Wednesday, December 29, 2010


This year we had a bit of an unconventional Christmas. There was no snow, or fireplaces, or home cooked meals...


There was this...

and this...

and this...

and this

It was glorious, 10 days filled to the brim with sandy beaches, card games till all hours in the night and all those midnight soft serve/french fry runs.

heaven. on. earth.

Now the harsh reality of snowy road conditions and waking up early is forcing the 85 degree weather in the bahamas into the past, leaving me with only a memory.

A memory that could very well turn into a return plane ticket to St. Thomas if my finger dares click the mouse.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Once upon a time...

We went to the festival of the trees...

For this cute girls birthday...

And this was my favorite tree...

Then I found this Gingerbread house, it made me want to quit every thing and open a gingerbread house making factory...
Then I got depressed because I knew I was being ridiculous...

So to ease my woes we went here and I ate this...
and I was all better


Happy Birthday momma!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Sweet and Very Talented

Black Friday-a busy, exhausting day in which thousands of people all over America fight over slightly discounted items enthralled with a rush of adrenaline when finding themselves victorious in making a purchase.

The only thing that I wanted was a $34.99 Christmas Tree.

Which I got-after A LOT of hassle.
But that's another story.

After purchasing my Christmas Tree my sweet and very talented mother offered up her Christmas tree decorating services.

Which I readily accepted.

She drove an hour to my house and we started off by getting the tree up and fluffing branches.

Next we made a trip to walmat where we purchased ornaments and lights.

Then back to my apartment where we started decorating the tree where my sweet and very talented mother could work her magic.

Unfortunately we took a little detour.

Just as we began opening packages of bulbs and ribbon my sweet and very talented mother made a decision that for as long as I live will never make sense to me.

It involves wire, a serrated knife, and a finger.

I think you get the idea.

After nearly cutting off the top half of her pinky finger my mother calmly stood and made her way to my kitchen sink, exclaiming meekly:

"Manda, I think I'm going to need a band-aid"

Me still unaware of what exactly was going on I took my sweet time in my medicine closet looking for a band-aid.

After a short and unsuccessful search, I let my mom know that we didn't have any band aids and that she should just wrap a paper towel around it to stop the bleeding and then we could carry on with the decorating. I stopped mid sentence as I walked back into my kitchen to find my sink covered in blood and my sweet and very talented mothers face as white as a ghost.

I realized that a paper towel wouldn't cut it.

She asked me to look at the wound and help her decide whether or not it was "stitches worthy".

I kindly reminded my sweet and very talented mother that although at one point in my life I wanted to be a nurse, I no longer have the desire (due to may things, including a weak stomach).

She insisted.

I looked.

I'll spare you the details.


My stomach did a flippy thing and then I started to sweat and then I closed my eyes and...

She needed stitches.

We got in the car and tried to made our way to an instacare in orem, a 10 minuet drive that somehow seemed more like 110 minutes. I was freaking out. My mom was breathing heavily.

Finally we made it to the instacare where a Nurse let us know that my sweet and very talented mother cut an artery and would need 6 stitches and a very painful shot.

Mom was such a trooper, she didn't even cry. And the with a numb finger and tetanus injected arm she was still willing to come home with me and finish the tree...sans serrated blades.

At the end of the day it was a memorable experience that we'll laugh about in years to come, but more importantly my decision to not be a nurse was again validated.

Tis the Season

This year it seems like December snuck up on me so fast that I hardly even had time to recognize that it was here --busyness seems to have gotten the best of me. And although it is only 3 days into the month I have a sneaking suspicion that the remainder of the month will fly by just as quickly, leaving me no time to really
"Get into" the season.

Fortunately enough for me, Taza had a great idea on her blog that will basically force me to participate in the holiday (the way I should be). She posted a Christmas Challenge list, and recommends starting at the top of the list and working on one challenge a day, until Christmas. I am going to mix it up a bit because we will be on vacation for the holiday so instead of doing on a day in order I am going to do my best to get all the challenges done before we leave (which is on the 17th, if you were wondering...I'm sure you were wondering, right?)

If you are feeling the "rush" of the season too you should join me in completing the list, it would be good for ya!

25 Christmas Challenges...

go out of your way-- befriend someone today that needs a friend and follow through to Christmas
tell someone you love them

make a tree decoration that will remind you of Christ
in your prayers today, give thanks for every blessing without asking for anything
try to be as kind as possible to others today
try not to quarrel with family members today
do a good deed anonymously
make goals for yourself-- seal a copy in an envelope to be opened in a year
visit someone sick or lonely or sad
do volunteer work for some worthy cause
do something fun for a child or younger sibling
try to forgive someone who has wronged you, be reconciled
make a "give list" instead of a list of gifts you'd like
improve yourself in some way to please the Savior
quietly reflect and choose uplifting activities vs shopping
phone or send a card to an old friend or family member
listen to Handel's Messiah
make a Christmas treat for someone else
be a calming influence today and control your temper
accept the gift of forgiveness-- pray for some weakness and ask for help in repenting of it
look at Christmas lights... where does all light come from?
sing carols
do something nice for someone without their knowing it was you
be the first to say hello to people all day
ask someone to tell you about a past Christmas

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Let's keep it between the two of us...

But is it wrong that I want to eat the entire box?

A processed delight.

Friday, November 19, 2010

A list

Don't tell anyone but I don't hate this weather. I actually like it when the sky is grey and it's cold out. It makes me feel like listening to Norah Jones, cuddling up in my sweats, and baking something yummy.

I love this dress so much. Sometimes I refuse to take it off, I feel like I need to sleep, shower and clean in it.

I just got one of these, I am so excited to make homemade Lasagna noodles I can hardly stand it.

(Thanks Grandpa Anderson)

Thanks to my friend Erica, I am currently eating one of these:

(lion house rolls)

In one month I will be here:

The heat in my apartment is currently not opperating, making my love for these two things intensify:

Dont judge but until yesterday I had never tasted this:

Dont judge but yesterday this became my favorite:

(seriously where have i been?)

I am attempting to make this, this weekend:

Her Beef Bourguignon:

You should try too:

I'll let you know how it goes.

Oook well that got a little long, sorry I just couldn't stop. Sue me. :)

Friday, November 12, 2010


Humor me and do the following:

Go to

click Get Directions

In box A type: China

In box B type: Japan

Now scroll down to step #42 of the directions


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lite Brite

Oh my goodness this made me cry a little. People are so creative.


From the yahoo music blog:

"Using stop-motion animation (with absolutely no computer graphics or effects), more than 700,000 vintage Lite-Brite pegs, and the help of 83 friends who'll probably never want to look at another Lite-Brite peg for the rest of their lives, the David Crowder Band created the video over the course of 2,150 hours and 148 pizzas. They literally made things with light, and the result--a 2D tale of true love--is electric indeed."

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cheesy Potato Soup

You need to stop whatever you are doing and make this soup. Seriously like now. It is probably the best soup ever. This past Halloween weekend I made it twice for two different parties, on both occasions the pot was licked clean and people were begging for the recipe. The bacon grease is what makes the flavor of this soup pop in your mouth. Too often potato soup can be runny and bland, not this soup. It's so good, bacony, cheesy, chunky with potatoes. Serve it in bread bowls with a big green salad and you're sure to knock the socks off of those you're feeding. You really need to try this.

Baked Potato Soup
6 medium sized baking potatos
1 pound of bacon, cooked till crispy and crumbled
1/4 cup bacon grease
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup flour
2 tsp salt
2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp Tabasco sauce or 1/2 tsp of cayanne pepper 
6 cups chicken broth
3 cups half and half
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Chopped Green Onion
Crumbled Bacon
(More) Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Start by washing, chopping to medum sized pieces and boiling your potato's till they're slightly undercooked, they shouldn't fall apart and should still have a bite to them. While they boil, cook the bacon and reserve the grease. Set the bacon aside and in a large saucepan saute the onion and garlic in bacon grease, until fragrant and tender. Mix together the flour, salt, basil, and pepper in a small bowl. Turn the heat down and stir in flour mixture. Allow it to absorb all of the grease and stir constantly for about a minute, this will make the roux that will thicken the soup. When the mixture is clumppy and dry gradually add chicken broth whisking to break up flour clumps. Bring mixture to a boil and stir occasionaly for 2 minutes making sure the clumbs on the bottom of the pan aren't sticking, the mixture will thicken slightly. Turn down the heat to medium low and add the potatoes, cream and hot pepper sauce, stir to incorperate completely. Finally turn stove down to low and finish with adding three cups of shreded cheese and half of the crumbled bacon; heat through but do not allow to boil. Thicken the soup on the stove at low heat for about 15 minutes (or as long as you need, if you keep the heat on low the soup will stay yummy on the stove for a couple hours).  Garnish with bacon, cheese and green onions.

*this is the recipe doubled, but if you're making it for a smaller crowd 1/2 everything, it will still turn out great!

*also I've noticed that at times its not as thick as I'd like it to be, if this is the case for you mix a couple of tablespoons (like 2-4) of cornstarch or flour with some water or milk to make a runny pudding like consistency. This concoction will thicken the soup right up, if you just stir it in.

*on that same note if the soup is too thick add a splash or two of cream or broth that should thin it out to the consistancy of your liking.

*if i'm taking this soup to a party or an event I always stick it in my crock pot after I've cooked it. That way it stays nice and hot.

True Love

This is what supporting each others interests looks like.

Give and take that's what its all about.

Hi my name is...WHAT?!

Waaaay to many of my convorstaions lately have gone painfully simalar to the following:

Me: "Hi, can I help you find someone?"

Mumbler: "yeahhhimmalookinforsummuntoooummmuhhhhtiemuhshoo...?"

Me: "I'm sorry, could you repete that?"

Mumbler: (In a highly annoyed, rolling eyes, I've-already-said-it-once, type voice)


Me: (In an equally annoyed, rolling eyes, kill-em-with-kindness, type voice)

"Oh ok sir did you say that you are LOOKING for SOMEONE to TIE YOUR SHOES?"

Mumbler: "uhhuh"

Me: "Great one moment please."

Mumbler: "meuhh"

Please, please don't be a mumbler. It's not nice, or friendly, or fun. If you or someone you know is a mumbler, please call 1-800-MumblersAnnoymous
This is a serious problem people.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It Was Like Mixing Chocolate Chip Cookies With Sunshine...

Seriously sorry to post about her again but you really need to know how great the show was last night...

(haha get it "ING")

After waiting in the snowy cold for an hour we got in and she did not disapoint.
We danced, and sang and loved every second of her adorableness.
But to top it all off she coverd Miss. Brtney Spears.
I thougth I was going to pass out.
Love Ingrid.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

If my life were a musical...

She would provide the music.

And everything would be wonderful in the world.
Maybe it's the girl crush I have on Ingrid, maybe its just that I love the lyrics she writes,
maybe its because she wears stockings that are two different colors.
In any case I'm going to see her tonight and couldnt be more thrilled.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

3:57pm Thursday Afternoon

I just recieved the following text from Husb:

"Amanda, I have to tell you something. I am completely obsessed with Josh Groban's song "Remember When it Raind" am I gay?

A little bit baby, just a little bit.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Flash Back

Go back withe me if you would to 1998 - I was 12. I was an awkward 6th grader attending Knowlton Elementary. Besides wearing puffy vests from Old Navy, prank calling my boyfriend Brady and lining my eyes in white eyeliner purchased from the local Kmart, I was obsessed with this:
My aspiration in life was to be Topanga Lawrence. I wanted to date Cory Matthews, attend John Adams high, learn valuable life lessons from Mr. Feeny, and hang out with the cool kids at Chubbies.
For the past several weeks I have been dying to watch this stupid show.
I kind of want to buy all the seasons on amazon.
i love you Topanga Lawrence

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Sue us....

We love it.


The ol' blog needed a face lift, a simplification if you will. So it's been done and she's looking better than ever.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The date...

This is a post I wrote one year ago today after my last, first date
September 19th 10:57pm


The "D" word...


I am not good at this dating business. I'm awkward and weird and i am never sure of myself or the right things to say. Most of the time on dates all i do is watch the minuets drag by and pray that they'll pass quicker so that I can get home to wash my hair, or organize my dresser drawers or something else equally lame.

Tonight was my first "Provo" date, and as i sit here in my bed going over it in my mind all i can do is question myself, and analyze what he said...what i said...

uuughhhh why did i say that??!
what did he mean by that??
should i have said more?
should he have said more?
why didn't he say more?
why didn't i?
why did i wear that?
did he like it?
i wonder what he's thinking..
will we go out again?

It never ends.

And don't even think that these questions are the end of the "dating craziness" they are only the beginning. NOW, i have to worry about whether or not i add him on i text him tomorrow and say thanks again? am i supposed to ask him for a second date? Should i make the first move? is the ball in my court or his? and if the ball is in my court WHAT THE HECK AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH IT?

throw it?
keep it?
kick it?
hit it?

and if i am supposed to do any of the above listed verbs HOW am i supposed to do it?

I've never been very athletic so more likely than not my performance in the dating game will be less than impressive.

dumb. so dumb.


Somebody get me a dating advisor.

and a batch of cookie dough
Super glad I never have to deal with that again.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Addie, Mandy, and Cali

Dear California,

I hate you.

But maybe it's just because I'm jealous of your perfection.

Adam and I had the lovely opportunity to take a little summer vacation a few weeks ago. And frankly, between never seeing each other, how crazy both of our schedules can be, and how crazy they're about to get it, was something that we both really needed.

First stop was in the fabulous Las Vegas.
Adam had never experienced sin city so I felt that it was a mandatory stop.
We stayed in an amazing suite at the Paris and enjoyed a fun night out together.

Next stop was in Temecula known for a beautiful wine country. Where we stayed with Adam's awesome Aunt and Uncle and their family (They grow grapes in their backyard and I ate them and they were delicious, that makes these relatives extra super awesome).

They took us to Old town where I saw this:

Shut up, I know right?

And Ate here:

Where Adam ate his 4th Chile Relleno in two days.

(Ok maybe only his 2nd but over the course of 5 days I'm pretty sure he ate one a day.)

After our fun day with the Anderson Clan we met up with my family in Corona, where we stayed with my mom's cousin Ryan and his wife Julie and their adorable dogs.

See here:


We had a crazy day at Venice Beach.
Where Jessie turned into a teddy, Ally ate a Snow Cone the size of Mars, and where we found our inner Gilligans Island.

Then we had a jumping contest:

Why wouldn't we?

On our last day of vacation we visited the most wonderful, happiest place on earth.


Oh he loved it!

I don't understand it but they all love Bugs life.

This is us at 9am
This is us at 3pm (I'm getting too old for it)

Last, we stopped here:

Penny's diner, where you're always referred to as sweetie and the french toast is always hot.
A favorite for truckers and fifties fanatics alike.

(who happen to be in the middle of a desert.)

Oh and their walls are a white board.
Go team.

It was a great trip but instead of motivating me to jump in to a new semester of school with energy and excitement, it only left me with a lingering desire to pack my bags head back to CA for a more permanent stay.