Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Was Coming So Darcy the Dragon Was Thinking What He Should DO.....

MERRY CHRISTMAS, MERRY CHRISTMAS, MERRY CHRISTMAS!! 

Yay, it is December!!!!! FINALLY! Now is the time to celebrate and enjoy my very most cherished time of the year. I love Christmas SO much. It is exciting to be married and to experience Christmas festivities with a spouse! Everything seems so new and exciting. I love "firsts."
So, on this beautiful Sunday afternoon I listen to one of my favorite Christmas classics:
Darcy The Dragon <3 By Roger Whittaker and blog about some of the festive things Cameron and I have been up to. 


Decorating the Christmas Tree:

My family is BIG into Christmas Traditions. For example, getting/decorating the tree is a big deal. Here's how it goes down in the Griffith house:
-We ALWAYS cut our own tree....and it is NEVER fake. That's blasphemous.
-WHILE we decorate the tree my mom oversees the putting on of the lights first and makes sure that we HIDE THE WIRES deep in the tree. This is always an ordeal. 
-My dad makes eggnog milkshakes and we eat them while we decorate the tree. It is vanilla ice cream and eggnog. Not eggnog ice cream. That's important. 
-Then we sit around and look at the tree while indulging on our rich milkshakes. 

Here's what it looked like in the Jensen home:
-We got our tree for 25 bucks at Home Depot. But at least it is real! 
-I oversaw putting the lights on the tree. After the tree was decorated this conversation happened:
Cameron: "Did you learn to bury the lights in the tree like that from your mom?" 
Me: (after contemplating what he meant) "Yes, yes I did."

...this conversation followed some self-reflection on my part. I am becoming more and more like my mother. Isn't it weird how we subconsciously do things like our moms? I always thought my mom was kind of crazy with her OCD need to have the wires buried in the tree. Then I did it too, without even thinking. 

Cameron and I kept thinking and thinking about a new tradition we could start of something yummy to eat while we decorated the tree, but since we couldn't really think of anything we both wanted we ended up having hot chocolate. 


Callie was in China last year and got Cameron and I little Chinese boy and girl ornaments!! So cute. 

Happy first Christmas, Husband! 




 Decorating Cookies!!

This is a tradition I do not remember doing much as a child. Maybe my mom doesn't like sugar cookies that much? I'm not sure? But Cameron says he remembers making cookies as a child during Christmas and so he made some sugar cookie dough and we made sugar cookies with the 100 cookie cutters we got as a wedding present. 


See the purple shape? Well, I thought it was a train, so I pulled it out, like to be the Polar Express...then after we cut them out, Cameron goes, "Why did you pull out the Fire Truck?" Oh, oops.



We are both so looking forward to going home for the Holidays. We hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season. 

Merry Christmas

Craciun fericit


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Saturday, November 17, 2012

I'm So Lucky

Cameron reminds me on a nearly daily basis "you're so lucky." Like I'm lucky he's my husband, he's so awesome, he's so great, etc. But he tells me just as often, "I'm so lucky." So it's OK.

So, one of the MANY reasons I am so lucky is because Cameron is an amazing cook. I wanted to use my blog to 1. Brag about him, and 2. To share a recipe he recently tweaked and made his own. It was....



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So, here's the recipe:


Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders
Honey mustard is always a must with chicken tenders in our house. For that reason, it is shocking to me that I never thought to combine the two before cooking. That’s right, these crispy lovelies are marinated in honey mustard dressing for a couple of hours so that the tender chicken soaks up all the sweet tangy flavor of the dressing. Then, like my sriracha chicken nuggets, these little devils are coated in panko bread crumbs so that they crisp up very nicely in your oven, not your fryer.
I started making my own honey mustard dressing a little while ago. It is so simple and you probably have all of the ingredients on hand right now. All you need is: mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, honey and salt and pepper. Simply whisk all of them together and viola! Honey Mustard dressing. Pretty easy huh? And since we can never get enough honey mustard flavor, I suggest making a little extra for dipping the chicken tenders in.
Serves 4
You will need:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders, rinsed and pat dry
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, garlic, vinegar and honey. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Place chicken tenders in a bowl and pour honey mustard over the top. Turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  3. After the chicken has marinated, preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a cooling rack with non-stick spray. Place cooling rack on top of baking sheet and set aside.
  4. Combine panko and plain bread crumbs in bowl. Remove the chicken from the mariande and let excess drip off. Dredge in the bread crumb mixture to coat completely. Place on prepared baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 minutes or until browned.
  5. Serve.
Enjoy!

http://www.lifesambrosia.com/2010/03/honey-mustard-chicken-tenders-recipe.html

But instead of bread crumbs he used PRETZELS. If it sounds weird to you, I PROMISE it isn't. Try it. You wont be sorry. 
So, basically just follow this recipe but crush up pretzels and dip the chicken in that instead of bread crumbs. 


Here's how his came out....YUMMM



Let me know how you like it! :)

-b

Happy Birthday......

November 10th-11th was all about me. And Cameron. And the Marines. But mostly I focused on the "me" part. ;) 

You see, even though my Birthday was on November 3rd, we were in Utah celebrating Morgan and Calvin's wedding, so my parents and sister Tara came down to celebrate my birthday with me this weekend. But they were also there so that my dad could help set Cameron apart as our new Ward Executive Secretary. So it was kind of about Cameron. And it was the birthday of the Marines, so we celebrated them a tiny bit too. :) 

It was such a wonderful weekend. It was nice to have my family there to visit. The weekend went by so fast, but I was so focused on having fun that I didn't worry about the impending Monday blues. 

The weekend started off with a football game. Those of you who know me might be wondering why someone so blatantly non-sporty would want to go to a football game, but it was SDSU against Airforce and I love having a team to root for! 

I loved chanting with the crowd:

S-D-S-U SDSU AZTECS FIGHT! 

My beautiful sister, me, and my mom 

Tara, Dad, me
Out to Breakfast (one of my favorite things) 

We went to this really interesting organic restaurant for breakfast. It was super yum! 



If you couldn't tell already, Cameron is participating in "No Shave November." You know, it's all about ending Prostate Cancer (?)
 FOOTBALL GAME!


Qualcomm Stadium where the Chargers play! SDSU plays there as well.


FREE CAMO SDSU HATS! Some of us (#coughtaracoughme) are more excited about it than others


Airforce had a cool air show at the beginning of the game! 



THE SDSU AZTEC MASCOT
This guy really was in love with himself



DINNER!! 
MY CHOICE: bbq steak, rosemary potatoes and salad. YUUUMMM....


Compliments to the chef/bbq-er (my dad) Mom made the salad, I made the potatoes, and Cameron and Tara BOTH made me a cake. It was magnificent.

Sunday

My parents and Tara had to leave after church so it was a short trip. But I am so so glad they came. 
Here's Tara and I before church. We traded clothes as per usual. I wish I lived next door to Tara so I could wear her adorable clothes every day. 

I blew out a scented candle for my bday cakes since we didn't have any bday candles. It worked ;)

Playing cards-also per usual



It would have been enough that they just came down and spent time with us, but my parents also got me a BLENDER for my birthday! It's a Ninja and it is a blender/food processor. Cameron and I make smoothies a lot and we have pretty much killed Cameron's baby blender. There have also been quite a few times since being married that we have needed a food processor for a recipe and we didn't have one. SO NOW WE DO! Thanks mom and dad for the blender and food and fun! I am so grateful for you guys! 




Sunday, November 11, 2012

MORGAN + CALVIN RUSSELL

Cameron and I just got back from Utah (again). This time we went for Morgan's wedding to Calvin Russell. Morgan is one of my best friends in the whole world and I am SO SO grateful Cameron and I were able to make it for the wedding. Honestly, I wouldn't have missed it for the world. I would have hitchhiked if I had to. 

We left early Thursday morning and started back for home on Sunday morning so our trip was really fairly short, but we packed in all the fun we could into those few days. CLASSIC TREEHOUSE (where my friends and I lived together during college) STYLE! 

Doing Makeup! 


I am VERY proud to say that I did ALL of the Treehouse girls' makeup for their weddings. First Maureen trusted me to do her makeup for her big day then Allison, Angie, and Morgan after her. So fun. 

Morgan and Calvin did their couples pictures the day before their wedding so here are some pics of day 1 of makeup....












TEMPLE PHOTOS


(We followed Morgan and Calvin and their photographer around while they took pictures)







This picture is for my sister, Tara. When our friend KD got married I took a picture just like this with her bouquet (bet you didn't know that, did you KD?). Tara called it my "Bride Envy" picture. Well, here's another one to add to the list.



Treehouse gang, minus Maureen, who was in Vermont having A BABY! We missed you, Maureen, but we're so happy that baby June has FINALLY come! We can't wait to meet her and kiss her and squeeze her! 


 WEDDING DAY!! November 3, 2012 (which just so happened to be my birthday as well!)



Doesn't she look sexy? Here's Morgan after I did her makeup. She was all ready to go meet her almost-husband at the temple. She's such a babe. Seriously. 

Here they are!! Husband and WIFE!
Even though we were all there with her when she was sealed and had already hugged her inside the temple we were SO EXCITED for her to come over and hug us together! Here we are willing her to come to us....


Yay, she came over!!



So happy for Morgan!
Morgan, Angie, Me, Allison



I love friendship. It's so interesting how you can see in our rings how different we all really are. All of us with very different tastes and personalities. We all bring something different to the table. It all just works. It fits. I love it. I just feel so blessed to have a group of girls in my life who are so wonderful, understanding, supportive, fun, and kind.


When Allison got married we went to Disneyland a couple of days before. In every picture Allison would make sure that her ring was showing. Here's Morgan continuing the tradition. 




With the HUBBINS

Games!



After the reception we played Catchphrase at Robbie and Angies. It was SO FUN.


The Wagstaffs

The Irions

The Jensens

It was the BEST trip. I had to fall asleep the second we got in the car on the way home so I wouldn't spend the whole trip home bawling because I was leaving my best friends in Utah and coming back to San Diego where...lets be totally honest...I have no friends.

On the trip home we went to Five Guys for Burgers. Here are some pictures inspired by a Youtube video Allison and Brent showed us. If you want to watch it, here's the link. (PARENTAL WARNING: some use of foul language #damn #yesijusthashtaggedagain)

Five Guys Review



This is for you Robbie, Angie, Brent, and Allison...I look gross, but I allowed these pictures to be take because I love you....