Saturday, February 23, 2013

MMM......Pretzel Rolls :)


This is another foodie post that is neither:

-gluten free
-fat free
-sugar free
or
-salt free

So, if you're lookin' for a recipe that includes any of those things you're out of luck, but for you lact-o's (lactose intolerant) out there, they are tots dairy-free so, you're good (whew) (TEEN)

Cameron and I recently tried a new recipe that was amazing and I really wanted to share it with my blogging friends. And OF COURSE I had to take some pictures to go along with it. 







They weren't beautiful, but they were Oh-so yummy! We made chicken sandwiches and salad. SUCH a yummy meal. Don't be fooled, though, it is NOT a quick meal. Give yourself some time to make these babies. 

But it was totally worth it...cause look at my husband eating them:




 This face, right here, my friends:



Makes me VERY happy




So, try it out, especially if you are trying to woo someone. :)

Salted Pretzel Rolls


Yield: 8 large rolls
Prep Time: 20 minutes (plus 1 1/2 hours rise time)
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
Make the rolls smaller if you just want to use them as small dinner rolls.

ingredients:

1 ½ cup warm water (110°F)
1 package active dry yeast (not instant rise yeast)
2 teaspoons sugar
4-½ cups unbleached all-purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
4 tablespoons unsalted Butter, melted
¼ cups baking soda
1 whole egg, lightly beaten
Pretzel Salt, for sprinkling

directions:

In the bowl of your stand mixer (fitted with the dough hook attachment), add the water, yeast, and sugar. Stir and let rest 5-10 minutes until foamy (mine didn't look all that foamy but still turned out).
Add the flour, salt, and melted butter and mix using the dough hook until combined well. Cover with a plastic wrap (or a towel) and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk (again, mine didn't look like it rose all that much, but turned out amazingly). Punch the dough down and turn it onto a lightly floured clean surface.
Line 1 large sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. Cut the dough into 8 pieces (4 1/2 - 5 ounces each). To shape the dough "take a piece of dough and start forming a round, smooth ball by pulling the sides to the center and pinching to seal. Place, pinched side down, on a counter and lightly cupping your hand around the dough ball, rotate your hand in small circles lightly rolling the ball around the palm of your hand."
Place the ball on the prepared baking sheet pinched seam side down, with at least 1” between each roll. I like to stagger mine: 2 rolls side by side, then one down one row but between the two in the top row... Then 2 more side by side, followed by one down a row but between the 2 in the top row... etc (this will fit all 8 on one cookie sheet). Cover with a towel and allow to rest in a warm place for 30 minutes until they rise & double (mine didn't rise a whole lot).
Preheat oven to 425°F and place oven rack in the middle position. In a large saucepan, bring 2 quarts of water to a low boil. Remove from heat and slowly add the baking soda (I dumped mine in and it boiled up and overflowed all over my stove - lesson learned! hah) place back on heat and lower to a simmer.
Place 2-3 of the rolls at a time into the poaching liquid, seam side down. Poach for 30 seconds and then carefully turn the roll over and poach for another 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon to the same prepared sheet pan, seam side down. Repeat with the remaining rolls.
Using a pastry brush, brush each roll with the beaten egg, making sure to coat all sides completely & then prinkle each roll with a little pretzel salt. Using a sharp straight edged knife, cut a slash (or 2) -or- an “X” shape in the top of each roll. Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Serve hot!
Adapted from: Tasty Kitchen

Here's the website if you want to go straight to her 


Happy Valentines Day 


This post is late (As you can see)  

I know this might sound cheesy and rediculous, but seriously I never want to forget this Valentines Day. It was absolutely amazing. The BEST Valentines Day I have ever had in my entire life. 

It was kind of sad to see how many people were writing how much they hated Valentines Day on Facebook....I feel sorry for people who feel that Valentines Day is like Lamentines Day. 

One person even said that they thought it was ridiculous that we even celebrate Valentines Day in the first place. His/her argument was that in any healthy relationship the couple should be telling their loved-one that they love them EVERY day. Well OF COURSE, doh doh brain! But if that is true than what is the point of celebrating any holiday? 

What about Christmas? Shouldn't we be grateful for the Savior's birth and life all year? 

What about Thanksgiving? Shouldn't we have a thankful heart every day of the year?! Of course. But it is nice to set aside a day to remind you of what you are thankful for. A day where you really focus on being thankful. 

Can you tell I was upset about the comment? ;) 

I, for one am very grateful for the chance I had to show my love and appreciation for those close to me this Valentines Day. Not only was I able to receive lots of love from my cutie students all day (you don't know cute until you hear 3 and 4-year-olds tell you "Happy Valentines Day, Miss Brianna!" All day long)




but that evening I was able to spend an EXTRA special evening with my sweet husband. 

Although I am ALL ABOUT Valentines Day being about friends and family love too, I am especially grateful this year to be married and to have a very special Valentine. Cameron and I were engaged last year for Valentines Day, so it isn't our first Valentines Day together, but it was our first one as a married couple.

Have you ever seen the movie "Shall We Dance?" Well, it isn't an AMAZING movie, but there IS one part that really stood out to me. It's a part where Susan Sarandon is telling someone why people get married regardless of its difficulties. When I first watched it I wasn't married, but what she said really touched me and made me excited to get married some day. Here's the quote:

Question: Why do people get married? 

"Because we need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet. I mean, what does any one life really mean? You're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things. All of it, all of the time, every day. You're saying, "your life will not go unnoticed because i will notice it. Your life will not go unwitnessed because I will be your witness." 

(Youtube Clip--So touching

Amazing. I can't sum it up any better. I am grateful to be a witness and to have a witness of my life. Someone who is going to care about everything that happens to me, good or bad. 



My Valentines Day 2013



We made calzones for our Valentines dinner. Neither of us had any desire to fight crowds, so instead of going out, we stayed in. I was MUCH happier staying at home than going anywhere else. The food/company/venue was PERFECT. 

Cameron rented Dark Shadows. We both thought it was pretty good! 

Oreos are kind of Cameron and my "thing." Cameron surprised me by bringing home Oreos and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream for dessert. Yum. 

Here are my stunning roses Cameron got me for Valentines Day. They are still on our dining room table and are still gorgeous. There is just something about getting flowers that melts a girls' heart, you know? 

Cameron got me earrings for my present. (they aren't real, don't freak out...we are seriously poor-But I couldn't love them more if they WERE real). I love them. They are the perfect size. When he gave them to me he said, "I thought you could wear them in the temple."Oh GEESH. Can my husband be any cuter and churchy?! Seriously. He's the best. I LOVE my earrings. 


I am so grateful for all of my friends and family. I know I don’t tell them enough, so for all of you within the sound of my keyboard :

I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!

I receive so much love and support each day. I don’t know what I would do without you.

And to my sweet husbandI love you like a love song, baby! 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Yet again.....I Can't Help Myself!


January 22nd 2013

For those of you who are sick of my Disneyland posts you can stop reading now :)

This was a special Disneyland trip (what Disneyland trip ISN'T special, right!?) because I got to go with BOTH of my parents, which I haven't been able to do in FAR TOO LONG, and also because we were celebrating Tara's BIRTHDAY! :)

I couldn't really afford to take more than a day off of work, so I worked on Monday, and left EARLY Tuesday morning to meet Tara and my parents at the hotel they had stayed at the night before.


There isn't anything we like more than a good trip to Disneyland!!

Here Tara and I are ready to leave the hotel and spend all DAY at Disneyland. We can't hold back our excitement. 


UM....It was really sunny. Excuse my lazy-eyes.

Here we are all dolled up in our Disneyland gear!!

FYI: I showed up at my parent's hotel that morning in a COMPLETELY different outfit. Tara gave me that outfit so I looked more Disneyland-appropriate. Thanks, Teen, for saving me from myself.
 



Showing off our Disneyland BUTTONS! Tara's says it's her birthday, so, of course people told her HAPPY BIRTHDAY all day long! And mine says, "I'm celebrating!" I love those free Disneyland buttons. I have 4 different ones now. 


LOVE THEM
Space Mountain: Before


Space Mountain: After
I STILL laugh every single time I see this picture. First look at Tara and I at the end of Space Mountain...then look at my PARENTS. Especially my dad. Poor guy didn't handle it too well. I could hear both of my parents behind us at the beginning of the ride "yea....wooohooo...ahhhh...yeaaaaaaaa!!!" By the time the ride was 1/2 way over the back seat was silent.


pssst...I think they were both keeping their mouths shut so they didn't barf all over us. 


Haunted Mansion is rearry rearry scary

My parents ended up getting SO sick on Space Mountain that they had to return to their hotel room and sleep of the sickness (ahem #ittook2hourstosleepitoff). So Tara and I headed over to California Adventure and hit up some of the rides there like Midway Mania (Toy Story) and the Cars Land ride. We also got my favorite thing for lunch: salad in a sourdough bread bowl. YUMM.....



So....the women in my family have small bladders. I feel this way:


QUITE OFTEN.

Although I am SURE Cameron won't believe me when I say this....It's true. My mom pees more than me.

So, Tara, my Dad, and I spent a lot of time like this:


Waiting for my mama to pee. But it gave us some good bonding time/people watching time. So I was cool with it.

So, since it was Tara's BIRTHDAY we went to one of the cute French restaurants near the river to celebrate. It was DELICIOUS. I got seafood crepes and asparagus....and everybody else got salads #fatty


Although, let it be known that I ate much more of this guy's salad than he did, and HE ate much more of my crepes than I did. #makesmefelllessguilty




At the end of the night Hillary came to finish off the day with us. I was so happy to see her and to hear about what is going on in her life. I don't see/talk to her nearly enough.

It was an amazing day. The only problem with perfect days like this one is that it is sad to see them end.

Til next time!!


B










....Goin' to the Chapel of Love




Bells will ring...whooahh...stars will shine whoooahh I am HIS, HE is MINE....TODAY'S THE DAY, WE'LL SAY I DO and we'll never be lonely anymore....

For somebody who said NUMEROUS times whilst being engaged that "being engaged SUCKS," I must admit something to you....

Even though I AM married....

Sometimes, OK every time, I go to a wedding....


I get jealous.

Now, not to share TMI but as a Mormon engaged couple it isn't the easiest thing to control yourselves until the wedding night (grooossssssss!!!!!!! I know, I know), also, while I was engaged I was working full time, was the Relief Society President in my singles ward, and was trying to help my mom plan a wedding in 2 1/2 months. I was overwhelmed, and I just wanted to Be married.

Now that I look back I miss the creative aspect of preparing for a wedding. Crafting with my mom (she did MUCH more of the crafting than I did...but the times we did craft together was so fun!), looking up cute ideas on pinterest....so FUN!

Plus, look at the picture above! Isn't that a cute PHOTO idea? How did I miss that?

Then there's the fact that you get to go on a honeymoon...

Sometimes I wish we could just get married again. Then I remember all of the work that goes into planning a wedding, and my rational self smacks my romantic/silly side across the face.

I went through my wedding jealousy cycle last weekend when we went home to the Central Coast for Wes Mallett's wedding.

Friday was Wes' Bachelor Party where the guys headed to Montana de Oro and went sand boarding and did "guy stuff." I'm not really quite sure what that means, but I feel like Gatoraide, Danger, and probably spitting were involved. Those things are man-ish, right?

While all of this guy-stuff was going on, I got to spend time with two of my favorite people: Jana Culver and her beautiful beautiful little girl, Sienna. Sienna is so cute and happy. She makes me want a little girl so bad. Thanks for entertaining me, girls!

Saturday morning my sister Tara, my mom, Cameron, and I went to San Luis and did some shopping and got lunch, then we headed over to the Officer's Club in San Luis for the wedding.

Cameron was a groomsman for the wedding which meant he got to do the whole walking-down-the-aisle thing along with some of his other friends. It's nice to be a part of someone's wedding when their friends are also YOUR friends! :) We got to see so many people we miss so much. It reminds Cameron and I that we really do have friends....they just don't live within 300 miles of where we do.

Here are some pics of the reception:

Banners made out of scrapbook paper-VERY CUTE! 

Here's me and my big sister-It was such a lovely weekend! Thanks for coming home and coming with us! I love spending time with you!

My cute husband and I at dinner. Their colors were Coral and Gold. Cameron was super stoked to wear yet ANOTHER pink tie as a groomsman. :) (He has been in lots of pink-themed weddings) At least he got to wear those cool suspenders, right!? 

Love the Mason Jars-Love the bouquets! 

I swear, Wes' mom is the cutest, sweetest lady on the planet. Here is Wes dancing with his madre to "You'll be in my Heart" from Tarzan. What an adorable song choice. I'm a little jealous that Cameron and I didn't think of this song choice. OK, there I go again being jealous. I CANT STOP! 


Mr and Mrs Mallett





Check out the skirt on that dress! I love it--she looked like a swan <3




Sadly, this is the only picture we got of Wes and Cameron at the wedding. (This beautiful little one is Chad and Megan Bunn's. I got to hold her for quite some time...she is perfect)

P.s. Isn't Cameron going to be the cutest daddy in the world?

#noimnotpregnant


Mary, Tara, and I

You're next, Mary! We are so excited that Mary is marrying a wonderful guy in March! I can't wait! I love you! 


The weekend was glorious. I enjoyed catching up with all of the wonderful Mallett siblings who were in town from all over the US. It was so nice to catch up with Elizabeth Mallett (Wes' sister) who just couldn't wrap her mind around me being married to her little brothers' friend.

 "You really like being married to this guy?" (Cameron) She asked. 

Yea, Liz, I really like being married to this guy ;)

Congratulations to Wes and Nikki who are now on their honeymoon in Florida (I wont be jealous, I wont be jealous, I wont be jealous). 

Nikki, I am and Old-timer now, I know A LOT about marriage because I have been married for a whole ELEVEN MONTHS. 

Here is some advice someone gave me when I got married and I thought it was cute: 

 Although you think you know your man, always give him room to grow. Who he is today is just the beginning of who he can be in the future if you believe in him.
And to Wes, the best advice I could give would be this:

To questions like, “Do I look too big in this?” always say, “You look lovely

Some day, maybe, when you have been married for a long time like me, you'll know as much about marriage as I do. 

MAYBE  


Congratulations, Wes and Nichole!