Sleep Talking

So I mentioned a while ago that Sam talks in his sleep sometimes. It is more like he talks while he is halfway asleep and halfway awake. I have been keeping track of the things he has said recently so for your reading pleasure...

"You should make a blog out of frosting. It would be delicious. I'd read it."

"What kind of girl makes out with Ben Davis?!" (Ben Davis is a guy who was in our singles ward and we have not seen him for over a year! This definitely came out of no where.)

"You snored and woke me up." (I don't snore, he does.)

"It's not going to strangulate me, is it?" (I have no idea.)

Sam: Never trust a man making popcorn balls.
Emily: Why not?
Sam: He'll just mess 'em up.

"You love Rihanna. But if she's edible she's probably gone bad."

"We can have a dance party in twenty minutes."

I married a crazy. But I love it. Whenever he talks in his sleep I just can't stop laughing. It definitely makes the falling asleep time much more entertaining.


Tuesday Thyme: Streusel Raspberry Muffins

I was so excited to tell you about a delicious pasta salad I made once but I can't find the recipe so you will have to wait until later for that one. Anyway, these muffins are also delicious! *If any of the muffin cups are not full on your muffin tin, put some water in them so your pan will not warp while in the oven!*

Streusel Raspberry Muffins
makes 2 dozen

3 c. flour
1 c. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 c. milk
1 c. butter or margarine (melted)
1 egg
2 c. fresh or individually frozen raspberries
pecan streusel topping (see below)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease muffin pans.
2. Prepare the streusel topping and set aside.
3. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
4. Combine milk, butter, and egg in a small bowl.
5. Pour wet ingredients into flour mixture and stir just enough to combine.
6. Spoon half the batter into the muffin cups.
7. Put about four raspberries in each cup.
8. Spoon the rest of the batter over the raspberries, leaving enough room for streusel topping.
9. Sprinkle topping onto batter.
10. Bake 25-30 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean).
11. Remove from pan and cool on rack.

Pecan Streusel Topping
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. melted butter

1. Combine pecans, brown sugar, and flour in a small bowl.
2. Add melted butter and stir until it resembles crumbs.
3. Sprinkle over muffins before baking.


Winter Nightmare

I had a traumatic experience this morning. Sam is out of town so I knew my car had to be working otherwise I wouldn't be able to get to school. Sam and I even joked about my car not starting last night.

I left my apartment early enough to be ten minutes early to class. I am not allowed to be late to this class because tardies add up to absences and start hurting my grade. I go outside and the driver's side door is frozen shut. I open the passenger door, turn on my car, and grab the scraper to start cleaning off my windows.

Then I climb over the passenger seat and into the driver's seat and start backing out. Then I hit something. I remember looking out my window last night and seeing a giant ball of snow. But I forgot to move it. I climb over the passenger seat and out of the car, move the snow boulder, and climb back over the passenger seat into the car.

I am backing out and hear my grill hit the ground but I have to go because scraping took longer than I thought and now I only have twenty minutes to get to class. I am driving out of the parking lot and I look in the rearview mirror and see something black on the ground. I decided to turn around and see what it was. So as I get closer, I see that it was my grill. The entire thing. Broken. On the ground. I climb over the passenger seat and out of the car, pick up my grill, throw it into my back seat, and check out the damage to the front of my car.

My fog light is still wired to the car. But dragging on the ground. I climb back over the passenger seat and into the car. I pull back into my parking spot. Turn off the car. Climb over the passenger seat and out of the car. Run back inside to get tape but we only have packing tape. I go back outside with it and it will not stick to my icy, wet, cold car. I am asking everyone (which is about three people because it is 7:30am) who walks by if they have duct tape. No one does.

Finally this guy checks his car and comes back and says, "It's your lucky day!" I said, "If today is my lucky day then kill me now."

I start pulling off large pieces of duct tape and trying to maneuver the light into sticking to a large black region where my grill used to be. The duct tape also does not like to stick to ice. Here I am, sitting on the wet, cold, icy curb with cloth gloves on panicking because I can't be late to class.

I finally got the light to stay on. I threw (gently and graciously) the duct tape in the back of the guy's truck, climbed back over the passenger seat and into the car, and went to school. I arrived fifteen minutes after the hour. But wait! This isn't a tardy! Fifteen minutes late counts as an absence! I guess this really is my lucky day...


Not the brightest crayon in the box.

News caster: A car drove straight into an apple store. The thieves got away with thousands of dollars worth of apple merchandise.

Sam: Are you serious?! Who breaks into an apple store?

Emily: Apple. Like Mac.

Sam: [silence...]



Day One - Depart Los Angeles (12.28.08)
Muster Drill - I was so nervous!

Our cute little cave. It was so dark in there so we would sleep until 11:00 if we didn't set an alarm.

Day Two - At Sea (12.29.08)
We definitely didn't win. But we had high hopes and it was really fun! The girl who was calling the numbers said, "B-8. If you fall off the ship, you might B-8." Sam and I are still laughing about that and it was our joke the entire cruise.

Sam entered the ping pong tournament but he didn't win. So sad.

Waiting for a show to start on our first formal night.

Our first cute towel animal.

Day Three - Cabo San Lucas (12.30.08)
This is Cabo from our ship.

This is our ship (Vision of the Seas) from Cabo.

The ocean.

Playing on the beach.

Sam snorkeling.

Day Four - Mazatlan
Golfing. Sam's shorts are sweet.

The golf course was beautiful. It was so close to a very empty beach.

The Coasters.

Happy New Year!

I married a kook.

They told us it was 2009 balloons but it was actually way more.

Day Five - Puerto Vallarta
After staying up really late the night before, I had to wake up at 7:00 to go horseback riding. This is the only picture I took of my horse so enjoy!

Sam went scuba diving while I was horseback riding. When we both got back we walked down the beach and went to a cute little restaurant and then watched the sunset.

A super cool picture that I took and I am very proud of.

Amazing magicians. They (Kyle and Mistie) ate dinner with us for the last five nights and they were really good. Kyle cut Mistie in half and the whole thing was surrounded! It was impressive.

Day Six - At Sea (1.2.09)
Ice carving demonstration.

The Quest - we had 2 1/2 minutes to dress up a guy in our group like a girl. Sam was forced into it but he is really good at walking in high heels!

Another towel animal.

Day Seven - At Sea (1.3.09)
Another towel animal.

My first time gambling (even though I am only 20, you can gamble in international waters at 18).

We lost $4. Gambling is Satan.

We did a lot of things that we didn't take pictures of but overall, it was so fun! I didn't get seasick at all!

Tuesday Thyme: Herbs

Use 2-4 times more fresh herbs than a recipe calls for. Dry herbs are much more concentrated.

Measure dry herbs and then pinch them into your dish. It brings out the flavor.

This is how I make my pizza sauce. It is really easy and I don't measure anything but I just taste it until I like it. It makes enough for two 14" pizzas.

Pizza Sauce
15 oz. can tomato sauce
fennel (opt.)


A bandwagon full of Cardinals fans

Everyone from Arizona is very proud of the state. If you are with enough people from Arizona, and you start bashing Arizona, they will bash your face. Beware!

Because I am from Arizona, I have been asked multiple times if I am cheering for the Cardinals. The answer is yes. Only because I always cheer for the underdog. Each year I watch the Superbowl and each year I cheer for whichever team is expected to lose. This year I have a connection with the underdog; we are both from Arizona.I am definitely not a hardcore NFL fan. I have watched a few of the recent games and I have talked about the insane turnaround the Cardinals have had this year. Not out of pride, but shock. The Cardinals were always the worst team ever. We paid for a very expensive stadium for them and yet they were a joke. An embarrassment. Now they are having a good season... and suddenly everyone is a fan.

I feel this is taking something away from the ten people who have always been Cardinals fans. Those people who actually own paraphernalia and didn't buy it online today. And, win or lose, they will continue to wear Cardinals jerseys/hats past February 1st. They have been mocked and berated for being Cardinals fans. They deserve to enjoy this time.Suddenly every Arizonan calls the Cardinals "my team." According to urbandictionary.com, "bandwagon" is "what people will 'ride' or get on when they want to be accepted, especially in the NFL. People will get on the [Cardinals] bandwagon and suddenly become their fans because they are doing really well or because they have a large number of fans so they can be accepted. People will ride a bandwagon even if they don't give a s*** about football..."
It doesn't matter if someone is a Steelers, Cardinals, or even a Detroit Lions fan. In two months, no one will care again. It really bothers me when people jump on a bandwagon just because a team is doing well. Especially if they know as much about the sport as I do (which, in regard to football, is very little).

The Obama Lovefest

Have you noticed how you cannot watch the news without hearing about Obama? Usually politicians are being ripped apart on the news, but they only have happy things to say about Obama these days.

What dog is he going to get? How are they going to decorate their childrens' room? He dropped his BlackBerry? Who cares!

I just saw a commercial for these Obama coins.

If you are going to tell us about his policies, bring it on. But stop the lovefest!


Tuesday Thyme: German Pancakes

German Pancakes
6 eggs, beaten
1 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. milk
3 Tbsp. margarine
powdered sugar and maple syrup

1. Put margarine in a 9" x 13" baking pan (preferably glass). Place in cold oven and turn heat to 450 degrees. The margarine will melt as the oven preheats.
2. Beat eggs, then add flour, salt, and milk. Beat until combined (do not overmix or the pancake may not puff).
3. Pull out oven rack and pour batter directly into the hot pan.
4. Bake 20-25 minutes, until deep golden brown.
5. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately with maple syrup.

I didn't take a picture when I made it so this is pulled off the internet but it looked kind of like this when I made it.


Tuesday Thyme: Smoothie

Who actually wants to cook in the morning? Not me. This is really easy and yummy!

Black and Blue Breakfast Smoothie
makes 2 servings

1 1/2 c. frozen blueberries
1 1/2 c. frozen blackberries
1 banana
1/4 c. orange juice
8 ice cubes
2 t. honey (optional)
1/2 c. granola (without raisins)

1. Place the frozen berries, the banana, orange juice, and ice in a blender.
2. Blend on high speed until the mixture is almost smooth, with a texture between a slush and a sorbet.
3. Pour the mixture into a glass. Stir in honey, if desired. Top with granola. Serve immediately.


Welcome Home

Utah is home? I cannot believe I have let this go on for so long.

I am still swaying from the cruise. I will think about uploading the pictures when that wears off.

Happy New Year!



Sam proposed to me one year ago! I was so excited that you can see it on my face. I am very happy I decided to give the old man a chance.

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