Sunday, November 30, 2008

Home for Thanksgiving!

I spent Thanksgiving in Show Low, Arizona with my mom and little sister. We saw Twilight twice, went out to eat at Pizza Factory, drove up to the ski resort (sunrise) for a scenic drive. I got to meet her awesome Hair dresser, enjoyed just staying home in her beautiful new home, watched August Rush. Went shopping at her Eyebrow salon that had silver jeans on sale for 75 percent off! Show Low is a pretty Town, but I could never live here, it is nice to visit, but i think that I would go mad with no shopping around except Walmart :( Glad to see my family and I will surely miss them, when I go!

Quotes that I like

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value."

Albert Einstein

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sunny San Diego

I was fortunate enough to be able to take some time off work for the Thanksgiving Holiday. I decided to add some time on to my vacation by taking a trip to San Diego. I was able to visit quite a few beaches while there, saw some very gorgeous sunsets, shop, and breath in the ocean air. I would love to move there one day!

Sunset Cliffs

Cardiff Beach

Encinitas Beach

Balboa Park

Coronado Island/ Hotel Del Coronado/ Bridge to Coronado/ Ferry to Coronado

Ocean Beach

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Big Star Sweet Stretch Jean

I am obsessed with posting all my new purchases lately, lol! Here is a pair of Jeans that I just bought.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Friends and Family savings at the Gap

I bought this skirt the boots and the top. I am getting back in to 80's mode. I was wearing these styles in 5th grade :) sad but true

Friends and Family savings at the Gap

This dress is too short for garments, but I bought tights so when they come in the mail, i'll wear it! :)

Gotta love new jeans!

I went down a size in jeans! Yeah! I can't wait to wear my new Big Star Maddies !!!!!! :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Eggnog Cream Pie (my contribution to Thanksgiving Dinner this year!!!!!!!!!)

Eggnog cream pie

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes, chilled, divided
1 tablespoon cold water
1 cup whole milk
1 cup eggnog
1/2 cup sugar
6 egg yolks
1 teaspoon cinnamon, plus additional for garnish
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, plus additional for garnish
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons rum, brandy or whiskey (optional)

In a large bowl, stir together 1 cup of the flour and the salt. Add the chilled cubed butter. Use your hands or a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour until the butter pieces are slightly smaller than a pea and the mixture resembles cornmeal. Add the water and gently stir the mixture together with your hands or a fork just until the mixture is moist but not sticky. If the mixture is too dry, add cold water 1 tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.
Alternatively, in a food processor combine 1 cup of the flour and the salt. Pulse to mix. Add the chilled cubed butter and pulse until the butter pieces are slightly smaller than a pea and the mixture resembles cornmeal. Add the water and pulse until the mixture is moist but not sticky. If the mixture is too dry, add cold water 1 tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.
Lay a sheet of plastic wrap on the counter and turn the dough onto it. Push the dough together to form a ball and wrap well in the plastic. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days.
Heat the oven to 400 F.
Lightly dust the counter with flour. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll it out to about 1/8 -inch thickness. Transfer dough to a 9-inch pie plate and press it gently into the plate.
Trim the overhanging dough to about 1 inch all around the edge. Fold the overhang under itself so that it rests on the lip of the pie plate and decorate the edges as desired.
Use a fork to prick the bottom of the pie crust several times. Line the crust with a piece of foil large enough to hang over the edges. Fill the shell with enough baking weights or dried beans to cover the bottom and go halfway up the sides.
Bake the crust until pale golden brown, about 15 minutes, then remove the foil and baking weights and continue baking until deep golden brown, about 10 minutes more. Transfer the pie shell to a cooling rack and cool to room temperature.
To make the filling
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the milk, eggnog and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Bring to a gentle simmer.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk together the egg yolks, remaining 1/4 cup of flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and remaining 1/4 cup of sugar. When the milk and eggnog mixture is at a simmer, remove the pan from the heat.
While whisking, slowly pour about 1 cup of the warm milk mixture into the egg mixture. Then pour the egg mixture into the pan with the remaining milk and eggnog.
Return the pan to a medium heat. Stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, cook the mixture until it thickens to consistency of a heavy pudding, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the mixture into the cooled pie shell and place a sheet of plastic wrap over the top, gently pressing so it touches the surface of the cream. Refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.
Before serving the pie, whip the cream and liquor (if using) together until the cream holds stiff peaks. Remove the plastic wrap from the surface of the pie and evenly spread the whipped cream over the surface. If desired, lightly dust the top of the pie with cinnamon and nutmeg. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Makes 8 servings.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I love my Doggie Woggies!

I started Christmas shopping last night, you know when you find that perfect gift, when you are not even looking for one and there it is, you have to buy it! I decided to model my precious dogs in my find. They were not happy about it, but I thought it was so cute to see them as they frustratingly waited for the torture to be over. :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

The influence of the Holy Ghost is spirit speaking to spirit, and the indelible impression in one that brings conversion and conviction to the soul

When one has received the Holy Ghost he has a companion who will constantly warn and teach and inspire him. (Moroni 10:5) If not driven away through uncleanness or other persistent wickedness the Holy Ghost will always bear increasing witness to gospel truth. The potency of his influence is emphasized in this explanation by President Joseph Fielding Smith:

The reason blasphemy against the Son of God may be forgiven, even if the Son be made manifest in a vision or a dream, is that such manifestation does not impress the soul as deeply as does the testimony of the Holy Ghost. The influence of the Holy Ghost is spirit speaking to spirit, and the indelible impression in one that brings conversion and conviction to the soul as no other influence can. The Holy Spirit reveals the truth with a positiveness wherein there is no doubt and therefore is far more impressive than a vision given to the eye.

Miracle of Forgiveness
Spencer W. Kimball
page 122

Elder Parley P. Pratt also described the effects of the Holy Ghost:

“[His influence] quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands and purifies all the natural passions and affections; and adapts them, by the gift of wisdom, to their lawful use. It inspires, develops, cultivates and matures all the fine-toned sympathies, joys, tastes, kindred feelings and affections of our nature. It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness and charity. It develops beauty of person, form and features. It tends to health, vigor, animation and social feeling. It invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man. It strengthens, and gives tone to the nerves. In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being”

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Snow Canyon 1/2 Marathon

Today my sister and I were crazy enough to run a 1/2 marathon in Saint George, down Snow Canyon. The trail route was so beautiful and a fall day, it was really a perfect setting.

I have run 3 of these crazy things in the past, but it has been 5 years since my last 1/2 marathon, so I was really not in shape to run it, but I did it anyway. Rachel has been training for the last 16 weeks, something that I was too lazy to do. It takes a lot of time to train for these things.

She did marvelous and I did terrible, but that is the price that I pay for doing it last minute. I am glad that I was able to do it, cause it was really fun to drive to Saint George and get out of Utah Valley. We went with Danielle and Holly and we had a fun time chatting and hot tubbing and eating at Cracker Barell afterwards. A road trip is always refreshing and mixes things up. Rachel and I got to see Amy Broadbent, our friend from high school, she lives in Saint George now, she brought her darling little 3 year old daughter to lunch and we had a fun time.

Now, I need to get back in shape, so that next time this comes up, I wont be sooooooooo sore. I can hardly walk now :( , but on the way to getting my runner's legs back.!!

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