Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nestle: 3 Marisa: 0

I have begun a war with the Nestle chocolate chip cookie recipe and so far I am losing…badly. I am quite fond of the Nestle chocolate chips as a more affordable chocolate chip for my cookies so that is usually what I buy. Conveniently on the back of the package there is a recipe for chocolate chip cookies.

Originally I got sucked into trying this recipe because the pictures associated with Nestle chocolate chips always look so good! I figured if the package recipe could make kind of cookies I had seen then I definitely want to try it. So I gave it a go.

Round 1: I follow the recipe instructions, but I am on the phone with my mom and may or may not have given the recipe the full attention it needed. Nevertheless, all seemed to be fine until I pulled the first dozen out of the oven.

Instead of beautiful plump chocolate cookies I opened the oven to find a cookie sheet filled with practically see through cookie dough and chocolate chips scattered throughout. I unfortunately had already mixed in the chocolate chips to the entire batch so I was done for. I turned the rest of the dough into a huge cookie sheet sized cookie that was gross and disgusting and I threw most of it away once Danny had forgotten about them.

Round 2: I wised up and read the entire package directions and realized that there was a “High Altitude” variation on the recipe so I figured that would be my ticket to beautiful package looking cookies! I followed the recipe to the “T” and made the adjustments for high altitude. I placed the cookies in the oven with high hopes for the perfect cookie only to find a slightly less running cookie than I had the time before.

Round 3: Well I am no dummy. I learned my lesson the first time and only added chocolate chips to a small portion of the dough in just such a case that I needed to give the dough some further tweaking. I added ¼ c. of flour one at a time until I felt the consistency of the dough was such that it would hold a better shape.

Again the cookies went into the oven and a few short 8 minutes later what did I find? That the cookies had kept their shape… the exact shape of the cookie scoop! The cookies barely moved from the position that I put them in prior to baking. I had over floured. Needless to say the cookies were a bit dense. At least this time the cookies were a little more edible.

I finished baking the remaining dough, turned off the oven and left the kitchen defeated once again by the Nestle recipe. I haven’t determined quite yet if I am going to bow out peacefully or if I will return for a round 4 and maybe…just maybe obtain a possible victory over the Nestle cookie recipe.

Friday, November 19, 2010

It's Official

We're having a....


We are SO excited! After getting to see him for the first time today it has made us even more excited for the day we will get to hold him in our arms.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


My bump has FINALLY arrived! I swear to you it just happened out of the blue. Monday November 15th my bump appeared. It wasn't there November 14th but on November 15th it decided to make its appearance. Not even joking.

A few things that are most definitely noteworthy...

1. I can't see my feet if I stand straight and look down.
2. I now weigh more than I ever have in my entire life
3. My clothing is noticeably tighter and my maternity pants are fitting much better now
4. Danny now has an ACTUAL protruding belly to love and rub

I have been such a happy camper the last couple days and I believe it is entirely due to the fact that I now physically look pregnant! So fun! I have also felt the movement of the baby much more which is so incredible. I am officially half way through my pregnancy. I almost can't believe it. I am really looking forward to the next 20 weeks of this grand adventure.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Ultrasound in....

7 days!!

Any guesses as to what we might be having?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Decorating on a Budget

This past weekend I attended our R.S. Super Saturday activity. It was AWESOME! I was able to learn skills and get ideas from refinishing furniture to making hair accessories.

I have to say that my favorite class by far was decorating on a budget. I left the class with all sorts of ideas and motivation to try some things out and see if I can't spice up our place with some new, possibly even homemade decor.

In the class we were given a hand out that gave some great tips for Decorating on a Budget.

Check them out...

Decorating on a Budget:

1. Budget- make sure you set aside money specifically for decorating

2. Inspiration/Ideas- flip through magazines while waiting in line, stalk craft blogs, or get ideas from friends and their decor

3. Shop the House- look at what you have and what you could possibly repurpose

4. Know Where to Shop- check out the sweet list below of places to find awesome stuff on the cheap for decorating

5. Know Where NOT to shop- avoid places that are expensive and that you know have secret powers to make you buy things you really can't afford

6. Don't Settle- don't buy something just because it is cheap. Know your style and work decorate your home with things that fit that style.

I love these ideas and I really feel like they are great guidelines for decorating on a budget. I am hoping that I will be sharing some cool ideas and projects that I have done later on. We'll see how long my burst of crafting motivation lasts.

Where to Shop:
1. Deseret Industries
2. Savers
3. Dollar Tree/ Honks
4. Ross
6. TJ Maxx
7. Tai Pan Trading (I personally think this would be more of an inspiration store for my budget)
8. Hobby Lobby

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Weekend Review

I think I like writing weekend reviews because (1 I get to partially live in the weekend again and (2 I get to list out all that we did/accomplished. So here it is people our fabulous weekend reviewed!

dolled up for a night on the town
trip to SLC
good car conversation
dinner with Mom G. at Tucanos
stroll through Gateway
Rocky Mtn. Chocolate Factory carmel apple (Oreo)

R.S. Super Saturday Activity
tweaked neck (poor Danny)
much needed friend meeting

extra hour of sleep (yeah!)
new class
uplifting testimonies/lessons
easy dinner
CES fireside
dessert with friends

The End.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Crafting...Sort Of

This past weekend I got in a bit of a crafty mood or really just FINALLY got to doing the couple of crafty things I had been thinking about.

I worked the most on transforming my very large white board into a half white board half bulletin board. It isn't quite finished yet but I will be sure to post about it when it is.

My other small project was a neat idea I found Stephmodo where she gave the cutest idea for preserving memories of special occasions and doing that by preserving the sweet and thoughtful greeting cards you receive. Check out the post here to learn the complete how to.

For example I had saved a number of meaningful cards that we received from our wedding and had them all generally in one place but not really together. The idea is to punch a small hole in the corner of each card related to the event and then tie them all together with some ribbon. Then you create a small label to identify the event for which the cards were given.

Whala! You now have a very cute and awesome way to preserve the great memories you have from special occasions in your life. Below are some pics of my not as cute but valiant attempt at this cool idea.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kettle Corn

I found a stove top kettle corn recipe at Our Best Bites that I am in LOVE with! I am a popcorn lover and this recipe has quickly turned into my favorite! Give it a try but I am warning you this stuff is GOOD!

Kettle Corn
1/3 c. popcorn kernels
3 T. sugar
3 T. oil
Kosher Salt

Begin heating oil in a large boiling pot. Mix popcorn kernels and sugar together in a separate bowl. Once oil is hot dump kernel and sugar mixture into the pot. Quickly stir, scraping sugar off the bottom of the pan. Do this quickly so that your popcorn doesn't begin popping sans lid. Cover the pot with lid and then drape a dishtowel over the top of the lid and hold on to the dishtowel and the handles of the pot to allow for shaking but still keeping the lid in tact. See below image.

*Note keep dishtowel up and away from burner.

Let popcorn stand for 20 seconds then lift from burner and shake side to side and even up and down. Replace back on burner for another 20 seconds. Do this until you think the popcorn is just about done popping. Remove from heat and shake up and down vigorously until you no longer hear any popping. This will keep the popcorn from burning. Remove lid and sprinkle popcorn with Kosher salt and stir. Transfer to large bowl and allow to cool slightly. Then enjoy!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Maternity Pants

I love Danny so much because I often get gem comments like this…

“You love your maternity pants don’t you? They’re like sweat pants but you are actually dressed.”

He couldn’t have said it better people! I *heart* my maternity pants (I wear them even though I am not that large and in charge yet).

If you’re prego do not miss the fabulousness that is maternity pants.

I'm just sayin...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Weekend in Review

Danny and I had the most wonderful weekend together and as always it went by way too quickly. Here is a quick re-cap of what happened.

Pier 49 BBQ pizza

work (Danny) :(
recipe project
craft stores
Babies R Us
halloween stew & scones
quality time
ZERO trick-or-treaters

dinner & visiting with friends

P.S. I have pretty much been THE WORST picture taker ever but I am going to try and be better.

Monday, November 1, 2010

First comes love...

...then comes marriage...

...last comes the baby in the baby carriage!

We're expecting!
Our little bundle of joy is due for arrival April 8th.