Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Idaho Love! (Our Impromptu Blackfoot Trip)

The more I visit Blackfoot, the more I like it. Last week we realized that for my immigration interview we'd need Brian's birth certificate (something we didn't need for previous paperwork). This necessitated a quick trip to Blackfoot...

Woohoo! Gotta love Idaho!
While snapping this shot I got honked at by several fellow Idaho enthusiasts.

You can't tell (much to his dismay) but Brian actually jumped pretty high for this picture.

Idaho is for lovers!

We watched part of the superbowl with Brian's parents Sunday night. About the 3rd quarter, I started feeling really nauseous.  (It was either the unhealthy amount of clam dip, chips, popcorn, and crackers I ate or the crazy half-time performance... ) Anyway, we decided to go for a walk, and Idaho is cold.

A good friend once told me that "If you work it, it's worked!"
Here I am "working" my walking outfit. To create the full effect, you will need:
1 hat, 2 scarves, 2 coats, 1 pair of mittens, 1 pair of your husband's old running shoes, and your regular clothes.

Though only in Idaho for about 11 hours (6pm Sunday-5am Monday), we seemed to get a lot done. Along with collecting Brian's Birth Certificate, walking, and watching the Superbowl; we were able to help with some technical difficulties.
Here's me helping Brian's mom figure out some things for her new blog.
Oh, and the blanket is because (I repeat) Idaho is cold!  :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Celebrating Canada Day, Eh! (Well, what we thought was Canada Day...)

So I only just found out it wasn't Canada Day, eh. So sad! Those honor's hosers*... The embarrassing thing is that we tried to sing Canada's national anthem while we were skating, it's a good thing we only know the first 2 lines... 
*Sorry if this is an offensive word in Canada... They used it a lot in Strange Brew so I figure it's free game... 

Brian being in the Honor's Program means we get discounted tickets to performances at BYU, and sometimes free stuff! Saturday night was free ice-skating (complete with hot chocolate and Krispy-Kremes) at 7 Peaks. Apparently to celebrate Canada Day.
We were excited! Ice-skating is so much fun! And Canada is cool! 
The rink. This whole rink was reserved just for us honorable peeps :)
I hadn't been in years and it was only Brian's second time. 

2 minutes in the penalty box for you!
 It was a great night! I got to hold hands ice-skating for the first time (awwww:), neither of us fell, and we got to dip krispy-kremes into our delicious hot chocolate! Yum! We ended the night watching The A-Team with friends. Lovely!


Friday, February 4, 2011

7 Signs I'm Turning Into My Mother...

My mum is great. When people ask me about her I tend to describe her as a cross between Mrs Weasley from Harry Potter, and Mrs Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. (If you've ever met her, you know what I mean.) We've always had a great relationship, but no-matter how much you love your mother, discovering that you're turning into her is always a shocking revelation. Here are my latest discoveries:

  1. I suddenly love to cook. (Marriage has definitely been the catalyst.) Like mum, I also don't tend to use recipes... usually turning out well. Also while cooking, I somehow make as much mess as she does too.
  2. I am incapable of being productive without some sort of list. 
  3. I love being at home. Going from 3 jobs, planning a wedding, finals, graduation, etc, to *nothing*, was really difficult for me. I felt completely unproductive. But now after 6 months of obligated homemaking, I am sad to be finally entering the workforce.  
  4. Crafts. I hated crafts, mum hated computers. The only way I'd craft is if I could teach her how to use the internet. Now I actually enjoy making crafts! (And my mum knows how to email, use skype, and follow blogs all on her own!)
  5. Our choice of movies and books are becoming increasingly similar... Mainly featuring dramas from the BBC/A&E...
  6. Matchmaking. (This is where the Mrs Bennet comes in.) Though I try to suppress it, the urge to marry off my single family members and friends has definitely increased.
  7. Crying! We used to make fun of my mum for crying through Disney's, but now I find myself getting teary-eyed during sad movies, happy movies, while reading the BOM, and watching youtube videos like this one… It's embarrassing... (I just just watched it again...)
Here she is! With my niece Kyan and sister Kay. Love you mum!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Does This Count As Spying?

I don't usually spy on my husband, but when I found out about BYU testing center's "Line Conditions" feature, I just couldn't help myself...


Here's Brian about to take his test.
Little does he know that Big Brother Wifey is watching! Mwahahaha...


(Ok, ok I told him... That's me he's talking to on his phone. How else could I get such a great pic?)

Two Tasty Bean Recipes!

By special request, here are a couple of the recipes that allow me to use up a bunch of my beans! I hope you like them as much as I do, Miriam :)


Chicken & Bean Curry 
You'll need:
1 med white onion
2 cups cooked & cubed chicken
2 cans diced tomatoes (I used a type with garlic included)
2 cans pinto beans (drained & rinsed)
and to season:
Curry Powder
Cumen
Chili Powder
Cinnamon

Method: (In a large skillet)
1. Chop onion (I like mine chunky to add crunch) & fry lightly in oil
2. Add (already cooked & cubed) chicken, let fry a minute or 3
3. Add cans of tomatoes and (drained & rinsed) cans of beans
4. While simmering, add seasonings and allow to simmer for a while longer
**I added A LOT of curry powder, cumen, & chili powder.
**Be careful not to use too much cinnamon, or it'll take over.


Taco Salad Meat
You'll need:
1 lb (or however much you desire) cooked hamburger
1 can Pork n Beans
1 can Black Beans
1 can Tomato Sauce
and to season:

Chili Powder
Garlic Powder
Cinnamon (just a pinch)
Brown Sugar (1 tbsp)

Method:
1. Drain & rinse Black beans.
2. Combine all ingredients, season to taste, and let simmer 5-7 minutes.
**Substitutes as the meat for your taco salad
**Cilantro is also great for this dish
**I doubled this recipe to serve about 6 adults


Et VoilĂ ! 


PS: I heard that one reason to drain beans is because it's the juice in them that makes them musical... :) (No guarantees, though!)
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