Wednesday, January 20, 2010


I love watching the food network and one of my all time favorite shows is The Barefoot Contessa with Ina Garten. I recently watched a new episode entitled Chicken 101 where she made a few dishes using rotisserie chickens from the grocery store. Andrew and I love these chickens from the store and so last night I bought one and we made CBLT's (Chicken, Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato). They looked and tasted delicious! :)



  • 12 thick-cut slices smoked bacon
  • 1/2 cup good mayonnaise (recommended: Hellman's)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 8 slices good white bakery bread, cut 1/2-inch thick
  • 4 to 8 tender green lettuce leaves, washed and spun very dry
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, thickly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 rotisserie chicken


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place a baking rack on a sheet pan and arrange the bacon on the rack in a single layer. Bake for 15 to 25 minutes, until the bacon is browned and crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside. (We used ready to serve bacon and just microwaved it according to the package directions until crisp.)

Combine the mayonnaise and ketchup in a small bowl and spread each slice of bread with about 1 tablespoon of the mixture and cover with a lettuce leaf. Place 3 slices of bacon on top of the lettuce and then add a layer of tomato slices on top of the bacon. Slice half of the breast of the rotisserie chicken in thick pieces and place a slice of chicken on top of the bacon. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Reserve the remaining chicken.

Spread each of the remaining 4 slices of bread with 1 tablespoon of the mayonnaise/ketchup mixture and place, dressing side down, on the sandwiches. Cut in half and serve.

Utah Jazz Game

Most years I buy Andrew tickets to a Utah Jazz game for Christmas and this year was no exception except that this year my BIL Brandon, my SIL Kim and our friend Andy got tickets along with us so we could all go together. So last Saturday we all headed to Energy Solutions Arena to watch the Jazz play the Bucks. It was a fun game not only because the Jazz won, but also because it was Bear's (the mascot) birthday so several other mascots from other NBA teams were there. They were a hoot to watch during the game and at halftime.

Afterward we spent the night in SLC and then on Sunday we drove down to Price to see my new niece Mayci. Andrew hadn't seen her yet and I had only seen her the day she was born so we spent the afternoon with my sister's family just visiting.

Jade wanted her picture taken with Andrew too!

Friday, January 8, 2010

My New Niece ~ Mayci Rae Saunders ~

Mayci Rae Saunders
Born: January 6, 2010
Weight: 7 lbs 4 oz
Length: 20 in

My new niece arrived late Wednesday afternoon and I was so happy that I got to be there and for my sweet sister for letting me be in the room.

So I'm an aunt...again! Congratulations Sam and Heidi. I love you both and my new niece Mayci Rae!

Being an aunt is better than I ever imagined. I have 1 nephew and 4 nieces now and I love them all so much.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

January Ornies and Other Projects

In November, when my ornie swap group last met, we swapped ornies for December and January (as we all know how busy everyone is around the holidays) so this morning I got out my January ornies. Our theme for January was Winter.

I have also been working on and trying to finish up some other ornie related projects. I've learned a lot from the girls in my ornie swap group over the last few months like how to do many different types of stitches and how to tea and coffee stain and I wanted to show them the finished products so here you go guys! Love you all!

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Comforter Set

Andrew and I both received extremely generous Christmas bonuses this year so I decided to use mine to buy a new comforter set for our bed. I have been looking for one that would fit our seemingly larger than standard queen size bed for about a year now and finally found one so I got the matching curtains and everything (add that to the fact that I always buy the entire set of anything. I love the matchy-matchy!). Hopefully this one will last us another 10 years!

New Year's Eve 2009

Andrew and I rang in the new year at his parent's house. We had dinner, a few of us crafted (Thanks again, Kim!), we played games, ate some more, shot off fireworks and made a huge mess with confetti when 2010 came! Happy New Year!