Wednesday, February 17, 2010


I don't usually post stories, but this story has come up quite a bit recently and I feel the need to let everyone know that there is hope for me.

When I went to college my cooking skills were VERY limited. Okay, they were pretty much non-existent if 95% of the meal didn't come from a box/can/frozen bag that only required warming. With time thanks to friend/roommate meals I did learn a few things. I felt like I could cook a meal, or at least help cook a meal that didn't involve a box/can/frozen bag.

Then I met Jason.

I realized I was in trouble, or should I say he realized he was in trouble when we had probably only been married a few weeks or so (just long enough to have gotten back from our honeymoon, unpacked, and ready and excited to use our very own kitchen that spanned an entire 7 ft.) and he wanted to make a white sauce for something..I don't remember what. This is how I remember it going:

Me: What's a white sauce??
Jason: What??!! Uh, oh.

Anyway, you get the idea. I realized he obviously had MUCH more experience than I when it came to the kitchen. This motivated me to impress him and learn a few things. A few months later I had a brilliant idea for dinner. Clam chowder. It was cold outside and something warm sounded perfect. (You need to know that for our wedding we got these silver canisters of all different heights that you put flour, sugar, brown sugar, etc... in) While I was making it I couldn't get it to thicken up well after I had already put in the flour so I proceeded to add more flour, but nothing was working. Jason came home and we ate it anyway.

Poor guy.

I told him I couldn't get it to thicken and added a lot more flour. We started to eat and noticed it seemed a little sweet. Sweet clam chowder. Eeew. We were both choking it down when I realized I had grabbed the powdered sugar canister instead of the flour canister. Yes, we ate clam chowder sweetened with powdered sugar. We both spit it out and hadn't even attempted it again until yesterday.

I want you all to know it went well, and I did manage to use flour this time.

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I would like to think that I'm not the only one who had/still has a lot to learn about cooking/sewing and homemaking in general when I got married. What are some of your funny stories from when you were newly married and completely messed something up?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Need a good laugh?

This just might possibly make me laugh every day for the rest of my life:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Not something you see...

very often in Memphis! We woke up to all this snow..okay..the whole 3 inches of it, Monday morning. Everything was cancelled/closed because I guess 3 inches can be deadly to drive on. We weren't complaining though.

I didn't take any pics of our house and the snow so I thought these pics of the temple would show it well.
I was really excited to make a snowman and snowangels and let Javen play but after about 5 minutes of being outside we came in. I'm ready for spring!!

These pics below were all last week. We've had some crazy weather. Everything was cancelled/closed for this too...but ice really isn't driveable so I see the point.

The "snow"days have been fun, but I'm starting to miss my flip-flops, t-shirts, and shorts. Maybe I should just go somewhere warm. One day.