Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Today was Halloween?

I have to admit, I almost forgot it was halloween until I walked out of a class and saw the Statue of Liberty, a Ninja Turtle, and a giant flamingo pass me on the way to work. At first I was all "Okay weirdies..." and then I realized "oh wait... it is Halloween." The funny thing is, even if it was not a holiday, I wouldn't put it past you. Sorry for my quick judgement.

Halloween is sort of a weird thing here is Rexburg. Though the towns population really is 50% or more college students, it is typically mild and scattered with goofy costumes and very little shenanigans. With this being the case though, I doubt we will get many trick-or-treaters this year. With my neighborhood being almost all young married college students, I'm was pretty sure the only trick-or-treaters to make their way to our humble caul-de-sac would be the occasional 2 year old dressed as the pillsbury dough boy beneath all of his coats and sweaters.

This was our halloween as a married couple! Supa presh right?! Really, the point I'm getting at is that this is the first year I coordinated costumes with someone! The anticipation is killing you I know, with all of the possibilities, what genius costume did me and the hubs come up with?!

Drum roll pleeeeaaaase!

Road kill. Hecka yes. We're classy as they come.

Saturday we went to a lil Halloween party with some friends, carved pumpkins and ate to our tummies delight. I made 7-layer bean dip and with a little bit of food coloring created a little grave yard, I know, I've just really out done myself this time! haha

But Let's be honest, yummy, easy, and seasonal. Can't beat that. All it was is refried beans, salsa, chopped lettuce, corn, sour cream and cheese. Mine was not even seven layers! Wham, bam, uncle Sam, you've got dip.

Ryan and I planned on going out with friends tonight to celebrate the festivities but earlier in the day I could feel a head cold coming on... We went home and took a nap and woke up at, oh, 8 o'clock. That was the second I realized we were probably one of those lame couples that don't do anything and flake on our friends to be boring. Whoops. haha I do say though, this takes the cake for most relaxing Halloween ever and I am not one bit upset that I'll have to eat this trick or treating candy for dinner. Nope, not one bit.

With all that being said happy Dia de Muerto you ghosts and ghouls! 

Friday, October 26, 2012

For your own safety... go to sleep.

I once had a friend tell me that she believed me to be the unluckiest person alive. Realistically I knew this not to be true, but sometimes I wonder...

Yesterday was a day that I think qualified as both a hazard to my health and my sanity.
I woke up to this: 

I tip toed into class late thanks to the mass of Rexburg students who don't know how to drive in the snow, and received the loving look from my professor obviously saying "you've been late the last 3 classes, let me know how an F tastes" as I shot him this glance:
(Don't worry, unlike this portrayal, I was in fact clothed)

I went about my day until my work meeting that I had to conduct at 2. The powerpoint I prepared, the training, and everything I perfectly organized was on a computer that was slower than dirt. Nothing worked. Nothing. And on top of that our boss just so happened to pop in to our training and see how things were going just in time to catch my really,-I-did-prepare-something...I-swear lesson.

Shortly after, I raced to my car so I could drive to my class at the middle school and as I was stepping off the curb, I so gracefully slipped and slid into the ocean of slush surrounding my car: Skirt in the air, flat on my back, while the campus passed by in transition between classes. It was pretty epic.

So I lay there, a little stunned until my husband and a nice girl in passing come to help me up. 
Needless to say, my bum bum was pretty wet. On the way to my class my husband and I laugh about how lucky it was that I landed on my backpack, yadda yadda and so on.

I get home from class, in a relatively good mood given all that had happened throughout the day and thinking it really couldn't get worse only to be greeted by this mess of laundry:
Wait for it..... 
The real kicker.....

This warped fork from the dishwasher: 
(Anyone who thinks this fork is not a tragedy has obviously never loved a fork as much as I...) 

As I go to open my laptop to play some music, I find that gravity managed to bring all the force of my body through the backpack, through the laptop case, and cracked my laptop screen when I fell earlier. 

Laptop. Screen. Cracked.  
Bloggers of the world, I give you permission to weep over this catastrophe.

Needless to say, bedtime was at 7:30 last night. Bed is the only safe place these days.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Au Natural

We went to Utah a few weekends ago and stayed with my health-conscious aunt, who informed me of all sorts of healthy tricks, the first of which is that almonds are a fat absorbing food

Well... isn't this convenient since I LOVE almonds! She bought fresh ground almond butter and I was hooked from the start.
I remembered that the Vitamix we so generously received for our wedding just so happened to have the capabilities of grinding nut butter, so the wheels in my noggin began turning.

Feeling ever so empowered, I gave it a try.

And it was DANG good. 
Very healthy tasting, but I like that!

Not only that, this stuff was thicker than molasses in Alaska. You could literally cut it with a knife. I recommend eating it warm! SO good.

On a side note, may I just toot my own horn and say how in love with that little petal bowl I am!? You can see more of these ceramic creations for sale here!

I've had a few people asking for the recipe... are you ready for this?
Almond butter:

Yep, that's it. I will admit I did add a little Veggie oil because mine was so dang thick. I know, i am ashamed. But all the same, it was yummy.

Wait, you made this in a blender? I don't believe it.
I know, me neither. I like to pretend I'm this wicked-legit home maker when really I'm not. It may be something you just have to see to believe:

Oh, and another little tidbit of information for all you extreme coupon-er wannabees like me, if you e-mail Blue Diamond Almond company and compliment them on their products with a request for coupons, they will mail you 6 coupons for Almond milk, almond products and so on. I know, It's like Christmas! You can thank me later :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

DIY Modest Dress Alteration

I was brought up with a strong sense of modesty in the way I dress, act and speak. I remember one time in third grade I wore a tank top under my sweater and took the sweater off when I got to school. I was kind of a rebel back in the day.
As much as I love the standards I was taught, I'll admit that their are certain styles I cannot embrace, and that from time to time clothes shopping can be a bit of a challenge (Pregnant women of the world, scoff at the amateur haha).
Because of this, I'd like to think I've become fairly crafty with my clothes because 1. They usually have to be tweaked to cover the goods, and 2. I'm cheap-o and rarely buy new clothes.
Now, you may notice that I don't (or won't in the future) wear clothes that do not quite reach my knee, or cover my shoulders,  hide my rock hard abs, and hide my lady assets. This is not only because of the way I was raised, but also because since I was married I have begun wearing religious garments under my clothes. Yea, those white things ABC so rudely showed on television in their Truth about Mormons broadcast They are sacred and typically we keep them covered.

With that being said, when I run across thecutestdressever, or that shirtiwanttokissasmuchaswear kind of articles of clothing, I can find myself pretty distressed if they don't cover the necessities.
Alas, I have a solution for that just-a-liiiittle-too-short dress!
Please, hold the applause. But not really. haha

So I was shopping and ran across this adorable dress on sale for... wait for it.... $5! Naturally, I had to have it. Juuuust one problem. Actually two: No sleeves, and too short. 
The no sleeves thing is easy. Throw on a cardi, or wear a shirt under and you're good to go.

Here is the picture before, showing off a little too much leg for my taste...
In order to combat this issue, I tried a few lil tricks:
1. I folding the dress straps down to make is a skirt and then held it up with a belt -->

But when that didn't satisfy me...
2.  I whipped out the scissors, and old wife beater I never wear and lengthened the dress by cutting off the straps of the wife beater and sewing it onto the original straps.
 As I'm sure you can imagine, it created the scoop neck of all scoop necks and CANNOT be worn without an undershirt, but seeing as I wear one all the time anyways, that was no problem for me.

If all those don't work, you can always:

3. Add a little extra fabric to the bottom.

The best part is you really don't need any background in sewing to pull any of these off.
I'm sure there's more but there you have it.
Now go! And shop fearlessly!

Monday, October 8, 2012

New Additions

I really enjoy ceramics, and one semester went  little cerami-crazy. They began as little lumps of clay, and not without tears, sweat and quite a mess, I delicately nurtured and shaped them until they became mature finished products that I swore I'd never part with... 
...Until I paid my rent.

It's time to part with some of my babies. 
So ladies, who's up for adoption?!  Because we have new additions to the shop and still more to come!

View the shop up close and personal HERE.
Watch out Christmas; we're ready.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

What's the deal with Mormons?

There's two things you just don't really bring up with people who may believe differently than you about certain topics and is a pretty big taboo in the blog world; religion and politics.
With that being said, I'm about to live on the edge a little and do it.

I just have a few thoughts about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints AKA Mormons.

Mormons have been in the news a lot lately haven't they? What with the CNN documentary meant to delve into the secrets of the Mormon church and with one candidate for presidency being of that faith (like that really matters or something...) I'd say the Mormon church is getting a wee bit of media attention.

The musical "The Book of Mormon" sadly has become a broadway hit, making a mockery and crude comedy of the beliefs that we hold so dear, not to mention the limitless anti-mormon literature and articles all over the web. CNN chose to show the religious garments that are wear under our clothes, which though they are not some weird secret, are very sacred and showing them was a little disrespectful. (Not to mention they chose the most unflattering grandma style of them to show! haha like really? No wonder people think we're weird.) 
It's silly really to feel so hated sometimes simply for what you believe. Anyone who has been discriminated against for anything they believed in whether it be religion, race, political standing or sexual orientation knows what I'm talking about.  Why is it that the islamic faith get a formal apology for any offenses from the president of the United States yet Hilary Clinton herself is reported to be laughing and having a great time in the audience of a musical mocking LDS missionaries. I don't know. It's just weird to me. 

So... do you wanna know the truth? 
From a Mormon? 

All of our religions "secrets" are not secrets. They are merely sacred to us. We do not hold them from anyone, because everyone is welcome to hear what we believe. We believe in the Bible. We believe is Jesus Christ and his restored gospel. We believe in a lot of traditional values that most Christians share. 
I'm married and have attended the temple. 
It's not weird. 
Like any religion, we hold our temples and the teachings within them sacred, but they are not secretive. We don't sacrifice goats, or have to stand naked in front of anyone, or eat our first born children (yea, I've actually heard that one.) In fact, I can't speak for everyone, but I think I'm pretty normal ;) haha

The reason I bring all this up is simply because this weekend is our faith's semi-annual world wide conference. As a religion, we are addressed by our prominent religious leaders and counseled, taught, and uplifted. We are also given any new/recent revelations. Is anyone curious what all the hype is this year? This morning it was announced that rather than young men having to wait until their 19 years old to serve missions, and girls at 21 years old, they've changed it so that guys can go out at 18 and girls at 19. 
This. Is. Huge.
Here is my favorite face in the audience:


Can I just say how jealous I am P.S? If I were 2 years younger and not married.... 
Anywho I want to make a formal invitation that if anyone wants to really know what we believe, you do not have to be a member to watch the conference or listen. It's open to all. So if your curiosity is strong enough, feel free to do so HERE

I appreciate all of my followers, and I appreciate you humoring me with this post. If I lost a few followers for breaking the Blogger taboo and bringing up religion, or because you realized wait, she's Mormon? then so be it. I in no way mean to preach or rant, I just think that as a people no matter what we all believe, we should try harder to tolerate one another as friends, rather than being divided by faith or discrimination. 

I hope you guys are having an AWESOME weekend! Big news to come soon!