Tuesday, October 29, 2013

emigration canyon

A couple of weeks ago we went up Emigration Canyon
for a little hike.
Then we met Kristy and Dan at Ruth's for dinner.

It was a fun night!

At first we couldn't find very many colors
but eventually we found some
and it was beautiful!




















Thursday, October 24, 2013

we've been busy

I realized today I haven't blogged this week.
We've been busy!

We had a fun weekend 
and I'm ready for another one.

Last weekend we went on a little hike up Emigration
but I still need to get Ryan's pictures.

In other news,

I went to Park City with Kristy, Eliza and Reese
we've been cleaning out some closets
painting a little bit
we carved pumpkins
had meetings
been on visits
had roadshow practice {that's another story for another time}

Anyway, there's a quick update.
And here's a few pictures.

Happy Thursday!




Sunday, October 20, 2013

pink tie Sunday




In my ward at the U a bunch of the guys and the bishopric started pink tie Sunday.
I think they did it once a month.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month
so every Sunday should be pink tie Sunday!

I even got Ryan to wear a pink tie.
He actually has a few.

Last week he came out with another one on
but he changed to this one so I had to take our picture!

I have worn something pink everyday this month.
I've always tried that but never succeeded.
So far so good!

Happy pink tie Sunday!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

pumpkin patch





Saturday night we went to the pumpkin patch.
I love the pumpkin patch!

There seemed to be slim picking for good pumpkins
and plenty of bugs
but we found some good ones and had fun doing it.

We both have pumpkin carving contests at work
so we need to get some really clever ideas on how to carve them.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Josh Groban

Last week was a super busy week.
I think I was in my office for less than 20 hours.

I had back to back meetings Friday
but ran to my office for a minute to check a few emails
and our newspaper rep came by.

I went in to say hi and he handed me 2 tickets.

I looked down and read Josh Groban, October 11th.
I couldn't believe it!
I asked him if this was a joke!

He said, 
"I'll tell you a joke, give them back."

I got Josh Groban tickets handed to me.
For free!

I was pretty excited.

I text Ryan and told him.
We were supposed to go to ward temple night
so I felt bad about that
but we went to the concert.

It was so much fun!

Josh Groban is a great performer
if you ever get the chance to see him,
go!



Monday, October 14, 2013

celebrate the bounty


Last Thursday Harmons had a table at
Celebrate the Bounty
a Local First event.

It is always such a fun night
full of delicious local food.

Friday, October 11, 2013

recipe of the day


A few people have asked for the recipe for the kringler from my last post.
Well here it is!
Ryan had talked about this for as long as I've known him.
His mom used to make it for them.
I finally decided to get a recipe and try it.

I had never made pastries before so I wondered how I'd do
but it's really easy and not too time consuming.
Now it's our conference tradition.
With all that butter it can't be eaten too often!


Conference Kringler

Crust:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, chilled
2 tablespoons ice water

Puff topping

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Frosting

1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 -3 tablespoons milk
sliced almonds, if desired

Directions:

1 Measure 1 cup flour into mixing bowl.
2 Using a pastry blender, cut 1/2 cup butter into flour until particles are size of small peas.
3 Sprinkle with water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing lightly with a fork until flour mixture is moistened and soft dough forms.
4 Divide dough in half.
5 On ungreased cookie sheet, press each half into a 12x3 inch strip.
6 In medium saucepan, heat water and 1/2 cup butter to boiling.
7 Remove from heat; immediately stir in 1 cup flour until smooth.
8 Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until smooth after each addition.
9 Stir in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.
10 Spoon over crust, spreading to 3/4 inch from edges.
11 Bake 50-60 minutes until golden brown and puffy- Cool.
12 Blend powdered sugar, butter, almond extract and milk until smooth.
13 Frost, sprinkle with nuts.
14 Cut into 10-12 slices to serve.

{note: the first time I made this I thought it looked like it was way too small so I doubled it. Trust me, this recipe makes more than enough}

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

confrence weekend



I love General Conference weekend.
And not only because you get to have church in your jammies.
Although that is a plus!

I just love all the great things we learn and hear
from such amazing people.

I don't know if I just paid closer attention this conference
or if things were meant for me
but I felt like there were so many great talks.
Ones that I really loved.

I kept saying, 
that was really good 
after almost all of them.

Saturday we watched both sessions with some cleaning and errand between.
Sunday we had kringler and watched both sessions.
Then we went to the Larsen's for dinner.

It was a lovely day.

I'm already looking froward to April!

Monday, October 7, 2013

marathon date





I remember dances in high school 
when you would do a day activity and dinner and the dance all in one day.
It seemed like a marathon date.

And depending on the date,
it may even have felt like an Ironman date.

Friday night we did so many things in one night
that it could be classified as a marathon date.
Luckily it was with Ryan so it was fun the whole time!
And just what we both needed.

We went to Blue Lemon
for dinner.
Then to the Joseph Smith Building 
to see an art exhibit they had 
of the sketches of Arnold Friberg's
Book of Mormon prints.
Then we went to Galaxy
for pumpkin ice cream.
Then we went to see Gravity
in Imax 3D.

See, marathon date.
But it was so fun to just do a bunch of things we wanted to do.
We don't usually do date night on Friday
but with Conference Saturday we did.

It was perfect!

Friday, October 4, 2013

life really is good


Last night we finally made it to the temple.
I like to go every week 
but sometimes we get busy {and lazy}
so we hadn't been for a couple of weeks.

It was so nice to be there.
It's been a crazy/emotional/weird/hard few weeks
so it was nice to be somewhere so peaceful
and to feel and know that everything is going to be okay.

I have more blessings and joy than the opposite 
so there is no need to be sad or upset.

I have to remind myself sometimes that 
life really is good. 

I am looking forward to this weekend.  
I love conference weekend.
It is always so uplifting and relaxing.
Something I think we all need a little more of. 

So enjoy the weekend
and enjoy this life.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

recipe of the day

pumpkin poke cake
{also known as better than sex pumpkin cake}


This is so so yummy
and so so easy.
Which really makes for a perfect cake.


1 box spice cake mix
1 small can pumpkin puree
1 - 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 - 8oz. tub cool whip
heath bar - broken up (I used 3)
caramel sundae sauce (I didn't use this)

In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and pumpkin puree until a smooth batter forms. 
Pour batter into a well greased 9x13 baking dish. 
Bake at 350ยบ according to the directions for a 9x13 cake on the cake mix box. 
Let cool for about 10 minutes after baking. 
Using the bottom of a wooden spoon or a knife, poke holes all over the top of the cake. 
Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the cake, filling the holes. 
 Refrigerate for 30 minutes. 
Spread the cool whip over top of cake. 
Sprinkle on the heath bits, and drizzle caramel over top. 
Refrigerate for 3-4 hours, or overnight.


See, so easy!
I maybe ate 2 pieces...