Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Off It Goes!

While tidying today and working on projects for my sister's bridal shower coming up this weekend, I came across the braid of hair I had cut off about 3 weeks ago. I realized I need to get it sent off to Locks of Love and that I never posted before and after pictures, so here they are!
I didn't cut my hair because I wanted to donate it. I cut it because it was getting a little to frizzy/tangly for me to deal with. It just happened that I had enough to send. The braid measures 15 inches, so the hair is probably a little longer than that! I'll drop it in the mail tomorrow.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Raspberry Cordial


Tonight I'm going to a friend's house to watch Anne of Green Gables and work on crafty projects. I was thinking about what kind of snack I should take that would fit with the movie theme. When we were on Prince Edward Island I found an Anne of Green Gables Cookbook but didn't buy it because it was a little on the spendy side. Today I remembered there was a recipe for Raspberry Cordial in that book. Tom googled around a bit for me and found this yummy recipe!

Ingredients:
  • 2 packages frozen, unsweetened raspberries
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 5 tbs. lemon juice
  • 10 cups boiling water
  • 1 lemon
Directions:
  1. Warm raspberries on the stove, adding sugar once it won't sift to the bottom and burn. Simmer on medium for about 30 minutes, until berries are mashed and sugar is dissolved.
  2. Pour the mixture through a sieve or fine strainer to extract juice. Discard seeds and pulp.
  3. Add lemon juice (equivalent to juice of 2 lemons).
  4. Boil 10 cups of water and mix in juice.
  5. Let cordial cool then transfer to refrigerator.
  6. Slice lemon and add to juice when you serve it.
I think it came out tasting pretty yummy!



Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentine's Day

Tom and I had a fun day celebrating our 6th Valentin's Day together! We enjoyed a lazy morning at home, ran a quick errand, then drove to Lake Sammamish State Park to walk around. Oh, and Tom gave me pearl earrings!






After taking a few pictures and getting cold from the wind, we drove into Issaquah to eat dinner at Red Robin. You may thing Red Robin is a funny place for Valentine's dinner, but for us it's not! We got dessert at Red Robin the night Tom asked me out, ate dinner there the day we got engaged, and again ate dinner there after our wedding. We didn't have time to make it to our normal church service so we decided to check out the Mars Hill UW campus since they have a 7pm service. It was fun to go to church in the same room that Tom graduated in, but pretty strange being some of the oldest people there!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Opening Ceremony Celebration

Tom and I really enjoy the Olympics, and have talked about hosting an Opening Ceremony party for a while. After a lot of thought and talking with my friend Heather, we decided to make some fondue and ask people to bring things to dip. Heather came early to help me slice bread, fruit, and make the fondue recipes.

We ended up with 17 people! Some of our friends from Canada were able to join us and helped explain some of the legends in Canadian history that were being portrayed in the ceremony's performances. They also brought one of the cute stuffed mascots, Quatchi.


Tom and I both enjoyed the Celtic selections and the people flying around on cables. The vocal performances were a little less exciting, except for the Opera singer with big big hair. (Tom's pretty sure that both small and large animals live in there.) Now we're excited to watch some of our favorite competitions over the next few weeks!

Here are a couple of the fondue recipes we used:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Playing Catch Up!

It's been a while since I've posted, so I thought that once again I'd share some of what we've been up to!

December - We had an early Christmas celebration with my family since Alex and Kelly spent the break in Arizona with his family. Kelly had a bunch of us girls over early in the day to make a bunch of yummy cookies, followed by my family Christmas dinner and gift opening.

On Christmas Eve Tom and I went to a Sushi restaurant in Bothell for lunch, then did our own little Christmas at home. We went to the Christmas Eve service at church with both of our families and spent the rest of the evening with Tom's parents. We went to my family's house on Christmas morning, followed by a family gathering in West Seattle at Tom's Grandma's home.


January - I had some minor surgery the first week of January in preparation for our upcoming embryo transfer. We spent a few evenings with our good friends Patrick and Heather, learning how to play the card game Magic. We actually played in a pre-release tournament with them at the end of the month!

Our church's women's retreat was mid-month at Suncadia, just on the other side of Snoqualmie Pass. Tom was able to go with me. On our way over we stopped at Snoqualmie Falls because it had been raining so much. Tom helped haul a car full of Costco food in and out, got some good reading time in, and spent an evening with his brother, Dave in Ellensburg. It was a pretty weekend! The retreat was lots of fun with some good teaching on Godly contentment. I shared part of my testimony which was a little intimidating since I'd never spoken in a group larger than about 15 before!


Tom and I have been experimenting with soap making for a little while, but this month I made a batch that smells and looks like real soap!

I also spent a Friday night with Alex and Kelly, a friend, and my parents assembling and addressing wedding invitations! I'll post some pictures of that on my art blog soon!

February - So far, this month has been busy! I've made Valentine cards, crocheted a heart garland for our living room, started a few new sewing projects, started researching candle making, and have continued a knitting project. Tom has been busy working on our tax return, sorting his Star Wars Decipher cards, and reading. We've played a few more games of Magic, and are learning how to build better decks. We've made some fun new friends in our community group. Oh, and I got my hair cut... really short. I'll post more on some of these things later!