Thursday, July 22, 2010


(X) Shot a gun
( ) Gone on a blind date 
(X) Skipped school.
( ) Watched someone die
( ) Been to Canada( ) Been to Alaska ,
( ) Been to Cuba
( ) Been to Fiji
( ) Been to Europe
( ) Been to an Asian Country
( X) Been to Las Vegas
(X) Been to Mexico
( ) Been to Florida
(X) Been on a plane
( ) Been on a cruise ship
( ) Served on a jury
(X) Been lost
( X) Been on the opposite side of the country
( ) Gone to Washington, DC
(X) Swam in the ocean
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
(X) Played cops and robbers
(X) Played cowboys/girls and Indians
(X) Recently colored with crayons
( ) Sang Karaoke
(X) Paid for a meal with coins only?
(X) Made prank phone calls (some of my fav memories of hanging out with my oldest BFF)
(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose.
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(X) Danced in the rain
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe (gonna have to remedy that next christmas)
(X ) Watched the sunrise with someone (haha! I can't seem to get up early)
(X) Blown bubbles
(X) Gone ice-skating 

( ) Gone snow skiing 
(X) Camped out under the stars...tents count right?
(X) Seen something so beautiful that it took your breath away?
(X) Are or have been Married? 6 years
(X) Children? 2 boys and 3 girls
( ) Have a Pet? 2 dogs
( X) Been skinny dipping outdoors.
(X) Been fishing
(X) Been boating
(X) Been water skiing (wake boarding is more fun though) 
( ) Been Canoeing
(X) Been hiking
(X) Been horseback riding 
( ) Been camping in a trailer/RV 
( ) Flown in a small 4-seater airplane
( ) Flown in a glider
( ) Flown in a helicopter 
( ) Been flying in a hot air balloon
( ) Been bungee-jumping ...don't think I ever will either!!!
(X) Gone to a drive-in movie
(X ) Done something that should have killed you
( ) Done something that you will probably regret for the rest of your life?? No regrets just lessons learned

1. Any nickname ? Steph
2. Favorite Drink ? Iced tea with Splenda
3. Piercing? 2 in each ears.  Used to have nose and tongue.
4. Tattoos? Yes, one butterfly on leg/ankle
5. How much do you love your job? I am a sahm...what's not to love:-)
6. Birthplace: Las Vegas
7. Favorite vacation spot: Oregon Coast or Las Vegas to see relatives
8. Ever Been To Africa? no
9. What did you have for dinner? Pizza
10. Ever been on TV? no
11. Ever steal any traffic signs? no
12. Ever been in a car accident? Yes, 2 in one year.  Not at fault.
13. Drive a 2-door or 4-door vehicle? 4 door Ford Expedition
14. Favorite number? 7
15. Favorite movie?  Grease, Sweet Home Alabama, The Notebook
16. Favorite Holiday? None.  Don't celebrate.  
17. Favorite dessert? Cheesecake
18. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Having a 10 year old and an almost 26 year old.  YIKES!  Maybe Austen getting married, who really knows.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Subchorionic Hematoma

Something like that!  Woke up to bleeding (clots)  and cramping after not having any issues in months.  Maternal fetal specialist told me to come in and get checked out.  Turns out I have a subchorionic hematoma (blood clot) between the placenta and baby.  They said it's normally found between placenta and cervix.  I am on bedrest until my checkup on July 22 (this Thursday).  She is doing great!  Her heartbeat was great and everything checked out on her ultrasound.  Just trying to take it easy.  Oh, and we decided to name her Leila Renee instead of Ava.  I think it goes better with Maya and Kiera's names.  LOL.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Some recent favorites

I decided to post a few recent favorites I found.  I am copying Ashley.  LOL.  Anyway, here they are.  (Cookies with choc covered raisins)  (black and bean corn tostadas)  (strawberry bread) (Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes)  (Little League Beefburgers)  (homemade granola bars).  Make sure you check out the bento lunches, so cute!  (portable snack box).  Make sure you check out this cute blog!  (Egg and Cheese Waffle Sandwich)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Chocolate Chip Spice Bars

Chocolate Chip Spice Bars
From:  Gooseberry Patch

1-18 1/4 oz pkg yellow cake mix
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips

Blend together dry cake mix, oil, eggs, and spices.  Press into an ungreased 13x9 baking pan; sprinkle chocolate chips over top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or just until golden.  Cool and cut into bars.  Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.

Chicken Frito Casserole

1 Jar of Salsa
1 Large bag of Fritos
4 Chicken Breasts cooked and cut into chunks
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
1 8 oz container of sour cream
1 large cube of  cheddar cheese or colby jack shredded OR a bag of already shredded...

First: Mix, your two cans of cream of chicken soup with your sour cream in a large bowl. Add the chicken. Mix well coating all the chicken. Add salsa to taste... some like it spicy others don't...

Then, in a large casserole pan..
layer, fritos and your sauce mixture (with the chicken chunks). Then on top place more fritos and cheese. Cook on 350 for a good hour to a hour and a half. Till fritos turn a little golden brown and cheese is bubbly! YUM! 
Add more salsa if you wish..

Monday, July 12, 2010

Ultimate Chicken Tater Tot Casserole with pics

Haven't tried this yet.  Will soon.   Original recipe is from

Ultimate Tater Tot Casserole

1 pound of chicken breast cut into chunks and browned
1/2 pound of bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 pounds of frozen tater tots (plain, unseasoned)
2 cups of broccoli, cooked (or you can use a can of green beans or peas that have been drained)
2 cups of colby jack or your favorite cheddar cheese, shredded
1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup of sour cream
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 teaspoon of seasoning salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

What you need to do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

Combine the soup, sour cream, seasoning salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper.

Mix well.

Add 1 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese and the milk. Mix well. Set aside.

Spray a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with non-stick spray. Put the cooked chicken in the bottom of the baking dish.

Add the cooked broccoli or other vegetables.

Pour the sauce mixture on top of the chicken and broccoli.

Layer the frozen tater tots on top.

Sprinkle with the cooked bacon.

Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes.

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Haven't tried this yet, but it looks fun for the kids!

Great 30 day gourmet book giveaway

I love Once a Month Cooking and this is a great giveaway.    Check it out.

Rainbow Pudding Pops

Check these out! They look like such a great summertime treat for the kids.