In my last post I foolishly said I was going to try and make homemade cinnamon rolls. Hahahahahaha, that statement is now pretty hilarious. Let me explain. My friend Jilynn invited me to come to a free cooking class at Shar's Kitchen this morning. Talk about enlightening. I realized that making bread was overwhelming and terrifying all at the same time. Well that, and Shar pretty much convinced me that it is next to impossible to create heavenly dough unless you own a Bosch mixer. Why even try without one??? She went so far as to scoff at Kitchen Aid owners (guilty). I have to say I thought I was pretty cool when I got my K.A. . It has always been a trusty little tool in the kitchen and so far I have no complaints. But then again, I have never attempted to make my own bread either. Not only does Shar swear by the Bosch she also grinds her own wheat. Whoa!!! Talk about intense. She passed around samples of her cinnamon and dinner rolls in both whole wheat and white whole wheat. And they were delicious, melt in your mouth the way only homemade can taste!!!! I felt inspired to become the Domestic Goddess I dream of becoming, but unfortunately I did not have $600 to drop on new kitchen accessories. Not to mention the money I would have to spend on things like dough enhancers and wheat gluten (who knew you could buy those things?!?!?). Now I do have to say the idea of becoming more self-sufficient sounds appealing even though it sounds a little pioneerish to say I grind my own wheat. But the idea of homemade bread always on hand does sound a bit glorious. So for now I will continue to purchase bread from the store and most likely Christmas morning we will feast on cinnamon rolls that come from a can. Don't judge me:)
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Friday night Joe and I went to his work Christmas party. We got all dolled up and had a great night!! Sadly this was our last Christmas party of 08. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. Since we are staying in AZ for Christmas I need to figure out how to make the day special for us. Number one on the list will be a breakfast casserole and cinnamon rolls (stole this tradition from my Mom!!). I've never made cinnamon rolls from scratch so who knows, maybe I'll go out on a limb and try this year!! Joe's sister is having an open house so I'm sure we'll go over there to see her and the kids. Next on the list will be......well I can't think of anything yet, but we do have Suns tickets for Christmas day. It seems weird to me to go to a sporting event on Christmas day, but what the heck, this year is all about creativity:) I'm sure we'll also throw in a few movies, lots of eating and more visits to Joe's family for our Christmas Jubilee:)
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Well friends, we did it again....we moved!! No, not to our new house because that would mean pigs learned how to fly or the world ended....you choose:) But truly it is a Christmas miracle that we have a beautiful home to live in for the time being. A couple months ago you will remember that I blogged about the joys of moving. Since we were paying a double mortgage we put renters in our Phoenix house and moved into a friends house who had moved to Utah. We were beyond grateful to have a place to stay that was big enough for all of us! But truth be told it was a little bit of a dungeon.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday night marked the first of many holiday parties that we get to attend! We went to The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ for my work party. It was so fun to get dressed up and have a night out on the town. I loved being able to introduce Joe to my co-workers and at the same time see who their significant others are. That always fascinates me for some reason. The party was about 3 hours but the night flew by with all the mingling we did.
Last night we had our church Christmas party. We are still trying to get to know people and make new friends. Everyone we have met so far is really nice so hopefully we can get to BFF status someday like our friends in South Phoenix (we miss you) :) We had a delicious dinner at the party and then afterwards we headed out to see another movie James Bond:Quantum Solace. My favorite part of the movie is at the beginning when they were in Siena, Italy. It was so cool to see a movie filmed in a location that you have been to. Even the roof tiles that they were running on looked familiar to me:)
Monday, December 1, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
So far this Thanksgiving holiday has been quite the um, adventure, you could call it. But nevertheless I am filled with much gratitude.
I'm grateful to have electricity. When we arrived in Parker we had none (mix up with the service provider). So we were in the dark for one night, but its ok cause we were tired and just went to bed.
I'm grateful that our refrigerator is no longer full of rotting, decaying food. I don't think I have ever experienced something so disgustingly horrid in my life. Obviously if you have no electricity the fridge doesn't stay cool...therefore your food rots to a state where you have no idea what it ever was.
I'm grateful that most of the baking is done already. For some reason our oven in Parker only has one cooking rack. Since Mr. Tom is currently occupying that rack I am unable to bake anything at the same time. By this point you might think that I am having a nervous break down due to all the complications we have experienced, but nah, I'm trying to stay calm and composed.
On a positive note I'm grateful to have a house filled with friend and family this week. I'm grateful that Amber and Jeff abandoned their family to spend the holiday with us!!!!! I'm grateful for helpers who keep running to the grocery store when I realize we are missing crucial ingredients. I'm grateful to have cell phone coverage so I can hear from my loved ones today. I'm grateful that I have now blogged for 4 days in a row. I'm grateful that Jeff brought his Internet connection with him and is letting me partake. I'm grateful for my Ugg mules that Joe bought me last year for Christmas. They are truly the most comfy, toasty slippers ever!!
So to you and yours Have a terrific day of giving thanks!!! And if your day seems stressful just be glad you didn't have to clean out a foul fridge:)
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Growing up my mom was always adamant that we didn't start our Christmas decorating/celebrating until AFTER Thanksgiving. And it made sense...why short change one holiday by looking to the next one pre-maturely. Since I am a product of my mom I have always thought the same....until now. Last year I started decorating prior to Thanksgiving because I wanted our house to be pretty and sparkly for our Turkey day guests. I am not decorating this year in hopes that a miracle will happen and we'll be in our house before Christmas and I can decorate there (wishful thinking maybe??). But just because my tinsel is packed away does not mean I'm boycotting holiday cheer. In fact, I have already changed my ringtone to Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You AND I even sing along when I am scanning through the radio stations and hear a holiday jingle. So in the spirit of celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving is even here I have a Christmas questionnaire to post.
2. Real tree or Artificial? I love real trees but we have a beautiful pre-lit tree that doesn't shed pine needles so I can't complain.
4. When do you take the tree down? After New Year's
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? The Santa Claus, While You Were Sleeping, Love Actually
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? This is a sad answer. My whole life I have spent Christmas in Ohio. I never missed a year even when we lived in Texas or when I went to college. Last year was the first year that I didn't go. Joe and I stayed here in AZ because of our casa. I missed my family terribly but we still had a great day together. This year we will be staying in AZ again:( Sorry family. I wish we were going to be with you!
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Expensive plane tickets.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Last night was the American Music Awards on ABC. If you missed it then you MISSED out!!!!! One of the highlights of the night was a performance by NKOTB. Yep, New Kids on the Block, baby!! I am not embarrassed to say that as they were being announced I got a gigantic grin on my face and at one point a childish scream escaped my mouth and I started clapping. I couldn't contain it, it just sort of bubbled out from somewhere within my soul:) I was obsessed with NKOTB as a tween. Hannah Johnson and I were BFF's and would constantly gush about how in love we were with Jordan(me) and Joey(Hannah). Here is what they looked like back then. Funny that their look used to be H.O.T.?!?!?!?I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I just knew in my heart of hearts that I would meet them someday. Well..... I never did BUT when I was in high school the Back Street Boys came and performed for our school. It was before they were anything big but they won me over none the less. I still love their songs....and I know I'm not alone in this(Hilarry:)) And most recently I have realized that I have an innocent crush on the the Jo Bros, aka The Jonas Brothers. I think they are adorable and their songs are so cute (hello, who doesn't sing along when they hear Love Bug??)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
We were kind of party poopers for Halloween this year. I actually love Halloween and everything about it but for some reason we never really do anything fun:( So if you are reading this and you had a party that you DIDN'T invite us to....shame on you:) Hopefully next year we will be in our new house and we can have a HUGE party.
Monday, October 27, 2008
When I first started blogging I had a hard time finding cute templates.....until I found Leelou. Not only are her templates adorable she adds in all the sidebar and gadget options so you don't lose your widgets when you decide to change your background. Now she is having a launch party with free giveaways, so check it out!!!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
This week I went to Oregano's with Hilarry, Jaimi, Karli and Katie. Hil and Jaimi have been two of my best friends since junior year at BYU. These girls are gorgeous and hilarious. Our conversations are never dull, that I can assure you:) They treated me to a DELISH dinner and dessert (pizookie of course), an impromptu photo shoot(natch) and some yummy perfume!!! Thanks ladies!!!!!!
We kept trying to get the perfect shot of all of us, which shouldn't be that hard but we are all a little picky:)
Here is a group shot of the ladies sans Katie:(
Sunday, October 12, 2008
This weekend, Joe, Sara, Chris and I ran in the Susan G. Komen, 5k Race for the Cure. Our company was one of the local presenting partners for the Phoenix activities so we thought it would be a great opportunity for us to do something as a family and also show our support for an amazing cause. This was the first time I had ever participated in a charity run so I wasn't sure what to expect. It was actually quite inspiring to be surrounded by people who were all running for a cause. As people passed me by (did I mention I'm not really a runner?) I noticed that some had signs posted on their backs. You saw messages like "in memory of....." and "running for..." or even pictures of loved ones pinned to their shirts. One very old man who was jogging had "in loving memory of my daughter" on his back. I thought, how sad that he outlived his child, but there he was so strong and wanting to make a difference. So as I huffed and puffed I knew that if these people could survive such horrible things that I surely could run for a few miles. 3.1 miles doesn't really sound like a lot and I wish I could say I ran the whole thing, but in reality I probably ran half of it. I wasn't one of the first to finish but I definitely wasn't the last either. Joe was sweet enough to stick with me, encourage me, and keep me motivated. I'm proud that I did the race, especially because I had zero training (silly me). So my legs are a little sore but I was honored to be part of this event. It was so cool to cross the finish line and have masses of people cheering you on (ready and waiting with ice cold water bottles). I am so grateful that breast cancer has not directly effected me or anyone in my family and pray that it never does.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Click THIS link for a chance to win a free purse!!!! Those two little words "free" and "purse"....combined in one sentence is music to my ears:) Good luck and I'll let you know if I win!!!! Fingers crossed....a girl can never have too many handbags!!!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Does that date sound familiar to any of you??? Yes, it is the Friday before Thanksgiving but it is also the day that the movie Twilight comes out. I have mixed feelings about this movie because I really enjoyed the book and usually movies disappoint me if I first read the book. Hopefully I can go in with low expectations and just enjoy it for what it is:) Here is the movie poster that we should start to see in our theatres soon! I still think they could have found someone more attractive to play Edward, but who knows, maybe I'll change my mind once I see him on the big screen. I'm sure that there are going to be crazy lines for this movie but if anyone wants to get a group together let me know:)
Monday, October 6, 2008
Well, I am officially OLD!!!!!! Today is my 29th birthday. I only have one year left to enjoy being a 20 something...weird. So in the spirit of celebration here are 29 facts (mostly trivial) that you may or may not know about lil' ole' me.
1. I hate sea food. Joe tried to get me to eat oysters once.....not a good experience for me, or anyone sitting by me for that matter!
2. As a child I was diagnosed as allergic to mushrooms but that never kept me from eating them....especially on pizza:)
3. I had a perm for most of life until my senior year when I had my hair straightened....best move ever!
4. As a child I always wanted blue eyes because everyone on my Dad's side had them. I eventually learned to love my green eyes though:)
5. I was always the teachers pet growing up and LOVED school....except Ms. Shrimplin in 2nd grade. She hated me and was so mean to me. I have always wanted to find her and tell her how much she scarred me!
6. I have never broken a bone.
7. My only surgeries have been tonsils and wisdom teeth.
8. I played the flute from 5th-8th grade
6. When I was a senior in high school I was a dancer in our high school musical, Hello Dolly. On opening night, in the opening scene, my skirt fell to my ankles during one of our dance routines. I was so mortified, and so was my partner....he ran off the stage. I wasn't far behind him though.
7. I don't know how to sew (and actually have no desire to).
8. I applied and got accepted to The Ohio State University, University of Utah, Ricks College, and BYU. I of course only wanted to go to BYU but I needed a back up plan...or two.
9. I never lived in a college dorm (by the time I got my acceptance letter the on campus housing was filled up).
10. I played lacrosse my senior year of high school. The coaches were two of my favorite teachers so I decided to go for it. It was the first and last team sport I ever played!
11. I had a paper route in middle school and was even a "model" for the how-to manual.
12. I once did the gallon challenge where you try to chug a gallon of milk in an hour....it's impossible and you puke. Disgusting I know.
13. I met Donny Osmond at Cafe Rio in Provo. Hil and I were done eating when we saw him in line. So we discreetly got back in line behind him. We couldn't think of a good reason to talk to him so we played it cool, tapped him on the shoulder and said "Excuse me, do you know what time it is?" Lame, I know.
14. I went to 5 different elementary schools and 3 high schools.
15. My first credit card was for the store Express. That bad boy got me through many tough times:)
16. When I was around 4 or 5 I had an imaginary friend named Buzzy Bee. Don't worry, I only had him because my friend had one. I never actually saw him or heard him talk to me, I swear!
17. Growing up I was fascinated with reading books about WWII and slavery-not the happiest topics but I learned a lot.
18. As much as I love to read I don't like non-fiction. For some reason it just doesn't keep my attention. But give me a novel and I'm glued to it!
19. I was a cheerleader in 7th grade. Go Team!
20. Also in 7th grade I got chicken pox and scabies within months of each other....pretty traumatic...especially since I was a cheerleader and had to bare my legs.
21. My ears are double pierced and my right ear also is pierced in the cartilage (it was cool in the 90's). Despite the 5 holes I only wear earrings in 2 of them.
22. I was once in the audience of the Ellen Degeneres show. I was supposed to play a game with her and Taye Diggs but she messed up. I still got a prize though!
23. I don't know how to drive a stick shift car.
24. I hate tomatoes but love tomato sauce and salsa.
25. I had a 4.0 in graduate school....until my last 2 classes. I got a little trunky I guess:)
26. One of my nostrils is smaller than the other....noticeably (TMI maybe??)
27. I have never shot a gun.
28. My first car was a 91 Plymouth Sundance. It was a great little car....until the bumper had to be drilled on to the body so it didn't drag on the street, the AC went out and the driver door didn't open. I had to get in and out of the passenger seat which was quite embarrassing.
29. I never had a nickname growing up but now my husband and siblings call me Melkat. It is my first and middle name put together. Melkat20 was my first email address so the name just kind of stuck.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
3. My unfinished house
Who I email regularly:
6. Hannah (does texting count? :) )
1. Cafe Rio
1. Slept In
2. Went to 2 movies with Joe
3. Ate at Gecko Grill and Red Brick Pizza
4. Got my car emissions test and re-registered
5. Got my car washed
6. Watched premier of Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money
Looking Forward To:
2. Seeing friends in Utah this weekend
3. Eating at Tucano's for free on my birthday (Monday)
4. Finish reading The Time Traveler's Wife
5. Re-joining the world of blogging (sorry friends, hope you've missed me)
What I love about Fall:
For my house to be done already!! !#$%*&^%!$%
2. To have a baby
3. To be a stay at home mom
4. To have more of my family move to AZ
5. To win the lottery
6. To be skinny without dieting or exercise:)
Who do I tag?
Have you ever tasted the deliciousness that is a BYU brownie???? If you have, then like me your mouth waters at the thought. If you haven't, then today is your lucky day because here is the recipe. It could change your life:) This picture alone brings back many great memories:)MAKES ONE 9-BY-13 PAN OF BROWNIES.PREP AND COOK: 90 min. COOL: 1 hr.
1 c. margarine
5 Tbsp. margarine
Sunday, September 14, 2008
This weekend we went to Parker with some friends of ours. We had a great time relaxing and playing in the water. Joe's friend Brady came with his wife and kids and their youngest daughter Stella, was just cute as a button. Joe kept saying that we looked liked we could be mother and daughter.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
7 years ago today I was getting ready to go to work as a 4th grade teacher in Pleasant Grove, Utah. The morning didn't seem any different than normal, until I got the call that 2 planes had crashed into the World Trade Center. I of course called my family since we were spread across the country and thankfully we were all ok. Thank goodness none of us were direct victims of this crime. I remember so vividly going to work and looking at 28 little faces who were scared and confused. I fought tears back that day, and tried to let them know that we were ok, all the time trying to convince myself that we truly were free from threat. I guess none of us really knew if there would be more attacks. I had never scanned the horizon so much.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
This just so happens to be my 100th post as a blogger. Yeah for me. I have been wondering what my 100th post would be about. I'm so happy that my 100th post is about something I LOVE!!!! So if you didn't know already, I'm so excited to announce that the new Bachelor will be..... Jason Mesnick, the castoff from last season. Girls, I know you must be so excited!!! I want to have lots of Bachelor parties come January!!!! Let's for sure play the rose ceremony game online. It will be like our version of fantasy football!!! If you aren't a Bachelor fan then I encourage you to give it a try this season. It will totally be worth it!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I do love Jane Austen and one of my favorite characters of hers is Emma Woodhouse!!! I actually have never read any of her books (gasp) but do love the movies and have seen them countless times. Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Pride and Prejudice are my favorites.
On our plane ride to Italy I watched Becoming Jane Austen and The Jane Austen Book Club which were very cute. I figured I would take advantage of watching two movies that Joe would probably never watch with me:)
So take this quiz and tell me which character you are!!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I love jewelry and I am always looking for something unique that stands out, something that speaks to me, if you will. Actually now that I think about it accessorizing should be a sport in the fashion Olympics.... if they had such a thing. So I wanted to let you all know about a great new website that showcases custom made jewelry. I added a link on my sidebar but wanted to post about it too so you know to go check it out. My cousin's cute wife Jenn is the master behind these designs and has been perfecting her craft for over 4 years now. Her line is called Sorella which means sister in Italian.
And The Natalie.....love the wood beads!!!
So please, take a look at her site and the next time you are looking for a unique gift or simply want to treat yourself then think of Sorella!!
Here is a blurb from her site
Designed with the fashion-forward in mind, Sorella Jewelry can add a sparkle to everyday casual wear, a fun flair for a girl’s night out and a touch of sophistication to complete just about any look in your wardrobe. With various styles, lengths and colors to choose from, Sorella suits the young and trendy to the bold and classic, making it great for gift giving or adding to your own collection.
Handmade jewelry made from a variety of materials for any occasion. Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls, gemstones, shell, wood, Czech glass bead, acrylic, even vintage inspired.
Have a specific style in mind? The couture line caters to your unique fashion needs with custom orders available for all lines of jewelry, including the Bridal line (coming soon) which is designed to dress you and your bridal party for that special day. Find what you want, and get ready to flaunt with Sorella fashions by Jenn.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Your dominant hue is blue, making you a good friend who people love and trust. You're good in social situations and want to fit in. Just be careful not to compromise who you are to make them happy.
Your saturation level is very low - you have better things to do than jump headfirst into every little project. You make sure your actions are going to really accomplish something before you start because you hate wasting energy making everyone else think you're working.
Your outlook on life is bright. You see good things in situations where others may not be able to, and it frustrates you to see them get down on everything.