finishing with the dry.
7. Scoop batter into cupcake cups about 2/3’s full. Turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake cupcakes for about 22-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
1. Yellow Laffy Taffy, and the jokes to go with it! Question: If your dog kisses you, what do you call it? Answer: A pooch smooch! (I know, you're all dying of laughter now hu?)
2. My wedding ring, which I've been wearing for a year as of March 12.
3. Bringing Jason lunch in the middle of the day so we can flirt out in the parking lot of his office.
4. When grey skies turn sunny even though weather.com predicted all-day rain.
5. When I receive an e-mail on my work account that isn't spam. It hasn't happened yet today, but my fingers are still crossed. (For those who are curious, I've received more than 20 spam messages today.)
6. Decorating my dream home in my mind.
7. Re-discovering gift cards in my purse. Banana Republic, Barnes and Nobel and Olive Garden -- here I come!
8. Talking with Brittanie at work about over-zealous public relations people.
9. Water. It's my favorite beverage.
10. This funny blog I found: http://quotation-marks.blogspot.com/
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2. Only You
3. Almost Famous
6. Stranger Than Fiction
8. Notting Hill
9. It Could Happen to You
10. Shakespeare in Love
11. Perfect Score
12. Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken
13. Rumor Has It
14. Princess Bride
15. Beauty and the Beast
And thank you all for your concern and well wishes. No appendix burstage yet, but still pain and nausea. We'll see what happens. Currently, Jason and I are stuck in an airport waiting for a flight home and my laptop battery is about to die. I wish my charger cord was not packed away in my checked luggage, or else I would have some beautiful photos to share with you all from the amazing wedding we attended last night. Hopefully I'll have those ready to go by tomorrow, and I promise, you don't want to miss these!!
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Why do you trouble me so? I have never done anything to offend you. Why can't you just lay low and do your job, nothing? Why must you flare up at the most inopportune time. You know I'm supposed to be en-route to Arizona for the wedding of this beautiful couple:
Instead I'm lying in bed trying not to laugh, cough, move or breath so you won't hurt me. Yesterday I went into the doctor to have you examined. I laid on a scary, noisy bed while they tried to get good images of you. Too bad I'm so small that all my organs mesh together, so they had to pump me full of contrasting liquid through an IV (which left a nasty bruise) and through an enema. The results? Inconclusive. It's too early to tell. So now all I can do is monitor the pain you cause me and when it gets unbearable, I'm supposed to go into the ER and have you removed. To monitor this pain, I'm not allowed to use my trusty friend Advil. Or any other pain reliever. Really Appendix, this is not nice of you at all. Please don't worsen or burst until I get home from Arizona on Tuesday.
Your unhappy host.
Friday, March 7, 2008
1. Pick fifteen of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDB and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Fill in the film title once it's guessed.
5. No Googling or using IMDB search functions. THIS MEANS YOU!
6. Leave your answer(s) in the comments.
1. "We are David and Ruth Laskin. Which one do you want to be? I prefer to be Ruth, but I'm flexible."
Movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Solved by: Betsy
2. "I can't believe you're gonna let a few little letters of the alphabet keep us apart. It is a detail! Just - look, just call me Damon, okay? It'll be like a nickname."
Movie: Only You
Solved by: Betsy
3. "The only true currency in this bankrupt world... is what you share with someone else when you're uncool."
4. "But of course! Nothing says "romance" like a kidnapped injured woman! I'm not going anywhere with you!"
Solved by: Betsy
5. "Do you love him, Loretta? "
"Good. When you love them they drive you crazy because they know they can."
Solved by: Betsy
6. "The only way to find out what story you're in is to determine what stories you're not in. Odd as it may seem, I've just ruled out half of Greek literature, seven fairy tales, ten Chinese fables, and determined conclusively that you are not King Hamlet, Scout Finch, Miss Marple, Frankenstein's Monster, or a golem. Hmm? Aren't you relieved to know you're not a golem?"
"Yes. I am relieved to know that I am not a golem. "
"Good. Do you have magical powers?"
Movie: Stranger Than Fiction
Solved by: Betsy
7. "You are the authority on what is not possible, aren't you Irene? They've got you looking for any flaw, that after a while that's all you see. For what it's worth, I'm here to tell you that it is possible. It is possible."
8. "It was sort of sweet actually - I mean, I know she's an actress and all that, so she can deliver a line - but she said that she might be as famous as can be - but also... that she was just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her."
Movie: Notting Hill
Solved by: Betsy
9. "It's like we're on two different channels now. I'm CNN and she's the Home Shopping Network."
10. "I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all. No... not the artful postures of love, not playful and poetical games of love for the amusement of an evening, but love that... over-throws life. Unbiddable, ungovernable - like a riot in the heart, and nothing to be done, come ruin or rapture. Love - like there has never been in a play."
Movie: Shakespeare In Love
Solved By: Rissa
11. "Ok, I'll go first. I'm here to make new friends. Oh, and for the wine."
12. "Sonora, you have to be extremely careful with your appearance. I mean, having no natural beauty of your own you really need to help yourself."
Movie: Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken
Solved By: Gina and Audrey
13. "I didn't come here to tell you that I can't live without you. I can live without you. I just don't want to."
14. "Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work, but I've got my country's 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it; I'm swamped."
Movie: Princess Bride
Solved by: Betsy
15. "Here, picture this... a rustic hunting lodge... my latest kill roasting on the fire... and my little wife, massaging my feet... while the little ones play on the floor with the dogs... we'll have six or seven."
Movie: Beauty and the Beast
Solved by: Elizabeth Wilson
Thursday, March 6, 2008
2. Cranberry Walnut bread from Flour Girls and Dough Boys.
3. Listening to David Archuleta sing.
4. Having a car that actually runs! Thanks honey for replacing my battery.
5. My TV addictions . . . LOST, American Idol, Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill.
6. When people comment on my blog (hint hint . . .)
7. That I get to see my in-laws for the second weekend in a row, I'm counting down the hours!
8. Reading Betsy's wonderful American Idol recaps after every show.
9. My new haircut, hopefully I get some really good pictures of it this weekend.
10. Coming home from work and putting on my cozy socks and pajama pants immediately.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
We went to Applebees for dinner. It was delish, but our favorite moment was when the server refilled Jason's Sprite with water. It was funny, but I guess you had to be there.
These are our tickets.
See? Top left on the sign it says "Built to Spill."
I have to admit, I have looked better in pictures. But ce'st la vie! (That's life.) What I don't have pictures of is us getting pulled over for expired registration. Not our fault people, we sent it all in and they sent it back saying we still needed an emissions test on a zero emissions car. Tell me how that makes sense . . .
In other news, I'm doing an engagement photo shoot this evening, so watch for those coming soon!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
We're back! And like always, we had a blast at the Magic Kingdom. There were two conventions in town, so it was a lot more crowded than we were used to, but we had a lot of fun just being with Jason's family. We rode the canoes for the first time, which was a lot of hard work, but also quite fun.
As for my "big" announcement, no, I'm not pregnant. Nor did Jason and I buy a house. When I start to think about it, it's not really all that big of an annoucement, but it feels big to me. It's hard to see in these pictures, but my hair is a good 5-6 inches shorter than it was a few days ago. The reason why this is such a "big" thing for me is I have had the same hair cut/style since the 5th or 6th grade. I figured it was about time for a change. I also have bangs, which you can sort of see in these pictures. The humidity in California made it hard to keep my hair from going all frizzy, so that's why it's not so cute in these pictures. I promise it's super cute in real life.