Monday, March 10, 2014

Birthday Extravaganza 2014!!

Once again.....Blown away!!  

Massage in the morning of my actual birthay. So wonderful!

I took this picture of this console at Massage Envy because I loved it and wanted to show Jason how amazing it is that a console can produce heat and send it out into the living room.  ;)
 Then shopping all day with my momma!  I updated some of the decorations around our home.  It was fabulous!
 That evening Egan's offered to take the girls so Jason and I could go see a movie.  That was super cool of them!  We went to see Willamina.  A very good show!

Saturday afternoon, after dropping the girls off at Wood's.  Which was super cool of them to do also! Jason took me to 'Get Some Ammo' and we shot guns!  Um, SOOO fun!!  It was a blast!!
 This is the second target we used.  The first one had a bunch of holes up around the top right by it's head.  That was before Jason taught me how to use the thingy you look through to aim properly. 
 Oh, here it is.  Amazing aim I have. ;)
 Then, down to Anniversary Inn to Savannah Nights room.  It was gorgeous!!  That door is an entryway to a turret.  It has a nice table in there for dining.

 Dinner at Brio at City Creek.  Very swanky and completely overpriced but way fun every once in a while!
 The next day was super warm so we took a little jaunt up to Memory Grove Park in SLC.  I found it to be really pretty and frankly, quiet nice to have a memorial in SLC that's not dedicated solely to the pioneers.  I found an Egan on the list of soldiers.  Pretty cool!
 World War I soldiers who gave their lives.

The Wood's took us out for dinner and a movie the next weekend also.  I'm one lucky gal!



 It's totally okay that you sighed AWWW audibly! We're cool!  I'll keep it to myself.
 Cuz, she's THAT cute.

I KNOW!!!!!!

That dog is NEKED!!! Poor thing has to wear a fleece vest that makes her look like a grandma dog to bed every night because she gets cold. Shivers even. :(

I must say though, the amount of fur we have to deal with has gone down like 440%!  Dog's just gonna have to look like a grandma dog.

Get Air = Get a Strained Ankle

It's all fun and games until someone strains their ankle.  

Oh hey, look. A picture that's in focus.
Below is a picture of Allie's poor ankle about an hour after landing on it wrong.  It got about twice as big the next day but thankfully, it is better now.  The bruising is still slightly there after about 3 weeks. : (

Her first thoughts after screaming and crying terribly for 20 min
             "Does this mean I can't jump anymore?" 


To Girls From Dad and Mom:

 To Julie from Jason:

                                                               To Jason from Julie:

 Awwww!  Look closely and you'll see she has a stuffed bunny cuddled up under her chin. :)

Cousins with wigs

So, my mom wears wigs.  I'm pretty sure she'd have a heart attack if she knew I was telling the world this but I figure she tells a lot of people so it's not like a huge secret. Plus, I don't think she ever reads this so, I'm probably good. :)  If she does happen upon this mom, I think you look amazing with them on!

One evening of a sleepover, these two little's went and found some of said wigs and surprised my mom.  I laughed pretty hard to see this diddy. 

She has a ton

Monday, January 27, 2014

Winter Fun?

I hesitate to call it fun when it's freezing outside.  I'm very much a warm weather type of person!  However, here are a few 'funner' winter scenes.
 Remember when it snowed in Utah?  Good times.

Thanks to Martin Luther King Jr and his dream, we were able to walk on water!  Heading home from my parent's, the girls and I were talking about all the ice fishers out on Pineview.  I thought.  Hey.  We have time.  We're together. The ice is sufficiently frozen.  Let's go walk on the water!!

Side note: 
 It's kind of mind boggling to me that in all my 21 years living in the O Valley,  it wasn't until my 20th year that I finally headed out on the frozen lake, with my then boyfriend, on the Millennial New Year's Eve, with fireworks going off all around the valley.  I was hoping for our first kiss but it didn't happen then.  Boo!  Would've made a heck of a story though right?  

Any who, it was exhilarating (being on the ice) and I wanted my girls to experience this little adrenaline rush.  I think I'm sort of a junkie sometimes.  Allie was totally up for it and Ellyse was like NO! NO! NO MOM! NOOOOOOO!  I dragged her along anyway and guess what?!  She loved it.  See what happens when you bully your kids into doing things?

They loved being able to see down in the holes.  We didn't have coats on us so we made use of the blankets in the car.  Viola!

 This would be one awesome sledding hill!
 I accidentally started taking like a hundred photo's somehow and some of them didn't turn out too bad.  So, I tried taking some more.  Who knows, may be a career in photography is in my future?  

 Nah, probably not. ;)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Southwest Chicken Salad - Knock off of GoodWood's Toss and Turn salad

A few weeks back, we went with the Wood's to Goodwood for Lance's birthday celebration. Honestly, I haven't found anything there that was amazing and I was on Christmas food overload so, a salad sounded great to me. I ordered the 'toss and turn' chicken salad.

I was excited when the food arrived just by the looks of the salad. It was put together nicely. Better yet, it tasted wonderful! I thought, I'm going to have to either figure out a way to make this on my own or come back and spend 7 bucks on this salad a few times a week.

 I decided to try and fake it at home.

Here is my version of it.

 I Googled Southwest seasonings and came up with this recipe: Emeril's southwest seasoning recipe.
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon dried oregano
 Directions: Mix all together in a bowl.

This mixture of spices is very spicy. Go easy on the seasoning if you'd prefer a more mild taste.

Mix all these together and sprinkle about a teaspoon over each raw chicken breast. I made the salad with two large chicken breasts but had plenty of left over chicken. Cook the chicken breasts in a covered skillet on low and add a few pinches more of the seasoning until juices run clear. Shred the chicken breasts after cooking thoroughly. Reserve the rest of the seasoning.
You'll also need lettuce. I cut up one head of Romaine Lettuce.
Next, take about 3 prepackaged tortilla's and brush them with olive oil. Sprinkle them with the reserved seasonings. Stack them on top of each other with the oil side up. Cut them into strips or triangles. Put them in the oven at 350 for about 10-15 minutes. Watch carefully after about 10 minutes to get them to your liking.

Meanwhile, I used this recipe for the pico de gallo.
1 medium tomato, diced
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 sprigs fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 green onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
 In a medium bowl, combine tomato, onion, jalapeno pepper (to taste,) cilantro and green onion. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir until evenly distributed. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.(I didn't have enough time to refrigerate mine.)
Finally, assemble your salad!

Greens first, chicken second, and tortilla strips  and pico third. Add whatever other toppings you'd prefer.
Examples are:

Diced red pepper
Black beans
Cheddar Cheese

Top with Ranch Dressing or your favorite southwest dressing.

So, to sum up. Here are all the ingredients listed. A lot of these you'll already have on hand.

1-2 Chicken breasts
Romaine Lettuce
 chili powder
 ground cumin
 black pepper
 ground coriander
 cayenne pepper
 garlic powder
 crushed red pepper
 dried oregano
3 prepackaged tortillas.
Olive oil
 medium tomato
 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
 cilantro, finely chopped
green onion, finely chopped

Optional toppings

Diced red pepper
Black beans
Cheddar cheese
Your favorite southwest salad dressing.

Happy Eating!!

All these photo's were free stock photos.