"Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is BEAUTIFUL!!!" - Sophia Loren

"Come what may, and love it. I know why there must be opposition in all things. Adversity, if handled correctly, can be a blessing in our lives. We can learn to love it. As we look for humor, seek for the eternal perspective, understand the principle of compensation, and draw near to our Heavenly Father, we can endure hardship and trial." - Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

"Happiness does not depend upon what happens outside of you, but on what happens inside of you. It is measured by the spirit with which you meet the problems of life." -Spencer W. Kimball

"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." -Unknown

Friday, March 30, 2012

Oreo Truffles!!

I've been on this baking kick recently. On the plus side I'm not the one that eats most of what I bake. When I make something I usually end up taking it to work so that I can share it with the guys in my department. Currently, the department I work is me + 6 guys. It's lots of fun. Earlier this week I made Oreo Truffles and they were so yummy. As one co-work put it: "These are just like crack. We should have these at our job fair and people will just keep coming back for more." Haha. 

No Bake Oreo Truffles
  • 1 Package Double Stuffed Oreos
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened  (you can use as little as 4 oz but I used the whole thing)
  • Dipping chocolate
Chop Oreos up finely in a food processor.  Save some of the finely crushed Oreos for garnish later and set it aside.  You don't need too much. (I forgot to do this part...so mine had no garnish, haha)

With hands (or a spoon, I just think hands are faster), mash softened cream cheese and crushed Oreos until well combined.

Roll into 1" balls and place on a wax covered cookie sheet. Put in freezer for 15 minutes.

While balls are in freezer, melt chocolate according to directions.

Pull the Oreo Truffles out of freezer, and dip into chocolate.  Garnish with reserved Oreo crumbs before the chocolate sets up.

Let chocolate set, refrigerate and enjoy!

Crushed Oreos + Cream Cheese

Truffles - Chocolate Coating

Chocolate, yummy!

The Finished Product

Sunday, March 25, 2012

I'm Freaking Out!!!

So I've been in this kinda internal freak out mode pretty much all weekend. It dawned on my on Thursday night will sitting in line to get into the midnight showing of the Hunger Games that I'm almost 25. The realization that I'm getting older mostly came from the fact that there were TONS of what seemed like middle school-high school age girls surrounding me. I feel so old. 25? Really? What happened and where did the time go? I don't feel like I've lived that long but apparently I have.

I also feel that I haven't done a lot of the things that I wanted to have done by this time in my life. What am I doing with my life? What's my purpose? 5 years ago if you had asked me what I would be doing in 5 years I definitely wouldn't have painted you a picture of my current life.

Help!! I'm freaking out and I don't know what to do. My life has in no way turned out the way I thought it would be. By this time I figured I would be married with a kid maybe 2. I guess that just goes to show you that the best laid plans often go awry. What do you do when you want to make a change in your life but you don't even know where to begin?

Another thought I had at Church today: I feel pretty invisible in my ward. Sad, I know. I don't like I have any friends really in my ward. Probably because for most of the last year I've spent working nights so I didn't get the opportunity to meet many people in my ward and now I just feel like I'm on the outside looking in. Sure, there are a few people I know but not well enough that I'd just pop in to see what's up like I used to do with my friends from the Villa (oh the Villa... such good memories). I have all of these emotions bottled up inside of me and I don't know what to do with them....

Again: Help! I'm freaking out!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Experimental Baking

The other day I found a recipe on this blog via Pinterest that I absolutely wanted to try (it's called Cinnaburst Bread).  It looked so yummy but pretty simple to make too. The task before I could start on the en-devour was to find Cinnamon Chips. Yes that's not a typos. Cinnamon chips. They're like chocolate chips except cinnamon. 

Who knew? I had to try 4 different stores to find them. 4 stores! Wal-Mart and Macey's held no luck but then again I wasn't holding my breath on finding it there. Winco didn't have them either. My saving grace was Hilary Durrans who actually called Bosch in Orem (a home appliance & kitchen gadget store) and asked them if they carried them. So Saturday I stopped by after my eye appointment and bought some. They smell so yummy!! It was hard to not just eat them & save them for the recipe I wanted to try. 

If you know me at all you know that I love, love, love, love! homemade bread. I don't make it that often funny enough. But when I found this cinnamon breadish recipe online I just had to try it. 

Cinnaburst Bread:

1 cup warm water
1 cup warm mill
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/4 teaspoon yeast (or 1 packet)
1/3 cup oil
1/2 tablespoon
1 egg
4 1/2 - 5 1/5 cups flour
1 cup cinnamon chips

-Combine yeast, sugar, warm water, & warm milk. Let bubble for about 5 minutes
-Add oil & egg
-Slowly add 2 cups flour, mix & then add salt
-Add 1/2 cup flour at a time until the dough comes away from side of bowl. 
-Add cinnamon chips when dough is close to the right consistency. The dough will be very sticky but the softer the dough the lighter the bread.
-Let dough rise for 30 minutes
-Form into loaves (will make 2)
-Let use an additional 30 minutes

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes & enjoy :)

Before baking:

After baking:

The pictures aren't that great....but it turned out pretty good. It was a good experiment and I was very satisfied with the results. Pretty easy. You should try it :-) I think I'll take some to work for everyone to try. Don't you wish you were one of my co-workers? Be jealous.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Sometimes I really, really, really hate hate hate hate hate (okay that's a little excessive I know) being a girl. I hate that I get overly emotional for now apparent reason at all. Last night after work & today when I was driving home from the store all I felt like doing was crying & watching a girl movie and crying some more. Nothing dramatic has happened recently but I just feel emotional and like crying.

I need to get out of my funk somehow. I cleaned my kitchen today and that kinda helped. I'm starting my new job Monday so hopefully that will snap out of this weird funk thing I'm in. Why are girls so emotional and irrational?

Sometimes I hate being a girl

Friday, March 2, 2012

New Job?

Something that I don't understand that I've been seeing a lot of lately are married couples combining their facebooks into one facebook. I don't understand why this is such a trend or the reason behind it. Any insight? Anyone at all? I just think it's plain weird. Please share if you have any insights at all.

Well, it's official (as of Monday) I got the job that applied for. 2 weeks ago I had an interview for a new position at my work. I'll still be in a supervisor position just in a different capacity that will allow me to learn more about call center metrics. It will be a nice change of pace and I'm super excited for it.

It's been a little frustrating because last week my new boss wanted to offer me the job but he was holding back because he needed to wait for my current boss to give the okay for me to transfer departments. Then rumors started flying so he didn't have much choice but to talk to me. It's been frustrating because they've been going a little crazy trying to figure out how they'd replace me (apparently they need to hire 2 people to replace me, jk. That's just what someone said to me today). In essence I can't start my new job until my current position is filled.

Fortunately, a temporary solution has been found until a replacement can be hired. Yes!! So I'll start my new job Monday. Not sure what time I'll be working. It'll either by early morning (6 am ish) or mid morning (9ish). Not too sure yet thought. My new boss is out of town right now so I don't know for certain what my time frame will be. Oh, well. It's all a learning experience that I'm looking forward to :-) More details to come next week.

Funny story: when I was applying for the job my good friend, David, told me that he wanted me to get the job just so chaos would ensue because I was leaving. Oh man. There was definitely chaos and he got exactly what he wanted. There was so much panic in regards to me leaving my current position. Guess that's what happens when one person is such in integral part of the operation.