Saturday, July 20, 2013

wedding slideshow...

my favorite wedding task was to create a 10 minute slideshow of jarad and myself.  we had our families send us photos as children and with family and friends, and then of course we have lots of photos of us it is and it makes me cry everytime.

Friday, July 19, 2013

4 layer coconut cake...

for jarad's birthday this year, he requested a coconut cake.  we celebrated his birthday on easter and i made this awesome 4 layer cake, with pastel frosting.

here is the recipe for cream cheese frosting, which can be used on all kinds of cakes, muffins, and cupcakes.

4 oz unsalted butter
4 oz cream cheese softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 t vanilla extract

i used a store bought white cake mix (2 boxes) and baked them in two 9 inch pans.  when the cakes are cooled, i used a piece of dental floss to cut the cakes into 2 pieces.  i used food coloring to make the different pastel colors, and layer the cakes and frosting and then patted coconut on the side, to make it look like "grass", and topped it with easter egg malt balls.  it was festive, beautiful and delicious!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

summer reads...

i'm putting aside the dog training book to read this one!  my co-workers good friend is the author and it has great reviews...

Thursday, July 11, 2013


ranger cookies...

this is my mom's recipe, and it is a favorite among jarad and his friends, so much so they have been re-named around our house as the "eddie c"cookies (there is a funny story behind this, but not blog appropriate).  so now i have started to make my own and i like these so much because the batch makes a ton of cookies and they are not your usual chocolate chip.  in fact, last weekend i made a batch and put it in a nice container and gave it to the people who run the adoption foundation where we got wilfred.  i included the recipe inside of the container, which i think is a nice touch, it allows the person to re-create the recipe if they like it enough and it also lets them know what is in it in case anyone has allergies.


1/2 lb of unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 t vanilla extract
2 cups flour
3/4 t baking soda
3/4 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
2 cups oats
2 cups corn flakes
1 cup shredded coconut

how to:

heat oven to 350 degrees.  in large bowl beat butter and sugar until creamy.  add eggs and vanilla and combine well.  add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and combine well.  then add oats, corn flakes and coconut.

drop the dough into one inch balls on cookie sheet, it will make 4 dozen cookies.

bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes and allow to cool.

these cookies are great on their own, and have an unusual texture.  tonight i am making them for a friends bbq and am bringing some ice cream so we can assemble ice cream sandwiches for dessert.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

wilfred's life..

jarad has some new toys too, here he is testing his new stedicam...

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

pop color...

one of my favorite features on my new camera is the filters you can put on your pictures.  my very favorite one is "toy camera", but i also like the "pop color".  it takes a black and white photo but highlights certain colors, here are two examples...

Sunday, July 7, 2013

asain meatballs...

spaghetti and meatballs is my ultimate comfort food, especially my moms.  however, jarad is not a big pasta fan, so we rarely eat pasta, and if we do, its in the form of mac n cheese.  he still loves my classic italian meatballs, but i came up with a new twist on them, they are perfect served with a side of aspargus or brocolli for our low carb weeknight dinners.


1 1/2 lb ground turkey
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup soyaki marinade + 1/4 cup for glazing (teriyaki sauce can be substituted)
1 egg
1 T crushed garlic
1 large shallot diced
1 t red pepper flakes

how to:

combine all ingredients and form into one inch balls, bake on 350 degrees until golden brown and glaze with the remaining soyaki and put under broiler.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

one year ago today...

exactly a year ago, jarad proposed to me on our teardrop camper adventure.  since then, we have gotten married and life is wonderful...

this is my "happily ever after"...

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

new camera...

i got a new camera and i have the perfect subject (wilfred).  i am having fun learning how to use it and playing with the different settings, here are a few of my favs...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

drunken pasta...

two of my favorite things; red wine and pasta, so what could be better than combining the two into a meal?!?!  it tastes good and looks beautiful!


1 lb spaghetti
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1 large shallot
1/2 t crushed red pepper flakes
1 bottle of red wine (zinfandel or syrah)
1 T tomato paste
1 T butter
1/4 cup basil (or parsley can be substituted)
4 oz crumbled goat cheese
salt and pepper to taste

how to:

cook garlic, shallot and pepper flakes in olive oil, about 1-2 minutes.  then add your entire bottle of wine and tomato paste, cook over medium heat until it starts to simmer.  then turn down heat and let it cook off the alcohol for about 5-6 more minutes.

this is when you should put your pasta in the boiling water, and let it cook half way (about 6 minutes).  when the pasta has cooked for 6 minutes, put it in the  wine bath and let it finish cooking in the wine.  it will turn a beautiful purple color and absorb most of the liquid.

after it has finished cooking to al dente in the wine sauce (about 5 minutes) you can add your butter to thicken the sauce, basil and crumbled goat cheese.

 mix in the goat cheese so it starts to melt.

serve and enjoy!