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12/04/2011

Cafe Dejeuner

For our final for my advanced culinary arts class we decided to open up a gourmet restaurant for a night. Our class of about 22 was divided into teams over soups, salads, appetizers, entree, sorbets, and desserts, and we came together to put on a great meal and feed a bunch of faculty and some of our families.
We had one menu, with two defferent meal options, an "A" and a "B". "A" was pomegranate themed, and "B" was gourd themed, with squash and pumpkin things. So guest would choose which meal they liked, and we had servers bring them all the courses.
I (of course) was on the dessert team, and was totally responsible for making 68 pumpkin cannolis for 34 servings. I spent all day Friday making the dough and the mousse and rolling out the cannolis and frying them, then got to the school yesterday at noon, and didn't leave until 9, so it was a lot of work, but it went great. The president of the school President Clark even came, and I had to make him a special "all-hot" dessert because due to recent surgery he had to have everything heated, so I made him a personal molten lava cake which I was so proud of!
Jared was able to come and sat with another one of the supportive husbands from our class, and he loved the dinner! We are hoping this class will put it on again next semester so I can actually attend not just cook!
This was an awesome experience, and plus, being a final, this particular class is now over! I cannot believe it is December, and we go to Colorado in 2 weeks from today!








12/02/2011

Grandparents

About 5 years ago my Grandpa Trimble had a terrible heart attack and literally about died.
About 3 years ago my Grandma Bunch's back completely gave out and they were worried about her walking again
This year my Grandpa Bunch was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALC
Last night my Grandma Trimble was diagnosed with Leukemia
The up side? My Grandpa Trimble lived, lost a TON of weight, and is really healthy and thriving
My Grandma Bunch, though with pain, walks and gets around, and is great.
I love my grandparents, and fear for any of their passing, but I know I have been so blessed with great ones who love me!
I love my Grandma Trimble, who will be admitted to the hospital today for at least a month to undergo chemo. Please pray for her, I know she is a fighter!

11/30/2011

Life

Being in school is making (has made) me crazy.
Sometimes I feel like every single day is the exact same.
I am always on a terror on Sunday nights because I am so stressed to go to school the next day, and start a new week.
Sometimes I feel so tired I could literally lay in bed all week, doing nothing, and feel awesome about it.
I hate doing things I don't want to do, I guess that's what it comes down to. I know this is a pretty normal phenomenon, shocker right, and my motivation is so close to zero it is amazing I am still going to class... On top of this, I feel like I worry more than the average person, I worry about friends and family, and school and church and money and I don't know if it's a woman thing or a Shannon thing, but it just gets so tiring.
I miss my family, I miss warm weather, I miss not being in school, and mostly I miss spending time with my husband! This semester I have seen him, on average, about 15 minutes a day, and that is right before we go to bed. Things are so busy, it's like I've lost sight of my life! I will just blame that on school, I blame everything else on school!
But in the midst of all my complaints, I am so grateful. Grateful school is almost over, grateful for family, and for Christmas, I have amazing parents who made sure we will get out there, and will have the most relaxing Christmas ever!
Mostly I am grateful for Jared. Though marriage is not all sunshine and rainbows (mostly though =] ), my sweet husband is the light of my life. He does things that take my breath away every day.
Last night I was so grumpy I wouldn't have blamed Jared if he yelled at me, or even just left to get away from me! But even with me snapping, and being a girl, and crying over nothing, he was so sweet and understanding. This morning, he knew I had to wake up early for a presentation, so he woke me up 5 minutes before my alarm with breakfast in bed (and this is an even bigger deal because he absolutely never cooks!) It was so sweet I almost cried. He is so patient, and thoughtful, and even working over 14 hours a day on school and work, he makes time to make me feel special, and loved. I'm so glad for the year and a half (really, the anniversary was yesterday!) we've been together. It will be so awesome to see how our lives change out of school in just a few months!
I apologize for the somewhat rant-y update, but I want to look back and see how much I hated school so I can always remember to appreciate graduating and working crazy hard to achieve my goals. I also want to make sure to leave myself reminders of how absolutely wonderful Jared is

11/18/2011

Boise fieldtrip

I am in a class called "Food Service Management". This class is all about how to run a restaurant. Along with learning all these things from a book, we actually opened our own restaurant called "Emma's Kitchen" on campus, and we've been open all semester. This is a very interesting class, though I really have no hopes of opening my own restaurant (unless my dream comes true and we open our own bed and breakfast someday), but I have had my fair share of working in restaurants, thank you Red Robin.
But it is still fun, and last week our class took a field trip to Boise. It was so much fun!
This is us all at "falls brand meat company" in Twin Falls.
This part of the field trip was educational...we started at the front where they were packaging hot dogs and sausage and bacon. We moved back to where they were cutting chops and ribs, and back further to where they were cutting the whole half-pig carcasses up into specific parts, and then to the kill floor. Which is, needless to say, exactly what it sounds like. Not only did I hear little piggies squeal their last squeal, I saw them hanging upside down, bleeding out through their jugulars, then watched as they were skinned, gutted, and cut in half. Poor poor piggies.
For lunch (right after this...none of us were too hungry, especially for pork) we went to "9 beans and a burrito" in Twin falls, which was really good, regardless of our previous experience.
We then headed all the way to Boise, to see the Sysco food show, where lots of food vendors were set up giving samples and trying to sell their food. This part would have been a lot more fun if we hadn't just ate our weights at "9 beans and a burrito". It was still fun though, so many cool products!
Then we went over to the "Boise co-op" or more commonly known as the hippy grocery store. They had all organic foods at fantastic prices. I ground my own peanut butter, got some warm, raw honey, and a bunch of other things all for really cheap, this was my favorite place we visited!
That night, after we had checked into our hotel, we went to "Mai Thai" restaurant for dinner. Holy fancy. We had sushi for appetizers, some with eel sauce, and some with veal, and some fried sushi, it was so good! Then awesome thai food for the main course. I LOVE thai food. I have been trying to cook more thai at home, but I have a long ways to go to get this good. There was flaming duck and drunken noodles, and the best curry I have ever eaten! We just ordered a bunch of entrees and ate family style, so we got to eat everything.
After dinner we went to another grocery store where I got some fancy olive oil and balsamic vinegar, then we headed to the hotel, and went to bed, where accidentally, our room only had one bed, all 3 of us girls (Mallory and Kim) slept in one king bed, and guess what, it was super comfy.
The next day we got up and went to a restaurant supply store, then went over to Sysco foods, where we do all our ordering for Emma's kitchen. It was cool just walking around the big warehouse, it was like costco on steroids.
We then headed back home, stopping for lunch in Twin falls again, at "Kiwi's Fish and chips" (so good!) It was a quick field trip but it was so fun, and I loved hanging out with all these fun girls, oh and Brother Hamblin too.
As for a life update, Jared and I both registered for our LAST SEMESTER and we are excited to get going on it! We aren't sure what we are doing for Thanksgiving, just that we are grateful for a break, and then 2 1/2 weeks until Christmas! Woo hoo!

11/06/2011

November!

I cannot believe we are a week into November already! The only reason that matters to me is that we are only 5 WEEKS away from the end of the semester, and one of those is practically all of Thanksgiving!! Not a moment too soon either, we just had our first real snow yesterday, and the 25 degree weather was already too cold. Thank goodness it's held out until now! We don't have huge plans for thanksgiving, basically just going to chill at home. We only have Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday off, so it's not really worth it to go anywhere. But for Christmas we are going to Colorado! I could not be more excited.
We have had (as usual) a crazy few weeks. October flew by, with really nothing of note. Though for the first time in like 3 years we actually carved pumpkins, and it was so fun!! We will never go another year without carving them. We put on the "Monster Mash" pandora station, and I bought us the cute little tools (that worked great by the way, better than the steak knives mom and dad let us use when we were like 7 hahaha), and our pumpkins turned out great!
For Halloween I made a special pumpkin dinner, and we just watched scary movies, and had a nice couple of hours in, a midst doing hours of work.
We also added a little member to our family. Meet Caviar, our blue and gold goldfish, whom I have kept alive for over a week now!
School is going the same. Though in "Emma's Kitchen" the little cafe me and 11 others run on campus, I was the Head Chef this past week, rather than being the server and cashier. I was so nervous the whole day, because it gets crazy back in that kitchen, but I totally nailed it. It was so fun to see something I was able to do, that was really out of my comfort zone.
Jared is still doing work like 18 out of the 24 hours in a day. I can't wait for this semester and his internship to be over just so I can spend time with my husband again!
Oh and we are doing this 21 day challenge, which I have just posted about in my cooking blog, so head over to desperatechefwife.blogspot.com to see how we are doing with that! It's kind of a trip...

10/19/2011

Month in review

Literally since the semester started, I have never been so busy in my life, and what I feel like, Jared feels 10 times worse. For example, I had class from 7:45 all the way to 1:30 yesterday, then from 3:15-5:15, however Jared had class all at the same time as me, came home for 10 minutes for lunch, then was at the library until 11:30, then came home and worked on a paper for work until 2 in the morning. This happens allll the time.
So our lives pretty much revolve around school right now, not too exciting, though we still manage to have a ton of fun, when we can squeeze it in
1. The after we went to Boise, we had the opportunity to go down to Salt Lake City to see a session of general conference. I had never been before, and Jared had only been to one session of Priesthood before, so we were both so excited, even if this was the 4th weekend in a row we were out of town.
We went to the Saturday morning session, the one which President Monson came in late with a huge body guard. It was wonderful! One of the things on my bucket list was to be in the same room as the prophet, and when he wasn't there for the first half I was so upset!
We stayed with Jared's sweet Great aunt and uncle, and we were able to have a nice date night on Saturday, but while Jared went to the priesthood session in the conference center, I got 2 whole hours of Hobby Lobby time. It was awesome. I could absolutely live in that store.
We drove home the next day, where we listened to the rest of conference, and with some of the supplies I got from my hobby lobby trip, I created this baby, which I am totally proud of!

2. The Thursday after conference was my 21st birthday! Though the celebration was pretty minor. Jared was crazy busy, and I was crazy busy, we just managed to open presents, go out to Red Robin the next night (of course), and spend a little time together. 
The night of my birthday my brother said he wanted to take me and Jared out. Being crazy, I suggested Applebees (History: I hate applebees, I've gotten food poisoning, and have never had a good experience there). I had really wanted to go to Red Robin but it was BLIZZARDING so we had to stay in town.
We got there, waited 20 minutes, watched the hostesses be completely rude to many customers, finally got a seat, and within 2 minutes our waitress had rolled her eyes at us 3 times, I was so mad!! So even though we had already ordered, we got up and left, it was my birthday for heaven sakes, I wanted to have fun! So we went to good old Frontier Pies, which never lets us down and it was delicious.
3. We have decided to change wards. We have been going to the family ward for a year, and just have never felt very accepted. There was one Sunday in September where we had 4 baby blessings in one day. We had to sit in the very back of the gym, and there were so many crying babies that we didn't hear one word of any of the talks. We then decided we wanted to try out the married student ward.
Since changing over I have made so many friends, and am so happy with the change. We are no longer the only people in the ward without kids, and everyone is our age! I really feel like we made the right choice, and we are excited for our time in the ward (which is now down to about 5 1/2 months...ahhh!!)
6. Yup that's right, we graduate in 5 1/2 months. Just saying. Oh and my trusty Macbook Pro's battery just totally went out on me, so we are figuring out if just one computer is going to cut it for the rest of that time. I am so sad! I love my computer!
7. Last week, from Tuesday to Saturday morning at about 2 am (haha) Jared was on a school expedition to New York City. They went to meet with BYU-I alumni, and also talk to a lot of different companies like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgsan, and Citi Bank. Jared made a lot of connections and networked a lot, but ultimately decided he doesn't want to go to New York, which is fine with me. It's not ruled out, but it jsut takes so much money to live there! He also got to go to Times square and central park, and the New York Stock Exchange, and to China Town, where he got me the cutest purse in the world. I am so proud of him for working so hard to make sure we are taken care of.
8. Well this week and next week are midterms, so it is crazier than usual, but I have 4 credits ending next week, so I will be down to 12 (hahaha) for the rest of the semester, hallelujiah. I can't believe it is half over, but thank goodness, I am ready for it to calm down!
9. Quick funny story I want to remember. A lot of times when I come home and the trash needs to be taken out, I set the bag outside of our front door so one of the boys can take it to the dumpster when they get home. I guess Skyler didn't take it when he got home yesterday, so it was sitting on the porch for a few hours. When Jared got home at like 11:30, he went to pick it up and the whole thing was moving and making noises, he threw it down, and a squirrel shot out of the bag, and scared Jared to death! I just heard the whole thing, from my position on the couch in the living room, but it was hilarious! I am just so glad it didn't shoot into the house....yuck.

9/25/2011

Boise!

Friday night we left for Boise, we have been planning this trip for a few months now, since our friend Ross said he was going to propose to sweet Chelsey after a Boise State game, and invited us out there. We got in late and got to hang out with everybody, and eat amazing chocolate cinnamon rolls that Ross' mom made for us.
Saturday morning we all drove into Boise up to "Governor's Hill" where the governor's mansion is, and the biggest hill ever, where we went ice blocking. Most everybody had never been before, so it was fun to see everyone try it, but the hike up and down the hill was no joke...
Then we went back into Boise that afternoon to tailgate, and to go to the first Boise state game of the season. I had never tailgated before, first off, Ross' mom Rachel is an awesome cook and all the food was absolutely delicious, but it was fun all dressing up together and hanging out. 
Then we headed over the the stadium, were we took our awesome seats on the endzone. Everytime they got within the 35 yard line, we got to jump up and stand right against the wall on the field. The stadium was packed with everyone in blue and orange, it was so cool watching the game, Boise State is incredible, and beat Tulsa to a pulp. 
After the game we walked around forever, stalling while Ross' parents set up a table in the park with candles, flowers, and that little black box, though Chelsey had no idea what was going on.
Finally we divided up, but in a few seconds we realized Ross and Chelsey were going to get there waaay before we were, so we totally booked it, and had to run all the way around the park to make it to watch the proposal while we hid behind a tree. It was so great to be there and support them, and we can't wait for the big day!
Heck even driving around Boise, and all the way home was fun because we were listening to the Hunger Games (my second time) so Jared could hear it, we'd get in the car and Jared and Shawn would say "no more chatting, play the book". After the game and the proposal we all went out to "merrits" this restaurant with famous scones that were absolutely delicious!
So we are home, safe, after another out of town weekend, for another week. We leave Friday for Utah for conference, which I am really excited about, I've never been!

9/18/2011

First week and wedding

Well the fateful second to last semester of school has started, last week was totally crazy. We started school Monday, and Jared also started his internship, yeah he's doing a full time internship on top of taking 16 incredibly hard upper level credits. He is working at the Entrepreneurial center, which deals with venture capital, and he is really liking it.
I'm taking Pastry, Applied culinary fundamentals, food service management (where we run "emma's kitchen" a little cafe on campus), Agriculture marketing, Doctrines of the gospel, and two online classes. I am literally cooking all day long, and I love it! I also love my Doctrines of the gospel class, my teacher is awesome, and I've missed taking religion classes on campus rather than online, which I totally hate.
This past weekend we had the great opportunity to go to the wedding of one of Jared's friends from his mission. Thursday night we drove down to Utah, then Friday we went to the Draper temple to the sealing, then went to their gorgeous luncheon after that, oh the food was awesome, then that night was their reception. It was so cute, they had like a hot dog stand, and a photo booth, and "Mexican coke". Since Dan, (and Jared) went to Mexico on their missions, they got used to the Coca Cola down there, which is in glass bottles, and they use real sugar instead of the sweeteners, oh it's so good! We had a great time spending time with Jason, another guy from their mission, who escorted us around San Francisco a few months ago. We got to rummage around a huge Halloween store before the reception and had fun trying on masks. Then the boys slept in the car while I went to Down East (which I decided I don't like) and the beauty store haha. It was a great weekend, and we are back ready for week 2 tomorrow!







9/08/2011

Great weekend in Utah and Crafting up a Storm

We left this past Friday afternoon to Utah for Labor Day weekend. After a delicious dinner at Panda Express we got to my Bunch Grandparents and hung out with them until my family got there late that night. It was really good to see my grandparents, my sweet Grandpa Bunch was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease (or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS) recently. ALS basically depletes your motor functions to the point where eventually you cannot move, chew, drink, or breath on your own. As my Grandpa puts it, "Your brain keeps sending the checks, but your muscles don't cash them". Along with that, the ability to regenerate muscle tissue is lost, so the disuse of his muscles causes them to shrink away. It is a horrible and rare disease, that they really don't know much about. So instead of winning the lottery, he got ALS, the chances are pretty much the same. He is walking with a cane, but other than that, he is doing good, but the problem is that it came on very rapidly, and they say if it comes on rapidly, it doesn't really slow down. Anyway, that is very sad, but I am so glad we got to spend time with him, and talk with him, he still has time left!
Saturday we really just hung out. Mom, Dad, Skyler, and I went out shopping, then came back to get ready for family pictures that night. Though I'm glad we did the pictures, it was just soooo much fun doing them with sooo many guys who just looove taking pictures, haha...not. There was our family, then my Uncle Robin and Aunt Dana with their 3 kids, my Uncle Gary and Becky and their three kids, my Aunt Laurie and uncle Mark and their 2 kids, and my Grandma and Grandpa Trimble, so there were a ton of people, and it took forever. We haven't seen the pictures yet, but I hope they turn out!
Sunday we woke up and headed over to my Aunt Laurie and Uncle Mark's church, because they were blessing their new baby, then we went to their house and had a delicious brunch. Then we went back to my other Grandparents house for the rest of the night just to all hang out.
Monday my family left, my Grandma Bunch and I went to Hobby Lobby. We don't have one here and I could probably die of happiness in that store. I've been wanting to do a lot of crafts, so I got my stuff, then we headed back up home to lovely Idaho.
Since we got back I have been crafting like a mad woman. Here are some of my creations so far!
I think this is what I am most proud of, the sign says "Aqui la vida es simple" which means "here the life is simple"

 Here is my wreath! I really like it!
 We have been wanting to do something like this for a long time, you put in the paper behind the glass of the frame, and that acts as a dry erase board so you can write something on the line!
 These are dates. My birthday, our anniversary, his birthday
 trying to dress up the thermostat wall haha
 this is my cake stand!
I also have some big prints of our wedding being shipped to me, and I'm going to mount them and make them look all vintage, I am SO excited for that, I will be sure to put of pictures of the finished product!