Thursday, July 31, 2008

Favorite Marriage Memories

Nothing new has been going on lately so I decided that I would compile a list of favorite marriage memories:
1. The honeymoon-Cabo San Lucas in an amazing resort, right on the beach, for an entire week. It just doesn't get any better than that!!! I have told Matt about 300 times that I would pack up and move if I could.

2. The wedding! We had a DJ named Chris Birkett who was by far the best DJ we have ever seen. We just had the BEST time and if it didn't cost so much I would do it all over again.
3. Buying a house and decorating it together. I have waited my entire life to decorate my own house. It was pretty much a year long hobby. Our bedroom is my favorite of the whole.

4. Our first Christmas together. It was so fun to get up and open presents together. Our tree was a hand me down from my parents. Though it wasn't the most beautiful thing you've ever seen it was still exciting to decorate it. (The extra stocking is Katie's).

5. Sunday morning breakfasts. This ritual has been placed on the back burner for the past month or so because I have been on my diet, every Sunday we would get up and make breakfast together. We are definitely going to have to start this one back up.

6. Becoming "Uncle Matt." Matt just loves my nephew Austin. During the summers I babysit him on Monday's and as soon as Matt comes home the two of them just go and play. I think its really cute. This is kind of an old picture, but here he is in Uncle Matt's shoes working in our backyard (before there was grass).
7. Moving in with Katie. We adopted Katie from a friend of ours who took her from an abusive home. This dog is completely neurotic, but she provides Matt and I with so much entertainment. The picture on the left is how we found her one day after vacuuming (she is absolutely terrified of the vacuum...only one of her neuroticisms). The one on the right is her trying to cram as many toys into her mouth as possible. I have never seen a dog love toys as much as this one. She has her own toy box and Matt and I have to pick up at least 10 toys a day. Its like having a child!

8. Sitting on the back porch. Matt and I love sitting out on the back porch and just talking. Even in the summers our porch stays pretty cool and shaded so its a nice peaceful place to just sit an talk. When we first got our sprinklers put in Matt would make us sit out there at 5 when they would turn on. I swear you would have thought it was the fountain at the Bellagio. Needless to say it has become even more fun once we got grass. Its not the best grass in the world, but its better than dirt and weeds!

9. "Loosing" my wedding ring. I have a really bad habit of taking my rings off and leaving them in random places. One night when I was doing homework I put them on the desk. When I went to put them back on my wedding band was missing! I immediately broke into tears and frantically searched the house. After an hour of searching and not being able to find it I became worried that Katie had eaten it (Lets just say I was not in a right frame of mind, plus I had seen her eat strange things before). Here's the best part...I actually asked Matt to go look at her poop! Being the amazing husband that he is, and not wanting to argue with me when I was crying...he did it!! If that's not love I don't know what is. The next day after work I came home and found it wedged into a pad of paper...on the computer desk. I have yet to live this one down :)
10. My birthday. On my first birthday as a married woman I woke up to a kitchen decked out with birthday decorations. I guess Matt woke up in the middle of the night and blew up several balloons, taped these spiral things to the ceiling and hung up a happy birthday banner...all in the dark! Apparently Katie started barking, but I slept through the entire thing. (I am sad that I don't have a picture of it, but it was very sweet!).
11. Carpooling. I work at Gilbert High and Matt works at the post office right down the street so we are able to carpool. Aside from having to listen to 98 KUPD every morning I really love having this time with Matt.

12. Chores. Before we got married, Matt's mom had me so afraid that Matt was not going to do any chores. It turns out that he probably does more than I do. Aside from the bathrooms and laundry (because I wont let him touch it) he will do mostly everything else. I am not proud of this, but I have never vacuumed the house once because he always does it! I love a man who is domestically able.

13. So You Think You Can Dance. The past 2 summers I have gotten Matt to watch every episode with me and he doesn't even whine. In fact, he joins me in picking favorites and critiquing dances. I love this show and I love that my husband will watch it with me. This picture is from last season (I couldn't find one from this season).
14. Suns games. Matt is an absolute sports fanatic! Since being married (and even a little before) I have become quite the avid Suns fan. I really enjoy watching games with him...even though they cant seem to get a title. Here is quite possibly my favorite Sun's moment ever.

15. The little things that you can only learn about someone once you live with them. For instance, Matt sings in the shower when he is in a really good mood, he has to have music on when he cleans, or he hates when people leave their shoes around the house ;)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

San Diego

A while ago Meghan and James asked if we would come with them to San Diego to take engagement after Matt got some time off work we decided what the heck lets go. We had a nice time. The trip pretty much consisted of taking pictures, walking (a lot) and eating. Here are some pictures to document the occasion.

I didnt end up taking any pictures of our condo from the outside, but it was a beautiful community nesteled in the California hills. Once we got inside though I had to take a picture of these stairs. Lets just say we didnt have to worry too much about what we ate because we worked it all off on these stairs. We never ended up counting them but I am guessing there were about 45,364.

After taking a ton of pictures of Meghan and James they decided to take a few of Matt and I. Here is one that turnd out okay. Unfortunately when we were walking around on the rocks this happened...

I completely wiped out. Needless to say I was not happy. I had big plans to NOT get wet...guess someone else didn't agree. Here were my battel wounds. They were a lot bloodier before I took a shower.

After pictures we went to Tony Romas. Meghan and James are a big fan of this place and pretty much will eat there everytime they vacation. I got a grilled chicken sandwich and I must say it was pretty tasty. Katie agreed because she got the rest of it when we got home. The next day we got up and took some more pictures. This time on Coronado island.

After pictures we went to get some lunch at a place called Luigis and then we got some ice cream for dessert.

The pizza slices were bigger than any I had ever seen. I could not even finish mine. Fortunately Matt was nice enough to finish it for me (I really hate to waste food).

We finished our night with some swimming and sitting in the hot tub. On the way home we stopped and got some Mexican food at a place called El Indio. I guess it was on a show called Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. I got an enchilada and it was pretty good...nothing beats good old Macayos though.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

My Favorite Recipes

One of my favorite foods is pizza. While I realize that it is not even close to healthy I just dont care! Over the past few years I have worked on finding a recipe that tastes like take-out pizza and I think I have gotten pretty close with this one.

Homemade pizza:
3C all-purpose flour (plus extra for kneading)
1 tsp. salt
1 pkg. quick rise yeast
1 C warm water
1/4 tsp. sugar
2 TBS olive oil (plus extra for coating bowl), corn meal

1 can tomato sauce
1 can petite diced tomatoes with all the italian seasonings already in it (oregano, basil, garlic)

Dissolve sugar into warm water (I warm mine in the microwave) and add yeast. Let sit for about 5 minutes or until it looks frothy.
Sift together flour and salt into a Kitchenaide mixer or food processer bowl.
Add olive oil to flour mixture.
Add yeast mixture to flour mixture.
Knead dough for about 5 minutes. You really can't over knead pizza dough so go ahead and clean everything up while you let the dough do its thing.
Place in an oiled bowl, cover with a towel and let rise. The longer the better!! (at least 1 hour)
Divide dough into 2 balls. Form them into pizzas (use hands not a roller!! A roller will pop all the bubbles).
Put on as much sauce cheese and toppings as you like. Cook in a 550 degree oven on a pizza stone for about 6 minutes...yum!!!

Now this one I got from my friend Meghan in high school. I have altered it a little, but people absoloutely love these when I make them (especially Matt's dad and brother).

Home made cinnamon buns:

4-5 C all purpose flour
9 oz white cake mix (this is about 1/2 a box of the regular cake mixes at the store)
2 pkgs quick rise yeast
1 tsp salt
2 C warm water (again I heat it in the microwave it should be about 120-130 degrees)
1/2 C butter (the real stuff...not margrine)
2 C sugar
4 TBS cinnamon
Brown sugar for sprinkinlg (optional)

In a Kitchenaide mixer or food processer mix; flour, cake mix, yeast, salt and water all at once and mix.
You will need to add quite a bit of flour. I stop when the dough no longer sticks to my fingers.
Roll out the dough into a large rectangle (about 1/2 in thick)
Sperad butter over dough
Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over dough (I usually wont use it all, but you can)
Sprinkle brown sugar over dough
Roll into a jelly roll starting with the shorter side
Cut with a piece of string
Place in pan greased with...more butter (I am feeling like Paula Dean)
Let rise for about 45 min
Bake in 350 degree oven for approximately 18 minutes. The tops should be lightly browned to ensure they are cooked all the way through (that one comes from experience)

While buns are still hot spread icing (recipe below)

1 pkg cream cheese (it helps if its softened, but its not necessary)
2 C powdered sugar
1 TBS milk
1/2 tsp to 1 tsp vanilla

**This recipe is not exact at really will have to keep tasting it to see when you should stop adding powdered sugar**

Mix together (with a hand mixer or whisk) cream cheese and powdered sugar until there are no lumps
Add milk and vanilla

I cant lie these are a heart attack on a plate, but tasty none the less...

I do have some healthier recipes that I plan to write about later