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Saturday, December 31, 2011

This is what Happens When I don't Update my Blog Every Week

I've got a lot to catch up with on here, seeing as how I haven't posted for 3 WEEKS. Be prepared for a long post.

First off, I would like to wish all my readers a happy new year!

Now to get things started, here is an amazing recipe I found on pinterest for baked rigatoni. First you boil the rigatoni. When it is done, drain and then stand all the noodles upright in a baking dish. I used a 9x9.
Then you pour sauce over the top. It fills in all the noodles.

Then you grate lots of cheese over the whole thing, the more cheese, the better.

Bake in the oven at 350 for 10-15 minutes.

It leaves little "craters" in some of the noodles, which just adds to how awesome this simple dish is.

The next recipe I have for you is this delicious ice cream pie:
All you have to do is scoop softened ice cream over a graham or shortbread crust and top with your favorite fudge sauce (because I KNOW you have one that you THINK is the "best" recipe). I chopped up candy bars and put them on top of my individual pieces. The one pictured above is snickers. The one below is M&M's.

mmmmm.... delicious

Ok, last recipe and then I will move onto Christmas

This is my bread recipe that I made these amazing cinnamon rolls out of:

I use this recipe for everything and it comes out perfect every. single. time. I have made cinnamon rolls, pizza crust, breadsticks, homemade bread, apple strudel, and lots more stuff out of it, and it never ceases to amaze me. P.S. it is designed to be made in a kitchen aid mixer.

1 tbsp. yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp. salt

Put yeast and sugar in bowl. Add water and stir with spoon. let sit for 10 minutes as yeast activates. Add flour, oil, and salt. Mix for 6 minutes on speed 1 on your kitchen aid. Let rise for 45 min.- 1 hour. Roll out on floured surface and use for whatever you want!

I have baked it at oven temperatures from 350- 400 for anywhere from 10-20 minutes and I can't rave enough about how amazing it comes out with everything I make from it.

Here are my cinnamon rolls with icing. It is just a mixture of milk and powdered sugar. I added a little nutmeg for some extra flavor.
Now for Christmas:
We went to my husbands parent house for Christmas, where I wish I had taken more pictures. We got some great gifts including new clothes, some books, lots of great board games, seeds for a garden, the Tangled DVD, a tool set, lots of chocolate, a matching dishes set, and I got put on their phone plan, so I now have unlimited texting for the first time, and I can call my husband at any time for no cost. yay. We also got a manger set, which I was excited about, because our apt. lacks one and it even matched the precious moments ornaments out tree is decorated with.

I do have a picture of this puzzle we got of the temple we got married in (Bountiful, UT). It was only a hundred pieces, so I was actually able to put it together, which I appreciated.
I'm excited to be able to glue it together and hang it up.

I asked my husband to get me something creative and free for Christmas, and being the amazing person he is, he wrote a history of our first year together, with pictures and everything.

It was perfect. Meaningful, creative, and a great keepsake and tradition to continue and hand down to children some day.

I got him the 12 dates of Christmas. I put together 12 envelopes I made out of scrapbook paper. Each envelope contains a creative and fun date for use to go on each month of the year.

You'll have to stay tuned each month to find out more about our dating adventures that we will be going on.

Well that's it for today. Thanks for reading if you actually made it to the bottom of this monster post. I'll make a new years goal to update more often.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

More Christmas Fun

The other day, I was grocery shopping at Maceys and they were giving away FREE jello molds at the cash register. score :) So I, of course, ran home and made jello. Here are some of my results:


A gingerbread man and christmas tree. Sorry its sideways.

I also made some mistletoe that hangs above our bedroom doorway:
It looks like a palm tree with red coconuts in this picture, but that doesn't make it any less effective. All I did to make this was to tie some small pieces of felt together in the middle and cut it into strips on either side of the string. Then I glued red beads all over it.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Crafting Updates

I have been up to a lot lately, particularly a lot of sewing and crafting and I've got a lot to update you on. This year I have a goal to not spend any money on Christmas. We used some gift cards left over from our wedding for some of the gifts and made handmade gifts from materials we already had on hand. We aren't buying any new decorations or ornaments, as we decided we already have sufficient to decorate our small apartment. Lastly, we are only buying Christmas treats and goodies that stay within our $30 a week food budget.

That being said, here are a couple of things I made for our apartment out of supplies I already had:

A yarn wreath. Made with a stryrofaom wreath form and yarn I bought with a gift card and felt scraps that I already had.

Speaking of wreaths, this is the fall one I made in October that I forgot to post. I made it with tulle, fabric scraps, and a floral wire all that I already had on hand.

and speaking of fall, here is the gingerbread light house I made when we went to the in-laws for thanksgiving. You cant really see it in the picture, but there is a stone pathway that leads up to the front door made out of rock candies that were like m&m's from winco. They were my favorite part.

So back to Christmas. This is our tree this year. It has lots of precious moments ornaments that I have collected my entire childhood and some leftover ribbon from last year.

This is an advent calendar I made out of felt and random decorations I dug out of my craft supplies like buttons, feathers, fabric scraps, and beads. Below are some pictures of a few individual pockets. I am putting a chocolate in each of the pockets for my husband to eat each day until Christmas.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Husband's Birthday

Today was my husbands birthday, and to celebrate, I got up at 5:30 in the morning to make him breakfast (pancakes and eggs and bacon) before he woke up for school at 6. After he left, I decorated the house in Australian decor. (That is where he served his mission) Here are some pictures:
I also set up a tent in the front room, so that it was like we were camping in the Australian Outback. I had aborigine Australian music playing in the background too.

The husband requested lasagna for this birthday dinner, which is not very Australian, but was delicious nonetheless. I served it with salad and french bread:

I dressed up as a waitress and served him all his food. It was lots of fun. After dinner, I made a marshmallow pie for him since marshmallows are his favorite food:
He said it was the best birthday he had since he was like 10, so I think it was a success.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Homemade Tortillas

I like to pretend that I am not wasting away my life on pinterest by justifying it with the fact that I actually make most of the recipes and some of the crafts that I repin on there. So it was with the tortillas.

I followed this recipe at Jazibe's Recipes:

After you make the dough, you roll it out into brain balls. Cover with damp towel and let sit for 1 hour. They don't look too appealing.

Then you roll out your brain balls super thin.

Then you fry them up. There are more complete directions on the recipe link, I just wanted to show off mine. Then we invited some friends over and had soft tacos. What did you do with your homemade tortillas? I would love to hear.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Pirate Party Package

I know it's been a long time coming, but I have finally finished a new party pack: pirate themed. Click here to view. ALSO, because you all had to wait so long for it, it is on sale for only $15.00. yay for sale items.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

More Brithday and Halloween

So because my husband spent 9 hours on my birthday taking his FE exam (brutal), we celebrated on Sunday. I made this delicious ice cream pie and got to have some friends and family over.
(the day before) I just used a keebler shortbread pie crust that we already had on hand. I baked half of a box of chocolate cake mix and stirred it together with frosting (milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar.) Sorry I don't have a more precise recipe. I just eyeballed it, but I'm sure you can find one on allrecipes or something like that. Anyway, then I pressed the cake mixture into the bottom of the pie crust, scooped ice cream on top, and froze it overnight.

On Sunday, some friends came over and we ate delicious pie and played this game. It is not nearly risque as it looks or sounds. It is actually quite an innocent game and lots of fun for any party.

On Sunday morning, I also made my husband carve pumpkins with me, which he hates doing, but I think it turned out really well anyway.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

It's My Birthday!

Today is my birthday and I kept telling everyone that there was nothing that I wanted, but alas, people like to buy (and make) things anyway. This morning my sister brought me over these adorable owl cupcakes that she, of course, found on pinterest.

The relief society in my ward also brought me a candy bar and cute handwritten note, which was really sweet of them.

Also, our ward halloween party is tonight and they are having pizza, so I don't even have to cook dinner on my birthday, even though I did have a really yummy meal planned and I would definitely not be opposed to making it because I love cooking, but I will save it for tomorrow. I got some other great gifts from friends and family too, so thank you everyone.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

More Free LDS posters

As promised, here are some more LDS posters. Thsese are from general conference a couple weeks ago, and there will be more to come! There were lots of good quotes. The link to the download is below each one. enjoy.