The Day has Arrived

Yes ladies and gentleman, the definitive day of adulthood has arrived. As I was unloading the contents of my cart at the grocery store yesterday evening, it happened. While I was unloading my whole wheat tortillas, assorted fruit flavored tums, and flax seed granola bars, the teenage-boy cashier said to me, "Having a nice evening ma'am?"

I didn't respond. I honestly didn't think he was talking to me. Then it dawned on me...he thinks I am a ma'am. When did I become a ma'am? Just a few years ago, I was dating boys his age. I am not a ma'am...

I chuckled a little to myself and said, "Oh were you talking to me?" And he said, "ya, that's ok I said it kind of quiet."

Great now he thinks I am hard of hearing.


Paisley Aprons

This last weekend, Melissa Asay and I made aprons for the Young Women in our ward at church. They are going to be doing a fund raiser in a couple weeks to earn money for girl's camp. The fund raiser is to make take and bake pizzas for the members of our ward to pick up and bake at home.

Melissa and I had a lot of fun making these!
I can't take credit for the paisley design though...
Melissa is an art teacher so she has mad skills!

Chicken Farfalle Soup on the Balcony

We have beautiful spring temperatures today here in Lafayette, so I decided to make some chicken farfalle soup and rolls for us to eat on the balcony. 

I know soup season is no longer here, but here is the recipe just in case you are year-round soup lovers like Dave and me.

Chicken Farfalle Soup

3 medium carrots diced
3 stalks of celery diced

1 cup of sweet corn

1 1/2 cups of cooked diced chicken

4 (14.5 oz) cans of chicken broth

1 cup farfalle (bowtie) pasta

1/2 yellow onion finely chopped

1 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. basil

1/2 tsp. oregano

salt and pepper

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat

Saute the onions in the butter until they are clear
Add the broth, chicken, corn, carrots, celery, pasta, basil, oregano, salt and pepper
Bring to a boil and then turn down to medium heat

Cover and cook for 20 minutes
Serve with warm rolls and butter


Wholesome Meals

Looking back on my day, I can truly say that we (meaning humans) are too stressed and rushed.

I ate 2 of my 3 meals in the car today

I feel like this is not the way meals were meant to be eaten

Do you guys find yourselves doing this?


April Showers

Pictures from my first garden
April 2007

Starting to come out of the ground

In full bloom

Love Affair with Breakfast

Breakfast and I usually don't get along. When I wake up in the morning, my stomach starts a fight and we get into a verbal argument. There is a lot of growling involved. This may all stem from the 5:30 am mornings for 4 years (seminary). Who is hungry at 5:30 am? My kind mother used to make me toast or get me granola bars to grab on the way to seminary, but I physically couldn't eat until school had started.

Well, just this morning I decided to try a new kind of oatmeal.

**Warning** the following review of Simple Harvest oatmeal will only be appreciated by oatmeal lovers (of which I am).

Initial Reaction: Delicious. Absolutely satisfying. Crushed wheat goodness with a hint of sweet brown sugar and the crunchy nuttiness of pecan.

My Husband in His Element

Any of you that know Dave, know that he loves to do this...

And this...

And that he would choose to do these things for fun. If you ever buy a new electronic and need help setting it up, he'll be on the way.

He was setting up our TV the other day and I had to snap a few pictures of it. Look at the concentration on his face!


I love you Martha...even if you are a crook

Ideas from our old friend Martha Stewart.

Wallpaper Headboard

I love this genius idea. Create a focal point in your bedroom without the bulkiness of a big headboard. Especially good for students that move a lot!
Silk Scarf Pillows

Learn how to make throw pillows from
vintage silk scarfs and handkerchiefs.

Apartment Hunting

Dave and I spent a week in Denver looking for an apartment and it was really scary.

This tale begins with Dave and I doing research for months and months...looking for the perfect (or at least not mold infested) place to live while Dave does his Masters in Audio Recording. We had an extensive list of 25 apartments to check out that were within our price range.

Finding a decent rental is so hard. You want one that:

a. doesn't smell
b. doesn't have any weird stains on the carpet (if you have to ask "what was that?" it could be a red flag)
c. is reasonably close to your school/work
d. you can afford
e. is big enough that you can't touch turn on the sink from the couch
and f-z. you feel safe being there

After 4 days of searching...still no apartment.
Here is the problem - the 25 places that we thought were wonderful lied. So we increased our
price range and took a different tactic...we just drove around until one of us said, "stop here."

And then there are leasing agents who say stupid things like, "What are you looking for today?" And after a dozen times, we start saying things like, "um...an apartment." At one point Dave wanted to say, "Look, we want something bigger, better, and cheaper than the last place...GO!"

At last, we found it. The long sought after clean, bright, and safe apartment. It is in Littleton, Colorado, about a 30 minute drive to Dave's school. I am hoping to find a job close by. We are really happy to be moving here, and while it was quite scary to find an apartment we liked, Dave and I will always keep in mind this one thing...we won.

Come visit us and the pools (both of them) are as good as yours!