Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mix it Up!

I decided not to call my posts that have recipes "New Recipes" anymore because I want to be able to share my favorites that aren't new to me also. I know that my family and only a few friends read this blog and I've probably sent you all or most of these, but it's fun for me to post. Maybe you'll find one I didn't fill up your inbox with.

Caramel Tarts *****
I love these! As you can se by the photo, I didn't make the frosting. It was just faster to drizzle it with chocolate, but I will make them with the frosting soon. I really like little bite-size desserts.

Tart Shells:
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. butter, softened
2 c. flour

Preheat oven to 350°. Cut cream cheese and butter into flour, as for pie crust. Pinch off 48 equal pieces of dough. Press into ungreased mini tart pans, pressing dough up to rim to form a shell. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until slightly brown. Carefully remove shells to wire rack to cool.

Filling:
14-16 oz. bag of light caramels
1/2 c. evaporated milk

Melt together in double boiler, stirring occasionally. Fill shells while mixture is still warm. Let cool completely before frosting.

Frosting:
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 lb. powdered sugar (approx. 2 1/4 c.)
1/4 c. butter, softened
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Beat cream cheese and butter. Gradually add powdered sugar. Add vanilla. Beat well. Spread on top of tarts after filling has cooled (or use a pastry bag).


UTAH OPERA CAKE
I found this recipe in a cookbook some years ago and it has become my favorite chocolate cake. It looks like just another chocolate cake, but it’s so good. It’s almost like brownies. My whole family started using it as the traditional birthday cake since we all love it so much. I usually make it in a 9x13-inch pan as it states in the recipe, but for a special touch, I divide the batter into two round cake pans and put the cream (recipe below) with or without the toffee between the two and just frost with the same frosting. I usually leave the nuts out because of my children's allergies.

Cake:
1 c. margarine
2 c. sugar
4 T. cocoa
2 eggs
1 c. water
½ c. milk
2 c. flour
1 t. vanilla
½ t. salt
½ t. baking soda

Frosting:
½ c. margarine
Dash salt
4 T. cocoa
4 c. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 c. chopped nuts
½ c. milk

Preheat oven to 375º. Grease and flour a 9x13-inch pan.
In a saucepan, bring to a boil the margarine, cocoa, and water. Stir constantly until margarine is melted and the cocoa mixed in. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, salt and sugar. Pour the hot margarine mixture into the flour mixture with the beaters going. Add the eggs, milk, soda, and vanilla extract and mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool at least 5 minutes.
In a saucepan, melt the margarine, and add the cocoa, vanilla, milk and a dash of salt. Bring the mixture to a boil for a few minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Place the powdered sugar in a mixing bowl. Pour in the hot cocoa mixture with the beaters going and blend well. Gently fold in the chopped nuts. Spread the frosting over the cake.


TOFFEE CREAM FILLING
1 c. heavy cream, chilled
2 1/2 T. sifted powdered sugar
1/2 t. almond extract
1/2 t. vanilla extract
3 crushed Skor or Heath Bars


Using a chilled bowl and beaters, whip the cream for a few seconds, then sprinkle on the sugar while continuing to whip until cream forms soft peaks. Add extracts and whip until almost stiff. Don't overbeat. Fold in candy bar pieces. Refrigerate until using. Use as filling between cake layers or as icing.








Strawberry Cake ***1/2

I just made this last night for the first time. The girls and I made it while the guys were out. The only thing we changed was to add almond extract. I had just a tiny taste of the batter after pouring it into the pans and it tasted so good. Elisa had a taste and actually ran out of the room with the bowl. She said it was really good too. So we were expecting something wonderful to come of the oven. I tried not to add too much crushed strawberries to the glaze, but it looks like I may have. Instead of being a glaze, it was almost juice. Elisa and I tried a piece not long after we glazed it. (Sabrina stuck with fresh strawberries.) We both thought the cake was too dry. The guys came home a little later and had some. They both really like it. So I gave it another try today, thinking maybe it gets better overnight. The glaze soaked through and it did make it better. It still isn't exactly what I was hoping for though.

2 1/4 c. sifted cake flour
1/4 t. salt
2 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 c. butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
3/4 c. fresh crushed strawberries, unsweetened

Strawberry Glaze:
1/2 - 3/4 c. crushed strawberries
1 c. powdered sugar
2 T. butter, melted
1/2 t. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour 2 8-inch round cake pans.
Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat for 3 minutes. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, alternating with strawberries. Beat for two minutes. Pour batter into pans and bake for 25-30 minutes. Turn out onto wire cooling racks to cool.
While cooling, make Strawberry Glaze by mixing all glaze ingredients together, using only as much strawberry as needed to make thin mixture. When cake is cool, top with Strawberry Glaze.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Feel like playing a game?

I found a nice site while looking around on the internet with Alex. It is called LDS Youth Site (not an official church website), but it's not just for Youth. It has good information for adults too. There are two games on there. One is a scripture mastery game and one is the Articles of Faith game. You can choose either to do a fill-in-the blank type question or a "chase" type question where it gives you the whole Article of Faith or scripture and you choose which scripture it is. I think it is great for kids and youth, but I have been playing it myself. I wish I still remembered all those scripture mastery scriptures the way I used to. I have made it a goal to re-learn the ones I've forgotten. I plan on doing scripture chases with Alex and Elisa since competition always helps push me.




Friday, October 24, 2008

New Recipes This Week III

I am so bad at taking photos of food even though it makes it more fun when sharing recipes. By the time I get dinner on the table, I don't think about it. I'll try to remember to take photos more often. Sorry!

Teriyaki Burger

 It is a new favorite at our house and I can't wait to eat it again. I didn't eat it with cheese, but those who did liked it.

1/3 lb. ground beef
1 hamburger bun with sesame seeds
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/4 cup shredded lettuce
1 pineapple ring
2 cups teriyaki sauce (divided into 2 separate bowls)
2 slices tomatoes
1 slice cheddar cheese

Form round burger patty. Marinate burger patty in bowl #1 of teriyaki sauce for 30 minutes. Marinate pineapple ring in bowl #2 of teriyaki sauce for 30 minutes. Remove burger patty and grill on high heat to desired doneness. Melt Cheddar cheese on top of patty while still on grill pan by covering with lid. Grill pineapple ring on medium heat for 1 minute on each side. Spread mayo on both halves of the bun. On bottom bun, place tomato slices, followed by the broiled hamburger patty with cheese (tomato on the bottom). On top of burger patty, stack the pineapple ring and shredded lettuce, the top of bun.


Penne With Beef and Mushroom Ragout

This isn't really a new recipe since I've made it before, but I hadn't made it in a long time and had forgotten how much we liked it.

8 oz. penne pasta
1 lb. boneless beef sirloin, cut into ½-inch cubes
2 T. flour
¼ t. salt
1/8 t. ground black pepper
2 T. olive oil
1 med. onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
½ lb. mushrooms, sliced
1 ½ cans (14.5-oz.) beef broth
2 T. tomato paste
1 T. balsamic vinegar
1 t. dried thyme
¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile toss beef, flour, salt and pepper in a small bowl until evenly coated. Shake off excess. Heat oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and brown on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon. Sauté onion until translucent and golden, about 5 minutes; add garlic during the last minute. Add mushrooms and sauté until soft, about 7 minutes. Pour in 1 c. broth and bring to a boil; scrape any browned bits off bottom of pan. Return meat to pan and allow broth to reduce until almost evaporated. Stir in remaining broth, tomato paste, vinegar and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until meat is tender and sauce is thickened, about 20 minutes; adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve over warm pasta and garnish with Parmesan cheese.



Chocolate Zucchini Cake



This cake is so good! I think that the frosting is essential to make it perfect. The butter from the frosting seeps into the cake and makes it more moist and delicious. I gave it to several other people and they all loved it. I will add more coconut and pecans to the frosting next time though since I love them.


1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 t. pure vanilla
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. baking cocoa
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/2 c. buttermilk
2 c. shredded zucchini
FROSTING:
6 T. butter, softened
2/3 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. sweetened coconut
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/4 c. milk

Preheat oven to 325°. Grease a 9x13-inch pan. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, oil and sugar, creaming until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and cloves. Then, add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternately with buttermilk. Stir in shredded zucchini. Pour batter into pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes until it tests done with toothpick.


Allow cake to cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, combine all frosting ingredients. Spread over warm cake. Broil in oven approximately 4-6 inches from the heat for about 2-3 minutes. Keep an eye on the cake and be careful not to let it burn. Cool cake completely before serving.


Light Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
These didn't taste light to me. I usually don't like the texture of low-fat baked goods, but I couldn't even tell these were low-fat. I didn't have any mini-chips so I used regular chocolate chips and they worked fine. This is one of the few light dessert recipes I have that I would make and give to friends. It made 28 muffins for me.

4 eggs
1/2 c. oil
1 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 (16-oz.) can pumpkin
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 c. flour
2 t. baking soda
2 t. baking powder
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. cloves
1 t. salt
12 oz. semisweet mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400°. Greas or line 24 muffin cups. Mix first 5 ingredients together until well blended. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients. Blend the two mixtures together; fold in chips. Generously fill muffin cups. Bake for 16-20 minutes.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Night at the Recording Studio


Last night my friend Nancy and I went to hear Jack R. Christianson present a lecture entitled "She Loved Me First" at the recording studio where they recorded it for CD. They are planning on releasing it around Mother's Day. It was free and open to the public so I thought it would be full. He speaks at Education Week sometimes and is very popular so we left early to make sure we had good seats. It started at 7:00 so we arrived around 6:30. There was only one other person waiting and the doors were locked. They finally opened the doors less than 15 minutes before it was scheduled to start. A few of us went in and sat down.
A few minutes later, Jack Christianson and his wife walked in. They were very friendly. There were about 20 of us and they said that it was more than they usually have for a recording. I was amazed! His wife sat next to me and told me a funny story about Brother Christianson's parents. One time they came in for a recording and the dad is hard of hearing and didn't notice that he was making so much noise by kicking the back of the seat in front of him. The mother knew that it was noisy for the recording so she tried to quiet him down, but didn't really help since she kept going, "SHHHH!" They had to re-record part of the lecture after they left.

The lecture was about honoring women and womanhood. I really liked it, but definitely left wanting more. He said at the end that he had more, but we ran out of time. I wished that they would just stop the recording and let him talk to all of us there. I was excited that I was allowed to take notes, even though I plan on getting it when it comes out. Here are two of the quotes he used that I wrote down. I didn't get to write the first one down all the way, but looked it up online. This is what I found, but I'm not sure how much of it he used last night or when Elder Cowley said it.

"To you sisters: You belong to the great sorority of saviorhood. You may not hold the priesthood. Men are different; men have to have something given to them to make them saviors of men, but not mothers, not women. You are bon with an inherent right, an inherent authority, to be the saviors of human souls. You area the co-creators with God of his children. Therefore, it is expected of you by a right divine that you be the saviors and the regenerating force in the lives of God's children here upon the earth." Elder Matthew Cowley

"The illusion of perfection in the partner will not last. And that is why the essence of marital love is not romance but forgiveness…Forgiveness as the truest form of love means accepting without bitterness the flaws and imperfection of our partner, and praying that our partner accepts our flaws as well…Mature marital love sees faults clearly and forgives them, understanding that there are no perfect people, and that an imperfect spouse is all that an imperfect person like us can aspire to…If we cannot love imperfect people, if we cannot forgive them for their exasperating faults, we will condemn ourselves to a life of loneliness, because imperfect people are the only kind we will ever find." Rabbi Harold S. Kushener, How Good Do We Have to Be?, New York, Little, Brown Publishing, 1996.

One of the points that he made that is important for me to learn is that when we chastize, we need to not only do it with love, but to uplift and edify at the same time. Wow, do I need to work on that! I won't share anything else since you might get to listen to it and I don't want to spoil it for you. I have two of Jack Christianson's CDs (Heaing the Wounded Soul and Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled) and have enjoyed listening to them. I just checked out one called A Constant Companion: Keeping the Spirit with You. I listened to it while dashing around the kitchen, cooking for the missionaries, so I didn't get to take notes to share. I'll do that soon when I listen to it again. I was so glad that I was able to go and it was fun to be with Nancy. She is great!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Travel Log: Boise




The kids had Thursday and Friday off so I decided to travel the 6 hours to Boise to visit Tiffany and Adam. (Robin was busy here so he stayed behind. We all missed him!) Even though my sister and brother-in-law had just moved up there and hadn't finished unpacking yet, they let us come visit. They even gave us their basement so it was like having a very large hotel room. I had kept my plans a secret from Alex, Elisa and Sabrina. That was so hard to do. I almost let it slip so many times. I'm used to talking to them about fun things coming up and it was hard not to. After they got home from school on Wednesday, we left. I gave them clues along the way, but they figured it out way too quickly. We stopped at Tremonton for dinner and then finished the trip. We arrived at the Mercers' house around 9 pm. We set up our things in the basement and then played a game called Survive that the kids loved.

The next day, I took the kids to a children's museum. It was smaller than many we've been to in other cities, but it was the perfect size for the time we had. They were able to see everything and go back to the exhibits they liked the best. They had things for different ages, which is always good. It's hard to find things that all 3 of my children enjoy. Sabrina didn't want to leave, but was happy when I told her that we'd be back to Boise to visit her aunt and uncle again sometime so probably she'll be able to come back to the museum. She especially loved the veterinarian office and the grocery store. Alex and Elisa spent a lot of time in a fun little room that had a wall lined with special light-sensitive material. A bright light flashed every 60 seconds and the wall would record the silhouette of your whole body. They liked doing crazy poses. But the day wasn’t over. When Tiffany was done working, she went with us on a scenic ride then we ate pizza at their house. Adam was home from work, so we all went bowling. Sabrina didn’t like the bowling as much as she liked dancing on the arcade dance game, although she made it clear that she didn’t want anyone to watch her dancing! I managed to sneak a few photos though.

On Friday, I took the kids to the Boise temple to take photos and then to the mall to look around while Tiffany and Adam were working. The store they liked the best is called Fuzziwig’s. It’s a candy store which also has small toys. They sell Wonka bars and were playing the soundtrack from the old Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie. We stopped off at a few stores and they ended up buying a T-shirt each so they could have something from Idaho and because I had packed warm clothes since I thought it was going to be cold, but it ended up being warm on Friday. We hung out at the house while the kids played with Tiffany and Adam’s 3 dogs. My children have had a love/fear relationship with them before, but they were able to get to know each other and play together so they are doing much better in the same room. For dinner, Adam and Tiffany made a turkey (yep, a whole turkey!) and the fixin’s. It was sure good! Then we went to the Cheesecake Factory for dessert. After that, I was tired so I went to sleep. Alex and Elisa stayed awake laying in bed watching Ratatouille until 2:30 in the morning.

When we woke up on Saturday, we went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. It was my first time there. I even tried a small taste of grits. I didn’t think it was bad at all. All of us had breakfast for breakfast, but Sabrina wasn’t in the mood for any of the many choices. She wanted a cheeseburger and French fries. Lucky for her, they made it for her. At least she had some protein. We spent the last little while at the park, but then we had to leave. Bye, Tiffany and Adam! On our way home, we stopped for lunch at Jack in the Box. They don’t have that restaurant anywhere near our house and the kids like it, even though I’m not a fan. We got home before 9:00 that night and got to say hello to Robin. He bought us candy to welcome us home. Each of the kids got their own bag of M&M’s with a note on them that said, “Feast, my child, feast.” They did! I got a bag of Kisses.

(Although this isn't part of the trip, I’m including it here.) The next morning I woke up and was laying in bed thinking about my Sunday school lesson. I planned it already before I left on the trip and even thought about it while I was driving for hours, but hadn’t felt like I had what I wanted to do. In bed, I realized what I should do so I got up and wrote it all down. I also had been asked to do the spiritual thought in Relief Society and was given a topic. I had that planned the week before also. But since church didn’t start until 1:00, I decided that I had time to make treats to give out with my spiritual thought. (Can you tell I usually teach the youth who always ask for food?) The message was about showing your love for your family so I made little brownie muffins in my heart-shaped mini-muffin pans. Both my lesson and the message went fine and the sisters were so glad to have chocolate.

I told Alex, Elisa and Sabrina that we needed to plan what to do on Friday since they have that day off of school. They all said, “Go back to Boise!” Alex said yesterday, “I miss the sound of the dogs’ feet on the wood floor.” Hopefully we’ll be able to go back and see them all soon (and hopefully for a whole weekend not when they have to work).

Monday, October 13, 2008

Do you know you are going to be a butterfly?

A few weeks ago, I was reading a talk from a the compilation of Women's Conference 2007 addresses that I got at the library. I just opened it and started reading one. It is called "Faith to Believe When Dreams Have to Wait" by Ardeth Kapp. (Sorry. I couldn’t find the talk online.) It is about her dream of being a mother that she was not able to fulfill. It is a great talk, but I want to talk about one part of the talk that has stuck with me. I was reading this talk a few hours before going to a visiting teaching appointment and the message was "The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches the eternal potential of the children of God". Ardeth Kapp mentions a Family Circus comic where one of the children asks the mother, “Do caterpillars know they are going to become butterflies, or does God want to surprise them?”

How blessed we are to know our eternal potential and to know that we will become butterflies someday. Just as the butterfly has to be patient inside the chrysalis, enduring the slow, possibly painful changes, we can’t desire to have our wings with no trials and no perseverance. Maybe if the next time I’m tested by my circumstances, I can think that the pain is just my wings growing a bit more and I can have the patience to endure it.

Even though we have been blessed with the knowledge of the Lord’s plan, I don’t think we can really fathom the full magnitude of our potential partly because we need to learn it precept upon precept (and I have lots of precepts to go!), but also because God wants to surprise us.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Need a laugh?





I found this website http://www.9thwardcartoons.com/ a while ago and I visit occasionally to see what's new. It's a dad and son team who draw comics and post a new one every Friday. There are some funny ones about home teaching (the sad, but true kind)!






Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tag, You're It!

I decided to tag my children since they were helping me with my 6 things. I used photos from 2005 just for fun.


Sabrina's 6 Things About Me:
1.I like cheese.
2. I like Chuck E. Cheese.
3. I like to sleep with my stuffed dog Poody and all my animals, but mostly Poody.
4. I like to chew gum. Almost every day when I get gum, I drop it out of my mouth. My favorite kind is Wild Blueberry Twist Trident.
5. I want to be Cinderella or a monkey princess for halloween.
6. I love, love Christmas because it's near my birthday.

Elisa's 6 Things About Me:
1. I want to be a gymnast when I grow up.
2. I like to read scary books.
3. I love sugar.
4. I hate when people chew with their mouth open.
5. My favorite color is light blue.
6. I'm taller than most of my friends.

Alexander's 6 Things About Me:
1. I love electronics.
2. I want to be a fat Sumo for halloween.
3. My favorite food is pizza.
4. My favorite school subjects are band and math and art.
5. I only have one friend who is older than me. The rest are younger.
6. I love to read most books.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

What would you give away for a mess of pottage?


While many things about being a stay at home are difficult, I really enjoy the short time alone I have while all 3 children are in school and the opportunity it gives me to learn and strenthen my testimony by reading or listening to good books on CD or talks. My time alone isn't long since Sabrina is in kindergarten and is with me most of the day. For years with little ones, I didn't ever have time alone so I try to make the most of my time.

Today while cleaning when the kids were in school, I was able to listen to talks on BYU Broadcasting online. I enjoyed all 3 that I listened to, but keep thinking about one of them. It was called Counterfeits: A Mess of Pottage by Barta Heiner. She is an actress who graduated from BYU and moved away and was doing very well in her career when she was invited to come teach at BYU. Although it was difficult and like comitting "professional suicide", she felt it was where she was supposed to be so now she is at BYU. If you'd like to listen to it, you can put the title of her speech in the search at this link: http://www.byub.org/findatalk/ . In case you don't have time to listen to it, I included a few quotes from her below. I won't write any of her bits of humor so I don't spoil them for those who might listen to her.


It is sometimes easy to give up what is of most worth for what seems to give us joy for the moment. Satan does such a good job of disguising the consequences and we often don't want to think of them. Just as Esau later regretted treating the gift so lightly, we can give away all the blessings Heavenly Father has for us for trivial things that will eventually bring us sorrow. We must always have our eyes set on eternity and keep the Holy Ghost with us to help us see the truth. Those are just a few of my thoughts. Now onto Barta Heiner's.

“Sometimes you can rationalize yourself into believing that what you feel is true. Remember counterfeit values always resemble the truth.”
“I believe that something wonderful is going to happen because I believe someone wonderful is coming and because of that, I believe Satan is waging a very strong war full of counterfeits and deceit.”

“…Do not throw your birthrights away out of anger or confusion. Some of you will be tested and strained beyond other people’s imaginations, but don’t give up.”

“We are in a war zone of counterfeits and deceit, some so subtle, so difficult to discern that you may not know until you are right in the middle asking yourself, ‘How did I ever get here?’ But don’t stay. Come home.”

“If for some reason in your life, you feel a prompting…if what you want to do doesn’t turn out to be what the Lord needs from you at this time in your life, understand that God loves you, but needs you somewhere else for the moment. Be patient and trusting. I believe there is still time, a whole eternity, to do what you want to do."


Monday, October 6, 2008

Heather tagged me---again!

Thanks, sis. I guess I haven't been posting enough anyway, and this gives me the topic.

A photo of my 3, morphed by my sister Tiffany



5 Things I've Done in the Past 10 Years:
1- Visited 11 states and 1 foreign country
2-Gained more pounds than I’m willing to count
3- Started school again, took a break, started school again and am on another break
4-Learned to be a tiny bit more patient, sometimes
5-Saw my first 2 children get baptized


5 Things I Wish I Could Do Today:
1- Shop with no budget...clothes, furniture, gifts...!
2- Write a book someone would read.
3- Go to sleep at 8:00 and not wake up until 8:00 in the morning.
4- Fit into my old clothes.
5-Help make people feel happy and loved!

5 Foods I Wouldn't Want to Live Without:
1-Salads!
2-Chocolate
3-Bananas
4-Grilled chicken
5-Balsamic vinegar

5 Things I Would Do if I Were a Millionaire:
1-Travel all over
2-Help my family members
3-Give more money to the humanitarian fund
4-Finish school
5-Give away money to random people on the street. (Wouldn’t that be fun to see their faces?)

5 Places I Have Lived:
1-California (several cities)
2-Fayettville, North Carolina
3-Georgia (I think in Fort Stewart)
4-Dayton, Ohio
5-Miami, Florida

5 Jobs I Have Had:
1-Substitute teacher in elementary and high schools
2-TA for biology professor
3-Telephone survey taker (can’t remember the real name)
4-Sales associate at women’s clothing store (twice)
5-Babysitter

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Heather tagged me

I've Been Tagged
The "rules" of the game are as follows:
1. Post the rules on your blog.
2. Write 6 random things about yourself.
3. Tag 6 people at the end of your post.
4. If you're tagged, DO IT and pass on the tag.

6 things about ME:

1. I'm addicted to Junior Mints. Chocolate, mint and pretty low in fat!
2. I love thunderstorms, especially at night, as long as I don’t have to walk in them.
3. My nightmares are usually about bats. Does that mean something?
4. I’ve been craving the food at a restaurant called Sol Food in San Rafael, California. They serve food from the Dominican Republic. Yummmmmm!
5. Elisa told me to write that I like to break out into song unexpectedly, usually a made up song.
My family knows I've making up stupid songs since I was young.
6. Sabrina said to write that I like fruit and vegetables. (Alex was busy with Robin so no
suggestions from him.)

I can't tag anyone though. I think that Tiffany and Heather are the only ones to read my blog and they're already in this one. If you read this and want to be tagged, you are tagged!