September 19, 2014

WEEKEND TREAT

I'm starting a little series here on Miss Brimley. Weekend Treat will feature one of my favorite treats each week that you can try over the weekend! Being the treat fanatic that I am, I thought this would be a great way to share some of my favorite recipes. I am very excited about this! Happy weekend!

These cookies are my go-to. So easy and a crowd pleaser.

THE PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE

IN A LARGE BOWL MIX WITH A FORK:
2 sticks of soften butter
3/4 c. sugar
3/4c. brown sugar
1 egg
mix those 4 ingredients together until smooth and well blended.

ADD:
1tsp baking soda
1/2tsp salt
mix until well blended into dough

ADD AND MIX WITH CLEAN HANDS:
2 c. of flour (you may want to add 1/4 more)
1 to 1 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 350ยบ
BAKE 10-12 MINUTES UNTIL GOLDEN

September 16, 2014

MY HARDEST GOODBYE

If you're a long time reader of this blog, you know I think the world of my family. All of my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and immediate family mean so much to me and I feel so blessed to be involved in such an amazing family unit on both sides of my family. I am grateful to my parents who have stayed close to their siblings which has allowed me to become so close to all of my cousins. I especially have a connection to Lauren and Hannah. They were my closest girl cousins and although I was two years older, that didn't stop us from becoming the best of friends. Having them come to college with me last year was one of the best things to ever happen. We are used to living our lives apart but living so close was a dream come true! After their first year, they decided to go home and prepare to serve a mission for our church.

When Scott and I made our trip back East, we were so, so, so excited but at the same time, I had an ache in my heart because I knew I had to say goodbye to Lauren and Hannah for 18 months. When that day came, it was almost unbearable. I know that sounds so dramatic, but Hannah and Lauren are my girls! I love them to death and I could not be more proud of them. Needless to say, there were a lot of tears...all day long. And they still continue to come often. Here's to hoping this is the fastest 18 months of my life! 
^^back in our prime. we've been matching our whole lives^^
^^when I found these matching shirts...I couldn't resist. just like old times!^^
^^a lot of ugly cry going on. they are my girls and I could not love them more.^^

September 13, 2014

BEAR LAKE

Last weekend we went to Bear Lake with a few of our friends and we had the best of times! We rented this small cabin that came with beds and thats about it. Basically we were camping and it was so fun. We started our mini road trip on Friday afternoon with the Bench's. We had to make a pit stop at Smith and Edwards, a place McKay Bench kept talking about. There we found things from candy to school supplies, hunting gear to kitchen items. That place had it all and for cheap too! We loaded up on some snacks, snapped a few pictures by the sunflower fields, and were back on our way. When we arrived at our mini cabin/camping grounds we were so giddy!! It was so cute and we knew we were going to have the best weekend. We got settled in, dodged mosquitos as best we could(we were pretty unsuccessful), and then went exploring until the other half of our group joined us. 
The rest of the night consisted of tin foil dinners and of course, s'mores!! We enjoyed huddling by the fire and exchanging stories all night long. It was so peaceful and the stars were bright. I love the serenity being out in nature gives you. 
The next morning we arose bright and early with that sun streaming in! We ate cereal in our beds and played some games. We were livin'! We headed down to the lake and when we first got there it was gorgeous so we ventured into that freezing water. By the time we got out, the wind had picked up and we were pretty cold! We ate our lunch and decided to head back to the cabin. There we played games and ate way too much candy!
That night we decided to go into town for dinner and try these raspberry shakes we've heard so much about! To start off (an appetizer, if you will) we grabbed some frozen chocolate raspberries and those babies were so good it might have been my favorite it part of the trip! We tired La Beau's for burgers and fries/onion rings and it did not disappoint! We went back and grabbed our raspberry shakes and they were as good as everyone talks about. The night turned out to be beautiful and I would have to say we enjoyed ourselves throughly. 
^^Later Saturday night as we were chatting around the fire, a bat flew into a hidden spot on our cabin. You would have thought the circus had come! Those boys were whooping and hollering in pure enjoyment (and terror when the bat came after them)^^


Sunday morning we slept in a little later and enjoyed breakfast outside. We lounged around until it was time for church. After church we made lunch, took some final pictures of the beautiful place, and then we were on our way back to Provo. It was such a nice weekend with our friends and to get away for a little bit. 
^^you know, morning s'mores. I am addicted^^