Wednesday, March 23, 2011

why so serious?

My friend, Laura, is a face painter and event planner here in East Idaho. And she is SO TALENTED!!! No joke. Just in case you don't find me the ultimate authority in talent, see for yourself!

Last Saturday BYUI put on a Dr. Seuss Themed Dinner for families, so we invited Laura and her family along and decided to suit up while we were at it! Avery and their little boy went as Thing 1 and Thing 2, I was SAM I AM (Check the awesome Green Eggs & Ham K made for me!!!), K was Horton the Elephant, Laura was a Star-Belly Sneetch and Mike, her husband, was The Lorax. The babies didn't feel much like getting their faces painted, but we did try to Cindy Loo Who Carter's hair (to no avail). We even won one of the costume contest prizes for Laura's awesome artwork!
Then at their little boy's birthday party last week Laura painted the kids faces! Avery asked for a cow, and boy did she get one! She wouldn't let us wash it off ALL DAY! ...
...No seriously. She even went to the doctor's office and was treated for a double ear infection... JUST LIKE THIS. hahaha

Oh, and when it was time for K to wash off Horton on Saturday night, I was on the phone with my mom. So this is what he did while he waited for me...
He sat in the dark on the couch and waited for fifteen minutes for me to get off of the phone! And when I flipped the light on, he said, "Why so serious?" hahaha
I live with a bunch of characters. That is for sure.

By the way, if you have a party coming up give Laura a call. She is incredibly talented, so nice and her prices are not bad at all! In fact, I just booked her for Av's fourth!!! or call (208) 881-4776


We eat this* with french bread. Sometimes with a protien. Sometimes without.
Layer it on.

*Picture was taken before I baked this. And before I put some (...okay, lots of) Jarlsberg cheese on top. And then baked it again.
The finished product is not pictured. It was too yummy.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

when i was thirteen

I know that I am a grown woman. With two children. And a lot of responsibilities. But I just couldn't help myself. When I saw the trailer for a biopic about Justin Bieber, I knew that I would see it. I hardly even knew who he was at the time.
But the thirteen year old girl inside of me knew.Last week I went to NEVER SAY NEVER with some of my favorite people on the planet. Not only did I get to go, though, I got to dress the part! Thanks to my bestie, Nathan, I had a legit Biebs sweatshirt. I learned how to Dougie. I was ready.
The theater was empty.
We danced.
We heckled.
We drank.
Well, let me explain that last one. I invented a drinking game (every time Bieber shook, tousled or messed with his hair, we drank), brought little plastic cups and Gatorades for each of us (we made it through two whole bottles!), and we pounded shots all night long.
No joke.
It was amazing.
You are probably laughing at me right now, and that's okay.
I'm secure with my Bieber Fever.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

honey pie

Cherry Pie.
Big Cheese.
Strawberry Swing.
I Want Candy.
Mean Mr. Mustard.

It seems like there is a song for every delicious food out there. Except one. The onion.
And I just don't get it! ...Okay, I get it. They stink. They make you cry. They can be strong and piquant and just plain evil. I use them every day in just about every meal that I make, but sometimes I feel resistance to slicing one open and balling my eyes out. I always fight that resistance.
It's always worth it.
But last night I decided to try to find the sweeter side of my mascara's arch nemesis. Caramelized Onion, Bacon and Blue Cheese Tart. I found the recipe in a recent issue of Woman's Day Magazine. What? I got a subscription free with some airline miles I had accumulated. Fine, I'm lame. Whatever. Back to the tart.
Did you know that onions could taste sweet, but not too sweet? Be soft, but not mushy? Take on a beautiful color and really earn the whole CARAMELized bit?
I did. I really thought I did. But I had no clue. Not until last night.
I served this easy and unreal tart along-side some Cream of Asparagus Soup (I stole this pic from a google search since I didn't bother to take one of mine. It looked this good, though. Trust me.) which is SO easy and SO creamy and SO delicious. I adapted the recipe from one I found online at

Cream of Asparagus Soup


  • 1/2 stick butter, unsalted
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups good chicken stock/broth
  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon powder
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  1. Melt butter in a heavy cooking pot (I use my enameled cast iron guy). Add onions and chopped celery; saute until tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in flour, mixing well. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add water, chicken broth, and chicken soup base; stir until smooth. Bring to a boil. Add diced potatoes and chopped asparagus (reserve the heads of the asparagus in a bowl on your counter for post-blender). Reduce heat, and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  2. Puree soup in a food processor or blender in batches (I use my stick blender). Return to pot. Return soup to simmer, add asparagus heads and simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in half and half cream salt and pepper. Bring soup just to boil. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve hot*.
*I like to garnish mine with a swirl of half and half as I serve it, which makes it look fancy and cools it down just enough to dive in. Just use a teaspoon or two on each bowl.

aww nuts

Avery's favorite thing to say when she is disappointed is "Awww Nuts!!" She picked up this expression from her daddy, of course.
I would complain, except she has picked up "Oh my goodness!" as well as "Geez Louise!" from me. So, yeah. We're even. Speaking of nuts, I have made Smitten Kitchen's Peanutella Recipe twice now, as well as one from the LA Times that was just plain old Nutella (make no mistake: there was nothing plain about either one!) and I am hooked! This will definitely be a staple in our house from now on. It goes on fresh strawberries, toast, and even in K's protein shakes. It's easy. It's cheap. It's delicious. It has no artificial garbage in it. It makes my house smell delicious. And, finally, anything that I get to seal up in a cute little jar is on my nice list.


I hate it when a film meant for adults masquerades as a kids movie.
Because then my kid wants to see it.
And we both hate it.Thanks for nothing, Rango.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

say hello to my little friend

Have you ever found yourself on a road bike, pedaling away the miles while feeling like a powerhouse and humming happily to yourself? No?
Me neither. Well, until this weekend, that is.
My triathlon is a month away and the snow is melting and, well, it was time. If you have never been on one of these thin-wheeled beauties I think you are missing out. Yes, the seat is narrow and hard. Yes, it is tall and the wheels look wobbly. But pedaling a mountain bike feels like driving a Cadillac with your feet, Fred Flinstone-style, compared to this easy-breezy ride. I feel an addiction coming on. If only it would get above 40 degrees here so I ride without feeling like I am on the back of Harry's scooter putting up to Aspen to find the girl of my dreams and give her back her briefcase.

Yep, that was a Dumb and Dumber reference. I guess that's what road biking does to me.

Also, if you are looking at this picture and thinking to yourself, "Wow. She definitely does not have the physique of a triathlete." well... bite me.
...Okay, that was a little harsh. Sorry. But I'm dealing. You'll get over it.

Oh and if anyone out there is a road-biking afficionado, please tell me that these crazy, hard-as-a-rock, metal-spiked clip-in shoes and pedals that I have are going to be okay. So far I am terrified of them.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

pat a shoe

That's how you pronounce the name of the pastry I learned to make today during three glorious hours of Pastry II class at Rush's Kitchen store in Downtown Idaho Falls. Pate a Choux is the stuff eclairs, cream puffs, grougeres and this gorgeous little swan are made of, and, yes, it is as good as it looks.
No, strike that.
It's better.
Here was the reaction to my glorious homecoming this afternoon...

**See here for Pastry I details one year ago.

How does a spoiled girl change a lightbulb?

She says, "Daddy, I want a new apartment."

And he would give it to them, too. Wouldn't you?