Thursday, July 19, 2012

No More Excuses!

i am tired. just really tired. tired of being tired, and over weight, and not fitting into clothes, 
and having a bad body image. 
So I'm taking a 90 Day Challenge:
  • Absolutely NO fast food. Includes, but is not limited to: Burger King, McDonalds, In 'n Out ~ These are my main contenders.
  • Absolutely NO diet soda. 
  • Absolutely NO dessert that doesn't consist of fresh fruit only.
  • Absolutely NO white bread or pasta.
  • Absolutely NO red meat. 
  • Exercise a minimum of 5 days per week.
  • Exercise must consist of at least 30 minutes of cardio.
  • Find one new form of exercise I enjoy that doesn't involve work out equipment/gym.
  • Drink 2 to 3 liters of water per day.
  • Drink green tea at least 3 times per week.
  • Make healthy food choices and eat as natural as possible.
Sounds doable right?
  • Feel healthier and stronger.
  • Decease my dress size by 2. 
  • Feel better and more confident about who I am and how I look.
  • Support others who want to do the same.

If you think this challenge is for you, then set one up for yourself. Have your own goals and come up with ways you can cut out the bad and let in the good. If you are struggling at all with how you look or you just aren't feeling good in general, think about doing this 90 day challenge. Post about it and be accountable. I will update you all in 30 days! Wish me luck!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

day 26 .... key(s)

My Collection of Keys

day 22 .... my kitchen sink

Day 27 - My Name

Stake Conference & Senior General Authorities

So we had our Ward Conference yesterday. The choir sang two numbers, Come Unto Him, Dan Carter & Come Follow Me, Kenneth Cope. They did such a great job and I was worried. We only had 3 real rehearsals - but it all came together as it always does! 

The real reason I'm writing about it is - We get to host a couple of Senior General Authorities (they won't tell us who, though). 

So President Keeler asked us, the ward, to invite our less-active members in our boundaries. 
They gave us invitations to take to two brothers, Samantha and I are going later this week to 'drop' by and invite them.

So I, being as awesome as ever, decided to mail the invites with a short note as well:

I know, kinda boastful, but I thought I'd share! 
 Hopefully they come and enjoy the spirit that will definitely be there! 

Also, Christine and family may be here that Sunday too! Yay, awesome!

Today's Adventures ....

Yesterday, Sunday, we had quite a Rain Storm!! It rained, it poured, it hailed, and then it stopped. 
I was over at my friend Victor's watching a movie, Riddick, 
it was raining so hard that it was literally coming through the skylight! 
Then it started hailing pebble-sized, it sounded like a waterfall! Pretty Awesome!

Today I went for a short walk, this was the sky:

So pretty!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

What I did today .... Cinnamon Buns

My Cinnamon Buns ....

1 ¾ cup water, lukewarm
1 envelope (1 ½ teaspoons) instant or rapid-rise yeast
4 large eggs, room temperature
½ cup honey
1 ½ teaspoons salt
½ cup butter, melted
7 cups all-purpose flour

For the dough: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 200 degrees. When oven reaches 200 degrees, shut off. Grease foil and a medium bowl.

Mix water and yeast in liquid measuring cup until yeast dissolves, then whisk in eggs, butter, and honey. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with dough hook, mix flour, and salt until combined. With mixer on low, add warm milk mixture in steady stream and mix until dough comes together, about 1 minute. Increase speed to medium and continue to mix until dough is smooth and comes away from sides of bowl, about 10 minutes. Turn dough out onto clean surface and knead to form a smooth, round ball. Transfer dough to prepared bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in warm oven. Let rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

Caramel Sauce
6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
Pinch salt

In a small bowl, cream together the butter with the brown sugar. Spread mixture evenly over the bottom of a 9”x13” baking pan. Set aside.

Cinnamon Filling
1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar
1 ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened

Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and butter in small bowl. 

To Prep: Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Roll dough into 18-inch square:

Sprinkle evenly with filling to 1/2 inch from edge:

With Pecans:

Starting with the edge nearest you, roll dough into tight cylinder, pinch lightly to seal seam, 
and using a serrated knife, cut into 12 pieces. 

Transfer pieces, cut-side up, to prepared pan. 

Cover with plastic wrap or a towel and let rise in warm spot
until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Risen and Ready for the Oven:

For Baking: Heat oven to 350°. Bake until deep golden brown and filling is melted, 35 to 40 minutes ( I like to rotate them half way between so they bake evenly in my oven).

Remove from oven and run a knife around the edge of the rolls to loosen them from the side of the pan. 

Invert on a foiled lined baking sheet and let cool a bit before serving -- If you can.


Hope you enjoy this recipe and have fun making these!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Day 5 - A Smile

Today's Adventure ....

So today, I decided I would go get my State ID card renewed, as it expired on my birthday. 
So I left the house around 11am, got tot he DMV at 11:40am, got my 'number' at 11:49am:

I was called at 1:20pm, so waiting time was about 1 hr 20 minutes. 
Luckily, I was smart and brought my Kindle, 'cause otherwise I may not have survived it!
Then walked over to Carl's Jr. and had lunch and walked home. 
Got home around 3 pm. not too bad, I'd say!

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Day One - Up

 Day 12 - Fork

Day 18 - Corner for Your House

Photo-A-Day Project ....

So I found this great idea for a Photo-a-day project here
So I decided it would be fun and fill some of my time with appreciating the World around me. 

Here is the list for March:

I will start by catching up and doing 1 - 18 ..... Let's see how I do :)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Weekly Appreciations ....

i love the smell of: Raspberry & Blackberry Curd cooking

i love the sound of: Kelly Clarkson "Stronger"

i love the taste of: BBQ Pizza

i love the feel of: Friends, all of them!

i am currently learning: that I need to do a better job of reading scriptures and praying :( 

this week, strength was: using my baking skills (R.S. Party Cake)

this week, my weakness was: Not Exercising when I have ALL this time on my hands!

A Talk for Sunday .... Building My Faith Through Sacrifice

              The meaning of sacrifice -- Giving to the Lord whatever He requires of our time, our earthly possessions, and our energies to further His work. Our willingness to sacrifice is an indication of our devotion to God. In Romans 12:1 the Apostle Paul wrote that we should become 'living' sacrifices, holy and acceptable unto God.
               If we are to accomplish this great ask, we must be willing to give everything we have to God's church and His Gospel; to build up the kingdom of God on the earth and labor to bring forth Zion; to serve our Brothers and Sisters. Only through sacrifice can we become worthy to live with God. Only through sacrifice can we enjoy eternal life. We must be willing to sacrifice all we have if want to earn the rich rewards.

D&C 64:23 -- Behold, now it is called today until the coming of the Son of Man, and verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of all my people; for he that is tithed shall not be burned at His coming. 

Our greatest blessings in this life and in the hereafter will come through our willingness to sacrifice as the Lord directs. Only through sacrifice and the faith it generates, the Prophet Joseph Smith taught, can we achieve happiness in the eternities: “A religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation; for, from the first existence of man, the faith necessary unto the enjoyment of life and salvation never could be obtained without the sacrifice of all earthly things. It was through this sacrifice and this only, that God has ordained that men should enjoy eternal life”.
               M. Russell Ballard said “The law of sacrifice should be taught and practiced in every Latter-day Saint home. We do this by making repentance a part of our lives, by faithfully paying our tithes and offerings, by obeying the commandments, by doing family history work and attending the temple, by being an example to others, and by being “willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon [us], even as a child doth submit to his father” (Mosiah 3:19).

               Those who will inherit the celestial kingdom will be those who have been “faithful in the testimony of Jesus while they [have] lived in mortality; and who [have] offered sacrifice in the similitude of the great sacrifice of the Son of God, and [have] suffered tribulation in their Redeemer’s name” . (D&C 138:12–13)

             Can we escape sacrifice? Not if we would be exalted. The Prophet Joseph Smith helped us understand this significant requirement when he said, “All the saints of whom we have account, in all the revelations of God which are extant, obtained the knowledge which they had of their acceptance in his sight through the sacrifice which they offered unto him” (Joseph Smith, Lectures on Faith).

              Sacrifice is integral to the celestial law, pointing us to the most glorious sacrifice of all: our Savior Jesus Christ. President Gordon B. Hinckley defined sacrifice so beautifully when he said: “Without sacrifice there is no true worship of God. … ‘The Father gave his Son, and the Son gave his life,’ and we do not worship unless we give—give of our substance, … our time, … strength, … talent, … faith, … [and] testimonies”.

                True joy comes from sacrificing for others. Sacrifice is an amazing principle. As we willingly give our time and talents and all that we possess, it becomes one of our truest forms of worship. It can develop within us a profound love for each other and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Through sacrifice our hearts can be changed; we live closer to the Spirit and have less of an appetite for things of the world.

                 President Hinckley taught a grand truth when he said: “It is not a sacrifice to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is never a sacrifice when you get back more than you give. It is an investment, … a greater investment than any. … Its dividends are eternal and everlasting”.

                 How comforting to know that we are not expected to make this investment alone. We have a divinity within us to receive inspiration through the powers of heaven.

                  Do not be afraid of sacrifice. Please enjoy the happiness and blessings from the sacrifice itself.  Occasionally there is a time gap between the sacrifice and the blessing. The sacrifice may come according to our time schedule, but the blessing may not come by our, but by the Lord’s, calendar. Because of this, the Lord comforts us by saying, “Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work” (D&C 64:33).

                 The blessings surely come to us. Remember that the sacrifice itself might be a form of blessing. Let us make the sacrifice of small things.

                 When we read the Book of Mormon while rubbing our sleepy eyes, let us remember that we are following the counsel of our prophet and receive the joy that comes from that knowledge. We have many bills to pay, but when we pay tithing, let us feel joy for having the opportunity to donate something to the Lord. And then greater blessings will be poured out on us. It will be just like our surprise and joy when we receive an unexpected gift.

                 As Spencer W. Kimball said, "As we give, we find that 'sacrifice brings forth the blessings of Heaven!' And in the end, we learn it was no sacrifice at all."

The Relief Society Birthday Party ....

The Relief Society Birthday Day ......

Prepping a Salad -

The Cake / Dessert Table -

Whoops! Somebodies fingers got in the cake!

Center Pieces 

Displays of Modest Dresses and Sunday Worthy Jewelry ....

The Sisters of Santa Monica Stake, California ....

And .... My Friend Samantha Barrios .....