Friday, January 28, 2011

A Ladies Night Out For My Neighborhood Friends???

So I was blog hopping today and found the cutest idea!  A Relief Society in England made these cute little "Date Jars"  and I thought... I would like to make one of these for those nights me and hot hubby can't figure out what we want to do together!  They even had a master list of ideas.  Some of them included writing a poem for each other, doing yoga, go to a store with a budget of $5 each for each other and see what you can come up with, go swimming, draw a caricature of each other, have a carpet picnic, go to the nearest park and swing on the swings, make a cake together, make cookies for neighbors, do a "pay it forward" to someone, watch an old movie... there are TONS of fun ideas.

So here's what I want to do.  If anyone else wants to come over and make one with me, I'm going to make it Tuesday night (February 1st) at 7:30pm.  If you want to join me, all you need to do is bring a jar and a pair of scissors... it can be any jar that you like, any size that you like.  I will print out the ideas that they gave in their master list for us, plus we can brainstorm some other ideas and add them.  I'll even make a treat.  Then we can just cut our strips and put them in the jars.  Any neighborhood buddies interested?  It could be a fun ladies night out and a fun thing to have for February since it is Valentines month. :)  Just let me know ahead of time so I make enough copies!

Thanks Suzie for the cute idea! :)

Friday, January 21, 2011


I didn't appreciate my name nearly as much as a child as I do now.  I grew up Petra Leona Hildayna Joyce.  I got ALL the family names.  My Mum played around with my Dad's name, Peter and came up with Petra.  She then came up with Leona after Leonard, my granddad, and Hildayna after Hilda, my granny. 

When I was younger I would hold my breath every time I got a new teacher, hoping that they would pronounce it right PET-ra, not PEE-tra.  I took the plays on my name in stride... petri dish, petrafied, and when I was sunburned they called me petrafried...

Now that I am older, I love that I have a name that isn't shared by very many people.  Petra means literally "The Rock".  I am OK sharing a name with this guy:

Can you believe Mike & I actually went and saw him live in WWE Wrestling when we were first dating.  I know, I know...

I also love that there is a beautiful city in Jordan named Petra.  In the fall my Mum & Dad took a trip to Jordan to see this beautiful city of rock.  They brought me back a piece of rock from there, so I own a piece of Petra now.  :)  Here is a picture of the treasury... see how it is literally carved in to the rock?

Petra was not discovered until 1812 and BBC chose it as one of the 40 places you should see before you die.  I would like to visit Petra one day and see the city.  I find it absolutely fascinating and very beautiful.

How did you get your name?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pork Paillards With Compound Butter...

Continuing with my Food Network obsession... another show hubby and I really like is Worst Cooks In America.  Chef Robert Irvine is one of my favorite chefs, (you might know him from Dinner: Impossible if you are a FN junkie such as myself), and we were excited to see him on this season with Chef Anne Burrell.  Why do I like him?  He cooks amazing, gourmet food that makes me drool... and, well... it probably doesn't hurt that he is British. This season on episode 2 he made this scrumptious looking pork recipe that made our mouths water, so we went on FN to see if we could find the recipe and what do you know?  They have all the recipes they make on that show right on line!  I figured, if the worst cooks in America can make it, well I should be able to cook it too right?

So yesterday we pounded out pork and made compound herb butter and what we ended up with was beyond delicious.  To quote my husband, "this is the best dinner you have ever made!"  (That's 19 years of meals people.)  My boys even ate asparagus for the first time after I learned to cook it properly, (only three minutes in salted boiling water), and I added a small serving of Barilla Plus Multi-grain pasta to their plates to help fill them up.  The pic isn't very good because it was already dark and the lighting was bad, but you get the point... it was soooooooooo yummy. :)  Want to have a go?  You can find the recipe HERE!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Iron Chef Collins...

Our family loves the show Iron Chef America and we often watch it together.  Now and then my teenagers (sometimes with friends), like to play Iron Chef in our own kitchen.  Mike and I are the judges and even though they know that we will always score a tie, they always put a HUGE amount of effort in to their dishes and they have a TON of fun.

Sunday they decided to play again and we had six different dishes to sample.  I wish I had thought to take pics of all the delicious things they made, but I did remember to snap a camera phone pic of the desserts.  On the left we have a nutella and fresh cream dessert pizza and on the right we have chocolate caramel cream pancakes... don't you wish you could be a judge at my house???

Friday, January 14, 2011

Happy New Year Part 2???

Today is the first day this year I have felt in a good mood.  If you know me, you will know it is pretty unlike me to be chronically grumpy, but this year so far has been a bit of a struggle.  Our family has already filled 11 prescriptions and made 6 trips to the Dr.  It has not been good times.  The worst has been the steroids they put me on for a pinched nerve in my shoulder/neck.  They have made me an absolute beast for the past week and a half and I have tried my best to stay away from as many people as I can so that I don't lose any friends.  Today though, today I feel happy and in a good mood.  Maybe it's because I am down to just one steroid pill a day, maybe it is because I got a good night sleep, maybe it is because I am off work till Tuesday, (thank you Dr. Martin Luther King), but whatever it is, it feels good to smile and think positively about life... So today I am proclaiming it my official New Year. :)  Let's make it a good one!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Happy New Year!

I HATE resolutions... why?  Because I never keep to them.  I do really well for the first few weeks, and then POOF... I forget about them/give up on them/ignore them.  That being said, each year I feel it is my duty to at least take a look at my life and assess what things should be most important in my life. 

This year I have evaluated my life once again and instead of setting goals, here are the areas that I want to improve on in 2011...
  1. Immersing myself in the Gospel... serving more, being focused on the little things... FHE, prayer, scripture study, going to the temple frequently and being more charitable.
  2. My Family... taking more time to be with them and do things with them, making sure they are taken care of and know that they are loved.  Be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister.
  3. My Home... making it feel more like a peace of Heaven.  Finishing up projects we have going on.
  4. Friends... cultivating the relationships I already have with people and making new friends too.
  5. Myself... improving my physical health with better eating habits and exercise, using/expanding talents.
What about you... done any soul searching the start of this new year?