Friday, January 30, 2009


I am SOOO excited!! Our basement is now officially drywalled. We *could* be painting in a couple weeks. I better start thinking colors - Trrriiissshhhhh when ya flying out here??? :) (I wish!)
We are having a guy from our ward do the drywall, mud/tape and texture. Glenn is SO excited watching it go up - and not having to worry about it. We are so surprised at how fast they do it!! The drywall went up in ONE day it would have taken Glenn at least a couple months. We are very pleased an excited!!
Theater Room - before
Theater Room now
Rec. Room - Pool Table and dart board with a wet bar

Rec. Room now
Bedroom before
Bedroom now

Friday, January 23, 2009

Something Smells Fishy

So I've been trying to incorporate more fish into our dinners. Oven fried fish we had one evening and we liked it - not loved it.. but tolerated it.
So a couple nights ago I made Tilapia Wraps. What a hit they were. Everyone like them... we'll definitely have fish this way again. You couldn't even tell you were eating fish!! Here's the recipe

Tilapia Wraps (courtesy Taste of Home's Simple and Delicious Magazine)

3/4 C. salsa
1 can (4oz) chopped green chilies - I didn't have any so omitted this.. but this would be yummy.
6 tilapia filet's
2 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP steak seasoning
12 flour tortillas, warmed
3/4 C. shredded cheddar cheese

In small bowl, combine salsa and chilies; set aside. Drizzle fillets with oil; sprinkle both sides with steak seasoning. Transfer to a large skillet. Cook uncovered over medium heat for 5-8 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Add reserved salsa mixture, stirring gently. (At this point I flaked the fish in the pan and then mixed it all up) Spoon a heaping 1/3 C. onto each tortilla; top with cheese. (I plopped back in the microwave to melt the cheese a tad) Roll up and serve immediately. Yields 6 servings.

Friday, January 16, 2009


Today was a day to reflect on my mom and the short time I had with her in this life. Mom passed away 4 years ago -today, the 16th, - hard to believe that it's already been 4 years! My mom and I were EXTREMLEY close... she was my best friend (besides Glenn of course!! :))
She wrote in her her journal, "Tara is more than a daughter to me, we connect spirit to spirit"

I was the type of daughter who didnt let mom leave my site. I hated going to girls camp because I would have to leave her, I never liked spending the nights at friends houses cuz I would have to be away from her. I was a true blue momma's girl!! My poor mom!! :)

Here's a bit of my mom, a wonderful woman- caring, empathetic, fun loving, loving, kind, considerate, compassionate, charitable, wonderful example and just plain awesome mom to have had. She was such the good example, to me, her grandkids and all those around her who knew her. Always had a smile on her face and willing to help wherever needed. I love her and miss her terribly and can't wait to be reunited with her some day. It kinda stinks having her gone sometimes... but I KNOW the joy she has where she is!! I KNOW she is watching over us and she's our very own angel!!

You know, you get over mourning and grieving for someone, but it doesnt mean you never stop missing them. I will ALWAYS miss my mom. I love you mom!!
At the MTC

This is mom and Shelley - Shelley is SOOO much like me!! Mom met Shelley on their mission in Canada, mom used to say when she needed a Tara fix she'd see Shelley.

Mom always doing something
In front of the MTC map
Our last pictures with mom - man has Glenn grown
And Kaitlin sure has grown up
Love this one!
The oldest granddaughters writing on the chalk board at church. We love you Nana. These three girls will never forget my mom. In fact Kaitlin texted me today at 9:30.
"Happy 4 years :'("
Sure was a sad and surreal day
Pampa with Kaitlin and Hailey
Jeff, Dad and the girls

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Yummy Dinner

We had this for dinner tonight.. it made enough that we have probably 2 nights of leftovers. I ended up with a picnic style pork roast, once we cut the netting off, we had 1/2 the roast. I shredded the other portion and mixed with BBQ sauce - made extra mashed potatoes so we can have a BBQ pulled pork dinner with mashed taters another night. Love it when it works out like that! With 2 indoor games this week - at dinner time no less, that extra & easy dinner will come in handy.
Anyway - I got this recipe from my simple and delicious magazine. We've had it a few times and always enjoy.
Teriyaki Pork Roast
1 boneless pork shoulder roast (3-4 lbs trimmed)
1 C. packed brown sugar
1/3 C. apple juice
1/3 C. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 TBSP cornstarch
3 TBSP cold water
Cut roast in half; rub with brown sugar. Place in a 5qt slow cooker. Pour apple juice and soy sauce over roast. Sprinkler with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 6 - 6 1/2 hrs. or untill meat is tender. Remove roast; cover and let stand 15 minutes. Meanwhile strain cooking juices and return to slow cooker. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; gradually stir into juices. Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes or until thickened. Slice pork serve with gravy. Goes great with mashed potatoes.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Indoor tourney

Kaitlin had 3 games last Monday and Glenn had 3 games last Tuesday - 6 total losses. They had the girls playing other teams 1 and 2 divisions higher than their division and for the boys they played 1-2 division higher and some 18 yr old teams!! Their winter sessions start this week. Kaitlin has 2 games but Glenn has a bye - so he doesn't start till the 12th. He'll start practicing this week... they have a tournament next month - so gotta get conditioned for it.
Here's some photos and video, I didn't get video of Kaitlins games (shame shame)

In the video you can see Glenn 1v1 with a guy who is SOO much taller than him.. they run down the side and at the end of the video you hear Glenn getting slammed into the wall.
And Glenn 1v1 with the guy along the wall.