Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Little Mermaid Jr.

My little Mia played Ariel in her school musical last week, the Little Mermaid Jr. She did awesome, and this isn't even her best performance, believe it or not.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pinterest {mostly} success: Baked eggs


I'm sure a lot of you have seen what I've seen on Pinterest--and that is a how-to on baking instead of hard-boiling your eggs. It took me awhile, but I finally tested it out over the weekend. (Here is a tutorial).

It was {mostly} a success.

Here's what I learned:

1. Eggs don't lay across the top of the muffin tin holes like in the pics I've seen. But they do fit nicely inside, so what does that matter? It doesn't.

2. Baking at 325 for 30 minutes was only long enough for medium to large sized eggs. We get our own eggs from our backyard flock, so they are not all the same size. They range from medium to jumbo, with most being large or extra large now that our flock is a year old. I had a few extra large and two jumbo eggs in that tin, and those eggs were not cooked all the way at 30 minutes, but the smaller ones were perfect-o!

3. I did notice a difference in the texture of the eggs, and there was no gray ring around the yolk in any of them. They were not at all rubbery or tough.

4. A few (maybe 3) of the eggs cracked during the process, but none of them spilled out any white like they do if they crack in boiling water. I'm thinking this could be avoided by putting the eggs in a cold oven instead of a preheated one? Anyone tried it? Please comment.

5. This was a very easy method of getting hard-cooked eggs. I recommend it. Just up the cooking time by probably 2 or 3 minutes if you are using x-large eggs, more if you happen to have jumbo eggs.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Best Ever Peanut Butter Fingers {If you love Reese's, these are for you}


Only three words to say here. Oh. My. Yum. Be sure to eat them cold from the fridge!

Peanut Butter Fingers
adapted from Clawson Live

1/3 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 cube butter
1 egg
1/2 c. chunky peanut butter
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. sea salt
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1 c. flour
1 c. quick-cooking oats
1 1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
1 container chocolate fudge frosting

Preheat oven to 325. Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Combine flour, soda and salt in a bowl and set aside. Cream sugars and butter til smooth, then add egg, vanilla and crunchy peanut butter.  Beat until fluffy. Slowly stir in flour mixture til combined. Stir in oats. Spread mixture evenly in bottom of 9x13 pan. Bake approximately 12-15 minutes, until puffed and just turning golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. Meanwhile, beat 1 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter on high for 5-6 minutes. It will be very light and fluffy. Spread over cooled crust. Using about 2/3 of the chocolate fudge frosting, put it in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 20-30 seconds on high. Stir and pour slowly over peanut butter layer, spreading lightly as needed to cover. Refrigerate until set and chilled. Cut into bars. Makes approximately 2 dozen.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Customize your size with eShakti {plus how to get $25 off your first order!}

eShakti is the women's online retailer where you can customize everything!  At the invitation of eShakti, I had this dress custom made to my own measurements--and it fits like a glove.

I am really impressed with the quality. My dress even has a "custom" tag inside instead of the usual size tag. It's completely lined and has it's own slip underneath. (I am loving dresses that don't require a separate slip!) In my last eShakti review, I did not customize the size of my dress, and now I wish I had! I was also impressed with the time it took to the receive the dress. Only 10 days--and remember, I had it custom sized.

The dress has little navy blue hearts all over, with hearts and flowers at the bottom of the skirt and the sleeves. The tie can be tied in back, but I thought it was cute tied in the front like this. Versatility. 


Here you can see the sleeves. I customized them also by having them lengthened to the elbow. You can't tell in the pic but they have a cuff on the bottom.

Customize your size with eShakti. You won't be sorry! Want $25 off your first order? Just go to the website and register. You'll receive a $25 gift coupon good towards your first order. Can't beat that!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

BYou Magazine Subscription Winner!

BYOU Magazine FebMar13_Cover



Congratulations to Laura Ellis who wins a one-year subscription to BYou Magazine!

Also, did you know that today is International Happiness Day?? Happy Happiness Day Everyone!!

{Laura, just email or message me your contact info so I can pass it on to the people at BYou!}

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

BYou Magazine {Win a year's subscription for your tween daughter!}

BYOU Magazine FebMar13_Cover

BYou Magazine is aimed at 'tween girls, ages 8-14. They contacted me and asked if they could send me a free copy to review. Since I happen to have three (yes, three!) girls in that age bracket, I said yes.

I was sent a copy of the December/January 2013 issue to review, and I also had my three girls look at it and tell me what they thought. The younger two liked that Disney's Olivia Holt is on the cover.

My 13-year-old Sarah said "It's okay.." but that's her standard answer unless she's totally WILD about something. :)  And my other two girls read it cover-to-cover, particularly 11-year-old Mia. I think they enjoyed it. I had already looked through it first and didn't have to worry about what was in it. There's stuff about gratitude, being your best self, and "girl power!" There was also an article about overcoming fears.

The magazine includes puzzles and games, such as a Sudoku puzzle, brain teasers and riddles. There was also a blurb about inspiring women, and that issue's honor went to Oprah Winfrey. Finally, there was a two-page spot on Winter Craft ideas.

All-in-all, this magazine promotes healthy self-esteem in girls. There are certainly worse messages out there for them to read/hear/see. Case-in-point: I went with Mia to the school maturation program yesterday. They had a short video showing how a model with no makeup is completely done up, and then her face is manipulated via COMPUTER to make her eyes look bigger, her chin look smaller, etc. I said to Mia, "See how that isn't real?" It was a good example of how much of today's media makes girls feel not good enough, though what they are seeing & comparing themselves to isn't even reality. BYou magazine is working against this message that "you're not good enough," and that's definitely something worthwhile.

**Want to win a year's subscription to BYou Magazine? {This is a $17.97 value provided by Heartlight Girls Publications}. 

All you need to do is leave a comment telling me something you do to help your girl(s) develop self esteem. 

For bonus entries, "like" BYou on Facebook here,  or follow BYou on Twitter here, or "like" If I Had Anything to Say by clicking the FB button in the left sidebar. Leave a separate comment for each bonus entry telling me you did it.

Winners will generated randomly and announced here on this blog one week from today, March 20th, 2013.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Hot Sandwich Rolls {Pizza Dough Variation #3}



Here is another variation on the pizza dough I posted here.

These are yummy Hot Sandwich Rolls. If you know how to make cinnamon rolls, the process is the same. Take your risen dough and roll it out into a rectangle. Spread with a thin layer of mayo or cream cheese, add the seasonings, turkey or ham and shredded cheese, and roll up into a long log. Carefully slice the log into 1-inch rolls and place them on a greased baking sheet. They will look like this:


Let them rise while you preheat your oven to 375. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until deep golden brown. If you take them out too soon, you will have raw dough in the middle, so let them get deep golden brown first.

Rolls as shown:

mayo
onion salt
dried parsley
smoked turkey
shredded Cheddar Jack

Also good with spreadable cream cheese, basil, turkey, ham, cheddar, and Monterrey Jack. Endless options!
**Note** If you sprinkle the cheese on the mayo and then lay the meat on top, the cheese will stay inside the rolls much better as you slice them. Use a serrated knife with a light touch.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Feature Friday: XOXO Hats for Strength {and how YOU can help}

Today's post comes to you courtesy of my friend Kamille over at The Knotty Knitters, and Nicolette Holferty, founder of  XOXO Hats for Strength. Are you personally, or do you know someone who is affected by cancer? Do you knit? Read on for one of the greatest ideas I've seen lately. I just knew I had to share it with you. Thanks to Kamille and Nicolette!


Hi Friend! I am Nicolette Holferty, I am a wife to a yummy hubby 


and a mom to 3 amazing kiddos (Oh and a furry child, Gary the Newfie) A little bit about me..... I absolutely love Harley Davidson (I love my Harley people) and I love the Japanese culture.

I love spending time with my family and friends, and LOVE the outdoors!
In 2012 more and more of my loved ones started to get cancer, pretty soon it was all around. XOXO Hats for Strength literally all started to happen a week before Christmas 2012. I found out that one of my childhood friends has had cancer for 10 years and there was nothing else they could do for him, he has now past away. I found his wife on Facebook and saw that she was asking people if they knew how to knit. I told her I knit and are you still accepting hats. She replied with yes we are always accepting hats as long as they are being made.


So I start to knit a hat and just making it up as I go, all of a sudden I was knitting xoxoxoxo all around the hat. It has been growing from then on.


I now have a partnership with Huntsman and I am working with Kamille's Yarn Store at Gardner Village. 



 It feels like such a natural thing to be doing and something or someone is holding my hand saying just run with it.

Here's our first batch that I delivered on Valentines Day!! 
(Thank you Carla for hand making the tags)

 XOXO Hats for Strength allows patients going through chemo to always have hugs and kisses around them while they stay warm and protected. I have a pattern for babies, toddlers, children, women and men.  This will be going year round, when it starts to get warmer we will switch to cottons and linens with a more open pattern.  
There are a couple of ways that YOU can help with this amazing campaign





1. Knitting hats- You have to know how to do a simple cable stitch, Cable 1 front and K2tog, YO. On the xoxo tags that  we attach to the hats there is a space for the person that made the hat to sign. 

Want the XOXO Patterns FREE? Leave a comment below and email us at xoxohats@gmail.com

When we have signed you up with your email we will let you know when we are delivering the hats to Huntsman and give you updates when events will be happening. This is going to be fun!!!!    


2. Purchase yarn at Kamilles Yarn Store either by calling or visit them in person. Here is the contact information for Kamilles Yarn Store 1100 W 7800 S, West Jordan · (801) 282-0477 Once you have purchased the yarn leave it there and the knitters can use it to knit more hats. Yarn is our fuel!!


3. Spread the word!!

4. You can purchase a XOXO Hat and all the proceeds will go towards Huntsman. (More info to come regarding this one but keep it in mind!!)

XOXO from the bottom of my heart,
Nicolette Holferty
Shoppe Enzian

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Love notes and Frosties


Can't beat some cute love notes from my little girls!

The top one is from Sarah, Libby & Mia, who wanted to watch a movie Saturday night while eating dollar menu Frosties from Wendy's. We had fun driving around trying to find a movie we wanted to watch, but no luck actually finding one.

The Frosties? Heck yes! We got those for sure. These are some good times. Good times!

Monday, March 4, 2013

eShakti promo code extended!!

Shawl collar poplin shirtdressAnother cute option for Spring that was just added to the eShakti site. This is the Shawl Collar poplin shirt dress. I love it!

Evidently, there was some kind of problem with the earlier promo code eShakti gave me, so they have extended the dates for its use! So you definitely benefit. Here is the code again:

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So if you tried to use the earlier code without success, please try again! The updated code is good through March 20th, 2013! 
   

Friday, March 1, 2013

The couple that shoots together



In honor of our 25th anniversary this year, I promised I'd post some oldies but goodies every now and then.

This is another of those oldies but goodies. {Look how little we were! haha}

We used to go shooting with Jeff's family, and it was fun. I admit I haven't been lately...kids, life, etc....but I really would like to go again. Even though someone used to go dancing with me before we got married.

I don't think I need to say anymore about that one.

However, he will go to the theater and see a play with me and like it. So I'll take what I can get.  :)