Monday, March 26, 2012

I got in!

You are now looking at a future Registered Dietitian... I got into my graduate school program! Yay! I am SO excited! And so relieved. Before I found out I was having nightmares almost every night.

These are the flowers Sam brought home for me the day I found out I got in... isn't he just the sweetest?!

Here is how it went down. I actually found out about 2 and a half weeks ago... but I haven't really been allowed to say anything. Why you ask? So the program at the University of Utah is pretty competitive... they only take 13 new students each year (and of course this year they had more applicants than usual... around 70 or so). Well, the students they knew they wanted they accepted without any interview (I was one of them - yay!). And I found this out because the Director of the program is in my Bootcamp class and she called me and told me I got in (it has been very nice to have that connection). BUT, some of their picks that they weren't quite sure about were still being interviewed until the end of last week. So I couldn't really say anything in case any professors or other students involved found out and had not been interview/notified yet.

Anyway, I am just so excited I got in! I have so many plans and ideas for the future and now I will be able to put them into action! So it's official... beginning in August I will be a graduate student at the University of Utah, getting my Master's in Nutrition. It is a 2 year program and it will be a challenge but I am ready for it! I am ready to take on the world.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Big 23

I am about a week late but last Tuesday was my 23rd birthday. I can't believe I am 23... where has the time gone?!?! I had a good birthday. It was pretty low-key and relaxing, which I really enjoyed. The night before my birthday, Sam's mom (LuAnn) treated the family to Pizza Factory to celebrate. I have been to Pizza Factory for 3 years in a row now for my birthday... what can I say, I really like pizza! And their breadsticks of course.

Love this guy :)

I got to spend the day of my birthday with this girl! Erin is one of my very best friends. We were roommates our first year at the U and became best friends! She just recently (last August) got back from a mission in Denmark and is now attending the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. I am sad she doesn't live nearby but I am so glad she was able to come visit for spring break! Erin just got engaged and I got to go wedding dress shopping with her while she was visiting... so fun! I had never been wedding dress shopping with anyone before (just when I went for myself) so I was really excited to go. Plus we found her a beautiful dress that she is going to look STUNNING in!

I really had a great birthday and I am so grateful for all the wonderful people I was able to share it with. I look forward to another incredible year to come!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Masters of Bread Making

Last Saturday Sam and I decided that we wanted to try to make homemade bread. We were getting tired of store-bought bread so we thought we would give it a shot. We wanted to make somewhat healthy bread and found a recipe for Multigrain Bread on We pretty much use their recipes for EVERYTHING... all of their stuff is fantastic! And this recipe certainly was no exception.

Of course, making this bread was like a whole-day ordeal, but it was totally worth it! Sam and I were nervous because we put so much effort into the bread and we were going to be really disappointed if it didn't turn out well.  It seriously turned out great and exceeded our expectations... so much so that we ate almost an entire loaf after it was done baking! Haha.

Doesn't it look so yummy??

As an added bonus, you do not need a breadmaker to make this bread! Which is a plus for people who don't have one. We actually do have one but we don't use it very much.

Anyway, Sam and I have made some different types of bread lately (rolls, banana bread, and this multigrain bread) and they have turned out REALLY GOOD so we like to think we are bread-making professionals now. Or maybe we are just really good at following recipes :).

Friday, March 2, 2012

Sewing Project #2

Well, I definitely have not been good with updating this blog. Sorry about that. I guess it has not been on the top of my list of things to do. Plus, I don't think we have had very many exciting things happen lately.

Sam and I are SO over school at the moment. We will both graduate in May (although I will have a few classes during the summer) and we couldn't be more excited! It is definitely taking its toll on our motivation though. 

So I realized that I never posted my second sewing project on here. It's pretty sad, though, that I did this back in December. It is actually Sam's Christmas present. He wanted an apron, so that is exactly what he got. He is pretty much the brains behind the entire operation... I only did the sewing.

The apron is a little dirty because he had already put the apron to good use by the time I got around to taking a picture of it. Sam insisted on having the front made out of terry cloth (towel material) so that he could just wipe his hands on the apron... which is why there are stains on it. Unfortunately, the only colors of terry cloth we found at the fabric stores were pastel colors (which are super girly) so we decided on white... even though white gets dirty easily. We were originally going to make the apron a University of Utah apron (shocker!) but then we decided on this. The back and lining is actually little red and gray football helmets... so it still looks kind of like a Utah one.

Sam also wanted his apron to snap in the back and not have a tie, so this is our solution to that dilemma. Pretty genius, eh?

Sam's apron is definitely a unique one! When we were at Joann's getting the fabric cut the lady asked us what we were making and when we told her, she looked at us like we were psycho in the head. She actually wasn't all that nice to us and made us feel stupid about our idea. IF ONLY SHE COULD SEE IT NOW! Haha. The apron turned out great and Sam loves it. It was the perfect gift for him because he loves helping in the kitchen and is such a wonderful cook!

As a side note, my grandma officially gave me her sewing machine (after a lot of convincing on my part). I am stoked! I just need to find a new project now...