Monday, March 28, 2011


You know those days....those days that you have great hair?! Where every strand falls perfectly into place, has just the right amount of volume and the color shimmers beautifully in the sun?! Well I hadn't had one of those days for months. I {almost} forgot what one of those days felt like! It had been 4 months {gasp!} since I last had my hair done and it was wayyyy past the point of starting to show! Any girl in my position would have been at the point of taking drastic measures. And drastic times DO call for drastic measures. After gazing back at pictures from {good hair} days of past, I decided it was time for a change. Not to mention that I've been at the point of {another} major life change {moving}, a new hair-do

Thursday, March 24, 2011

the handy-man can!

Fact: I'm horrible at visualizing things! That's why when Matt first started talking about remodeling our kitchen and telling me all the ideas he had, I {kinda} freaked out! At that time, I was still living in Salt Lake so it made it that much more difficult to visualize things the way they could be. That's why he had to draw me this picture:
But before I get too far ahead in the story, let me start from the beginning. Matt bought our house about four years ago from some {very dear} friends. The house was built in the 70s, so it needed {a lot of} updating! He started by putting in harwood floors in the master bedroom, re-doing the entry way, knocking out a wall to open up the dining room and the living room and tearing out the {flourescent]} lights in the kitchen {thank goodness!!}. All that stuff was done B.M. {Before}.  When I came into the picture, all of the remodeling energies were directed at the kitchen. This was mainly for the fact that

Sunday, March 20, 2011

{sometimes} we sing {songs} and ihave {favorite} things

My favorite part about being married? I'm glad you asked. That would be singing {made up songs} while the dogs.turning on the lights...pretty much anything that requires energy {or no energy at all}. Matt is quite fond of all my made up songs, although he may not always admit it!  He humors me {me and my tone-deaf voice} sweetly! Even though I may not sound that great singing {my made-up songs, or any song at all for that matter}, I think it adds to the awesomeness of it all! And yes, I just said awesomeness. Right at this moment, both of us {we} are singing along to Glee.!!!! But I will admit, he sounds much better than I do! It's part of his husband-appeal! Not many people know this, but Matt has a great voice! It's one of the things that hooked me when we first started dating!! But my husband is modest when it comes to his creative {painting, singing, playing the guitar, && any hand-man needs} talents. I admire that about him, because quite honestly, I wouldn't be so modest! :)

In between the singing {fever}, I was scrolling through a few of my favorite blogs when I found what could be my newest favorite place to visit! Here's a list of that and my seven favorite things {for the moment}.

1. Shabby Apple....ah heck, just look here! :)
2. This one kind of goes along with #1....I love all of Shabby Apple's dresses! I always tell Matt that I was

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

{so long}, exotica...

It happened. Finally. After all I've done to avoid the situation, I had to go through the dreaded undertaking of getting a new phone number. {Bleh!} This was a sad occasion for many reasons, a few of which I will discuss in detail as I mourn my old phone number.

Reason #1: My new phone number begins with an area code other than 801. {tear}. Pathetic as this may be, I loved having a phone number with an area code different than the place I was living. Not only was it a

Sunday, March 06, 2011

delectable {delightful} italian parmesan rolls

Last week we had a big banquet for our high school and mid-high leaders at The Mix to honor them and to introduce the new name of our youth leadership group, "Catalyst". It turned out to be a huge success! We wanted to make the night really special for the parents and teenagers, but we also wanted to keep the cost down. Luckily, we had one of our amazing moms {who is an amazing cook} volunteer to make spaghetti {for 90 people}! And just a sidenote, youth ministry honestly couldn't survive without the help of parents and adults like that!! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU if you are one of those people!! Anyway, back to the story....I was in charge of making rolls to go along with the spaghetti. They turned out to be such a huge hit that I had tons of people asking me for the recipe {more like concoction} so I decided to post it here for everyone to enjoy!
Italian Parmesan Rolls
Rhodes dough frozen rolls {I usually use wheat, but I used white at the banquet}
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Italian Style Seasoning {In the past, I've also used a sundried tomato&garlic seasoning}
Let the frozen rolls thaw. {I put them in the refrigerator the night before I used them.}
Once they've thawed, melt butter {about 1/4 c. for 1 dozen rolls} in a bowl and put the parmesan cheese {about 1/2 - 1 c.} in a seperate bowl.
Roll the thawed dough first in the butter then in the parmesan cheese. Place roll on non-stick pan. Do this with each roll until the pan is full. Then, sprinkle each roll with Italian seasoning.
Let rise for 3-5 hours or until rolls double in size.
Cook for 15-20 min. @ 350 degrees.

Special thanks to Heather Williams {a phenomenal wife, mom, pastor, friend and mentor}, who first showed me how to make these rolls! {Coincidentally, it was at another youth spaghetti dinner!} These rolls are GUARANTEED to be the point of many {delicious} compliments! Let me know if you make them and how they turn out! :) Enjoy!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

{engagement} anniversary

One year ago {two days ago}, I told the most {incredible.creative.handsome.Godly.} man that I would marry him! By far, it's been one of the best decision I've ever made!
Truthfully, we both had to be reminded {of the anniversary} on the day of by one of our friends who helped him plan everything out for the proposal! Haha we're both so horrible at remembering dates! I can still remember waking up {actually, not sleeping} the morning after we got engaged and being so ecstatic that we were actually going to be able to spend the rest of our lives together! The ring added quite a bit of excitement as well..hehe! :) I think I stared at my hand for about two weeks {plus one month} straight! Fun, fun, fun!! Now I loveeeee just being able to wake up next to him every morning! I love my man!

Read how much effort my honey put in to proposing @
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