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!


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.


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!


Monday, August 3, 2015

Weekend Fun

This past weekend was a blast. The Husband and I decided we wanted to spend the weekend with each other since we have been spending most of our weekends away or with others. Although I'm used to him traveling for work, this last week was hard. I missed him a lot and stayed up waiting for his delayed flight to land in Salt Lake at 1:30 a.m..

Saturday we stopped by Ogden's first ever Pride Festival. They had tons of food and some really fun performers. We weren't there very long because it felt like I was melting after about an hour. There's a restaurant nearby that I had been wanting to try so we headed to Harley and Bucks. It was a major win for us because they had the most amazing nachos. The atmosphere seemed really laid back and elegant at the same time. We are definitely going to go back for date night soon.

Yesterday was pretty much a perfect day. We had tickets to The Book of Mormon musical so brunch at Bambara was a must. I ordered the most amazing french toast. Seriously! My stomach is missing it; brunch will never be the same again. After we ate we had a few yummy drinks (duh) and then headed across the street for the musical. It was hilarious! I laughed non-stop for two hours. The main actor was amazing and I wish I could go watch it again and again. I may have downloaded the soundtrack on iTunes as soon as I got home.

Next weekend we will be headed off to Las Vegas. I can't wait but I also can't believe that it's August. The older I get the faster time goes by. I'm super excited for the trip but also a little bummed. It feels like it's our last summer hoorah and I am having too much fun to say good-bye.