Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas Vacation- Peterson Style!

This was my first Christmas as a Peterson! 
Torrey and I have learned we have a major problem:
We love our families so much we can't bare to spend the holidays without them! (Hey, if that's out biggest marital problem then I think were doing pretty good!)
 We decided this year would be a Peterson Christmas, and away we went!

A few memories::

The six-hour drive. We have done this trip a few times already. Every time we take this drive, it's a great opportunity for us talk and enjoy each others company.
Warming my toes next to the wood-burning fireplace.

Learning how to make toffee and thumbprint cookies from Vickie.

Nephews! I have the most adorable nephews EVER. And they love their Uncle Torrey because he'll throw them all over the place (honestly I think Torrey has more fun than the kids do!).
Trevin. Photo credit to Kaitlin Peterson. My camera wasn't quick enough to snap one of this ball of energy!

Um, opening presents!! My mom sent me up with gifts for me and Torrey, but we also got great gifts from all the Petersons!

Playing more card games in 5 days then I have in my entire life.
  There was a quite a bit of losing on my part.

At the Cracker Barrel.
St. George Temple! Torrey and I have been to four temples in our four months of marriage.

And it was cold. So blessedly cold. The perfect excuse to bundle up in scarfs, beanies, and boots

We really had a great time. I loved getting to know this new side of my family, and seeing Torrey so happy surrounded by the ones he loves. I have so many great holidays to look forward to!

Friday, December 23, 2011


 I've always loved my birthday. 7 days before Christmas seems to be the exact amount of time that people can associate you with Christmas without combining your gifts together. This year Torrey decided to make my special day as special as he possibly could, by devising an entire weekend of fun for me.

First on the docket for Saturday was lunch at the Original Pancake House in Redondo Beach, where the apple pancake is really just a gigantic steamy apple cake the size of your face.
  I should've gotten a shot of its height, it's like two inches tall! The perfect birthday splurge.

Then I was whisked away to the Getty museum, where we took a not-so-architectural tour and got some gorgeous views of the city.

Dinner was at the delicious Umami Burger, which I gobbled up without a second thought.

  My silly husband then whipped out my gift, a pair of the most beautiful brown leather boots in the world, that I've already been wearing for a month now! We bought them when they were on sale (thanks to my sister Lacey's expert shopping skills for finding the rare boot sale), and he put them back in the box, wrapped them, and brought them to dinner so that he could properly give them to me for my birthday! Lol. A silly and sweet husband :)
I was wondering why I didn't see my boots this morning..!

We ended the night with Diddy Riese, a shop in Westwood that sells ice cream sandwiches that are oh-soh-scrumptious.
Chocolate chip walnut cookie-strawberry ice cream-M&M cookie. nom.

Sunday morning I opened all of my gifts from my family. I loved all of them. They definitely know me.
Never has a saying been truer.

We relaxed, realized we didn't have any sort of sweet to stick a birthday candle in, so we piled up some yogurt-covered pretzels (a Norrey favorite) so he could sing happy birthday to me.

Oh yes, he also fed my sushi addiction. The things I would do for a crunch roll..

I felt so loved by my family, friends, and husband. The greatest gift was seeing how much work my husband will put into something to make me happy.

P.S. Thank you for all of the great friends who wished me a happy birthday. My phone was constantly lit up with your love <3

P.P.S.I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

December Eighteenth.

As the birthday girl, I will spend the day relaxing with my husband, and preparing for Christmas is Utah. 

Have a wonderful Sunday :)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

What's for dinner?

I've been getting this question a lot lately. The truth is usually don't know what I'm making until I get home and look at my ingredients. I'd say maybe once a week or so I have a grand idea of a Pintrest-ed recipe that I'll try out, most days are a simpler affair. I wanted to share a recipe I made recently, pumpkin snickerdoodles!

I made these for the missionaries to take home after we had them over for dinner, but they never came! You see, there is another, more established Peterson family in our ward, and they thought those Peterson's were feeding them, not knowing there was a sad Noelle Peterson keeping homemade barbecue pizza's warm for an hour and a half. Oh so sad. No matter. I sent the cookies with Torrey to work, and he assures me everyone gobbled them up instantly. Try these. It was super easy to make and yielded a ton of cinnamon-sugary, hint of pumpkin-y cookies!

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles 
from Baked Perfection

makes approximately 4 dozen

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 

2 teaspoons cream of tartar 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 
1 3/4 cups sugar, divided 
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened 
1 large egg 
3/4 cup pumpkin puree 
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda,  salt and pumpkin pie spice; set aside.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the egg and beat at medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the pumpkin puree and beat at medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl as needed. 

Place the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon for rolling in a shallow bowl. Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a 1½-inch ball, roll the ball in the sugar mixture, and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the balls about 2 inches apart 

Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, until the edges are set and just beginning to brown but the centers are still soft and puffy, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through baking. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets about 5 minutes; using a wide metal spatula, transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool to room temperature.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree...

Took long enough for everyone else to catch on, for me the Christmas season starts the day after Holloween.
I'm beyond excited to decorate our apartment and to spend this Christmas with our families. 
Today I started spreading my Christmas cheer by setting up our tree.

I think maybe a few ornaments will help fill in the A work in progress.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Oh Soh Thankful.

 Christmas is by default my favorite holiday, (Noelle. Contractually obligated.) but Thanksgiving is officially my close second!
I've been looking forward to this Thanksgiving weekend for months! My mom and I made a deal: she buys the ingredients, I make the dinner. Everybody's happy.

Torrey and I came down the night before to a barrage of wiener dog love.
The purest of love.

 I spent all day happily cooking, while my mom kept making sure that I was doing this out of free will.  They couldn't believe that I actually enjoyed cooking all by myself, but that's my favorite thing! The kitchen is my sanctuary. 

Dinner turned out perfect.

I make the BEST apple crumb pie, if I do say so myself ;)

 The next few days Torrey and I vegged out on the luscious leather couches that I've logged years of napping on, switching between Food Network and football games ( I miss you..) and walking the dogs!


New best friends!

Baloo latched onto Torrey. We think he declared us as his substitute parents, and followed us around the entire time.

And we made it on the wall! I love our gorgeous wedding photos, so I'm glad my mom go them up quick! They sit right over the kitchen table too, so we can look over everyone while they eat (seems appropriate!).

sister wall <3
  Thanks to Pintrest, I made the cutest wreath! It's not fully done, but I couldn't resist putting it up! My mom is was glad to see I've got some craftiness in me (she's the craftiest crafter on the planet). Finishing it this weekend for sure.

 I was so sad to leave Murrieta. I miss seeing my family all the time, but I'm lucky they live so close! Now I'm in full Christmas mode. Watch out Santa..Noelle's coming!
P.S. Reminiscing of last year's Thanksgiving in New York. Visiting my sister, eating the greatest food on the planet, and running around with this guy
How time flies :)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Lost Engagements

I recently rediscovered my engagement photos. I forgot how beautiful they are! I deemed most of them unworthy of being in the invitation (because most of them don't show both of our faces directly) and I never looked at them again. But they are perfectly fit to go on our future vanity wall!!

 Such a beautiful setting. Someday we will run away to New York.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Happy Veteran's Day!

I have never paid to much attention to this holiday. Now that I am married to my wonderful soldier, it has so much more meaning. Torrey works so hard at his regular job, then has his military duties on top, I couldn't be more proud of his strong work ethic. I now see how much military families sacrifice and I am so thankful for their service to our country, and I see how incredibly lucky we are that Torrey's service hasn't had to go further than one weekend a month. It's great that we have a day set aside just to celebrate them!

I found out that tons of places give free meals or discounts to those on active military duty on Veteran's Day!
 BJ's, Denny's, T.G.I. Fridays, tons of places! I texted Torrey all of his options (he chose Olive Garden mmmm..), and during my research I found out the Knott's Berry Farm gives free tickets to veteran's and active duty  including a guest throughout November. JACKPOT :)
I  love Knotts. My parents used to take us there all the time growing up, and I have tons of  memories from it: being terrified of Montezooma's Revenge, Lacey making me sit in the front of the Xcellerator, and riding the Huff n' Puff until I was too old to fit.
We went on Saturday, and got a couple of rides in before the rain kicked in.
It was more fun than it looks

I was glad to see that so many establishments that took the time to recognize those that have served our country. Next year we are totally milking it and going to Knott's every single day ;)

PS. I love love LOVE my new blog header! I wish I knew how to do this stuff myself, but thank goodness for sites like Shabbyblogs that help out the html-impaired!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Good Wife=Good Food.

This is a literal thought that constantly runs through my head. A big part of what can contribute to my new little family is my ability and willingness to cook. I pack lunch for the two of us every day, and make dinner most nights (Cafe Rio Taco Tuesdays give me a little break!). Not only are we saving money, but it helps us eat healthier, and I love doing it!
Lately I've been exploring my baking side, making pumpkin bread,

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies,

and strawberry oat muffins! 

We're feeding the missionaries next week, who will be our first guests for me to feed in our home, and I can't wait! They have no idea of the world of deliciousness they're in for!
Plus I'm practically counting the days until Thanksgiving break, so that I can cook for my family. Nothing makes me happier than making the people I love happy, and cooking for them is the best way I know how. 

Whats my favorite part? Torrey and I doing the dishes together every night. He washes, I dry, and we talk about our days and grow closer together :)
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