Sunday, February 22, 2009

Outside Looking In

Yesterday was really warm- like 50 degrees, and sunny. It was so glorious that we went on a hike. I know, from the outside looking in this may sound crazy, but try telling that to the guy in short running shorts and a t-shirt out for a jog on a warm winters day. Seriously, slippers everywhere. It really was nice though.

From the outside looking in it may appear that we were hiking through a foot of snow, and that is accurate at times, but really it was pretty packed down and like walking on the coldest beach ever. Our poor snowman was melting away and starting to scare the kids so we had to take care of him. From the outside looking in the "grass" probably looks pretty nasty, and I suppose it kind of is, but for us it is a sight for sore eyes.

From the outside looking in Taj and Eden may look like the sweetest kids in the world, but... Just kidding- they really are angels.
Taj jumps up to "save" Eden when she whimpers or falls. He goes with me to get her out of her crib 99% of the time and with a voice only a sweet little boy can make says things like, "hey Little's" or "Morning Sunshine", and one of my favorites, "We love you!"

Things around here are looking pretty good.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


I've been a fan of puns thanks to my Daddy's great sense of humor. I feel like he's trained me to appreciate the art of playing with words. That said, Micah and I aren't so sure about puns around here anymore. It's o.k. to make a few jokes with friends, but lately we've been seeing them everywhere and I think they are going too far. You be the judge:
  • the rice pudding place in Provo called, "Pudding on the Rice". (putting on the ritz-get it?)
  • another place in Provo called "Spoon Me." I believe it's a frozen yogurt place. Puh-lease.
  • It's not just the food industry. There's a snowboarding shop called "Board of Provo".
  • In the mall I have to look the other way when we pass the ties only store called, "Tie one on". Ugh.

There are a couple of billboards that are personal favorites:

  • "We'll set your kids straight." An orthodontist place.
  • A men's A Capella group called, "Voicemale".

Friday, February 13, 2009

Good Enough To Eat

Here are a couple of must have recipe's, in my kitchen anyway. Why is it that it's so easy for me to find great dessert recipe's, but can't track down a good, easy, crowd-pleasing dinner recipe?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles
- 8 squares of Baker's Semi Sweet Choc.
-1/2 C creamy peanut butter
-8 oz cool whip
-finely chopped nuts, coconut, crushed oreos, or any other topping of choice

Melt Choc. in micro stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Add peanut butter and let cool to room temp. Once it's at room temp FOLD in cool whip and put in fridge for 2 hours. After it's chilled roll them into small balls and roll in the toppings of your choice.
*store them in the fridge so they don't melt.

Mousse au chocolat

300 g chocolate (a little less than a full package of choc. chips- I recommend semi sweet)

3 large eggs

500 ml whip cream

Melt chocolate in a hot water bath (water boiling). Once choc melts, remove from heat. Beat eggs lightly, then stir them into the melted chocolate quickly so the eggs don't cook. Let it cool down. Whip the cream until cool whip texture, or just use a tub of cool whip (worked great for me). Fold all together and let it set in the fridge for the night.

* Got this recipe from a girl on exchange from Germany. I didn't read the recipe very thoroughly so instead of making it an hour before taking it to dinner I had to make something else. When I got home that night and made it I had used cool whip and the next day when it was ready it was amazing. We topped it with more cool whip and fresh black berries. I can't stop thinking about it. Yum.

Brazilian Chicken Cutlets with Raw Tropical Sauce

( this is the recipe I blogged about a while back)

-1 large ripe Mango chopped

-4 Plum Tomatoes seeded and chopped

-1/2 medium red onion, chopped

1/4 C cilantro, chopped

Juice of 1 lime

A few Dashes of hot sauce

Salt and pepper

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

1 C flour

2 eggs

1/2 C bread crumbs

1/2 C grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

1 tsp granulated garlic

1 lemon, zested and cut in wedges

4 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 250*F.

Prepare raw sauce by combing the mango, tomato, onion, cilantro, lime juice, hot sauce, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir gently to combine.

Flatten chicken into cutlets by butterflying each piece then pounding out to 1/4 inch thick.

Set up three shallow dishes on the counter. To one dish add flour, to second add eggs and beat with a little water, to the third add the bread crumbs, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, granulated garlic, and lemon zest.

Bread the cutlets by first tossing in flour, then in eggs, then in bread crumb mixture.

Heat 2 TBSP of olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Once oil is hot, cook the cutlets in batches until golden brown on each side and cooked through, 4-5 minutes per side, adding more oil as needed between batches. As each cutlet is golden brown and done, transfer it to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while the others cook.

Serve the cutlets with the raw sauce on top and lemon wedges to squeeze over the cutlets if desired. Enjoy!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Neither Here Nor There

I have been a horribly spotty blogger lately. I love to check blogs, but haven't been able to get myself to blog much. It could be the exhaustion of parenting, but that's nothing new. It could be the 7th season of "Gilmore Girls" Micah got me-he's the best. It could be all the computer time I do for the primary (I've been the ward primary secretary since Nov.-not just a Sunday calling). It might be that I've been slacking in the photo taking, and everyone knows that a blog without pictures is hardly a blog. Whatever the reason, here's a little of us from lately. We introduced shaving cream to the kids during bath time the other night. Eden thought it was weird, but Taj couldn't get enough.
I used to run down the hill and passed the High School to a duck pond with the kiddo's before the winter set in. I figured the path around it would be snowed over and the ducks would be further down south for the winter. I got talked into just checking it out by my three year old- so young, yet so persuasive :). We were very pleasantly surprised. There was a little opening in the frozen pond where ducks from even colder places were quacking around. The kids ran around it with me and quacked for bread like ducks. It was a great adventure. Good idea Taj!
A nearby mall has a carousel and Micah and I just remembered! The little ones loved it, and we loved the man/woman that was running the thing. Even though he/she had hairier arms and a lower voice than Micah, I still think that it was a woman. Micah and I will have to agree to disagree on this one.

From the picture you can tell what kinds of shenanigans Eden is getting into these days. She loves being in her diaper. All of a sudden she is obsessed with taking off her socks and shoes in public, but also loves to try to put on her brothers shoes and underwear while we're at home. I think she pulls off the look while saying "Cheese," for the camera. I can't get enough of this girl.

Frugal McCheapskate?

While watching "Unwrapped" on the food network- love the Food Network, but not so sure about "Unwrapped," , I was introduced to a website that claims to save bundles on groceries. I'll share:

The Rundown: the web sight owner searches ads, promotions, and all other inside scoops on food deals at a few grocery store chains. She lists the current deals and has all the coupons ready for you to print. You just take the list, print the coup.s and buy what you want/need from the list-AND SAVE $$$. She has even figured out ways to get food for free. They showed the woman on a regular shopping trip at her local grocer and I watched her grocery total go from $2oo down to $33 dollars-not kidding you.

I thought it was interesting while watching the segment, but it didn't end after the show was over. I can't write anything on my grocery list without thinking about the show. I keep thinking of all the money I could be saving- groceries is the biggest monthly expenditure besides the mortgage after all. I keep thinking about the study on 20/20 I saw years ago interviewing several millionaires that shop at Walmart. The point was that the rich become rich by what they don't spend and by being frugal. On the flip side, the poor stay poor by spending more than is necessary on items like groceries. Which one do I want to be?

So I think I'll be signing up for the 4 week trial. I'll let you all know how it goes and how much I save (hopefully).