Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Whatever you do, don't read this book without a box of tissue!!! I loved this book-many of you have probably already read it! The book is called "Christmas Jars", and Jason Wright is the author of this modern day " It's A Wonderful Life" story. It will give you that warm and fuzzy holiday feeling, and the inspiration to find your own way to give this Christmas! I love a good cry- and this one definately did not disappoint! Merry Christmas everyone!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Oh my gosh has it ever been a long time since I last posted on here! Time sure does fly!
Anyway, a few weeks ago I saw Jessica Seinfeld on Oprah talking about her book "Deceptively Delicious". I thought it was such a great idea so I ran out and bought a copy of it! With the craziness of my life I didn't use it even once until this week and let me tell you how great it is! The other night I made Meatloaf (for the record I'm not a meatloaf fan) with mashed potatoes and it was SOOOO good. The Meatloaf had pureed carrots in it and the potatoes had pureed cauliflour. My kids chowed and had no idea I had snuck Vegi's into their meal. My older two do pretty well with eating fruit and vegis but my younger two, especially me five year old, are BRUTAL!! It was so great to see them eating everything I served them and say how good it was.
Tonight I made Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs with pureed pinapple and sweet potates in them. Once again the kids had NO IDEA there was healthy stuff in their food and it tasted fabulous!
So if you have children who give you a hard time with eating the healthy stuff, try this, you'll love it!
PS-there is another book out there that is VERY similar to Jessica's book. Apparently hers was published first and they even tried to get Oprah to do a show about it. Of course because the author wasn't a celebrity, Oprah said no... anyway, you can imagine the issues about that! Anyway, either book is great and helps kids eat healthier!
Monday, November 12, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Find a place in the house (Marilee used the rocking chair in Logan's room) where you can send your child to suck on their Binki. They can only use the Binki in that one spot in the house. So if they would like to use it they have to stay there, if they come away from that spot they must leave it. He then said that they will soon realize that they are missing out on a lot of fun, TV, games and playing by sitting in the corner or where ever sucking on their Binki and you will find that they spend less and less time and then leave it all together.
Sounds pretty simple - Marilee said it worked for her. So for all you out there who are dreading the time when you have to get rid of it, give this a whirl!
Friday, November 2, 2007
Here is a photo from my brother's annual haunted garage. It is fun for the kids of all ages. He was his usual gruesome self, and she made a decapitated Marie Antionette costume. I just put it up so you could see her sewing and artistic genius! There is an article about it in the Des News if you want to follow this link: http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695223463,00.html
Anyway, hope you all had a great halloween. Now, can it possibly be NOVEMBER?!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
|You Are Most Like Heidi Klum|
Girl next door vibe with top model looks
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
So I don't LOVE Oprah, but I was watching a few weeks ago when Sean Penn, who I also don 't particularily care for, was on. He just directed a movie called "Into the Wild" which was based on the book written by Jon Krakauer. Its a true story about a kid who ditched his well off family, donated his savings account to charity and spent 2 years hitchhiking across the country. Eventually he was found in Alaska because he starved to death. On the show they talked to his sister and his parents and it was very very intriguing so of course I had to read the book. It was written by the same guy who wrote "Into Thin Air."
The next item I can't take credit for discovering. I credit Angie for this awesome little machine. Its called a Cocomotion and its a hot chocolate maker. It mixes and heats your hot chocolate, using milk (which is always my preference) or water. Its the best thing ever, but they can be tricky to find since they're sold seasonally. Wal-Mart's your best bet if you want one.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Their clothes are fabulously made and just a little bit different from what you see everywhere else. I am especially a huge fan of their little boys clothing (and dresses for myself). My son is definitely out of the gymboree phase and I have had a hard time finding things for him the last year or so. They also resell for a fabulous price on ebay (I ebay most of my kids' clothes, therefore justifying the insane amount of money I spend on them).
Boden is an English company so if you do order from them, make sure you pay attention to their sizing since it is different from US sizing. Best of all, they are almost always running some kind of promotion. The best time to buy is during their sneak peek sales that they do about 3 times a year - it's usually a preseason sale and 25% off everything plus free shipping and returns. This is when I do 90% of my ordering. Right now their promotion is 10% off plus free shipping and returns - you have to get the offer through email so email me at email@example.com if you want the email.
ALSO, I just have to post about the cheap, cheap long distance. We have been using Big Red Wire for about 4 years now. The rate is 2.6 cents a minute in the U.S. and 3.9 cents to call Canada (I checked for you Angie). You sign up on their website and they bill your credit card. I usually spend less than $15 per month for all the long distance I use (I use a lot because I don't live near my family). Anyway, I'm always on the lookout for ways to cut costs on my budget so I though I would pass this along to all of you!
I've been kind of a slacker on this blog lately, but after a great conference weekend, with yum food I thought I'd share one of my favorites. Sorry, not in time for conference but this recipe is good ANY TIME.
1 16oz. can black eyed peas (rinsed & drained)
1/4 C. thinly sliced green onion
1/4 C. diced red pepper
2 Cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbs. EVOO (extra virgin olive oil for you non-watchers of the food network)
2 Tbs. Cider vinegar
2 Tbs. Salsa
Add the following to taste:lime juice, hot sauce, salt, pepper, cumin, celery salt, and any other spices you like.
Chill all ingredients and then add Cilantro - fresh, chopped finely - just before serving.
I like to serve these with key lime tortilla chips (a delicious meal on their own by the way), but since I'm trying to LOSE weight, I've been eating it alone, on lettuce or with some whole grain crackers.
ps. Louise - I didn't realize that you were Louise (used to be Coomb) from Calgary. I saw your blog and just wanted to say hi! I'm Thomas Glenn's younger sister.
(Oh and by the way, for those of you who do know my older brother Thomas, he just announced yesterday that he will be performing at the MET next year!! NYC baby! We're thrilled for him. He's performing in an opera called Dr. Atomic. It seems to be taking the world by storm - he'll be performing it in Chicago this December/January. Here is a link to his site: http://www.thomasglenntenor.com/)
Thursday, October 4, 2007
2 cups boiling water
4 cups bran cereal (All Bran or Bran Buds)
1 pound pitted and chopped dates (ick) OR 2 cups raisins
5 cups flour
1 tsp salt
5 tsp baking soda
1 cup crisco
2 cups sugar
4 beaten eggs
1 quart buttermilk
2 cups bran flakes
1/3 cup molasses
You'll need a huge bowl for this one. Makes 6 dozen muffins! But trust me, if you share with neighbors, they'll be gone!
Pour boiling water over bran cereal and raisins. Sift dry ingredients together. Cream shortening and sugar; add eggs, hot bran mixture, dry ingredients, molasses and buttermilk. Add the 2 cups of bran flakes cereal. Mix just enough to combine. Baked in greased and floured muffin tins or line with cupcake liners at 400 degrees for 15-20 mintues. Batter can be stored in a covered container in a fridge for up to 6 weeks! Bake any amount as desired!
I was gonna overnight these to Angie and Julie, but then I thought you might have more enjoyment making them on your own. My tonsils better be healed by Sunday so I can eat these!
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
These are so great because they are totally sog-proof and the veggies actually taste fresh. They also sell them in single serving packets which are so great for a girl like me who is single half the week! :)
And in case you've never checked it out, a great website that does all the hard work for you is www.hungry-girl.com. Enjoy!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Also, does anyone know of the perfect blush? Mine always disappears in 30 minutes. Is there a liquid out there that stays on? Let me know.
And one last thing for Halloween. Why do mummies make such bad friends?
...because they are SO wrapped up in themselves! Chortle, Guffaw~
1. Full Name: Monique Frost
2. Age: 31 but quickly approaching 32
3. Married/Kids - Married almost 7 years to Allen, Carter 4 1/2, Makenna 2 1/2 and baby girl due in February
4. Work: Stay at Home Mommy (though we don't stay home very often)
5. Resides: New to Phoenix, AZ (and for all you Twilight obsessed girls out there, I actually only live about 4 miles from Stephenie Meyer)
6. Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Reading, Traveling, Decorating, Entertaining
7. Loves: Date night EVERY week with hubs, shopping, Target, Gymboree, Children's books, Boden, Eating out, Holidays, Seasons (sob), giving gifts, paper crafting, diet coke with lemon, chocolate chip cookies, organizing, cleaning, salad, mexican food, family traditions, blogging, scrapbooking, my Achievement Days calling, hanging out with friends, Netflix, DVR, Lost & Heroes, my iPod, saving money, getting great deals
8. I am on this blog thanks to: Angie (Ang also set up my husband and I on our first date - I have a lot to thank her for)
9. Dreams: Serve a mission with my hubs, travel the world with my husband (and kids when they are older), build my dream home (sooner than later), be in really great shape again, live internationally with our family, finish my Master's degree, own a vacation home in Hilton Head, SC, live close to extended family, have my kids grow up to be righteous and productive members of society
10. Addictions: Target, eating out, Diet Coke, Staying up way too late, online shopping, blogging, buying clothes for my kids, chunky jewelry
11. Biggest Dislikes: disobedient children, working out (there, I said it), a messy house, general clutter in my house (esp. paper), gaining weight, debt of any kind, laundry and ironing
I feel like it has been FOREVER since I last posted. I've been out of town for the past week or so and feel so out of it with all of you. I've been reading and catching up on everyones posts and feel much more at peace with life now that I'm back in the We Know the Good Stuff "Know" :-).
So here is my latest find! Sorry Shannon, it's not makeup but I do believe it can GREATLY enhance your look if you use it. It's a Sleeping Eye Cover. OH MY GOSH!!! Can I just say that I have never slept so good! You'd think it would drive you nuts, but oh no my friends, it is pure heaven. Everything around you is blacked out and you sleep like a baby. Check 'em out and let me know what you think.
I got mine while on vacation but I found a website you can order them on. They come in all different colors and styles as well.
Check it out:
Monday, October 1, 2007
I don't usually watch Rachel Ray. Something about her totally bugs, but I'm not sure what it is exactly. Today, however, I ended up watching her show (mainly by accident - wasn't paying attention to what was on) and found the yummiest dinner recipe. It was so good, I had to share! And, to top it off, there is enough to make dinner for the next night (a Thanksgiving-style shepherd's pie).
Turkey-Stuffin’ Meatloaf With Scallion Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
· 7 tablespoons butter, divided
· 1/2 large onion, cut into small dice
· 3 pieces celery heart, cut into small dice
· 1 bay leaf
· 2 tablespoons poultry seasoning
· Salt and freshly ground black pepper
· 1 bag stuffing cubes (I used the cornbread flavor and they were so good!)
· 2 quarts chicken stock, divided
· 2 pounds ground turkey
· 2 eggs
· 2 1/2 pounds (about 4 to 5 medium-size) peeled Idaho potatoes
· 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
· 1/2 cup milk
· 1 small bunch scallions, chopped
· 1/4 cup flour
· 1 pound green beans
1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 3 tablespoons of butter. When the butter is melted, add the onions, celery and bay leaf to the skillet, season with poultry seasoning, salt and freshly ground black pepper and cook until the veggies are tender.
3. Add the stuffing cubes to the skillet and mix in about 2 to 3 cups of chicken stock to moisten. Take the bay leaf out of the skillet, remove the skillet from the heat and let the mixture cool, about 5 minutes.
4. In a large bowl, mix the ground turkey, eggs and cooled stuffing mixture. Form the meat mix into 2 long loaves on a baking sheet (or in bread pans, like I do). Drizzle them with olive oil and cook in the oven for about an hour, until brown and cooked through (165ºF internal temperature), about 45 minutes.
5. Once the turkey loaves are about half way done, start the sour cream and scallion potatoes: Add the potatoes to a medium-size pot of cold water and boil until tender.
6. While the potatoes are boiling start the gravy: Add the remaining four tablespoons butter to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted, add the flour and cook for about a minute. Whisk the remaining 6 cups of chicken stock into the skillet with the butter and flour mixture, and cook until thickened and bubbling, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside half the gravy for tonight’s meat loaf and mashed potatoes and reserve the other half for the Shepherd's Pie.
7. Heat a pot over high heat with enough water to come one inch up the side of the pot. Once boiling, add the green beans and cook until tender, 3-4 minutes. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain the water from the pot and mash up the potatoes with the sour cream, milk, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Once the potatoes are mashed, stir in the scallions.
8. Serve one of the loaves of meatloaf and the potatoes with the green beans alongside. Save the second meatloaf for Shepherd's Pie.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Next, I have to make it complete. I have been using the Secret Kuku Coco Butter deodorant for a while now and LOVE. IT. It says it is "a perfect combination of sweet chocolate and warm vanilla"... and it is!! Pair it with the new lotion I found and I couldn't be happier after my shower. Enjoy!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
This one is for Julie, and all lovers of pumpkin and/or the fall season!!!! Yahoo! I love fall! I love the colors, the crispy coolness of the morning breeze, corn stalks, crysanthimums, pumpkins, gourds, Halloween, hiking in the mountains, the disney cartoon "Sleepy Hallow". I just can't get enough. Did I mention I love fall??!! Okay, so to kick-start the whole fall thing I had to stop by the other morning and get a "Pumpkin-Spice" steamer from my favvvvvv place to get hot chocolate....Starbucks!! Some Starbucks don't call it a steamer, rather a latte. Just my little morning indulgence- you've gotta get one tomorrow :-) Bottoms up girls!!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
1-2 lbs spicy Italian sausage (not in the casings - found packaged like ground beef)
3/4 cups onions, diced
10 slices bacon
1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tbsp. chicken bouillon powder (or 2 cubes, crushed)
2 quarts water
5-6 medium potatoes sliced up and then halve the slices
2 cups kale leaves sliced thinly (spinach can be substituted)
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream (try fat free half and half)
parmesan cheese for garnish
Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Place sausage links on a sheet pan and bake 25 minutes or until done. Cool, then cut in slices, then halve the slices.
Put onions and bacon in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat until the onions are almost clear. Remove bacon and crumble.
Add garlic to onions and cook one minute. Add bouillon powder, water and potatoes. Simmer 15 minutes.
Add bacon, sausage, kale and cream. Simmer 4 minutes and serve. Garnish with parmesan cheese.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Cancer in children is more common than most people realize. Childhood cancers behave very differently than adult cancers and the survival statistics are not as promising. Furthermore, the incidence of childhood cancers seems to be increasing. Please join us in increasing awareness of childhood cancer facts and statistics.
Friday, September 7, 2007
Hey Louise, This one is for you!!! Sorry to all our US friends, I couldn't resist! This is a commercial that used to play over and over and over while we were growing up! Everyone in town knew the words to this song! I love the clothes people are wearing! Too Funny!!
Well ladies, at the risk of excluding some, I couldn't help but post this! It's a shout-out to all my fellow Canadian girls who contribute to WKTGS- there seem to be a lot of us! We love America too XOXOXO!!! This really takes me back to the times I drove up from Idaho and Utah as a college student! It was always so exciting to be in the homeland again! This video says it all!! Enjoy!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
So, I would love you guys to read it and tell me what you think. Just as a side note there are a couple more adult parts, but nothing to risque. Happy Reading.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Last night we took our three older kids to see the Little Mermaid Pre-Broadway show! It's only here for another week and then goes to Broadway! It was FABULOUS!!!! If you are in New York it's a MUST see. Kids or not! You'll love it! If NYC is not on your travel docket, wait til it tours and be sure to go. Disney never ceases to amaze me at the creativity they put into EVERYTHING!!!
Monday, September 3, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
The previous link will take you to a homepage that shows you Forks, Washington.
There is a link on the left side menu that says TWILIGHT POINTS OF INTEREST.
After clicking the link, a map of the actual places in Forks, WA are located that are spoken about in "Twilight." Kinda neat!
Friday, August 31, 2007
I also am still in love with my Bissel Flip-It. I know Julie and Angie both have one, but after 3 years, mine still is awesome. If you have lots of tile or hardwood, this thing is awesome. It sweeps, mops, and squeegees all in one. So the squeege part isn't all that powerful, but really this thing is a livesaver! I bought mine at Sears 3 years ago for about $100. It's pricey, but totally worth the time savings!
Girls. I have found them!!! I have been searching for the perfect pair of jeans for years now. You know the jeans that make your legs look LONG and SLeek, minimize butt size, etc? Well, I've found them! SILVER JEANS! The only drawback is that they are LOW RIDERS, so i've had to work on longer tops and my spare tire! They are a wee bit pricey, but after I begged my husband to get them for me, we went out and he commented that they were worth every penny! I like the Tuesday cut and the Suki, but there are many many styles and you just have to go the buckle and try them all on. HAPPY SHOPPING!
NASTY! I don't think even the Diamancel could help poor grandma! This picture is so gross, sorry for posting it :) Yvette actually sent this in the spring with an Open Toe Shoe Pledge, which it sounds as though some of us have violated! I promise if I ever see any of my friends getting close to this (which you're not, Mar) I will intervene!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
So, I kept hearing about this foot file by Diamancel. Every year in the In Style Best Beauty Buys issue (my favorite!!!) It is always rated the best. It's pretty spendy so I didn't buy it but finally earlier this year I got some money for my birthday and broke down and bought it. Amazing!!! It is $38 and is the Diamancel Callus Conqueror #20. It is incredible for that dry, thick, cracked skin around heels. I think it is made with diamonds and is supposed to last for about 5 years. It is pricey but when you think about it, it's only about the same price as one pedicure. Anyway - I LOVE this product! I think they sell it at beauty.com, so you can order this and the DIMRS together! :)
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I absolutely love this product...don't leave home without it! As crazy as it may look girls these DIMR'S really do dim the head-lights so to speak! They are small silicone forms that basically succion right over top of the "PN's" (protruding nipples, as dubbed by Marilee ;-)) Listen. They can be worn under the sports bra, non-padded bras, bra-less, and swim wear. Yup, you heard me! The "mini sisters" can even be worn under water...they will not move! I will even be sporting mine at the triathlon I'm doing in two weeks! It's super sly baby! It's also totally funking however, to see the old "targets" totally missing when looking in the mirror;-) You gotta give'em a try!Remember, they're called DIMR'S and they are $29.99, but worth it! You can order them on beauty.com! Happy Dimming!
2/3 cup real butter (unsalted)
1 1/3 cup white sugar
dash of vanilla
3-4 brown bananas
1/2 cup sour cream
2 2/3 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add each egg, one at a time. Add vanilla and mashed bananas. In a different bowl, mix the dry ingredients and alternate adding them into the wet mixture with the sour cream (1 cup dry mix, then 1/4 cup sour cream, 1 cup dry mix, sour cream, 2/3 dry mix). Bake in 2 pans for 45 minutes or until done at 350 degrees!
You can also substitute the bananas with zucchini (call me if you need some, i have them growing out my ears) or peaches, or cherries, cranberries, etc...)
Yesterday Jocelyn and I were talking about her obsession with Snackwells Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies and how they discontinued them. We googled it online and found the recipe! We both challenged eachother to make them, and folks...they REALLY do taste like the real thing! And for 13 of them to be 100 calories...count me in. Here's the recipe:
Makes 12 Dozen bite size Cookies
1 egg white
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 tablespoon shortening
1 1/2 tablespoons egg substitute
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon plus a pinch of salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Beat the egg white until thick. Add the granulated sugar to the egg white and continue beating until the mixture forms soft peaks. While beating, add the brown sugar; corn syrup, shortening, and egg substitute. In a separate bowl, combine the flour; salt, baking soda and baking powder: Combine the dry mixture with the wet and mix well. Add the chocolate chips and incorporate them into the dough. Divide the dough in half; then roll each portion into a long, thin Jog about the same diameter as a nickel and wrap each in plastic wrap. Put the dough into the refrigerator and chill) it for a couple hours (you may also use the freezer for roughly half the time if you're in a hurry). When the dough has thoroughly chilled, remove each log of dough from the plastic wrap and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place slices on a cookie sheet coated lightly with nonstick spray about 1/2-inch apart, and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the cookies turn light brown. Nutrition Facts: Serving Size 13 cookies Total servings 11 Fat (per serving) 3.3g Calories (per serving) 105
The dough will turn out really gooey, like peanut butter...so I have no idea how they were able to roll it into a log. Joce tried to put it in the freezer and that kinda worked, but I just rolled it into a fat log and threw that into the fridge. They are so yummy!
Here's another recipe if you're searching for something to make for dinner. We call it French Dressing Chicken which I grew up on. You can make it totally low fat too!
3-4 Chicken Breasts (un-cooked)
1 box Uncle Bens Wild Rice
2/3 cup white rice
1 can of cream of celery soup (i use the healthy request kind)
1 can of cream of mushroom soup (healthy request)
1/2 cup milk (skim)
1/2 cup french dressing (fat free)
In a 13 by 9 inch pan, put the wild rice and seasoning packet in (uncooked). Add extra white rice. Place chicken breasts (or you can use tenders) on top of the rice. Mix in a bowl the 2 soups, milk, and dressing and pour over chicken. Top with almonds, cheese, and foil. Cook in a 350 degree oven for 2 hours. Serve warm. You might also want to use minute rice to make sure it's cooked all the way through with the rice. It's seriously SOOOOOO good! We had it last night.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Anyone who hasn't joined the email group. You can anytime. Just let me know and I'll send you the link to join.
Monday, August 27, 2007
1/2 can frozen orange juice concentrate
3/4 c. milk
3/4 c. water
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
15-20 ice cubes
Blend together and serve. Serves 4.
P.S. Just read about "imprinting" in Eclipse. CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I purchase mine at Kohl's for $40.00 and it looks like they're about the same price at the Champion site. They're super comfortable and seriously, the girls stay put during my most high impact aerobics classes or jogging.
If you're in the market for a new one, check it out! :)
On my own blog I have it set up so that any time someone comments on my blog the comment is automatically emailed to me. That way if someone comments on an old post I will know they commented (since I don't check old posts for new comments on my blog). If you don't have this set up on your own blogs you should check it out. Very handy. Under "Settings" then "Comments" at the bottom is the "Comment Notification Email" and you put the address in there where you want comments on your blog emailed to you.
Anyway... on to my point. You can only have one email address for the comment notification so I created a WKTGS google group email address that anyone on here can join it and then whenever a comment is put on the WKTGS blog it will send that comment to the emails that are in that google group. Again... very handy. Who wants in? If you do either give your email address in the comments or send it to me here and I'll invite you to the group.
Hey girls - First of all, I just want to say how excited I am about this blog! How fun.
1. Full Name: Tamara Faye Nelson Cooper-Leavitt (I know - a little long)
2. Age: Seriously? OK - 34
3. Married/Kids - Married almost 14 years to my hot hubby Jeramy, Ella- 4 1/2, Finn - 6 months
4. Work: In my former life I was a CPA but I got a promotion to SAHM when I had Ella. It's the best job ever!
5. Resides: Highlands Ranch, Colorado
6. Hobbies: Shopping, reading, working out, photography, decorating my house
7. Loves: Music, EBay, girls night out, date night, talking, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, Clorox wipes, PuraCleanse (see Marilee's post on this), chocolate chip cookies, shoes, bags, jewelry - really all accessories, Sephora, J.Crew, Anthropologie, The Container Store, Nordstrom and the Rack, Diet Coke, vacation sex (sorry - I just got back from a trip with hubby and no kids. SIGH!)
8. I am on this blog thanks to: Marilee
9. Dreams: Rich, thin & beautiful! I would love to reach my goal weight/size before I have another baby (probably not going to happen but it's still a "dream"). Another baby. A pregnancy without puking my guts out. A house on the beach and cabin in the mountains that I could share with family/friends. To be able to walk into J.Crew, Anthropologie & Nordstrom and buy what I like without checking the price tag. To raise my kids to be loving, considerate, righteous and confident and have them still love me in the process. Lots of beautiful grandbabies!
10. Addictions: SHOES! My computer - Ebay, email, now blogging, iTunes (wow, those $0.99 songs really add up!) Cleaning and organizing my house, hair products, wardrobing and stylizing my family, diet coke, People magazine.
11. Biggest Dislikes: stretch marks, telemarketers/solicitors, rude people who work in the service industry (hello - you're getting paid to be polite!), inconsiderate people, a messy house, not being able to fit into my clothes after a vacation!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
3. Married/Kids?: Husband: Jason, Kids: Amelia(Mia) Just turned 3 a couple weeks ago and Jackson who turned 4 months today!
4. Work: Stay-at-home mom, but certified Elementary Education teacher
5. Resides: Draper, UT
6. Hobbies: Reading, traveling, working out, scrapbooking, cooking, shopping for my kids and really for anything, watching football (NFL and College), fishing, sewing.
7. Loves: I love Ebay, watching movies, like many of you...my Bare Minerals(I have been using it for almost 2 years now), Ann Taylor clothing, hanging out with friends and family, going to plays, Gymboree clothes for my kids, Sundays, Sephora, going out to eat.
8. I am on this blog thanks to: Alysha
9. Dreams: That my family will always be healthy and happy and that we will all be together for eternity.
10. Addictions: The Internet: Ebay, now blogging, checking my email, Twilight Series (any info. about it.) buying clothes for my kids.
11. Biggest Dislikes: People who drive slowly, mean and rude people, waiting too long in line(hey, I have 2 under 3...) people who lie, people who are always late.
I love reading about what products you gals are loving right now. If you guys have any other product likes, let me know.I have a feeling that I will become like Alysha said, "Addicted to blogging." I am happy to join and I will be doing my page as soon as possible with 2 kids under 3! You all know where I am coming from!
I also got all the things needs to make the Cafe Rio food. I will let you know how it all turns out.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Café Rio Pork
3 lb. pork roast
16 oz. salsa
1 can of Coca Cola
2 cups brown sugar
Fill your crock pot with just the roast, and fill it half way with just the water.
Cook on high for 5 hours.
Take the pork out after the 5 hours, and drain the liquid.
Cut the roast into 3 or 4 sections and place back into the crock pot.
Puree the salsa in the blender and transfer to a bowl.
Add the Coke and brown sugar and mix.
Pour over the roast and cook on high for 3 more hours.
Shred with a fork.
I also added ½ pack of fajita seasoning, 1 can green chilies, and about 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning during the last hour of cooking. Also, when it was done cooking, I drained out all the liquid and reduced it in a saucepan so it was thicker. With my additions, it tasted AMAZING!
Also, here's the recipe for the dressing, rice, chicken, and homemade tortillas:
Cafe Rio Creamy Tomatillo Dressing
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch
1 cup mayo
1 cup cilantro, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tomatillos - peel off paper, chop
1/3 - 1/2 cups buttermilk, to consistency you want
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
Put in blender and mix.
3 C. flour
1/2 C. veggie or olive oil
1 1/8 C. luke warm water
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Mix all ingredients and knead. If too hard to knead, add a little water but if too sticky add a little more flour. Let stand for about 10 minutes. Makes about 12 small balls. Flatten each by rolling them out and then cook them in a frying pan.**I usually have 2 frying pans going at once so they all get cooked faster
Café Rio Rice
3 c water
4 t chicken bouillon
4 t garlic –minced
½ bunch cilantro
1 can green chiles—or equivalent fresh
¾ t salt
1 T butter
3 c rice (see note)
Blend cilantro, green chiles and onion together in food processor. Bring water to a boil and add all ingredients, simmer covered 30 minutes.
Cafe Rio Chicken
1 small bottle Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
1 T chili powder
1 T cumin
3 cloves garlic—minced
5 lbs chicken breast
Cook all together in a crock pot for 4 hours, shred meat and cook 1 additional hour.
2. Age: 30
3. Married/Kids?: neither
4. Work: Recreation Therapist. I work at a residential and day treatment center for naughty teenagers and i love it.
5. Resides: Orem, UT at the Hotel Petersen.
6. Hobbies: MUSIC, reading, organizing, cleaning, hiking, scapbooking, knitting, crocheting, cooking, traveling, movies, golf, make-up artistry.
7. Loves: Hanging out with my sisters, a clean house, iPods, lipgloss, my Bath & Body Works oil diffuser, new mascara, a good flat iron, anything that helps me to be more organized (thanks Ikea), Lemon Propel, dark chocolate, Cafe Rio shredded pork salad, any kind of berry, Costco, Target, Post-its, air-conditioning, power tools, long showers, watching Lola tear across the back lawn, Collin's laugh, golfing with my mom, quiet Sunday afternoons, laying in the grass looking up at the sky, knitting anything for little people.
8. I am on this blog thanks to: Shannon....big shocker.
9. Dreams: to get married and have a couple of kids and watch them grow into successful adults, travel the world, get my masters degree, continue to be happy & healthy, oh...and pay off my credit card.
10. Addictions: Buying music from iTunes, scrapbooking supplies, powdered drink mix tubes that you pour into water bottles, Bare Minerals Make-up, cleaning and organizing my house (this is actually a sickness not an addiction).
11. Biggest Dislikes: People who are condescending and rude, people who drive slow in the fast lane, dirty public bathrooms.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Click on the portfolio link at the top. As you click on each photo, move your mouse over the picture and you'll get a look at the before and after. All I have to say is Girl! I need to get me a program like this!! I recently took my own "before" picture to motivate myself to get back in the dieting game and a little airbrush or two would make a SERIOUS difference!
So I had to post a picture of my favorite new find ever! I got this frame for my birthday and couldn't wait to hang it on the wall before posting.
Not sure if you other moms out there have the same problem, but quickly (as we had kids), all the pictures in our house evolved to be of the girls only. I missed having pics of just me and Beau - maybe mostly because I was skinny and want to remember the good 'ole days. Either way, I wanted them around! So when I found this frame, problem solved. Now, I can have pictures of all of us! And, as newer better pictures come around, I can rotate out.
I'm in love.
Hi All! Sorry for the delay in getting my story about Stephenie Meyer up but here it is!
So Monday evening Yvette (who is still yet to post anything...maybe we could all encourage her with a welcome, as she is new to blogging and says she's not sure what to write) and I headed to "The Tattered Cover" bookstore to try to get some good seats for the question and answer period that was happening before the signing.
Yvette and I
We thought leaving at 5:30 for the 7:00 event would be plenty of time!! WRONG!! We got there at about 5:45 and the place was PACKED! We sat at the back and could hardly see a thing! That was okay though cause we could still hear her and when it was time for the signing we got to be right in front of her! Anyway, during our hour + wait the people who work at the store kept making announcements. "She WILL NOT pose for you but you may take a picture as you pass by!", "She will ONLY personalize "ECLIPSE". Do not ask her to personalize "TWILIGHT" or "NEW MOON"! "You MUST get in line in order of your ticket number", etc. Now imagine these announcements being said in a very dictatiorial, snooty way and that's how they really sounded. I became a bit worried that Stephenie would be a bit snooty since all these announcements were snooty! But alas, I did not need to worry a bit! She was so down to earth, unaffected and real! She answered questions for about 20 minutes and then started signing books! It was hilarious to look around at all the people there. It was all teenagers with a few parents to chaperone...and then there was us...Yvette, two of her friends from Colorado Springs, Katie and Jill, our friends Tanya and Brecken and me. All of us in our 30's, all of us married with children and not one teenager with us! We were the adult mom groupies and felt like we stood out like a sore thumb! It was hilarious! But, the teens around us didn't seem to care and chit chatted with us about the books just like we were one of them (we felt so cool :-).
So, when it was our turn to go up to be herded through the line I started wondering if I should be cheesey and tell her that I was a BYU grad! Of course I'm my mothers daughter and couldn't resist! As she signed my books I mentioned I had gone to BYU too! She was soooo excited! She wanted to know when I was there, where I lived, if I took any English classes? Turns out we were there the same years, she lived in Heritage Hall, me in Helaman and no, other than English 101 (or whatever the number was) I didn't take any English classes! Anyway, she was really cool and it was fun to see that she hasn't let all this success go to her head! She's the type of person that would be fun to hang out with! Anyway, to any of you going to a signing any time soon, it's really fun and totally worth it! Say hi to Stephenie for me :-) Ha ha ha!
This is me (in the black) and Yvette (in the purple) talking to Stephenie. Tanya took the picture just as Yvette stepped in front of the camera! oops! :-)
Me talking to Stephenie about BYU!
Brecken and Tanya getting their books signed!
(So it just occured to me that the pictures of me are hilarious! You know the funny pictures you see of someone with a famous person only its the famous person and the person saying they are in the picture is way in the back, all you see is a head with an arrow pointing to it saying (that's me!) I'm totally LOL at myself because you can't tell that I'm even in any of the pictures!! However, I promise they are of me and I did meet Stephenie)