As of Late

 

These past few weeks have been a total blur.  With school and work and side projects I feel like I haven’t had time to breath… Plus i’m still in a food coma from last week’s ice cream post.  So in the spirit of keeping up with blogging I thought i’d post a few things i’ve been up to.

Starting School with my Seeeestor at the University of Utah

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Assisting Tessa Barton…

Chad and Taylor Bridals


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Cheering on our UTES!!!! UTAH MAN AM I BABY!

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Gracie and Tims Wedding


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Doing my own photo projects…

Purple Lace.


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CAN YOU BELIEVE FALL IS HERE????

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A good Ole StayCation at my parent’s cabin in Midway…

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Playing original nintendo is a must when we go there.  BATTLE TOADS 4 LYFE

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Fruit Roll… why not?

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For the longest time on the drive to the Midway cabin, my siblings and I would point to this big hill and say “there’s Grandpa’s cabin!” It was at the very tip top of the hill.  I was so excited to show Chris where some of my crazy childhood memories were. (It has not been in the family for several years, but it’s still sentimental.   Sadly, on the way up to the cabin I couldn’t see Grandpa’s cabin! We walked up the big hill and the closer we got to the top I kept saying “I DON’T SEE IT CHRIS! WHERE IS IT!”  Finally at the very top all I saw was the foundation of Grandpa’s Cabin and the iron wagon wheel Grandma had placed there.  We were devastated!!! So I took a few wood blocks I could find and carried them back down the hill as a momento I could give my Grandma.  I am so sad that I won’t be able to point to the top of the hill anymore..

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Those of you who love Midway and Heber will understand the importance and specialness of Dairy Keen.  (the train restaurant)  Can’t go there without getting some sort of ice cream treat.

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Visited my dear Grandma and found her with a Caffeine free DC in one hand and a cookie in the other.  SHE IS THE EPITOME OF AWESOME!

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This sunday was area conference and Chris and I live downtown so we got to walk 5 minutes to the conference center for church! booya!  I especially loved Elder Oaks talk.  It inspired me to write this song lyric in my sunday journal.  Faith means trusting in God’s timing which means we must be prepared to be surprised!

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I spent what felt like 5 hours looking for my keys in the apartment this morning.  (i lose my keys, phone, and wallet every second)  I open the door and there they were.  All night.   BLESS MY HEART.

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Big Cottonwood Canyon for this win Sunday Evening.

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Thanks for stopping by. Keep it real folks.

Labor Day Homemade Ice Cream

Summer month’s are the best because my dad makes his famous (to me) homemade ice cream!

Today’s Labor Day flavor: CHOCOLATE BANANA (my personal favorite)

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The best thing about this recipe is it doesn’t take a lot of measuring.  My dad is a genius and has figured out exactly what you need to buy so that you don’t have to use a lot of measuring cups!  VIOLA! less dishes!

This recipe makes A LOT of ice cream.  Our ice cream maker makes gallon and a half of ice cream.  So modify as you see fit.  

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

+ 4eggs

+ 2 1/2 cups sugar

+ 1 Quart & 1 Pint Whipping Cream

+ 2 1/2 tbs. Vanilla extract

+ 1/2 tsp. salt

+ 1 can of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

+ 3-5 Bananas

+ 1 Quart whole milk

+ Ice Cream Maker – We use the Electric White Mountain Ice Cream Maker (ITS THE BEST!)

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STEP 1 

Beat the eggs

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Add Sugar to the mixture and mix.

STEP 3

Add Vanilla & Salt to the mixture and mix.

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STEP 5

SMASH THE BANANAS!!  *hint* I use a pastry blender to mush the bananas

STEP 6 

Add smashed bananas to the mixture and mix in.

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STEP 7

Add the HERSHEY’S chocolate syrup to the mixture and mix in.

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STEP 8

Add the whipping cream to the mixture and mix.

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STEP 9

Pour Mixture into Ice Cream Maker container.

STEP 10 

Pour Milk into container with mixture. *hint* I do this last because the whole mixture won’t fit in my kitchen aid.

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STEP 11

Pour ice to the halfway mark of the barrel.  Then pour the salt over the ice.

Pour another Layer of Ice and leave about 3 inches from the top.  Pour salt over this layer of ice.
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STEP 12

Cover the container with ice and fill the barrel to the top.  Pour ice on top.

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*hint* it is important for the ice cream mixture to spin and really mix all the ingredients together well.  Don’t just put the mixture straight from the electric mixer or kitchen aid and freeze it.  It needs to spin!!!!

STEP 13

Remove the dasher after about 30-45 minutes of spinning. If you leave the dasher (spinning part) in the whole time the mixture won’t freeze as well as it should. (my dad always starts singing “Come on Dasher and Dancer and Prancer… etc. when he takes the dasher out)

*hint* use pliers to remove the dasher, it can get heavy and it’s freezing!
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STEP 14 (optional)

After the dasher is removed, line the container lid with tin foil.  *hint* this is to prevent the salt from getting into the ice cream.

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STEP 15

Layer Ice and Salt as you did in step 10.

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STEP 16

Cover the entire thing with all the salt you have left.  Then do the same for Ice.  *hint*  Use the Ice bag to cover the barrel.  This will prevent the ice from freezing and sticking to the insulating blanket.
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STEP 17

Cover the entire barrel with an insulating blanket.  This will help keep it as cold as it needs to be.
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STEP 18

Let the ice cream sit for 1 1/2 – 3 hours depending on the consistency you want. *hint* the bottom of the container is always the most frozen and my favorite part.

ENJOY!

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Downtown Gems

good things about downtown #10

SAPA SUSHI BAR & ASIAN GRILL

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Our good friends in our ward, the Nelsons, are moving :( Can’t tell you how sad we are!  We are going to miss them so much! So, we obviously had to have one more Sapa night.

 (Family style of course)

It’s a great value and it’s good.  what more can you ask for?

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You can find Sapa’s MENU here

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NOT PICTURED: the two vegas rolls we scarfed down at the beginning. oops.

My father went to Japan on his LDS mission.  From that i’ve grown a love for Yaki Soba Noodles.  I love them because they have a grilled/crispy texture.  Add chicken to it!! SO GOOD.

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Samurai Roll 

salmon, crab, onion, avocado, cucumber

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Imperial Roll

crab, tempura shrimp, tuna, masago, onion, avocado

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my marcia

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I was on my way home from work when I got the feeling I should go visit my grandma Marcia. As I walked in the door she said “I need white envelopes and white toilet paper… Oh and some chocolate.” We then spent the day laughing as we played cards and folded laundry. I touched up her nail polish and rubbed her aching feet. She gave me a five dollar bill for running errands for her that I immediately put back in her purse. She then made me raise my right arm and swear that I had the five dollar bill on my pocket. (I lied and said I did) It’s awesome so serve somebody who has done so much for you. I’m always happy after I visit Grandma Egan. I will be so devastated when the day comes that I won’t be able to.

Take the time out of your day to serve those you love.  You will never regret it.

Summer Afternoon

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James

I love how this time of year can rejuvenate and filll your whole soul with an effervescent feeling.  There were gray clouds in the blue sky and a sprinkle of rain.  In my mind, the perfect summer day.  Trying to soak in all the happiness I feel from summer for the fast approaching school year… Oh ya that starts on monday.  (YIKES!)  So grateful I’ve had an amazing summer.  Model Cred: Brooke Waltman & Amy Cox

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Behind the scenes… LOL.

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people

We walk by people everyday that we’ll never see again and don’t even flinch.  I’m not so much worried about that as I am the people we see everyday… but don’t even know.  Like the girl in your ward… the boy in your english class… or your neighbor down the hall.  I’ve noticed that i’ve made a point to avoid those people.  I think it’s because it isn’t worth the hassle or i’m too busy.  SO NOT TRUE.

“So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them.” -Sylvia Plath

 I’m trying to challenge my self socially and to get to know these people.  It’ll be a stretch for me… but, i’m excited to learn new and amazing things from everyone’s experiences.  WISH ME LUCK!

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The Wedding Dress

The funnest part of all the wedding planning was easily deciding on the dress.  My mom and I went to try on dresses on several occasions yet, none of them seemed like me.  I wanted my dress to be fun, unique, and sophisticated.  Thankfully, Penelope’s  in SLC is around.  Penny has been making dresses for decades.  She offered me something every other dress store couldn’t… The chance to make a dress that nobody else has.  I totally recommend getting your wedding dress handmade if you can! It makes your experience so personal and fun.  Plus it ended up being about the same as me purchasing a dress from a dress shop.  WIN WIN YO!

The basic ideas Penny and I decided on were:

+long sleeves. With a winter wedding I wanted to be warm and classy.

+waistline.  I wanted my dress to hit me at my skinniest point and make my legs look longer

+train.  I wanted a bit of drama to the dress so Penny added a small train.

+stripes.  I had never seen anyone have a wedding dress with stripes.  Using a pattern on the dress was a bold choice but I thought it showed my personality and spunk.

+Bow.  If you know me at all you know I love bows.  I wore a ribbon in my hair almost everyday growing up.  I had a large bow at the back of my dress.

I was absolutely amazed and excited with how my dress turned out! MANY THANKS TO PENNY!

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Sister Hayes

I’m always so impressed by anyone who is willing to serve the Lord and go on a mission.  Maddy Hayes is a selfless, ambitious, and hard working young lady.  She’s going to make an amazing missionary to the people of the Philippines.

Here are a few from a session earlier in the week.

Preach sista

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Downtown Gems

Good things about living downtown #9

SPITZ

Home of the Döner Kebab (rotating meat)

35 E. BROADWAY, SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111

“Spitz’s Döner Kebabs are made with freshly minced lamb and beef or chicken which is then cooked on a rotating vertical broiler to allow its juices to drip down and caramelize on the surface. The meat is shaved off into paper-thin strips and stuffed into sandwiches, wraps or salads with house-made sauces, toppings and sides. The result is a delicious yet healthy cuisine loved the world over and finally brought to you here in the US by Spitz” -Spitz website

You can find their menu here

I got it to go with Chris so sorry this is just a quick little push.  It’s delicious.

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PROOF EYEWEAR GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

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Proof Eyewear  is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Proof makes sunglasses and glasses frames out of sustainable sources, which makes them environmentally friendly.  My favorite part about proof is the unique feel and look to each pair.  When you put on proof glasses you absolutely feel like they were made just for you.

The giveaway starts today and ends Friday!  The winner will be selected at random!

THE GIVEAWAY PRIZE:

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Proof’s Ontario Bamboo Wood Sunglasses

Not only do these glasses protect you from harmful UV rays they are also water resistant.

They just recently won outside magazine’s gear of the year award 2014 

“Does the world really need more 1950s-looking hipster sunglasses? Absolutely—if the maker does something beautiful like carve the frames out of sustainably sourced trees. The look is authentic but also urban, in a Brooklyn sort of way. Put them on and the gray polarized poly lenses fight glare while improving detail. Things pop right away, because the neutral tint means your brain doesn’t have to make color adjustments. There’s some light leak at the sides, which means the Ontario ($90-125) doesn’t qualify as serious sports eyewear. Play all you want, though. Spring-loaded hinges, nicely inset, speak of solid construction. The Ontario is made to last, and admire, while giving shelter from the sun—like a tree. ” – Outdoor Magazine

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GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY! 

Congrats to Ymke! Thanks everyone for entering!

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