Friday, July 1, 2011

Butter vs Margarine

Last week Erica and I ran out of butter. We didn't realize how much our lives revolved around that delicious dairy delight(I've been practicing my alliterations). We drove to the grocery store and were a little upset at the prices. The grocery stores in Rexburg provide butter at $3.49 a package, and offers margarine at $.79.

I turned to Erica and proposed the idea to purchase margarine. At that moment I knew that the word "margarine" would never be spoken of again in our home.

For the next couple of days whenever Erica wasn't looking I was secretly looking up the differences between butter and margarine. The general consensus on the internet and among blogging mothers is that when margarine is in a baked good, the difference would be miniscule if at all noticeable. If the items were cooked, adding margarine was taboo and result in a much inferior product.

I decided to put this to the test. If anyone could pick out margarine in a baked good, Erica could...or could she?

Today Erica had class at 2. I was home cooking an early dinner for us because we both work this evening. The table was set and dinner was ready by the time she got home. We sat down for dinner and saw that the timer on the stove was about to go off. She wondered what was baking. I opened the oven door and she was amazed as to how thoughtful and loving I had been for making her mothers molten lava cakes.
They were so good! Erica even thought so. Erica and I spent the next ten minutes around the dinner table devouring the molten lava cakes and discussing amongst ourselves how wonderful they were.

I asked her what she would think if I told her these were made with margarine as oppose to butter. Her whole countenance changed. I've never been that scared before. I proceeded to back peddle and tell her that I was just wondering what she would think and that nothing was different with these molten lava cakes. I then reminded her that she thought they were delicious. She then told me that they weren't delicious and that she just didn't want to hurt my feelings. I think she lied.

I did infact use margarine. I used blue bonnet, which isn't just margarine. It's the cheapest margarine at the grocery store. Instead of spending $1.75 on butter for this recipe, we spent $0.40 on margarine.As Erica was leaving for work I asked her to tell me the truth of what she thought of the molten lava cakes. She said they were good but she still hated margarine. I'm not sure if she's trying to be nice or if she really thought that they were good. I think this calls for another experiment in the near future. I will keep you all posted.

I personally could not tell a difference in the taste nor the texture.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

We finally saw Twilight Eclipse!

Yesterday, Erica and I saw Twilight Eclipse. We had previously seen the first two movies and didn’t mind them at all. I could even go as far to say that we may have enjoyed watching the first two movies. Yesterday rolled around and Erica and I were looking for something to do. She anxiously suggested that we go and see Eclipse. The movie started at 10:10. We quickly ran to WINCO to purchase some snacks.

We sat down and were instantly drawn into the attraction of the previews. There are a lot of good movies coming out soon. The lights began to dim and eventually the whole theater was dark. The first scene came on and Edward and Bella were in the middle of a beautiful field of flowers immersed in themselves and how beautiful they were. I looked over at Erica and she was rolling her eyes just as much as I was. …Why wasn’t Edward shimmering while he was sitting romantically with his lover in the hot sun in the middle of a field?

Edward: Wow Bella, you’re beautiful
Bella: I know, want to get married?
Edward: I love you, but can’t be with you forever because I’m a vampire and don’t have a soul and there is still hope for you to go to heaven eventually if you live a life full of integrity so I’m going to keep showing you that I’m interested in you knowing full well that I’ll never change you into a vampire
Belle: Ok, I love you too!

My favorite part was when Jacob (teen wolf) and Bella were walking by a lake and Jacob was telling Bella how much she loved him.

Jacob: I love you Bella and I know you love me too
Bella: No I don’t
Jacob: yes, you do, you just don’t know it yet.
Bella: I’m pretty sure I don’t

Jacob then takes Bellas hand and puts it on his bare chest

Jacob: Feel this! This is my heart, flesh and bones, It’s warm because I have a soul.
Bella: You know, I may love you after all!

Jacob then kisses Bella and she punches him in the face and almost breaks her hand because his muscles are just that big!

This is just a peek into the mundane dialogue that encompassed this superficial teenage drama.

Why does Bella love Edward? Because he’s mysterious. Why does Edward love Bella? Because she too is mysterious. In other words, they don’t know why they love eachother, they just do. Or what they think is love (hormones, misguided passion, etc.) has taken over, and nothing else matters. Romantic, or just a lie?

If I had a dollar for every scene Jacob was half-naked in this movie, I would have enough money to buy another movie ticket and watch it again. But I know better. I’d take the money and run! It would be different if it was filmed at a beach or something, but they were in a snowy mountain half time-- once during a blizzard!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I love...

Man vs Food

It is honestly one of the greatest shows I have ever seen. Its about a guy who goes around attempting all of the food competitions around the world. He's eaten huge pizzas, huge burgers, he has eaten crazy hot buffalo wings and a bunch of other things. Most of the time there is a time limit. Yesterday he attempted to eat 180 oysters in under an hour. He did it in twenty minutes. This guy is good! Today he is attempting to eat a twelve egg omelet. Sometimes man wins, and sometimes the food wins. But no matter who wins, it is still one of my favorite shows.

My favorite part is when he's about half way through and he's making funny noises and faces because it's not sitting well. It is so funny. All of you should watch it sometime. Most evenings when Erica and I finish school we cuddle up on the couch and watch an episode before we say goodnight. It's great. Here are some pictures from the show and some things he has eaten.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I'm going home!

There is only three weeks left in the term and I am fed up! I am so ready for this term to be over. Erica and I were able to work things out with her sisters and we will be heading home soon for a short break! I am so excited to spend the fourth of July in the beautiful state of Oregon! :-)