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Sunday, February 28, 2010

We got a Virus!

After months of neglecting to install an anti-virus on the desktop, I was welcomed by a very nasty virus Saturday night.

The virus is called Antivirus XP 2010. It pretends to be an antivirus and it "scans" your computer and "finds" a bunch of viruses and then tells you to buy their software to remove them. The software will either do nothing or make it worse. We were unable to access the internet from the desktop while we were in the process of removing the virus. We had to use Brent's laptop to install different programs and then transferred the programs over to the desktop via thumbdrive.

Here is the freeware we used to get rid of that nasty virus:

AVG  has a free antivirus program that we love...mostly because it's free, but it's very effective.
Spybot: Search and Destory It's pretty good at finding what other anti-virus programs miss. Again, it's free.
Malware Bytes: An anti-malware program that finds and removes malware

These three in combination and lots of hours working to get rid of the virus did the job.

Brent also used this to help him get rid of it.

Good luck, and install an antivirus before this happens to you too!

My cake ball disaster

For Relief Society this week we were having a food exchange, a PINK food exchange to be exact.
I've been eyeing bakerella's website for quite some time and really wanted to make these cakeballs.

The process looks simple enough, and probably is if you actually follow the instructions...


IN the beginning I was really careful to do everything perfectly...

I even sugared my pan to make sure it would come out just beautifully.

THE REST WAS TOO HORRIFYING TO TAKE PICTURES OF.

You see, the recipe calls for one cake mixed with one 16 oz can of frosting. 
I really dislike canned frosting, so I decided to make my own, following another one

The only difference is that I used 4 cups of powdered sugar instead of 6, 
(because I was afraid that would be too much...haha)

The frosting was amazing, by the way, but how could cream cheese, 
butter, and sugar now be.

I mixed my entire batch of frosting with my cake...

Now let's do the math:
8oz=1 cup
16 oz can of frosting = 2 cups
1 cup butter + 8 oz cream cheese + 4 cups of sugar=6 cups.

 Oops! 

Cake balls are meant to be the consistency of cookie dough. My cake balls 
were more like pancake batter. I went to bed totally upset and 
figured I'd have to buy at least 1 more cake and mix it all together.
 The next day I decided I could still save my cake balls and put the "batter" 
back in the oven at 350 for about an hour, and that stiffened it up enough.

Feeling more courageous all the time, I rolled them into balls and put them in the freezer
while I prepared the chocolate. 

I bought 8oz of baker's chocolate when I first went shopping for cake balls. 
It proved to cover about 10 cake balls and I had 38 more waiting.
I sent Brent to the store to get me some of the "cheap stuff."
Can I just say that I HATE Almond Bark!

It crumbled, it didn't melt. It tastes so fake, and it went on so chunky.

I was able to pull it together somewhat  and tried to make them cute for Relief Society.

Everyone said the loved them, but I knew they could have been so much better. 
I was too angry at them to have more than one, which was made bitter
by my frustration. I'm sure they were probably okay, but I need to find
better baker's chocolate.

The moral of the story: follow the instructions.

I love freebies!

The other day I went to one of my very favorite antique stores in Logan, The Browse Around Antique Shop.
I seriously love that store, it's huge and always has something new. Not only did I get some fun surprises for my husband's birthday (shhhh!), but I a lady there was giving away these cute grab bags. They came in all different patterns, and I dug through the basket to find the cutest fabric (to reuse of course!)

 
Check out what was inside!

 
Very cute bottletop magnets. What a fun surprise!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Homemade Pizza

This is another one of my favorite things my mom made growing up. It's just the right texture for delicious crust, and it's very easy to make.

(Just in case anyone is wondering, almost everything I make is whole wheat. 
My dough is always brown, fyi. These can be made just as easily with white flour, 
but it tastes amazing whole wheat and is so much better for you)

All you need are:
1 TBSP Yeast
2 1/2 Cups Flour
1 tsp Salt
1 cup water
2 TBSP Oil
 
My mom claims that she just throws it all in her bread machine, and doesn't worry about
the yeast. I, however, don't have a bread machine and I feel the need to set the yeast.
I took my cup of warm water with my yeast, and threw a little sugar in there for good measure.
THEN, I threw it all together in a mixing bowl.


 
Knead until firm and let raise for a little bit.


 
Roll it out. (I like to coat my pizza stone with a little olive oil before I roll the dough0

Cover with toppings (we did barbecue chicken)
Bake 400 for 25 minutes

 Delicious!

25 Books

 
See this stack of books. There are 25 of them.
Guess how much we paid for them?
$100?
$50?
$25?
$10?

NOPE, You're all wrong.

 We paid $7 for all these books. That's right,
25 books for $7 dollars. I did the math, that's about 30 cents each!

How is this possible, you ask? Brent read an article at work yesterday about a new bookstore in Logan called Jenson Books. 

They have over 25,000 books, and get more each day.

Paperbacks are $1, Hardcovers are $2, Children's Books are $1

 OR 

You can fill a grocery bag full of any kind of book for just $7.

Here are some titles I'm especially excited about:

 
This has all kind of fun old-timey recipes

 
Book of Random Facts

 
 This is the diet that Brent and I follow
This is the diet that Brent and I SHOULD follow
One copy for us, and one for our friends who were asking about it


To keep us entertained on car rides. :)

 
A book that's been on my to read list for a few years

 
Lots of fun costumes
Fun and creative origami

It has an activity for each day. 

 
This has a bunch of world recipes like biscotti and hummus. I can't wait!

Want to buy some books too?
or 

1766 Blacksmith Court Suite B
Logan, UT 84321

(1700 S 400 W)
Turn at S.E.I direclty behind the pallets of Utah

They're also on Facebook

Jensonbooks

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Crepes!

 
 This right here is my idea of heaven:
a thin and sweet pastry filled with whipped topping and peaches.

My mom would make theses for us as kids all the time, and it just may be 
my fondest childhood memory. I have since recreated her crepes many times
and want to share the recipe.

Joy's Crepes:
1 1/2 Cups Flour
1 TBSP Sugar
1/2 TSP Baking Powder
1/2 TSP Salt
1/2 TSP Vanilla
2 TBSP Melted Butter
2 Cups Milk
2 Eggs

Beat until smooth. Lightly butter skilled over medium heat. 
Pour batter into skillet and immediately rotate pan until batter covers bottom.
Cook until light brown, turn and brown on other side.

Serve with fruit, ice-cream, peanut butter, whipped topping, or whatever
else your heart desires!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Mustachioed

 
Dallin loves facial hair. He'll take tape and pretend he has a mustache sometimes.
When Brent and I found these in the vending machine, we knew little nephew
had to have one.



and we couldn't leave older brother out either.

Pillows

 
  
I bought the pillows at DI for $3 each and recovered them with some 
pretty fabric.

Valentine's Day Gifts





























 
I used these as patterns for the Mp3 players I didn't have access to.
I first one I drew when I found a to-scale picture of it online and put my 
ruler up to the screen, and the second one I found.

My brother loves Domo. Sorry he's sideways, I couldn't get it to rotate.
The top items are tissues holder. The green cameo is mine!

The suns are for my baby nephews. They are made with felt and a 25 cent 
toy from DI I took the innards out of.

Scripture cover

I've been seeing a lot of scripture covers on other blogs and etsy. I
thought I'd take a crack at it.
I used a fat quarter that was 21"x18" and cut it to be 21" x 8.5"

 
It will cover the scriptures just about right.


I gave myself a quarter inch hem all all sides.
And turned it over twice on the short sides.

 
I got so into I forgot to take more pictures. 
I measured the width of the entire book that needed to be covered, 
(make sure to do it when the book is closed) 
and sewed flaps with the excess material on both sides.
I hot glued buttons and ribbons to it for a closure.
I wasn't in love with the original color bookmarks. I cut them off.

 
And added my own.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I need a dressform.

 
Does anyone have one of these they want to give me?
...please...?

You see, I love all kind of clothes, and I love sewing.
So, I would love to sew my own clothes.
Except, I'm not really one that fits into a pattern kind of person.
I always have to my mom always has to rework the pattern so I fit.

I'm pretty confident in my sewing ability now. I've created a few patterns for
things lately, and I think I get it.

I could totally sew this
It looks to have simple lines and a gathered skirt.
I've made gathered curtains before, I can do that.

Anyone convinced yet?

Anyone want to buy me a dressform?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hulu Hoop Dome Tent

Is anyone actually reading my blog, or am
I blogging for my own satisfaction?
Either way I'll continue on, I just have to wonder.

Anyway, I must have one of these someday! There are so many genius people out there, and I wish I was one of them. I guess I'll have to keep trying. 


This child-sized play tent is made from 5 hula-hoops (there are two connected together at the bottom) and a king sized fitted sheet. It cost less than ten dollars and I imagine would be fairly easy to store if you took the upper hoops out.

Neat!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Julie/Julia Project

For any of you who have seen Julie and Julia,
you'll be interested in what I stumbled upon:

http://blogs.salon.com/0001399/

I believe this is the original blog of the Julie/Julia project.
I adored the movie and found this very interesting.

Have you seen the movie?

It's amazing. I believe Meryl Streep was nominated for an Oscar
(we don't have TV so I have no idea if she got it).

Julie and Julia is follows the life of Julia Child in the 50s and a 21st
Century woman named Julie who cooks her way through Julia Child's
cookbook and posts it all on her blog (I liked it already). It's so cute,
and I love cooking now more because of it. You must see it!

Know Someone Graduating?

Bakerella. She's fabulous. I love her blog and I want to be just like her some day. 
I just need more supplies and a bigger kitchen to assemble things in. 
Maybe I'll just visit my parents and use one of their giant kitchens (yes, one of).

Anyway, I'm in love with these.

 
 I will have to try and make some when my little sisters graduate this June.