on the first week of summer whilst snow falls.

This week has been really good. Even though we both had to work, Dave didn't have class until Wednesday. So he stayed home and we worked from home. It was fun to hang out more. We also spent the week going through the Star Wars....sixilogy? hexilogy?

Anyways, we skipped the second, watched the action parts of the third and thoroughly enjoyed the last three. I may have to go back and watch the second, as it was Dave who skipped it and started skipping through the third. (not that you miss that much in that one...(Katie, do you remember seeing it in the dollar theater and laughing??) As you know, we like Star Wars.

And tonight we made us some lemon cookies and Dave made some real lemonade from the extra lemon juice. Yum!

It's been a fun first week of summer, that's for sure. I even made an article of clothing that turned out. (gasp!) Plus, Dave dropped his class so no homework all summer!! (oh, except writing a thesis!) Yeah, he's awesome.

So, I'll have to show you later. We are going to catch up on our shows. (By the way, does any one watch Parks and Rec?? It is freaking funny these days)

post script: a series of six movies is a hexology or saga. saga sounds cooler.

grad.



Last weekend was our third graduation in a row. We just can't get enough of those dorky outfits, I guess. A big thanks to my family for coming and making it a great weekend. I also had the best seats I've ever had at anything, thanks to luck and my last name. The cushy seat during convocation helped, consider my college is huuuge.

Anyway, I'm glad that it's official and officially over and now we're moving on. And secretly hoping that we won't have to sit through another one next year.

when life gives you lemons


photo from two peas and their pod

For Easter, I tried making a lemon angel cake roll. Yeah, it totally didn't work out. The cake part cooked unevenly and was pretty much a disaster. I need more experience baking with egg whites. However, the lemon filling turned out perfect, so I just made a yellow cake and put it in the middle. (and made this perfect chocolatey frosting)

A few months ago I tried lemon sticky rolls. They were delicious. I would highly recommend them.

And yesterday, I saw these glazed lemon cookies and will definitely be making them soon.

Any favorite lemon recipes? They seem so summery.

veni, vidi, vici.

I tried to channel my 18 year-old self yesterday. See if I was the person I thought I would be when I graduated from college. And I don't know if I am, because I never really thought about that when I was a freshman. I was just a girl who loved scrubs and harry potter.

But when I see myself today, I see huge differences from the person I was four years ago. And I am glad. There are a lot of differences between my freshman and senior self. And I bet most people see that when they graduate. But you know what? I still love scrubs and harry potter. You don't have to completely change to grow up. And now I wish I had some life lessons from scrubs handy for you.

I loved my colleges years. I loved being a freshman, living with my best friend and doing all sorts of crazy things. I didn't really love the decision making (that continued through all of college, imagine that), but I made it through. And I often wonder if I've made all the right decisions along the way, but I believe that things work out how they should. So regardless of whether or not I thought I'd be somewhere different, I think where I am is where I am supposed to be. I am glad I had such awesome roommates and that we all have such high hopes for the future. I really dig my current roommate, too. He's part of why I'm better now, too.


Well, better doesn't have to mean more mature, does it?
Look, just because we want our kids to play with quality toys...

But I don't think my college years will be my best years. And even though sometimes lately I feel stuck , I look forward to our best years.

There are so many things I loved about being a student. I loved feeling a part of something. I loved learning and the opportunities available to me. I'm glad that I have a little German, ballet and world religions under my belt, even if I didn't "need" those classes. But, I think I did. I think the classes I didn't need to take or didn't end up using towards anything are the ones I've loved the most.

But, there are new adventures ahead and plenty of learning.

So, here's to graduating and growing up. letting go of what has defined you for 16 years and figuring out what to do with that.

Seder

Last night we celebrated Passover with some of our friends. We had the Passover Seder dinner and it was a really cool experience.

Now, I know that may seem weird since we aren't Jewish.

One of my most favorite classes I took at BYU was "World Religions". I learned so much from that class, and feel I grew to be a better person because of it. One thing I took from that class was a better knowledge of Judaism and respect for the religion. Not only should we respect all religions, but Christianity has its roots in Judaism! The early members of the Christian church (including, and especially, Christ and his apostles) were Jews--practicing members of the Jewish faith. I feel that we have such a connection with Judaism and it is a big part of our religious heritage. And I think it is important to have an open mind and to learn about other faiths.

My friend Lesa (who is a pro at Passover) was nice enough to let us come to her Seder that she does. I helped make the Matzah. And man, for only having two ingredients, it was tough!! Lesa made lamb (from New Zealand, of all places) and Matzah ball soup and it was great to try those.



We used the service program that they use at BYU when they do Seder each year. It was just a great experience to read the prayers and go over the history of Passover and learn about the symbols. We also listened to the Prince of Egypt soundtrack, which fit quite well. :)

So, that is why we attended a Seder. There is a lot of text that is recited, and my favorite was this:

"on this Seder Night, when we pray for freedom, we invoke the memory of the beloved Elijah. May his spirit enter our house at this hour, and every home, as the hearts of parents and children are turned to each other, bringing a message of hope for the future, faith in the goodness of man, and assurance that freedom will come to all..."

monday thoughts.

It is kind of weird that this week won't be ending with a plane ride to the other side of the country. And I don't know that I wish we were moving for the summer, but I am always up for an adventure on the East Coast.

And this week I will be an official (or perhaps only a ceremonial, since I already have my diploma?) BYU grad. I'm glad it's finally here, because since I haven't gone to school this semester, it already seems to be over. And now it will just finally be over. And I kind of miss learning and being a part of campus, but I do not miss finals.

And you know, if we could move to somewhere that was sunny and warm instead of this dreary April weather, I would do it. Tomorrow.

And since we are out of milk and bread, I suppose I will just have to eat cookies for breakfast?

wednesday date

Because it's totally normal to go on dates on Wednesday, right? Anyway, Dave and I went out last night. We celebrated the end of the semester. Woohoo! Our (his) last winter semester, everrrr. Or, for now.

Anyway, we went to the Creamery and got a bacon cheeseburger and spicy fries. It was delicious. Then we went bowling.

And for the record, I got four strikes in a row. And I have no idea how that happened, because the game previous and the first part of that game I was doing quite terrible.

And that has been the most exciting thing to happen this week.

pleats and pin tucks.

I really like these two pillows: pleated and sunburst.

They seems summery to me. So if it is ever summer around here, maybe I will make them.




too lazy to use camera cord, have an imac picture instead.



We recently bought ourselves a Wii and needed to rearrange our living room. We finally figured out an arrangement that we like (which is hard considering how little space we have to work with!)

However, it left us with a big chunk of white where our couch used to be (see this post) and our fabric canvases needed to be rearranged a bit. This is what we came up with.

And, do you know how cool 3M Velcro tags are? They are AWESOME. We wanted to make use of the ones we already had on the wall and try not to waste the ones we had already used (which is why the spacing isn't perfect). That big blue one? Previously held up by five tags, now held up by two at the top. The red one used to have three, but since we changed the orientation, we had to use two new tags on the sides. Pretty cool, no? We only used two new tags.

Hopefully they don't fall off and hopefully our nephew doesn't help in that process :)

what do you think of the new arrangement?

you know what's good?

Chocolate chip muffins, that's what. really easy, really good. mmmm.



chair cushions

Our kitchen chairs are pretty hard and who likes that? We decided to make some seat covers, and they turned out looking pretty good. Actually, the last two I made looked better than the second one, which looked better than the first one. Oh well. We figured out a simple pattern and it was some good sewing experience. Though, sewing a cover is kind of a pain, especially when you have rounded corners. Our chairs have a weird shape (though common) and next time we buy chairs they will definitely be of the square-cornered variety.

Out of all the fabric at Joann's, I only liked this pattern for kitchen seat covers. Well, to be honest, I went looking for stripes and a canvas-y material, and this was all they had. Of course, I loved it from first sight, so it made for an easy decision!



I also made them removable and therefore washable, which should come in handy. I just used two pieces for the back instead of one.

the lazy toothpaster

You know those couples that need separate tubes of toothpaste because one person doesn't squeeze from the bottom and it drives the other person nuts?

Well, we aren't like that. However, in order to prove how lazy of a toothpaster I am, Dave played a little trick on me.

This morning when I went to brush my teeth, I noticed the the toothpaste tube had all the toothpaste left (maybe like 25% full?) at the bottom, and the top looked like an empty tube. I thought it was really weird, but no matter, I just squeezed until I got some and went on my way.

Tonight, Dave noticed it and started laughing. "hey!" I yelled, "it was like that this morning when I brushed my teeth!" Turns out he did that just to see how much I don't care about the toothpaste being at the top of the tube.

Lucky for me, he just laughed and went on brushing his teeth.

any similar stories? are you crazy about your toothpaste tube or join the ranks of the lazy toothpasters?!

cake of roses


from i am baker via pw

Isn't this a pretty cake? I would like to try it, but I do not have frosting skills other that straight across with sprinkles. Also, I have digressed to having the present wrapping skills of a five year old.

BUT she says it is super easy. Maybe I will just do one rose on a cake though, for dramatic effect. Because that is a load of frosting. (and dude, check out the cakes she makes! amazing)

Also, Dave won't let* me bake anymore desserts unless we share**, and desserts almost never make it out the door in time to share. Soo...I think we know what this means. Have a party, invite me. I'll bring a cake. It may or may not look like that.


*it's not like I'm not allowed to, but he really doesn't want the temptation. and whatever, I guess I can help a guy out.
**he's all worried I'm making him fat. humph.

oh, monday.


These are the first onesies I made, but I wanted to give them away before I posted them. Our friends Karen and Jesse are having a baby boy this summer and we are very excited for them. Dave and I worked with Karen and Dave and Jesse are in the same Masters program. They really like Disney, so I made him a cute Mickey onesie.

And, thanks to Karen and Jesse, we watched Tangled on Friday. We really liked it! (and we also watched it again on Sunday with my family.) I would definitely like to own this sometime.


Have you seen it? What do you think?

pizza night


Pizza night is still going strong over here. I've had a few requests to post our go-to dough recipe, so today is your lucky day! We got this recipe from our friend Heather a year or two ago, and have never used a different recipe.

I have started doing half wheat flour and it tastes great! We also only use half the dough at a time. I usually freeze half for the next week. As we consider ourselves some sort of pizza snobs (eating at 7th hill will do that), we like thin crust pizza. Try it! It's not true neapolitan pizza, but it's still good!

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes.

Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of the flour.

Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour. Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Use for your favorite pizza recipe. We're pretty boring here: sauce (we'll often use spaghetti sauce (ok, we're not total snobs)), cheese and pepperoni. And have you ever tried pepper jack cheese on pizza? It's good!

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. If you are baking the dough on a pizza stone, you may place your toppings on the dough, and bake immediately. If you are baking your pizza in a pan, lightly oil the pan, and let the dough rise for 15 or 20 minutes before topping and baking it.
Bake pizza in preheated oven, until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. If you only do half the dough, it doesn't need to bake for as long; just watch it!