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Bruschetta Chicken

This is so good. I have made a batch of this almost every other week this summer. I usually grill up a batch on Saturday and then take it to work for lunch a couple days a week.  I love bruschetta and marinating the chicken keeps it so moist and tasty. I originally saw this recipe on  Laurel Anderton’s cute blog, but lost the recipe and lost track of her password.  So I remembered how she marinated her chicken and then used my stand by bruschetta recipe.  So you are really getting two recipes in one. 

This bruschetta is so good on toasted baguette slices.  I like to brush a little butter on them and then rub with a clove of garlic and then broil until toasted.   If you don’t want to bother with that, just pick up a container of these already toasted and seasoned with garlic at Harmons. 

Then just spoon some brushetta on the toasted bread and sprinkle with  a little more parmesan cheese and broil.  This is so amazingly simple but always is a hit.  It really looks so much more difficult and fancy than it  is. Something about a plate of beautiful bruschetta, especailly with tomatoes and basil right out of the garden the says Wow!!! And it smells so good.

For the chicken, I slice my boneless, skinless chicken breasts in half so they grill evenly.  Then place them in a ziplock bag with a bottle of Kraft Sundried Tomato Vinagrette.  I usually marinate them overnight.

Grill them on one side, turn and spoon bruschetta on the cooked side, Sprinkle with a little more parmesan cheese, close grill and cook until chicken is cooked through and the cheese is melted.  Do not overcook the chicken or it will dry out. If you are short on time or energy, pick up a container of Harmon’s bruschetta and you can have a great appetizer or dinner in minutes.

Bruschetta

5 medium tomatoes chopped

3 cloves of garlic minced

juice from 1/2 lime

1/4 cup olive oil  ( I use a little less)

1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1 TB chopped fresh basil

salt and pepper to taste

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Recipes

 

Another Nurse in the Family!!!

Jordan recieved her acceptance letter for the Weber State Nursing Program on Saturday.

THE ACCEPTANCE LETTER!!!!!! ( Along with a little chocolate peanut butter icecream cake)

She has been waiting for this for so long.  The competition to get into the nursing program right now is so difficult and she has worked so hard.  This is really an accomplishment and I am so proud of her.  I know she will make a great nurse.  She has had some wonderful experiences taking care of her Grandpa and also her work experience as a CNA.  She is the type of person that the nursing profession really needs.

She will start in January and take some classes at the DATC which will be so convenient and will finish up her RN at Weber State.  Three doctors and 2 nurses–not so bad.  Little do they know that the nurses have all the brains and do all the work!!!

Way to go Jordan!!!!!

I found these pictures –at lease she will not have to wear the cap or the purple and white striped dress down below her knees with a white pinafore.  It was a real doozie.  No makeup, perfume, nail polish, and then there were the white nylons and white nurses shoes ( always polished to a shine or you heard about it.  I am surprised they let us get married!!!

I do have so many wondeful memories of nursing school, I really loved it and so loved my first job working labor and delivery at St Benedicts.  I can remember absolutely loving going to work every day. I remember the smells of the delivery rooms and the excitement of really being a nurse and being on my own. I loved he fact that every day was different and there was never a dull moment.  I can’t count how many babies I delivered as the doctors could not make it and in those days we had no epidurals to slow them down, so when it was time, it was time.  I delivered babies in tubs, on the floor, on the toilet, standing , squating, and in the hall enroute from the ER to name a few.  Just talking about this, makes me so excited for Jordan to have these experiences and the satisfaction of doing something that you love and in the process make a difference in the lives of so many. 

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Whats up with the fam

 
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She’s Home!!!!!

Jordan got home this week.

I am so glad to have her home. It is amazing how much I missed her.  It was wonderful experience and I am sure it has touched her life forever.  I think it would be so great for each of us to experience life outside of our little safe and secure world.  So many things that we take for granted each day, are things that many others around the world never dream to have.   How many times have you stepped into a hot shower and stopped to think how grateful you are for this tiny convenience.  How many times have you walked through the isles of the nearest grocery store with it’s endless shelves of any type of food that you could imagine.  Or filled up your cart with fresh vegetables and fruit, only to dispose of it the next week when it has not been eaten, and then hop in your car and head out to buy more.  How many times have you looked in your closet and had to wonder just what outfit you would wear that day and what pair of shoes would look the best.  We do these things every day and seldom stop to appreciate the many blessings we enjoy.  As I have listened to Jordan’s experiences I have asked myself why me here and why these woman there, . And always after asking myself this, I ask myself another question, what am I doing with these blessings to change the lives of others.  I must say that I am not always happy with my answer, because it is “very little”.  And I even find myself falling into that “poor me” attitude.  How can I even think that when there are so many around the world with so little and I have so much.  I am so grateful for Jordan’s experiences, as they have touched me so much and helped me look at thinks differently.

She came home a week early, as they learned that they were given thier shots too late to go to the jungle as planned.  The risks of yellow fever were small, but we felt that no matter how small, they were not worth the risk.  Jordan and Lexie were able to get an earlier flight out, just in time, as Lexie was so sick.  The water was turned off in their apartment and let me just say not a great time to be without running water or toilets.  They did not share any of this with us until they got home.

I found out only the day before that they were on their way and tried to pull things together before she got home. I stopped at the store and bought her favorite foods.  Lots of fruits and vegetables since that was something that they could not get.

I bought her a new pair of running shoes, as hers had things on them that we will not mention.  The dogs and I picked her up at the airport and it was a grand reunion.  With 2 days of travel and several days without water, she had a very unique odor. Let’s just say that if possible Charlie would have rolled in her!!!  Her are some pictures of the big day.

Welcome Home sign

There had to be presents

All dressed up

On our way

The Reunion!!!!!

While in the orphanage, Jordan took so many wonderful pictures, I will post all of my favorites in a slide show later.  She also took some video clips every day they were there and put together an amazing video, highlighting their experiences and their “girls”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3s1LjzfUPI&feature=youtu.be

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Whats up with the fam

 

Don’t Tell Me They Don’t Speak the Same Language!!

Just received these new pictures from Jordan.  They are of her and “her girls” at the orphange.

This has been a very life changing experience for Jordan. In the 4 short ( well not so short) weeks that she has been in Peru, she has seen and experienced things that will forever change who she is.  This has not been an easy thing for her to do.  For anyone that knows her, you know she is a homebody and a little bit of a momma and daddy’s girl.  She loves to be home and loves to be with her “Charlie”  She has experienced homesickness to a new level.  She has experienced hard work, difficult condiditions, difficult people and been faced with plans that changed daily and were not what she had expected nor been promised..  The option of coming home early was discussed and I know how good that must have sounded at the time.  After a very tearful and prayerful night, she and Lexie and Cait decided that they would stay and finish out thier obligations.  This was done on thier own and we told them we would support them no matter what they ended up doing.  I know this was a very difficult decision.  They decided that even if the sitiuation was not what had been promised, they could make a difference, no matter how small. 

 Little did they know that they had already made a huge difference in their own lives just by making this decision.  It was amazing how the doors were opened to them for wonderful experiences when they made the choice to stay.  When the decision was made, they were in, ALL THE WAY, not just testing the water. 

 They have loved the girls at the orphanage and have been touched by the children at the special needs school.  They may not speak the same language, but if you look at these picutres you will see that all that matters is love.

President Kimball, stated

Service to others deepens and sweetens this life while we are preparing to live in a better world. It is by serving that we learn to serve. When we are engaged in the service of our fellowmen, not only do our deeds assist them, but we put our own problems in a fresher perspective. When we concern ourselves more with others, there is less time to be concerned with ourselves! In the midst of the miracle of serving, there is the promise of Jesus that by losing ourselves, we find ourselves!”
Spencer W. Kimball, “Speaks Out on Service to Others”, New Era, Mar. 1981, 47

I have seen this change in Jordan and I know she will come back a spirit more polished and will have found herself in this sevice.  It is sometimes hard to watch your children struggle, but I have learned many lessons along with Jordan and one is that they need these trial to help them reach the potential that they have been blessed with.  I have grown along with her and am so proud of her and her desire to always be of service to others.

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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Whats up with the fam

 

Homemade Almond Joy Bars

Homemade Almond Joys

 

I am not a big candy bar lover, but I love Almond Joy and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.  I know that you can run to the store and buy these but there is just something about making your own of anything.  It just tastes better and it gives me a certain feeling of satisfaction.  Sometimes the work is not worth the bother and I end up spending much more on the supplies than just buying them at the store. 

These on the other hand are inexpensive to make, are relatively easy, do not need any fancy equipment and are darn good, if I say so myself.

I first found this recipe on the blog Favorite Family Recipes.  I have borrowed several recipes from this blog and have never been disappointed.

These would be a fun Christmas activity (unlike the fancy decorated sugar cookies that Jordan and I made last year–what a chore. They were so much work that I didn’t want to eat them, plus they looked much better than they tasted) 

 
Ingredients
  • 1/2 c. white Karo (corn) syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 10 large marshmallows (exactly 10 or the consistency is off)
  • 2 c. coconut – its better if you chop it more finely
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • roasted almonds
  • 1 bag Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips (they are worth the extra money)

Instructions

  • In a heavy sauce pan (over medium on the stove) heat syrup, marshmallows, and salt until marshmallows are melted. Continue to stir over heat for an additional minute. Remove from stove and add coconut and vanilla. Stir well and transfer to a bowl to cool in the fridge. The mixture needs to get cool enough that it can be rolled into balls.
  • In the meantime, melt the chocolate chips. I like to do this by putting them in a metal bowl and placing the bowl over a pot of boiling water. Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. Roll the coconut mixture into small balls and press an almond into the top. Dip each one in chocolate then let cool on a chilled marble slap or on wax paper over a chilled cookie sheet.

  • For Homemade Mounds: omit the almond and use dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2012 in Recipes

 

A Little Alone Time

This last week I had something I have not had in a long time. I was alone in my house for 3 days. I cannot remember the last time that I was alone that long.  Jordan is in Peru, Dave was at scout camp and Jace is in Hawaii.  Speaking of Jace in Hawaii, there is something you need to know.  Jace is terribly afraid of the ocean.  He has an intense fear of sharks or anything swimming around.  He even had a difficult time waterskiing at Bear Lake.  He did not like the fact that he did not know what was beneath him.  He has never been in the ocean and when he left for Hawaii, he said that he WOULD NOT get in the water.

He just sent me these pictures. I guess he got over his fear.  It would have been such a shame to go to Hawaii and not get in the water.

Anyways (Nacho Libre), back to where I was. Since I had a little more time at home by myself, I tackled a few projects.  Looking back I should have taken a few more naps or read a book. I have wore myself out and now I have to go back to work in the morning, but it is really amazing what you can accomplish when you have some extra hours in a day and no one home to clean up after.  I did remember how much I loved being home and doing what I love best–being a mom and wife.  But tomorrow it is time to go back to my other life!!!!!

It was really nice while it lasted.  So I may be exhausted but look what I got done,,,,,,,,,,

Kitchen cupboards….

Kids bathroom……

That terrible storage closet…….

All of those unorganized DVDs shoved in the closet…….

All of my ribbons that were shoved in drawers….

My old door on the back porch…

 WOW I am tired………… but it sure feels good!! 

And to think that this is just a fraction of my to do list.

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Whats up with the fam

 
 
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