Wednesday, October 22, 2008

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Hello! I am sorry for my long absence. I honestly haven't had much to write about. I've been feeling really burnt out on a lot of things, and unfortunately, my blog has suffered.

I've done a few things in the past three weeks that are worth mentioning:

-Brandon and I attended Jacob's 2nd birthday party in the park. Jacob is Michelle's son; she has been my best friend since we were in the 7th grade. She is an amazing mom, and she has a really great blog (she is also gluten free), check it out here. I also got to see Melissa and Kat (other friends since jr. high) there, neither of who I had seen in FOREVER! It was a fun!

-Later that night, Lifehouse was playing a FREE concert for Founder's Day in my small little rural town! They played in the park that is 2 minutes from my house! I love Lifehouse, and they always make me think of when Brandon and I first started dating. We were both listening to their first cd No Name Face in our cars. We shared some special moments in those first couple of months with Lifehouse as our soundtrack. And that's not meant to sound as naughty as it does. :-) The concert was amazing, we were soo close! Next time they come to Arizona, I definitely want to go. I am so bummed I forgot my camera this go round.

-Brandon went on an Elk Hunt in Payson with my family for 5 days last week. I stayed behind. On Saturday, my mom and I drove up there for the day to hang out. We had a really good time! I missed my man! Thankfully, I didn't forget my camera that time so here are some pictures! (captions above the pictures; I know sometimes it can get confusing)

When we arrived, I was soooo hungry, so my man (did I mention he's sooo wonderful?) grilled me a HUGE bunless burger! YUM!

Then we decided to take the Arctic Cat out for a spin. For those of you unfamiliar with an Arctic Cat, it looks like this:

You can tell B loves to get dirty in it!

This is a trail we were taking:

When we finally reached the top, the view was amazing!

Here we are, in all our wind-blown glory. Sorry I look like a freaking tool bag. :-)

Ugh, man, I look terrible in that picture! Haha. You'd think I'd use some descretion on posting pictures, but no.

Moving on.

There was this cool rock ledge that hung over the side of the cliff. So we lived dangerously and stood on the edge and lived to tell the tale! Look at his little kicked out foot, he's so cute.

I was so excited to see trees that actually change color in the Fall! We don't see much of that in Phoenix.

Back at camp! B grew a beard! And I don't hate it! Lol.

This is the fam, minus my brother. Mom, Dad, ME, and Brandon. He put on the silly hunting hat that my dad gave him.

This is my dad and Brandon. As you can tell, they get along pretty well.

We grilled steaks that night and Brandon made sure that no offending tortillas were added to the grill until my steak was removed! He's so good, he always thinks about the little things that most would over look. <3

-Monday I bought tickets for the Backstreet Boys concert that will be here in November. Judge all you want, I am really excited!

-Last night, we went for dinner at B's mom's house for her husband's birthday. She had a broccoli salad with dressing on it from Costco, but we weren't sure of the dressing. Brandon dug through their trash dumpster to find the package to read the ingredient list! I made sure to tell his mom that I didn't force him to do it! Haha. It turned out to be safe.....and delicious! Brandon even requested my own fresh stick of butter for my corn on the cob so there would be no illegal crumbs! I know what you're thinking, I need to lock him in my basement and never let him get away! Trust me, if I had a basement, he'd never see the light of day. :-)

I kid, I kid.

And that brings us to present. Brandon is in Utah for business until Friday evening. It's been a hellacious work week that's wearing me down. I'm looking forward to an early bedtime tonight. I'm itching to get in the kitchen to cook and/or bake, but with Brandon being gone, it's not really worth it. Here is what I have been surviving off of:

-Homemade potato soup. Oh-so-good.

-Every variation of meal I could think of using taco meat. We had tacos one night and I've been trying to eat up the leftover meat. I ate a taco salad which consisted of lettuce, Black Bean and Corn Dip, taco meat, and Ranch dressing. It was SO GOOD.

-Plain, boring Salad.

-"Rice gooeys." Oh my. My new obsession. I saw this on Gluten Free Cooking School, and thought, of course! The clever name is ours, though. They are rice crispy treats, with Rice Chex subsituted for the Rice Crispies. I've missed them. So far in two weeks, I've eaten two pans of these. I'd like to say that B ate a good portion of that, but that would be a big fat lie.

I can't remember anything else. But here is what I would like to make soon. I can see them on the horizon.

-Caramel apples.

-Homemade cinnaman sugar chunky applesauce.

-Gluten free pumpkin pie.

-Gluten free cheesy lasagna rolls.

-Tomato vegetable soup.

- Gluten free mini peanut butter cheesecakes

-More rice gooeys.

I know there is more floating around this melon head of mine, but I'm spacing them. You can see why I am anxious to get in the kitchen! Maybe I'll get to cross some of these off my list this weekend, but probably not. Sigh.

Well, this is where my post must come to a close. My brain is mush; I am so tired and I have a headache. I promise not to be such a stranger.


Endless Possibilities said...

Aww, thanks for the shout out! I didn't know you saw Lifehouse or that they played a concert over there. What fun!

I love the pics! Your family outings are always good times.

Maureen "Hold The Gluten" said...

No judging here on your Backstreet Boys tix :) I still (secretly) rock out to their songs on my iPod - ha ha. BTW, can't wait to see your recipe/photos for GF Peanut Butter Cheesecakes!