July 28, 2012

2 new yummies


Here are 2 more recipes to try that are UH-MAZE-ING!
I got both from pinterest of course.

Here's #1.

So, this was really easy and SO good.  All it is is 4-6 raw defrosted chicken breasts, red potatoes, and a veggie.  We used broccoli, but you can do green beans or I thought carrots might be good too.  Arrange in a 9x13 dish.  Sprinkle with a packet of Italian dressing mix and then top with a melted stick of butter.  Cover with foil (or a cookie pan if you are like me and realized you were out of foil) and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Then, EAT!

Also, this would be so easy as a great dish to take to people who have had surgery, babies, etc cause it's all in one pan and ready to go.

#2: Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta



This one is a little more work than the first one, but still easy!
Here is the link for the pasta: http://amysnewkitchen.blogspot.com/2010/03/chicken-cordon-bleu-pasta.html

Pasta Cordon Bleu
Recipe courtesy of Dunne at With a Cherry on Top
Serves 6

1 lb. Pasta
1 cup Chicken Breasts, cooked and cubed
1 cup Ham, cooked and cubed
1 1/2 cups Milk
8 oz. Cream Cheese (softened)
2 Tbsp. Dried Minced Onion
2 cups Swiss Cheese, shredded
Salt
Pepper

Cayenne Pepper
1 cup Panko Crumbs
1/2 cup Butter, melted 

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over med-high heat. Salt it and add the pasta; cook until al dente. Drain and put pasta in a big bowl you can easily mix everything in. Add in the chicken and ham and toss to combine.

In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, cream cheese and minced onion over low-medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until it becomes a smooth texture (about 5 minutes). Stir into the pasta mixture. Stir in the Swiss cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer pasta to a baking dish (9x13) and top with Panko crumbs. Pour melted butter over crumbs and broil until browned (I gave it 4 minutes).  Then, eat!

When I made this:
-I used regular bread crumbs because I didn't have Panko and I still liked it.
-I put in extra diced ham for more flavor.

If I were to make this again, which I will:
-I would use half the minced onion.  It was good flavor, but still too much for me. 
-I also would put in a little more chicken, just cause.


July 21, 2012

Avocado Salad

I have a new recipe that I want to share!

It's great for summertime.
I found it on Pinterest of course.  There have been a few that I've tried on there that I really haven't liked, but this one was a success.
Here is the link for the website with the recipe: Avocado Salad
Directions:

Avocado and Grilled Corn Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette
Serves 4
5 Ears Corn, husk removed, brush with olive oil and grilled, remove corn with sharp knife
2 Avocado’s, diced and sprinkled with lemon juice to prevent browning
2 C. Tomatoes, red and yellow cherry variety or equivalent
1 Small red onion, finely diced
¾ C. Feta, crumbled
1 ½ C. English cucumber, skin on and chopped small dice
Add to a large bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.

Cilantro Vinaigrette

6 T. Olive oil
2 T. Sherry vinegar
1 t. Garlic powder
2 T. Fresh cilantro, minced
½ t. Salt
10 Grinds of fresh ground pepper

Add all of the above ingredients in a small glass jar with a lid. Shake really well. Taste and adjust seasoning and ratios of oil and vinegar as you desire.

When ready to serve salad, add the dressing and gently toss. 

Here is what I changed:
-I didn't use cherry tomatoes because they are more expensive. I just bought regular red tomatoes and cut them up.
-I only used half the onion because I don't like too much and 1/2 was plenty I think. I probably could have even done a quarter of the onion and been fine.
-I didn't use Feta cheese or any cheese on it and it still tasted delicious with lots of flavor.
-We don't have a grill so I just boiled the corn like if I were going to eat corn on the cob.
-In the Vinaigrette I used Red Wine vinegar instead of Sherry because I've never heard of Sherry vinegar before and didn't want to buy it just for this and never use it again.
If I made it again:
-I would totally use maybe 3 or 4 avocados because I love them SO much.
-I might do without the onion altogether. After this sat in our fridge for only a few hours, our whole house smelled of onion, not to mention my breath.

Beware:
-I had tons of corn on my floor when I was done :)



July 7, 2012

4th of July

We had a good 4th.  It was laid back, which I love.  We had a little lunch with Luke's family and that night set off plenty of fireworks!  Remember 2 years ago when Luke won $500 worth of fireworks from his work? Well, we finally put those to good use, which also cleared up some space in our back room.

Luke made some homemade ice-cream.  He's pretty amazing at that.

It was enjoyed by all.

Here's the crew we hung with that night.




We have a few fireworks left over for the 24th of this month. Can't wait!

random little gems

Real Salt Lake games with Luke's nieces...
Awesome texts from Luke.  We have friendly nicknames for each other like negative nancy or debbie downer for when we are being grumpy.  So, when either of us gets called Nancy or Debbie, we know why.  On our trip we took to California, I got really impatient in the car.  The traffic was horrific and the drive was forever long.  Then I suddenly got this text and read it while driving (not the safest, I know). I busted out laughing.

So Luke has a pair of shoes...I think they were his work shoes, that he always leaves right outside the door. I was cleaning out there one day and noticed 2 huge snails had made a home out of his shoe. Gross! See ya, shoes.

Fun Memorial Days celebrating family reunions and Shea's 25th!

Cheap Ryan Shupe concert-

And lovely photos of the 2 of us.

And who doesn't love a Scorpions concert?! Couldn't believe these guys still had the energy to perform.

A little celebrity stalking... Remember Tadd from So You Think You Can Dance? 
Here he is... 
I totally saw him in the Jamba Juice parking lot by my work.  I was walking toward him thinking, "Hey, I know him....how do I know him?"  Then I suddenly remembered that I actually don't know him, I just watched him dance for months on TV. Then I stopped staring.  I got my Jamba Juice and thought, "Duh, it probably would have been fine to ask for a picture with him or an autograph or something..." But don't worry, luckily he ended up sitting outside of Jamba to drink his smoothie and I got a stalker pic at least.  I'm pretty good at those.


And best for last- surprise flowers from Luke!

July 5, 2012

sisters

and here we are...


C and B came and spent the weekend with us before heading out to EFY for the week.  It was so great having them.  Friday we played games, chatted, slept, and ate.


Here they are trying on the snuggies from Grandma!
Saturday we shopped around at City Creek. It was my first time there and I really liked it.  Actually, this was my favorite shop- Lush.  Everything is natural and some of the lotion comes in the form of a bar of soap and it works great.  It's awesome and I might purchase some lotion in the future.  Saturday afternoon was a church activity and we had fun playing Jenga with coke boxes and a game of horseshoes. I need some more practice, but C had it down!

Sunday the girls agreed to do their duet for me for the millionth time.  Seriously they are so good!  I'm loving this song!

C even taught me some chords on the ukulele so now I can start learning on Luke's.  After church we took a walk down at the Gateway mall, which is an outside mall.  There had been a chalk walk (I actually don't know what you call it).  There were lots of beautiful drawings. I took a picture of this one:
















That night we relaxed and played more games.  Then they were off to EFY! That next Saturday before they had to catch their flight we went to the Farmer's Market in Salt Lake. It was huge!  I actually really enjoyed it, although it was SO hot outside!

Too bad I didn't end up taking more pictures! But it was great to have my sisters here and hopefully they will visit more often!