September 29, 2014

THE WEEKEND

Our weekend was simple and relaxing. I even celebrated a birthday! Friday- after a full day of work, Scott and I saw my new favorite band in concert, The National Parks. I love every one of their songs and the show exceeded my expectations. The best part? Scott came to the concert with me. He's not a big concert guy but sacrificed for me and it meant the world to me.  Saturday-it rained all day long. We had plans to go on a hike or visit Park City but instead we stayed inside and snuggled with Netflix and treats. Sunday-my birthday! Scott made sure I felt extra loved with a nice breakfast and loads of attention. After church, we headed up to my cousins house where they spoiled me with a delicious meal and cake. On our way, we made a little detour into the canyon for a pretty drive. Fall is here and I love it! It was a great weekend. Can't wait for the next. 
^^The National Parks. I have a crush on all 3 of them!^^
^^up the canyon! the bench's joined us^^
^^love this girl to death^^
^^delicious chocolate pound cake made by my aunt aimee^^
^^belated birthday dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Station 22. they serve southern comfort food and everything about it is charming and perfect. it also was very fitting for me to take a picture in front of their sign this year^^

September 25, 2014

WEEKEND TREAT


My uncle Brian introduced me to these and they are delicious. A perfect treat to feed to a crowd.

1 1/2 c. sugar
1 cup soften butter
1 (8-ounce) package softened cream cheese
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder

FROSTING:
1/2 c softened butter
4 ounces softened cream cheese
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash salt
milk 
food coloring (if desired)


Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar. Add egg, almond extract and vanilla. Blend until smooth. Mix in all the dry ingredients. 

Grease a large cookie sheet with cooking spray. Spread dough into the pan smoothing out with a spatula.

Bake at 350ยบ for 20-25 minutes. Cook until just golden brown. Let it cool completely. Frost and cut into squares for serving. 

FROSTING:
cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the vanilla and salt. Add milk a little at a time until frosting is spreading consistency. Add food coloring, if desired. 


September 22, 2014

HONEYMOON

*Sigh*I wish we could go back. Our honeymoon was more than perfect. We decided to go quite a few months after our wedding and we are so glad we did. It was the perfect vacation, especially right before the start of a new school year. We traveled to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and stayed in an all inclusive resort that was brand new so we felt like we were royalty! It was beautiful there and we had the best weather. Our staff was so kind and the food was great. We really do not have one complaint. Upon arriving to Punta Cana, the airlines happened to leave our bags in the US of A. Luckily we had packed extra in our backpacks for this very reason and our bags arrived the next afternoon. Besides that mishap and me thinking a tsunami was going to wipe us out (flashes of the movie Impossible kept racing through my mind) our trip was nothing but relaxing. 

Every morning we would wake up, get in our swimsuits, pack our beach bag, and head over to breakfast. It was a giant buffet so we always had options. We would then head down to the beach and play there all day long. We would snorkel, paddle board, play some beach volleyball, kayak, sip drinks in the hot sun, and go on multiple walks up and down the beach. Lunch was served just off the beach where we could choose from the grill or a restaurant. After lunch we would head back to the beach or go to the pool and we usually fell asleep. We would then go back to our room in the late afternoon, get ready, and head out for the night. Our resort had 9 different restaurants to choose from for dinner and then had a different show/activity for their guests that was then followed by a dance party. That was our schedule pretty much everyday. We met and mingled with people from all over the world which was so cool to me. The best part of it all was having 6 days, 7 nights of Scott all to myself. Scott's highlight of the trip was "all you can drink drinks and chillin' on the beach." Although I really did love the drinks, my highlight was sneaking out onto the beach late at night, snuggling up on a chair, and just talking about everything. I loved having that undivided attention. Our trip was a dream and we still think about it often, sometimes wishing we were there!
^^so many little shops to browse down the beach^^
^^one night, the performance was a fire show and we were quite impressed!^^
^^i was glued to this book the whole time and that spot was my favorite place to read!^^
^^coconut day! everything at the beach was based on coconuts. scott and I made it to the finals in the coconut toss but came in second place. in the second picture up you may see the winner...the guy on the far right...he creamed us!^^
^^the grounds were beautiful!^^
^^the japanese steak house was probably our favorite restaurant we tried.^^
^^the circus show was unreal!^^
^^each restaurant has a theme and these cacti made me miss home^^
^^scott and i scored $25 massages in that little hut. there is something very relaxing about a massage on the beach!^^
^^dinner on our last night with thousands of draped seashells. it was magical^^
^^i love this boy more than words can say and i am one lucky girl to have him. we had the best time and we are looking forward to many more vacations to come^^