Thursday, October 30, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Happy Garage Sale Day!

So we decided that since we are going to rent out the basement, we needed to find a place for our belongings, and since we haven't touched our stuff since April, we decided to sell it, so we are in phase one of de-junking and selling. We are posting on craigslis, having a two day garage sale, and will eventualy ebay the things we know we can get lots of money for.

Being pregnant and sick all of the time, I have not had the energy or physical ambition to prep for this weekend. So from all of the things that Evan, Linwood and Ben helped carry up from the basement, Amy Cobbley came over to rescue and help me:) YAY We laid out and priced everything, and as I write the sale is happening. So far with the early birds, I have made $90. Off to sell more to my next customer.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Loving Life!!

There are so many reasons to love life!! Here are 12 of them in no order:
1.I am so happy that I am who I am.
That Evan and I are sealed together for eternity!
2.I love the new bread that I discovered at Costco, and like switching off from baking to buying.
3 I love that I saw the Moon this morning, what a great welcome to the day.
4.I love fried eggs, toast and strawberries for breakfast.
5.I found out that they sell pancake batter in a whipping cream canister(I will have to find a picture).
6.I love that I am pregnant despite the sickness and other things that come along with it.
7.I love that Evan loves teaching and is good at it!
8.I love friendly faces and warm hellos.
9.I love my family.
10.I love finding money I thought was lost or spent.
11.I am a daughter of God.
12.I get to laugh.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Homemade Bread!!!

I owe my mother sooo much for teaching me how to bake bread and other great meals and desserts! She has taught me so much that I have used in my everyday life, to her, I will always be grateful!

On this cold and wintery Friday, I decided to use my brand new wheat grinder for the first time and make some wheat bread. It is sooooo yummy. Right out of the oven with butter and homemade jam. What more can you ask for!?! If you want a piece, you will have to come on over or order some from me;) If you ever want a bread making lesson, just give me a ring!

Cheers! and Happy cooking. (I got that from a cooking show:))

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Denver Aquarium

So I got to plan our surprise date, and decided that we should go to the Denver Aquarium. It was ok overall, overpriced for what the food was, and when you drink the tap water, you smell the salt water and it all seems to be the same thing. Oh well, it was a fun date, and we got some great pictures!

Evan was sooo cute! We were looking at the dessert menu, and we got to a picture of the Peanut Butter Pie, and I thought he was reading, but it was his own reaction to the picture, "A pie, devoted to peanut butter!!!??" I couldn't stop laughing..he loves peanut butter so much, and that was the cutest reaction.

We ended the tour and dinner with Evan petting the stingray. The smell was getting to me, so it was a quick tour:) Evan is a great date! I am lucky to be married to him!!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

My Mom's Favorite Dill Bean Soup

I remember trying this soup for the first time when I was a little girl. It is a simple recipe with so much flavor and taste! Sometimes I fry up bacon for a garnish, but it is really tasty without anything added to it. Here is the recipe, I usually put what I think looks good in the pot, close to the recipe, so follow what works for you. It is a cheap soup to make and freezes well.

Favorite Dill Bean Soup:

1 cup sliced celery
2 medium carrots shredded
1 clove minced garlic
2 tsp butter

4 cups chicken broth
3 medium potato (3 cups)
2 tsp dry dill

15 oz cannelloni bean (great northern or navy beans)
1cup sour cream or yogurt
1 tbs flour
1/8 tsp pepper
dash of salt

In sauce pan sauté first 4 ingredients. Stir in next
three ingredients and boil.
Reduce heat and simmer about 20-25 minutes.
With the back of spoon (or potato masher), mash potatoes.
Add in beans drained and rinsed. In separate bowl mix last
ingredients and stir into soup. Cook until thick and bubbly.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Enjoying Starbucks without the coffee or tea:)

I love Fall!! I wanted to give another example of why.

THE Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino® Blended Crème

It is a delicious blend of pumpkin and traditional fall spice flavors combined with milk, blended with ice, and topped with whipped crème and pumpkin pie spices. No coffee, and it is soooo delicious. Many memories tie back to this wonderful drink! Go and try it, and if anyone has the recipe for it, please oh please I beg you for it..Starbucks is expensive! Make sure you get it without the coffee:):):)