Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Beaten wife?

Hey everyone,

Randy and I went to a costume party on Friday, and we went as a wife beater and a beaten wife. It was really fun! For some reason, I forgot to get a picture of Randy though. I had a lot of fun trying to make myself look hurt. I am not sure why I enjoy doing weird makeup so much, but I do. Everyone kept on asking me if my split lip was real, and it made me feel wonderful! I particuallary like the choke marks on the neck, but you can't see them very well in the picture. It is a really easy costume for a couple that doesn't want to spend a lot of time or money that's for sure.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Jacob in the bath. He loves loves loves to splash mommy! Ty likes to help give him baths as well. And in turn, jacob likes to stand at the edge of the big bathtub and give Ty baths. What is better than giving your brother a bath? aparently not much!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

My Recipes

Unfried Chicken (aka Corn Flake chicken)
A healthy alternative to fried chicken. To make it even healthier, use just egg whites and omit the salt. You can also use bone-in chicken of any kind(breasts, thighs, drumsticks, etc.) for a more moist or grownup meal. I like to serve with the potato wedges so Ty thinks he is having chicken fingers and French fries!

2-3 Boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into strips
1 cup of crushed Corn Flakes
1 t. Natures seasons (or your favorite seasoned salt)
1 T. seasoned bread crumbs (or flour)
1 egg
1 t. water
½ Cup flour

Mix Corn Flakes, Natures Seasons, and Bread crumbs and put a shallow dish. Mix egg and water and put in a shallow bowl. Put the flour in a shallow dish as well. Place chicken pieces into flour, then egg then Corn Flake mixture. Place onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for about 20-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and coating is crispy. (best if served with a large array of your favorite sauces like BBQ, ranch, and ketchup)

Potato Wedges
A healthy alternative to French fries and the kids love it!

Potatoes cleaned and sliced into wedges
Place on cookie sheet and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle Natures Seasons (or salt and pepper), garlic Salt and paprika onto the potatoes. Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes (depending how dark and crispy you like them)

Easy Mexican Sloppy Joes
Best for those nights when you don’t want to cook, but you don’t want to go out either. It’s super easy and pretty good.

½ lb hamburger
1 can tomato soup
½ cup Salsa
½ cup Cheddar cheese

brown hamburger in skillet. Add Tomato soup and salsa and cheddar cheese. Mix on low heat till thoroughly mixed. Serve on hamburger buns or slices of bread.

Crock Pot Roast
seriously the best tasting pot roast I have had. Randy makes this for us every once in a while and it is sooo very tender and juicy

1 pot roast, rump roast or chuck roast, whatever you like (size determined by size of crock pot. Ours is kind of small)
1 large onion
2-3 potatoes peeled and quartered
½ cup water
1 T oil
Score roast with a serrated knife (scratch surface in a criss-cross motion.) season generously with Larry’s seasoning, garlic salt, nature’s seasons, or your favorite seasoning. In skillet heat up oil on high to med-high heat and when heated, braise the roast till browned on both sides (takes about 2-3 minutes total). Place some of the potatoes on bottom of crock pot and put the roast on top. Put the remaining potatoes around the roast if there is room and top with onion slices. Pour in the water and close the lid. Cook on Low for 10 hours, or on high for 5 hours. You can make gravy when it is done, with the remaining water and fat, but it is good without it too.

Lemon Pepper Chicken
One of our very favorites!

2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
lemon pepper seasoning
1 can cream of chicken soup

¼ cup mayo

¼ cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1T parsley

Dice the chicken into bite sized pieces. Place in shallow greased baking dish and sprinkle a generous amount of lemon pepper. Put in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Drain excess water. In a medium sized bowl, mix mayo, cream of chicken soup, milk and parsley. Add shredded cheddar cheese and mix in cooked chicken. Bake for another 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve over rice.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Fun FHE activity

On monday for FHE, we decided to paint our front window for Halloween coming up this month. I highly recommend this activity! It is so much fun for everyone (If it's not too cold). the hardest part about doing it for me though, is letting everyone else paint it the way they want it. So if you need an idea, there it is!
p.s. you can buy window paint (tempera) at almost any store.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Happy Birthday Randy!!

Today is Randy's birthday! Yep, he is actually 31 years old! when did I marry an old man? He is such a sweetheart. I asked him what he wanted to do today and he said he just wants to stay home. That sounds good to me! It works out well too because it is also General Conference today and tomarrow. (good days not to do much but sit around and listen eh?) Tyler said he wanted to get daddy a toy helicopter and a "monkey" cake for his birthday. I hope Ty isn't too disappointed to not get what he wants for his father's birthday. Randy did get what he wanted though when Kim and Brandon Baum came to visit us way out here in Tooele and played games with us all night and than stayed over till today. well, that pretty much sums it up!