Friday, February 19, 2010

White Leaf

On my daily walk around the block, I found something that I have never seen before. Laying in the dead yellowish-brown grass was a white leaf. This leaf was as white as freshly fallen snow. If I was in Rexburg, I would not have ever seen this time of year, but here in St. George, snow-white on the ground is an unusual sight. The leaf is mostly destroyed, but it stayed in one spot for so long that the sun bleached every last bit of color out of it!

I will hopefully post a picture of it soon, but have you ever seen a white leaf before?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

French Bread

You would think that French Bread would be harder or more complicated than regular bread, right? Well, let me tell you how suprisingly easy it really is!

You don't have to worry about letting the yeast rise seperately in the warm water.

The dough does not have to rise and be punched down a million times.

You can pretty much just throw the ingredients together, put the formed dough loaves in the fridge over night, wake up and toss it in the oven to bake!

And then you have fresh French Bread for breakfast!

How amazing and easy is that?!

The main reason that I decided to make French bread is because I really wanted to make some bread, but I have no bread pans! All you need to bake French bread is a cookie sheet, and I have 1 of those!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Sunday is the best day for Valentine's to fall on. Besides 3 hours of church, we had the rest of the day to spend together with no other obligations to worry about. It was so nice! Andrew got me some pretty yellow roses, a bag of Resse's, and sparkling grape juice. I made him his favorite meal: hamburger stroganoff. For dessert we had Grapefruit Meringue. This was a new experiment for me. Here is a link to the recipe:

Grapefruit Meringue

And a picture is worth a thousand words, right?!

I also made the best sugar cookies, ever! The recipe is supposedly the recipe for the big Grandma's sugar cookies. You know, the one's with the pink icing. Unfortunately, I didn't have any food coloring, so my icing is just white, cream cheese frosting. They are the best sugar cookies ever! Here's the recipe:

Sour Cream Cookie Recipe

In Bowl Add:
2 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Margarine
2 Eggs

In Separate Bowl:
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 tsp Baking Soda
(dissolve baking soda in sour cream before adding to rest of ingredients)

1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Baking Powder
about 4 Cups Flour (Or enough to make batter stiff)

This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies
Chill dough over night
Bake - 350
10 min.

You should really try it...they are AMAZING!!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

St. George

We have now moved up to St. George, UT where Andrew & I are both working for a CPA firm. Andrew loves doing taxes and figuring them out. I have been working at the front desk. It is lots of fun to see all the people who come in! We are renting a 3-bedroom house, but we have no furniture! If you remember,when we were in Rexburg, we were sleeping on a mattress that was on the floor. Well, it's gotten worse! We took that original mattress back to the DI in Rexburg. We are now sleeping on an air-mattress!!! It is crazy, but just another one of our adventures! We have gone down to Vegas every weekend since we moved up here. I guess we haven't found anything to do up here when we don't have to go to work! Andrew is hesitant to make friends, because then we won't want to leave St. George! But we haven't really decided what we are doing when our jobs are done on April 15th! I guess if we don't have any friends here, that just makes our decision easier!

We miss all of our friends up in Rexburg! If any of you want to come down for this long weekend coming up, we've got a couple of spare bedrooms(but no beds)! Just give us a call!

Andrew took the GMAT a couple of weeks ago. He got a 700/800, which puts him in the 90th percentile! To get into BYU, one of the top accounting programs in the nation, he had to score a 630, so he blew the GMAT out of the water! Way to go, Andrew!!! (Round of Applause, if you will!)

I hope that everyone is doing well, and I enjoy reading all of your blogs to keep up on what is going on! We miss everyone and send you all our love!