Wednesday, June 25, 2008

In the Food Department.

Don't die of shock, but I actually cook food. Jeff and I usually try to mix it up here and there, and I don't mean by adding broccoli to the pasta roni. We like to go all out and make fancy dinners if we can. Here is just a sampling foodwise of what we have made since we have been married:
This is coconut chicken curry, which jeff prepared. I put the rice in the rice cooker, and chopped up the cucumbers. It was fabulous, but probably would have been more awesome if we had spices to put in there. Our spice rack we got for our wedding was still in CA.

This is a recipe we just looked up on food network, I am thinking Paula Dean, called Hashbrown Quiche. We had a lot of potatoes and eggs, so instead of just boring ol' hashbrowns and scrambled eggs, we made this delightful number. We improvised, and fried up some bacon, and mixed that in. Thanks Grandma for the stylish pie dish.
We also like making desserts. We have made texas sheet cake, oatmeal cake, lemon bars, and this is some good ol' bread pudding. we added chocolate chips for fun. It actually turned out lovely, and we had some left over whipped cream that we had made for the oatmeal cake and put that on top. Delish!

Also notice our newly wed menu on the right side of this blog. You can see what we eat! I can't even imagine what could be more exciting.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

In light of Father's Day...

Cami and Emily got me in the mood to do a little father's day post. They have said their bit, and you can head over and read theirs, but I have a few things to ad. I can safely say that much of my logic and problem solving abilities come from dad. He as taught me that if something needs to get done, you do whatever needs to be done.

First and foremost, I would like to say dad has ALWAYS put his family first in his life. I can't think of a time where dad didn't sacrifice everything in anyway for us. A few specific times stand out in my mind: Once our Disneyland tickets didn't go through, and we were stuck at the front gates with no tickets. So, dad makes a few calls, jumps in a taxi, goes to the Disney Store at the nearest mall, and in less than an hour, we have tickets.

There have been days where dad has already been to Provo twice, and I call up after having a bad day, and dad happily drives down to Provo again to pick me up.

I can't even count how many time I have randomly called up dad with car troubles, or computer troubles, and he will stop what ever he is doing and completely change my breakpads or battery.

Like Cami said, dad knows everything. As Jake always says, Dad first, then wikipedia.

And of course, Dad is hilarious. Emily mentioned the "Family Christmas Party" incident. I still laugh out loud about that.

Also, dad is one of the bravest people I know. He will eat anything after its expiration date, even if it is to see if it is rotten. Yes, he will eat it.

Dad is not afraid of anyone or anything. Dad has so many family and friends who love him so much, and I think a lot of that is due to his genuine, charismatic personality.

I must say that in my last years of high school when it was just mom, dad and me at home, we did have some good times. Lots of trips, eating out, or just the three of us sitting in the same room all on our computers. Mom and Dad were my best friends and still are.

I love my dad, who has always looked out for me, and has always pushed me to be the best I can be. Everything my dad has done has shaped me to be a better person, and I feel that because of his influence, I am prepared to continue on in this life to raise my own family as he and mom raised us.

I love you dad.

-Also, Dad looks like Dustin Hoffman. Yes, enough to make that woman in Costco nearly have a heart attack from excitment that Dustin Hoffman was in her very own Costco.
This got me in the mood to finish up my SC. I still have Emily and Melody! And I guess I better do Mom as well, since I just did dad!

ALSO! Since it is Father's day, and now I have TWO fathers, I would like to say a few things about Jeff's dad as well!

First off, Randy is a master of boating. Or rather, is a madman of boating! I have never had such a rush in my life as when he was whipping us around in those tubes! It was crazy insane fun times. Also, he was very patient and encouraging as I was getting up on that wakeboard the first time. It only took my forever and a half to even get half way up, but he was patient, and in a few more tries, I was up!

Also, he is the most friendly guy I have ever met. At our open house in Castro Valley, I never heard so many glowing reviews! Meeting my in-laws for the first time was the most stress free, enjoyable experience, even way back then, I felt at home around the Ribeiras. I am so grateful for my amazing in-laws. I hear people tell their scary stories about their in-laws, and when they ask me about mine, I only have the best things to say.

I also want to thank Randy for being such a great example to Jeff. He always says how he is so grateful for the upbringing he has had, and how his dad is such a good example in his life. Which I also think to be true. Seeing Jeff's parents makes me very optimistic about Jeff and my future together.

So, happy fathers day!

Monday, June 16, 2008

All is Well.

Just so everyone knows, Jeff is all well and good. It was scary, and took some prescription drugs to help him out, but he is doing well. We are very happy about it. Hooray!

Monday, June 09, 2008


Jeff has a really high fever right now, (he says he is freezing cold, but is sweating because he is so hot) really bad chills, a throbbing headache, and is aching all over, and can hardly even get out of bed. We are pretty sure he has the flu, but we aren't quite sure. We don't have a thermometer, so we don't know exactly what his temp is. Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions of advice, please let us know. This has been going on since about 11 last night, when he was shaking quite violently, and piled so many blankets on himself. We are a little worried at the mo, since he was getting a lot better, but then relapsed into the shivers again a few hours ago.

So, pray for us, and give some advice. Thanks ever so.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen, can I have your attention paleeEEEEAAASSSEE!!!

We made some delicious enchiladas. It is the first time we have actually planned a meal, and then prepared it. I know it isn't the most difficult or elaborate of dishes, but we are newlyweds, and come from a background of eating p-roni and frozen burritos, so it is deluxe to actually make something. It was very good as well. We had corn on the cob, homemade guacamole and a cucumber salad on the side. For dessert we had Texas sh(ee)t cake, and used left over tortilla pieces to make cinnamon sugar tortilla crispies.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

The Good News

First off, Jeff and I have now combined forces and created this super blog. Enjoy the convenience of having both our blogs in one spot.Secondly, I vowed on Sunday that I would have a job by the end of this week, and... I do! Yesterday I sent in my resume to LDSLiving magazine, which I found on craigslist, and this morning I got a call for an interview. I went in there, pulled up a few graphic designs to show off, and voila! I am now a graphic designer for LDSLiving magazine/website/newsletter! I start tomorrow! It is really a good job, I love doing anything with graphic design, not to mention the great compensation I will be receiving! Prayer really does work, I give Heavenly Father the credit for this one. Here is the webbysite:

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Young People in LOOOOVE are seldom hungry

Not true, we are hungry quite often. Which is ok, because we now have a place to cook meals. And also to live. Jeff and I are officially moved into our new APARTMENT! It is so much fun to finally have our own place to call home (at least until August) and to spread out and decorate and just to live. It is actually really nice! We have more room than we know what to do with, and it is really quiet and peaceful! I shall give you a photo tour!
This is our living room! We just threw everything into here at first. It looked like this:
And now looks like this!: Jeff's mom is sending us cute slip covers this week, so we won't be seeing these Aztec couches for long. Sorry Amber.

Also my pride and joy right now is my kitchen! But it didn't start out that way. Here is the before pictures:

As you can see, it is a very nice kitchen, but needed a little pick me up. SO...

I think the main things that really make the kitchen are the mirror and rug. Thanks to mom for the mosaic mirror, and to Jeff's mom for the cute rug that goes perfectly!
Also notice the sexy kitchen aide, as Jeff likes to call it. It goes lovely. We used it yesterday for the first time to make ebelskevers (sp?) aka pancake puffs. Delish. Also take note of the brand new appliances, including fridge and stove top!

Here we have the hallway, 2 spare bedrooms and our laundry room!

And finally, the moment you have all been waiting for...

Jeff is demonstrating here how happy we are about our new bed. It was a very generous gift from dad's work out buddies, and it is NICE. It is a brand new memory foam pillow top queen, dressed in jersey knit sheets and a puffy, puffy comforter. Lets not forget Jeff's memory foam pillows as well. I don't think anything can top this bed. Also notice the color scheme!

And what college married housing is complete without a walk in closet!? This is a ginormous closet, which leads into the big vanity area, which then leads to the bathroom. Deluxe. I always laugh that I have to go through 3 doors to get to the bathroom. There is also another bathroom down the hall.

So there you have it. Home sweet home. Anyone can come and visit if they want! We bought an awesome puzzle of times square, and also the first season of Flight of the Conchords! See you all soon!

I also thought I would show off our dinner last night.

We got a "pancake puff" maker for our wedding, and then we made home made buttermilk syrup. Delish.