Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Vanilla Coconut Rice Pudding

I seem to always have leftover rice.  Seriously.  It drives me crazy!  Mostly because I have no idea what to do with it and I hate to throw it out.  So when I stumbled across this recipe for rice pudding I thought, "Duh, no brainer"!  Whoever put it into my mind that rice pudding is a hard task should be shot.  But, anyway, here's the recipe.  Get ready people, you will be hooked!!!

Vanilla Coconut Rice Pudding
1 1/2 cups of cold cooked rice(if you don't have leftover rice on hand, you can actually make this with minute rice and it turns out great!)
1 1/2 cups of coconut milk
2 cups of whole or 2% milk
1/3 cup of sugar
pinch of salt
1 vanilla bean, insides scraped out or 1 tsp. of vanilla extract

Combine all the ingredients together in a saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat for 40 minutes. Allow to cool a bit and serve. If you want to make this into chocolate rice pudding...add a handful of chocolate chips and stir in til melted.  Add more as desired! 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Disneyland 2014

Disneyland is one of my favorite places!  It's a happy place.  The music lifts my spirit, the rides make me feels like a kid again, and watching my kids soak in all the joy makes me feel giddy.  With kids, Disneyland can be a bit stressful.  There's so much going on that I think they feel a bit overwhelmed at times, which is why the Tikki Room is a must.  It's my new favorite attraction.  You get to eat, drink, sing, and relax for a few minutes in the dark. 
We had our fair share of meltdowns, but all in all it was perfect.  Not to mention the fact that I get to shove my mouth full of churros and pickles.  Heaven people....heaven! 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Time is Here

Christmas is one of those Holidays that really sticks out to me when thinking about my childhood .  I remember picking out the tree with the family, trying to figure out who's presents where who's(my mom used codes on our presents), and most of all I remember Christmas Eve night.  My mom and dad would make a big feast and then as we were letting the food settle in our tummies, my dad would read the story of Christ's birth from the scriptures.  Back then, I was just anxiously waiting to open a gift on Christmas Eve(one of my favorite Christmas traditions)so I didn't really pay attention to the story being read.  Now that I'm older and much wiser, I have had more time to think about that special story.  All the sacrifices that went into having that sweet little baby boy, and traveling far to meet him.  The spirit that must have been present in that stable.  I bet even the animals were crying.  I hope I'm able to tell that story well enough to my kids that they can feel and understand the significance of Christmas.  Yes, we still talk about Santa in our home but Christ is always the reason as to why we celebrate Christmas.  Santa to me is just a symbol of giving.  Christmas time is about Christ but it's also about what Christ would do.  He would be giving of his time, money, and blessing those around Him.  That, to me, is what Santa does.  So, Merry Christmas to all of you, and for those who are curious, this is what Christmas looks like in our home.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Family Photos by Courtney Bowlden Photography

I've said this before and by golly I mean it, I am one lucky gal to have such a talented sister.  I'm always asking her to take photos of our little family when she's in town, and she never ceases to amaze me.  Like the fact that you can't tell from these pictures that we were all freezing our butts off.  Or that Jade had the snottiest nose this side of the Mississippi!  I'm feeling blessed.  Life is definitely good!  All photos done by Courtney Bowlden Photography.   

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Jade's Forest Birthday Bash

Jade turned one last week and I'm still amazed at how fast that year went by.  At the same time I feel like I barely remember the day of her birth. 
We celebrated with lots of family and friends.  I feel blessed to have so many in my life that care so much to make an effort to come out and celebrate with us.  Jade loved her birthday party.  It was forest themed, and I worked on this party for months.  Trying to figure out what food to serve and the decorations and such.  When it really came down to it, some of the food didn't turn out so great and I was too tired to finish all the original decorations I came up with.  However, I think it ending up looking pretty freakin awesome!!!  All the kids got a felt mask to play with.  I worked long and hard on those darn masks, and the kids loved them.  Success!!!!  We partied hard and had a great night.   

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Old Lady Crafts

For me, there's something really rewarding about crafting.  It makes feel accomplished.  Either that or it makes me feel cool cause I can make crap.  Who knows.  What I do know is when I'm walking around the dollar store and I see old lady bowls and plates my mind starts thinking of what to do with them.  I had seen this idea on Pinterest before and thought, 'eh...why not?'  So I grabbed some candle holders and those awesome old lady glass items and added them to my cart of junk! 
Below are the instructional pictures on how to make an old lady glass cake stand and an old lady fancy bowl thingy(I have no idea what to call the bowl contraption). 
 You will need:
1. Glass plate from the dollar store
2. Glass bowl from the dollar store
3. Two glass candle holders from the dollar store
4. E6000 glue(I'm shocked they sell this stuff because on the package it clearly states that they know this causes cancer and yet they still allow people to buy any rate...use it outside or in a VERY well ventilated area!!!)
 Apply glue to the top of the candle holder.  Get enough on there to fill in the details on the plate or bowl but not enough to sploog(is that a word?) out the sides and all over the place!
 Place the candle holder on the bottom of the glass plate or bowl.  Try to get it as centered as possible.  If you really want to get technical you could measure to find the center but...well...I didn't.
Allow to dry for several hours if not 24 hours before using.
 To finish the might want to bake some yummy cookies or something to really show off how old lady you are!  Your welcome!



Saturday, November 16, 2013

I'm going to Jackson, look out Jackson Town

I surprised my husband with a two night getaway to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for our anniversary...and I must say, I'm pretty darn good at keeping secrets, cause he had NO idea what was going on.  I really, really enjoyed this trip.  I mean, I got to spend one on one time with my husband surrounded by a gorgeous town and miles and miles of beautiful views.  Oh and the food...don't even get me started.  Delish!!!  But, all in all, if I've learned anything about 6 years of marriage and two kids, it's that husband and wife time is so very important.  It's time to reconnect and realize that you still are deeply in love with that person next to you. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Let's talk for a sec...

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Let me begin by saying, I am totally guilty of this and gosh dang it I'm sick of it.  Maybe I'm going off on a rant, but I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who does this.  I was talking with my friend earlier today about this exact thing and what an awful impact it has on all of us.  I'll admit that I read random strangers blogs and Instagram feeds.  I search through Facebook like I know people.  It's time to come out and say it...STOP IT ALREADY!!!  Maybe it's our nature to only post pictures of good times.  Maybe we don't want people to know that we aren't super-humans and we make mistakes, so we avoid posting about the bad.  Or maybe your the people that drive us all crazy when you post nothing but depressing things.  Either way...let's be real.  I hope that no one who reads this blog thinks my life is peachy keen.  I have hard times.  It happens daily, but at least I'm not afraid to admit it.  So, I'll be making a better effort at not comparing myself to these strangers because I can't make amazing sugar cookies, or my house doesn't look as decorated as someone else's, or I don't sew giant costumes for my kids every Halloween. 
 The End

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Birthday Wishes

Today is my beloved birthday, and though it should be all about me...I can't get past how very grateful I am for my parents.  Maybe it's because I have my own little ones now that makes my birthday a little different.  I think about my kids' birthdays and what they mean to me.  I can remember bringing them into this Earth and the emotions I felt that day.  The joy they bring to my life, and the difficulties that come with raising them.  Yes, birthdays are a joyous occasion, but for a  parent they are a day of reflection.  So, today I want to thank my parents.  Thank my mother for carrying me for 9 long months.  Only to go through hours of labor to bring me into this world.  She nourished me and grew me and prayed for my well being while I was simply nothing but a tiny fetus.  She felt my first kicks and hiccups.  She knew me before anyone else did.  To my father, who rubbed my mothers aching feet those 9  months.  He delivered the food she craved and kept her as comfortable as he could.  He placed his hands on my mother's belly to feel me kick.  He spoke to my mom's belly to feel connected to me.  And on the day I was born, he was right there, beside my mom, to see me enter this world.  He kissed my forehead and loved me instantly. 
Mom and Dad, you are the best parents I could ask for.  Thanks you for allowing me to be myself and for loving me unconditionally.  The tears rolling down my face are tears of gratitude.  I can never repay you for all the hard work and patience that raising me took.  I can never tell you thank you enough.  I can never tell you how much I love you, because it just would never add up. So, on my are the reason I'm here, you made me...THANK YOU!!!!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Cruisin' with the Salon

This cruise was such an amazing experience.  I am always fascinated by the beauty that surrounds us, and this was just another one of those times where I was in awe.  Catalina was beautiful.  The small town feel, the water, the tiny cars and golf carts, and the history.  We ate the most delicious food at this hole in the wall place called Topless Tacos.  Seriously, the best burrito I have ever had.  Later we went on a little boat ride to a small, Pirate's Cove.  On the boat ride there we were surrounded by dolphins and sea lions.  It was one of my favorite things about the whole trip.  I kid you not, I felt the Spirit there.  It was so peaceful and exciting.  Later, while snorkeling, I was almost attacked by a sea lion.  He got so close, his tail hit my head.  Yes, it scared me half to death, but I couldn't help but laugh myself for being so frightened! 
Ensenada was a little bit of a let down to be honest.  It was dirty and noisy and the constant begging was more than I could take.  We went horseback riding...which was boring.  Worst horseback ride of my life.  The highlight of Ensenada was when we got the yummiest fish tacos!  A dollar each and they were worth way more than that.  Then, once we got into the older part of town, it was really quite beautiful.  The architecture and the small shops.   The beauty of the attention to detail on these older buildings was amazing! 
I can't quite explain how grateful I am for the amazing people my hubby gets to work with.  They are all so talented, and I love them all.  I can't wait for the next salon trip...hopefully sooner than later!

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