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Sunday, May 29, 2011

California!

We're currently spending our last night in California :(

I really don't want to go back to school.

It's been such a fun weekend full of family, food, sun, and fun.

I am not on my computer, so I don't have any pics to post, but on Tuesday when we're back I'll be sure too!

I'm looking forward to another 15 hours drive tomorrow. Stoked!

Today I'm really thankful for my amazing family who came from Colorado to come to our reception here(minus Justin-we still love you). It was so great to spend some time with them, even though it was short. I've missed them! I'm also so thankful that I have such awesome in-laws! My mother and father in law are both amazing and all of my brother and sister in-laws and nieces and nephews are just a blast. They are so fun to be with. I'm also so thankful that we got to go to church today! I love church. I also am thankful for my handsome hubster who is just so great. He is so good. I'm feelin really good today. This weekend was so great and just reminded me of all the wonderful things and people in my life!

Anyways. Sorry I'm being sappy. I just really love my family :)


More food posts coming soon!

<3

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Roadies

Tomorrow, Woods and I will embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Tomorrow, we leave at 1pm on a 15 hour drive to California.

Tomorrow, well, I am SO excited for tomorrow.

Tomorrow(actually friday...), I get to see my family, Woody's family, the ocean, the sun...

Tomorrow is going to be so great.

I'm even excited to spend 15 hours in the car with my hubs-->this means no class, no work, no sports...we can just listen to music and be together. Which we don't get that often because we're both so stinkin busy!

Here's a little look at our busy lives:
Woody
  works 20 hours a week
  taking 14 credits(Mechanical Engineering so really its like 6,000 credits)
  basketball practice Tuesdays and Thursday
  basketball games on Saturday Morning

Erika
  works 15 hours a week
  taking 15 credits
  flag football games on Wednesday
  photographer for boys basketball
  manager for social events on campus
  piano accompanist
  ward choir assistant director
  pianist in Relief Society at church

Yes, we are busy.

But that's besides the point.

We're going on vacation and that's all that matters!

In order to stay awake for 15 hours, we've got some good snacks packed.

Take a peek:


Balsamic Sweet Onion Lays-we bought these on a whim and opened them before we even left the grocery store parking lot. oh.my.gosh. so much flavor!

Sour Cream and Onion Lays

Everything Bagel Rold Gold pretzels-I love everything bagels and pretzels, so I'm hoping these are a good combo!

XXX Vitamin Water-this is my favorite vitamin water! 

Tootsie Pops-favorite candy. I LOVE Tootsie Pops. 

Broccoli, Celery, and Cucumber slices-My favorite veggies!!


(this is my favorite knife. I was going to blog about it today but....I will eventually :) )


AND

my absolute FAVORITE blue cheese dressing. I used it here in my wedge salad. It's divine. 



There is also a 110% of us stopping at Horkleys for Dr. Pepper on the way out of town. 


I'm so stoked about this trip. I'll be sure to blog about it as soon as we're back!

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Yellow Cake

Marisa's birthday was on Sunday. Yay!

I made her a yellow cake, because she likes them.

Once before I tried making yellow cupcakes, but they were a fail.

This cake was super moist and delicious!


Four Egg Yellow Cake (from AllRecipes)

1 c shortening
2 c white sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 3/4 c flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 3/4 c milk

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Cream together shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternatively with milk. Mix well, then pour into a greased and floured pan. The recipe calls for a 9x13, but I used two 8x8's and layered them.
4. Bake for 45 minutes(for the 9x13) or 30 minutes each(for 8x8's), or until a toothpick comes out clean.

You can decorate this anyway you like.

I stacked my two cakes with chocolate frosting(from a can :) ) in between, and then chocolate frosting on top. I printed out the letter "M," (for Marisa) in a cool typeface, placed it on top of the cake, and then dusted the cake with powdered sugar:


Then, I pulled the "M," off, and fixed a few places.



I was pretty pleased with my work!

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

phew!

It's been a crazy week, and although I'm glad its over, this week is only going to be crazier! We are going to California on Thursday though, so that will be nice to have a break.

We haven't really done much cooking this week, but here's a few pics to keep you entertained!

I'll do some better posts later this week because right now I'm too tired.

I recently discovered Pinterest which is AMAZING! I'm obsessed. Check out my boards. If you want an invitation to join Pinterest, just leave a comment with your email and I will add you!











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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cinnamon Sugar Whole Wheat Waffles

Before we got married, Woody told me at least seven times that he wouldn't settle for a circle waffle iron. He needed a square one. One that made four waffles, not two.

When I was growing up, my dad made waffles at least once a week. We had a square waffle iron, and then one year for Christmas, my mom bought him one of those circle ones that you pour the batter in, shut, and then turn over-the kind they have in hotels. We all thought it was the coolest thing ever, and...it kind of was.

I am more fond of circle waffles, but since I'm a nice wife, I settled for square.

This was my "Sorry-for-making-your-birthday-breakfast-suck," apology breakfast. It was a success. (You can read about my fail here)

Next time you ruin someone's morning, feel free to use this recipe. It will help. I promise.


Cinnamon Sugar Whole Wheat Waffes




1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbs sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 c milk
1 Tbs vinegar
1/3 c vegetable oil
1/4 tsp cinnamon*
1/4 tsp sugar*
1/4 tsp vanilla

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Mix the milk and vinegar in a small bowl and let sit for 5 minutes. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, vanilla, and oil. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients, stirring just until combined. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, milk mixture, and oil. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients, stirring just until combined. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar in, and stir once more.

Cook the waffles as directed in the instructions that came with your waffle iron.

Top with fresh whipped cream, strawberries, bananas, maple syrup, and more cinnamon and sugar, and bask in the delicious-ness of these fantastic waffles!

*I have a cinnamon and sugar grinder that I got at my bridal shower. It's amazing! I used that and just did a couple of twists of that instead. It's amazing!

Adapted from cooks.com

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Favorites: Spatulas


It may appear that I have too many spatulas, but honest to blog(no pun intended), I use all of them.

Probably because I lick it and then can't stick it back in whatever I'm making.

That's beside the point though...

Spatulas are so versatile. This week I have used them for frosting, cupcakes, scrambled eggs, salad, baked potatoes, and beef for tacos. AKA they are useful for almost anything.

My favorite is the yellow one above that is sort of scooped. 

It makes it so easy to clean the sides of a bowl or the inside of a container, and then you can easily scoop it up like so:


This yellow one(and most of my others) is from NordicWare. It's the best.
They are really sturdy too.

I think that's about all a person can say about Spatulas.

Wait, one more thing: 








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What Could Have Been









These had a lot of potential.


Too bad they turned out looking like this:

(Woody was playiing "How many of the cupcakes can I take a bite of?")

:(


Oh well.

At least I have 10,000 pictures of Blake to look at and keep me happy.





He's such a stud. 



I bought strawberries the other day, and found this little guy in there:



I thought he was a cute shape, so I had to take a picture. I know, I'm a nerd.



Instead of dragging on this totally random post, I think I'll save you and stop now :)

Waffle recipe coming tomorrow!


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Remember how on Sunday I wrote that Woody's birthday was the next day?

Well on Monday morning, I woke up and forgot. So I made gross eggs for breakfast, and didn't even say "Happy Birthday!" until we were walking out the door. What a fail.

We went to Red Robin with Lisa, Patrick, Britty, Brian, Blakers, and Marisa though so that was a good time. They are a crazy bunch. (The good crazy)

I attempted Dr Pepper cupcakes, like I said I was going to and they were a failure. Woody says he likes them, but I think he's just being nice. I need to find a good recipe for those. I think its a must.

Yesterday, I made Woody cinnamon and sugar waffles with strawberries, bananas, and whip cream in hopes to make up for my breakfast birthday fail. I think it did. I will post the recipe for those tomorrow...they are quite divine.

Today I want to bake something. We still have like 15 cupcakes sitting around and we don't need a sugar rush or calories, but.....I really want to make sugar cookies. Not to eat, just to decorate. Maybe I will bring them to work or something...I'll keep you updated.

I'm going to start doing posts about my favorite kitchen utensils. I'm thinking this will be a Wednesday thing, so stay tuned for that.


I love my husband. 

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Sausage Asparagus Quiche

If you know me well, you know that one of my favorite foods is sausage.

I love it. If its cooked right.

Last summer, I'm not sure what was going on in my life, but somehow, I got it in my head that I wanted to make sausage asparagus quiche. Don't ask me how, because I have no idea.


At some point, I made it. I used a store bought pie crust, and it was pretty decent. I think I ate it every day for breakfast lunch and dinner until it was gone. It was tasty :)

I've been thinking about it for a while, and so finally I re-made it. I couldn't find the original recipe, but I found a few similar and created my own based off of that.

Sausage Aspargus Quiche


For the Crust:(from All Recipes)

1 1/2 c flour
2 tsp white sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 c vegetable oil
2 Tbs milk

1. Place all ingredients in 9in pie pan(I don't have one so i used an 8x8in dish)
2. Stir together with fork.
3. Pat mixture into bottom and up the sides of the pan. Poke holes in the bottom and side of crust.

For the Quiche:


7 eggs
1 1/2 c cooked sausge(separated)
15-20 Asparagus spears(based on personal preference...I used 20)
1/2 c spinach, chopped(optional)
1/2 c nonfat cottage cheese
1 c cheddar cheese, shredded
1/3 c finely chopped onion
1 1/2 Tbs Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp salt
dash of garlic salt
dash of Worcestershire sauce

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Mix all ingredients together
3. Pour the  mixture into your prepared pie crust.
4. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the center is puffy, and both the crust and egg mixture are golden brown.



I feel like even though this is loaded with cheese and sausage, it is somewhat healthy.

Please enjoy my healthful contribution to the recipe world today!




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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Somebody has a birthday tomorrow:


He got to "open," one of his presents early:


(IOU for a Dodger game and Dodger dog when we're in California in August)

And we got to eat a delicious dinner tonight because tomorrow we are celebrating Woody, Marisa, Patrick, and Lisa's birthday's at Red Robin(Yummm)!


I'm pretty excited for more birthday celebration. I'm going to attempt making Dr Pepper cupcakes, which has potential for disaster. If the recipe is good though, I will post!



What's your favorite kind of birthday cake?

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Easy Chicken Taco Salad



For the Chicken:

1. Fill the bottom of a frying pan with water so it's about a 1/4in deep. Add 1 Tbs of olive oil. Heat on medium heat for about a minute, and then add your chicken. 

2. Coat each piece of chicken with 2 tsp of taco seasoning, a dash of garlic powder, a dash of sea salt, and 1/2 Tbs hot sauce.

My favorite is Texas Pete:

3. Continue to let it simmer. The liquid will evaporate, so add more water as needed. 

4. After about 10 minutes, flip the chicken over. Coat this side with 2 tsp taco seasoning, a dash of garlic powder, a dash of sea salt, and 1/2 Tbs hot sauce. 

5. Continue to cook for 10 or so more minutes, or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.

6. Remove the chicken from the pan and chop into 1/4-1/2in pieces. 

7. Crunch up tortilla chips on a plate or bowl, cover with lettuce, red onion, avocado, tomato, cheese, cilantro, ranch dressing, and the chicken.

8. Toss it all together, and enjoy!





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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Today I couldn't decide if I should clean or do homework, so instead I decided to sleep for 3 hours. I needed it though, I haven't slept enough all week!

I made these cupcakes last Sunday and they were super! They tasted even better the next day. I took some extras to work, and from what I hear, they were a hit. 

I found this recipe a long time ago, and then Woody found it last week and wanted me to make them, so we did. 

There is a lot of steps, but they don't take a super long time,  and the end result is worth it(if you go run 6 miles afterwards :) )

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes(from The Doctor's Dishes, Desserts, and Decor)



Egg Free Cookie Dough Filling
1 2/3 c all purpose flour
1/2 c unsalted butter, melted
2/3 c packed brown sugar
1/4 c white sugar
1 Tbs vanilla 
2-3 Tbs milk
1 c chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
3 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
1 1/2 c dark brown sugar, packed
4 large eggs
2 2/3 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 c milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 c chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Line cupcake pans with paper liners. 

In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and brown sugar. Beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides as needed.

Combine the flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Stir together to blend. Add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl on low speed, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until combined. Blend in vanilla, then fold in chocolate chips with a spatula. 

Pour the batter into the cupcake liners(these don't expand too much, so you can fill them a little more than 3/4 full). Bake 18-20 minutes, cool in pan for 5-10 minutes, the cool on a wire rack. 

Cookie Dough Frosting
3 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 c dark brown sugar, packed
3-4 c confectioners' sugar
1 c all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbs milk
1 Tbs vanilla

Beat together the butter and brown sugar in a mixer until creamy. Mix in the confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in the flour and salt. Mix in the milk and vanilla extract until smooth and well blended. 

To assemble:

Cut a cone out of the top of the cupcake and fill with a small ball of cookie dough. Top with the frosting, sprinkle with chocolate chips, and enjoy!




note: the recipes I used from The Doctor's Dishes, Desserts, and Decor were originally from Cupcake Project  and Annie's Eats

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Green Smoothies


Spinach in a smoothie.

Gross, right?


I thought so until I tried it.

I kept seeing green smoothie stuff everywhere, and I thought it was the most disgusting thing ever. 
I saw a recipe on one of the blogs I stalk (Elle Apparel) , and it actually looked good, soooo I decided to make my own.

And I liked it.

I've tried a couple different variations, and some were total busts. 

This one wasn't.

Green Smoothie
1/2 c frozen peaches
1 cup spinach
1 apple, cored 
1/2 c Zoi honey greek yogurt(any yogurt will probably work)
1/4 unsweetened grapefruit juice(any juice will work)
1 small scoop of strawberry ice cream(because it's my favorite. and this needed a little kick)

Put all the ingredients in a blender, and blend to your hearts content. Or until smooth.

Hopefully, you will get up the courage to try these. And if you don't like it, don't hate me. 


Coming Soon:




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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Another Pizza Post

We tried out a new pizza dough recipe.


We used it to make a deep dish one, as well as a regular flat one.

I think it's our new favorite.

I found the recipe for the dough HERE, but I also tweaked a few things to make it more exciting.

Deep Dish Pizza Dough
5 1/2 tsp yeast
2 c warm water
1/2 c vegetable oil
4 Tbs olive oil
1/2 c cornmeal
5 1/2 c flour
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 tsp Basil
1/2 tsp Parlsey

1. In a stand mixer bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water.
2. Add the vegetable oil, olive oil, cornmeal, and half of the flour.
3. Beat for 10 minutes. Attach the dough hook and mix in the remaining flour and the spices.
4. Knead for several minutes with the mixer.
5. Remove dough and place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in bulk. Punch down and allow to double again.
6. Punch down a second time. Oil your pan and sprinkle with cornmeal. Push the dough out to the edge of the pan and run the dough up the side of your pan(if your doing deep dish-->this dough works for a regular round as well)
7. Top with sauce, cheese, and desired toppings.
8. Bake at 475 for 35 to 40 minutes, or until cheese starts to bubble.
9. Enjoy your delicious fantasticly crusted pizza!


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Monday, May 9, 2011

Happy Monday!

And Happy 1 month anniversary to us! I know a month isn't very long, but I feel like it's gone by so fast!

On Saturday, we went to Big Jud's with our friends Chris and Monika. This was my first time going there and oh.my.goodness. It was soooooo good. I ate hardly anything the rest of the day because I was SO full. Woody and I got a giant 1 lb burger, a huge tray of fries, two sodas, and two double-scoop ice cream cones for $20. It was a really good deal, especially for how fantastic it tasted!




If you're around Rexburg or ever will be, you NEED to go here. You won't regret it.

I'm seriously going to be raving about this all week.


On a different note, I've been trying to plan my blog posts more in advance, like what I'm going to cook, what day I'm going to post a blog about it, etc, so be prepared for more posts on a regular basis.

Thanks for supporting me and my blog and for following!

Have a great Monday!

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

I Love My Mum

I love my mommy.













 My parents are so cute :)
  




I have the best family in the world!



My mommy is one of my best friends. Before I got married, we talked everyday, or at least every other day. We still talk a lot but not as often. I can't even start telling you all the reasons she is so great because there are so many. But I owe her so much for all the love she's given me, all the things she's taught me, and all the times she's been there for me. We've done so many fun things together, and she's motivated me to do so much. Best example: she signed us up for a half marathon, which was a blast! She really is the best mom ever!

I LOVE YOU LYNETTE!

Happy Mothers Day.



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