Tuesday, September 27, 2011

ALWAYS REMEMBER!...

YOU IS SMART..
YOU IS KIND..
YOU IS IMPORTANT...

if only we could all remember these words ALL the time!...And wake up and start every day like this little girl!





You are all smart! (in your own way!!)...You are all kind (if you want to be! :) )...You are ALL IMPORTANT...TO ME!

XOXO

Sunday, September 25, 2011

If Youre Goin Thru Hell ..... Just Keep Goin...


"Will I be the same when this is over?....No you won't be the same!..You will be so much stronger!...You will be AWESOME!"








I know that sometimes it may seem like the trials are never going to stop hitting you on the head...threatening to knock you straight out cold. But we can all overcome these hard times! Sometimes it is SO hard to imagine that what was said in this talk will be true. That one day we will have blessings far greater than our sorrows we felt through our trials. We can all be made stronger and have our testimonies grow brighter through our hard times.
How I feel sometimes....is angry...hurt..sad..wondering...alright WHY AGAIN?...Can things not be right for us if we are doing our best!!...Yet, I know from this talk that the righteous are not exempt...sometimes it is the righteous who get the toughest trials put in their way.
We just need to be strong enough that when in these hard times we will not falter, we will  not let Satan grab a hold of us and take us down. Because when these trials hit (and they will), HE is gonna be right there waiting to put doubt in your mind, and tempt you to fall....We have to be strong enough and brave enough to say...
Satan....you will not have me...you will not have my testimony!..You will only help my family grow stronger and more unified! We will get through this and you are not welcome to be any part of it!!

I KNOW that we can all get through hard times...no matter how small or HUGE the trial may be!...With the love and guidance of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ....and with the love of our families!..and when its all over...we will be stronger...we WILL be awesome! =)

I love my family...I am grateful for the relationships that have been able to grow over the last year. You guys mean the world to me! I know that we can get through anything! You are all the biggest support to me when I need you....and I hope that you know when you are facing hard things I WANT and will TRY to be the biggest support when you need me too!

Happy Sunday EVERYONE...Next week is General Conference...and guess who is going to be there in person!!!....thats right I AM!!...that'll be some good bloggin!!

XOXO

Saturday, September 24, 2011

2 recipes...to make up for my slackingness!..you lucky ducks you!

NO BAKE ENERGY BITES!...these are great to just pop in your mouth while you are running out the door...late...for class...or whatever else!....not that I am ever late but alright! Anyways you want the recipe...yes you do!! Here it is!....below the picture!!




1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

You basically mix the first three ingredients together then add in the rest!! Then put the mixture in the fridge for about 45 mins! Take it out and form it to whatever shape you like!!..Rolling it into little balls was just convenient I decided! But get creative if you'd like!! ENJOY!!....NEXT UP IS....

RASPBERRY BREAKFAST BARS...mmmm...so yes I have been trying to find alternatives to the regular bowl of mini wheats EVERY morning!...these are a little time consuming to make!! But worth it!




For the crust and crumb:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces

For the raspberry filling:
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 pound raspberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Make the crust and crumb: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch glass or light-colored metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.

Put the flour, brown sugar, oats, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse in short bursts until combined. Add the butter and pulse until loose crumbs form.

Reserve 1 1/2 cup of the mixture and set aside. (Note: The book suggests you reserve one cup only. My gut told me that was too little, and I upped it. I wanted to make sure the top of the raspberries were mostly covered, at least for packing purposes, and was glad I had changed it.) Pour the rest of the mixture into the prepared pan and use your hans or the back of a large wooden spoon to push the crust into an even layer at the bottom of the pan. The crust should touch the sides of the pan. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let the crust cool. Keep the oven on while you make the raspberry filling.

Make the raspberry filling: In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon and flour together. Add the raspberries, lemon juice and butter and use your hands to toss gently until the raspberries are evenly coated.
Assemble and bake the bars: Spread the raspberry filling evenly on top of the cooled crust. Sprinkle the reserved crust mixture evenly on top of the filling.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, rotating the pan every 15 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the filling starts to bubble around the edges.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then cut into squares and serve. The bars can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container

ENJOY!!!!!!!

XOXO

Monday, September 19, 2011

Banana Pancakes!...among other greatness!



Mhmm...good weekends always include a GREAT breakfast...in my opinion anyways, and I'm pretty sure you all agree with me!!!...or you should anyways!!....This weekend it was a house full of hungry students satisfied but a TON of .... then they end up looking a little something like this...only probably prettier!!!

BANANA PANCAKES!!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • and a whole load of chocolate chips!!! mmm

Directions

  1. Combine flour, white sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together egg, milk, vegetable oil and bananas.
  2. Stir flour mixture into banana mixture; batter will be slightly lumpy.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Cook until pancakes are golden brown on both sides

then they end up looking a little something like this...only probably prettier!!!





oh and this is what I look like in the morning being little betty homemaker!!....






ya don't mind the "chip clip".....oh the poor soul who ends up waking up to this in the morning....at least I can distract them with yummy food!!!!


Sooooo what would you wanna do after you have a HUGE SCRUMPTIOUS breakfast!....go on a hike of course! So thats what we did!! A HUMUNGONOURMOUS hike...in the mountains...to a cave and waterfall!...glorious! but freaken freezing cold!!...


Dont mind these outfits.... we wanted to match!!....



And so did the boys!!!....





but then it was soooooo cold we stole their shirts.....




Canada!!!









loves hailey!!


nicks ears got cold....this was the obvious solution!









=)





The cave we hiked to!




Closer....






Clooooser....





And now my pictures wont work! sorry!! super anticlimactic i know!! but I tried!! promise!!...This hike was glorious!!

And to end a perfect day....we got Chinese food...that we ate like ravenous wolves....I don't have any pictures of this....like i said....ravenous wolves people...there was no time for pictures!!


And to end a perfect weekend?....Hailey and I taught sunday school!...thank goodness it was only a one time thing....fingers/toes/hairs/legs/arms...crossed!!

Hope everyones weekend was SO good!!

XOXO

Friday, September 16, 2011

1 week down!!!

SOOOOO I have officially knocked off one week of school for the semester!....so its like what 14 weeks left?....nooo problem....hopefully...

Anywho obviously Awkward and Awesome is a must this week!! ....so here it is!

AWKWARD

Do you remember how my first day last semester someone was dressed just like me?....first day first class...some girl is wear the exact same shirt....WHHY me!!! I clearly need to get a little more original with my clothes...boo

Having a guy start to ask me for my number and then maybe I made a weird face or something? because he stopped mid sentence and changed the subject...or maybe I had something in my teeth...who knows! Either way I dodged the awkward bullet of.....hummm I have a boyfriend...i know you think im really just saying no....but really I have a boyfriend!!!!!

my stomache growling in class during the prayer....like basically a thunderstorm in my tummy!...oh that? yah don't mind me!!...just a little hungry!...if you couldn't already tell!

wearing a china bun to class(thats nothing new!) and having my teacher give me a weird look and say...you are balancing that on your head well!...hummm first of all...its hair I dont have to balance anything! second of all...you are a guy YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT STYLE.....i will never give up the china bun...i don't care who mocks it!

French class when someone says something to me in french when i walk in the door...excuse me what was that?..that wasn't english?..oh RIGHT I'm in french class...excuse the weird look I just gave you!...and cue awkward moment where I choose somewhere else to sit!

Being all proud of myself thinking I finally learned my phone number.....then realizing Ive been giving out the wrong one....I should just go back to telling people I don't know it...its embarrassing but..less..

AWESOME

my roommates!! I could not be happier in this department! They are all so fun and uplifting! Good times I tell ya!

Our apartment!...it is lookin pretty dang cute I tell ya!!....and our rooms are a good size....and our beds are COMFY and get this!!...I don't have to build towers out of random things just to plug something into the outlet!! YAY!

Getting 100% on my first french test!...thats right people...I basically should just move to Paris or something already!

The rain...I can finally wear some of my cute warmer clothes!!...ok I know this coming from a girl who lives for hot hot hot sunshine, bikinis, tank tops and short shorts.....but lets face it, that only makes sense when you live in Hawaii!!

ME GETTING BETTER AGAIN AT BLOGGING....I pinky promise this blog isnt going to be boring as all get out anymore!! I just need to get my motivation back and now that I am getting more settled into life and got thru the first week of school....I think I can get back into the swing of things!!

LOVE YOU ALL!!

XOXO

Monday, September 12, 2011

HAPPY SUNDAY!!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT!....




I Love This sooo much!!...we all can decide to make a change if and when we are not happy with the direction our life is going! The only thing is that we need to be strong enough to make that change!...


I love you all and hope you had a fantastic weekend!!...back to school for me tomorrow...Im NERVOUS!!!!...But this is my different ending! =)


XOXO

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Leaving Home...again



I first heard this song from my sister and oh how it relates to my life!

There is a part where they talk about feeling like no one would even notice if you left this town and never came back.... I have felt like that for SO long about my home town. Like it just wouldn't even matter if I never showed my face there or anywhere near there ever again! In fact I have felt like it would be better if I didn't!...... Yet, this time leaving HOME was a LOT different for me. It was HARD like really HARD. I haven't felt like that in a LONG LONG time!! I felt like I had grown to love HOME all over again. I also realized that there are so many people there that love and care about me. That is DOES make a difference when I am not there...and that people miss me and wish I was there! Such a great feeling to have people asking me and telling me not to leave! I felt welcome again. And it was so nice!! It was also so so so hard to leave my family!! I spent the majority of my school break with them and I loved EVERY minute of it!! I miss you guys so much!!
I know though that I am where I am supposed to be....and of course there are people here that I missed quite terribly!! Ya'll sure make it tough to feel complete when everyone I love is kind of all over the place!! ....Really, cant we all just move to some Island...cough cough HAWAII cough cough....and live happily ever after??...sounds good right?
Anywho...I just want everyone to see the most important message that is given in that song....and that is that things sometimes are hard...ok sometimes things royally suck!...but you have to know that one day everything will be different and everything will be better....one day you will be happy again!....I know this too be true...because my family had one really CRAPPY year...and all of our one days are coming for us! It is such a happy thing to see happen! And I am so grateful for the faith we have all had and the support that ya'll have been to help me get to my one day! I am happy again and there are more GREAT things to come!!

ONE DAY HOME WILL BE IS HOME AGAIN!...finally!

XOXO