Hawaii Post 2

Another busy, event filled day in Hawaii!
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We started out with a bike ride down our gorgeous bike path.
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…and we ended at Ted’s Bakery. Sooo delicious. They have the yummiest pastries (I love the cinnamon rolls and malasadas) and the best pies ever. I tried to get my family to go here every morning.

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Next stop…across the street to the beach!
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There were some rays right off the rocks. We watched them for a long time. My mom and dad got in the water and snorkeled with them, but I’m afraid of their stingers so…yeah I didn’t want to die like crocodile dundee or whatever. Tues HI 24

Taylor playing soccer on the beach!
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Me and my bro
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Dad
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In the afternoon we went out to Kualoa Ranch for an ATV tour. It was gorgeous. The cliffs are absolutely incredible. There have been around 100 movies and tv shows filmed here so chances are you will recognize it…Lost, Jurassik Park, Pearl Harbor, Godzilla, 50 First Dates…any of those ring a bell? It was pouring rain when we started, which was actually kind of fun…freezing, but fun. It cleared up about halfway through and the view was amazing. You will see more below.
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Anyone remember this? This movie made me so scared when I was little..especially this part!
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See what I mean about the cliffs?
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Hawaii Post 1

As most of my readers already know from my instagram and a few of my outfit posts, I went to Hawaii back in August with my family to drop my brother off for his freshman year of college. I went to BYU-H for a little bit after my freshman year and I absolutely loved it. He is already, as to be expected…who wouldn’t want to live in Hawaii? Anyway, I haven’t gotten around to posting about the trip yet, so I figured I had to soon! Here we go!

One of the days we went kayaking and got to swim with dolphins out in the wild. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. There were probably over 25-30 dolphins swimming around us for over an hour. They had little babies and they were the cutest little things I have ever seen. You could hear them squeaking and they would jump out of the water and flip around. I wish we had a go-pro with us so we could have got it on tape.

If you are going out to Oahu make sure you do something like this because it was one of the most fun things I’ve done in the 4 times I’ve been to Hawaii on vacation. It’s just a small group of people (for us it was just our family and the guides), not a big boat with tons of people that are going to scare the animals away. We also saw turtles, fish, and more sea ‘creatures’ if you will.

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This is the best picture I have of the dolphins 🙁 but it kind of gives you an idea of how many there were. HI 10HI 14HI 25HI 17HI 19HI 21HI 27We obviously had to make a stop at the Dole Plantation for the Frozen Yogurt. It’s to die for. We went twice.
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Taylor and I got ‘Tiny Pineys’. He’s going to kill me for posting this.
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Another recommendation if you find yourself on the north shore is Shark’s Cove Grill. It’s just a food truck, but it’s one of my favorite places. I ate there when I lived out there 8 years ago and it was a must stop for me going back. I kept asking if we could eat there like every night. (P.S. I love the fish sandwich!)HI 62HI 58

ALOHA!!!

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Kristin’s Photoaday – Middle of June

Feels like summer!summerfest1

Ooo, she’s a little unusual. #americanbeautifulpeace

Guess what I’m doing today…pool

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BBQ lovin’ray4

#wild #lanadelreyinsane

Happy 30 years to my parents!anni

One Pan Pasta…google it. It’s yummy.cooking

Henry’s first pool day!henry

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mmm…just having a caprisun after our kickball gamecaprisun

Just some more kickball…kick5

#Pitchesbecrazykick3

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Taylor’s speech at graduation! See my facebook page for the speech! He’s amazing!grad5

It’s about that time…#tbt to my high school graduation 9 years ago! 04!04grad

Don’t quit your day dream.photo

Got to meet this cute little babe, Grey.grey5

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I work with a bunch of babes! Maddies’ wedding.wed1

Winner winner, chicken dinner! Mary’s next!
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#tbt Jersey Jamchels

Taylor and I watching the game while he was in town.Tay3

Happy Father’s Day to the best Dad I could ask for!dad

*instgaram @kristinrosedavis

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Vegas Trip: Night 1

So it’s two months later and I’m finally getting around to posting about my Vegas trip…I know! I’m such a slacker. I’ve been so busy! No excuses…ok here it is.

It was so fun! We went down for Flagship’s work party and a few of us drove down together that Friday morning. I always think it’s kind of fun to carpool because you look forward to it more and you get to all catch up outside of work. We stayed at the Cosmopolitan, which was gorgeous and I have never stayed there before. (You can see a small glimpse of the room below). We got there and took a little breather and then started getting ready for the night. First, we hit up Holsteins for dinner and then went to Zarkana for our Cirque show!

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Roadtrip!

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Just hanging out in our room before getting ready.

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Our view.

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Dinner at Holsteins. They have the best burgers ever! I opted for the lobster rolls and I was not sorry at all! Such a great choice! I highly recommend going there! Not to fancy, but definitely a really fun, chill place to eat!

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A few photos of all the girls dressed up before we went to the show. (Rachel, Kristin, Ashley, Alliesha, me, Myleka, Ally, Amy, Kendra.)

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Alliesha and I before Zarkana!

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Zarkana! This show was different than other ones I’ve been to, but it was really good. It was like a magic show almost, with funny little acts in between. Each big act was like a magic element with circque performers doing these amazing stunts. Like for example, this girl came out juggling all kinds of numbers of balls, but balancing on things…while tons of other performers were going on around her at the same time…so it’s not just your normal juggling act of course. And there is humor too. It was good.

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My friend, Teesh.

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What I Wore…

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This is one my favorite dresses that I have ever bought…maybe actually my favorite. I love it! It was so sparkly and so fun! Perfect for Vegas, and perfect for a party. I actually wore it again on New Years because I loved it so much.vegassilver1vegassilver6

Dress- Parker (similar here); Shoes – B Brian Atwood; Clutch – Banana Republic (old).

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Fifth Day of Christmas…

On the Fifth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

5 Christmas Candy Treats from See’s! (these are my favorite…)

Milk Chocolate Santa

Peppermint TwistsWhite Mint Truffles

Peanut Butter Treat

And the ever awesome…guess what kind of chocolate your getting out of the box treat!

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4th Day of Christmas…

On the 4th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

4 yummy Christmas Cookie recipes!

Reindeer Cookies

3/4 cup peanut butter

1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
Chocolate-covered mini pretzels
Mini brown M&Ms
Regular-sized red M&Ms
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk, and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add egg; beat until just blended.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended.
Form dough into 1-inch balls. To make reindeer-shaped cookies, pinch the bottom of the ball slightly to form a point, then gently flatten with your hand. Space cookies about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until set or just beginning to brown.
Remove from oven and immediately (and gently) press two mini pretzels into the tops of the cookies for the reindeer’s antlers. Press two mini brown M&Ms in for the eyes and one red M&M for the nose (or any other color… some of mine ended up with green noses. They might be South Pole reindeer.).
Allow to cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack or paper towel to cool completely.
Makes about 40 reindeer cookies.
Candy Cane Blossoms
 
1 bag Hershey;s Kisses brand Candy Cane Kisses
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons milk
Red and Green colored sugar
Preheat over to 350  degrees Fahrenheit. Remove wrappers from candies (approx. 35)
Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternatively with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in red and/or green colored sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 – 1o minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookies is set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Yields approximately 35 cookies.

 via: www.bakedperfection.com

Andes Mint Cookies

1 Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
package of Andes Mints

Mix cake mix, oil, and eggs together. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees  for 6-9 minutes. Don’t cook any longer than that! You don’t want them to be overdone!
Take sheet out of oven and while the cookies are still very hot, place an Andes Mint on top of each cookie. In about 5 minutes, the mint will be melted. Take a spoon and smooth out each mint like frosting.

via: www.sixsistersstuff.com

Caramel Chocolate Brownie Crinkle Cookies Recipe

1 package fudge brownie mix (9X13 inch pan size)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup canola oil
About 24 caramels, cut in half
Powdered Sugar, for rolling
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl beat the brownie mix, flour, egg, water and oil until well blended. Place powdered sugar into a separate bowl. Scoop up a tablespoonful of dough (you can use a cookie scoop if you want, but it will still work if you don’t have one) and push a piece of caramel in the middle. Roll the dough around the caramel so it is completely covered. Drop by tablespoonfuls into the powdered sugar and gently roll, shaping into a ball. Place 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Yields: about 4 dozen cookies
*We found that after these cookies cool down, the caramel in the middle hardens. We popped them in the microwave for a couple of seconds before eating them and the caramel melted right up! They are so good warm!
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Zombie Cake Pops

This is the coolest idea ever! I had to pass this idea along.

via Daily Candy by the Cake Girls

(for more fun ideas visit thecakegirls.com)

Zombie Cake Pops with Red Velvet Brains
Makes 30

Ingredients
1 box red velvet cake mix, baked and cooled
1 16 oz. tub store-bought white frosting
Skull sucker mold
Black candy coating discs
Paintbrushes
Light green candy coating discs
4 ½-inch sucker sticks
Craft knife
Yellow mini candies (such as M&M’s Minis)

Make Cake Pop Filling, Paint Candy Coating into Molds

1. Using your hands, crumble the baked cake into a bowl until it’s uniformly crumbs.

2. Mix in ½ tub of icing using a rubber spatula or spoon. Mixture should hold together when squeezed but not be too squishy. Add additional icing as necessary. Refrigerate.

3. Melt black candy coating discs in the microwave on 50 percent power, stirring frequently, until just melted (do not overheat). Use a paintbrush to paint a layer of black coating on the eyes, nose, and mouth of each skull mold. Let the coating dry and repeat the layer. Place mold in fridge.

4. Melt green candy coating in the same manner. Remove mold from fridge and paint a layer of green on the entire inside of each mold, creating a shell. Let dry and repeat to thicken.

Fill Mold, Add Sucker Stick, Seal Mold

1. Press a small amount of red velvet filling into each mold, leaving a ¼-inch gap at the top for sealing.

2. Dip one end of each sucker stick in melted coating and press firmly into a mold, adhering to the cake.

3. Use additional melted green coating to completely seal the back of each zombie pop. Freeze for 15 minutes.

Finishing Touches

1. Remove mold from freezer and release each cake pop.

2. Using a craft knife or sharp paring knife, cut out a portion of each skull, revealing the red velvet brains. Let molds defrost to room temperature.

3. Once at room temperature, attach yellow mini candies using additional melted coating. Use a paintbrush to dot each eye with black coating.

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Kristin’s Photoaday – Middle of October

Our booth at the bridal expo for Double Tree Carriage!

so true…

a great day for tennis

fun details to keep lil’ stink busy at the expo

Photobooth fun 🙂

Hiking in Pleasant Grove

Waterfalls

Playing at the Park.

love this 🙂

Haunted Forest! Scary Scary for Brit’s birthday!!!

Tailgating with “the hooper” at the BYU game.

Buffalo Wild Wings

#farmlife

Life lesson…don’t wear your cute boots four wheeling…whoopsie. #farmlife

Engage in what? Why is it that expensive cars always have the dumbest license plates? # annoying.

Go Tigers! Playoffs!

Sometimes it’s really hard to decide what to wear when both of your teams are playing at the same time…but both won! Yay!

*instagram @kristinrosedavis

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Kristin’s Photoaday – End of September

Loving these cute decorations at the Anthro store in Boise. Ombre Pinecones.

YSL Rouge Volupte #23. Love.

I love Indian Food! The Lunch Special at Korinoor on State Street in Orem…9.95 for all of this! Yum!

Grey’s…enough said.

Our favorite house in Boise is for sale!!! Too bad I don’t have 800,000 laying around…

Waffle Luv! These are seriously the best waffles you’ve ever had! I’m obsessed.

Game Day! Go Cougs! With April at the office…at least some of us show our support.

Not gonna lie, Jake looked so cute in the outfit I picked out for him 🙂

This is how a football game should be watched…in blankets, on the couch, after sushi 🙂

Mmmm…Caprese salad…my boss’ kids sell these at the office and they are amazing!

Congrats to my brother, Adam, who graduated from the Police Academy in Southern California!

Crafting for the wedding carriage photos!

Bright flowers for shooting jake’s photos.

A little wild, but I just slept in braids.

Wild Ones 🙂

*Instagram @kristinrosedavis

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Chicago Trip – Day 4

Today was mostly a baseball day, since it was a day game and don’t you worry, I had my fill of hot dogs and nachos for lunch! Yum yum yum!

How cute are these old men playing music outside of the stadium?

Jake’s favorite player, Justin Verlander, pitched today so he was really excited to see him play. Tigers win again! Also, I should probably explain that this was the main point of the trip. The tigers were playing the Cubs, which doesn’t happen every much because of the different leagues or something, so Jake was like let’s go see the Tigers play and see Wrigley at the same time and make a trip out of it, etc. The tigers are his favorite team, if you haven’t figured that out yet :). But I was really excited because I ended up loving Chicago. I would totally go back!

Up on top of the stadium at one of the food areas.

Jake sitting in the “cursed” Bartman seat…look up the story…something about why the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in forever…I watched a show about it with him once. Kinda interesting.

The rest of the evening we walked around the city and saw a few more things. We ate at this great place that our friend, Burk, told us about downtown called Volare. It’s a little Italian place, and it was amazing! It’s another must go. The bread was sooooo good. I could not stop eating it, but I wanted room for my food! Also, add meatballs to whatever you get as a side, even if it doesn’t make sense because they were also so good. I also highly recommend the ravioli! And request to sit on their patio!

I had to go to bed so early because I was getting so exhausted from the trip and I had to wake up at like 3 for my flight the next morning.

I seriously am in love with Chicago. I totally want to go again to visit some more sites and to go shopping! I didn’t get to do a lot because there wasn’t much time and boys don’t really have too much patience for that sort of thing. Plus I think I was just so focused on eating that I wouldn’t have been able to try anything on and have it fit normally! Haha, but really they have just as good of shopping as New York and I wish I had been able to partake! Also, they have great places to go out at night and great shows. So next time Chicago be ready for my money and I want to see one of your shows! (not that you didn’t steal enough of it already haha)

Kale’s present when we got home…yeah it’s the cubs, but he needed something from Chicago right? The cubby bear is on it!

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