Sunday, January 22, 2017

Treat Yo Self Sunday

Sunday is Treat Yo Self Day at the Morrisons. It is a day where we not only treat our bellies but our spirits and minds. Sunday is my favorite day of the week and a treat just makes it that much better. Today was especially great because not only did Kade sleep in till 8:30 (it was ahhhhmazing. yes mind blowing) but Kade was so happy and awesome. Church can be rough with Kade at moments but today was one of the best we have had in a long time. Then while at home he just played, talked, and loved life all day. Kade and Marshall played football, we sang Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes and played with cars. Sundays are my favorite day of the week because it is a day that is all about family, rest, and God. Being able to have a Sunday once a week prepares me to be able to take on whatever the rest of the week is going to bring. It is my rebooting day. I just LOVE it!

Now for the Treat Yo Self treat. This week we tried recipe from Cooking Classy called Old Fashioned Ultra Chewy Brownie with Cream Cheese Frosty (yeah a little bit of a mouthful). These are perfectly chewy and sweet with ahhmazing frosting! These did not disappoint. Marshall and I ate them while we watched this last weeks episode of Fixer Upper. I would highly suggest eating them in this same fashion as well. Enjoy!

Old Fashioned Ultra Chewy Brownie with Cream Cheese Frosty


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder*
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1 recipe Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe follows
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 5 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder

  • Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt, set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, using a wooden spoon, mix together granulated sugar, light-brown sugar and melted butter until combine. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract and mix until blended. Add in half of the flour mixture and mix just until combine, add in milk and mix just until combine, then add remaining flour mixture and mix just until combine (batter will be very thick). Pour batter into a buttered 8x8 baking dish and spread into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven 40 - 45 minutes(I only did 38 minus and they were perfect) until center is nearly set. Allow to cool completely then frost with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and cut into squares (the frosting is a must for this recipe). Store in an airtight container.
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
  • In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer on medium speed, whip together cream cheese and butter until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add in vanilla and powdered sugar, then sift in cocoa powder and mix until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A New Chapter

Eastern Idaho was home to Marshall and I for about the last 7 years, and for Kade his entire life. When Marshall and I first got married the plan was always to someday try to make it back to Washington if we could, but we tried to not jinx ourselves by over thinking or talking about it. But every time I would go home to visit my family the over thinking and talking about it would come back. Then it would fade and essentially became this cycle of I want to live in Washington so bad then to but I love my life in Idaho. Yeah I'm cray cray I know. In the back of my head I honestly thought we were going to live in Idaho forever. I just felt like that was what was going to happen and that I needed to accept that Washington just might not be in our future. I came to accepted that and was happy!

Then life happens. After submitting many applications to this company Marshall has wanted to work for a couple of years they offer him a job. We were both in such shock that we both just literally sat on the couch for almost a half hour without speaking. Then Marshall was instantly psyched for it and ready to go. While I was sitting on the couch trying to hold back tears. All of sudden this 7 year long life in Idaho was going to be horribly hard to leave. Idaho was where we both graduated from college, fell in love, started our careers, semi-fully became grown ups, had our first child, and grew up more as people than any other time period in our lives. What was wrong with me? This is what I wanted our entire married life. To move closer to my family. Have Marshall have a job that he will love and can grow in. Why is change so ridiculously hard?

I never really intended on having Marshall not take the job offer but it did cross my mind. The idea of it all was just harder than I expected. We ended up saying goodbye to our life in Idaho three short weeks later. Both Marshall and I worked up until the last few days before the big move. Those three weeks went by too fast and not fast enough all at once. Southeast Idaho will always hold such a special place in our hearts. It holds many memories very dear to me. I'm sure that his new chapter in our lives will prove to be just as important as the last. While talking with a friend a few days before leaving I was telling her that one of my favorite quotes is roughly if your not moving forward your moving backwards. Moving to Washington is moving forward for our family. I am so excited(most of the time) that we made this decision and have been given this oppurtunity. So I'm going to try to take my own advice. Here is to embracing the new, change, and growth.

Monday, October 12, 2015

6 Months Young

sleeps 10 hour stretches at night - has two bottom teeth - loves to be outside - long and skinny - crawls everywhere  - loves food and always want you to share with him- still loves his bath - loves to walk with hands held- climbs everything- full of energy- tries to escape whenever having diaper changed - loves to stand - still and forever will be the center of mom and dad's universe 

Friday, September 11, 2015

5 Months Young


sleeps 9 hour stretches at night - loves to sleep in his crib- loves to be outside - long and skinny - starting to get up    on his hands and knees - trying to crawl- still loves his bath - has the cutest google - is the drool kings - loves to                        wrestle dad- loves other kids - still and forever will be the center of mom and dad's universe 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

4 Months Young

sleeps 9 hour stretches at night - loves to eat his feet - is starting to eat food - long and skinny - smiles all the time - prefers his tummy time over his back- still loves his bath - prefers mom and dad over others- went swimming in his first lake- took his first boat ride - loves to stand - still and forever will be the center of mom and dad's universe 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

3 Reasons I am Awesome

1. I have the cutest little tiny chin that is perfectly enhanced by a roll of fat under my chin. I am a master of the double chin.
2. I can open my eyes super wide and go minutes without blinking. Yeah thats right people minutes!
3. Ladies love me! Well actually who doesn't who love me. Am I right?

Saturday, July 11, 2015

3 Months Young

sleeps 7 hour stretches at night - sleeps in his crib in his nursery - loves to be outside - long and skinny - but still has an amazing double chin - eats his hands and well everything - still loves his bath - starting to laugh and giggle - copies noises - loves to play airplane- rolls over both ways - loves to stand - still and forever will be the center of mom and dad's universe