Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas

Christmas was so amazing this year. We split up the holiday: Christmas Eve with my step dad; and then Christmas morning with my mom, Christmas lunch with Danny's parents, and Christmas dinner with my Dad and Grandma Chicken. We even had a Christmas Kidnapping Mystery Party on December 26th! This Christmas was even more special to us since we'll be living out of the state next year. I'll definitely go into the details of our holiday later, but for now I just wanted to wish you a relaxing and wonderful New Year's week!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!!

I'll be taking the rest of the week off from posting to spend time with my family and friends. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!! See you Monday!
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Disneyland!

I love going to Disneyland. But I love going to Disneyland even more when it's decorated for the holidays! Usually Danny and I buy annual passes, but since we'll be moving, we decided against it this year. Plus- I got in free since it was my birthday!

Here's the Haunted Mansion all decked out in Nightmare Before Christmas style!
Looking down Main Street... Cinderella's Castle decked out in snow...Being at Disneyland, on my birthday, with my sexy man makes me act like thisWe had so much fun and were able to ride all the rides we wanted to. I want to go back...

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Monday, December 21, 2009

PASSED MY CBEST!!!

Last night I found out that I passed my CBEST! CBEST stands for California Basic Educational Skills Test. The Timeline went like this:
  • November 30th: Last Day at my Job
  • December 1st- 3rd: Study like crazy for CBEST
  • December 4th: Relax
  • December 5th: CBEST
  • December 21st: Results bring Good News!

I want to sub at elementary schools before we leave for Wyoming. This job will enable me to still have the time to plan for our move... as well as work in an environment with fun little youngsters. Next step: Apply with the district

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Black Bottom Cupcakes

Every time I make these cupcakes I get requests for the recipe. I saw it in a Rachel Ray magazine a couple years ago and have been making them ever since. They taste AMAZING! And now I'm going to pass on the recipe to you for any last minute baking.

Ingredients:8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2-1/2 cups sugar
Salt
1 large egg yolk
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
2-1/4 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1-1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper or foil baking cups. Using an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Add the egg and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, the remaining 1-1/2 cups sugar, 3/4 teaspoon salt, the baking soda and cocoa powder. Add 1-1/2 cups water, the oil, vinegar and vanilla and stir until smooth.
Fill each baking cup two-thirds full with the cake batter and top with 1 tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture.Bake until the edges are firm to the touch, about 25 minutes. And then Enjoy!! The melted chocolate chips in the middle of the homemade cream cheese frosting are delicious!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Weekend!

I'm heading off for a girl's weekend with my best friend in Palm Springs... gotta love Birthday week
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Today is my Birthday!

I'm 25 today! Danny took the day off and we're going to go run around like kids at Disneyland to celebrate!
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Case of the Messed Up Address Book


Yesterday I started writing out my Christmas cards... a little late in the game I know, but as I was doing so- I realized how completely out of date and messed up my address book is. First off I have so many old addresses for people that 1/3 of it is out of date. I know the rule is to write in pencil and hopefully I'll start this tradition with my next address book, but seriously- I was crossing off names left and right yesterday. Secondly, I have so many names and old and new addresses in there that I've started converting unused sections into different letters. The Letters B and R really seem to take up a lot of room. So now I have to go searching through multiple letter sections just to find a completely different letter.
In conclusion, the purpose of this out of the ordinary rant is just to say... I think it's time for a new Address Book.

Weekend Mountain Wedding: Cheers!

When we had finished taking pictures at the abandoned house and open field, we headed back to the venue to join our guests. Brian announced us as Mr. and Mrs; and we made our way in! Our guests stand and cheer us on!Danny starts to break into some dance moves...I start shaking my tail feather...And when we get to our (very) long head table, we realize something just isn't right.

Woops! We're short one chairSo after we're done playing musical chairs and all settled, my maid of honor Chris starts with her speech. She later gave me a copy as well so that I could keep it forever.

It was so sweet and meaningful. And I loved that not only did she talk of some very special memories between the two of us, but also of her friendship with Danny that has been growing over the years. This is my road trip partner. My first roomie. And my very best girlfriend. She absolutely embodies the word "kind."And when we all go to toast at the end of her speech...

Woops #2! We realize our glasses are full of... nothing. The guests had all been served but our glasses had been forgotten. So we raised our empty glasses, and pretended to drink the finest of bubbly. Have to keep the crowd entertained you know ;)The guests with their "real" drinks"Next it was time for Best Man #1 to speak. Danny has three close friends from childhood. They each now have different interests and have very different personalities, but they have a "Standy By Me" type of bond that has kept them all together throughout time.Here he is entertaining the crowd with a story of how Danny once put a bike lock around his own head (as a kid, not recently :) ) and then lost the key.His toast finishes and we kiss.
Next it's time for Best Man #2 to speak. And let's just say...
Best Man #2 had a little too much to drink. ;) The speech was short. He was nervous. And there were some awkward pauses... And some faces like this in the crowd...The best part however was when he got nervous and decided to end the speech with, "So I hope you guys works out... Cheers" I mean look at the waiter's face... he does not approve! But we thought it was hilarious. I mean really? You hope we work out? Well, we got married today so we're putting a pretty big hope in that too :) But honestly- neither Danny or I were upset in the least bit. He really is a nice guy. Now it's just a funny memory... a fuzzy one for Best Man #2, and we roast him about it ALOT :)Next up was my darling, sarcastic, witty, and beautiful little sister. She had never planned on giving a speech. I only knew she had decided to because, as I said goodnight to her the night before, I saw that she was hard at work at it.

And it was so incredibly special. My sister may be almost 8 years younger than me, but she is so intelligent and mature that she could full anyone of her age.
She had us laughingAnd crying...And not just me. Bridesmaids, guests... we were all crying!Besides Danny, I've never meant anyone who could articulate their feelings into words so perfectly. We are so blessed that she decided to surprise us with a speech we'll never forget.

Here we are in our sister hugWith the end of the toasts began the beginning of clanking... and I didn't mind the least bit ;)
Some toasts are perfect. Others... not so much ;) But being surrounded by people who love you and conquer stage fright to tell you how much they do, and in front of 180 other people, is incredibly special...

Any really good or bad speech experiences out there?


Miss Something? Catch up Here:

Weeked Mountain Wedding: Details, Details, and More Details
Weekend Mountain Wedding: an Abandoned House and an Open Field
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Bridge, Part 2Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Bridge, Part 1Weekend Mountain Wedding: It's All Relative
Weekend Mountain Wedding: A Whole Lot of Love
Weekend Mountain Wedding: We Say I Do!!!
Weekend Mountain Wedding: A Walk Beneath the Pines
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Procession of Little Black Dresses
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Clock Strikes Two
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Dress Comes On
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Fancy Men at Dreamland
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Time to Get Beautified
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Morning Time
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Fancy vs. Not Fancy at the Rehearsal
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Day BeforeWeekend Mountain Wedding: Proof That It Did In Fact Happen

All photos by the amazingly talented Sandra Salisbury

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Man

And here we have the Holiday Gift Guide for the Man. Danny compiled this list for me of things he's personally wishing for. The only thing that wasn't from him was idea # 7- and that's just because I already got him that in the past.

Disclaimer: Just because something is on the list doesn't mean I purchased it for Danny (in case he's reading).


Gift Idea #1: A Fly Fish Tying Kit. Danny and I will be moving to the wilderness soon so wants to learn how to tie his own flies. I secretly want to raid the stash just for the feathers!Gift Idea #2: A nice winter coat. I bought Danny one a few years ago and then lost it at our wedding. So... I kind of owe him oneGift Idea #3: an Underwater Camera. For the man who loves to surf- these present is perfect


Gift Idea #4: Fun Guy Movies he hasn't had a chance to buy yetGift Idea #5: Concert/ Sporting Event Tickets. Danny and I have bought a lot of tickets for each other in the past and it always gives us something to look forward to.Gift Idea #6: Clothing. Find something that your guy needs/ won't buy for himself and surprise him with it. Danny loves this surf brand called Hippy Tree that's only sold in select locations. It's always fun for me to surprise him with new stuff from their line.Gift Idea #7: Puppies! Who doesn't love a puppy?!! Now you must be totally ready to take care of one before purchasing, but just think of the love you could be bringing into both of your lives. I highly recommend getting one from a local shelter as well. A couple years ago I got Danny our puppy Maverick from a shelter by us. It was his college graduation gift; and he's been such a huge source of joy in our lives ever since. Just visit Petfinder.com to look at a shelter near you. Here are some puppies below from a shelter near me. So cute!