Monday, November 9, 2009

Chef - [shef]

1. the chief cook, esp. in a restaurant or hotel (or Jessica's tiny kitchen), usually resposible for planning menus, ordering foodstuffs, overseeing food preparation, and supervising the kitchen staff.

Before I got married, my love for cooking only consisted eating that of others. It wasn't until I had my own kitchen that I discovered my passion for cooking. Maybe it is due to the fact that I have so many nice, new kitchen appliances (thank you wedding). Maybe it is because my mom is a great cook. Maybe it is because I like the compliments from my husband. Maybe it is because I know he will eat my experiments. Maybe it is because I know he will lie to me. Whatever it is, it has changed me. I know you all saw my "banana nut bread" - if you could call it that, and now you want to steer clear of my cooking. I understand. I am a work in progress. I have to say I am getting better. My food no longer implodes and do not require a tall glass of water to accompany it. Who knows, one day I might start my own cooking blog that can help new wives like myself. Anyways, here is my latest attempt:

Asian Chicken Stir-Fry

It is so easy and quick, you must try it.

Cut chicken into bite size pieces. Stir-fry in a little oil in a nonstick skillet until cooked through; remove. Add sliced bell peppers and sliced carrots to skillet; stir-fry until crisp-tender. Stir in bottled stir-fry sauce and bring to a simmer. Return chicken to skillet; toss to heat. Serve over rice.

Monday, November 2, 2009


For those of you who don't know, Todd and I met last year carving pumpkins in our BYU Family Home Evening group. So naturally I encouraged us to carve some this Halloween!! We invited Kylee and Rodney over to carve them with us. They won the contest for difficultly and speed. Todd and I tried to keep ours simple :) Here are some pictures:

Rodney, Kylee, and Todd

Todd and I

Our pumpkin is on the right...

Here are some pictures of us in our Halloween costumes. We had fun going to a few parties and getting dressed up. I was so happy that Jana came to visit. We had a great time with her and Brad. I can't wait until she moves back in January!

Todd, Jess, Jana, and Brad
The Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Big Bad Wolf

JB and I

Us again

The Real MAD Hatter

Braden, Kari, Jess, Todd

I love this one!