Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I used the fideos (noodles) that you can find in the Mexican food part of the grocery store. If you don't know what they look like, you can go to Amanda's Cookin' where she has a photo of it. I forgot to snap a picture of it.
Sopa de Fideos1 (7 oz.) package of Fideo or angel hair pasta broken into small pieces
2 T. olive oil
1 (14-oz.) can diced tomatoes
3 (14 oz.) cans chicken broth
1 small onion, chopped
1 large clove of garlic, coarsely chopped
1 T. fresh chopped cilantro
Freshly ground black pepper
Combine canned tomatoes, onion and garlic in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Warm olive oil in a medium skillet and add fideo noodles. Cook over medium low heat, stirrly regularly, until all pasta noodles are golden brown. Remove from heat.
Combine tomato mixture, chicken broth and the noodles in a medium saucepan. Season with pepper and salt. Bring to a boil then reduce to medium (gentle boil) until noodles are almost tender, about 7-8 minutes. Add chopped cilantro and cook 2 more minutes or until noodles are done.
This is what the soup looked like the next day. The fideos sucked up the broth and made it a wet pasta dish that was still really delish! Maybe I'll serve it the second day for dinner and not tell Alex it was soup. Hehe Moms gotta be sneaky sometimes, but I think he would like it.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
*Stop torturing your brothers and sisters! Someday you'll wish you were nicer. Be more grateful and loving to your parents. You have NO idea everything they do for you.
*Stop worrying about everything all the time. Relax and enjoy being young.
*You don't know nearly as much as you think you do. When your plans don't work out, instead of freaking out, know that Heavenly Father knows better than you what is best and is guiding your life.
*Instead of standing there at dances, go out and dance even though you don't know how. Someday you're going to love it...and even dance with your future husband the first night you meet him.
*Do not buy those rainbow-dyed jeans and wear them with black and white high tops and two pairs of different colored socks. No, nothing bad will happen, but you will someday realize how UGLY that is. (Sorry, no picture of that.)
So, what would you say?
Along with the thought-provoking question, Yamile at Che Boricuas gave me this award. Yamile is a writer working on a novel. She sometimes posts some of her writing on her blog, along with book reviews, posts about her family and information about the writing world. Yamile just passed it on to 5 other bloggers so I will too. I always try to pass them on to bloggers who I haven't mentioned yet to introduce you to new wonderful blogs and terrific people.
1.Mona at Mona's musings is a beautiful writer. Her posts sometimes have podcasts so you can listen to her reading her post along with music. Come on. Who else has that?
2.Camille at Make It Work Mom has a fun blog and I even had the opportunity to meet her once.
3. Keely at Who Put the Romm in the Romma-Lama-Ding-Dongs? has such a fun sense of humor. You can tell by her blog title.
4. Ann Marie at An Old Fashioned Girl blogs about organization and all things antique and romantic looking.
5. Bonnie at City Home/Country Home posts lots of recipes and beautiful photography.
A while ago Sondra at Happy Clean Living was nice enough to give me this award and it has taken me a long time to finally pass it on. I just couldn't think of 7 interesting things about me to share, but today Sabrina told me that they don't have to be interesting. So here are seven things about me following the rules of the award.
Thank the person who kindly passes this to you, and link your award back to them!
List 7 things about yourself.
Pass it on to 7 Beautiful Bloggers (used to be 15 but Sondra did 7 and so will I)!
1. I have an annoyingly bad memory and I completely blame my children for sucking out all of my brain cells while I was pregnant. I never used to forget so much.
2. This is actually just something that made me happy this week. One of my friends from high school (from the first of 3 that I attended) just wrote me yesterday and told me that she still uses the black jewelry box I gave her for her 16th birthday. I don’t remember it at all (bad memory and all), but it made me smile that I chose something that she would like and use for so long.
3. I love to buy gifts as much as I love to buy things for myself. I get giddy when I find something I think a friend will like. So that’s one reason #2 made me so happy.
4. I wish I had a better sense of humor. I love to laugh, but don’t laugh out loud or joke around with most people (except my family) like I see others do and I admire them for that.
5. One of the things I can remember is before I had my first child thinking that if I got to be a size 8, I’d be so fat. Oh, how I dream of being a size 8 now!
6. I love Winger’s Original Amazing Sauce. I buy it so I can have it at home on hamburgers or grilled chicken or even use it as a salad dressing.
7. I stopped growing at 16 years old. I’m 5’1”. Somehow I didn’t realize I was short until I was 16 and then I didn’t really feel that short until college. I don’t mind being short except for trying to find pants that fit. Even the petite ones are sometimes too long.
I'm passing this award onto:
1. Tara at YES, I make my own stuff. NO, I'm not a dirty hippie for helping the earth and people with her blog that's dedicated to healthy and sustainable living.
2. Elizabeth at Personal Epiphanies is someone who I met in real life first and then was so impressed by her blog. She is an artist and a mother to two gorgeous children.
3. Heather at The Mini Mann Clan is my sister. She doesn't update very often since she works and has a baby, but I happen to think it's a beautiful blog since it has photos of their beautiful family.
4. Tiffany at Home and the Open Range is another one of my sisters. She lives far away in Georgia so I'm so glad she blogs. She posts about her life and some of her passions--bicycling, her dogs, photography and everything country and pioneer.
5. Jared at House of Andes is one of my brothers that I mentioned in my post yesterday. He posts beautiful photos of their family and his thoughts and challenges having an autistic child. He's a student and works so he stays very busy.
I know that not everyone likes to do awards, so if I awarded it to you, feel free to participate or not, but you can consider yourself blog-hugged!
Don't forget to share with us what you'd tell your younger self, everyone!
Friday, April 23, 2010
I'm putting this in reverse chronological order since you can attend the first one still. Yesterday my blogger friend Valerie posted on her blog All the Pieces of Me (great name for a blog!) that her sister-in-law Amy has been diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. Her prognosis is not good. To help with medical costs and to help her six children and husband enjoy their time with her, some of her friends and family have put together a yard sale/bake sale.
I went this morning and was happy to see that even though the weather was HORRIBLE (raining hard, windy, cold and dark), many people were there buying things and many others were helping with the fundraiser. I asked the people helping if they knew Valerie. The first person I spoke to didn't, but someone who overheard me asking said she knows her, but that Valerie wasn't there. I just thought I'd say hello and meet her if she was.
I'm glad to see that so many people love and support Amy, even though I don't know her. I can't imagine what she and her family are going through. She was even mentioned on NieNie and on
c jane's Guide to Provo. (Find lots more info on c jane's blog.)
There were several of the cherry chocolate cakes that are on c jane's post and other donated goodies. I bought a bag of chocolate chip cookies...
and one of the famous cakes, packaged all pretty.
Very moist and chocolatey! I just had a little bite to be good, but Alex and Elisa enjoyed every bite of their large pieces. Want the recipe? Well, I don't have it, but in order to help raise more money, Alicia, one of Amy's friends, is selling the recipe for $10. If you're too far away or too late to attend the yard sale/bake sale, go Here for information to help this way. Prayers for Amy and her family!
Friday, April 23 and Saturday April 24
8:00am until 3:00pm
At 270 East Main Street Santaquin, Utah
Across the street from Subway
I wanted to help raise money by selling something at the fundraiser, but I am NOT crafty so I didn't know what to do. I scoured the internet, looking for something that was easy enough for me to do with my children and that wasn't too expensive. This is what we came up with.
If anyone is interested in buying the few things that we have left over, let me know.
Key chains or zipper pulls $1
Stress balls $1
2 Tutus $5
Puzzle frame $3
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I received this cookbook as a gift in 2002. It's a magazine-type, but there are no ads, just lots of recipes--more than some cookbooks. I've made a few recipes from it like Savory Chicken Vegetable Strudel , but I still have several marked to try.
I had an especially busy day last week so I made these squares along with Sopa de Fideos (that I'll post soon, but not this week...I promise no more recipes this week). They made a good meal together. The squares are kinda like a layer dip. I do think that it isn't very pretty with all the shades of brown. Next time, I will mix the olives with the chicken and add some chopped tomatoes to the top for color and either cilantro or green onions and then put that on top. Maybe it would look better. If you like guacamole (I don't), it'd be easy to add this layer to it and get more color too. But this day, I didn't have time to change it up. You can find the nutritional information for the recipe at Tyson.
Easy Fiesta Chicken Appetizer Squares
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 T. dry fajita seasoning
2 t. canola oil
1/2 medium onion, sliced
1 c. refried beans, canned
1 prebaked pizza crust or 1 focaccia, 10 to 12 oz.
1/2 c. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. salsa
1/2 c. Mexican cheese blend, reduced fat, finely shredded
1/4 c. black olive wedges
Rub chicken evenly with 1 tablespoon fajita seasoning. Wash hands.
Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet to medium. Place chicken in skillet. Cover and cook 4 minutes. Turn chicken; add onion and 2 tablespoons water. Cover and cook 5 to 6 minutes longer or until onion is tender and chicken is done (internal temp 170°F). Remove from heat.
Preheat oven to 425°. Meanwhile, blend refried beans and remaining 1 tablespoon fajita seasoning in small bowl. Spread evenly over pizza crust.
Blend cream cheese, salsa and shredded cheese in medium bowl. Spread evenly over bean mixture. Shred or chop chicken; top pizza evenly with chicken mixture and olives. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Place pizza on baking sheet and bake 10 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I've had this recipe for years and have no idea where I originally found it. It is unusal and very good. It can be a fun side dish to a Mexican meal or you can eat it as the main dish like I sometimes do. Sometimes I throw in green chilies or cilantro with the potatoes.
1 dozen corn tortillas
1 c. onion, chopped
1 c. potato, diced, boiled
2 c. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1 (10-oz.) can enchilada sauce
Preheat oven to 350º. Combine onions, potatoes, and 1 cup cheese in bowl. Dip tortillas in hot oil until soft, then in heated enchilada sauce. Fill dipped tortillas with potato mixture, then roll and place in casserole dish. Spread with sauce and cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until cheese melts.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Stacy Taylor at Stewart Palmer Studio
1924 North 1120 West
Provo, UT 84604-1045
(801) 373-7687 Ext. 15
Monday, April 19, 2010
I thought this cheesecake was pretty and tasted delicious. Unfortunately, the cheesecake had been sitting out for a while when I cut it and took the photos so it wasn't staying together well. Still tasted good though! I tripled the raspberry sauce because it didn't seem like enough, but it ended up being a bit too much. I think I will double it next time. It was a nice Easter dessert, but one that is easy enough to have any time.
1 sleeve graham crackers, crushed (about 1 3/4 c.)
2 T. cocoa
1/4 c. sugar
5 T. melted butter
Preheat oven to 350º. Mix together dry ingredients. Stir in melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom and up the side just past the seam of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool.
4 (8-oz) pkg of cream cheese
1 c. sugar
1 c. mini chocolate chips
1 c. sour cream, room temperature
Lower oven temperature to 325º. Whip the cream cheese until very smooth. Add sugar and eggs and beat, scraping the sides of the bowl. Fold in chocolate chips. Bake for 40-50 min with a pan of water in the oven to prevent cracking. Remove from oven and spread sour cream over the top. Cool for 10 minutes then run a knife around the edge to loosen from pan. Cool completely and remove sides of pan.
1/2 c. frozen raspberries
1 tsp. lemon or lime juice
3 T. sugar
1 T. water
1 tsp. cornstarch
Boil raspberries, lemon juice and sugar until raspberries are juicy and disintegrating. Press through strainer. Return juice to pan and bring to a boil again. Mix water and cornstarch and stir into juice; stir until thickened. Spread over top of cooled cheesecake.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
"Drawing upon my vast background of children’s bedtime stories, I say you can pick your poultry. You can either be like Chicken Little and run about shouting 'The sky is falling; the sky is falling' or you can be like the Little Red Hen and forge ahead with the productive tasks of living, regardless of who does or doesn’t help you or who does or doesn’t believe just the way you believe..."
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, fireside address, Brigham Young University, 12 September 2004, Terror, Triumph, and a Wedding Feast
"When the pressure is on, when crunch time hits, don't make your first declaration one of unbelief. That is the wrong end of the lance with which to approach a problem. Someone has said, 'The first rule of holes is, when you are in one, stop digging.' Surely the first rule of fueling faith is not to start by saying how much of it you don't have. You've got more than you think, and if you will assert that first, limited as it is, the miracle of it will lead you on, step by step, across your void of mystery or dread. If you will do this, Jesus will take you by the hand, just as He did this afflicted young man in the story, and you will be 'lifted up,' you will 'arise' in the timetable of the Lord—to health and happiness and brighter days ahead, all the brighter because your faith has been increased in the process."
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “To Him that Believeth”, Chapman University, April 26, 2005.
Friday, April 16, 2010
I had done enough research before we left to have alternatives. First we went to the
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to watch the dances they had and look in the museum (where they don't allow photography) and gift shop. There were not many people there for the dances. I felt bad for the dancing group.
This little two year old didn't dance, but was part of the family. So cute!
This was from the first dance they performed.
This is a 9-year old doing the Eagle Dance.
We finished each day with some time at the hotel pool, which is probably my children's favorite thing about vacations. It was a fun visit. Now I'm wondering what state we'll go to next.