Friday, November 27, 2009

Our 2nd Thanksgiving

It always seems sad to not be with family during important holidays, and family is always on our mind during those holidays. However, Thanksgiving has become a nice holiday that Jon and I can create some of our own traditions. I also consider it good practice for when we can get together with family, hopefully in the future.

I spent more time thinking of aesthetics this year... remember last year? I think we did a little better this time around...

I don't think Jon wanted to take this picture, I think he was anxious to EAT!

After we ate less than half the food we made (Thanksgiving doesn't offer a lot of items appropriate for only 2 people), but were stuffed, we put up Christmas lights! They look so great in our homey little place, I love them.

We made some happy memories yesterday. Including making a big pile of blankets and pillows, watching a movie and drinking cider. So while we can't wait for Christmas, this sure was a good little tradition for the two of us.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

We are thankful for...

[Jon and I sat down and made this list of things we are thankful for this year]

2. each other
3. that it's senior year!
4. our home
5. the gospel
6. healthy bodies
7. low tuition and FAFSA
8. that we get to go home at Christmas
9. good books
10. a temple close by

While this list is short it means a lot to us, we sure have a lot to be grateful for this year.

Happy Thanksgiving to our family and friends! Love, Jon and Rachel

Monday, November 23, 2009

Where did November go?

Doesn't it feel like Halloween was two days ago? Or is it just me? Tomorrow we have classes and then it is Thanksgiving break! Hooray! We'll be staying in town and missing our families, but happy to have some time off.

Anyway, I thought you all might like to see how those T-shirts I designed turned out. They decided on some different coloring options so the design looks different than intended, but I am still happy with it. Best part? They let me get one for Jon too, even though he isn't part of the club.
Now Jon and I can ride around on our bikes in matching shirts and spandex... oh wait no... those are my parents.

Also, I have been working away on applications the past couple of weeks. My first application is due December 1st (the info that gets mailed in has another month, however). Here are the folders I put together for the people I am asking letters of recommendation from. They have the deadlines, an academic resume, my personal statement, and all the information for the schools I am applying to and what they require.

I am excited that things are coming along and getting accomplished.

I hope you all have a happy thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mint Chocolate Fudge

(Disclaimer: Jon and I eat healthy 99% of the time. But those meals and dishes are not featured on this blog... because they're boring. I often feel like I only post about the sweets we make. So, mothers, do not worry, we get our fruits and veggies, I promise!)

Jon and I have been long time fans of making candy. Candy is sometimes a better thing to make than cookies or cakes, because they're so easy to give away and you don't eat as much because they're so rich. We have created some of our own recipes for sweets and treats we like. We changed up a normal fudge recipe last night to create some delicious results, so I thought I would share.

Fantasy MINT-chocolate Fudge
3/4 Cup butter or margarine
3 Cups sugar
1 5 oz. can or 2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup mint chips
1 7 oz. jar jet puffed marshmallow creme
1 tsp. vanilla
(nuts optional, we don't like nuts)

Mix butter, sugar, and evaporated milk in a heavy/large saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil on medium heat, stir constantly. Continue boiling for 5 minutes over medium heat, stir constantly to prevent scorching.

Remove from heat. Stir in chips until melted. Add remaining ingredients, mix well. Pour into buttered 8x8" pan (or 9x9" depending on desired thickness)

TIP: do not scrape the sides of the saucepan when you pour in the fudge- you don't want the crystallized parts to mix in with the creamy fudge!

Cool at room temp (about 4 hours), then cut into squares. Enjoy!

Like I said earlier, candy is the best sweet to share. You don't need a lot of it to make someones day sweeter. I quickly put these together for the girls I visit teach at church:

Love, your chocolatiers, Jon and Rachel

[picture from after the Regina Spektor concert]

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Pic to come

I've been waiting for my friend to post some pictures from our Regina Spektor concert, but unfortunately they haven't had the time.

I know its been a while, so I thought I would at least post an update. The concert itself was a-ma-zing. Regina played the piano and sang, played the keyboard and sang, played the guitar and sang, sang a capella, played the piano WHILE hitting a chair with a stick while singing! It was an incredible show. Unfortunately, with general admission, you have some moments of people pushing you around, or standing right in front of you. But considering that we came fairly late, I was happy with our experience.

That night we stayed in Salt Lake City so we wouldn't have to drive home after, and could enjoy some time together. It was just what we needed- on Saturday morning we had a delicious breakfast at the hotel, wandered around the gateway, and got hot chocolate. Perfect.

This week has been relatively slow. I've been able to work a lot on my graduate school applications and am soon going to be asking my professors for letters of recommendation. I am excited, but nervous, and hoping all of this is worth my time. I really am not sure that I will get into any of the 3 schools I am applying to. But Jon and I are taking a "if its meant to be, it will" approach.

This was also Jon and my first week of our new eating and exercise regiment. Since I've finished the half marathon I needed some new goals to keep me active, so Jon and I have been working hard.

We only have THREE more weeks of classes, and then finals! This semester has gone by so quickly, but it has been very good. Jon and I have two classes together, one of which seems a little suspicious in how it grades us:

Rachel's Grades
393 400
Oct 1, 2009 9:50 AM 95% 100
IRB Proposal
Oct 13, 2009 12:02 PM 98% 100

Nov 9, 2009 11:29 AM 100% 200

Jon's Grades
393 400
Oct 1, 2009 9:48 AM 95% 100
IRB Proposal

Oct 13, 2009 12:02 PM 98% 100

Nov 9, 2009 11:28 AM 100% 200

Hmmmm, suspicious? Its ok with us though, the teacher apparently likes our work! (To be fair, the second project was a group project that we worked on together.)

This morning we woke up to the first snowfall of the season, it was lovely. We are thinking that this Christmas we will get some lights, and a little tree for our apartment. We are looking forward to the upcoming season.

As one last note, please look at this adorable picture from when my family came to Utah, I love it:

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Regina Spektor

Part of our weekend plans include going to the Regina Spektor concert in Salt Lake City on Friday. We could not be more excited.

Here are a couple of our favorite songs, for those of you who may not be familiar with the ingenious Regina- or simply love to listen to her music, like we do.

I found her life story really interesting, if you care to check that out as well. It is on wikipedia.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween Half Marathon

First of all, I HUGE thank you to whoever left me this note and some focus-food last week! It was soo nice and thoughtful, and I seriously don't know who did it. It really helped keep my spirits up.

So, the halloween half marathon was this past weekend, and so much fun! The girls and I decided to dress up as where's waldo, which meant that we had easy costumes to run in. And it was super appropriate for the large crowd we were in.

Jon was my biggest fan and huge supporter! He was such a sweetie, he helped doctor all my blisters, got my chocolate milk, and let me do whatever I wanted the rest of the day. It made the run totally worth it.

Overall there are some things that I would have done differently if I had known, but I am so happy I finished and can say that I completed a half marathon. My finishing time was 2 hours 33 minutes. Slower than usual, but an accomplishment nonetheless. At this point, I am not sure I will ever want to run again :)

While I rested up, Jon enjoyed playing with the tattoos we got in our halloween package. This was my personal favorite:

Last week was insane, and this week is also pretty demanding. But luckily we have some fun plans this weekend to look forward to. More information to come later!