Thursday, January 28, 2010

i heart ... the babies

have you seen this movie preview?
everytime i see it my heart just melts!











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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

i heart ... roasted red pepper & tomato soup



this is my favorite soup!
i can't get enough!
i'm so happy that today is another dreary day
which will go perfect with this soup...
oh, and grilled cheese too, of course!









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Friday, January 22, 2010

have you seen this?



i've been having trouble grasping the reality
of the earthquake(s!) in haiti.
i can't comprehend it.
but i just stumbled upon a blog
from a girl who was working in an orphanage in haiti
and was killed.
reading the blog is helping me to grasp the loss a little more.
and it especially has me wondering about the children.
the blogger was a recent college graduate from washington
who planned on working at the orphanage for a year.
she had just hit her halfway mark.
you can read her blog here.










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i heart ... lucy

i went into petco the other day
and look who i was surprised to see...


that's lucy, i tell ya!




lucy!




shouldn't they be paying me for that or something???





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Thursday, January 21, 2010

i heart ... cinnamon oranges



this is my favorite snack of the moment.
all you do is
drizzle honey over the orange slices
then sprinkle with cinnamon
(just cinnamon, not cinnamon-sugar)
i could eat a million of these!
and i think i have!
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

i heart ... orange creamsicle trifle




for my niece brennan's birthday dinner
i asked her what dessert she would like me to make.
she said "orange trifle".
well,
i've never seen an orange trifle,
but why not?
you can make a trifle out of whatever you want!
so i thought about it,
then put it together,
and it turned out soooooooooo good!
seriously!
way beyond my expectations!
and it had an orange creamsicle flavor
so i decided that would be the official name.
it sounds more cute, too.


paula's orange creamsicle trifle
1 1/2 angel food cakes
orange juice (no pulp)
12 navel oranges from my backyard because they're the best!
vanilla pudding
whipped cream
1) section the oranges. you can learn how to do that here. this removes all of the white pith.
2) make pudding according to package directions, plus about 1/3 cup extra liquid to thin it out a little.
3) cut angel food cake into 1 inch cubes.
4) pour 1/2 cup o.j. into a bowl. dip cake cubes in o.j. (don't soak, just quickly dip)
5) layer bottom of trifle dish with cake.
6) layer sectioned oranges over cake (i used 6 oranges for each orange layer).
7) pour half of pudding over oranges.
8)start again with another cake layer,
and continue on with layers in the same order as before.
9) top with whipped cream








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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

i heart ... spicy chickpea curry...


... and coconut chicken tenders...
... and chickpea flatbread...



brook and i recently had another recipe exchange.
brook made the dishes mentioned above.
i've made this dish many times before,
but i wanted brook to try it!!!
it means a lot if she loves it,
so i made it for her.
the dishes brook made, on the other hand,
were all new,
and were all
yummy!
i will definitely be making these myself!
you can go here for her recipes.
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Monday, January 18, 2010

i heart ... gray skies


this is what the sky looks like today
(and what it's supposed to look like for the rest of the week) :


love it!
hip hip hooray!
hallelujah!



this is what the sky in arizona looks like
99.999999999999999999999999% of the time:

this happens to be my favorite color,
but it's not what i want to see when i walk outside.




this is what i want to see when i walk outside:



funny how it works like that.
but that's the way we are here in arizona.
we are always so happy when it rains!
it's like a holiday!
i'm so excited for this week!










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i heart... taco bell



today i went with my mom and my niece brennan to taco bell.
we actually went inside and ate.
i never go inside.
never.
in fact, this was the first time i'd been inside
this particular taco bell
even though, let's be honest, i'd been through the drive through
a million times!
why am i blogging about a trip inside taco bell?
because it was beautiful in there!
who knew?
well, maybe "beautiful" is not the right word,
but it was nice or whatever.
and they had beautiful taco bell artwork
and i kept looking at it and thinking,
"i would totally hang that in my house..."
because that's how much i liked it
and that's how much i love taco bell!
this was my favorite of the paintings:

i couldn't get a good shot
because i was trying to take it incognito.
taco bell might have rules about
using flash photography near their paintings.
i'm sure they are of great value.
they are to me anyway.


and when i told all this to brennan
she told me that because i love taco bell so much
i would surely love this video:








and i do love it!











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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

i heart ... 2009




my favorite pictures of 2009


(and it should come as no surprise
that most of these are pictures of my nieces & nephews!)





january


thomas just learning to crawl


clayton & samuel


clayton, paulina, & natalie

february

clayton - the boy with the golden feather!


natalie on the trampoline


clayton finding out he was going to be a big brother again


i've never seen a baby who loves books as much as thomas!
and i'm so happy thomas has a big brother like ammon
who is happy to read to him!


valentine's day party
natalie, brennan, kaitlyn, paulina, & sierra




march

ammon's ginormous orange


sierra through the kaleidescope


ava & paulina


natalie's birthday





april

thomas jefferson attends his first political rally
and totally gets into it!


a visit to my cousin jennie's family
jacey, jaren, jayton, & jackson






may


paulina


my beautiful sonoran desert


have you ever seen a baby so joyous to pet a dog???
thomas


my sister-in-law rebeca's graduation


here comes air force one!


and lookie here...
see who flew in on air force one
to personally congratulate rebeca on receiving her doctorate?


sisterly love
natalie & paulina


memorial day bbq


more sibling love...
clayton & ava


kaitlyn gets beignets for her birthday


thomas' first trip to the library

june


cooling off at nielson's frozen custard
kaitlyn, brennan, & ammon

this is all i've got for june.
i think i was just too hot to take pictures!




july


ava

paulina


ammon & thomas reading, again!


thomas & noah



august

thomas, noah, & samuel at our family reunion


the punk rock show!
brennan, sierra, kaitlyn, & ammon




caleb & ammon

thomas on the saddle from sundown ranch


shelby


noah & ammon

caleb & sierra


stephanie & shelby


sierra - always with a flower in her hair

clayton


clayton - the spy!


eli & ava playing peek-a-boo





september

i love that smile!
thomas


kaitlyn & ammon


a kiss from thomas


brennan






october


(this photo needs no introduction!)


samuel scrambles an egg for me!


noah with a goatee
(or a mishap with a suction cup!)


caleb


caleb is my favorite artist.
oh, and renoir too.


shelby


samuel
oops! i mean, count dracula!


ammon, sierra, kaitlyn, thomas, & brennan

clayton, ava, & natalie


paulina



november

cowgirl kait


veteran's day parade
ammon & natalie


natalie flying her flag for veteran's day

paulina


samuel, clayton, noah, & caleb

samuel


caleb & shelby watching the fountain
all of my nieces & nephews!
when we all were together at thanksgiving time
i took this picture for our christmas present to my mom.


my cousins and i have a picture like this
from when we were children
and i wanted to recreate it,
but by this point in the day the children were so over
having their picture taken!


ava & clayton


paulina, natalie, & ava


thomas & clayton

eli


thomas playing wii.
doesn't he totally look like he knows what he's doing?
he doesn't!
he just copies what his brother & sisters do!



december


this is the first time i heard natalie read!
like, really read! not just for pretend!


natalie's ballet recital


look at the shadow of thomas' eyelashes...

i was driving down the street & look who i saw...
my niece kaitlyn & my cousin summer

bruiser!
a missing tooth and bandaged head.
(clayton)
first a bruiser,
and now a monkey!
the missing tooth & bandaged head are making more sense now!


paulina being her crazy self!
anyone who knows her knows just what i'm talking about!

ava


eli the hedgehog


ava & ammon
as joseph & mary

my new kitty
lucy!



... and that's the end of 2009!












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