New Calling

It’s been almost 6 years since I was in Young Women’s, as a Laurel. I’ve always wanted to go back as a leader, and I finally got my wish! I was recently called as the Beehive Advisor. I am really excited to be a part of Young Women’s. It’s a little weird, because I sometimes feel like I should still a Young Woman myself.
I have a feeling the girls will be teaching me more than I could ever teach them : )

Audra is 8 months!

The time has flown by so quickly. I swear time went slower when I just had one baby.
Audra is 8 months now, and about 15 lbs. She’s a petite little thing.

She absolutely loves my phone. I don’t let her play with it much, though. I learned my lesson with Hayden when he fried my phone with his drool.

Easy Peasy Shredded Chicken

I have been cooking for quite a few years now, and I never knew this until now! I am so relieved to have found an easier way to shred chicken (and other meats) rather than the two-fork method. 
Just put your boneless chicken breasts (I did 3 at a time) in your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, and mix it on low-medium speed for 30 seconds or so. Done!

Holiday Baking- Mexican Wedding Cookies

(Aka Viennese Crescents)

Combine the following:
1             c              ground pecans
1             c              butter
¾            c              sugar
2 ½         c              flour
1 ½         t              pure vanilla extract
Knead to a smooth dough and shape 1 tsp of dough at a time into small circles (or crescents- about 1 ½ inches long)
Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 until slightly browned. (15-17 min)
Cool for one minute. While still warm, roll in powdered sugar. (Tip- I fill up a bag with powdered sugar and shake the cookies in it. Much easier than any other way) Cool completely and roll again in powdered sugar.
My grandmother makes them as crescents, but I don’t want to spend all that time doing that. I use my cookie scoop- probably one of my favorite kitchen tools. Get one- it will change the way you bake cookies : )

A Luxury

I’m sure we all have different perceptions of luxury. Right now, these feel like luxuries to me:
(If I had…)

  • Bed sheets in any color but salmon
  • A comforter that actually fit across the entire bed
  • If we could eat a good steak more than twice a year
  • My own car! That would be such a luxury, not having to take Kevin to and from work when I need the car.

Christmas Wish List

This year was the first time Hayden asked for something specific for Christmas: 5 boxes of banana cookies and a Garbage Truck. Every time I ask him, it’s the same thing. I found this cute garbage truck from Melissa and Doug. It’s all wood, so I hope it lasts a long time.