Monday, October 5, 2009

A trip to Utah

Kevin and I received tickets to General Conference as a wedding gift. What a unique and wonderful gift. I have toured the conference center, however I have never had opportunity to attend a session. We were able to attend Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning, and Kevin attended the priesthood session. We really enjoyed being able to go and hopefully we'll have another opportunity to attend. It was such a neat experience to see our prophet, President Monson, and the apostles of the church.

I have beautiful pictures from my wedding with all my family and friends that were in attendance. As I was looking through my pictures a while ago there was only one thing missing. Due to the ridiculous high temperatures and humidity, it made for a miserable time to be outside and take pictures. Not only that, but I really wanted to spend more time with my guest that attended than take pictures all day and because I was on the go, I had my trained pinned up in all my pictures. My bridals are perfect -if only I could insert Kevin into them! So, our wonderful friends Doyle and Chelsea took a few saturday morning before I send my dress to be boxed up for about 30 years. The end results were great and I'm glad we got a few more in to remember this special time in our lives. Thanks Chelsea! You are amazing!!

While we were in Utah, I was able to hang out with Keni and the girls. We visited Gardner's village, where we met real witches and see some crafts. The girls had fun Halloween costumes that they were able to wear to the activity. Afterwards, Keni and her friend, Lindsey, decided it would be a wise choice to let the kids eat McDonalds while we ate Simply Sushi. It was a pretty yummy dinner! Good choice!

We came home to rain and cold weather. And when I woke up this morning, it was a nightmare come true...Thank goodness it all melted before I got home from work! Lets hope that doesnt' happen for another month. I don't think I can handle going from summer to winter and completly skipping over the fall season!


  1. So glad you got to go to Conference. Girl, you better get used to the snow!!!

  2. Here ya go:

    Maple French Toast and Bacon Cupcakes
    For the Cupcakes:

    * 1 cup all-purpose flour
    * 1 cup cake flour
    * 1 3.9-ounce box instant vanilla pudding mix
    * 1 teaspoon baking powder
    * 1 tablespoon potato starch
    * 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    * 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    * 1/2 teaspoon salt
    * 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
    * 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
    * 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    * 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    * 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
    * 1/4 cup maple syrup
    * 1/2 cup half-and-half, at room temperature
    * 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon (5 strips)

    For the Frosting:

    * 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
    * 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
    * 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
    * 1/4 cup maple syrup
    * 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    * 3 strips bacon, cooked and chopped (optional)


    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place paper liners in a 12-cup muffin tin. Prepare the cupcakes: Combine the flours, pudding mix, baking powder, potato starch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl with a whisk.

    In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugars with a mixer on low speed until combined, 6 to 8 minutes. Gradually mix in the vanilla and egg whites. Scrape down the sides of the bowl; continue mixing until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the maple syrup and half-and-half, mixing after each addition and ending with flour. Mix until the ingredients are just combined; do not overmix. Fold in the bacon.

    Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about three-quarters of the way. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool completely.

    Meanwhile, prepare the frosting: Beat the cream cheese and butter with a mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add the confectioners' sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon; beat until combined. Spread on the cooled cupcakes; top with chopped bacon, if desired.

  3. EM!!!!! Hurry back to the south!!! We are still sweating and having bad hair days- don't ya just miss it :) Bree is freezing, too. You can call her and cry together!