Friday, June 27, 2008
The best part-- licking the beaters!
Our final product!
I've been told I make a mean chocolate chip cookie. I credit my mom's recipe and the fact that I make my cookies large so they have some "gurth" to them and stay chewy. Also, I've learned that using Crisco instead of butter keeps them softer. If you're looking for a good recipe, try this one and let me know if you like them as much as I do! I think the recipe is actually pretty basic, but I have noticed this one calls for more vanilla than most.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup sugar
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup Crisco
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Cream sugars and shortening. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Next, add flour, soda, and salt. Finally, add the chocolate chips. Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a ball and place on cookie sheet. Bake cookies at 375 for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Take cookies out of oven and let cool slightly (the cookies will firm up after sitting for a few minutes). Enjoy!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Everything was so green and the wildflowers were out in full force. It was a perfect day-- 75 degrees, bright sunshine, not too crowded since it was a weekday, etc. After grabbing some lunch, we did a little shopping. There is one place I always insist on visiting in Jackson:
I even love the name of this place. It's a candy heaven! You walk inside and your inner child comes to life!
No, this is not your average candy store. Yes, they have Jelly Bellies and salt-water taffy, but they also have fudge and chocolates and hard to find candy from your childhood! One example-- Zotz!
Possibly my favorite candy as a child and dang hard to find now-a-days. After we were married I found out that Sean also loves Zotz. It was just one more sign that I knew we were meant for eachother (another one being he loved the same cartoon with the bear stuffing paper in a geyser and doing the "bump bump" dance-- just pretend you know what I'm talking about!)
I had a lot of favorite candies when I was a kid. Some are still around, others are pretty hard to find: Zotz, Bonkers, Big League Chew, War Heads, Bubble Tape, Ring Pops, etc.
Anyone share the love of Zotz or have any childhood favorites they would like to share?
Megan looked amazing and the ceremony and reception were really nice. I always judge a reception by the food, and they had it covered! They had a chocolate fountain, bacon-wrapped steak kabobs, etc. I enjoyed the little vacation (funny thinking of a trip to Idaho Falls as a vacation!) and seeing many friends and family. I'm excited for Megan to be joining our family. She's a great girl and I think Thomas totally scored! Congrats to both of you!
I flew into Salt Lake last Wednesday and got to spend the day celebrating my niece's birthday and checking out my sister and her husband's sweet new pad. I spent the night at my house in good old Pleasant Grove and when I layed on the bed I about cried because it was so comfortable! Anyone who has done the whole sales thing knows the mattresses you suffer through during the summer leave a lot to be desired! It felt good to be home, even though it was only for a few hours.
My sister and I drove up to Idaho Falls the next day and went to a cute little bridal shower for Megan. We met her sister, mom and grandmother and they were all great! I also scored an awesome bracelet by winning one of the games. Megan's sister makes jewelry and even sells it online. When I get the site I'll be sure to post it because she seems to have mad skills.
The rest of the trip was so nice. It was fun being in Idaho Falls and seeing Sean's family (and playing the rabid rabbit game on the Wii with my nieces!). We love leaving for the summer to experience new places and people, but like the saying goes, there's no place like home.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Personally, I loved the Barbie section. From Times Square we walked to Central Park and on the way stopped for lunch at the famous Carnegie Deli where the sandwiches are ENORMOUS! We split a “Woody Allen” and as you can tell from the picture, it’s a good thing we each didn’t order our own. You know it is a serious sandwich when it takes a skewer (not a toothpick) to hold it together. It was tasty!
Central Park was a lot of fun because there were some baseball games going on that we watched for awhile and it was a really nice day.
Next, we rode the Statten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty and had an awesome view of the NYC skyline.
From there we made a stop by Wall Street so we could take a picture with the bull. Yes, we are five years old, and yes, we were laughing our heads off!
Our final stop was Ground Zero. It’s amazing to me that even after all of these years they are still clearing away debris and the foundations of the buildings. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to actually witness the buildings coming down.
I also picked myself up a nice giraffe-print Prada knockoff. Sean successfully bartered the price down to half, so I think he was proud!
All in all it was an awesome day. We’re going back in July to see Wicked, so I’m sure we’ll try to squeeze in a few more sights while we’re there. And of course, there must be time for a trip to H&M… we have them here too, but the ones in New York are the very best!
Monday, June 2, 2008
It’s nice to actually have a plan in place now. I feel like we’ve been living by the seat of our pants ever since we’ve been married-- never knowing where we were going to be next and moving every summer. We’ve both loved that lifestyle, seeing all sorts of new places and meeting new people, but I think both of us are ready to stay put for awhile and give up some of the madness. We talked about how we’d be fine moving to Chicago (especially since we’ve already lived there and we really do love it) but how much we would miss some of the things from home—skiing/snowboarding, family close by, my job, American Fork Canyon, Sean’s dirt bike, friends, our ward etc. We’ll just have to take a trip to Chicago every once in awhile—if only to stuff our faces with Lou Malnatis pizza!
Anyway, congrats Sean! You’re going to make one awesome patent attorney!