Jords & Mads

Our family, faith, friends, fun times and favorite foods

Category: why I’m lucky

a Christmas story

I was flipping through Jords’ phone at old pictures today, and I found these delicious shots.

For Christmas, we decided to splurge on a gorgeous 1920s church-turned-restaurant in downtown Houston (and treat ourselves to a little alone time before Jords flew back for work) rather than buying each other presents. Best decision ever.

I’ll let the food speak for itself.

I don't think I'll ever find a better Caesar salad

To-die-for corn chowder

Pecan crusted chicken stuffed with smoked mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes and spinach. Oh yeah.

Maple sugar roasted pork loin with short ribs and crispy sweet potatoes. Amazing.

Three tasty sorbets. By now we were super stuffed.

Delicious chocolate dessert platter. Unbeatable.

If you ever find yourself in Houston, we’d definitely recommend visiting Mark’s.

We were incredibly lazy

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this weekend, but we still managed to do some stuff like pick up pizza and start a new TV series … like I said, incredibly lazy. It was a catch-up-on-sleep, finish-homework-before-Thanksgiving kind of weekend. Anyway, here’s ten things we loved:

  1. Brick Oven pizza & Miss Congeniality for date night (my turn to choose the Netflix)
  2. Brick Oven rootbeer (so good it gets its own line)
  3. Seeing Mel while she’s in town (it’s hard to share her with her in-laws)
  4. Moving our mattress into the living room for more comfortable TV-time
  5. Working on homework under the covers
  6. Eating fast food (a rarity for us lately)
  7. Chicken pot pie — a recent Sunday tradition
  8. Finding the perfect amount of flour in our favorite chocolate-and-peanut-butter chip cookies
  9. Late night grocery shopping
  10. Catching up on sleep (does this contradict #9?)

Catching up on thankful for’s:
Quirks (They make things interesting, but mostly they start with “q.”)
Rice — we ate rice for dinner at least three times a week all summer. (Delicious, but I’m so grateful for our meal plan now.)
Snow — in absolutely tiny-but-lovely quantities at Temple Square during Christmas or when I’m sledding.
Tower of the Americas in San An — where Jords and I became engaged. It’s kind of gorgeous and definitely delicious.

Photo here

Um, yum

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

Just had to share the tastiness.

My Thankful For’s

Cheesy, awful title, I know. Sometimes writing headlines at work steals my creativity.

Anyway, I love reading all the posts from bloggers who are thinking of one thing a day to feel grateful for, so I’m going to play copycat and try to do the same thing.  My twist is that for personal motivation/inspiration, I’m going to try to do it according to the alphabet.  Think it’ll work?  Yeah, me neither, honestly.  But we’ll see how it goes.

Catching up for the first seven days of November:

Apple sauce. Don’t know why, but it’s one of my favorite fake-healthy snacks.
Brownies, of any kind, flavor, shape, frosted or not, baked or not, I just love them. (Especially Ghirardelli’s double chocolate. Yum!)
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The. I know this gospel is true and I’m grateful my whole life revolves around it.
Date nights every Friday with Jords; so grateful we rarely work weekends.
Exercise. Ripped, Zumba, jogging, whatever. Now that I only have time to go to BYU’s fitness classes on Saturdays, I’m extra grateful for them.
Family — the extended fam, the in-laws, my parents, my sisters, and Jords. Extra grateful to have them all forever (double points in Scattergories?).
Girlfriends — my sisters & sisters-in-law, my besties, new wardies, old roommies.  Sometimes girl time just rocks, ya know?

Today is our six month mark

and we’re celebrating, somehow! (Maybe by going tanning? Actually, we’re kind of anti-fakebake, but looking at this picture and how pasty I am now almost makes me want to reconsider.)

Jords is working that convention again all day today so probably we’ll end up counting last night’s date as our six month celebration, which is still awesome.  We’ve been missing the movie theater (after going at least weekly all summer) so we did a classic dinner & movie last night at Red Robin and In Time. Delicious and fun, for sure.

Funny thing is, I feel like we’ve been married way longer than six months. Our single lives just seems like ages ago — and honestly, neither of us misses it. Being married is a blast 🙂 and there’s nothing better than having such a perfect & permanent best friend.

Sometimes, my husband’s a little too obedient

which doesn’t really seem possible, but I promise it is.

Once upon a time at the store, Jordan was grocery shopping, and I was waiting in line to check on a prescription. While I waited, I watched several people join the ever-growing prescription-purchasing line … so when I saw Jords coming toward me, I motioned to the line and mouthed, “Get in that line,” hoping we could double-dip and get out faster. I must have looked a little urgent (maybe we were running late for something? Who knows) because he responded immediately to what he thought I said (“Get that lady”), and got the attention of a lady walking in between us … of course, once he got her attention, I had absolutely nothing to say and just stood there like a dumbo, and she looked at us like we were a couple of crazies. Of course, she was also headed to the prescription-purchasing line, so we had to stand behind her for a solid fifteen minutes … and to top it off, we saw her again pulling out of the parking lot.

Awkward? Repeatedly, on repeated occasions. We’ve also died laughing over it on repeated occasions.

I’ve been seriously lacking in husband time this week, though, because Jords has been working a convention in SLC for his company.  He literally works all day (like 5am to 11pm). His carpool driver fell through, so he’s also had to drive … which leaves me at home, by myself, without an insured car (I have another car, but our schedules worked out so nicely for most of this semester that we decided to suspend my car insurance and start paying for it when I need to use my car again). Anyway, I’m basically a hermit.  Except for the two hours I spent making dinner with my sister and her boyfriend yesterday.  Those were good times.

Luckily, I have awesome visiting teachers who love me — look how cute this is!

The note says, “Little by little the Lord shapes us, just like you carving this pumpkin into a masterpiece.”

Isn’t that such a cute thing to find on the doorstep in the morning? Obviously they don’t know that Jords & I lack pumpkin carving skills (see last year’s pumpkin below) but I’m excited to see what we’ll come up with to make out of this year’s little guy.

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!

I have this problem

where I can’t handle looking at the same blog design for very long.  I’ve tried changing up my last layout a whole bunch of times, just to revert back to it after deciding the changes still aren’t my fave.  It’s too bad rearranging a blog layout isn’t as easy as changing my desktop photo … anyway, maybe that’s why I haven’t blogged in a bit. Or maybe it’s because I’ve been positively swamped with pinterest midterms. (Speaking of, the word “midterm” doesn’t sound nearly test-y enough.) Or maybe it’s because I use my free time to watch Psych with Hubs as a reward for finishing schoolwork and homework and such.

In any case, it’s been a busy couple of weeks, so here’s to a mini recap:

Last weekend, we …. caught up on homework and visited the cornmaze with some awesome family.
This week, we … tried our first real pinterest recipe and figured out our plane tickets for Christmas, yay!
Today, we … spent nearly all day apart (between work and school and midterms), but Jords surprised me with a completely spotless apartment AND dinner.  Wow??

So, we’ve been pretty busy with non-exciting things.  I can’t even find the awesome picture of Jords in the stocks to share with you.  Tune in next time, though, for a (hopefully) more exciting / inspiring / thought-provoking post.

This handsome man

is starting training today.  Not gonna lie, I’m already missing the rides to class and the sugary strawberry slices snuck into my lunch.  I’ve been pampered, that’s for sure.

(Notice his I’m-smiling-because-I-have-to pose)
Luckily, early morning training hours only last for a couple of weeks and then he starts his regular shift, which worked out to be almost exactly the same as when I’m on campus for class everyday.  I’m so glad I don’t have to sacrifice him or our new obsession with Psych just yet.

remember that video I wanted to post?

Well I think I finally figured out how to make it work! Here it goes:
[don’t forget I warned you that this is a little glitchy and it has our inexperienced narration and my awful videography (half the time I’m not pointing the camera at what Jords is talking about) … yeah I think that was all of my disclaimers]