Camping Trip

Josh and I have been talking recently about how we want to be an outdoorsy couple. Go camping, hiking, and traveling. But a couple things tend to get in the way of that. First of all, we live in Rexburg, which isn’t exactly the warmest of places in the beginning of March. I know it would be fun to go camping in the snow, but that brings us to barrier number two. We have no camping gear or sleeping bags to speak of, let alone ones to keep us warm enough.
And so, when we found a $10 tent for sale on the Rexburg Garage Sale Facebook page, we made a plan.
One tent, one living room, and all the pillows and blankets we own. IMG_2275IMG_2260

We got in the true camping spirit by making pups in a blanket, roasting marshmallows over the stove, and popping in a movie ūüėČ Originally we planned to sleep in the tent, but I’m thinking we’ll just hitchhike on over to our comfy bed instead.¬†IMG_0793IMG_0171

For breakfast, I know that Josh had been planning on making pancakes. A week ago, while on our monthly shopping trip to Winco, Josh asked me if he could buy this HUGE 10 pound bag of pancake batter. I declined, because I’ve always just made them from scratch, and felt it was a waste of money. But I’ve been feeling guilty about that ever since. So imagine my surprise when I scrolled through the garage sale page today to find that someone posted that same 10 pound bag of pancake mix, unopened, for $5! I swooped that baby right up, and surprised Josh just in time for us to have pancakes tomorrow morning. Win!¬†IMG_2261

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My kind of camping trip ūüėČ

We had so much fun with our little “camping trip” date. Comment below if you’ve got any other fun date suggestions!

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Pineapple Banana Smoothie

See this little guy? It gave me an allergic reaction. I forgot I’m allergic to pineapple… haha. But mmmm, was it good.FullSizeRender

Well, at least I think it was an allergic reaction. I’ve been trying to figure this out my whole life. I did some research a couple years ago, from which I learned it’s the acid in the pineapple that people are sensitive or allergic to.¬†And I’m pretty sure I’m allergic (or sensitive?) to the acid in it, because when I eat pineapple, my tongue burns and my throat and tongue swell up a little bit, but not enough to cause problems. I don’t get rashes or anything.

Basically,¬†this is a long-winded way of saying, after 20 years, I still have no idea if this is normal¬†or not.¬†So I’m posing a question to you lovely readers. A poll, if you like. Please comment your responses!

Does your tongue hurt/throat swell a little after you eat pineapple? Do you know if this is an allergy or a sensitivity? Or is it just a normal fact of life for all of humanity that I haven’t quite picked up on? I don’t have any other allergies, so I have no way of comparing.¬†

Anyways, I’ll post the recipe now. From Creme de la Crumb.
Oh, and a side-note: I used a frozen banana, and it was a little too banana-y for me. So if you’re not a fan of yellow Laffy Taffy, use a fresh banana, and maybe start with half and add up.


Pineapple Banana Smoothie

Serves 2

  • 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1 frozen banana (start with half and add up, if you’re sensitive about your bananas)
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 2.5 cups almond milk

Italian Chicken Salad

Josh told me today that he had a salad with Italian dressing for lunch, and I was instantly in the mood. So, poor Josh had to have it twice in one day.¬†But I don’t think he minded too much, considering it was SO GOOD. I tried to make it like the salads at Olive Garden, but I really was just throwing together ingredients. It turned out¬†really yummy! By the way, that’s a potato in the corner, which I actually didn’t eat, because the salad was so filling!¬†IMG_2229


Italian Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 Heart of Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 Avocado,¬†diced
  • 1 Roma tomato,¬†diced
  • A couple¬†turkey¬†pepperoni, chopped
  • Green olives
  • Italian dressing
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Croutons (we like buttery garlic croutons)
  • Grilled Chicken

Pizza Rolls

Okay, I’m pretty sure I posted something like this before, but I guess it was on the old blog. Anyways, I’ve experimented and tweaked it, and tonight it was golden. I literally ate half of them before I could even pull out my camera and take a picture.¬†IMG_2223


Pizza Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 1 can crescent roll dough (8 count)
  • 4 mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 16 pepperonis
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • Sprinkle¬†of Italian seasoning

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2.¬†Cut each cheese stick in half. Wrap each half in two pepperoni’s, then roll in the crescent dough, sealing the edges.
3. Mix the Italian seasoning in the melted butter, then spread over the tops of the rolls.
4. Bake for 7-9 minutes, or according to package directions. IMG_2222

Turkey Breeder/ Pie Tin

I’ve been having a lot of fun lately trying to integrate Spanish more into my life. And sometimes that comes with some funny stories.

I decided to try this app called Tandem. Basically, you get to message and Skype people from all around the world who are trying to learn different languages. Normally, I shy away from this type of futuristic technology, but this one felt very well-regulated.

This evening, I was talking with a 17-year-old girl from Mexico, named Jacki. For the most part, things ran pretty smoothly. She only knows a small amount of English, and I know a fair amount of Spanish. I helped her with pronunciation of specific English words (I think for a homework assignment), but other than that, we talked entirely in Spanish.

We had a system set up, where she would give me a word in Spanish, and I would help her pronounce it in English.¬†She had given me several words which looked like they belonged to a recipe. Cookie, milk, put, pour, mix, milk, etc. Then she asked me the word “pavera.” I had no idea what she was saying, so I looked it up on google, which came up with this:Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 9.21.52 PM

I started laughing really hard, but as she sat there in her confusion, I realized I had to explain what I was laughing about. I started rambling, which sounded something like this: “Ummm… se dice que ¬†una pavera es una persona que pone dos pavos juntos… y…. *giggle* ellos hacen bebes”. (Umm… it says that a pavera is a person that puts two turkeys together… and… they make babies.)

Turns out pavera also means pie tin. 

A little more serious, a little more spiritual now.

Josh and I came up with a system of daily scripture reading together to help with the Spanish integration. Each night, we pull out the Book of Mormon both in Spanish and in English. First one of us will¬†read a verse in Spanish, then try to translate it. If we get stuck on a word, we can reference the English Book of Mormon. We switch off every verse. I’ve really enjoyed this system. We don’t get through very quickly (we just finished 1 Nephi chapter 2), but I’m finding a lot more meaning when I’m focusing word-by-word. There are certain phrases that I’ve seen so much that they no longer have much meaning to me. Reading in Spanish has changed that.

If you’re looking for help in learning another language, I would highly suggest these ideas! Let me know if you’ve got any other tips, and especially if you have any funny stories!

Whatever, I’m still fabulous

I won’t take any credit for this, but I just love the phrase,

“Whatever, I’m still fabulous anyway.”

I don’t have long to write, so I’ll just keep it short and sweet. Life requires a lot from us. And I don’t know about you, but I feel like I hardly ever meet those expectations. I mess up, I forget, I run out of time. But you know what? I’m human. And you are too. And no one ever said that humans have to be perfect all the time. So next time you fail to meet life’s expectations, just say, “whatever,” and remember that I still think you’re fabulous, anyway.

Lisa

Valen-times

This year, with Valentine’s Day approaching, I’ve found myself missing the childhood part of it. Decorating heart-shaped sugar cookies at the class party, designing the coolest valentines box in the whole class, and signing “from, Lisa” on 32 My Little Pony¬†valentines. So¬†this year, I thought I’d bring back some of that creativity and share it with¬†my friends. I made sugar cookies, red velvet cookie bars, and a little valentine for Josh. I would have made little valentines for all of you, but I’m just not that crafty, so this digital one will have to do.¬†IMG_2115

A week or two ago, I made a batch of slice-and-bake cookies from Lauren’s Latest, but I didn’t have the patience to finish it, so I kept half the dough in the freezer. I decided I would¬†just making regular sugar cookies out of them, but then I got the idea to make hearts out of the red dough. I played around with the placement, and ended up with this. Aren’t they adorable?

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The last thing I made was Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting (now that’s a mouthful!) from The Recipe Critic. They didn’t turn out looking as mouth-watering as hers, (partially because I was stingy with my food coloring), but they still taste pretty good.

IMG_2109And that’s it for my goodies! Happy Valentine’s day, everyone. Go make somebody’s day better.

Love you all!
Lisa

PS, one last goodie. #neverforget