Question of the Day

The Princess was in the car with her dad the other day (they were taking yet ANOTHER bike back to WalMart - we haven't been having much luck with bikes - hopefully this new one will be a keeper).

For some reason, the song "Feliz Navidad" was playing on the radio (Christmas in July, maybe?).

The Princess asked her dad, "Does 'Feliz Navidad' mean 'don't worry, I got you something for Christmas?' "


Some From This Weekend

Just wanted to share a few snapshots from this weekend. The Princess got all dressed up and asked me to take some pictures of her - so I had to oblige! :)

Playing around a bit with some subtle "vintage" processing - I don't like them to look over processed, but I love the vintage look when it's not overwhelming.

I know this one is WAY more processed than my normal stuff, but I wanted it to look sort of "glowy" to go with the fairy wings. :)

This one is sooooo her!!

A door-to-door saleslady came by while I was snapping these shots - I think she thought I was crazy. :)


More from Colorado

Here are some images from our "official" photo shoot in Colorado. My parents live near a really cool sculpture park - there are so many areas in the park that make perfect backdrops for outdoor portraits! We had a really nice evening exploring the park and taking pictures - and it was one of the few evenings that the weather actually behaved for us! :)

I've shared more images over on Facebook, and I'll probably post some of the family pictures on the blog next week - I can't share them all today, or I won't have anything to blog about later. :P

My color looks pretty messed up online (as usual), but you get the idea. :)

This one made me laugh - she was much more interested in the reflector than sitting still and smiling for the camera.


Sparky's Non-Cake Birthday Pictures

Just a few images from our walk. Sorry about the messy face in the first few pictures - I know it will drive my dad crazy, but it's too messy to easily fix in Photoshop.


Sparky's Birthday

Sparky turned one on the 7th. I can't believe it's been a year already! I swear we just brought her home last week!

Her birthday was pretty uneventful. We decided to hang out at home, and took her for a walk in the evening (her favorite thing to do!). I made a cake, which she hated.

Thank you Grandpa and Grandma Rosie, Uncle Joe, and Jimmy (and Lizzy and Seth) for the birthday gifts. She's having a blast with them (when The Princess lets her play with them without "helping").

I took a few pictures to commemorate the day (and the epic failure of a birthday cake). :)

She was interested in the cake in the beginning...

But she didn't really like the feeling when her fingers got dirty...

We figured she'd at least like the icing... I don't think we'll try pink icing again - store bought pink icing tastes like red food coloring. Gross!

Not a fan...

Tried to get her to enjoy playing with the cake. How often are babies given free reign to get filthy? We figured she'd love it...

Not so much...

After that, I tried giving her a bite of the cake (instead of the icing). Bad idea! She almost tossed her cookies all over the table. I guess my kids just aren't a fan of cake until they get older.


Independence Day

I just wanted to pop in really quickly and share some pictures from the 4th of July.

We went to a ward breakfast in the morning, but in the rush to get out the door on time, I forgot to bring my camera (bad photographer mommy!!). So I don't have any pictures from the morning.

We didn't go anywhere exciting for the 4th - no family to barbecue with, and our friends all had plans, so we spent a quiet day at home. It was nice in its own way, I guess, but I missed having family and friends with whom we could spend the day.

I picked up a box of sparklers for The Princess when I went to the grocery store. She enjoyed them - although Sparky wasn't so sure about them.

I'll try to post some pictures from Sparky's first birthday tomorrow (she turned 1 yesterday).


Pasta Bake

We tried a new recipe this week. I get emails from the Food Network (I'm embarrassingly addicted to that station), and received a recipe this week that sounded easy and good. It's the "Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina" by Giada De Laurentiis.

I made a few minor modifications, and it was really good. I think I might make it a day early next time, because the flavors were even better the second day. I also doubled the recipe so that it would fit in an 13X9" pan.

1 cup pastina pasta (or any small pasta - we used mini bowtie pasta)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup cubed chicken breast (1-inch cubes)
1/2 cup diced onion (about 1/2 a small onion)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon butter, plus more for buttering the baking dish

(I also used some garlic salt and oregano when I cooked the chicken to add more flavor - I highly recommend this - the chicken tasted great!!)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until just tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Drain pasta into a large mixing bowl.

Meanwhile, put the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes. Add the onions and garlic, stirring to combine, and cook until the onions are soft and the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes more. Put the chicken mixture into the bowl with the cooked pasta. Add the canned tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Place the mixture in a buttered 8 by 8 by 2-inch baking dish. In a small bowl mix together the bread crumbs and the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over the top of the pasta mixture. Dot the top with small bits of butter. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

The Princess wasn't really a fan - she picked out all the tomatoes, and I'm thinking the fresh parsley may have been a bit strong for her - but DH and I really enjoyed it. And like I said before, it was even better the second day. It's a light, easy dish for summer. If you don't want to heat up the kitchen, it looked pretty tasty in the bowl before I put it in the oven (more like a pasta salad), but then you don't get the breadcrumbs and parmesan, which really helped make it great.


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