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While I'm at it.....

Since I'm on here I suppose I could post the awesome pictures that Wendy took of us.  I think we got some great shots to include in our Christmas Cards.  Thanks Wendy we LOVE them all!

Something I just have to Share!

I went to a party months ago and discovered this really  fabulous dip.  My lovely friend Suzie was gracious enough to share it with me and since I have had a MILLION requests for the recipe I am sharing it here mostly because I am too lazy to email  everyone that has asked.

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip

3 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 jar Marzetti's blue cheese or ranch dressing
1/4 cup Nance's buffalo wing sauce (mild)
1 8-oz.pkg. cream cheese softened
Tabasco or Frank’s Red Hot sauce (optional)
Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

1. Boil chicken until tender (let cool), then shred or chop finely.
2. Mix together dressing and buffalo sauce.
3. Use hot sauce to fire it up to your desire.
4. Spread cream cheese in a 9x13 baking dish.
5. Mix chicken into dressing/buffalo sauce mixture.
6. Pour chicken/dressing/buffalo sauce mixture evenly over cream cheese.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. (Sprinkle a layer of the shredded cheese on the top and coo…

Wordless Wednesday~Dirty Dash

Wordless Wednesday~Love the Beach

Mother of the Year

So I have been trying to be "Mother of the Year"  and therefore I have apparently fallen off the face of the blogging world... ahem....
We've been up to a lot around here over the past few months and our summer got stretched out this year because we start "traditional school" instead of my favorite "year round"!  Oh well I am going with the "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit" motto.... again trying for Mother of the Year.
Here are some great photos taken by the ever lovely Wendy Atkins.  She did a fantastic job as always!

Wish I could take credit for these fabulous pictures.  I will however take credit for the materials(aka my children) in the photos.
Oh and Mama Kat this is for you!

Yummy Cinnamon Rolls

This is a new family favorite.  We have been enjoying them fresh a LOT.  A lot more than I care to admit. I was thrilled to discover that once baked they also freeze beautifully.  I sadly cannot take credit for the original recipe but I made some alterations that I will take credit for.
                                                                           Cinnamon Filling 2 cups warm water                                               1 cube butter (melted) 2 packages dry yeast (2 T.)                                   3 tablespoons cinnamon 2/3 cup oil                                                            1 1/2 cups brown sugar 2 eggs 2/3 cup sugar 6 cups flour
Soften yeast in warm water then add eggs, oil, salt and sugar and mix well.  Add flour and mix well knead until smooth and elastic.  It will still be a little sticky.  (I use my kitchen aid mixer for the entire process with  great success). Let dough rise until double and then roll on a floured surface to about 1/2 inch in thi…

Never Boring Here in the Spring

Well this past month has truly flown by.  We have had terrible cold spring weather.  I have pictures to prove it.  I ran the Salt Lake Half Marathon on April 16th if you are my friend on facebook you already know all the details but just to summarize I finished in under two hours which was my goal.  I am now doing the Insanity workouts (which means I am actually INSANE) working on my speed and endurance for my next race.  I will let you know how that turns out.  I would type more about that but my arms are too sore.....
On to the pictures!
This is not from January it is from April not even joking.  We also had a very similar storm to this last weekend!  Gotta love spring in Utah!

Then we had a few decent days I figured I should break out the camera for some good weather shots!
We spent Easter in Price with cousins and Grandma and snowed then too..... Are you sensing a theme here?  It snows here in the spring.  I know it could be worse I am not complaining okay I am complain…

Wordless Wednesday~Close Up

A Small Glimpse of Spring

We went to Gardner Village today to feed the ducks.  The three here were the only ones there.  And there were about 6000 kids throwing bread.  It was pretty comedic anyway I thought so.  I haven't had the camera out in a WHILE obviously but I think I got some great shots!
Linking up with Lolli over at Better in Bulk.

A Little Surprised

I was a little surprised to see my blog is still here.  I mean I haven't even looked  at it in almost 2 months.  I was alarmed that I haven't posted since January.  Oops!  Time has gotten away from me.  I am busy training for my second half marathon.  I am doing the Salt Lake City half on April 16th.  I know you will all mark your calendars;) because well you love me right.... and want to cheer me on.  
In all seriousness I just passed my 3rd bloggiversary.  I think that makes me OLD in the blog world.  I should try to stick it out right??  
 Well here are some pictures of my kiddos playing in St. George last month.  I know that is why you all visit anyway haha!  Happy St. Patrick's Day and hopefully I will post more frequently!

Sister Photo Shoot

My girls LOVE the camera and the other night they wanted me to snap away so I did...  Here's a few of my favorites 

Not my finest work but the lighting in my kitchen is terrible at night!  That's ok I still think they are pretty cute silly little girls!

Hair Potion from your kitchen

Many of you know we have LOTS of hair at our house.  It is long and curly and beautiful (if I do say so myself).  But it requires a LOT of work.  Lots of conditioning and combing out and wetting it down and trying to tame the wildness that abounds each time the weather changes. 

 I finally found products that work great.  Mixed Chicks is amazing but we still battle dryness in the cold, cold winter.  
So when I happened to watch a random episode of The Doctors I was thrilled they were talking about things like dry hair and skin etc.....  
I whipped up the dry hair potion and tried it on both girls.  
It is just olive oil, 1/2 a banana, 1/2 an avocado, and an egg.  I painted it on their hair with a pastry brush and let it sit for 20 minutes.  Then I just shampooed and conditioned as normal.  I didn't notice a huge difference after one treatment but I plan to do this easy treatment once a week.  Who knew you could get beautiful hair from your kitchen!
What are your beauty secrets?

Are We Having Fun Yet?

Temple Square with our cousins in December.  

Got Milk?

In an attempt to feed my children more balanced meals I added milk to Kayton's lunch the other day and I loved that she was WAY cuter than any of those other "Got Milk" ads so I thought I would post my own!

Worst Blogger Ever!

If there were an award for worst blogger ever I think that I should be nominated.  Well as it goes in the blogging world I suppose I could just nominate myself and if I was a really good blogger I could even make my own button but alas I am the worst blogger ever so I cannot make my own button.  Just in case anyone still checks my blog I will post a little year end review (which will mainly include a review of what has been going on the past few months around here)

We went to a few football games....

We went to Las Vegas with children in the rain.... what were we thinking?? I went to Notre Dame it was beautiful and old and it rained there too!  We got three new cousins this year.....

I just realized why I quit blogging my computer is slow and I get so frustrated I just want to break things which I found counterproductive!

I digress......

We wrote letters to Santa

Some of us tried to learn how to drive.....

I will admit that 2010 was a great year.  Jeff and I lost almost 100 pounds (combined). …