I was just recently directed to this awesome website. Here are the reasons why I LOVE it:
1) The meals are super easy and quick to make. Most involve less than 10 ingredients.
2) They are cheap recipes. They actually give you an estimate at the bottom as to how much each meal would cost you.
3) It's created by moms, so the meals are typically very kid-friendly. I tried this one tonight. I have never seen Amy completely clean her plate at dinner time. She's more of a snacker, not a big-meal eater unless it's something she ADORES (which to date has been potato or tomato soup and chicken divan). But she absolutely loved dinner tonight and kept asking for more!
4) The recipes sound like things we would actually eat! The ingredients are actually things I recognize and as I read through them, they sound good to me! That's hard to find in a new recipe.
5) They give photo directions at each step so that it's clear what you need to do. The directions are really simple anyways, but it's still nice to look at your food and say "Hey! That looks just like the picture! I must have done it right!"
6) They post a new recipe practically every day (except sometimes Fridays). I seriously sat here going through all of their old recipes because I loved them all! I think I'll have a new morning ritual - get up, go to the bathroom, get Amy some breakfast, check the recipe of the day!
Anyway, that's all. Let me know if you try any of the recipes and either really like them or are not a big fan.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I was just recently directed to this awesome website. Here are the reasons why I LOVE it:
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Friday, January 23, 2009
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
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I had a birthday last week and it was very nice. I've reached the ripe old age of 25 (yuck). But, in the end, it doesn't matter how old I get - Mike will always be older!
My day was very nice. The birthday fairy came and decorated with streamers and balloons. Then my mom took me and Amy out to lunch to Applebee's and then took us shopping for new maternity clothes. Thanks Mom! I had a relaxing afternoon of napping and playing with Amy. That night Mike took me out to dinner to Carraba's and then made me a delicious cherry cheesecake. Thanks to Nikki for watching Amy so we could go out! I got several nice presents, including a new cell phone (mine was HORRIBLE because I had lost the nice expensive one I got when I signed up), more maternity shirts, and a couple new games. I also got a great book from my mother-in-law. Thanks everyone for making my day special!
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We drove up to Utah to spend Christmas with Mike's family. Amy was actually pretty good on the trip, taking a couple naps each way and watching Finding Nemo, and of course eating (because my child eats 24 hours a day if I let her). She liked pointing out the snow all the way up there, because we had been telling her that the snow was at Grandma Laudie's house, so she thought that meant we were almost there... but we started seeing snow in Flagstaff, so it made for a long trip of "Look Mom! Snow! Grandma Laudie's House!" We were so happy when we finally pulled up to the house, mostly to see the family, but also to just get out of the car. Amy was much more affectionate and less shy towards the Laudie's this time around. She has gotten over most of her stranger-danger screaming she used to do when someone she didn't know very well would look at her and/or pick her up. She figured out really quick that the Laudie house was chock full of Christmas goodies, and there were enough people around that SOMEONE would give her what she wanted if she asked the right people.
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We decided to spend Christmas in Utah with Mike's family this year, but we did get to spend a little time with my family before we headed up. The 19th of December, the day we drove up, was my dad's 50th birthday! Holy cow dad... you're old. Not like mom, who will be 44 forever!
The whole family (minus TJ, who left to drive up to Utah with a friend after dinner)
We slept at my parent's house that night and drove straight out the next morning to Utah. We definitely were sad to miss out on the Lewis family Christmas festivities, but we know what they survived without us!
We got to spend a couple days at my parent's house when we got back in town before Calli's family went back to Kansas. My mom gave us a beautiful Christmas scrapbook and gift card, and she gave Amy a cute doll that is so lifelike that my brother-in-law (Brendan) thought it was going to come get him in his sleep!
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This was our first year going to Goodyear's Holly Jolly Festival... and our last. I have to admit, I was SUPER disappointed. I understand that it's hard to maneuver that many people fairly, but when the line for Santa is across the baseball field, and we have to convince our 2 year old to wait in line for 20 minutes to play in the snow for 5 minutes, and when there wasn't anything worth doing that didn't have another line to stand in, it just wasn't worth the trouble.
The Happy Owen Family - trying to keep Kylee warm!
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Monday, January 12, 2009
We have had 3 very fun... wait, 1 of them wasn't fun, so 2 very fun... family quadding trips with my family. Dad is the best and is always willing to take us out and let us play!
This is from our most recent quadding trip. We had just gotten back from the snow and Amy had finally grasped the idea of snow angels... she just didn't realize you needed snow. She just plopped down and started moving her arms and legs.
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Not a whole lot to report about Thanksgiving (And no pictures! How sad!). The day started off with Mike going to the ward turkey bowl (this is after he burned his fingers badly on the hot chocolate he was making to take). He caught some good passes, while I enjoyed part of the game from my chair on the sidelines and Amy played at the park.
We spent the rest of Thanksgiving with my family. Thanksgiving lunch was over at my grandparent's house this year. We ate lots of food. I made a pumpkin roll for desset (because Summer really wanted it and I love her) and sweet potatoes as a side (didn't turn out like Grandma's... I need her recipe. More butter and sugar I think!). I did make a pumpkin pie too, but that was for Mike because he always wants more pumpkin pie afterwards. We had a relaxing day. Amy got to run around and some of the cousins played volleyball. We didn't have a ton of my cousins there (everyone seemed to have somewhere else to be this year), but it was my Grandpa's sisters and their families too, so definitely a lot of people. This is actually the year of the Lindsey Family Reunion (my great-grandma's maiden name was Lindsey), which means we usually get together with my great-grandma's siblings' families all the way down. Because of the large numbers, we usually go to Pioneer Park for lunch (across the street from the temple), but this year we broke up into smaller groups, hence just my Great-Grandma's family met at my grandma's house (confused yet?). Anyway, we still got a lot of the groups together for the annual (are you ready for this?) FAMILY DANCE. That's right, growing up we would go to this dance every other year and dance with our cousins. A little weird, but the line dancing was always fun, and now it's a tradition (although I heard rumor that it's going to turn into an Easter dance instead of a Thanksgiving dance).
Here's a shout-out to all of my junior high friends - remember the guy who used to DJ at all the stake dances every saturday night? You know - the guy with the Brittney Spears microphone over his ear and we were all a little weirded out by - yeah... he was the DJ at my family dance. It was pretty funny. Anyway, Amy had fun dancing with the little girls that were running around in circles, I got to waltz with my Daddy and my husband, and all and all we had a fun time being goofy with my family! Those of you who don't go to this every year like we do, you are totally missing out.
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Mike got a call at the beginning of October from the Scottsdale Symphony. He had played with them previously, but with school keeping him busy and gas prices going up, he hadn't made it over to play with them in their more recent concerts. They called looking to fill out their orchestra for a benefit concert they were hired for - hired meaning a paid gig! That was pretty exciting in and of itself. The other cool thing about it was that Chevy Chase was the M.C. (sorry about the picture - the lighting was not conducive to my camera). I think the benefit was for some kind of alternative medical treatments - I didn't really know. I did end up getting to go attend though because Mike found out the week before that he was getting one complimentary ticket. It was quite a fun concert. They had a lot of musicians and singers, most of whom I hadn't heard of but that were very good, come and play along with the orchestra. While, I have to admit, Chevy Chase was a little disappointing. I guess I was waiting for "My little buttercup...", but life goes on. It was a very elegant event none the less and a fun experience for Mike. The orchestra sounded very nice and the other musicians in the group were very impressed by him. It also made his transition into the Christmas concert scene quite smooth (more on that later). Good job Mike!
This video is of the SSO and this amazing pianist named YongMei Hu. I had heard her at another one of the SSO's concerts and was absolutely impressed again. She's very talented.
This video is of the SSO with Bobby Caldwell (one of the few names I did vaguely recognize).
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I can't believe I have a 2 year old! I know it's so cliche to say, but time just flew by this year! I can't believe how much she's grown. She is a chatterbox! She talks all the time and quite well. She is stringing together sentences much better now. She can count to 10 and knows all of her colors. She has started showing a lot of imagination too, as she plays with her toys and dolls and creates scenerios with them. It's so adorable!
Because of the chaos of Halloween, we never did get her friend party put together, which made it for a much needed, low-key birthday. My mom, dad, grandma, and sisters (Jessie and Lisa - with TJ), as well as the Owen family, came over for a dinner of potato soup, salad and rolls (thanks for the salad and rolls Mom!). We really appreciate all of you making the drive out here.
Amy got a beautiful blue and white dress from Grandma Laudie.
The night was complete with cake and ice cream.
For Amy's first birthday, Mike and I took Amy with us (just our little family) to Bounce U. We thought that would be fun to do again the Friday before her birthday, but the Bounce U by us was closed, and by the time we would have gotten to the other ones, the preschool open bounce times would be closed. Instead we took her to Jeepers (aka Jungle Jim's Playland). She definitely had fun and even flew the rocket ride by herself.
Not quite enough room for the 2 of us!
We went to Gecko Grill for lunch afterward! Yum yum!
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