Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tales of a Provo weekend

Saturday is a special day. It's the day I hung out with my awesome friend Shawn all day! We had a great time. We went on a lunch date to our favorite place...Chen's! (Summer bucket list #11) Then played mini golf (fo' free yo). Then got the best snow cones around town (Hokulia). Then went to Seven Peaks Waterpark and read books (fo' free yo). Lets just say...it was a bomb awesome day.

Monday I went on a hike with some of the coolest kids around. (Summer bucket list #1) We hiked down in Spanish Fork to the Fifth Water Hot Springs! (Summer bucket list #73) There were also cold springs. It was so much fun to hike, play around in the water, and become one with MN (mother nature, check the video if you're confused). But for reals. It was so much fun. Then I went to a bbq in the canyon where we threw around a frisbee and ate delicious food. (Summer bucket list #29) And I finished the day with some hot tub time!

My friends are so cool. But for reals. Check us out!

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Homemade pancakes

So for chocolate day I made everyone in the office chocolate chip pancakes! And got a million compliments, so I wanted to share the awesome recipe with y'all.

It's one of the only two recipes (the other one is a small batch of pancakes for two people--I'll share later) for pancakes I'll use. My roommates and I used to make pancakes after our early morning temple trip each week and this became our favorite recipe (we tried soo many).

Check out my pancake making in action:

Yeah, that happened. Just making some pancakes in our cubicles. SO COOL.

HOMEMADE PANCAKES: (because you can really do that)
Recipe originally found here.

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt (i actually left this out, on accident, and they were totally delicious...)
2 large eggs
1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups milk
2 tablespoons melted butter

Mix flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt (if you choose to use it..ha!). In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and 1 1/2 cups of milk. Spoon the flour mixture in, stirring until smooth. Mix in the melted butter. If the batter seems too think, add a little more milk (I always have to add a little pour or two). Cook on a hot, greased pan/griddle. Cook until bubble, a little dry around the edges, and lightly browned on the bottom. Flip and brown the other side. Serves 4-5 people.

For chocolate chip pancakes: You'll need...well as many chocolate chips as you would like! I used about a cup, but I also doubled the recipe. So it doesn't take too many. I like to just add them to each individual pancake as I pour them on the pan/griddle. It's a little more work (hardly at all), but that way the chocolate chips don't sink to the bottom of the batter. So each and every pancake gets plenty of chocolate chips!!

Serve with PEANUT BUTTER and a tiny bit of syrup (my favorite pancake topping!), or whatever you prefer.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Chocolate makes friends

Yesterday was national chocolate chip day, and my work had been looking for a reason to celebrate...so naturally we had to have a par-tay. We had SO MUCH CHOCOLATE.

Here's all the chocolate things we had:
chocolate chip pancakes
chocolate milk
chocolate chip cookies
dark chocolate cherry bread pudding
chocolate cheesecake bars
caramel brownies
chocolate-butterscotch haystacks
mini cadbury eggs
chocolate fountain (with graham crackers, animal crackers, marshmallows, pretzels, and strawberries)
white chocolate chip snickerdoodles
chocolate cake
chips ahoy cookies
dark chocolate truffles

Lets  just say it was a good day. It was seriously kinda really super awesome. Go have a chocolate party. Because chocolate makes friends. We had so many people that we have seen but never met ask if they could share in our chocolatey-goodness. It was so fun to finally meet all these people from our office.

Moral of the story: chocolate makes friends. So go have a chocolate party. RIGHT NOW! Stop reading this now. Okay I'll help you stop reading by not writing anymore.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

10 things

I found this challenge to blog everyday of May. I think it's a pretty cool challenge and I really like some of the post ideas/prompts. So maybe I'll do a few here and there. Today I'm participating in her challenge.


1. ice cream
But seriously guys. I love ice cream. BYU's Creamery makes the best flavor known to man...Graham Canyon!

2. facetime
I love facetiming my niece, nephew, siblings, and parents.

3. journaling
Oh man, I love me a good journal. I like to emphasize quotes and phrases in my journals by writing them differently or adding color. And here's some journal inspiration!

4. dresses with pockets
They're the best. we all know it.

5. laying on a blanket in the grass outside reading a book
I've been doing this lately, and it's amazing.

6. receiving letters
So old school, yet so exciting. For some of my friends (they're on missions for our church) this is the only way I hear from them and it's just so exciting to check the mail and have a wonderful letter waiting there for you. You never know quite when they're going to come. I love letters!

7. water bottles
It's such a random thing to love, but holy cow. I love me a good reusable water bottle. I have more than any one person should have (okay, it's not that bad... but I have at least three.)

8. Texas
Yes, I'm soooo proud of Texas and proud to be a Texan. If you need proof, or a good laugh at how ridiculous us Texan's are, check out my pinterest board. Mostly it makes me happy simply because it is home. It's where I grew up and figured out who I am. It will always hold a special place in my heart.

9. making stuff
Whether it be a craft, something I've sewn, or baked I love the accomplishment in making something wonderful. And love laughing at when I epically fail at making something. Pinterest fail anyone?

10. the gospel of Jesus Christ
My testimony of Christ brings me so much joy and comfort. I love the Book of Mormon, Bible and other scriptures too. I am so grateful to know of the atonement of Christ. I am proud to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know the Christ suffered for my sins, so that I can return to live with my Heavenly Father again one day.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Better things to do than drugs

So my friend showed me this water bottle the other day with the list: "better things to do than drugs." We've decided to turn it into our summer bucket list challenge. We're seeing who can finish first. Wanna join in our challenge?

Here's the list:

  1. get together with friends
  2. watch a happy video
  3. learn something new
  4. read a good book
  5. play games
  6. do an activity
  7. enjoy a hobby
  8. play a sport
  9. listen to music
  10. make something new
  11. eat a great meal
  12. go to the zoo
  13. smell a flower
  14. draw a picture
  15. take a bubble bath
  16. look at old photos
  17. smile
  18. make someone else smile
  19. finish what you start
  20. solve a riddle
  21. watch a sunset
  22. jump rope
  23. gather seashells
  24. whistle a tune
  25. read a poem 5/12 mother's day
  26. fly a kite
  27. do a favor
  28. surprise someone
  29. play catch many times... 6/24 frisbee
  30. throw a party
  31. join a club
  32. sing
  33. give a hug
  34. get a hug
  35. talk to friends
  36. wish on a star
  37. run through a sprinkler 6/22 date night
  38. go camping
  39. do a jigsaw puzzle
  40. memorize a song
  41. help a friend in need
  42. build a sand castle
  43. find a home for a stray animal
  44. write a skit
  45. do good deeds
  46. have lemonade on a hot day
  47. blow bubbles
  48. dance 
  49. exercise
  50. climb a tree
  51. run through a field of wild flowers
  52. volunteer
  53. tickle a baby's tummy
  54. play with your pet
  55. cheer someone up
  56. roll in the grass
  57. snuggle a stuffed animal
  58. swing on a swing
  59. eat ice cream
  60. walk barefoot on the sand
  61. play with a little kid
  62. do cartwheels
  63. go birdwatching
  64. give a gift
  65. play some hoops
  66. kiss a parent
  67. watch the clouds
  68. start a garden
  69. learn a language
  70. play an instrument
  71. go fishing
  72. make a gift
  73. hike
  74. set your goals
  75. phone a friend
  76. have a picnic the roomies and i had quite the adventure...
  77. think happy thoughts
  78. ride a bike
  79. watch the ocean
  80. write to friends
  81. do your best
  82. count your blessings
  83. make a poster
Sounds like a pretty good list, right? I might have to alter it a tiny bit (i.e. #68) because of my college-apartment-home. :)
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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Dear apartment 5

Two of my best friends moved away, but before they left we did some hoodrat stuff! (If you haven't ever heard of that, go watch this video. NOW. You'll thank me later.) It was an awesome "Madi and the Boys" night. Which included: going to a nickel arcade, longboarding in the courtyard, watching Psych, and a late night run to get Jarrito's soda.

We rarely actually took pictures, despite how often we hung out (probs around 4 nights a week...at least...) But finally we got our friendship documented!! It just took like 8 months to get there. :)

N & D (the two on the far left) are both gone for the summer. It's quite sad. But E and I are going to have a bombing summer here in Provo and can't wait for them to get back!

Hey Apt 5, thanks for being awesome friends. I've loved these last two semesters hanging out with y'all all the time. Thanks for providing me with a second home (I was almost there more than at my own apartment...). Can't wait for more great times when y'all get back and we can all be reunited!

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