Showing posts from December, 2012

A Look at Last Week - Crafty Goodness

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

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

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

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

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

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. …