Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Zucchini Boats

I saw something like this on my friend Lauren's blog a couple years ago and wanted to try to make it myself.  We had a giant zucchini in our garden so I thought I'd give it a shot.  The pictures below show the process.  For the ground turkey I threw in some onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and some salt and pepper.  I just used a can of diced tomatoes but I'm sure tomato sauce would work too (and Rach would like it more).  I baked them at 375 for 30 minutes.

 Large fresh zucchini
 Used our Pampered Chef melon baller to scrape the insides out
 Cheese first (I only had cheddar)
 Diced tomatoes from a can
 Turkey Burger 
 More cheese (obviously)
 Italian Bread Crumbs and Basil

Thursday, July 25, 2013


I found a recipe on Facebook a few weeks ago for homemade tortillas.  I tried them last week and they were a success.  In my ever so subtle quest to become healthier, I attempted to make them with whole wheat flour.  The recipe is as follows:
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup oil
1 cup warm water

Add dry ingredients and give a quick stir, then add the liquids.  As soon as it forms a ball or looks mixed, form 1.5-2" balls and roll them out with a rolling pin (or get a tortilla press from one of your favorite kitchen retailers).  Set your frying pan or cast iron griddle (ungreased!) on med (5-6) and cook on the first side until it begins to bubble. Flip it over for about 10-15 seconds and then flip again to make sure it looks done and ¡Olè! you have yourself some tortillas. Yields approx 12-14 tortillas depending on the size you make 'em.

We had carne asada on Sunday with the white and they were AMAZE BALLS with some salsa and re-fried beans.   The white tortillas I made last Sunday kept in the fridge until Wednesday night and probably would've lasted a bit longer but... shhhhh... I ate 'em all!  The wheat variety didn't stick together or roll out as evenly, so maybe do half-half white/wheat; however, the wheat ones taste so much better  I also used olive oil with the wheat and canola with the white, so maybe that was the difference.  Either way I am going to try to make one batch a week and use that as a snack at work to keep me from shopping the dreaded vending machine; did you know they take debit cards now?  Even though I hardly ever carry any cash those Hostess cupcakes and cherry turnovers are but a swipe away. #satan.  Check out the pics below and give 'em a go.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Pinterest Fail

So my co-worker found a pin for a giant Kit Kat bar on Pinterest.  We thought it was a brilliant idea so we decided to try and duplicate it.  Here are the horrific results.The top 3 are the pics from Pinterest; the bottom 4 are our fail pics.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

DIY Storage Bed

A couple weeks ago I was digging under my bed for my shoes (I'm really organized).  As I reached under there my hand was stabbed by a jagged piece of my box springs.  A little more investigating told me that 5 of the the 10 crossbars on there were cracked in half.   I had always wanted a storage bed but when I saw the prices ($299 and up) online I was taken aback.  I then found this link on Pinterest - Storage Bed Plans - and decided to give it a go.  I priced the wood and decided that with a few tweaks I could make this bed for about half the price of a pre-made storage bed.  Plus those IKEA beds and the like are made out of cheap particle board and veneer.  To be honest, I really thought it was going to take me months to get around to doing it because I know how I usually procrastinate.  I bought the wood on June 30th and started work on it July 4th.  I just finished it today and I have to say that I'm a bit shocked I actually completed it... and it ACTUALLY looks good.  Below are pictures of the progress and the final project.  One thing I realized after making the first cut was that the plans were for a FULL size bed and not a QUEEN like we had. Luckily I just used the box I had cut for the base of the bed not the sides, so all was not lost.  The wood I used was a 3/4" cabinet grade plywood for the boxes.  I upgraded to 2x4s where the plans call for 1x3s due to the amount of ice cream I consume.  This bed will be great for a few reasons: 1 - I have somewhere to put my shoes - now that doesn't mean they'll actually get put there, but they have a home. 2 - with the storage boxes nothing can sneak under the bed to be lost forever, or until we decide to build a bed... Mason loves throwing stuff under there.  And 3, it just looks good.  I'm excited for Mason to grow out of his crib so I have a reason to build another one. I also got a ton of help from my brothers-in-law, father-in-law, advice from Dad, and patience and a ton of help from Rach. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Blessing Day

We blessed Mason on June 5, 2011. We had lots of family & friends come support us. Brad did such a amazing job. I'm so glad to have a worthy priesthood in my home that we can call upon when we need.