Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fall Soup

If you are like me
then there is nothing better than a hearty, delicious bowl of soup
on a crisp fall day.

I made this soup the other night and we loved it and ate it for the next couple days.
It is my mom's recipe and now one of our family favorites!
It is really easy, just the simmering and vegetable chopping takes the time.

Tortellini and Italian Sausage Soup
(you could totally make it vegetarian too if you don't like sausage, but the Italian stuff is pretty good)

 Ingredients

1 pound of Italian sausage cooked-put in lots of water and cook and cut in circular slices
¼ cup of coarsely chopped onion (can use more if you like more onion)
2 cloves garlic crushed
5 cups of beef broth
½ cup water
2 cups chopped tomatoes-diced tomatoes-I like to puree in majic bullet because I don't like the chunky tomatoes
1-2 cups thinly sliced carrots 
½ teaspoon basil
½ teaspoon oregano
8 ounces tomato sauce
2 cups tortellini
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 green pepper chopped
1 sliced zucchini

Method

Brown meat in water, sautee garlic and onions in drippings
In a big pot-add broth, water, diced tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano, tomato sauce, sausage
Bring to a boil
Reduce and simmer for ½ hour
Skim fat
Add zuchinni, tortelli.,parsley and green peppers
Simmer for 15 minutes
add tortellini and simmer until tortellini is tender
Serve with a little cheese on top if you want
Enjoy!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Gratitude

Well it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a post about what I am thankful for.
As you know, I am Canadian and we celebrated our Thanksgiving back in October
but we really did have a great week off!

Inspired by this blog I stalk, I am going to do a post of things that make me really really happy.  She has guest  bloggers come on and they do their own lists so today I will do mine of things I am grateful for, which of course make me terribly happy.

10 Things That Make Me Terribly Happy

1.  That I get to see my family and be home in 20 days
2. When Ben's feet touch mine in the middle of the night
3. Freshly vacuumed carpets
4. Seat heaters
5. The feeling I get when Ben comes home from work or school
6. Long phone calls with my mom
7. Justin Bieber's Christmas CD
8. Long games of Rook or Settlers with friends that go into wee hours of the night
9. My bed.
10. Finding the perfect gift for someone you love

Of course I have so much more to be thankful for, I am mostly thankful for the people in my life, and how each of them makes me feel.  I am of course thankful for the knowledge that comes from the Gospel-that I can spend eternity with my family and that I am a loved daughter of God.

This week off was much needed and I am so happy that we have one more day-a lazy Sunday before school is back in session.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

my heart's a stereo...

So, because I want this blog to serve as a kind-of journal thing
to document our life, 
I want to remember the little things...
Like our car game!

Ben and I drive a lot, and we listen to the radio a lot.
We noticed, as I'm sure all of you have that the radio plays the same songs over and over again...
We decided to make a game out of it.

When we are in the car, we each go back and forth picking three songs each that we think will be on
from then until we reach our destination.

Example..
Ben picks--Maroon 5Moves Like Jagger, Rihanna-We found love, Gym Class Heroes-Stereo Hearts

Cassie picks-Cobra Starship-you make me feel, Katy Perry's new song-The one that got away, Rihanna-We found love

Then we start going through our 6 preset top-40 radio stations.
If your song comes on-you get a point!
You would be surprised at how often your song comes on, sometimes even twice in the same drive!
The other day from our house to church, Ben set a record and got six points-each of his songs were on twice on the different stations-I was livid, it will be hard to come back from that.

Here is the scorecard we keep in the car-we have been playing for like a year!


As you can see Ben is currently winning.
Anyways just wanted to document this little game we play...
First one to 100 wins!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

NO-vember

So no, we are not doing the whole not shaving for a month thing around here,
that would be much too itchy and prickly!
We ARE doing something else this fall month though....

NO EATING OUT.

I need to preface this announcement and tell you all how big of a deal this is...
Ben and I love to eat out, LOVE IT!
I love the food, I love how it feels like a date and so social when we go with friends, 
I like trying new places and going back to our favorites as well.
On average we eat out 3 to 4 to 5 times a week.
It is not that I don't like to cook, because I really enjoy that too,
It's just that we love going out to the bountiful restaurants in Provo.
We come home from a busy day at work and school and it is so fun to narrow it down to where we are going to eat-Cafe Rio? Rubios? Gurus? Five Guys? Noodles and Company?

Anyways we had been noticing that this hobby was taking all of our money 
and so when our friends Jordan and Britton told us they were going to not eat out for the whole month of November, we accepted the challenge!

It has been 15 days, I have to close my eyes when we pass Cafe Rio
but it hasn't been too bad, except for when I want to cheat everyday.  
Amazing pumpkin cookies we made! Thanks Marty for the recipe!
It has forced me to use stuff in my cupboards that I wouldn't otherwise, 
and bake more because we can't go out for dessert!
We made a little contest out of it and if one of the couples breaks and eats out, 
they have to take the other out for dinner! (Contest Clause 1-You can eat out if someone else pays for you ie-parents, gift certificates, loser of contest etc.)


So far in half a month I bet we have saved about 200 dollars!
And I even have shed a few pounds from dining in.
15 more days to go!

So that's what we are doing for NOvember
and hopefully this will get us in the habit of eating out less after the contest is over...maybe...

The following photos are intended to break our competition


sweet mother of pearl

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Tapi

It started like any other day,
I was on Pinterest...
scrolling...
scrolling...
scrolling....
ohh....something catches my eye
click...
click...
click...
Next thing I know..."Thank you!  Your order with Dreamfarm.au is confirmed!
Your "Tapi" is on it's way from Australia to you and will be there in approx. 12 days"

I had bought he Tapi.
What is the Tapi you ask?

Well...you know when you are brushing your teeth and you want a drink of water to wash it all down with?
Well the Tapi is a simple fix to that problem!
No more reaching your head way underneath and seeing the gunk in your sink
No more leaving a cup in the bathroom for weeks on end that gets crusted with dried toothpaste and dust
Now all your problems are solved with this simple brilliant invention.

Behold The Tapi



You just put it on your tap like normal, and then when you need a quick sip you just pinch the bottom and you have your very own drinking fountain!  

Tapi

So yes we now have our very own Tapi, there was one problem....
It didn't fit on our bathroom sink...oops!
It now resides on our kitchen sink, and I don't usually drink from the tap in the kitchen but it is still really cool!
It was very much an impulse buy, and the shipping cost just as much as the product, but I do not regret my Tapi.

This site http://www.dreamfarm.com.au/ actually has some pretty amazing inventions, you should check them out!

Tap on, Tap off, THE TAPI!




Saturday, November 5, 2011

cider and spice and everything nice

So, Ben and I made a Fall to-do list this year and so far we have done pretty good.
I decided that Fall is my probably myfavorite season....
 It's not too hot and not too cold, all you need is a light jacket!
I refuse to believe that winter is here already so we still have time to finish our list.

We have...
carved pumpkins
ate pumpkin everything
drank apple cider
went to a haunted house
went on drives up the canyon
ate candycorn
and taken lots of pictures 

we still  need to...
make lots of soup and stew
be thankful
dress up for Halloween--ok I guess it's a little late
decorate for Thanksgiving
bake more

It has been a really great Fall so far!

oh ya we got a new car...well new to us...we love love it!

Went to St. George for Alex's adoption and sealing 

This was the extent of my Halloween costume....Ben had to work the 31st :(

And the extent of my Fall/Halloween decoration
Not quite a pumpkin patch like I wanted but close enough








Pumpkin heads
Sweet and Salty pumpkin seeds

Jennica's then Jordan's=awesome, mine= amateur hour


If fall could hold out for just one more month and at least let us have leaf piles for Thanksgiving
instead of snow...I'd be very thankful

Happy Season!
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