Friday, December 17, 2010

We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

This will most likely be the last time I post until 2011. We are leaving on our Christmas trip to Utah and California this weekend! We both are SO excited!! I just wanted to share a small piece of news. I was released from the Relief Society Presidency and was called as the 1st counselor in the Primary. I love the primary. I’m so excited to spend time with the kids and I know they will teach me so much…they already have! I also will be teaching the sunbeam class (3-4 year olds) because our branch is so small here, but I love the sunbeams in our branch so I’m happy to be their teacher. However, I am new to all the sharing time stuff. The Primary President told me about the website sugar doodle, I know I’ll be using that a lot. Any other great sharing time ideas out there? Luckily, I have a sister who has been in Primary for almost 10 years…so I know she has lots of good ideas, right Kell?

Also, I was able to open my first Christmas present last night since it is too big to take with us. I have been wanting this since I saw it 6 months ago. I’m so excited to hang it up in our bedroom! 2010 001

Lastly, I just wanted to wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a crazy, fun NEW YEAR! I’m so grateful for all my family and friends. I love you all so much!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My lampy lamp

I have been wanting one of these cool floor lamps forever, but I just couldn’t spend $100 or more on one. But today I found this one for half price and I like it more than any others I’ve seen. My Mom wanted to see a picture of it, so here it is

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Lions and Tigers and BEARS

Okay, so maybe they’re aren’t lions and tigers here, but there are definitely bears.  First, let me tell you a story from last week. Usually Denis puts our garbage can out in the mornings before our garbage man comes, but last Sunday night I had a brilliant plan. So before we went to bed I pulled our garbage can out on the curb, there is something you should know about our garbage can, it is “bear proof”. Everyone in our neighborhood has these bear proof garbage's…except for our friends down the street who burnt theirs to the ground, but that’s another story. I feel like they are “people proof” too or maybe just “Lisa proof”, because of that one time when I took bags of garbage out, who has two hands to unlock the dang thing?

Anyways, back to the plan, I pulled our garbage out onto the curb, but I left the lock undone. Mwhaha! It was my own personal “bear trap”. I looked out the window multiple times that night wanting to see a bear having a feast on my front lawn, but nothing. My plan was brilliant in theory, except for when it backfired. Monday morning Denis and I woke up to find a perfectly undisturbed garbage can. Stupid bear. Well looks can be deceiving, later that morning a new neighbor came over to tell me that a bear got into our garbage last night and it was all over our yard, but she picked it up for us! Oops. I felt really bad, but I wasn’t going to tell her I did that on purpose, I mean what kind of a jerk leaves their garbage unlocked for a bear? Let’s just say this neighbor is getting a really nice Christmas present this year.

As you have probably guessed or seen on my facebook, last night was the first time we saw the bears! Right as I was drifting off into some weird dreams about my brother gaining 200lbs in one week just so he didn’t have to go on any rides at Disneyland when we went after Christmas, I heard a loud noise and I asked Denis what it was. He said, “lightening”, which I knew was highly unlikely since it wasn’t raining, thundering, or even close to doing either. But hey, I gave the man a break, he was tired and it’s hard to be logical at night. So I got up and peered really creepily out the window and that’s when I saw it - a huge bear! And there was a baby bear with her! Needless to say I screamed, woke Denis up, and we watched them roam around all our neighbors yards, knocking over locked garbage cans.

Now I feel like I finally belong to the base neighborhood. Many times, our neighbors would talk about “the bears”, but we hadn’t had any encounters or sightings of them. But that all changed last night, my friends, it was awesome. Hopefully, next time I can get some pictures for you.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Finished!

Finally, I feel like the wall d├ęcor on one of my walls is finished. I just applied the vinyl lettering on the wall. I love it!

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Flowers Help

Man, today really sucks. Like one of the worse days I’ve had in a looong time. I know it’ll be okay because I’ve experienced over and over how Heavenly Father turns hard times into a time to grow and learn. Speaking of growing, Denis stopped by during lunch and brought me these….

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Flowers help, but having Denis helps the most.

PS Sorry for being a little evasive about what exactly “sucks” today, it’s personal. But don’t worry someday I will share.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

You just can’t go wrong…

So I was looking for a new recipe to try and I found one on http://www.ourbestbites.com/ that involved chicken, bacon, cheese, and ranch. I don’t know about you, but I just don’t think you can go wrong with those ingredients. Obviously, this isn’t a particularly healthy recipe, but it was like eating little puffs of heaven. So if you want a try it, here’s a look and the recipe for Chicken-Bacon Stuffed Pizza Rolls.

(I know these pictures aren’t very good, so don’t judge this recipe on my poorly taken shots. There are two reason why I’m not a food blogger. First, because I have nothing original to offer the world of food, following a recipe just isn’t that hard. And second, because I’m not very good at making the food look good in a picture.)

 

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Chicken-Bacon Stuffed Pizza Rolls
recipe by ourbestbites.com

1 roll refrigerated pizza dough* (or make your own)
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix
2 T grated Parmesan cheese
1 T olive oil or melted butter
sharp cheddar cheese (I used 75% sharp cheddar and 25% mozzarella)
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
about 1 C shredded, cooked chicken.
3/4 C mayo
3/4 C milk

First take 1 teaspoon of your ranch dressing mix and combine it with 1 1/2 T parmesan cheese. Set aside. Combine the remaining ranch mix with 3/4 C mayo and 3/4 C milk to make fresh ranch dip and place in the fridge to chill.

Preheat oven to heat specified on pizza dough package. Usually it's 400-425 degrees.

Unroll your pizza dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pat or roll the dough so it's about 12" by 8". You're going to want to cut it into 24 squares, so just eyeball it if you need to. Use a pizza cutter to slice the dough into 24 squares.

Place cheese and desired toppings on each square.
When all of your dough squares have cheese and toppings on them, carefully lift up each square and wrap the dough around the toppings.

I grab the four corners first and then squeeze the seams shut. Then place them seam side down in a lightly sprayed pie pan (or similar sized dish). Brush with melted butter or olive oil and sprinkle with the parmesan-ranch mixture.

Place your rolls in the oven. I've noticed baking time really depends on the type of dough I'm using. Whether it's different brands from the store, or homemade dough, they all take different amounts of time. Set your timer for 10 minutes and check on them after that. They may take up to 15 or 20 to be done. Take them out when they're lightly golden on top.
Serve them warm with a side of freshly made ranch dressing for dipping.

Note:
These can also be baked individually in a mini-muffin tin. This might work better for serving depending on the situation. You're making 24 rolls, so it fills up the pan perfectly. They cook quicker this way than in a pie pan so keep an eye on them. Mine only took about 8 minutes whereas the ones in the pan took about 13-15.