Wednesday, February 22, 2012

USU's Loveboat Casino Night

Every year USU, here in the Basin, has a Loveboat casino night and we have been going ever since it started. There is always some kind of dinner included, a live DJ along with karaoke and different gaming tables. It's just an all around fun evening. We usually go with Brandon and Kim, which is what we did again this year. Andrew and Brandon have fun playing Blackjack with their fake money ;) while Kim and I enjoy sitting to the side and catching up on life. There are prizes that you can buy at the end of the night with your winnings and we've gotten some fun things over the years. This year, you bought tickets with your winnings and put them in a drawing for the prize you wanted to win. We put ours in for this Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock Band Bundle and amazingly enough, we won it! Andrew was soooo excited!

Throughout the night, they were also drawing for smaller prizes and Andrew won an Xbox 360 game that Brandon was eyeing so Andrew gave it to him, but Brandon and Kim also had their own luck! They won a mini fridge, which is the prize they had put in to win. :)

Can't wait until next year!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Valentine Kits

New valentine kits I put together this week from The Idea Closet. :)

Valentine Mailboxes

I saw these cute mailboxes on Pinterest and couldn't resist making them. It took me a while to track down all the supplies I needed though. I finally found the mailboxes at Michaels and they were 2 of only 3 they had left! (Though now I've learned Target has mini mailboxes in their dollar section. Who knew!) I ended up finding the candlesticks at Dollar Tree of all places, but then they were only a dollar! ;) I sprayed painted the candlesticks black and Savannah cut out the vinyl for me with her Cricut. After I put the vinyl on the mailboxes, I glued the candlestick to the mailbox using E6000 glue and voila! Love them! Now Andrew and I can leave each other fun little love notes all month long. :)

*Now that I've found where I can get these candlesticks, I have so many more things I want to do with them! Can't wait!

Happy Valentine's Day!

I started out Valentine's Day this year with my traditional pink pancakes with pink milk, but this year I did heart-shaped pink pancakes and served them on some cute valentine plates that I found at Walmart with matching valentine cups for the pink milk. :)

As I was walking through the kitchen that morning to get Andrew's gift ready, Andrew had this sitting on the counter waiting for me.

It's something Savannah saw on Pinterest and she knew I would love it, but it was originally a necklace. I had them make it into a bracelet because I knew I would wear it more and then I gave it to Andrew about a month ago to save for me for Valentine's Day. I actually had forgotten about it so that made it fun! Andrew found the card himself and said he liked what it said. I thought that was cute. :)

Love this quote!

Among other things (including cheese!), I surprised Andrew with bacon roses. They were something he saw on facebook a while ago, but Savannah found a blog that showed how to actually make them so I bought what I needed and secretly put them together that morning. :) He thought they were awesome! When I asked him if he liked the bacon roses, he said, "Whose wife does that?!" Apparently he was glad his wife did!

A few hours into my work day, this delivery came for me. I told Andrew he did good! Take a closer look at the vase the roses are in and you'll see why I thought they were the best flowers he's ever given me! I love the vintage look and fudge-dipped strawberries are always yummy. :D

At lunchtime, I met Andrew at home and his big valentine present was waiting on the doorstep.

An ice fishing sled that he's been wanting so he can pull all his gear across the ice instead of packing it. ;)

After work, I headed home to meet Savannah. She and I were making Valentine's Day dinner for our hubby's! For dinner, I made Lasagna and Garlic Bread and Savannah made Spinach Strawberry Salad and 7 Layer Jello. To drink, Savannah made Love Potion and for dessert, I made Coeur a la Creme with Raspberry Sauce. It was all so delicious and we were stuffed! I think our hubby's were happy too. ;)

We used my china, but I especially love my new Sweet Heart Plates from Crate&Barrel!

To make it even more special, we ate by candlelight.

Here are the cute treats that I made for all my friends and coworkers. I got the idea and free printable tags from Pinterest.

We also received a few Valentine's Day treats from our friends and family as well.

From Savannah

From Andrew's mom

From my mom

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

February Swap Group

Laura took charge this month and decided to do a cookie swap. She said she missed swapping things and thought this might be a fun idea and it was!

How it worked was we made and brought 6 cookies for each person in our group along with our cookie recipe. I chose to make Molasses Crinkles, which are cookies I've been making since I was probably like 8. I even entered them in the Millard County Fair one year and they won! I think they also went on to the Utah State Fair from there. They really are that good! (Check out the link to my cooking blog for the recipe by clicking on Molasses Crinkles above.)

Since it is February and Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I bought some Valentine's cellophane bags to package my cookies up in before I took them to swap last night. I thought it made them look festive. :)

Here are all the cookies I came away with. Yum! Also, Felicity decided to make her favorite bread instead of her favorite cookie so I'm excited to try that as well. :)

To top it all off, Lewaina to decided to spoil us and made us each a valentine. It was a heart-shaped, fabric-covered box with a heart ornie inside. So cute and thoughtful! Thanks, Lewaina!

Super Bowl 2012

For the big game this year we got together at Andrew's parents house again along with Josh & Savannah and Alicia.

I made my traditional Spinach & Artichoke Dip along with Parmesan Fondue and Cider Cheese Fondue all with french bread for dipping. :)

The highlight of the table however was our edible stadium. We all pitched in and made this fun idea from Pinterest appropriately titled "Eat the big game while watching the big game!". ;) The tortilla chips were from Bountiful Baskets. Every year they offer tortillas chips that you can either bake or fry in the colors of the teams playing in the Super Bowl. Josh made the homemade guacamole for the field and we also had cheese sauce and salsa to eat with the chips.

To top it all off, for dessert, Savannah made these adorable football-shaped Homemade Oreo Cookies.

As for the Super Bowl, I was cheering for the Giants as I may or may not have a small crush on Eli Manning ;) and they won! And since we all watch the Super Bowl for the commercials really anyway, here's my favorite one...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

February Book Club

Last Thursday night we got together again for book club. Kim chose this month's book, "Frenchman's Creek" by Daphne du Maurier.

Jaded by the numbing politeness of Restoration London, Lady Dona St. Columb revolts against high society. She rides into the countryside, guided only by her restlessness and her longing to escape.
But when chance leads her to meet a French pirate, hidden within Cornwall's shadowy forests, Dona discovers that her passions and thirst for adventure have never been more aroused. Together, they embark upon a quest rife with danger and glory, one which bestows upon Dona the ultimate choice: sacrifice her lover to certain death or risk her own life to save him.

Frenchman's Creek is the breathtaking story of a woman searching for love and adventure who embraces the dangerous life of a fugitive on the seas.

We ended up getting together at Randi's house because she had a quilt she needed to finish tying. She fed us a yummy dinner first while we discussed the book and then while she worked on her quilt, we munched on Candied Popcorn and Rocky Road Brownies that Savannah brought for dessert. Delish! Until next month!