Monday, March 29, 2010

If Pride and Prejudice were on Facebook... would look something like this.

"Pride and Prejudice" News Feed

Charles Bingley is checking out real estate in Hertfordshire.

Mrs. Bennet became a fan of single men of good fortune.

Kitty Bennet has a cough.

Mr. Bennet is tired.

Nine of your friends are attending The Meryton Assembly.

Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley are now friends.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is so over this.

Elizabeth Bennet is tolerable, but not tempting.

Mr. Bennet politely requests that, next time, Bingley sprain his ankle after the first dance.

Mrs. Bennet joined the group Insulted Mothers Against Pompous Paramours.

Elizabeth Bennet would streak Meryton before she'd dance with Mr. Darcy.

Jane Bennet is attending A Girls' Luncheon at Netherfield.

Jane Bennet removed "riding horseback in the rain" from her interests.

Elizabeth Bennet is walking to Netherfield.

Fitzwilliam Darcy likes what exercise does to the ladies.

Elizabeth Bennet is tired of social niceties.

Elizabeth Bennet poked Fitzwilliam Darcy.

Fitzwilliam Darcy poked Elizabeth Bennet.

Fitzwilliam Darcy added "feisty girls with crazy families" to his interests.

Caroline Bingley wishes the earth would open up and swallow Longbourn whole.


Mr. Collins is looking to change his relationship status.

Elizabeth Bennet and George Wickham are now friends.

George Wickham is a fan of slander, but he's totally not intimidated.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is attending A Ball at Netherfield.

George Wickham is not attending A Ball at Netherfield.

Elizabeth Bennet would have preferred streaking Meryton.

Jane Bennet tagged six of your friends in the note "How to Go Out in Public Without Humiliating Your Family."

Charles Bingley changed his relationship status to "It's complicated."

Mr. Collins thinks his cousin's modesty adds to her perfections, and is thus by no means discouraged.

Mr. Collins needs a new place to crash.

Caroline Bingley will not be looking back on her way to London.

George Wickham is making excuses.

Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Collins are engaged.

Jane Bennet thinks London might make for a nice change of scenery.

Charlotte Lucas created the event Please Visit Hunsford Before I Strangle My Husband.

Elizabeth Bennet is on her way to the parsonage.

Colonel Fitzwilliam wonders why Darcy is dragging him to Rosings.

Mr. Collins is *thrilled* to be dining at Rosings, bathed in the generosity of her ladyship's spirit.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh must have her share of the conversation!

Fitzwilliam Darcy's heart is arm-wrestling his common sense. And it's winning.

Elizabeth Bennet joined the group Consider Civility in Declarations of Love.

Fitzwilliam Darcy tagged Elizabeth Bennet in his note A Faithful Narrative.

Elizabeth Bennet just is.

Lydia Bennet is following the SOLDIERS to Brighton!!$%@#!

Elizabeth Bennet is touring Derbyshire.

Elizabeth Bennet became a fan of Pemberly.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is hopeful.

Elizabeth Bennet is uncomfortable.

Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are now friends.

Lydia Bennet changed her relationship status to hahahahaha-wheeeeeee!!

Jane Bennet tagged Elizabeth Bennet in her note Come Home!

Fitzwilliam Darcy joined the group Gentlemen Against George Wickham: The Sequel.

Mrs. Bennet is a fan of overwrought weeping in bedchambers.

Lydia Bennet and George Wickham are now married.

Lydia Bennet Wickham removed "keeping secrets" from her interests.

Mrs. Gardiner tagged Elizabeth Bennet in her note He's Not Just Doing This Out of the Goodness of His Heart.

Charles Bingley is headed back to Netherfield.

Mrs. Bennet wants nothing more than for Bingley to shoot her birds.

Elizabeth Bennet wonders why the silent, grave and indifferent bother to show up at all.

Charles Bingley and Fitzwilliam Darcy are attending Dinner at Longbourn.

Mrs. Bennet invites you to hang Kitty.

Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley are engaged.

Elizabeth Bennet removed "meddling aunts" from her interests.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh doesn't understand when people refuse to bow in the face of her awesomeness.

Fitzwilliam Darcy added "meddling aunts" to his interests.

Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy walked on without knowing in what direction.

Seven of your friends joined the group "Lizzy and Darcy are Getting Married!"

Mr. Bennet is quite at leisure.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

CarrotCake Cheesecake

Are you searching for the perfect Easter Dessert? Search no further... Last year i made this Carrotcake Cheese Cake, and it turned out to be just as delightful as i had hoped! Happy Easter!


1 2-layer-size carrot cake mix

1 cup water

1/2 cup cooking oil

6 eggs

1/2 cup Sun Maid® Raisins (I left these out)

3 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

Nonstick cooking spray

2 Tbsp. powdered sugar

1 Tbsp. water

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (I left these out too Since Dev hates nuts!)

1 cup powdered sugar

3 to 4 tsp. milk

Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease and flour a 10-inch springform pan; set aside. In a large bowl combine carrot cake mix, water, oil, and 3 of the eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Fold in raisins. Pour into prepared springform pan. In another large bowl beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in granulated sugar and vanilla until smooth. Beat in remaining 3 eggs just until combined. Slowly pour over carrot cake layer. Use a thin metal spatula to gently swirl the batters. Place cheesecake on a baking sheet. Bake for 70 to 80 minutes or until top is set except for a 1-inch circle in the center. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a small sharp knife, loosen the cake from the sides of the pan. Cool for 30 minutes. Remove sides of pan; cool cheesecake completely on rack. Cover and chill at least 4 hours before serving. Line a small baking pan with foil; lightly coat foil with nonstick spray. In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, the water, and cinnamon. Stir in walnuts. Spread in an even layer in the prepared baking pan. Bake in a 325°F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until nuts are lightly toasted, stirring once. Cool completely. In a medium bowl combine 1 cup powdered sugar and enough of the milk to make drizzling consistency. Cut cheesecake into wedges and place each wedges on a serving plate. Drizzle each serving with some of the powdered sugar icing. Break up walnuts and place atop cheesecake wedges. Makes 16 servings

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

mormon mamma

 I promised I would post this really easy and yummy busy day recipe. We affectionately call it Mormon Mama dinner, but it is really a taco casserole.
You can cut it in half for two people. Gravel is pre-cooked hamburger that is frozen ahead for easy use. Cook up a batch of lean hamburger with chopped onion and what ever seasoning you like. Then freeze it on a cookie sheet. After it is frozen, break it up and put it all in a Ziplock bag for future use. You can use a little in soup or spaghetti sauce or what ever you need for taco salad, enchiladas etc. Of course, you can cook up fresh hamburger for this recipe too.

Cover the bottom of a 9 x13” baking dish with a layer of crushed tortilla or corn chips (Fritos)
Follow with a layer of hamburger gravel, then a layer of chopped tomatoes, and then a layer of chopped lettuce
Cover the lettuce with two 16 oz. cans of chili (with or without beans) the chili spreads more smoothly if it has been removed form the can first and slightly warmed.
Then top the whole dish with shredded cheddar or Monterey jack cheese
Bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes

Great with fresh fruit or corn on the cob and warm rolls!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

good reads

I'm looking for some good talks/articles to print and read on my flight tomorrow. Pretty please if you see this comment your favorite or make a suggestion! I'd really appreciate it.

Love you ladies!

Monday, March 15, 2010

does anyone know??

the best place to publish your blog {ya know have it printed up into a book}

Friday, March 12, 2010

how cute are these?


Who has more cutie spring/easter ideas???

Monday, March 8, 2010

Eat your veggies....then have chocolate

How do you feel about beets? I have never been a fan until I tried this salad. Oh.My. It is absolutely delicious. I still keep the beet count a little light as I like more sweet potato than beet, but all combined it is delicious and so pretty! I brought it to a party and it looked and tasted good, so I felt that it should be shared. 
Chop the pears, sweet potatoes, and beets into nice bite size chunks

If you don't wear gloves you will stain your hands. I'm at peace with it.

After an hour of roasting, the aroma is divine.

Sweet Potato Salad
2 lbs sweet potato
1-2 beets
2 pears
10 Fresh Sage leaves
10 fresh Tarragon leaves
(if you don't have the fresh herbs, it tastes just fine with sage/tarragon from your spice rack)
Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 375
Chop sweet potatoes, beats, and pears into similar size chunks
Spread vegetables out on a roasting pan
toss the vegetables with some olive oil
Add chopped Tarragon and sage
Cover dish with foil
Bake for about 45-60 minutes or until the vegetables are soft

THEN, because you ate all your vegetables you can eat as many Cadbury mini eggs out of your candy jar as you want.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

quote boat

I believe that each person is entirely to blame for their happiness or unhappiness. Matisse echoed my feelings when he said
"Il y a des fleurs partout pour qui veut bien les voir."

which means

"There are flowers everywhere for those who want to see them."

so look for flowers.

Friday, March 5, 2010

speaking of quotes...

“How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.” - Oscar Wilde

Thursday, March 4, 2010

made me laugh

“I don’t exercise. If God had wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor” — Joan Rivers

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

be prepared

ok so i'll start by prefacing this post with a story.

yesterday i was jamming to my ipod thinking about how much i love the city when I looked out the window of the bus i was on and realized i had totally missed my stop. I was only one ave down so I jumped off quickly and started up the street. When i rounded the corner to my street I reached into my bag to garb my keys... When I got my new job I splurged on a Marc Jacobs key chain/mini wallet that I could carry my work pass and metro-card in. Today I had put some cash in it as well as my debit card. So in total it contained: both house keys, the only mailbox key, my work ID and security pass, my debit card, cash, my flash drive, my gym pass, me monthly metro-card and my flash drive. so anyways, I reach in my purse and its NOT THERE! then I remember it was on my lap in the bus and I jumped up since I missed my stop. It must have fallen on the floor. so I jump in cab and tell him to head up Amsterdam (even though the bus runs parallel on riverside I thought we could catch up to it taking the faster street)After about 10 blocks I just guessed about how far up the bus had gotten and tell the driver to cross over to Riverside. I told him I left my wallet on the bus and to look for a bus ahead of us and then catch up as fast as he can. When we turn we see one a few blocks behind us but I think no that can't be it the bus I went on would have been further up. So we head uptown and we are racing down the street and no bus in sight. Then I think maybe it is the bus behind us, great, by now someone has def taken it and Ill have to wait in the cold 20 mins for that bus to catch up to where I am now to even see if it's there. Just as we are heading to 116 st and I'm about to give up we see a bus! The taxi driver tells me just to jump out and look on the bus before it drives away. So I do. He honks at the bus so it doesn't leave. I jump in the bus and tell the driver I need to look for my wallet. I go to the back where I was sitting and the woman there says "oh someone found it" a had woman picked it up and was asking for the owner but she just got off the bus. ON THE LAST STOP. I missed her by 4 blocks. The people on the bus said she was really nice and they thought she would find me, but I knew there wasn't anything in my wallet that would help her unless she was really aggressive. So I gave up hope. When I got to work the next morning I was knew deep in canceling my cards and getting replacements. I was trying to reach our super about the keys when my personal line rang from an outside number. Which never really happens. When I answered a sweet woman said "Hi my name is Krystal I found your wallet on the bus. " I was so happy! She said she had tried everything, looking my up on facebook, calling the gym, and the bank. She was afraid if she left it with the bank or with the bus driver that it would never get back to me, or only half of it would. She said finally she thought to Google the name of the property management company on my work ID, which was a long shot because Boston Properties owns A LOT of BUILDINGS. However they were able to give the office directory and told her to talk to Ken. (who works in my office) But when she heard my name she just dialed my directly. TA DA.

Now I realize that was a long painful story for most of you who don't care about my little tragedy turned triumph, but there is a bigger picture! There are two actually. The first is Karma. Even in the big city there are kind strangers who will do the right thing. If you do the right things people will do them for you too. The second of course is protect yourself. Check you have everything before you get off the bus, keep your purse zipped,and even if you live in Rexburg lock your door. This morning I made a list/copy of everything important in my wallet so if I ever lost it I'd know what was gone and what to cancel/replace. Here's tips from a good article I read about protecting yourself before your wallet gets lost:
  1. Step 1

Have contact information for all of your accounts stored in a safe place.

Having quick access to your account numbers and contact information for the issuing institutions may allow you to cancel your accounts more quickly before the thief is able to do his damage.

  1. Step 2

Have your work contact information printed on your checks.

This is safer than having your home address listed on your checks. You don't want a thief to pay a personal visit to your home to rob you. Also avoid printing your driver's license and social security number on your checks.

  1. Step 3

Get a non-debit ATM card.

If your ATM card should be stolen, the thief would be able to use the debit function of your card for purchases unless you have one without this feature. Most banks automatically issue ATM cards with debit capabilities. Ask your bank for a non-debit card instead.

  1. Step 4

Make a copy of everything in your wallet.

Make a photocopy of everything you carry in your wallet and store it in a safe place .If your wallet should be stolen, you'll have this important information handy to report to the different credit agencies as well as the police.

  1. Step 5

Always have an emergency credit card at home.

If your wallet is stolen and you have to cancel your credit cards, you'll need a credit card available to make purchases. Although most credit card companies can issue a new card for you quickly, most can't provide same day service since the new card has to reach you by mail. If you have a separate credit card account, you store your reserve card in a safe place in case you need it.

  1. Step 6

Minimize the number of items you carry in your wallet. If you carry business cards in your wallet, the thief will have instant access to where you work and what you do. Likewise, if you carry your social security card in your wallet, they'll also have knowledge of your social security number. Try to minimize the amount of paperwork and documentation you carry in your wallet on a daily basis. If you must carry your business card with you, store it in a separate area. Another option is to have a separate smaller wallet with just the essentials. You can use this wallet when you're going out on the town or into a situation where the risk of having your wallet stolen is higher.

polka dot plate

I ran across this just a few min. ago and thought it was sooooooooooooooo cute!!! So, I thought I would share... To get directions to make it go HERE
Another cute blog for fun ideas is HERE
ENJOY! Love you girls!

posted by da bergs

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

ta-ta-ta- tasty- tastyyyyy

there are no words. just joy.

most of the women reading this have probably eaten a Ben's cookie in London or gone to what is now called bear country cookies in SLC, but for those of you who haven't good news. I just found this little treatie mc treaterton.

I'm going to see how close I can get the recipe to taste like the real thing this weekend, but the best news is if if doesn't work I can buy a box for 20.00 and let me tell you that is a steal. no one believes me when i say these are the best cookies ever made, until they try them. I'm telling the truth here people they will CHANGE your life. I think I might buy the cookie mix too...

omg, I'm pumped!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's! (Almost)

St. Patrick's is always a fun holiday at my house, as it is also my mom's birthday. Tradition requires that we have corned beef and cabbage: traditional Irish food. She makes this fabulous dinner and we all shower her with love and presents--I'd say it's a good deal.

This year, Derek and I will have dinner at my parents and enjoy the lovely Irish heritage meal. But I realized today, that I have NO idea how to make corned beef! So, my goal this year: to learn! What am I going to do with my own kids when my mom is far away? I have to be self-sufficient, I suppose.

St. Patrick's also means the coming of green. I am a huge fan of winter, but I must admit-those first signs of spring, snow drops and crocuses, make me feel giddy for a change. I'm looking forward to green on the trees, carpets of green on the ground, and fabulous springs colors in my wardrobe (yay!).
So, Happy St. Patrick's Day!