Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pennsylvania Here I come!

This time tomorrow I will be in Pennsylvania visiting this girl:

My old roommate Emily. I haven't seen her since before her mission. I'm so excited!

And then on Sunday I'm going to visit some of these people:

My beloved cousins.

It's going to be so much fun! Valley Forge, Hershey, cookie shop, Cape Cod and driving back to Utah.

See you in two weeks!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Wedding Dress

Some of you may know that I recently made my first wedding dress before I left for Cedar City. It was a lot of hard work and super intimidating, but it was a dream come true for me. Ever since I was in junior high I've been drawing wedding dresses on scraps of paper and dreaming of designing and making them.

Then one day a girl in my last ward, who I hardly knew, approached me about making her wedding dress. I was hesitant at first, since I've never done it before. But after talking to my costume design professor and hearing her vote of conf in me, I took this opportunity.

It was crazy and sometimes I felt like I was out of my mind for taking on such a big job. BUT it turned out beautiful, she loved it, and I learned so much. The craziness it added to last semester was worth it. I'm glad I got it done before I left for Cedar City. Originally I was going to have three weeks after the semester ended to finish it, but then I got my job at the Shakespeare Festival and that gave me a week to finish it after finals. Let me just say that week was kind of insane and I finished it at 5 pm the night before I left. Yikes! But it was done and it worked and I was so pleased.

After all this explanation, here's the link to her photographer's blog, since so many people have requested pictures. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 7, 2011


People who need people are the luckiest people.

I'm realizing more and more that people are the most important part of life. But like Fanny Brice, in this song (I've never seen the whole movie), I am just too busy. Busy is good. Developing your talents is good. Learning is good. But what good is it without other people to share it with?

Luckily I'm not a hermit and do have friends, but I think I can do a lot better. I will treasure friendships much longer and better than any piece of clothing I make or painting I do. People are the essence of life. They must be my top priority. I let my shyness get in the way sometimes, but that is just selfish. I must not think of myself, but of others.

I must put aside my sewing, drawing, cleaning and reading and go play and make more friends! There are people to meet, friendships to strengthen and memories to make.

On a lighter note, here's a recipe for delicious carrot cake pancakes I made this morning:

Carrot Cake Pancakes

• 5 3/5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/4 cups)
• 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
• Dash of ground cloves
• Dash of ground ginger
• 1/4 cup brown sugar
• 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
• 1 tablespoon canola oil
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
• 2 cups finely grated carrot (about 1 pound)
• Cooking spray
• 3 tablespoons butter, softened
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour and next 7 ingredients (through ginger) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar and next 4 ingredients (through eggs); add sugar mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Fold in 2 cups carrot.
• 2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Spoon 4 (1/4 cup) batter mounds onto pan, spreading with a spatula. Cook for 2 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. Carefully turn pancakes over; cook 1 minute or until bottoms are lightly browned. Repeat procedure twice with remaining batter. Combine butter and honey in a small bowl; serve with pancakes.

They're healthy and delicious! My favorite.