Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Kodak Moment

I came across this picture and thought I would share it. Joel was teaching Jaden how to pedal his new bike right after Christmas. Who knew that we would have to teach that. They had fun together getting the hang of riding his new bike.
From January 2009

Spring Cleaning!

With my mom's move it got me thinking about how I display things in my house and where I put things to make them more functional. I was getting ready to make a crock pot meal and realized I had a spice rick but no functioning spices in it. Joel and I got it for our wedding and they were almost 7 years old. Yuck! so I dumped them all out and filled them with the spices I do use and with fresh ones.
From February 2009

I had so much fun putting it together. I washed all the little jars and the turn table and them filled them with things I actually would use.
From February 2009

The best part about it is that it opened up a whole cupboard for me to put something else in my tinny kitchen.
From February 2009

Anyone else have any good ideas for me?

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentines Day!

Joel and I celebrated valentines early this year. We had the day off on Friday so we decided to go ahead and celebrate since we both wont be able to on Saturday. My mom, Cherise and I all got together and made these adorable treats together. It was so much fun and we has so many yummy goodies to work with. I'll post those pictures later because we used my mom's camera. But for our special Valentines night we all exchanged yummy goodies to each other.
From February 13 2009

From February 13 2009

From February 13 2009

Joel and I gave Jaden these cute chocolates and a fun card.
From February 13 2009

He liked kissing the lips on the card.
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From February 13 2009

Joel surprised me with these beautiful roses and a fun card.
From February 13 2009

We had such a great night! We love you all and hope you all had a great Valentines Day too. Love ya, The Bakers

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I learned how to cook!

From February 2009

A couple of weeks ago I went to an enrichment activity for my ward and it was on Crock Pot Cooking. I was so exited because I had recently talked with my mom about all these ideas of things that I can do to add variety into my meals. It's sad but Joel and I have had the same 10 meals our whole marriage and we've been married now for over 6 and a half years. I had only cooked meat once in our marriage and that was right after we got married and I burned it. Joel has made it ever since. We came up with how I can get meals ready for the next day while I'm cooking dinner for that night and about 30 new dinner ideas of things we don't currently have. Now back to the crock pot cooking class. I didn't really learn a whole lot other then the story of this lady why came to teach the class. Her name is Stephanie Ashcraft and to make a long story short, she was a stay at home mom that started teaching a cooking class in Utah to get herself out of the house once a week so she wouldn't go stir crazy and people liked her recipes so much that they kept telling he that she needed to write them down. Well after a while she decided to do that and create a little Christmas gift for her family. she made a few more and decided to sell them at the place where she was teaching. Well she sold them all and the demand was still there so she made some more. after awhile she was known all over Utah for these recipes and decided to get a publisher. She was a a dinner party one night and the executive producer of the Today Show just happened to be there too and caught wind of her little book, needless to say she soon landed herself on the Today show and was on the New York's best seller book list as #9in only a couple weeks. Great story. Well, i decided that for $8.95 I would get the book and oh, my heavens, I've been crock pot cooking ever since. The recipes are so easy and they use ingredients that I actually have in my kitchen. I love it and my husband does too. I've had so much fun getting the stuff all ready in the evening so that all I have to do the next morning before work is to put it all in the crock pot and turn it on and when I get home all I have to do is dish up. It's great!! I highly recommend it especially to anyone that is as busy as I am, that's about everyone I know. The book that I have is 101 things to do with a slow cooker. I've tried everything from the Southwest Bean Party Dip, to an Italian sausage fondue, all-day salsa chicken, pork roast of course, Chicken and Dressing and for tomorrow I've got Chicken Tortilla Soup, Vegetable Beef Stew for Thursday and Chicken Alfredo Lasagna on Friday. I can't wait.

Here is a picture of a desert I made, who would have thought that you could make a desert in a slow cooker, not me. It was sooo good. It's Perfect Peach Cobbler.
From February 2009