Friday, November 22

Dr. Day

Today I am feeling so grateful for doctors who can help us. 
Plus check out my way cool outfit. 
 Dr. Amber Below


Patient Amber Below.
I had my appointment with my Dr. today and I am so grateful for how kind he is and how smart he is. Also that he took time to go through so much school to help people like me and Kasey. 


Thank you to all you Dr.'s out there and all of those who are in school progressing to become Dr.'s! 
All your hard work is worth it to more people than you know. 
Thank you.

P.S.

Go cuddle with someone and have a great weekend.  

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Amber

Thursday, November 21

Skating Scouts

Kasey and I got called to be Cub Scouts Leaders as our calling in the ward a couple months back. 
It has been so fun. Here are some reasons why:
A. The calling is together, aka another hour each week to be together... no school allowed!!
2. The boys are hilarious and we always have awesome stories.
D. I am learning all about scouts for my future boys. 

Last night we went ice skating. Yes yes I know, very scary with 8, 9, and 10 year old boys.
But, there were zero, nada, zip accidents. Thank heavens for that miracle. 


Those 4 people in the back row were not with our group, but are expert photo bombers.
It was a wonderfully cold night.


Moments prior to this photo being taken, after all the kids were inside taking their skates off, we did a lap of our own. At this point Kasey must have been feeling super confident because he takes my hands and starts skating backwards, super romantic right? Well then how did it end in laughter? Well as soon as he starts, I mean starts like even thinks about skating backwards, almost falls like falling falling falling, somehow still standing. So clearly he goes for a round two, but this time it didn't end in a miracle standing position, rather flat on his back. Flat. I was doubled over in laughter! I sure love him.

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Amber

Tuesday, November 19

New Specs

I've had my eyes [pun intended] on a certain pair of spectacles for quite sometime. 
Finally went through with the purchase. 


I needed them, like seriously needed, because:

A. I really really liked them but more importantly
 B. The last pair of glasses I had was from 7th grade.
 Not only were they terribly horribly hideous
but the lenses were also very outdated.



So, there ya have it, my justification on the purchase. 
I *heart* them. Plus I can see.

Sidenote, he is handsome. I am lucky.



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Amber

Thursday, November 14

Remember Remember

I came across this last night and wanted to share. 
I really feel that keeping a journal is very important, 
and what better things to write in a journal than this:


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Amber

Wednesday, November 13

a good book and a good recipe

If you follow me on instagram you will have already seen both of these pictures, 
so I am sorry for the insta-peat, or re-gram whatever floats your boat. 
But I had to share again this book that I just finished and how
 truly amazing Elizabeth Smart is. 


This was [as I said on Instagram] a heart wrenching and powerful book. 
I was amazed to find out that she did not seek any counseling after all that she had been through
but that she used recreational therapy, through riding and caring for her horse(s). 
Bless her for all she has been through.

Now to completely, 180 degrees, change the subject... here is what we had for dinner last night.
I have always wanted to have traditions of our family having homemade pizza each week,
we do for valentines day, but I have never found a dough recipe that I have kept, until now. 


I found this blog [eggs on sunday - - it is on my sidebar if you want to follow]
and she had a pizza and dough recipe that I used.

So here is the recipe:
The recipe below makes enough for one 14-inch pizza. You can easily double it and freeze the other half after the dough rises; freeze in a ziptop bag and then thaw it in the refrigerator or at room temperature the day you plan to use it (make sure to let it come up to room temperature before you roll it out and bake it — cold dough won’t cut it!)
Ingredients
10 ounces bread flour (AP flour works fine, too) — I prefer to measure by weight, but if you don’t have a scale, figure that 4.5 ounces of bread flour roughly equals 1 cup — so 10 ounces is roughly 2 1/4 cups. You’ll want to adjust the flour in the dough so it’s tacky, but not sticky.
7 ounces warm water (90-110 degrees F, but I don’t usually measure – just can’t be hot)
a drizzle of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Directions
Mix the flour, yeast and salt together in a large bowl. Stir in the warm water and olive oil, and mix until the dough comes together (it will be shaggy and there may still be some dry bits of flour on the bottom of the bowl.) Turn the whole thing out onto a lightly floured surface — I use my kitchen work table — and knead until the dough smooths out and passes the windowpane test*, about 6-8 minutes, adding more flour as needed to keep it from being too sticky. The resulting dough will be tacky but not super sticky.
[*Windowpane test: pull off a small piece of dough, and gently stretch it in all directions until the middle is paper thin. When you've kneaded the dough enough to develop the gluten sufficiently, the middle should be able to be stretched thin (and be translucent, like a windowpane) without tearing. If it tears easily, keep kneading a few minutes more.]
Place the kneaded dough in a lightly oiled bowl and turn a few times to coat with oil. Cover with a dishtowel and let it rise in a warm place until doubled, about 2 hours. Since we keep our house cool, I place my bowl on an electric heating pad to keep the temperature around the bowl warm and encourage rising.
After it’s risen 2 hours, remove from the bowl and gently flatten the dough. If you are going to freeze it, transfer it to a ziptop bag now. Otherwise,  stretch it into a pizza round (I do this directly on my pizza peel, after I’ve generously dusted it with flour or coarse cornmeal.) Top your pizza as desired, and bake it in a 500 degree F oven until the crust is starting to turn golden brown, about 8 minutes.
Makes enough dough for one 14-inch pizza; can easily be doubled.

I used my bosch to mix it all but then I took it out and kneaded it myself, which was fun because I had the time and it is a fairly small thing of dough. I did take her advice about putting the bowl on top a heating pad. Worked like a gem. I did let it raise for the full two hours. The one thing I will warn not to do it make it too large because then it is pretty thin crust, duh. I probably didn't have to say that, but since I made the mistake, I thought I would warn you. Enjoy! If you make it please let me know, I would love to hear how it turns out for you!
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Amber





Sunday, November 10

Weekend Happenings

As you all know, we had a visit from the wonderful Thompson family this weekend.
It was simply splendid and brought great joy to me and the Mr.


Kasey fell in love.



I think Adri did too... or he hopes.


But seriously he was so sad to see her go and after we got back from the airport he said,
"Man I miss Adri".
No worries Jake and Alissa he misses you too, just not as much as I miss you. 


It was a wonderful reunion but was not long enough.
I mean we only got to play like 30 rounds of Uno, we definitely needed more time. 
Love you guys, thanks so much for coming. 

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Amber


Wednesday, November 6

Tomorrow's The Day. . .

Tomorrow is the day I have been looking forward to for weeks.
Tomorrow is the day that is making me so I am too excited to sleep.
Tomorrow is why I cleaned my house today.
Tomorrow, one of my best friends comes to town!


Alissa and I met way back in college, the fall of '07 [it feels like it was forever ago].
We were randomly put together as roommates. Apartment 309, Royal Crest.
Who knew a best friend would stem from a random roommate.
We are soul mates, honestly she makes my soul happy.

Me - - Holli - - Sam - - Alissa
[Other best friends/roomies - - your turns to come visit Holli and Sam]


She is my first visitor and will always be remembered for that. 
The day she called me I was ecstatic with the news.
She knew exactly what I needed. 








Obviously these pictures are a tad outdated. I can't wait to get some pictures this week of us. 
I love friends and I am so lucky to have the best ones. 
Alissa, you are clearly amazing in me eyes. 
If you want to be ahhhh-mazing, come visit me.
Jokes, but....... :)

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Amber

Tuesday, November 5

Welcome Winter

There is something about the first snow fall of the year that makes me gleeful [exuberantly or triumphantly joyful - - Okay now it is time to watch the grinch] inside.
Now, don't get me wrong, I am not a lover of snow, although it has started to grow on me the past 7 years that I have not lived in Arizona.

It is still coming down, welcome winter.


Something I do love, is seeing a lot of this guy.
I like to snap shots while he is not looking, it makes me feel so sneaky.


He reserved all night for me. So we played monopoly deal and then he surprised me by taking me to get some fro-yo. He knows me so well. 


I wish we had that cozy fire at our house, I could use that right about now.
I guess the Mr.'s long johns, wool socks, and house coat [that's for you sassy] will have to do.
Happy first day of snowfall.

Amber

Friday, November 1

Gear Up - - 'Tis the Season

Really though, 'tis the season.
To be completely honest [and I know I am going to be judged] today is the day we start listening to Christmas music. Okay, but to be really really honest, Kasey turned Christmas music on in the car 3 days ago. Amy Grant Christmas, here I come.

This time of year is simply THE best.
Family, food, fireplaces, fun, cocoa, snow, sweaters, Grinch, etc. BUT best of all
A 3 WEEK BREAK FROM SCHOOL FOR THE MR.
He is mine all mine and that is what has me most excited this year.

Here are so pictures from previous Holidays.


When you have a large family, you can play football
and eat in the garage.




Brett Clearly won the thanksgiving baby belly.
With the cutest photo bomber in the back.


Moms backyard....and front yard.
There are also lots of cars in the driveway when you have a big family. 


Bring on the season of love. 
It is the season of love because it is when Kasey and I started dating all those years ago ;)
Happy November 1st. 

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amber