Tuesday, February 18, 2014

weekend in the city

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

So last minute I had the opportunity to spend the long Presidents' Day weekend in NYC with my mom and sister Emma. And it was a blast! I think the best thing about spending a weekend in the city with only girls is that you can shop for two solid days and nobody complains ;) but we also got a chance to eat at some great restaurants and see some awesome museums. And now for the picture dump of our fabulous girls only weekend - thanks Mom and Emma for making it so fun! 

on our way!
snow in the city - this is what we flew in to
breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien 
grand central station

love the decor at anthropologie
we've missed eating at cosi since we've been back in utah
finally tried magnolia bakery - the verdict: cute but overrated!

valentine's lights
skyping my valentine
we also love rice to riches - and all the funny signs they put up

do yourself a favor and go to amy's bread if you're in NYC
lights at chelsea market
dinner at angelo's (our all-time favorite restaurant in NYC) 

rosa mexicano, where they make your guacamole right in front of you

And now a peek at a few of my favorites I snagged over the weekend!



And of course I got the husband some things too! Although he's wearing his new shirt today so I didn't get a picture of that...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

pink party

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In honor of love day husband and I hosted a Valentine's dinner party with all my freshman roommates and their men. It was so fun to get together and see everybody, {although we missed Shayn, who's too busy having adventures in China } I sure got lucky living with those awesome girls. 

For dinner we made "pink pasta" aka Southwestern Chicken Pasta and everyone brought food to go along with it. I also made red velvet cupcakes with pink cream cheese icing and heart-shaped brownies. But in honor of Sochi, the main dessert was Russian Cream. We had the Olympics going the whole dinner - I just love watching the figure skating! The slope style snowboarding was pretty cool too. I always have a feeling of I don't know, what am I doing with my life whenever I watch all those super talented athletes doing such amazing things. Anyways, here's the four pictures I took the whole night. I was supposed to take a group shot, but of course I forgot. Also, theecipe for Russian Cream - you're welcome :)

Russian Cream

1/2 c water
1/2 c sugar
1 envelope Knox Gelatin

Mix and let sit 5 minutes. Then heat and let boil 1 minute.
Add in 1 c heavy whipping cream

In a large serving bowl mix 1 pint sour cream and 1 tsp vanilla
Add in gelatin mix and stir until smooth.
Chill 3 hours.

Raspberry Topping:

1/2 c sugar
1 bag frozen raspberries

Mix berries and sugar and let sit out for 2 hours. Crush raspberries before serving.

This makes a pretty small recipe, I usually double it. In my opinion, it's better if you let it sit out for like 15 minutes before you serve it too - it's a little creamier when it's not fresh out of the fridge.