Showing posts from October, 2012

A Look at Last Week - Sushi and Snow

Ah so once again we return for A Look at Last Week. If you didn't catch last weeks recap you can still check it out HERE. I'm enjoying having a space to do a quick recap and share some of the things that are going on in our world.

First up is some serious snow I encountered going to and from work. I must say I don't find it terrible yet because it's so different than Vegas winters so I think this winter I'll enjoy it for the most part. Yes I'm sure there will be days I won't like the snow but overall I've never really hated it and it will be fun to enjoy it with Russell this year. My in-laws got him a cute little sled that we can strap him in and pull him through the snow so that will be fun this year. I can't wait for enough show for him to enjoy that. So far I've just slowed down going to work and understand that if I'm late I'm late. I tend to work late or work from home anyway so I figured better to arrive late than not at all. Hopef…

November Photo a Day Challenge

Alright friends! It's time again for a new photo challenge. If you've been playing along you can check out some of my past adventures that I shared on the blog. I post all the pictures for the challenge on Instagram so if you're on request to be my friend and you'll be able to see my interpretations of the photo challenge.

Just like last month I'm not all about reinventing the wheel so I use the photo challenge from Fat Mum Slim. It's an Australian based blog and Chantelle posts a new challenge each month. If you want to get involved click HERE for the list. I hope to see your fun pics online. Remember the challenge is low key. If you miss a day just post it the next day or skip and move on to whatever day you're on. Here's some pics that didn't make it into the photo challenge but were just fun anyway.

Are you participating in the Photo a Day challenge from FMS or do you have another challenge you prefer?

Saturday's Supper - Simple Cream Scones

Ah yes. Not every recipe needs to be dinner! Especially when they are delightful and delicious scones. These are not your average scone. They are light and fluffy on the inside and could be made with so many different variations it makes me happy to think about making more. YUM! They're even still good the next day unlike some scones that just turn rock hard if you don't eat them right away. I have no clue if they'd hold up to day three because we finished them off on the second day. We sent some over with my Mom and everyone reported liking them too. Don't wait, don't hesitate, go to the store and buy what you need to make these. They're definitely going to become part of my breakfast and snack recipe favorites for sure. 

Simple Cream Scones
by The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book

Resist the urge to eat the scones hot out of the oven, as letting them cool for at least 10 minutes firms them up and improves their texture.

2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpos…

I Heart My Body 2012

Ladies, and maybe gents too, tell me the last time you thought something negative about your body? Too fat here, to skinny there, too much this, or not enough that... Bad hair day, bad makeup, bad looking skin, too much cellulite, dang stretch marks, BAH! Then don't get me started on all the ads that look at ladies and say if you're around a 12 or 14 you're suddenly plus sized and must be singled out into your own category of shame. Heaven forbid you be any bigger than an 18 because then where will you be? It feels like the media and ad execs have gotten together to send one giant message of "if you're not a size 2 you obviously don't care about yourself and aren't pretty".

Well dang it all you crazy ad execs out there some of us can't be a size 2 or even a size 7 without practically starving or living at the gym. Seriously. I get that there is an obesity epidemic and some people choose to live unhealthy lifestyles full of processed and fattening …

A Look at Last Week - Ducks, Gardens and Geese OH MY!

I've decided that sometimes there are some fun pictures I've taken that I would like to share that maybe don't need a whole blog post. Should that happen you'll see my A Look at Last Week post that will include pictures from some of our adventures or the random things I've taken pictures of. With the Photo a Day Challenge going on that also sometimes produced some fun photos to share.

Do you participate in any photo challenges? What are your favorite things to take pictures of?

Pumpkin Patch Adventures

Last week my Mom and Brother went with us to the pumpkin patch. It was Russell's first time picking his own little pumpkin and he had a good time. I think he liked seeing all the people, tractors and trucks that were around. Plus it was a gloriously clear day so he could see the airplanes fly by. Russell loves trucks and airplanes. My Mom says he points to them then tries to chase after them when he sees them.

Our pumpkin patch adventures were pretty low key. It was beautiful out and since it was UEA weekend there were tons of other families and their kids there. We took lots of pictures though getting Russell to look at the camera when there were so many other things to look at was hard. We did snap a few cute pictures so I wanted to share those here.

Does your family have any Halloween or fall traditions? Do you like to go out and pick a pumpkin to carve or decorate or do you prefer the plastic ones that light up and can be used every year?

Make Your Own: Halloween Wreath

If you're new to my blog you may not know that I'm one of those uber crafty people. I've always loved arts and crafts type stuff since I was a kid and even took sewing classes back in school. Oh yes! Foods and sewing were some of my favorite classes. Those were good times. My Mom even has some of my crafty creations from back then and I still love them to this day.

Lately though with working and Russell I don't have as much time to be crafty as I'd like so when I see a good idea that's simple and easy I jump on it. That's where this project came in. I follow the blog Her Sunday. If you don't follow it yet, you should. It's all things crafty, fashion, food and more. The amazing woman behind the blog is Kim and we've shared lots of fun memories since we both first went to college at Weber State. But enough about us... On to the project.

So, if her blog is not your cup of tea you should at least check out this easy Halloween Wreath. I think this id…

Saturday's Supper - Orange Curry Couscous

Today's meal is brought to you by the United Way of Salt Lake Staff Cookbook! Folks from work could submit their favorite recipes to be included and this was one of the favorites for sure. Elizabeth actually entered this into our potluck contest and won first place with this dish. Yeah it's that good! It's light and healthy and oh so delish. It's a perfect summer dish but it will be great for a light and bright pick me up even in winter. There's nothing crazy you need to buy that you can't get year round. You could totally keep most of the ingredients on hand to make this anytime the craving strikes.

Orange Curry Couscous
by Elizabeth Garbe

2 cups water
1 1/2 cups raw couscous
1 cup minced Italian parsley
1 cup raisins
1 cup or more edamame
1 1/2 cups orange curry dressing (recipe follows)

In a small saucepan boil the water, add couscous, cover and turn off the heat; let stand covered for 10 minutes.
Toss all ingredients and serve.

1 cup seasoned rice…

Love Your Body

As some of you may know I'm doing another month of the Photo a Day Challenge. It's been a lot of fun so one day I thought I'd look a little more at some of the other things going on at Fat Mum Slim, the blog that provides the prompts for the Challenge. While I was reading some of the articles I noticed an ad on the side that said I Heart My Body 2012.

Well being a Mom and seeing that my body is not all that it used to be I thought I'd check it out and see if it was anything worthwhile. I was pleased to see it wasn't just some bogus ad for diet pills or a get skinny quick thing. It's actually an annual campaign where regular bloggers from all over the world post a picture of their body and what they love about their body.

Now I must say the campaign wasn't immediately obvious for me when I was checking out there site. I saw a link to their Facebook page and actually went there and commented on a post to ask for more details. I was pleased to see that they re…

A Look at Last Week

I wanted to share a few pictures from last weeks fun. Joe's parents came to visit us and that was a blast. I think they enjoyed having a vacation just the two of them. Every other time they've traveled it's usually with Joe's sister, aunt or niece. These trips are all good and fun too but I'm sure it's sometimes nice to just get away and have some fun.

This trip was great because they got to see Russell again. The last time they saw him was before we moved to Utah in May so he's much more mobile and active now. They took Russell to see the new Scheels store which was fun for them because Joe and his Dad love all that hunting/fishing/camping stuff. Russell likes to see the animals on all the walls and this time he enjoyed getting pushed around in this fun little cart.

Russell also found he likes this show called Jungle Junction. It's a silly show and I think Russell likes the colorful creatures. One night he was having the best time just pointing and lau…

Hawaii Here We Come!!!

This past week we went out to dinner with my family to celebrate my brother's birthday. While we were there my Mom surprised us with the news that they had got Joe, Russell and I tickets to go with them to Hawaii in May!

My Mom's side of the family is having a family reunion and we wanted to go from the first time we heard about it. Russell hasn't met most of the family and we know he'd get the chance to meet a lot of folks all in one shot at the reunion. We went back and forth before deciding we probably wouldn't be able to afford it since we also have his sisters wedding the month before. We were going to just wait and see if we ended up finding some cheap tickets at some point which we knew would be a long shot.

Luckily for us my family had a boat load of sky miles and paid for everyone's tickets with miles. We only have to buy the inter-island flight which isn't that expensive. We'll be able to stay at my Aunt's house which will be fun and Russe…

Giveaway Winner!

Last week I posted my 200th post which included a little giveaway. Though it looked like quite a few folks saw or read the post only ONE lucky person left a comment.


The winner of the Mary Kay products worth over $56 including the TimeWise Firming Eye Cream, TimeWise Age-Fighting Eye Cream, set of 6 mini-lip glosses and eye finishing set which includes tweezers and mini tube of Indulge Soothing Eye Gel is Tiffany! Congratulations!

Tiffany has a lovely blog called I am Rena's Daughter. She takes the most AMAZING pictures so hop on over and follow her blog too.Her posts are heartfelt, real and so warm and inviting.

Tiffany thanks for leaving the comment so I could give away the awesome gifts. You'll LOVE the lip gloss set. I carry the whole thing in my purse so I have a variety of colors to chose from. HE HE HE. I'll be in touch with you to get you your prize.

 Thanks again to everyone who has supported my blog through the years. It's really just my little piece of the…

Saturday's Supper - Northern Cornbread

This week's Saturday's Supper is something different. I know I've done a lot of crock pot goodness lately but this week I made a great cornbread so I wanted to share the recipe. Enjoy!

Northern Cornbread
by The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book

Don't use stone-ground whole grain cornmeal here; it will yield a drier and less tender cornbread. When corn is in season, fresh cooked kernels can be substituted for the frozen corn.

1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
1/4 cup packed (1 3/4 ounces) light brown sugar
2 large eggs
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1. Adjusted an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease an 8-inch-square baking pan.

2. Whisk the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together in a medium bowl until combined. Process the buttermilk, thawed…

Random Photo Recap

I just wanted to share some random pics I've taken this past week. The in-laws are in town for a couple days too which is a lot of fun. They enjoy seeing Russell and I think Russell enjoys the company.

What fun things have you been up to? Have you done anything special for fall?