Thursday, December 1, 2011

Delicious Recipe- Cranberry Orange Bread


I got this delicious cranberry orange bread recipe from one of my roommates, Amy, and absolutely love it. So, I thought I'd share it with you all.

Cranberry Orange Bread
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tbsp orange peel
2 tbsp shortening
1 egg, well beaten
1 1/2 cups cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional: I never put them in)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan (or 3 mini loaf pans). Mix together flour, sugar, salt, soda, and baking powder. Stir in orange juice, orange peel, shortening, and egg. Mix until well blended, stir in cranberries and nuts. Pour into pan and bake 55min (or 40min for the small loaves--don't open the oven before this or they might sink...like they did in this picture) or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on rack then wrap and store.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Week


Kyle and I shared our first Thanksgiving together as a married couple this year. Megann, Dustin, and the girls came down to Provo on Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving with us. Because of this, Kyle and I made our own Thanksgiving dinner. :D I prepared and cooked a turkey for the first time all by myself. ;) (Kyle did help me at times, but basically it was the first time I've prepared a bird without my mom standing there.) I also made homemade rolls by myself. :) Megann and Dustin made the mashed potatoes and set the table (which included folding the napkins in a really fancy way). The following is a picture of most of the spread. :) I had a little trouble trying to get all of the food to the table and hot at the same time. So...we had to zap a few things in the microwave. But everyone seemed to enjoy it, regardless. ;)




























Kyle and I felt the Thanksgiving meal was successful. :) I included a picture of one of the 3 pumpkin pies we had. I was going to make the Libby's can recipe for pumpkin pie, however, I failed to notice that the recipe called for "Deep-dish" crusts instead of "regular"...Because of this, we had 2 very skinny pies and then Kyle and I ran to the store Wednesday night to find a deep dish pie crust for all the extra filling. The pies were all very tasty. :) Kyle and I both decided, though, that the pumpkin pie does, indeed, need to be in a deep dish pan...that one tasted better. :)


On Saturday, Kyle and I went over to Lowe's to pick out our first Christmas tree together! :D We chose a 5-6 foot tree...which next to Kyle doesn't look very tall. ;) We enjoyed decorating it with the 2 packs of 40 ornaments (they are little silver and red balls) and 2 strands of lights as well as Kyle's Star Trek ornament (that big gray thing near the top) and one other cute ornament I had purchased at the store earlier that week. We still do not have an angel to top the tree...We'll see if we are able to find one we like before the Christmas season is over. ;)





















We put the garland around the doorway a few steps into the room. I think it looks great in that spot. :)



Our house looks very festive and smells SO good! I LOVE the smell of the Christmas tree! :D Thanks so much, babe, for letting us get a real tree instead of a fake one.








P.S. This is from Kyle. I thought I would add some pictures I took as well:











Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thesis: Social Engagement Behaviors of Two Children with ASD in Intervention Sessions Using a Robot

Today was my thesis defense. Basically, in a nutshell, I write my 70-page thesis, proofread it a thousand and a half times, get it approved, and then stand up in front of my committee (and anyone else who wants to watch) and give a 30min presentation on my thesis (introduction about the topic, method of the study, results, and conclusions). Following the presentation, I am asked brutal questions from my committee. Then, everyone is dismissed while the committee makes a verdict. After about 3 minutes, I was told to come back in and they said I passed and only had to make a few minor changes on my thesis before I can move on to the next step (which is the graduate chair, then to the dean, then turned in to the library). Since I have finished my internships and passed the praxis, this is the final step before I graduate. :D

Kyle came to support me as well as one of the girls from my master's program. It was really nice and a little less nerve-racking pretending to present only to Kyle and Katherine rather than the 3 professors on my committee. I felt the presentation went well overall, but man were those questions difficult. I felt pretty confident about a few questions, but a few others I don't even think I really answered the question (haha) so the professor had to redirect me a little bit.

Overall, this was one of the craziest experiences of my life and I don't know if I'd ever recommend to anyone to do something like a thesis. It was a good experience giving a presentation on research that I, myself, completed.

I am truly blessed to have a husband and a family that are so supportive and patient when I was flipping out about portions of my thesis. I bet they're just as excited that I'm done with this project as I am. :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween

Kyle and I decided to be Ninja Turtles for Halloween this year. He was Donatello and I was Leonardo. :) Considering the budget and creativity, I think we didn't do half bad. :)





This is a picture of the aftermath of our costumes and a pumpkin we painted at the ward Halloween party. We had a good time.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happy 6 Month Anniversary :D


I was sealed to my sweetheart in the LA Temple around 11:30 am 6 months ago today. I can't believe how fast time has gone and how much has happened. I didn't think I could ever love Kyle as much as I did the day we got married, but I love him so much more than ever before! He is the most amazing husband and person. He is always willing to help out around the house and is always aware of my needs. Anyway, enough of the mushy stuff. :)




Yesterday, Kyle and I went to Carrabba's to celebrate. 6 months and 1 week ago today I took out my endowment and then went to dinner at Carrabba's, so there was some sentimental value in going there again. :) Afterwards, we went to our stake conference evening session. Because we weren't super early, we had to sit way in the back....which meant we were in the next chapel with our backs to the speaker. haha. It was pretty funny. We weren't the only ones back there, either. There were quite a few couples that had to sit backwards. After the meeting, we went home and watched the rest of "Gremlins." Kyle had never seen it before and it's a favorite amongst my brothers...so I had to introduce him to it. :)


This morning, I woke up to some flowers out on our kitchen table with a sweet note next to them. I was so surprised. Kyle also made his amazing butterscotch oatmeal for breakfast, which was delicious. We had a great weekend. :)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

My Bread Machine

General Conference Sunday I decided I was going to try out my new bread machine. I was really excited. I decided to make my Aunt Susan's sweet french bread recipe. I put all the ingredients in the bread machine and after 20 minutes of fiddling with the machine, finally got it to start on the setting I wanted. I put the bread in through the first rise and then took it out to bake it in the oven. I rolled it out into a loaf and set it on the counter to rise for an hour before placing it in the oven. I knew the bread for this recipe got pretty large, but I had no idea it was going to be bigger than the size of my head! Holy cow! I posted a picture of the finished product to show you. :)
Thankfully, it tasted a lot better than it probably looks. In fact, between Kyle and I, we ate the entire loaf in about 2 days! :D

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Scholtzkys


When I was a kid, I would sometimes go to work with my dad. I would play with the computers and often break things :) But one of my fondest memories are of my dad and I getting lunch. Just a block away from his office was a little sandwich shop called Schlotzskys. From what I can tell, there are less stores open now than there were when I was 10.  They sell deli sandwiches on the best sourdough bread I've ever had. I'll never forget getting the turkey on sourdough and sour cream and onion chips. It is one of my favorite memories of my dad.

Last week, Stacey and I were headed up to Bountiful to visit her family. There are only 2 Schlotzskys open in Utah, and we paid it a visit. It was my first time back in 5 years, and only my second time back in at least 10 years. It was great to share this childhood memory with my wife. We enjoyed some great sandwiches and even posed for a picture. I hope that I can have memories like these with my children someday.


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Still my blog too

Just to make it clear, I'm still posting on my blog. Stacey has just been doing such a good job that I haven't had anything much to write. I'll post two pictures from our trip.



 You'll notice that I'm carrying all 4 bags =)



Anyway, life is good. School  just started back up this week. I am on the tail end of my math and computer science classes. It will be a difficult semester, but I think it will turn out ok. I'll try to post next time something happens.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Best Stories

So I have 2 stories to share. The first is about us and the second I read in our BYU newspaper.

Plane Rides
Kyle and I were flying back to Provo from CA last Saturday on a pretty tiny plane (since we were flying from Burbank). Poor Kyle is always so squished in these planes, it's sad to watch. Anyway, we had walked past the first class rows back to our seats (row 12). As we were sitting there, one of the flight attendants (from outside) had seen us and walked up to our row and asked Kyle how we was doing. Kyle responded "Oh...it's an airplane, so about as good as I can, I guess." The guy asked us if we would like to move to the row right behind the first class rows because there was more leg room. So, naturally, we said yes. The best part about moving, though, was they weren't kidding when they said there was more leg room! I could sit in my chair with my legs straight out and I was STILL not able to touch the seat in front of me!!! It was AWESOME. Kyle said it was probably the best plane ride he'd ever been on. :)

News Story
I was reading our school newspaper and came across an interesting article. Apparently, there was a man who tried to smuggle 7 exotic snakes and 3 tortoises on a plane from Miami to Brazil in his pants! Now that's not something you hear every day...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Camping on the Beach :D

During our trip to CA, Kyle and I spent a night camping at Carpinteria State Beach. It was so much fun to take Kyle and share an experience I enjoyed while growing up with my family. The weather was SO beautiful. The sun was shining and the water was not super cold. (The water's always pretty cold because it's a beach, but I could stand in the water and be comfortable without my feet being numb.)
After setting up camp Wednesday afternoon, Kyle and I walked the 100ft from our campsite to get to the ocean. :)
This is our sand castle that we made. While making it, the front wall withstood a few waves. We were pretty impressed with our own craftsmanship. Hehe

















The sunset that night was so beautiful. After roasting hot dogs, we walked back over to the beach to look at the horizon.




After spending a little time on the beach, we walked the 3 blocks over to Foster's Freeze. It was very tasty. Growing up, every year we went camping at Carpinteria with the extended London family. Part of our trip included walking over to Foster's Freeze for ice cream. Kyle agrees it is a tasty tradition. :)

The next day, Kyle and I walked down the beach while throwing a frisbee to see the tide pools. We saw a few crabs and anemones, but nothing else out of the ordinary. I taught Kyle how fun it is to stick your finger in an anemone and have it close up around your finger. It was pretty funny.

On our walk back from the tide pools, Kyle stepped in some gnarly globs of tar. One huge chunk got stuck in between his two baby toes. We used Pam to get it off. It worked super well. I'd never used Pam before, but we didn't have any vegetable oil (which is what I grew up using).

We had such a fun time camping. It was the first time we've ever gone camping just the two of us and Kyle's first time camping on the beach.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Temple Trip

My parents, Kyle, and I took Jeremy to go through the LA temple to receive his endowments. (He's going on a mission to St. Louis, Missouri, Spanish speaking and leaves this December. My mom thought it would be nice to have additional family members present rather than just my parents...that's why he went through this far ahead.) It was such a wonderful experience. It was new for us to progress from room to room during the session. It was fun for me to have a chance to attend a session in the temple I grew up doing baptisms in. :) We took some pictures before we went in of an angle Kyle and I didn't get the day we got married. :) It was a really special experience. I'm glad I had the opportunity to be there. :)
Maybe we'll try to photoshop us in our wedding outfits into one of these pictures.... :D
Cute :D
So proud of you, Jeremy! :D

Paradise Falls

On Monday, Kyle and I went on a hike in Thousand Oaks called Paradise Falls. We walked up and down and around a mountain that was covered in cactus, lizards, and blue dragonflies. We had a lot of fun. I had no idea there was a waterfall like this hiding in Thousand Oaks. :) I've lived in this area almost my entire life and have never gone on this hike.



We were relaxing on a fallen tree when suddenly, 2 ducks walked upstream in the shallows towards us. We sat really still watching them approach. They were pretty brave...Kyle could've leaned over and touched one. They walked under us and continued up the stream a little ways. At this point, Kyle and I decided to pack up our stuff and head back home. As we're sitting there, we hear this "Quack." I thought to myself "Man, that sounded pretty close..." So, I turned around and looked down...there was one of the ducks: looking up at us within arms reach. It was SO funny! Obviously, these ducks must be accustomed to getting food from the hikers...(This picture is awesome because the duck has red eye...He looks almost terrifying because of it.)

I looked up in the tree and saw a really cool spider web. It was kind of far away so I didn't get the best shot of it, but it was amazing. It's one of the circular ones and it is the entire size of the photograph. You can mainly see it on the right side of the picture, just how intricate it really was...I'm just glad neither of us walked through it. :)
After the hike, we went to The Habit for lunch and enjoyed delicious charbroiled burgers, delicious fries, and an amazing chocolate shake. :) I wish they had this place in Utah...It's absolutely amazing. (I didn't think to get a picture, though, because we were all nasty and sweaty from hiking. :))

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Our lives as of late

Kyle and I were so busy today, yet surprisingly, it was pretty relaxing. :) We were able to sleep in which was very much needed. Kyle then made his amazingly delicious butterscotch oatmeal. :) I started working on the laundry while Kyle mowed the lawn. We then washed both cars inside and out. Then we cleaned the house, went to Smith's for a few things, and had French bread pizzas for dinner. We then hung up our wedding pictures (finally!). :D I worked on my thesis a little bit and Kyle took a short nap. Then....(yep, there's more ;)) we waxed both of our cars and 30 seconds after we finished, it started pouring rain. Sigh. Oh well. :) Our house is clean and our cars are clean. :)

I am so excited because my hospital internship ends in only 5 more days! Yay! Kyle's math class is finally over, so he gets to relax from homework and school for 2 weeks.

We are headed to CA next Saturday for a week. It will be awesome to be able to relax on the beach and eat really yummy home cooked food (made by someone other than me ;)). Then, I get to start my school internship. :) SO excited for that.

Life is wonderful. My husband is wonderful.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fourth of July

After working a half-day, Kyle, Jeremy, and I drove up to SLC to hang out with Nyall, Jen, and their family for the evening. We had a really fun time laughing, eating, and lighting off fireworks (of course). :)

Jen's sister (Jessie) and her family came too. This is a picture of the whole gang. :)


Jeremy and cute baby Conner (age 2 months).

Kyle being Kyle. :D

We decided if we had Sparklers in our hands, we were going to pose "Harry Potter style."

My adorable nieces playing with Sparklers (Kate age 3, Cambria age 6).

We had such a good time and had great food. I love my family and can't wait to get together with them again.