Monday, May 24, 2010

It's a Boy!!!!!

I wanted to post the little video they gave me, but apparently I can't figure out how to do it. Maybe once I learn I will post it, but until then, cyber-world, you just get this picture. Isn't he cute?!?!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

For Mother's Day this year, my family gave my mom a day of service, working in the yard. While the fam was hard at work outside, I stayed in my element and made cinnamon rolls for a big Mother's Day brunch. They ended up quite ridiculously tasty, if I may say so myself! I had some requests for the recipe so I thought I would share it with anyone who was so inclined.

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

Recipe from Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur


1 package active dry yeast (¼ oz size)

1 cup warm milk (105-110° F)

½ cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup margarine

1 tsp salt

2 eggs

4 cups all purpose flour


1 cup packed brown sugar

2 ½ Tbl cinnamon

1/3 cup margarine, softened


8 Tbl margarine, softened

1 ½ cups powdered sugar

¼ cup (2 oz) cream cheese

½ tsp vanilla extract

1/8 tsp salt

1. For the rolls, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl.

2. Mix together the sugar, margarine, salt and eggs. Add flour, and mix well.

3. Knead the dough into a large ball, using your hands dusted lightly with flour. Put in a bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour, or until dough has doubled in size.

4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough flat until it is approximately 21 inches long and 16 inches wide. It should be about ¼ inch thick.

5. Preheat oven to 400°F.

6. For the filling, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Spread the softened margarine evenly over the surface of the dough, and then sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar evenly over the surface.

7. Working carefully from the top (a 21-inch side), roll the dough down to the bottom edge.

8. Cut the rolled dough into 1 ¾ inch slices and place 6 at a time evenly spaced, in a lightly greased baking pan. Let the rolls rise again until double in size (about 30 minutes). Bake for 10 minutes, or until light brown on top.

9. While the rolls bake, combine the icing ingredients. Beat well with an electric mixer until fluffy. When the rolls come out of the oven, coat each generously with icing.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Pictures of Tom and me

In November, my extremely talented roommate from my freshman year of college took some pictures of Tom and I. We hadn't had any professional pictures of us since our wedding and wanted some to show off how damn good-looking we are!!!! :) She is amazing and did such a great job! Here are some of my favorites that she took. Thanks again Bekah!


Apparently I suck at this. Considering how often I am on the computer, you would think I would get the time to update my blog. But it doesn't happen. Sorry, maybe I'll get better at it someday.

So, I guess it has been almost a year since I last updated this. A lot has happened in that time. I will just give the short and sweet version of it all I guess.

1. The biggest life changing event that happened in the last year is that we found out we're pregnant! Our little baby Norman is due October 19th. I can't believe it's really happening. I still just look like I ate too much, a little bit of a baby bump, but not so much that you can tell that there is a baby in there and I'm not just extra chubby.

2. The second event that changed our lives was that our sweet little Netty passed away on December 30th. It is still so hard for me to handle, I miss her so much. I should just be grateful that I was blessed with the little angel for as long as I was, but she was the biggest comfort to me in my times of need and now when I need her most she is not here. My goal is to post another blog about her within the next week.

3. I graduated from the University of Utah with my Bachelor's Degree in Accounting just last weekend. It was a looooong time coming, but at least it's over now! If I want to get my CPA, I will still need to get my Master's Degree, but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

4. We moved from a 2 bedroom apartment into a 3 bedroom apartment to start getting ready for little baby Norman. Tom's sister Hillary is still living with us. Tom and I always said that after I graduated, we would move out of state to establish an identity of our own little family and to experience life outside of Utah. Tom still wants to do this, but I am hesitant with the baby on the way. We will see where life takes us, I guess.

5. I was laid off from my job at Parsons Brinckerhoff in May of last year and got a job at eBay. I met some amazing people, but a call center is not where I want to be, so I got a job at Precision Corporate Services in February doing bookkeeping for small companies.

6. Tom got a job at doing customer service. He was quickly promoted to a "Seal" which is basically a mini-team lead. A couple of weeks ago he was moved off of "front line" customer service and moved to technical support which he enjoys a lot more.

I guess that pretty much catches you all up on our lives! That's all I've got for now.