where we belong.





Man, I'm loving this song. The strings. The striking lyrics. Something about the desperation. Their song angels on the moon, is also very good. Dave has fun trying to mimic his voice. It's pretty funny. Anyway, give this song a listen.


Hold on-- we're gonna make it if it takes all night,
Hearts racing like a rocket at the speed of light.
Don't fight it-- we've been running for far too long.
We're going back where we belong.

So hold on, we've got our wings and we're chasing the wind.
Farewell to all the places we have been.
And if it takes us all night long
We're going back where we belong

See I have to believe that there's more than it seems,
More than a soul in a boat in a sea of sinking dreams

peace

We sometimes fail to understand that the everlasting peace Jesus promises is an inner peace, born in faith, anchored by testimony, nurtured with love, and expressed through continual obedience and repentance. It is a peace of spirit that echoes through the heart and the soul...

Peace—real peace, whole-souled to the very core of your being—comes only in and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. When that precious truth is discovered and gospel principles are understood and applied, great peace can distill in the hearts and souls of our Heavenly Father’s children. Said the Savior through Joseph Smith, “He who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come” (D&C 59:23)

M. Russell Ballard

projects

I didn't come back from DC with quite the passion for sewing as last year, but I still have a huge list in my head (and on the computer) of things I will eventually sew. Half the projects I want to do are for kids, so I feel like I have to wait for those. Also, I need fabric. I haven't gotten around to buying more. However, I've found a few new blogs this summer/semester, and a few projects have jumped to the top of my list. Hopefully I can make these sometime soon.

I've been meaning to make an apron for a while but haven't found one I really like (or that was easy enough), but I love this one.

This messenger bag is pretty sweet. I think I'd use it as a diaper bag (because dave said he won't carry anything too girly), so it can wait a while.


I really like this skirt. And it looks pretty easy. I also really like the fabric


I love the idea of using fabric and and plain shirt to make a dress.


I'll have to bust out my geometry, but this skirt is soo easy and super cute.


I love this bag. Too bad there is no beach in my future.


What do you think? Anything you're wanting to make?

byu football





This weekend we went to the BYU football game with my parents. It was super hot and bright (see first picture) but it was still fun. And even though we didn't win, we had a great time. We didn't get student passes this year, so we're glad we got to go to a game. I always love going to home football games.

I love feeling a part of something huge and feeling the spirit of BYU.

Even when you have to feel the spirit of some crazies too.

Thanks mom + dad!

ah, young love.



I was looking through our wedding cards the other day and found this adorable card that my old roommate Danielle made for us. I also laughed when I reread what she wrote:

"...I remember the first time I met the two of you giving each other piggy back rides while cooking..."

Yep, that was us.

Not anymore, though. Dave is getting too old to give me piggy back rides. Well, maybe not, but that's better than the alternative reason.

all about food.







I realized that this last weekend I went a little crazy and made a lot of things. On Sunday afternoon I went to town in our teeny kitchen. I first made some bread and bagels.

The bread turned out fabulous (we haven't actually tasted it yet, but the texture is amazing. The first loaf I made earlier last week didn't work so well because I used bread flour instead of all purpose. This time it worked like a charm.) Thanks, Em! The bagels were a total experiment, and they turned out ok. I used bread flour and am not used to baking with it. They were a little hard. I'll look around for a different recipe and hope to perfect that. They also were some ugly looking bagels so I didn't even bother taking a picture. oh well.

We also made some strawberry freezer jam. The recipe is in every box of pectin/sure-jell/the kroger kind and it's pretty easy. I thought it would make a lot but it made three jars. I want to get some other fruit and try some more. Maybe I'll do real canning later, but for now, this is easy! Hopefully it's good! We'll have to try some on our delicious bread.

I also made a bunch of burritos to put in the freezer. My mom made some for Shanna and Evan when Shanna was pregnant (we didn't get any because we weren't pregnant)...but I recently thought of those and we tried some. It's pretty easy. Just put some browned hamburger and ranch style beans w/ cheddar on a tortilla, roll up and freeze! Easy dinner/lunches when we are lazy.

I have a bunch of other recipes I want to make, like this soup, this bread, this pasta salad, and everything on this blog. And much more. yum. I love food.

dang, i'm good. at following directions.



wow. these southwest chicken wraps were so good. I'm in such a happy place right now after eating them. We haven't had such a good dinner in a long time. We'd highly recommend these babies. Such a burst of flavor...nice and healthy...warm and crispy...delectable. make them. asap.

(picture from mel's cafe)

potato derby





This last weekend we went to our ward's potato derby. It was pretty awesome. We had a potato bar and then got to make a car out of a potato. Ours was awesome with a spoiler and exhaust pipes. We didn't make it out of the sweet 16 (too many practice runs) but it was still fun. We'll definitely remember this if we're ever on the activities committee.

four down.

This weekend we were quite busy. One of the best activities was going to World of Dance, a dance program at BYU that features a few of their dance teams. My dear friend/old roommate Katie is on the ballroom team. This was her last performance, as she is moving from that adventure to another. like getting married! wahoo! She got engaged on Saturday and I'm still dying to hear the details. :)

She did amazing, and I've always loved going to her concerts. I've been to many a dance concert over the last 8 years and she is always fabulous. She is such a great dancer and a wonderful friend. I'm so proud of all she's accomplished over the last few years!

We're so happy for you Katie!



hmm...it's a wonder any of us got married...?

wooing



Dave was pretty good at wooing me. I was smitten anyway, blushing at the slightest thing. He made these cookies for me many times during our courtship, and they were always delicious. Plus, he impressed me with his cooking skills. I, on the other hand, returned the favor by making him homemade macaroni and cheese with uncooked noodles. But that is another story. (well, that's basically the story.) (I was nervous ok?) He made some cookies on Saturday and I was glad...we haven't made these for a long time!

Anyway, if you have any wooing to do, I would recommend giving these babies a try. They may snag you a wife. (or whatever you're looking for.)

chocolate chip pudding cookies (chocolatey chocolate chip cookies)

3 1/3 c. flour
1.5 tsp baking soda
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
1 package of 6 serving size instant chocolate pudding

3 sticks butter (I know, I know. It makes a lot though...)
1.5 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
1 package chocolate chips (or as many as you want)

Mix flour and baking soda in a bowl.

In separate bowl, cream sugars and butter. Add vanilla. Add eggs.

Add dry ingredients. Add chocolate chips. It makes 3-4 dozen.

bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.

You can also try some variations like:
  • vanilla pudding and chocolate chips
  • lemon pudding and chocolate chips
  • butterscotch pudding and butterscotch chips

miss those days.


jordanelle


The weekend after we moved in, we went on the ward campout. It was pretty fun. We camped by the jordanelle reservoir and it was a nice view from our tent. The sleeping on the ground was not really fun, but we had a pretty good time on our first camping trip.

babysitting.





We watched calvin on sunday for a few hours. He's had a hard time warming up to dave, and I have had only slightly better luck. He was happy enough with me, but we tried to get him to like dave. He likes sashes and cords that are hanging off of your clothes, so we used that to our advantage. He was content chewing on dave's string. yum.

hopefully he'll realize we're not so bad pretty soon. we like to hang out with him. we get to see him more often now though, so hopefully that will happen. oh well, we still had fun! he's so cute.

recommendation:





I read Mockingjay this weekend.  I devoured it, of course, and loved it.

If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon with this trilogy, I highly recommend it.  I'd have to say that, after Harry Potter, it's my favorite series.  It is so good (and that good).  Again, not a super new idea, but the actual details of the story are excellent and unique.  I also thought that as far as a concluding story in a series, it could not have been better.  I was completely satisfied.

It's exciting, thought-provoking, interesting, funny and of course, has enough romance to keep me dying for the ending so I know what happens.  The entire series is like that.  Her story is very enthralling.

loved it.

have you read it yet?  thoughts on the series?

kitchen






I really like these kitchen accessories. My sister in law has the ice cream bowls and they are as cool in person as in the store. (ok, well, they are just bowls, but they held raspberries very well.)

Is it weird that my wish list now is full of kitchen things? I mean, what I want most in the world right now is a dishwasher. and a washer/dryer.

I wouldn't say no to a kitchenaid either.

I've said it once and I'll say it again.


And just as I've written the same old posts and the same old lines many times before, I find I always come to the same conclusions.

Yes, life is sometimes confusing and complicated and hard, but you know, I find that it's also pretty good. There are a lot of things that I am very sure of. And that is enough. It will be enough. I just have to write a lot of the same type of posts and re ponder all those same thoughts and re make resolves to do better and be more grateful and be better me. And I'm getting there.

Thanks for the thoughts! I really loved reading all the comments!

half of my heart.

I keep having the same old thoughts run through my head.  I'm still trying to figure out what I want out of life.  But I have the same conversations in my head, run through the same pros/cons, think about the same situations and come up with the same answers every time. 

I guess I'm not sure if that means I have the wrong idea, or if that's a good thing--it is always the same conclusion, so it must be right.  I also realize I don't have to plan the next 15 years in one day, one semester, one year.  That's hard, though, because I like plans. But maybe I'll be okay with a rough plan, and we can fill the specifics as we go.  I think that will work because we have some major ends, if you will, and the means are probably not as important.  I would like to feel confident in my decisions or my plans or my tentative decisions.  I don't want to mess up or do something wrong.

Sometimes it's sad we only get one shot at life.  I mean, we only get to go to college one place, can only do one major, we pick one general direction in life and that's that.  I mean, of course you can transfer or double major, get a grad degree in something else at a different college...you can jump around to different jobs until you've tried them all...but that sounds exhausting.

I often think what it would be like to have picked another major or whatever...I partially picked my major for reasons that don't really exist in my head anymore, and now I'm wondering, just a little, why I didn't pick ____ or ____.  Or if it really even matters.  I want it to matter.  But there are other things that matter to me more.  But I'm still in school so I can't get over school thoughts, and it's hard for me to think about the future and what matters the most to me now, because I don't see it all.  And maybe I never will.

Sometimes I see many different lives in front of me...and I want them all.  I want to be a lot of things, and it's hard that I have to, or feel the need to, choose just a few. Or just one. 

And even if, in my head, I pick the one thing that I want most, and I imagine what it would be like and how much I like life that way, I still am worried that because I picked something with absolute certainty, that is not what will happen. 

Which, I'm sure, is a ridiculous thought. 

I've been stuck here for a long time, and I'm not sure what it will be like when I get out.  Out of transition.  Out of deciding.  Out of not deciding.  Out of non-permanency.  Out in the real world, where I'm sure I'll be dying to come back. 

I know parts of this were impossibly vague, but...thoughts? 

mmm...doughtnuts.

TPW_6961

Yesterday we went and hung out with my dad's family.  My aunt and uncle made homemade doughnuts and, man, they were good.  I had at least five. (they were small)

Pioneer Woman has a recipe and I'm sure it is almost as good.  If I didn't think I would get oil all over myself/the kitchen, I may try to make some myself. 

 I would probably eat them all.

 Maybe I'll go for muffins that taste like doughnuts.

(don't worry, we still have our love).


Squeaky swings and tall grass,
The longest shadows ever cast;
The water's warm and children swim,
And we frolicked about in our summer skin.

I don't recall a single care-
Just greenery and humid air.
Then labor day came and went,
And we shed what was left of our summer skin.


On the night you left I came over,
And we peeled the freckles from our shoulders.
Our brand new coats so flushed and pink;
And I knew your heart I couldn't win.
Cause the season's change was a conduit
And we'd left our love in our summer skin.

death cab for cutie
one of my most favorite death cab songs.

hiking


When we were in Oregon we went hiking to Multnomah falls and Oneonta gorge.  The first hike was similar to Y mountain and had a gorgeous view of Washington.  The second was a fun hike where we climbed over a log jam, waded through waist deep water to the waterfall.  Both were fun and very pretty.  Dave was glad to get to go hiking, even if it was mostly beginner stuff.

not a fan of

finding bugs on things.  especially on dave's ear and then we're not sure where it went.

opening up a plastic drawer to find (and smell) that a lotion leaked/exploded all over the stuff in the jar.  it was gross but at least I had a better excuse to get rid of old lotions, etc. 

are we done yet? soooo much stuff. 

diy: canvas fabric frames




It's fall, so time for another diy.

We brainstormed a lot of the summer on things we could do to decorate our apartment, being that we can't make any of our own holes in the walls, can't paint and don't want to buy too much. We initially thought of hanging curtains on the walls, but decided to do fabric frames.

We bought fabric at ikea (which was a bit pricey) and cheap wood at home depot. Then while I stood on various wood pieces, tried to use the staple gun and pulled on fabric, dave made these. We love the dandelion design and picked the red to make it bright. We really like how they turned out (which is a lot bigger than we first imagined, but we figured it was like painting the wall).

It was moderately expensive, but should last for a long time. At least the year we are here, and that makes it worth it. It's the coolest thing about our apartment. Along with our free couch.

What do you think?

i confess you are the best thing in my life



I don't have many must-sees left on my concert list. train is definitely on that list. I love this song. I just heard it today (cue dave rolling his eyes) and I love it.

Train's lyrics and videos are so refreshing/cool and I like it.

If it's love
And we decide that it's forever
No one else could do it better

If it's love
And we're two birds of a feather
Then the rest is just whenever

And if I'm addicted to loving you
And you're addicted to my love too
We can be them two birds of a feather

...

We can travel to Spain where the rain falls
Mainly on the plain side and sing
'cause it is we can laugh we can sing
Have ten kids and give them everything

Hold our cell phones up in the air
And just be glad we made it here alive
On a spinning ball in the middle of space
I love you from your toes to your face

reason #238 my mom rocks

easiest cheesecake ever:

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 c. lemon (which is about two real ones, if you wanted to do that)
1 package cream cheese.

mix it up, put it in a crust and refrigerate for a while. 

I guess I just have food on my brain.  

white bean chicken chili

Julie and Oliver (the lj's) made this chili for us in DC. I've made it twice since, and can't wait to make it again. (that would entail going grocery shopping and remembering all the things I have to get...)

It's so delicious. Here is a recipe, in case you're interested. (and you should be)

1 lb chicken breasts cooked and shredded 
1 (48 ounce) jar great northern beans 
1 (16 ounce) jar salsa, fresh or canned
8 oz pepper jack cheese, shredded 

1/2 c chicken broth
2 t cumin (you could also use taco seasoning)


Combine chicken, beans, salsa, cheese, broth and cumin in a slow cooker. Cook for for 4 to 5 hours. Or you can cook it on the stove top until it's hot.




6 servings