Sunday, July 12, 2015

Easy Meal Planning.

Cool title, right?

Meal planning has a terrible reputation - and rightfully so. Luckily my wonderful Mother-in- Law sat Jared down before we got married and told him to help me plan meals. Thank Heaven for Mother-in-Laws, right? So, every Thursday for the past year and a half, Jared and I have sat down to plan meals and make a shopping list together (we go shopping on Saturday morning, and don't want to plan meals on Friday night, so we do it on Thursday). Thanks largely in part to pinterest, we have about 160 meals in our repertoire. I still want to add 20 or so meals to our list (so that we only eat each meal twice a year). Keep in mind that I'm not an expert - I've only been doing this for a year and a half. And things will probably change when we have kids and more experience, haha. But for now, this has turned into a beautiful thing!

[[ All the meals I have will be posted at the bottom of this, so just scroll down if you need some fresh dinner ideas. ]]  

 After we gathered and organized all of our recipes, I made this little jar. The strips of paper are color coded according to where the recipes came from (family recipes, easy recipes, Pinterest recipes, and cook books).

Now, all we do is draw out 5 recipes (and find 2 new ones), and clip them to this cute little menu we got from our wedding. It has clothes pins glued to a chalkboard back ground. You could do the same thing with magnets or tape. 

That's it! So easy, right?! Meal planning is finally a piece of cake. Maybe I'll share some yummy recipes on here... and maybe not.

Here are my meals!
(The ( ) indicate where the recipe is located, and the ones categorized at the bottom are all from Pinterest (tried and true!) Here is a link to my Pinterest board where you can find all of those recipes if you want any of them.)
Creamy Corn Chowder (Our Best Bites 97)
French dip sandwiches (Our Best Bites 134)
Poppy seed chicken (Slagowski book)
Chicken enchiladas (Slagowski book) 
Wingers chicken (Slagowski Book) 
Monterey Chicken (Slagowski Book)
Sloppy joes
Corn bread waffles & Chili
Chili cheese dogs
Pizza benders
Alfredo (mom)
Kalua pork (mom)
Chicken Crescents (mom)
Chicken Chimichangas (Secret Recipes)
Cheesy Potato soup (Slagowski Book)
Arby’s ham Sandwiches (Slagowski Book)
Haluski (Secret Recipes)
Lasagna (Slagowski Book)
Chicken salad sandwiches (Slagowski Book)
Enchiladas (Mom) Caramelized Green Beans (Best Bites (188)
Honey glazed chicken (Best Bites 119)
Smoky Bean Soup & Panini (Best Bites 101)
Spinach and Feta Pasta (Best Bites 172)
Broccoli & Cheese soup (secret recipes 99)
Chicken cordon Bleu (Best Bites 112)  
Meatball subs
Mexican chicken manicotti (secret recipes 150)
Beef Stew (call mom)
Hobo Dinners
Spinach-Chicken Stromboli (Best Bites)
Chili & cornbread
Biscuits & gravy
Spaghetti Carbonara
Orange Chicken
Fried Rice
Chicken Parmesan (Mom)
Turkey Steaks
Spaghetti & Meatballs (Best bites)
Pineapple bacon burgers (Best bites)
Teriyaki Chicken Salad (Best bites)
Fire Island Ziti (Slag book)
Navajo Tacos
Sloppy Joes
Crepes (Slagowski book)
Taco Salad
Angel hair pasta (Slagowski book)
Mac & Cheese/corndogs
Frozen Pizza
Baked Potato Bar
Pierogi (frozen)
Biscuits and gravy

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta 
Biscuit Beef Pockets  
Cheeseburger Wraps
Stuffed Cheeseburger French Bread
Stuffed French Bread

Bacon & Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken 
Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken
Basil Cream Chicken 
BBQ Chicken Calzone
BBQ Chicken Cornbread Pie
BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad
Broccoli Chicken Casserole 
Chicken Bacon Broccoli & Rice
Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescents
Chicken Parm Casserole
Chicken Piccata
Crispy Cheddar Chicken
Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken
Fiesta Lime Chicken
Green Chile Chicken & Rice
Honey BBQ Chicken Sandwich (CP)
Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings (CP)
Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken
Monterey Jack Chicken & Rice
Orange Chicken
Oven Fried Chicken
Southwest Chicken Wraps
Sweet & Sour Chicken w/Wontons
Teriyaki Chicken w/Vegetables

Andouille Sausage Pasta Skillet
Creamy Cajun Pasta
Kielbasa Potato Hash
Light Pasta Sausage Bake
Potato Kielbasa Skillet
Oven Roasted Sausage Potato & Peppers
Sausage Pepper Pasta Skillet
Smoked Sausage & Zucchini Skillet
Spicy Sausage Alfredo Bake
Spicy Sausage Pasta 
Zesty Potato Sausage 

Coke Jalapeno Meatballs
Crescent Wrapped Meatballs
Meatball Parm 
Meatball Sub Bubble up Bake
Upside down Meatball Casserole

Baked Chicken Chimichangas
Chicken Avocado Burritos
Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Chili Lime Enchilada Tacos 
Chicken & Black Bean Quesadillas
Chicken Taquitos
Colorado Chili Burritos 
Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos
Crockpot Chicken Fajitas
Crockpot Jalapeño Popper Chicken Taquitos
Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos
Enchilada Stuffed Shells
Grilled Chicken Tacos w/Avocado Salsa
Jalapeño & Macaroni Stuffed Peppers
Lime Chicken Tacos
Mexican Burgers
Mexican Chicken Skillet w/ Corn Bread
Mexican Pizza
Oven Fried Chimichangas  
Oven Tacos
Restaurant Style Chicken Tacos
Taco Casserole 
Taco Sandwiches 

Bacon & Corn Griddle Cakes
Biscuits & Gravy Casserole
BLT Fried Egg Sandwiches
Ham & Cheddar Waffles
Monte Cristo Sandwiches
Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers
Saucy Hot Dogs

Baked Ravioli 
Baked Spaghetti 
Butternut Squash Pasta
Chili Mac
Pasta w/Tomato Cream Sauce 
Pesto Ravioli 
Pizza Sausage Pasta Skillet
Pizza Spaghetti Bake
Tomato Alfredo Ravioli

Bubble Pizza
Corn & Bacon Pizza 
Pepperoni Pizza Braid
Pizza Panini

Loaded Potato Quiche
Baked Potato Casserole
Sweet Potato Tacos

Sloppy Joes
Beefy Bean Sloppy Joes 
Enchilada Sloppy Joes
Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes 
Pizza Sloppy Joes 

Bacon & Baked Potato Soup 
Beef & Tomato Macaroni Soup
Broccoli Cheese Soup
Creamy Cheesy White Chicken Chili
Crockpot Chicken Lime Avocado & Cilantro Soup
Crockpot Chicken Parmesan Soup
Crockpot Chicken Fajita Soup
Crockpot Enchilada Soup
Crockpot Tortilla Soup
Enchilada Soup

Friday, October 3, 2014

Great Lakes galore.

Yeah, well September is over. When did that happen?

So, you know how I said I hate running? Well, that's still true, but now I run anyway. And my lungs burn and my legs are always sore, but I feel so much better about myself. I guess exercising does that to a person. And Jared is the bomb for running with me and pushing me to run farther and faster (he doesn't even break a sweat!). 

We had like, 2 weeks of straight sunshine at the end of September. It was glorious. And it was the longest amount of time without rain in Michigan in like, 5 years. And now we're back to weird, unpredictable Michigan weather. Except colder. Raise your hand if you're excited for winter. Oh right, no one is. 

September was a pretty good month, you know? It was still warm enough to play, but not too humid (thank heavens). So we snuck (which is totally recognized as a real word) in some last minute trips to a few of the Great Lakes. First up, Lake Huron.

The water had this beautiful white-ish, ocean-like look to it. It was dreamy. But, the beach was full of rocks and we had to wear sandals the whole time. And there was no one else the - hence the selfie. We also played foot golf that day, which is exactly what it sounds like - golf with a soccer ball and your feet. It was... fun. 

The next weekend, we went to Lake Michigan! It didn't have the same ocean-like look as Lake Huron, but the water was so clear! Like, you could see your feet the whole time. I don't think I've even been in water that clear. And the sand. It squeaked! It was so smooth. We even brought some home. 

Did you know you can rent a jet ski in Michigan, ride for 3 hours across Lake Michigan and end up in Chicago? Well, we have now seen 4 out of the 5 great lakes (one time we drove past Lake Ontario on our way to Niagara Falls - it's the only one not in Michigan, and we won't be heading back that direction, so we're counting it). 

Now let's talk about General Conference, because I'm so excited for it. I think it means a lot more to me now that I don't live in Utah. It is something I definitely took for granted for most of my life. And if I come away with nothing from this Michigan adventure except a love of General Conference, and the things I am able to learn because of that, then that's okay.

Alright kids, lots of love your way from The Great White North. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wake me up when September ends.

A little Green Day, anyone?

As of yesterday, Jared and I have been married for 8 months. You might be asking yourself where the time has gone. And so am I. And also the summer? Can I get a holla? Because it's basically fall. Guess who loves fall? This girl. mostly because of the whole sweaters and boots get up. And word on the street is Michigan is beautiful in the fall. Which like, Michigan has more trees than any place on the entire planet, so of course it will be beautiful in the fall. The point of all this is that I have the best husband in the world (he does the dishes every night!), and I am so blessed that I get to be with him forever. Well, enough rambling about that, now I'm going to ramble about:


Because I went running today for the first time in who knows how long. Anyone want to guess how far I went? I hope you are not thinking too highly of me in this department. I went a whopping 0.60 miles! And it took me 10 minutes. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate running? But, that's what it takes to get in shape. I'm hoping to make it to 0.70 miles by next week. hah.

Okay, guys. I last left you at Niagara Falls. Can I just say really quick how awesome Jared is at planning cool things for us to do? He is so cool. I don't even know why he likes me. Last weekend we went to a freaking NFL game. Yeah. We saw the Lions. Want to know the best part? The tickets were $3 a piece. (it was preseason). The stadium didn't allow big purses (what?), but we didn't know that and therefore had a huge bag full of candy. They made us walk allllll the way back to our car to put my purse away. The moral of this story: if you are going to a game at Ford Field, don't take a big purse.

(PS: I figured out how to make all my pictures huge!)
Next on the list: Jeffica! Jeffrey R. Holland, Jefferson, Jeff came to see us! He came all the way to Detroit just to see us! Didn't you, Jeff? Just kidding. He was on a business trip. But we still got to play with him (it almost make up for the fact that he didn't come to our wedding because he was "sick"). We spent a lovely Saturday afternoon playing disc golf at Willow Metropark. Which is like golf but with Frisbees. I got a blister. And gave up by the 10th hole (basket?). But it was fun!
You've never seen so many trees, have you?

The disc golf course was in a forest. with tons of bugs. 

Sorry I'm so wordy.

On Labor day we went to this cool Polish Festival in Hamtramck, which is like this little Polish community in Detroit. We watched some weird Yacht races (people run down the street pushing pushcarts while the audience throws water balloons and stuff at them), and ate lots of yummy polish food. Jared said Hamtramck reminded him a ton of Poland.

What a hottie.
We spent the rest of the day at the Lake Erie Metropark - which we wrongly assumed would have a beach (it's on Lake Erie for heaven sake). We went on a cool little nature trail and didn't see ANY wild life. But it was still beautiful.

So there you have it. You are all super cool and we love you.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Our life in the middle of Detroit... Metro

Guys. I live 1,800 miles away from pretty much everyone I know (Utah, I'm talking to you). And obviously, you are all wondering what Jared and I are up to in the Great Green (for now - I give it 2 months) North. At least, I like to pretend you are. Ahh, the beauty of the internet! Because I have decided to keep people (family? You guys care, right?) updated about our little adventure here on 8 Mile Road just north of 8 Mile Road (don't worry, Grandma, we're in a good neighborhood).

So. Jared works for Williams International designing/testing jet engines. It is such a great job for him, and he learning so much. It also provides well enough for our family that I have been able to... not work. Be lazy? Do lots of crafts? Research house plants? Find a job I love. Which I thought I had done back in May. I interviewed and got a job at a Montessori preschool/daycare, and like, that's my scene, you know? Love me some little kids. Anyway, things haven't exactly worked out with that. They job they were hiring for was different then the job I thought they were advertising for, so after (haha) 3 months, we are going our separate ways. But not to worry! I'm working on finding a new job, and already have a pretty promising lead. In the mean time, I will spend my days watching HGTV and dreaming about hanging drywall.

Don't you worry, Detroit's not working us so hard we don't play. In fact, we probably play harder than we work. Just kidding. Guys, Jared is the hardest worker I know. And the hardest player. In the 8 months we have been here we have:

Visited 3 out of 13 Metroparks (go us!)
Taken 2 day trips to Ohio (no, not to see Elder Hancey)
Taken a fencing lesson
Taken a tango lesson
Seen a movie in the Redford Theater
Spent countless days at the beach
Gone to 2 different county fairs and a demolition derby
Bought a couch!
Adopted 2 houseplants named Kevin and Romeo.
Roller bladed 16+ miles
Gone on 2 different canoe trips
Gone to a National Hockey League game (go Red Wings!)
Gone to a Major League Baseball game (go Tigers!)
Seen one of the Detroit Pistons at Ihop.
Only replaced one tire... so far (fun fact: Michigan is the least funded state in the country as far as roads go).
Played outdoor shuffle board
Bowled at the oldest functioning bowling alley in the country.
Eaten 2 coney dogs
Visited Greenfield Village.

Okay, honestly, that list could go on and on. To say we are having the time of our lives would be an understatement. Michigan is beautiful! And there is so much to do! Most recently, we took a day trip to Niagara Falls. A day trip! We drove through Canada because that way was way faster. It was a pretty rainy day, but the falls were still beautiful! We even got to do the Hornblower (the boat that goes right up under Niagara Falls - like Maid of the Mist except the Canadian version). It was an incredible trip.

Standing in front of American Falls


Poncho Selfie

American Falls

Niagara Falls

So there you have it. Also, sorry about the list (I love lists). I'm going to try super hard to keep this bad boy updated, so hopefully there won't be more lists in our future together.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sharing is Caring

You guys. I'm terrified of extreme weather. Like, curl-up-in-a-ball-and-hide-in-my-closet-during-heavy-rain-storms terrified. Also, tornado's. I can't even believe how terrifying tornado's are (which I've never had to worry about before (Jared tells me I still have nothing to worry about because Michigan doesn't get tornado's)). If it's the least bit windy, I jump straight to tornado's. It's ridiculous. 

On another note: I went to the dentist yesterday. Because I kept having dreams about my teeth, and they freaked me out so much that I had to go to the dentist (I'm not even kidding). For my whole life I went to the same dentist, and now that I live 1,800 miles away from him, I had to find a new one. It was weird. And they were VERY thorough. They poked and prodded and cleaned for almost 2 hours. And I didn't even have any cavities. Also, their office is in the mall. In the Sears at the mall, to be precise. So there's a fun story about my teeth for you. 

I think I want to share some recipes with all you lovely folks. I sometimes have a hard time turning to pinterest for recipes. Like, I don't really trust it. But sometimes, you have cooked everything in every cookbook you own, and you have no other choice. So, here are a few pinterest recipes Jared and I have tried and LOVE. You read that right. They are delicious. Every single one of 'em.

Spicy Sausage Pasta
Spicy Sausage Pasta
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb smoked sausage
1.5 cups diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (10 oz) can Ro-Tel tomatoes and green chiles, Mild
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 oz penne pasta
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, each
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions

1. Add olive oil to an oven-safe skillet over medium high heat until just smoking. Add sausage and onions and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

2. Add broth, tomatoes, cream, pasta, salt and pepper and stir. Bring to a boil, cover skillet, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.

3. Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Top with remaining cheese and sprinkle with scallions. Broil until cheese is melted, spotty brown, and bubbly.

Makes 4 servings.

**Jared served and LDS mission in Poland, so we love Kielbasa sausage! If you've never had it, now is the time. This recipe is super easy and super creamy and delicious. The Ro-tel gives it just the right amount of kick. It comes from the fine folks over at Kevin & Amanda.

Up next, we have...

Bacon and Baked Potato Soup
Bacon and Baked Potato Soup

- - ounces baking potatoes (such as russet or Yukon gold)
tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
cups half-and-half, light cream or milk
1 1/4 cups shredded American cheese (5 ounces)
cup chicken broth
slices bacon, crisp-cooked, drained and crumbled
tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
1/4 cup dairy sour cream

1. Scrub potatoes with a vegetable brush; pat dry. Prick potatoes with a fork. Bake in a 425 degree F oven for 40 to 60 minutes or until tender; cool. Peel potatoes, if desired. Chop potatoes; set aside.

2. In a heavy large saucepan or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and celery. Cook and stir about 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Stir in flour, thyme, salt and pepper. Add half-and-half or milk all at once. Cook and stir for 5 to 6 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Add potatoes, 1 cup of the cheese, and the broth; stir until cheese melts. Slightly mash potatoes with the back of a spoon or a potato masher.

3. For the topping, reserve 2 tablespoons of the bacon. Stir the remaining bacon and 1 tablespoon of the green onion into soup. Heat through.

4. To serve, top each serving with reserved bacon, remaining 1/4 cup cheese, green onions and the sour cream. Makes 6 servings (about 1 cup each).

**Who doesn't love bacon and baked potatoes? This soup knocked my socks off. Also, instead of half-and-half, I used mostly milk with just a little bit of light cream. It is so ridiculously creamy. Did I say that about the spicy sausage? Love me some creamy meals. This recipe hails from MidWest Living. They also have the nutritional facts listed over there. 

This next one seems pretty bizzare, but give is shot - it won't disappoint.

Bacon and Corn Griddle Cakes

8 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/3 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2/3 cup milk
1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1 cup frozen, canned or fresh corn
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
warm maple syrup, for serving
1. In a medium skillet, cook the bacon pieces until they begin to brown. Add the onion and continue to cook until the bacon is crisp and the onion is softened. Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of the bacon mixture for topping the griddle cakes upon serving- and set it aside.
2. While the bacon is cooking, combine the flour, chives, baking powder, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir in the milk, egg and oil, just until moistened. Stir in the bacon mixture, corn and cheese. The mixture will be thick. If you'd like the griddle cakes to be slightly thinner than those pictured, add a little more milk to thin out the batter.
3. Heat and grease a griddle or large skillet. Pour a heaping 1/4-cup of the batter onto the griddle and cook until it is golden brown- 3 to 4 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining batter.
4. Serve stacks of griddle cakes topped with a sprinkle of the reserved bacon/onion and a good dose of warm maple syrup.

**These are surprisingly delicious. They are definitely different, but oh, so good. We had them for an easy Saturday dinner, but they would make a great lazy Sunday breakfast, too.

Well, I hope I helped a few of you out there plan some dinners, because I know it can be difficult (Jared is a saint when it comes to helping me plan meals).

Okay, I've been sitting on this horrible futon for long enough. Have a lovely daaay.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

PS: I moved to Michigan?

That's right folks. Jared got a job in Walled Lake, Michigan as a mechanical engineer with a company called Williams International. They design jet engines. Or something like that. We had 3 blissful weeks together. And now Jared goes to work everyday. And I spend way too much time on Pinterest. However! It paid off. Look at our aDOORable new doormat:

I bought a plain coir mat at Bed Bath & Beyond, taped some stencils down, and went to town with a paint brush and some porch paint. It was super easy. **Update: I added three coats of an outdoor varnish to maybe help the paint last longer - I let it dry after each coat** And I'm so excited about it. Because now our apartment won't be covered in salt. Because it snows so much here, and everyone puts so much salt on the ground. And now people can wipe their shoes off on our handy little doormat before they come inside. I keep talking like people come over to our apartment often. They don't. So far it's been: The Relief Society president and her councilor, and the repair man.

In other news, I've crossed a whole bunch of things off my bucket list. Thanks to that handsome husband of mine. And, I'm becoming quite the cook, thanks to a cookbook my newly acquired sisters-in-law gave me. And there's a blog to match! Their recipes generally take a few ingredients that I don't already have, so some planning ahead is required. But boy! Do they turn out delicious.

Also, we recently took a trip to the Detroit Michigan temple - it was only 30 minutes away! It is the smallest temple I've ever seen. Our bishop told us it's called a parking lot temple. The stake center next door was bigger. But it was beautiful nonetheless. And the spirit was just as strong as it would be at any temple. What did Jared have to say about this tiny little temple? "I could jump and touch the angel Moroni."

We're selfie masters. Because we don't have any friends.

Guys. I have FIVE followers. So here's a shout out to you ;) Alright. Gotta go make lunch. Bagel sandwiches are on the menu. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Get your date on. Utah edition.


I'm Ali. I don't know if you remember me.

I've been a bit distracted the past couple months... by this:
Just to be clear, I'm talking about the boy - not the chicken.
   That's right, kids. We met, we dated, we fell in LOVE. Cool, huh? And you wanna know the very best part? We are getting married. On January 2, 2014 I will marry my best friend in the Draper Utah Temple. And we will live happily ever after.
   So, Jared and I dated up and down the Wasatch Front. And guys, we had to get creative. Neither of us are fans of just watching movies all the time, so we found lots of other things to do instead.

And now I present....
41 ways to date in Northern Utah. A compilation.

1. Pick out gross (as in ugly) clothes for each other at the DI, then go out to eat or bowling or to a movie. Just go somewhere public.
2. Driving range. Like, at a golf course.
3. Batting cages
4. Go Kart racing
5. West Layton Bird Refuge
6. Bear River Bird Refuge (my FAVORITE place in Utah)
7. Dinosaur Park & window shopping at Rainbow Gardens (both are just off 12th street in Ogden)
8.  Pepperidge farm factory (Logan)
9.  Gosners (buy their cookies and cream milk and drink it for me) (Logan)
10. Snow Horse Art Gallery (Layton - in the same building as the Davis Conference Center)
11. Go to a Bee's game. Seats on the grass are like, $3. (SLC)
12. Clark Planterium (SLC), movie in the dome theater
13. Look for shows at local bars - we saw Ryan Hamilton at Wise Guys once (SLC)
14. Baby animal days (Logan or Kaysville - in the fall)
15. Visit grandparents - help with yardwork
16. Hike Ensign Peak- don't worry, it's a short one. (SLC) Or the Wind Caves in Logan.
17. Rock Climbing - indoor or outdoor. I love the Rock Haus in Logan, or Weber Rocks in Ogden. You can rent all the equipment you need at either of those places.
18. Take a trip up to Park City - window shop, ride the zip line or the alpine slide, walk through their Olimpic Park Museum.
19. Go to an arcade. We went to one in Salt Lake, but there are several in Northern Utah.
20. We went on a ghost tour of SLC once (in May!), so look around for that kind of thing.
21. Go to a park. Play on the play ground or play Frisbee. Or fly a kite.Or have a picnic. Or look at the clouds. Or play croquet. Or play soccer.
22. Go to a Real Salt Lake game (Sandy)
23. If you ever get the urge to go to Idaho or Wyoming (we spent our summer up there)
  • Bear World is cool. 
  • Jackson Hole - there's an alpine slide there, too. And a shoot out each night at 6?
  • Yellowstone
  • Mesa Falls Scenic Byway. 
  • Camp Loll (obviously had to throw that in there)
24. Shows/Concerts and Sporting events at different colleges (cheap/free if you are both students)
25. Check out Kilby Court, In the Venue, The Complex, or other concert halls for bands that are coming to Utah (SLC)
26. Utah State Fair (during the fall)
27. Shoot the Tube! It's so fun! Here: We even did it at night, and it was a blast.
28. Go star gazing in Mantua. 
29. Play games with your family. (Jared and I did this almost every Sunday)
30. Hogle Zoo (SLC)
31. Drive around Antelope Island - Hike Frary Peak!
32. Crash wedding receptions
33. Spend a weekend in St. George! Go hiking in Zion.
34. Black Island Farms (Syracuse? West Layton?)
35. Trampoline park (they are all over the place now)
36. Ice Skating
37. 25th Street Gallery Stroll (Ogden)
38. Go tandem bike riding - you can rent them from Utah State University (Aggie Blue Bikes)
39. Go to The Leonardo! It's way cool! (SLC)
40. Go curling at the Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City - might be a winter only thing? (one of my all time favorite dates!)
41. Desert Star Dinner Theater (Murry) or Pickleville Playhouse (same thing as Desert Star, but in Garden City)
42. Drive through Logan Canyon and around Bear Lake.
43. The Pumpkin Walk in Logan is super cool. (seasonal... obviously.)
44. Drive into Idaho and buy the $1 scratch off lottery tickets (must be 19 years or older. Or 18. I don't remember).
45. Rent a canoe, kayaks, or paddle boards from Utah State University and head up to 1st or 2nd dam. You can also rent them from Weber State and drive up the Canyon to Pine View
46. Rent gear from Weber State and hit the slopes!

**Also, here is an extra lil' tip for you: GET GROUPON. Plug in your city, and it will tell you what is going on & give you good deals. Groupon is our best friend (but pay attention the the expiration dates).

Alright. There you go. Enjoy. Date your heart out. Bye.