Sunday, March 17, 2013

Cooking School

Pho- pronounced "fu"... yeah like the beginning of the F word is a "a Vietnamese dish consisting of broth, noodles made from rice, a few herbs, and meat. It is a popular street dish, and the specialty of several restaurant chains. The two main varieties are chicken pho and beef pho.

Last week we took a cooking class at the new Harmon's in City Creek with a group of our friends. Let me start by telling you that I'm not a big fan of Asian food since my food poisoning hospitalization my senior year of high school. I'll never be able to eat at P.H. Changs again...

I've only had pho one other time and I only drank the broth- basically beef broth. But since we were cooking with friends and paid a lot of money for the class I had to give Asian food another chance. I'm not going to walk you through the process but it took over 2 hours and 10 people later we had a pretty good meal. I'll never make it at home or order it at a restaurant but it made for a fun date night. Along with the pho we made papaya salad and fresh spring rolls. If you haven't been to the new Harmon's it's definitely worth the trip.

Codee and the boys rolling up the spring rolls. And cute Tam and Dave washing up.

Our friend Aaron (the pho-king) who just graduated from culinary school was our chef. Doesn't it look delish?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Merry Christmas!

We want to wish all of our family and friends
a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Codee, Rachel
Togo & Zola

Sunday, November 4, 2012


I've said it before and I'll say it again. "I'm going to to start blogging more." Well here it's November and my last post is from March. I really do want to blog more. I miss writing. I miss the outlet. And I haven't scrapbooked in forever so I need to make sure I'm writing life down because it's going by way too fast.

We've officially put off buying a home for at least 6 more months. Our rent was drastically increasing every month because we were out of contract and with the holidays approaching we didn't want to move into a house in the middle of all of it. We resigned the lease on apartment on Wednesday. It was a little bittersweet. Since April, I've spent around 2 hours a day looking for houses and it's been really weird to just stop cold turkey. We put our first offer on a house the end of May and by the end of October we had submitted a total of 9, maybe 10 offers, I can't remember anymore. And for some reason it just never worked out. I only cried over 2 houses and it was at my point of total frustration and over houses that I really wanted. So we'll start looking again in the spring. Aside from frustration and wasted time I really am grateful that we do have a roof over our head and a place to call home. I know I will be sad when we move one day because it's been so fun having our first place. And let's face it- I'm seriously going to need therapy when I'm not a 60 second walk from Target and Cafe Rio.

Moving on... We had a HUGE accomplishment in our house this week. After 2 years of training... Zola can finally rollover! Here's the proof!

In other news... Codee has become a piece of furniture in our dining room. He is glued to his books every night! I will be so glad when his junior year is over! But I'll even more happy when he graduates in a year and half.  ;)
Blogger won't upload my photo of him studying  :( 
As for me... it's busy season at The Wood Connection so I'm spending 50-60 hours a week at work. And I'm still doing monthly segments on KUTV's Fresh Living. Here's one of our recent segments that was one of my favorites.
This Way To Halloween |

So we'll see how long I can keep us this blogging streak. Let's hope it's longer than just one post every 8 months.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Search Is On

Where does time go? Seriously? How is that Codee and I have been married for almost 2 years? How is that I've been graduated from the U for 3 years? Wasn't I just cheering for the SL Bees last week? And when did the time come that we were old enough to buy a house?
That's right... Codee and I have started the process of becoming home owners! SCARY!! We've only been looking for about a month now and are still in the early stages of this long process but here we go...
If anyone has ANY advice we would love to hear it.

Friday, January 27, 2012


Life has made some small changes lately so here is an update to what blog followers I have left.

We went to Vegas for New Years to see our friends Seth and Kirie. People always ask what exciting things we are going to do in Vegas but to be honest we do NOTHING and it is freaking fabulous! We sleep in, make dinner, go grocery shopping and maybe get a Redbox. But we have the best time! Isn't Kirie the most adorable pregnant girl? Can't wait for Petri to get here!

Codee started the Engineering program at the U this semester. I am so proud that he has come this far and worked so hard to get where he is. When I see his homework it looks like some sort of ancient code. He will graduate in Spring 2014.
Isn't he adorable on his 1st day of school?

Since Codee is now going to school full time (he has always gone to school "full time" but now his classes are in the day) he is working a new job at UDOT. He is now working as a construction trainer. With day time school means less hours at work equaling less money. So we are now living on a student budget. Hasn't been too bad so far but if anyone has anyone cheap date ideas please send them my way.

My job has slowed down a little since our busy season ended but work is still crazy as ever. I seriosuly love my job! I love what I do. And I love the people I work with. I wish I was better at showing my appreciation sometimes but I am truly happy where I am right now.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Why Hello...

It's been a while since I last blogged.
June? Really?
I know I'm pathetic.
I'd like to promise that I will get better about blogging but I don't think I will.

I've realized something today, and it's that I don't always appreciate the blessings in my life. And it's sad that it took a scary event to slap me in the face.
With it being the week of Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving is one of my FAVORITE holidays... I really needed a wake up call.

Codee is in his second season of snow plowing Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. (Kind of a scary job, the Discovery Channel covered a documentary on them last year. It's pretty intense) Now to brag on my husband for a minute... there is a reason he plows the canyon, because he is one of the best. They have special avalanche trainings if a situation ever occurs and they have to wear avalanche beacons every time they go up the canyon. What wife wouldn't be a little nervous?

Last night was the first snow storm of the season and Codee was scheduled to go up at 9 p.m. On the way up the canyon his truck began to slide. Knowing he wouldn't make it up the canyon he was able to turn around and head back down the mountain... As he turned around, he lost traction and began to slide. He was fish-tailing back and forth down the canyon all the while picking up speed. Up ahead there was bend in the road and with no contol of his truck, he thought for sure he would roll down the side of the mountain. He prepared to take the truck off the cliff, but with a moment of luck, was able to put both of his plows down and barely steer the truck into the side of the mountain where he crashed into a ditch. Very shaken up he was able to call another driver to come help pull him out of the mountain. The other driver began to slide when he got to Codee's truck and between the two trucks they were blocking off the whole road. Only one car slid off onto the shoulder and deputies were able to slow down other cars just in time.
It's honestly a miracle that no one was seriously hurt, including Codee who could have went off a cliff.

I am so thankful for Codee and that he works so hard to provide for us. I don't ever want to imagine being widowed at 25. I know I need to make the time to thank those who mean the world to me. I am so grateful for the amazing life I have and wouldn't trade it for anything.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Yay we've got one year of marriage under our belt! I can't believe its already been a year, it seems like just the other day we were saying our vows. According to Codee it seems like 5 years... but in a good way. Normally I would find this a little offensive but he assured me its because he's always felt like we belong together.

I feel like we've accomplished a lot our first year. Living together has been a lot of fun. We've learned to work out finances and budgeting, cooking, keeping up household chores and communicating more effectively.

So to celebrate the occasion we took a weekend trip to sunny St. George. The weather was perfect and we had an amazing time not having any agenda. My boss let us use his condo the first night and we booked a hotel room for the last 2 nights. We did lots of shopping and relaxing. We also bought tickets for Grease at Tuacahn.

Water for Elephants at the dollar movie

Grease Lightening!


We saved the top tier of our wedding cake for our anniversary. And it actually tasted really good. It was wrapped in 3 layers of saran wrap, 3 layers of freezer paper and tinfoil and it made it through the year in our freezer.


We did NOT smash cake in each others face at our wedding so we figured we had to at least do it on our anniversary.


Even Togo and Zola got a piece...

Friday, May 6, 2011


Last week we had a bit of a pigeon problem...

After work on Monday I was walking up the stairs to our apartment and when I got to the last set of stairs there was a group of pigeons sitting on our door step and the railing by our front door. And one of them had RED EYES!! Aaahhhhh!!!
I had scream and yell to get them to leave! The week continued...

Tuesday... PIGEONS
Wednesday... PIGEONS
Thursday... PIGEONS
Friday... Pigeons

Saturday morning... a nest appears in the corner of our doorstep. Really pigeons?! You can't build a nest here! So we threw it away.

Sunday morning... an EGG! Yes a freaking pigeon egg!
I was freaking out at this point. It's bad enough that every day I come home I have to shake my keys like a mad woman and yell at the top of my lungs just to get them to leave. But now an egg?!?!?! You've got to be kidding me!

Sunday Evening... a new nest starts to form around the egg. Ugh!

Monday morning... mother pigeon sitting on the egg.
At this point I get evil looks from the red eyed pigeon every time I get near my door. The mother and father pigeon would only fly away about 15 feet every time I yelled at them. So annoying!

So I was telling my friend Allison at work about my problem and she told me her Grandpa used to raise pigeons. So she called him and he said just to throw it away. So I had Codee throw the egg and nest away before I got home from work.

I kinda felt bad... a little like a home wrecker. I took away their pigeon house and destroyed their baby. Sorry dear pigeons...
But you freak me out with your red eyes and the way you flap your wings at me when I come home. The next step was to shoot you.

The pigeon problem is finally over... they havent been near our front door all week. My mother-in-law joked that it could've been a stork leaving something else on the doorstep. Haha!

(please ignore that I still have a snowman door mat from Christmas)