Monday, October 29, 2012

three years!

a few months into dating...

wedding day...

a year into marriage...

two years of marriage...

happy three year anniversary, my love.
best three years of my life.

happy birthday, mom!!

happy happy birthday to my amazing mother! this girl could not ask for a better mother and friend. we love you, to the moon and back!

thank you for your christlike examples of love, compassion, kindness and service. i am forever grateful that you have taught me to work hard and love much (and... bake, cook, garden, laugh, smile, sing, and dance like no one is watching).

Friday, October 26, 2012


i'm still sick and it's ridiculously cold here.  i have a puney immune system.  so, instead of focusing on the negative, i'm trying to focus on my blessings.
i'm grateful for my sweetheart (who spoils me when i'm sick), for cinnamon life cereal, for electric blankets, for my jody slippers (that aunt jody made), for lentil soup and homemade bread, for sunshine coming through windows, for my muddy waters pandora station, for microwave rice bags, and coconut perfume.
also grateful for good movies.  to name a few.. i have watched the three amigos, butch cassidy & the sundance kid, jeremiah johnson, and true grit.  i highly recommend them all.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

chocolate brittle surprise.

i'm sharing a family favorite recipe that we typically make around the holidays.  i'm sure when people hear that the recipe uses saltines they are a little suspicious.. until they taste it.  so yummy and so easy.


35 unsalted soda crackers
1 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup nuts (optional... we like chopped almonds)


1. preheat oven to 350* F.  cover cookie sheet with foil.  spray foil with cooking oil spray.

2. place crackers on foil in 5 x 7 rows.

3. microwave butter on high for 2 minutes.  add brown sugar and stir.  microwave on high for 2 more minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.

4. pour over crackers.  bake 17-20 minutes (should bubble but not burn).

5. sprinkle chocolate chips over hot crackers.  spread after 2 minutes (chips have softened).  sprinkle nuts on top.

6. refrigerate 1 hour.  break into pieces.  can be frozen.

recipe initially found here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

comfort soup.

i am under the weather today.  grateful that i made zupa toscana yesterday and grateful to hear rain on the windows and still see beautiful autumn colors outside.  p.s. pine scented candles are my current obsession.
zupa toscana recipe here, on my mom's blog.



Monday, October 22, 2012

lunch date, park cafe.

jared had about an hour between school and work today so we went to our favorite place, the park cafe.  during our meal, i told jared that when i'm at the park cafe, i love salt lake just a little bit more.  we don't plan on living here long term, and someday when we do leave, i will probably miss the park cafe the most.  eat there.  you'll love it.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

dutch babies recipe.

here is the recipe for the dutch babies i posted about last week.  this is the recipe i grew up with (thanks mom).

1/2 to 3/4 cups butter
6 eggs
1 1/2 c. milk
1 1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar

  • preheat oven to 450*.  place butter in 9x13" pan and place in oven while preheating to melt.  watch butter to be sure it doesn't burn (i cut butter into chunks first).  
  • in blender, blend eggs on high for 1 minute.  with blender running, slowly add milk then flour and sugar and continue to blend 30 seconds more.  
  • pour mixture into hot pan with melted butter.  bake 20-25 minutes.  when done, remove from oven, sprinkle with lemon juice and powdered sugar.

life lately, in our neighborhood.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

mixing patterns, part II

:::via pinterest, unknown original source:::

:::via pinterest, original source unknown:::

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

happy birthday dad!

happy happy birthday to my wonderful dad.  so grateful for him.

mixing patterns, part I

:::via anthropologie:::

:::via pinterest, original source unknown:::


Monday, October 15, 2012

first aid kit.

darling swedish sisters, first aid kit.  enjoy.

Saturday, October 13, 2012