Filling: 6 oz chicken precooked. 1 carrot. 1 celery stalk. 1/2 onion chopped. Some chicken broth to keep moist. all sauteed together with some olive oil until soft. add 1 cup quinoa cooked. Stuff two good size green peppers. Bake 30 minutes @ 350° until peppers are soft.
Eat. makes 2. Easily multiplied for more.
Yes. I improvised the entire recipe.
John added parmesan cheese and soy sauce. But it is good without.
It's true. I don't wear make up. I don't really like it. I buy it periodically, but very rarely does it end up on my face. I personally believe that I have a nice face and don't need to add the junk. I haven't always believed that. I used to cake my face in Jr. High and High School for occasions that called for it. There were some days that I wore TOO MUCH, and other times I think I got it pretty right. No one ever taught/showed me HOW to wear makeup. It was all trial and error on my part.
No makeup makes me happiest.
I'd layer on the base. Add some Blush. A little more blush. Eyeliner. Eyeshadow. Lipstick. (Always lipstick. If I heard anything my Mother and William Shatner ever said to me was that "You always feel better with lipstick.") Then layers and layers of mascara. I have nice eyes, but my lashes leave something to be desired. My makeup collection has slimmed down over the years to lip stains, eyeliner and mascara and that seems to work just fine for me. Recently, I was provided a free sample, courtesy of Influenster, to try out Rimmel London SCANDALEYES RETRO GLAM MASCARA...and I have to say... I am in love with this stuff. Its non-threatening black exterior gives no hint to the awesomeness held within. Here are my application tips for Retro Glam Mascara: 1) apply liberally to lashes 2) be fabulous It seriously only takes one application to get your lashes looking huge and awesome. I was honestly contemplating getting lash extensions the last few weeks after getting to try some out. Lash extensions can start as low as $79 for your first full set, and then there is the maintenance that runs about $40. But then BAM!! This happened. Rimmel Mascara is available for less than $7 most places. It also doesn't look terrible under my glasses. Which is a reason I don't wear mascara that often. Being a glasses girl creates all sorts of limits to what you can and cannot do with your eyes. I'm impressed that this mascara is so light, non-clumpy, drys fast, and only takes one application, to make my eyes look so great. Remember back at the beginning of this post when I said I don't wear make up very often? Well, this stuff has been worn every day since I tried out out on Monday, and I am pretty sure it will continue to be used.
I did receive these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. They did not influence my opinion.
This is where we lived for eight years. It was a good little home. When we had originally moved in it was trashed. TRASHED, I say. There was broken furniture all over the house. Lots of stuff was broken and the back yard was nonexistent due to a downed tree and a car being there. Pet spots on the carpets and smelling of cigarette smoke. We put a lot of work into the house over our time there. A lot of cleaning and a lot of yard work later the house was livable and turned into our home.
We hadn’t lived there long before odd things started.
First of all there was this cat that was in the house. Now, I obtained two cats of my own while living in the house, but then there was this third that I hadn’t expected. It was large and I’d say it was black, but really it was just a dark color. I would see it all over the house, out of the corner of my eye. I would think it was my cat and I would say hello to her, but upon entering another room I’d discover that she was there and not where I had seen her. This was our ghost cat. We also felt it jump upon the bed at night when everyone was already on the bed and accounted for.
Next there was a little boy in a red shirt. I’d see him in spurts and flashes. He was there and then gone before you really wanted to admit that you had seen anything.
I kept the fact that I had seen these apparitions to myself for quite a while, but one day I said something about what I had been seeing to my husband, and he admitted that he’d seen things too but felt like I wouldn’t believe him.
The cat appeared for all the years we lived there, but the boy disappeared and I don’t recall seeing him again after the first few years we were there.
There were other things as well.
I never felt quite right in the TV room. It’s the room that should have been the garage, but was converted to give the house extra space. It was always cold there, and I didn’t like being in there alone.
Black shadows on the ceiling. Our bed room was on the front of the house. There was a street light just across the road, and yes traffic would drive by… But you got used to those shadows, they were familiar and most often would make the same patterns on the ceiling. It was the DARK shadows that moved independently from the rest that would make you close your eyes and pretend you were asleep. There was something sinister about them that made a person uncomfortable in their own home.
There were also the whispers at night. Lying in bed you could hear them and almost make out what the whispers were saying but no matter how you strained your ears it never became clear.
We moved from there in 2012. We did love living there, but at the same time, we’re happy to be gone.
What an eventful summer John and I have had… It seems like
we have had colds all year, but I know that’s not quite right. I’ve had
laryngitis twice this year, and John had an ongoing cough/cold for about two
months. But other than that we have had a bit of fun.
Over the summer we had two friends and one nephew get
married, and not to each other.
Logan and Jamie got married in Logan, UT on July 6th.
John and I went up and spent the weekend at the Anniversary
Inn because we love that place. The wedding we held at The Ritter Mansion outside, 90° F
+ humidity, sitting in the sun. But it was a nice ceremony. I almost got to
perform it, but my better judgment, and personal choices got the better of me. They
were very happy and the day was beautiful.
Bryce and Jennie happened to be in town that week so they
came up from Blanding to Logan for the wedding. It was nice to see them and
spend time with their little family before we all had to go back our separate
Holly and Joseph were married on August 1st in
the Salt Lake Temple. The sealing ceremony was short and sweet and they are so
happy together. The reception was held
at The Chantilly Mansion inside and out. It was a most beautiful day. I
was able to spend a short amount of time with a Sister from my mission. Hermana
Rivera (although that isn’t her name anymore) and her family needed a ride to
the reception and John and I were happy to help out. There were so many
wonderful people and old friends to see at Holly’s reception. I helped out a
lot in the wedding planning up to a point where I just couldn’t take it any
more. The best part though, was throwing Holly a bridal shower on July 17th
at my home. A lot of Sister Missionaries from our old days came, and the best
surprise of them all my Suzy Mattinsen came all the way from Virginia. I was so
glad to see her.
One Saturday in August I decided I wanted to go see the Spiral Jetty. I remember
learning about it back in high school in my Art history class, but it was under
water back then. Due to the drought and low water levels this year it was
visible and alluring to visitors. I had kinda
forgotten about it until
recently when there was a news report about things to see in Northern Utah. We
had made out plans to go when we were asked to babysit Kira and Cooper, John’s
sister’s kids. Instead of changing our plans we just decided to take them with
us. It was a two hour drive to get there, but it all went smoothly. The lake
was beautiful, and the Spiral Jetty was underwhelmingly awesome. I loved it. If you have never been there I would highly
suggest going. It is out by the Golden Spike National Historic Site so if you
have time you could stop there too for a history lesson. We had a ton of fun
and only got a little sunburnt.
September brought about the one year anniversary of my
broken elbow. To celebrate we made a Labor Day weekend trip to St. George...
John and I were able to take his sister Rachel and her two
kids with us for this trip. The three of them packed into our back seat and we
had a grand old time. John spoiled them with gas station gifts, and they filled
the back seat with crumbs. (The car needs a good detailing now, inside and
The St. George trip was also to celebrate the marriage of
our nephew Nick to his new adorable wife Souamee. They live in Alaska and got
married in… June… July… I don’t
remember. They came down to meet family and have a little open house to
celebrate their marriage. We sure love those kids.
While in St. George we also decided to try a new restaurant.
It was called the Bear Paw Café. It was
delicious. We will have to go there again. All the food looked and smelled so
good it was sad that we were only there for one meal.
September 5th – 7th was the first ever
Salt Lake Comic Con. John and I
bought tickets back in May to attend the three day celebration of all things
Geek. Back when we bought our tickets it was still just a little affair with a
few minor celebrity guests and some vendors. Over the following months more
guests signed up, vendor booths sold out, and they had to move the convention
from the South Town Expo Center to the Salt Palace in Downtown Salt Lake.
Ticket sales went through the roof and Stan Lee decided to come. The Salt Lake
City Comic Con is the 4th highest attended Comic Con, the biggest
ever first opening Comic Con, and the biggest convention that Salt Lake City
has ever hosted.
John and I went alone together on the 5th and ran
into our brother-in-law Scott, and
his daughter Lucy, and also our friend John Stout who was there by himself too.
We missed out on the 6th due to illness of John
and I worked from home that day so I didn’t want to drive into Salt Lake and go
On the 7th my brother Norm joined us and we met
up with the Stouts and Logan & Jamie while we were there. We also ran into
a few other friends in the massive crowd of people. I believe there were 70,000
– 80,000 people attending on Saturday alone. I’m really surprised we ran into
anyone we knew. John dressed as Captain Hammer
and I put together a Steampunk
costume of my own. An old friend, Blaine,
who named my Steampunk alter ego Steamy Cogsworth… I kind of liked it so I
shall accept the name and use it well.
We spent the entire day roaming the crowded aisles of venders and spent
a lot of time waiting for Stan
Lee. We watched the last bit of a panel discussion with William Shatner,
and then went to the Stan Lee panel. John loved it. I did too. Stan Lee is
All in all it was a great weekend. I ended up with an
awesome painting of the Baroness
, John got Ms. Marvel, and Norm got Supergirl.