Thursday, September 7, 2017

Alice in Wonderland Moments

It has been such a busy time in my life lately and it is not slowing down, but I am now getting some video projects finished at least. 

Thought it would be fun to share some video from my Alice in Wonderland Dinner. It was such a fun experience and I am so looking forward to the next one. The next one is going to be based on the movie,"Heavyweights." It will be camp themed and next summer. This is a tradition I will always keep up.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Solar Eclipse

Since the company I work for owns several websites, one of them being, I had the opportunity last week with my co-workers to go outside and witness the amazing solar eclipse. Now if I had been a good-less busy person lately, I probably would have purchased the filters for my camera to take pictures, but alas I just had my old iPhone. Thought I would share some of the moments from that day... 

And yes... that is me awkwardly looking up at the eclipse. I am learning to be comfortable in front of the camera, but it is hard. I am honestly a behind the camera girl... very much so.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Almond Yellow Cake

At work we have been having a "Great British Bake Off," and our team ended up winning the overall competition. There were 4 on my team and we all were smart about it, we decided what our strengths were and then planned accordingly. My strength tends to be cake...

One of the criteria were that the cake had to be completely from scratch and also patriotic. Patriotic because it was supposed to be taking place in our office around our state holiday, but it was pushed off a week. My plan of attack was to have the cake look nice and clean on top, not wanting it to look like a typical flag cake. My surprise was inside the cake. I had seen it a long time before, the cake inside had a flag. It was a lot of fun to make, but also took a while longer than expected. Below is the recipe I used, the cake ended up tasting delicious, especially since for the colored layers of the cake itself I added lots of fresh raspberries and then for the blue layer, fresh blueberries.

 Almond Yellow Cake

For the cake:
3 cups cake flour (or 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour + 1/4 cup corn starch)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups granulated white sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons pure almond extract
1/4 teaspoon yellow food coloring (optional, but enhances the yellow-ness of the cake)
1 cup whole milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line two 9” square cake pans (or two 10” round cake pans or 3 8” round cake pans) with parchment paper.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In the base of an electric mixer, beat softened butter and sugar for at least 5 minutes or until light, fluffy, and multiplied several times in volume. (Don’t skip this step!)

Add the eggs, one at a time, waiting until each one is beat in completely before adding the next.

Stir in the vanilla and almond extract, and the milk.

Stir in the flour mixture by hand, just until completely combined with no dried spots. 

Bake 30-35 minutes, or until fully baked, golden and slightly pulling away from the sides. Let cool in pan 10 minutes before flipping out onto a rack to cool completely.

Lemon Whipped Frosting

In a large bowl, chilled, with an electric mixer beat together the cream, lemon juice, the zest, the sugar, and a pinch of salt until the mixture holds stiff peaks. Spread the whipped frosting on the top, center, and side of the cake.

I got the instructions for the flag from the Betty Crocker Site.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Cora & Kellan Kid Sale

A few weeks ago before school started for all my nieces and nephews, 2 of my little loves decided to throw a,"Kid Sale." 

After speaking with their mom, they had gone through their books, toys, and posters and wanted to sell them as well as cookies and lemonade. Now this is an opportunity I was not going to turn down. I gathered up a bunch of change I had and with my mother, paid them a visit. It was just so cute to see them outside selling their stuff and hosting their little business. Also the lemonade was fantastic and a steal deal.

My nephew showing his grandma the pumpkins and corn growing.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

We need to help...

Lately suicide has been such a prevalent topic...My sister-in-law has had so many issues in her town lately with kids committing suicide.... and I know it has hurt their hearts. Especially since they teenagers who did so. 

I have family that fight those same feelings. We honestly can not make a joke out of suicide at all. We can't laugh it off with kids, we can't not talk about it with each other even if it makes someone uncomfortable. Being passive now in this time will not work, now is the time we need to step up and help others, help them want to live, help them find happiness, let them know it is okay to hurt. I just can't sit back and watch this happen anymore, we need to fight it, sitting and letting it happen without trying is just as wrong. There is no glamour in it, there is no valor in it, please if you know of someone who is hurting, please help them... we can't let this keep going on. This isn't a "Netflix" show that glamorizes the act. It's scary to think that each year 44,193 people follow through... we have to stop that number from growing. Please get some help or even talk to someone, please.....

Call 1-800-273-8255

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Princes & Kings

Just wanted to share my favorite poem this morning:

"Isn't it strange how princes and kings,
and clowns that caper in sawdust rings,
and common people, like you and me,
are builders for eternity?

Each is given a list of rules;
a shapeless mass; a bag of tools.
And each must fashion, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block, or a Stepping-Stone.”

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

16 Years ago... our hearts became more thankful

I meant to post this yesterday, but my heart still feels the same, below is the text from my facebook post regarding this moment in time... I am astounded how quickly time passes by.

"I am feeling extremely grateful today...

16 years ago, my family was moving across the country from New York to Utah. While driving through Des Moines, Iowa we were involved in a large accident. I almost lost my father, and siblings that day.

It was a day that shaped us and changed us and has left an imprint on my heart forever. We were saved for a reason and need to remember to always have a thankful heart. I feel so blessed to have my family still with me and to have had my father for another 14 years after that date. Sending love and blessings to everyone this day... and feeling eternally grateful."