Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Snowbird Jazz Festival

For the last two years Cassi and Mark have taken us on a fun date for Jamie's Birthday. This year they took us up to Snowbird for the Jazz Festival. We admit we didn't go up for the music, but for the scenic views and fun activities
* First we went up the mountain in the gondola, everyone enjoyed the trip up the mountain except me{I love the view hate the height and back and fourth motion, being motion sick is such a bother} Once we got to the top it was gorgeous and you could see the entire valley!

*Second we decided to go on the zip line, It was so much fun and I could have done it all night long.

*Third we tried the Alpine Slide, it was fun and Jamie and Mark raced each other down the mountain..

*There were so many other things to do, but during one of Jamie's rides down the zip line the trap door that lets you go down sprang back and hit Jamie in the knee{one man down} he was in so much pain we decided we'd better head to dinner. { I wont go into detail about the medics having to wrap his leg and ice it down}
*We ended the night with dinner at one of my favorite places Porcupine Grill!
Thanks Cass and Mark for a fun night out!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

A day at the farm

I purchased a pass to Thanksgiving Point. I admit I might be addicted to that place. A children's Farm,Dinosaur Museum, Children's Gardens, Shopping, Cooking Classes, Family Activities, Movie Theatre, Great Restaurants, Farmers Markets, and Ice Cream Parlor, why go anywhere else?
Last week we went to the Farm and the week before we went to the Dinosaur Museum, here is glimpse of our adventures:

And the farm:

You Must Try:

Harmon's Gelatto! Made fresh every day with fun flavors like grapefruit and blueberry. We love this place. If you still have not stopped by the new Harmon's off of Bangeter Highway then you are really missing out. I think I have said this before but it is one amazing gourmet grocery store!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Mama Mia

You must see this movie, I smiled the entire time. I wanted to dance a little but couldn't bring myself to do so in the theatre, {or sing}. You should grab your girlfriends, moms and sisters and go see it. I secretly wish I was in the movie, it was filmed in Greece and it looked like so much fun. I am going to see it again with my sister Brittany because she couldn't go. Thanks Mom!

{disclaimer don't take your husbands to this movie, they will just think it is lame and ruin it for you, just go with the girls, you will be so glad you did!}

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Whats for dinner?

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup, and BBQ Chicken Salad with Baby Greens.

BBQ Chicken Salad with Baby Greens

Baby greens
Grilled chicken breast chopped and mixed with some BBQ sauce.(I use sweet baby rays)
Fresh corn off the cob
Black beans
Chopped Tomatoes ( mine were from my garden)
Fresh cilantro
Cheddar cheese finely grated
Homemade Buttermilk Dressing
BBQ Sauce

Toss all ingredients drizzle with dressing and BBQ sauce. (you don't need very much the salad is really flavorful)

Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup{adapted from Ina Gartens Barefoot Contessa Cookbook}
3 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cut in half 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons good olive oil 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions) 6 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 (28-ounce) canned plum tomatoes, with their juice 4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 1 quart chicken stock or water
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss together the tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the tomatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes.
In an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the butter, and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes, until the onions start to brown.

Add the canned tomatoes, basil, thyme, and chicken stock. Add the oven-roasted tomatoes, including the liquid on the baking sheet. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Pass through a food mill fitted with the coarsest blade. Taste for seasonings. I add 1 cup heavy cream after blending, you can add more to taste. Enjoy!


My darling friend Amelia taught a cupcake demonstration for our enrichment group activity last month. It was a fun night as we learned many great frosting techniques and recipes. I think everyone had a lovely time, besides who doesn't like decorating sweet delectable treats?

One Sunday Morning

Ryan was almost ready for church in these photos, he was so playful and looked so adorable I decided to do an impromptu photo shoot.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Check this out!

So Matthew Mead has vamped up his website, and I love it, he is so creative and has some great ideas. Be sure to check it out! {there is a membership fee to see all of his ideas, but it is worth it} Here is a sneek peek!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Love This

I would love to have this Le Creuset 6-Piece Set, but sadly I can't bring myself to spend so much for this beautiful set. Someday, Someday!