Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Still Adjusting

I love Christmas. Like, looooove Christmas. 

In past years, I've dragged Chris with me to all sorts of Christmas-y things: the Festival of Trees, the Tree Jubilee, Temple Square to see the lights, ANY park to see the lights, sleigh rides, walking down Main Street in Cedar with cups of hot chocolate....

I'll take almost anything, people. 

But this year, with Chris working every night and me working most of them, I've realized we won't get the chance to do the Christmas things I love so much. 

And it will be a big adjustment for me. 

I miss a lot of things from our life in Cedar. 

I miss our giant Thanksgiving parties.

I miss seeing people I know around town.

I miss the cute cafe's that are open late.

I miss being able to get a freakin' scone. {SERIOUSLY. What kind of city doesn't have a good scone place??}

I miss the random late-night hangouts with friends.

 I miss friends, period.

I miss going through the drive-thru on Taco Tuesday with ten people shoved into the car. 

I miss the un-plowed roads in the winter, the cops who have nothing better to do than bust up our bonfires, and I even miss ducking my head to avoid my professors in the grocery store {because what can we possibly have to say to one another, anyway?}. 

But I suppose this move has given us a few things, too. 

I like being close to family. A 45-minute drive is immensely better than a 4-hour one. 

I like not having a bunch of single, loud, pretending-they're-not-smoking guys living above us.

I like learning to explore by myself. 

I like developing closer relationships with the few people we do know here. 

I like not having I'm-falling-off-the-edge-of-the-world gutters on every street.

And just as of a couple weeks ago, I like having my first-ever calling that does NOT involve playing the piano {i've literally only had piano-involved callings for the last TWELVE. YEARS.}.

So I guess I'm not really complaining, but I'm not really celebrating, either. This move has been full of lots of ups and downs, and I suppose I'm just going to have to learn to live with it. 

Because hey, c'est la vie.

{those four semesters of french weren't entirely wasted.}

Monday, November 19, 2012

I Eat When I'm Bored

Have you ever wasted an entire hour just staring into the fridge?

I certainly hope so, because then you might find this post helpful. I am currently OUT of ideas to write about. Work has picked up with the holiday season, so I don't have a whole lot of time to craft or sew. And the most exciting place we've been lately was Scheel's. 

They do have crazy amounts of stuffed animals and this awesome, 3-pillar, overhead fish-tank. 

That picture doesn't even do it justice.

But anyway, back to my point......boredom and food. I know my blog has been a little boring as of late, so as compensation I'm offering you this:

Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Bread. It's as delicious as it looks. So when you start wondering how I got so boring, instead of staring into the fridge you can make this. 


  • 2 C. flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 C. sugar
  • 1/2 C. canola oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 15-oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1 C. dried cranberries
  • 1/2 C. walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan {or a couple of smaller ones}. 

In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Add the pumpkin puree and mix well. Add dry ingredients, stir until combined. Gently add in cranberries and walnuts. 

Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan{s}. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the pan for 5 minutes before placing on a wire rack.

This bread is just so perfect for this time of year! It will make your house smell yummy, feel warm from the oven, and it's totally comfort food. 

And maybe if you don't smear a big slab of butter on each piece like I do, it could be considered healthy.

Friday, November 2, 2012

DIY Maxi Skirt Madness

Am I a maxi-skirt-making fiend?

Yes. Yes I am. This is the THIRD maxi skirt I've made, and I love them all!

And per usual, I got so impatient excited that I didn't think to take any pictures of how I made it. But I'll describe it as best I can.


2 1/3 yards knit fabric
matching thread

First, measure where you want the skirt to sit on your waist. I like mine to sit higher, so I measured my natural waist {just above my belly button}. Then, trace out two giant triangles on your fabric. They should look kinda like this {but nicer} {and straighter}.

The shorter line on top is the length of your waist measurement PLUS seam allowance. Widening the skirt at the bottom will create some nice draping once its all sewn together. I think I even made mine flare out more than the picture. Make sure the skirt is long enough for the shoes you want to wear with it {i always wear mine with heels, so my skirt length is pretty long}.

Next, sew your two pieces together. 

This is intense, I know. 

Now onto the waistband of your maxi skirt. I wanted to ruche mine, so I cut out two rectangles that were the length of the top of my skirt {my waist measurement plus seam allowance}, and about 7 inches wide. If you don't want to ruche yours, make them 3 or 4 inches wide, whatever your preference is.

Then, sew the two rectangles together to form a loop. Hem the top using a stretch stitch or elastic thread. 

Iron in the bottom hem and pin to your skirt. Sew using a stretch stitch or elastic thread, hemming and attaching the waistband simultaneously. 

Lastly, if you wanted a ruched waistband, sew down the side seams of the waistband using elastic thread in your bobbin. This should give you a nice gathered look.

Woo-hoo! You're done! 

DIY maxis are my favorite. They're comfortable, easy, and comfortable. 
{it counts twice.}

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