Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Moroccan Chicken



My sis-in-law Dixie gave me the fabulous idea of trying moroccan food. I decided to try something very safe (and probably not all that authentic haha) first so this is definitely a beginner dish. I changed the recipe just a little... used chicken breast since thats what we had. And I am not a huge fan of roasted potatoes... so I made mash. Chris liked it so I think next time we will get a little more adventurous.

INGREDIENTS
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing pan
8 chicken drumsticks (1 3/4 pounds)
1 one-pound package oven fries (wedge shaped cut potatoes; preferably Alexa brand)

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 450°F with rack in middle. Line a large (4 sided) baking sheet with foil and oil foil.
Mix together spices with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a bowl, then whisk in oil. Add chicken and coat well with mixture. Arrange on baking sheet with potatoes in a single layer.
Roast until chicken and potatoes are cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

pieces of home







just a couple pics of our apartment. We are in continual progression of making it "done". It will never be done because I like projects too much.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I think its funny....

So I know that I need to get more pictures on here... lets be real sometimes you just open someone's blog, look at the pictures and leave without reading a word. And by you I mean me. Soon I promise. I have started literally 5 new DIY projects... but I haven't finished a single one yet! oops... I get too excited and start the next one before I finish the first. Anyway another blog post with no pictures... but its on my mind.

I think its funny:
that I get so impatient when the mac takes more than 3 seconds to load a new web page when I can distinctly remember using a pc on dial-up when i would click on something and start my laundry because I knew it was going to be a while.

when people take pictures of themselves shirtless/in a bikini and use it as their profile picture on facebook... like really??

that sometimes I turn on cat in the hat when lorelai is really fussy... but lets be honest I am watching it not her.
xoxo

A day in the life...

6:15 alarm goes off- chris has learned to wake up to it on his own but I haven't learned to sleep through it. Chris gets in the shower and I lay awake for 1/2 hour.
6:45 Chris comes in and we say a prayer, he leaves for school/work.
7:00 lolli wakes up- I feed her. She is too sleepy to eat so I have to constantly stroke her cheek to get a full feeding in. We cuddle... she gets bored and mad that I am crowding her space.
7:30 I pull myself out of bed and put her on a blanket on the floor in the front room. I hang up chris' wet towel which is inevitably on the floor, clean up whatever mess chris made by getting ready in the bathroom, put any dishes in the dishwasher and start a load of laundry.
7:50 Play with lolli... I look like an idiot and she loves it. I maybe eat some cereal or toast. Maybe we watch cat in the hat for 15 minutes.
8:10 Lolli start to whimper and whine- time for her first nap. Swaddle her up, bink in the mouth and rock her until she isn't crying anymore. Rock her a little longer just because i love it when she is peaceful and she only really cuddles when shes sleepy. Put her in her crib.
8:20 Lolli is asleep- should I get in the shower or facebook stalk and blog. yeah ALWAYS the latter.
9:00 lolli wakes up. Feed her again. Read a book, sing wheels on the bus and if you're happy and you know it like five hundred times. She giggles and it makes me feel like I am the coolest person alive.
(this part of my day goes by so fast. from 9-11 I am not even sure what really happens. The only thing I can be sure of is that I feed her the big girl food. Currently loving mangoes so much her eyes light up.)
11:00 lolli start to whine- time for another nap. Always the same routine- swaddle, bink, sing (stille nacht... german silent night... starting to get pumped for christmas) and rock until she is quiet, put her down.
11:15 lolli is sleeping... time to shower. I make myself feel bad like everyday that I am showering at 11 but if its routine then I shouldn't feel bad right?????
11:30 showered and feeling great. Id like to say the next part is blowdry my hair and put on makeup but im trying to be truthful here. Get on the comp or more cleaning. craft projects... what ever.
1:30 lolli wakes up. It is this instant I realize I forgot to eat lunch. feed lolli. go eat a pb&j. More singing/nonsense.

ok the rest of my day gets really repetitive. Lorelai likes it that way.

6:30 start to make dinner. This is my time to relax. Generally Lolli is on the floor in the kitchen eating her hands and laughing at me as I try to cook food in 3 different pans and entertain her all at the same time.
7:00 Chris gets home... maybe. hopefully. we eat. talk about our day, use the itouch to read a chapter of scriptures together. Lorelai starts to fuss so we only read 1/2. Put lolli to bed while chris starts homework.
7:45 back on the internet, make chris a lunch if we don't have leftovers from dinner, bake cookies if i am craving.
8:30 lolli wakes up. feed her. Entertain lolli while chris is still doing homework... can you tell this semester is making me want to cry?
10:00 chris puts lolli to bed. We get in bed and talk for a few minutes, have a good cuddle. This is about all the time I get with him these days. Prayer. Bed.

xoxo

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Video finally!

I haven't had any video of Lorelai up here in a while since Chris has been taking the mac to school and it takes about 16 hours on the toshiba. So I thought it was time for an update of some of our recent videos. Enjoy :)





I tried to capture her new rolling habits but she got her arm caught. Oh well you get the point. Hope that gave you your lolli fix... for those of you who have one.

xoxo

Friday, September 17, 2010

Rolling stone



Little Lolli loves to roll around these days. She has been doing it for a while but only recently she has figured out how to get from back to belly and back again. She thinks that she is so cool when she does it... looks up at me every time like she wants me to clap... so I do. :)



She also gets so bored with the camera/flip. Every time I get it out I get about 4 pictures and then she gives me this face...



I love that crazy little girl and her big personality so much.

xoxo

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lucky

Thinking a lot today about how lucky I am. Just to be alive. To be married and in love. To have a healthy baby.

Chris' friend Dane was recently swimming in the lake and got hit by a boat. The boat ripped his abdomen and leg to shreds and he nearly died. Without the spirit and the will of god he WOULD have died. It gives me chills to think about- brings tears to my eyes. His wife, watching him get hit, seeing the water fill with blood. I cannot imagine. I hurt for them. I cannot help but cry even as I sit here to type. If you want to read about his full story you can do that here: http://brockfam.wordpress.com/

I think about their medical expenses with him being in the hospital for the next many months and so many surgeries. I think about the pain he must be in and the frustration he must feel as he cant hardly move. And his wife, having to sit by and watch him hurt, watch him struggle.

They are so strong and will surely recover from this, will be even stronger for it. I don't honestly know how people live without the gospel. How they get through the inevitable sadnesses of life. I lean so much on Christ, so much on his atonement, and my life is comparably cake.

So as silly as it is to blog about something so serious, I thought it was really one of the few things I could do to help. We are sending him a care package with what we can as well. If you are interested in sending him anything his address is on the website above.

His story reminded me of this... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHDvxPjsm8E

We are thinking of you Dane and Rachel. We are praying for you. Good luck.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Where did the time go?


NEXT MONTH is my 2 year anniversary.

What?! Where did the time go?

I feel like I just graduated... but I have been out of high school for longer than I was in it now. Its not that I feel unready... just that I feel like its crazy I have all of this- that I am in this place that I love so much.

Sometimes I look back and think- how did I get HERE? There is no way I could have pictured this. That I would really get to this point and have this much love in my home every day. That I would have a husband like Chris and he would love me UNCONDITIONALLY. Love me for no reason. Love me when I swell up to 3 times my normal size after having a baby. Love me when I am struggling, love me when i'm sad, love me not even in spite of, but BECAUSE I am a little crazy.

My theory? Time flies when you are having fun. My pregnancy felt like it lasted a decade (not fun) but Lorelai was 4 months old in what felt like a day (fun).

Last night Lorelai went to bed around 930. Even though Chris and I should have gone to sleep immediately to try to soak up that extra hour, we couldn't. We got in bed and talked and laughed in the dark for an hour. Like pee your pants, bust a gut laughing. And then subsequently had the worst night's sleep of our lives. Little bot bot woke up every 45 minutes for 8 hours. But its all good. It was worth it.

I still see myself as this girl I used to be- awkward and nervous and riddled with baggage. I still sit in amazement that Chris picked me. Is that cheesy? Sure. Do I mean it? Absolutely. I just really cant believe where life has taken me. And its not like everyday I wake up with "skittles coming out of my arse" (haha just for you Betina) But I really do like where I am at. I love being at home with my baby girl and making dinner for my husband. This very simple life is really all I have ever wanted. What now?

I told Chris that in high school I toured the church history sites and decided I wanted a ranch in Jackson County, Missouri. He laughed and told me I could have a flat in New York instead. Or in London. Or in Sydney. So what now? I have no idea... but thats the fun part.

xoxo

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday Soup


I dont know why but when fall hits all I want is soup. This time I decided I wanted a coconut curry soup but couldnt use a recipe since I couldnt buy anything we didnt have. So I just made up a recipe. I dont know exact measurements of anything but basically its:

3 chicken breast cooked in olive oil, korma spice, cumin, garham masala, yellow curry powder and, after the chicken is cooked and shredded into chunks, coconut milk.

Rice cooked with chili powder and fresh black pepper.

Baby carrots chopped and cooked in chicken stock. Add grated zucchini a minute before you are going to serve, setting aside a small portion for garnish.

Combine all and enjoy. Fresh and yum. I think Sunday soup may become a tradition.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

food?!




Apparently food is amazing. And maybe even scary.

After the original shock- she decided to gobble up those sweet potatoes... yum yum.

xoxo


socball

Soccer or football? Well it depends on where your from. But I get tired of trying to say football so my husband knows what i am talking about and soccer so anyone else knows what I am talking about. So forevermore it is socball. That way no one knows what i'm talking about.

Chris is playing in an intramural league with his cousin Dave. His game was at 915pm last friday but me and lolli were too excited and came despite the late start time. It may not have been victorious this first game but it was.... attractive. :) I told chris it made me feel like I could see him in high school... you know when you go to your boyfriend's games. Needless to say I like a little competitive edge in a man. Athleticism is beauty.

Not that you can tell since the lighting was HORRIBLE and the pictures arent great...


Chris posing for the camera pre-game. We got him cleats like 45 minutes before his game.


Cousin dave doing the disco/calling for the ball. His football gear was very chic- we were jealous.


Thats chris hunched over the ball about to take a shot. Sports were invented to make girls like boys. Just a theory.

xoxo

Risotto



Gordon Ramsay is always going on and on about how chefs should know how to make a perfect risotto... well I figured I'd give it a shot. I have never had it in a restaurant so I didnt have anything to compare it to but I liked it. :) I got this recipe off the Le Creuset site:

Number of Servings (main course): 2
Number of Servings (appetizer or side dish): 3 – 4

Making a risotto should be done in an open pot, so that the stirring it requires can be little and often. Once cooked, it can be moved away from the heat and covered with the lid to keep the texture moist and creamy. Add a little more parmesan cheese just before serving from the dish.

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon (15 g) softened butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped roughly
1 large garlic clove, crushed
½ cup (75 g) thinly sliced pancetta, chopped roughly
1 1/3 cups (250 g) Arborio or Carnaroli rice
2 small zucchini, grated coarsely
¾ cup (185 ml) dry white wine
4 cups (1 liter) hot chicken bouillon stock
8 basil leaves, chopped roughly
½ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:
1. Heat the butter and oil together in the Wide Oven over a medium heat on the stovetop. Add the onion, garlic, and pancetta. Fry gently, stirring continuously, until they just begin to color.
2. Stir in the rice and cook until all the butter and oil are absorbed. Add the zucchini and cook for 1 minute. Move the Wide Oven away from the heat, add the wine and 1 cup (250 ml) of the hot stock, together with the basil leaves and seasonings.
3. Return the Wide Oven to the heat, stir well and leave to simmer gently for 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
4. Add 1 cup (250 ml) of the hot stock and continue simmering and stirring for 10-15 minutes longer. Repeat this process until all the stock is used. After the last addition, stir frequently. The consistency should be very moist and creamy with the rice grains soft, but remaining whole.
5. Remove the Wide Oven from the heat and stir in three quarters of the parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top as it is served.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

KSL stands for "Katie sells lots"

I've been doing a lot of DIY projects lately and didnt want it to creep into our budget so I have been selling some stuff on KSL. I spent 30 bucks on supplies but so far I have sold a blender (we had 2), a bluetooth I never used, 2 purses and a pair of shoes. I have made $95. WHAT???

Chris was so excited about it he wanted me to put everything we own for sale. HA. no.

I still have my electric guitar and snowboard for sale- 150 each. So if we sell those we will for sure have a merry Christmas :)

PS If I was more excited about Halloween or Christmas this year... it would be embarrassing. Maybe it already is embarrassing. But it will be so much more fun with Lorelai!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

appetizing... and not.

Appetizing: BBQ bacon sliders with onion rings on homemade potato rolls. PS i have a newfound love in making homemade bread... and eating it.





NOT appetizing: spider the length of my finger I found chilling on the floor by lolli's crib. Not cool.