Thursday, March 26, 2009
On Monday night, Nic and I headed to a banquet for the Klamath Insurance Center. Kansas City Life Insurance was awarding KIC, because they were the #1 field unit of the year. Craig got an award for being the best field manager. Woo hoo! (Check Molly's blog - she blogged about it a few weeks back) The owners of KIC do amazing work for that company, so I applaud Craig and the other owners. Way to be. The food was very tastey and the company was great of course. Nic was a little nervous because he was going to be meeting some head honcho guys that he would be working in close contact with. I enjoyed seeing him interact on a business level, and I felt very proud standing by his side as his wife. It was so nice to meet everyone and chit chat. The above picture was taken from that night. I thought it was a pretty dang good picture. I felt a little overdressed, but loved getting dressed up anyways. I am such a girl. :)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
If you love coconut and cake, then I'm sure you will pass out and die over this cake...A few weeks back, the Relief Society from my ward had the big RS Birthday and there were 6 different kinds of cake. I only tasted 2, but this is the BEST coconut cake I have ever put into my mouth and so SIMPLE! * 1 package white cake mix * 3 eggs * 1/3 c vegetable oil * 1 c water * 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract * 1 (14 oz) can coconut cream * 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk * 1 c heavy whipping cream (I'm pretty sure the lady who made this cake just used cool whip but I don't know...) * 1 tablespoon white sugar * 1 c flaked coconut 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. 2. In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, oil, water and coconut flavoring. Beat for 2 minutes and pour into 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. 3. In a medium bowl, combine coconut cream with sweetened condensed milk and stir until smooth. When cake comes out of the oven, poke holes into it in even rows using a large fork or chopsticks (make sure you don't poke holes all the way to the bottom). Pour milk mixture over, allowing it to soak into the cake. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. 4. In a large bowl, whisk cream until soft peaks form. Add sugar and continue whipping until stiff. Spread over cooled cake. Sprinkle top with flaked coconut. ENJOY! This cake so delicious in your mouth!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This past weekend I was able to go to Portland to see WICKED with Dani. She invited me to go - she and Jefferson had gotten tickets awhile, but unfortunately he had boards all this past weekend. This was the longest time Nic and I have had apart since we've been married. I missed him, but I thank him for letting me go have a sister weekend. I recommend this to ALL! I have seen some pretty amazing shows (Fiddler on the Roof, Movin' Out, Phantom of the Opera, and some others) and this ranks up there with one of the best shows out there. The lead actress who play Elphaba (aka Wicked Witch of the West) has the most amazing voice! I could listen to her sing all the day long. She was mesmorizing. Glinda the Good Witch was also spectacular. They were all so good: singing, dancing, costumes. It was also funny - I tee hee'd throughout the whole show with the biggest grin on my face. :) Thank you again Dani for inviting me!
Right before the show: that's a map of and the green in the middle is Emerald City. The dragon moved throughout the show and his eyes lit up red.
After the show outside - do you love how we are matching? She and I are both wearing striped pants - mine black and hers brown. Love it!All of us ladies after the show wanting to walk right back in again and see it
Lovely little AndiHandsome boy - would call me Grandma (happy mom?) while I was there. I would tell him Grandma wasn't here and that I'm Alli and he would say, "You're right. You are Alli."
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I was reading through my final paper for my Cognitive Restructuring class and something really stuck out to me that hadn't before. We all know how I love my Cognitive Restructuring class, so I just wanted to share this with you... When you change the way you look at something, the thing or person you look at will change...You get what you put your mind on. How do you like them apples? I figured if you're having difficulties getting along with a person, then just change the way you look at them - change your perspective. This just really stuck out to me this morning. Something to think about.....
Monday, March 16, 2009
DECEMBER: Loyal and generous. Sexy (lucky me). Patriotic. Active in games and interactions. Impatient and hasty. Ambitious. Influential in organizations.Fun to be with. Loves to socialize (so true). Loves praises. Loves attention. Loves to be loved. Honest and trustworthy (very very true). Not pretending. Short tempered. Changing personality. Not egotistic. Take high pride in oneself. Hates restrictions. Loves to joke. Good sense of humor. Logical (Nic to a T). A lot of things I would agree with, but I don't know what Nic thinks.....
JULY: Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people's feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable. Emotional temperamental and unpredictable. Moody and easily hurt. Witty and sparkly. Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of Guidessympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be alone. Always broods about the past and the old friends. Likes to be quiet. Homely person. Waits for friends. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Prone to having stomach and dieting problems. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt but takes long to recover. I don't agree with all of this but I do agree with parts of it...Who knew that the month you were born in could tell so much about you...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
My brother Sam started a golfing blog (look to the right) - I did not know this. I was reading it and he was talking about how excited he is for the golfing season. He truly does love the game. Just the other day I had this urge to go to the driving range. I was on the golf team in high school, and I was pretty good. Hey! I even made it in the newspaper (I still have the clipping). Haha I told Sam on a comment I made that I was going to go to the driving range and maybe even play some rounds with my dad. Where are my clubs? No idea. Probably in my parent's storage unit. How long has it been since I have swung a club? Probably 3 or 4 years. YIKES! It's going to be ugly when I do go to the driving range. So Sam, you better hold me to my goal and push me out to the driving range. Wish me luck! PS That will be me in the above cartoon when I do go.....
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
I would like to welcome Nic and I to the internet and basic cable! Charter came over yesterday and hooked up the internet and basic cable. Woo hoo! I don't really care about the TV, but I'm so glad we now have internet at our house. In fact, I am posting from the comforts of my own home. :) PS That is not a picture of our TV - I wish we had a picture like that on ours.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
So.....I have some disappointing news.....I found out recently that I won't be able to graduate as soon as I wanted to. I thought I was going to be able to graduate this December, but it turns out I will be graduating exactly 1 year from now. Big fat BOO. I only have 8 classes left - 8! - and it's going to take me 3 terms to finish these blasted 8 classes. The reason is because they only offer them at a certain time and/or they are sequence classes that I have to take in a specific order. So...I will be a college graduate for the class of 2010! Sounds so far away! Oh and well though...'tis life!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Nic and I's turkey dinner was a complete success, despite our doubts. Things to NOT forget when cooking turkey: DO NOT FORGET TO THAW YOUR TURKEY! Nic and I remembered Saturday morning that we had forgotten to take our turkey out the night before to begin the thawing process. So he did a little soaking in a nice hot sink bath. Dumb dumbs we are. We were a little skeptical about how long he would take to cook...it only ended up taking about 3-4 hours (like the cook book said it would)! Amazing. The little guy was thawed out apparently. To go along with the delicious turkey, we had green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls and salad. Oh yes - what would a turkey dinner be without the infamous grape juice and 7up drink! Tastey! Nic made magic cookie bars for dessert - so easy and so delicious! After dinner, we were all too full for dessert, so we began watching The Secret Life of Bees (fantastic movie PS). About part way through, we busted out the dessert. Full bellies! I felt bad for my mom because her legs started acting up...All in all it was a great night! Thank you mom and dad for coming and bringing the salad! Thank you mom for teaching me how to make gravy! Thank you Nic for doing a lot of the cooking (I was busy)! Who knew?! Nic and I would survive if we ever have to make our own Thanksgiving dinner!