Thursday, January 28, 2010
My mom took these pictures at the Mount Vernon Tulip Fields. It's another one of the beautiful things about where I grew up. The tulip fields are unique here in the spring, the closest I've seen are the tulip fields in Holland. Hopefully these photos will inspire Megan on her live list! You could take the train from Portland to Mount Vernon, it's a 6 hour train ride that my best friend and I did in high school. Then you can canoe around Camano Island, part of my home town! That'll take care of another item on that list!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
These are the things still on our list to do:
- Lay in the street at night
- Go to the San Juan Islands
- Race boats
- Seattle Lights
- Bike the entire Centennial trail
- Skydiving (Scott never has)
- Victorian Islands
- Go to Tonga
- Ice Caves
- Stanley Idaho
- Bridge Jumping in Idaho
- Jackson Hole, WY
- City of Rocks
- Horse Riding
- La Brea Tar Pits, Hollywood CA
- Visit Italy, and Rome temple when built
- Tour U.S. and Church History
- See the Fremont Troll
Monday, January 25, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
As for other things, I'm finally over the stomach virus that Scott so lovingly gave to me from his co-workers. Several of them had been out for a few days because of pregnancy symptoms...ahaha (considering he works with all males). AKA stomach flu. I feel bad for the little family that was outside the gas station that I chose to throw up in the trash can outside. They probably thought I was a drunk. Oh well. That has been the life of me lately.
Scott has been busy with work. He carpools driving someone to a nearby place to where he works. He did get into the English 316 class, barely! But he does enjoy it so far, he gets to work on his resume and other writing skills.
Here are some pictures from our time at the Meldrums this past weekend!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
3 C chocolate chips
4 Tbs butter
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
Put butter and chocolate chips in a pot and melt. Mix in sweetened condensed milk. Once it bubles, turn heat down. Constantly be stirring it. Line a pan with wax paper and fill and smooth out with spatula. (I like to mix it up with different flavored chips. The best is the bags of half dark chocolate and mint chips, it tastes like Andes chocolates. You can also mix peanut butter chips, butterscotch...)
This is the best pizza recipe ever!
Easiest No-Rise Pizza Dough
1 ½ cups warm water
1 Tbs yeast
3-4 cups flour
1 Tbs honey
Combine 1 ½ cups of warm water with yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes or until bubbly. Pour water into bowl of flour and honey and mix. Mix more flour as needed to get desired texture. Roll out onto pizza pan and top with pizza toppings. (this recipe makes for 2 crusts unless you like your crust super thick)
Combine 1-cup milk and 1 T. cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in 2 T. butter, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper (start this first so that the sauce will thicken up, this is plenty for two pizza’s depending on how thick you let it get)
2-3 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 (10 ounce) package prebaked pizza crust
4 Roma tomatoes, sliced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Wash hands. Cut chicken into 3/4-inch pieces. Wash hands and cutting board. Drain artichoke hearts, reserving liquid. chop artichoke hearts. Place artichoke liquid in large nonstick skillet and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Cook until most of liquid has evaporated, about 1 minute. Add chicken and garlic to skillet. Cook chicken 3 to 5 minutes or until done (internal temp 170 degrees F). Stir in artichoke hearts. Remove from heat.
Place pizza crust on baking sheet; top evenly with tomato slices. Top with chicken mixture; sprinkle with basil. Top with cheese. Bake 12 to 17 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted. SERVING SUGGESTION: Cut pizza into wedges and serve with tossed salad. Refrigerate leftovers.
1 cup Salsa (any kind you want)
1 ¼ cup brown sugar
12 oz Coke
Boneless pork roast
Place roast in crock-pot and fill half way up the roast with water. Cook 5 hours on low, drain water. Cut into smaller pieces or shred if tender enough. Mix salsa, coke, and brown sugar and pour over roast. Cook 3 hours longer. Shred roast and use on salads or in tacos.
Lime Cilantro Rice
4 tsp chicken bouillon
4 tsp minced garlic
½ bunch cilantro
1 small can green chilies
¾ tsp salt
1 Tbsp butter
½ chopped onion
3 cups rice with water (as called in directions)
Blend cilantro, chilies and onion in processor. Boil water, add all ingredients, simmer covered or until liquid is absorbed
1 buttermilk ranch dry dressing package, prepared according to directions
½ bunch cilantro
1 clove garlic
juice of 1 lime
Blend all together in food processor or blender, store in fridge
Make black beans, tortillas, chopped tomatoes, and shredded cheese, whatever you want to put on a yummy burrito! You pour the tomatillo dressing on top and if you want you could put sour cream on too.
Friday, January 15, 2010
3 Tbs butter
2 Tbs milk
1/4 C sugar
1/4 C brown sugar
3 Tbs peanut butter
1/4 C raisins or chocolate chips (opt.)
1/2 tspn vanilla
2-3 C quick oats
Melt butter. Stir in milk and sugars. Bring to a boil and continue stirring for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Stir in oats to desired texture.
*For crispy granola, spread on a cookie sheet and broil 3-4 minutes in oven.
(thanks mom Smith!)
6 C oats
1 C nuts, chopped
1/4 C sesame seeds
1/4 C sunflower seeds
1/4 C flaxseeds
3/4 C coconut
2 tspn cinnamon
2 Tbs brown sugar
1 tspn salt
1 C honey
1 Tbs vanilla
3/4 C oil
1/2 C raisins
1/2 C craisins
Mix together: oats, nuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, coconut, cinnamon, salt and sugar in a large bowl. In another bowl, mix: honey, vanilla and oil. Stir together and spread on a large cookie sheet with sides. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, stirring halfway. Stir in raisins and craisins. Store in an airtight container.
Tightwad Gazette's Homemade Granola
3/4 C brown sugar
1/3 C canola oil
1/3 C honey
5 C oatmeal
1/2 C raisins*
1/2 C dry milk
3/4 tspn cinnamon
pinch of salt
Mix brown sugar, oil and honey in a saucepan. Heat until the sugar is dissolved. Combine dry ingredients in a large cake pan. Pour sugar mixture over dry mixture and mix well. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Let cool in pan. Sotre in an airtight container.
*add raisins after cooking
1 1/3 C Flour
1 C quick-cooking oats
2 Tbs brown sugar
2 tspn baking powder
1 tspn salt
1 1/3 milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil or applesauce
1 tsp lemon juice
Opt. 1/2 C ground pecans
Opt. 1 C berry of your choice
Mix it all up and do your thing!
*To make it a little healthier we like to add wheat germ and ground up flax seed. This is a thick waffle and very fulfilling.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I started a new blog, kept my kitchen clean, manage to do a decent job on my room, kept myself updated with the latest episodes of NCIS, checked everyone's blog that I know of, picked up my favorite yoga/pilates routine, done things that Scott asks me to do...
I would like some new ideas for what I can do around my place. I don't like sitting, staring at the computer for several hours. So too many hours of Hulu is not recommended for me. I do enjoy Pandora, so I keep that on in the background. But any ideas would be appreciated!
Here's to looking forward to spring and summer.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
But my sister-in-law and brother-in-law gave me an idea. We were skyping the other night and they said that with all the things that Scott and I do to save money, we should write a book. And we said that the number one thing we'd put in that book would be "If you bought this book to save money, you made the first mistake! Return this book and check it out from the library for FREE!"
So I've started a blog on things that Scott and I do to save money, and other things. So check it out and spread the word!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
1. putting a bra on
2. getting my favorite Australian drink...courtesy of Katrina Mills
3. going to this site for some inspiration
4. taking my laptop into the kitchen
5. put on broadway station on Pandora
6. and went to work...
In the end, I cleaned the kitchen like I should and then I deep cleaned the bathroom. I then found some remaining energy and did some yoga. Now I'm sitting here, still listening to my broadway, and eating frozen grapes. mmm. Thank you White family for the fantastic idea!
If you need some motivation, read this story I wrote over a year ago!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
As of right now, both Scott and I are off track. We're still in Rexburg with mucho snow. Scott is working in Idaho Falls. It's so weird when he comes home he doesn't have homework! I have him for the rest of the night, and I just don't know what to do with myself! He is taking English 316 which meets one night a week.
For me, I am doing the housewife thing. You know, blogging-cleaning-cooking. I am taking 2 classes. Brian (brother) and I are taking Family Foundations together and I am also taking a health administration class which meets once a week.
The hopeful forecast for 2010 includes:
Scott and I keep pushing through school
I graduate in December
Brian and Mariah celebrate their 1 year!
We go to New York for our 2 year anniversary (and our friend's wedding!)
My mom goes to Europe in the summer
Those are the big things for now. We'll see how it pans out!