Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Snowy Flat Tire.

Last night as I was preparing dinner awaiting my honey's arrival, I got the usual call telling me he in on his way. This time he told me was going to be a little longer due to a flat tire in the parking lot of his building. So I told him I'd prolong dinner making and wait for him. Soon after I got another call from him saying one of his lug nuts was another size and his wrench wasn't working. I drove over there only to find out that mine was also the wrong size. We went to an auto parts store and got what we needed and went to change the tire. Right when I was deciding whether to stay or go, I saw a few snowflakes fall. Every second the snow became getting thicker and thicker. It wasn't a bad storm or anything, just light, quarter-sized, fluffy snowflakes covering everywhere very quickly. I happened to have my camera so I took a couple pics. I didn't like the idea of KC staying in the snow changing a tire all by himself, even if he was going to be fine, so I stayed to chat. It was interesting to me that all the while we were driving, or anything else besides actually changing the tire, there wasn't a snowflake to be seen. But when the changing was being done, it was making KC's hands cold while trying to righty-tighty and lefty-loosey. He never once complained, as usual. I need to take a lesson on looking on the bright side of situations like he does. The snow stopped soon after it started. So even though we got a flat tire on one of the only days that it has snowed here, and in the only 15 minutes that is snowed that day, it could've been worse in many ways. It could've been on the freeway in a foot of snow, it could've been 2 or 3 tires, it could've been... you get the picture. I actually had a very pleasant evening. Maybe that's because it wasn't my car. That might be a totally different story. He is now in two and a half hour wait to get the screw removed and the tire repaired at the wonderful Costco where his tires have a warranty. He said he'd keep himself busy by doing errands and such, and here I am again awaiting his arrival. Car troubles are rare since KC takes extremely good care of his car. I'm spoiled to have him home on time every night. I guess I can wait a little longer this time.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Who Wants Cake?

For those who don't know the story of my wedding cake, it kind of funny. KC and I got engaged at Christmas and sort of knowing this, I had made a consultation with a cake person in Utah so we could get it all taken care of while we were there. I found the perfect cake on her website and she actually had a model in her living room where we were talking. I wanted it square and on a stand but other than that, this was it. I even based my colors around it. She warned me that it wouldn't be exactly the same, and being in the cake business, I totally understood. She told me if I was really worried, I could just buy the ribbons and it would cost quite a bit less too. I liked this cake and wanted it to be just the same so I trusted her. And I thought since we didn't have to pay anything for Melody's cake, we could splurge a little on mine. This is one of the regrets of my wedding. So everything was worked out. When I walked into the reception room, I looked at the cake and let out a little gasp. Amber looked at me and without me even saying anything, she said, "we can go buy ribbons and make it look better." I just took a breath and said, "it's fine, but I don't know what she was thinking". There have been times in the bakeries that I've worked at that the mothers cry when the tiniest thing is wrong with their one year old's cake, so I thought my reaction was very kind to the woman. I just brushed it off knowing that it wasn't what the wedding was all about. It also helped my sister-in-law who was getting her cake done by the same person two months after me to make sure she was doing everything right. She talked to her over and over making sure all colors were correct. Her cake was exactly what she wanted so at least I could help a little. Besides the colors, the cake was pretty good, it was made very well and they came and boxed it up after the wedding. They meant well.

We also had another open house here in Maryland where we had about 50 or so people show up. I was working with some really great decorators and my boss said she would give me a cake for free. My friend had just started this beautiful butter cream flower decoration and she said she wanted to do it for me. I know she worked so long and so hard, and I think my boss sort of regretted her decision since we were spending so much time on wedding food. The cake turned out stunning and I felt like it made up for anything I thought was less than perfect before. Cami has more of these reception pictures on her 2006 photo link on her blog. Seeing them was the inspiration for this long-winded rant about the silly cake at my reception, but it didn't change the fact that it was the happiest day of my life.

Friday, January 26, 2007

"Famous" Recipe

So I'm on a couple message boards and they have recipe days. I never post, I just read. So today I found this message that someone sent and I thought it was hilarious. Everyone thinks their recipe is the best, and no one will ever figure it out or make anything like it. It's so funny what you find out behind the scenes of the restaurant business. Although this recipe is online of course, so I don't know how true this story is. Anyway, try it and tell me what you think. I think I'll make right now. Seem like a nice thing to do on such a cold day. She wrote:

A little background: Neiman-Marcus, if you don't know already, is a
very expensive store; i.e., they sell your typical $8.00 T-shirt for

Let's let them have it! THIS IS A TRUE STORY!

My daughter and I had just finished a salad at a Neiman-Marcus Cafe in
Dallas , and we decided to have a small dessert. Because both of us are
such cookie lovers, we decided to try the "Neiman-Marcus cookie."

It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe, and
the waitress said with a small frown, "I'm afraid not, but you can buy
the recipe."

Well, I asked how much, and she responded, "Only two fifty. It's a
great deal!" I agreed to that, and told her to just add it to my tab.

Thirty days later, I received my VISA statement, and
the Neiman-Marcus <>charge was $285.00! I looked again, and I remembered
I had only spent
$9.95 for two salads and about $20.00 for a scarf. As I glanced at the
bottom of the statement, it said, "Cookie
Recipe-$250. 00". That was outrageous!

I called Neiman's Accounting Department and told them the waitress said
it was " two fifty ", which clearly does not mean "two hundred and fifty
dollars" by any reasonable interpretation of the phrase.

Neiman-Marcus refused to budge.

They would not refund my money because, according to them, "What the
waitress told you is not our problem. You have already seen the
recipe. We absolutely will not refund your money at this point." I
explained to the Accounting Department lady the criminal statutes which
govern fraud in the state of Texas . I threatened to report them to the
Business Bureau and the Texas Attorney General's office for
engaging in fraud. I was basically told, "Do what you want. Don't bother
thinking of how you can get even, and don't bother trying to get any of
your money back."

I just said, Okay, you folks got my $250, and now I'm going to have
$250 worth of fun." I told her that I was going to see to it that every
cookie lover in the United States with an e-mail account has a $250
cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus. .for free. She replied, "I wish you
wouldn't do this."

I said, "Well, perhaps you should have thought of that before you
ripped me off!" and slammed down the phone.

So here it is!

Please, please, please pass it on to everyone you can possibly think
of. I paid $250 for this, and I don't want Neiman-Marcus to EVER make
another penny off of this recipe!


2 cups butter
24 oz. chocolate chips
4 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cups sugar
1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
5 cups blended oatmeal
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)

Measure oatmeal, and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the
butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with flour,
oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey
Bar, and nuts. Roll into balls, and place two inches apart on a cookie

Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.


Even if the people on your e-mail list don't eat sweets, send it
to them and ask them to pass it on.
Let's make sure we get these ladies $250.00 worth.
Enjoy the cookies, they are good..

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Sleeping on a Cloud

We have been debating whether or not to get a new mattress since we got married. The one we have is fine and was graciously given to me by Cami and Jake. We even have the pineapple bed that's been used through the ages by my family. I love that I'm taking part in that. Anyway, we were getting tired of this mattress even with the cool textured foam pad I bought for it a while ago. KC's mom had mentioned before that his little sister bought a mattress topper for her dorm room bed(we all know how comfy those are) and I thought that was the answer. I wake up with a soar back and/or neck every once in a while and I thought maybe KC was right in the new mattress idea. So instead of purchasing an expensive mattress just yet, we bought the mattress topper from Costco that my mother-in-law had mentioned. It is a 2 1/2 inch memory foam pad and a microfiber down-like pillow top pad you put on top of the other. They zip together and are attached to the mattress like a fitted sheet. It took a whole day for the memory foam to recover from being vacuum packed for shipping. Ever since I put my bed together, I can't get out of it. It's worth every penny if you are in the same mattress situation as we are. It's a little taller too, so I stumbled a little getting out of bed the first couple times. I think it has also cured me of not being able to sleep in because I've been waking up at about 7:00 every day this week. I'd better get up and get ready for work, but I'm all memory foamed in.

Just a note. Cami was great and finished the quilt that was started at my wedding shower. With the help of Matt creatively making a quilting frame out of stuff he practically got for free, and Cami buying everything else, we have our cute hibiscus flower quilt on our bed. It gets pretty cold in our basement so any extra blanket is greatly appreciated.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Homemade Dip Cones

Dip cones are one of my favorite treats. Purple Turtle makes a particularly good one with a coconut shell, but any hard shell will do. I even like the cherry ones that Macey's would sell. I know it's a cheap version of "chocolate" that usually leaves a film on the roof of my mouth, but I just love it. With the reminants of the birthday party, the ice cream and dipping chocolate, and some ice cream cones we already had, I made some very delightful dip cones. I ate it very quickly. KC's was dripping a lot so he was eating it over the sink at the beginning. It's funny that a lot of my blog entries revolve around food, but what can I say? Please take these treats away from my house!

My Young Husband

KC is 30! I actually pulled off a surprise party for him and I can't believe he didn't figure it out. I was too stressed to remember a camera, so maybe you can see the pics Matt took on his gallery. I invited about 30 people and with the help of my great family, it was a success. I'm not a very convincing liar, so I tried really hard to make up a lot of lies two weeks prior the party. The day of the party was so hard for me because it wasn't until 5:30 pm, and it was a Saturday. I had to just act like we were going to dinner and it was another ho-hum night, when I was really freaking out inside wondering if everything was going to turn out as planned. I was nauseous from being so nervous, and I was getting a little cranky just because I wanted it to be out in the open once and for all. I made up a lie that I had to drop something at Cami's before we went to our restaurant that happened to be in Close by. Coincidence? I came back out and told KC that Cami promised Jeffy and Ethan that he would come say hi. They love when KC comes over. He came in and there was everyone to surprise him. It was fun to watch him figure it all out.

I prepared most of the food on Friday, and I had to even make up a lie to cover up the smell the cake left on my shirt. KC has an incredible sense of smell. The table had a spread of delicious artichoke dip, and a chocolate fondue provided by Matt and Cortnie. Cami made pizza for the kids which was great. We had a veggie tray, bacon wrapped little smokies, cheese puff rolls, and cup cakes with either a letter K or C on each of them. I couldn't have done it without my family's help.

I had also made up a fake party that was supposed to be on Sunday at Matt's so he wouldn't be bummed that there was nothing happening, and he wouldn't suspect anything earlier. We even pretended that Matt and Cortnie wanted to make the cake. Matt was funny and had a long conversation with him about what kind of cake he wanted. Perfect. So during the party people kept asking what else he was doing to celebrate and he still believed the party was on at Matt's. it wasn't until we left and we were talking that he realized that was a lie too. Ha ha. Good thing we didn't have in on Sunday since we had extremely icy roads that night. Read Matt's blog about the "Gully of Dooooomooom" and you'll see.

Happy Birthday KC!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

100 freakin' things!

Fine, everyone keeps asking me, and the longer I wait, the more build up there will be for something that isn't so exciting for anyone besides me. Have fun.

1. I love mornings and can wake up early without a complaint. But staying up late is really hard for me. I will say things I don't mean.

2. I was involved a lot in school politics: Manila Elem. President, Jr. Class President, Student Body Publicity Chair. I really needed extra-curricular activities, since I was never into sports or anything.

3. I don't take a lot of risks. It's too scary for me. I need to get out of my comfort zone more often.

4. I am very grateful for my mom and dad. Every time I have a good childhood memory, I think of how they made it so wonderful. I also love my siblings and I ache for us to be all together again. The one's that live close by are so greatly appreciated. I talk to everyone regularly.

5. I always second guess myself no matter what I'm doing. I failed a lot of tests that way. I do it in other situations too like driving, or shopping. I've learned to go with my first instinct.

6. I teach the CTR class in my ward and am learning a lot more than I thought. I secretly want to be the sacrament or primary chorister. The one we have in primary puts me to sleep.

7. I love doing my hair after a week of putting it up in a wet bun. It reminds me of it's length. It takes longer to blow dry it than it takes me to walk to work, so I give up.

8. I was once proposed to when I showed the cheesecake I made for dessert at a picnic. Not by KC either.

9. KC is so special to me, I can't stand the thought of a life without him. I cherish his ukulele playing even though sometimes when he's playing I complain because I want him to be cuddling with me.

10. I went to USU for one semester where I'm proud to say my best friends were my grandma and grandpa. They are my college buddies. We bonded a lot: games, dinners, food network, which was my other best friend. I watched it for hours a day. Grandpa even set me up with my own little TV and headphones. I loved it.

11. There was a point when I told my mom and sisters I would never, never, never, never EVER like KC. I really tried to get that point across. That changed quickly. Hee hee.

12. I am the younger of the twins, even though I never understood that rule. We'll never know who was actually conceived first. And, whenever people guess, they think I'm older. The funny thing is, they give reasons like I'm taller, or I just seem older. One minute is quite a difference to some people I guess.

13. I love my cowboy boots and will never be able to replace them so they better not wear out.

14. I've worked with people from more countries than I can count including: Honduras, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, France, and Germany, to name a few.

15. I worked at a hotel where I had to wake up at 2:30 am for a whole year. I saw things from the city nightlife I never wanted to. The prostitutes in particular. I had a hard time thinking of anything happy for a while after seeing them. It was so sad.

16. I was single handedly responsible for the dessert portion of a Sunday brunch that was $80 per person. I didn't get paid accordingly.

17. I've been blessed with straight teeth without the help of any braces. I did get a retainer a couple years ago for a recently developed tiny space between my front teeth. I still where it every few days.

18. When the new version of "The Parent Trap" came out, I had so many people tell me that I look like Lindsey Lohan. That continued for a couple years until she changed...a little.

19. I am about 7 1/2 years younger than my husband. When we met, we both thought that was a major factor and cancelled each other out of our dating lists.

20. I like watching 24 alone, or with KC only. Parties ruin it for me. Other shows are usually okay.

21. In the course of two years when my life was changing a lot, I gained and lost about 15+ lbs without changing the way I ate or exercised. Stress has a huge impact on my body.

22. When I was young and my other friends were playing with dolls, I was doing science experiments. I remember the Christmas I told my parents that it's okay if they didn't get me any science stuff this year, when I grew out of it.

23. I wanted to grow up to be a lot of things as a kid. First "a doctor who delivered babies" as I put it, than a hairstylist, than a Chef, with ideas of other professions in between. A mom is my true aspiration.

24. I have always hated having freckles until recently. More people have them than I realized.

25. I am fascinated with the giganticness of whales. I could watch the Animal Planet about them for hours.

26. I have a hard time singing hymns or primary songs without crying. They are so applicable to our lives. Music is an escape to me..

27. I am addicted to chapstick. I need it right now! I have on in my church bag, my purse, my kitchen, my bathroom, and by my bed. All are very important.

28. I'm often cold and when I'm at home I either am wearing slippers or am wrapped up in my electric blanket on the couch.

29. I remember people's faces very well. Names, not as much, but I'll always recognize a face if I see it once or twice.

30. I dated a secret service agent. Sounds cool, but was actually a very traumatic experience.

31. I got stood up more than once by a second generation Osmond fellow. Traumatic as well.

32. I played the flute, and bass clarinet in jr. high. I still have my flute, but the clarinet is long gone. That thing was as big as me. I always wish I played strings.

33. I have a very hard time saying no to people even though I really want to.

34. I hate playing or receiving practical jokes. I even had a dream about the Andy guy on the office where I helped him find his phone in the ceiling. I never take part in such activities.

35. I am extremely ticklish. It gets annoying. I try to make myself believe I'm not, but I can't.

36. I love a clean cut husband, shaved and all. Although, the goatee he had once was kinda cool.

37. I am able to communicate with Spanish speaking customers daily with knowing only a limited amount of words. They know zero English. I even get them to buy my pictures!

38. I've had glasses since 1st grade, but hardly ever wear them. When I do, I am grateful.

39. I want to move to another state in the near future. Maybe Colorado?

40. I can't believe this, but my one year anniversary is less than 2 months away.

41. I want a big fun family like mine, but not too big. I don't know how you did it Mom, but I can't imagine life without any of us, so good thing you did.

42. I never let myself think of eternity. I know it's wonderful, but it scares me so bad. I've had sleepless nights.

43. I've held a pencil wrong my whole life.

44. I pretty much totaled my dad's car when I was 5. I remember every part of that experience.

45. I have a bad habit of wandering. My parents found that out on the beach. I find myself lost a lot on shopping trips or other crowded places. I like to do my own thing.

46. In jr. high, I wanted to be popular so bad, I would paid anything for name brand clothes to fit in. Now I am a complete bargain shopper. I won't buy it if I know I can get a better deal somewhere else. I do have an appreciation for a quality article of clothing though, with or without a name brand. (I just got a great pair of jeans from Costco.)

47. I am trying to stick up for myself more.

48. I have a lot of favorite movies but "Newsies," "That Thing you Do," and "Return to Me"
are always up there.

50. For a few years in my teens, I didn't go a day without painted fingernails or toenails. Now it's just toes. I felt naked without it. Once I didn't have time to do my toes and went to a baseball game. They were covered up, but I felt like my shoes could come off at any minute and expose them! That's a little OCD. I've changes a lot since then.

51. I actually like change. I crave it.

52. I love cooking and eating breakfast foods the most. A good breakfast sandwich, cinnamon rolls, biscuits...mmmm.

53. I think raspberries are a work of art. Most fruits for that matter. Sometimes I'd just look at them before putting them on a tart.

54. I don't like my legs. I like buying a lot of different nylons to cover them up.

55. When I wear blue, someone usually comments on how it matches my eyes no matter what shade.

56. I've always had a problem with jealousy. I wish I could just wish the best for people, instead of wanting what they have.

57. I find that if someone tells a joke, and no one laughs I will a lot so the person doesn't feel bad. This has happened on many occasions.

58. I put myself in other people's shoes in my mind daily. It makes me so grateful for what I have. It makes me sad for them.

59. I wish I read and understood the Book of Mormon better. I am in a class right now to do so. I don't know what I would do with out the gospel. I love the things I learn everyday from the hardships I have. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are so dear to me.

60. I find that a lot of the time in school I would know an answer to a question but didn't raise my hand. Then someone says it and I say to myself "that's what I was gonna say." I wish I would've taken more chances.

61. In my primary class we play Build the Birthday Cake, instead of Hangman. They took it too literally. The cake has five layers, a candle and a flame. Decorations if the word is really long.

62. I have very good self control when it comes to eating.

63. I hate spiders or anything that can crawl into my bed while I'm sleeping. I have sticky traps all over the house.

64. I don't like to read. I wish I did.

65. I never want to yell. When I raise my voice, I feel like my face gets really ugly.

66. I love to sing. I would do more musical numbers if I was asked. I don't like to volunteer for things like that.

67. I've recently discovered the joy if home decor.

68. I wish I would do more service.

69. I have a lot of pet peeves: cluttered surfaces, singing hymns slowly, pre-talk jokes in church, when people don't clean up after themselves, indecisiveness, people wearing pants to church (they do that a lot here), women who sing tenor, when people wear flip-flops with winter coats. I am trying to not have any pet peeves. I feel like they are not Christlike since other people find these things normal for them. Who am I to say it's not okay. I'm working on it.

70. I hate commercials. I have anxiety attacks over them.

71. I like letting other people have their own opinions as I like having mine. I don't try to force anyone into thinking my way is the best way.

72. I dream of having a huge house some day with a big staircase.

73. If I know how to do something, but someone is explaining it to me, I let them think I'm hearing it for the first time. I don't know why I just don't tell them I already know.

74. I could watch our lava lamp for a long time with out getting bored.

75. I lived at my sister Cami's house for a whole year. I can't believe she let me do that. It was really fun and helpful financially. It still feels like home when I go there.

76. My house after that had a pool. It was so cool. I swam laps for a little while.

77. I am a very focused shopper. I like going alone so I can get things done.

78. As much as it was psychologically trying for me, I actually pulled off a surprise party for KC. I still feel like ever thing I say is a lie. My brain needs to get back into truth mode.

79. I think every store bought dessert is over priced.

80. Brushing my teeth and washing my face are very fun for me. I love the feeling of being clean. I even brush my teeth in the shower so I come out clean everywhere.

81. I could watch M. Night Shyamalan movies over and over. He is a genius.

82. I made this list in sacrament meeting. It has gone by very fast.

83. I was planning to stay in Maryland for 8 month to come to culinary school. That has turned into who knows how many years.

84. I was recently assigned to be the assistant camp director in my ward.

85. It's funny that Melody and I are so different and so alike. I wish I could see her more. Someday we will see each other more than twice a year. She is my best friend. I never needed anyone else when we were growing up. It helps to have husbands to distract us while we're apart.

86. A friend from high school and I have been passing a greeting card back and forth for the past 5 years.

87. I've really become better at waiting for things than I used to be. When I wanted something, I wanted it NOW! I am learning that some things take time and patience.

88. I call Jeffy and Ethan poo-poo without even thinking about it, like it's their real name.

89. When I'm taking pictures of babies, I'm often mistaken for a nurse and get asked all kinds of questions. I also witness a circumcision every once in a while. Not by choice. My equipment is in the same room. I never look. Yuck!

90. I was Mary in the Live nativity at the temple. I had a bad attitude and it turned out to be very rewarding. That always happens.

91. I want to go to Ireland someday. It's just sounds pretty there.

92. Our shower curtain is a map of the world and I'm learning a lot. I never realized how much time is wasted in the shower when I could be learning. They should invent more waterproof learning materials.

93. I pack my husbands lunch everyday. He never asks, I just like to use things in a particular order. I also know what we have since I do the shopping.

94. I am a mild germophobe. I keep alcohol wipes to clean off my phone. I feel like I can see dirt even if it's not visible.

95. I like to treat everyone equally. Especially kids. I can't deny one kid a treat if everyone else is getting one. I'm a sucker for a sad child. I think that will change with my own.

96. When I was younger I always wanted to explain myself when I was doing something juvenile. I even knew what adults were thinking when they would hear me and my friends talking teenager-like,"Oh those kids. They'll grow up one of these days." Sometimes I wanted to take the adults aside and say, "I know this all sounds really dumb, but we're in a phase right now." Or, "I don't really care that much about the dance, I just have to let my friends think I do." I wanted to fit in with all age groups.

97. My husband has a great sense of style and I have taken quite a few tips from him.

98. I argue with myself a lot over whether or not I should cut my hair.

99. I love pilates as my form of exercise. It's great for the mind and body.

100. I love being a wife. Being married is just as wonderful or better than I ever thought it would be. I still look at my ring and sigh.

Man, I could write a blog about each and every one of these things. I guess it's a good way to blog 100 things without having to write a lot about each one. It was actually pretty therapeutic. I think I learned a lot about myself. Now I can go get my ever-lovin' chapstick.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Food mug shots

I realized while looking through my pictures that I very often take pictures of my face really close to food. They are never veryflattering so I don't know why I do this besides to document food that I either thought looked good, tasted good or had some funny story involved. I think now that I'm involved in photography I'm a little more conscious about what the picture is going to look like before I take it. So hopefully I will get better at this mugshot thing I seem to have going on. By the way, I tried really hard to get the pics all lined up straight and I was going crazy, so I'm leaving them strewn about. Sometimes I need to make myself leave things messy to practice patience. Things don't always have to line up straight, I guess (cringe).

Friday, January 12, 2007

I think I've still got it

I have been a regular babysitter for a great woman in my neighborhood. She has a cute one year old boy. I only actually spent time with him a couple different days. The rest of the babysitting consisted of me coming over after he was asleep and watching TV, playing Sudoku, giant journaling, regular journaling, or watching movies with KC. He usually came with me since he and I both wanted company. That occurred about 4 times a month or so. But this past week, I went over a lot since they are socialites and had many friends throwing farewell dinners. I really got to know them. She found out I was a pastry chef and started asking questions. I gave her an idea of what to make for a party and she made an Apple Frangipane Tart. It was a very good first attempt. In school and the shops I worked in, frangipane was a staple. It's a very dense almond cake batter that is baked in the bottom of a lot of fruit tarts. You might've even eaten it without knowing. It is so good. I know a certain Cami that can attest. So, KC and I wanted to give them a going away token. I made her a Mango Caramel Frangipane Tart. I knew she loved mangoes and I wanted to show her something else she could do with frangipane since she also loved that. She was so excited she could hardly talk. She ended up taking it to her cocktail party and came back with a clean platter. I'd much rather many people enjoy it than just two. Anyway, it was such a fun project and it's good to know I can still whip up an elegant dessert even though I'm not getting the daily training I used to. The missionaries also got this for dessert when they came for dinner, sesrved with ice cream. If you want the recipe, let me know.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

I need to wake up my brain!

A while ago KC introduced me to a mind game called Sudoku. If you haven't heard of it, it is played like this:

There is one big square. Inside there are 9 more squares, and 9 smaller squares within each of those. There are several numbers placed in the small squares in no particular order. The object is to fill in every square with numbers 1-9 with out repeating numbers in any column, row, or square.

This is a Sudoku website if you want to give it a try.

For Christmas I bought KC and hand held electronic Sudoku game and I play it more than he does. I started with the beginning levels and have slowly worked my way up. I think I'm getting the hang of it. I have always steered clear of things like this for fear of finding out how much I really don't know. For instance, I have always been afraid of crossword puzzles. Whenever I'd see someone doing one there were automatically put on a higher level then me. I just told people "I don't do those." But now that I have a little confidence in the Sudoku field, I can turn to that part of the newspaper with a little less apprehension. The two puzzles are right next to each other in the paper, so I really feel like I'm facing my fear.

In the airport flying back to Maryland, I went to the overpriced bookstore and bought a book of a variety of games and puzzles (and a regular magazine for when my brain was overstimulated). I really kept busy trying games that made my brain do things it hasn't for a while. My job is very repetitive and I feel like my brain has been on autopilot. I now keep a puzzle book and Sudoku with me at all times for when I have a few minutes to spare. I suppose I could read more books, but I have never liked to read. It's kindof embarrasing, but I find it very hard to stay focused. When I do get to the exciting part of a novel, which is rare, I really enjoy it and can understand what people like so much about this spare time activity. But it's starting a book that is the hard part. I have the time and resources (you saw Cami's book list on her blog I'm sure), just no desire. Maybe the puzzles will help with the concentration and patience it takes to read more. There are so many great books, I've heard, and I don't want to be left out.

Let me know how you did on your Sudoku puzzle. Pick any level. I'm sure some of you are already experts.

Saturday, January 06, 2007


We just finished our very filling dinner of brats, sauerkraut, curly fries, and crusty bread complete with au jus, and spicy brown mustard. We were at the grocery store and it sounded good and easy so we bought the fixin's (some of which we already had) and indulged. I think I said "" between each bite. I will be thinking about this meal for quite sometime. Don't you ever eat something that just hits the spot?

Monday, January 01, 2007

Makin' it to heaven in 2007!

You may wonder what that corny phrase is I have in the title. When KC and his friends were in college they started making mottoes for the year. For example "Lookin' for more in 2004", "Stayin' alive in 2005", "Get in the mix in 2006". There aren't set rules to this. You can really make up anything you want as long as it rhymes. It's silly but kind of cute. Anyway, I guess we have to try to make it to heaven this year, until I can think of something else to do in 2007.

Well Christmas went well. We were greeted with very warm welcomes by both families and had a great time catching up with everyone. My highlight was seeing my little nieces and nephew that are growing up so fast. I grew up with them and now that I'm not there all the time, they have changed a lot. I'm glad they still remember me, but I couldn't get enough videos of them. Especially Allyson since she's most likely not going to remember me next time I return. They are so cute. I do love my nephews here though. They make me laugh all the time. Any of the three of them says or does something at least once every five minutes that make KC and me laugh so hard.

We had to fly home the day after Christmas and I was a little bummed. that day is relaxing and picking up wrapping paper. But I have to say the non-stop flight was great, and there weren't even that bad of lines at the airport. I also saw a good friend of mine at the same baggage claim in Maryland. So I had an okay day after all. Oh yeah, KC and I also got to give our gifts to eachother which was also something to look forward to. I am constantly using my very soft electric blanket that KC got for me and I am always listening to my cool, tiny (mom will tell you the size of a Triscut, while I think it's half that size.) Ipod Shuffle. I am totally in now. I love it. KC's fun presents are coming up on his birthday, so now I have to switch gears and start thinking about that. It's this month!

Before Christmas we were asked to be a part of the live nativity at the Washington DC visitor's center on December 30th. So we tried to stay in the Christmas spirit until then. We went to the front desk where they took us to the back to get into costume. KC had a fake beard applied to his face and it was a little creepy. We had to go over the music track a couple times and go through the short set of action they had us learn. It was only about 7 minutes long or something, but we did it about 9 times before the next set of "actors" showed up. It was really fun, and we could hear the boys saying funny things. It was hard not to laugh. It was a nice way to end the season and Matt took some good pictures. I'm even considering framing one for our house. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and is now having a great times cleaning up all the decorations. I haven't even started yet! (Not that there's much to put away.)