Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Trailer Camping

Last Friday night my husband and I took our kids to Sand Hollow Reservoir for a camp out. It was so much fun! I love having a trailer, it makes camping with kids very luxurious! On Friday morning I told Brycen, my three-year-old, that we were going camping--he asked me about it ALL DAY. He was so excited.

My pictures uploaded backward, above is the inside of our little toy hauler trailer. I recovered the seats and window boxes. They make me smile every time we use our trailer. :)

We borrowed my dad's Rhino so we could ride around as a family a little more comfortably. (Our quad is getting a little tight for the four of us, but we still love it and use it.)
Jen, Alex, Grace, and Henry came out to join us for a while on Saturday. We had a picnic and rode around together for a while. Grace is the only one I managed to get a picture of, along with my two boys, and I am the one driving.
These are my two little bundles of joy ready for an early morning ride on the sand. Aren't they cute! They both actually slept better than they ever have before--on a camp out. That must be why they have such big smiles on their faces, or it is the fact that they get to go for a quad ride. Who knows?
Overall, we had a blast. Sand Hollow is still cold and windy this time of year, but it was fun. We were very grateful to be in a trailer. I think a tent would have blown away, or shredded in the wind (or at least kept me up all night whipping in the wind).

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Kids say the darndest things!

I just thought this little story was funny, and I want to remember it. I went to the gym to workout today. While there, I worked up a really good sweat--so much so that I could smell myself. It was bad. When done with the spin class I loaded my kids in the car and my three year old wanted to stop at the library for story time. I told him "no, because mom is too stinky". He kind of paused then started to explain to me that he was not stinky. He has clean underwear because he is a big boy.
It took me a minute to realize that by telling him I was "stinky" he thought I was telling him I had a mess in my pants, because that is what has happened when he or his little brother are "stinky". Don't worry, I explained to him I was only stinky from some sweat coming out of my body. Anyway, I just love my kids, they bring a continuous smile to my face.

Did you know if you start a post and don't finish it until later, it will save the date of when you started it? I started this post almost two weeks ago!

Monday, March 8, 2010

I love Granola Bars!

Granola bars are one of my favorite snacks! They are a yummy breakfast or an anytime/on the go snack. My only problem is that they are so darn expensive, and they are not always the most healthy. I love the ones that taste more like a candy bar, but I should not be eating them for breakfast. So, several months ago I found this recipe and it is now my favorite granola bar recipe. Click here for the recipe.
The recipe calls for raisins, but I rarely actually put raisins in. The above pictured granola bars have Craisins (left) and Chocolate Chips (right) in them. I have also omitted them completely and used peanuts instead or something else, depending on who will be eating them and what I have in my kitchen. Well, if you try this recipe, I hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Bok Choy Chicken Soup

I ordered an "Asian Pack" of food last time I ordered a Bountiful Basket. It came with a huge head of Bok Choy. I have never had Bok Choy in my life, neither had my husband, so I searched out a recipe. The recipe below is what I found at chinesefood.about.com. (I made modifications and they are in italics).

Bok Choy Chicken Soup


  • 3 cups chicken broth --I did four, I like to have extra broth.
  • 10 leaves bok choy, thinly sliced --I only added about 7, the stalks I had were HUGE!
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil --I didn't have any of this, so I just left it out. I think it would be even yummier with this!
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled, chopped
  • 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, cubed
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil.
  • 1 cup carrots, bias sliced.


Place oil in medium sauce pan, when hot, add garlic. Cook garlic for about 1 minute, then add the chicken. Cook chicken until brown and almost cooked through. Add chicken broth and Bring the chicken broth to boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in the seasonings (the red pepper flakes, soy sauce, Asian sesame oil), and the chopped garlic(we already added the garlic).

Add the carrots and cook for about 5 minutes, then

Add the bok choy. Simmer for up to 10 minutes, until the bok choy leaves turn dark green and are wilted and tender. Serves 4 to 5.

If you try it, hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Cute Litte Napper

A few days ago I ran errands all morning with my kids, then we made it home around lunch time. I made my boys some food then started washing the dishes in the sink. When I was done, I turned around and found my one year old asleep like this in his highchair:
As I was snapping a picture, he adjusted his position a little more. . .
I moved him to his crib shortly after I took these pictures. I am just glad I thought to take a picture before I moved him. My children have always had a talent for sleeping in somewhat strange positions. . . I finally have a picture of a slightly different sleeping position. :) Hooray for cameras!