Thursday, July 26, 2012

road trip...sandpoint, idaho engagement!!!

i am sorry i am doing this out of order, but there are many favorite stops on our road trip, and this one is life changing and will always be the most memorable.  after building our teardrop camper (which i have not finished writing about) we took it for a long road trip, june 29 - july 10th.  our itinerary included; colorado, south dakota, wyoming, montana, idaho, utah and nevada.  with approximately 4300 miles traveled on our camper, we came back engaged!

i have always heard jarad talk fondly of sandpoint, idaho and it was the last "must see" location on our road trip.  we had booked campsites for all of our other stops, but had nothing planned for idaho or our long trek home (aside from visiting the varon's in vegas).

we left montana around 8am or so to make the drive to idaho, and arrived at the "city beach" around 4pm.

we were lucky to find a double parking space (designated for boats) so we could park the camper.  we quickly changed into our bathing suits and were excited to be out of the car and at the beach.  we threw our towels down on the sand and headed for the water.  we were about knee deep when jarad said "look what i found in the water, i wonder what it is?"  it was a small tightly wrapped package, that he started ripping open with his teeth.  my first thought was "how disgusting", why would he put that in his mouth if he just found it in the dirty water?  after ripping and tearing through what was bubble wrap and duct tape, he pulled out a shinny ring and said he brought me to sandpoint to ask me to marry him.  speechless and dumbfounded, i kept repeating "are you serious, are you serious?"  finally the words "yes" came out, after he had to ask me twice.  the ring is his mother's 25th wedding anniversary ring, and absolutely stunning.

after a few minutes of letting it all sink in, we headed back to the car where he gave me an envelope of emails mostly between our moms.  it was so sweet to read all the events leading up to this day, and the excitement from our families.  we made some important phone calls to the family and then decided to find a campground for the night, so we could stay in sandpoint and celebrate.  at the campground a couple wandered over to check out our teardrop camper, and showed us their new "little guy" camper.  we told them we had just got engaged a few hours prior and they made us stay for a glass of wine.  we headed into town to eat dinner at a local brewery and went back to the beach the next morning before leaving.

now i can say sandpoint, idaho is one of my favorite places as well.  we started the long drive home with stops in utah and vegas. we were greeted in vegas with such love and excitement from some very special friends.  they threw us a beautiful dinner and toast.  

now that we are back home, we are excited to start the wedding planning and festivities.  we are also looking forward to planning our next adventure in the camper (maybe bryce and zion)...but not for a while (it will be hard to top the last vacation).

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


i saw this on and loved the idea.  it is a couples cartoon stamp.  the woman who does them is in france and has an etsy shop online.  you send her a picture and within a couple of weeks she sends you back a proof, then she carves the stamp.  the whole process takes about three glad i ordered it a while back, because i am thrilled to be able to use it for wedding stuff.

the picture above is the one i originally sent her, i had to have her revise it a bit because jarad got lasik surgery and no longer wears glasses.  i sent her the picture below as a back up.

i think she did a good job of capturing out image.  check her out at here

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

goat cheese cheesecake...

my girlfriend is getting married next month and has asked for friends to contribute to her dessert table.  i have decided to make individual cheesecakes, so i found a recipe for goat cheese cheesecake, i made the trial round in a spring form pan, but for the actual dessert table, i will make them in individual cupcake wrappers.

crust ingredients:

~2 cups crushed nilla wafer cookies or graham crackers
~6 tb. melted butter
~1/4 cup sugar
~1/2 t. cinnamon
~1/2 t. ginger

combine all ingredients and firmly press down in bottom of spring form pan to make crust.

filling ingredients:

~2 8oz. packages of cream cheese
~1 12oz. log of goat cheese
~12 oz. sour cream
~4 eggs
~1 cup sugar
~2 t. vanilla extract

how to:

Beat the cream and goat cheeses in the bowl of an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Add the sour cream and beat to combine. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each egg is added, until thoroughly combined. Beat in the sugar and vanilla until just combined.
Pour the filling into the prepared crust. Put on a baking sheet in the preheated oven (350 degrees) and bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet halfway through the cooking process. If the cheesecake starts to color, tent the spring form pan with aluminum foil.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

happy birthday dad!

happy birthday to the best dad ever...i love you so much.

hope you kill it in golf today and look forward to a fun dinner and game night!

daughter # 1

Thursday, July 19, 2012

life update...

it feels like i have neglected my blog for so long now, but a lot has gone on in the last month.  the highlights being; getting engaged, going on vacation and finishing the teardrop trailer.

stayed tuned for more updates next week!