Baby Mack

Baby Mack

Mr Curls

Mr Curls
3 Years Old

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Twin Falls, Idaho
Happy US Navy Wife & Mother of One handsome little Boy! I love Family, good Friends, Camping, Crafts, Couponing & Photography :)


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April 15, 2005

April 15, 2005
"Meeting you was fate, Loving you was out of my control, Getting engaged to you was more than words could say. Being married it takes my breath away."




 Yes this is true
now that he is up on the table he is
in reach of things

like pencil & paper...

Now he loves getting up and drawing... too Cute!!
Maybe He'll love Art like Mommy!

Look what I can do...

 Yes thats right, Marek is now climbing into chairs. So everything is off limits. :) He is having a blast, thinks it is the coolest thing in the world. He is growing too fast. ( tear)


Homemade Bread sticks

These things are better than Olive garden. So.. so.. Good!

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp yeast

Let sit 5 mins, then add:

3 1/2 cups Flour
1 tsp salt

Mix until smooth, then let raise for 10 mins. Roll out Dough into a large square on a floured surface. Brush with melted butter mixed with garlic. Then sprinkle with kosher salt. Fold in half. and cut in 1 inch strips, twist and place on baking sheet. Let raise for 15 mins. Bake at 400 for 20 mins or until brown. Take out and again brush with garlic butter and sprinkle with kosher salt and parmesan cheese.


Breakfast Pizza

1 (1 1/2 oz) package refrigerated biscuits (10)
1 Orange
2 (3 oz) packages cream cheese (soft)
4 tablespoons honey
1 pint fresh strawberries stemmed & halved

Preheat oven to 400
Stack 2 biscuits and roll out to a 6" circle- 1/8" thick.
Place on ungreased baking sheet- prick all over with fork. Repeat.
Bake biscuits until lightly brown, 6-8 mins.

Loosen biscuits and cool slightly

Mean while Grate orange peal into a bowl with cream cheese, honey. blend.
set aside.
Juice orange into bowl, add strawberries and another 2 tablespoons honey.

Increase oven to 425- Spread biscuits with cream cheese to 1/2 inch of edges- divide equally.
Bake just until edge of cream cheese is brown lightly. take out and top with strawberry mixture.
Serve immediately

Cafe rio style Salad

Chicken breasts (plan on 1 large chicken breast per two people)
Lawry's season salt
2 cans Swanson's chicken broth
1 pkg. Mccormick dry taco seasoning

Generously sprinkle Lawry's season salt on both sides of chicken breasts. BBQ on grill untill just done. slice chicken into bite size pieces. Put in crockpot with chicken broth and taco seasoning. simmer in crockpot for a few hours. very tender and flavorful.

Salad ingredidents
Chicken Breasts (see above)
Flour Tortillas
2 heads romaine lettuce, shredded into 1/2 inch slices
2 cans black beans
1 1/2 cups rice (made with 1 can chicken broth and 1 can Rotel Mexi-Diced tomatoes
Grated cheese
Tortilla chips or strips
Creamy tomatillo Dressing

Tomatillo Dressing ( Most Important part)
1 cup Mayo
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 package dry Hidden valley Ranch Dressing
2 Cloves garlic
1 Cup Cliantro
3 Tomatillos ( small green tomatoes- Albertsons carries them in the produce section)

Husk and wash the tomatillos. Mix all dressing ingredients in blender or food processor until well blended. Set up Buffet in this order: tortillas, rice, beans, chicken, cheese, lettuce, salsa, dressing, and tortilla chips. You can also add other things like Guacamole, chopped onion, chopped olive.

sweet pork burritos

2 1/2 pounds pork (any cut)
salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
garlic salt, to taste
1 package (10 count) flour tortillas
2 (15 oz) cans mild green chili sauce, divided
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 (15 oz) can black beans well drained
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/3 pound Monterey jack cheese grated

chopped tomatoes
sour cream

Cut pork into large cubes and place in a slow cooker with 1/3 cup water. season with salt and pepper and garlic salt. cook on high temp. for 4 hours or low for 8, until meat is well done. remove from cooker and drain. shred meat and place in bowl. stir in 1/2 cup green chili sauce and brown sugar.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 by 13 inch baking dish with non stick cooking spray. warm the tortillas in a microwave to make them easier to roll.
Pour 1/2 cup green chili sauce into prepare pan. place 1/3 cup meat mixture down the middle of each tortilla. sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons of black beans and 1 to 2 teaspoons cilantro. roll burrito and place seam-side down in baking dish. repeat with remaining tortillas. Pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of green chili sauce over burritos and sprinkle with Monterey jack cheese.
Cover with foil and bake 25 to 30 mins, or until cheese is melted and burritos are warmed through.

Lazy Dayz cobbler

1 stick butter
11/2 cup sugar ( 1/2 sugar for topping)
1 cup self rising flour
3/4 cup milk
1 can unsweetened fruit (peaches)
Preheat oven 350

Put 1 stick of butter in deep dish, place in oven to melt.
Beat together 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 3/4 milk to a smooth batter. pour over melted butter. DO NOT STIR.
Empty can fruit with juices over batter, sprinkle 1/2 sugar over it.
Bake 350 for 30 mins.
(batter will rise to top)

Glazed walnuts & Pear Salad

6 cups baby salad greens, washed & dried
2 riped Anjou pears
1/2 cup (4 oz) crumbled gorgonzola cheeese
1 cup Emerald glazed walnuts
freshly ground black pepper
Add all together, cut up pear into spears, or cubes
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 black pepper
3-4 tablespoons olive oil

Whisk dressing together and lightly coat salad.
Sprinkle with cheese, walnuts and pepper.

Chocolate Popcorn

1 lb brick of white chocolate
2-3 bags of popcorn ( depends on how much chocolate you like)
(you can add M&Ms- crushed mints- anything you like or sprinkles for the hoolidays)

Pop popcorn and get kernels out in a large bowl

Put chocolate in ziplock bag, hammer to break up

Put chocolate in glass bowl to melt. Microwave 1 minute at a time and stir, becareful not to burn. Then once it starts melting only do 30 sec at a time especially if your microwave cooks hot.

Pour chocolate over popcorn and stir- add anything else you would like at this time.

Pour chocolate popcorn on cookie sheet to cool and set up. Use Wax paper to save on washing pans.

*Thanks kellie for the great recipe

Great Bread

3 cups warm water
1 & 1/2 tablespoons yeast
1/4 cup sugar or honey
6-8 cups flour ( i do about 4 cups wheat and 4 cups white, find a mix that works for your family)
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 cup oil

Put water in a bowl
sprinkle yeast over top
then sugar over top
then salt & oil over that
stir in 6-8 cups flour and Mix together, needing it well
Let raise and then punch down , add to bread pans and let raise again then Bake.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes
after cooked remove from oven and let cool 5 mins then remove from pans and place on a cooling rack.
and enjoy! We love this bread, It is so great that I stopped buying bread.
You can freeze half the dough, It makes 2 loafs. You can also use the dough for pizza. :)

* side note, if you have a mixer, you can use it, just add everything the same but then using a bread hook mix together. :) saves alot of time and sore hands.

* Thanks Heidi for Sharing this Great recipe with me, my Family Loves it!

blackberry Pie

1 box of pillsbury uncooked pie crust ( or make your own- I have doen it both ways)
4 cups fresh blackberries
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter

*preheat oven @ 450
*line a 9 inch pie pan with 1 on the pie dough crust. save other for top. let chill while preparing the blackberries
*combine blackberries, flour, sugar, and lemon juice. spoon mixture into pie shell and dot with the butter. cover with top pie crust and slash in several places
*bake for 15 mins, then reduce heat to 350 and continue baking for 35 mins or until browned.

Good microwave Fudge

3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup butter
1 cup chopped nuts ( optional)

1. place chocolate chips, sweetened milk & butter in a large microwave bowl. Zap in microwave on medium until chips are melted, about 3-5 mins. stirring once or twice during cooking, stir in nuts if wanted.
pour into a well greased 8*8 inch glass baking dish and refrigerate until set. :)

* recipe from

peanut butter cups

1 cup gramcraker crumbs
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 stick butter(melted)
2 cup powdersuger

combine all ingredients(except chocolate chips) and press into a 9*13 inch pan. melt the chocolate chips and spread on top. refrigerate until chocolate is almost set, abut 10 mins cut into small squares.

( when I made mine it didnt set right so it didnt look pretty but still tasted yummy!)

* recipe from

banana cream pie

3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
3 egg yolks
2 tablespoon butter'
1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (9inch) pie crust
4 bananas sliced

1. in a saucepan, combine the sugar, flour and salt. add milk gradually while stirring gently.
cook over a medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is bubbly. keep stirring and cook for 2 more minutes and then remove from burner.
2. stir a small quantity of the hot mixture into teh beaten egg yolks and immediately add egg yolk mixture into the rest of the hot mixture. cook for 2 more minutes. remember to keep stirring. remove the mixture from the stove and add butter and vanialla. stir until the whole thing has a smooth consistency
3.slice bananas into the cooled baked pastry shell and top with pudding mixture
4. bake at 350 for 12-15 mintues and let cool for one hour!

skillet lasanga

1 pound ground beef
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes ( undrained)
1 1/4 cups water
1 8oz can tomatoe sauce
1 Tbsp dried parsley flakes
1 Tbsp basil leaves
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups bow tie pasta ( uncooked)
1 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
dash basil, pepper

In large skillet, Brown beef with onion & garlic(drain) Add diced tomatoes, water, tomatoe sauce, parsely, basil, oregano, salt. Mix well. Stir in Uncooked pasta, bring to a boil, stiring occassionally. Recuce heat. Cover, simmer for 20 mins or until tender. Stir in cottage cheese. cover with parmesan cheese, basil and pepper and cover for 5 mintues. then serve!



Freezer jam

you'll need:
.four 1-lb containers of fresh straberries or six 6-oz containers of blackberries or raspberries
. 1.5 cups of sugar
. 1 package ball frezzer jam pectin
. frezzer safe canning jars or small tubber ware containers

Wash, stem and slice berries, then place in a shallow baking pan

use a masher to crush berries ( consistency will depend on how chuncky you like your jam)

in a seprate bowl, mix together pectin and sugar
add mashed berries into mixture and stir for 3 mins
scoop jam into small freezer safe jars( 4-6 oz size)
let jam set for 30 mins, then store in your freezer

can store in freezer for up to one year or in refrigerator for 1 month


Quick fish

Super easy and Quick fish recipe.
I will post what I used and you and change it to fit your family..

3 pieces of thawed talipia
baby asparagus ( from this weeks bountiful basket)
2 roma tomatoes ( from this weeks bountiful basket)
olive oil
kosher salt
parmasan cheese
1 whole lemon

preheat oven to 425.
on a baking sheet add fish in the middle, then all around add veggies. I left asparagus whole, and cubed the tomato in large chunks. drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. then I add the parm. chesse on top the fish. and squeeze a whole lemon on the top of the whole thing. Bake for 15 mins or until fish is flaky. and enjoy.! I served it with rice and cream of mushroom. :) Sorry no pictures. My camera battery was dead.


Lil Helper

No matter what it seems to be Marek is willing to help with anything. Just ask! He only asks for a highfive in return! It is great!


What can you say...They look cute even on tiny little bums!


update *

Wow, I have been looking over the last few years of blogging, things in our lives have changed so much, we wouldnt have it any other way. ( except to maybe have not gained as much weight) . We feel so blessed to have our lil family. Everyday is something new and different. I just cant believe that our time here in twin falls has came and will soon be coming to an end. Well at least I will be staying tn Twin and Deon will be transferring to so. Cali and then going out on deployment. I know that it will be hard. I have done 2 deployments before but never with a baby. I usually kill time by working full time and going to school full time. I might sign up for a class. But nothin full time. My sista will be coming out and staying with me while Deon is away.
I am not looking forward to not having deon around, but I know that this will be his last seaduty (3 years of seaduty) because then he will transfer back to shore duty ( hoping to get orders close to utah or idaho) and then Deon has about 3 1/2 years until retirement! Its crazy.
I am looking into a new business adventure. By the end of the month I should be able to give you all the INfo. I cant wait!
Tonight was also my last snacking unhealthy. I was losing weight at a good pase and then the holidays hit and I gained back some weight. and a pair of jeans I was fitting in I cant even zip (depressing) But I have started working out again, and I am serious about getting down in size!
Its hard looking back a few years at my lowest weight since highschool and then lookin at me now. Thats when u make a change.
Also next week, Deon will be having surgery on Weds! they will be putting him under, he is having surgery on his rotator cuff in his shoulder. He will have about a 2 mon recovery (best case) Please keep him in your prayers for a healthy and speedy recovery!
I guess I better get to bed.
good night


New Years @ my Mom's

Happy 2011! I hope that everyone had a really great New Year. We drove down to Salt Lake to see more family for the New Year. We ate lots of yummy things and visited. Our New year's Eve was not too eventful, pretty low key. Me, deon, my mom and Ben ( and Marek) just hung out at the house, watched a few shows. Me & Deon both went to bed around 11, we couldnt keep our Eyes open. So we did a new years kiss that morning. on saturday all of my family came over to do christmas together. :) and we did a lil singing.
I dont really have big new years resolutions.
I just want to try to be better in all areas. :)
Happy 2011

Marek & Daddy on New Years Eve

Mr. Blueeyes!

He discovered his old chair and loves it!
Playing in the Snow! He loves being outside, he cries everytime he has to go in, I cant wait for it to warm up outside!

Marek opening gifts

Again with the paper


My brother Damen and hIs girlfriend Angela. in the family drawing I had damen and got him 2 beanies, and Amanda got Angela and got her the same beanies, it was too funny!

Grampy playing with the kids

Marek & Leyah kissing

Cutie Pie Leyah

Dru, Amanda & Junior

Grandma Marva

Deon & Marek doing Kareokeing ( I know I spelt that wrong :) )



Dru & Grampy

Christmas at Our House!

This christmas was so wonderful! We had all of Deon's Family at our house for Christmas, only the second time in 6 years that we didnt have to travel, it was great! We had so much fun with everyone and all the kids! we wish at all of us could get together much more often.

This is Marek making Santa Cookies

Our cute nephew Brysen making Cookies

Our Cookies

Frosting.. yum

The finshed cookies
*christmas morning*

Papa and his gift , he was very surprised

Marek discovering all his gifts

Marek's Gift from Santa

Brysen's Bow

Marke getting ready to eat Christmas Breakfast

Deon napping, we were all tired, woke up at 630 for Santa

Marek & papa

Marek & Daddy testing out his new ride

Brysen & Marek

Marek is already in adventure, He likes to ride with his feet up!

too Cute, We love him!

Marek playing Wii( tiger woods golf) with the Guys

Dallas and Marek ( she thinks he is her baby)

best buddies

Opening gifts with everyone christmas night, some of the family came in christmas day, so we waited to open some gifts with them.

Marek opening a gift

He loves ripping the paper

"look mama"

More Gifts

Me(trying to relax) Marek & Dallas jumping on our bed while watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse :)

We hope that everyone had a wonderful christmas.