ok.. so i wanted to watch this later, but couldn't save it to my computer. i did figure out how to save it to my blog, so don't feel obligated to watch it. It is a video about the Sioux Indian tribe.

WSU Video OnDemand


sad news Bakerella edition

My most favorite blogger in the world hasn't posted in over a month. I've been waiting every day for a post and today, got one. I assumed she was out on a book tour or busy baking cupcakes. My heart broke when I saw her most recent post. Bakerella has been in the hospital because of a Kidney infection. Her 18 year old kidney transplant is struggling even with dialysis and she won't be coming out of the hospital until she gets a donor. SO SAD. I can't even believe it.
My thoughts are with you Bakerella... Get well soon.


drug problem in america

I've been in a Drugs and Crime class this semester and I thought I would share some of the fun stuff I've seen and learned!
I thought this was a pretty great cartoon.

ok.. so fun and games aside... Here's the lesson...
Prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic in our country. 
They are NOT A JOKE.
They are extremely dangerous, and just because they are "legal," doesn't make them safe. 
They are a controlled substance for a reason and we need to be more careful with them.
Keep all prescription drugs out of the reach of kids and teenagers.
Don't ever give your prescription medication to another person.
And remember that you need to be careful when it comes to any prescription you are taking.



Last night I was talking to my dad and told him how interested I was in studying the history of crimes. I said that there probably weren't any jobs that support that interest, unless I became a historian like the ones on the history channel or a writer.

He said "why not be a writer? Anyone can write."

so... After his encouraging words, I'm seriously considering compiling some academic papers on historical crimes, just for fun. Maybe one day I will be a famous crime writer.


Beef Stroganoff

Last night for dinner I made Beef Stroganoff. I borrowed Paula Dean's recipe and changed it a little bit. 

I also borrowed this picture, because I forgot to take one...


  • 1 1/2 pounds stew meat
  • 1/4 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • All-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup beef broth (water + bouillon is great)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Cooked egg noodles


Season the steak strips with salt, pepper and garlic powder, then dust with flour. In a large skillet, quickly brown them on both sides in the olive oil and butter. Remove the steak from the pan. Add the onion slices and mushrooms to the pan with the drippings. Saute for a few minutes, until the onion is tender. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon flour. Put the steak back into the pan with the onion and mushrooms. Add the mushroom soup and beef broth. Cook over low heat for about 30 minutes, covered. Stir in the sour cream the last few minutes, right before you serve. Serve over cooked noodles.



Last but not least...
I know it is hard to believe that this is the best picture I have of him, but it is. Tom is my last favorite thing for the month of February. He is such a great friend and I am so happy that he is part of my life. He is a great listener and is very intuitive to others needs. He is extremely nice to me and goes out of his way to do nice things for me. I have had such a blast dating him and love how much we learn from each other. 

Tom, I'm sure you will read this after my mom shows it to you, so I just want to say that I love you. Thank you for everything that you do for me. I am so happy when I am with you and I have enjoyed every second together, even if it is just watching Criminal Minds or making dinner together. Thanks for being such a great friend and loving me unconditionally. 

So I guess that's it for the month of February. It's been fun making this list of my favorite things. Thanks for reading.



It is my favorite season and I am READY for it.



I love to read



Tiffany and Colton. The most dysfunctional functioning married couple. I love them! They are so funny and happen to be two really good friends! i love them!



street tacos.
love them!
mom is picking some up right now!



virtual bakeries



apple products.
I'm a junkie. 
I'm not technically savvy, so naturally 
I love how user friendly their stuff is.




I love to bake!



Ballroom Dancing
I really should keep doing it!



Criminal Minds



Brandi Carlile



bubble baths



Jamba Juice
or for you old timers
Zuka Juice
My favorite flavor is BANANA BERRY.
 (except when I'm on a date, because of the little black seeds that get stuck in your teeth.)
My favorite date flavor is ALOHA PINEAPPLE.



Today's "thing" that I love is Charlie. 
It is also his 3rd birthday so I'd love to say 

Charlie was Buzz Lightyear for halloween. So Cute.

I can't even believe how athletic he is. Whenever I'm with him he is playing, 
running around and throwing balls.
Look at those toes. What's not to love?
Needless to say, I love him.
Happy Birthday kiddo.



Lazy Sundays...



I love dressing up! I love being in costumes and fancy dresses.
Any excuse to dress up is a good one. 

I wore this for a few performances in Cirque Innosta

Me as Autumn the Witch for frightmares

The little mermaid costume I made for halloween.

The target lady.

Brittney and I kickin' it 80s style.

SNOG Day. A fabulous holiday for wearing something crazy.

Thanksgiving. Get it? indian in a teepee..?

Gangsters & Gamblers



Baby Animals.



I love to read blogs. I seriously am a major nerd, but I love them. There are a few I follow religiously, so I thought it would be cool if today's thing(s) were blogs that I love. Hopefully you will enjoy them too!

Bakerella is one of my absolute favorites! She is so creative when it comes to baking.

Seriously so Blessed This is a great "mormon mom blog." Well... Not really. She makes fun of mormon mom blogs in a nice, playful way. Love reading her.

U Create
U-Create This site has some of the most adorable crafting inspiration in the world! At the top of the page there are links to its sister sites, u-create foods, u-create parties and u-create kids.

Simply Modern Mom is another favorite. This lady has everything on here!

The Dating Divas have some fabulous date ideas.




 Sophie Grace
I may be a little bit biased, but I happen to think that she is the 
most adorable little girl on the planet! 

She is such a diva, always has a purse and cute outfits.

I like to pretend that she is my kid, I even took her to get her ears pierced...

And check out those glasses. One stylish kid.

She is a picky eater but that's ok..

This is her most recent picture! So cute by the way Tiffany! 

This is her boyfriend Tom. She loves hanging out with him. 
He spent 20ish minutes trying to teach her how to mix sound one night.. So cute! 

And these are pictures of her in the halloween costume I made her! 
She is such a doll. 
I'm so happy that I'm friends with her mommy so I can see her!