Monday, March 29, 2010

Happy Birthday To My Baby Girl...

My baby girl turned Sweet 16 last Monday. I cannot believe how much she has grown up! She is amazing in so many ways and I am so proud of her. Within the last few weeks she has gotten both her Patriarchal Blessing and her Drivers License which have been BIG steps. Some parents might be distraught thinking of the new found freedom their teenager has hitting this age, but she is so honest and trustworthy, I could never doubt her word.

Here are a few other things I love about her:
  • She strives to be a righteous person and follow EVERY rule and standard set. She is a much better youth than I ever was!
  • She is absolutely beautiful on the inside and on the out.
  • I often find her with her light on way after bed time reading a scripture before she goes to bed.
  • She is a super cook and often bails me out when I just don't have the energy.
  • She is an amazing sports fan and knows much more about sports, (especially football), than many boys her age.
  • She is so good with children and will consequently be a much better mother than I am.
  • She sings like an angel and plays the piano. (And yay, she is back in voice lessons after a six month hiatus!)
  • She is a VERY good, safe, relaxed driver. She drives the speed limit constantly and doesn't mind sitting 5 minutes at an intersection until she feels it is clear enough to cross. (Of course, this might bug the people behind her, but I don't care!)
Happy Birthday to my dear, sweet Miss Dee!
May this coming year be just wonderful for you!
(If you want to see some pics of Dee growing up, you can check out last years post here.)

Friday, March 19, 2010

What Does One Do When They Aren't Blogging?

I haven't blogged here in 10 days! Sometimes I worry I spend too much time on the computer and so I make a conscious effort to live life more than I blog life. That has been me the past 10 days. My family had stomach flu for the first three days, but as I was taking care of them all I had time to think and reflect. I had time to write things down... WITH A PEN... and I really enjoyed it. You see, sometimes I am sooooooooooo caught up on the computer that I miss some of the things going on around me. So here are some of the things I enjoyed doing the past 10 days...
  • I actually looked at some real recipe books that had pages
  • I scrapbooked with some super cool ladies
  • I have watched a couple of odd movies with the fam
  • I hand made a couple of cards... yes, me
  • I went to the Library with my son
  • I sat quietly and snuggled with the puppy
  • I accompanied three ladies, (one of which belongs to me), for Women At The Well, which was performed by a group of sisters for our Relief Society
  • I outlined the next 8 chapters of a book
  • I spent a night out with my daughter at Olive Garden, the Middle School play and then shopping while the boys were at a concert
  • I went to dinner with a good friend to celebrate her birthday
  • I have played the piano... A LOT
  • I have watched the fam play with the puppy each and every day and realized how much happiness she has brought in to our home
  • I have read several magazines including Woman's Day, Time & National Geographic
  • I have been to Classic Skating with the YW
  • I have laid on the couch and talked with my hubby for an hour at a time
So even though I haven't blogged other than posting a couple of coupons on my other site, my life has been full and I have to admit, it has been wonderful. :)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Menu Plan Monday...

One of my new organization goals I just set was to menu plan on Monday's. I was sure SOMEONE had to have already started a meme I could join up with for this and so I googled it. Turns out a lot of people think this is a great idea! Immediately I was taken to this cute site that I am soooooooooooo happy to have run across this month. Laura from I'm An Organizing Junkie, (I have always had the handle "techjunkie" on the web, so it was fun to see her known as "orgjunkie"), has over 300 ladies link up each week to Menu Plan Monday and I am excited to join up with them for the first time this week.

So here is what is going down at my house:
Monday: Well I am obviously late planning for this week and my entire family except me has the flu today so I'll probably be eating a can of Progresso soup and some nice crusty bread for dinner by myself in just a few minutes.
Tuesday: I have been dying to try this Lemon Chicken recipe from a friends new cooking blog but have not had any fresh parsley, so I'm gonna pick it up tomorrow on my way home from work and try it out with some rice and veggies. Yum!
Wednesday: My own quick "can of this, can of that" recipe for Sweet Spaghetti. (I've been debating on posting the recipe for this but there aren't that many things that I make that I am certain people are going to enjoy, and my two secret ingredients make this an anything but normal pasta dinner that I love to serve to company!)
Thursday: Baked Potato Bar. I just wrap the pricked potatoes individually in foil with a smidgen of butter when I get home from work and stick them in the oven an hour to an hour and a half before we want to eat. (400 degrees). Our favorite toppings are any combination of sour cream, butter, cheese, chopped ham, (the lean lunchmeat kind), chopped green onions, broccoli and those McCormick Salad Toppins, (that perfect combination of crunchy sunflower seeds, soybeans, onion, carrots and bacon bits with all kinds of seasoning mixed in that look like this...)

Friday: The Boys are going to The Devil Wears Prada Concert and Dee is going to a Sweet Sixteen Willy Wonka themed party, so I will probably treat myself to some yummy take out! Any suggestions for the Salt Lake County Area?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Happiness Project... ♣ March ♣

Did February seem very short to you? I mean, I know it is the shortest month of the year, but sheesh! That flew. I did pretty good with my goals. I made lots of extra efforts in the "♥" category. I spent a lot more time with my fam, (as can be evidenced by my reduction in blogging and facebook activity), and you know what? It was awesome!

Hubby & I did quite a few things together... a couple of dinners out and I even met him for a late lunch one day where we ran in to D-Will from the Utah Jazz. We also did a couple of shopping trips together including buying the kids something nice for Valentines day.
I spent time with both the kids. DeAnna is easy because she just likes to go clothes shopping ALL THE TIME and Dad won't take her, so I do. We never lack for Mother-Daughter time. Mike is a little more difficult, (though he remains my snuggle buddy on the couch), but one day that Dee stayed after school, he and I did a little Walmart trip together because HE wanted too and it was good fun.
We visited Nana and Pops for an evening (she had been reminding me that we hadn't visited her house since New Years!) I also met Nana at Costco after work one day to just hang out. I spent quite a bit time with one of my sisters... scrap booking, weekly lunches at work and a couple of random walking the dog to her house trips. I have texted my nieces on a couple of occasions to check in with them. We even went as a family to the Salt Lake temple with Nana, Pops and three of Carole's kids to do baptisms.
We have more family fun planned for the next month already, so I am excited. This week Mike and I are going to my Mum & Dads to work on Genealogy for our date night on Friday. Jenna and I now have a standing lunch date on Tuesday's. Now if my other sister will just come over when she is invited! (Yes, Carole, that is a hint to YOU!)
For March, I originally chose saving money as my focus. Well, I have changed my mind... I am pretty frugal minded already, (see my other blog, ), and I have been really feeling the need to get more organized... so I am focusing on organization this month... specifically, my home and family.
This is one of my favorite scriptures, and one I always think of when I think of my home and family:

(Cute graphic from )
So with that in mind, here are my goals for this month:
  • Family Prayer & Family Scripture Study every morning/night (we are great at prayer, not so great at SS)
  • Fast for help in making our home a place of peace and love
  • Have Mike bless/dedicate our home (we haven't done that yet since moving in)
  • Make house cleaning more of a family effort... ie, spend time TOGETHER doing it. (Put on music, have a treat after... make it fun!)
  • Spend 2 hours each Saturday Morning in my basement sorting, clearing and preparing it so we can get someone in to drywall and paint it. I want the basement finished! (Not this month necessarily, but I want to start getting it ready.)
  • Steam Clean the carpets... they need it and I already bought a super steam cleaner!
  • Make a list of things that need doing that I can work through as I find myself with an extra few minutes
  • Everything a home and everything in it's place... everything else out the door!!!!!
  • Menu plan each week so I'm not scrounging for meals last minute
What is your focus for this month and what have you set as goals? Leave me a comment!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

What's For Dinner Wednesday... 5 Minute Ham...

You ever had one of those days when you don't feel like cooking at all? You start watching the clock knowing that at some point you HAVE to put something on the table for the starving mouths you feed... but you just don't have the energy to spend hours in the kitchen. Look no further! This is definitely a recipe you want to have on hand. Not only is it fabulously quick and easy... it is super budget friendly too!

Here's what you need:

The ham comes already pre-sliced and this is only half of the package... I had already taken out the meat I had used for the evening. The whole package of ham costs around $7 at Walmart.
Stir together a generous half a cup of the peach preserves with 1 to 2 tbsp of spicy brown mustard then layer the bottom of your pan with ham!

Spoon about half the mixture over the ham:

Add another layer of ham:

Spoon the remaining mixture over the top.

Bake at 350 for 20 mins or until it is bubbling and the edges of the ham are just browned. Serve with mashed potatoes (potato pearls or the ones in the red carton from Sam's Club) and corn or your favorite sides. Voila! Dinner is served!

If you want it even faster or don't want to turn on the oven at all, just throw it in a large frying pan on top of the stove and cook till bubbly and warmed through. Sometimes I add a small can of pineapple chunks over the top with juice for variation. The fam gobble it up!

Do you have a 5 minute meal you go to in a pinch? I'd love to hear about it! :)