Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Alicia and James' Wedding - 3

The reception was amazing.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Alicia and James' Wedding - 2

For lunch on Friday we went down to Pike Place and the waterfront. I somehow forgot to take pictures of people, but Pike Place is one of my favorite places on earth because of the sensory overload it provides so this is what I got.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Alicia and James' Wedding - 1

James and Alicia's wedding celebration started on Thursday night in Seattle. I didn't take pictures of the friends and family dinner but it involved teriyaki, a get to know the lovers game, and lots of people I like. It was a good time.

Friday morning we went over to the church to set up for the reception.

Grandma Jackie supervised.
Everyone worked really hard (not me so much...)
Michelle provided flowers and made the bouquet.

Brent

This is Brent. He's Mary's BFF and a frequent visitor, the friend that rifles through our cupboards, has an opinion on nearly everything that goes on in our house and lives, allows us to boss him around and if anyone qualifies for 4th roommate status, it's him.

Besides all of that, Brent is just a great person. He's genuinely sweet, emotionally complicated but open about it, ridiculously funny, appropriately scandalous, and a good sport. Tonight part of being a good sport was allowing Mary and I to work on his hair. Pretty cute, huh?

Seriously?

It's almost April and I'm so over this.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

My day

We left the Provo airport at 6:30 am to fly to St. Paul, MN (yes, that means I woke up in the 4s)
Spent my day in a work meeting
Checked into the hotel, talked to Tara on the phone and worked
Ate at Twin City Grill in the Mall of America (blue cheese crusted filet mignon, horseradish crusted salmon, acorn squash with cinnamon butter, and peanut butter mousse pie - yum!)

Rode the log flume once and a rollercoaster twice at the amusement park inside MoA
Now it's off to bed because tomorrow begins early and I'm dead tired!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Brands I trust - Dove

I grew up on the classic, white Dove beauty bar. I remember hating the smell when I was little but it turns out my mom also believed Dove was great. As soon as I left home and started buying my own soap I tried a lot of brands that all dried out my skin so I switched to Dove Cool Moisture (cucumber and green tea) and haven't looked back since.

Since that time I discovered their hair products, body wash, face cleansers and moisturizers, lotion and deodorant. I keep the Costco size shampoo and conditioner in my shower at all times (I use a different shampoo/conditioner every day and Dove is the only grocery store brand), most often use Dove deodorant and switch back and forth between their face wash. I say that if Dove makes it, I love it.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Brands I trust - Simply Orange

I've realized that there are several brands that I completely trust - basically any product they make, assuming I generally like that type of product and the "flavor," I know I'll rave about. One of these brands is Simply Orange. Next time you need juice, look for this in your grocer's refrigerator. It comes in 7 flavors, orange (with several pulp options), orange with pineapple, orange with mango, apple, grapefruit, lemonade and limeade.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Darling

I stole this from Kaitlin's blog because it honestly made my day. Je parle francais so I was especially excited to hear her story.


Once upon a time... from Capucha on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Addiction

"It's shocking how many kinds of addiction exist. It would be too easy if it were just drugs and booze and cigarettes. I think the hardest part of kicking a habit is wanting to kick it. I mean, we get addicted for a reason, right? Often, too often, things that start out as just a normal part of your life at some point cross the line to obsessive, compulsive, out of control. It's the high we're chasing, the high that makes everything else fade away.

The thing about addiction is, it never ends well. Because eventually, whatever it is that was getting us high, stops feeling good, and starts to hurt. Still, they say you don't kick the habit until you hit rock bottom. But how do you know when you are there? Because no matter how badly a thing is hurting us, sometimes, letting it go hurts even worse." -Meredith Grey, Grey's Anatomy


I've become convinced that anything can become an addiction, including a relationship with a person. Meredith Grey's writer is a smart human being.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Remember how I'm looking for a house? Go here to see the one I'm dreaming about these days. Don't worry, I'm not going to pay that much for it and it does have a yard, these pictures aren't current.

Thanks, Micah, for the link!

Rascal Flatts

A couple of weeks ago I went to see Rascal Flatts with Danielle, Guy and Kim. We ate at The Dodo Restaurant in Gateway where I had a shrimp salad sandwich (made with Old Bay...oh, I miss Maryland) and Toll House Pie for dessert. Seriously good food at a reasonable price. Next time you're in Salt Lake (Gateway or Sugarhouse), try it.

Jessica Simpson opened for RS and while she wasn't great it was still fun to see her live.I've seen Rascal Flatts in concert 3 times and every time it's fun - they put on a great show!

The highlight of the night was finding out that our seats were right next to Tara and her friend Kat's, directly behind Tom and Stephanie's and under the APX sign. Not sure if ESA planned ALL of that, but it sure was fun to hang out with our friends!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Dresses are in this season

I'm not a dress person. I wear pants, capris or shorts to the office every day and a skirt to church for 3 hours on Sunday - but that's it. It's not that I don't like dresses (or skirts for that matter), they're just a little harder to live in. This season long dresses seem to be in so I've carefully tried out a couple and it turns out I like them! So far I've gotten this J.Crew dress in brown and green...
and this Old Navy dress. I'm not usually a big ON fan but it seems they've gone from being Gap's lamest brand to number 2 behind Banana Republic (sorry Gap, you're just boring these days). I recognize that J.Crew may not fit in everyone's budget but ON has so many cute dresses this season you really should check them out no matter what you're looking to spend.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tahitian Noni's Chicken Wrap

The Tahitian Noni Cafe shut down a little over a month ago and Mary and I have felt a void in our life - specifically, a missing chicken wrap. Tara and I once ate this wrap every day for lunch for about 2 months and since that was a little bit of overkill I had it about twice a month after that. It was a big part of our lunch diet and so when Mary emailed Noni and got the recipe we were excited to try it out. Mary made them last night and they really are just as good as the cafe - today at lunch we found out they're better on day 2. So try them for yourself and see what you think.

WARNING: this is the recipe exactly as it came from Noni. It makes a LOT and includes kitchen gadgets that most people don't have (TurboChef, anyone?) so you will have to improvise a little.

Pareo Chicken Wrap
Amt Measure Ingredient—Preparation Method
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1 12" Tomato Basil Tortilla Wrap
½ cup Island Lime Rice
2 ounces Black Bean Salsa
3 ounces Chicken—pulled
2 ounces Monterey Jack Cheese—shredded
3 ounces Chipotle Ranch Dressing
4 ounces Iceberg Lettuce—shredded
2 ounces Tomato—diced
2 ounces Tortilla Chips
1 wedge Pineapple—garnish

· Spray both sides of Tortilla with pan release. Heat in TurboChef on "Sandwiches - Baja Chix" setting (20 seconds).
· Lay rows of Rice and Black Bean Salsa in center of tortilla leaving 1"-1½" of tortilla on each side.
· Spoodle pulled Chicken from the steam well and lay on top of rice and beans.
· Sprinkle 2 oz spoodle of Cheese on top of meat.
· Place wrap in TurboChef and cook on "Sandwiches - Baja Chix" setting (20 seconds).
· Squirt thin line of Chipotle Ranch dressing (approx 1 oz) onto rice.
· Spread Tomatoes and 4-oz spoodle of Lettuce on top of cheese.
· Fold ends in and roll like a burrito and cut in half.
· Stack two wrap halves so that cut ends are exposed.
· Place Tortilla Chips opposite of wrap on plate.
· Place 2 oz. ramekin of Chipotle Ranch between wrap and chips.
· Garnish with pineapple wedge. (See picture for presentation).

Island Lime Rice
Categories: Prep
Amt Measure Ingredient—Preparation Method
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6 cups Jasmine long-grain rice
7 cups COLD water
15 ounces Canned Chicken Broth (OR 2 tsp. Chicken Base PLUS 2 cups Water)
1 cup Unsalted Butter—cut in pieces
⅛ teaspoon Kosher Salt
½ cup Cilantro—chopped
2 ounces Lime juice

· *Pour Rice into cooker. Do not rinse rice.
· Add cold Water.
· Add Broth (OR Chicken Base PLUS 2 extra cups Water).
· Add cut up Butter.
· Cook. Transfer to large metal bowl.
· Fluff rice with a fork or rice paddle.
· Stir in Cilantro. Sprinkle Lime Juice over rice. Mix well (for 3-5 minutes). Return rice to rice cooker to keep warm.

Black Bean Salsa
Categories: Prep
Amt Measure Ingredient—Preparation Method
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5 cups Black Beans—canned
5 cups Frozen Corn
2 cups Red Pepper—diced
¼ cup Lime Juice
½ cup Cilantro—chopped
⅛ cup Whole Jalapenos—minced

· Rinse Black Beans in a colander with water. Not necessary to rinse or thaw frozen corn.
· Dice Red Peppers using ¼" dicer.
· Remove seeds from Jalapenos and mince.
· Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
· Place in a large plastic container with a lid.
· Label and place in the walk-in cooler.

Chipotle Ranch Dressing
Categories: Prep sauce/dressing
Amt Measure Ingredient—Preparation Method
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1 gallon Ranch Salad Dressing
7 ounces Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce (1 can)—chopped

· Open Chipotle Chili Peppers. *Do not rinse or drain; the liquid contributes to the flavor of the Chipotle Ranch Dressing.
· Chop chilies, if necessary.
· Add to Ranch Dressing in a large plastic container and stir well until evenly colored.
· Label and store in walk-in cooler.