Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Pot Pie

 Pot Pie:
This recipe is taken from the Studio 5 website

  • 10 inch double crust pie
  • 2 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion ( i don't use this, because i freeze my pot pie, and I don't like freezing onions)
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line bottom of pie pan with crust. In a skillet saute the chopped onion until sligtly soft and set aside.

2. Mix together the turkey or chicken, mixed vegetables, onion, soup and milk. Pour into pie crust, cover with top crust and crimp edges.

3. Slit holes in top crust and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.

If you want to freeze it, make it as described above, but don't bake it. Instead, before putting in the first pie crust (on the bottom) put plastic wrap down (as seen in picture)

and when finished, put it in the freezer for an hour. This will form it to the pie tin you are going to cook it in. After an hour, remove it from the freezer and wrap in tinfoil and then put it in a freezer bag.
Then when you want the pot pit, thaw in the fridge for about 8 hours, and then it is ready for the oven!!


Beef Stew

I've had many requests for some of my recent recipes, so I'm gonna post them on here!

Beef Stew:
(kinda a bad picture, cause i took it after half of the stew was eaten!)

This one is REALLY easy
So I just put a bunch of stew meat into a crockpot
cut up celary, carrots, onion, and potatos and placed on top of the meat.
Put in frozen corn and peas.
Then put one bag of onion soup mix, and a can of crm of chicken soup on the top, so as it cooks, it will seep down into the meat and vegis.
Salt and pepper to taste
pour on 3 cups of water (or if you want you can use beef broth, but mine was plenty flavorful with just water).
I did this about 8:30 this morning and put it on low. It was done by around 3ish and I just put it on warm after that!!

Good luck!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Will's Blessing!

Today William was blessed in sacrament meeting. It truly was one of the most amazing experiences. Spiritual moments like that only bring a family closer together. It was hard to not be able to be in close proximity with all the family members there, because you could really feel the spirit radiating from one another.
Sean did the most incredible job. I told myself I was going to be strong and not cry, but Sean's words were so strong and hit just the right spot in my heart, that the tears just started streaming. I know that he was incredibly nervous, considering it is his first extremely public blessing, but you would never have know the nerves were there.
In the past week or so, Sean and I got talking about the typical baby blessings, and what they include. The one thing we kinda laughed about was the showing of the baby. We think it's humerous, because most everyone in attendance has seen the baby before, so why the presentation? Also, if you are one of the unfortunate ones who showed up on time, instead of early, you most likely are far in the back of the chapel and can't even see the tiny baby. Sean had a BRILLIANT idea to solve this. He informed me that if he had to "show the baby" he was going to walk around the entire chapel holding him out for everyone to see! hahaha. I asked him politely to NOT show the baby after the blessing. So you can probably imagine my reaction, when the blessing was finished and everyone started to walk back to their seat, except Sean. He stood up in the front and proudly held this son high in the air. Much to my relief, he quickly pulled him back to a cuddle and returned to his seat. I was informed shortly after, that his Dad had told him he needed to "show the baby"! Whew, what a relief I didn't have the embarassment of him parading my child around the chapel!
We enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Bill's house after church. It was great to socialize with everyone, but I wish that more could have made it. There were people who were definitely missed and were in our thoughts the whole afternoon.
Sean and I want to thank everyone who participated in the blessing, who were there to show their support, and especially my Dad who got up in sacrament meeting and bore his testimony. It is great to grow up in the church and to know what your parents believe. To hear it on a day like today, spoken loud and proud, was a great blessing. He bore his testimony of eternal families, and his love for all of his family. I don't know about everyone else, but he brought me to tears for the second time today!
Again, we can't thank everyone enough for their support and help in making today possible. We couldn't have done it, nor would it have been as special without the love and support of our friends and family.

Here are just a few pictures:


Everyone has funny faces in this picture! haha, Love my Plato's family

A LOT to catch up on

So it really has not been that long since my last post, but it seems like so much has happened! Here's an update.

Thanksgiving was a blast. We spent the day down at my Family's house in Pleasant Grove. My brother had just gotten home the friday before, so it was a wonderful experience to have everyone together again for the first time since April. My sister and her family had 2 Thanksgiving dinners to go to, so we ended up eating ours around 1pm. I think that this is the perfect time for dinner, because then you have the remander of the day to pick at the leftovers! Here are some pictures of Thanksgiving day!

Sean and Will taking their afternoon nap (even though i believe this was taken at about 11 am!)

Nobody tell my dad this is up. He told me to delete it after seeing his face, but I just couldn't resist!

Such a CUTE sleeping baby

Hendrix loves playing with the baby toys!

Hanging out with Papa Stan!

Relaxing on Grandpa!

I think he was trying to hide from us!

Yet another nap time, and outfit. Wow, after looking at the pictures, I realized that he wore a lot of different outfits that day.

After hanging out at my parents house until about 8pm, we headed over to my sister's so that Sean could look at their broken furnace. We need to realize that this is never a good idea, because we can't ever get out of there quickly. We ended up leaving their house just after midnight, still with an hour drive home.
To top all of that off, Sean decided he wanted to go black friday shopping. Yup, that's 4:30 am. So, after only 2 hours of sleep, we headed out for the madness.

This is Will just before leaving...doesn't he look excited to be awake!

We hit walmart first, but after walking in the doors, turned right around and walked back out. It's a good thing my brother-in-law was going there too, cause he picked me up my $13 crockpot that I wanted! So then we headed over to Home Depot. When we got there, we were the 8th, 9th, and 10th people in line (yes, i'm counting Will as a person). But it was FREEZING. So after waiting in line for about 15 minutes, we realized it wasn't that busy, and we could wait in the car!

Will was so glad we were back in the warm truck, where he could enjoy his food!

After feeding Will I realized that the line was getting longer and longer. So I grabbed my coat (cause I was the only SMART one to bring a coat, SEAN) and headed back for the line. I stood out there for about 25 minutes before Sean and Will came to join me, and 5 minutes later, the doors were opened.
Apparently everyone else in line (the like 300 people) were there for the same thing as us. Vacuums. Yes, you heard me, a vacuum. Who knew there would be a stampede over a small shop-vac. But apparently it was a great deal, and we bought one for my brother-in-law in return for my crockpot!
After our wonderful shopping trip, we headed back home for sleep....At least Sean did. After all the excitedment, Will wasn't tired, and was up the rest of the morning. What a LONG day!

Earlier last week I went to the Festival of Trees with my Brother and Will. Here's just a few pictures from it.

I put him in his carseat not realizing I had covered his face. He started screaming to let me know that he couldn't see!

My favorite tree. It was full of Scrapbooking supplies

Such a cute sleeping face!

Well, that's all for this post. Got some more for the next however! Such a busy life we lead!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Adult time?

It is funny how once you become parents, your whole lives revolve around your baby. Most every conversation you have is about something the baby did. Your schedule is DEFINITELY based on the baby and his mood. And all of your extra curricular activities (if you have any) are based off of what you can do with the baby.
Well, tonight Sean and I decided to do something for us. So next year, WE ARE GOING TO DISNEYLAND! Yeah, I know, what a great "adult" place huh? But we both love it so much, and have been wanting to go for such a long time. So tonight we decided that instead of Christmas, Valentines, or Anniversary gifts for one another, we are putting all of the money toward a trip to CA!
I don't remember the last time I was this excited. Oh wait, yes I do. It was December 21, 2008 when I found out I was pregnant (Oh, there I go again talking about the baby!). But we are hoping to make the trip over our anniversary next March. It will be our 3 year anniversary, as well as almost 3 years since we have been to Disneyland.
If anyone wants to join us for this vacation, you are more than welcome! The more the merrier!
Also today I realized that I really miss clogging. It's funny how something is in your life for such a long time, that you can't just be without it. I almost get emotional over the thought of not competing. Last year was so hard, and this year is even harder. I'm hoping that maybe by next fall we can save up enough money for me to start clogging again. It would also be nice to get back into shape! I've never had to deal with the whole idea of working out, because clogging always kept me in shape. Now, i can't rely on it anymore so I have to do other things to get rid of this mommy fat!

Well, I avoided the baby topic long enough, here are some more pictures of Will!!!

Just about to sneeze! He always seems to sneeze during picture time!
I swear this can not be comfortable.

Oh, my bother is coming home soon! For those of you who don't know, he is in the National Guard. He left in April for training, and was supposed to be home the middle of August, before William was born. But he ended up getting the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, as well as other sicknesses which kept him from being able to train for about 3 months. He finally got a little better and has resumed his training. He will be home next weekend, just in time for Thanksgiving! I am so excited, because he has been very limited on how much contact he has with the outside world, and I also haven't seen him since he left. It will surely be a wonderful holiday season having my whole family back together!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Pictures of William!

I haven't posted pictures of Will in a while, so here's just a few!

Yesterday we went to the doctor for William's 2 month check up (yes, i realize he is 10 weeks, not 8!) He is one healthy little one, and is growing VERY well! He is now 23 inches and weighs 12 lbs 3 oz. And you can tell when holding him that he weighs 12 lbs. My arm goes dead quite frequently! He also got his 2 month immunizations, which included one oral and 3 shots in his legs. He did very well for the oral, and his first shot, but then quickly started screaming with the saddest cry ever. I felt for him. I have a major fear of needles, and started to tear up as soon as the nurse walked in with them.

He is now a lot more alert and aware of his surroundings. We recently received got a new swing which has a mirror on the mobile above him, and he could sit in it all day and just stare at himself. It is so funny to watch him smile at himself like he would for me or Sean. I can't help but just sit and watch him all day long! Luckily though with this new swing situation, he is quite content, so I have been getting a little housework done!

Well, I can hear him starting to wake up from the other room, so this is all the update you get right now!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Family Pictures

I haven't been on my blog in forever. It's crazy how with a little one you forget about things like this!

2 Saturday's ago we went and got our first family pictures taken. I believe that I have the cutest baby in the world, and he is very photogenic! Those are some of the pictures (sorry, some are a better quality than others)

Monday, September 21, 2009

William's Newborn Pictures

My sister came over and took Williams newborn pictures a few weeks ago. It has taken me a while to get them up, but here they are. Oh, and i also discovered a beautiful thing called How amazing is that site?! All of these pictures have been edited online. Perks of nap time!

State Fair

This last week I took will to the State Fair with my family. We went with my Parents, My Dad's Parents, My Mom's Mom, and My Sister and her kids. It was a blast. We spent almost 6 hours there, and hit pretty much everything there was to see. Of course the most time was spent looking at all of the animals as that is where Hendrix wanted to head the second we walked in the gates! The only down side to the whole experience was that I had to keep Will in the stroller while covered up the entire time, so he wouldn't get a sunburn, and he ended up getting a heat rash. Poor little boy. But he is now getting over the rash, and is slowly becoming less fussy because of it! Here are some pictures taken while there...