Fanciful Flowers

This weekend some friends and I walked through downtown after church to go to the Macy’s flower show.  It was amazing.  The aroma on flowers floated through the air once we arrived at the 8th floor.  The line was minimal, and soon we entered into a magical land of flowery goodness.  I had a lot of fun with my new camera.  Here are some of my favorite shots of the day…

Reasons I Love My Job

Ok – the main reason I love my job is that kids are HILARIOUS.  The rest of this post will exemplify this statement.

1)  After seeing Louie, the bunny that lives down the hall : “That bunny is cuter than my baby sister!”

2)  “Have you ever been a weather girl?  You have nice clothes and nice hair.  You could be a weather girl on tv”

3)  “I like your sunglasses!  They are jazzy” – another student gives her a strange look – “What?!  That is what you are supposed to say! Jazzy!”

4)  Getting kicked in the head.  oh wait – that is not a reason I love my job.  That is just a part of my job.

5)  Letting the kids sit on the table while popcorn reading: “WOW!  YOU ARE THE BEST TEACHER IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!”

6)  (mostly due to a time crunch) students are have snack during their worktime.  One student says “I feel like we are in college.”  When pressed to explain why she feels that way, she says “Well, we are drinking milk while we are working.  I just think that is what people in college probably do!”

7)  Next time we go on a field trip, can we go to the Hannah Montana concert?”

8)  After I drew a racecar on the board, a student giggles and says, “That looks like a duck eating a bike!”

9)  My student teacher starts next week.  I will be living the good life…

Grocery Store Greatness

So… the grocery store closest to my house is Rainbow. It is so nice and convenient, but also seems to believe in have no more than 2-3 checkout lanes open, regardless of the time of day. This is a tad frustrating when lines are always annoyingly long. Especially today, when I was only buying 4 items to make homemade soft pretzels (side note: if “make” is in the sentence, why do I feel the need to also say “homemade” – can you make something NOT homemade??) Anyways… I get in the express lane and the elderly gentleman in front of me with the max number of items in the lane tells me I should go ahead of him. WOW! So great! But it gets even BETTER! The gentleman in front of HIM looks back, sees my basket, and gestures that I should go ahead of HIM in the line – even making room for my things ahead of his on the belt. WOW! Such generosity and thoughtfulness warms my heart. Thanks men of Rainbow Foods! You are great.

Now off to try and make these pretzels… this might not have been my most brilliant recipe choice… we will see how this goes!

With this ring…

I know that many of you have heard this story, but just in case, here is a conversation with a student:

Student 1: hey, do you have a son with a hat like this?

me: no

Student 1: Do you have a son?

Me: no

Student 1: Do you have a daughter?

Me: nope

Student 1: Do you even have a husband????  You NEED a husband.

Me: Tell me about it!  =)  Maybe someday!

Student 2: on SUNDAY???

me: yep??

This was followed up by numerous generous offers to be in my wedding party, officiate my wedding etc.  I should probably mention that the next day I receive a toy heart ring from a little boy in my class.  How fitting…

Showering. I mean… throwing bridal showers.

My little brother is getting married.  I LOVE his fiancee and was excited to throw her a shower on behalf of our family.  Well – my sister and I threw it together.  I would say it was a success.  Planning was a breeze – we played to our strengths.  I did most of the planning, baking, creating etc and my sister mostly funded the event.  I did have my sister come over to help me make the most adorable cupcake bites.  They are not hard, but they are a bit involved you could say… but TOTALLY worth all the effort!  You will agree when you see how adorable they are.  And delicious too – that is an important fact.

In the preparation for the shower I got a giant papercut on my hand – it is over an inch long.  People have been feeling bad for me when they see my wounded hand.  I don’t blame them – it is a pretty intense wound.

You probably don’t want to be reading about my now scabby hand, so I will just share some pictures of the event with you!  Get excited!!!

I had done a practice round making these adorable little guys about a month or two ago – a) to see if I could actually make them and b) to see if they were worth the effort.  The answer was a resounding “yes” from all who I had sample them.  I did however discover a few tricks to make it go smoother the second time around.

Take note:

1) I recruited a baking assistant.  She was scared to dip the tops, but did a GREAT job melting chocolate and sticking the sprinkle in on top.

2) Multiple candy molds… this enables you to take less than 10 hours to finish the project.

3) Putting the partially finished cupcake bites in the freezer before attempting to take them out of their molds.  This allows for you to simply pop them out instead of prying them up with your finger nail.  (ew)

These next cookies I definitely made a bath on Thursday – decided they were too fluffy and crispy – not chewy and delicious like I had planned.  So I tried again on Thursday… and they were amazing.  The recipe is from