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A Look at Last Week - Crafty Goodness

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This past week was full of great times and good adventures. Some days life seems hard or frustrating and other times I look around and think how did I get such a great life! This weeks photo roundup contains a lot of crafty goodness and good times with good people. Enjoy!







Are you doing anything fun with friends or crafty for the holidays?

Saturday's Supper - Jam Thumbprints

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Today's recipe is not something I made this week but I think I may have to make this one day soon. It's a super yummy cookie recipe which I thought would be perfect for anyone participating in a cookie exchange. MMM!!!

Jam Thumbprints
by The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book

Any flavor or jam can be used for this recipe, we found seedless jams work best. For best results, bake only one sheet of cookies at a time.

1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
3 ounces (6 Tablespoons) cream cheese, softened
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Adjust the oven racks to the upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Fill a small zipper-lock bag with the jam. Whisk the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together in a medium bowl.

2. In a …

UWSL Holiday Social 2012

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I wanted to share a couple pics from last weeks Holiday Social. My work put together a fun event for our donors and partner organizations to come out and celebrate all the hard work we've been accomplishing together. There was great food and drinks and it was fun to see a lot of people I've been getting to know since I started in May.


As part of the Holiday Social we collected warm winter gear for the kids at the PAL Boxing Center. The kids there are ages 8-17 and they are able to participate in afterschool programing that includes homework help, recreation activities and boxing. The kids have to complete the homework hour before they have fun playing games or boxing which is great so they can keep their grades up at school. They also are served a hot meal through the Utah Food Bank's Kids Cafe program. Volunteers are always needed to support the kids homework hour as well as through the fun and games. The program here is amazing and if you want to get involved just let me…

Book of Lists - December Wishlist

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For those of you playing along with Kapachino's Book of Lists I wanted to share my first list for December. The theme was "wishlist". No more, no less. Interpret it as you will. I interpreted it to be more of a goal list because why wish for something if you don't plan to do anything about it.

In case you didn't read my last post about the Book of Liststhe idea originated over at Kathleen's blog Kapachino. Here's what you've got to do:

Every month there will be a topic for a list, and the object is to craft it on a blank page, take a photo of your list, then blog it. You can get elaborate scrapbook-style, or even jot it down with your favorite pen. If you want, you don’t even have to make a book and you can just blog about the list topic (even though then it’s not really a book of lists, but that’s cool). So without further adieu here is my first list:



As I mentioned, my list is all about goals for 2013. It's my Thirteen Goals for 2013! WOO! …

A Look at Last Week - Keep Calm and Drink Coffee

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So here's the roundup of some random pics from last week. I hope you enjoy them!








Do you enjoy taking photos throughout the day or do you prefer to be more deliberate in capturing your memories?

Saturday's Supper - Orzo with Garlic-Ginger Vegetables

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For those of you, like me, who indulged in all the lovely food that was available for Thanksgiving this is a great recipe to help soothe angry bellies back into submission. It's also a great and light dish to help you get back on track with any weight loss goals you may have, if you're working on that. It's light, it's healthy and you can definitely tailor it to your families liking. Even little Russell loved this recipe so I'm sure this will become a regular in our house. Enjoy!

Orzo with Garlic-Ginger Vegetables
Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons minced peeled gingerroot
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 cups sliced baby carrots
2 cups sliced baby zucchini
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules, dissolved in 3/4 cup boiling water
2 1/2 cups cooked orzo
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste

1. In a wok or large skillet over low heat, heat the oil. …

Book of Lists

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Sometimes I like to be really creative and come up with my own ideas but a lot of times it's just easier to jump on the bandwagon with another persons creativity. BA HA HA! So today's nugget of goodness comes through Her Sunday and it's called Book of Lists. For those of you who love making lists read on. If the thought of writing out a list sends shivers down your spine skip on and come back for my next post.

The idea originated over at Kathleen's blog Kapachino. Here's what you've got to do:
Every month there will be a topic for a list, and the object is to craft it on a blank page, take a photo of your list, then blog it. You can get elaborate scrapbook-style, or even jot it down with your favorite pen. If you want, you don’t even have to make a book and you can just blog about the list topic (even though then it’s not really a book of lists, but that’s cool).
I am super crafty but I also know my limitations with time so I'm taking the basic idea ar…

Giving Tuesday

It's like Black Friday only better! Well, at least for the soul that is. Fear not! There will be no trampling, pepper spraying, fighting or anger on Giving Tuesday. Here's the idea:
On Tuesday November 27, 2012 charities, families, businesses and individuals are coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. It’s a simple idea. Find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to join in acts of giving. Tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters. Join a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.
I love this idea because it seems like everyone is super thankful for all this stuff and then they go out and bust out some serious hostility and craziness just to buy the latest gadgets and toys. (Remind me again what you're truly thankful for? HA HA HA!) Anyway, I love the concept of taking a day to look at you and your families situation and deciding …

A Look at Last Week - So Much to be Thankful For

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Whenever I feel that life is hard or that I wish I had something more it never fails that life sends me a gentle reminder that I have it pretty good over here. I recently saw some friends lose loved ones which just reminds us how fragile life is and that we should constantly work to live in the moment and love those around us as much as we can because we never know when that moment will be the last. I think we always hope we have decades left with our loved ones but if we're real with ourselves we should see that's not always the case. So this week I wanted to recap a few more things I've been thankful for this week. There are so many blessed and beautiful things in my life and I hope to never forget that.










If you celebrate it, did you have a great Thanksgiving? How do you live in the moment and enjoy the little things in life? What matters most to you during the holiday season?

Saturday's Supper - Pumpkin Cheesecake

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In case you haven't had enough of holiday type foods today's recipe is lighter and totally different from your typical cheesecake. It's lighter and almost more of a custard-type consistency (though not quite that smooth) and it's not that rich cheesecake flavor because it doesn't have cream cheese in it. That being said if you are open to trying something new and different I think you'll like it. The first few bites for me were deciding if I liked this or not but once I realized it wasn't going to be a typical cheesecake I decided I loved it! Plus it's super healthy compared to a typical cheesecake since it's only 6 points (serves 6) on Weight Watchers. BOOM!

Pumpkin Cheesecake
Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook

9 graham crackers (2 1/2" squares), made into crumbs
1 cup low-fat (1%) cottage cheese
3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
3/4 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Thankful Thursday - Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it! I hope you have a wonderful day filled with delightful goodness all around! In our family the traditions vary but they pretty much all equal getting together and eating lots of tasty food.

 When we lived in Vegas we'd gather for lunch at my in-laws because they all typically had to work that night. (Yep, casino workers and nurses don't get days off because of holidays.) We'd enjoy turkey, corn, green beans, rolls and mashed potatoes and gravy. The tradition typically included having a snack platter with olives, veggies and those tiny pickles that everyone in his family loves. Those typically were gone before dinner hit the table. HA HA HA! Oh and of course FOOTBALL! Joe's family is from Wisconsin so they are die hard Packer Fans. Since I have no team of my own, I am a fan by association. HA!


I think this year will be our first Thanksgiving with my family. My Mom will cook a delish spread of yummy goodness and we're …

Adventures in Food - So. Jo. Yo!

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Holla at my hommies who live on this end of the world. Yeah that's right. For some people who live downtown South Jordan is the other end of the world but I love it. It's close to the family and it's been good to us so far. Anywho... My picks for food this week are both in South Jordan and both right across the street from each other. YES! Nothing like quick and easy.


My first pick for a fabulous food adventure is Saffron Valley. You can read my Yelp review HERE. I love Indian/Himalayan food and this place will not disappoint. They have a lunch buffet that is available every day from 11-3 so if you've never tried Indian food I suggest you give that a try first to see what you like and don't like. Some of the food had a little spicy kick and others were very mild. They have a variety of vegetarian and meat dishes along with some tasty sauces you can try.


As mentioned in my review you can check out their cooking classes in case you want to learn to make some of these…

A Look at Last Week - Random Goodness

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So I had some fun pics to share and they're rather random when combined so I'm sharing them here.








What's happened in your world in the past week? Are you planning anything fun for this week for Thanksgiving?