Thursday, January 27, 2011

Never Forget!

1%!  ONE PERCENT!  That is how many brave Americans are serving this great nation in our Military!  Today Oprah had a special on military families and the sacrifices we make.  I am proud to be part of the 1%!

I was brought to tears almost immediately when her first guest was introduced.  He was hit by an IED in Iraq, lost his eyesight, his ability to speak and is learning to live again.  His family is changed forever!  The next guest was a mother of a soldier who was killed in 2005.  He was a handsome, young man who had so much going for him.  He gave the ultimate sacrifice and may he never be forgotten!

My main reaction to the entire show was thankfulness(with lots of tears)!  I am thankful that my husband is one of the lucky ones...he has made it home from 2 long tours in Iraq!  I am thankful that I get to hug his neck at the end of the day...I am thankful that I roll over in the morning to see his face smiling back at me!  I'm thankful that he leaves laundry around and breaks things like a bull in the china closet....because I have him home!  I will never forget those who were not so fortunate...who either never came home or were wounded.  My heart hurts for them!

May you each take a quick moment out of your day to tell the people you love just how much they mean to you!  Never take them for granted, no matter how irritated you may just never know when they might be gone.  :)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Laundry Day

This is what I found when I walked into the living room to fold my laundry!  I couldn't possibly move her to actually get my chore done, so...I let her relax and I did something much more fun and less productive.  :)

Meat and Potatoes!

It is no surprise that The Pioneer Woman is one of my culinary/photography/blog heroes!  She is pretty much great at EVERYTHING...and I can only dream that someday I will be as fabulous as her.  I had been eyeballing this Filet au Poivre on her site for weeks and I knew I just had to try it.  I have no idea what au Poivre means for real, but to me it mean BEST THING THAT EVER TOUCHED MY LIPS! Seriously, this is the best meal I have ever made...not that this is saying much, because my cooking skills are far from great. the 2 keys to making this meal amazing it 1. buy some good steaks! and 2. get some colorful peppercorns! (not the already crushed kind).  Trust me this is important.  I made a trip up to the meat market in Tacoma and selected 2 of the finest filets they had and then brought them home and prayed that I would not ruin them and we would have to order pizza.  

Here is where the peppercorns began to become magical!  I put them into my handy dandy coffee grinder (or pepper grinder).  Like so...  

After a few good cranks you get this...
Side note:  If you don't have one of these amazing tools, contact my Grandad to make you one.  :) can just put them in a ziploc bag and go to town with a rolling pin.  I'm sure it will work just as well...after all, that is what The Pioneer Woman said to do.  

Then you get to work on the steaks.  I had good intentions to take pictures along the way, but I got way too excited/nervous and forgot.  So, here is the final product....

And after...

A few notes: 
1.  Go to The Pioneer Woman now and get the recipe and instructions on how to make this tonight for dinner!
2.  Steaks continue cooking after you take them out of the oven.  I actually knew this, but for fear of serving steaks that were still mooing, I actually cooked them a little too long.  Thankfully my steaks were such great quality they were still tender.  :)

Happy cooking and Happy eating!!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cupcake Cookies!

Are you in the mood for a cupcake?  Or maybe a cookie?  

This is my latest sugar cookie creation to take to a coffee tonight!  It is all girls, so I was aiming for something girly and fun!  

I love cookies!...and cupcakes too!!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Whistler Blackcomb 2011

We are home from an amazing and fun ski weekend in Whistler, B.C.  I can't believe we have been here for 3 years and this was our first time to make the short 5 hour drive up.  The weather wasn't the best, but it kept the mountains not so crowded, so I guess it was a win.  It was the first time I have ever skied in rain!  A front came in from Hawaii and brought warm/wet weather.  The warm was good...the wet...not so good.  We skied both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, but probably didn't even ski half of it.  It is absolutely huge!  
After our first morning of skiing in the rain, we took a lunch break to dry off and warm up at Longhorn bar and grill.  It was not bad for lunch, but at about 2PM it turns into a dance club.  By the time we got off the slopes each day there was a huge line to get in and the music was blaring.  This town is a college kids heaven!  
We were in line to board the new Peak to Peak Gondola that takes you from the top of Whistler to Blackcomb and back the other way.  It is the largest gondola in the world...I think.  It has broken several world records and I can't remember them all, but it is an amazing work of engineering.  At one point you are suspended 1427 feet above earth, only being held by 3 cables.  I got a little nervous at certain points!  

There are 26 red cars and 2 silver cars with glass bottoms.  We got lucky and ended up in a silver car!  

This is the view through the bottom!  

Here we are looking back at Whistler headed to Blackcomb.  About half way there...notice no poles!  This think only has 4 poles to support the entire system!
Hanging out after a long day of skiing!

Another fun night at Garibaldis Lift Company.  This is the #1 Apres Ski hangout in the world!  

Crepes!  Authentic French Crepes!  Yummy!

And...the best French toast ever!

Anyone up for a trip to Pemberton?

Here are a few videos of the expert skier!  Unfortunately we had technical difficulties on my videos!  I guess we will have to go back to get a video of me! :)

Well, now it is back to reality and I have to go to work tonight and then start up on 2 more grad school classes in the morning!  More on that to come...

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snowflake cookies

After all of my cookie baking over the past few months, I finally have my first order!  I made cookies for a conference that is happening in Park City, Utah.  I made snowflake cookies to fit the winter, mountain theme along with a custom tag and ribbon.  Off they go in the mail tomorrow!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

I'm back!

It has been nearly a month since I have blogged and I feel like it will be impossible to completely catch up. Block leave was amazing!  Christmas was one of the best ever and now here we are ringing in a New Year!  I really love turning the calendar over to a new year.  It always feels like such a fresh start or a new beginning.  I have a feeling that 2011 is going to be the best yet!  Here is a recap from our trip to TX...

We started a new family tradition...going to see A Christmas Carol.

We had a mini Tech Pom Reunion at Chuys.
We saw KK!  (Both times we ate at Chuy's!)

We went Christmas light looking!

We baked a lot of Christmas cookies.  
We tried to get a decent picture of the 3 baby girls!
Gorgeous Christmas morning pic.
We opened presents!
We ate!...too much!
Loved on the college boy!

Rang in the New Year with my beautiful Mama!

Loved on the babies!
Saw the cousins and Grandad!  (Saw Em and Elizabeth too...they missed the pic :( )

The trip went too fast, as usual, but we got to spend lots of quality time with each of our families!  I think the mexican food count was around 17 times for the 2 weeks we were there.  That would be why we are now on the new Weight Watchers plan.  The mexican food doesn't look great on my rear end!  I'm so excited to see what 2011 has in store!