Thursday, November 28, 2013


I have so many things to be grateful for this year. I have an amazing husband, an adorable daughter, a supportive family, fabulous siblings, supportive friends, a good job, I'm healthy, I have a house to live in, and I have the gospel of Jesus Christ to light my way.

So many things to be grateful for this year. I'm a lucky, lucky girl. I hope all y'all will take a minute to think of what you are grateful for this year while you stuff your face with turkey.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My most favoritist stuffing

So, there are some things at the holidays that I just have to have to eat. My mom has an Apricot-Craisin Stuffing that makes my heart oh so happy. I have decided to share it with the world because the world needs this stuffing. It is THAT good.

So, here you go:

Mom's Apricot - Craisin Stuffing                                                              350 degrees - 30 min.
1 - 10 oz. pkj. Mrs. Cubbison's stuffing (make sure it is cube style)
1/3c. butter
1c. chopped onion
1c. chopped celery
1 - 14 oz. can chicken broth
1c. finely chopped dried apricots
1c. craisins
1c. chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
Melt butter in saucepan. Add onion and cook until translucent.  Add chicken broth heat until very warm.  (do not boil) In a large mixing bowl pour in stuffing, celery, apricots, craisins and nuts. Pour broth mixture over top.  Toss lightly, do not over stir. Pour into a 13 x 9" cake pan. Cover with foil or lid. Bake 20 minutes.  Take foil off and cook 10 minutes more.

Happy Thanksgiving EVE!!!

Happy Thanksgiving eve everybody!

This year Allan and I are hosting his Mom, Gary, his brother Peter, his brother Fred and his wife Judith. We're very excited to have family over and to get to play games and eat good food. :o)

I have been posting pictures of my prep and such on Instagram and thought I'd share them with you.

On Monday I made Cranberry-Pomegranate sauce. I love this recipe!
Here we have my FAVORITE Cranberry Jello Salad. It's not Thanksgiving for me without this salad. We also have the brine I'm using for our turkey that I got at a turkey farm here in Ogden.

This is LeRoy the turkey. Yes we named him. It makes everything so much more exciting. :o)

And here's LeRoy in his brine bath.
So there you go. The beginnings of Thanksgiving dinner. I'll be posting many more pics over the next few days - we have friends and family coming over Friday and Saturday and we're going to play and decorate and do all sorts of fun things. :o) I'm excited!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Life keeps on happening

I keep thinking I'll take time to update this little blog, and then I keep on doing other things. :)

Life has been busy lately for me and Allan. We work all day and play all night. Our "playing" consists of doing anything from working out and watching to TV, to going to a performance at Weber State and having ice cream afterwards. We're enjoying our many, many adventures! :o)

Since my last post we have enjoyed making new friends and hanging out with them, running in a color 5k to celebrate the inaugration of the new WSU president, going to the Imagine Dragons concert at WSU and celebrating Halloween with one trick-or-treater stopping by our house.

Like I said, life has been busy! I post lots of fun things on Instagram, so you really should follow me there. ;)

ANYWHO. We're getting excited for Lindy to come visit us at Christmas time - hard to believe that Christmas is less than 6 weeks away at this point! I'm excited to see Christmas through a toddler's eyes and for the magic of the holidays to be extra present in our house.

In other news, Allan and I are hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house this year with his Mom and Step-Dad, Brother and Sister-in-Law and other brother all coming to dinner. The total number of people at our house will be seven and it should be fun times! I'm going to brine a turkey and I'll try to be better at posting so I can tell you all the adventures that will surely bring. :o)

That's about it around these parts - I'll just throw some pictures below of our recent happenings and will try to be better at posting. :) Life is fun!!!!

us at the end of the color run 5k we participated in

what I did at Super Saturday - oh and it should be noted that I am now the RS First Counselor and Allan is a Gospel Doctrine teacher. :) We've been put to work!

Imagine Dragons concert! It was AWESOME!!!

We were Mario and Princess Peach for Halloween. :)

I may or may not have ruined Allan's hair when trying to use our new hair clippers. I may or may not have cried.

Funny faces time on FaceTime.

We have new friends! There are a 4 other newlywed couples besides us in the ward.