Monday, January 31

Prep.

cookity bookity
More than half of those tabs are for desserts!

I'm making lists over here, getting ready for this project. Molly Kate gave us this cookbook for Christmas - she even had it signed by the author (a perk of living in NYC!).
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It's amazing. A lot of recipes for February will be coming from here.

I just went over January's finances, and for the first time in 4 years, I was under budget on groceries.

Miracles happen.

I feel like we ate really well in January, so I am feeling more confident about this project. Your enthusiasm helps, too!

February's Budget: $250 (for all food groceries)

Friday, January 28

Wivery

pikes
Pike's Market

Around 4:00 every night, I wander like a zombie in the kitchen, stumped.

What am I going to make for dinner?

We may no longer be newlyweds, but I struggle with this nearly every week. I try to plan - at the beginning of the month I print out a calendar and map-out meals for each day. But then those days come, and I think, I don't feel like making that!

Cue: hopeless staring into the fridge and web-browsing for ideas, usually resulting in an extra trip to the store or impromptu German pancakes.

I've had this conversation probably half-a-dozen times in the past month:

"What do you make for dinner every night?"
"What do YOU make for dinner every night?"
"Well, what are you making tonight?"
"I don't know."
"I don't know either!"

As a result, I've probably gone over-budget every single month of our marriage - not in my "miscellaneous/personal" category, but in the "grocery" category. I love buying groceries. Of course, it doesn't help that there is the most adorable specialty foods market around the corner.

I love to cook, that's not the issue. It's the planning ahead that I struggle with.

So... the month of February will bring you a month of Turner dinners on this blog, all sticking to a very modest budget. We don't eat a ton of meat, so that helps cut down cost. I'll try to include recipes and cost, if that's helpful.

Any input on what the budget should be? I was thinking $200 for the month ($50/week)?

Monday, January 24

12 weeks to go.

Columbia River View I
We registered for a new race this morning. It feels so good to be doing long runs again.

Wenatchee Marathon, here we come!

Wednesday, January 19

Help.

You're all creative, classy people.

Help me.

This is our front room.
living room 1
It needs help.

But here's the thing: I am the cheapest person alive (okay, besides Taylor - and I say that with all the love and admiration I can muster). Our style is modern/casual/Martha Stewart/mid-century/minimalist/clean/bright colors mixed with neutrals/Ihavenoidea. The white rocking chair is our pride and joy - our Christmas present from Taylor's parents, and our first piece of real designer furniture (thank you!).

This room needs life infused into it. We need a rug - solid or a bold print? Probably a side table and lamp? Pillows? Should I rearrange the furniture? Can I do it all under $100?

The front door is opposite the fireplace, right next to the couch. Against the wall you don't see is an upright piano (we're storing it for someone -- lucky us!).

Help.

Random. But what else do you expect?

eggs
Yesterday a woman in my ward brought me some fresh eggs from her family's 4 chickens. I won the eggs at a Relief Society auction last Fall, where I used all my service points on this one item. The people at my table thought I was pretty dumb, but I thought it was the coooooolest item up for bid.
egg carton
She even packaged them. Much cooler than the "fresh eggs" at the market.
And they made for a delicious dinner.

This gem came in the mail today:
bracelet
For only $9.95, you get the healing power of Jesus.
Pretty good deal, if you ask me.

Wednesday, January 5

3 items off of the bucket list.

jazz game
When Taylor saw that the Utah Jazz were coming to play the Portland Trailblazers, it was a done deal. We were going. It's only a 3-hour drive, and thanks to Taylor's parents (and their Marriott points), we had a free stay. Our anniversary conveniently fell on the same weekend.

coast view

We explored freezing Portland for one day, and drove the Oregon coast the next day (wow!). This was our first trip with just T & T (okay, we've gone to Park City and St. George).

nikon coast

Bucket List items:
Portland (check)
Oregon Coast (check)
Tillamook Factory (check)

tay tillamook
We were both in heaven.

coast turners
Traveling with just your spouse is kind of awesome.

Tuesday, January 4

Wedding kick.

Crismon (Taylor's brother) and Lauren got married in September, and I realized I never shared the wedding with you.
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It was the perfect wedding, not to mention the most perfect wedding dress.

BBQ. Chocolate table. Thai lanterns.
Enough said.
Picture 8

Lauren has flawless taste. I was lucky enough to work with Lauren for her mom's business, Julie Prince Flowers, over the summer and had such a blast watching those two create the most incredible weddings. It was so much fun to be around them while they brainstormed for Lauren's wedding, and to see it all come together!

My friend Ryan Hinman was the videographer, and recently sent me a short version of the DVD we watched over Christmas break. Enjoy the footage: