Saturday, July 25, 2009

My First Harvest!

I know they may not seem like much, but i am VERY proud of my two cherry tomatoes :) I got this plant and one other for mothers day in my ward and it's taken until now just to get these two beauties.

Thankfully there are a bunch more on the vine, which is great because these tasted super delicious and I can't wait until I can pick some more.

On a completely unrelated note, I belong to this group of people who are all makers of handmade items. Our group is called Made For Cache and right now there's a giveaway going on. So if you want to win some free stuff, head over there and get yourself entered!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Still Crazy After All These Years . . .

Ok, so it's only been 3 years since Chris and I were married, but it feels like longer - in a GOOD way :)

Last year after planning a wonderful 2nd anniversary all by himself, Chris said he never wanted to have to do it again. I guess the pressure of planning a "perfect" weekend was just too much. So this year we planned it together and it was a lot of fun!

To start things off on friday(17th) we had a yummy lunch at the Training Table in Layton. I have 2 words for you: Cheese Fries :) Then we went to the Little America Hotel and checked in for a night. We went deluxe and stayed in a Tower King Suite, which is basically a big room with a King size bed in their high rise building. We got the room as part of a package that included breakfast in bed Saturday morning, which was AWESOME!
These are just some of the condiments that came with our in-room breakfast. Just for size reference there's a coke can on the left. I know what you're thinking, that IS the smallest bottle of tabasco ever created :) It's actually 1/8 of an ounce! The people at the Little America aren't messing around. There's nothing like teeny bottles of ketchup and jam to make you feel special.

Also on Friday we went to Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. It was pretty good, but for once i felt the movie didn't capture all the inner turmoil and drama of the book. Especially the end, it liked the book version better. Harry seemed like he was ready to kick butt and take names.

Saturday was fun too! After our luxurious breakfast :) we went to Hoagle Zoo. This just shows how much Chris loves me because he knows i LOVE the zoo and he only sorta tolerates it. For a Saturday things weren't too crowded and I had A LOT of fun. I just love animals, especially the monkeys, they have the greatest hairdos :)

After the zoo, we headed over to my mom and dad's in Layton to cool off and wait for Tepanyaki to open. It's one of those cool Bennihana type restaurants where they flip spatulas and light your food on fire for your dining amusement. The food was pretty good and so was the show. Sorry no photos of the flaming food, i didn't want to break the cooks, concentration - someone could have lost an eyebrow :)

And then there was today, our actual anniversary. We exchanged gifts at lunchtime which follow the traditional schedule. Anniversary 3 is supposed to be leather, and before you start thinking naughty thoughts, here's what we got eachother:

Chris suprised me with these CUTE sandals. I didn't know he had such an eye for shoes, but I'm glad he does. I got him this leather notebook for writing his recipies and doodling.

It's been a great three years, and I know I'm lucky to have a man who makes me so happy.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

You Have to Read This!

This book, City of Bones is the first in a super awesome fantasy series by author Cassandra Clare. I was perusing the YA section at my library, when i saw the last book , City of Glass and it looked so intriguing I put in a hold for this one.

It was worth waiting for! This book sora reminds me of the twilight series, but ony sorta. I would say the romance factor is about %20 of the story, humor is another 20% and totally awesome action and butt kicking is the last 60%. In these books there are vampires, werewolves, faeries, etc, but not everyone can see them. And when the main charachter Clary starts to see them all sorts of crazy stuff goes down. There are tons of great plot twists and it was so good, i stayed up all night to finish it - i couldn't put it down. Chris liked it too, but not as much as me. I think it was because he's read a lot fantasy books and had higher expectations than i did.

I've put in a hold for the second book, City of Ashes, but it looks like all of Cache Valley is in line to get that one, so I might cave and buy it online. If you're patient and have a library card, you should check it out. Otherwise you can pick them up at for about $10 each :)

Monday, July 6, 2009

I Win!!

I won( meaning my shop Elliette Baby) the Best in Show award for last week on this fun blog called Cafe Handmade. Basically it's like summerfest but without the walking around. There are lots of "booths" on different "aisles" and you can find anything from jewelry to soaps, clothes and even make up. Take a look, there's bound to be something you want and find you can't live without :)

I just had to brag - but i guess that's what blogs are for, right?

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Oh say, can you see?

As any good, red-blooded American will tell you, a barbeque is an essential part of any celebration relating to the founding of this great nation. And so, on the 4th of July we did our part by cranking up the propane and grilling beef and pork ribs using Chris' secret sauce recipie and some new Ultra Top Secret preparation methods. I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

Mmmmm, don't they look delicious? Lucky for Chris and I, almost all of my family was in town, so we didn't have to try and eat all these ourselves. Dad was up taking care of grandma, Derek was visiting his girlfriend and Brooks didn't have to work, so we were able to eat, chat and later, to blow crap up :)

Chris and I seem to have accumulated a lot of fireworks in the almost 3 years since we've been married. We had a fun time digging through the remnants of 4th of July's past and finding all sorts of stuff. My dad and bro had a fun time picking stuff out to set off.

God Bless America!!!!