Monday, July 28, 2008


When I was small, my parents would read and sing to me before I went to sleep every night. I think that these simple things have truly played a part in who I am today. I love to read because I was read to. As early as three years old, I was told the stories of Bilbo Baggins and the Pevensie children. Dad would tell me stories as well, and you could tell when he was falling asleep because they would get really weird.
The songs were my favorite. I remember asking for "just one more." I know that both parents performed this nighttime rituals with me, but for some reason my dad's lullabies stick out the most to me. He sang Stay Awake from Mary Poppins, and Silas Stingy, which I recently found out is the Who. I remember him singing the hymn Come Come Ye Saints, which I knew as Come Ye Come Ye Saints. The Sunday before Pioneer Day, we sang this hymn as a congregational "special number." This means that there were readings in between verses and the men and women sang verses seperate and then all together at the end. Now, some may think this cheesey, and it probably was, but it moved me to tears. I thought about my pioneer ancestors crossing the plains, and I remembered my dad, singing me to sleep.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Stress-Free Dinner

Barbeque Chicken on Garlic Toast

2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 1/2 cups (14 ounces) bottled barbecue sauce
3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 garlic clove, crushed with a garlic press
Coarse salt and ground pepper
8 slices white sandwich bread (I used the same herb foccacia from the Market, yum!)

Heat broiler, with rack set 4 inches from heat. In a medium saucepan, cook chicken and barbecue sauce over medium until heated through, 6 to 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine butter and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Spread one side of each slice of bread with garlic butter. Place on a baking sheet, buttered side up. Broil until golden brown, 1 to 3 minutes, then turn over, and broil until light brown, about 1 minute longer. To serve, sandwich chicken mixture between slices of bread.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

tonight's menu

On the menu tonight:
pesto with organic whole wheat pasta
grilled chicken simply seasoned with garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil
yellow squash sauteed in butter with parmesan cheese
fresh tomato parmesan focaccia

*pasta, squash, and focaccia brought to you by the serious food,silly prices of the Sunflower Market.

Sunny Day

It's actually pretty cloudy, but my sister's post today reminded me of something I've been meaning to blog about. At the demo derby, I saw a large and rather gruff looking man wearing this fantastic shirt, and I immediately wanted one. I was raised on the street, and proud of it.

Monday, July 14, 2008

baby girl

Saturday, A's sisters and I threw a shower for our sister-in-law, who now has 17 days left of her pregnancy. I thought it turned out very well, especially the food. We served bagels, cut in fourths, with cream cheese. Deli meats and basil were available, and my favorite combination was the potato bagel with tomato basil cream cheese, basil, and spicy turkey. It was killer. We also served fruit and pink candies, and my sister MJ made a fantastic cake. Anyway, here are some cute pictures.

Friday, July 11, 2008

slide alongside

America Day

I've been putting off writing because A cleaned off the memory card on our camera, and so I don't have any pictures from our 4th of July. All I'll say about it is what more American way to celebrate independence than by surrounding yourself with trashy people watching trashy cars trash eachother. That's the derby for you...

Above is a slideshow of our garden, yard, and some cooking we've been doing this month, maybe I'll get the pictures from A and do a little back blogging.

Thursday, July 3, 2008


As of today, my parents have been married for 35 years. That's a happy thing. My mom always joked about having fireworks on her wedding day, but the temple wasn't open on the Fourth of July, so they settled for the third. I don't have pictures of their wedding on my computer, so here are some of them with me at my wedding. Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

In tribute to my mom, I made a classic, something I remember eating as a kid, and still love today. Here it is, hot dogs, mashed potatoes, and cheese. Sounds gross to most people, but seriously, try it! A gives it a ten out of ten. We paired these stuffed dogs with more kababed veggies and cut up watermelon, a bit of dejavu from last night, but still good.

Instructions for hot dogs with mashed potatoes and cheese:

Slice hot dog in half, leaving just enough uncut so it stays in one piece, but not too much or it will be difficult to get it to stay spread open when trying to fill with potatoes. Spoon mashed potatoes into hot dogs. Sprinkle with cheese, cheddar is the best. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted. This works with leftover hotdogs, which is what we had tonight, and leftover mashed potatoes. Left over potatoes have to stay in the oven a bit longer so they get warm. Delicious with ketchup.


As promised, here are pictures of the kabobs. For the chicken, I marinated two boneless skinless breasts cut into kabob-sized pieces for an hour (at most) with a drizzle of olive oil, four pressed cloves of garlic, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper. I tossed the veggies, 1/2 yellow squash, 1/2 zucchini, 1/2 onion, and 1 orange bell pepper, in olive oil as well. Along with the veggies, we had a grape-mango-strawberry fruit salad with lemon juice and a pinch of sugar, and some delicious watermelon, provided by Jimmy and Amy, who were nice enough to join us at the very last minute. Dessert was delicious, and I would have provided a picture, but it looked just awful. I've made Cooking Light's lemon-blueberry bundt before, (recipe here, featured on the cover here) just never in a castle-shaped pan. This turned out not to be so good for blueberry bundts, though it is good for scary chocolate haunted houses, and orange chocolate chip cake with ganache drizzled over the top. Like I said, still tasted good.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Veggie Tales

Finally, the day has come, the Sunflower Market is open! Sunflower Market is on State street and Winchester, and close enough A and I could ride our bikes there. The Market carries a lot of organic (they call it serious) food, as well as a plethora of fresh veggies at "silly prices." I spent under ten dollars and got a basket full of produce. I bought two zuccini, two yellow squash, a head of cabbage, one orange and one yellow pepper, a cluster of two brocolli stems, ginger, and a tub of peeled garlic. With all that, I made stir fry (by the time it was done I was so hungry, I ate without taking pictures!). A grilled some chicken, and we paired the stir fried veggies, which included snow peas from our ver own garden, with some steamed white rice. Oh, and keep your eyes open for their ads, on Wednesdays, the ads overlap and savings are double. Needless to say, my new grocery store is the Sunflower Market, and my new shopping day is Wednesday. On the menu for tomorrow: kababs with more fresh vegetables and chicken skewered on the grill. I'll try to remember to take some pictures.
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