Sunday, March 27, 2011

Kara's baby shower!

My wonderful friend Kara is expecting her third baby next month---her first boy!  Yesterday I got to spend a very enjoyable afternoon with my awesome friends at Kara's baby shower.  Angie and Mica outdid themselves with wonderful food, Dessa brought an amazing chocolate covered strawberry bouquet, and Steph opened her beautiful home to us.  Kara got some wonderful things to prepare for her new sweet baby boy, and we got to indulge in an afternoon of our favorite things....yummy food and incredible friends!!

yummy food!
Dessa's amazing chocolate covered strawberry bouquets!

Two little angels!

I got to spend most of the weekend with two sweet little angels!  My wonderful friend Jenni went out of town for a couple of days and trusted me with her sweet little twin girls.  I love all of Jen's kids and had so much fun getting to stay with Lili and Koryn.  I had a baby shower to go to yesterday afternoon, so had Josh come in and watch them for me.  Josh has spent time with little kids at basketball games and things, but never spent any amount of time with kids.  He was so, so nervous about being responsible for them. It was funny.  In the first hour or so he was with them, I got about 8 texts, and 5-6 phone calls, with concern about various things, telling me what they were doing.  Then the next text I got from him was, Take your time...I love these girls!  I got back to Jenni's to find two very happy little girls and one very smitten teenage boy.  Those two sweet girls have him wrapped totally around their little fingers, and he's wanting to know when he can babysit again.  Love those sweet girls!!  Thanks for trusting me with them for the weekend Jenni!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Ok, so I am admittedly a big Glee fan.  But I got chills when I heard this song for the first time tonight.  It's beautiful, and puts so much of what I feel so much of the time into words.

Giving Thanks

A very good friend reminded me yesterday of the value found in learning to live for my blessings.  I think sometimes I spend far too much time wallowing in my trials and focusing on the bad things that come my way.  I have so much good in my life though and don't take enough time to truly be grateful for all the many wonderful things in my life.  So I thought such a good way to focus on my blessings would be to give thanks for them all.

**my amazing family**
**my awesome friends, who are always there for me**
**my health**
**a job I really enjoy**
**working for a company that is based on integrity**
**working with people I enjoy and respect**
**being able to learn from my mistakes**
**being able to choose the path my life takes**
**a working brain**
**no physical ailments**
**the gift of agency**
**a foundation of beliefs and faith**
**the knowledge of a loving Heavenly Father**
**my wonderful dogs who always seem to know what my mood is**
**the ability to work my feelings out through piano**
**the ability to find humor in life***
 **ice cream**

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Holy Deliciousness!!!!!

Thank you Char for the recipe for this delicious soup!!!!

1 lb chicken breasts (3-4 fillets)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 C diced onion
1 garlic clove
4 C chicken broth
1 C masa harina (flour)
3 C water
1 can enchilada sauce
16 oz. Velveeta Cheese
1 tsp salt, to taste
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin

Add chicken breasts and one can of cream of chicken soup to a crock pot and bake for about 4-5 hours on high.
When the chicken is done baking...
Add onions and garlic to a pot and saute over medium heat for about 2 minutes, or until the onions begin to become translucent.
Add chicken broth to the pot.
Combine masa harina with 2 cups of water in a medium bowl and whisk until blended.
Add the masa mixture to the pot with the onions, garlic and broth.
Add remaining water, enchilada sauce, cheese and spices and bring mixture to a boil.
Shred the chicken into small, bite-size pieces and add it to the pot.
Reduce heat and simmer soup for 30-40 minutes or until thick.
Serve in cups or bowls and garnish with shredded cheese and crumpled tortilla chips.

(I made my own tortilla chips for this soup. Slice up several flour tortillas into thin strips and saute with a 1 tsp of olive oil and a pinch of salt until the tortillas strips are crispy).

Thursday, March 10, 2011


I've been battling a case of the blues and douldrums big time.  And to the amazing people in my life who have been trying to pull me out of it, I love you so much!  I found an unexpected way out of those blues today!  I went into ShopKo innocently today and found a half price sale.  I was far too weak to resist.  But when I spent the rest of the day smiling every time I looked at my super cute new purse, I knew that this little peek of spring was exactly what I needed!  And who can argue with $15?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I want

right about now, I so want to be here.  Tucked away on a tropical beach somewhere, under a palm tree, sipping drinks with umbrellas in them.  I think right about now, I would even want it to be a solitary hammock.  I'm just feeling out of sync and want to take a break from my life.  And I'm just sick and tired of being tired all the time, which I have been lately.  ***sigh****

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Best skiing in the world!

   ....story of my life!!!  I was in Jackson, where they have some of THE best skiing in the world, and I'm working!  I have GOT to spend more time in some of these fabulous places playing, not working!  I so wanted to be skiing down those slopes and not working....not that my stupid ankle would have let me.....good thing I get snowmobiling instead! 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

What an amazing weekend!

Last weekend was so completely and totally what I needed.  For the first time in a long time, I was able to check out of life and every single stress I have.  Two days at the cabin in Island Park, with 6 amazing friends, obscene amounts of delicious treats, movies, magazines, games, and so much talking.  It was exactly what the doctor ordered.  Angie, Mica, Sara, Dessa, Steph, and Kara, I love you ladies so much!  Thank you for being great friends and thank you for a wonderful weekend!!!  And remember....what happens at the cabin stays at the cabin ladies!

The cabin and look at all that snow!  It was gorgeous!!