Thursday, August 26, 2010

"A Shout Out"

I love you honey!  You are awesome.  You complete me.  You get the idea...  :)
(Really, seriously, I mean every word.) 

You do the dishes for me every day.  You rescue me from the kids when I think I can't parent them one more second.  You let me "clock out" every night around eight. You've worked it so I don't have to get up for early morning seminary.  You go to the grocery store for me on your way home even though you already have to drive an hour. You bring me breakfast and dinner in bed randomly.  You tell me I'm beautiful even though I'm old and tired. You forgive me when I'm a bratty and you still make me feel like a "twelve cow woman."  You are my "sugar pusher". You are superman.  (You are really superman, you save people every day.)  I am so proud of you!

I. Love. You.


So I quickly have to tell you the story of fixing my blog tonight.  (While my children are all clamoring over me asking for help on their homework.)

I got the giant shot in my knee that is supposed to "really, really" help, however, for the best results I have to sit here and let the medicine work through my knee.

Perfect time to update my blog, right?  Well, I started off finding the best background from "Cutest Blog On The Block"  (to my sisters starting blogs, this is a great site).  I found a cute, maybe a little over the top blog background called "Fabulocity".  Had to have it, it's all in the name...

About three hours of frustrations later, I finally have my fabulous website.

 It's a little harder to read than I intended because I thought I'd use the new "Blogger" templates to get the job done and it kept undoing all the color and cuteness of my new background.  After an hour and a half of wrangling with this thing, I returned to the "Cutest Blog" website to try to fix what I'd done.  I picked a different background called "Sassy" because by this time, that's exactly how I was feeling.

I tried to make "Sassy" work for me, but no luck.  Instead of "Sassy" being black (like I was feeling), "Sassy" was turning out to be blue.  (I was a little blue, but black was more "appropo"....). 

Back to the "Cutest Blog" website, where lo and behold, at the top of the background page it gave me the exact directions to making their backgrounds work on a "Blogger" template. 

Ahhhhhh....  if I would only would stop to read instructions....

So here is the updated blog.  It is FABULOUS is it not?  Even if you don't think so, please please tell me it is! 

Love you all!!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Yummy Veggie Sandwiches

I was in charge of Book Club today, which is turning out to be a little less about reading and a little more about socializing.  It is pretty fun.  We tried to do a serious book this month and we enjoyed reading, but no one actually finished the book...  We will try next month.  (We picked a much easier read for September, awesome  :)  )

Anyhow, since our Book Club is more about gathering and eating as opposed to reading, I (OK, really Derek made them but I told him what to do...)  made some delicious sandwiches that I wanted to share with you all.  Just in case you're in charge of some "ladies lunch" soon...

Cucumber and Veggie Cream Cheese Sandwiches:

Peel and cut a cucumber in half lengthwise.  Remove the seeds with a spoon.  Thinly slice and lay on a plate covered with paper towel.  Sprinkle lightly with salt and let them sit for about an hour.

Meanwhile, combine in the food processor:

One brick of softened cream cheese  (you know the best kind)
One stalk celery  (trimmed on both ends)
About one third yellow onion
About one third green pepper
One good size clove of garlic
Season with Jane's Crazy Salt to taste

Spread two slices of bread VERY LIGHTLY with mayonaise.  Then add the cream cheese spread and cucumbers.  If you want to be fancy, remove the crust and cut into triangles.  If it's for you, skip the mayo and eat up!  (The mayo is important to use as glue if you are bringing these on a tray...)

Tomato Avacado Delicious Sandwiches...

Slice tomato and place on a plate lined with paper towel.  Lightly salt and let drain for about an hour.

Spread the outside of your bread with pesto.  (I keep a jar of prepared basil pesto in my fridge.  It's really good when you add a spoonful to pasta salad.)
Place the bread, pesto side down in a skillet, toast.
Add drained tomato and sliced avacado to the sandwich.  Season with salt and pepper.
If you are taking these to a party, lightly spread either mayo or butter on the inside of the bread before adding tomato and avacado.

Derek made mom one of the tomato avacado sandwiches for lunch today.  Mom added some of the veggie cream cheese to her sandwich and LOVED it! 

My kids ate the rest of the sandwiches when they got home from school.  These were SO YUMMY and a good way to eat your veggies. 

Love you all!

Monday, August 16, 2010


In case you are wondering, I totally sit around and eat Bon Bons all day with my feet up....  Don't all of you?


-- Sent from my Palm Pre


-- Sent from my Palm Pre

Homemade, Delicious, Even If You Don't Like Alfredo You'll LIke This Alfredo Fettucine Alfredo

I had to include the information in the title because actually, if this hadn't been served to me at a lunch I would've never tried it.  I just tweaked this recipe a little.  It is rich, delicious and NOT Weight Watchers friendly.  Make it for a Sunday dinner, but whatever you do, just make it the way I say, EXACTLY!  Don't cheat yourself and attempt it low fat, you'll be ripping yourself off.  It's an occasional,  day you're not dieting treat.  (Great for a day you're having a pity party and need some comfort food...)

It's simple and only a few ingredients long...
This is what I use to make enough for my whole family and they eat plates of it (it's that rich):

16 oz. Philly Cream Cheese  (two boxes)  I've been around the block a few times in my life with cream cheese.  Trust me, Philly is the way you need to go for this.
1 1/2 C shredded parmesean cheese
1 C butter
1 C milk
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

Start with butter and cream cheese in sauce pan on low heat, let it soften  Add milk and parm.  When all of the cheeses are melted, add the fresh garlic cloves.  Low and slow is the key to this recipe. 

Optional Chicken Tenders

Heat equal parts olive oil and butter in a skillet (I won't tell you how much, I'll leave that up to you, but remember that you're making decadent alfredo sauce, okay?  Now you can decide...)
Add chicken tenderloins
Lightly sprinke with garlic salt  (Lightly!)
Add 1/2 to 3/4 C Bottled Italian Dressing
Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning
I can't give you specific instructions on cooking chicken.  I have mixed results.  I do find that covering the chicken for part of the time helps it stay somewhat tender.  Also for this kind of recipe, cooking it on a lower hear helps because the chicken doesn't need to brown.

Serve with garlic bread and a green salad.    (Serve the green salad if only on principle, unless you count Italian Seasoning as your vegetable.... )

I guarantee you that even if you don't like alfredo sauce, you'll like this!

Love you all

Potty Humor

We actually had a sit down family dinner tonight.  It was very fun.  My kids are getting older and their personalities are shining through.  They are funny people.

Julianna said  "something was lost in the bathroom today." 
What? we all asked...
"Josh's dignity."

Evidently he took a big we won't say and forgot to wipe - Jules noticed the lack of tp.  Horrible, but Jules joke was funny!

Monday, August 9, 2010

French Dip

So I melded a few recipes together and came up with this recipe for French Dip.  It was awesome!!  I've been trying to blog all of my "experiments" in cooking here, so that I don't forget them.  It's been working out well for me.  I've been referencing my "blog"  cookbook.  Anyway, here is the recipe...

I used a giant roast, nearly a ten pound boneless top sirloin roast.  You could adjust the seasoning to taste for a smaller cut.
1 envelope dried italian dressing
1 envelope dried ranch dressing
1 can beef broth
3/4 C soy sauce
2 tbsp. liquid smoke
some garlic salt to taste

Place all of the ingredients in the crockpot and cook for a loooooong time.  I shred the meat and serve on french rolls with provolone cheese.  Serve the juice on the side to dip your sandwich in.  YUMMY!!!

Updates and Funnies (I started this post last week, just didn't get it finished.)

So my summer is nearly over.  Time goes by so fast!  The kids start school in one week and guess what?  Tyler starts seminary.  Can you believe it!?   That little (ish) baby boy that would stare up at me from the bassinet with a look of pure love is a grown up teenager.  What happened?  I still occasionally get the hugs and I love you's from him but the looks of pure love, not so much.  Some cute little girl will be getting them from him before to long I think.  I don't know if I am ready to share...

Matthew was pretty funny this week too.  We have some friends that spayed their puppy recently.  Matthew walked in their door and said, "your dog is wearing the CONE OF SHAME"  and he kept repeating himself.  "THE CONE OF SHAME."  We all got a kick out of it.  

Jules and I were talking about hair on your legs.  (Don't get me started.)  Matthew listened in on our conversation and asked; "How does hair grow on your legs?  Is it like, when you put water on them like a plant?"  Funny boy.  I will miss him when school starts.

First Day of School, 2010

What a happy and sad day the first day of school is!  I can't believe how old my kids are getting.  It's just so crazy.  They are so fun in so many different ways as they grow.  I will be posting pictures soon.  Poor Bells was just lost today.  She was a mess.  She followed me around all day fussing and crying...  I guess it will take some time for both of us to adjust.  (Sigh.....)