Monday, May 26, 2008

Quick & Easy & Good

I was recently scouring the internet for some new receipes and I came across this little gem that I thought I'd pass on. (And by gem I mean super easy, fast and not that many ingredients).

Stuffed Chicken Shells

1 Bag if Pepperidge Farm Seasoned Stuffing Mix (plus water and butter as per directions on the bag)
1/2 C. Mayo
Shredded (or cubed) cooked chicken (about 2 C. more or less is OK)
1 box jumbo pasta shells
Gravy (I used canned chicken gravy)

Mix together stuffing (wet), mayo and chicken. Stuff each shell. Pour some gravy on the bottom of a glass pan, put stuffed shells on top, then cover each shell with more gravy. Cover pan with foil and back about 1/2 hour on 350 until hot through.

See...a gem. Quick, easy and only 5 ingredients. And I can't take credit for creating this little masterpiece; I found the reciepe here.

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree!

When Rocklin was first born, my mom was staying with us for two weeks. During this time she was so nice to cook, clean, etc. Well one afternoon she asked me what I wanted for lunch and I said how about a grilled cheese sandwich. My mom's response? "I never know how to make those - which side of the bread do you butter?" This, coming from the woman who can cook anything and it is always delicious. I have made fun of her for this ever since.

Until today.

This morning I was thinking how good some cinnamon and sugar toast sounded. So without even thinking I buttered two pieces of bread and then proceeded to toast them. With the ding of the toaster oven, I took out my toasted and buttered bread and thought great, how is the cinnamon and sugar going to stick? Then it hit me ... DUH ... you butter the bread AFTER it gets out of the toaster so that the cinnamon and sugar will stick.

I use the simple excuse that ever since I gave birth I've lost a few brain cells and have become more clumsy then ever. (Just ask Adam...he will definitely attest!!!). That's my sad confession for today. And sorry Mom, I won't make fun of the grilled cheese incident ever again.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Rocklin Update

Rocklin is now 4 months old. Can you believe it? Maybe you can, but I can't!! I swear he's getting cuter by the day! (and bigger by the day too!!). I know that I'm his mom and I'm supposed to think he's the cutest thing ever (and I do) but seriously strangers stop me all the time to tell me how adorable he is. Hopefully our next kid is just as cute because he/she will have big shoes to fill!

OK, enough bragging about how adorable my child is and on to bragging about his recent developments. He went in for his 4-month shots a week or so ago :( and we found out he is now in the 25% for his weight - weighing in at 13.5 lbs. Not bad for a kid who came home from the hospital weighing 4 lbs. 12 oz. I think we've got a future football player on our hands!

Yesterday he rolled over from his stomach to his back for the very first time by himself! Hopefully he'll keep up the good work with these developmental milestones. He is the happiest kid - always smiling, unless he's hungry then watch out....a trait I think he picked up from his Daddy.

If I give Rock his rattle, he can hold it in his hands and shake it around.

We took Rocklin swimming for the first time the other day. As you can see by his face, he was very excited to try it out!Here he is sportin his rash guard and suit looking like a little surfer!

Overdue Picture Update! (Part Two)

As promised, here are the rest of the pictures from our trip. Enjoy!
Isn't Adam a lucky man? ;)
Uncle Kevin and Rocklin
The whole family!
Cute cousins
Daddy and Rock
Daniel, Kevin and Adam
Rocklin and his Grammy at lunch
Rocklin and his Grammy at home

The lovebirds the day before the wedding
My cute little family
Uncle Adam and Rock ready for the wedding
Adam and Kevin at the World of Coke 4D movie
AdamB, Kevin and AdamY at the World of Coke

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Overdue Picture Update! (Part One)

OK folks, FINALLY I have downloaded all the pictures from our FUN Georgia trip! I named this post Part One because there are so many pictures I wanted to share, but it's going to take another post so I'm not here all day long. I'll try to get the rest up tonight or tomorrow.

Anyway, Aaron & Megan's wedding turned out SO beautiful! They are so happy and such a cute couple! I've feel so blessed to have some truly amazing sister-in-laws! Here are some fun pictures from the wedding and reception.

Aaron & Megan coming out of the temple:

Are we having fun yet? Rock sported his yellow vest to keep in line with the yellow, white and black wedding colors.
Maryn and Brynna LOVED being flower girls! They looked so pretty in their dresses. I think we have two future models on our hands because they LOVE the camera (esp. Maryn).
The Young's (L - R: Kevin, Daniel, Kristen, Jody, Aaron, Phil, Adam and Justin)
Me and my Honey being goofy
Maryn posing
Mom having a great time on the dance floor!
Rock getting kisses from Mommy
Rocklin chillin on his diaper mat
The Young boys tearing it up on the dance floor!
Daniel & Brynna all smiles
Justin & Sarah
Justin and his family
The beautiful (and yummy) wedding cake
Brynna enjoying her cake!
Dad on the dance floor breaking it down!
Stay tuned for Part Two with more pictures soon...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Birthday Helper

I am the world's worst at remembering birthdays! I've been wanting something I could track birthdays on like a calendar or something so that I wouldn't forget. So for Mother's Day this year I got this SUPER cute Vera Bradley Card Organizer that has a different page for each month to list birthdays and a slot to hold cards. (Which by the way, I fell in love with Vera Bradley when I was out in Georgia thanks to my new sister-in-law Megan and her mom Tracy!). I have no excuses now!
Would you do me a favor and leave a comment with your birthday - even if you think I know because guarantee that I have forgotten or will forget it if I don't have it written down! Which reminds me...happy belated birthday to my best friend Hillary whose birthday was on May 9th and guess what...I forgot!

Monday, May 12, 2008

We're Baaaaack!

We are now back in town from our FUN trip to Georgia and we also moved this weekend into our new apartment. As you can image, it's been crazy busy trying to get things organized, clean, etc. etc. I took a ton of pictures on our trip and once things are a little more settled on my end, I will post the pictures and tell all about our trip/new apartment.