Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Cookies

Well, we finally got around to making the cookies. Jared got the job of mixing the dough with the food coloring since the dough was a little hard (Jared has bigger muscles). While he was busy stiring in the red, yellow, and green, I attempted to figure out the machine. Santa had given me a cookie cutting machine-I don't know how else to explain it. But I took too long trying to figure out how to get the cookies dough in there. In the end, I just read the instructions over and over, and Jared caught up and figured out the machine too. What would I do without my smart engineer?

Jared had a hay-day cutting the cookies out of the machine onto the pan, so I just watched to make sure they didn't get burnt. The sugar cookies turned out really well and we got to make gold stars, green Christmas trees, and red poinsettas. I would consider our Christmas cookies a success for this year!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Our Turkey

On Thanksgiving day, Jared went and picked us out a HUGE turkey to cook and eat after Thanksgiving. Jared doesn't go small, he chose a turkey that was 22 pounds! He got it at an amazing price of only eight dollars, 39 cents a pound. Way to bargin shop Jared! So after Thanksgiving, we returned home to cook our massive prize. It took us over five hours to cook, but was well worth the wait. We invitied a married couple from our ward over to enjoy the feast and they helped us prepare our huge meal. Together we had: a turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, and a pumpkin dessert. WOW! We had two Thanksgiving meals this year! Everything turned out amazing and the turkey that Jared spiced up tasted wonderful! The turkey we didn't eat (most of it) we put in containers and froze for future meals throughout the year. It was a fun way to spread out the holiday season!

We are getting more and more excited for the time we will get to spend with family during Christmas. We will be spending Christmas Eve and Christmas day with Aubrey's family, and the following week we will be enjoying the snow in Reno, Nevada! We are looking forward to meeting Jared's siblings and their families in Reno, spending lots of time with them will be really fun! Aubrey is a little nervous about all the snow, since her only time being in snow has been brief. Jared, however, is exteremely excited to spend lots of time in the snow that he dearly missed this year in Arizona. He is hoping to go snowboarding so that ought to be fun for him to do again.

Today we are attempting to make sugar cookies. Last night Aubrey made the actual dough, and chilled it overnight. So we are very excited to make our first Christmas cookies today. It will be fun to decorate them, but we are more anxious to see if they are tasty :) We will have to let everyone know how they turned out! Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Our First Christmas

This weekend we decorated our apartment together for the first time as a married couple. We bought a 4 foot tree to decorate and were excited to find an ornament that said "Our First Christmas". We also started a little village, it has a school and Victorian style house with a few lamps and kids running around. Each year we plan to add new buildings to make the village more complete.
Jared's favorite was lining the living and dining room with little blue Christmas lights. He did a great job at getting them to stay put and measuring everything out so that they looked amazing when we were finally done putting them up.
When it was time to turn the lights off and turn all the Christmas decorations on, it was wonderful sight. We had so much fun singing Christmas carols while busy making a welcoming home. We are so proud of our work and with each holiday we feel more at home here in Tucson.