Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Its not perfect by anymeans... definitly not as great as some of the amazing woman I have blog searched like http://www.crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/ but I am getting there. Just a little more practice.
I loved this backing fabric- I got it at JoAnns ON SALE... its little Dragonflies (I love Dragonflies- in case you did not know)
Monday, December 28, 2009
I wanted a sewing maching and picked out this really expensive one... when I came to my senses and realized that I really don't even know how to sew... I decided on this one from Costco
Mom and Dad got me (and the Hubbs) this fancy mixer. I love baking and wanted a nice mixer. This thing is amazing. I highly recommend it.
Every Sunday the Hubbs heres me curse at the Iron... not a great way to start a Sabbath day so he got me this iron. Very much needed. Funny thing... I got him a new ironing board (like he really wanted that).
I also got this external flash for the camera... love it. Haven't mastered it yet but definitly changes up the pictures.
The Hubbs and I got money from his side of the family and used it to buy this pressure canner. We went to the Stake Preparedness fair earlier this year and got motivated to can foods for our food storage.
Its funny when you get older and already have so many things... like I would ever imagine me asking for a pressure canner or a mixer for Christmas- but I am so happy and blessed.
It was her favorite stuffed animal she slept with for years... she told her mom "its time someone else loves Cotton Candy (the cats name). Love it.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Mom and Dad at their house...
Me and the Hubbs wishing all a MERRY CHRISTMAS
Friday, December 18, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
This was a very INTERESTING day... I have been knitting alot lately and well its difficult to knit with my wedding rings on (rings = my band and my engagement ring). I took them off and placed them next to the couch on a little table. I woke up this morning a little sluggish and as I was leaving for work, I went to the little table only to find that my diamond ring was missing. I thought the Hubbs moved the ring because he thought it might fall into the couch or something along those lines so I checked with the Hubbs and he said he didn't move it but that he woke up in the middle of the night because our dog Bailey was chewing on something hard. I thought to myself "no way would the dog eat my wedding ring" but sure enough we found the ring outside with little teeth marks all over it and the prongs bent back... WITH NO DIAMOND!!
The Hubbs was convinced that she either ATE IT or it fell out of the ring as Bailey carried it around the house. Seriously?!?
I made an appt with the vet to do an xray to see if the diamond was inside her- the diamond was 1.5 carats so we thought it would be able to be seen on an xray but the vet said he saw nothing. We locked Bailey up in the bathroom for the day until after we got off work and then searched the house high and low on the "Great Diamond Search". I called the insurance and luckily I took out a seperate policy on the ring since it was worth quite a bit of money. Insurance said they would cover for lost diamonds (thank goodness) and the agent couldn't help but laugh when I told him that we thought the dog may have eaten it.
So to spare you all the gross details... my ring was found and it WAS eaten by Bailey. Now most items I would not be willing to search poo over but this WAS my diamond and it WAS worth close to $10,000 so pretty much her poo became the prized item of the day.
And here is the "Great Diamond Thief"
She's a brutal Cocker Spanial
Thursday, December 3, 2009
When I got married I thought it would be this like super easy thing to get pregnant. I imagined getting "knocked up" on my wedding night and popping out babies left and right. After one month, then two, then 5, then 12, lots of prego tests, lots of ovulation sticks- I am left with lots of heartache and frustration and still no baby. Guess my plan and idea was different then Heavenly Fathers and I am here with no baby and alot of frustration. The Hubbs is amazing at keeping me calm, reminding me of my blessings, not letting me get depressed but then I see all of my friends (total 14 friends are prego right now) with their glow and their excitement and I want that. I know I should not be that way but maybe just maybe a special stork will bring me a baby for Christmas. I know it will work its way out... it may cost us alot of money and maybe we will pop out like 6 at one time but it will happen. My dad said we won't be Jon and Kate plus 8- but instead will be Brooke and Brian are Broke!!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
This is Carson.... super CUTE
I borrowed another friends children as well and will post there pics once I finish editing. Fun times.
In other notes... I have appts with the specialist this next week to find out what the heck is going on with my body and why I can't seem to get prego. Fingers crossed and say some prayers we can figure things out.
Friday, November 20, 2009
You will need to purchase from vinyl sheets and vinyl transfer tape. You take the sticky part of the transfer tape off and assemble the letters on the grid side. Cut out all of the letters using the Cricut... now this would be totally fine if the letters were large but when you do a quote- the letters are small. So it was a pain in the butt getting the letter to cut right and then not losing parts of the "i".... ughhh.
Next you assemble the letters onto the vinyl transfer tape. This part is a pain in the butt too because you have to get the spacing JUST RIGHT and it takes a lot of little adjustments. Because the vinyl still has its baking on it, you can move the letters around freely.
You then put the sticky side of the transfer tape on and rub it with your fingers or a paint scraper or ruler or spatula or something that will get all the air bubbles out--- you get the idea.
Then you peel the tranfer tape off and take off all of the back of the vinyl letters... you will have to be careful here.
Now you stick the transfer tape with the vinyl letters on it onto the tile you have picked. I got the 12x12 size tile because it is easy to measure it out with the cricut. Line the transfer tape up really well and make sure all of the air bubbles are out. Again use the scraper or ruler or whatever to make sure the letters are stuck on well. Then pull off the transfer tape and the letters will be stuck to tile.
I spent $20 on the supplies and it took me 2.5 hours to make this tile. I think it turned out well. I definitly think using the vinyl to make tiles as gifts would be a great idea for the holidays especially because they can be personalized.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The Hubbs has taken on the task of being my personal trainer. I have had bouts of gym attendance in the past but never really stuck with it. Which is not a surprise to those who know me and those who don't- I am kinda flighty in my ideas... which is a whole nother post in itself. Anyhows, this gym gig sucks. I am sore, can't bend over, can't lift my arms up, my back hurts, and seriously me belly is not getting any smaller. Why can't there be this magical place that you can go in and walk out 20 pounds lighter with no muffin top (oh wait... is that lypo). Anyways- I have been commited to exercising more. I have been having a wee little problem getting pregnant (another post in itself) and think I need to be just a little healthier and maybe my body will allow me to carry a child- and just for the record... my last friend that was my crutch of infertility is now pregnant. I am so happy for her but still have this inner being telling me to be angry, sad, disappointed, bitter, and all of those other feelings. I put on some Joshua Radin- "Brand New Day"... its a great song that gets you up and going on the days that inner being is overpowering.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Old-Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened
1 cup 100% pumpkin (you can find cans of this in the pie-filling section of the grocery store)
1 tsp vanillaGlaze (see below)
Optional: 1/2 cup chocolate chips or nuts.
Preheat oven to 350. Grease baking sheets.Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and set aside. Beat sugar and butter in large bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Drizzle glaze over cookies.
For Glaze:Combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1 tsp vanilla in small bowl until smooth.
***HINT FROM THE BAKER BROOKE*** These cookies taste soooo much better after being completely cooled off. They "get happy" when they sit overnight and are completely cooled down.
Sidenote: I am pretty excited about moving onto other food sources then pumpkin- you'd think I would have learned how to make a pumpkin pie yet but I haven't.... maybe next week
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
1 box of Betty Crocker SuperMoist Devils Food Cake Mix
1 1/3 cups of water
1/2 cup of Veg Oil
1 bag (14 oz) caramels
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 cup of chopped pecans
1 bg. (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
-- heat oven at 350 degrees F. Grease or spray bottom of 13x9 inch pan. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil, and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour half of the batter into pan. Bake 22 minutes. Refridgerate remaining batter.
--meanwhile, in 1-qt saucepan, heat caramels and evaporated milk over medium heat, stirring frequently, until caramels are melted. Stir in pecans. Pour caramel mixture over warm cake in pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Spread with remaining batter. Bake 25 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen cake. Cool at least 30 minutes. Serve with ice cream, drizzle with caramel topping and sprinkle with pecans.
YUMMY YUMMY... Enjoy
Thursday, October 8, 2009
1 1/2 Cups of all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cups (2 sticks) butter or margarine softened
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
3/4 cup of packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups of quick oats
1 cup of white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups of dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl. Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla in large bowl. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture. Stir in oats, cranberries, and white chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto the ungreased baking sheets.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
to go thrift store shopping. I love buying things second hand, cheaper prices, pre-shrunk, and just super exciting when you find a good buy. Some of the amazing bloggers out there always post their awesome finds. http://www.dearcjane.blogspot.com/ Cjane and her lovely sister NieNie always find these amazing dresses, skirts, and super cute vintage wear from thrift stores. So likewise... I was on pursuit to find me some goodies- not the typical Brooke things I look for either- I wanted something unique. So here are a couple of my goodies from my Saturday Trip
Now the weather just needs to start feeling like FALL rather then late SUMMER- its still in the 100's here in Phoenix. I may get to wear these super cute coats in December. They both were only $10.00 each. YEAH YEAH
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
3 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7x3 inch loaf pans.
In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.
Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.