Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Little Presents.

I love bouillon cubes.
They are little presents for your soup.
They are wrapped in little foil packaging.
In a nutshell, they are dehydrated stock.
They are wonderful.
I took a vote.  Voting was unanimous.  They deserved their own photo shoot.  Enjoy.
Let me introduce you to one of my favorite quick & simple soup recipes.

1-2 bouillon cubes (I like chicken and/or beef) (aka soup presents)
1-2 c. of water (one cup per cube I always say)
5 potstickers (I use these)
1-2 t. of sliced green onions (aka scallions)
A dash of soy sauce

Add everything to a pot (lid optional).  
Adjust temp to medium heat.
Stir occasionally so the little stickers don't stick to the bottom 
(I will still be your friend if they decide to stick).

When the cube has dissolved and the potstickers are cooked through (approx.10 min.), that is the perfect time to pour pot contents into your favorite bowl.
 If you're an overachiever, you can add more things (mushrooms, fresh lime juice, spinach, onion, etc.).

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Baby Gnomes.

Welcome to Utah!
Hosted by the food coloring bottles {because I love them so much}.
I don't know how the adoration started between the cone lidded bottles & I, but I'm grateful for it.
Maybe it's because they look slightly like baby gnomes?
We've got some mountains (all snowed up) & blue skies.
We've got some really pretty canyons & they even come with free waterfalls!
We've got quite a bit of construction.  If you ask me, it feels like they are changing our state lines.
We've got some fry sauce.  Ketchup.  Mayo.  You're welcome.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


I'm one of those people who can't be in the same room as a spider, if it's alive.
Over the past few years, however, I have developed a strange {really strange} relationship with three spiders.

The first {on the left}, I named Buddy, and he spun his web in our blue spruce tree.
I learned to tolerate him because he was outside, and I always knew where he was.
Plus, he's kind of beautiful looking in a menacing sort of way.

The second {on the right}, I named Buddy II, and he spun his web in a bush under our porch.
I tolerated him because I had practice from the previous summer with Buddy I.
Ditto on the menacing beauty.

The third {not pictured}, went unnamed {probably named Buddy, too}, he was a small spider that always spent his time between the window and a screen in our bathroom.
Once again, I always knew where he was = tolerable.

There is a small compartment in my heart that is webbed off for these three.
There is a piece of me that hopes another Buddy will present itself this summer.
Don't worry, I'll keep you updated.  ;-)

I think spiders' webs are amazing {not walking into them, though}.
I think this fascination started at a young age watching Charlotte spin words into her webs - the 1973 version of course.

I hope you know that I think you are radiant and terrific. 
I hope you have a really great day, and may you not walk into any spider webs.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


I got an aquarium!
Meet the fam..

Scampi (the green fast little thing)
Cajun (a red proper looking shrimp-pictured)
Waldo (the clear one that is always hard to find-pictured)
                                                 Marcel (the one with the blue dot-slightly pictured with Waldo)
                                                 Cargo (the one without the blue dot)
                                                 Astaire (the one with the zebra shell)
                                                                                                    Bennie (the striped algae eater-pictured)
                                                                                                    The Jets (the two little pufferfish-pictured)
                                                                                                    Penny (the dotted algae eater-pictured)

Originally, it was just Bennie and The Jets, but then Bennie started swimming around like a crazy fish.  I thought that if I bought him a woman, he would simmer down.  Wrong.  Now I have two algae eaters that are both plain nuts.

My little brother helped me pick out the aquatic life last Tuesday.
The pet store employee asked me if I would like to buy fish insurance.
I said no thanks.
I'm sure your mouth is wide open right now because I did not buy the insurance.
However, I'm pleased to tell you that they all made it through their first week!

Listening to Midnight Train To Georgia by Gladys & The Pips.
Searching for a new job.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


In this household, we celebrate holidays when we please.
This past Sunday was Easter.
Eggs by Alex
Eggs by the two brothers and I.

Alex (23), Colt (19), and I (21) ran around the yard like little kids experiencing Easter for the first time (I'm sure the neighbors appreciated the entertainment).
Nothing could stop the hunt, not even the rain.
Some of the favorites I managed to pick up were Cadbury Eggs, Smooth Melty mints, and Candy Buttons.
I am pleased to say it was a clean hunt and no one got hurt, minus the brothers' egos.  I totally won.

We colored Easter eggs after.
I love the colors.
I love the vinegar.
I love those wrappers that hug the eggs real tight when submerged in hot water.
I love being able to use crayons to decorate.  It's like magic!

We celebrated Easter early this year because my little brother is leaves today to serve a mission for our church, for two years.  He is one of the best and funniest people I know.  I love him more than cheese enchiladas.  That's a big deal.  I am really grateful for the reason behind the celebration of Easter.  I'm grateful for Christ's life and his flawless example to the world.

For all of you that celebrate holidays on the allotted days, like normal people, Happy Easter to you this coming Sunday.  May your baskets be filled with colored eggs and delicious chocolate, and may you not trip too many kids in the process.  :-)