Saturday, March 28, 2009


Grace loves to be just like Caleb. She even throws like him, and at the same time...


and finishes off the throw in the same way.
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Caleb is getting so big! He has been dressing himself a lot lately. without me telling him too. this was what he came out wearing today. black t-shirt with a black and red jersey over it. black {church} pants. and his tenis shoes that have the most black. sounds like an outfit I would wear...maybe he's catching onto my love for black clothes :)
and the pose? not sure. it's his new thing if i tell him to smile for the camera.


This picture is about 8 hours later. same pose. messy face.


I wanted to get his messy hands in the picture, so i told him to hold them up...TOO cute {he's looking at his hands}! :)


This is his face after eating one of the See's Chocolate suckers. it looks much cleaner in the picture than it did in person!
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{happy}


my kids hold hands.
it's awesome.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Blessings of the Temple

{beauty}

i'm in love with http://nieniedialogues.blogspot.com/ . I don' know what words to put with the feelings i have for the entire situation. It's very mixed emotions. maybe: faith, love, reality, hope, optimism, eternal, sisters, family, enduring...beauty...
Todays really got me. I need to buy more tissues.

I generally get frustrated with the "if you think your life is bad, look at someone else who has it worse" idea. We are each given what we can handle. It isn't a comparison. I get the "count your blessings" idea...but think it could be said in a better way. What you're going through might seem like the worse possible to you, and thats valid. But the real beauty is knowing that there is greater purpose in life than what we can see at any given moment. Heavenly Father has a beautiful, loving plan for us.

If you want something inspiring in your life...follow her story.

{special treat}


Ever been having one of those days? or weeks? months? years...
Today I came home to the perfect surprise on my doorstep, from one of my awesome friends!

I hope if you're having one of those days, you have someone to brighten your day too!

{please excuse the picture...my nikon decided not to work, again. So this was taken with my phone...}
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Friday, March 13, 2009

{rewind}

I'm going through the pictures on my computer, and these ones made me smile.
Penelope Loomis
and the rest are my sister.




















Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Cilantro takes the cake!

Ok, so cilantro and cake have nothing to do with each other {or shouldnt},
but you know what i mean... it's good.
As I have said, I love Cook's Country. I recently got their Fast & Fresh book.
Yes, that's right... fast and fresh!
The Lettuce Wraps i posted are from this book.
Now introducing Beef Taco Bake...
20 oz Ro-Tel tomatoes*, drained, 1/2C juice reserved
1 (16oz) can refried beans
1Tablespoon hot sauce {i used less cause of kids}
1/4 fresh chopped cilantro
3 Cups shredded mexican cheese blend
1 1/2 lbs ground beef {i used closer to 1 lb}
1 (1.25oz) packet taco seasoning mix
12 taco shells
3 scallions {i didnt use these}
1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 475 degrees. Combine half of tomatoes, beans, hot sauce, and cilantro in bowl. Spread evenly in 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese.
2. Cook beef in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Pour off fat, then stir in taco seasoning, remaining tomatoes, and reserved tomato juice. Simmer over medium-low heat until thickened and nearly dry, 5 to 7 minutes.
3. Spoon 1 tablespoon cheese into each taco shell and top with beef mixture. Arrange tacos upright in bean mixture, cover with foil, and bake until bubbling, about 10 minutes. Remove foil, top with remaining cheese, and bake until cheese is melted, about 6 minutes. Sprinkle with scallions. Serve.
*If you can't find Ro-Tel tomatoes, substitute one 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes and one 4-ounce can chopped green chiles.
the bean/cilantro mix is so yummy! it is a bit weird to me that you have to scoop it up once you pick your taco up...maybe next time i'll just put the bean mixture in the taco? but it's worth playing around...it's good.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Another easy and yummy recipe.
This recipe says it serves 4.
I doubled it, fed 3 adults and 2 kids and had leftovers for lunch, twice.


1head iceberg lettuce
3tablespoons hoisin sauce
2tablespoons soy sauce
2tablespoons water
5cloves garlic , minced
2teaspoons grated fresh ginger
2teaspoons peanut oil or vegetable oil, plus 2 additional tablespoons
1pound ground chicken
Table salt and ground black pepper
1red bell pepper , diced
1(8-ounce) can water chestnuts , drained and chopped fine
5scallions , chopped

1. Remove 8 large, bowl-shaped leaves from head of lettuce; reserve remaining lettuce for another use. Whisk hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and water together in measuring cup. Combine garlic, ginger, and 2 teaspoons oil in small bowl.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Cook chicken, stirring to break up clumps, until just cooked through, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to bowl.

3. Add remaining tablespoon oil to skillet and heat until just smoking. Add bell pepper, water chestnuts, and scallions and cook until peppers soften, about 3 minutes. Clear center of skillet, add garlic mixture, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add chicken and sauce and stir until thickened, about 30 seconds. Spoon mixture into lettuce leaves and serve.



*{Tips}

*To cook the minced garlic and ginger without the risk of burning, mix the two together with a little oil and quickly cook them in the center of the skillet, by themselves, before stirring them into the other ingredients.

*Cook the chicken in a smoking-hot skillet so that it cooks through without drying out.