BEGIN February 2015 | Corina's Corner

Saturday Morning Crêpes

2.28.2015


I am a hot breakfast person. I don't like cold breakfasts. Summer, winter, doesn't matter. I want a hot breakfast. I usually have an egg sandwich either on a bagel or english muffin every morning (especially while I'm pregnant), and to go along with that, I'll usually make Reagan some scrambled eggs. She loves them. Lately, during the week we haven't been eating breakfast with Jordan (we've been trying to get as much sleep as possible) but during other times in our marriage, we'd have a hot breakfast all together. We love breakfast burritos, or some quick pancakes, sometimes cereal, but mostly egg sandwiches. They are my favorite. Especially with Canandian Bacon.

On Saturdays, I like to make a little bit of a fancier breakfast. Pancakes, waffles, french toast, etc... And enjoy the time together as a family. This morning we made crêpes. Reagan was so excited to help. Jammies, bedhead and all.



^^We got this recipe from my Aunt Pam, and we of course remembered to garnish our crêpes before partaking, an essential step to the recipe. Delicious!

In case you can't read it, I'll share below:

Crêpes (makes about 8)

3 Eggs beaten, then add:
1 1/4 c. Milk
3/4 c. Flour
1T Sugar (Powered or Regular)
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Powder

Cook in pan (sprayed with cooking spray), turn when light brown (and the edges are slightly curling). Butter when hot, sprinkle with powered sugar, fill with fruit and whipped cream (today I was enjoying mine with sour cream, brown sugar, and strawberries). Be sure to garnish the top with a squirt of whipped cream, and a tiny piece of fruit :)

Farr Better Ice Cream

2.23.2015


On Saturday, to celebrate being homeowners for 1 whole year, we did a few fun things, one of which was get ice cream. We've been wanting to go to the original Farr's for a while now and Jordan surprised us with a trip to end our night on Saturday. It was spectacular. Completely charming, and totally overwhelming, with all of it's 60+ flavors to choose from.



We opted for a pint of candy bar ice cream, which is basically a snickers bar in ice cream form, with caramel swirls, chocolate chunks and chocolate covered peanuts. Delicious!



We can't wait to go back and get an ice cream sundae or banana split. It was a delicious way to celebrate being in our house for 1 year. Just like everything else in life, it seems like just yesterday, but also way longer than just 1 year. I'm happy to be where we are, and am still loving our house and neighborhood. Here's to a few more years!

Daily Scripture Study

2.22.2015


One way that I try to live my religion is by reading my scriptures everyday. When I read my scriptures I find inspiration about how to be a better wife and mother, neighbor, and friend. While I read I pray that I will be able to know of the principles I need to learn and that I will be able to use and apply them in my life.

I know that as I read my scriptures I learn valuable lessons that will help me raise my children. This helps me to have peace, when I look at the world in which they are growing up in. As I read my scriptures I also learn more about my Savior Jesus Christ, and also about my relationship with my Heavenly Father.

This week I came across a quote that I loved, from an Apostle of the Lord, Dieter F. Uchtdorf. He said, "I understand that, at times, some may wonder why they attend Church meetings or why it is so important to read the scriptures regularly or pray to our Heavenly Father daily. Here is my answer: You do these things because they are part of God’s path for you. And that path will take you to your “happily ever after” destination." I read my scriptures because I know that they will help me on my journey to follow the path that my Heavenly Father has for me.



One fun thing that I've been doing lately is a scripture study text. After I read, I will text a thought from my study, what I got out of my reading that day, to two of my friends. They text me what they got out of their reading that day as well. Not only does it help to keep me accountable for my reading, but sometimes we get some great discussions going. It also forces me to really think about what I'm reading, rather than just passively turning pages. I also love hearing about how the scriptures are helping them in their life.



I read my scriptures everyday because I have found that reading my scriptures is a source of power and comfort in my life. I enjoy the quite alone time that it provides, and how it helps me to clear my mind and reenergize my soul.

P.S. If you have any questions about my Mormon life, or if you would like your own copy of the Book of Mormon please email me at sorensencorina (at) gmail (dot) com. 

Printable Cards For All Occasions

2.16.2015


Last year, one of my New Year's Resolutions was to send more cards (and actually give cards with gifts). In an effort to assist myself with this goal, I designed a bunch of different cards for all occasions. I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a set of pre-cut blank cards with envelopes and I came home and printed out all of my cards. This made achieving my goal much easier because I already had tons of cards on hand, ready to give or send, with little preparation. Since I enjoyed having these cards on hand so much I thought I'd share them with you! They are ready to be printed on cards that fit in 4" X 6" envelopes (4" X 5.5" cards).

My set of cards includes:
-2 Thank You Cards
-2 Congratulatory Baby Cards
-3 Wedding Cards
-1 Graduation Card
-4 Birthday Cards
-1 Get Well Soon Card
-8 Misc. Thinking of You/Happy Message Cards

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
A few examples below to pin for later!

Motherhood

2.12.2015


This Motherhood thing is hard for me. I love it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not hard. There are those days, where I just think, this is what I always wanted to be? A mom? Why? Were all of the women I know lying to me all these years, just acting like they liked being moms? And all of those quotes I always hear about how divine motherhood is and how it's the most essential and eternal role? Blah blah, those quotes are fake too, aren’t they? Some days, I feel like I have a job that I don’t enjoy and where I don’t find success, which is SO hard.

I’ve been going through this internal struggle about motherhood, trying to find ways to have more “Motherhood Successes.” You know, finding joy in the everyday sorts of things.

I follow a great Instagram account called @Mormonfaces. It is uplifting and positive. The other day there was a post about a mom who said that her favorite part about motherhood was the “tiny glimmers of Heaven that it brings,” but she continued to say that, “98% of motherhood is hard work and 2% glimpses of what Heaven might be like.” And I was like YES! This. This is how I feel. She also said that both her greatest challenge and greatest blessing is being a mom. And I could totally relate 1,000,000%. It’s crazy statistic, but seriously, 2% total happiness, and 98% hard. Sometimes the percentages are skewed the other direction. Those totally awesome days, where your child is a complete gem the entire day, so sweet, and kind. Naps for a great amount of time, plays nicely, etc. But generally (and lately) I have been feeling more of the 98/2.

I’ve been thinking about that saying that goes something like “the days are long, but the weeks/years are short.” I think that should really go something like “the days are hard but the years are sweet”. And even though I only have a year and a half of motherhood under my belt, this is the conclusion I have drawn so far. I love being Reagan’s mom. I love watching her grow and learn new things, and I love when she just comes up to me to give me a hug or a kiss, or to sing a song. But those things alone don’t make her tantrums at the library story time or at the store any easier. I’m still working on trying to give those positive “Motherhood Successes” a higher weight mentally than those “Motherhood Frustrations.” (Any tips?)

But I do love laying in bed at night, when Reagan is sound asleep, talking to Jordan about how wonderful our daughter is, and how beautiful and perfect she is and how much her little Spirit adds to our home and family. Talking about how excited we are to have another perfect little baby daughter in our family. This is a time of reflection for me, where I can identify more of those “Motherhood Successes,” and think about the good parts of my day, and the good parts of Motherhood.

Anyway, I’m not sure where this leaves me, but I just wanted to share a few of my current thoughts on Motherhood, with the struggles AND triumphs that it brings. I do like it, but. It. Is. Hard.

Einstein Bros + Eating Out on a Budget

2.10.2015


Reagan and I try to have lunch with Jordan once a week. We usually just pack a big lunch and eat it at his office. However, last week we decided to switch things up a bit so we headed to Einstein for lunch.



We primarily only eat out when we have a free deal or a coupon of some kind. We have a pretty good system for keeping our dining out cheap. Here's our system:

1. We have an email address that we use just for stores (and you know, all the junk emails they send...). We use this email to sign up with all of our favorite restaurants. We are often surprised at some of the deals they send (just last week Buca di Beppo sent an email with a $15 gift card... no purchase necessary. Awesome!) Often, our dining choices revolve around our email deals. If we don't have any good ones at the moment we turn to....

2. Our Entertainment Book. This is a great resource especially if you want to try somewhere new. Jordan's mom usually gives us an Entertainment Book for Christmas. The coupons are good for 1 year, so we try to use as many as we can before they expire. If nothing in there is sounding good, we'll try our third trick.

3. Regular old coupons. You know, the ones from the newspaper or mail? We always look through the Valpak, in particular, and save any coupons for places that sound good. We also look through RedPlum or SmartSource for restaurants we like as well.

If we have no deals at this point we'll usually try to eat at home, or pack a lunch.

We did recently hear about another great resource though. Groupon Coupons. (Have you ever heard of Groupon Coupon? I knew about Groupon, but not Groupon Coupon...) They're great! They have a super friendly mobile site, where you can browse or search through all of their offers, while you're on the go. And their deals are really good! So we have definitely added this to our cheap eats system.

We noticed that Einstein had two really great Groupon Coupons (and we learned that at Einstein you are allowed to combine coupons, if one is a free-with-purchase and the other a percentage off. Score!) so we used both coupons, and ended up with a great lunch for an even better price.



Reagan was mostly in it for the drink, like always (we seriously have to hide our drinks or she won't eat anything the whole time).  It was a great little lunch date. I know some people aren't into coupons, they say they're a hassle. We try to keep our eating out to under $50/month, so coupons allow us to maximize our restaurant budget. Just curious, how do you feel about coupons? Do you like using them?

[This post is brought to you by Groupon Coupons, but the content and opinions expressed above are my own.]
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