Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Week

I am grateful. SO grateful. For.... not having school for 3 days. :) That was a nice, and much needed break.
Real things that I'm grateful for:

I started the break out with a game of Frisbee golf. It was so much fun!! I played with real Frisbees, so it was LEGIT.

And then I went to the ranch with Suzanne and the Knights. It was so much fun to be with a family and CHILDREN. Kids are so nice.

And Colton is ADORABLE. I love making him laugh and smile... he thinks everything you do is hilarious!

So, dinner was amazing, of course. I felt absolutely NO guilt after Thanksgiving for feeling stuffed to the max. What a wonderful feeling! Eating actual meals becomes a rarity when you are always having to "grab something quick" or eat left overs for a week. So I really don't care if I have to work on that food baby for the next week, because I have made myself happy by eating large amounts of food.

Then I went to Washington DC for a few days with a friend. It was a BLAST! We saw the capital building (which we initially thought was the white house. We were so confused when we saw people on the front lawn! And then we got smart.) and we went to the natural history and airplane/space Smithsonians PLUS the Lincoln, Washington, and Jefferson memorials. And we drove by the white house. It was great fun!

(This picture was taken when we knew that the building was the capital building.)

My love, the toad.

Jefferson Memorial

Washington DC is SUCH a beautiful city! I love it.
And now it's back to school. I CAN DO THIS. Only 2 more weeks of school, then finals. And packing up all of my stuff somehow. No biggie.

Cranberries are in season apparently.

A lot can happen in a week! First of all, let me share my favorite recipes from this week:
Cranberry Scones! Delish. When I moved to the East coast, I quickly learned that "scones" are not fried bread dough with honey butter and cinnamon/sugar on them. They are actually this biscuit-like goodness. Here ya go:

I don't remember what I did with the recipe, so... go look one up. They're really good.

Ok. This was the BEST idea anybody ever had!

10-minute Apple Crisp Recipe
• 1 apple, peeled and thickly sliced
• 3 tablespoons sugar
• ½ teaspoon cinnamon
• ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
• ½ teaspoon cornstarch
Crisp Topping-
• 1 ½ tablespoons butter
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 2 tablespoons oats
• 2 tablespoons flour
• ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Starting with the crisp topping: Heat a small frying pan on med-high and cook/fry the all the ingredients for the crisp topping mixture until it is a darkened golden brown making sure to constantly stir so it doesn’t burn (approx. 3 min). Remove from heat and set aside.
In a small mixing bowl combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cornstarch. Add sliced apples and with your hand, massage the dry ingredients into the slices until all the dry mix is used up. Place apple mixture in a microwavable cereal bowl, cover with plastic wrap (folding some of it back to vent it), and microwave for 4 minutes. Remove from microwave and add crisp topping and gently press it down into the apple mixture with the back of a spoon. Place the bowl back in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes. Top off with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

And then today I made CRANBERRY BREAD! (I needed to use the rest of the fresh cranberries from the scones). After waiting half a day to find a bread pan, I finally got my hands on one and made THIS:

Cranberry Bread: (makes 1 loaf)
(Adapted from Ocean Spray's Classic Cranberry Nut Bread)
• 2 cups flour
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 3/4 cup orange juice
• 2 tablespoons butter (softened) or vegetable oil
• 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
• 1 egg well beaten
• 1 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh cranberries
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
• 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract ( my addition to the recipe)
Preheat the oven to 350F

Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.

Chop the Cranberries and walnuts and set aside.
In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Stir in the orange juice, orange peel, egg and butter.

Then fold in the chopped cranberries and walnuts.

Spread the mixture evenly in the greased loaf pan and bake in the oven at 350F for 55 minutes (or more).

Friday, November 20, 2009

I made SOUP

SO.... it's the weekend. I've been crazy busy all week and haven't really been able to MAKE anything for myself to eat (you know, besides salad, cereal, sandwich, snacks, leftovers etc). So I went all out tonight and made TWO soups! (I couldn't decide between the two:) ). This is what I made:

Madame Sucre's Roasted Tomato Soup
3-4 fresh tomatoes - sliced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 big onion chopped
3 garlic cloves
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp butter
2 tbs cream
2 cups chicken stock
1 tbs basil
olive oil
salt n pepper
1. In a pot, roast the sliced tomatoes, some olive oil, chopped onions, garlic cloves and a drizzle of the balsamic vinegar, and salt n pepper.
2. Roast for 25 minutes , at 200c (medium low-ish heat??).
3. In a sauce pan , melt butter , add flour until a bit browned.
4. Combine the butter and flour mixture to the roasted tomatoes and onions, then add 1 can of diced tomatoes, 2 cups of chicken stock and salt n pepper. Boil for 15 minutes.
5. Remove from heat. Blend together until very smooth and creamy.
6. Add cream and mix together on very low heat for about 2 minutes.
7. Add basil and serve with some garlic bread or something with a lot of delicious carbs. :)

This is my soup! (Excuse my Tupperware)

Blender Black Bean Soup - Serves 4

2 cans black beans – drained and rinsed
2 cups gluten free chicken or vegetable stock
½ cup prepared salsa
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt & Pepper
1 lime – optional
½ cup sour cream
Juice of ½ a lime
Sliced green onions or cilantro


Put 1 can of black beans in a blender with the chicken or vegetable stock, salsa and ground cumin. Blend until smooth. Put into a saucepan with the other can of beans and heat over medium heat. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Add the lime juice.
p.s. I added rice and corn. Just because.

Stir some lime juice into the sour cream until smooth and swirl some over the top of each serving and garnish with chopped green onions or cilantro.

Go make it.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Does Josh not look IDENTICAL to Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) from Twilight?!?! I never saw it so clearly until this picture was taken:

On Wednesday night I went to the Anberlin/All American Rejects/Taking Back Sunday concert in Fairfax... and some random girl came up to Josh and told him he looked like Jacob. CRAZY. HAHA But ya the concert was freaking AWESOOOOOOME!!! I was really disappointed that Anberlin played so few songs, but they played some of my favorites... (Paperthin Hymn, Time and Confusion, Breaking etc). The lead singer, Steven Christian, used to be sooooo hot. Now he is getting old and chubby. That is not hot. Plus he wore a tight muscle shirt with a skinny tie, which is also not hot. :( AAR was good... but their lead singer is a PSYCHO. He wore white pants, no shirt, and had pink/purple glitter and baby oil plastered on his chest and back. This could have potentially been attractive (minus the glitter), however, he is really just does not have the body required to make the scene enjoyable. ew. anyway.... as for TBS, they were amazing on all levels. I love "Cute without the e"... great song. Here's a pic of the group:

Other things that have happened:
Girls Night:

Made Caramel Apples:
Bought new smell goods (and did a photo shoot with them):

Let me just say that I am so excited that tomorrow is Friday.
The end.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I love everything

I love volleyball
I love volleyball

I love my sisters and my mom

I love being done with my philosophy paper... 1 of 5 major projects all due in the same week
I love being home and able to eat what I want... not what everyone else wants to eat
I love food blogs
I love nature

I love my nephew

And I love orange starbursts

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween Weekend

I told you I would make these!

I made these for a Halloween party we went to. They are seriously amazing. I think they're so great because they're like little mini cakes! Haha

I was a Barbie for Halloween. :) It was great to wear pink and be covered in sparkles for a whole night! One of my friends decided he would be "Josh Patino" for Halloween. He stole his BYU soccer gear (Josh's trademark) and sunglasses, and did his hair all sweet (he even sprayed it dark). It was hilarious! He and I arrived to the party together. Everyone loved it! I thought it was very clever.

After the football game with some friends(we only go to support our dear friend David, the kicker. He's actually on the soccer team, but just kicks for the football team).