Thursday, October 28, 2010

Karma - Thanks CJane

Monday night I had FHE with Ann Dee's family and Kathy and River at the Bean Museum.

Afterwords I talked them into getting ice cream at the Cougareat rather than the Creamery on 9th ... so much less busy on a Monday night. So there I was at the ice cream counter looking like this:

and the girl in front of me was about to write a check for $1.25. I stepped in and paid for her purchase. I wasn't being nice, I just didn't want to wait for her to write the check cause I really wanted my ice cream. I put it on my signature card which comes out of my paycheck so it was like free money anyway, right?

Well ... a couple of days later, I ran into my good friend Courtney (CJANE) at Days Market and we walked around the store together chatting. I needed to buy a cake for a birthday party I was hosting that night and Courtney insisted on buying the cake for me, which by the way, cost more than $1.25. KARMA. What goes around comes around, so they say. Well I agree.


It was so nice and I told her in return for her kindness, I'd blog about the experience and let all my readers know that this cake was donated by ... cause you know, I have lots of readers and she needs help in that department. ;)

In other news, tonight I went on a walk with Jewel. As I was helping her zip up her coat I said, "just be patient, I'll get the "bugger." She laughed and then said "well, if you're going to use that language, you might as well go all the way." So then I said, "ok, I'll get the s**&^#$d." We both laughed hysterically. It was a beautiful night for a walk.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cooking For One with Katy - Episode 22

Meet guest cook, Hui from China. This Green Thai Curry dish is as good as any curry dish I've had at a restaurant and it was surprisingly easy to make. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

FHE @ Holly's house

Last night was FHE @ Holly & Cliff's house. It was great fun but I'm losing my touch with the toddlers. Asher doesn't like me but I thought that was an anomaly. Well little Jane was starting to warm up to me when I did the "pop my thumb off" trick. It freaked her out to say the least and I'll have to work hard to get her back.

The lesson was on the Holy Ghost and there was also much talk about silly bandz and webkinz. So much I don't know.

Here is everyone enjoying caramel apples for dessert.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cooking For One with Katy - Episode 21

This is with guest cook, Holly (mediocremama).  You gotta watch this episode especially if you love tomatoes, or even if you don't ...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Remembering Drew - Turkey Triathlon

My friend, SaraJoy designed this using last year's design and modifying it.

We will be participating again this year in the Telos Turkey Tri in honor of Drew's memory. Anyone is welcome to participate, support, or buy a T-shirt. If you want a T-shirt, comment on this blog, or email me ( and let me know what size you want. Cost will be ~ $15.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My two loves ... Eric Stoltz and Michael J. Fox

This is just another Eric Stoltz post ...

Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly

Cameron sent me this link the other day. I love both Eric and Michael and have since I was little. I had no idea that Eric was cast in Back to the Future. Remember when I met Eric?

On another note, I stopped by Provo High ... 

and got to see this nephew right before his first swim meet. I just got to see him during the warm-up part but he sure did look Michael Phelpsish.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Return to the gym ... why do you exercise?

As I walked into the gym today after work, the worker taking my key chain bar code said, "it feels like you haven't been here for awhile."

I replied, "that is cause I haven't."  I was kind of bugged for a second and then I thought that it was actually nice that they noticed I'd been gone.

Well I'm back, at least for today. I've been thinking about why I exercise. There are many reasons that people exercise ...
  • compete in a race
  • reach a goal
  • lose weight
  • be healthy
  • be strong
  • look good/attractive
  • feel good physically
  • feel good mentally and emotionally (you know those endorphins and stuff), like on this little clip I put up on YouTube awhile ago

I particularly like this reason given by Elder Christofferson from conference last week. I know, that is two posts in a row about general conference. What can I say, it was a really good conference.

As our body is the instrument of our spirit, it is vital that we care for it as best we can. We should consecrate its powers to serve and further the work of Christ. Said Paul, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God” (Romans 12:1)

Monday, October 11, 2010

You don't have to be married ...

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Relief Society General meeting in Salt Lake City at the conference center. It was a great meeting. I've listened to all of the talks multiple times since then. After hearing Sister Allred speak, I made some plans. 

Here is what she said:

"... you don’t have to be married to keep the commandments and to nurture families, friends, and neighbors. Your gifts, talents, skills, and spiritual strengths are greatly needed in building up the kingdom. The Lord relies on your willingness to perform these essential duties."

I thought that first statement (highlighted) was hilarious because it is a duh, but yet sometimes I think I give myself an out and play the single card too often. Of course I can still keep the commandments even though I'm single. And I will do better to nurture families, friends, and neighbors.

I decided to impose on some of my family and friends that live close by and invite myself to their Family Home Evening. The last two Mondays have been great. Last week was at the Osguthorpe's home with both Lisa and Emily's kids and some cousins too.

Tonight I was at my brother Dan's house and he gave a great lesson about prayer. I loved hearing my nieces and nephews answer questions and tell stories about prayer in their own lives... like how Tyson prayed and prayed to find his Pokemon cards and then he did. 

Anyone want me to come over for FHE?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cooking For One with Katy - Episode 20

This is Kim who was Ann Dee's best friend growing up. She now lives in North Carolina with Duane and I keep talking about going to see her for Thanksgiving one of these years. Who knows, it could be this year. We'll see. Kim and Duane were stop #10 on my BDAA trip in the summer of 2008.

One time when we were younger, Kim broke into the bathroom with a butter knife while I was sitting on the pot. She just came in and acted like nothing was strange about the situation. She tried to have a conversation with me. I sat there yelling at her, threatening her life but she just sat there with this smirk on her face because she knew I wouldn't get up off the toilet while she was in the room. I was at her mercy.

So now you know Kim and after watching this episode of Cooking For One with Katy, you'll know how to make yummy spring rolls and peanut sauce too! Oh and this episode was filmed on my birthday - what a great way to spend the day!

Little Tommy is a married man

When Holly (MediocreMama) got married (7 years ago), I turned to Liz and Mandy and said, "no more nieces and nephews can get married until I do." They chuckled and said, "of course." I thought they would take me serious and really start looking for me . Well they didn't ...

Here they are ... Liz and Mandy as brides.

And now ... a nephew. Sweet little Tommy (Thomass) as I like to call him is officially married to Shantay. Shantay who didn't get mad when I backed into her car and caused significant damage to both cars. 

Shantay who let me borrow her Glee CDs. Yes, her.

Ken Garff was the man who performed the ceremony. He gives each couple that he seals in the temple a new car. 

JK, he doesn't do that, but that would be awesome if he did.

Jewel and Larry have been married for over 53 years.

Here is a picture of Asher being nice.

Meet Larry. He should be mine and here is why. First of all, look at his hair.

Secondly,  for years and years, I've had claim on the name "Larry" for my first boy ... you know, after my dad. Well Holly (MediocreMama), decided to name her second boy, Larry (after her grandpa). She swears that she had no idea that I had wanted that name. And yes it is true, I can still name my first boy Larry, but I don't want to look like a copy-cat so for a long time, I called this cute, little red-headed boy, Larry 2 cause whenever my Larry comes along, he'll be Larry 1.

I've come to grips with the fact that I can't stop my nieces and nephew from getting married, having kids, and stealing my names just cause I haven't yet. Right? Or can I?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Someone in Texas loves me ...

and here is the proof:

I was thrilled to find this on my doorstep yesterday when I got home from work. Thanks J!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Cooking For One with Katy - Episode 19

Chicken Picatta Pizza

6 chicken breasts (boneless/skinless)
1/4 cup flour
4 Tbsp butter ormargarine
1 Tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup chicken broth (Swansons is best)
1/3 cup lemon juice (2 lemons)
1 tsp finely grated lemon peel (zest)
1/2 tsp salt
4 or 5 grinds of pepper mill
1 Tbsp butter or margarine
3 Tbsp snipped parsley
2 to 3 Tbsp capers???(this is a guess...I've never measured

If the chicken breasts are large, cut in half. Pound the chicken breasts between plastic wrap to about 1/3 inch thick. Sprinkle them with or dredge them in flour. Heat the butter and olive oil (till foam subsides) and cook the chicken in it about 2 minutes per side. Take the chicken out. Add broth, lemon juice, lemon peel, capers, salt, and pepper and boil for about 6 minutes. Add the last Tbsp of butter. Put the chicken back in the pan, spoon the sauce over it, and heat for about 2 minutes. Taste for seasoning. A little caper juice or lemon juice, or a little more salt or pepper may be added if needed.

Pizza Dough:

1 1/2 cups water
4 cups flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp yeast
some oil (Just eyeball it)

Proof yeast and then mix all ingredients (except salt) in together and knead by hand for about 2 minutes. Then add in salt and continue to knead until the dough takes on a consistent texture throughout and is relatively soft and pliable to the touch. Let set and raise for as long as you want (I once left my dough out for 24 hours).


Cooked, sliced chicken breasts from the Chicken Picatta recipe
Leftover sauce from the Chicken Picatta recipe
Red sauce
Cream Cheese
Shredded Mozzarella
Other typical/desired pizza toppings.

Preheat oven to 415-425. If you have one, place pizza stone in oven while it preheats. Divide dough in half. Cover a wood cutting board or pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina. Form dough into a ball in your hands. Place on board and begin to push down and out, forming the ball into a disc, and eventually a flat pizza round. Use a rolling pin if necessary. Cut cream cheese into 1/4 inch pieces. Spread red sauce onto pizza round, then evenly spread 1/4 inch cubes of cream cheese. Place pizza in oven for 2-4 minutes, or until the crust begins to become crispy, but not brown. Remove pizza, add mozzarella, chicken, and rest of ingredients and then place back in oven until the crust starts to take on a brown color. If you have delicate ingredients such as basil or sun dried tomatoes, add them either 30 seconds before you remove the pizza, or right when you take the pizza out.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Things/People I haven't lost lately:

  • Drew & Ron... cause I haven't lost my testimony of the gospel
  • Mom (physically)
  • Stacy
  • Wendy
  • Dave & Erin
  • Ability to exercise (there was a time when I couldn't):
  • golf clubs (last year I think I lost two pitching wedges)
  • my assistant at work, Matt, who is great
  • my iphone
  • a lot of facebook friends and real friends for that matter
  • the ability to bribe Asher with candy or a movie
And here are some more (see, I'm a glass half full gal after all):
  • testimony
  • temple recommend (physically or spiritually)
  • job
  • shelter (my condo)
  • transportation (my suby & scooter & bike)
  • scooter parking spot
  • keys
  • wallet
  • any weight
  • sense of humor
  • a game of connect 4 ... I dare you to beat me
  • my plant (it's been alive for over four months in my care)
  • my view of Y mountain and squaw peak from my balcony
  • love for BYU sports
  • receipts (they are all filed away in chronological order)

                      Friday, October 1, 2010

                      Things/people I've lost lately:

                      • Drew ... to death
                      • Ron... to death
                      • Mom (mentally)... to Alzheimer's
                      • Stacy... to Dave and Pennsylvania
                      • Wendy... to Travis and Wyoming
                      • Dave... to Erin
                      • Erin... to Dave
                      • Motivation for exercise... to comfort food and television
                      • Lots of golf balls to bushes, trees, creeks, and ponds
                      • Student employees to other jobs, graduation, and snake bites (totally JK about the snake bites)
                      • Every game of scrabble (words with friends) I've ever played on my iphone
                      • A Facebook friend or two
                      • And Asher's affection - this is the typical look he gives me:

                      Now lest you think I'm a "glass half empty girl ..." come back tomorrow for a list of things/people that I haven't lost. Cause you know, the sun'll come out tomorrow or maybe the next day.