Monday, February 21, 2011


Tomorrow has the potential to be one of the best skiing days this year. I don’t have class. I have a pass to use this year. I want to get on top of and head of all the work and projects in my classes.

What to do? What to do? What to do? What to do? What to do? What to do? What to do? What to do?

Be responsible? Or ski?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Last week was full of many treats. The Ballet was one. TEDxBYU was another. The Ballard Center at BYU sponsored a TED Event on Friday.  I discovered TED talks in the last year and from the first video I was enraptured and inspired. The theme of this event was Live Innovation. It featured individuals from Utah and across the country, all who had inspiring ideas and are doing amazing things by not letting others tell them they can’t. I didn’t take any notes. I should’ve but they will be posted online soon. One of the best parts was the intermission reception where we got to mingle. Usually this isn’t my thing, but I really enjoyed this one. I got to talk to individuals from all over who have innovative mindsets and brilliant ideas to change the world. It was a little intimidating, but fascinating. I plan to go to another event soon just so I can mingle with this type of crowd again.

As part of the event they show a few videos of previous talks. This one was entertaining and enlightening. Bring on the Learning Revolution.

Ps. A week ago I hardly knew what classified a smart phone. I thought an android was a type of insect. This week I am a proud owner of a myTouch. No I didn’t plan this. It just happened. What can I say…the phone was free. And I am really enjoying it.

anti anti-valentine’s day

There seems to be a sour stigmatism for V-day among those who are currently unspoken-for. That makes me sad. Valentine’s day can be such a fun and happy day, single or attached. It’s a day to celebrate any kind of relationship or any kind of love. A day to celebrate family, friends, and/or significant other. It’s a day to tell others how much you love them and happy you are because they are in your life. (Yes, everyday should be love your neighbor day. But why not have a day to especially love your neighbor and express it.) It’s a day to send a note and reconnect to people you haven’t talk to in a while. It’s day for sending little somethings.  It’s a day to get reacquainted with the phenomena of snail mail and the neglected mail box at the end of your driveway. It’s a day for pampering, chocolate, flowers, sugar cookies, and conversation hearts. 

I refuse to support any anti-valentine events or SAD (single awareness day). I didn’t feel single at all. I felt loved and a sense of belonging.

I hope your Valentine’s day was full of love and joy and little extra sweetness.


PS. I loved this post by Dr. Mao, Live Longer with Love in Your Life. A few good reason to let love into your life.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

sugar cookies w/ icing

Week 7: In case you didn't notice. I don't bake much. Bake goods aren't something I crave too often. (Except for chocolate chip cookies. My #1 weakness.) But what would Valentine's day be without sugar cookies. So I gave them a shot. They were so easy. They came out soft, but not crumbly,  and they tasted good, too. (Especially the dough.:)

Sugar Cookies
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight). More is better.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.  
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • assorted food coloring
  1. In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
  2. Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Spread thinly on cookies.

Monday, February 14, 2011

cinderella, cinderella

I love Cinderella. My sister loves ballet. So we went to the BYU Ballet Theater production of Cinderella. It was enchanting. This was my happy birthday present to her. She turned 12 on Friday. She is an angel on earth and I am so lucky to have her as my sister.
Happy Birthday Dinah!!
I’ve been looking forward to this since November. I could hardly contain my excitement this week. I love all things Cinderella and have always wanted to see the ballet. I’ve seen every other rendition of Cinderella, multiple times.

The classic Disney Cinderella

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

My all time favorite The Slipper and the Rose.

And a few other modern-day renditions.

I don’t know what it is about the story—Rags  to riches, Prince Charming, Shoes—It has been my fairy tale of choice since I was three. Some things never change.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

i will not...

...throw a temper tantrum nor stomp across the floor.
...kick and scream and attempt to put a hole in the wall
...pout, whine, shout nor kick against the door.
I will try to remember that I am an adult and act my age.

This will be difficult because...


Ps. And they took Caleb and Dinah. No, I am not bitter. 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

favorite super bowl commercial

ps. Honestly, I didn't watch any of the super bowl or the commercials. One of my professors showed this one to us and I decided it was my favorite. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Zuppa Toscana

Week 6...I saw this and then I couldn't stop thinking about it until I made. And then I still couldn't stop thinking about it because it was super good and perfect for a cold, cold day. 

Zuppa Toscana Slow cooker style (aka Potato and Sausage Soup)

1lb italian sausage
2 cans chicken broth
1 c water
1/4 c onion
3 large russett potatoes (cubed)
1 clove garlic
1/2 c bacon bits (Splurge and get real bacon bits)
1 cup whipping cream

Crumble italian sausage and put in crock pot with chicken broth, garlic, potatoes, onion and cook on high for 3-4 hours until potatoes & sausage are cooked. Add bacon bits, whipping cream and cut up kale right before serving. Top with your choice of cheese & serve with fresh bread.

If you don't have 3-4 hours, you can bypass the slow cooker.

Remove sausage from casings; brown in a skillet, breaking up, until cooked through. Place onions and bacon in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat until onions are tender. Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Add chicken base, water and potatoes, simmer 15 minutes. Add sausage, kale and cream. Simmer 4 minutes and serve.

Enjoy. Trust me you will.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

crock pot peanut meatballs

So…week 5 was another Thai recipe. Trust me, I do like other things besides Thai. But I couldn’t help myself this time. This looked really good. And it was.


1-13.5 oz can Coconut Milk
1-3.5 oz packet of Peanut Sauce Mix  (I used a few tablespoons of peanut sauce from a bottle. If you like peanut sauce use liberally. If not, hold back.)
1-16 oz frozen package of large meatballs (16 count)
Lime wedges and chopped cilantro (a must)


  1. Add Coconut Milk and Peanut Sauce Mix (both inner envelopes) to crock pot and mix well. Add meatballs to coconut mixture and toss to coat.
  2. Cook on high for 2.5 hours or until sauce thickens. Serve with favorite spaghetti or rice. Garnish with lime and cilantro if desired.

It says it yields 4 servings, but I was eating leftovers all week. I was sick of it actually by Friday. Sometime I want to try this dish using peanut butter. Asian Meatballs with Peanut Sauce.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011



I love how you are never too far behind me!!