Jords & Mads

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Category: cooking?

new furniture and the same old ramen

I’ll be the first to admit

I’ve gone through phases of addiction to Facebook, Pinterest, blogging and a brief fling with Twitter. But now that I’m old and mature and married (ha if only), I’m going through a KSL phase.

Really though, it’s equally addicting.

Jords and I will have conversations after work like thus:

J: Did you see that one couch …?

M: That dropped down to $170? Yeah.

J: Good thing we didn’t buy it for $220.

M: And did you see the new microfiber …?

J: In Lehi? Oh yeah. Can you believe that one hide-a-bed was asking [insert high price for an ancient, patterned hide-a-bed couch]?

And on it goes, with or without context. Nothing on KSL gets past either of us lately.

But anyway,

Tonight Jords and I got killer deals on a comfy microfiber couch and a trendy two-toned counter-height square table. The night ended well, but the process took way longer than we’d planned … hence the ramen for date night dinner. Maybe we’ll make it up tomorrow with an Olive Garden lunch. I’ve been craving the unlimited soup & salad for a while.

I don’t have any real candy, so

I’m alternating between fruit snacks, chocolate chips and Cafe Rio mints (and blogging) to keep myself awake right now. It’s not very late and I’m not especially tired, but something about tonight’s homework load is making me bored drowsy.

Important updates from our Thanksgiving weekend:

  • Lots of awesome food and family.
  • A little late-night shopping.
  • Practically no homework time.
  • An electric fireplace.
  • Amazing nachos.
Probably my favorite hotel room.
Probably Jords’ favorite grab-stuff-from-the-fridge creation ever.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Image source

This weekend we decided to be social.

But first, my ‘thankful for’ of the day:
Licorice — I don’t understand how it works or why it’s edible, but it’s tasty and I love it. Weird.

Jords & I used this weekend to prove we can actually be social; I feel like the last couple weekends have been full of work and homework. (Like filming a group project commercial on a Saturday night, for instance. Lamesauce.) BUT this week we did better.

And we made this:

Ignore the scary-looking knife in this photo. Recipe here

And these:

Adorable, yes?

With lots of awesome people. We had a blast.

Um, yum

Jords made us this recipe for dinner tonight, and man, it was delicious. Chicken enchilada pasta.

Just had to share the tastiness.

Who said

cooking dinner has to be hard?

One of my biggest fears while we were engaged was how I was going to manage to cook for my darling foodie husband … he’s such a connoisseur of good food that I seriously considered it a potential reason for him to find somebody else.  (Honestly, he should be a food critic. The man’s an expert.) Luckily, our schedules have worked out so perfectly that we almost always get to make dinner together, and it’s become one of our favorite things to do.

Particularly since we discovered pinterest.

Recipe here
Before that, we had fun with awesome cookbooks and cooking blogs (which we still enjoy thoroughly). But we’re obsessed with recipes from pinterest — it’s like the best from everywhere! Jords loved the recipes I found from pinterest so much that I occasionally caught him looking on the site for more … finally, I sent him an invite and told him he should make a food board to help us organize our meals. He (reluctantly but secretly excitedly) agreed, and now we have double the pinterest fun.
Don’t these little pizza rolls look delicious?  We dipped them in our favorite sauce and had them for dinner tonight, which I loved, but I think they’d be an awesome finger food for parties, too. Yum!

it’s beginning to look a lot like

cookies.  Not Christmas, not quite.  I love Christmas as much as anyone out there (and it’s my little sister’s birthday, which makes it quadruply fun) but I still believe in waiting to celebrate it until after Halloween for sure, and usually even after Thanksgiving. (Maybe I just need a longer/better Christmas music playlist? Or maybe I’m just never really in the mood for celebration until after finals? For whatever reason, my heart is two sizes too small…) So why the Christmas-themed cookies, you ask?

Jords has been looking for Cadbury eggs to try this recipe for a while (we’re talkin’ four to five months, they’re his favorite). So when he went to Walgreens tonight to buy some more Claritin (we go through it crazy fast, I swear I’ve never had allergies this bad in both Utah AND Texas until I got married. Could I be allergic to him??) and saw Christmas-colored ones, he couldn’t resist! It was a lucky move, too, because we hurried and made them real quick to ease the pain of not being able to watch the BYU game tonight (we don’t own the channel, apparently. Who knew?).

So anyway, we’re enjoying a less-than-exciting Saturday night of essaying rather than football, but at least we have delicious cookies to brighten our holiday spirits.

Would you rather …

take Physical Science 100 with like a thousand freshman or not graduate?  As I study for the first science test I’ve had in like four years (okay that’s not totally true, somewhere in my repressed memories I took Bio last Fall), I can’t quite decide …

Actually, there really are some aspects of science I think are completely fascinating.  It’s interesting to learn about the ways in which the world works — especially at BYU, where my TA brings up the Pearl of Great Price to explain the general theory of relativity.  Love it.  It’s just right now I’m cramming for an exam on a night when I’d rather be baking brownies with my hubby … but that would make any test for any subject awful, right?

I’m thinkin’ I might take a break and test the chemical potential energy in these lovelies:

photo from nattybydesign

I haven’t tried the recipe, but I sure want to!

when life gives you rotten bananas

steal your sister’s awesome recipe!  Jords and I had intended to make a tasty-looking french toast recipe with caramelized bananas sometime this week (it was on our meal plan and everything, shame on us) but by today our bananas were lookin’ pretty ripe (aka “really nasty”) so we used my sister’s amazing chocolate chip banana muffin recipe to make these lovelies:

They were definitely tasty, but not nearly as good as when she makes them (plus she’s entertaining, it’s hilariously cute to watch her bake).  Also, we only had one of those mixed bags of chocolate-and-peanut-butter chips — kind of fun for a change.

Here’s the recipe, in case you have one of those rotten banana weeks, too:

Chocolate chip banana muffins (thanks, sis!)
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 egg
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup plain yogurt (sour cream substitutes, I didn’t have yogurt this time)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (or as much as you have, depending on how squishy you want them to be)
¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips 
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In another bowl, combine the egg, oil, yogurt and vanilla.
Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
Fold in bananas and chocolate chips.
Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (or for exactly 11 minutes, if your oven is insanely hot like ours — totally the oven’s fault that I burn everything).
Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

Sometimes …

our lives revolve around food. Or all the time, really.
{That thought always reminds me of Over the Hedge, which movie was saved by a love for Ben Folds.}
For instance, last Friday’s date night involved going to this giant grocery store

{like literally giant — it extends way farther to the right than this photo shows}
and enrolling in their cooking school for a night
{c/o a bridal shower gift from Jordan’s fantastic family}.

We made lettuce wraps, beef fried rice, shrimp with lobster sauce and pepper steak — pretty much our taste buds lived happily ever after.
Let’s just pretend that earlier that same week, I didn’t eat these amazing tacos from Freebirds {easily tied with Cafe Rio in my brain, but just the tacos} on the same day as I had Orange Leaf and gourmet hot dogs.
Was it a bad week or a good week? I guess it depends on whether you let the scale decide.