Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Have some SNOW!!!

My sisters and I decided to have some fun with Bells hair!

I guess I brought the snow from Utah to Maryland!!! We had 22 inches that day! Then the following week another 6 inches. The entire town shut down. This much snow hasn't happened over here in years. Hope you enjoy the pics!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Starting New

A LOT has happened since the last time I posted, but I feel like starting this over again from a new perspective. I am now a single parent raising my two beautiful girls. I completely love my family with all my heart. They have been the greatest support to me and my situation. I want to thank all of those that have been there for me..helping me move and giving support to my needs even just to TALK to!! I was sad to leave friends behind but I am happy to be moving forward and starting new.

We were able to have a very enjoyable Christmas this year. The girls and I went to visit the National Christmas Tree in D.C. My camera is broken and I wont be able to take decent pictures for a while. These are from my cell phone! Sorry for the quality, but to still be able to capture an image is amazing.

The National Christmas Tree!
This doesn't even show the details..sorry all!

The girls had lots of fun visiting Santa and checking out his workshop!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Back from Texas!

The girls and I made it all in ONE piece to Texas!! Yeah!! I ended up forgetting my camera half the time we did anything or had my hands full so didn't take pics! This is what I got...!!!

My Mother-In-law Jenny, took the girls and I to a near by kiddie pool and had loads of fun! Lizzy didn't really know what to do but Bells went right on in!

This is the new POTTY!!! It sings when you do your deed in it! How fancy in that! First time I saw this in wal-mart I couldn't stop laughing! What ever works right! We shall see with Lizzy. Nothing yet. But we let her test it out often!

Lizzy passed out on the couch one afternoon. Funny how they fall asleep sometimes!

This is my SIS-DER Ashley! She helped out a ton on the way back home! She just started her week at EFY on Monday so we wont really see her until she gets back from that. Thanks for all your help Ash!


I got this idea from my sister!! Hilarious!! You have to try it! Matt and I together doesn't look so bad!

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Walking Bells!

Sweet Bells decided to start walking recently. I'm so excited!! That means less of me toting her around everywhere. Go Bells! We love you!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Williams-Sonoma Meatballs!!

Yesterday I had the chance to cook for another family that just had a baby girl!! Homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs!

Last August when I was visiting my Grams in St. George she showed me how to make a very simple fresh tomato sauce. She had recently been to Italy and the family she stayed with made this for her! So..you know it's gotta be the best!!

Tomato Sauce

2 28 oz. cans of whole peeled tomatoes.
1 onion chopped
Olive oil
1 6 oz can of tomato paste
Garlic powder
crushed red peppers

In the bottom of a large pot, drizzle enough olive oil to coat the bottom and let it heat up on medium heat. Throw in your chopped onion, saute until they start to brown up. Put your whole tomatoes in a blender or food processor until it becomes smooth and pour into your pot. Add spices that you want. let is simmer for and hour or so. I usually only use a pinch of sugar..it adds a little to the flavor. So...its simple..and homemade! You can tweak it however you want. The main thing is the tomatoes..whole canned Roma tomatoes!

There are a million recipes on making your own sauce, so do what you like and make a ton of it at once and store some of it for pasta dishes.

From this fancy little Williams-Sonoma pasta cookbook I found some amazing Meatballs!

3/4 cup crusted removed cubed bread
1/3 cup Milk
1 lb Ground beef
1 small shredded onion
2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley
1 tsp fresh thyme
1 beaten egg
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
olive oil for frying

1) Prepare the meatballs

In a small bowl, combine the bread cubes and milk. Let stand about 3 minutes, then squeeze the bread dry, discarding the milk. In a bowl, cobine the softened bread, beef, onion parsley, thyme, and egg, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Mix gently with your hands. Form into balls about 1 in in diameter

2) Cook the meatballs

In a large frying pan over medium heat, pour oil to a depth of 1/2 in. When the oil is hot, add the meatballs, in batches if necessary, and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

I had some requests last night for this so I'm passing it along to you!! Have fun with it! Any neighbors that want to borrow this book, come get it!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Love Me, But Don't Show Me

Matt showed me this last night and I thought it was hilarious! I think the song is from the movie Sons of Provo. Way to send a great message about keeping yourself moraly clean before marriage. Amber, this totally reminds me of when we used to make up dances to the EFY songs! Some of you may have seen this already, but I hope you still enjoy!