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Nothing Bundt Cakes

It almost seems hypocritical to make this post after my weight watchers post.  But I love this recipe.  If you have not tried the cakes from “Nothing Bundt Cakes” you are really missing out on a treat.    They are the most amazing, moist cakes I have ever tried. They are also very pricey.  I have used these often for gifts but always hated paying that much for a cake.  Then I found this recipe and it really tastes almost identical to the real thing.  I love this cake.  I have used it since for gifts or when I am asked to bring a dessert. It is always such a hit.  I love to decorate the top with some flowers and put it in a nice cake box  (you can get these at Hobby Lobby or Orsen and Gygi).  

INGREDIENTS
1 PKG DEVILS FOOD CAKE MIX
1 PKG INSTANT CHOCOLATE PUDDING
1 CUP SOUR CREAM
4 LARGE EGGS
1/2 CUP WATER
1/2 CUP OIL
 1 1/2 CUPS MINI CHOCOLATE CHIPS
2 8 OUNCE CREAM CHEESE
1/2 CUP BUTTER, SOFTENED

DIRECTIONS
MIX FIRST SIX INGREDIENTS TOGETHER WITH A BEATER.  ADD CHOCOLATE CHIPS. POUR INTO A GREASED BUNDT CAKE PAN.  COOK IN 3350 DEGREE OVEN FOR 45-50 MINUTES.  LET COOL FOR 20 MINS.  REMOVE FROM PAN.
(IT IS REALLY BETTER TO COVER WITH SARAN WRAP, AND LET IT SIT OVERNIGHT IN THE FRIDGE BEFORE FROSTING AND SERVING).  IN A MEDIUM BOWL, CREAM TOGETHER THE CREAM CHEESE AND BUTTER UNTIL CREAMY.  MIX IN THE VANILLA, THEN GRADUALLY STIR IN THE POWDERED SUGAR ( START WITH 2 CUPS THEN KEEP ADDING MORE UNTIL IT IS NICE AND THICK.  FROST ACCORDING TO THE PICTURE.
3-4 CUPS POWDERED SUGAR
2 TSP VANILLA

 

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Recipes

 

MISS MUFFIN

Since being on weight watchers, many of my old “treats” have become a thing of the past.  It is amazing how shocking it was to start writing down what I ate.  It was not the meals that were the problem, but the snacking.  I am very much an emotional eater and I am sure I consumed the majority of my calories a day from about 7 to 10 pm.  If I have not accomplished anything else with weight watchers, I have become more aware of what and why I eat. A few things have become a necessity to me (replacing spoonfuls of Nutella).  One of these are the most amazing muffins.  Kallie got me hooked on these.  These are sold at the gym she belongs to in Bountiful.  Come to find out, “Miss Muffin” can be ordered and delivered right to your door.  They are full of fiber and protein, which makes them only 3 points for weight watchers.  She has many wonderful flavors and can custom make them to exactly what you like. I usually order 18 per week and they are gone before the week is out.  We love the blueberry, raspberry, pumpkin chocolate chip, carrot and the peanut butter banana.  She drops them off at our door and they are wrapped so cute in  big box with a different ribbon and card each week.  They are $2.00 each and are well worth every penny.  They are great for a quick breakfast with some fruit on my way to work.  The only trick is keeping Dave and Jace out of them.

 
 

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

This has been one of mom’s favorite recipes so far for the crock pot.  She continues to love these crock pot meals and I try some new ones each week.  This is a keeper.

1 cup Pace picante sauce

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces

2 cups frozen corn

1 can black beans rinsed and drained

1 soup can water

1 tsp cumin

4 corn tortillas cut into strips

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/3 cup fresh cilantro

Stir the picante sauce, soup, chicken, corn, beans, water and cumin together and place in crock pot.  Cook on low for 4-5 hours. Stir in tortillas, cheese and cilantro.  Cover and cook for 15 minutes.  Serve with additional cheese, avocado or sour cream if desired.  Like with the other meals I freeze the first ingredients and then have the other ingredients ready to add at the end.

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Crockpot Dinners

 

YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE

This was sent to me today by a dear friend that I work with.  As I watched it , I thought of all the people that are so important to me and that have made my life just a little better because they ARE IN IT.  Then I thought to myself, how often have I taken the time to let them know what they mean to me and to thank them for the many simple kindnesses that are sent my way each day.  This lack of recognition negates in a way, all that they do.  I get so busy with my everyday concerns that I have stopped looking out each day for those simple things that make my life what it is.  When we quit looking, our outlook can change little by little until the small wonders in our lives are no longer the focus.  It is so easy then to focus on all the things in our lives that bring us frustration and sadness.  That is very human but is something that we can control.  I used to have times with my kids that I called “attitude of gratitude” where we would talk about these things.  They really made fun of me when I would bring this up.  Are you seeing a pattern here–sno cone machine, cotton candy machine, going to the park and throwing a ball, –attitude of gratitude!!!!

After watching this video, I vowed to take time every day to let someone know how they have made my world a better place to live in.  Maybe you will be one of those!!!  I hope it touches you the same way it did me. 

www.BlueRibbonMovie.com

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Jordans New Room

Well, Jordan had been wanting to redo her room for some time.  She had it in her mind that she wanted striped walls.  That may sound easy enough, but for the inexperienced so does childbirth.  So as always with great enthusiasm, we set off to fulfill her every dream. I had thought that the black and hot pink room that she had, was her every dream, but I guess dreams change.  I took the week off work and thought what a nice break it would be.  Well after 3 days of hard work and not being able to lift my arms or walk up a flight of stairs without narcotics, I was begging to go back to work to get some rest.  We started out by having stripping all the wallpaper off the walls.  The lady at the home depot, said it would be a very easy project. I bet it was her first day and she had some sort of personality disorder that made her enjoy the pain of others.  We did finally get the hang of it by the last wall.

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Next came scrubbing the walls, taping all the trim and painting the walls a solid cream color.  I forgot to mention that on day one, we painted the ceiling while the wall paper was still on, so that we did not have to tape, as we painted it a little lighter than the wall.

This is a little dark, but shows the room with the wall paper off and getting ready to paint

Then came the hardest part of all.  Once again the website that we used to learn how to paint stripes made it sound so easy–just use laser level, tape and paint.  You can do it in a few hours and it will be so fun.  They did not mention that walls are never level, that your daughter would send you to time out because you were stressing her out, your lab puppy would go nuts over the laser and run into the walls and the wet paint, your back would hurt, your arms would hurt and it would take all day–into the evening and you would not be speaking to whoever was helping you by the time it was done. Also that you would go through 3 big gulps!!!!!! ( and numerous advil).

We used the large green frog tape and a laser level.  The walls were not level and we had to go back and measure each stripe after to make sure they were all even. The wall was 90 inches , so we made 9 stripes each 10 inches wide.  We started and ended with the cream.  You have to adjust a little to make up for uneven walls.  The next important tip is to take a paint brush lightly loaded with the base color (cream in our case) and paint over the edge of the tape that is facing the area that would be painted black.  This will help the paint from bleeding through. Then we used a roller and did several coats.  It is important to peel the tape off before it has time to dry thoroughly.

Here is where we are at.  We are finishing with some fun furniture and frame redos in the contrast colors of the pillow–coral and turquoise.  I will keep you posted on the progress. Then as soon as we forget this project and the pain involved, we will be starting on the other bedroom and bath.  Martha Stewart watch your back!!!!!

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in DIY

 

Katie’s Baby Shower – Lemon Oregano Chicken- Italian Soda Bar

Saturday we gave a shower for my niece Katie. It was a wonderful day and so good to see all of the cousins together.  What a great family I have.  Sharon and I did the food and I would like to post a few of the recipes we used.  We did orange rolls, do it yourself salad bar and an italian soda bar.  It was all amazing.  Sharon did the salad bar and I did the orange rolls and the italian soda bar.  Sharon used the most amazing marinated chicken for the salad bar.  I had Jamie ( Brett’s Jamie) email me the recipe that day and made my first batch as soon as I got home.  So this recipe comes from her.  It is so amazingly juicy and flavorful. I love it.

Lemon Oregano Chicken

3 lbs. boneless chicken breasts

3/4 cup oil

1/2 cup lemon juice

1 TB. oregano

1 TB salt

3 tsp. garlic powder

3 tsp. pepper

Place all ingredients in a ziplock bag and marinate overnight.

Grill chicken breasts until not pink inside.  Do not overcook.

 I made a double batch and the sliced them, freezing them in smaller batches.  These are great alone or on salads, pastas, just about anything you can think of.  Thanks Jamie

Sharon had all kinds of ingredients in small bowls for everyone to build their own salad.  She had the most amazing salad dressing.  It was a fuji apple dressing, that she got at Target. So good and would be great with a chicken and apple salad.  My mouth is watering. thinking about it.

Jordan and I put together an Italian Soda bar and this was a big hit, as everyone could make their own with the flavoring of their choice.

Here’s how you do it.  We purchased the syrup flavorings at Orsen and Gygis ( in Salt Lake City off the 33 south exit).  I also purchased the cute striped straws there.  They have them in about every color imaginable to go with any theme or occassion.  I then made a sign to look like a chalkboard to show how to make the sodas. I did this with one of the thick black project boards and chalk markers (both purchased at Utah Idaho Supply)

You will need:

Syrups in several flavors (I think I had about 7-8 flavors

Ice

Mineral Water

Half and Half

Whipped Cream  ( I just used the canned–much easier)

Great glasses and colored straws

Fill glass with ice. Pour in 2-4 TBs of flavoring. You can mix flavors for a unique combination.  Then fill the glass almost full with the sparkling mineral water.  Add 4 TBs of half and half, stir and then top with plenty of whipped cream.  These were a big hit and really good. I was not sure how they would taste or if they would go over well for a shower, but they were really alot of fun.  This would be great for a kid’s birthday party no matter what the age.

We Andertons know how to party

We also played the cutest game and I hate shower games with a passion. We broke up into groups of about 4. We were given about 5 candy bars that we picked out of a bag, a small poster board, and markers.  We had to come up with advice for Katie for her new role as mother.  There were some really funny ones.  I think my favorite was when your “whatca macallit” heals and your baby sleeps through the night, that will be your “payday” and your chance to “score”!!!!  Who thought my family had it in them.  Another cute one came from my group.  If after breastfeeding, your “Milkduds” elicit “snickers” from Kyle, you can take a “fast break” to the plastic surgeon  for some new “orbits” or have your “bit o honey” buy you a Victoria Secret’s Wonder Bra!!!

This was a real fun game and something so different than the usual.

 

My Journey to Good Health–Next Step Exercise More

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am focusing on improving my health this year.  I am trying to get a routine for exercise with my schedule and it is more difficult than I thought.  Dave and Jordan had me do crunches the other night and I was shocked at how weak my “core mucsles” were.  It would be a Youtube sensataion if we had videotaped it.  I could tell by Jordan’s uncontolled laughter, just how I looked.  I told them I did 20 but I really only did 10, and that killed me. 

One of my nurses sent me this today and it somewhat describes my efforts.  And just for your own sake Dave, never give me a gym membership as a gift!!!

WOMAN’S WEEK AT THE GYMIf you read this without laughing out loud, there is something wrong with you. This is dedicated to everyone who ever attempted to get into a regular workout routine. 

Dear Diary, 

For my birthday this year, my husband purchased a week of personal training at the local health club. 
Although I am still in great shape since being a high school football cheerleader 43 years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try. 
I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named Christo, who identified himself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for athletic clothing and swim wear. 
Friends seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started! The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress. 
________________________________ 
MONDAY: 
Started my day at 6:00 a.m. Tough to get out of bed, but found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Christo waiting for me. He is something of a Greek god– with blond hair, dancing eyes, and a dazzling white smile. Woo Hoo!! 
Christo gave me a tour and showed me the machines… I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring! 
Christo was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time he was around. This is going to be a FANTASTIC week!! 
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TUESDAY: 
I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door. Christo made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air then he put weights on it! My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile. His rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I feel GREAT! It’s a whole new life for me. 
_______________________________ 
WEDNESDAY: 
The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it. I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long as I didn’t try to steer or stop. I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot. 
Christo was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club members.. His voice is a little too perky for that early in the morning and when he scolds, he gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying. 
My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Christo put me on the stair monster. Why would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators? Christo told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life. He said some other crap too. 
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THURSDAY: 
Butt hole was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl. I couldn’t help being a half an hour late– it took me that long to tie my shoes. 
He took me to work out with dumbbells. When he was not looking, I ran and hid in the restroom. He sent some skinny witch to find me. 
Then, as punishment, he put me on the rowing machine– which I sank. 
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FRIDAY: 
I hate that jackass Christo more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world. Stupid, skinny, anemic, anorexic, little aerobic instructor. If there was a part of my body I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat him with it. 
Christo wanted me to work on my triceps. I don’t have any triceps! And if you don’t want dents in the floor, don’t hand me the darn barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich. 
The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher. Why couldn’t it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director? 
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SATURDAY: 
Satan left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today. Just hearing his voice made me want to smash the machine with my planner; however, I lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of the Weather Channel. 
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SUNDAY: 
I’m having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over. I will also pray that next year my husband will choose a gift for me that is fun– like a root canal or a hysterectomy. I still say if God had wanted me to bend over, he would have sprinkled the floor with diamonds.

 

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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