Favorite Home Recipes: Cauliflower & Sweet Potato Soup

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

After trying several recipes I love combining all the aspects I love and then adding my own ideas. I have been trying cauliflower soup all winter long and am basically in love with it. I've also been addicted to sweet potatoes for the last 6 months or so and decided to throw a bunch into the soup last week. I about died from deliciousness. Tonight I made it again and added a few more things and it is just too good not to share. 

Sweet Potato & Cauliflower Soup 

2 tbsp butter
1 chopped onion
1 head cauliflower broken into florets
2 large sweet potatoes peeled and diced
2 chicken bouillon cubes 
Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning 

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Saute the onion in the butter for 5 minutes. Stir in the cauliflower and sweet potato and saute for 5 more minutes.
  2. Dissolve bouillon cubes in 2 cups water, add to pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender. Transfer to blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add creole seasoning to taste. Enjoy! 

Christmas Break

Friday, January 9, 2015

This year we spent 2 whole weeks in Utah for Christmas. I basically froze my buns off the entire time. I was also under a pile of blankets or next to the fire. I think it was my first Christmas not seeing ANY of my immediate family members which was really bizarre. My parents are in Puerto Rico, brother is in Argentina and my other brother and his wife were in Denver. I was happy to be able to see some extended family and spend lots of time with my wonderful in laws! I got a little sad seeing how much my nieces and nephews had changed in the 6 months since we saw them last. I wish we didn't have to miss any of them growing up.

To sum up the trip I would say that we ate, slept, played games, had parties, watched moves and repeated. It was pretty glorious honestly. I think we had a total of like 7 or 8 family parties with all sorts of variations of family members.

Being in Utah again was a pretty weird thing for me. Being in a landlocked area made me feel kind of claustrophobic. It sounds really weird and bizarre but that is the best way I can describe it. I loved seeing the mountains again. I didn't love how cookie cutter and uniform a lot of Utah is though. Such mixed feelings! It'll be interesting to see where we end up someday. As always I definitely missed out on a lot of photo opportunities and I'm sad I didn't take more!

A Look Back at 2014

Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 was a pretty good year! We had lots of changes and lots of adventures. I feel so thankful for all the changes in my life. Some were hard and others brought incredible blessings.

In January we enjoyed our last winter in Utah and froze our buns off. We decided we needed some more adventure in our life so we decided to leave our comfort zone of Salt Lake City and look for other job opportunities. We spent lots of time with friends and family before taking off to Silicon Valley where Tim had accepted a job at Google.

In February we sold everything we owned except what we could fit in our small car and drove to California to start our new adventure. We had somewhere to stay for 2 days and spent that day driving all around the valley searching for an apartment. I'm pretty sure we looked ridiculous at apartment showings with everything we owned in the car with us. We found a great deal on a teeny tiny apartment in Redwood City and quickly fell in love with the area and the people around us. Tim turned 26 and his birthday was probably neglected since we were in the middle of moving.

In March we spent lots of time exploring the area around us and took lots of day trips. We spent most of our time venturing in the city where we quickly learned just how much we loved San Francisco. We discovered lots of differences between California and Utah and embraced the change. We also discovered our favorite beach, Half Moon Bay and felt lucky that it was less than a half an hour drive away. We also discovered that flights to Hawaii are ridiculously cheap from the bay area so we planned a last minute trip to Kauai where we went on some of the best hikes, fell in love with fish tacos, and considered never leaving.

In April we finally bought some furniture for our little apartment and got more settled in. I saved all my DIY projects for the week that my mom came to town and felt blessed to have her help since I was totally clueless. We made the most of every weekend and went on more day trips. We went on a weekend trip down to Santa Cruz where we saw Bill Crosby and went to some marine museums.

In May we brunched in the city,spent lots of time with new friends, I started tutoring at Project Read, and found out that my parents would be moving to Puerto Rico for 18 months to do service through the LDS church.

In June we took a weekend trip down Highway 1 to L.A and spend time with friends. We also made a quick visit back to Utah to send my parents off to Puerto Rico and attended a wedding.

In July and August I celebrated turning 24! We went back to Utah for the 4th of July and loved seeing everyone that we didn't get to see during our short trip in June. Tim also made a big decision to leave Google. It was pretty scary leaving before we had lined up a new job but we both felt like it was the right choice. I finished up my semester and Tim was unemployed so we decided to take off and spend 3 weeks exploring the east coast. We spent a week and a half in New York City, a few days in Philadelphia, a few in D.C and then finished up with a few days visiting family in Virginia. That trip was hot and sweaty and we spent lots of time on cheap buses.  I don't think I will ever forget running full speed through New York City carrying a backpack and a suitcase trying to catch our bus in time. When we got home Tim accepted an amazing position at VISA that he loves.

In September we celebrated our 2nd anniversary! We also had Tim's family come visit us in California. We hit up all the touristy spots and also took them to some of our favorite local spots. I started interning at Project Read and got started my last semester of school.

In October we had a super fun Columbus Day Weekend and our friend from L.A came up to spend it with us. We created our own card game, saw the Blue Angels, ate lots of treats, and explored the city, My grandparents and Aunt also made a detour from their trip and spent half the day with us and it totally made my day.

In November we discovered and fell in love with Muir Woods, celebrated our first Thanksgiving away from home, and went up to Berkeley for the BYU v. Berkeley football game.

In December I graduated with my B.S in Marriage and Family Studies from BYU-Idaho! I went to job interview after job interview and decided to accept a full time position with Project Read. Can you tell I have totally fallen in love with that organization?? We finished off the month with a flight to Utah to spend Christmas in the frigid cold. We definitely acclimated to the warmth of California and pretty much froze the whole time.