Thursday, December 24, 2009

Memories starting with Lucy and then some more food:)

This is my absolute FAVORITE time of year. We get to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. What a fantastic blessing to us as His younger brothers and sisters. We also get to spend more time with family, friends and for my family have Evan home for 2 weeks. I love it!

She wore her pigtails for about 10 minutes, and then when I laid her down the ponytails and barrettes were scattered in her crib:) I think I'm going to hold of a while longer doing cute things like this, another inch or two of hair:)
German Pancakes. You gotta try these if you haven't. DELICIOUS! My mom used to make them for our family and she would make a special fruit cocktail syrup, I was too tired to do that part. Evan LOVES these, and I forgot to bake them in a cookie sheet, so we got a TALL order of pancakes in my 9x13:)-I'll add this recipe to my food blog soon.

It took me about 2 1/2 days, but it was delicious and well worth the work and wait! My first time making an entire Mexican dinner spread. I wrote step by step(because my mom does it from off the top of her head and didn't have recipes for me) and took pictures to add to my food blog recipe book:) I should have that up towards the end of the week. We had about 12 people over, and if we would have had seating for more we could have easily fed another 12 people. Lucky us it is also going to be our Christmas Eve meal:)

Pork Green Chile Sauce
Sour Cream Enchiladas
Shredded Beef
Homemade re-fried beans
Nate's famous salsa
and Pico de Gallo

Nate, Evan and I played 3 rounds of the Office version of clue, what an awesome game!!! They both won once, and I won once by glory days:)

Merry Christmas!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

I just love my mom!

I just love my mom! She is so encouraging and makes me feel so good about myself and things I do in my life. We had a Christmas party themed with Whoville and it was amazing. We had crazy food, crazy decorations and an awesome program. I was assigned to bring Candy Jello, and this is what I brought:

I love that while it isn't the healthiest or the most common jello to make, I got GREAT comments from people at the party-wondering where I came up with the idea, and my mom especially made me feel so happy about what a great job I had done after sending her a picture! No matter how silly it is or full of sugar, my mom supports me and lets me know I do great things, and I love that! I guess that is what I can learn for my kids, treat them well and support them with all the love in the world. She is not judgmental nor does she push ideas on to me, she loves me for me:)

I can't wait to see her in February, and then when my next little bundle of joy comes. Too bad we don't live closer, she is a good example of what I should follow.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mac n Cheese and Falafel

Lucy and I have been sick today so Evan has been taking care of us, he made us breakfast in the morning, and offered to watch Lucy so I could sleep all day, I can't get myself to fall asleep, not sure why. Lucy has a runny nose, I have a headache and earache and runny nose. Lucy is a little whiny and we think she is teething with the top two teeth now.

So Evan made us egg mc muffins while I made
smoothies for breakfast. He is becoming a great cook!

and then help me make mac n cheese while I made the falafel balls and dip.

YUMMY! We are all still in pajamas and just relaxing now. Lucy loved the mac n cheese, and when we went to take a picture of her scarfing it down the flash was too much and we got a bad mug shot sort of picture:) Evan saw it and started laughing soooo hard he was crying!
She really did love it though and kept wanting more...good sign. She is OVER baby food. I love watching her eat cheerios, cheese and now mac n cheese, I guess other foods too, but she is so cute! Lucy grabs them and then sucks on them to get flavor and then eats them, it's cute! She doesn't like plain chicken yet, so I mix it in with the applesauce and then she likes it, probably not as bland or dry:) Makes me wonder what my mom fed me:)

We tried cottage cheese last night, not one of her favorites:)

At Evan's party Lucy was pretty cute with Jefrie:

Oh and did I mention that I am back to craving ice and chewing soft ice all of the time!! LOVE IT! I wish sonic was closer, good thing I can ust let my ice thaw out just enough:)

The wind is howling and blowing so hard. It was so crazy earlier it moved the outside grill.

Maybe I will post this, and attempt a nap again:)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Chuck E Cheese

Evan and Lucy playing games together;)

Getting ready for everyone to come:)

I decided that Evan deserved a big 30th party. He has been working so hard and rarely takes time to celebrate himself. Evan is such a kid at heart, part of which I love him so much, and since there isn't room where we are living for a big party, I decided to surprise him with a party at CHUCK E CHEESE'S!!! He loves that place, WE love that place! The pizza is so yummy to us and we love the cheap token games:) We had a few friends from different wards, family and other friends. The only downside of doing it there is you had to be on their party schedule which was slower than what we had hoped for.

I bought tokens early with coupons and made treat bags for everyone with candy and tokens. I had been planning this for more than 2 months, didn't slip a word about it, but then the night before the party Chuck E Cheese called and emailed us confirming the party and SPILLING the beans to Evan..oh well. He was surprised and very happy:)

Thank you everyone who helped with Lucy, such a blessing!!!!

It went well, lots of fun, Lucy and I came home and slept 3 hours after the times!!

I have more picture, will post later with some video:)

Evan meets his birthday mascot, CHUCK E CHEESE

Jefrie took her first picture, of drooling Lucy(she is teething again:))

Cute Birthday Boy, I mean man, Evan

He tippy toed and I squatted, I don't know why we think that is funny, but we do:)

Amy teasing Lucy with Pizza, maybe in a week or two:)

A yummy cake from Costco

Sunday, December 06, 2009

My fun in cooking this week:)

I have been in a cooking mood lately, I love it!!! We have even used real dishes a couple times, we usually use paper products, we hate doing dishes!! I'm sure that will change when we move into our new home in a couple months..yay! Yay for yummy meals! I have a few things coming up to make yummy food for-like the Jenkins Mexican meal, so I am excited! I hope this energy lasts! I post the recipes I use on my new blog.

Doughnuts, not the best recipe
BBQ Chicken Salad-our neighbors came for this one, yummy!
Garden Spinach Salad, Balsamic Vinegar Chicken, Roasted Asparagus, and dipping bread.

Creamy Veggie Soup

Thursday, December 03, 2009

My New Maternity Swim Suit

My New Maternity Swim Suit exciting!!
Now I get to go swimming with Lucy!!!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

my new online cookbook

So I love baking, cooking, etc and so over the past couple of years I have been trying to make a cookbook, and now I have officially started. The link to my cookbook is here. I am gathering recipes that I find on blogs, the internet, food network, family and friends. So if you have any recipes that you think I should try, please email them to me If I post a picture from an internet site I will definitely give credit, otherwise they should all be mine:)

I am going to try this recipe tonight for dinner from sisters cafe

BBQ Chicken Salad-Picture from original blog

A recipe from that I am going to try out..yum!

BBQ Chicken Salad
I love this salad! Talk about easy, fresh tasting, and delicious. It really hit the spot with my family last night. You can make it super fast if you bake the tortilla strips and cook the chicken early in the afternoon. Then all you have to do when you're ready to eat is chop some veggies, open a few cans and toss together a delicious salad! (I had to laugh when I saw this picture... where is the chicken?! The main ingredient is hidden beneath the cheese and tortilla strips but it's there, I promise!)
Southwestern BBQ Chicken Salad
submitted by Brittany
2 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 cup BBQ sauce
1/2 head Romaine lettuce, chopped
1/2 head Iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 can corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 Haas avocados, diced
shredded cheese, Mexican blend or cheddar
crispy tortilla strips
Stir shredded chicken in with the BBQ sauce until well coated. Of course you can use less or more sauce, it's up to you! I like quite a bit since I love the smoky flavor of BBQ sauce in a salad. Toss together the lettuce, cilantro, corn, beans, and chopped veggies. Top with shredded chicken, cheese and crispy tortilla strips. Drizzle ranch or cilantro lime dressing over salad and enjoy!
*to make crispy tortilla strips simply slice about 10 corn tortillas in narrow strips and place on cookie sheet. Spray with vegetable oil cooking spray and sprinkle generously with salt. Place under the broiler and let bake until crispy and brown around the edges. (Thanks Mel for teaching me how to make these...they add a wonderful crunch to a salad!)