Friday, March 16, 2012

Things I have made from Pinterest

I decided to take a little break from blogging for awhile because I was feeling too much pressure to come up with clever things to post about. It is much more fun to just live life and post when you are inspired to do so. 

There is a funny joke concerning Pinterest that we spend all our time posting about things we want to make and do instead of actually doing them Well I thought about it and I have actually done and made a lot of things from Pinterest! Of course I haven't taken any of my own pictures of those things.....really need to work on my picture taking....but here are some of the things I have done from Pinterest!

This cake was sooo yummy and I am still dreaming about it!

This soup was so good that I made it two nights in a row! It is just your basic chicken noodle soup but with cheese tortellini instead of egg noodles! YUM!

This was super easy and the toilet stayed clean for a lot longer than when I clean with normal toilet boil cleaner!

Made this for Valentines Day decorations! I used red, white, and pink paper. It was super easy and fun.

Sent these to some of our family members for Christmas!

Super easy and really pretty!

This was a very simple recipe and it was also very yummy!

I made one of these for my sister for Christmas and one for me! You can hang it on the wall or you can prop it up on a dresser or table. It looks really cute, especially with dangly earrings!

I make these every once and awhile. They make a great quick breakfast and last all week if kept in a closed container in the fridge!

Did this for Steven's birthday! I put them in our bedroom doorway so when he woke up and opened the door he would run into them! I like this because you don't have to worry about getting helium balloons!

I made one of these for me and one for Steven. I plan on doing it for each of our children as well. I like it because everything is in one spot if you ever need it and it also serves as a scrapbook of sorts.

As you can tell I love simple recipes! I have always been afraid of making lasagna but this was so easy and super good. It makes a ton and you can freeze the leftovers! I used italian flavored ground turkey instead of italian sausage.

I made this for Christmas morning and it was super easy and delicious!

I made these back in the Fall. They were good but I wished they had more pumpkin flavor

I think I did something wrong when I made this because it didn't really have much flavor at all! It got a little better as time when on but I was disappointed overall.

These enchiladas were super yummy but a little too creamy which = fattening! Next time I would lighten them up a bit!

I made this in the Summer and it was pretty good but I wished it had more lime flavor. Still good and refreshing though!

These were good and very easy, however, mine did not turn out as neat, they sort of fell apart.

Source: via Alison on Pinterest
This caramel had a really great flavor and was very easy, but they did not set very well so I couldn't really package them and give them out as caramels like I planned. I ended up melting it down again and making caramel popcorn which was irresistible!

This was fun to make but pretty time consuming! I ended up needing a lot more circles than I thought I would.  I used it for Christmas and then left it up for Valentines Day.

I made these but I did three. One with green, one with a deep red, and one with gold ribbon. They were all different sizes too. The styrofoam cones are way too expensive so I made the cones out of poster board with Steven's help :) It was a little difficult to keep the yarn from sliding around on the poster board cone so I put some double sided tape on the cone to hold the yarn in place as I wrapped it.

I did this for our bedroom with some left over fabric from the quilt that my mother-in-law made us. I didn't put as many on the wall and I also put a cardboard C that I got from Hobby Lobby.

Source: via Alison on Pinterest
I made this wreath but with Halloween fabric. Very easy and fun to make! I love how you can do it for any Holiday! I can see myself making a lot more of these in the future!

Here's to many more great finds from Pinterest!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

One Year

Today I am VERY grateful for my husband Steven.

Right now Steven and I are cuddling on our cozy couch watching the BYU football game. A year ago at this exact time we were in California at our wedding reception. Can you believe it has been one year?! I sure can't. It has been so fun today to reflect on the past year and everything we have gone through. We have definitely had some tough times but of course I am grateful for those too because they have gotten us that much closer to where we want to be. Sometimes it is hard to remember that "this too shall pass" and that of course we are not going to be perfect. I see all these older people in our ward who talk about how loving and considerate their spouse is and how great their marriage is. Then I remember that they have had 30, 40, even 50 years to work on it!

I am so thankful for marriage and the opportunities it gives us to grow as individuals and as couples. What a wonderful blessing!

Steven is so sweet. My most favorites thing about him is that I know he loves me. He knows how to show it and I am so thankful for that! He is also the funniest guy I know and really knows how to make me laugh. He does some of the funniest things that I have ever seen/heard.

I found this amazing quote about marriage from a talk called "Eternal Marriage" by F Burton Howard. I really want to print this out and display it in our home to remind us daily of how important marriage is. Read the talk too, it is awesome. Enjoy!

Happy one-year anniversary honey!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy 11/11/11!

Cool day, huh?

Naturally, today I am very thankful  for our veterans. It is my personal opinion and hope that we can remember our veterans more often than just on Veteran's Day. The sacrifice that our veterans and their families make to fight for our country is truly amazing and not enough thanks could ever be given to repay them. Back home in Rancho Cucamonga, my Dad has held and event for the past few years where people can come to honor veterans that they know. Each person would get a colored lighted balloon to represent a veteran. These balloons would all be let off at the same time in a beautiful display of love and remembrance for our veterans. I never had the opportunity to actually attend one of these events because I lived in Idaho or Provo but I know they were a great tribute to our veterans and I am so grateful that my Dad has always taught us about the sacrifice of these amazing men and women. Here is a picture from one of the events ( Great shirt, Dad!)

I also want to pay tribute to a soldier from Rancho Cucamonga who was killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb. His name was Sgt. Carlo Francisco Eugenio. His body was returned to California last night. Hearing about a story so close to home and thinking about how this young man was just a few years older than I am really makes me recognize the huge sacrifice.

I want to say thank you to Sgt. Eugenio and all of the other servicemen and women who have boldly served our country and for all of the families who support their loved ones in their service.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Oops Again

Wow, I am not doing so well at this daily writing thing this time around! Not sure how I let almost 3 days pass without writing!

Today I am thankful for health! I have been a little under the weather the past few days and whenever that happens it always make me thankful for the times that I actually feel good and have energy! The body is an amazing thing that I take for granted way too often. I am going to make a better effort to be grateful for my body and my health and to strive to take care of it!

 I will start after the holidays..... :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

My ward!

Today I am thankful for my ward! Steven and I live in a great neighborhood full of some really amazing people. Some of the older people in our ward have lived here since the homes were built in the early 1950's! I love learning from these great ward members and hearing their stories from the early days of the neighborhood. It is so cool to see them and to hear them talk about how they raised their families in this area and to think that one day that will be me. There is not a fast and testimony meeting that goes by without at least one person standing up and talking about how wonderful this ward is. I am so thankful that Steven and I were able to move here and that things happened so smoothly. There are some other newly wed couples who have moved in since we did and I am so thankful for them and I hope that we can develop some really strong friendships while we are here!

I am not sure how long we will be here, but I want to take advantage of the wonderful ward while we can!

Oh, only takes us about 45 seconds to walk from our front door to the door to the ward awesome! And yet we still get there 2-5 minutes late every week! I think it is because it is so close that we don't ever feel rushed to get there....anyways I didn't mean for this to turn into a confessional! So thankful for our ward!


Saturday, November 5, 2011


Today I am thankful for the beautiful snow that fell last night and this morning. Please notice that I specifically mentioned the snow that fell last night and this morning and not snow in general. The snow that fell last night and this morning has my love and thankful feelings because it did what I wish all snow would didn't stick on the roads or sidewalks!! You see, because it is only November 5 and the ground is still warm so the snow didn't stick or freeze. I wish all snow falls could be like this! Having to drive on slushy or icy roads is the ONLY reason I don't like when it snows! This morning we slept in (favorite) and then woke up to a winter wonderland! So beautiful! I love how peaceful the world looks when it snows. It looks like nothing bad could be going on; that everyone is making a warm breakfast and spending time with their family. That all the kids are playing the snow-sledding and making snowmen, etc. I know this is not the case, but I can pretend, right?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Oops, I skipped a day....

I forgot to write yesterday due to my new goal of not getting on the computer after work. I am online all day at work and then I would go home and spend at least 1-2 hrs online at home?! Come on! So I made a goal and last night I didn't go on and therefore I forgot to blog. Wait- I did get online....but it was on our Ipad and only to watch Modern Family and Up All Night on Dang it.

Anyways, today and yesterday I am thankful for our car. I have complained about it recently because I really miss my old car (it got totaled in the summer by a careless neighbor who we have forgiven :) My old car was cute and could hold a lot of stuff and all the scratches and scrapes on it could be attributed to a great story! Our new (used of course) car is not as cute and it makes funny noises in the dash board. But at least we have a car! At least our neighbor's insurance paid us enough to buy a new one! What would we do without it?