Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Now... what does one do with all that wealth? To quote Spiderman:
"Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: 'With great power comes great responsibility.' This is my gift, my curse."
Just some food for thought for the day!
6 tbsp cocoa
1 cup flour
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 7 oz marshmallow cream
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups chocolate chips
4 cups Rice Krispies
Cream butter and sugar, and add eggs. Stir in cocoa, flour, vanilla, and salt. Spread into greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 min, or until done. Cool. Spread marshmallow cream on top. In sauce pan, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips. Stir in cereal, and spread on top of marshmallow layer.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
So, for those of you to whom this applies, my question is this: How big is/are (or was/were) your baby(ies) at three months of age? I would love to know!
My name's Aubrey and I have the sweetest, most energetic 17-month old son. I love being able to stay at home with him and watch him grow into his own little person. It's amazing to me to see the things that he learns even when I don't think he's listening to me at all!
My husband, Matt, and I have been married for just over four years. Right now he is working full-time and is in school studying Computer Graphics and Web design. We live in Michigan and love it (even though I don't know why sometimes with the crazy weather!) and we plan on being here for a while. I didn't figure out what I wanted to go to school for until after we had Bauer, so I hope to go back at some point. I would like to study music. I play the flute and the bassoon and I'm slowly learning the piano. Music is one of my biggest passions and now I can't wait to study it! (I know, I'm a big nerd!)
We got married a few months after Linz and her hubby did and we ended up moving in right next door to them in a townhouse complex. I kind of knew them from the singles ward we went to but after we moved in we started hanging out all the time and it was so much fun! They're some of the greatest people that we've ever met and Texas is really lucky to have them.
Anyway, that's me in a nutshell and I'm really excited get to know more of you and get some words of wisdom from other moms!
1. Potty training usually takes about three months (although after the first month, I thought it had been at least a year already).
2. There's a great DVD, Potty Power, that she absolutely LOVES! Her friend from school let us borrow it, and she can't get enough. It's pretty hokey, but she sings all the songs and asks me to skip to the fairy tale part of the movie often.
3. We usually get Pampers pull-ups, but Target didn't have the big box of them last time I went, so I got Huggies instead (thinking that she would love the Disney Princess prints even more than the Dora on Pampers). Although she LOVED the princesses, after wearing the first pair, she cried and begged for a diaper because the Huggies "hurt." The velcro sides irritated her skin, although I had thought they were a great idea as opposed to the finality of tear-away sides on the Pampers.
Anyway, just thought I'd pass these thoughts on, since potty training is pretty much all I think about right now! :)
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine
2 tsp. vanilla
48 rolo candies, unwrapped :)
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped nuts (i prefer pecans), divided into 1/2 cups
1/2 cup sugar
Beat together sugars and butter until fluffy. Mix in vanilla and eggs and beat well. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Mix in with wet mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped nuts. Cover and chill. While cooling, unwrap Rolo candies. Mix 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 1/2 cup sugar. Roll a spoonful of dough around each candy. Press balls of dough on one side into pecan mixture. Bake sugar side up at 375 for 7-10 minutes until cookies crack on top. *I also like to melt some white chocolate chips and drizzle them with a pastry bag on top. It adds color, flavor and keeps the nuts and sugar in place!
2/3 c. packed brown sugar
3/4 c. margarine
1 egg, beaten slightly
2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips (or milk - whatever you want)
1 c. coarsely chopped nuts ( I actually never put the nuts in)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/3 c. (8 oz. package) Heath Bits O' Brickle Almond Toffee Bits
Heat oven to 350. Grease 9x13 pan. Combine flour and brown sugar in large bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add egg, mix well with pastry blender ( I don't own a pastry blender, but a fork works great too). Stir in 1 1/2 c. chocolate chips and nuts; set aside 1 1/2c. of this crumb mixture for later.
Press remaining crumb mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over hot crust; set aside 1/4 c. of toffee bits. Sprinkle remaining toffee bits over sweetend condensed milk. Sprinkle remaining reserved crumb mixture and 1/2 c. chips over top.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Do not overcook. Top with reserved toffee bits. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.
1 c. sugar
1 c. peanut butter
1 cup chocolate morsels
1 c. white syrup
6 c. Rice Krispies
1 cup butterscotch morsels
Combine sugar and syrup in saucepan. Bring to boil while stirring. Remove from heat and add peanut butter. Stir well. Add to Rice Krispies in large bowl. Mix well. Spread mix evenly in a buttered 4 x 9 inch pan. Melt morsels together on low heat, stirring constantly, or in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Spread evenly on top of Scotcharoo's. When cool, cut into 2 x 2 inch squares.
(not exactly the right season right now, but soooo good!)
(For another dessert recipe, see Five Flavor Cake)
2 c. sugar
1 c. oil (or applesauce)
2 c. flour
2 c. pumpkin
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Icing (on cold cake):
1 3oz. package softened cream cheese
1/2 stick softened butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 box powdered sugar
Mix the first 8 ingredients until well blended. Pour into well greased and floured tube pan. (I don't know what a tube pan is but I use an angel food cake pan...is that a tube pan?) Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees (it was a done a little sooner than that in my oven).
For icing, blend cream cheese and butter. Add vanilla, sugar, and enough milk to mix (usually only takes a few spoonfuls, depends on how runny you like your icing). If you like a lot of icing, double the recipe.
The sky is the limit: cookies, cakes, pies, cheesecake, fudge, brownies or even ice cream shakes! I'm so excited to get all these delectable dessert ideas!
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Lindsay and I were roommates at MSU; actually I've lived with several blog contributors: Stephanie, Kristi, Bethany, Linz, and Katie Brooks pretty much, although we didn't technically live together:) I married my sweetheart Adam in May of 2005, and we live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I have been in college for 8 long years now, and I am finally going to get my doctorate in physical therapy in August after I finish my last clinical rotation this summer. I hope to only have to work part-time after I graduate so that I can spend as much time as possible raising my boys.
I am excited about this blog, but I'm afraid I might not have much to contribute as far as being a domestic diva. I'm an awful cook and very new at the mom thing, so I'm hoping to learn a lot from all of you. I do love anything related to exercise and fitness, so if there are any posts on these subjects, I may be able to throw some knowledge in. Besides the fact that these are the focus of my career as a physical therapist, I'm currently trying to lose the extra 20 pounds of baby weight I'm carrying around, so I'm pretty much obsessed with anything related to working out:)
Saturday, February 24, 2007
8 oz. sour cream
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 oz. diced green chilis, well drained
1 c. grated Cheddar cheese
1/2 c. chopped green onion
4 oz. chopped black olives, well drained
Garlic powder, to taste
Seasoned salt, to taste
5 (10 inch) flour tortillas
Mix all ingredients, except tortillas, together thoroughly. Divide the filling and spread evenly over tortillas; roll up tortillas. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, twisting ends. Refrigerate for several hours. Unwrap and cut in slices 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Yield is about 50 pinwheels. Serve with salsa.
Friday, February 23, 2007
- I grew up in Colorado but I can't ski to save my life.
- I can't ice skate, either.
- Or rollerblade.
- And I have a bike phobia.
- In fact, I stink at anything that has to do with balance.
- But I can horseback ride and swim like a fish. So I do have some fun once in a while.
- I met my tall, dark and handsome husband, Jeff, at BYU Provo. Even though he's really good at skiing, ice skating, rollerblading and bike riding, he's also good at swimming and horseback riding so it worked out.
- Now we live in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (good for swimmers) while the tall, dark, handsome one goes to dental school. He's in his second of four years.
- In November our tag team became three with the arrival of Collin, who is small, balding and handsome. He's not very good at anything in facts 1-6 yet but he is really good at eating, sucking on his fingers and filling up diapers. He also has a fantastically cute smile:
I am excited to be a part of this blog and I hope to become a domestic diva like all the other ladies here!
P.S. If you want to learn more about us (or see more pictures of Collin--I know that's all anyone really wants anyway!), check out our family blog by clicking here!
I have only fed little V rice cereal up to this point, and I've actually done it twice a day this past week. This weekend I want to add a vegetable in. I was going to do one rice cereal meal and one vegetable meal. A pediatrician told me to do one single ingredient food for a whole week. That way the child gets used to the taste and you can monitor their body's reaction to it. The other day I went and bought peas to start this weekend. My thinking was that if I started with something sweet that she wouldn't like something like peas later, but is there any validity to that thought? How do I do this??
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
The reason I ask--I have a 3.5 month old--and it seems all the sudden it just got really hard. It seems the new-ness of being a mother has worn off and I am constantly struggling with enjoying being a mom. I feel like all the women around me feel like motherhood is the best thing that ever happend to them, and I feel like it may be one of the hardest. I just have to think I am not the only one in the world that has ever felt this way, so what are your thoughts and opinions?
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Nacho Cheese Dip
1 lb ground beef
1 large regular Velveeta cheese (I forget how many lb that is)
1 small Mexican Velveeta cheese
1 jar salsa (can be mild, medium, or hot depending on your preference)
1-2 tomatoes, finely chopped
Cut all cheese into small chunks, and toss in crockpot. Brown ground beef, and add along with remainder of other ingredients when cheese has begun to melt. Serve when dip is hot and cheese is completely melted.
While reading all of these deliciously yummy recipes, I got so excited I thought that it would be a grand idea to compile them all into our very own Sugar & Spice Cookbook! I've starting combining them all already, so that you don't have to print each recipe out as you get them. (Unless of course you want it right this minute and just can't wait!) Once we've got all the recipes posted, I'll send it to your email address as a word document and then you can print it out all at once. I've formatted the recipes on half pages to conserve paper. I think what I'll do with mine is hole punch the top twice and then insert 2 silver rings and hold them together that way. That's my plan anyway.
So...PLEASE keep sending your recipes in! That way we'll each have a mondo book to use as a cooking/entertaining/deliciously yummy resource.
Monday, February 19, 2007
1. Say you only had a one-hour naptime (your kids' nap, of course--not yours) to get all your cleaning done. (a) How much of the house would you probably get done, and (b) What part of the house is your first priority?
2. What is the best way to clean a shower tub? I mean really clean it, not just squirt a little bit of scrubbing bubbles over the top. I'm talking hardcore, pull-out-the-rubber-gloves, break-a-sweat-till-your-arm-aches cleaning. What do you use? The same question applies for mopping the floor.
3. What motivates and/or inspires you to keep up with your cleaning week after week?
So what are your opinion of these letters? I've had them for recipes, dish towels, kid's books, kid's stickers, flip-flops and socks. I've always been a pretty willing participant. Who doesn't want 36 pairs of flip-flops or a plethora of new recipes? Of course, I always get shafted and receive, usually, nothing in return. So if nobody ever really participates, how do these things keep being perpetuated?
Do you participate?
Are you just annoyed?
Would you participate if you felt like you would actually get what was promised?
1 8 oz. philadelphia cream cheese
1 4 oz. pillsbury crescent dinner rolls
1 egg yolk - beaten
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On ungreased cookie sheet roll out 2 crescent rolls (connected and flat into rectangular shape). Place brick of cream cheese on top of rectangle and then sprinkle generously on top of cream cheese with dill weed. Place the other rectangle of crescent rolls on top of cheese brick and fold down around cheese. Brush on all sides (except bottom) with beaten egg yolk.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until outside is golden brown.
Serve with favorite crackers.
Baked Brie with Cranberry-Pecan Marmalade
½ C. dried cranberries
3 T. dark brown sugar
2 T. dried currants**
½ tsp. minced fresh ginger
¼ tsp. ground allspice
¼ tsp. dry mustard
1/8 tsp. cloves
2 oz. pecans, chopped
1 whole round Brie cheese, about a pound
3-4 kiwis, peeled and thinly sliced
In pot over medium heat combine 6 T. water and cranberries, brown sugar, currants, ginger, allspice, mustard and cloves. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring, until cranberries are plump and liquid thickens to consistency of jam, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in pecans. Transfer to bowl; cool completely in refrigerator***. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, then top with Brie. Spread cranberry mixture over top of Brie. Bake in 350 degree oven until Brie is heated through and swells slightly, about 25-30 minutes. Carefully transfer to serving platter. Serve with kiwi and crackers.
*I usually double the ingredients for the topping.
**Raisins can be used instead of currents in a pinch.
*** I was in a rush and didn’t cool the topping before putting it on the brie and it was fine.
Toffee Dip With Apples
3/4 Cup packed brown sugar
1/2 Cup powdered sugar
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (8 Oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
3/4 Cup toffee bits (about 4 oz.)
1 Cup pineapple juice
6 Red Delicious apples, each cored and cut into wedges
6 Granny Smith apples, each cored and cut into wedges (can subsitute other crisp apples)
Combine first four ingredients in a bowl, beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add toffee bits, mix well. Cover and chill.
Combine juice and apples in a bowl, toss well. Drain apples. Place apples in an airtight container and seal and chill. Serve dip with apples.
Yield 32 appetizers.
Can be made up to 12 hours ahead.
1 can black beans
3/4 cup mexican blend cheese, divided
3/4 cup salsa, divided
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 pressed garlic cloves
2 teaspoons taco seasoning mix
3/4 cup diced red bell pepper, divided
1/2 cup whole kernel corn
Mix beans, 1/2 cup cheese, 1/4 cup salsa, lime juice, pressed garlic and taco seasoning mix. Spread mix in bottom of dish. Sprinkle 1/2 cup bell pepper and the corn over bean mixture. Spoon remaining salsa over corn mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes and top with remaining cheese. Serve with tortilla chips. ENJOY!
2 cups parmesan cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
16 oz. can artichoke hearts, finely chopped and drained
Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve with crackers.
A) 100% of the time. My child is a perfect angel and seems to be enjoying the lesson almost as much as I am.
B) 75% of the time. He/she is sometimes a little fussy, but a quick rocking/bouncing around or feeding will solve that problem.
C) 50% of the time. My husband and I usually trade off half-way through the meetings. That we each get a small portion of our Sunday spirituality in for the week.
D) 25% of the time. I heard the prelude music, bowed my head for the prayer and partook of the sacrament...then spent the rest of the 3-hour block roaming the halls of the church.
I'm just so curious. Ever since adding this sweet bundle of joy to the Koudelka Clan, I just don't feel like I've been able to participate and get everything out of my church meetings that I used to. Even if I time everything just right, I still feel like I'm spending lots of time out of the chapel or classroom. Any tips?
2 8oz packages of cream cheese
1 cup mayo
1 pkg dry ranch dressing mix
3/4 cup finely chopped veggies (ie. colored peppers, broccoli, carrots, whatever you want) you can use more than 3/4 cup too if you want
2 packages of crescent rolls unrolled, baked and cooled (Spread one out and close all the gaps then on a separate sheet spread the other one out and close its gaps)
Mix cream cheese, mayo and dry ranch mix in a bowl. Spread mixture onto baked and cooled unrolled crescent rolls. Sprinkle veggies on top and voila!!!!!
This is seriously awesome, I love it.
You can use reduced fat everything and it is still great.
ps. If you want, you can use Bobli (sp?) bread instead of the crescent rolls. Just be sure to bake and cool the bread first.
2 lb. mushrooms, cleaned and de-stemmed
1 lb. Jimmy Dean Hot sausage (light works fine), browned
1 8 oz. package cream cheese (light works fine)
1 Tblsp. worcestershire sauce
Clean mushrooms, brown sausage and drain. Mix sausage with softened cream cheese and worcestershire sauce. Spoon into mushroom caps and bake for 10 minutes at 350. Then broil for five minutes. Easy, yummy and everyone's always impressed at how simple they are to make!
2 cans whole water chesnuts, drained
1/2-1 lb. bacon, cut in halfs or thirds
6 Tbsp. chili sauce
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
Wrap chestnuts with bacon and secure with a toothpick. Broil 5-6 minutes. Mix together chili sauce, brown sugar and mustard (I almost always have to make 1 1/2 batches of sauce). Dip wrapped chestnuts in sauce and return to oven to bake at350 for 20 minutes.
Avocado Bean Dip
1 can small black beans and juice
1 can white corn, drained (yellow corn works fine too)
1/2 sweet onion, chopped fine
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
fresh lime juice from 2 limes
1-2 avocados, not too mushy, diced
Mix together first five ingredients. Add the avocado. It's yummy with those lime tostitos!
Sorry if I went overboard! I love appetizers!!!!! Can't wait to hear everyone else's ideas!
Sunday, February 18, 2007
1 c. water
1/2 c. butter or stick margarine
1 c. all-purpose flour (self-rising can be used, but I never have)
4 large eggs
1 box of instant vanilla pudding (or a container of pre-made or a snack pack, whatever's easier for you--you could also use ice cream)
1. Heat oven to 400.
2. Heat water and butter to rolling boil in 2 1/2-quart saucepan. Stir in flour; reduce heat to low. Stir vigorously over low heat about 1 minute or until mixture forms a ball; remove from heat.
3. Beat in eggs, all at once, with spoon; continue beating until smooth. Drop dough by level tablespoonfuls (I use a cookie baller) about 3 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until puffed and golden. Cool away from draft, about 30 minutes. Cut puffs horizontally in half. Fill with pudding (don't overfill--a little goes a long way); replace top half. Serve with chocolate sauce. Makes 36 profiteroles.
A special Sugar & Spice series begins tomorrow! Every Monday, for the next several weeks, a new recipe category will be posted. Please post one or more of your favorite recipes in that category during that week. If everyone contributes, we will end up with quite a collection, sure to spice up our lives! Please post recipes that you have tried yourself and that you LOVE! First category will be posted tomorrow so stay tuned! (If you would like to suggest a category, contact either me or Stacibee.) Please also continue to post and comment about anything that comes into your mind or into your life. We have had some great posts and comments thanks to you all. Hope you're having a restful and wonderful Sunday!
Saturday, February 17, 2007
So my last parenting book only took us to a year old and Megan's almost 13 months! Any good suggestions for parenting books on toddlers/one + age, etc? So far I've stuck to "what to expect" and "the happiest baby on the block". Any ideas now that she's getting older?
Thursday, February 15, 2007
So...I know politics are a very devisive topic, but I'm interested to know...what do you think? Do you know who you're going to vote for? Could a female be the president? Will an African American? What would the effect be like for the church if an LDS president was voted into office? What does the United States of America have in store during the next 4 years?
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
I get to try my hand at this in the next month or so and wanted to hear about your experience. My plan is to go middle of the road - use techniques I learned from my lamaze class, possibly some narcotics. I want to avoid an epidural - because the thought of a needle in my back and no control of my body freaks me out, and I also want to feel connected to this experience, even if it is painful.
I will keep an open mind, though, because I won't know how effective lamaze techniques, etc. are for me until I am actually in labor!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
I am always looking for more delicious ways to incorporate vegetables at dinner. What do you do? I do green salads, sometimes just steam fresh vegetables, recently tried roasting potatoes with zucchini, squash, EVOO, and S&P, and I like those frozen bags that steam in the microwave. What ideas do you have? I don't know much about roasting (only tried it once). Any insights in the roasting arena too?
Monday, February 12, 2007
I can't imagine what it's like to go through something like this. I like to think that I would have sufficient faith in Heavenly Father to get through a trying time like this and have the strength to care for my child and move forward. I've had small experiences in my life that have left me saddened, frustrated and feeling very desperate and low, but fortunately with the Lord's help and the prayers and well-wishes of others, I was able to get through it. What about something as monumental and significant as this? How does one move on?
Sorry about my obsession with hyrdated skin! The other day NTG and I decided hand lotion by Vaseline Intensive Care is just not going to cut it anymore. My hands get dry and my knuckles crack really easily. We stared at the selection in the Target aisle the other day for about 10 minutes and decided that each of us would choose one new one try out. We bought Aveeno and St. Ive's. They seem to be pretty good so far, especially Aveeno. What is your favorite?
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Hi gang! I was working on a project for singing time and came across a great website with tons of fun and cute fonts that you can download for FREE! I got great ideas for projects, scrapbook journaling, etc. I had so much fun I had to share it. Check it out!
Friday, February 9, 2007
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Who? What? Where? (This one is a really fun drawing game my Mom discovered and you don't have to be good at drawing to enjoy it. We love it.)
Our little one is too long for her carrier but too little to go forward facing. We need a new carseat but our life is complicated! Her Dad takes her to the babysitter, the babysitter takes her in the car while she drives her own daughter to school, and I pick up and drive her around the rest of the week! With the carrier, it's easy-clicking into stationary bases and buckling it in. But with bigger carseats, they're harder to move around and I'm a stickler for having them installed correctly. So I'm worried we'll have to buy up to three carseats which seems so crazy for one kid! Besides the fact that we can't afford it! Any ideas?
Monday, February 5, 2007
Are You Too Old to Have a Baby? This article poses that very question.
I dunno. I was 24 years old when I had Baby "I". To be honest, I thought I would be lots younger when I had my first. I thought I would be lots younger when I got married too, but I wasn't and I'm really happy with the way things turned out.
It seems like women both in the church and in general are getting married and starting families when they are a little "older." It worked well for me. I was able to get my degree right before I got married, so I had that checked off of my "Things To Do" list.
What do you think? What's the "perfect" age?
Saturday, February 3, 2007
I am getting the biggest kick out of the Logan connection! Of course, it's making me feel very old, but that's okay...I spent four wonderful years in Logan! ...in 1999! I must confess I'm not a true Aggie, I never lived in Old Farm, and I never watched a movie projected on a bedsheet up Logan Canyon, but I had some fun adventures! Thanks to Staci for inviting all of these people who are making me wax nostalgic these past few weeks....
Does anyone have any tips about helping your babies with stranger anxiety? Little v is 5 months old and it is just starting. Someone else will hold her and she'll be silent for a few momenets, get a scared look, and gradually start a cry. I know it is our fault. We have pretty much been the sole "holders" since birth. We have not lived near any family and she has not been held by many others. She is kind of a spit-up queen so that is one of the reasons why I have hesitated to have others hold her (especially in their Sunday best at church).
We visited my family in Chicago for Turkey Day and Christmas. NTG and I went to the movies during each holiday weekend and left her with my Mom but that is the only time she has been left. So, yes, it is our fault, but now I'm wishing that she would feel more comfortable when held by others. If we are holding her, she will give a big smile to any stranger.
Now I'm getting closer to the point where I feel I would hire a babysitter or leave her with a future friend in Texas, but what will happen?! Will she be scared out of her wits? I'm not sure I could even relax on a date with NTG if I was worried about these things. Any tips on stranger anxiety??
I am a friend if Staci and I'm so excited she invited me to this blog. It looks like soo much fun! What a good Idea!
Well I have been married for about 3 1/2 years and have a one year old little boy named Sam. We live in Logan while Bronson (my husband) is getting his masters in Landscape Architecture. He has about a year left. I am from St. George and Bronson is from Kaysville. We have enjoyed our time here in Logan but I think we are both ready to move on.. haha. Its way to cold here for me! I went to hair school a while back and did hair for about 3 years. I needed a break from it so after I had my baby I stopped. I now work at Icon, testing exercise exquipment a couple times a week. The best job I've ever had! And I am also a Modbe consultant now.
Friday, February 2, 2007
Buffalo Wing Dip
1 package cream cheese
2 cans of chicken breast meat, drained
1 whole bottle of Frank's "Red Hot" Buffalo Wing Sauce (Make sure it's that particular one!)
1/2 cup Blue cheese dressing
2 cups mozzarella cheese (Try to find the cheese with 2% milk rather than skim. It melts better.)
Spread cream cheese across the bottom of a 8x8 glass pan. Stew chicken meat in Frank's sauce for approximately 20 minutes. Then put the chicken mixture over cream cheese. Pour the blue cheese dressing over the chicken and then sprinkle cheese on top. Bake in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes.
Serve with tortilla chips. It's SOOO good!
* You can substitute the Blue Cheese Dressing for Ranch if you'd like. Doesn't have quite the ZING, but it's still yummy.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
1 pkg. chopped romaine lettuce
1 pkg. grape or cherry tomatoes
1 pkg. imitation crab
3/4 c. mayo
Peel and cut cucumber to match size of chosen tomatoes. You can either cut or break up the imitation crab. Combine everything in one bowl just before serving.
This salad goes really well with grilled steak, but it's definitely delicate so don't mix it until you're ready to eat.
Joni here. I'm kinda late joining y'all, but I took a look at the blog and said, Hey I have got to get on there! I'm Staci's friend from Nu Hoz (college choir). I'm 27, live in Omaha, NE and I have 2 kids. Teia will soon be 4 and Radley is 18 mo.
I'm a singer, a reader, a writer, and a lover of fine chocolate (that would be anything finer than those yucky chocolate coins you used to get as a kid). My husband is a CPA. If and of you know someone looking to go into that field, discourage them if they are the type of person who likes working less than 70 hours a week. I play single mom a few months out of the year and while I feel I'm getting better at it, I still hate being away from my man.
I have my own blog called Oopsa-Daysies. Stop on by and leave me a comment sometime.
Can't wait to get caught up.
Five Flavor Cake
2 sticks butter or margarine
1/2 c. shortening
3 c. sugar
5 eggs (beaten for 5 minutes)
3 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 c. milk
1 tsp each cocunut, rum, butter, lemon, and vanilla extract
Cream butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add beaten eggs. Combine flour and baking powder and add to creamed mixture alternating with milk. Stir in flavorings. Spoon mixture into greased and floured tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees for one and a half hours. Add glaze before removing from pan.
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. water
1 tsp. each cocunut, rum, butter, lemon, and almond extract.
Combine in heavy saucepan and bring to a boil and stir until sugar melts. Spoon over hot cake and let sit until cool. Remove cake from pan when cool.