Friday, May 30, 2008

Good Food Friday

Today we have the "Big Salad", well that is what we call it (it came from the Nordstrom Cafe and has a real name, but I can't remember it). But this is one tasty salad. So here are all the ingredients.

salad - I like to use spinach, but romaine would be great too.
black beans
grilled chicken
cheese, cubed cheddar and provolone/mozzarella/swiss (what ever you want). When I'm lazy, I just cut up a string cheese
and for the dressing..................ranch dressing and KC Masterpiece (barbecue sauce)

I don't mix the dressings together, I just spread some ranch one way the bbq sauce the other. Also you can add other things to your "big Salad" like some edamame, or maybe fresh corn might be good. You get the picture. Bill was skeptical of this salad at first, but now he is a firm believer and requests this meal regularly.

I'd also like to apologize for my lack of posting, but it's called finals, meaning, Bill always has the computer.

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Midwest

Until last night, I had forgotten what it was like to live in the Midwest. But last night helped me to remember. I remembered that the only way you can sleep through a Midwest thunderstorm is to be in a coma.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Good Food Friday

I know, I've already posted couscous recipes, but I don't think y'all understand how good it can be. So today I present to you.........
Tomato Basil and Couscous Salad
2 1/4 cups canned chicken broth
1 10-ounce box couscous
1 cup chopped green onions
1 cup (generous) diced seeded plum tomatoes
1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (I omitted this part, but add to taste)
cherry tomatoes, halved

Bring broth to a boil in medium sauce pan. Add couscous. Remove from heat. Cover, let stand 5 minutes. Transfer to large bowl. Fluff with fork. Cool.
Mix all ingredients except cherry tomatoes into couscous.
Season with salt and pepper. (can be made 1 day in ahead. chill). Garnish with cherry tomatoes.

Serves 6

I made this as a side with salmon and it was delicious if I may say so myself. So enjoy!
Also, see my sister's blog for an amazing dessert!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I love swimsuits!

I'm doing a vintage photo day, thanks for the idea Paige. The reason I decided to to this post is because I love swimsuits so so much. I'm always on the look out for the latest and greatest swimsuit. And even though I don't go swimming that often anymore, you should always be prepared, especially when you are expecting a 110 degree day or more for the summer. Did I mention that my reason for my great love of swimsuits? It's because in my youthful days I lived in a swimsuit because: I was on swim team, taught swimming lessons, saved lives everyday as a lifeguard, and last but not least, swimming is just something you do in the summer with your friends. Plus, Layers has a bunch of really cute swimsuits and I want them.In case you were wondering, I'm the one on the far right, the short one, and yes, swimsuits with legs are cool, everybody's wearing them.
Total number of swimsuits I own: around 65, though most of them are not wearable anymore. But I've been holding on to them all these years because one day, I'm going to make an awesome quilt out them.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Birds

This is the Graduate School of Business
It was designed to encapsulate some of the architectural details of the the Robie House, which is across the street.

Robie House

The GSB has a problem. There is a lot of glass as you can see and as a result, there are a lot of dead birds. When the birds migrate south, there are a lot of dead birds on the north side, and when they migrate north, the birds remains fall on the south side. To combat this problem the GSB has dark screens that they lower over the windows at night to help prevent these suicide plunges. Have no fear, this seems to be a big problem here in the city. The McCormick Convention Center, which is really really big and has a lot of windows, has the same problem. They have around 50 birds every day that fly into the windows.

So what do they do?

They gather them up and freeze the dead birds.
Eventually a scientist from the Field Museum comes and collects them. They are conducting a study to see what kind of birds are most common in these collision, as well as other tests to understand the nature of birds.
Anyway, kind of disturbing hu.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Presenting.......Mario Kart Wii

Ok, well presenting Christa playing Mario Kart Wii (see steering wheel). That is why this game is so fun, it comes with a steering wheel! So for those of us who steer with our whole body, I know I'm not the only one, we are now justified in our steering madness with this lovely wheel. This game is great, fun new levels, characters, cars, and still holds on to the wholesome goodness of Super Mario Kart, minus the oil spills.
Lucky for us, Christa, an old friend from Provo/Harvard, was in town for meetings, and we had the pleasure of hanging out with her, which included some intense Wii play. Don't worry, she came in an kicked my butt. Maybe we'll see you and Rob again after OCI??? you know the firms here are great!

Viva la Wii!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Good Food Friday

Today we are doing a delicious dessert, Rolo cookies. Above, you'll see the cast of characters, lots of butter, and a package of Rolos (be sure to take off the foil). Bakers beware, if you have sticky hand syndrome, this is not the cookie for you. As much as I love these cookies, I hate making them because I hate rolling cookie dough. But they are worth it.

Rolo Cookies
1 bag of Rolos
1 c butter or margarine
1 c sugar
1 c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 c cocoa
2 1/2 c flour

Cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and beat. Add baking soda, cocoa, and flour and combine well.
Shape 1 Tblsp dough around an unwrapped Rolo, covering completely. Roll in sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 375 degrees for 7-10 min.

For those of you who liked my apron in the good food friday post from last week you can get them at Here is even better news, there will be a men's line of aprons - coming in June 2008, now you won't have to search high and low for a gift for father's, you can just give him a flirty apron that ties in the front:)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

My Latest Creation

Here is a picture of my latest book. I like it because it is nice and fat.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

"Holy Woman"
Happy Mother's Day to one and all. I thought I would post a picture of what our moms really are, Holy Women. Where would we be without our moms? Nothing, compared to what we are with them. I just wanted to say thank you to my mom's, thank you for the incredible example you've been to me, for your love, and support.
I love you both. Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Good Food Friday

This recipe is so dreamy (as you can see, I day dream about it all the time). We have Portobello-Chicken Panini. What does Portobello mushrooms + onions + tomatoes + bread = ? Yummy, that's what! So try it out.
1 Tbls Basil oil or olive oil
1 Tbls red wine vinegar
1/2 tps Italian seasoning mix
1/2 tsp salt (I would do to taste)
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
2 large portobello mushroom caps (about 4" in diameter)
2 slices (1/2" thick) large white onion (about 4" in diameter)
8 slices (3/4" thick) Italian bread such as Vienna
1 C grated Provolone cheese
1 C shredded roasted chicken
2 plum tomatoes, sliced

1. In prep bowl, combine oil, vinegar, seasoning mix, salt, garlic and black pepper; whisk until well blended. Brush both sides of mushroom caps and onion slices with vinaigrette.
2.Heat grill pan over medium-high heat 5 minutes. Place mushroom caps and onion onto grid of pan; place grill press on top. Grill 4-6 minutes, turning once. Thinly slice mushrooms on the bias. Cut onion slices in half; set mushrooms and onion aside.
3. To assemble sandwiches, generously spray one side of each bread slice with vegetable oil. Arrange 4 bread slices oiled side down; top with half of cheese. Arrange chicken, mushrooms, onion, and tomatoes over cheese. Top with remaining cheese and remaining bread slices, oil side up.
4. White grill pan with paper towel, if necessary. Heat pan over medium-low heat 5 minutes. Place sandwiches on grid of pan and place grill press over sandwiches. Grill 2-3 minutes on each side or until grill marks appear. Serve warm.

Yield: 4 sandwiches

Thanks mom for the apron.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Mormon Code

No I'm not talking about the honor code or anything like that, I'm talking about the secret language of Mormons. You know what I'm talking about, we all use it. This is the secret language/code for "Yes I'm a Mormon, are you?". And you know what, this Mormon code has come in handy several times.
Lets start with an easy one, Mormon Identification #1: BYU Memorabilia. This is an easy way of Mormon identification. Example - I bought some warm ups from DI that had a BYU logo on it (Cheryl's cheer warm ups, who ever Cheryl is), and at the Boston Marathon every year, I'm able to find Mormons, just by a little Y on my pants. Then we talk and are best friends. This also goes for license plates frames, tire covers, trailer hitch covers, and window stickers.
Identification #2: the Mormon Mom Jumper. No this lady is not related to me, but her dress is the typical Mormon jumper. All of our mom's have had one at one point or another in denim or some lovely floral pattern. I identified some Mormon's in Florence because of this lovely denim number. What does large family with mom in denim jumper speaking English mean - Mormon.

Identification #3: You might have seen these roaming around, and I would imagine this falls in line with large family and mom in denim jumper. But here we have a giant van (for large family - Mormon......or Catholic) with a sticker for every member. We saw this lovely van in Nauvoo. Why else would you go to Nauvoo unless you were Mormon?Identification #4: Young Married couple, (or in our case, too cool for school.) Yes, if you see a really young couple that is married, chances are they are Mormon or crazy. That is what people at work think. They also assume that you must be a newly wed, because you are sooo young. Oh yeah, and they are usually really gooey and lovey because they've only been together (dated, engaged and married) for 6 months.
Identification # 5: Clothing. Ok- clothing is obviously a huge identification factor. Long shorts and a Shade cap sleeve shirt in 110 degree weather, must be Mormon. Oh Shade, where would Mormon modesty be without you? In big trouble, that's where. And I'll just tie this in with the extremely young married couple, who are also dragging along their 12 month old L'Vern and are pregnant with their second kid. They must be Mormon.
The great thing about all this language/code, is that once you have identified Mormons, you are best friends. Case in point, we went to church in Cambridge with our Harvard friends. We wore our church clothes down town to get some lunch and then proceeded to church. As soon as we got out of the subway station, we put on our dress shoes and started off to the church building. While changing our shoes, some other Mormons came out of the subway. They said "You look like Mormons, do you know where the church is at?" We all consulted our maps, and one guy got on his cell phone to consult his friend. A Mormon drove by that we didn't know, but we all squished in his Prius and went to church (they were runners too, which makes us not only friends, but kindred spirits). Mormons = Best Friends.
If I have forgotten anything that is worth mentioning, let me know:)

Good Food Friday

Sorry this is late folks, but here is another tasty and easy recipe for your enjoyment, especially with this nice weather!
Chipotle Grilled Chicken with Avocado Sandwich
I found this recipe on Simply Recipes and I loved it.

3 Tbps olive oil
1 Tbps lime juice
1/2 tsp chipotle chile powder - give or take depending on how hot you like your food
1 pound boneless chicken breasts
4 small slices of Monterrey jack cheese
4 sets of hamburger buns
1 avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced
lettuce of your choice

1. In a shallow bowl, stir together the olive oil, lime juice, and chipotle chile powder
2. place chicken breasts between two sheets of wax paper. Use a meat mallet to pound the breasts to an even thickness of about 1/2 inch. Cut off excess fat. Place chicken in marinade, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap. Let marinate for at least 15 min, preferably an hour.
3. Grill your chicken until cooked through. Once you've cooked the chicken pieces on one side and flipped them, add a slice of cheese to the chicken. Melt cheese and toast buns then assemble with mayo, chicken/cheese, slices of avocado, and lettuce.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Bill's Blog is Back Online

Now that Bill has a job he will be posting. He's already done a few this week. So check out what he has, but remember to stay loyal to me. Here's his site, Mormon Coke Drinkers Anonymous. It's not set to private anymore. Anyone can go on.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Viva Las Vegas!

The rumor is true, we are moving to Sin City for the summer. (Those of you from Las Vegas, do you hate that your city is called Sin City?) Bill got an externship with Judge Bybee of the 9th district. For those of you who don't know what that means, it means that he has a job and we are delighted! So when spring quarter is out, we will be headed to Vegas for an excellent yet sweaty summer. And I'll make a shout out to Phill, thanks, you are Bill's idol! Citymama, you and the offspring will have to show me where the loosest slots are, can't wait to live the viva loca (and eat at In and Out). And finally, great job Bill, I'm so proud of you!