when we wanna rock, we rock.




maybe it's getting old, but we're not gonna stop.

happy halloween!





This is calvin looking cute in a pumpkin hat I made him last week. It turns out that making a hat is not so hard, except I wouldn't know how to finish the top of any other hat. It took about two hours and it was great to try something new. Also, it ended up fitting perfectly. During church I used my hand to gauge the size of another one of his hats. (which is a little bear had with ear flaps--very cute.)

Anyway, hope you have a fun Halloween! (and Halloween eve). We're staying nice and warm inside with a great dinner and Halloween episodes of the office. We're hanging out with the mangums, one of our favorite DC couples.

Did anyone end up dressing up cool? We didn't.

parts.

anytime you have a small appliance break, just send it over. my hand mixer broke today (and I am very sad about it) and Dave asked if he could have it for its parts.

definitely an engineer.

costumes

I'm not sure if we are dressing up this year. I am pretty sure we didn't dress up last year either. You see, we once had the perfect costume. And now, every thing just seems lame. Well, that isn't totally true. We are sort of cheap/lazy...so I'm not sure if we'll dress up.

here is our perfect costume in all its glory.


here are pictures from last year
and here is what we were going for.

we blended a few episodes/seasons together. and it was awesome.
Dave's hair is too short to do it again this year. And I don't have all my old roommates' clothes to borrow. ha!

Anyway, what are you guys being for Halloween?

bippity boppity give me the zoppity*





On Wednesday, Dave gave a presentation for SAMPE (a mechanical engineering society) up in SLC. We got a nice meal at bibbity bobbity (I mean, Buca di Beppo) and loved their rich and delicious chocolate cake. I almost ate it all, but once Dave had finished, he wasn't as nervous and got his appetite back. Which was probably a good thing.

It meant a later night that usual as we still had homework to do when we got back, but it was a great experience for Dave and he did really well presenting. To help him prepare, we of course watched Dwight's Speech. I think it helped.

*what else than the office?!

notebooks.

I am sad that I discovered the usefulness of multi-subject notebooks the last semester of my college career. I was always too cheap to buy them (which I realize doesn't make sense). I just used five notebooks and had to coordinate based on the day. Now, I love having a notebook that stays in my backpack. Weird.

Any similar finds of something you discovered too late, thus diminishing its potential for greatness?

oh, october.

Well I, for one, am very sad to see the beautiful fall weather go. I will miss the warm sun and do not like cold wind that makes my ears hurt.

I love the warmth that September gave us, just one last time before June or August comes back. (hmm, what is wrong with that?)

Also, our date was awesome. Despicable Me was really cute, clean and definitely a laugh. We loved it.

We are having a Halloween party of sorts on Saturday and I'm wanting to make something(s) holiday appropriate. I'm thinking...




what do you think?

laugh if you must

but right now, my greatest wish is for a dishwasher. and a washer and dryer. I know that's the 10094 time I've mentioned that but...a girl can dream.

our hot date







Tonight we are going on a hot date. We're going to have homemade pizza (I wish I wish I wish I wish we could have 7th hill pizza...) and free limeade sparklers followed by Despicable Me in the dollar theater. Perhaps after, we will enjoy homemade brownies and watch How to Train your Dragon (which we borrowed) or watch our favorite TV shows on Hulu.

We may be poor college students, but we do it in style, you know?

Any fun plans for the weekend?


oohh brother.

When Dave went to use the microwave on Wednesday, he found a bowl of once-melted, now-congealed butter that was supposed to go in the bread I made Tuesday.

I'm not saying I've totally lost my mind, but I'm not not saying it either.

We did eat grilled cheese today and the bread tasted fine. Though, of course, it was grilled with butter, so I'm not sure that's a fair assessment of the bread.

I could definitely use some chocolate right now.



When we were in San Francisco, we went to Ghiradelli's square. They gave us a delicious sample of their caramel-filled pumpkin chocolate. It was delicious. We didn't buy any ice cream at 9.00 a cup but...we were there. And sometimes, that's all that matters, right?

This week I've been doing the bare minimum. I guess that's probably normal, being mid-semester and all...but I really need to snap out of it. I'm so close to graduating I can taste it. I fluctuate between caring about my grade. I mean, I'm not going to fail any class...but do I want to aim for an A? Probably but...I also just want to finish. Anyway. Eight more tests until I graduate. I can totally do that.

I gave blood yesterday and used that as my excuse to do next to nothing after school...but that excuse only goes so far when the majority of what you need to do involves typing...

I would totally win.



I'm really wanting an office trivia game. Maybe it's all the office we've been watching, but we really love quoting it these days. Has anyone played a tv trivia show game? Are they worth it?

we like to eat.







Last week I made bruschetta (picture), homemade bread bowls and potato soup and taco salad with homemade (or home-formed) taco shells. Not all at once, but it was a good week for eating at our house. Have you tried anything really good lately?

we spent the weekend









watching season six on netflix, making congratulatory cupcakes (and botching homemade frosting) (BUT booya for chocolate cupcakes from scratch) and watching Calvin, who, by the way, is so cute.

bruce and karren sittin' in a tree...



Of course, this is the real reason we went to California. Congrats to Bruce and Karren! Their wedding was wonderful. It will be fun to have another sister!

in a word, magnificent.



The Oakland temple is one of the coolest temples. It is an awesome building and has a great view overlooking [polluted] oakland/san francisco bay. My picture isn't good enough, but we could see the golden gate bridge.

The grounds were beautiful and it was a very peaceful place. We really loved getting to go there.

the bay

We went down the Pier 39/Fisherman's Wharf during the few hours we had in the city. The bay was beautiful and it was a nice warm fall day (how October should be, we think).




a pirate ship & azkaban prison*

the golden gate bridge. we only had time to drive by, but we saw it on land and through the window was still cool (but means a crappy picture). Many thanks to Evan, who drove us through the city. I think Dave would have had a heart attack and I would have probably crashed.

*yes, I know what it is really called. and if you do not know to what I am referring, shame on you.

on the rise

Every time I bake something with yeast, it seems that during the 45-60 minutes it supposed to rise, I feel myself silently praying to the yeast gods that my dough will rise. I feel like it's hoping against hopes, which is probably silly, since my dough almost always rises. I can't help but peak or pat just to see if it rose just a little. Maybe yeast is just so volatile (hmm, really?) that one mistake will give you bum dough. So I can't help it. Anyone? Anyone?

lombardy*

One of the sites we saw in San Francisco was Lombard Street, which has a very steep and curvy block. We practically hiked a mountain to get to it. I couldn't believe how hilly San Francisco really was. I thought it was super cool. (my prior knowledge of s.f. came from princess diaries). It was also a beautiful block.

One thing that was different about San Francisco was how many buildings there were, but they were mostly short houses. So it seemed so big in a different way from New York City, say, because it was flat and huge, instead of tall and you can't see more than a few blocks. Anyone agree?





(bad lighting. oh well.)

*bloomability, anyone? guthrie!

save me, san francisco



Well, we're back from san francisco and hopefully back to blogging soon. I thought I'd get some homework done over the weekend, but that was just a wish. We had a lot of fun and the wedding was great. Our drive there and back were mostly uneventful (man, Nevada is boring). Dave did get pulled over for no reason. Literally. He said "sorry folks, I pulled over the wrong car. Have a nice night!".

Oops. Oh well. Dave was glad to finally be in the club of getting pulled over, though I'm not sure if it counts. Now we're back to reality and I'm really ready for the weekend.

you win some, you lose some.

I tried making this dress today. I cut out the pieces last night, took my test and walked home, excited to sew. It came together...somewhat nicely, as I had to sew the sides about three times each. When I finally tried it on, the sides were too tight because the shirt wasn't cut high enough. So more unpicking and I ended up cutting the waist band shorter so it could all fit (my hips!)...and it just looks okay.

It looked really good when I first finished, except it didn't fit. So in trying to make it fit, it doesn't look as good. I was really excited to take my new dress and try it out in San Fransisco...but I don't think I'm going to take it. Dave think it looks ok, and it probably does, but my view is tainted and I don't love it. It ended up taking a lot longer than I thought and it kind of made the rest of the night a bummer.

Oh well. Maybe I'll come back with a fresh view and make a sash to go around the waist and hem the bottom and no one will know.

I thought I could jump back into sewing, but I guess not. I have a lot of things I want to make, but I guess I don't have the time right now to do them all. I want to try another dress though. I've never made clothes before, so I'll have to figure out how to make everything fit. On the other hand, I used a piece of my shirt I cut off to make a bracelet. So it wasn't a complete waste of time.

Any thoughts, ideas or tips?

mac & cheese

My grandma makes a delicious mac & cheese. We love it. It's a family classic.
3 c. macaroni (cooked)
2 small cans of tomato soup
1/2 - 2/3rds lb cubed cheese (cheddar or colby jack work great)
salt & pepper

Mix together and place in an oven safe dish. Cut little pieces of butter to put on top. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 55 minutes. Uncover and bake for about 10 minutes, until the edges are cooked.
Last night, however, I tried a recipe for mac & cheese from pioneer woman. It was a different taste of mac & cheese, and it was good too. I would recommend both recipes. With the pioneer woman's, though, I have a few extra tips, based on my experience.
I halved the recipe and it would probably serve four. It makes quite a bit. The ground mustard was an interesting flavor, and I liked it. I didn't use an egg, though, because I didn't want to halve an egg. The sauce didn't get super thick, though, and maybe that's why. But it was still pretty good. The second day, it wasn't as flavorful, so I would make sure to season it enough.



(photo from pioneer woman)

Go make some mac & cheese!

cheerios

video

Our nephew loves cheerios. During conference we would get him to come to us by offering him cheerios. It reminded me of Monster's when Sully put out cheerios for Boo. Anyway, he's super cute.

movie mondays

On the first Monday of every month, you can get a free redbox. It's a little inconvenient being on a Monday, but I can't say no to a free movie. So we made the time to watch a movie. Last month we watched Bounty Hunter (pretty good) and yesterday we watched Iron Man 2 (it was pretty good as well). We got home at 7, and by the time we went to bed at 11 we made some macaroni and cheese, did the dishes (gasp!), washed and folded three loads of laundry (credit goes to Dave on that one), watched Iron Man 2 and I finished a study guide. It was a date in the loosest sense of the word, but it was pretty fun.


coffee cake*



cake:
1 1/2 c. sour cream
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 c. butter
1/4 c. shortening
1 1/2 c. suger

3 eggs
3 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla

filling:
1/2 c. sugar (or more, if you want)
2 tbsp. cinnamon

icing:
powdered sugar (I used 1/2 c., I think)
milk (just a tsp or so) (combine until pourable)
(depending on how you like your frosting, use more or less of either)

preheat oven to 350.

Combine sour cream and baking soda, set aside (make sure it's in a bowl a big bigger, as it will expand).

In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar. Add eggs. Add sour cream mixture. Add in flour, salt and baking powder. Add vanilla.

Grease and flour bunt pan. In the words of my mother: "don't be stingy". Put a little bit of filling mixture on the bottom. Add 2/3 of the dough, spreading out. Sprinkle filling on top. Add the rest of the batter, and spread out. It should just cover the filling. You can add a little more filling after that as well.

Bake for 1 hour.

Flip over and let cool. Drizzle icing over. Enjoy!



* see? no coffee. in some distant land, it's probably served with coffee. you could call it conference cake, since my mom always made it for conference.


happy birthday dad! you rock!

weekend.



Happy Monday! (urg). Our weekend was pretty great. We restarted our weekly pizza night, watched General Conference and played with our nephew a lot.

We decided during the summer that we'd have pizza every Friday night as a tradition. However, due to ward parties, no yeast and upcoming trips, it will probably every-friday-that-we-are-home-and-prepared-we-will-have-pizza night. The pizzas we've made have been pretty darn good. We are pros at making our go-to dough, but hope to branch out and try different crusts, toppings, etc.

Our weekend was nice and relaxing. General Conference was really good and it was fun to hang out with our family. We are also excited for the upcoming weekend when we'll be in San Francisco to get a new sister-in-law. We are leaving on Thursday, so only three more days! It will be a quick trip but we're really excited. It should be a fun, quick trip.

The three days from now until california are unfortunately filled with tests, homework and huge loads of laundry...but...we can make it.

In other news, Dave is making a hovercraft and we decided half our conversations are movie/tv lines...not sure if that's a problem.

How was your weekend?