May 23, 2010

Caramel Party Mix

I made this treat today for our dear friend Cameron. He loves this "stuff" and is always asking for it. I finally caved and made him a BIG batch. Love ya Cam! Enjoy!

2 Cups Sugar
2 Cups Karo Syrup
1 1/2 Cups Butter
Melt Butter, Sugar and Karo Syrup.
Boil 2-3 Minutes on medium heat,and then add-
1-18 oz. Package Golden Grahams
1-18 oz. Package Corn or Rice Chex (I prefer Rice)
1 Package of Coconut
1-16 oz. Package Silvered Almonds

*Mix in a very large bowl stirring gently so you don't crush the cereal.

Grandma's Melt in your mouth Brownies

It is not a family party without these delightfully delicious Brownies made by Grandma Janice. Today is the first time I have made them. These are indeed dangerous!

1 Cup Butter
1/3 Cup Cocoa
2 Cups Sugar
4 Eggs well beaten
1 1/2 Cups Flour
1 1/2 Cups Coarsely Chopped Walnuts
2 teaspoons Vanilla

*Pour batter into greased cookie sheet (15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1 Inch) and spread evenly. Bake @ 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and put 1 pound miniature marshmallows over the top. Be sure they are in a single layer close to the edge. Return to oven for about 3 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for about 1 hour. Top with Icing.

1/2 Cup Butter
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
1/4-1/3 Cup Cocoa
1/3 Cup Evaporated Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Combine ingredients and spread over brownie marshmallow bars.

Pretzel Salad

This Raspberry Jell-O Salad is a family favorite. Why they call it a salad is beyond me. This side dish is more like a Jell-O/Cheesecake type treat that melts in your mouth. My Grandma Janice introduced this salad to our family and has become a favorite ever since. Enjoy!

Mix together ahead of time: 1- 6 oz. Raspberry Jell-O, 2 Cups boiling water, and 2 cups boiling water, and 2 cups cold water. Jell-O needs to be partially set before pouring over last layer.

Mix: 6 oz. crushed pretzels
3 Tablespoons Sugar
1/4 Pound Butter
Pat into 9x13 pan. Cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
Mix: 1-8 oz. Cream Cheese
1 Cup Sugar

Beat together and fold in 1-12 oz. container cool whip. Layer on top of cooled pretzel mixture, let cool until firm. Layer on top of cream cheese mixture: 2 20- oz. cans of crushed pineapple. Let chill. Pour Jell-o over pineapple layer and let set over night if possible.

May 22, 2010

Birthday "Week" Is The Best!

I had a great Birthday even though I was at work. I arrived to Payson and came to a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my sissy Erica. Then Sonja came in with some Balloons singing Happy Birthday rock-n-roll style. It was great! As I get to Provo clinic my desk is totally decked out and strawberry shortcake in the break room. I was given a $$$ shopping spree $$$ from my friends at work. Matt had some flowers delivered, I feel so loved! What a lucky girl to have such great people to work with! Thanks everyone!

Beautiful Flowers from Matty

By the time I got home from work I was pooped. I was in my P.J.'s ready to relax. I was looking at my house thinking wow I need to clean this place up. Then I noticed someone had been in the house... Weird?? So I called Matt to see if he knew if someone had been in the house. He said "yep there was"... to look at the front door. He had our friend Jared put new moulding on the front door. It has been driving me crazy. We have a problem with our house where it leaks water. The people that built our house did not put any flashing up or anything to protect from water damage. Well that is what we have! Jared sent Matt a video of our door frame that is damaged bad. So hopefully home owners will take care of this problem. Thanks honey for fixing the front door for my Birthday. Looks like more work is needed.... Darn!

I did decide to get out of my P.J.'s for Matt to take me out for my Birthday. We went to Bangkok Grill. I love Thai food and was in the mood. It was delish!
Of course a girl needs cake on her Birthday, so we went to a cute little place called The Chocolate. It was fun you can order cake by the slice and all sorts of goodies. Yummy! Matt had Red Velvet and I had Some Madagascar Vanilla cake. Yum, Yum!

My beautiful flowers from Erica

Date Day Thursday:
Matt & I had Thursday off together for my Birthday date. We did yardwork and housework before play -Per my request. My poor hubby is a great sport. He helps me SO much! I could not do it all without him. Love you Honey!

Pretty much Birthday week for me is an eating fest I have decided. Not too good for the waisteline.
There is this great Authentic Mexican Place in provo. (Taco-in-Tent?)On the corner of abouth 8th north and 5th west. Matt has "Ghettoized" me as he puts it. Before I would never step foot in a hole in the wall like this. Can I just say... If you have this attituide you are missing out on some great food! They have the best tacos! We really eat there about every week for a lunch date. Taco's are $1.50 so it is a cheap date. YUM! Then in the back is a little Bakery we have started to visit. YUM, YUM! Great authentic Mexican food!
After a great lunch we went to the Provo Mall shopping! :D I told you Matt is a good sport. I have been wanting to go to a movie.Either Letter's to Juliet or Robin Hood.I thought I would pick Robin Hood for Matt's sake. It was really good, but who does not like a little of Russell Crowe ? Also Yummy :D

Cute, Cute Balloon from Jen at work

Thanks everyone for the great week! Love you all! (It's not over yet!)