Saturday, March 29, 2008
Adam: Look, babe, aren't these puppies so cute?
Friday, March 28, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
It's been about 5 months or so since I last had my hair done and boy is it time for an update! Will someone please nominate me for one of those makeover shows?!?! I was planning on getting my hair done like a week or so before my due date so that I would look "cute" in my pictures right after giving birth. What a joke that was. Not only did I not get my hair done due to my bed rest, but I think my hair had gone three days or so without even a washing by the time I had Rocklin via C-section. Needless to say, the pictures are nearly as "cute" as I was hoping for!
So with that being said, I scheduled a hair appointment for myself a week from Wednesday with a girl that some of my girlfriends in my ward go to. She's supposed to be really good and let me tell you, I CAN'T WAIT!! My hair is longer right now then it's been in a loooong time. While I like the look of long hair, something about this Arizona heat makes me want to shave my head. Don't worry, I don't think I'll take it to that extreme, but I do think I'm going to get a lot of it cut off. Not to mention my roots are so blah. I'll have to take some before and after pictures. And hopefully, there will be a noticeable difference! (Every time I get my hair cut, I say I'm going to do something different but it always comes out the exact same, just about one inch shorter and one shade lighter. Does that happen to anyone else??)
That brings me to one more question - when you go to get your hair done these days, how much do you tip? Do you tip a percentage or just a flat $5, $10, $20, etc.? We all know it isn't exactly cheap to get your hair done (well, for a GOOD cut and color). By the time I've shelled out at least $100, it aches me to then pull out even more to tip the hairdresser who is going to be pocketing at least half of the money I just spent on getting my hair done. Now, I know that sounds incredibly cheap, and I guess I am sometimes, but I just wanted to know what everyone else tips. I don't want to stiff my new hair girl on her tip next week, but I also want to tip within reason. What does everyone else do?
Thursday, March 20, 2008
2 cups flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
1 cup plain yogurt
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 to 8 tbsp. oil (I used 5 tbsp.)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 stick of butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 400 degree. Line a standards muffin pan with paper cups.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, yogurt, sugar, oil and vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet mixture. Do not over mix.
3. Divide batter among the muffin cups and bake for about 12-15 minutes.
4. While the muffins are baking, melt 1/2 stick of butter and place in a bowl large enough to hold a muffin. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small shallow bowl. As soon as the muffins are done, dip them in the butter and then roll them in the sugar mixture. Set on a rack to cool.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
It's fun to know other people think Rocklin is as cute as I do.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
2 avocados, diced
1 tomato, seeded and chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 serrano pepper, minced (seeds removed for less heat, if desired)
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
juice of 1 lime
Combine all the ingredients and blend gently.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cheese
1 (1 lb.) package uncooked ziti (I use wheat penne pasta)
1 pound turkey Italian sausage links (you can use hot turkey sausage links if you prefer)
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 (14.5 ounce) cans petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (or 1/8 c. dried)
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
1 cup (4 oz.) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Cook pasta according to package direction, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta; set aside.
3. Remove casings from sausage. Cook sausage, onion and garlic in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until sausage is browned, stirring to crumble. Add tomato paste, salt, black pepper and diced tomatoes to pan; bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Combine cooked pasta, sausage mixture, and basil. Place half of the pasta mixture in a 4-quart casserole dish coated with cooking spray. Top with half mozzarella and half Parmesan. Repeat layers. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until bubbly.
Yield: 8 servings (serving size approx. 1 1/2 cups)Calories: 413Fat: 11.8 grams
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
I have worked in corporate America for the past 10 years and I will say that quitting my job yesterday to stay at home full-time with my child is a liberating feeling! Growing up, I always dreamed of being a mom and never envisioned myself as the "corporate" type, but life didn't exactly go as I had initially planned for myself and I had to get a "real" job. I have been blessed with some great opportunities during the past 10 years and have learned so much at each of my jobs, but I have a feeling that the biggest lessons in life are yet to be learned as I watch this little person grow before my eyes. I am so thankful to be blessed with this opportunity!
As a side note, here are some of the jobs I've had since I began working 13 years ago...
- Chuck E. Cheese (and yes, I did have to dress up like Chuckie once!)
- Swimming Lessons Teacher
- Consignment Store (I priced and sold used clothing and furniture)
- Telemarketer (HATED it...but Provo didn't have much else to offer me at the time)
- Receptionist at a car dealership
- Sales Assistant at an online job board
- Administrative Assistant for a few different companies
- Executive Assistant for an executive search firm
- Human Resources Coordinator
- Recruiter for a video gaming company
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Our neighbors gave us this super cute little outfit and we had him in it yesterday for the wedding reception. It even has teeny little matching plaid shoes, however you can't see them well in this picture and they didn't stay on for the long haul.
You have to wonder what's going thru a baby's mind when he makes faces like this:
Mommy & Rocklin: