Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

Thank- you to our troops; those who dedicated and dedicate their lives to our country for us. Happy Memorial Day.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Friday!

Have a wonderful weekend. Mine will be spent working and hopefully enjoying some snow. See you on Monday! Image source here

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The First Few Days...

After driving halfway across the United States...and enjoying the beautiful scenery... We were in Jackson. My best friend flew in the day after we got there to help us settle in and unpack. But we couldn't have her fly all this way and not take her out- what kind of hosts would we be? So we decided to explore the national parks. Yellowstone was still closed from our entrance so we stuck with Grand Teton National Park.As you can see, it was still pretty frozen over.Maverick was scared to death of the frozen lake and kept trying to run away (he succeeded once).After because you can only stare at frozeness for so long, we headed back to our place...where we had a wonderful wine and cheese party to warm us up. We have this cute (and expensive) meat and fish company right by our house with tons of fresh cheese, salami, and smoked salmon. It was gooooodUp next- we go river rafting and see a bunch of wildlife

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Homemade Soup...

Because it's been so cold in Jackson lately, I've found myself making a lot of soup to warm us up. I used to just warm up a can of whatever we found at the grocery store- but I'm not a huge fan of all the sodium and preservatives found in many of them. So I've started making my own, healthier versions at home.

Here's the recipe for my quick and easy vegetable soup:

Ingredients:
  1. 2 cups of brown or white rice
  2. 1/2 of a brown onion
  3. 1 clove of garlic
  4. 1 bell pepper
  5. 1- 2 large carrots
  6. 1 cucumber
  7. 1/2 Package of Tofu
  8. chicken, vegetable, or beef broth
  9. soy sauce
  10. extra virgin olive oil
Cook 2 cups of rice and set aside. I do this earlier in the day so the rice is ready when I go to make the soup.

Saute the onion in 2 tblspns of evoo on medium high heat for about 5 minutes. Next add the garlic and saute with the onion for about a minute- remove the garlic before it burns. Next add in the chopped bell peppers (I used green.) While the peppers and onion are cooking, skin your carrots and add slivers to pot. Follow with chopped cucumbers.

After cucumbers have warmed through, add tofu and soy sauce. I use about 2 tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce. Stir and let sit for about 1 minute. Add the rice and a bit more soy sauce. After the rice warms through- add broth (I used a low sodium, organic beef broth).

Let simmer until warm and then serve. This soup is great for cold days and very filling. Serves about 4-5 people as a main course.

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Road

Here are some shots I snapped from the road.

We were fortunate enough to have a very beautiful drive up to Wyoming. We drove through deserts, mountains, heat, rain, and snow...We drove through beautiful landscapes... and I tried to limit my photo snapping while simultaneously drivingDanny and I had to drive separately since he was driving the moving van- but luckily I had my sweet puppy to keep me company... even if he was a little tired of my singingAnd after 935 miles, we were at our new home... a town I can't wait to tell you more about

Friday, May 21, 2010

Happy Friday!!


We made it! And as of yesterday afternoon, we finally have internet in our new house- which means I can finally start blogging again! Yay! Next week I'll kick off on our adventure of moving across the country (as you can see above- it's much colder than it was last May when we were here)- as well as my new blog design! Didn't Joy do an amazing job?!! I can't wait to brag like a proud parent about her next week. She took all of my scrambled ideas about what I wanted and turned them into something beautiful. She is simply put- AMAZING- in every sense of the word.

Until then- Have a Wonderful Weekend and See you Next Week!

~Brandi

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Traveling...

So the husband and I have left for our Grand Adventure! Which means incredible excitement for us... but light posting here for the next week or so. I will be taking tons and tons of photos however and will try to upload some along the move. Also- a new and beautiful blog design is in the works and should be up next time we talk! YAY!!
See you soon! :)
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Monday, May 3, 2010

Canadian Honeymoon: Ucluelet and Victoria

This is the final post of our Canadian Honeymoon Road Trip through Vancouver Island. After we left Tofino, we headed about a half hour down the road to the small town of Ucluelet. I followed Trip Advisor's recommendations and booked us 2 nights at the Terrace Beach Resort.

Jason Priestly (from the original 90210) and his family own this place; and it's so wonderfully down to earth and beautiful all at the same time.

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Because the two person beachfront cabin was already booked, they gave us the 3 story beachfront cabin for the same price. 3 story cabin for two people?! We had fun :) Here are the adorable room keys attached to fishing luresWe stayed in the cabin on the left, named the Sea Star. You enter in on the middle level...And then we had this gorgeous view from each of our 2 balconies... it reminds me of the lagoon from Peter Pan.A hop, skip, and a jump away from our cabin was the entrance to the Wild Pacific Trail. Can you tell from my face that I thought it looked a little spooky?But the trail ended up being absolutely amazing and we were soon led out to the oceanThe trail also takes you by an old lighthouse that's really cute. I don't know why but Mr. E and I decided to pose opposite the lighthouse hereAfter the long hike, I couldn't wait to get back and take a nice long bubble bath... that looked out over this gorgeous viewAfter 2 days, it was time to pack up once again and head on down to Victoria. Before leaving, we both scouted out two different places we would take over if we lived here. This cute coffee house would be mine- I was already visualizing the cute library I would create so guests could order their coffee and pastries- and then relax in the next room and read a good bookMr. E chose this abandoned red building for himself. This is the site of his future surf shopAnd then we were off. Driving with the windows down and taking picturesEven though we had taken the same road up, it looked completely fresh to us without rainOur last night we stayed at the Oswego Hotel in the capital city of Victoria.We decided to balance out our very nature driven honeymoon with some city life before we went home.The Victoria Government Parliament Building was fun to see...as was the beautiful Fairmont EmpressWe also enjoyed checking out all the street performersDarth Vader playing the violin was definitely Mr. E's favoriteI enjoyed walking around the shops and splurged on some good chocolates. Mr. Espresso also bought me a beautiful Pyrrha necklace as a wedding gift. He had asked me a few weeks before our wedding if I would mind getting my wedding gift on our honeymoon instead of traditionally right before the wedding. He wanted me to have something from our honeymoon spot so I would always have a special token from our trip. I loved the idea and now I love my necklace which reads, "Unique though two," in French, stamped from an old wax seal of two birds.

After our short time in Victoria, it was then time to go home. But unlike most vacations, I couldn't wait. Our new home was waiting for us. All of our wedding presents were calling out to be opened. And we were married. I couldn't wait for just a normal day of married life.

And hive- it's been wonderful. Married life has been an ongoing adventure of ups and downs. But I've had Mr. Espresso beside me the entire time- with great conversation, making me laugh, and loving me every single day. And now, we're getting ready to start our next Great Adventure of moving across the country... we actually leave tomorrow morning! Leaving jobs in the corporate world for jobs in the adventure industry. Leaving our home city of 2,200,000 people for a small town of 8,700. Leaving sunny southern California for a place that we'll have a White Christmas.

Life is great right?! Thanks for letting me come back and do my honeymoon recaps. I hope the information helped and if any of you have any questions, let me know.

Have a wonderful day!