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Layers of a Living Room

So, I haven't updated this baby in a while.  Sorry!  I will do a catch up post about us in a minute, but more is how our living room is doing.

We left off with...we bought a couch.  Then, the couch arrived, so the living room looked like this:

 Then, we found a great linen chair at a furniture clearance store! 

Next up, we definitely needed a rug.  We ordered this charcoal grey rug from  At first, we weren't sure if we liked it.  It was definitely blue-grey (apparently a common problem with "grey" rugs), which we weren't sure worked very well with our light blue couch; however, after sitting on it for a while (literally), we decided that we liked it.  It's not overly matchy-matchy, which I hate in design, so it worked out.  I also made a dalmatian print pillow (inspired by the recent interior design trend, see HERE).  I got the fabric from yard.  I still have yet to actually sew it, but that is between me a…

We Bought a Couch...

Well, we've officially made the move from a basement apartment in Midvale to a rented condo on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City....and we're loving it!

The only problem is that our new apartment is pretty unfurnished.  We never really liked our old brown sectional, although it was our first "big" purchase as a married couple so I guess it had some sentimental value.  Regardless, we decided to try and sell it to people who came through to look at our apartment when it was up for rent.  Luckily, someone bought it!  This was very exciting to us, but we quickly realized when we moved in to our new place that we now had no where to sit and watch movies or snuggle or just relax after work.  Well, it's been almost 3 weeks and we are still only watching movies in bed on a tiny TV.

The GOOD news is, we ordered a couch!  It should be here in about 4 weeks.  Now that we have picked out a couch, we still need to get:

1. Rug
2. Coffee Table
3. Side tables
4. Lamps (these are a…

Chia Seeds...wha??

Two weeks ago, I had never heard of chia seeds.  This changed when I read this post on one of my favorite blogs, THE LITTLE RED HOUSE.

It got me curious about these little, nutrition-packed seeds.  So, on my next trip to Whole Foods, I bought about 1/4 cup from the bulk bin.  I know this may seem like a pathetic amount, but these babies go for $15.99 a pound!  YOWZA!  I did see some packaged versions of the seeds that seemed to cost less than that per ounce.  I'll have to do more research.

Lots of people around the blogosphere are experimenting with these seeds and finding different ways to use them.  I was intrigued by THIS recipe for chia seed pudding (and check out the other awesome breakfast ideas on that link!).  I had heard that chia seeds soaked in water turn to gel, so I followed the extremely easy recipe, and BAM!  Chia seed pudding.  Here is how I did it:

Step 1: Mix 1/4 cup chia seeds with 2/3 cup water.  Stir for at least 3-4 minutes, until the mixture becomes thick

Let's Talk Cabbage

I've been experimenting with a lot of vegetables and foods lately.  I don't eat meat (except fish) so I'm constantly trying to find new, yummy ways to eat veggies.

Last week I decided to tackle cabbage.  There are lots of ways to eat it, but I decided to roast it after seeing several pinterest recipes floating around.  The result was...YUMMY! 

Ingredients: Olive Oil Sea Salt Pepper 1 Head of Cabbage

Step 1: Cut the cabbage into about 3/4 inch slices.  If they're too thin, they're not as good.
 Step 2: Place the cabbage pieces on a pan that is lightly seasoned with olive oil.   Step 3: Spread about a tablespoon of olive oil on each cabbage slice
Step 4: Lightly sprinkle sea salt and olive oil on each piece
 Step 5: Place them in the oven at 400 degrees for 40 minutes When they come out, they look like this:
I ate these for lunch and they were SO good and filling.  Who knew cabbage could be so good!  Feel free to season them with whatever herbs you enjoy, b…

New Beginnings for the Faulk Family!

New jobs!  New apartment!  New US!

Today Daniel starts work at Williams Gas in Salt Lake City as a Data Technician.  He was really sad to leave Ice Edge, the company he was with before, but thinks that this new job will get him closer to a career in his field (and the larger paycheck doesn't hurt either!).  Unfortunately for me this means no more daily catered lunch for Daniel = daily lunch packing for Camee.  Blah.

My new job will start in August at Jefferson Academy in Kaysville (formerly Oquirrh Mountain Charter School).  I'm super excited to finally get to teach theatre full time in my own classroom!  In Park City I was the long-term sub so it never really felt like my own program and I mostly had to follow the normal teacher's way of doing things.  At American Preparatory Academy I was the assistant theatre teacher and most definitely wasn't able to do anything the way I would do it if I were the lead teacher.  While these experiences were amazing for me, I am SO …

I HEART Artichokes!

So today I’m sharing one of my new FAVORITE snacks—roasted artichoke!  This is one of those things that sounds fancy and difficult but is actually SO easy!  Lately I’ve made them both for myself and to share at parties. Daniel doesn't NOT like them, but they're a vegetable so he won't eat them.  Here’s how I do it with only a few simply ingredients…
 1 or 2 artichokes Lemon juice Olive Oil Garlic (cloves or minced) Sea Salt
1. Get some artichokes!   I found these for $.88 each at Sunflower Market.  Aren’t they beautiful?

2. Cut off about an inch or so off the top of the artichoke. 

3. Cut off the stem of the artichoke.  I’ve found that it practically pops off by itself!
4. Put the artichoke in a bowl (I forgot in these pictures) and immediately sprinkle the two open, cut parts with lemon juice to prevent browning.
5. Pull open the artichoke a bit, layer by layer.  This will allow the juices to seep all the way down into the artichoke.

6. Pour lemon juice (either real or …