Thursday, December 29, 2011

to do.

Snorkel.
Eat fish.
Luau.
Eat shave ice with coconut ice cream.
Find a big sea shell.
Smell the ocean.
Watch the sunrise.
Prepare for a 50 degree temperature drop, and 5 hour layover.
Soak up the last two days of beautiful Kauai.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

So long, farewell!

Well, we're off to Kauai, on Christmas Eve. If feel more sad if it were snowy and white in SLC bit as  of now, 4:41 am, it is mostly brown and gray. I might do some blogging while we're gone, I might not. We'll see.

Regardless, I hope you all have a happy holiday, and SLC? See you next year.

(PS, my advice for travel wear? Pashmina, leggings, tunic, and TOMS. Bring along some fuzzy socks for the road.)


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

all the way home i'll be warm.

This beauty came in the mail yesterday. I used a gift card in combination with a sale and a 40%-off one item deal, and only paid around $40! It is so warm, and the fleece around the sleeve openings and in the pockets is unbelievably soft. Mine is black. I love it. Does it mean I'm old if I'm starting to love Land's End?


Saturday, December 17, 2011

SNOW

I only saw "White Christmas" for the first time this year (or maybe last), and fell in love with the music. Whether you've seen the movie or not, everyone knows the title song, but this one is less familiar. Enjoy!


lovely

Yesterday A and I went on a little date. We planned to go to the Salt Lake Temple and then to PF Chang's, where we could use a gift card. Well, traffic was horrid. It took us forever to get downtown, and then parking was a mess because of the Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert.

Once we finally made it into the temple, we had missed the 5pm endowment session by minutes, so instead we did sealings. It was very special, probably one of my favorite temple experiences. Another couple shared that they had been married for 48 years. Their sealer (the person who officiated their wedding) was Harold B. Lee. Then they shared some of the advice he gave them. So neat!

Anyway, after the temple, we drove over to PF Chang's, and found an excellent parking spot. When we went inside, they told us the wait for two would be more than an hour! We promptly left, and ended up at Red Rock, where the seated us immediately. A ordered the fish and chips, and I ordered the reuben. This is significant  because this is where we went on or first date, and we ordered the exact same thing! And, nearly five years later, it was just as good.

 

{me, enjoying the last few bites of my grilled reuben}

Thursday, December 8, 2011

You can call me Marta Stewart

Task: make eight beautiful centerpieces for a fancy holiday party.

Budget: $10 per table

How it was done: Found eight identical vases at a thrift store.
Sprayed the inside with mirror paint to create faux mercury glass.
Filled the vase bottoms with pretty glass marbles.
Arranged twigs trimmed from a locust tree in vases, and filled in top of vases with snow-like ”grass.”
Decorated twigs with snowflakes and small silver glass balls from the dollar store, varied sized bells, white birds, tiny silver glass balls, tiny pine cones, and crystals from the craft store

Results: Impressed many! Pictures can't do justice.



Saturday, December 3, 2011

well, maybe just a half a drink more...

I missed yesterday's Christmas song, but I'm here with one today!



This little gem is from the movie "Elf." featuring Zooey Deschanel (who I sort of have a girl crush on) and Leon Redbone. This movie had always really annoyed my dad, but when I had him listen to some of the music like this song, I think he reconsidered. Mostly I just wanted him to hear Zooey. She has this quality to her voice that you don't hear much anymore. Adel has it, Norah Jones has it, Amy Winehouse had it. It is old school, and I love it.

Plus, this is a great song (just ignore the goofy theme music at the end of this version).

Have you heard the story of how Frank Loesser wrote this song? I think it is interesting. According to Wikipedia, "Loesser wrote the duet in 1936 and premiered the song with his wife, Lynn Garland, at their Navarro Hotel housewarming party. Lynn considered it "their song," and was furious when Loesser sold the song to MGM."

Thursday, December 1, 2011

it's december!

In an attempt to blog some more, I thought I'd share some Christmas songs with you this month. I can't promise one everyday, but I promise I'll try!

Some will be old favorites, some new discoveries (thank you, Spotify!). Today is a new one, courtesy Mr. Michael Buble.



He has a new Christmas album out, you see. I always love the Buble, but this album is special. On most of the songs he sticks to the original intros/backups, and it is like an old soul is coming through is silky smooth voice. This version of "Santa Baby," while it has some change-ups on the words which may be off-putting to some, is the only version other than the original recording that I've every really enjoyed.

So, well done, Mr. Buble. And to you all, take a listen to his new album. It is all on Spotify!

Stay tuned for more music....

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

dream team

Howdy folks!

Once again, I've abandoned this blog for far too long. A took the above picture two weeks ago, when we walked around Salt Lake identify the rock on different buildings for his geology class. It was fun to see different parts of the city and just hang out with my best friend.

Other updates? Not much. Thanksgiving was wonderful with both families. I made unintentionally lumpy garlic potatoes and Lion House rolls, which were wonderful. We're looking forward to our Hawaii vacation, though I feel completely unprepared. I have a new bathing suit, but that's about it. Also, this week we have a do-or-die meeting with the city about our house building. I really hope we can finally come up with a solution and avoid going before the city council next week (prayers, please!).

Lastly, I have a BIG idea in the works. As in, what I want to do career-wise in the future. When I thought about where I wanted to be in 10 years, this idea really stood out to me. It is one that will take a lot of work, require a lot of help, and likely not payoff for awhile, but I am so excited about it that I'm losing sleep (on both ends). I can hardly think about anything else, and have already filled pages with ideas. I've talked with some of you about this idea, and am thrilled to have your support. You are my dream team.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

hairdo



This is my hair today. Sometimes people ask me how I do things with my hair (usually styles that involve braiding, since apparently french braiding your own hair is a special gift). I'm thinking of posting some video tutorials for a few styles.

Last night I did my hair in three sock buns, in a mohawk down my head. This morning it was ultra-curly and kind of uncontrollable, so I did some creative hair pinning and this is how it turned out, as a sort of to-the-side chignon. Maybe someday someone will pin it onto pinterest...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

hello hello

I was just thinking about how I love it when my friends update their blogs, so I thought I'd do a little update here.

  • I'm a deputy! They appointed me as the Deputy Recorder at work. I had already pretty much been doing the work, and now I get the title. In another week, I'll have been there for six months.
  • We're going to Hawaii! I may have already mentioned this, but we're going to Kauai with my parents in December. We leave on Christmas Eve, actually. I'm so excited to go on a week-long vacation!
  • Our house prospects are not looking very good. We've still been trying to work with the City, but have not had much staff support. It is really hard to not have an answer, to be in limbo, without a yes and without a definite no. Still praying for a solution with the city.
  • My primary program is this next Sunday. It has been hard to come in new, with a new presidency, in the middle of the year. The kids are so wonderful, so I'm sure it will be fine, but I'm just looking forward to being finished.
  • I'm doing so-so on my goals. Exercise is hard, but I've been doing better than I have in a very long time. Flossing is going well. Reading time could use some improvement, as could bedtime/waking up. I've been eating a lot of junk lately, mostly at work. I have a really hard time saying no to sweets. Should I go cold-turkey? Would that just make it worse? I literally fell terrible when I eat bad food, so I need to do better.
  • Speaking of reading time, I'm reading The Night Circus. It is pretty good.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Apple walnut crasin spinach salad

No green smoothie today, so instead I whipped up a delicious salad, with a surprise ingredient!

I started with spinach, crasins, half an apple, and walnuts, and was about to dress out with some homemade basic balsamic vinaigrette, when I had a brilliant idea. Chia seeds!

I always put them in my smoothies, so I just added a tablespoon or so to my dressing. It turned out really well.

(also notice the cute penguins on my tupperware. That is all.)


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

bubblegum

Just got some new shellac colors. This is one I normally never would have chosen, but I love it! And I'm excited to not have to repaint for two weeks. :)


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Goals

Eat oatmeal everyday.
Eat a green smoothie everyday.
Exercise everyday.
Clean some everyday.
Floss everyday.
Read some everyday.

To do this I have to make oatmeal on weekends and smoothies every night. I have to prep my lunch and clothes the night before, and wake up to work out at five. And I have to not let tv govern my time. This is what I need to do to feel good. And to re-lose 10 pounds.

I can do it.

Gelato

Our favorite gelato place, Bellissimo, closed down awhile back, so this weekend we tried somewhere new. It was that place on soda row in daybreak. The gelato was not house made, and not very good, but it was fun to try new things.


Birthday Boy

For A's birthday, we went to Setabello. Oh my goodness, I love that place. And arugula. And A, even though he's getting old. ;-)



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

you've had a birthday

{Mr. A, on his favorite ride at Disneyworld: Toy Story Mania!}

Today is A's birthday.

Sunday we celebrated with his family, and I made the brownies/cupcakes pictured before. Today I made him french toast and a green smoothie for breakfast, and hopefully we'll go somewhere fun this weekend as a last celebration.

Honey, you are the best. I love you so much, and look forward to celebrating many many more birthdays with you.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

killer brownies, the recipe.


Peanut butter, chocolate chip cookie, brownie, AND marshmallow? Yup, this bar has all of those, and is sinfully delicious. And it comes together super fast because you can use brownie mix and pre-made cookie dough! You could  probably use any candy bar, or even Oreos instead of peanut butter cups, whatever tickles your fancy. But be aware, you may want a tall glass of milk to enjoy along with your killer brownies.


 Ingredients:


2 packages refrigerated cookie dough (I used pillsbury brand, with extra big chocolate chips)
2 bags full size Reeses cups
1 fudge brownie mix (sub applesauce for oil)
1 bag mini marshmallows

Directions:


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spread cookie dough evenly in the bottom of an 9 by 13 pan. Unwrap Reeses, and arrange on top of cookie dough. You should have a few extra for snacking. Prepare brownie batter as directed. Pour over reeses, being careful to spread it into the corners. Bake for 30 minutes. I only did 20, and it was pretty gooey in the middle. Check it at 20 just to be safe.

(To be honest, I don't think the marshmallows added much. Instead I'd do frosting, if I had to do it over again).

If you want to do marshmallows, cover the top of the hot brownies with marshmallows and return to the oven for five minutes, or until slightly toasted. Let them cool completely before cutting. These are super rich, but yummy! So many combinations would be good, think Ghiradelli caramel squares or heath bars!

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Bakery

Here's what I made today.

Cookie dough + reeses + brownie batter + mini marshmallows.

Red velvet cupcakes + cream cheese frosting.

Yum.



Friday, September 30, 2011

In which we get a blendtec...

We got a blendtec last week. I LOVE it! Yesterday my mom and I made  blender cheesecake. Here's what you do. Put 13 graham crackers in the blender, and blend them up. Then add a teaspoon lemon juice and some butter, blend it more, then press it into a springform pan, and bake for five minutes at 350 degrees.

Rinse out the blender, add two packages of cream cheese, a chip of sugar, two eggs, and half a teaspoon lemon juice. Blend, and put onto the cooled crust. Bake for 45 minutes at 350. Refrigerate, then serve. With cherries.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Well hello there. Long time no blog. Turns out not much is new. I'm still working. A is still in school.  We don't see each other much on weekdays, which is rough.

We watched some funny movies this weekend, first ” Run Fat Boy” then ”North.” I vaguely remembered North from my childhood. It is awesome.

I'm also in the middle of ”The Help.” I'm listening to it as I commute, which makes the drive so much more enjoyable. And, it is an amazing story. Listening to it is definitely pacing me.

Perhaps the most exciting new news is that we bought a blend tec!  I'm real excited about it. I love my green smoothies.

The end, for now.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Update

I re-posted the gun cabinet picture, hopefully bigger. My favorite sticker says ”china has gun control.” So bizarre.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Only at the DI...

Do you find fun cabinets like this
(this is inside).


Chow Truck

Do we have amazing food tricks in Salt Lake? Why yes, we do. Meet the Chow Truck.

Chels and I went there for tacos and sliders and chips, with an asian twist. The beef tacos were spectacular. Seriously amazing. And Chelsea and I enjoyed our usual lively conversion.

So fun.






Bday Breakfast

Happy Birthday to Trisha!

We went to Eggs in the City for breakfast. Trish had crepes with nutella (yum!) and I had  brulee, which is steel cut oats with candied pecans and bananas and caramelized brown sugar. It was so good!

We also had a great time reminiscing on old times, and getting our thrift on at the di.



a spectacle

Loving my new specs, though for now they make me a bit dizzy.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

new love.

First, I found Pinterest. Are you on? It is lovely, so many beautiful things. I spent way too much time on there tonight, but since I don't have homework, I don't feel too bad about it.

So through Pinterest I found this site, the beauty department. I am so in love. The hair tutorials are my favorite. Like this one. I think I will try it tomorrow.

Monday, September 5, 2011

no such thing as blue lemons.

We went to one of the free organ concerts at temple square today. It was lovely. Then we walked around downtown and admired the new City Creek development.

We had lunch at the Blue Lemon. The menu looked very nice, and the restaurant was new and chic. I ordered a roasted beet and arugula salad, A ordered a raspberry chicken salad, and we got sweet potato fries to share.

The presentation was very nice, but the food itself was lacking. The fries were on the cold side. My salad had more radicchio than arugula, and the roasted beets were cold. I don't know that I'd go back.




Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hunger Games

Driving home from our week in Seattle, I finally got A interested in the Hunger Games series. We listened to all of book one, finishing just as we pulled off the freeway. I can't tell you how happy I am about this, because I LOVE those books! Now we're listening to book two, simultaneously, but separately. I'm listening on my way to and from work, which has greatly improved my traveling experience. Just seven months till the movie comes out. Team Peeta, forever.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Paseo

Friday, we went to paseo, a caribbean did stand near the coast in ballard. I almost died, my cuban sandwich was so flipping good. The baguette, the grilled onion, the jalapeno, the cilantro... Oh my.

Then we went to trophy cupcakes. Now, I'm skeptical of all store-bought cupcakes, because I've only had two that were even comparable to the ones my sister makes (one from bouchon bakery, one from disneyland). But. This snickerdoodle cupcake was phenomenal. The cake was heavy, almost like coffee cake, and somehow the outside was crusted with cinnamon sugar. The frosting was very cinnamonish, and sprinkled with coarse sugar. Is was so good. A had the red velvet, which had one adorable heart shaped sprinkle on top. Plus, the shop itself was so cute, and they sent us home with two cupcakes for free since it was near closing time. Literally, sweet!







Experimental Burgers.

Thursday we went to a little place called Lunchbox Laboratory. The gps on my phone sent us on a wild goose chase to find it, but when we finally got there, it was well worth the long trip.

It was happy hour there, so I ordered the burger of the gods for a third of the usual price, and a half price boston cream pie shake. A had the new york burger with a vanilla shake. We shared sweet potato fries. A insists it is the best burger he's ever had.



Best Mexican.

So pretty much, this trip has consisted of entertaining Pickles (the english/french bulldog-boston terrier puppy), watching netflix, and eating amazing food. No running around trying to fit in touristy things, just relaxing. It has been so nice, and the food has seriously been spectacular.

Wednesday we went to Kubota gardens, a beautiful japanese garden, and then to dinner at Carta de Oaxaca. We got a parking spot just across from the restaurant, and when we walked up to the door, we were seated immediately. Apparently that was extremely lucky, because it is a crazy busy and popular restaurant.

Everything was very reasonably priced, so we ordered two tacos al pastor to share, A got the posole, and I got the pork mole tamale. Out was spectacular. The sweet, but not like cafe rio sweet, just perfect and delicious. The posole was good, and spicy!



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Daily Log

Sunday: naps, general lounging, long walks at seward park, eighties movies on netflix.

Monday: discovery park with a hot doggie,  smoked gouda grilled cheese, exploring spectacular neighborhoods, pesto pizza (red mill was closed!), old school custard, and "girls just wanna have fun."

Tuesday: good will (amazing!), seward park again, red mill, double chocolate caramel magnum bars, and more eighties movies.






Sunday, August 7, 2011

Relax.

Yesterday wad a chill day. We slept in with a snoring dog, then made oatmeal and omelets with fresh eggs. We went to the burian st. vincent depaul thrift shop, and I got five skeins of wool yarn for two dollars. We ran around in the backyard with the funny dog, and then went to thai tom for dinner. I had pad thai with tofu, A had cashew chicken. It was spectacularly good. Then we watched "the man who knew too little," which A had never seen. It was great.






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