Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Blackened Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

This was my first time making this meal, and it was so easy and yummy that I wanted to share it with you! (maybe it was so easy because I used sauce in a jar & noodles from the package...but let's just focus on the chicken, okay?? ;)

-9 oz. package of fettuccine
-1 jar of Newman's Own Alfredo pasta sauce
-2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
-1 teaspoon paprika
-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
-1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon pepper
-1/4 teaspoon onion powder

(and if you have a family that likes to eat, you can double this recipe like I did.)

Lightly spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pound the chicken until quite thin (around 1/4 inch thick). Mix all of the spice ingredients together in a bowl. Coat both sides of the chicken breasts with the spices, and rub the mixture into the chicken.

Heat a non-stick grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Place chicken breasts in pan and brown both sides, 45-60 seconds per side. (This part is optional, but it helps give the chicken a nice "blackened" color.) Then place chicken in prepared baking pan and bake in oven for about 10 minutes, (or until meat is white inside) and flip them half way through. Baking the chicken helps keep it moist.
Remove the chicken from the oven and slice into strips. While the chicken is cooking, you can prepare the pasta according to the package directions. Heat the sauce in a pan on the stove top, then pour over hot, drained pasta. Serve pasta with sliced chicken on top. Serves 4.

I also served it with some garlic french bread and balsamic vinegar & olive oil for dipping.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

the good & the bad

                          Today I thought I would share the "real" behind pictures.
Let me explain: some of the time, a cute & happy picture of Ellie is then followed by a grumpy, fussy which the happy picture doesn't show.  :) So today, instead of just showing the happy pictures, I thought I would show you a little 'behind the scenes'.

Exhibit A: A wonderful summer day visit to Bridal Veil Falls. All splishy and splashy, fun & games, with freaking adorable water shoes and the cutest chubby baby legs you've ever seen... right???

buuuuut in reality, most of the time it was like this:

Exhibit B: Adorable smile in the middle of the grocery store. Happy & perfect, right??

In reality, this happened about 45 minutes later...

just thought I would share my amazingly perfect life with you! ;)

July Vogue issue-Emma Watson

Is anyone else obsessed with the July 2011 Vogue cover? Emma Watson looks STUNNING! I love her dark lips and the orange and red tones. Although I am not ready for Fall ONE bit....this cover screams that season, and I am loving the look.
Emma is so down to earth, I just love her! The article about her is well written and I learned a lot about her that I didn't know. Did you know that she refused to renew her contract for the last two Harry Potter films unless changes were made to accommodate her desire to go to Brown University? The fact that she wants a normal life, and wants to be educated like anyone else her age, is awesome.
Another thing that she said in the interview was that she would rather wear young British designers who need the publicity, rather than wear the big brands. I thought that was cool.

Emma is a romantic, and I love what she said;
"I'm a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love--and it being more important and special than anything and everything else."
so very true.

I adore her.

Monday, June 27, 2011

my weekend in pictures

We went and rode Grandma Von's horse, Angel. Ellie LOVES the horsies

I was lucky enough to watch my rad nephew, Cody! I love it when him & Ellie get together.

Ellie loves brooms...(?) and she had a great time pushing Cody on the scooter and showing him around the park.
Come and play again soon, Cody!

Music Monday

The only reason I watch The Voice. She kills it.

Hair product favs

I wanted to share with you two hair products that I LOVE! I have only been using them for a few weeks, but I can now say that I can't live with out them.

First is the Moroccan Oil. Has anyone else tried this stuff? You put a little bit of it on damp hair before you blow dry, and it strengthens and conditions your hair-- & it makes your locks so soft! You can also use a little bit on your dry hair to make it silky and it smooths out those fly aways. It is great for any type of hair- and works great on coarse, dry hair. (for you blondes, make sure you get the "light" oil)

 Next up is the Redken All Soft Heavy Cream. You can put this on after your shampoo your hair and leave it on for fifteen minutes for a deep conditioning treatment, or you can use it as your daily conditioner and leave it on for five minutes. It smells so good and works wonders on split ends and damaged hair! oohh I love this stuff. Perfect for when the summer sun dries out your hair.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

blonde's have more fun?

OH, and chopping all my hair off??  YIKES. I had to restrain myself from stopping the lady from taking that first snip...but after the 6 inches came off, it's lighter & healthier...and ... it's just hair, so it will grow back;) For now, it's fun. --and if I catch anyone telling me I got a "mom haircut",

 imma kill you.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


I saw this a few weeks ago, and have been singing it to Ellie at bedtime ever since. She loves watching the video too!

Here is another song from Renee & Jeremy that I love:)

Monday, June 20, 2011

my 20 month-old munchkin

I love this age. Stop growing, Ellie!
She loves:
the park
her blankie
sitting on the porch and waiving at people
saying "no...."
cuddling with momma:)

music monday

lovely Scarlett.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

our playground

Just a quick pic from my morning trail run with my brother. Isn't Utah INCREDIBLE?!
where's waldo?

Friday, June 17, 2011

the best guy I know

After tonight's events of chasing a hyper toddler around a theater, (why did I even think that a movie was possible with Ellie?!?)   I feel the need to give my dad an early Father's Day shout out. He is always willing to help me with Ellie, even if it means missing part of a movie that he has been wanting to see. Anyone who knows my dad, knows that he is the sweetest, kindest, hardest working, most selfless man i've ever known. I know everyone says their dad is the best....but I happen to think mine is above the rest.
oh, and he's single ladies!
don't kill me for saying that, dad ;)
Love you!
Happy Father's Day weekend to all.  


Kodak tri-x rated at 800 shot with mamiya universal developed in microdol-x

I had the opportunity to shoot with the amazing Mitchel Issel last weekend and I had so much fun! It was my first time working with a film photographer and I was so intrigued and fascinated by the process. I now know how much effort and work goes in to getting a great shot on film...the photographer has to make sure the light and everything is perfect...because after he takes the shot, he can't go back and edit it, nor can he see it right after he takes it-- like on digital cameras. Mitch was great to work with and we are already planning on taking some mommy & ellie candid pics that I can't wait for:) 
I think I fell in love with film.

Check out his facebook HERE.

I took this with my phone... polaroids that he took, laying out to dry.   SO rad.

good morning!

Thanks to all who came to the play date! It was fun to see your little ones (and finally meet some of them!) I loved catching up with you mommas for a bit. Besides Ellie and I having to leave early due to her puking all over me from swinging too was a good morning ;) Love you all--

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

PLAY DATE! Who's in?

Ellie and I will be at the park by Foothill Elementary this Friday around 10 am.
So, guys & gals---bring your lil munchkins, siblings, niece or nephew, and come play with us :) I will even bring my sweeeet bubble machine and a bowl of watermelon. (Ellie's newest obsession)

We would love to see you there!

Monday, June 13, 2011

music monday

I'm in love with her. Her voice is different and unique.

If you liked it, check out a remix of the song HERE. I think I might even like that better:)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

uh oH!

She didn't want her picture taken, so she covered her face with her hands......
I think she forgot they were covered in sauce ;)

Monday, June 6, 2011

my opinion on the MTV movie awards ....

Did anyone watch the MTV 2011 movie awards? I could barely stand watching seemed so unorganized and unrehearsed that I sort of felt....awkward even watching it.

and I guess I must be out of the Twilight loop, because I am SO SICK of the world revolving around that movie. They won every single award. again.Yes, i've read the books and seen the movies and I STILL don't get it... Am I the only one who thinks that the winners of those awards were somehow set up? :)

Like how Hit Girl didn't win for best fight scene. I mean come on! She kicked ass in Kick Ass. and like how Justin Bieber won for best draw dropping moment?! uhhh Don't get me wrong...I am still in love with the kid, but James Franco's freaking arm being cut off wasn't enough to win? and how cute Emma Watson was, while she just sat and watched every award that she was nominated for, go to that annoying Twilight chick. and how Harry Potter didn't win anything?! WTF. and how Edward from Twilight...(is that his name?) totally screwed up Reese Witherspoon's big award intro....whom by the way, i LOVE....Her speech was awesome. I love her modest attitude towards the younger aspiring generation. . . and did Robert Pattinson really go kiss his male costar? yuck. that doesn't amuse me one bit.

 I think i'm just in a bad mood today.....or maybe I am just a grandma and don't understand anything about these current cultural obsessions.... but I was not at all happy with the awards show. Can ya tell??

wow. i really need to get rid of my t.v.

Music Monday

Jose Gonzalez covers Heartbeats by the Knife

Sunday, June 5, 2011

gettin dirrrty.

The Dirty Dash was CRAZY! Trudging up muddy hills, hopping over bales of hay, climbing over tall walls, army crawling through barrels, tire stepping, muddy slip n/slides, and swimming in a mud pit. I can't think of a better race!

The Dirty Hippies "BEFORE" picture..all clean and sparkly

...and AFTER.

oh boy, did I feel like a kid again

We did it! Woooo.... now off to the showers. :)

Friday, June 3, 2011

8 years

Today I caught myself in a daze, staring out the window and thinking about what today was like 8 years ago. I was 14 and I remember sitting on the couch next to my mom watching Miss Universe like we did every year. She asked me if I would put her mascara on for her because she was too weak. She was the most beautiful person I knew, hair or no hair, mascara or no mascara. But I loved getting out her makeup bag and spending that precious time with her, laughing at how awful I was at doing makeup. :)
I don't remember much after that. Everything just happened so fast. I couldn't register what was happening. The shock stayed with me for days, and weeks and months. Until I finally realized that she wasn't coming back.
I have since then grown and realized that death is a part of life. It was tragic that hers was cut short, but there is a plan for everyone and she lived her life to the fullest.  I need to focus on the things that she taught me during the time that I did have her in my life. I am grateful for the person that she was, and the way she lived her life.  She gives me strength every day to over come anything that I might be going through, and she makes me want to be the best mom I can be to little miss Ellie. I am so blessed to have such a strong family to keep me going, and for Whitney for always remembering the 3rd of June. :) 
Love and miss you, Mom!

a day in the life of Ellie

Ellie is the queen of making funny faces. I never know what this crazy lil' gal will come up with next!

 Ellie's new obsession = her pink lawn chair. She pushed it all over the grocery store where we bought it at, and since then, HAS to sit in it first thing every time we come home.

    She seems to ALWAYS fall asleep with something in her hand. I just think it is the cutest thing ever!

ohhh my goodness. This girl is quite the little diva! She put bags, purses, you name it- on her arm and will walk around the house waving her hand, saying, "BUH BYE!"  Not to mention, she brushes her hair constantly, while checking herself out in the mirror.
I'm seriously in for it with this girl!

Ellie has quite the serious shopping face on the left...
and i just love her cute turned-in feet on the right. :)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

my bedroom makeover design board

I am in the process of re-decorating my bedroom and I can't wait! The only problem is... I like SO many different styles, and I had a hard time choosing. So, I sort of mixed a lot of different patterns and styles together, and I am just going to cross my fingers. ;)   Interior design is something that I love! This is really the first time I have decorated a room, so I am not going to be too hard on myself if it doesn't turn out the way I invisioned it.

I wanted to go with a nuetral grey wall, and add pops of color in the pillows, curtains, rug, etc. That way, if I get sick of my room after a while, (which I tend to always do) then it will be easy to switch out those accent pieces, instead of re-painting the walls.

Here are some stuff I threw together in hopes of deciding what I want to put in my room. It is pretty girlie compared to what I am used to, but I am excited to try something new.  
Tell me what you think! Any suggestions??

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

a visit to the horsies

My friend Whitney happens to have a sweeeet job of taking care of horses all day and teaching kids to ride! So, Ellie and I decided to go visit. Ellie was shy at first, but it didn't take long for her to start feeding the horses hay and giving them kisses.

giving them kisses!

my, what big teeth you have!

doing her fish face......why?  because she is a silly girl :)

Thanks Auntie Whitney!

Soel Boutique giveaway

Head on over to Soel Boutique's blog to enter to win this cute Free People shirt! I dropped by the shop today and they have some awesome stuff right now....and the CUTEST baby stuff I have ever seen. Check em out!