Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sea Salt Caramel Chocolates... addicting...

When my parents came last week, my mom introduced me Sea Salt Caramel Chocolates.  We bought them at the beach...twice :)  We tried to make them, kind of successfully, by warming up store bought caramels and sprinkling them with sea salt and then dipping those in melted semi sweet chocolate chips.  We decided (1) let's do milk chocolate next time and (2) we need homemade caramels!  I found a delicious caramel recipe on (click here for recipe).

If sweet and salty is your thing and you don't want to spend mega bucks at the candy store, and you don't own a candy thermometer - this is a winner :)

While the caramels were still warm, I put pinches of sea salt all over it! After it cooled, I didn't have any tricks to cut cleanly through the caramels so I grabbed a washed soda lid and cut circles

With just a teaspoon or so of butter, I melted 5 Hershey bars for one minute.  Stopped to stir it at 30 seconds.

Then I just put each caramel on a fork, dipped it in my chocolate and set it on wax paper to harden.  Then I put a dash of sea salt on each chocolate for good measure and tastiness :)

easy and super delicious!

Now, to keep myself from eating ALL of them, that's the tough part.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

Cute Kiddos...

 This little girl is so smiley and happy!  I need to post a giggling video of her because when she laughs, it's the most adorable thing! 
 She usually laughs because of something this handsome little guy does :)

Our little ham...

So many silly faces, I could go on...just love these kiddos!!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Gemma Bean

This girl is just way too much fun!  She loves her baths :0)

Gemma was blessed on February 5th and it was such a beautiful blessing. 
 We are so grateful to those that came and were a part of Gemma's special day. 

This girl is so precious and we are so happy she's a part of our family. 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Merry Christmas with love from the Oaks Family!

"Giving, not getting, brings to full bloom the Christmas spirit. Enemies are forgiven, friends remembered, and God obeyed. The spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world's busy life and become more interested in people than things. To catch the real meaning of the "spirit of Christmas," we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the "Spirit of Christ." -President Thomas S. Monson

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


 Our little pirate.
 I love this picture.  He looks like he's posing :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Baby Shower

 My sister-in-law designed this too cute to be true baby shower invite.  I LOVE IT!
 I loved every minute and every detail of the shower.  Check out the drinks served in mason jars!  Circus theme all.the.way.
 Caramel apple favors!
 Homemade chocolate popcorn, cupcakes, animal cookies, nutter butters, licorice, caramels, oreos...take home bags...irresistable!  There was also baby weenies, meatballs, veggies...all served with baby silverware forks :)
 Gemma was at her own shower!
Her shower was scheduled for the 15th of October, but she came the 14th so the shower was the following Saturday instead :0)
Sweet Gemma :)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Isn't She Lovely?

On my way to find out the baby's gender in June, I decided to play the radio game.  If the song was about a girl, it was going to be a girl, if it was about a boy, it was going to be a boy.  The first 5 songs I heard were about girls.  The first one was "Isn't She Lovely?" which was written about a newborn daughter the year I was born.  I knew we were having a girl :)
Around midnight on Friday the 14th, I woke up with contractions.  I woke Mike up around 1:30 and we started getting ready to go to the hospital.  We got to the hospital around 3:45 am and made great progress, got the epidural around 7 and the baby came at 10:37 am.  She came in 3 contractions of pushing! 

 Introducing Gemma Kathleen Oaks!  Our precious gem was 19 inches long, weighing 5 pounds 13 ounces, and healthy!  She's absolutely beautiful.
 Dallin is such a great big brother. 
He's always wanting to be near her and telling us how beautiful she is :)
 Wow, we have TWO kids!
 Proud Daddy :)
Tired, happy Mommy :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Oquirrh Lake at Daybreak

We have a small beautiful lake just down the street from our apartments.  This past week we took a walk all the way around it.
 There are a couple of docks that have lots of fish swimming around that you can see well as well as ducks and geese.  Dallin was loving it!
 Dallin just relaxing...

 I love this picture of Dallin and the baby bump, so sweet!

Braces come off November 21st!  Woo hoo!