Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Making a Tutu

     I was talking with a friend recently and she asked if I would be willing to make some tutus for her little girl's birthdays.  And of course I said yes.  I can't be that hard.  And I was right.  I found the best tutorials online.  So I linked you to a great one here.

     I used four colors.  Four of them were tulle, and the white was organza.  But I wont use organza again because it leaves too many stray strings.    I intended to make it for Rayelle but It wound up too big.  Maybe it's because I didn't actually measure her waist.  She was taking a nap so I just measured one of her skirts.  But I also think that the elastic stretches out when you're tieing the tulle on. 

     So I took some pics of it while the little girl that I babysit was wearing it. Rayelle will grow into it :)

I had the hardest time getting a good pic because she didn't want to sit still. 
She kept getting up and coming to me and every time I told her to
stay she would cry.  But these are good enough.
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Chili-Pasta Skillet

     Another new recipe.  This time however, it was a main dish.  And I only tried it out on my husband, Matt.  But he loved it and I thought it was quite yummy too.

     Chili-Pasta Skillet was the famous recipe.  As noted in the cookbook, it is a subscriber favorite and low fat.  So I thought, "Hey, I should try it then!"  The only change I made to the recipe was that I added 8 oz. of noodles instead of 4 oz.  And I didn't have any elbow noodles, so I used shells that I had. 

(I hope there isn't a copyright law against this.  so just in case, shhhh...)

I know, raw meat, kinda gross.  But it is kinda pretty too.

Half way through...just mix and simmer for 20 minutes.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Chocolate Truffle Torte

     So, I believe I have mentioned before that I love to try new recipes.  And if not, well now you know.  Probably, the most horrible part about this is the fact that I like to try the new recipes out on other people!  I know that most people want to do a test run before they serve their new creations to others, but I figure if I'm going to go through the trouble of preparing something extravagant, then other people might as well "enjoy" the fruits of my labors!

     Yesterday we celebrated my birthday with my mother-in-law and Matt's immediate family.  And well, I had a pint of heavy whipping cream that was going out of date that I needed to use.  So I decided to make a dessert to take over.  Why not?  And I was recently given a new cookbook for my birthday where I found a yummy looking treat that I could use the cream for!

It's not the prettiest creation, but the cream go too stiff and was hard to spread.  But notice that the bottom layer is cake, then a layer of cream, then another layer of cake, and finally the top layer of cream.  Yummy!
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Rayelle by Yvette...

     These are some pics that Matt's sister, Yvette, took of Rayelle while we were at a family gathering.  They were taken in July so forgive the lateness.

Daddy loves to hold Rayelle while she sleeps.

Her fingers are her favorite things to chew on :)

When I saw this one, I was blown away!  Look at how her eyes match Matt's shirt!

Black ans whites are such classics...

So precious:)

can you believe the eyelashes in these next two!?!

Thanks a million Yvette!!!

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Few New Pics of Rayelle

     There is always more to catch up on with Rayelle.  It seems like everyday she has done something new or cute that is worth recognition.  But maybe I'm just biased because I think she is the cutest and smartest darn thing that has ever been made ;)     (if you click on the pics mom, you can see a bigger version)

How incredible, she already loves to read the scriptures!

and as a side note, does her hair not look like my color???

We let her suck on some cany sticks that we got at This Is The Place...she LOVED them!!!

Matt calls this one "Feasting on the Word"   (it's an ensign)

This was Rayelle idea of fun last night while I was trying to get dinner ready...cheese everywhere!

But you can't be mad when she looks this sweet while sleeping!!

This her just waking up face...notice her super cute crazy hair on the sides of her head ;)

Then this is a few minutes later after she has had time to wake up.

And now a few adorable videos...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Pinto's New Experiences

     We have had Pinto as part of the family for about 2 months now.  And we have discovered that he has quite a personality!  He is usually very mellow and easy going.  Mostly just lays around the house and "meows" whenever he wants a little extra attention.  So these are some of the highlights from his past two months.

We usually NEVER let Pinto on any of the furniture.  But while Matt and I were busy doing something, he snuck up onto the couch and we found him like this...

Pinto's cat bed is a little too small for him...but he LOVES it!  At night he walks around in it and stretches it out and chews on the edge, then about 2/3's of himself lays inside.

One of Pinto's little joys in life is being able to lay in the windows and look outside. He jumps up every chance he gets. We live very close to some railroad tracks. And the conductors find it necessary to toot their horn quite loudly every time they drive by our street. And it never fails, Pinto gets scared and jumps down to hide. You would think he would learn by now that they aren't coming to get him! But even in the one window that we have that doesn't have a screen, he doesn't try to jump out luckily...since we live on the second level!

And this picture was taken the night we went to pick apricots.  There was something extremely fascinating about the bag of apricots.  he would leave it alone...just kept sniffing and digging them out.

And probably one of Pinto's least favorite experiences was his bath!  Matt gave him one last Saturday when we thought Rayelle might be allergic to him.  We still aren't sure if she is or not...we need to get her tested.  But Matt said that Pinto didn't fight him and it went quite smoothly.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cute Rayelle

     Well, Rayelle has been up to her usual adorable self!  I have a few new pics to share. 

On Sunday, I was eating breakfast and Rayelle decided to play with her hair bow...and eat it!  She looks like an old man with a mustache!

This is some footage of Rayelle first learning how to eat her Gerber puffs.

And yesterday, this is where one of her puffs landed and she had no idea!  That's what made it even more cute :)
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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Dried Apricots


     For our date this week, Matt and I decided that it would be fun to go pick apricots and dehydrate them.  Matt has a brother who has tons of different fruit trees in their yard and invited us over to pick what we would like.  And it just so happens that this week was great for picking apricots. 

(cutting in quarters so they dry better)



   (soaking in lemon water so they don't turn brown)


     Well, neither Matt nor myself have ever had the privilege of dehydrating food before.  So we looked up the instructions online and did the best we could.  This is how they turned out.

(they were too chewy for my liking)
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