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Coconut Orange Pancakes

by heather
By first appearances these pancakes look like any other pancake, but they are significantly more delicious than the average pancake. I experimented these up one morning and they have been a crowd favorite. And no I didn't forget the oil, you can substitute orange juice for oil in pancake recipes. You can serve these with pancake syrup, however Thing 1 prefers them with Nutella and banana slices. Coconut Orange Pancakes 1 egg 1 cup self-rising flour 1 cup coconut milk 2 Tablespoons orange juice 1/4 Read more [...]

What I’ve Been Up to: January

by heather
What I've Been Up To: Girl Scout Cookie Season! Taking Thing 1 around to the neighbor selling her cookies. If you are in the St George area and want cookies, shoot me an email and we can bring her order form by. Orders have to be in by Feb 10, cookies are delivered the beginning of March. I signed up for 2 grad school classes, but was waitlisted #10 & #17, last semester I was waitlisted #6 for a class and didn't get in. So I gave up hope of going to school this semester so I started making Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Pesto Risotto with Balsamic- Braised Veggies

by heather
This week I thought I would try something new. Risotto, it sounds so fancy, and from what I hear it brings cheftestants on Food Network Show to tears. I'm not so confident in my skills that I would enter it into a contest, but it was delicious and I definitely would make it again. However, when I finished I realized I forgot the wine. Oops. I think my risotto turned out a little stiffer than it was supposed to, it's supposed to be creamy. This was just yummy pesto flavored rice, next time I must Read more [...]

Spinach Casserole

by heather
I found this recipe in the May 2013 Family Fun magazine. I changed it a bit, we liked it and it's one that I think we will do again. It's somewhat like quiche, but with a higher percentage of veggies and it's easier to make. Next time I would definitely chop the red pepper finer than I did and perhaps even saute it with the onions and mushrooms. Spinach Casserole 1 onion, thinly sliced 4 ounces of baby bella mushrooms, sliced 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly Read more [...]

What I’ve been up to- February 2013

by heather
I had a minor cold that lingered all month. Blegh. I started exercising a little more consistently. I haven't really exercised since before Christmas. My husband inherited some money. We were able to pay for the bathroom remodel and say goodbye to our student loans. Wahoo! Also I have to say it is super fantastic to have two fully functional bathrooms again. I bought a case of tomatoes and canned salsa I also canned tomato sauce. For Valentine's I made a Cheddar/Gouda Fondue. I roasted Read more [...]

What I’ve Been Up To- January 2013

by heather
I paid off the last of our credit card debt. Now we only have the car, the mortgage and student loans. Wahoo! Three days later I found a small drip in our basement. We called a plumber. The problem isn't our pipes. Apparently there's a problem with the shower pan in our master bath, so it's been leaking through the floor, which is now soaked. We need to have our entire shower ripped out, the floor replaced and everything put back together. Awesome.  And on the bright side our home-owner's Read more [...]

First Marathon

by heather
Last weekend my husband and I ran our first marathon, the St George Marathon to be exact. It was perfect weather with great scenery, the best company and I loved it from start to finish.  It was so exciting to finally be running a marathon. When people found out that I was training for the marathon I would consistently get one of three reactions: a) "There is no way that I could ever do that.", b) "Wow, you're crazy." or c) "Wow, you are awesome." Reaction a) is false. I saw a physician that Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Home Canned Pineapple

by heather
Yesterday I went to visit my neighbor. On her counter she had home-canned pineapple. Wow, what a brilliant idea. Why is it that it never occurred to me? Apparently it's even easier than I suspected. She told me to go home and get my case of pineapple and we would do it right then. (We had both bought a case of pineapple from the Bountiful Basket last week.) 1. Assemble all tools (canner, canning tools, knife, sterilized jars, lids and rings) and ingredients (pineapple and granulated sugar).  Read more [...]

Easy Parmesan & Herb Fondue

by heather
Last week for our anniversary my husband bought me a fondue pot and a food processor. (Because he loves me and he likes me to feed him.) So of course I had to try them out. As a general rule when you are making a cheese fondue you need to have alcohol in the sauce to keep it liquid. Otherwise you have a giant blob of warm cheese that isn't really conducive to dipping things in. I discovered that grocery stores in Utah only carry beer, and I was not interested in trying to drag my three small kids Read more [...]

Heather’s ‘How to Run a Half Marathon’

by heather
Back when I was in college/high school I enjoyed running. But since having kids it's been hard to get in the habit. Once I'm in the habit, it's fun again. It's just getting there that's hard. You just have to start and get moving. So I signed up for a half marathon. This was my first race that was longer than a 5K and when I signed up I had not done any running since before I was pregnant with Miss Cindy Lou Who (so about 14 months). Here's what I did to get my booty in gear. 1. Find an enthusiastic Read more [...]

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