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Be Amazing.

Watch this. This brings me joy.
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The SLC


 While in Utah over the weekend, we had the amazing opportunity to attend the wedding of one of Camaron's mission companions. They were sealed in the Salt Lake LDS temple. 
It was so gorgeous. 
I've seen the Salt Lake temple plenty of times before, but this was my first time inside. 
It was such a wonderful experience. It brought back so many great memories of our wedding day:)

 Check out these crazy cats:


These crazy cats, too:

 And this poo-covered car. I also found it very photo-worthy
Where have they been parking???
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Nickelcade



Last weekend, the husband and I headed up to the good ole UT for some fun & house-hunting.
We had such a blast!
 And what's a trip to the Provo/Orem area without a night at the Nicklcade/Nickel City????? 
(I don't even want to know)






 If you haven't been, I suggest you find a way to get yourself there ASAP. But don't take my word fot it, I believe the picture below says more than I ever could


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Freakin Awesome (and easy) Yellow Curry

My two favorite kinds of food? 
Easy. 
Mexican and Thai. 
Seriously, they always sound delicious to me. I've made plenty of Mexican dishes in the past, but this recipe was my first attempt at a Thai dish. Don't be intimidated by the Asian awesomeness, it was seriously soooo easy to make. Just follow these few(8) simple steps!


Step 1. Put on the new Strokes album at a reasonably loud volume (trust me, it helps the food come out better)


Step 2. Gather your ingredients:
11oz bottle of Trader Joe's Yellow Curry sauce
14 oz can of coconut milk (you'll only use 1/2 the can, so if you find a smaller one, that would work too)
1 chicken breast
1 carrot/6 baby carrots
2 small russet potatoes
8oz can sliced pineapple
1 cup white rice

Step 3. Cook the rice. For 1 cup of rice, you'll need to boil and then simmer it with 2 cups of water. 


Step 4. Cut up the chicken into 1 inch cubes and cook thoroughly (I just boiled 
mine)


Step 5. cut up carrots and potatoes(peeled) into bite-size pieces and boil until tender. 


Step 6. Place chicken, carrots, potatoes, and pineapple(cut into bite-size pieces) in a large sauce pan


Step 7. Pour jar of curry sauce and half can of coconut milk into a medium-sized mixing bowl and stir until mixed well.*You may add more or less coconut milk depending on how spicy you like your curry. Then pour over step 6 and simmer for 2 minutes.


Step 8. Serve with the rice and love me.
This picture so doesn't do it justice. It's really hard to work with something that is baby-poo-yellow

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Thought For The Day


(You go Glen Coco)
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Most Delicious/Unhealthy Meal ...ever.

via
Behold, the Monte Cristo.
Seriously, this sandwich changed my life last time we were at Disneyland. Luckily, while browsing around one of the stores at the happiest place on Earth, and Mickey wasn't looking, we found a Disneyland cookbook with this recipe inside and quickly jotted down the deliciousness.
 And now I share it with you:) 

For real, make this. 
Eat it. 
...Then maybe do some kind of physical activity to feel less guilty.

Ingredients
1 3/4 cups + 2 T water
1 egg
1 3/4 cups flour
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
8 slices of thick white bread or challa bread
3 cups canola oil
sliced ham
sliced turkey
swiss cheese
*I cut this recipe in half, because it tends to make enough for 4-6 people
Beat the first 5 ingredients together for around a minute, or until smooth
For each sandwich, start with 2 thick slices of bread
Place a few slices of turkey and  ham and some swiss cheese on each sandwich.
*feel free to triple-decker the sandwiches like the top picture
 Place other piece of bread on top and cut diagonally. 

One half-sandwich(triangle) at a time, 
dip well in the batter, so that it is covered on all sides.
Then you will place the triangle into the oil preheated to 365. 
Yes, you are deep-frying your sandwich. 
Wait until it is a nice golden brown, then flip it over to cook the other side. (1-2 minutes each side)
Let cool on a pile of 2-3 paper towels. 

Once cool enough to touch, cut each triangle sandwich in half.
Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top. 
Devour.
They taste great dipped in blackberry preserves
 Disneyland's Blue Bayou restaurant also serves these with fries, so I did the same.
Here is an easy/yummy baked fries recipe I use:

Heat up the oven to 450 with the baking pan inside. 
Heating up the pan helps prevent food from sticking.
Then cut up desired amount of russet potatoes. (peeling beforehand is optional)
For Camaron and I, I usually use around 3 smaller potatoes.
 Once potatoes are cut up, make sure you rinse them well. If you don't rinse off the excess starch, the fries will be excess soggy -no bueno.
Pat potatoes dry with paper towels.
Then, place cut up potatoes in a large ziplock bag. 
Pour in a little canola oil -a little less than a cap full.
Then sprinkle in salt or whatever other seasonings you would like.
I just sprinkled in Lawry's seasoning salt (uh-yumm).

Once the oven is heated up, pull out the hot pan and place potatoes on it. Spread then out so that are all laying flat on the pan, then stick them back in the oven.
 Bake until golden brown (10-15 minutes)

**If the Monte Cristo recipe was at all confusing, you can also refer to this video. (warning, it's suuuuper cheesy for like the first minute)
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First Date

Part of us going to Vegas over the weekend was not just for the concert
that weekend also commemorated the one year anniversary of our first date 
and our six month wedding anniversary (ok, ok, it was mostly just for the concert).

Nevertheless, it was fun to remember our first date.
It feels so weird that it was over a year ago; I still remember it so vividly:
  • Our first date was at Camaron's friend's wedding reception (all the way in Casa Grande).
  • When Camaron came to pick me up, he was a little afraid to meet my dad because he thought he'd be a scary businessman or something. I was alone when he came to the door. I quickly explained that my dad couldn't come to the door because he was in the kitchen making salsa with his shirt off.
  • Camaron wore really tight grey pants and I was wearing a new floral summer dress.
  • I was secretly really self-conscious about my hair because Camaron picked me up in a convertible.
  • We listened to What Laura Says in the car.
  • It was the first time I met Alex and Kelsey (along with a lot of other friends of Camaron's).
  • We danced to a Taylor Swift song.
  • Camaron was the videographer, and I gave him some ideas for different shots he could take at the reception, and he ended up using them in the video:)
  • Even though Camaron was filming for most of the night, I never felt alone or neglected.
  • Jokingly, I asked Alex when he and Kelsey would be getting married, then he asked about when Camaron and I would be getting married. I thought I'd be funny by answering, "December."*
  • I had left my purse in the middle of a table that ended up being filled by a bunch a strangers, so Camaron was nice and went over and got it for me.
  • We ate a lot of candy from the candy bar.
  • We stopped by Kelsey's on the way home for hot chocolate.
  • We then went to a game night at Chris H's house and played Apples to Apples.
  • At the end of the night, Cam asked what I'd be up to that next week, and I had to break it to him that I'd be gone for the next 2 weeks as a counselor at EFY.

Who would have known that a year later we'd be taking pictures 
to see what our first child would look like?
Don't worry, we'll all have matching yellow turtlenecks in no time

*We were married December 18th 
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The Setlist


The magic that was Paul McCartney's setlist this weekend
  1. Magical Mystery Tour
  2. Junior’s Farm
  3. All My Loving
  4. Jet
  5. Got To Get You Into My Life
  6. Sing The Changes
  7. Let Me Roll It – Foxy Lady
  8. The Long And Winding Road
  9. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
  10. Let ‘em In
  11. Maybe I’m Amazed
  12. I’m Looking Through You
  13. And I Love Her
  14. Blackbird
  15. Here Today
  16. Mrs. Vandebilt
  17. Eleanor Rigby
  18. Something
  19. Band On The Run
  20. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  21. Back In The U.S.S.R.
  22. I’ve Got A Feeling
  23. Paperback Writer
  24. A Day In The Life – Give Peace A Chance
  25. Let It Be
  26. Live and Let Die
  27. Hey Jude
  28. Day Tripper
  29. Get Back
  30. Yesterday
  31. Helter Skelter
  32. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise)
  33. The End
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Maybe I'm Amazed

...So, we went to Las Vegas and saw Paul McCartney Friday night!!!

Yay for amazing spontaneity!!!



Seriously, after writing this post, I went online and found tickets for a price we were ok with, then Camaron got work off and we played in Vegas with Paul all weekend!

Reasons why the show was so stankin amazing:

-Paul was a true rockstar and started the show 45 minutes late (which was awesome for us, because we were late because the strip was a mess and were took too long making our concert tees)
Everyone was asking Cam where he got his shirt. Yeah, we made em
-Paul's jacket. Just look at that beauty. Cam wants one really bad. And I want one for Cam really bad.
-The true scream of horror I let out when the special effect flames exploded from the stage during Live and Let Die (It's Vegas, I should have expected it)
-He played around 10 different guitars during the show. He explained why when he said, "Well, I like showing off" :) It was so sweet though, because a lot of them were the originals he had written the accompanying songs with.
-Special guests in the audience included Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Olivia Harrison, and George Martin:)
Everybody during Give Peace a Chance -(Yoko especially)
-Paul did a special tribute to John, sharing a song he had written just for him. 
It's called Here Today, and it's amazing.
-Later on, Paul did a special tribute to George. He played Something, using the ukulele given to him by George. And they had a photo montage of George. The whole thing was just so sweet -I may have started to tear up.
-The lady in front of us was an obvious Wings fan. For all of their songs, she stood up and went nuts. It made it easy to tell which songs were Wings songs.
-We got to be back up singers for Hey Jude and Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
-2 encores, baby. 2 encores.

Oh, don't you fret, more to come...
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Dear boys who I am friends with(and it's always been just friends)who keep trying to ask me out in my dreams,


I'm sorry.
Flattered, but sorry.
I can't go out with you.
I'm married to perfection. Oh, I mean Camaron. (hello, did you see those killer dance moves in the previous post?)


Thanks for understanding,


Andrea 
(wide awake) 
(don't pay any attention to what asleep-Andrea says)


Has anyone else had this happen to them? Isn't it so random? Should I tell Camaron? (haha jk, I did as soon as I woke up -and apologized for my scandalous dream behavior)

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Dance Machines



It's what we do.


photos captures at this wedding
...and we may or may not be doing the chicken dance in the above photos
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Paul

Camaron and I laughed at this picture for a long time. And then we just stared. Amazing.
Dear Paul,

Please come to AZ on tour and play for me. I am verrrrry tempted to go see you in Vegas next week. Even though the tickets are at a crazy price right now, I'm still verrrrrrry tempted. Why do you do this to me?

Cheers,

Andrea

Camaron was able to go to a Paul McCartney concert a few years ago with his dad. Paul had the audience sing the background vocals during one of his songs. To this day, Camaron will put Back up Vocalist for Paul McCartney on his resume. I would too.
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Proper Noun Spellcheck

I just got an email from a music store addressed to ANFREA.
 I also often get mail at my parent's house addressed to Ansre. 
And on my current health insurance, I'm listed as Andra.

Hmmmmm, is my name really that difficult? 
Or are keyboards really that difficult?

Uhhh, since it just took my 3 tries to spell keyboards (keypokf?), I guess I'll go with the latter.


P.S. check out what a nerdy school nerd I am over at Together for the Better
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Cooooooooookies

Since school is out now, and pretty much the only planned event I have during 
the week is my art class from 9-1 everyday (with occasional errands sprinkled here and there), 
I have a lot of time to be a lazy bum. 

Camaron works allllllll day until pretty late. The last thing I want is for him to come home from working hard all day only to find I've been sitting around filling my arteries and our Netflix queue.

This is my solution for now: Have tons of yummy food coming out of the oven as soon as 
he gets home, so that delicious aromas are immediately all he can think about. 
No need to worry about what else I've done (or haven't done) all day. 
Sound good?
 Good. 

Last night, I successfully put the plan into action with my favorite cookies: 
peanut butter kiss cookies/peanut blossoms/blissssss

I got the recipe off of the Hershey's site. I figured they know a think or two about baking

Ingredients

  • 48 HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup REESE'S Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Granulated sugar




1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates. 
2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
Our fridge somehow was set to super-cold, and the knob is stuck so we can't turn it. As a result, items freeze in our fridge occasionally. Like these eggs. I didn't notice until I tried picking up the one on the far left. They weren't fully frozen, just slushy. And yes, I used one in my cookies. -I was hungry!
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.  (I made mine a little big, I think. Oh well -and don't be judging the weird shape of the one in the middle)
 4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. 
Cool completely. 

If you're hungry, come on over, we still have a ton. 
Oh, wait, I'm at home alone with a bag full of cookies and Parks & Recreation is all queued up
...you'd better hurry.
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T.P.

No, not Teen People, Tony Parker, or theoretical physics...
we're talkin toilet papering, people!

I had almost completely forgotten about this childhood staple of mine until I saw this today
a big ole tree in the yard like that is just asking for it
Seriously, I don't know about you, but for some reason, growing up (like 5th grade-senior year), we just loved to dowse each other's yards in toilet paper. 

I remember in my high school freshman English class, we had to write a paper and do a presentation teaching a process. Some students chose a recipe, or some art techniques. For mine, I chose "How to Properly TP a House." How ridiculous is that?? Even more ridiculous, some kids had no idea what I was talking about -because they had never been:( 

Most of the time, we just did it to our friends for like birthdays and stuff (or we were just bored). There were a few times when it was done to be mean though. I don't recommend that. You'll feel super guilty and, seriously, their dad's probably just going to be the one cleaning it up anyway 
that's why you should spell out their name in otter pops on the lawn, just so there's no confusion

Oh, it was a rush. 
Warning, it's summertime; the kids are going to be staying out later and they're bound to get bored, so keep a look out:) ...and I may be using the term kids loosely:)

Happy summer!!! WooYeah Baby! 
Hottttt Dogggggggggg!!! -if you've been on Space Mountain with me, 
you know how that should sound
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