Monday, December 28, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Here's the Haunted Mansion all decked out in Nightmare Before Christmas style!
Monday, December 21, 2009
- 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 districtImage source here
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2-1/2 cups sugar
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
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!
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.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Woops! We're short one chairHere's me making my woops! face to our guests :)So 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 Mr. Espresso 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. Mr. Espresso 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 Mr. Espresso 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 waitor'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 Mr. Espresso 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 Mr. Espresso, 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?
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Weeked Mountain Wedding: Details, Details, and More Details
Weekend Mountain Wedding: an Abandoned House and an Open Field
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Bridge, Part 2
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Bridge, Part 1
Weekend 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 Before
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Proof That It Did In Fact Happen
All photos by the amazingly talented Sandra Salisbury
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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