Thursday, July 24, 2008

Recipes I am currently in LOVE with!

I am trying to be a good wife...I love to cook...
and i love to eat good food.
So, here goes. I am introducing you to the most fabulous recipes I have found lately!

1. California Pizza Kitchen's Bbq Chicken Pizza

1 tablespoon honey
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
10 ounces chicken breast - boned and skinned
1 tablespoon olive oil
barbecue sauce, (I love Famous Dave's Sweet and Sassy found at walmart)
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
2 cups Gouda or mozzarella
1/4 small red onion


To make the dough

In a small bowl, dissolve the honey in the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and stir until it dissolves. Let the yeast mixture stand for 5 minutes, until a layer of foam forms on the surface. In a large bowl, combine the flour and the salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the olive oil and the yeast mixture. Stir the flour into the wet ingredients, until all the flour is incorporated. If its too dry, add more water. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 15 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic. Shape the dough into a ball and put in in a well-oiled bowl. Cover with a moist towel and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk (about 1 1/2 hours).
One hour before baking the pizzas, start preheating the oven with pizza stone inside at 500 degrees F.
For the Chicken:
In a large frying pan, saute chicken pieces and 1/2 of onion used in some olive oil until cooked,
coat with BBQ sauce.
Roll out dough on floured surface to size of pizza stone, if you want a thin crust, use 1/2 of the dough. transfer dough to hot pizza stone, coat with Bbbq sauce, cheese and top with your sauted chicken and the rest of your red onion.

Bake at 500 degrees until crust is crispy and cheese is bubbling (8-10 minutes).

2. Olive Garden's amazing Alfredo Sauce

1 pint heavy cream
1/2 cup butter
2 Tbs cream cheese
3/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic powder

simmer for 15 minutes

I poured this wonderful sauce over fettuccine, sauted chicken and vegetables.

3. Lettuce Wraps

This is the best teriyaki sauce ever! so I improvised and made lettuce wraps...
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
5 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1-2 TBS Honey
2 TBS cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
Add everything except for corn starch and 1/4 cup of water and begin heating.
Mix cornstarch and water together in a bowl and dissolve, add to sauce in pan.
Heat until desired thickness.
I stir fried chicken, onion, baby carrots (cut smaller), and water chestnuts. Then added sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Serve on iceberg lettuce with crunchy chow mein noodles on top!

4. Molten Chocolate Cake

I have searched for a good molten chocolate cake recipe and tried and failed many...
this one is great!

1/2 cup unsalted butter, plus more to butter the molds
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, (I used semisweet and loved it!)
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons flour, plus more for dusting

1. In the top of a double boiler set over simmering water, heat the butter and
chocolate together until the chocolate is almost completely melted. While that's
heating, beat together the eggs, yolks, and sugar
with an electric beater until light and thick.
2. Beat together the melted chocolate and butter; it should be quite warm. Pour in
the egg mixture, then quickly beat in the flour, just until combined.
3. Butter and lightly flour four 4-ounce molds, custard cups, or ramekins.
(I used my silicone muffin pan...which were heart shaped :) and they worked great)!
Tap out the excess flour, then butter and flour them again.
Divide the batter among the molds.
(At this point you can refrigerate the desserts until you are ready to eat, for
up to several hours; bring them back to room temperature before baking.)
4. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Bake the molds on a tray for 6 to 7 minutes;
the center will still be quite soft and gooey, but the sides will be set.
5. Invert each mold onto a plate and let sit for about 10 seconds.
Unmold by lifting up one corner of the mold; the cake will fall out onto the plate.
Serve immediately with ice cream or frozen custard!

Friday, July 18, 2008

The second little bundle

Congratulations Krissie and Jake!
New little baby girl Tayva was born yesterday evening!

Here is Evan with his cute new niece!

Taylor and Tate were so excited to see their new baby sister!
Taylor kept asking me if she was done cooking inside mommy,
and Tate just kept saying, "Tayva is out!"

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The first little bundle

My sister Whitney finally had her baby on Sunday.

We are so happy to welcome:
Nina Mae De Groot into our family!
She weighs 6 lbs 14 oz and she is 20 inches long.
Congrats Whitney and Billy!

Now we are just waiting for bundle #2 from Evan's sister Krissie...any day now!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

We roll the guitar bite

rock band.

yes, it consumes our lives. But we so love it. We purchased this little wonder the day after it came out for the wii... and it has been kind to us--except for the ever growing harder songs.
(note: these pictures were taken at christmas while playing guitar hero...
we are way too into rock band to stop and take pictures right now).

However, there is something I have discovered that sounds even more glorious... more glorious than Rock Band, you ask? what could that possibly be?

Let's try: being in a real rockin band. drum roll please, and I do mean drumroll...

We have finally found the missing piece to our band! My brother Jake got a drumset this week! meaning, we've got drums, E-bass (thanks to Mandy!), Electric geetar (another thanks to Jake and Mandy), keys, mandolin, strings, voices...and Evan's got all the sound equipment. What more could I ask for?

Now, lets get rocking!

Also, here is Evan. He is pretending to have fun at the 4th of July parade...

And last, I found this little number when going through videos on our camera and had to post it... I guess you can see what Evan will be doing in the band...

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

New to this blogger thing...

So... I get on blogger like every day... I read EVERYONE else's blog, but I've never really figured out how to get ours going...

So, I'm going to give it a try.

Here's an update from our last two months of bliss:

May 7, 2008 Evan and I were married in the Mt Timpanogos Temple. It was such a wonderful day and because of it, I have never been happier in my life.

Evan's Mom made our INCREDIBLE cake... Here is the master at work!
And the finished product...

Here's my new Shelley fam:
And the Wheadon clan:

For our honeymoon, we went to Midway and stayed at Johnson Mill... I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone! It was a beautiful bed and breakfast with fabulous themed rooms, DELICIOUS breakfast, a large waterfall and pond for fishing and paddle boating and of course, Midway hot springs... It was so relaxing and SO much fun!
Next, We were off to Wisconsin! SO SO beautiful in the spring! We had another reception there and it was So fun! I will post pics from that soon...

Our summer has been pretty busy and really fun! We got back from Lake Powell with my family last week... Evan had a pretty good first time to Southern Utah.

Now, all we are doing is waiting for a baby! Certainly NOT ours! both of our sisters are expecting any day now... So, good luck Krissie and Whitney! We can't wait for our neices!

I guess that's all for now... We'll try not to be strangers!