Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mo's 9th Birthday Bash

From left to right: Emma, Casey, Ashlyn, Kelsey, Morgan, Hannah, and Riley
She really did have to talk me into it. I hate having birthday parties! The whole idea of 8 kids running around my house.Possibly a kid getting feelings hurt or not feeling moms know the drill. I put it off for weeks and finally gave into my sweet Morgan.

It was a "PJ" party since we are anti sleepovers.  The girls painted nails, made flowers for their hair, played the kinect and watched a movie! 

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tantalizing Tuesday

I like mexican food-A LOT!!  I like soup-A LOT!!!  By now you probably think I only post soup, but I just can't help it.  It is the perfect make in the morning eat in the evening type of food.  See I have this problem, if I don't get it made early in the day, by 4 pm I am too exhausted to think about wanting to cook dinner.  If only I had a personal chef!

Chicken Enchilada Soup
1 T oil
3 chicken breasts
8 T flour(I use a Gluten Free flour mix)
2 C tomato sauce
1 C milk
5 C chicken broth plus enough to cover chicken while cooking
1 T chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder

In crockpot place chicken breast and enough broth to cover the chicken.  Cook on high 4 hours.  Shredd chicken, leaving broth in crockpot.  Pour oil in sauce pan and heat till hot, add the flour and the shredded chicken. Stir for a minute and then  add the next 7 ingredients.  Cover and simmer 15 min.  Serve with jack cheese and tortilla chips- or whatever floats your boat.

I always double this recipe as my family eats it all!!  I like soup leftovers.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hippity Happity

After weeks of bleeding and blistering fingers from Christmas Jewelry Orders, yes my friends I am quilting again. I decided to tackle something a little more difficult, so I have been cutting out hundred of kites. This quilt is for MOMOs room, I just love red and turqouise!  I am using this fabulous pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tantalizing Tuesday

Tasty Blackberry Freezer Jam

4 cups prepared fruit (buy about 4 pt. fully ripe blackberries)
3 cups  sugar, measured into separate bowl
1 box SURE.JELL For Less or No Sugar Needed Recipes Premium Fruit Pectin
1 cup  water 
RINSE clean plastic containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly.
CRUSH blackberries thoroughly, one layer at a time. (Press half of the pulp through a sieve to remove some of the seeds, if desired.) Measure exactly 4 cups prepared blackberries into large bowl.
MIX sugar and pectin in large saucepan. Stir in water. Bring to boil on medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 min. Remove from heat. Add blackberries; stir 1 min. or until well blended.
FILL all containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers; immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or freeze extra containers up to 1 year. Thaw in refrigerator before using.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011


Isn't starting a New Year suppose to bring with it some motivation-  I find myself struggling to get my rear in gear and get my crap done!!  I seriously have to talk myself into getting out the door and get rolling.  I do have some goals-things I would like to accomplish this year so I decided I better put it down on paper so that I will hold myself accountable.

1. Redo Morgans bedroom(quilt, new bed, paint)
2. Ragnar training, Ironman taining, and hopefully a marathon this year!
3. Fix dinners(gluten free) and eat better
4. Get the office organized
5. Design a craft/sewing/jewelry making room for the loft
6.  Be healthy
7. Tile the living room and office with slate
8. Build something-don't know what yet
9. Scriptures with kids daily

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tantalizing Tuesday

Breadsticks or Pizza Dough

3 c. warm (105-115 degrees) water
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. yeast
1 1/2  tsp. salt
6-9 c. flour

In a large bowl combine water, sugar, and yeast.  Let stand for 10 min or until yeast is bubbly. Add salt and stir. Add 1 1/2 c. flour and mix well. Gradually add more flour (usually between 6-8 cups, depending on your elevation and your humidity) until dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl and it barely sticks to your finger.

Spray a glass or metal bowl with cooking spray and place dough in the bowl.
Cover and allow to rise for 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Remove from bowl and place on a lightly-floured surface. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Roll into a rectangle and cut into24 strips with a pizza cutter.  I then add butter, garlic salt, and parmesean cheese.
Twist each piece of dough into a snake and then drape over your forefinger and twist the dough. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining pieces of dough. Try to space them evenly, but it's okay if they're close; pulling apart hot bread is one of life's greatest pleasures!

Cover pan and allow dough to rise for another 30 minutes

When there's about 15 minutes to go, preheat your oven to 425. When done rising, bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Rub some butter on top of the breadsticks. YUM YUM!

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Multiple Piano Festival

The girls participated in a multiple piano festival.  The are onstage with up to 24 othe pianist all playing the same music.  It was amazing.  Morgan had to present one number and she did a great job up in front of a 1000 people. 

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Yep-I havent posted since Halloween.  The holidays were super busy, my jewelry business took off with 8-10 hour work days, hardly any "real" meals fixed,, I barely finished Christmas shopping in time, and wonder what happened to my favorite month of the year.  So I do have pics to post, with probably not much dialogue-its all a blur.  Probably because my jeans are so tight right now they are cutting off circulation to my brain, hence memory loss...I know you moms know what I am talking about!

Stay tuned for Tantalizing Tuesdays return!!

New Years 2010-2011

Fun and Festivities abound.  Lots of food and games:)

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Mo's 9th Bday

Sh'e 9!!  Can't believe how time flies.  Morgan was such a good baby, always smiling and even when she cried all you had to do is tell her to stop and the tears would turn into a smile in a minute:)  She had RSV at 10 days old and has always been the one to get sick pnuemonia, and  ongoing asthma she always braves it with a smile.  This winter she was really sick, we had been to the doc several times in a week and I was starting to feel the weight of the cost of visitng a doctor.  Morgan wasn't feeling well and she brought down her wallet to help pay for the doctor, even though we didn't need her financial help, I thought it was so sweet that she thought she needed to chip in.

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Christmas Eve we made homeade tamales.

Shared some hugs:)

Ate taco soup and more tamales!

Woke bright and early to many gifts and family fun.

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