Friday, June 8, 2012

This Week in Review

Disclaimer: I am not the photographer in my family- that would be my brother, Caleb. (Insert shameless plug for Cassius Photography here...) The following pictures you are about to view were taken on a very inexpensive digital camera by a person who hates having her own picture taken, let alone taking pictures of others...

So this has been a busy week! Fun dinners, crazy times with Addison, Shad got his summer "buzz," and I was asked to consider participating in Ms. Wheelchair America!

Dinners. I love to be in the kitchen. And now that I have a wheelchair-friendly one, I have enjoyed spending more time there. This week was homemade BBQ chicken pizza and chicken fettuccine alfredo from scratch. Mmmmm. I will never buy pizza dough or alfredo sauce from the store EVER again...

Homemade pizza dough ready to be topped

Chicken breast and fresh basil

Would have preferred mozz or provolone, but cheddar was all I had...
Can you tell I have to do a lot of my shopping at Walmart???

Got to use my pot filler for the pasta- love it!

Russ loves him some serious garlic bread

Finished it off with some fresh parsley from my amazing...

AEROGARDEN! The only way I can keep herbs alive...

Pizza dough:

1 c. warm water
1 T yeast
2 T sugar
2 T oil
1 t salt 2 1/2 - 3 c. flour

Combine water, yeast, and sugar. Add oil and salt. Stir in flour. Knead dough and let it rest for about 10 minutes. Roll it out onto a large cookie sheet, lightly greased. Let it rest a few minutes and then push it back to the sides if it has pulled away. For a thick, fluffy crust, let it rise for about 15 minutes; if you want a thinner, chewier crust, bake it immediately. Top with Parmesan cheese, sauce, fresh basil, then desired toppings and cheese. Bake at 425* for 15-18 minutes, checking regularly.

So that was dinner for a few nights- on to the fun stuff. Addison has taken an extreme interest in her blocks this week. She is very funny about giving the same amount of attention to all of her toys. It's like she doesn't want to hurt their feelings, so she spreads the love evenly. This week was the blocks' turn on the Addison love-fest...

This is the expression I get now when she spies the camera...
Wish I could pull off the whale spout and look this cute!

 In other news, Shad was not enjoying the heat, so we decided to take him in for a summer trim. He's an English Golden Retriever, and has never been clipped before. I thought he would come home looking a little shorter. I was not expecting to show him as a sheep at the 4-H fair.

Be kind- his pride is bruised...

At least he will be cooler less hot... right? Oh well, it will grow back (his coat, maybe not his pride...). I have a few projects in the works. Tomorrow I am attempting to make my first "pallet project." I am recently obsessed with pallets, and since we just got done building, we have plenty of material to work with. I will post pics later (if it turns out...). I also made this fun little box out of an empty dishwasher tab container (am I the only person who loses bills somewhere between the mailbox and the office?) so I can hopefully stop misplacing our bills. The bandanas are for a tablecloth idea I saw on Pinterest. More pics to follow on that. (Again, if it turns out. Do you see a theme on my projects?)

And finally, Ms. Wheelchair America. Yes, you heard saw that right. First of all, IT'S NOT A BEAUTY PAGEANT! It's not even a scholarship program (cue all funny lines from Sandra Bullock in "Miss Congeniality"). It was founded to bring awareness to disability-related issues. Contestants can be 21-60 years old, and since its beginning in 1972, Wyoming has never been represented. So I am considering applying as an independent delegate from Wyoming to participate in the national competition next summer. If I can get past the preconceived ideas of what most pageants entail, and wrap my head around the opportunity as an amazing platform for issues that mean a lot to me, I might do it. We shall see. I will definitely keep you posted.

This has been another edition of "This Week in Review." Please feel free to leave comments below. Thank you!

P.S. Experimenting with the new look and layout of this blog...


  1. So how do you make your alfredo sauce? (I make mine too although the stuff in the jar is so good I'm tempted to just buy it since it's faster haha)

  2. I concur - we need recipes not just pics of ingredients.

  3. As I am not very proficient in the kitchen, I enjoyed the adorable pics of the little girl, and the freshly shorn dog. Although, I must admit, I did laugh at the dog. :D

  4. So the alfredo sauce can be found here: The pizza is from my church cookbook so I will send it to you once I type it out. I will also remember this for future posts. Thanks for the comments!