Sunday, February 28, 2010
I also got the rest of these blocks sewn. I am doing a disappearing 9 patch with these. I'm hoping to have this top finished in the next week.
When Paul left for the game the kids were already pretty bored. I promised to take them up to "the reservoir" to look for rocks. We were pretty surprised at all the snow that was still up there. Shocked actually. It has all melted at our house so we weren't prepared. Emma wore Crocs.
The ice was thicker than it looked. See our collection of rocks that wouldn't go through?
We crossed over the water to see what else we could find.
Have you ever seen a spider in the snow? It was weird.
It was hard to find pretty rocks so the kids climbed them instead.
I found a few good ones.
The scenery around here is just breathtaking.
I love our view.
It's so fun to live right by this little canyon.
The kids got their hands dirty digging out a big rock that was sure to break through the ice.
They were dumbfounded.
We had a lot of fun. I have to admit, I love the area where we live, most of the time.
|2||teaspoons canola oil|
|1||lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces|
|1||teaspoon finely chopped gingerroot|
|2||cups fresh broccoli florets|
|1||cup reduced-sodium chicken broth (I used regular)|
|1/8||teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes|
|2||cups frozen sugar snap peas (from 24-oz bag)|
|3||tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce|
|2||teaspoons rice vinegar (I used flavored rice wine vinegar because that is what I had)|
|2||medium green onions, sliced (2 tablespoons)|
|3||cups hot cooked brown rice|
cup cashew pieces
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|In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and gingerroot; cook and stir 4 to 5 minutes or until chicken begins to brown.|
|Add broccoli, 1/2 cup of the broth and the pepper flakes. Cover; cook over medium heat minutes, stirring once. Add peas; cook 2 to 4 minutes longer, stirring once, until vegetables are crisp-tender.|
|In small bowl, mix remaining 1/2 cup broth, the soy sauce, vinegar, cornstarch and sugar; stir into chicken mixture. Add onions; cook, stirring frequently, until sauce is thickened and bubbly. Serve over rice; sprinkle with cashews.|
We all liked this. It was very mild and easy to make. I have made it twice now. I would like to add celery and maybe some carrots next time.
6 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (this doesn't add spiciness - just the right amount of flavor)
6 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pound penne pasta
1 (5-ounce) bag baby spinach
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried
6 tablespoons juice from 2 lemons (measure this!)
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large pot. Meanwhile, combine garlic, pepper flakes and oil in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave until garlic is golden and fragrant, about 1 minute.
Pat chicken dry with paper towels and cut into bite-size pieces. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer 1 tablespoon of the garlic/red pepper oil to a large skillet and heat over medium heat until oil is rippling. Add chicken and cook until well browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil.
Add 1 tablespoon salt and the pasta to boiling water and cook until tender but still slightly firm (al dente). Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water. Drain pasta and return to the pot. Stir in chicken, spinach, basil, lemon juice, Parmesan, and remaining garlic mixture, adding reserved pasta water as needed. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Check out all the crap in the tree!
This is a quote that was take from an online article that I just read.
The pile of rubble that used to be the house is across the street from the Purple Turtle and is right off State Street, so it is a well-traveled area, Brande said. In addition to the half a dozen Questar and emergency vehicles, many cars drove by Friday to check out the damage and gawk at the debris that had lodged in the tree above. Even a pair of LDS missionaries walked by.
"It doesn't help when people stop to take pictures," Brande said.
Seriously, how can anyone resist? It is totally photo worthy!
Luckily it was a pretty easy fix.
Watch for my next two blocks coming soon.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I think she was feeling better at this point.
She was up first again dancing the Merengue.
After all the dances were done they had to kill some time while they tallied the scores. They asked all the level 1 boys to get a level 1 girl from a different school. Then they ALL danced the Cha Cha. It was a big clusterfudge of bodies but fun to watch. That is Emma with the big purple flower.
Emma signed up to do the newcomers Swing. It was a separate competition and it was optional. She wanted to compete but her normal partner didn't want to. Her "boyfriend" Sam volunteered to be her partner. Awwww! I sat by his parents while they danced. We had so much fun watching them together.
This is them reading the results. They got called back to dance again! (they keep doing call backs until they narrow down almost 100 kids to the top 6 or 7 couples)
They danced well but that was the end of their call backs. They made it into the top 50. They had only been working on the swing for the last few weeks. The other teams had obviously practiced it a lot longer. Because of that we were thrilled that they got the one call back!