Friday, October 30, 2009
JuneBug scooter'd for hours (and jumped in the bouncy-houses for a bit too) She was O-U-T as we pulled out of the parking lot, with a grin on her face...and slept a solid 12 hours before I had to wake her.
She was soooo proud of herself. I'm loving her independent little personality, she's a great little buddy!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
A big red bowl of gala apples graced my table as a centerpiece atop my fall leaves runner. They were so sweet! They were SO pretty! I ended up not eating about half of them because I wanted to look at them longer.
Turns out I waited much too long. I picked one up one day to have a bite, and they had gone too soft to be a hand-held snack. I left them there a few more days. They were STILL pretty, and I couldn't bring myself to throw them away.
One night as I was cleaning up after the kids were in bed, I remembered that my VERY WISE Mother had very recently tossed some apples, a cinnamon stick and a drizzle of honey into the crockpot overnight and ended up with applesauce rustica! Ta-da!
I had nothing to lose, really. So I hand-peeled those 7 apples that had gone too soft for the lovely peeler/corer/slicer (that I adore)....and used my Ikea sectioner/corer once they were naked.
Tossed them in the Crock-Pot, like so...
Added heat, LOW overnight, and woke up to ThIs..
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Yes, she fell on the concrete and scraped her chin and nose all up a week prior to this picture, it's healing...
I've felt like this the last week, with all the balls in the air, all of the loose ends I'm trying to tie up. It's not that I'm physically running so much, as I'm emotionally exhausted. The lists won't stop running circles in my head....even when I write them down. Too many variables still. And I've never done an interstate move, so all the unknowns are killing me.
I have been turning to reading a book to "escape" momentarily and that seems to help a little, but I am going to need some serious R&R after our moving adventures!!
I keep repeating my current mantra in my head to chill when I start to freak.... Necessary & Temporary!
I was thrilled to see that my Mom (who is also in the middle of a move) borrowed it and it's doing it's magic for her too.
Friday, October 23, 2009
It's safe there, and uh, comfortable.
But the older I get, the more I realize that the amount of risk in any given proposition is directly tied to the amount of possible reward.
That being said..I REALLY never had any desire to try Sushi, EVER. It took some persistance on Chris' part. He really wanted me to try it..so a few years ago, I think right before I was pregnant with Sydney, I agreed to try it.
We went to some strip mall sushi joint....it came highly recommended...and it was Ohhh...Kaaaaayyy but I was not overly amazed.
Then I was pregnant, so I didn't even think about trying sushi again for a long time. Until, a Mikado opened up in Sandy. Chris was really fired up to try it out. So, we had a lunch date during Christmas Break last year.
This place was/is AMAZING! They use Crab in their California rolls, not Krab. Makes a big difference. I finally discovered why peeps tend to get so passionate about Sushi....it was YUM-O here!
Since then we've gone about 3-4 times, and instead of just going along for the ride, I really enjoy it! See? It pays to try something new every once in a while...just like I tell my kids, "How do you KNOW you don't like it, if you won't even try it?"
This is our spread from last Friday night. That red sushi with the globs of orange on top? Tuna. So buttery, melts in your mouth! The little orange balls? Flying fish eggs, they snap.crackle.pop in your mouth...it's like a mini-party in there. And if you decide to take the plunge and give it a try, make sure you add a slice of fresh ginger to your California Roll, deeeeee-lish! And the Miso Soup is a great starter!
Peee Essssss......No octopus right out of the gate....trust me...it tastes like a rubber sink stopper that's been at the bottom of the ocean for like 20 years. Ewwww...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
He has wanted to hike the Grand Canyon since he was a boy. He finally had the opportunity to go with a group who annually hikes rim to rim. And he jumped all over it.
The group started out at 6am, on a 25 mile hike. Straight down, across, straight up. Most hikers tackle this in a 3 day trip.
This is the last leg up the South Rim....switchbacks...this deer just hopped onto the trail to check things out and he happened to snap a picture at the right time. :)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I developed a deep love for those deep-fried morsels of goodness. In fact, my brother joked that my thighs began to resemble those chimichangas I loved so much. How could a teenage girl resist such goodness for dinner, when I had my 50% employee discount and needed to eat anyway (on a waitress' wage?!??) ?
So eventually, I figured out, I couldn't go on eating those on a regular basis, but my love for them has never abated.
Joyous was the day, shortly after moving to Sandy, that I was gifted with the Relief Society Cook-Off Cookbook for the year 2002. Contained in this book was an OVEN FRIED Chimichanga recipe, compliments of my dear neighbor Becky.
My friends, this is SO GOOD. Crispy with melty cheese inside, and dare I say, as satisfying as the deep-fried variety!
You have to try it!!
Oven Fried Chimichangas
- 2/3 C. Picante Sauce (I've also used Mango Salsa with excellent results)
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
- 1/2 C. chopped cilantro (optional)
- 1 1/2 C. chopped cooked chicken (I use rotisserie)
- 1 C. shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 6 flour tortillas
- 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
Mix picante sauce/salsa, cumin, oregano, chicken, cheese, cilantro and onions. Place about 1/2 C. chicken mixture in center of each tortilla. Fold opposite sides over dilling. Roll up from bottom and place seam side down on baking sheet. Brush with butter. bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes until golden. Garnish with additional cheese and green onion. Serve with sour cream and salsa.
Spanish rice and/or black beans are excellent sides for this dish!