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Mmmmmm… Donuts…

My seminary kids love donuts. I think it would be more accurate to say they love sugar, but donuts seems to be the sugar of choice.

DeEtte and Lori came to visit this morning and brought them some donuts. The kids were in heaven.

Unbelievably, there were about 3 donuts left when all was said and done, and DeEtte sent them home with me. Like I need them. They’ll make a pretty tasty breakfast tomorrow though – thanks DeEtte 🙂

When I was carrying the box out to my car, I noticed something on the side of the box:

I laughed out loud. This is SOOO true!!

The Things Nightmares Are Made Of

There are three things that give me nightmares…

These things:

These things:

And being burried alive – by water mostly, but I stopped watching CSI when Nick was burried alive during a season finale.

The fact that there was a tornado WARNING today that covered northern San Diego County as well as southern Orange County did not sit well with me. There’s a reason why I won’t move to any of the Plains State. Shoot – Salt Lake is looking pretty sketchy anymore. And now here? And don’t you dare tell me that there have been funnel clouds over the ocean either! I already know and it freaks me out. I think the last time I begged to sleep on my parents’ bedroom floor was when I was about 17 and there was a storm causing funnel clouds over the ocean. Yes – SEVENTEEN! Who does that??


I’m such a baby…

Just Playing Around

Jon showed me how to create my own blog templates. The possibilities are almost endless. Don’t be surprised if it changes daily for a while until I come up with something that I really like. FUN!

Yummy Dinner!

If I do say so myself…

I had some chicken. I had some cream. I had some leftover red bell pepper from a vegi tray. Mix it all together and you get…

Creamy Chicken and Pasta

• 1 tablespoon of olive oil
• 1 chicken breast, cut into cubes
• ½ red bell peper, chopped
• 1 can of mushrooms (or a cup or so of fresh ones)
• ½ tablespoon dried oregano
• 2-3 table spoons garlic powder
• 1 cup heavy whipping cream
• 1 tablespoon corn starch
• 2 table spoons of dried onion flakes (or a small onion, chopped)
• Fresh ground black pepper
• Salt
• Parmesan cheese (could’ve been about ¼ cup)
• 1-1/2 cups uncooked macaroni (or equivalent of your favorite)

Cook macaroni per package directions.

In the meantime, heat large frying pan over medium-high heat. When hot add olive oil and chicken. When the chicken is almost done, add the red peppers. When the peppers are almost done, add the mushrooms. If using fresh mushrooms add them at the same time as the peppers. If using a fresh onion, add a little before the peppers and mushrooms. Add oregano and garlic powder and stir together.

While the pasta and chicken/veggies are cooking, combine whipping cream, corn starch, onion flakes, black pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Use as much salt and pepper as you want. Remember that you can add more later so don’t overdo it.

When the chicken and veggies are cooked and while the pasta is draining, lower the heat on the chicken and add the cream mixture. Stir together. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top and continue stirring. The sauce will thicken. When the sauce is thick, turn off the heat and add the pasta. Stir together and serve.

This recipe would also be great with some diced fresh tomatoes added at the same time as the cheese. I didn’t have any but would have LOVED to have been able to add them!


We have the cutest dog. She’s mostly Chiahuahua but also has some Yorky and Pug in her too. I love her floppy ears and curled tail.

Jon and I went camping this weekend down on Coronado Island with my dad, sister, brother-in-law and some of his family. We spent a lot of time sitting on the beach watching the boats speed through the bay. Of course we took Ellie with us. She loves lying in the sun. The dirt was just a bonus.

She’d never been in the water before so Jon went and bought her a life jacket so he could take her out on the kayak and see how she liked swimming. She did OK in the kayak…

She wasn’t really sure about the boogie board though.

EllieLifeJacket I think she liked the life jacket because it helped to keep her warm. She doesn’t have a lot of fur so she gets cold quickly. She wore that jacket all day Saturday and never complained. Notice the handle on the top too. I don’t know that she was really a fan of being carried around that way, but she’s such a good natured dog that she’s always up for something new. She’s such a good dog!

Where’d it go?

Where does time hide? I need to find it so if someone knows and isn’t sharing, please… I’ll bake you a cheesecake. Or the cheesecake cupcake thingys. In any flavor you want.

Things I wish I had time for (yes, I do know I probably could have accomplished one of these things instead of writing this, but creating a task list (more like a WISH list) was number one…):
* Clean my house – really clean it
* Go through all the junk in the garage that actually belongs to Jon and I and organize it
* Go through my craft room and organize my stuff so that I actually know what I already have
* Finish a quilt I started for my neice BEFORE she was born (THREE YEARS AGO)
* Finish another quilt I started for another neice before she was born (she’s about a month or two older than the other one)
* Finish the scrapbook I started for my mom while she was going through chemo (FIVE YEARS AGO)
* Finish reading last month’s bookclub book (it’s really good, I just fall asleep every time I try to read on a weeknight and who has time on the weekend??)
* Reread Harry Potter – the whole series
* Reread Twilight – the whole series
* Read the Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites series
* Practice the piano
* Balance my checkbook
* Clip coupons
* Go grocery shopping (and remember to take my coupons)
* Update my resume so I can
* Start looking for a new job
* Tend to my dead cucumber plant
* Keep my tomatoes alive
* Do my visiting teaching (they all must think I don’t love them)
* Go through my closet
* Rearrange the bedroom so I can stop stubbing my toes on the treadmill
* Deep clean the floor in the kitchen
* Bake some chocolate hazelnut cheesecake cupcakes (Vanessa’s concept – I’m not that good)
* Wash and vaccuum the car
* Update my blog with something awesome
* Do something awesome worth posting about (does creating a task list count??)

Now I’m beat. Time to eat dinner and then it’s off to bed! Tomorrow is coming early 🙂

So Little Done

I knew when I set out to get four projects done this weekend that it would be tough… The good news is that I got two of the four things done that I set out to do. I finished EmaLee’s bag (but forgot to take pictures of it – maybe she’ll take some and email them to me (hint, hint) ;)) and I finished the mini cheesecakes I wanted to make.

White Chocolate Cheesecake with Macadamia Nut Crust and Meyer Lemon Topping.

This was a much easier way to make cheesecake – and more fun.

I used two pieces of an Iron Cupcake recipe posted by my friend Vanessa – the macadamia nut crust and the Meyer Lemon filling (which I used as a toping). I followed the directions for the crust exactly, but a couple of them burned a little. I used the cups that have the metalic outside piece though so that’s probably why they were a little overcooked. Next time I’ll use just the paper cups and I will also keep a better eye on the crust when it’s in the oven.

The recipe for the cheesecake:
1 cup white baking chips
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
2 egg yolks
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream

Your oven should still be heated from baking the crust.

Melt the white chips. Beat melted chips, 3/4 cup sugar and the flour in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Beat in cream cheese and egg yolks until smooth. Continue beating, adding the eggs one at a time, then the sour cream until blended. Pour batter carefully into cups.

Place on center oven rack and bake for 20-25 minutes. This was the first time I did small cheesecakes so I checked on them every 5 minutes. It took mine 25 minutes to bake completely. You want to check the edges and when the edges have turned a nice golden brown, it’s time to take them out. It’s easier to know when bigger cheesecakes are done because they start to turn golden brown on top – the little ones didn’t so I had to get nice and close to see if they were done.

Take them out and place them on the counter for 15-30 minutes – until you can pull them out with your hands and put them on a cooling rack. They will sink in the middle while sitting on the counter, leaving a perfect crater for the topping. I put the topping on while it was still warm, not hot, and let them cool together.

I’ll spruce them up a bit with some leftover white chocolate chips and some left over macadamia nuts before I deliver them this afternoon. Fun!

So Much To Do

I’m so glad it’s Friday. I’m even more glad that it’s Conference weekend. That means that I’ll have at least 8 hours of rest this weekend. Well… maybe just four.

I have two giant projects I need to get done this weekend. Today is EmaLee’s birthday (yeah – TODAY) and I haven’t even cut out the bag that I’m going to make for her yet (don’t freak out – she already knows about it – I made her pick the fabric). I should be impressed with the fact that I actually have the fabric and all of the other things that I need to make it but the fact that I’m still a day (or more) late still bothers me.

My friend Amy is pregnant for the first time and is having a girl in June. I really should be able to get a simple baby’s rag quilt done by then, right? Hey – I bought the fabric for it before I bought the fabric for the bag so I’m in pretty good shape.

In theory, I should be able to finish the bag and get a really good start on the quilt tomorrow. Jon has a scout thing that he has to be at from 8am until 3pm. If I go to bed at midnight, get my full 8 hours, and start early, I should be able to accomplish all the things that need accomplishing tomorrow.

Oh, I forgot… I want to try to make some mini cheesecakes tomorrow too… which will require a trip to the grocery store, permission to “steal” a recipe and time… How I wish I had more of that one!