Monday, December 30, 2013

2013... That's a Wrap!

10 big things in 2013


1. Disneyland Vacation!(First time for Big A, First for me since I was 11!... (THANK YOU Mom and Dad!!))

2. Big A played Tee-Ball and Soccer, Our star athlete! (Jeff Coached)

3. Little A graduated to a “big girl” bed (No crib anymore!) and decided to potty train herself (We are diaper free!!)

4. Jeff started painting again and is showing at the Slusser Gallery now.

5. I learned to Swim! (Big A did too!)

6. Big A Knocked out his first baby tooth

7. Minor remodel of the Kitchen (painted cabinets and new hardware) awesome results and got a New Roof (Ours blew off in a storm!)

8. My Sis Jackie married her soul mate Lewis and we were all in the wedding

9. Jeff’s Brother and wife had a beautiful baby boy

10. Expanded my horizons, I took Jewelry Making and Anti-Gravity Yoga classes, was on "Good Things Utah."


Big Girl Bed!

New Cousin


The Wedding

Anti-Gravity Yoga

Lost Tooth

Gallery Show
On "Good Things Utah"

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Truly AMAZING creamy chicken noodle soup

Have you ever created a new recipe and got it all dished out, tasted it and thought “Damn! That’s SO good!”, but then felt kinda weird to say it because… well, you made it? Well I am not going to be coy, this recipe was AMAZING!!!  My Favorite restaurant here in Salt Lake City (Little America Coffee Shop) makes the most amazing creamy chicken noodle soup. It is crazy expensive to buy as take out and only available on Sundays (soup of the day) so I decided to try and concoct a copy cat recipe. I snooped around pinterest and brought together elements from several recipes and added a few twists of my own and Voila! It turned out just as good if not (dare I say it???) better!
Jenn’s Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
2 Tbsp. Chicken Bullion
3 cups chicken broth
8 carrots (2 cups), chopped
5 celery stalks (2 cups), chopped
1/2 onion (3/4 cup), chopped
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup half and half
2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cooked and shredded (I boil mine for 30 minutes with ½ an onion for added flavor)
2 1/2 cups noodles egg noodles, cooked
Optional: 1 Tbsp. Fresh Thyme, 1 tsp fresh Rosemary(chopped), I tsp fresh sage (chopped)

Bring Broth, Bullion and Vegetables (carrots, celery and onion) to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes (till veggie’s are tender)
Combine soup and half and half, add Chicken and noodles. Then add the vegetables and the broth they were simmering in. Stir together (add fresh herbs now if using) and simmer 5- 10 minutes.
I even Got Big A's seal of approval
"Mommy, this is DE-LISH-IOUS! I LOVE it!"

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Time Fun

Where have I been?!?!?

I have been a terrible Blogger lately.  We have been swept up in the season and enjoying lots of festive fun and I have neglected to keep up with the blog.

Here is a little sampling of the fun we have been having...

Up next.... a Craft tutorial, a new recipe, and baking fun....

A visit with Santa


Enjoying the beautiful lights of Temple Square

Christmas Shopping with my BEST Buddy!

Listening to "ECLIPSE" at the FM100 Christmas Concert

Saw Disney's "Frozen" LOVED it!