Thursday, January 31, 2013

When it's chilly we make chili

We've had lots of snow here in Provo the last few days. Unlike many, Scott and I love it. We'd be happy with two more feet! 

          

                       


Snow is inherently connected to warm food. Hot Chocolate, breads, soups or in our case... chili. 

I am impressing myself with my newly found cooking skills. Marriage does things to you I guess. I looked at a few different chili recipes to get the idea and then I came up with this recipe here all on my own!! It was surprisingly yummy and healthy. So I thought I'd share  


When it's Chilly Chili : by Elise Hunter

Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1.25 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 little can diced green chilies (New Mexican Influence)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 can black beans (drained)
  • 1 can whole kernel corn (drained)
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp tapatio (any hot sauce would work)
Directions
  1. brown the ground turkey with the onions and the garlic in the bottom of your pot
  2. add in tomatoes,green chilies, spices and sugar. simmer for 5 minutes
  3. add in black beans, broth and corn. 
  4. in a food processor or blender puree the kidney beans (looks like gross pink paste but it thickens up the chili)
  5. add in pureed kidney beans and taptio
  6. simmer for 10 min (or as long as you like)


We served our chili over baked potatoes. Inspired by our favorite fast food meal- Wendy's baked potato and chili. But this was better...and cheaper. 


YUM
ENJOY! and stay warm


P.S. Miracles still happen. We've been dreading getting Scott's ER bill in the mail. It came, I opened it, and instead of a bill we got a refund check. It was awesome!



evidence.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Escaping the Inversion

There is this horrible thing that happens here in Utah during the winters, it is called an inversion. Basically the valley turns into a fish bowl and we (the hypothetical fish) swim around in our own filth (aka pollution). It's gross. 

Inversion.
So this weekend, we escaped the inversion.

We went up Big Cottonwood Canyon to go sledding for Scott's little brother's 16th Birthday Party. It was a BLAST! I have always loved the snow and I will never stop loving the snow. 



The sledding hill. It is a lot steeper than it looks. I promise. 




Cool little cabin where we made a fire and ate party food

We loved playing in the snow so much that it just kept coming! 10 inches later, we were snowed in at Scott's Parent's place in Woods Cross.
Man was it fun! We had the most epic snowball fight ever. Scott dominated I will admit, but I did a lot better than I would have thought. In the end, we were wet and happy!

Size 14 boots on a size 5 girl.  (came to my knees!)

Epic snowball fight.  Wish I had a video.

After a fun weekend of snow I'm back to school. Lame. At least The Next Great Baker is on tonight! Anyone else find that show weirdly entertaining?


P.S. Other pics of the past week.


Strawberry pancakes courtesy of the husband
First time trying the sock bun. 

Mrs. CTR licence plate....
Eating snow- addiction since childhood. Don't judge

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Freezing Rain: hilarious and deadly

Today has been quite the new adventure for everyone here in Utah. We know all about snow, we're basically experts on snow. Freezing rain on the other hand... ya we don't know about that. 

So I discovered that freezing rain basically means an invisible layer of ice on EVERYTHING! 

Yes, it's extremely dangerous and I myself struggled quite a bit getting up to campus. However, it is equally hilarious!! I didn't have class and so I just stopped for a second and watched. Provo is basically an ice skating rink. People quickly figured out it was safer to slide than to walk (me included). The best was when you would start sliding and then reach for the rail or anything else to grab onto and it didn't do you any good because it too was cover in ice. I watched at least 25 people fall in the short 35-40 minutes I was on campus. It was equally bad all across Provo and according to the news, all across northern Utah as well.

I wish I could explain in words just how funny it was, but these videos help just a bit.





Why didn't BYU cancel school you ask. Well, Utah is stubborn and doesn't like to cancel school for anything, under any conditions. They did send out this email though. They're so considerate :)

"This morning's freezing rain has created very slippery conditions on parts of campus. Please use caution as you make your way to and from classes. "

There is already a rumor that 5 people are in the hospital.... and I wouldn't be surprised. It really has caused quite the reaction. Here are just a few statuses from my facebook news feed. Super funny.

  • I knew that ice skating class freshman year would come in handy someday. I used my skills to skate all the way to class without falling! I'm just wondering when bowling and racquetball class will have real world applications...
  • if you see someone slipping and falling across campus today......well its not me because i'm graduated. suckers.
  • I thought frozen rain was the same thing as snow. It's not. 
  • We should get an official count going of people who have slipped and fallen on the ice. I've got 5 so far.
  • Man, a lot of people are commenting about how icy it is in Provo.
  • Ice skating to class... That's a first!
  • As much fun as ice skating is, my advice to all my Provo friends is to walk on the snow. It might get you wet, but at least you're safe.
  • The end of the world arrived a little late.
  • New favorite way to get across campus: ice skating
  • Ice: 3, Robin: 0... I'd rather sit down anyways.
  • BYU in slow motion. Awesome!
Crazy day. Super funny! Probably wouldn't have been as funny if I had fallen. 
Evidence of the ice covered handrail - in addition to everything else (thanks Hannah for the photo)

Oh ya, and my hair froze. 100% frozen right there. 

Good luck frozen people of Utah :)


Monday, January 21, 2013

Home

"What I love most about my home is who I share it with"


One of the most fun parts of being married (for me at least) has been having my own home. Scott moved into  our apartment about a month before we got married and boy was it a sad little place. I was so excited to make it my own! 

First there was the sad empty family room.....
We were lucky enough to find the awesome couch on KSL (utah version of craigslist) and I had the coffee table from my old apartment. Besides those pieces, the room didn't have that much going for it. 

After I had a little fun and used a lot of wedding gift cards....
As you can tell, I added a lot. If I had more gift cards it wouldn't be quite done, but for now this is how it will be.  
Ikea has been good to us
Love this saying my Mom gave me

Next is the kitchen. It wasn't too bad to start with. Just a mess....

After....
We did add some bar stools (again ksl), the painting above the sink, a fancy trashcan and some great wedding gifts (spice rack, canisters, food processor)

The room that has taken the most time and effort in our little home is undoubtedly the eating area.
We had nothing. Absolutely nothing. 
  We started out with getting an awesome deal on an old oak dinning set (ya,we love ksl). 

But they were just boring oak, so we sanded them down, primed and painted them! It was a super fun little project to do together and I think it turned out great! 
Oh ya, we painted the bar stools too
I wanted a pop of color and since Scott ruled out pink (jk), we went with blue. 
I had a lot of fun decorating the wall and putting good use to some of my pinterest ideas.

Like these cute shadow boxes with maps of where we got engaged, married and honeymooned. 

Next was the bedroom...
Before I got my hands on it, it totally had a bachelor pad look. My parents were awesome enough to give me my cool platform bed that was in my room growing up. 

After...
I love it. First, because it is my dream bedding that my aunt was so kind to give us for a wedding gift. Second, because it's so comfy and cozy. Since the bed is so low to the ground, we needed something big on the wall behind the bed and it needed to be cheap.  I was just perusing at Target when I walked past the mirrors and this is what popped into my head. It took us awhile to decide if we liked the look or not. But we've decided we like it. 

Last and certainly least is our second bedroom that we named "the pit of doom". It became our storage closet.
Believe me, it got much worse than this....

Sadly, this room hasn't gotten much better. This last week we finally got a desk and moved all the unneeded stuff into the new storage unit they built us in the garage. 

So, this is our next project. I've got grand ideas of bookcases, a reading chair and painting the desk a fun color. We'll see if it happens.....

That's our little Home and we love it. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Holidays and Sickness

Can't believe it's already 2013! We've had quite the crazy last few weeks here in the Hunter home. Christmas was SO much fun in New Mexico with my family. Christmas Day was just FANTASTIC! Scott got to experience the Hansen family tradition of Santa leaving a creative obstacle course outside of the kids room (we all sleep in my room- it's tradition).  This years obstacle course involved crawling through tunnels, under tables, and running into invisible walls of saran wrap while the entire floor was covered in bubble wrap.  Love it! Such a fun tradition! For the first time since we've lived in Santa Fe it snowed on Christmas! It was so much fun and so beautiful. Then we opened presents and had too much fun watching little Emily's reactions. Santa also always leaves a scavenger hunt and at the end is a gift for each of us. We got to the end of the scavenger hunt and there were 3 gifts. Automatically Emily said "Oh Scott got left out", when really one of the gifts was for Scott and me. Basically, Emily is hilarious.  For the first time ever the kids made Christmas breakfast (there were finally enough of us!). We spent the day, playing with our presents, and just relaxing. Christmas dinner was delicious! Overall, It was such an awesome day!!

Mom always keeps us matching for Christmas Sunday. 





Fun just hangin' around


Scott wishing he had gotten a beardo like my brother. And wishing I'd let him grow a real beard. Sorry :)
Christmas Dinner

The day after Christmas we went and saw Les Miserables! I was more excited for this movie than I ever have been for any other movie ever! And I loved it!!! Surprisingly, Scott liked it too!
The 27th we headed back to Utah. Little did I know what fun awaited me..... Scott got sick the day we got home. Now when Scott gets sick, he gets REALLY sick. It's sad enough when your husband is sick but it's even worse when he's sick for New Year's and for his Birthday!! :( After 4 doctors visits, 1 ER visit  and 2 weeks he finally got better. 
2012! What an AWESOME year!

Husband sick = no fun
While Scott was sick, I decorated our home and experimented with wedding gifts. Who knew kitchen appliances were SO MUCH FUN! KitchenAids are awesome! You can make cookies in half the time (which might not end up being a good thing;) and I made my first batch of homemade pizza dough. 
Once Scott was finally better we had a little party to watch the BCS national championship. The game was a huge disappointment! At least our panini bar was awesome! (Thanks Santa for the Cuisinart griddle!)

First time using the KitchenAid. Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies were a success!!
Another plus of the KitchenAid- Homemade pizza dough! 
Now it's back to real life. I'm back in school and Scott is back to work. I can't believe it's my last semester of college! Where did the time go? But you know, it doesn't seem like I'm even close to being done because I just turned in my graduate school applications. As soon as I graduate, I'll begin again! :)
So since Scott's Birthday was so miserable for him I wanted to surprise him with a weekend Stay-cation! He thought we were going to Salt Lake City to have dinner with some of my friends, but little did he know. We had the most AMAZING weekend! It was a blast! We stayed at the Little America and took the tracks down to City Creek for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. Scott still thought we were meeting my friends for dinner and he was totally surprised to walk up to his whole family at the table. I love surprising him because it is hard to do!! Saturday morning we took the tracks back downtown and did a session at the Salt Lake Temple. It was such a perfect weekend. I love my husband. Everyday is a blast when you spend it with your best friend!

It says 21 not 27 Scott  ;)


The best two things in one picture
 Today I finished decorating our house. Having your own place is super fun! I'll post about it next time!

P.S. Scott got his diploma in the mail today. He's an educated man now.