Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Buzz

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Mine was incredible and I am so sad it had to end. After being away from family last Christmas, we spent all weekend decorating cookies, eating, watching movies, and drinking libations with them. It truly was amazing to be around them so much.

The Husband and fam spoiled me and basically equipped my kitchen. I got lots of Pioneer Woman goodies from my parents and sisters and The Husband got me a pink KichenAid mixer! I screamed so loud.

Yesterday was the first day I had time to use it and I absolutely love it. I tried a recipe that came in the manual and it was delicious. It was my first ever cake from scratch so I'm pretty proud of it. I got The Husband a Keurig so we have been enjoying hot chocolate and cake.

White Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups of sugar
3 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup low-fat milk
1 tsp. vanilla
4 egg whites

1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.

2. Add shortening, milk, and vanilla.

3. Mix for about a minute to combine then add egg whites. Mix until smooth and fluffy.

4. Pour batter into a 9 inch round baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.


Buttercream Frosting
1/3 cup of butter, softened
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
4 cups powdered sugar, divided
Low-fat milk, if necessary

1. Beat butter until creamy.

2. Add evaporated milk, vanilla, salt, and 1 cup powdered sugar. Mix at stir speed for about 30 seconds. Scrape bowl and mix again at speed 2 for about a minute and a half.

3. At stir speed gradually add in the remaining 3 cups of powdered sugar. Mix until smooth. Add milk, one teaspoon at a time if needed.


Lizett

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Survey

Tomorrow is Christmas. How insane is that!? I have been shopping since September and been ready for weeks but I am still shocked at how fast it came. I found this survey online and thought it seemed fun. I love learning about how other people celebrate holidays so I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas things.

1. Favorite Christmas songs?
-Happy Christmas by John Lennon

2. Favorite Christmas movie?
- A Christmas Story

3. What do you eat Christmas day?
-At my parents house we always eat tamales. At my in-laws we usually have ham or something like that.

4. Favorite tradition?
- At some point leading up to Christmas, The Husband and I watch Home Alone and Home Alone 2 while eating a cheese pizza.

From Google images
5. Sleep in or wake up early?
- I have always been an early riser and Christmas is no exception.

6. Favorite dessert?
- I am big fan of sugar cookies during the holidays. I also love my cinnamon roll cake (biased, I know).

Image from Google images
7. What's the weirdest gift you've ever received?
- I once received a collection of Betty Boop stuff. A shirt, earrings and a poster. I was 27 and had never once mentioned that I liked Betty Boop.

8. Favorite Christmas smell?
- My mom's tamales.

9. Dress up or casual?
- Dress up
From Google images
10. Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
- Christmas morning

Lizett

Friday, December 18, 2015

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

We have been having the most incredible snow. It's times like this that I wish I had my own backyard so I can run in the snow and make snow angels. I did go for a walk around the complex Tuesday night and that was pretty fun.

Although the snow is beautiful, it doesn't help with productivity. All I want to do is watch Hallmark Christmas movies and bake. I looked through Pinterest and came across this super easy recipe that will let me feel like a good wife while allowing me to be a lazy hobo. It was delicious and The Husband loved it.

Chicken Fajitas
1 lb chicken breasts
3 peppers (I used all green)
1 onion
1 package taco seasoning
Tortillas of your choice
Toppings of your choice

1. Slice onion and peppers and place them at the bottom of the crockpot

2. Put chicken on top of the onion and peppers

3. Sprinkle taco seasoning over chicken

4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours

Image from here

Lizett

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

What's Your Sign?

I don't believe in astrology but I always enjoyed reading my horoscope for fun. Usually it has nothing to do with me and tells me to go hit on a hot guy at the bar because apparently married people don't ever read their horoscopes. I don't know anything about lucky numbers or planet alignment but it's interesting to me that some people follow horoscopes so closely.

My friends have always commented on how great my memory is and how deeply I can feel others emotions. I had never really thought of it until a few years ago I read that it was trait of Pisceans. Since then I have been curious about the personality traits that come with each sign. I get really excited when I read about traits of a Pisces and they apply to me. I guess I like the idea that my personality can be explained.


Do you believe in astrology?

Lizett

Monday, December 7, 2015

Marital Problems

As Cowboy fans, The Husband and I are anti NY Giants. However, there are always players that we like individually regardless of who they played for. Michael Strahan is one of those players. If you're not a football fan you only know him as half of Live with Kelly and Michael. He is so funny, personable, and charming that it might be hard to believe that he was actually famous for doing stuff like this.

On Saturday The Husband was flipping though channels when I saw a commercial for A Football Life Michael Strahan. I asked him to set the DVR to record it and he replied "But he's a Giant!" Thinking it was funny I tweeted The Husband's response and tagged Michael Strahan in it. We watched the show and were even more impressed by him.

Imagine my surprise when a few hours later my phone went off and I saw that Michael Strahan had replied to my tweet! I literally screamed so loud The Husband thought I had gotten hurt. When he saw what it said he was not as excited.




He was upset that I did not add that he is also a fan. I told him I wanted to but I ran out of characters. We had a pretty good laugh about it and I will now have an ice breaker if I ever go on Live with Kelly and Michael.

Lizett

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Feud

It is no secret that I am addicted to celebrity gossip. I know I shouldn't be so nosy about the lives of strangers but I am. I justify it by also reading the NY Times and NPR. Earlier this week I was browsing E! Online and came across this story. I don't really know anything about Alex Pettyfer (except this) and I'm not too invested in Channing Tatum but I read it.

However, it linked up to the biggest celeb feuds of all times. In honor of this incredible piece of journalism, I decided to list the pop culture feuds that have impacted my life. Feel free to share what team you're on or what feuds you lost sleep over.

1. *NSync vs Backstreet Boys- In my teens no feud caused more drama than this one. Clearly JT alone was cuter than all the BSB put together but I did enjoy Millennium.

2. Jennifer Aniston vs Angelina Jolie- I was Team Jen all the way. Although I think Angelina is beautiful, I've never liked her and the fact that she hooked up with a married man made me like her less.

Image from Google images
3. Kelly Taylor vs Brenda Walsh- BH 90210 was a little before my time but I have watched the first three seasons multiple times in my 20s. Anytime anyone ever mentions big feuds this one comes up. Yes, they are fictional but the fact that Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty got into an actual fist fight adds to the fire. Although Kelly broke girl code and hooked up with Dylan I still liked her better.

Image from Google images
4. LC vs Kristin- Laguna Beach was clearly scripted but the drama felt real. I liked LC and her sweet nature. Kristin seemed insecure and vengeful. And LC's house tour was amazing.

5. Tupac vs Biggie- I will not openly state my opinion for fear of being shot.

Lizett 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Thanksgiving Rewind

As I mentioned previously, my Thanksgiving was amazing. We had not spent Thanksgiving with our families in five years. The morning of, we woke up like kids on Christmas morning. We got snow the night before so it was beautiful outside. I was excited to get to my parents house to help cook and watch the parade with my sisters.

We spent all morning laughing. I could tell my parents were happy to have all of us home for the holiday. My mom seriously knocked it out of the park! Her cooking is always amazing but the turkey was so tender and juicy. I could have eaten two plates of food but we were also going to The Husband's parents for dinner later on so I had to resist.

Isn't it beautiful!?
Sister pic
My amazing parents
Once we got to our second dinner we were starting to get hungry again. After playing darts (I always kick butt), watching football, and playing with our niece and nephew, we were ready to eat. The Husband's mom always makes multiple pies. My favorite is her pecan French silk supreme pie. Seriously, it's so good. My dinner there was light but my dessert was not. 

The next few days were filled with lots of relaxation and leftovers. Having worked retail for years I do not participate in Black Friday but I did some online shopping. We also bought our Christmas tree and decorated the apartment.



Lizett

Monday, November 30, 2015

Cyber Monday

I had the best Thanksgiving weekend ever. It was full of family, food, and fun. Thanksgiving post will come later this week but I wanted to share the two cutest dresses I got from Banana Republic for 40% off! I love the fit and flare fit as well as how feminine and festive they are. Plus, I'm a sucker for any dress that shows off my back.

                                                  

                                              

I also got some leggings, a belt, and a few Christmas gifts but I couldn't pass up these dresses. I had rewards points from the last time I shopped with them so they were over 50% off. And buying yourself a gift or two is basically mandatory during the holidays.

Now I just need an occasion to wear them.

Lizett

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving


Wishing you a day filled with family, friends, football, and lots of food! I'm off to begin my food coma. 

Lizett

Friday, November 20, 2015

20-3 Questions


The last half of the questions is below. The video is part four of the Miss Adventure series and my favorite one so far. I binge watched Girls earlier this year and really liked Zosia Mamet so I was excited to see her become part of these.

10. If you could sing a duet with anyone who would it be?

  • Justin Timberlake

11. What's your favorite drink?

  • Cosmopolitan

12. Who's your dinner party dream guest?

  • Tom Hanks

13. What's the best gift you ever gave?

  • I gave The Husband a PS4 last year

14. What's on your wish list?

  • A KitchenAid mixer. Our old apartment had no room for it but our new place has a pantry so hopefully...

15. What's your New Year's resolution?

  • Focus on the positive things in my life more

16. Favorite constellation?

  • I can only identify The Big Dipper so I guess that one

17. If you had one superpower what would it be?

  • Read minds
Lizett

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

20 Questions


I absolutely love Anna Kendrick and Kate Spade. Their Miss Adventure series is so cute and makes me want to buy everything I see. This video is from last year but I thought it was fun and wanted to share. Plus, I enjoy answering questions. I thought I would do half today and the other half later. Minus the Vegas and photo shoot ones because I, unfortunately, was not invited to either.

1. What's your favorite color?

  • Purple

2. What book did you just read?

  • Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

3. Your favorite ringtone?

  • I used to have Teenage Dream as The Husband's ringtone. I loved it because it meant it was him.

4. Who should everyone be following on Instagram?

  • Amy Schumer and Anna Kendrick

5. Diamonds or pearls?

  • Pearls

6. LBD or little red dress?

  • Little red dress

7. Play your cards right or play the wild card?

  • I wish I was a play the wild card type of girl but I have to go with play your cards right

8. Last song you added to your playlist:

  • Sedona by Houndmouth

9. If your life were a song what title would it be?

  • Moscato Dreams & Otter Pop Shots
Lizett

Friday, November 6, 2015

Dallas

Last Thursday The Husband and I headed to Texas to visit our friend. We were both really excited because neither one of us had ever been to Dallas for pleasure. The first thing we did was head to AT&T Stadium for a tour. The Husband was beyond excited to finally to go see where his favorite football team plays. He ran straight to the pro shop and proceeded to shopping.

Once we got to the actual tour it was two hours of being in complete awe. The stadium is absolutely gorgeous and it is impossible to describe in words. We had heard so much about it from the media but it is a whole different perspective to actually stand on the 50 yard line and look up. The tour took us through the player and cheerleader locker rooms, the suites, and the field.




Afterwards, we met up with some old Colorado friends for dinner and wandered around Dallas. The barbecue was amazing and then we went to a place called Cake Bar for dessert. I seriously could have eaten an entire cake myself but limited myself to two slices. 


Saturday we headed to The Sixth Floor Museum and Dealey Plaza since it was rainy. It was so interesting and sad to hear more about the JFK assassination and it gave me the chills to stand in such historical places. The rest of the trip was filled with great conversation and a lot of laughs.


Lizett

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fall and Football

On Saturday we headed to SLC to watch Utah take on Arizona State University. The Husband had never been to a Utah football game and I hadn't been since 2008. There was a threat of rain all day but football fans do not let weather hinder their spirits.

We got there early enough to go to the Ute Walk, which is a really great tradition. The entire football team and coaching staff walks through a tunnel of people and high fives everyone. I was super  that Coach Kyle Whittingham touched my hand!

During the game it started to pour. We had bought some pretty sassy ponchos at the bookstore before the game so we put those on. I was impressed that for five dollars I was kept dry and completely warm. After a messy game we ended up playing an amazing last few minutes and won the game.


Sunday was my sister-in-law's baby shower so I headed back down to SLC. When I got home The Husband surprised me with a delicious lobster, rib, potato, and scallop dinner. We spent the evening eating and watching football.

Lizett

Friday, October 16, 2015

College GameDay

Last Saturday ESPN College GameDay was in Salt Lake City for the Utah vs. Cal football game. Although we didn't have tickets to the actual game, The Husband and I decided to wake up ridiculously early and go run around campus to check it out. We almost changed our mind when the alarm went off at 5 a.m. on a Saturday but we powered through.

It turned out to be an amazing day. We were in the pit so we got to be on TV a few times and got to experience it the way it's supposed to be experienced. I saw some old friends and got pumped up to watch the game that night.




Since we were already in Salt Lake, we decided to have breakfast at one of our favorite places. I hadn't been to Ruth's Diner since before we moved to Colorado and was excited to have their famous and always delicious mile high biscuits. Seriously. They are so good and the jam they serve them with makes them incredible. Add hot chocolate and you have the perfect breakfast appetizer.


After all the adventures we came home and took the best nap. We cheered our Utes on to victory that evening and then woke up Sunday to get ready for a family football party. The Cowboys did not do as well as the Utes but I guess you can't have everything in one weekend.

Lizett

Friday, October 9, 2015

I Heart Lasagna

I am addicted to any kind of pasta.  Although I do not discriminate when it comes to carbs, lasagna is probably up there with pizza as far as favorites go. There's just something about the cheeses, noodles, and meat that makes it such a fantastic meal. Plus, it's perfect for any type of dinner.

This recipe was written on a piece of paper. I copied it down when I was still in school and the idea of cooking a homemade lasagna between work and studying was nothing more but a distant dream. Luckily that dream is now a reality and I was introduced to this amazing and simple lasagna. The Husband and I gobbled it up over three days. If it wasn't frowned upon I probably would have licked the pan.

Lasagna
1 lb lean ground beef
1 chopped onion
1 4.5 oz can of mushrooms
1 28 oz jar of spaghetti sauce
16 oz cottage cheese
16 oz part-skim ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 eggs
16 oz lasagna noodles
8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

1. In a large skillet, cook and stir ground beef until brown. Add mushrooms and onions; saute until onions are transparent. Stir in pasta sauce and heat through.

2. In a bowl, combine cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, and eggs.

3. Spread a thin layer of the meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Layer with uncooked lasagna noodles, cheese mixture, mozzarella cheese, and meat sauce. Continue layering until all ingredients, except 1/2 cup of mozzarella. Cover with aluminum foil.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Uncover and top with remaining mozzarella. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from and try not to dive in immediately.

Lizett

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Labor Day 2015

Once again the weekend ended and I feel like I didn't really appreciate it as it was happening. Plus, it was a busy weekend. But the company, weather, and extra time with The Husband was very welcomed.

Friday night we headed out to a Raptors game. There is nothing more appropriate than ending summer with a baseball game. It was a full house and there were fireworks at the end. The best part was the cold breeze in the evening. Fall is most welcomed after the super hot summer.



Saturday and Sunday were spent helping my sorority with recruitment. I had not been in the house in five years and it was wonderful to be back. The girls were all so cute and welcoming and it was nice to catch up with other alums. That place makes me so nostalgic. There was so much laughter, joy, and love in that house.


Monday was hang out with The Husband day and it was great. We had a delicious breakfast, visited my family, and he drove me up to his favorite fishing spot. It was nice to get out in the fresh air and walk around for a bit. Plus, the scenery was beautiful.




Lizett

Monday, August 31, 2015

Utah Pride

This weekend was filled with Utah Utes fun and it made me very nostalgic. Just stepping on the campus fills me with so much emotion. I spent some of the best years of my life there and it will always be a place I love visiting. Plus, I happen to think it's the most beautiful campus ever.

However, first came Friday night. We headed to Lagoon for my dad's company party. I hadn't been in years and it was a fun time. Plus, they have funnel cakes and churros so obviously it was a good time.


Our Saturday started with an amazing burger from Craft Burger and some indecisiveness on whether to head to Utah Fan Fest. We finally decided to just drive down and check it out and I am so glad we did. I had so much fun and it's amazing to see how much our athletic programs have grown. We were some of the first ones in so we were able to take some pictures before it was jam packed.




I didn't get any autographs from the players because the lines were huge but I had a total fan girl moment. Utah kicker Andy Phillips (who is amazing) is married to a girl named Megan. She used to write a blog called Classy Confessions that I enjoyed so much. She always came across as fun and down to earth. Sadly, she stopped writing to focus on family and school but I still love her. She was there with Andy and it took all my courage to go up to her and tell her I loved her blog. I didn't ask for a picture because she was holding their son but she was just as sweet as I imagined she would be and gave me a hug.

We ended up getting free tickets to the volleyball game and decided to go cheer them on. The Utes lost but it was a lot of fun to watch. I'm hoping to go to a few more but we'll see. We have tickets to a football game and I'm hoping to find some for the Homecoming game but that seems impossible right now. I'm sad the weekend is over but ready for the Utes to take on Michigan this Thursday. Go Utes!

Liz

Monday, August 17, 2015

Vegas, Baby!

We just got back from Vegas on Thursday and I am going through withdrawals. I had such an amazing time hanging out in the cabana, drinking margaritas poolside, and running around showing my family everything I love about The Strip. It was the first time we had gone on vacation as a family in TEN years. The trip was everything I wanted it to be and it just confirmed that my family is fun and amazing.

Our trip was from Sunday to Thursday. Although it wasn't the weekend, it was pretty busy everywhere we went. Monday we rented a cabana and hung out at the pool all day. It was a perfect way to relax. We ate yummy food and had lot's of margaritas. Tuesday we headed to the Hoover Dam to enjoy the views and sweat to death. It was so hot! Every night was filled with lot's of running around The Strip and finding food.







None of us wanted to leave once Thursday came. It was great to be out as a family and get to explore. Hopefully it won't be ten years before our next family vacation.

Lizett

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Maple Syrup and French Toast

I mentioned in my post from Monday that I had the best french toast of my life at brunch. I've been craving it ever since and made it my mission to find a legit french toast recipe. Usually I just mix milk, cinnamon, and eggs together but I wanted an actual recipe. Then, just for the heck of it, I decided to make maple syrup as well.

The syrup is a Trisha Yearwood recipe and was easy to make. It went really well with the french toast which was the best smelling thing I have ever made. Breakfast was almost twelve hours ago and my apartment still smells like a cozy cottage. The french toast recipe came from The Country Cook. My french toast has never been such a beautiful golden brown before.



Maple Syrup
3 cups granulated sugar
2 cups light brown sugar
2 Tbs dark corn syrup
2 cups water
2 tsp maple flavoring
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract

1. Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until the sugars dissolve.

2. Bring the mixture to a boil; reduce heat to medium and allow to simmer for ten minutes.

3. Serve over waffles, pancakes, or french toast. It can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks. 



French Toast
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
12 slices Texas toast (I couldn't find any so I used sourdough)

1. In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Mix well.

2. In a 9x9 dish, mix all the wet ingredients together. Mix well and add dry ingredients. (There may be a few lumps according to the original recipe. I didn't have any but just in case.)

3. Dip bread into batter and cook on a non-stick skillet. Once both sides are golden brown, it is done!



Lizett
 
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