Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Flag Cupcakes

Andrew's parents invited us over for a BBQ last night to celebrate the 24th of July and asked us to bring Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade and a dessert so I quickly googled flag desserts and it pulled these up. They were too cute to pass up so I ran to the store for pull 'n' peel licorice and got to work!

They were so easy and fun to assemble. I just frosted some white cupcakes, added the different lengths of pull 'n' peel and used the Wilton No. 5 Round Decorating Tip to make the blue dots. Yummy!

Bountiful Basket - July 23, 2011

I tried a new Bountiful Basket site again and went to Myton. One of my friends is the site coordinator at this site so I've been wanting to check it out! On Saturday I picked up my basket. Here's the list of this week's bounty:
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 head celery
  • 12 yams
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 1/2 pint baby heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 3 mangoes
  • 5 peaches
  • 5 plums
  • 7 bananas
  • string beans
I also got the tortilla add-on again. For an extra $10, I got 7 dozen tortillas consisting of 3 dozen 13 inch flour tortillas, 2 dozen 6 inch flour tortillas and 2 dozen 6 inch corn tortillas. I split the tortilla pack with Savannah so we each got plenty of tortillas for a really good price and they freeze really well too.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Crazy Quilt Club

My SIL Kim was in a play called The Crazy Quilt Club last night so my best friend Savannah and I met up after work to go watch her performance. Though we didn't know until the end, the character Kim played, Lydia Thorndike, was one of the main characters and the murderer(!) and she did such a great job! I had no idea she was such a crazy good actress. ;)

The night started out with a pre-show involving some of my swap group friends!

Katie and Naomi are the 2 in the middle side-by-side.


Naomi again in the middle.

Now for some pictures of Kim's performance.

The set on stage.

Kim's first appearance as Lydia!

Lydia thinks she's dying every Thursday.
Since they performed the play on a Thursday, I thought that was a cute hidden joke.

Check out the awesome old lady handbag Kim (Lydia) has!

The curtain that went up for scene changes.
Very creative for an outdoor venue in my opinion. :)

Lydia sneaking though with a knife raised in her hand for "protection"...little did we know!

Tricking Lydia to make her blow her cover!

The whole cast with the director.

Great job, Kim! It was a really fun night. :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July Swap Group

Our swap group started up again this month. :)

We finished swapping tucks in April and then we took a couple months off, but we're back and now I guess you could say what we're swapping is ideas!

Lewaina took charge this month and came up with this darling idea. We made star ornies and coffee-stained them, but the new things we learned were how to print on fabric and how to use cattails as stuffing. Andrew helped me gather cattails the day before swap night and I was impressed with how soft they were and what great stuffing they made...though I had to watch out for hidden bugs...yuck!

Laura found these awesome old, rusty springs to display our stars in and with an added coffee-stained tie and rusted bell & safety pin, it was complete! Can't wait for next month!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Anniversary Flowers

Andrew told me over the weekend that he hadn't had a chance to get me anything for our anniversary. I told him that it was fine because we had an amazing anniversary weekend, but today he surprised me at work with flowers. :) He said he couldn't let our anniversary go by without getting me flowers. ♥ He's always so good to me and he comes up with the most creative bouquets. Yes, he designs them all himself. Who wouldn't want that kind of husband? :D

Andrew likes to get me reusable containers when he buys me flowers.
This one has the cutest chalkboard on the front and you can just see the lid to the container perched there in the back. ;)

Anniversary Weekend

On Saturday Andrew and I celebrated our 12 year anniversary! We decided to splurge and booked at room at the Anniversary Inn. We decided on the Venice room, because we're hoping to go on a cruise of Europe for our 15 year anniversary and possibly see Venice!

When we arrived at the Anniversary Inn, we were offered warm chocolate chip cookies while we checked in and then we filled out a card choosing what we wanted for breakfast the next morning and when we wanted it served.

We had chosen to have rose petals scattered throughout our suite when we arrived. The feeling I got when I saw the room was amazing!

We spent the afternoon/evening relaxing in our room enjoying the complimentary sparkling apple cider and cheesecake and Andrew also took me out to dinner.

The next morning our breakfast arrived and it was delicious!

We were sad to leave the next day, but we were able to see some of the other themed rooms as they were being cleaned. They have some really fun rooms!

We really enjoyed our experience at the Anniversary Inn. :) Maybe we can go back one day and try another room!

To my sweet husband, I want to say that the last 12 years have been amazing. We've been through our share of ups and downs, but they have only made us stronger. You are my best friend and I wouldn't want to go through this life with anyone else. I love you more than words can say.

Friday, July 8, 2011

July Book Club

Last night we got together again for book club. I chose this month's book, "The Ball's In Her Court" by Heather Justesen.

Growing up in the foster care system was no picnic, but after being adopted into a loving LDS family, playing college basketball, and launching her career in the software industry, Denise Dewalt finally feels as though she's left her former life behind her. What she doesn't realize is that she must confront her past if she ever wants to move on to a brighter future. While her search for her biological family isn't an easy one, Denise's biggest fear is that even when she finds her family, she'll have nothing to give Rich, the only man who can see past the tragedies of her childhood. This emotional and inspirational story proves that life is full of unexpected twists and turns especially when it comes to facing your demons, fighting for love, and finding happiness for the future.

Growing up in Fillmore, UT, the author, Heather, was one of my neighbors. She was a couple years older than me, but we were involved in the same activities with our church group. When I found out she was writing books now, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them! I emailed Heather through her website about how I could get a copy of her books and literally 2 days later an autographed and numbered copy of each of her books showed up on my doorstep! I dove right into them and they were the kind of books I could NOT put down. :)

Heather's second book, which is the sequel to "The Ball's In Her Court" is called "Rebound" and it is equally as fabulous.

Also, Heather just recently released a third book, "Blank Slate". I don't have a copy of this book yet, but I have read a few chapters on Heather's blog and now I'm going crazy with anticipation! I'm hoping to go to a book signing sometime this summer so I can buy the book and have her autograph it for me. :)

Since I chose this month's book for book club, I also got to be the hostess. I made chocolate dipped strawberries and raspberry cups using both milk and white chocolate. The raspberry cups were fun to make because I had never done them before and they were also delicious, if I do say so myself. ;)