Don't anyone fall off their chairs or anything...but I have a recipe for you. I decided to post this because I've told a couple friends about it and I keep promising them I'll type it up and give it to them. Since I went to all the effort of typing, why not share with everyone...not that many people still check this blog. I know a few friends and family still do, so this is for you.
...since this little beauty came into my life.
and she deserved the best birthday cake. So I turned to pinterest for some inspiration. This is what I came up with...
I learned this awesome icing technique HERE. I used the technique and covered the cake in frosting roses.
I made the inside of the cake ombre; progressive colored layers. The cake pictured above was for Anni's
No I'm not giving up on my blog, although it has been awhile. Life has been crazy and I'm sticking with my "family first" priority.
But I just read something last night that I absolutely wanted to share. It's soooo good! You don't hear the words "you should give up" very often, in a positive light. But you need to read this list of 15 things you should give up, in order to be happy. These
My Salt Lake friends will remember, with fondness, my love for growing grass. There was a time when I always had a grass center piece on my coffee table, especially in late winter. Just about this time of year, when I was more than ready for spring to come...but it just wasn't quite time. A little bright green grass, does wonders for the spirit.
It's been a few years since I brought out the gra
At one point in my life I dreamed of being a child psychologist. That is why I spent many wasted valuable semesters in college taking psychology courses. I also dreamed of being a chef and took a lot of those classes too. How I ended up in Marketing/Public Relations is beyond me.
Dreams aside, I'm still very interested in the topic of psychology, therapy, child development etc... If you know me
Shhhh...don't tell, but Reese will be delivering these cute little treats to a few of her BFF's today! We are so excited to share our latest Pinterest creation.
We got the idea HERE...and they turned out super cute.
It was so easy. Just gather those left over mini-candy cane's from Christmas. Arrange them in the shape of a heart, with a lollipop stick in the center, onto a Silpat, wax paper
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered...forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people will often accuse you of self motives...be kind anyway.
If you are successful you will win some false friends and some real enemies...be successful anyway.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you...be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years building, so
My little R started her first dance class a few weeks ago. And I gotta tell ya...there's not too many things in life much cuter than watching a bunch of 3 year old little girls twirl around on a dance floor. You just know as they catch glances of themselves in the mirror, they believe with all their sweet little hearts that they are the most beautiful things in all the world...and they very well m
And I make no apologies for it!
(My fav's from Target)
So I have a little rant that's been going through my head for the last few days. I just had to share it with you. It started on Wednesday morning when I was watching one of those morning shows which shall remain nameless. The host announced, "coming up next, a fashion segment for mom's". Here we go...another one of those "com
I had a completely different post planned for this week, but I ran out of time. So I thought I throw a fun little recipe your way. This is something I whipped up the other night as a side dish to some grilled steak. It was yummy and healthy. Enjoy!
As a quick little side note...the diet is going great. Husband is already down 12 pounds and I'm down 10. We're going strong!
Sounds too good to be true?? Maybe not.
If you've been a follower of my blog, you know about the constant fight with my husband about fish. He hates fish...except for tuna, you know the canned kind...which isn't really "fish" fish...in my opinion. Don't get me wrong. I love a good tuna fish sandwich, but I really love Salmon and Talapia and Mai Mai and...I could go on and on. I have yet t
So if there's anyone out there that's still reading...I didn't think so.
But just for the heck of it, I thought I'd check in anyway. I know it's been a very long time, with no explanation, and for that I'm truly sorry. Changing from mommy of one to mommy of two has had a bigger impact on my life than I thought it would. It's not that I'm that much busier, it's just that my focus and priorities
I had a great time on Studio 5 today demoing my ROASTED VEGGIE LASAGNA.Click HERE for the recipe!MindikaMoments.com
As promised this is one of my favorite things to do with roasted red peppers.
ROASTED RED PEPPER CREAM SAUCE(Mindi Original)
2 large roasted red pepper; chopped (or 3 small)3 cloves garlic1/2 C. diced onion1 oz. fresh basil (1/4-1/2 C.) or 1 T. dried basil2 T. olive oil2 T. butterzest of 1 lemonJuice of 1 lemon 4 T. flour1 C. chicken stock1 C. heavy cream
1. In a large sauce pan or skille
I know I owe everyone a big apology. I said I was coming back. I came back...then I bailed for a couple weeks. What can I say, motherhood is unpredictable and a little overwhelming at times. It's a miracle I'm working on this post right now, since I spent all last night up with a sick little girl. Now I'm wide awake with pure adrenaline. But just to make up for my absence, I promise to post twice
So here I am...back in the kitchen! It's been a very long break for me and although I've enjoyed my time off, it feels good to be back. I've been so inspired by all the yummy fresh fruits and veggies I've been getting in my bountiful basket each week. If you have this service available in your area, you really should look into it and give it a try!A couple weeks ago we got a lovely bundle of fresh
Next week Anniston will be 4 months old. I can hardly believe it. Why doesn't pregnancy time pass as quickly as the new born stage?? It's a cruel twist.So...with both kids sleeping well and life seemingly back to normal, I've decided it's time to get off my butt and start cooking again. At first I figured I'd apply the "Field of Dreams" approach with my motivation; If you start cooking...it will c
I'm still on maternity leave, but I couldn't resist posting this adorable picture...ok, ok, I know I'm bias but seriously...this face makes it hard to do anything but stare into those eyes.MindikaMoments.com
It's been a long journey, but our little Anniston has finally arrived...and in case you were wondering, every step of this difficult journey was worth it, the moment I looked into this perfect little face.I'll be taking a couple months off to just stare into this face as much as possible. MindikaMoments.com
This is a really old recipe. One that I haven't made in over 10 years. I had pretty much forgotten about it, until I went rummaging through some old binders as part of my "nesting clean out" obsession. I came up with this recipe, trying to mimic a dish I had at a small little restaurant in downtown Salt Lake. I can't even remember the name of the restaurant now.Anyway, I'm not going to lie to you.
I really had hoped to post something a little sooner, but my plans were foiled a few days ago when my 2 year old spit an entire mouth full of apple juice right into the key board of my lap top. At the time I had one of those..."Why am I having another child??? moments". But I'm over it now, and my little r is once again the light of my life. She's just lucky she has a "computer nerd" daddy that kn
Sorry it's been so long. I promise I'm working on a few posts and haven't totally forsaken this little blog of mine.It seems like the minute the holidays were over, something in me clicked and I can't stop nesting. What little energy I have these days has been spent, cleaning out and organizing baby clothes, putting the final touches on the nursery, deep cleaning my house, finishing all my sewing
This post is dedicated to my brother. He called me today to get my recipe for sugar cookies and scolded me for not posting it on my blog. Last year when he and his family where here for Christmas he took these pictures of the cookies we made, so I could post it on my blog. A year later I still haven't done it. I told him I thought it was too late in the season, and most people had probably already
I threw these potatoes together on the fly last week for my book club dinner. They turned out to be pretty darn yummy! I love anything with roasted garlic (click here for a roasted garlic tutorial). I've had a few friends call for the recipe, so I thought I better get it posted.So here ya go ladies...this is because I love you so much!!ROASTED GARLIC ROSEMARY CHEESE POTATOES(Mindi Original)5 lb.s
I don't do very many tutorials, I wish I had the time and the energy to do more, but this one I just had to do. Last week I made my Roasted Garlic Rosemary Cheese Potatoes for book club. I've already had three of my friends ask me for the recipe as soon as possible, because they wanted to make them for Christmas. So I thought I better get this posted, sooner than later.But the first step in the po
And the winner is...Deb said...The pretzels look great!! For the last few years, I've been doing pretzels for the teens and tweens (they're so hard to buy gifts for!!) and they absolutely love 'em. This is a great recipe! Can't wait to try it!tnshadylady at gmail.comNovember 20, 2010 10:14 AMDeb, Blogher should be contacting you today and arranging the delivery of your $100 VISA gift card!Congratu
Sorry there hasn't been a winner announced for the $100 VISA gift card. There have been some communications problems with BlogHer. They will be selecting the winner from all my entries and I haven't heard from them. I hope to have the winner announced by the end of the day!MindikaMoments.com
Don't forget, you only have 2 more days to enter to win a $100 VISA gift card. Click HERE for details. Winner will be announced this Wednesday!I must have a thing with peppermint this season. It seems to be my "go to" craving for holiday treats. As I was flipping through my Ghirardelli Chocolate cookbook, trying to find ways to use up all that yummy chocolate they sent me, I decided to take their
If you live here in Utah, you're most likely familiar with Cafe Rio. It's a fresh Mexican restaurant that has very yummy food. Well the first time I ever ate at a Cafe Rio, I made the mistake of asking them if they had refried beans. I love refried beans! The response I got from the cute guy behind the counter was, "Miss, (I was a miss back then) If you had any idea what happens to the poor pinto
Don't forget to enter for you chance to win a $100 VISA card, while checking out some yummy recipe using Ghirardelli Chocolate. Contest is only open for another week and a half! Click HERE to enter!MindikaMoments.com
So today I had a craving and a desire to do a little experimenting. That hasn't happened in a very long time, so I thought I better jump at the chance. I'm really glad I did. These yummy beauties were definitely worth it! And it was fun to share them with some of my friends and neighbors. I wish I had enough to share with everyone!As a bonus...the peppermint is to celebrate the opening of the Chri
That's where we are! I'm now in my 22nd week of pregnancy, expecting another beautiful baby girl! Most importantly it's a healthy baby girl! This has been a rough pregnancy. I've been feeling a bit like Jonah lately. Just when I feel like one torturous symptom ends, another begins. But honestly I'm just so grateful this little person has hung on as long as she has and I'm eagerly anticipating her
I don't know if any of you are ready for the holidays, I'm slowly getting there! But if you need a little inspiration, to get you in the mood. Click HERE to see my tempting review of Ghirardelli Chocolate, awesome chocolaty recipes, and a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card; just in time for your holiday shopping!MindikaMoments.com
EASY MAC & CHEESE(Mindi Original)1 T. butter1 T. flour1/2 C. chicken stock1/2 C. whole or 2% Milk1-2 C. sharp cheddar (or cheese or combination of cheese's you like*)MindikaMoments.com
I have always wanted to know how to make authentic Spanish Rice! And I found a great recipe and tutorial over at Or So She Say's! Check it out by clicking HERE!MindikaMoments.com
...OR Cinnamon Sugar...what ever your poison...he heA while ago I did a guest post on "Or So She Say's" about my grandmothers yummy homemade doughnuts and the tradition of making doughnuts at our family reunions. Well, my grandmother's tradition has inspired me to create my own little tradition.I bookmarked this recipe a couple of years ago when I came across it in my Cuisine at Home magazine. I'
I made these yummy little bread bowls a while ago, with the arrival of my Cuisine at Home Magazine. We thought they were amazing with a double thumbs up from my husband. I thought at the time what a perfect fall dish this would be. I hope you'll give it a try and let me know what you think.CHICKEN CORDON BLEU BREAD BOWL(Recipe adapted from Cuisine at Home)For the Chicken:4 T. butter16 oz. boneless
This was one of the very first recipes I posted. I haven't made it in ages, but today I had a little craving. Lately food never sounds good to me, so when something does...I don't let the feeling pass me by. It also happens to be a perfect "soup" day here in Utah.I first discovered this recipe while pregnant with Reese. It quickly became a comfort favorite. Funny I should be craving it again while
Thank you so much to those of you who've emailed me wondering if I was OK. I'm so sorry to have made anyone worry. All is good here...not necessarily "well", but good.Last week we finally got to take that awesome trip we won last spring. It really couldn't have come at a worse time. I have been so sick with this pregnancy. Right up until the morning we left I was throwing up, and not looking forwa
I'm a little late in this announcement, but on Monday I was a guest blogger on Or So She Say's. You can check out my post about secrets to a long and happy marriage by clicking HERE! I hope you enjoy!MindikaMoments.com
I love love love popcorn. It's definitely my "go to" savory treat. Watching my calories I try to satisfy most my cravings with the low-fat microwave kind...but every now and then when I really feel like indulging, I make the real stuff. You know...the old school on the stove kind. It's the only kind my mom made when we were growing up. Most the time I just use olive oil and a little sea salt, but
There's nothing I love more than taking a favorite candy bar and turning it into a baked good!ALMOND JOY BUNT CAKE(Mindi Original)8 ounces cream cheese (about 1 cup), softened2 egg whites1/4 cup vegetable oil1 box white cake mix1 cup water1 t. coconut Extract1 C. shredded coconut3/4 C. chopped raw almonds (divided)1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a bunt pan.2. In a large bowl
This is my favorite time of year...well one of them :) I love when the weather starts to cool off just a bit, and the anticipation of fall begin's. And of course it's still peach and corn season...two of my favorite foods.When I came across this recipe in my Cuisine at Home Magazine...I instantly knew it would be a winner! So run down to your local produce stand, before they close in a few weeks,
I'm not dead...but I'm not going to lie to you...most days I feel like I am. This has been a rough pregnancy. I fell sick pretty much 24/7. I don't remember being this sick with little r, but my husband says he does. I think it just feels worse, because this time I'm already a mom, and as sick or tired as I feel, I still have to be a mom. With little r I was working full time, but I worked from ho
In case you're wondering, I'm still alive. I've had a rough week with extreme morning sickness, night sickness, and all round fatigue. But that's a "good" thing...right? I guess it means that hormones are still working their magic, as they should. The good new is that I had my first ultrasound last Friday and we got our first glimpse and Reese's soon to be baby brother or sister. She was very exci
Is your garden still overflowing with zucchini, like mine? LEMON ZUCCHINI COOKIES(Recipe from Betty Crocker)3/4 C. soft butter1 ½ C. sugar2 eggs1 C. grated/pureed Zucchini1 C. chopped pecans2 t. lemon zest1 t. salt2 ½ C. all purpose flour2 t. baking soda1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.2. Lightly oil a cookie sheet, spray with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.3. Combine all ingredients
Last week I was playing around with some ingredients and an idea I had. A combination of a recipe I found in a magazine and a dish I had years ago at an Italian restaurant in New York's Little Italy. This was the final result and it was so yummy, I just had to share!OLIVE CAPER CHICKEN PASTA(Mindi Original)¼ C. olive oil2 T. shallots; minced2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts; cubedSalt &am
I've spent the morning throwing up...baby related, attempting to potty train...I may be crazy, and reading this book....Are you a fan? I just finished. I won't give anything away, but I'm a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I like the book, but I was hoping for a little more powerful ending. Thoughts?MindikaMoments.com
Can you tell I'm working on a theme here? Not really intentionally, more out of a need to utilize the plethora of veggies being harvested from my garden right now. This recipe was a 'middle of night, can't sleep, thinking about what to do with all my veggies' idea! I had several different ideas, but they morphed into lasagna...chicken lasagna...with roasted veggies!So, you're probably going to loo