Friday, December 25, 2009

merry christmas!

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the
government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


Thursday, December 24, 2009

i heart ... candlelight carol

"candlelight carol" makes me feel christmas
like no other song.
it might be my favorite.
i'm so happy tomorrow is christmas!
i've waited all year!

Share Candlelight Carol by John Rutter


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

i heart ... living near family

this is why i love living near family.
while i was out driving around
doing some christmas shopping
look who i saw.
these cute girls!
my niece kaitlyn and my cousin summer.


Monday, December 21, 2009

i heart ... candy cane kisses

last christmas i discovered
candy cane kisses.
and every time i say "last christmas"
i want to start singing that song.
in fact i'm singing it in my head right now.
but anyway,
candy cane kisses were the flavor of christmas 2008.
i could not get enough!!!
and now i'm at it again!
but this christmas i'm extra excited (if that's possible)
i'll be trying them
and i'll let you know how they turn out.
i hope they're great
because i don't want to waste a perfectly perfect bag
of my candy cane kisses!


Friday, December 18, 2009

i heart ... christmas sprinkles

i went into sprinkles today.
i told myself i could have one cupcake.
so of course
i got two.
eggnog spice & vanilla peppermint

so now do you understand?
it was impossible to choose one and not the other!


Thursday, December 17, 2009

i heart ... handel

i've been blogging lately about
things that help me to feel christmas.
well i saw this on tv last night
and it gave a shot of christmas straight to my heart!
well it's true!
i was filled with christmas!

i just learned that handel wrote the messiah
in just 4 weeks!
a true christmas miracle!


Monday, December 14, 2009

i heart ... homemade tamales

homemade tamales are the best!
i've never had a restaurant tamale i liked.
well thank the heavens above
that this is the time of year for homemade tamales!
i've never made them myself
(and never plan to because it's so not easy)
but there's always someone selling ones they've made themselves.
for the past couple of years
we've got them from my sister-in-law rebeca's friend.
i had some for dinner last night and some for lunch today.
happy days!
another thing to add to my list of
things that help me to feel christmas.


Saturday, December 12, 2009

i heart ... a christmas story

right now i'm watching "a christmas story"
with my sister stacy's children.
our family loves this movie!
we watch it every christmastime.
over and over.
and we love how on christmas day it plays on cable the entire day.
it's always on in the background while we open presents.
i love moments like this
when i can really feel christmas!
do you know what i mean?
like i can really feel christmas when i smell certain christmas scents,
and i can really feel christmas when i'm delivering goodies to friends,
and i can really feel christmas when i'm wrapping presents...
i want to feel like this all the time!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

i heart ... middle-of-nowhere, arizona

while my aunt carol was in town
she asked my dad to take us on a road trip
to visit his property in middle-of-nowhere, arizona.

on our way we stopped to take in this beautiful view
from the mogollon rim.

when i got out of the car
look what i saw!
maybe the only snow i'll see this year!

and now,
middle-of-nowhere, arizona!

we just drove around the property.
there's nothing there.
but it's pretty!

oh wait,
there is something there.
there's this skull tied to a tree.
why do the boys in my family like dead things so much?

while we were driving, carol asked what kinds of animals live in the area.
i said i just hoped there were no mountain lions!
those things are scary!
they will silently stalk you and you don't know they are there until it's too late.
we didn't see any mountain lions (until later),
but we did see some cows (that had trespassed from another ranch)...

... and we also saw javelina
(see him on the other side of the water, running behind the tree?)
there were 5 of them, but my camera wasn't fast enough.

in town, we drove by this beautiful church.

there was a cemetery behind the church
which of course we had to explore.

i thought this was really pretty.
i guess they couldn't afford a proper headstone.

have you ever eaten lunch next to
a kodiak bear and a caribou.
dead ones?
well we did.
at the antler's cafe.
i don't know how i did it.
i should win some kind of award.
the food was actually good!
and what in the heck is this all about?

remember how i said earlier that i didn't want to see a mountain lion?
well, what do you know?
there he is.
sitting above the t.v.
of course!

driving around middle-of-nowhere
we saw some interesting signs.
this is my personal favorite:

umm... why is there a bicycle and a coffee pot on top of this sign?

"go away".
i thought cowboys were supposed to be friendly.

we left middle-of-nowhere, arizona
and drove to small town, arizona
to have a quick visit with my brother and his family.
but first we stopped by
my great-great grandfather's house
which is now a museum.

then we stopped by his statue
(that's him standing in front of the wagon.
his name is jesse n. smith
and in the wagon is ira hinckley
who is gordon b. hinckley's grandfather)
(umm, i don't know if i should tell you this,
but paris hilton is also a descendant of jesse n. smith,
but let's just keep that between you and me.
i'm not sure if he'd want you to know that!)

also there are statues of my great-great-great grandparents
lucy and william jordan flake.
on the right is erastus snow.

after our little diversions
we made it to my brother's house
where i smothered these little munchkins with kisses!!!

and finally,
on our way out of small town, arizona
we drove by the temple
(do you see the moon to the left of the temple?)


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

i heart ... hot spiced cocoa

i tried this new cocoa recipe today.
(if you love spices, that is... 'cause it's spicy!)

see that?
those are all the spices!

i made the hot cocoa in this cool machine
called the cocoa-latte.
if you are serious about your hot chocolate
get this machine!
it comes with lots of good recipes, too.

hot spiced cocoa

2 rounded tablespoons unsweetened hot chocolate mix
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup half-and-half
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
serves 2


Sunday, December 6, 2009

i heart ... thanksgiving

i'm just now posting about thanksgiving.
i haven't had a chance before now.
my aunt carol came from saudi arabia for thanksgiving
and just left today to go back home.
i've been hanging out with her everyday and having tons of fun
and haven't had time for silly things like blogging.
so without further ado...


oh wait,
a little more "ado"
because thanksgiving started before thanksgiving.
it started as soon as stephanie's family got to town.
here's what we did:

we went to fountain hills park

we got in-n-out and took it to the drive-ins.
this is what kaitlyn wore to the drive-ins!

we visited our uncle rusty's sculpture on main street.

we had lunch at mango's.

we went shopping at domestic bliss.

don't you just want to live here???

this time i really mean it...
without further ado,

after dinner we played...

... and we digested!

and then it was time for dessert.

these were my contributions:
we planned a "game day" with our cousins
the day after thanksgiving
otherwise i would have been so depressed when thanksgiving was over.
this way i had something to look forward to.
after "game day"
i was depressed.
thanksgiving really was over.