Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dead Silent Snow...Wordless Wednesday


When it snows huge flakes it is so silent outside.  Not in a creepy way.  In a beautiful close to heaven sort of way.  That's how it was here last night.  Sometimes silence is good.
Joining up with Wordless Wednesday's everywhere and Wordful Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chicken Parmesan

I was inspired by my lovely friend Emily yesterday when she posted on Instagram about a delicious chicken pot pie her daughter made from a Progresso Recipe Starter.  This triggered my memory of the Progresso Recipe Starters I bought a month ago.  (Still working on inventory of my pantry....)
So I got started.  I'm kind of a make it up as I go gal.  I follow recipes but I like to add my own touches so I can post them on my blog and claim them....ahem I mean so that my food is deliciously my own.
This is what I ended up with

For the chicken you need
Approx 2 lbs chicken breasts (I cut them into smaller pieces for my kids)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I used Walmart brand)
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cube butter
1 clove of garlic minced
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
1 can Progresso Recipe Staters Fire Roasted Tomato

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Rinse the chicken and cut it up (if you want it also cooks faster this way). Melt the butter and add the garlic.  Dip chicken pieces in the butter mixture then place them in a ZipLock bag with the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.  Shake it up well and place in single layer in 9x13 dish.  I did not grease the pan no need with the butter on the chicken.
Place in preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes turning the chicken once.  Then pour Progresso Recipe Starters over the chicken and top with cheese and bake for 10 more minutes or until cheese is melted and chicken juice runs clear.
I served mine over whole wheat thin spaghetti with broccoli on the side.  My kids inhaled it and I'm still waiting for husband to come home to try it out.  I loved the flavor and  I loved that it didn't require a lot of extra seasoning.  The recipe starter had lots of flavor but it wasn't overwhelming.  Hope you enjoy it too.

I was not compensated in any way for this post.  I just like to cook and when I find something awesome I like to share.  And maybe if some from Progresso reads this they will send me more LOL!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Yummy SuperBowl Snack

This is the yummiest easiest treat I know how to make.  The problem is I have been looking for these corn puffs for years.  Finally Walmart started carrying them and I couldn't wait to make this treat for my family.
You start with these bad boys
 You can use the whole bag or adjust to a serving size you are comfortable with and then I use this recipe from AllRecipes.Com because it is easy and my favorite.  And my kids LOVE it.  You put the corn puffs in a bowl dump the carmel over it and stir until covered.  Advantage of this over popcorn no hulls or kernels to break your teeth on.  Trust me it is delicious!
And if you don't believe me believe them... it disappeared really FAST!  It will make a great SuperBowl snack! And who doesn't love that?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Wordless Wednesday....Family Fun at Scheels

One lovely afternoon in the Fall we ventured over to our local Scheels.  We were mesmerized; it was AMAZING.  They have EVERYTHING that any sporting individual could want.  I fell in love with the workout area and my kids fell in love with the shooting range and all the photo op spots.  Here's what we came up with.




Cougars are scary when your a Ute!  Except that is probably a mountain lion.....ahem.
The girls didn't get the memo to be scared of the Bear.....
This is my favorite. I love that they do what I tell them!  Overall we had a blast.  We ate lunch in the cafeteria and we wanted to ride the ferris wheel but the line was too long.  Can't wait to go back for a fun filled afternoon!!
Joined up with Lolli at Better in Bulk and Angie at Seven Clown Circus for Wordful Wednesday and Alicia at Project Alicia.  

Monday, January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr. Tradition

Almost every year we get a nice little family day on MLK Jr. day.  Here in Utah the Auto Show is this weekend and who doesn't LOVE to see nice new expensive cars.  And of course dream a little.  We spent the entire day wandering around the South Towne Expo center and dreaming....
I look good in a Cadillac right?
I can also see myself in this baby during the summer!
I think my girls look pretty good behind the news desk too.  KSL had a small booth set up with a real camera and camera man with prompter and all.  So much fun!!  Here Peyton is reporting of an alien attack in Salt Lake City!
We ended our day with dinner at Famous Daves also a family favorite.  Don't mind the frightened looks they were anticipating the very bright flash in the dimly lit restaurant.  So I may not have worked on my organization today but I can catch up on laundry and cleaning later.  These memories were totally worth making!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

How to Have THAT talk with your kids...

You know the one I'm talking about.... the Birds and the Bee's, the "we don't have sex before we are married", the "no drugs and alcohol" talk.  The one that embarrasses the 10 year old and makes the 5 year old scratch her head and say things like what is sex?  I'm of the opinion that if I talk about these things like it doesn't bother me my children will feel more comfortable coming to me with questions about the aforementioned topics.  
Today I brought this up while driving with all three children in the car.  I totally embarrassed my son and my daughters acted like I was CRAZY.  We had the discussion anyway.  I persevered. I yammered on feeling confident in my parenting role.  
Then I went on a date with my husband and inhaled this.
Overall, I think, after today I'm pretty much winning.  

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Post Where I Brag a Little

So I mentioned the other day how I love to work out.  I thought I better put my pictures where my mouth is so you don't think I'm just making it up....
This was taken at the CBC Conference in May of 2010.  I didn't take off my jacket because I was embarrassed of my chub.  I was happy clearly but not the best version of me.
Not the best shot but the only other pictures I have are in my sports bra and workout pants and I am not quite ready to put that all out there just yet.  
I have been working out with a great group of women for the past year. We encourage each other we laugh together and we get strong together.  We share recipes, workout tips, and our lives.  We call ourselves Super Mom's.  We have our own support group ahem I mean Facebook group.
Then in October a cute facebook friend Jill invited me to a LeanMoms event.  At the time I wasn't sure what that was exactly but it sounded fun it involved healthy snacks and a Saturday workout. It was the best decision I have made in a long time. Lean Moms and Super Moms united and I started to see some real results. Clean eating and weight lifting are the answer for me.  Apparently your muscles are made in the kitchen AND the gym not just one or the other. 
 To read more about Lean Mom's go to the website. It might change your life too.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Photo Story Friday....The Pantry Project

So as I promised here are pictures of the pantry project.  It turned into a little more than I expected.  To be honest I want to rip all the wire shelving out and start completely over but that is a DIY project for another day. 

 For now I used some baskets from Walmart and did my best with what I have. 

 I even dug out my old label maker and started labeling away until I ran out of tape. Oops!
If you think it still looks bad this is what I threw away....
I know totally embarrassing.  It is a work in progress.  I plan to inventory everything in there tomorrow because I had 4 bottles of worcestershire sauce really that may last until well past the expiration date lets just say.  I also have enough seasonings to flavor an entire third world country.  That's a lot in case you don't get my sarcasm.  Anyway I like the baskets with the handles so I can just pull them out and see what's inside.  I'm pretty short so this makes it possible for me to utilize all my pantry space.  
I will keep you posted on the DIY re-shelving project.....ahem... if it ever happens. 
I am joining up with Lolli at Better in Bulk for Photo Story Friday.

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I was not compensated or provided an product for this project I just thought I would let you all know where I got the baskets.  You know incase anyone gets inspired.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Wordless Wednesday.....Clowning Around

I don't understand why her shirt is on her head all I know is she loves to pose.  And I still haven't learned to move straws out of the photo frame....
Can you say cheese?

I gave birth to clowns.  Oh well I can't say we don't have fun wherever we go!
We are at one of our favorite restaurants Costa Vida.  Thanks for providing a back drop for our fun!!
I was not compensated for this post we really just love Costa Vida.

Linking up with Lolli at Better in Bulk for Wordless Wednesday and Angie at Seven Clown Circus for Wordful Wednesday.  And wordless Wednesdays all over.


Pinterest Failure... Lasagna Rolls

So I had a serious Pinterest fail today.  I know don't judge me just yet.  I love Pinterest.  There are some pretty great things on there, but what happens when you add a recipe from Pinterest to your carefully planned menu for the month and then you can't get the recipe link to connect?  Any of them; there were about 30 recipes for lasagna rolls NONE of them linked to a single recipe.
Well if you are resourceful you just make up your own recipe and hope for the best.  Lucky for me (and you) it worked out great and I am going to share!  And it is really EASY to make.
Lasagna Rolls
1 pound lean ground Turkey (can use sausage or ground beef)
10 cooked lasagna noodles
2 cups  raw spinach chopped
15 oz container Ricotta Cheese
1 egg
1 can or bottle Spaghetti Sauce
1 cup mozzarella cheese

 Cook Lasagna noodles per instructions on box then drain and dry completely.  Brown ground turkey drain and mix with Ricotta Cheese, egg, & spinach. Spread cheese mixture on noodles and then roll them up. 

 Pour small amount of spaghetti sauce in bottom of greased 9x13 pan.  Place rolled up noodles seam side down in pan. 

 Cover with remaining sauce. And Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Sprinkle cheese and cook for 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.


Serve with a yummy salad.
Proven to please all (and by all I mean all MY children) children from ages 5-10 and adults!  

Monday, January 14, 2013

One Thing at a Time....

As a parent I have learned that you can't get everything done at once.  Some days I can't even get ONE thing done.  Although that has significantly improved as my children have gotten older.  Thank goodness!  I can actually brag that I am able to shower each and everyday without worrying about any run aways or major home destruction.  As I try to get more organized I have decided to set weekly goals so I don't get overwhelmed.  Last week my goals were stay on top of the laundry and stick to my menu plan.  I was sick at looking at this mess....
That's right those are clean folded clothes running over. And this is not the normal it was usually a basket full of clean, unfolded, wrinkled clothes. I was seriously sick of seeing this.  
The washing I don't mind even the folding is not THAT bad but I hate to put clothes away.  Don't ask why because I don't know why...
But I made a goal this past week that I would wash, dry, fold, put away.  And I did it.  Well with help from my littles.  And I feel so much happier because now all the baskets are empty in the laundry room waiting for this week to be filled with fresh clean laundry.
We actually stuck to our menu plan which for us it an amazing feat.  This also helped us stay on budget.  A goal I didn't even set for last week.

This week I am tackling the fridge and pantry.  I will be inventorying and throwing away. I am too embarrassed to post before pictures but I promise to show some after pictures on Friday for Photo Story Friday.  Please hold me too it! 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

My Playlist

I LOVE to workout.  That's an understatement.  And if you know me you know that to be true.  Last year I started working out HARD.  I started lifting weights and doing HIIT.  I ran two half marathons and did the Wasatch Back Ragnar.  I tried things I never thought possible and I accomplished them.  I have learned to love Burpees they work every part of your body some you didn't even know you had.  If you don't know about the torture that is a burpee here's a demo.

Best part of a workout for me though is the music.  It is imperative that I have good music you know the kind that makes you want to get up and shake your booty.  And sometimes the kind of music that I like to call "angry" music.  So I decided to put together a list of my favorite workout songs and also ask for some suggestions. My top ten workout songs..... Drumroll please.

10.  Rosa Parks....OutKast
9.  We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.....Taylor Swift (I only like this song because it annoys all the ladies in my workout group)
8.  Some Nights.... Fun
7.  Rest of My Life.....Ludacris
6.  Clique....Kayne West, Jay-Z & Big Sean (angry music)
5.  Talk that Talk......Rihanna (angry music)
4.  Sweat...... Snoop Dogg vs. David Guetta (because well I sweat A.LOT.)
3.  It's Time....Imagine Dragons (enjoyed best at a very loud volume)
2.  We Are Young.....Fun
1.  Call Me Maybe.... Carly Rae Jepsen

I know crazy variety.  Any suggestions?  What do you listen to when you work out?

Friday, January 11, 2013

PhotoStory Friday...... Week In Review

I set another goal for the new year.  I want to spend more meaningful time with my children.  I make an effort to spend one on one time with my Husband but I realized I am not as vigilant doing this with my kiddos so we have had several game nights this week and last night we set goals as a family.  
My children attend Primary at church and they were all given journals to write in weekly so I had them write the goals in their journals.  It was fun.  They had great ideas and were excited to set goals for themselves.

 That is some serious UNO concentration
Posing for the camera of course.
Kayton and I finished early so I worked on my photography and she worked on her silly expressions. I'm linking up with Lolli and Cecily for Photo Story Friday.


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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Icicles.......Wordless Wednesday

Am I the only one who is completely fascinated with these wonders of nature?  I hope not, but even if I am I have really been enjoying looking at these the past few days in this frozen tundra.

So photographing them in the dark isn't very easy but they show up so much nicer than they do during the day.
Also did I mention that I am unorganized and I do dumb things like forget to cover my gas grill ugh....
I hope it isn't ruined.  Honestly I need to live in a much warmer climate.  This item is now on my seasonal maintenance list to be checked and COVERED for the winter.  Lesson learned. I am a checklist kinda girl too bad I got the checklist started AFTER the freezing started.  
I'm linking up with Lolli over at Better In Bulk and at Project Alicia and Seven Clown Circus for Wordful Wednesday since I can't seem to keep it wordless....

Family Fun

In my effort to be more organized I employed my children for some inspiration.  In fact I turned it into a fun little FHE (family home evening) project.  FHE is LDS (or mormon) for family time. You can read more about that here. We have a lesson, read a scripture or two, spend time together and try to bond as a family.
We discussed how to be more organized at our home.  And then we did a one month menu plan I figure if I get children input they will eat it right?
I am excited to put it to work and we chose healthy easy meals because in my world organization and easy are basically the same thing......
We played a fun game tonight to help us learn our scriptures a little better.  There is going to be a learning curve it isn't very easy but fun and we bonded right.
We played UNO attack last night and that was one crazy game.  I laughed and laughed until I cried.  Can't beat that for family fun. 

 As my kids get older we try to have as much fun as possible especially before they become teenagers because I'm pretty sure that isn't going to be very fun!  But who knows if I keep and positive attitude and work hard to be organized it might surprise me right?  Please say yes......

Monday, January 7, 2013

What Happened to Lazy Saturdays?

This is what we did all day Saturday.  Watched Jr. Jazz games starting at 8 am.  What ever happened to sleeping in on Saturdays... or any day of the week for that matter?  Maybe having toddlers wasn't really that bad!

In other news in an effort to get more organized I found this great little shop on Etsy with all sorts of organizing printables and so far I'm off to a great start!! You should check out CleanMama and see if they can help you get more organized too.

I bought and paid for my printables and I was not compensated in any way for this post I just like what I found and wanted to share.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Photo Story Friday....Snow and More Snow and Back to the Routine

Are you sick of my snow pictures yet?  I hope not. This week was filled with some family time, more snow time and a full return to our crazy routine.  Much sooner than I wanted.  I truly enjoyed the Christmas Break this year mostly because my husband was here the entire time.  Bitter sweet since we didn't make it to a Bowl Game this year but oh so nice to have him here uninterrupted such a luxury for me this time of year.  Anyway enough blah, blah, blah here's the pictures


Yes that is my watering can and a chair notice my previous post get more organized I realize I have a problem!
It was around 10 degrees out but they wanted to play outside so bad I couldn't say no.  They had so much fun I'm glad I allowed it.
Back to school and bundled for the bus.  The day after New Years seemed too soon to return to the crazed life but they were excited.  The house was so quiet after everyone left I had to leave too I couldn't bear it.  I'm ok with it now though.  It only took me one day to recover!
Linking up with Lolli over at Better in Bulk for PhotoStory Friday and Cecily at My Chaos My Bliss

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