Friday, January 30, 2009

#74 - What day is it?


Today is National Croissant Day.  If I wasn't trying to lose weight, I'd celebrate with these Chocolate Croissants from Trader Joes.  I've heard they are really good.

Wanna know more fun food days, go here.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

#73 - Cool Looking Dessert

We had this at Steve and Anna's this past weekend in NYC. Doesn't it look cool?

#72 - If I lived in Utah...

I'd go see this...

“Home School Musical” After rebellious teenager Zack Teflon gets kicked out of every high school he attends, his parents only have one option left--home school. Now a psychotic congressman is out to abolish the home school program
because there is not enough emphasis on the arts. Zack and his newfound friends, Palmyra Kirtland and Linoleum Dynamite, only have one hope of stopping him--and that’s to put on a show!
and this...

Did anyone see American Idol tonight? Got to love those nice Utahans.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

#71 - I usually don't see this


Sunrises in the morning (I'm not a morning person), but they sure are beautiful.

Details:
*Sunday Morning
*Driving by NYC
*Taken from the car
*Fell asleep for 2 hours after this was taken

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

#70 - Ice Cream 2 Ways



Real or fake, love them both. Love this.

ps, i wouldn't let my Baby O eat ice cream yet, but I wasn't there to stop this from happening. Oh well, it makes for a cute photo.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

#69 - Being a Librarian


When I was a kid, I loved going to the library and loved playing "library". This would have been a fun gift when I was a kid.

#68 - Me Amo


these
necklaces . . . i think it is the spanish.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

#66 - It's not too late, right?


Just wanted to share with you our Christmas Card this year.  I didn't send that many out and the ones I did send out, I just sent out this past week.  I know it's not that typical, but I thought it was perfect for this past election year and the inauguration today.

It was just a postcard, so here is what it said on the other side:

Dear Family and Friends-
It’s been a year of change for us.
-Pepe changed jobs 
-We changed addresses
-We changed family size (Welcome Baby O)
-We changed vehicles (that happens every year, cause we drive junkers)
Both Pepe and I love being parents, it really is the best kept secret. We are so grateful for all our family, friends and especially our Savior this time of year. Merry Christmas and a very Happy 2009. We love you all!
Love,
Pepe, tvmom and Baby O

*names have been changed, but I think you already know that.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

#65 - What's Better Than One Bald Baby?


Two Bald Babies.

Jason and Mackie came by to visit today. They have a cute little bald baby that is just a few weeks older than Baby O. I'm sure they'll be great friends. They already played together today; which consisted of Baby O stealing C's toys.

Oh no, I gotta teach that boy.

#64 - These "Dangly" Earrings


From my SIL, Rachael. (thanks) Purple was my favorite color when I was a little kid and is now becoming a new favorite color of mine. They would go cute with this.

If you know me, I love, love, love "dangly" earrings.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

#63 - Bowl Full of Cherries

Probably one of my top favorite fruits. I can't wait for them to be in season, it's May, I think? Speaking of cherries, I love my SIL, Cathy's, Sour Cherry Pie.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

#62 - Prune Bags

These, not these.

2 July's ago, when I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina for work, my boss bought me a prune bag (see above) from Prune. If you ever go to Argentina, you should absolutely check Prune out, and then when you're runny low on money, head over to Murillo street, to get all the really good deals on leather goods.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

#61 - Apple Butter on Ice Cream


Pepe had this for dessert Sunday and Monday this week. The apple butter is courtesy of my two SIL's Cathy and Jennifer. Pepe heated the apple butter up in the microwave and it was delicious!

Monday, January 12, 2009

#60 - Parmesan Crusted Sandwich


My Aunt Heather made the best sandwich for me last April when I was in Utah visiting. It was a grilled turkey with parmesan grilled onto the outside of the bread. I decided to try to replicate it yesterday and it was actually pretty good. Here's the ingredients for my sandwich:

- two slices of flax seed, whole grain bread
- one wedge of Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese spread out onto both sides of the bread (keeps the sandwich moist, adds a cheesy flavor and it only has 35 calories.)
- thin layer of pesto
- slices of turkey
- tomato slices
- avocado
- parmesan (stuff in the can) grilled onto the outside

Make the sandwich like you'd make a grilled cheese, but when you spread butter onto the outside of the bread, sprinkle a layer of parmesan cheese onto it (I sort of pushed it into the bread too because I didn't want to use too much butter to hold it on.)

Grill on both sides and enjoy! This tastes so good!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

TAKEN - Free airline tickets for you = Anyone traveling on Southwest Airlines in the next two days?

1/12/09 - UPDATE - I found a way to use the tickets. Thanks everyone!

I have two free one-way Southwest airline tickets that need to be used today 1/12/09 or 1/13/09 (all travel has to be done by then.) Seriously, if you were thinking of taking a flight . . . now is the time.

I was a space case and forgot to use these tickets, I'd rather someone use them than no one. Even if you don't know me, (I really don't think many people read this blog), please leave a comment and I'll contact you if I haven't found someone to use them.

Pass along to anyone you know or don't know for that matter.

Friday, January 9, 2009

#59 - I only met him twice



Pepe's grandpa passed away New Years Day (1/1/09). He was the young age of 96 and from the two times I met him, I thought he was such an amazing person.

Baby O was named (a variation of his name) after him because we thought he was such a loving, hilarious, thoughtful, righteous man.

He had such a fresh perspective on life and was always saying positive things to bring other people up. He had great jokes and a sense of humor that was better than most. He was very grateful for what his life and experiences he had. And Pepe told me that every night before he went to bed he would pray for every one of his kids and grandchildren by name . . . how selfless this great man was. I will miss him, but am very thankful that I was able to get to know him, even if it was just a little, before he passed on from this life.

On the way home from the funeral (I actually didn't get to go to the service because I was super sick in the hotel room, but that's another story) I was telling Pepe that we should make a New Year's resolution to be less selfish. That being said, here are some qualities that I think Pepe's grandfather had (I only met him twice, so I only saw a tiny slice of his life and I am sure there are many more qualities) that I would like to work on this year (and for the rest of my life, for that matter.)

  • Sense of Humor - he always had a joke to tell or something to say to bring a smile or laugh to everyone near (who wouldn't want that quality?)
  • Grateful - very thankful for everything in his life and always giving praise to God.
  • Positive - always had something positive to say.
  • Knew people's names - I'm not that old and I have a hard time remebering names, I've got to work on this.
  • Selfless - top thing I would like to work on this year. Wouldn't this world be so much better if we were all just a little less selfish?
Well, I've got a lot to work on this new year. Better get crackin.

Friday, January 2, 2009

#58 - Sweet Potato Goodness

Final Product
Before I baked them

I had three sweet potatoes left over from Thanksgiving (I know, I know, I should have done something with them sooner, but never enough time.)  Today, I decided to make sweet potato fries with them (healthy, of course, since it's the new year.)  

1st potato - rotten, had to toss it.

2nd potato - cut them up into skinny fries, tossed them with olive oil, crushed black pepper and crushed sea salt.  Baked them for too long, of course, and they were burnt to a crisp.  I did eat a few of the less burnt ones.

3rd potato - repeated what I did with the 2nd potato, but checked on them every couple of minutes so they didn't burn =  delicious.

Here's the recipe:

Sweet Potato Fries
1 large sweet potato (or more if you like)
1 tablespoon of olive oil
couple twists of crushed black pepper
couple twists of sea salt

Bake at 400-450 for 15-20 minutes.  Check on them regularly so they don't burn.  I even tossed them once.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

#57 - Fortune for the New Year

We went out to eat at Pao Pao's Kitchen yesterday and the above fortune is the one that BT got. I hope this fortune comes true for everyone this year since it's such an inspired fortune. I wonder who has the job of writing these? I think it'd be fun. Pepe wants to write more detailed ones like, "watch out when you leave the restaurant" or "you will die at 3pm today".

Speaking for fortunes, about 4 years ago I was obsessed with making fortune cookies. I worked on a show and one of the contestants worked here. I couldn't afford buying them, so I tried making them. They turned out pretty good once I learned how to fold them. I highly recommend making these. Here's a recipe I found and have fun making fortunes.

Fortune Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup flour
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
pinch salt
1/3 cup oil
3 egg whites
1/2 tsp. vanilla or 2 to 3 drops of almond extract
3 tbsp. water
butter for cookie sheet

Directions

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. add liquid ingredients and stir until the batter is smooth.

Heat oven to 300 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil; butter foil, or spray with non-stick vegetable coating. Drop level teaspoons ( no more) of batter onto the cooke sheet, no more than6 to a sheet. Spread evenly to 4-inch diameter.

Set cookie sheet in the oven; bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cookies begin to brown lightly. Remove from the oven and immediately remove 1 cookie with a broad spatula. Place a fortune in the center, fold in half and press back against ledge of counter or muffin pan to form fortune cookie shape. Set cookies in muffin tin to keep their shape until cool.

Continue with the rest of the cookies without delay, as they harden fairly rapidly. If the cookies become too brittle to fold, return to oven for 2 or 3 minutes and try again. Repeat process with remaining batter.

Note: You can change the color of the cookies by adding a drop of food coloring with the liquid ingredients. also, it is easier to handle hot cookies if you wear white cotton gloves.

To make fortunes: Print or type fortunes on large sheet of paper, then cut them into 3/4 inch strips no more than 3 1/2 inches wide. Use ink that won't run if the paper gets a little oily.

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