Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mr. & Mrs. Jones

Hannah & Curtis got married on May 28th in San Clemente, California! I had such a great time. It was such a blessing to see how God brought them together and so encouraging to hear the Gospel spoken and displayed at their wedding. Thanks for sharing your special day with me Hannah & Curtis! I love you both!

lunch at the beach with the bridesmaids!

isn't she GORGEOUS?!

coming back from taking pictures on the beach!

beautiful beach flowers & bride

gotta love Coffee Bean!

"Better Together"

delicious Greek food for dinner

Hannah's nephew- the entertainment at the reception!

Friday, May 29, 2009

sweet summer!

Chase and I saw the cover of this "Better Homes & Gardens" magazine and decided we had to buy it to make the yummy looking strawberry peanut butter dessert. Brooke and I decided to make it for our Memorial Day dinner. It is super easy and delicious- Chase said it was definitely a repeat dessert! 

Fresh Strawberry Bars
PREP: 25 min. BAKE: 25 min. OVEN: 350 degrees
3/4 cup butter, soften
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla 
(we used almond instead- highly recommended)
2 1/4 cups all- purpose flour
1/2 cup strawberry jam (we left this off)
4 cups small whole strawberries, halved or quartered

1. Heat oven 350 degrees. Line 13 X 9 inch baking pan with foil, extending foil beyond edges. Set aside.
2. Beat butter and peanut butter on medium to high for 30 sec. Beat in sugars, baking powder, and salt until combined. Add eggs &  vanilla (almond); beat until combined. Beat in flour.
3. Spread dough in prepared pan. Bake 25 min. or until top is lightly browned. (we baked it for 30 min., but next time I will probably do 35-40 min. 
4. Cool completely on rack. Remove from pan by lifting foil. Spread jam and top with berries. Cut into bars. Serve at once or refrigerate up to 6 hours. (you can also wrap the base in foil; store at room temp for 24 hours or freeze in a freezer container for up to 3 months! 

Let me know if you make it! Enjoy! 

Monday, May 25, 2009

GREAT weekend

This weekend we drove to dallas for a bachelor/bachelorette party, but the real fun was seeing family! We also go to see mom, andy, aubs, brooke & clint on Sunday night because they sold their Lubbock house & had to move out! It was such a great weekend. We are so blessed with a wonderful family! 

little Bennett swimming for the first time!

my sweet boy! 

he loved the baby pool with his big sister haley!

Happy Birthday Hagan! We celebrated his 2nd birthday Elmo style with the whole mcgough family on Sunday! Happy Birthday to Cecil as well! We love you guys! 

birthday boy! 

On the back from Dallas we stopped at Braums for ice cream- Chase said we could do this because he only had a small bite of his mom's chocolate cake! They ending up being a LOT bigger than we expected... but still so yummy. (don't worry we only could finish half)

Clint, my brother in law, brought his chain saw and helped Chase finally cut down & pull out our dead tree in the front yard~ thanks Clint!

...they did some in the back yard too! 

our pouch outside was clean enough to eat dinner on! soon it will have an awesome painted rug designed by jord... look for pictures in the near future! 

our delicious dinner with Brooke & Clint! 
our dessert will have it's own blog! :0) 

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mom's Day!

We love you moms!! Thanks for who you are- for your hearts, your love, your care and your prayers. We are so thankful for you and cherish all the memories we have with each of you! Sorry we couldn't spend the day with you! We miss you and love you!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

day three

about a week ago I started a program called "couch to 5K" (C25K)- which is a running program that helps you get from couch shape to being able to run a 5K in 9 weeks! Jord recruited me to join her and we continue to recruit more and more girls to join us as well!

 I just finished "day 3" of the program and I love it! This may sound strange but I love sweating again! It makes me feel like I am healthy and getting back into shape (which is going to take a while, because I am in true "couch shape"). I will keep you updated on the process... please keep me accountable and ask me if we are still doing it when you see me! The goal is to all run in a local 5k in 9 to 10 weeks! 

Friday, May 1, 2009

he's back!!

just wanted to say that I am extremely happy that chase is home! :-) I missed him a ton. Life seems to be better when he is around... thanks to all of you that took me under your wing while he was gone. I am so blessed with such great friends.