Oct 3, 2016

Uplifting music

There are days when my life as a SAHM is hard. There are days I am not sure I am going to make it until my husband gets home and I can tap out of being on call constantly. Some are gospel themed, some are not. They all bring a smile to my face and help zap me out of my funk for a couple of minutes and give me the power to keep going.

These songs help:










Jun 22, 2016

Menu Plan Ideas

I recently saw a menu planning idea on Pinterest where you write a list of all the meals you make and number them. (I can't find the pin. Anyone know where I saw this awesome idea?)  You then plug those numbers into your calendar.  It's easy to move things around, and you have a great list to choose from depending on what you have on hand and what is on sale that week.  This is the start of my list.


  1. Broccoli Beef
  2. Burgers
  3. Crockpot Lasagna
  4. French Dip
  5. Grandma's Chili
  6. Pot Roast
  7. Shepards Pie
  8. Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce
  9. Taco Pasta
  10. Taco Rice
  11. Tri Tip
  12. Baked Italian Lemon Chicken
  13. Chicken and Avocado Salad
  14. Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
  15. Chicken Cordon Bleu
  16. Chicken and Dumplings
  17. Chicken Pot Pie
  18. Chicken Satay
  19. Chicken Taco Meat
  20. Coconut Chicken Curry
  21. Creamy Chicken Noodle Skillet
  22. Enchiladas
  23. Fajitas
  24. Fettuccine Alfredo
  25. Honey Sesame Crockpot Chicken
  26. Japanese Curry
  27. Orange Chicken
  28. Rotisserie Chicken
  29. Stir Fry
  30. Yellow Curry
  31. BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  32. Fried Rice
  33. Ginga Rosu
  34. Gyoza
  35. Italian Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  36. Mabo Tofu
  37. Parmesan and Panko Pork chops
  38. Pork chops, apple sauce, and cheese
  39. Snitzel and Spetzla
  40. Tonkatsu
  41. Cheese Loaded Meatloaf
  42. Lettuce Wraps
  43. Polska Kielbasa and Mac N Cheese
  44. Calzones
  45. Pizza Sauce
  46. Vegan Mexican Bowl
  47. Broccoli Cheddar Soup
  48. Lionhouse Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
  49. Easy Chicken Noodle Soup
  50. Mom's Potato Corn Chowder
  51. Tomato Soup So Good, You Will Never Go Back
  52. White Bean Chicken Chili
  53. Crockpot Zupa Toscana
  54. Aebleskivers
  55. Crepes
  56. Eggs in a Basket
  57. German Pancakes



Feb 29, 2016

Goals in Review

A long time ago I decided to make a list of 99 goals. At the time I was newly married, had a six month old and was a SAHM. My life has changed quite a bit since then.  I now have two beautiful children with another on the way.  They keep me busy.  And while it may not seem like I am accomplishing a lot, I feel like I am making a difference.  Some of these goals were fun, others unattainable, and the rest were a challenge.  I didn't get all 99, but honestly this was more about my progress as an individual. I always have a list of goals going, but I think 99 might be a bit much.

Here is my account of what I did and didn't accomplish:

The Big Idea: Set 99 goals to accomplish in the next 999 days. Each time you accomplish a goal you set aside a dollar for the charity of your choice. 
June 1, 2013 - February 25, 2016

I finished this goal 45/99
I attempted this goal and did not finish 21/99

1.     Learn to French braid (I bought a straightner and am learning to use it. Does that count?)
2.    Learn to design a website
3.    Learn stick shift
4.    Play 5 children's songs on the piano (0/5) (We don't own a piano and probably won't for a while. But I'm ok with that.)
5.    Be CPR certified
6.    Identify 10 types of plant life (5/10) Poison oak, tomato, ivy, dandelion, and magnolia. 
7.    Attend one Japanese Class 
8.     Finish intermediate typing course
9.    Memorize the Articles of Faith (2/12)
10.  Learn how to shoot
11.   Take an archery course (PE 20AX)
12.  Learn to bake bread (I'm still practicing. I made an Italian cheese bread that was pretty good.) 10/2013
13.  Identify 10 constellations (2/10)
14.  Make 3 great pies (2/3)
15.  Cook a moist chicken (Why cook one when Costco sells them for $5?)
16.  Practice the art of meditation 11/14
17.  Begin basic scuba certification (Turns out I have panic attacks every time I attempt this goal. Maybe it is not meant to be.)
18.  Purchase a gun (My kids get into everything. Nothing is safe. I decided this was something I shouldn't do.)
19.  Purchase a running stroller  (double stroller)
20.  Purchase and use space bags
21.  Purchase nice make-up and learn how to use it (I have the brushes. It's a step in the right direction.)
22.  Purchase a va-va-voom dress
23.  Purchase a safe for important documents
24.  Avoid Facebook for one week 2/2014
25.  Don’t watch TV for one week 10/2013
26.  Avoid processed foods for four weeks (2/4) (The whole 30 nearly killed my family. We decided a whole family was better.)
27.  Avoid negative language one week (It's a constant struggle. Especially with the voice I speak to myself with.)
28.  Make own fruit leather 7/2014
29.  Can spaghetti sauce (This works better when you have space to can something. I did can applesauce and apple pie filling. That should count.)
30.  Make taiyaki 8/2014
31.  Letter each week (70/142) (I write my BIL on his mission almost every week. That should count. Even if it is an email.)
32.  Day of service
33.  Declutter email inbox 5/2013
34.  Cook for Anna Maria 10/2013
35.  Condense teaching boxes  9/2013
36.  Menu plan for 5 months (5/5)
37.  Give blood (I hate needles and you can't give blood when you are pregnant or nursing.... Which kind of eliminates me.)
38.  Wear perfume everyday for a month 7/2014
39.  Dress to shoes every morning for a month 2/2014
40.  Save each month (33/33)
41.  Blog every week (40/142) (Turns out I am a terrible blogger, but still a great person and wonderful mom. Oh well.)
42.  Seventy new recipes (70/70)
43.  Volunteer/serve weekly (142/142)
44.  Christmas cards
45.  Contact an extended family member every month (33/33)
46.  Index 1000 names  (5/100) (This is something I need to get better at, but I'd much rather do something fun. Like read.)
47.  100 names in the temple (13/100) (I need to attend the temple more, it is very hard when you live so far away and have small children. I know. Excuses, excuses.)
48.  3 Family names in the temple (1/3) 
49.  Write a letter of gratitude to 30 people (30/30) Watch This
50.  Read standard works (1/5) (If preparing primary lessons counted toward this I would be a lot further along. Turns out I like to read for fun.)
51.  Read ten classics (9/10) (Catcher in the Rye, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Around the World in 80 days, Great Gatsby, Railroad Children, A Room of One's Own, The Diary of Adam and Eve, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Crucible)
52.  Read 100 books a year (324/300) (2013 - 74) (2014 - 150) (2015 - 100)
53.  Read aloud to K 15 minutes 5x a week for 3 months (3/3) 1/2014
54.  Share a good book with a friend four times (4/4) 10/2013
55.  Host a themed party six times (6/6) 
56.  One social event each week (132/142) (I'm pretty sure I did this and just lost count.)
57.  Skydiving (One day when I am not nursing or pregnant and have a will, I will do this.)
58.  Finish Starcraft (I go through phases where I really like a certain game. Recently that game has been Minecraft or Mario.)
59.  Date night idea jar 7/2014
60.  Book of games (This sounds like a great idea. It is really hard to find time to put in all down in writing.)
61.  Record ratings/reviews of games
62.  Decorate Kaden's 1st cake (My family likes cookies more than cake. So weird.)
63.  Win a game of Catan (I hate this game and we don't own it.)
64.  Concert/Show with S  1/2015 
65.  Complete an eight week running challenge  2/2014
66.  Run a 9 minute mile (One day!)
67.  Run a 5 k (Feb 22, 2014)
68.  Run a half marathon (After baby 3)
69.  Go up 2 Nike + levels (525/621 miles) (I'm getting closer. Some day soon.)
70.  Do 50 push-ups without stopping (3/50)
71.  1 month of ab exercises daily (LOL)
72.  Ride bike up hill without stopping  2/2014
73.  40 mile bike ride (11/40) (This might work better when we are not in a 3rd floor walk up.)
74.  5 new foods (0/5) (Mango, Rabbit, Parsnip, Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash) 10/2013
75.  Exercise 4x a week for 30 minutes for 3 months (3/3) 
76.  In bed by 10:30, 12 on weekends for one month (0/1) (My husband is a chronic night owl. He has broken me forever.)
77.  Spend 30 minutes outside daily for a month 
78.  Focus on improving my posture  for a month (Do pregnancy stretches count toward this...)
79.  Grandma's Blanket finished (Need to get the pieces from my mother.)
80.  Quillo for S (Need to unbox the sewing maching.)
81.  Family Tree (Slow progress.)
82.  Family Cookbook of favorite recipes (46/40)
83.  Garden with more than 5 plants (3/5) (I'm going to get a backyard one day.
84.  Start K’s journal (Blogging counts and so do weekly emails. We also have an awesome photo stream for friends and family.)
85.  Record family experiences when we met, the proposal, K's birth, blessing, etc. (Need to do this.)
86.  Complete 72 hour kit (Sigh)
87.  Create a jaw dropping cake 
88.  Make a big mess while making memories  8/2013
89.  Create and market 9 new resources (Maybe one day.)
90.  Start a mothers group 10/2013
91.  Write a new 99 list (Nope. Never again.)
92.  Visit Washington, DC
93.  Visit Japan with K
94.  Go on a cruise  7/2014
95.  Visit Hawaii 3 times (3/3)
96.  Visit 20 temples (5/20) (Sacramento,  LA, Oakland, Fresno, Payson, Salt Lake) (I'd love to expand this list.)
97.  Take two weekend trips without kids (0/2) (Soon.)
98.  Take S to Six Flags 
99.  Visit 4 national parks (3/4) Glacier Bay, AK 7/2014, Redwood National 2x (Yosemite here I come!)
Days left 0

Aug 15, 2014

Taiyaki

Since living in Japan for a couple of years I have been craving taiyaki.  It's also been on my 99 goal list.  If you have no idea what I'm talking about I'm going to let you in on a simple secret.  Taiyaki are fish shaped waffles with delicious fillings.  My favorite is an (a sweet bean paste.)  But my husband's new favorite is Nutella and banana.

We got a great recipe online here. You can get your own pan online here

Look at how delicious they turned out:


We will definitely be making these again. Some of our favorite fillings are chocolate pudding, Nutella and banana, an, and cookie butter. Mmm. We need to make them again soon.

Jun 28, 2014

Fruit Leather - Apricot

This last week apricots went on sale at my favorite produce market.  I bought close to two pounds and waited impatiently for them to ripen.  Once they did I pulled out my dehydrator for the first time.  I've had it for a while.  But using it just seemed so scary I kept putting it off.  After my first experience I can't wait to try using it again.  My husband is requesting jerky.  So I guess that is next on my list of things to try.

Apricot Fruit Leather

  • Wash 2 lb. of apricots
  • Remove pits, slice into quarters, throw in blender
  • Add a dash of lemon juice
  • Blend until smooth
  • Pour mixture into two fruit leather sleeves in your dehydrator
  • Cook on 135* for 5-8 hours
  • Remove from dehydrator when there are no wet or sticky spots
  • Place on wax paper
  • Roll up and cut with kitchen shears
  • Store in an airtight container
  • Enjoy

I can't wait for more fruit to go on sale so I can try different combinations. My house smelled amazing all day long.  I was in heaven.  Next time I might try some pineapple or banana.  My leather took close to 8 hours, but I poured one batch slightly fuller than the other.  My son loved when I cut him off small pieces and my husband ate a whole roll by himself. 

 One more goal off my list.  I need to step it up if I want to finish all 99 before February 25, 2016.  Next up is goal 94.  I'm so excited to go on a cruise.  You can check out why I'm working on 99 goals and my progress here.