Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Another edition of Food by Us

Shaun and I really do love cooking! We especially love trying new things. Some of the yummy things we have made recently are Anniversary Chicken, homemade waffles with homemade strawberry syrup, and "Davinci's Horse" Burgers (name still in the works).

Anniversary Chicken

6 chicken breasts                            3 green onions
1/2 c. teriyaki sauce                        1/2 (3 oz) jar real bacon bits           
1/2 c. Ranch dressing                      Chopped fresh parsley        
1 c. shredded cheese

In large skillet,  heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken and saute 4-5 minutes, until lightly browned. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken in 9X13 pan. Brush with teriyaki sauce. Spoon on Ranch. Sprinkle with cheese and green onions. Add bacon bits. Bake 25-30 minutes. Garnish with parsley

**Note: I didn't follow the exact recipe. We used less chicken since there was just the two of us. There was extra teriyaki sauce, which I just poured into the casserole dish. I also only used about 1/3 of a cup of Ranch dressing, but that is what I needed for the amount chicken we had. I also didn't use fresh parsley... Just the dried stuff...

Homemade waffles & strawberry syrup

Shaun made these for us the other morning. It was REALLY yummy. He followed the waffle recipe from the Betty Crocker cookbook we have. For the syrup he took 3/4 lb strawberries, 3/4 cup sugar and just enough water to cover the strawberries. He then cooked it on medium/medium high heat until it reduced.

"Davinici's Horse" Burger

These burgers were a lot of work, but REALLY good! Shaun ground a chuck steak and garlic with our meat grinder attachment we have on our KitchenAid. He then formed them into patties and put them on our grill. We then topped the patties was sauteed mushrooms, Davinci gouda, A1 sauce, and a little horseradish! They were SO yummy!!!

My 25th Birthday!

On April 19th I turned a quarter of a century old!! Kind of crazy (well at least to me!) It's amazing to me to see how much I have done in live thus far and how much more I still have/want to do! I wouldn't want to take back any of the experiences I have had in my life. I know that everything has happened for a for a reason and that I have grown so much.

I'd have to say that my 25th birthday was a great one, filled with food, friends, family and fun! Celebrations for my birthday started on the 11th at Shaun's parents house. They had us over for a yummy dinner and then Michelle gave us treatments! (THANKS!!!) The following Friday night (the16th) we had friends over for cake and ice cream and games! It was TONS of fun! Shaun made homemade ice cream and a lemon cake with cream cheese frosting! It was SO yummy! It was great to be able to spent time laughing and just having fun with Aaron, Betsy, Brook, Christie, Matt and of course my cute husband! Thanks for coming you guys! I am glad that I got to celebrate my birthday with you!

On my birthday  I went to school and then Shaun took me to lunch. That night we went out to dinner with my parents, my grandma, my Aunt Brenda (who's birthday is on the 18th, so we always celebrate our birthdays together), and Grandpa. We went to the Texas Roadhouse and it was REALLY yummy! And then Shaun and I went and walked around the mall. All in all it was a great day!

Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday! You made my day great!

Oh and I just have to say that I LOVE my primary girls. I knew that they were up to something, but I wasn't quite sure what it was. Last Sunday after church we had a knock on the door and it was Ali, one of my girls, with a plate of cookie and a card signed by all the girls, wishing me a happy birthday! It was SO cute!

Here's a few pictures

The ingredient for the ice cream.... Way fattening, but OH SO YUMMY!!!

My birthday cake
Blowing out the candles

Modeling the present my cousin Jen gave me! 

 The cookies and card from my primary girls

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Muse Concert

This past Monday (April 5th) Shaun and I went to the Muse concert at the E-Center. Back in January I won tickets to the show from 101.9 The End. I am really glad we got to go to the show. It was awesome. Silversun Pickup were the opening band, but by the time we got there we had missed most of them(*). The Muse part of the show was awesome though. The light show was really cool and the music was great.

Shaun  tells me after the concert that the whole concert he was trying to figure out how the screens they had work. They had three screens that they projected images onto, but sometime they were see through, so it intreged Shaun. It would be my hubby that would be thinking about how it all worked.

Anyhow... Here are some pictures from that show... Not all of them are the best pictures, but it will give you an idea of what the stage/light show was like.

Shaun and I before the show started
The stage before the show stared
The start of the show (guys walking up stairs...)
This is a bad picture, but this shows how the stage was setup.
Three screens with movable podiums under them
The drummer kept turning and would face those that were behind the stage
Cool lights
Before the show started Shaun pointed these out to me up in the rafters... Giant eyeballs....
I kept looking up there because I wants to know what they were for....
...and at the end of the show (at least the end we stayed for) we found out.
They had confetti inside...

* Shaun and I thought that we had left plenty early for the show, but we turned out being completely wrong. We ended up being about 30 minutes late to the show, due to traffic and the crappy setup of the E-Center. In addition to this it started to snow on our way to the show, so we grabbed an umbrella to try shielding us from some of the snow. Well we get to the doors and they are telling everyone that they have to leave the umbrellas outside, so Shaun decided to take ours back to the car so that we didn't take the chance of not getting it back. Needless to say we are not impressed with the E-Center. Shaun doesn't want to another concert there until the trax line is complete.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Last Saturday's Drive

Last Saturday Shaun and I were invited out to Grantsville to a surprise party for my Aunt Shirlynn's 50th birthday. When we have gone our friends, Tammy and Andy's house in Stansbury Park we have thought about taking the long way, but the weather hasn't always been the greatest and/or we haven't left ourselves enough time to take the long way. It was different this day though. It was a gorgeous day outside and we had the time to take the drive. I am so glad we did! It was really nice drive and the scenery was beautiful! Googlemaps told said that would take us just under 2 hours, but we were able to do it in and hour and a half (and no we weren't speeding the whole way!). We even were able to make a stop along the way! Here is the route we took:

The stop we made was at the Steptoe's military camp. Nothing big, but I was able to take a picture of the gorgeous mountains and Rush "lake"!

After the party Shaun and I decided to head Downtown to walk around Temple Square. I had completely forgotten that it was the General Young Women Meeting that night (seeing as I am not in YW's and that I don't have a teenage daughter..), so needless to say things were a little crazy when we got down there! We were able to find a parking spot though and were able to walk around until it got too cold. All in all it was a GREAT day! I love days that I get to spend the whole day with Shaun! Our night ended with a Foursquare "run", which I will let Shaun tell you about!

A set of Sister Missionaries stopped to talk to us and want to take our picture....