Friday, June 19, 2009

San Francisco-Picture log

I went to San Francisco for my Art Travel class. We visited a variety of museums and got to see some famous works of art. It was a super fun trip. I loved getting out of Rexburg and seeing the world again.

We had some cool adventures. I got to ride on a fishing boat through the bay and we traveled on, and under the Golden Gate Bridge. I ate some delicious clam chowder in a sourdough bowl! We toured China Town and saw some cool sites. I bought some souvenirs, one was an engraved stamp of an ox, another the first sword in the world...

We made a stop in Reno and ate dinner at a Casino.

I also lost my cell phone at the Muir Woods. Thankfully someone found and turned it in. But now I can't call anyone because I am waiting for it to arrive. My roommate gave me her old phone and I got a new SIM card so at least I can be contacted.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Hidden Treasures

My roommate made a magical discovery underneath our hearth. Little did I know that underneath all of the ledges in the Greenbriar Apt. living rooms is a signature wall!
It was fun exploring and reading. There are names on it that date back to the early 90's.

I had to include myself so I drew a little Cloud 9 and wrote our apartment slogan, "Elitism, Zionism." We know they are oxymorons but within Cloud 9 is Zionism... and for anyone on the outside... sadly it is just Elitism.

A trip to Mesa Falls... kinda

We (Bryce and I) decided to take a weekend trip to Mesa Falls in Idaho. It isn't to far from Yellowstone. Sadly we started our trip with hope and were met with fear, anxiety, flesh wounds, and no waterfall. Basically our map sucked and didn't have the right directions.

At one point we were driving along this dirt road in my Buick century and I thought we were going to scratch up the sides and get stuck in the mud. I was thrilled when Bryce finally found a place to turn around. If we were in my brother Jon's jeep it would be a different story... but my little Grandma car couldn't take it, and to quote Pride and Prejudice... "Neither could my poor nerves."

We decided to stop along the way and explore near the river... on a safer road. After an hour of searching for the right turn off we gave up. This is where we ended up:

Bjorn on a rock

I was picking flowers when the guys decided to pee in the river. So out of courtesy I turned my back and refused to look down... I was on the hill. Well bad judgement because I slipped and slide down some rocks. Cutting my hand. Thus a flesh wound.

I like this picture. It's like a Madonna from a catholic painting.

Bryce and I cheesing it up for the camera! I love this picture of us.

Washington DC

So I am going to start my post by making excuses as to why I haven't been updating... to put it simply I haven't had anytime because I was having too much fun. So I'll start with the beginning of my travels.
BYU-Idaho offers a internship expedition to major cities in the US. On of the cities was Washington DC. I had never been there so I thought, Why not? It was $200 for air and boarding and it was worth every penny.
I was amazed at how clean Washington was. I was expecting typical big city crime, graffiti and homelessness... but Washington can sure put on an act if those things exsist. It was easy to get around and I felt comfortable traveling alone. The one plus of the city is everything is free! All the national monuments and museums are free to enter and it was amazing the collections they had.

Jefferson Memorial
Washington Monument

Union Square: Christopher Columbus Statue

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery
I would love to travel here again. It was so fun... but next time, I'm bringing friends.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Crab Rangoon

Look Mom I can cook!
Honestly Bryce is the better cook in the relationship. I feel like I am constantly making him things that are frozen and come from a bag. Poor guy. I have to assure him over in over that I can cook for my own sanity!
I absolutly love Crab Rangoon. I buy it every time I go to my favorite Thai food place her in Rexburg. I thought I would try and make some of my own delicious bites of heaven, not to be confused with the snowballs. So Bryce and I found a recipe and fried them up. They were rediculously easy to make, so if you are ever in the mood! Make a batch.

Crab Rangoon Recipe
50 -60 individual appitizers

1/4 cup sour cream
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temp
3/4-1 cup crabmeat, picked
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 clove garlic, minced (large clove)
1 teaspoon ginger, minced
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
wonton wrapper
oil (for frying)

1. Whip together the sour cream, cream cheese and soy sauce and sugar until smooth.
2. Fold in remaining ingredients (except wrappers) Heat oil to med-high and you want it around 1 1/2-2 inches deep.
3. Place a small bowl of water on your work surface and lay out 6 wrappers, and place around 1 1 1/2 t's in the center of each wrapper.
4. Moisten edges, bring up corners and pinch together, along with sides-you dont want filling to float away.
5. Place all 6 in the hot oil and repeat process.
6. By the time you have the next set of 6 ready to crimp it should be time to turn the rangoon's.
7. You want them a nice golden color.
8. When done remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towells.
9. Repeat until done.
10. Try to share.