Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Italian at heart

We still love our house and have really enjoyed getting to know our neighbors. We have become really good friends with our neighbors two doors down Casey and Anna. Casey is almost Todd's twin, so they get a long great and Anna is not like my twin so we get along great as well... for some reason I don't do well with people who are too much like myself. Anyway, the thing we do most with these two is eat! Cooking for two is often pointless.. so we invite them over and they invite us. Casey is a really awesome chef. Anna is too and makes delicious authentic Mexican food. So from knowing these two, I have been introduced to many new things. And just so its clear, I am still a whimp and can NOT eat chiles. I tried so hard though!

More recently we all went on an adventure to an authentic Italian grocery store. It was so fun, and it inspired us to make gnnochi. Todd's great grandma Richards was Italian, so he grew up eating many authentic Italian dishes. So, we took a whole day and the 4 of us turned my little kitchen into a gnnochi making factory. We all had a position, either mixing, rolling, cutting, or marking the dough. It was a lot of fun and in the end we had bags and bags of gnnochi to freeze for later days.

Our next adventure is going to be pizza... completely homemade of course. We've also found recipes for pumpkin gnnochi and spinach gnnochi which I'm really excited about. I love my gnnochi!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Its baby season!

Well, I hope the title of the blog got a little bit of a reaction from you, but no, not us!
Today we went to the Hogle zoo, something we do atleas 2 times a year, but today was an extra great day! It was a little crowded due to the amazing weather today and every one was just as excited to see-- The baby elephant!!! Its so dang cute!

They also had a baby giraffe, super cute as well, but hard to get a good picture of!
Oops... I should have flipped that.. sorry..
There were also baby mirror cats, baby snow leopards, and baby tigers (but we didn't see them). Lots of cute babies at the zoo!
We had a fun day, Emma, Todd, Amanda, Mac, and I.

My candy shop

About a month ago, I went to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for my first time..
Became addicted to their delicious, fancy carameled apples.
SO after spending $15 in 3 days on 3 apples I decided I'd better just learn to make them myself. I researched all day at work and watched many intsructional videos until I was sure I could make master pieces just like the candy store. Well, I invited my good friend Hayley over to help me and I'm very thankful for her help! It was a lot harder then I expected.. and they didn't look "exactly" like the ones at rocky mountain, but they were still good and quite an adventure.

Home Sweet Home

I know, I know, I'm not good at blogging! We've been in our townhouse since the beginning of July, but here it is mid-september and I'm blogging about it.
We are really happy to finally be in and settled! We love our house and feel incredibly lucky to have it.
Our townhouse is located at the north end of Daybreak very close to the lake.
This is what we love about our townhouse:
#1- Its ours! It feels great not having to deal with landlords.... until something breaks.. then I might be wanting the landlord back.. :)
#2- The location. I really do enjoy being close to family and in a nice area. We love our family so when its a a 5 or 15 minute drive, it makes it easier to see them more often. The area is definitly better then our old apartments where there were cars broken in to about every night.
#3- Its daybreak. We absolutley love Daybreak. It is definitly a different community, but we love it. When we were first looking at houses Todd wanted nothing to do with Daybreak.. It took about 1 visit to change his mind completely. I'm glad he loves it as much as me. We've taken advantage of the ammenities Daybreak provides with many kayaking trips, swimming and baking on the beach, the gym (ok, really I've only gone 2x, but I did like it!), fishing, and especially our strolls around the lake.
#4- Style of our house. Our townhouse is very modern. Not everyone loves the edgyness and prefer traditional, but not us. The last thing we wanted was what everyone else had... We tried to be as different from the typical tans and browns most homes are these days. It was a lot of fun picking everything out too!
#5- (todd's) THE GARAGE.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Building a House

Well, I never blog and I can explain why- I don't have anyone to blog for! I don't have many friends with blogs and everyone that I am friends with on my blog I talk to.. So if you're reading this you've probably heard everything I'm going to write before... BUT I am so bored today at work, I'm not doing this not really for you, but for my sanity.

So, the biggest thing going on in our lives is the townhouse thats under construction. We're so excited about it, we drive by it atleast a couple times a week. Its still only framed... I really wish those people would build faster! Supposedly it will be done the end of June.

Its been a lot of fun picking out the flooring, cabinets, paint, etc. but I worry a lot about if everything will look good together. I'm not good at this decortating stuff and can think of a million peoople who could do this better!

For now though, we just wait. Wait and wait and think/worry about everything that could happen.

One of the real selling parts about this is where its located. Its in South Jordan in the Daybreak community. I love South Jordan of course because I grew up there. I used to hate daybreak, it is a little bit of a quirky community, but now thats what I love about it. Lots of bright colored houses, tons of community parks, etc.

I think for our first house this townhouse couldn't be more perfect for us. We're really excited!

This is a picture of what they'll be close to looking like. Definitly different, I'll admit I didn't really like them a lot at first. They're very modern, inside is very open with a lot of light. That's what I fell in love with.