Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy Life Tip

I have a top secret tip to share with you. This is a totally new, break through discovery you're going to be amazed. You ready? You don't believe me? Good. I'm lying. This advice is nothing new, in fact I'd be surprised if you haven't heard it previously. I'm just going to add my "review" for this technique.

The best way to make a bad day better or a good day great is to look outside of your own life and find someone else you can help. It's called service. It's all about focusing on other people. Why does that make you happy? It's not because you compare yourself to them (don't do that), it's not because you'll make money from helping someone, it's not because that person or people you help will profusely thank you making you feel accomplished. Nope, none of these.

The reason, I believe, is simple. Most often our bad days come when we are too focused on what's not right in our lives. When we choose to serve other people we start to focus on them. To serve them in a way that makes them happy we have to really think about their needs and wants. This means we can't be thinking about ourselves. And that is what I've found to be the key. When I can't think about me, I can't think about what's bothering me. I just like to take me out of it all together.

Service is all about someone else. Let me be honest for a minute. It also feels good to know you made someone else's day a little bit better. So it's hard to have a completely self-less service, but still it's a great hobby for elevating your day.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

pumpkin waffles = heart smiles

I feel like this post needs a drum roll. (Imagine drum roll) I am about to share with you a recipe I developed this fall that has quickly become a staple at our house!  I love pumpkin and previously I had several different recipes,  but I didn't love any of them.  I started experimenting and this is where I've landed (at least for now).  I hope if you try them you will love them like we do.  From hot with syrup to cold and plain.  I just can't get enough. Even my picky picky picky husband likes them. (I know I did something right when he gets excited to eat!)

Extraordinary Pumpkin Waffles


Mix together in a medium bowl
1 C Wheat Flour
1 C White Flour
2-4 TBSP Brown Sugar  (I use 2 tbsp, unless I'm feeding my brothers who don't eat anything that doesn't taste like dessert, so if you prefer sweet you'll want 4 tbsp.)
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 tsp Cinnamon
3/4 tsp Nutmeg
a pinch or two of salt

Mix together in a small bowl
1 C Pumpkin
1 C Buttermilk
1/2 C Milk (you might need to add more at the end, so don't put the milk away just yet)
1 Egg yolk (save the white)
3 TBSP almost melted Butter
2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix.

In a mixing bowl
Whip 3 egg whites until peaks are formed. Once your whites and nice and fluffy fold them in your batter. (My mouth is watering right now, just thinking about this stage ... because next up is cooking and eating.)
I've made them in belgian and regular waffle irons and both work out just fine. You MUST butter the iron before putting the batter on. Especially, if you use more sugar.

These are most delicious when they are hot, I usually eat one plain the second it's done, because I can't wait. However, they are also a great snack to grab from the fridge on your way out the door (if you have any left over). I've found that reheating them in a toaster also works great.


Now go make some waffles. Serve with fresh fruit, syrup, or whipped cream.


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Cherry Shrimp

Well November came and passed and while I loved it and thoughts of my blessings each day I didn't have much time to write about them. It was a crazy month, however, I just have to take a few minutes to write about how thankful I am for my favorite husby. I know he's my only one, but he's still my favorite.


When I decided to go back to school I knew it would be a little crazy, but I had no idea just how intense it was going to be. Between work and school I feel like I always have something to be working on, then when midterms or finals hit, it gets crazy. to state it mildly. haha. This week was no exception, there wasn't a night I was home before 10:30 until Friday, which I spent all night studying. Saturday morning I had to get up early and head to work for what turned out to be a full day instead of half, but when I got home he had the house clean and had slowly started putting up the Christmas decorations (In all the wrong places of course, but I think he was doing it on purpose). I wish I could say I then had time to hang out, but instead I went right back to studying with no complaints from him, in fact he even thought to plug in head phones to the TV so it would be still be quiet for me to study while he watched basketball. Not to mention he had had to shift his schedule 3 different times back and forth to accommodate mine. There are just a million little things he's done all week (and always really) to help me while I was just trying to survive one day at a time. I could not have gotten through this week and be done with all my finals right now, had he not been the amazing supporter that he is! This week was just one example of how he is exactly the right person for me to have by my side always. I could go on and on about all of his amazingness, there is no end to his talents.


So thankful for the incredible example he is to me of caring and selfless service! Love my Brian.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

My cozy comfy sleep spot

For the first time since we got married we bought a bed, and a king-size bed at that! I was/am still so excited! We have pushed two queen beds next to each other since we got married. A bit ridiculous? Maybe. It's been seriously so fun to have a bed we call our own that is exactly what we wanted and soooo comfy. It has definitely come with it's challenges, like how the heck do I get my husby to stay on his side?! lol.  Still though I just love it.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Freedom to Choose!


November 2nd

Today I'm thankful I get to make choices. I don't always make the best choices, but I get to learn from those mistakes and keep going. I get to choose what I want to do, who I want to be with, where I want to go, when to change directions, how to live. At least for the most part. Every once in a while something unexpected comes up and I get to roll with it, but I'm thankful I live in a country that values freedom and at a time where that freedom means making anything happen!

Friday, November 1, 2013

It is here, FINALLY!

A quick Life update:
Wow. The last few months have been a blur! Working full time and going to grad school full time and finding time to spend with my husby/family/friends is intense. With classes and homework at night there isn't much free time these days. It's hard. It's amazing. Last week I took my first round of finals! This week I started new classes ... there's no messing around in BYU's EMBA program, that's for dang sure. I just love it though. My professors have all been incredible so far and I feel like I'm learning so much. Better yet, it's learning I'm retaining and USING! Awh. love it. I could go on about how I think I'm totally crazy for giving myself this schedule, but every night I'm so thankful for all of the opportunities I have and I wouldn't trade out a single thing.

Which brings me to MY FAVORITE MONTH OF THE YEAR!

I love Thanks Giving Month aka November. It's just a great time to remember all of the blessings that grace my life everyday. I have more than I ever could've dreamed of and still my Father in Heaven continues to give! I love spending time focusing on those things--little and big--that make my life sweet.


November 1st
I'm thankful for my senses. I love being able to see, hear, touch, smell, taste, and feel(from the heart). All of these elements combined to make experiencing life pretty phenomenal.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Silver Linings for a Hard Work Day

I fully believe that every cloud has a silver lining, even though some are hard to see.

Sometimes, I have a really hard job. It's emotionally, physically, and mentally draining. Sometimes, I have an incredibly awesome job, I get to watch people I inspire and support reach amazing goals and be so excited about it!

Today started off so rough. I was told that I had completely failed at my job, and not just that, but that I had even gone the other direction and hurt my effort and gone against responsibilities. WOW, that was hard. I don't do anything half way and I definitely HATE HATE HATE to fail. Hate is a strong word I know and I just used it three times, that how serious I am about succeeding in whatever it is that I do. Then, got a new boss, which is always an interesting transition. I only got 3/4 of my to-do list done before needing to leave. (Side note: While grocery shopping I bought several frozen meals ... epic wife fail ... but I know they are going to be necessary. That might be even worse, so much for our healthy, cleanish eating.)

On my way home I decided I needed to forget the day and everything that was hard and do a few of the things I love most about my job. I called several people whom I had been thinking about and needed to reach out to this week. My only goal was to listen to them, see what they needed. I was able to end my work day successful and silver lining found! By the time I hit the button to lift my garage door I was loving my job again.

When we see only the gloomy mass that seems to be the essence of the cloud we are often unable to see the silver lining and maybe even the light shining brightly through. It's about perspective. It's about wanting to focus on the good and finding it on the hardest of days.