Monday, October 31, 2005

Pumpkining

So it is Halloween and to celebrate we carve gords. I love this holiday it is all about candy with out Baby Jesus (Easter) and we get to weild knives, dress up and no one tells you this makes you a crazy person. I thought I would include a couple pictures of my pumpkin here I went with a classic design ~i did this same pumpkin when I was in the 5th grade.


Not so scary flash photo.



Creepy candle light version.


Sunday, October 30, 2005

If I were Queen of the Equator

So it is Standard Time once again I love Standard Time ~so does my dad. I think I love it because it gets dark earlier and well I am a night person so it means more night. It also means that it is lighter in the morning and I hate mornings but the light makes it easier to get up and face the day. I know Standard time doesn’t actually change how much light and dark there is it just changes how much of it I am up for.
Anyways I was discussing Standard Time with my sister Whitney tonight when she asked if it is always a 12 hour day around the equator ~I said basically it must be. She then declared "If I was Queen of the Equator" I started laughing I had no idea that the equator had a queen. Anyways Whitney said she would have the sun come up at 9am and set around 9pm and it would be lovely. Unfortunately the equator is more of a 6am to 6pm kind of place ~I did a little research online. I also did a google search for “queen of the equator” and well there already is one http://www.deviantart.com/view/15661150/
Whitney will be so disappointed.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Pumpkin Cake

So my friend Grant hates pumpkin bars I think his main beef with them is the fact that they should really be called pumpkin cake. So today my sister was given a recipe to make for enrichment this evening that was entitled pumpkin cake but was really more of a pumpkin bar. I couldn't wait to tell Grant and yes he did think it was frustrating that pumpkin cake and pumpkin bars could be so confused. Well the pumpkin cake Whitney made was pretty good but as always I decided to improve upon it and this is what I came up with.

Pumpkin Cake (Bars)

1 yellow cake mix
1/4 cup butter
1 egg
1 tsp cinnamon

1 15oz can pumpkin
1 15oz can evaporated milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Set oven at 350' and get out a 9" x 13" pan
Alright mix crust mixture, cake mix, cinnamon, butter and 1 egg. Save out 1/2 cup of the mixture and place the rest of it in the bottom of the pan, press into a crust. Now mix pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, salt, 2 eggs, and spices together. Pour pumpkin mixture over crust and bake for 35 minutes. Now sprinkle the cake mixture that you set aside and bake for another 15 minutes.
Let bars cool and call them cake to torture Grant.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Robert and Dolly

So a couple of weeks ago I drove the alpine loop for the first time ~it is the prettiest thing on earth every fall as all of the leaves change color. Well on the other end of the loop is Sundance Robert Redford owns the joint and I always wonder what he has to do with the place. Anyways while we were there we decided to get some hot coco ~it was the first cold snap and hot coco seamed to be in order. Anyways they were out of hot coco at the deli, a lot of people had the same idea as us that day and to make up for the fact that they gave us Swiss Miss they also gave us bar cookies and I personally totally forgave Robert and I think if he made up these bar cookies he is not only hot he is an amazing cook.
So any ways this week I decided to make those same bar cookies ~they were basically a Hello Dolly Bars with an Oreo cookie crumb crust so I just modified a dolly bar recipe. It turned out amazing and so I recommend anyone who loves Robert Redford and crazy musicals staring Barbra Streisand to make these and well maybe you should watch The Way We Were when you eat them in fact that is what I am naming my recipe.

The Way We Were Bars

1/2 cup butter (one stick)
1 1/4 cups Oreo crumbs
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1/4 cup butterscotch chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Set oven temperature to 350'
Place 8"x 11" pan in oven with the stick of butter. Let the butter melt in the pan while you mix the other ingredients together.
In a bowl mix the coconut, walnuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and sweetened condensed milk all together.
When the butter has melted in the pan sprinkle Oreo crumbs over the melted butter. Take a fork and make sure they are well mixed together and spread evenly over the bottom of the pan. Then dump the sweetened condensed milk mixture over them and return the pan to the oven to bake for 25 more minutes.
Let bars cool and cut ~or eat them warm out of the pan with a spoon as think if only Hubble could love her a little more it would be okay.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Working ~

I work at a quilt shop ~the corn wagon or as Noelle affectionately dubbed it the porn wagon. The name doesn’t make any real sense but I am starting to think that works for it.
On Tuesdays I work stitchie it is in the basement and the only people that come down there are those who love to embroider or people walking past me to get to the sales. So for three hours on Tuesdays I get to do what ever I want to and no one bothers me ~I listen to my music and work on my projects. Today my projects consisted of an advent calendar and a baby quilt ~ I didn’t finish either but I can’t work on any one thing for too long I am a little manic that way. I think I am in over my head on both projects which makes the desire to complete them less ~I will finish them though I love finishing things and starting things it is the stuff in between that is tough. I feel that way about life it is the stuff in between that is tough. Right now I am in between ~it is tough but I can still remember how much I love finishing things so I am plugging along waiting to finish this up and start something new.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

My hands have had it~

This week was not a good one for my hands for some reason.
On Wednesday I blistered my hands using pliers two nasty ones on my fingers. That wasn’t enough though I also tore them up a bit while I was fixing the sink so I have blisters, and nasty little sores.
Well on Thursday I decided my hands weren’t pathetic enough so for the first time ever ~after probably 20 years of using a rotary blade I cut myself. I didn’t run myself down with the blade I was much more subtle. I left the blade open while I was cutting jean up for a quilt I turned my hand into the open blade and cut myself in two places, one of which was a bleeder ~ick.
Well that’s not enough on Saturday while cutting apples I slipped using a dull blade and I thought I had sort of just grazed my finger ~um not so lucky I cut it.
So now I have three cuts on my left hand, two blisters and two scratches on my right hand, needless to say I am avoiding sharp objects and lemons for the next little while.

Friday, October 21, 2005

That's not enough

So I helped with the soup but I made the dessert.
It's the fall so I made pumpkin bars ~i love pumpkin bars I tweaked a couple of recipes to come up with this version ~It may need a little more tweaking ~more pumpkin ~less egg I'm not sure but I like what I did with the spices so don't mess with that.

Pumpkin Bars

2 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups canned pumpkin

Preheat oven to 350’ line 15x10 baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix everything together until it is beautifully blended together. Pour into pan. Bake for 30 min or until it is beautifully done ~

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese
6 Tbls butter
3 cups powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar, add vanilla and frost cooled pumpkin bars.

It makes a rather large amount but on one occasion my roommate Lindy and I ate the whole pan ~

I did share the pan I made on Wednesday night.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Soup's on

Wednesday evening the soup was on. My friend Brit made tortilla soup and I got to help. It turned out really lovely and we messed with the recipe a bit so I thought I would post our version here so if you felt so inclined you could have a lovely tortilla soup too.
Tortilla soup

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 chipotle in adobo sauce, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
8 cups chicken broth, low-sodium canned
1 can corn kernels
2 ripe tomato, chopped
3 medium chicken breasts
1/2 cup cilantro leaves slightly chopped
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
About a dozen corn tortilla chips, broken a bit
Lime wedges, for garnish

Heat some oil in a medium frying over medium heat, cook chicken until juices run clear set aside so it can cool to be shredded. To shred chicken use two forks so it nice and small for the soup.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium stock pot. Add the onion, garlic, chipotle, chili powder, and salt and cook until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth, bring to a boil, reduce the heat slightly, and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Add the corn and cook for 5 minutes more.
Pull the saucepan from the heat and stir in the tomato, chicken, cilantro, and lime juice. Divide the tortilla chips among 4 warmed bowls, ladle the soup on top, and serve with lime wedges, if desired.
Know-How Get every last drop of juice from those little limes. Before halving, microwave them for a few seconds and roll them under the palm of your hand to release the juice from the pulp.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

i'm trying

So I read cool blogs and they always have pictures posted with them so I thought today I'm going to try to add a picture to my blog to make it more cool. So let's see if it works.

So this is a picture of me durring my red hair phase Fall '03 I loved it and would keep doing it if I didn't think it looked so silly.So should we try another one and see if it works too?


Oh it did work I am so happy just as happy as I was when my friend Goo let me paint her bedroom and this is what I did to it ~sort of fun huh?

Monday, October 17, 2005

The first time I met Tate

I will never tire of telling the story the first time I met Tatum. We met while we were students at BYU. It was my Junior year and Tate's Sophomore year. We had randomly been assigned as roommates. I had been in town for about two days I had a reason to hang round Provo a couple of days before school started ~the love of my life was hanging around Provo so I was where he was. Tate on the other hand arrived just before school started. I knew one other roommate in the apartment of six ~Melissa my freshman roommate and I had continued to live together through our college career, not because of some great kindred friendship but we definitely had a relationship that worked ~even if it was a little dysfunctional thanks to me. Tatum on the other hand knew no one and was being stuck in a room with other girl that knew no one and was older by like three years than the rest of us ~we were sticking it to Tate. So Tatum had just flown four hours to get to college she had a friend pick her up at the airport and they were now sitting in our front room ~I often think Tatum had begged her friend not to leave her alone and if she hadn't when she first dropped her off she definitely did after she met me.
The first words I uttered to Tate were, "I don't eat blue thing," as I handed her a bowlful of blue M&M's ~they had just introduced the new color and well it seemed to unnatural to me to eat them. Tatum stared at me blankly not quite sure if she should eat blue things like I was quizzing her or I was just plain crazy and she needed to think of the best way to keep me calm (do I eat the offensive M&M's or do I agree with the crazy and banish the blue too.) She definitely wasn't impressed unless you consider fear an impression.
It should be said I wasn't impressed with Tatum either she was wearing this shade of pink that was completely inappropriate for a girl her age ~she was days shy of being twenty and well no one over four should have been wearing that shade of pink. This is were you might think that I am judgmental but if you knew at the time I was a fashion major and it was my job to judge people by what they wore you would be much more accepting of that judgment. I continued at that moment to think about Tatum for about two more seconds and then I had to get busy back to the only thing I spent any really time think about at that point in my life ~my one true love.
I will be forever grateful that Tatum over looked my issue with blue food ~that I am now over, I eat all of the M&M's and never think of sharing them not for any reason let alone color ~I do however still take issue with some of the color things M&M's tries ~the black, white and grey ones were hard to swallow.
I also am glad that I forgave Tatum of her choice of shirts that day ~I later learned that there were much better ways to cast judgment on her wardrobe ~ pink was only the beginning.
Tatum has always been a great friend and I will always be thankful that we were lucky enough to end up in the same apartment by chance ~that was much closer to destiny.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Look at me I'm Blogging

So this blog is for my friend Tatum she wanted a place that she could come and read up on how I was doing so I told her I would start a blog just for her~