Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rx: 2 bowls of Soup

Adam walked in the door last night and I was ready to give him a big kiss :)
But he sadly said, "Oh no babe, I'm feeling worse than I did this morning. I think I'm sick & I don't want to give it to you." A big smooch on the cheek quickly ensued...
Then I lit up and said, "Does that mean I get to nurse you back to health tomorrow?!" (I may have, on more than 1 occasion, tried to tell him that he was sick so that he would stay home from work and I could "nurse him back to health." haha;)
Sadly, he is at work today.
But that does mean that is feeling better! :)
And it might just be because of a yummy soup I had in the crock-pot ready for him when he got home. It was delicious, and comforting, even for me who is [luckily] not feeling under the weather.

I got the recipe from a Crock-Pot cookbook my sweet Mom gave me a while back. It's hearty, chuck-full of veggies, and just creamy enough to be comforting, yet you won't feel guilty about enjoying 2 bowls, or 3 ;)

From Crock-Pot: Incredibly Easy Recipes
Creamy Farmhouse Chicken & Garden Soup
{Makes 4 Servings}
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: HIGH 3-4 hours

- 1/2 package (16 oz.) frozen vegetable mix (they recommend pepper stir-fry)
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 medium zucchini, sliced & halved (you have semi-circles) the more the better! :)
- 2 bone-in chicken thighs, skinned
OR 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 can (14 oz.) fat-free chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 2 oz. uncooked egg noodles
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 1/2 cup frozen green peas
- 2 Tbs. chopped parsley
- 2 Tbs. butter
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper

1) Coat Crock-Pot slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place stir-fry vegetables, corn and zucchini in bottom. Add chicken, garlic, broth, and thyme. Cover; cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Remove chicken and set aside to cool slightly.
2) Add noodles to Crock-Pot slow cooker. Cover; cook 20 minutes longer, or until noodles are done.
3) Meanwhile, chop chicken breast (debone first if you used the chicken thigh). Return to Crock-Pot. Stir in remaining ingredients (half-and-half, green peas, parsley, butter, salt, & pepper). Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Monday, November 29, 2010

What's for lunch?

Those are slippery little buggers!

We were also lucky enough to have
daddy home for lunch today!!
(i love it when that happens)
I think that's why little B has that big grin :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010 Festivities

Our Thanksgiving weekend was filled with a few of life's simple pleasures:

We spend the holiday with the Kjar's this year. The plan was to go to their cabin, but the weather had us go to plan B:
Home sweet home.
We enjoyed our Thanksgiving Feast around the Kjars' table in Centerville. It was perfect :)
{the whole Kjar posse - minus Danner who's on a mission in Cali}

{Our little fam}

{The grand table...Mama Kjar knows how to entertain...her decor/setting was absolutely lovely}

{doesn't look like it, but Brooks loved Dave's sweet potatoes}

{Brooks, Adam, Sharla, and I...happy & FULL}

{behold...the PIES...and there were more not in this picture! I made the chocolate hazel-nut pie, 2nd on the left. get the EASY and DELISH recipe here}

{The turkey-coma set in early for Adam, aka Daddy-o}

Friday, while Adam was at work (darn you grown-up jobs), Brooks & I joined some of the Kjar family to see Tangled. Which was ADORABLE!!!! I loved that it was a good ol' Disney musical :) Can't wait for it to come to RedBox so Adam & I can watch it at home. I love that Adam enjoys a good Disney flick, a man after my own heart ;)

And on Saturday we went to see the
Radio City Rockettes! As part of our Christmas present the Kjars got the whole family tickets and it was SPECTACULAR to say the least :)

{Me, Brooks, Adam, Becca, Samson, Luke
...Do you like how Bec & I are joining the Rockettes in the high-knee? heehee}

{During the preshow we snapped a pic! Brooks would NOT turn around for anything, haha!}

{I'm kind of in love with this guy}

And I snagged a few pics of some of my favorite performances :)

I loved how it ended with a beautiful and touching presentation of the Nativity. Focusing on the true meaning of Christmas :)
A perfect way to end a sweet weekend...and kickoff the Christmas season!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

tim-tam slam

I went to Smith's tonight for a quick grocery-run to get some ingredients for a yummy soup tomorrow for dinner :) And I saw something...it appeared to be glowing on the shelf. I've heard of these from my hubs, my sister Corrie, and a few friends...so I'm not sure how to express how excited I was. TIM-TAMS (One-of-a-kind Australian chocolate creme sandwich cookies) I put a couple packages in my cart and had a perma-grin on my face the rest of the time at the store. (like when I buy a couple bags of Cadbury Mini Eggs)

"Adam! I have a surprise for you!"
I said when I got home.
I hid them in the kitchen and had him find them...and as soon as he saw them on top of the fridge he was SO happy! The last time he ate a Tim-Tam was on his mission in Japan 3 1/2 years ago.

Brooks was even excited!
Oh I wish you could've had one buddy...but apparently the wrapping had an interesting flavor ;)
How to enjoy a
Tim-Tam SLAM:
1. warm up a glass of milk
2. nibble off both ends of Tim-Tam
3. use Tim-Tam like a straw to suck up milk
4. suck up whole cookie and enjoy
Tim-Tam's...how we love you :)

PS - we had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend...can't wait to post the adventures tomorrow :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

love, us turkeys

Hope your day of thanks is filled with
people you love.
And if you're like me, you'll be surrounded with wonderful family (we'll be with the Kjars this year) but you'll be missing some others...so give them a phone call, and express your love and gratitude for them. I can't wait to call my fam tomorrow :)

I also can't wait to stuff my self with dark turkey meat, homemade stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, yams, hot rolls, fresh salad, and PIES. Oh. my.

Now I just have to remember to wear stretchy pants tomorrow...lots of give :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

someone's crawling...wahoo! :)

That's right,
Little B is mobile.
We're so proud of him, he's been working hard at it.
Brooks is such a little
stud muffin...especially when he's sporting that diaper-only look.
He's running on 4-wheel drive...just in time for winter ;)

Monday, November 22, 2010

2010 Kjar Sisters Retreat

Making memories with beautiful women...
inside and out.
That's what I did this weekend.
This was the 3rd Annual Kjar Sisters Retreat and it was one that'll go down in history! ;) Becca (married into the Kjar fam, like me) planned it all...and she did a phenomenal job! She got all the bases covered to say the least...here's what I mean:

We started off by going to the Sweet Tooth Fairy...which I've been wanting to go to since this inspiring woman mentioned it on her blog.
[top row: me & Brooks, Becca & Samson, Mom, Mandy, Sharla.
bottom row: LaCol Katie]

The shop was DARLING and the cupcakes were DELISH!
[I got toasted coconut, red velvet, & german chocolate]
Next, we were headed to a SPA! A must for any womens' retreat.
[the Kjar ladies waiting in the relaxation room...Brooks wasn't AS relaxed...he was LOVING time with Grandma! haha]
They even brought us herbal tea while we were waiting...what a treat :)
Brooks sat on my lap while I enjoyed a pedicure...it was heaven to say the least.
Then Becc really surprised us with plans to go indoor skydiving at iFly in Ogden!!! LaCol (sis-in-law) has actually been skydiving, but otherwise we were all 1st timers...and we were ready to have a blast!

[LaCol flying high!]

What a RUSH!! I can't wait to take Adam there :)

[Katie with a big grin...I was smiling and trying not to laugh the whole time too! So much fun]

Next stop, dinner:
A Vietnamese restaurant with a unique & beautiful atmosphere...and the food hit the spot!

[I love bento boxes :]
[Doesn't Brooks look like a wizard with that wand?? er chopstick. ;) Sorry, I've got Harry Potter on the brain]

After a full day of fun & relaxation we ended up at the lovely Armstrong Mansion in Salt Lake.
We shared our favorite things:
General Conference on CD, a necklace, & a hand-written letter to each of us
Trader Joe's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
[a new addiction of mine]
"Mercy River" CD & game handbook
Gift certificate to Sweet Tooth Fairy
Warm rice bag w/ adorable fabric
Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub
Homemade Arabic pants...she wore them in Argentina :)

Then we swapped recipes:
Which included Mom's homemade pumpkin pie (from a pumpkin!), Mandy's brie en croute, Katie's caramel corn, Becca's mushroom turn-overs, LaCol's creamy white chili, & my mozarella/pesto stuffed tomatoes.

THe night was still young...okay, okay it was 1am...but that didn't stop us from enjoying some HILARIOUS Minute To Win It games!!! Becca did an awesome job at getting them all together :) They made for some good laughs for sure! I may have peed my pants a little. bahaha!

[Mom & LaCol trying to get the gum ball to a specific square on the tennis racquet...wiggle them hips!]

[Becca & Katie with "chopsticks" in their mouths trying to hook keys with the paper clips at the end of their string]

[Shar & me bounced pingpong balls onto peanut buttered bread...stick 'em!]

[My person favorite...LaCol & Sharla head banging with a pedometer trying to get the most movements. Rock on!]

[Mom & Kates sucking up M&Ms and placing them on standing-up straws]

[LaCol and me "fishing" for preztels with our sticky gummi worms...and eating them!]

We didn't get much sleep but it was WORTH IT.
And we got to sit down to a beautiful breakfast. Peach cobbler & cieche in the morning, yes. please.

Then, maybe my favorite activity of the weekend:
I've been going to yoga classes every now & then for almost 2 years now, and I love it! So i was THRILLED when I found out we'd be going to a Bikram Yoga class. I knew it would be a heated session, but little did I know it'd be 108 degrees. I loved it none the less! Lots of new poses, and I'm so sore today, but I want to go back soon!

After a yummy Jamba smoothie to rehydrate ourselves after sweating our guts out at yoga we got our creative juices flowing at Color Me Mine. It's one of those places you paint your own pottery! They had a great selection of neat pieces, we picked one & painted our little hearts out..can't wait to see how mine turned out after it gets fired :)

[Mama Kjar with her 2 sweet grandsons...Samson & Brooks looks like brothers don't they?]

And the grand finale:
Adam and I have enjoyed a class with this awesome chef [for Adam's 23rd bday]...sushi is one of our FAVORITE foods...but there's something extra special about making it yourself. Jonas [sushi chef] came to Becca's house and we enjoyed learning how to make some gorgeous and delicious rolls. Konichiwa!

We used FRESH salmon, tuna, eel, shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumber, green onion, lemon, and some tasty sauces...and of course rice & seaweed. Great, now I'm hungry ;)

We had a great weekend together...
I love you ladies!
Can't wait 'til next year :)
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