Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Jaxon's New Room!

I have been on a kick all summer to decorate my house. I just started feeling like it was kind of plan and boring. So I wanted to spruce it up. I always up for change. Tim and I make a great team too because I'm creative but not very good at figuring out how to get to my end goal, thats where tim comes in! So I wanted to paint these Squares on Jaxon's wall but I am not good at measuring and straight lines. So Tim took my idea and put it on the wall! YAY! he did it while we were in Edmonton at the beginning of the month so that Jaxon wouldnt be sleeping in the stinky smell of paint. but he did have to save one square so that Jaxon could help too!

Ready to Paint... scary isnt it!

Carefully painting

All Done!
I love this wall! I think its awesome! the picture really doesnt do it justice! Jaxon loves it too!
Now... what next???

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Missing Mesa Monday???

ok.. Im sure I already posted the recipe I did on Monday... I distinctly remember writing about how I love recipes with only 3 ingredients... but I cant find it now... so sorry if it somehow got lost in cyber space!
  This past monday was my last Mesa Monday... I have now tried all the recipes I am willing to try. There are a few more that If I went to the restuarant Im sure Id love to try but they require way more effort then I am willing to put in at dinner time...
  So here is the one I did... It was super yummy bytheway!
Chipotle Honey Glazed Rib Eye Steaks
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbsp Chipotle Chili Puree
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp canola oil
dash or garlic

Mix all those together and then pour over 4 rib eye steaks. Allow to marinade for a few hours or over night. Then gril them up to perfection! Super Yummy!

Monday, August 8, 2011

My Painting

I have been wanting to decorate my house for a while. Tim and I have been married for almost 7 years and I still often look around my house and think it looks like a bachelor pad or a student couple's place... I wanted to spruce it up. But I had a few issues... first I lack the talent and eye for interior decorating. (any advice is greatly appreciated) Two I often changed my mind on what I wanted and Three a lack of funds! Its hard to decorate when you are on a budget. But I was hit with some wonderful inspiration when I was in Vegas with my mom and Sister.

This is a painting the Vdara has hanging in its lobby by the elevators. Gorgeous right??? I fell in love with it. The best part was I know I could make one really really simply! Thats when I decided I would make myself one and find a place in my house for it! So when I was at moms this past week. Thats what I did. We went to Michaels and bought some canvas and paint and brushes and I set to work. (side note..I have also started doing the Personal Progress program again since I am back in YW and this is one of my Value didnt take me the full 10 hours so Ill just have to paint another one too!)
Here is mine! I know there are less circles then the orginal... but I still love it! I think I did not too bad for my first painting. I have fallen in love with painting abstract art... Ill have to do lots more of it!

And just because I couldnt resist... look at my handsome little owen. How can you not love this man!
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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tomorrow is Mesa Monday!

Ok... so I spent last week up at my parents house in Edmonton. We did do a Mesa Recipe, but it wasnt on monday and Im not typing it out... it was insane! when I say we...I mean mom... bytheway... We did Shrimp and roasted garlic corn Tamales... They were super yummy... but they took like 3 hours to prepare... so I have kept the recipe and may make them... once a year... but there is no way Im taking the time to type out that one for you... it was intense... so if you really want to try them and you have 3 hours to prepare dinner then get the book and turn to page 98.... there ya go!
  Tomorrow I am going to stick with Mesa Monday... I have a few more recipes to try... This time its.....
Red Chili-Honey glazed Shrimip
(bobby flay uses salmon....but I dont have any in the house and I have shrimp... so voila!)
1/3 cup Honey
1 Tbsp Ancho chili powder
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
 (nothing beats a 3 ingredient recipe!)
So since Im using Shrimp Ive had to tweak the method a bit... here is my plan
1)Whisk everything together.
2) Pour over shrimp and allow to marinade 4 hours
Hmmmm.... what can a tell you about Edmonton... it was fun! My boys always love seeing mama and papa... I love having them baby sit for us! YAY date nights. Tim and I went out and say Captain America... Yep i was just that desperate to see a movie... I really want to see Harry potter 7... Tim say it without me and that makes me sad....after the movie we went to Montanas for dinner... it was awesome! I had this massive burger with Onion strings and deep friend Jalapanos adn Tim got this dinky wrap... I laughed so hard because when the waiter brought it out he totally thought tim had the burger and I had the wrap! BAHAHAHAHAHA
   Owen is starting to talk more... He currenlty can say; Dad, Bro (jaxon), Cracker, Cookie, No, Papa, Pop, Cheese and Holla... oh and his newest two work phrase Im sad... when he is crying and throwing a fit if you are ignoring him he will start whining... Im SAD IM Sad over and over until you acknowledge him. Its cute! Also... no I did not forgot to put Mom on the list... he wont say it... loser
   Jaxon is pretty sick of summer holidays and is ready to head back to school... I told him we still have another month. He  was sad... but I think he will perck back up now that his BFF Krysten is back in town. he sure has missed her.

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