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35 They were desirous to be baptized as a witness and a testimony that they were willing to serve God with all their hearts; Mosiah 21:35

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To provide a loving environment that is centered around God and His commandments while effectively teaching my children to love, honor, and respect all Men no matter the race, creed, or background.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010


I started creating my menu in February to, hopefully, save some money. In January I spent $775.59 on groceries for the month. (WOW, right?) Well my venture has been successful. For the month of March I have spent $391.23!!! A savings of nearly $400 dollars!!

To all who do the grocery shopping in the family I would suggest planning your meals. This has been a huge time and money saver for our family. Feel free to take from my menu each week. I will be better about posting our meals.

Happy Saturday!

*side note: We do not go out to eat, so the money we were spending on food was strictly from the grocery store.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Partial Menu for the week

Does your house suddenly become uninhabitable when you learn the previous renter committed suicide? Just food for thought.

I have been incredibly sick this week so all regular routine items have been disregarded. Today is Friday. I know. I am behind. I usually write my menu Tuesday, then shop, then blog. To top it off, Edward is sick and getting his sixth tooth. Yeah!

Wild Wedges
2 eight inch flour tortillas
cooking spray
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup chopped and cooked chicken (or turkey)
1 green onion chopped

Spray one side of tortilla place down on skillet. Top with cheese, chicken, green onions, and salsa. Place other tortilla on top. Spray with cooking spray. Cook both sides. Cut into 8 triangles. If you don't want the meat use beans instead.

Bean and Pasta Soup (because we are sick)
1 cup uncooked pasta
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic cove, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups water
1 can diced tomatoes
1-1/4 vegetable broth
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups shredded fresh spinach
1/4 Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package. In large skillet saute celery, carrots, onion, and garlic in oil for 5 minutes. Stir in water, tomatoes, broth, basil, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain Pasta; stir in vegetables mixture. Add beans. Heat through. Stir in spinach; cook until spinach is wilted. Sprinkle with cheese.

Chicken and Shrimp Stir Fry

Chicken cooked and cut into strips
Shrimp cooked
Stir fry Vegetables in a bag
Stir fry sauce

Add together and saute. Yum!

Desert in your crock pot
Decadent Chocolate Delight
1 package chocolate cake mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup water
4 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix

GREASE inside of crock pot!!! Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Cook on high for 3-4 hours.

Pizza and movie night

Southwest stuffed peppers
4 green bell peppers
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup shredded pepper-jack cheese
3/4 cup salsa
1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/3 cup uncooked long grain converted rice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Sour cream

Cut thin slice off top of each pepper. Remove seeds. Combine beans, cheese, salsa, corn, onions, rice, chili powder and cumin in medium bowl. Spoon filling evenly into each pepper. Place peppers in crock-pot.
Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve with Sour cream!!

Happy Cooking!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Zoo Day with Grandma and Grandpa S

My parents came for a visit over the weekend and we enjoyed the small amount of warm weather that mother nature could offer. That being said... It Snowed!! We spent Friday morning at the zoo where Edward's favorite animal was the "Lobo" or Wolf... why? Because they looks like a "Doggies".

Saturday we planned to head up to the tram for a ride; however, it was so snow packed with snowboarders we didn't get to go up. We then decided to fly Stephen's helicopter in the windy cold park next to our house.

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend with my parents. I am so grateful to have them close by and to be able to spend time with them. I know Edward enjoyed his time playing with his trucks in the street with the help from grandma and grandpa S.


What, exactly, constitutes a sale? A few days ago my parents and I went to visit Kohl's to find Edward a new pair of shoes. As we started browsing (and shoving as many shoes on Edward as he could stand) when we ran across a huge sign that S A L E!

I automatically assumed this would mean money off the original price of the product. We, of course, chose the cute white Nike's that were on "sale". The original sticker price said $30 dollars. We took them to the register and guess what, they rang up as $30 dollars. There was a smaller sign attached to the shoe showing the price as $19.99 so we argued with the cashier.

The question is... What, exactly, constitutes a sale? I suppose I know the answer, NOTHING! Just put a sign up that something is on sale and it will draw people in; Sale them for the same price you would with out the sign...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

How we spent our day

First Stop... Quiznos. I haven't eaten at Quiznos (or fast food) in a LONG time... meaning more than two years for Quiznos...
Second Stop... The Park!! Edward loved it and even hugged a little puppy. SO CUTE!!
Third Stop... Coldstone Creamery!! YUM!

4 years and counting...

Happy Anniversary to the Love of My Life, Stephen.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Singing, Dancing, and a great movie!

I watched a few movies on the recommendation of one, Blair Skousen. And WOW!!! If you haven't had the opportunity to watch this wonderful movie... take a few hours out of your day to enjoy!!
I also started to watch Fame but I haven't made it all the way through. It does make me want to hire a voice teacher again and really make sure the sound I am producing it a good one. Oh well for dreams. Maybe this time next year I will be up for more parts in awesome shows.
Speaking of an awesome show, come and see "The Sounds of Broadway" put on here at the Sandia Presbyterian church April 17th and 18th. I am singing a few songs and even DANCING!! They are also serving dinner! Check out the flyer below for more information. I would love to see you there.
“The Sounds of Broadway”
4th Annual dinner show
Featuring 27 songs from Broadway musicals
Including Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma,
Carousel, The Lion King, Wicked, and more….
presented by the
Family Life Center Players
Sandia Presbyterian Church
Directed by Carolyn Hogan
Friday April 16, 2010
Saturday April 17, 2010
Dinner at 6:00
Barbecue dinner catered by BS Grills
$18 per person
Tickets available March 14, 2009. Last day of ticket sales April 11, 2009.
Tickets MUST be purchased in advance. NO tickets will be available at the door.
Handicapped seating will be available. Sign-ups for table seating will
Be available when ticket is purchased.
Call Carolyn Hogan at 505-822-9189 for more information.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

What sound does a Truck make?

Edward has been pushing around his trucks for months now making the cutest noise. I decided to get it on film and record it here for your viewing pleasure.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

This week in Food...

Ribeye with salt and pepper. For a side add lemon peppered steamed veggies.
*We buy Ribeye from costco one a month and it is totally worth every bite.

Cheesy Chicken Potpie
1 pound boneless skinless chk breasts
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 Jar (16 ounces) Ragu Cheese Creation double cheddar cheese sauce
1 bag frozen mixed veggies
1 prepared pastry for single crust pie

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Toss Chicken with Flour stir in Ragu sauce and veggies. Cover Casserole with pie crust. Cover with Aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until chk is done.

Crispy Oven Bake Chk
4 Boneless Skinless breasts
3/4 cup roasted red pepper salsa
1 cup crushed tortilla chips (good to use from the bottom of the bag)

Marinate chicken in salsa over night. Heat oven to 350 degrees and coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Discard salsa. Roll Chicken over tortilla chips. Bake for 45 minutes

Jalapeno Grilled Chicken
4 boneless skinless chk breasts
1/4 cup jalapeno jelly (or smashed jalapenos)
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice

Combine jalapeno jelly and lime juice in small saucepan. Stir constantly until melted and smooth. Grill chicken breasts for 20 minutes on each side. Add sauce for the last 10 minutes.

*see Menu Here.

Fiesta Chk and Rice
1 can Campbell's condensed tomato soup
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup rice
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 boneless skinless chk breasts
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Stir the soup, water, rice and chili powder in baking dish. Add chicken. Bake for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese upon removal.

New and improved Pizza and Movie night (also known as Family home evening).