Thursday, March 25, 2010

6 Weeks!

WOW! I can't believe Jeff just finished up his first 6 week block of classes. Time is going by so much faster than I thought it would. The past 6 weeks have been a little bit stressful but he is doing so great in school that it makes it all worth it!
The first 6 weeks he had 2 classes, Food Safety and Sanitation, and Culinary Foundations I. He finished up finals last night and his final grades were a 96% and a 98%! He now gets a week long Spring Break and we are heading back to St. George to work a bit and spend time with family and friends. When classes start up again he will just have one class for the next 6 weeks. It is Culinary Foundations II. He's really looking forward to this class because he will actually get to be in the kitchen cooking 4 hrs a night.
I am so proud of him and all his accomplishments. I know without a doubt that he is doing what he loves while providing a bright future for our family.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Strawberry Lemonade Bars

So about a week ago I mentioned on my Facebook page that I was making Strawberry Lemonade Bars and I would post the recipe on here the next day. Well I obviously didn't do as I said I would. The reason for that is that my bars were a total disaster and did not look anything like this picture which I "borrowed" from Homemade By Jill. It is no secret that I have absolutely NO baking skills but I was really hoping for a miracle when I attempted these. They just look soooo yummy. I guess I will just have to try again. I still wanted to pass on the recipe though in hopes that someone with great baking talent (hint, hint, wink, wink, Kacey) would make them and invite me over to sample them!

Strawberry Lemonade Bars

1/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter, Room Temperature
1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/4 Tsp Salt

1 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
2-3 Tsp Lemon Zest
1/2 Cup Pureed Strawberries
1 1/4 Cup Sugar
4 Large Eggs
1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/4 Tsp Salt

Preheat Oven to 350, Lightly grease a 9x13 inch pan.
Begin by making the crust
In a large bow, cream together sugar and butter, until smooth and fluffy. Working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly. Pour into prepared pan and press down into even layer. Bake for about 17 minutes until set at the edges.
While the crust bakes, prepare the filling.
In the bowl of a food processor, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, strawberry puree, sugar and eggs and process until smooth. Add in flower, baking powder and salt. Pulse until smooth.
Pour the filling over the hot crust when it has finished baking. Return pan to oven and bake for 23-26 minutes until the filling sets and there is a light brown "crust" on top. Cool completely before cutting and store in the fridge. Makes 24 Bars.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Upcoming Projects

So last year we decided to do a mostly homemade Christmas. Money was tight but more than that we wanted our kids to learn the true spirit of Christmas at a young age. I hope that is something they can pass on to their own children someday. It turned out great and they absolutely love the felt kitchen and bowling set I made them. We decided to do the same thing this year for Christmas and for their birthdays as well. I know it is only March but now that I am staying home full time I thought I would take advantage of the time that I have to get an early start on things. I decided that I want to refinish a doll house for Andie for her birthday. I have been searching for one at Deseret Industries and found this one last time I was in St. George. It was only $10! I am so excited to get started on it and turn this ugly little dollhouse into something beatutiful!

For Kaleb's birthday I wanted to try making him another kitchen. The felt one I made is great because it rolls up and stores easily but he really wants a big one for his room. I found an example of one made out of a nightstand on one of my favorite blogs ( I found this little nightstand at Deseret Industries for $3!
Hopefully it will end up looking something like this........

For Christmas I am going to make them a felt play house. I found this one again on homemadebyjill. It fits over the kitchen table so we can take it down and store it easily.

I am so excited to get started on all my projects next week when we get back from St George. I'll keep posting pictures with my progress. Hopefully I'll get it all finished by Christmas!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Kaleb's Special Day

Our Family at the Flamingo in Las Vegas
The Flamingos

Daddy and Kaleb

Kaleb and Mommy looking at the Koi Fish

Kaleb and the most expensive M&Ms ever!

Andie and the aftermath of the M&Ms

Well, it finally happened. Kaleb is now potty trained. I thought this day would never come. I got a lot of advice from moms that have been through this and everyone said the same thing. "When he's ready, he will do it." We decided to give it a try this week since things have settled down a bit and we've been spending more time at home. The first day was a little rough but it has been almost a week and he is doing great with it!

We told him that he was going to get a special day out for being a big boy. We decided to take him to the M&M store on the strip and he was so excited. First we went to the Flamingo to see their bird sanctuary. It was really neat to see Flamingos, turtles and giant Koi fish. Next we went to the M&M and Coca Cola stores. For anyone who hasn't been there the M&M store is 4 stories of everything you can think of to do with M&Ms. There is a wall of M&M machines where you get to choose your own colors so we let Kaleb fill his own bag. It never even occurred to me that I should check the price first. Jeff took Kaleb to pay for them and the grand total came to....$15.00! I couldn't believe it. They were $12.99 a pound! Needless to say that is the last time we will buy M&Ms there. Kaleb enjoyed it though and Andie did too as you can see in the pictures. We tried to get his picture with the Red and Yellow M&Ms but he was too scared to stand next to them. Next Jeff and I enjoyed and ice cold Mexico Coca Cola (The greatest Coke ever!) and then we headed home. Overall it was a great day. Congratulations Kaleb on being a big boy! I'm so proud to be your mommy!!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Simply Delicious!

So Jeff is absolutely LOVING school. He has to start making a portfolio and include pictures of things that he cooks. Tonight he made Skirt Steak with a Soy, Garlic and Lime marinade. It was absolutely delicious. It is something he makes at least once a week for us. The picture doesn't quite do it justice.

Words can not even express how proud of him I am. It wasn't easy to make this move and begin this new chapter in our lives but I would have gone across the world if it meant he could pursue his dream. He is an amazing husband, an amazing dad and he is becoming an amazing chef. I love you Jeff and I am so grateful that you're mine!