Wednesday, March 31, 2010

funny weather

I feel so efficient when I use my umbrella in the rain or snow. When I walk by umbrella-less students I just want to say
"Yeah I thought ahead and brought my umbrella to school today", or
"I know you wish you were my good friend so you could get under this umbrella with me", or
"Look how dry I am compared to you", or
"Wow you look miserable", or
"Aren't I efficient?", or
"I was so prepared today."

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Food Poisoning #2

Kevin got food poisoning on friday and has not been feeling good ever since. He has had chills, nausea, you-know-what, and stomach aches. It has been really nice having him home all day every day since. I have had him all to myself. It was fun taking care of him at the beginning, but when it kept dragging on, I started to get annoyed. Annoyed with his sickness that is, not him. Its not fun when your husband is sick and cant play with you or eat with you. He has learned that I have little sympathy for a lot of things. I dont know why this is. I knew that he was really sick, I felt bad for him and took care of him, I just showed no sympathy. Even though I like sympathy when I am sick.
I was getting bad cabin fever from being inside all day ever day that I had him come out and watch me jump on the tramp. He ended up taking pictures because he thought I was such a dork.
He is now feeling better and eating. I have had him eat really healthy lately to help him get healthier faster. My mom gave me her old juicer, so we (yes I made him go grocery shopping with me, he needed to get out) went and bought a ton of carrots, celery and apples and have been juicing ever since. I have decided everyone needs a juicer. They are so fun to play with, and give you the most delicious,healthy drinks.

kevin wanted me to post this sad sad picture of me, to show that maybe I have a little downy in me. my brother thinks I do as well.... its just because I can make a lot of different faces. I would call this a gift...

What a good sport. He was wearing that huge puffy all day (in the house) he had such a bad fever.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Hadley the Hippie

We got to watch my niece last night. We had so much fun just watching her and trying to make her laugh. We took her on a walk, well run really, and her eyes were huge the whole time. We thought she didn't like it, but right when we got back home and unstrapped her and un-blanketed her, she got the biggest smile on and screamed "Lets do that again!" Well thats what it sounded like. We also learned that she is a hippie. Check out her tie die wear. She loves it. She is such a laid back, happy baby. Her motto is: Dont Worry, Be Happy.


I love this.

Yes, this is her twin brother Hedley.

She loves her uncle kevin. When he is holding her she will just stare at him until he looks at her, then she will give him a big smile.

Of course I play dress-up with her. She's like my long forgotten American Girl dolls.

All snuggled up and ready for the run.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

chinese food

This was a yummy, and quick recipe. If you love chinese food, this will be a hit. It is bursting with flavor and is so easy to make!

Hoisin Chicken Rice Bowls
(From My Kitchen Cafe)

Serves 4

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 large red pepper, diced small
1 10-ounce package baby portebello mushrooms, diced small
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 average-sized boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced small
1 8-ounce can water chestnuts, drained, diced small
2 teaspoons teriyaki sauce (you can find this by the soy sauce)
4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 cups of hot cooked rice
romaine lettuce leaves
sesame seeds
scallions, thinly sliced

Heat oil over medium high heat in a large saute pan. Add red pepper and mushrooms and saute for 5 – 6 minutes until tender. Add garlic and saute an additional minute. Add chicken to pan and cook for 6 – 8 minutes or until cooked through. Stir chicken and red pepper mixture occasionally while it cooks. Add water chestnuts, teriyaki sauce and hoisin sauce and stir to coat the chicken and vegetables. Continue cooking until heated through.

I added extra hoisin sauce because it is just that good. I also added extra garlic.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

anniversary cake

My awesome mom had an anniversary cake made for us since we had already eaten the cake that was meant to be saved. My excuse was it wouldn't be as good a year later... So we decided to reenact the cutting of our wedding cake. Kevin REALLY wanted to put cake all over my face, but I insisted that he didn't. I just think its funny when people do it, so I told him time and time and time again that I would be so so mad if he tried. Im not sure how many times I warned him, but it worked. We exchanged cake and there was no mess. I was so proud of him! So on sunday, I allowed him to put cake in my face. As you can see he was excited and didn't think twice about it. And it was then that I realized how smart I had been on our wedding day. I had cake in my nose for a day.

snowmobiling midway

Monday, March 15, 2010

our first anniversary

So saturday morning we left around 12:30 and headed to Midway. Even though I have been raised by a family that always went snowmobiling, I was still nervous to go. Whenever me and kevin go and do activities, Im never treated like a little girl, I have to DO things. Things such as going fast, doing tricks, doing whatever kevin is doing. I can never take things slow, or step-by-step, I have to get better and get better fast. And yes, I should have realized this was how it was going to be marrying a pro skier; but I have learned this is the best thing for me. I NEED to be pushed to do things. And once I get good and more aggressive about it, I love it. This was how mountain biking was. I was incredibly slow at the beginning, but now I can do downhill biking pretty dang fast. Well on this day, snowmobiling wasn't any different. He wanted me to go fast. So fast I did. Kevin would hardly have to wait for me after he got a little ahead, I was cruisin! On the trail there was a pretty big hill that you could jump off, so kevin waited at the bottom of it to see how I would take it. He expected me to pretty much roll over it. Nope. I gunned it. I FLEW over that hill with my hand in the air. Ok no hand in the air, but I did put that hand in the air right after and went YEEEEEAH! Kevin could not believe the air I got. I couldn't believe it either.

Oh yeah, when we got to the parking lot before we "launched" (im no so sure of the snow term, this would be the lake term) our snowmobiles, we got stopped by a park ranger. My snowmobile has yet to be registered. We knew we would probably get caught , but when your with kevin you have luck with the law. He always gets in trouble for the weirdest things, but always gets by with nothing or a warning. So we got lucky of course, we only got a warning AND we got to take my unregistered snowmobile out.

After snowmobiling for a good long while, Kevin surprised me with our stay at The Lodge at Stillwater. It is off the beaten path but very nice! It felt like we were the only ones there, we loved it. We got ready for dinner, he just told me to dress nice, and he surprised me again with dinner at the Zermott! It was a prime rib and seafood buffet. We ate way too much crab legs, prime rib, shrimp and scallops. They had drawn butter for the crab legs, and for some reason it tasted divine. I couldn't get enough of it; I dipped my bread in it, i dipped my rice in it, I dipped my mushrooms in it, I dipped the bread butter in it (kidding); everything on my plate was dipped in butter. I don't even want to think about how much butter I really ate. I guess I just wanted to get my moneys worth. And that we did. This place was heavenly though, I would recommend it for any special occasion.

The next morning, we were awoken by the fire alarm. It went on for a while. Kevin had gotten up to look in the hallways and people were leaving their rooms. He tried to get me to go but I refused. I was NOT getting out of bed that early to go downstairs, then have it be a mistake, then having to go all the way back up to our room. I probably wouldn't had left that bed if I smelt smoke. But thankfully, right then the alarm stopped. Well we were awake now, so we decided to go outside and hang out in the hot tubs. For some reason they only serve breakfast wed-saturdays, so we got to eat skittles from the vending machine for breakfast. Candy for breakfast; what a great way to end our stay

For some reason my computer isn't letting my download our snowmobiling pictures. Ill post them later

Friday, March 12, 2010

Happy one year anniversary! (March 14th)

Wow I cant believe it has been a whole year since we got married! It has gone by so fast. Getting married to Kevin has been the best decision I have ever made.
Kevin has planned a little getaway for us, and all I know is we are going up to midway tomorrow to snowmobile, then we are spending the night somewhere up there. Yeay! Ill try to take some pictures... but no promises since I am horrible at picture taking.

barbecue sauce!!

Last night I made this yummy yummy barbecue chicken braid. I LOVE anything with barbecue sauce. Well, anything with a lot of sauce involved actually. For all of you barbecue chicken pizza lovers, this is a recipe must you need to try out. It was easy after making the dough. No it was actually easy all together, I just think it seemed as though it took forever because I hate waiting for dough to rise.
You can find this recipe at My Kitchen Cafe blog, which is my new favorite place to get recipes from. Everything I have made from there has been delicious.
For some reason I was in a busy busy mood last night. I decided to also make a made-from-scratch apple pie. My parents had given us a huge bag of apples from the best place to buy apples, the big red barn on the way to Lake Powell (Im forgetting the name). So I went for it. And it was delicious! Making the crust is no fun at all, as you can see from the picture I lose patience very fast. I just plastered the crust on top, not caring that it was misshaped and only covered about 40% of the pie. It was an ugly pie, but a tasty pie. Well I at least thought so. Kevin so graciously told me his dislike of apple pie right when it came out of the oven. But he ate a few bites of it for me. For some reason Kevin doesn't share the same love for sweets and treats as I do. This is sad really. A while ago I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies just for him. Well I guess he wasn't in the mood for them and barely ate one. I literally got very mad at him because not only did he not appreciate the cookies I had made just for him, but now I had to eat all the cookies. And I did.

This busy busy mood did not stop after making dinner and a pie, oh no. I had to clean the house, do the dishes twice, do laundry, make kevin in a busy busy mood (which is not hard) so we could run to Walmart for a buzzer (so we can cut kevs hair), a file folder holder to organize all of our important files, a binder for me to organize all my papers for school, and a few good movies at the great deal of $6 each. Once we got home and had organized, I then had to label all our DVDs with our name and phone number, because I mean we lend out our DVDs all the time...
Oh and FYI, do not go to the Super Walmart in draper late at night, every time we have gone, we have waited in the check out line for 20 minutes. Quite ridiculous. Last night we were behind these two ladies with two huge carts full of food and crap, and after the incredibly slow checker had scanned everything, their credit card wasn't being accepted. Sketchy wouldn't you say?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Across the Universe

Lately we have been listening to this album. It has really awesome music. Well we fell asleep listening it to it last night, and shortly after I fell asleep, I guess I started singing the song that was currently on to kevin. I am so sweet when I sleep.

Yummy Rice

I made (and kevin, he would be mad if I left him out) this last night for dinner. The rice was sooo yummy. It was moist and flavorful. And I like any recipe with the spice garam masala, it is amazing. I made kevin de-shell the pistachios and crush them because I knew this would probably take a while. So thank you kevin for all your hard work, it took him the entire time I was cooking to do this.

Coconut Rice with Pistachios
(from Kitchen Cafe Blog)

1 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, minced
1 1/2 teaspoon garam masala (an Indian spice blend found in most supermarkets)
1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
2 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (13.5 ounce) can coconut milk
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup chopped pistachios, lightly toasted
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro leaves

I left the peas out, yuck. I have hated peas my whole life; I wont stop now. But I will happily leave that in the recipe so all you pea lovers can add them if you want. I also used light coconut milk.

Add 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet and return to medium heat until rippling. Add the onion, garam masala, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the rice and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Stir in the chicken broth and coconut milk, scraping up any browned bits. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender.

Add the pistachios and cilantro and gently fold into the rice. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


We went and saw Alice in Wonderland last night much to Kevins dismay. He kept on telling me that this movie scared him as a kid. This was hard for me to believe since this kid has been jumping off cliffs his whole life. I pretty much dragged him to the movie and tried to pump him up for it but nothing worked. Well I enjoyed the entire movie. Yeah the mad hatter is MAD (I had to explain this part to kevin, he didn't like Johnny Depp), and the red queen has a huge head, but we all knew this movie was going to be weird. I especially loved all the fun dresses alice wore. When the movie ended, I asked kevin how he liked it and he said he hated it. "I have never enjoyed a movie less than this one." He said it made him have weird feelings from childhood. He must have really been scared of this movie. It made me laugh.

Speaking of kevin making me laugh, my mom let me borrow her nasal rinser since I had gotten a little cold. Well the next morning I tried it and it worked great. It got tons of boogers (not burgers) out. So I made kevin try it, and like I said was much to his dismay. I had forgotten that he had broken his nose a few years earlier. Most of the saline mixture made it into his mouth. A few drops were coming out of his nose, but most of the mixture he was spitting out. It was like he was drowning. My mom had told me to be careful when I use it, that if you dont do it right it would feel like this. I thought this was hilarious and dumb that my mom would even warn me of this. Well I got to see this first hand, and all I could do was laugh. I love you Kevin.

Friday, March 5, 2010


Last night we got invited to go to a Ski Utah presentation at Picturline in Salt Lake. Kevins photographer Steven Lloyd was asked to give a presentation and slideshow of his work. Another one of Ski Utah's main photographers, Dan Cambell, who does lifestyles, was also asked to give a presentation. Ski Utah also asked if Kevin would come to talk about Still Shots because they really love his idea. Kevin was a little nervous while we were driving down there, and I was too. Anytime I have to go and listen to someone I know give a speech, I get just as nervous, if not more so. This comes from my incredibly, enormous fear of public speaking. I hate it. I wont do it. And I know this is something I probably should get over and work on, but frankly, I don't care too.
So knowing that I would get nervous and get stressed, I didn't want to go. But of course Kevin talked me into it and promised we could go and get a treat after ( I know Im like a little kid, but it worked). So I went and their was a huge turnout, the place was packed. This just made me even more nervous. But when Kevin went up to give his speech he did an awsome job! I was so proud of him (and so relieved it was over). Everyone loved his idea, and loved his episode that he showed. Ladies were gasping when kevin was climbing the cliff, and the guys were wondering how he got the cool camera angle. He loved it. Steve also did a fantastic job, his images are so awesome. Everyone loved his slideshow.
At the end of the night, they did a raffle. I never win free stuff. But ever since being married to Kevin, this has all changed. I don't know how he does it, but he gets everything for free. So of course we both won at the raffle! He won some Hot Chillys underwear that he was really excited about, and I won a pictureline blanket and a day pass to Solitude (which is my resort of choice right now). So by and by, it was a really good night. Yeah I was stressed, and nervous, but I got some S.W.A.G (stuff wives all get), got to watch my big time husband speak, and got icrecream.

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