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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Scratch That From the Record

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:)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Holiday Jubilee

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

Out of the Dungeon and into the Light

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.

It was a little dark and dreary even though it was a brand new home. It was probably a combination of the layout, the color scheme and the lack of light....that and the fact that we had boxes everywhere. Well that house was foreclosed by the bank and we were forced to find someplace new. We really had no idea where we would find a place to rent. Most places require you to sign a long lease, pay big deposits, and you pay even bigger deposits if you have pets. The situation was looking bleak. But last week at our church Christmas party we met a couple who was moving to Utah and had their house up for sale. They said they would be willing to let us rent their place as houses are staying on the market for a while!!! We were ecstatic. The house is beautiful and it is in the neighborhood that a lot of people from church live. So yesterday we packed and moved and packed and moved. Not my favorite things to do in the world but we got most of it done. The dogs are currently acting out scenes from Born Free as they do laps in our gigantic yard. I think we are all happy to be out of the dungeon and into the light!


So all in all it is a Christmas miracle. Oh and I forgot to mention....we had to bring our refrigerator from the previous house to the current house. We didn't bother to measure or anything we just loaded it on the trailer and voila it was a PERFECT fit. Phew!! Talk about a relief!!!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Weekend of Whimsy

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.

Saturday Joe and I slept in which is something Joe rarely does. I love it when he does though because it means he doesn't distract me from my slumber:) When we got up we headed to the movie theatre to watch Australia. We have been so excited for this movie to come out and it was AMAZING and we LOVED it!!! You MUST go watch it! The amazing Baz Luhrmann was the writer, producer and director for the movie. He also wrote, produced and directed Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge, two of our other favorite movies. Australia is an epic story filled with adventure, romance, drama, history, heartache, oh yeah and Hugh Jackman without a shirt:)

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

Shred Envy


I decided to start my New Years Resolution a month early! Today marked Day One of my 30 Day Shred. I first read about this so called Shredding on my old roomie, Naomi's blog. Hil read about it there too and so she started and blogged about it, then Katie did the same, and it seems like everyone else I talk to is shredding. So I jumped on the bandwagon and headed to Wal Mart to buy my $9 copy. Just look at that chick's abs. Sadly I have never looked that. And I don't know if it is possible but a girl can dream:)
I am happy to say I was able to do all of the level 1 workout without stopping. I definitely felt the burn though and worked up a great sweat. As a side note I hate to sweat and p.s. I always turn bright red when I exercise:( My workout regimen is also going to include 2, 30-minute personal training sessions a week with a group of friends. The price was soooo reasonable I couldn't say no.


So there you go, I am hoping that by me putting it out into the universe that I am doing this that somehow I will feel accountable?!?! Wish me luck and let me know if you want to have a shredding party:)