lately

lately it has been crazy! moving and starting spring classes have been pretty exhausting. but i have officially started my elementary education program and it is so fun. i’m taking a basic concepts of math and rhythm & dance and my last GE , history of creativity. Rhythm & dance is by far my favorite class. It is so much fun. We learn round dances, have to make up dances, and laugh the whole 50 minutes. I love it. We make fools of ourselves but we are all doing it together! I’ve met some really cool people that are in almost all my classes and probably will be from here on out. I’ve even met some more people that will be going to NEW ZEALAND!

but on another note…this is what it looked like outside my apartment today…IT’S APRIL 29!!! yes…that is snow!

and here is my new and improved desk.

pictures make me one happy Alabama girl.

mrs. elizabeth asked about this box. i wish i could say i made this box. maybe one day i can make something like it. but i got it on sale at anthropologie this past summer. and i keep all my letters from friends, family, and missionaries in it. i love it!

and my most favorite picture ever…makes me smile every time.

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i love a good bargain

$.47 (yes that’s 47 cents)

and the best part is…i like the bootay region. laura, you know what i’m talkin’ about. :)…this picture is for laura martin, because when we find a good pair of pants, we gotta have em’ right???

so yes i spent a whoppin’ 47 cents on some old navy shorts that i love.

and now for my next bargain…

$10 at Plato’s closet. 10 DOLLARS and the best part is it fits like a T and it’s a JCREW skirt…for 10 dollars! i love it!

and i love sunday afternoons. especially when i don’t have school tomorrow and have no homework that i can or should be doing, so instead i’m sitting on the couch watching The Best Two Years on TV…only in Utah. I love it!

“…I also know that Joseph Smith was a pamphlet…prophet” -one of my favorite lines.

Frog’s Eye Salad

this salad is delicious! if you remember, i’m a texture kind of girl, and this salad is always callin’ my name. it is so darn good. i can’t keep from takin’ a bite here and there everytime i open the fridge.

i first had this salad at becca’s cousins mission farewell, and i was a bit apprehinsive about it, but once i put it in my mouth, it was love at first bite.

Frog’s Eye Salad Recipe

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon flour

1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, undrained

1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits, undrained

2 (11 oz) cans mandarin oranges, drained

1 large egg beaten

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1/2 a (8 oz) package of acini de pepe pasta, uncooked

8 ounces cool whip, thawed

3 cups mini marshmallows

In a medium sauce pan, stir together sugar and flour. Drain all the pineapple juice from the tidbits and put it all in the pan, along with the egg. Frequently stir the mixture until it comes to a boil and has slightly thickened. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.  Drain well. In a large bowl, mix the drained pasta and cooled pineapple juice mixture together. Let it stand in the refridgerator for a few hours or overnight. Add the rest of the ingredients and then refridgerate until time to serve.

***this might be another one of those dishes that you might have to hide from your self.

the mandarin oranges are so good in this recipe. add more if you like…and keep it real cold. it’s best that way. :)

and this was the apron of the day. and i am proud to say that i made this baby. it was a patience tester, but with my mom’s good reading “pattern” skills and sewing knowledge, i got it done and love it. it’s reversible. i’ll save the other side for another post  :)

and i made these biscuits tonight. they’re not just plain biscuits. no. no. they are my granny bess’ cat head biscuits. dad makes these and you could call them perfection. i think i have a little work to go. but i know granny bess’ and grandaddy were smilin’ at me up there in heaven.

the key to makin’ these pieces of heaven:

no utensils, no measuring cups, no nothin. just your bare hands. i love it.

i wish i could have known granny bess more, i think we are a lot of like. when a baking masterpiece would not go her way, she would open her back screen door and throw it out and start allll over again. and she would only eat the very outside of her biscuits. that’s where we differ…i love the soft inside : )


Becca’s favorite cookie

Chocolate Chip Toffee Oatmeal Cookie-don’t be scared by the long name, trust me!

here’s what you’ll need…

(and i’m sure the recipe is Paula Deen’s. If you haven’t caught on yet, I’m obsessed with her)

use milk chocolate chips (i’ve tried with semi-sweet, but i think milk chocolate makes them so much better)

and use this kind of toffee…

Preheat the oven to 350 and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper (this is a must!). In Lucille, mix the butter and sugars. Add the egg and vanilla. In a seperate bowl combine all your dry ingredients. Add it into the wet ingredients and mix well. Add the chocolate chips and toffee. Yes the recipe say 1 cup of each, but don’t skimp, add a little more :  ). Bake for 8 minutes. Don’t forget to bang your pans when they get out of the oven so they’ll flatten!

Thanksgiving Point Half Marathon

first words out of my mouth this morning at 5:00 a.m….why do we do this to ourselves????


hahah… i was excited, but i was not excited to hear my alarm clock go off bright and early this morning (actually it  was really dark outside)

training has been really tough for me this time, i have had about every running problem imaginable, but running across that

finish line at 13.1 miles was SO worth it.

my infamous tummy was playing games with me and stopping in those port-o-potties at mile 9 was not so fun, but lo and behold,

i finished!! i did it in 2 hours and 12 minutes! I wish I coulda gotten faster, but I’ll take that time with a bathroom stop added in!

me, rebecca, kyle and mekelle all trained together and ran for it. we were so happy kyle decided to join along this time in training for this huge, hard goal.

The half marathon was at Thanksgiving Point , about 20 miles from Provo (towards SLC). We got there by about 6:30 and waited in line for the bathrooms, that EVERYONE and their mother wanted/needed to use. We multi-tasked while waiting by stretching our soon to be worn-out legs. I was nervous before that horn was blown, but once i got started, my nerves went away. It was chilly at first, but then I shed my long sleeve shirt at about mile 5 or so. The course took us through the tulip festival (so pretty!!!), the golf course (which was also so pretty, and GREEN), and the Jordan River Trail. It was beautiful. There were some pretty short, but somewhat steep rolling hills, but it was a good challenge. I’m so glad that I did it and will be doing another one again soon! But not toooooo soon, my body needs to recover!


apartment 16

rebecca came into our room the other night and said this is BIG week for us.

we are going to be juniors in COLLEGE

we are running our 2nd half marathon

and…we are moving apartments!!!

holy cow!

i am officially done with finals and couldn’t be happier. i have a good ole’ tan line that i am obsessed with and am loving provo’s 80 degree weather.

but here’s a recap of our room in lafayette 16!

we are moving apartments on friday…it’s going to be bitter sweet

no more art history!!!

i am so tired from staying up late and getting up early to study. but art history is finally over. NO MORE! ahh i love it! i think i might have contracted carpel tunnel this morning when i was writing my essay for my exam! but who cares! i’m done forever. no more weird architecture and mad artists.

this is what i had to write my essay on.

remembering 8 titles, 8 dates, and 8 artists for 4 different question is brain burstin’

:   )

5.  Since the early Renaissance, artists have employed a variety of innovative mediums.  As time passed, new mediums were introduced and, in some cases, replaced previous techniques.  Create a narrative of the high points of new techniques being introduced into the art world from the Renaissance until today.  Why have some survived, while other have all but been abandoned?  With each work cited, discuss how the artist’s choice of medium contributed to the meanings conveyed by the work.

9 pages or so on this has done me in. it’s 10:23 and i’m ready for a nap in the sunshine

a date with harold

harold b. lee library that is. don’t you just loveeee finals time? i do. can you feel the hint of sarcasm in my voice??? :  )

i’m taking a quick break because so far, i’ve been on campus since 10 this morning and it is 2, and i will be here for a few more hours + more studying at my apartment tonight!

I made another recipe from that cook this, not that cookbook last night. let’s just say it was real, real SPICY! But it was good, especially good for my sinuses.  They are all cleared and clean now! I was making it last night and you do the staple of cooking onion and garlic with some olive oil. Then i added the red pepper flakes. HOT TAMALE. They stung my nose. My roommate, jess, came in and started coughing and couldn’t stop. We all started sneezing. It was kind of funny though, put maybe next time I should decrease the amount of red pepper flakes!

…Checklist for Finals/the Weekend…

-turn in ELANG paper

-New Testament Final on Friday

-ELANG final on Saturday

-run 9 miles on Saturday

-last sunday as a BYU 166th “Warder” on Sunday

-Art History Final on Monday

-Church History Final on Tuesday

-Wednesday: pack up stuff/clean apartment

-Thursday: pack up stuff/clean apartment

-Friday: move to Jefferson 35! i wish i  could say 102 Heron Way :  ( but…i’m going home May 27…42 DAYS!!! who’s counting???

p.s. it’s beautiful outside today (73 degrees!!!!!!!), i’m thinking i’m gonna go study, while basking in the sunshine! thank heavens for the sunshine!