April 22, 2014

Our Easter Weekend

I'm slightly embarrassed at my lack of blogging this week. I've had so many things I have wanted to write, but I just didn't have time to sit down and write them! Life is seriously moving too quickly, and I'm realizing it's the first of May next week. Wasn't I just saying that last month? By the time vacations come, they're going to be done within the snap of a finger, dang it!

On Good Friday, I hosted an Easter Egg hunt at work, I got to have lunch with my sweetie pie in between my errands coming down to Utah County, we had an Easter Picnic hosted by the Bench's with great food (even though I wasn't able to eat that much due to arriving late because of lovely work) fun outdoor games, and finished the night off with some Shark Tank in sweats.

I brought a delicious carrot cake-poke cake, that I sadly didn't take a picture of. But, it's basically a Better Than Sex cake, carrot cake-i-fied. It was delicious, and I think you should make it. Now.

Recipe below.




video


we were in an egg

On Saturday, Shelley and I went to Power Pump in the morning, laid out in my backyard with Morgan, took a Target run, an In n Out run, and came back and watched The Help with a side of gelato, all while Tanner was studying all day at school, and taking tests.


i love that we have our very own Tulip Festival in our front yard! I hate that tulips don't last very long though!



Twinners, as usual.

On wonderful Easter Sunday, The Easter Bunny made us some monkey bread (who made that an official tradition last year, and wants to name it Bunny Bread), and even hid a basket! Jk guys, I'm the bunny.

We dressed up for a very spiritual church filled with the most amazing violin solo I've ever heard, and then we spent dinner up in Woodland Hills with family, and ate until we all felt like throwing up.

My go-to Monkey Bread recipe below.


In this post I said I had gotten an Easter skirt. Well, I wasn't going to allow my husband not to get all dressed up in something new too! This picture is horrible, but the bunny gave him that cute floral tie, and considering he will be doing a lot of interviews in the future, I think he can never have too many ties! :)







Our "family" is living in their aunt and uncles house while they're on a mission, and we love taking advantage of that huge, beautiful home. They're technically not family, but it's easier than saying my brother-in-law's, wives', sister's, husbands, aunt and uncle's house. Right?

What I loved most about Easter, besides the wonderful food, was the new movie our church made. It went viral very quickly, and people started using the hashtag #becauseofhim and I loved looking through those pictures. I was really able to reflect on our marriage, life, and family, and realize how truly blessed we are to live where we live, have the friends that we have, be able to further our educations and skills, etc. I love this movie because it gives me the chills every.single.time I watch it, and I'm pretty sure I watched it at least twice everyday last week. The music is breathtaking, and I can't help but tear up at that perfectly beautiful baby. I think it's absolutely amazing, and if you go onto the mormon.org/becauseofhim link after the video, I love reading the "Easter story". It brings so much peace, and I love that just because it's no longer Easter, I can still watch this every day, and feel the love from my savior. 

"There is no such thing as the end because of Him".




On Monday, I had my first golf tournament of the season, and luckily it was in Highland, which isn't that far. It was a beautiful day to be outside, and I wore my jacket for most of the day because we would still catch a nice breeze, even when the sun was getting hot. Once I took it off, the sunglasses were on, and the arms were stretched out. Because I was in a super cool golf shirt, I got a nice red v, some white shoulders, and some great burn lines on my feet from my SaltWaters. Luckily it was all made better by grabbing 5 dozen donuts from Daylight Donuts (they're the bomb), and being able to take some home!



I came home pretty exhausted from the long day sitting out in the sun all day, and all I wanted to do was have dinner already prepared, finish up laundry, and sit on the couch and watch Castle with my little friend. And, that's exactly what we did! Side note: It's really hard to share our washer and dryer with renters. Since we only have Saturday-Tuesday, if I slack on the weekends, it's always catch up. But good news, I got every single stink in thing cleaned! I love that feeling. Anyways, a couple weeks ago we ordered pizza with Tanner's sister to watch the final March Madness basketball game. They delivered it to us so late, that after calling and complaining twice, they gave us 2 free large pizza's in the future, and our delivery gal gave us a free root beer. Cha Ching! So, I decided that last night was a great night to order a free pizza since I wasn't cookin! After being on the phone for 40 minutes with the manager trying to figure out why they couldn't find my previous order, or even my name in the system, we got the employee discount, and it was delivered pretty quick. (This was my second time getting pizza delivered in like 10 years, and I might be obsessed now!) When Tanner opened the door, he made a bug-eyed/laughing/what did you just do face, and I couldn't figure out what was going on. Come to find out, I ordered Papa Johns pizza, when 3 weeks ago, we got Pizza Hut delivered… we got a good laugh from that one. We made sure to give him an extra nice, big tip!

Spring weddings and outdoor activities are approaching, and I couldn't be more excited for upcoming plans! 



Easter Tradition Monkey Bread
Followed from good ole' Pillsbury

I never add nuts or raisins, because I like to focus on the ooey gooey-ness, and that's it!


  • 25 min
  • total time1 hr 5 min
  • ingredients7
  • servings12

Ingredients

1/2
cup granulated sugar
1
teaspoon cinnamon
2
cans (16.3 oz each) Pillsbury® Grands!® Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1/2
cup chopped walnuts, if desired
1/2
cup raisins, if desired
1
cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4
cup butter or margarine, melted

Steps

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 12-cup fluted tube pan with shortening or cooking spray. In large -storage plastic food bag, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon.

2. Separate dough into 16 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Shake in bag to coat. Arrange in pan, adding walnuts and raisins among the biscuit pieces.

3. In small bowl, mix brown sugar and butter; pour over biscuit pieces.

4. Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate; pull apart to serve. Serve warm.


Carrot Cake Poke Cake
Followed from Something Swanky
I used a boxed Betty Crocker Carrot Cake. I was able to find the Cream Cheese Cool Whip frosting, and don't go without. The topping on this cake will make you die and then wake up, and eat some more. I did not use nuts on top, because some of our friends are allergic.

Ingredients
  • The 9x13 Carrot Cake recipe of your choice, baked and cooled (I used a box mix)
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 oz Cool Whip
  • 10.6 oz Cool Whip Vanilla Frosting (Cream Cheese flavor if your store carries it, mine doesn't)
  • 6 oz (half a tub) of whipped cream cheese (must be whipped)
  • Approx. 1/2 cup caramel sundae sauce (just pour on as much or as little as you'd like)
  • Approx. 1 cup chopped pecans (sprinkle on as much or as little as you'd like)
Instructions
  1. Leave the cake in the dish it was baked in-- this is not a free standing cake.
  2. Poke approximately 20-25 holes, spread evenly, over the top of the cake with the bottom of a wooden spoon. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over top, trying to fill the holes as much as possible.
  3. In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to beat together the cool whip, the cool whip frosting, and the whipped cream cheese until smooth. Spread over top of the cake.
  4. Pour the caramel sauce over top of the cake, and sprinkle with chopped pecans.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, really overnight is best.
  6. Cut into 12 squares to serve (you can cut more, 1/12 is a pretty large piece!).
Notes about this recipe:
  • Cool Whip Frosting is not the same as cool whip. But you can find it right beside the cool whip in the freezer section of your grocery store.
  • You will not be able to stop eating this. Just a fact.


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