Thursday, October 25, 2012

Homemade Hot Chocolate

I'm tooting my own horn here. 
I just created out of my own little brain the best hot chocolate in the entire world. 
It was sweet and decadent and lovely and tasty and oh my pretty to look at. 
Soooo what did I do?

Well first off let me just say we have a dairy cow. 
We get 3 gallons of milk a day.  We have to do something with all this milk and cream we get.  So I put it to use tonight.

I used about 3 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy sweet cream (this stuff from our ever so generous cow is sweet...way sweet)
6 ounces of white bakers chocolate
1 tsp vanilla. 

IN a sauce pan I melted the white chocolate with about half the milk. 
I whisked it so it didn't burn. 
Then I added the remaining milk once it was melted. 
Then went in that luscious sweet cream (any heavy whipping cream will work) and vanilla.
I didn't ever bring it to a boil, but just until it was nice and steamy.  STEAMY....that's a great adjective.

 In the meantime I took some of that amazing cream and whipped it till it was stiff in a fluffy sort of way.  I did add a little sugar to the cream and a little vanilla. 

Next I found a pretty little white cup and filled it full of this awesome hot cocoa. 
Then I added a few dabs of that fluffy stuff and drizzled a little bit of carmel on top. 

It was amazing. 
No it wasn't amazing.  
It was extraordinarily spectacular!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Crew Cuts

I love J. Crew!
I love Crew Cuts! {J. Crew Kids for those who don't know}
So I went and bought Elle and Ava a few cute little outfits today...and I had to snap a few pictures.

Friday, October 19, 2012

My Vote

Ever since I was a student senator in college I have been really interested in politics.
I find my self leaning Republican in my views.  Which honestly is no surprise.  I am very conservative and I have a lot of traditional values.  So let's face it, I am a registered republican.
This election has been very interesting to me.  And although I am a republican I do want to hear what the other side has to offer in all races.  But I've heard enough now.
I am ready to vote!
The more I hear the more it solidifies who I will vote for.  I am not on the fence with any of my views this go round as I was during the last major election.
This go round I know who has my vote.

Why am I voting the way I am voting?
It's all about economy to me.
I don't care right now about international policy or women's rights this time around.  I care about our country.  I want to know that my children will have what I had.

I personally don't feel that our current president has done the job he was hired to do.
I am a business person and if I had an employee who didn't do the job hired to do I would have to let them go.  End of story.  At the start of his term he said if he didn't have the economy turning around by 3 years then he deserved to only be a one term president.  The way I see it we are worse off right now than we were 4 years ago.  SO my vote will go to the other guy.
See what he said here. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

If I could do it over again...

If I could do life over again I would stay at the age of 3 forever.
I am extremely serious about this.
I look at my 3 year old and think... "you have the best life ever"


Nothing is expected of you other than to color, pick up your toys and be cute.

You don't have to go to school yet

It's perfectly okay if you pee your pants on occasion. Hey accidents happen!

Being tickled is fun.

You can throw a fit when you don't want to share something and it's expected because it's your age.

Your clothes are picked out for you most of the time and your hair done for you.  What I wouldn't give for my own wardrobe and hair stylist.

You can play with barbies all day long if you would like.

You don't have to worry about what you are going to make for dinner.  You have your own chef! SWEET!

Hugs and Kisses is an acceptable payment.

You don't need a job.

You don't need to pay bills.

You don't need to worry about getting a speeding ticket.

You don't have homework.

Dandelions are not weeds, they are flowers.

Santa Claus is the coolest ever.

Your mom and dad hang the moon.

Life is great!

I would go back and be a 3 year old forever!!!

Friday, October 12, 2012

My Favorite Scent

I am addicted to perfume.  It's no lie.  I buy at least two bottles a month.  I love everything that smells good.

I want my house to smell good, my car, my kids, my hubby and me!

I think the reason for this is because I have so many memories tied to scents.  And let's just face it, I like to smell pretty.

Lately I have been in love with Jo Malone London.  The line is amazing and brings the hallelujah chorus singing!

Okay so what is it?
Jo Malone has a line of fragrances and each fragrance is more simple.
For example:
Vanilla, Grapefruit, Orange Blossom, English Pear...the list goes on.
Anyway you can create your own custom fragrance by how you combine and spray on your fragrance.  For example I have bought the all four of these (and several others) but I can spray on the vanilla first, and then the Orange Blossom and it will smell different then if I put on the Orange, then Vanilla.  It's amazing!  I get compliments all the time on my perfume.
It's fun to have your own scent!

If you're a scent lover like me and love to smell pretty find yourself some Jo Malone!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

3rd Grader

I can't believe I have a third grader.  And at that we are already in the school year a few months.

Elle has her own personal style and was so determined on the first day of school to look the way she envisioned in her mind.
She told me she needed to look cool.  She picked her outfit and necklace and told me that she 'HAD' to wear her hair crimped.

She loves her teacher and has made many new friends.
Although one girl during the second week of school cut of a lock of Elle's hair.

These are her first day of school...on the doorstep pictures.
I love her.

Sunday, October 7, 2012


In July I applied to be on the board for the Miss Utah's Outstanding Teen Program.
I never in a million years thought this crazy girl would be considered.
But then I got news that I was selected to be on the board and I would be in charge of the Special Events and Workshops.  SWEEET! Official pageant party planner and fun do-er!

WELL we just had our pageant! And it was the best ever!
We had 23 amazing girls who bring such joy and life to our program.
We are so thrilled with how they did and excited for this new year with our program.

Because of the pageant I haven't posted for the last 3 days.
So don't think I became lame again and just decided not to pst anymore because that would be lame.
And I am far from lame. BWAHHHHHHAAA!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Look for the positive.

I have always been a positive person and I have realized as of lately my personal life has brought me down.
Later in the summer I felt a little rocked by some personal things and so everything seemed so bad and so big.
I am daily making the effort to stop looking for the bad and look for the good.  I have noticed that when I do this my days seem lighter, my troubles seem less and I feel better about myself.
Although I am still struggling with these things and am trying not to focus on them and instead I am trying to find the positive in all things.

It feels good to be happy.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

 I love homemade chicken noodle soup.
My girls love this stuff too.

My mom used to make this when we were growing up and the noodles are heaven!
I make double the noodles because they are so good.

I don't have a specific recipe for this, I just kinda make it now so I will do my best to give you a good recipe.

Cook it, and cut it up.  However much chicken you like in your soup.  A couple cups will do.

Onions, Celery, Carrots
A cup or two of each will do.

 Put your chicken and veggies in a pot, fill with chicken stock and water.  I like using chicken stock instead of just water for added flavor.

Bring it to a boil...
In the meantime.

Make your noodles.

and I like to add a little bit of garlic season...ranch packets are good and so is lemon pepper.

A couple cups of flour, 1-2 eggs, Milk, a dash of salt and a bit of seasoning.

Mix it all together to make a dough.
Sometimes you will need to add more flour or milk.
You can't mess it up.

 Flour a surface and allow a rag-a-muffin child to help you roll out the dough
1/8 inch thick is good.

Use a pizza cutter to cut into noodle strips.

Add raw noodles into hot, mildly boiling soup and allow to cook for about 10 minutes or so.
The noodles do not take long to cook.

Serve in a pretty bowl and watch the steam rise.

It's so yummy!

I will be making this again tonight!
It's fall ya'll!