Tuesday, May 20, 2014

amy graduates

Our good friend Amy graduated with her Masters from NAU earlier this month and we had the privilege of helping celebrate her in Flagstaff with her family . 
Congratulations Amy!

Monday, May 19, 2014

jennifer's wedding

A couple of weeks ago I went to Arkansas for the wedding of my dear friend Jennifer. Jennifer is part of the group of girls from college that I get together with every other year. So Jennifer's wedding was also a great excuse for all of us girls to get together. It was fun catching up and seeing spouses and children again (and meeting some for the first time). The wedding venue was gorgeous and the weather was perfect. 

All in all a great weekend ... and once again 
Congratulations Jennifer and Thomas!

Friday, May 16, 2014


a couple of weeks ago i went to arkansas for a dear friend's wedding. since i was in arkansas i simply had to go visit my alma mater and spend time with friends there i hadn't seen in a while. lots had changed in the last fourteen years ... but it was fun to be back to see all the upgrades and reflect on the memories made there.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

diy thursday: homemade (spicy) dijon mustard

I have been making my own condiments since I am tired of reading their labels and seeing the amount of weird ingredients that are added to preserve etc. If you do end up finding some that only include the "basic" ingredients ... then it is rather expensive. To remedy these two problems I figured how hard could it be to make it myself ... and it has proven to be super easy. My husband loves mustard and I have in the recent years come to enjoy it as well. So recently, I set out to make some Dijon mustard and it tasted GREAT and was really easy to make.

Homemade Dijon Mustard
recipe adapted from honest-food.net


6 Tbs mustard seeds (the dark seeds are more spicy than the lighter seeds)
1/2 cup mustard powder
2 tsp salt
3 Tbs white wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
1/2 cup water


With a spice grinder roughly grind the mustard seeds. Choose your combination of mustard seeds based on how spicy you like it. We like things spicy in our household so I just used brown/black mustard seeds, but you can use white/yellow or a combination to find the right level of spice you prefer.

Mix the roughly ground mustard seeds, mustard powder, and salt together.

Then add the vinegar and water and stir together.

Finally, add the mustard to a glass jar and let it sit in the fridge overnight ... and voila you have mustard!


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

wordless wednesday