Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Teton Wedding

Here's a sneak peek at the wedding I coordinated this past weekend. It was absolutely beautiful with the old barn next to the ceremony site and the Tetons in the background. Unfortunately this is the only photo I have (and it's from my phone). It poured on Danny and I while we set everything up so there was no time for photo taking on my part. Thankfully, the rain stopped just in time for the ceremony. It was totally low key, relaxing, and the bride looked gorgeous. Hopefully I can snag some photos from the guests and bride and groom to show you soon.

Friday, August 26, 2011

To the Weekend!

Happy Friday! Today I'm preparing for a wedding I'm coordinating tomorrow for my friends Sarah and Evan. The outdoor ceremony is in Grand Teton National Park and then we'll be heading back to town for the reception. It's going to be beautiful! I'll be back next week with more details and hopefully lots of pictures. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I'm Super Lame and Corny

Warning: Not only am I super lame and corny... but I'm also behind the times. Because I know this video came out at like (and yes- I just spewed out like *like* a teenage valley girl) the beginning of summer... and I'm just now finding out about it. But I love it so much.

Back in the days when music television used to actually play music videos (and not 10,000 reality shows), my mom used to have CMT on in the background on Saturday and Sunday mornings. So a couple of weekends ago, I did the same thing for old time sake... and even though there was only about a half hour left until My Big Fat Redneck Wedding or whatever other reality show was coming on, I happened to catch Lady Antebellum's "Just A Kiss" music video. And maybe it's because I love to travel, or maybe it's because I'm super lame and corny, but I just fell in love with the whole thing. If you haven't seen it already, definitely click below to watch for yourself

Monday, August 22, 2011

Travel, Travel, Travel

As of late, the husband and I have been addicted to HGTV... in particular House Hunters International. That show is awesome! And of course it leaves us pondering if we could ever leave everything to live abroad for awhile. Sure we left everything we knew to move to a different state... but leaving the country is just a whole other ball game. We're particularly drawn to the town of Ronda in southern Spain. And even though we'll probably never move there, we're thinking of planning a trip there within the next couple of years now... we shall see

Have you ever thought of moving abroad? Where would you go?

Image found through Julia Elizabeth on Pinterest, Image by 3LambsGraphics

Friday, August 19, 2011

To the Weekend

I hope you all have a wonderfully, relaxing weekend. See you back here next week

Image via citrushearts

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Chocolate Hazelnut Drop Cookies

Since I worked all through this last weekend, yesterday was supposed to be my day off- my day to relax. But I got a call from the management company we rent for and found out the owner of our property had decided to put it up for sale- so they and a realtor would be coming by to take pictures. Commence me cleaning like a crazy person! I finished within 5 minutes of them arriving. And afterwards, instead of then taking the remaining time to relax, I decided to make homemade flour tortillas and chimichurri sauce for some carne asada tacos that night. And after I finished and had cleaned our kitchen for the 3rd time that day, I picked up a new magazine, plopped on the couch and turned on an old episode of Giada at Home I had taped for the background. But I didn't get 3 pages into my magazine before I saw Giada making something that I had all the ingredients for in my house. So... instead of making note of it for the future, my non- relaxing self hopped back off the couch, and made these Chocolate Hazelnut Drop Cookies- and they are pretty dang good :)

Ingredients: (I cut this recipe in half for my husband and I: but below are the original measurements)
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter at room temp
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread (like Nutella)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix butter and powdered sugar in mixer until creamy.

Add vanilla and mix again.

Add flour. Mix on low speed at first and then quicken.

Add chocolate hazelnut spread and mix again. Yum...

Use ice cream scooper and place rounded dough on parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Bake 8- 10 minutes (10 for me). Cool on wire rack.

Once cookies are cool, roll in powdered sugar.

And enjoy!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Listening to...

Lately I've been listening to these two songs I heard in Crazy, Stupid, Love. (love that movie by the way!). My husband downloaded them when we got home and I find myself playing them about once a day. So I thought I'd put them on here too. Enjoy

Almanac by The Acorn:

Blood by The Middle East:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Out of Town Guests: Round 3

We have been so blessed with the amount of people willing to come visit us on their vacation time- I mean seriously- we live a minimum of 16 hours away from each of our visitors. And we've had such a great time with each of them. This time in particular was our first time having guests with small children. Oh and I just fell in love with them- just look at little Jackson here (his name is so fitting). Their last day here we took the drive to Yellowstone to hopefully see some animals for the kids. And not even 5 miles out of town we saw a moose and her calf walking along the side of the road. Not to shabby...

This is definitely the busiest time of year to visit Yellowstone. Just look at all the visitors waiting for Old Faithful to spout off...

While waiting for Old Faithful, you can watch people walking around the other hot springs and such...

And then just like clockwork, Old Faithful erupts and every one's eyes and cameras are glued on the event... except mine... because I was watching everyone else like a creeper

Once finished, the crowds all get up at the same time to create this semi controlled chaotic scene... keep a close eye on your children... even if you have to drag them

Danny charging through the mob of a crowd with Madison on his back

After Old Faithful, we hit up Midway Geyser Basin...

And Danny and I posed for a picture

If you're ever in Yellowstone, I highly recommend Midway Geyser Basin- it's absolutely beautiful with all the colors

And if you look closely on the orange part, you can even see the imprint of bison hooves from when they walk through

And then next to the bison hooves you've got mine

Jackson taking the view in from atop his dad's shoulders

And no trip to Yellowstone would be complete without my favorite animal. We saw a whole herd of bison on the hill, but I liked this guy since he was up close

Thanks for enduring my multiple posts filled with pictures of bison :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Flank Steak on Texas Toast with Chimichurri

I made these flank steak sandwiches the other night for dinner and my husband and I both loved them! I'll definitely be making them again in the future.

The chimichurri and flank steak: (You can use the ingredients below for the chimichurri or I used the recipe for the chimichurri sauce I used before here)

  • 1 1 1/2 to 2-pound flank steak
  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley cleaned and large stems removed, finely chopped (by hand or use food processor)
  • 1/2 cup baby arugala, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlice minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

  • Searing the steak and making the sandwich:
    • 1 brioche pullman loaf or if you prefer a white pullman loaf (I used potato bread)
    • 1/4 cup mayo
    • 1 beefsteak or heirloom tomato, sliced
    • Soft butter for bread
    • salt before you sear and pepper after
    • 2 tablespoons Chimichurri to mix with mayo (We love chimichurri so I used 3.5 tablespoons)
  1. For chimichurri, place all ingredients except flank steak into a bowl, stir to combine.
For the steak, cover both sides of the steak with some of the chimichurri, put in ziplock bag and refrigerate for one or two hours. Cover and refrigerate the rest of the chimichurri
Remove steak from refrigerator approximately 45 minutes before you are going to cook it. Scrape off some of the chimichurri, salt the steak and let rest.
While steak is resting prepare the other ingredients: slice tomato, slice bread in 1-inch thick slices, mix the mayonnaise and chimichurri
To sear the steak: First with a paper towel pat the steak to remove any excess moisture. In a very hot fry pan lay steak, let it sear without disturbing it. Cook approximately 3-4 minutes on each side for a medium rare steak. (You will have to judge exactly how long to sear based on the thickness of the steak. I did 5 minutes on 1 side and 4 on the other for medium rare) Remove from pan, lay on cutting board, pepper the steak now, let rest 5-10 minutes
While steak is resting, heat a fry pan (if you have one with ridges it will make nice grill marks on the bread). Spread butter on each side of bread, place in hot pan and grill, about a minute per side (Mine were soggy at 1 minute so I did about 2 minutes per side and they turned out perfect)
While grilling the toast, I also made a side of buttered mushrooms
When steak has rested, slice thinly, cutting across the grain. To put your sandwich together, spread the chimichurri mayonnaise on each side of bread,
Lay meat on bread, then add the tomato, (I also added some fresh greens and cheese), other slice of bread, and enjoy!

Recipe from food52

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Listening to...

Last night my husband and I went and saw Amos Lee in concert. And it was AMAZING. Definitely one of the most relaxing concerts I've ever been to. Plus the venue at the Center for the Arts is so intimate that he took requests for a portion of the night and then stepped out after the concert to sign autographs. And as much as I've always loved his music, I think he actually sounds better live... if that's possible. Here are 3 of my favorites...

Monday, August 8, 2011

Super Quick Coffee Cake

I made this coffee cake for breakfast on my husband's birthday. It's incredibly easy and quick- something I was aiming for so that I wouldn't wake him... I wanted the scent of the coffee cake to do that :)

  • 1.5 cups of sifted all- purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of double- acting baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 3 tablespoons of melted butter
  • Butter, cinnamon and sugar for topping

Sift flour and measure 1.5 cups. Add the flour to the baking powder, salt, cinnamon and sugar, and sift again. Combine the beaten egg, milk. and melted butter, and stir into the dry ingredients. Beat until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Pour the batter into a buttered, 8- inch square pan, dot the top liberally with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until brown, puffy, and done through. Enjoy!

Friday, August 5, 2011

To the Weekend

Round 3 of our guests just left this morning. This was the first time we've ever had a family with kids visit; and it was so fun seeing things through their eyes. The kids enjoyed just picnicking in the park across the street from us... something I haven't done the entire time we've been out here. It was also great catching up with my oldest friend (we've been friends since preschool) and reminiscing about old times. So now it's time to get back to work, clean the house, and maybe even do a little napping... I hope you all have a wonderfully, relaxing weekend.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Old- Fashioned Banana Cake

One afternoon while my husband was on his way back from climbing a mountain (he'd started the night before at midnight- crazy man!)- I thought I would surprise him with one of his favorite things upon his return- banana bread. But instead of the traditional banana bread- I decided to give Ms. Ina Garten's sweeter version a try- old fashioned banana cake. And oh my goodness I'm so glad I did... because it is now one of my favorite things too.

Because Danny had taken my camera for the climb, I used the camera on my phone for these photos. They're nothing special- but it was kind of fun using some of the camera apps I downloaded forever ago and had never used... you'll see...

  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 2 cups all- purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (if you please... I did not)
  • Cream Cheese frosting (homemade or store bought)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 2- inch round cake pan.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the bananas...

granulated sugar...

and brown sugar on low speed until combined.

With the mixer still on low, add the oil and eggs...

sour cream...


and orange zest. Mix until smooth.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in the chopped walnuts now if you please

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, turn out onto a cooling rack, and cool completely.

Spread the frosting thickly on top of the cake. And enjoy...

Recipe from Barefoot Contessa's How Easy Is That?