Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sugar Cookies!!

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One of Jaden’s favorite things to do is have a fun drink on the patio!  He’s constantly asking me to go out and sit. It’s so hot, so rarely I go out there.

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Jaden’s best buddy Keegan came over for the day to play. We decided to make some yummy sugar cookies!

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We had a lot of fun decorating them. They were all animal shapes so it made it even more exiting.

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Here’s a few of mine! I admit it, I love to decorate too.

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They had a blast and we were even able to off load a lot of cookies to Keegan’s family!

 

P1120540I thought this was a cute pair of pajamas we were given by someone in our ward.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dinner at the Park!

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For fun we picked up some Chipotle and headed to the park for a little night out. We met up with Joel’s sisters Amy and Mary and their kids.

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We had fun seeing Amy’s new little dog Marley and It was funny seeing how many people came up to us commenting on our twinnies. We must really look like a freak show or something.

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The babies loved getting outside and the weather was so nice and cool.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Jaden taking pictures

P1120446Jaden got a hold of the camera and was taking some fun pictures of the twinnies and I.

P1120451 We somehow took this picture on the ground. I thought it was so funny.

The boys are starting to teeth and the drool has already begun.  They are a little more cranky, but it’s not too bad.

Monday, July 18, 2011

All my cute little babies!!

My little boys are all getting so big. On Tuesday the twinies will be 6 months old!! I can’t believe they are already that old. They are such good babies and I couldn’t have had it more easy with them. I actually hope that if we have more, that I have another set of girl twins then I could be done in 3 pregnancies. That would be welcomed so I’ll put it out there in the universe. Here are some pictures of them from the last couple of months.

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P1120244P1120249Joel giving Preston a bath!

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I found Preston falling out of his swing with the blanket over his face. I thought it was so funny I had to take a picture.

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all my cute little babies!

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Jaden standing on his head.

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We are having such a fun summer!

Friday, July 15, 2011

I’ve lost 10 pounds already!!

So it’s now been right around 3 weeks since I started my Lean Cuisine life style and it really seems to be working. Since I have started 3 weeks ago I have lost 10lbs.  I’m so exited because I have seen results just about every day. It’s so cool. I don’t feel like I’m going without, cutting back, or eating anything I don’t want. It all tastes so good, I can have snacks if I want and I am just so satisfied that I find I really don’t have any snacks. Here are a few of the meals that I have had.

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P1120080P1120171P1120329P1120353I have found that if I take the meal out of the trey it comes in after it is cooked and I put it on these fun summer plates It looks like more food and I fill the rest up with veggies and It totally feels me till the next meal. The cool part is that all the meals are under 300 calories each so it’s easy to have a nice good meal without feeling guilty for having so much. Go me!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Crockpot Cooking!!

For a long time now I've always talked about how I love my crock pot cooking and people are always asking me for the recipes but I've just always forgotten to get it to them. Well, here you go for anyone that wants to try them out.  These are my favorite ones so far that are awesome and most of all, easy. (p.s. the pictures I took off the internet so they don’t look exactly like this but very close.)

Dips:

Southwest Bean Party Dip
1/2 to 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey, browned and drained
2 cans (15 ounces each) refried beans
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes and chilies, with liquid
1 package taco seasoning
1 pound Velveeta cheese, cubed

Combine all ingredients in greased 4 1/2 to 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat 3-4 hours or on high heat 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes until cheese is melted. Makes 12-15 servings.

Serve with tortillas or tortilla chips.

Turkey:

Creamy Mushroom Turkey
3 to 4 pounds boneless turkey breast
2 cans (10.5 ounces each) cream of mushroom soup, condensed
1 can (4 ounces) mushroom pieces, drained or 1/2 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1 cup sour cream

Place turkey breast in greased 4 1/2 to 6-quart slow cooker. In a bowl, mix remaining ingredients, except sour cream. Spoon mixture over turkey.  Cover and cook on low heat 8-10 hours. An hour before serving, break turkey breast into large chunks with two forks. Stir in sour cream. Cover and cook remaining hour. Makes 10-12 servings.

Serve over steamed rice.

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Chicken:

Cheesy Chicken
4 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cans (10.5 ounces each) cream of chicken soup, condensed
1 can (10.75 ounces) cheddar cheese soup, condensed
1 teaspoon dried rosemary or dill

Place chicken in greased 4 1/2 to 6-quart slow cooker. In a bowl, combine remaining ingredients and pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low heat 6-8 hours or on high heat 3-4 hours. Makes 8-10 servings.

Serve over noodles or rice.

Creamy Black Bean Salsa Chicken
2 to 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup salsa
1 can (15 ounces) corn or fresh or frozen
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained
1 package taco seasoning
1/2 cup sour cream 1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Place chicken in greased 3 1/2 to 5-quart slow cooker. Pour broth, salsa, corn, beans, and taco seasoning over chicken. Cover and cook on low heat 6-8 hours or on high heat 3-4 hours. Separate chicken with forks. Add sour cream and cheese on top. Makes 3-5 servings.

Serve with tortilla chips, tortillas or alone.

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All-Day Salsa Chicken
3 to 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 jar (16 ounces) chunky salsa
1 can (10.5 ounces) cream of chicken soup, condensed

Place chicken breasts in greased 3 to 4 1/2-quart slow cooker. In a bowl, combine salsa and soup. pour mixture over chicken. Cover and cook on low heat 6-8 hours. Makes 4-6 servings.

Serve with rice if desired.

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Desserts:

Perfect Peach Cobbler
1 can (29 ounces) peach slices, with juice
1 can (21 ounces) peach pie filling
1 white or yellow cake mix
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut
1/8 cup butter or margarine, thinly sliced

Pour juice from peaches into a separate bowl. Spread pie filling and peaches on bottom of greased 4 1/2 to 6-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle cake mix, cinnamon, and coconut over top. Pour peach juice over dry ingredients. Place butter slices over the dry areas. Cover and cook on low heat 4 hours or on high heat 2 hours. Makes 10-12 servings.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.

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I hope you have fun trying out these fun crock pot recipes!! Let me know what you think after you have tried them!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!!

 

This was such a fun day today!  Jaden and I went to the pool with his cousins. It was nice to get out of the house and to enjoy some fun in the sun.

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This afternoon Jaden and I made some yummy rice Krispy treats for our BBQ party we were invited to.

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We went to Joel’s sister, Amy’s house for a fun BBQ with family. We are hot dogs, lite sparklers, took care of babies and had a good time.

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Once it got dark, we headed down to the park for some fireworks!

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The best part was we were able to get home within 10 minutes of the show ending. Love it.

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Thank you to all those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom. Especially my dad who served in Iraq only a short time ago. We love and appreciate you!!

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