Monday, December 27, 2010

December in pictures...

The boys loved to watch the snow when it was REALLY coming down.
I loved to drink hot chocolate with whipped cream and try to get the rest of my family to indulge.
Sunday dinner includes: roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, some kind of green veggie, rolls and in this case sparkling apple juice. Yes, Henry has my apron on. I did make him one though. Maybe I will post it later.
Let's just face it Christmas isn't Christmas without mint brownies, Russian tea cakes and chocolate crinkle cookies.
Before the boys came in.
Darling Sunday outfits Grandma Heidi got the boys. Henry would NOT put his vest on. Oh well, still handsome.
My new flip video recorder that Daniel got for me. I love it! I shall post a video now.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dance recital and treats/bribes

I have to admit I was a little nervous that Andersen would be shy and not dance. Then he would be disappointed that he didn't show his moves. He wasn't shy at all! It was awesome. I do have to let you know that I bribed him with two very good bribes. 1. He could open a present from Grandma and Grandpa. 2. He could go to Mitchells, the yummiest ice cream place ever!

He loved his super hero jammies from the grandparents and he choose to go with his friend Annie to breakfast instead of ice cream. He loves to hang out with Annie. He sees her just about everyday. They go to preschool together and we see her at church and do play dates. He told me yesterday, "I never get to hang out with Annie." Silly boy, you are kidding me.

The frog and super hero were baking some scrumptious cookies. They are pretty cute about their gender difference and giving the other one a turn to play what they want to play. Annie was playing knights with Andersen the other day. And about a week before that Annie was giving Andersen dancing lessons on how to "dip". LOVE IT!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Spicy Honey Chicken Salad - MMMMmmmmMM

The picture is not the best but the salad was AWESOME!

Dan was sweet and said,"When you open a restuarant you should make this salad." The recipe was really simple too! The chicken is quick, the ingredients are delish and the dressing is amazing! Here is the RECIPE. It is Dan's cousin's delicious blog! Her button is on the side too >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Our Best Bites - Check it out!

Monday, April 12, 2010


This recipe is from my mother-in-law, who is a great cook. She makes this for brunch for General Conference twice a year. She also makes monkey bread, and other delicious treats but this is my fave.

6 slices white bread (buttered on 1 side)
1 tube of Jimmy Dean sausage (sage flavored) - BROWN BEFORE
1 4oz can diced green chilies
1 package shredded cheddar/jack cheese (a little less than 2 cups)
6 eggs
2 cups milk
2 tsp salt
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp dry mustard
- LAYER in a 9x13 glass baking dish -
Bread - buttered side down
Cheese - sprinkle evenly over bread
Sausage - browned
Chilies - try to distribute evenly on top
Egg Mixture - all remaining ingredients mix together and pour on top
(make sure all spices are mixed well or you could get a few flavorful bites and the rest bland)

Refrigerate overnight

Bake uncovered at 350 for 45-50 min.

Let stand 10 min.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Saturday, March 6, 2010

monkeys, monkeys and more...


It all began around the time Andersen turned one. He would make monkey noises and loved Curious George. So I decided to have a monkey birthday party. Here is the cake...

This also marked the time of "Baby Monk".If you have ever been around Andersen for very long you would know that he carries around this little monkey that was given to him on his first birthday. Baby Monk even dressed up for Halloween as a ghost and Peter Pan. I will probably do a whole post just on Baby Monk at a later date.

Andersen keeps picking out sock monkeys for Henry lately.

Paul Frank is so much fun! Especially since Target started carrying that brand. Andersen loves to match with Hen.

We can't forget about George! I don't know who is responsible for giving CG a makeover and bringing him back but I am really happy they did. We love all things CG: books, movies, PBS shows, stuffed animals, etc.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Henry!

Hen was a little angel on his birthday. He kept giving me kisses and saying "dak ooo" - which is Hen for "thank you". We had a few baby friends over for birthday soup and cupcakes. I can't believe my baby is "1" already. We are so happy to have him in our family. The other day Andersen said, "Remember when Hen wasn't here and we weren't a family?" Silly Andersen we were still a family but we do feel more complete with the Henners.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>HENRY REWIND<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Monday, February 8, 2010

Birthday Banner

I went to my friend's house the other day for a surprise party and she had a birthday banner! It was SO cute that it inspired me to make one. Mine is a lot different than hers and even different than what I had in my head to make. I just kind of made it up as I went along. I had a lot of fabric scraps from a quilt I am making so it was nice to use the scraps. I got a new sewing machine for Christmas and wanted to use it for this project but just ended up using iron-on stuff. My mother-in-law calls it wonder-under. The lady at the store called it fusion and the package said something totally different. So basically it is just iron-on double-sided backing. I am just happy I actually finished a project, and it only took me a few hours (like 5).
This is the back.
I decided to add a yo-yo as the dot on the "i" at the last moment.
I am so happy we get to use it for my baby Henry's first birthday on the 16th. Yes, Hen is almost ONE! He is such a little boy. I just want to snuggle him up.

Friday, February 5, 2010

My little baby is turning ONE!

Henry we are so happy you are here!

The other day Andersen said, "Mom remember before Hen was here and we weren't a family?" Well, we were a family but we do feel more complete with Henry here.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dear Little House:

I will miss you!
Today was a bittersweet day. I spent some time cleaning, de-kidding, and taking pictures of you. We are planning on selling or renting you this summer. I am really emotional about leaving you behind when we move to Cleveland for rotations. Today was sweet because I feel like I am bonding with you when I clean and polish and organize you. It was bitter because I know this relationship that we have can not continue growing with such a distance between us. You may be small and fragile and in need of a nip/tuck here and there but you were our first real home. I will always love you and remember you fondly. Andersen had his very first room to himself here. Hen was welcomed into this world by your warmth. So many memories... I will try to find you someone nice to live here.

If you are nice and interested in buying or renting my little house please contact me...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Getting ready for Valentine's Day!

I LOVE Valentine's Day! Maybe it is just because I feel like I have an excuse to throw pink, girly, love where ever I want to in this house full of boys. I have big plans for this Valentine's Day. They include heart cookies, cupcakes, decorations, jewlery (I am going to try to make) and a family date.

Here are a couple of books I got for the boys. Again, I feel like I can get a little bit girly for Valentine's Day. Every now and then a little book splurge, away from preschool book orders, is needed or maybe I should say "taken".

I got this for my little Henry. I keep reading it. I love the art and even the texture of the pages. If you haven't guessed, books are one of my weaknesses.
This is the book I scouted out for Andersen. How adorable!