Thursday, April 07, 2016

Flashback - January 2016

Happy New Year 2016! Ringing in the new year was pretty low key. Lacey and I popped over to Emily's for a bit, taking some Indian take out with us. We gorged on cookies and sparkling cider, then quickly ran over to my house just before midnight to watch the ball drop on the tv. I went to bed, and they continued on to midnight breakfast. Call me lame - sleep sounded great.

Best nine was popular. I did it.

My usual Instagram recap of the year.

I popped down to the Springville Museum of Art to see their annual religious show. It's always really good.

I finished up my Junior Achievement tutoring in December and got lots of sweet thank you notes from the kids. They're adorable.

We decorated journals for YW one night - I do love being with these silly girls.

Work jokes. Smelly socks from winter boots and Rachel's love (disdain) for GS.

Winter skies. Utah does have really great sunsets. Thanks, pollution!

The Moth & the Flame came to town, so that meant a trip to Provo to see the usual suspects. 

Always love seeing Haleigh. And Caitlin moved to town!

After driving in the snow, I decided I want a new car. And I want a Volvo XC90. Except the new ones are the best one and the most expensive ones. I am saving my pennies. Mostly to get that heated steering wheel. It's time to get back to a European car.

My grandma posted this photo on Facebook of her, one of her sisters, and a couple cousins, maybe? I think it's pretty great. She's the 2nd from the right.

This kid. So cute. Especially wearing the outfit I got her for Christmas.

Do you ever buy those tiny little macarons and wonder why they're $2-$3 each?

Well, I found out why! Celisse's friend managed to get a private macaron baking lesson with the famous Adalberto and we spent a few hours trying to make those little things that require so much precision and perfection.

It's a pretty fascinating process, and I learned a lot, but if there's too much liquid in the wrong place or too much humidity or the cookies, all sorts of things can go wrong.

And you have to pipe the dough just right to keep it flat.

Pairing and filling is fun though! The flavor always goes in the filling, not the cookie. It competes with the almond flour, and any liquid flavoring you add messes up how the cookie bakes.

We did a raspberry chocolate ganache one, and this one, with the most amazing dulce de leche and creme filling. We got to take home the extra filling in some bowls, and I licked it clean.

Such a fun night! But bottom line - just buy the maracons - don't try to make them.

Wing Coop night. Small crowded place - really good wings.

I got all my Sundance tickets! And I got the free locals only handouts for best of fest. It's kinda madness, but it'd turn out to be awesome.

Back to work jokes - Rachel has these inspirational cards that someone gave her, and they're kinda hysterical. Every few days we each draw one from the pile and read aloud. It's calming to our souls. And we laugh a lot.

Tutoring is still going well, and I am eating well too. Date syrup! It's delicious.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Christmas Break 2015

.....and let's catch up about Christmas...

Mom and Dad flew into SLC late on the 23rd. I had my guest room all prepped and ready for their visit.

The next day we did a little shopping around town. I got new running shoes (which I am loving!) and some sugar cookies at Birdie's pop up shop. Best sugar cookies around!! We lucked out getting lunch at Moochie's, just as they were closing up for the holiday.

Taylor's crew came over in the afternoon.

Hallie got to ride the grandpa horse.

First time meeting baby Quinn!

Hallie loved the cookies too.

Taylor and Courtney left for a party (which the rest of us would crash later) and I took mom and dad downtown to see the lights at Temple Square. 

We went to Courtney's grandparent's house that evening for their annual Christmas party. Also a fun time with their gang. When we left around 10:30pm to head to Taylor's house down south, it had started to snow. On the freeway it turned into a full on blizzard. I was driving 20mph and dad was hanging out the window trying to clear the ice from my windshield. Taylor lives up a hill and told us to park at the high school down below and he'd come get us. Dad told me to just keep going on the unplowed roads. I hated every second of driving, barely had any control over the car, but somehow we made it up to their house! The next morning was a full on white Christmas.

I had ambitious plans of making a Christmas video -  but nope. It didn't happen. So you only get a few photos. 

We lounged in pajamas all day. It was awesome.

I slept in the quiet basement and caught up on TV. 

White Christmas!

On Sunday was had Quinn's baby blessing. Taylor planned to smoke some chickens in his new smoker for the meal after, but worried that since it was so cold outside, the smoked wouldn't be able to keep the temp hot enough. It worked just fine and we had the best chicken.

The sweet little babe.

Hallie has so much fun with her cousins.

Post-Christmas stuff - Mike was in town and stayed over one night.

Jason and I were working from home that week, so we met up at a coffee shop instead. Don't know  how much work we actually did....

Azhar gave me tons of lemons, and what else is there to do but make lemon bars? Marcello was around too - he helped me get a new iPhone. It was time to upgrade. Matt B was in town and we had lunch downtown. I do really love all the Utah visitors over the holidays.

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