Monday, June 28, 2010

Helena Hotspot

Today was hot. So hot that I didn't feel like cooking dinner. So, after feeding Mr. Bubby Doo, Jeff took over while I went on my dinner quest.
I've been driving by this new place on my way to my Weight Watchers meetings (ironic). It's called Louie's Casa Diego. I think it's been open for about two months. It serves authentic Mexican food and an amazing assortment of creative hot dogs and sandwiches.
The owner and chef, Louie, was there to greet me and right away we struck up a conversation.
I ordered the breakfast burrito (trying to stay somewhat healthy this week). He set about to cooking it.
I asked him how business was. "Crazy," he said.
I asked him how he started cooking. "My grandmother taught me."
I also found out that Louie is a single father of an 18-year-old and he has two grandchildren. Before he started cooking he tried to pursue the dream of being in a band and he worked at Frontier Pies in Helena before it closed- so- he also has a knack for pie cooking.
Originally from San Diego, Louie has been here since the early 90s.
As you can tell, we had a pretty good conversation.
He made a point to tell me that you know a good restaurant based on whether or not you can see your cook and see what he's doing and whether or not he can tell you what he's doing.
He did just that. He held up my burrito as he made it to show me what he was putting on it and asked "Yes" or "No" on certain extras. I took them all though.
I'm also really excited to type this- and I hope to God my sister-in-law Jen reads this at one point. But, HE MAKES THE SPECIAL SAUCE! Seriously.
Long story short: Right after Jeff and I were married, we went to visit his family in San Jose. His sister took us out for a night on the town and we were starving after the bars closed. She took us to this little hole in the wall Mexican restaurant called La Vic's. Since we went there, I have dreamt and craved this special salsa sauce that they put on their tacos, burritos, nachos and pretty much everything else ending with "os."
This guy makes it! I almost cried I was so happy.
I HIGHLY recommend this hot spot to anyone who hasn't gone there yet. If you can't find it, let me know and I will go there with you.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Where's Caderyn??

...hmm...i wonder...


Friday, June 18, 2010

Jeff's Birthday Recap...In TWO Pictures

Homemade yellow cake with homemade chocolate frosting- well eaten!

One happy little balloon monitor

Action Shots

All of this in the span of two minutes. Don't you get tired just watching him!

Just a Boy and His Dog

That is all.

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Governor's Cup

Last Saturday, our little family participated in the Governor's Cup.
Jeff and I have been talking about running the 5k for months and finally, after much talking, Jeff signed us up for the race.
Jeff was going to push Caderyn in the jogging stroller and my goal was to run the whole race and not stop. The last time I ran the race, I was in much better shape than I am now but I started off too fast and ended up having to walk part of the way. That was like two years ago though.

Race day was beautiful and Caderyn was having a blast. Jeff started the race wanting to run the first mile with me but then got it in his head that he wanted to race against and beat all the other people with jogging strollers so he took off.
I maintained my pace the whole race and had some dang good music playing. I finished the 5k in 33 minutes, running the whole way! It's proof that after baby, anything is possible.

P.S. Jeff wrote a column about it in the paper. He and Caderyn are famous!

Friday, June 11, 2010

What Am I Doing RIGHT NOW?

Well, thanks for asking!
I'm typing on my computer while watching Season One of Saturday Night (Live)- It was called Saturday Night back then. Candice Bergen is hosting the one I'm watching. I should be in bed, but I'm patiently waiting for my laundry in the drier to dry and whats in the washer to wash.
I'm enjoying the silence in my house now that Caderyn has gone to bed.
He's developed a screaming addiction and SCREAMS at the top of his lungs all the time. It's beginning to get slightly annoying- good thing I love him.
Lucy is snuggled up on my feet and my house smells slightly like cooked chicken- Caderyn has this for dinner.

Aren't you glad you asked????

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Words Are Good

A couple posts ago, I wrote about how I was going to read, read, read this summer.
So far so good in that department.

This is the list of books that I wanted to get through before school started again in August.

1. Gone With the Wind
2. The Book Thief
3. Winter Wheat
4. Shiver
5. Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse)
6. World Without End
7. Some books we examined in my Children's Literature class
8. Maybe a romance novel (but just one)  :)
9. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
10.The Handmaid's Tale

So far I have read:

1. Shiver: Loved it! If you liked reading Twilight, I know for a fact you will like this. I actually thought it was way better. This is about a boy named Sam who turns into a wolf/werewolf when the temperature drops. He's only a human for three or four months out of the year and eventually he will never be human again, only wolf. Grace is a girl who loves Sam even though she has never met him. She loves Sam in his wolf form because he rescued her from his wolf pack attack. Technically, Grace should have become a wolf too because she was bitten...but she didn't. Why didn't she and is there some way to cure Sam and ensure he and Grace will be together forever???/ You'll have to read it.

2. Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse). Loved it! Love Sookie! Love Charlaine Harris! You just know there's going to be another book!

3. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. This book was very intense but good. It's about a girl named Rachel whose mother is Danish and father is African American. Her mother leaves her father after a horrible accident in which one of their children is killed in a fire. The father is also an alcoholic. The mother flees to America with her children and begins some bad relationships. She has a baby with another man. Through the daughters eyes and the eyes of a few other characters we see the hardships the family goes through because they are mixed ethnicities. The stress is too much for the mother to handle and a horrible accident occurs. I'm not going to give it away. If you're interested, you'll just have to read it.

4. World Without End. This is the second book to Pillars of the Earth. It's pretty big and will take me some time to get through, but I'm excited bout reading it. I just got it yesterday from the library.

Happy Birthday Taylor!

Today is my brother Taylor's Birthday!
Taylor is the best because:
  • He's chill and goes with the flow
  • His sense of humor is one of a kind
  • He's intensely focused and excels in school
  • He's going to be a world-famous architect
  • I don't really remember a time that he and I have had a huge fight
  • His sense of style is very...unique
  • He doesn't judge people
  • Though he sometimes puts off an "I don't care" attitude, he really does. He's got a big heart
  • When we were in Phoenix for my Dad's birthday last month, there was a turtle in the middle of the road and it was bound to get hit by a car. My dad pulled over and Taylor picked up the turtle and walked him back to the pond. That turtle looked so happy to be home.
  • He lets me call him Tater Tot.

Happy Birthday Tater We Love You!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Jeffy Bear!

Jeff and Sarah. Newly engaged 2006

Yesterday was my dear, sweet husband's birthday. He is 27.
Jeffy is the best because:

  • He lets me call him Jeffy
  • He takes direction (me bossing him around) really well
  • He is a wonderful father and Caderyn adores him
  • He keeps our lawn looking spick and span in the summer
  • He loves me, just as I am
  • He's a snuggler
  • He's a very passionate human being and I love him
8 weeks pregnant at our friends' wedding

Newly married 8/4/2007

Holding guy for the first time 3/12/2009

Our new family

My guys

Start Your Morning With a Laugh

Caderyn's poor little bottom has taken a beating this week from some blueberries.
They may be super healthy for your child, but if you let them eat massive quantities of them, their poor little bottoms will horribly chap from all that blueberry-ey-goodness.
So his little bottom is chapped and raw- its the worst I've ever seen it. We're doing multiple warm baths and have gone through two tubes of diaper cream this week.
This morning I assessed the damage as I changed Caderyn's morning diaper. It was a little better but he still needed diaper cream. But it was nowhere to be found. I searched the changing table area and finally just let Caderyn down off the changing table sans diaper. I thought the fresh air would help his little tush.

After searching for a minute I found some Bag Balm and called Caderyn into his room (he'd been enjoying his "freedom" and was chasing Lucy in the living room). He ran into the room, stopped right at his door just inside of his room (on the carpet) and peed more than I'd ever seen him pee.
It surprised him and he kept looking down at himself like, "Wow, that's coming from me!"
I just stood there laughing.
As soon as I was sure he was done I diaper creamed him up and put on a diaper and then went about scrubbing the pee spot with rags and some of the animal carpet cleaner we have.

Now mind you. Caderyn was just one step away from the hardwood floor. That would have made my job a lot easier.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Simply Scrumptious

Another successful crockpot meal without a picture. The husband and my brother devoured this before I could take any pictures. I modified the recipe a little and I think it made it better.

     Flank Steak
     1 TBSP Ginger
     1 TBSP Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
     1/2 TSP Garlic Power
     1/4 TSP Pepper
     Red and green peppers
     (actual recipe also calls for green onions- I used mushrooms instead)
     1/2 cup of soy sauce
     1 can of cola- I use Coca Cola
     (actual recipe also calls for fresh gingeroot, but this is expensive to buy and the ginger seasoning should be enough. I also didn't like how strong this tasted the last time I made it. It also calls for fresh minced garlic...Jeff's not a garlic fan so I omitted this)

In a smallish bowl combine the ginger, red pepper flakes, garlic powder and pepper. Mix in around a little bit and then lightly pat all over your flank steak. Put your seasoned flank steak in the crock pot. Slice the green and red peppers- you can do this however you want, I like to slice them long. Put in crock pot. Then add soy sauce and cola and mushrooms. Cook for 6-7 hours on low. It cooks pretty fast. Shred and slice the meat and then serve on tortillas with some cheese and anything else you think sounds good. I served it with mushroom flavored rice- yum.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

My Dad's 50th Birthday Bash

On May 14, my brother and I flew to Phoenix to celebrate our Dad's 50th birthday. It was a short trip, but a wonderful trip! I love being with my family! 

Dad and Taylor at In N Out burger shortly after we arrived
Photo tribute to Dad

Dad and Grandma and Grandpa Swan
Dad and Uncle Bob and Aunt Christy (brother and sister-in-law)
Some of the decorations
Scottish pride

Mr. Gramps

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Technical Difficulties

I haven't been posting with my usual energy in the last week or so.

Caderyn has been plagued by ear infections for the last three weeks and now he has the croupy cough. Work has started to pick up like you wouldn't believe and I literally fall into bed asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.

I am hoping to try and get a picture up of our new entertainment center and post some of my new and yummy recipes.

Hang with me. I promise I'll be back.