Friday, August 26, 2011


Most of you probably know that I have a major love for animals...especially baby ones. I love to google images of baby things: lions, tigers, horses, bears, pretty much everything. Okay I don't do this on a regular basis but sometimes I really just love to look at cute little animals. It made me really sad in Madagascar 2 when Alex was a little baby and got separated from his daddy. I was horrified. I can't watch that one commercial for the humane society or whatever it is where it shows close-ups of dogs and cats faces and they look depressed and hurt and Sarah McLachlan's song In the Arms of an Angel is playing in the background. I'm not kidding, it makes me cry like a baby!! I can't watch or hear it playing. Homeward Bound has only been watched one time by me. Oliver & Company makes me cry, the poor little kitten. That one tiger movie about the brother tigers, yeah that one was a tear jerker. In war movies, I always feel way more sorry for the horses that die or get injured than the people. The horses get no say in the matter, they are just forced to ride straight into battle. So not fair.

Where is this going? Well, one of my lifelong dreams came true this week. I have held brand new puppies. Mathew's sister's dog had puppies on Monday. I was over at their house husking more corn than I've ever seen in my life and all of a sudden, I heard that the dog just had a puppy! I was so psyched. It was so cute and I just wanted to hold it. She ended up with 7 puppies and I can't get enough of them. Most everyone else thinks they're boring because they still haven't opened their eyes and can't do anything. This is true. But I have never experienced new born puppies and I am fascinated and in love. I want to absorb every second I can with those cute little things. If only our apartments allowed pets. Anyone want to babysit a puppy for us for like a year? I want a puppy or a kitten so bad.

Oh also...yesterday I got charged by a hobo spider. It FREAKED me out!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Remake #1

So remember how I said I wanted to remake some of my old clothes...well I finally did! Well, I remade one thing at least.


I bought this dress during my service at JCP. It came with a cute little black waist belt. I fell in love with the shape of the dress when I tried it on. However, now it's too big, too short, too big of openings at the sleeve and too wide of a neckline. Too many problems to try and fix. So instead of fixing and keeping it a dress....I just turned it into a skirt.


Here's just a little step-by-step of what I did...and what I shouldn't have done.

Step 1. I decided how wide I wanted the waistband to be. I figured 2" would be good. So, I folded the dress in half and measured a line 4.5" above the already sewn yoke line.

Step 2. I carefully cut along that line. This is where I made my first mistake...

Word of caution, UNZIP the dress before you cut through the zipper. Otherwise you'll end up with this:

And it's impossible (at least for me) to get the pull tab back on the zipper.
Well, I didn't have a plan B...and no buttons...and I didn't want to put in another I decided I'd just wiggle into the skirt and take out the zipper and sew up the seam.

I did as skinny of a seam as a dared since there wasn't going to be any kind of closure.

Step 3. I folded down the waistband a half inch, then again two inches. Then I slip stitched the whole thing. Well, I started slip stitching then got tired of it so I blind stitched the rest. (much faster and easier but maybe not as effective.)

Okay I know it's not too exciting...but I'm excited to have another skirt to wear!

Also, I very much enjoyed taking all these pictures, I hope you enjoy them. :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Yesterday was a terrible day. I won't go into details as to why. But I thought that I would make some cupcakes for Mathew to take my mind off things. So, we had a chocolate fudge cake mix and it sounded so good to make some peanut butter frosting to go with them...Reese's anyone? Here is the recipe.


1 Betty Crocker chocolate cake mix-I used chocolate fudge
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and get your cupcake liners ready

2. Mix all the above ingredients until smooth

3. Fill your cupcake liners 2/3-3/4 of the way full and bake for 15 minutes

4. Let them cool and while you wait make this delicious frosting

Frosting Ingredients:

4 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk

1. Mix the cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth and creamy and delicious looking

2. Add the powdered sugar a little bit at a time until spreadable...adding the milk about halfway through

3. Put it in the fridge for one hour and spread on the cupcakes once they are cooled

Even though I'm trying to eat healthier...I still ate one of these and was under my calorie limit. Score! I savored every bite...I don't get to eat stuff like that very often, but it was totally worth it.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Becoming a homemaker

One thing I have loved about moving to Blackfoot is that I have time to cook and clean! To my family, this may seem like a major shock and contradiction, but seriously, it's awesome. I felt really bad that while we were in school this last semester, I hardly ever cooked. I either didn't know what to make, we didn't have the ingredients, or I was constantly doing homework and barely had time to eat, let alone cook. To top it off, our apartment was always a MESS. As soon as we got it cleaned up, it would all of a sudden become messy again. So, with all of that said, I love having time to keep our new place clean and to cook full meals for my husband.

With all the cooking though, I think I'm losing my faith in recipe blogs and/or online recipes. I found all these "healthy" recipes on and was so psyched to try some, so I went and stocked our fridge with all the ingredients. Well, I only tried two before I realized they were seriously gross. I was sad and had to quickly come up with ways to use the ingredients for the other recipes before the produce went bad. I did not want to waste time and calories making a yucky recipe. Then let's rewind back to last semester. I tried some recipes from a blog and I didn't like any of them. I could barely eat them, but the blogger just raved about them and made them look and sound so good.

I was about to give up on any and all online recipes. Then I turned to my Pioneer Woman cookbook that my wonderful aunt gave me at my bridal shower way back when. Sadly, this was the first time I used it...I was a little intimidated for some reason. I started looking through and was feeling much better about these recipes. I made a grocery list and went back to town and went shopping. Well, I tried the first recipe last night: meatloaf. Recipe here. It was SO good! I tried to cut a few calories by using extra lean turkey bacon and super lean beef. Mathew wasn't too psyched about the turkey bacon but he ate it and didn't hate it. I personally liked it. I also really liked using an actual cookbook instead of trying to protect my computer in the kitchen and awkwardly trying to touch the track pad to wake it back up without getting food on it. Yes, I'm definitely more of a cookbook fan. No more online recipes for me...unless they come from Pioneer Woman....or desserts from The Girl Who Ate Everything. On that note, if you want a super delicious dessert...go to that blog. They make my mouth water just looking at all of them. I've only tried a few, but they've all been good. Sometimes a little annoying because of all the weird (kind of unnecessary) prep steps. Oh that reminds me, I made her Strawberry Cheesecake cupcakes and a little word of advice if you also make them...use more butter in the crust, make about half the crust and frosting recipes, and embrace the sour cream/ does amazing things to cake.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Biggest Loser

I'm pretty sure anyone who reads this blog will be a friend of mine on Facebook. But just in case, I really want to get a Biggest Loser competition set up. Last time I did it, I found a whole new sense of motivation. I really surprised myself and sooooo many good things came from it. My whole life was changed. Well, as I've said before, it changed again when I got married. I need to shed some pounds and get my body healthier again. If anyone wants to join me in a Biggest Loser challenge, please let me know. We would choose the winner based on their percentage of weight loss versus number of pounds lost so really anyone could win! Only one person would know the weights of everyone, and it would only be so we could determine a final winner. Absolutely no judgement. We could set up a blog and google doc or something, emails for motivation. Any suggestions are totally welcomed. Send me a message here or on Facebook and maybe we can get something rolling!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Birthday Bash

I turned 21 on Sunday and it was the best birthday ever! For real. Mathew went all out and worked hard to make it an awesome day. He gave me my first present in the morning which were Gingher sewing shears. I was SO excited! I've been wanting Ginghers for a long time and I can't wait to use them on all my upcoming projects. Later in the day we left for Idaho Falls so he could start working on my birthday cake. He spent so much time on that thing and was determined to make it perfect. I thought he would just dump the M&M's on top but turns out he placed every single M&M on top. Needless to say, there were no leftovers from that cake. It was so good!

Before the cake was unveiled and eaten, however, I got to open presents! Yay! He gave me two more presents: Boy Meets World season 5 (score) and a personalized coupon book that included things like, a clean bathroom, a clean kitchen, a hug, and others that I can't remember right now. I'm psyched to redeem these coupons. His parents gave me this super cute DVD stand because our DVDs are so annoying to find because we don't have a shelf big enough for all of them. I can't wait to set it up. After everyone had cake and left, we played my favorite game, Phase 10. We were all super tired though and didn't quite make it through a whole game but oh well. 

Monday morning I was up at 6 a.m. to finish packing and cleaning our apartment. We had to be out by noon and luckily we had the amazing help of his parents and my mom. Otherwise I don't think we would have made it. His parents took the trailer all the way to Blackfoot after we were done but we just went to Idaho Falls. After I showered and got ready, Mathew blindfolded me and surprised me with another present. I took the blindfold off and we were at the mall! He took me on a mini shopping spree, it was awesome! Then I got blindfolded again later in the evening and we ended up at Johnny Carino's for dinner. Oh heaven. I stuffed myself and could seriously feel a food baby inside of me. Mathew totally spoiled me. I was so shocked at all the surprises and it just made me so happy. Thanks Mathew for making this birthday the best one ever!