Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Fondue Anyone?

We had the Sandoval Famiy over for dinner tonight. So we decided to whip out our Fondue set we were given at our wedding. I sent Paul and Marc to the store, and after a few phone calls from being confused on what that "perfect cheese " is.. and " how do you spell it again??" - We had us some good fondue. It was a perfect way to catch up with our best friends!

Here is a clip of the boys catching up. I giggle everytime I watch it. hahaha

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Courtney and Jason exchanged their wedding vows on Friday March 20th. Paul and I were blessed to witness such a joyous occasion. We wish the newly weds lots of love, health and happiness! Stay tuned for maybe a new addition to the family of two - wink wink!!!! ( No pressure Courtney! )

Thursday, March 19, 2009


KQ Ranch is a camping resort that is located in the mountains of San Diego county. A few miles from it is a little town named Julian. Its population is listed at "almost 300 people!" It was discovered in the early 1800's during the gold rush. Many of the same buildings like the city's Mercantile, and Cafe still stand today. Its now famous for their "apple pies."
We left on a Sunday, and returned on a Thursday. It was just me, Paul, Cole, and the dogs. We had a great time. We went into town every morning for breakfast.. played cards, took walks, took naps, cooked, read, and thoroughly enjoyed our quality family time that was much needed.

We know we have many more great memories to make in our trailer!

Saturday, March 14, 2009


I talk to my sister Shay all through out the day, everyday. Since she has been pregnant, its a lot of questions, and how are you's. Typical sister talk.

On Wednesday, she mentioned she had been "leaking." I asked some simple questions, trying to determine weather or not it was mucus or her water. After some detailed answers, I advised that she go to the hospital. So by 5:00pm, we were at the hospital, and it had been confirmed she had been leaking water, and she was dilated to 3 centimeters.

My Aunt Karen, cousin Tiffany, and I camped out for the night with Shay and Orlando. She was contracting, but nothing big. By 6am, the Doctor ordered she start the Pitosen drip to get things moving. Later in the morning, our Dad, Tara, and sisters had arrived. We drank some coffee ( yes, I completely caved on my sacrifice! ) ate breakfast.. and just waited!

By 1pm, Shay was dilated to 7-cm, and had her epidural. She had held off longer then she anticipated. She is quite the trooper. Afterwards, she was of course, able to relax and get a little nap in before she was ready to push.

At 5:26pm, Benjamin Matthew arrived. He weighed in at 6 pounds and 14 ounces. He is 19 1/2 inches long, and healthy as can be!!!!

We are so excited for the new family of three, and wish them happiness and health, and God's blessings in their future!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Wow!! Is our baby getting to be a big boy! He will be 7 months on the 13th. Here is a picture of his new trick. As I said..


Sunday, March 08, 2009


Since I am a big baby boy...

..I am now always on the go..

.. and sometimes I get a little ahead of myself... but not to worry..

..Mommy is always there to save me.... ..because I'm not yet a pro..
... at being " Baby on the Go! "


Mark was in town for baseball, and was staying with the Uncle Peter and Aunt Debbie.. so the Wilkins decided to crash the scene and get in some much needed wine time with the Millers! Aunt Debbie made a mean lasagna, the girls played with Cole, and we were able to enjoy the great company ;)

Til next time..!!


Thursday, March 05, 2009


Chicken in a creamy sauce

Here is the new chicken dish I made lastnight. It was soooooo yummy.
I only used 2 chicken breasts, and I substituted carrots for peas.


Makes 6 servings

Juice of 1 lemon
⅓ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 teaspoon plus ½ cup all-purpose flour, divided
1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon butter, divided
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 ½ pounds), trimmed
¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
1 teaspoon peanut or canola oil
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided, plus more as needed
½ cup frozen peas, thawed

1. Combine lemon juice and cream in a small bowl. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mash 1 teaspoon flour and 1 teaspoon butter in another small bowl until a paste forms. Set both bowls aside.
2. Dry chicken thoroughly with paper towels. Season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and white pepper. Dredge lightly in the remaining 1/2 cup flour, shaking off any excess. (Discard leftover flour.)
3. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and oil in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken—do not crowd the pan. Cook, turning once, until nicely browned on both sides, about 10 minutes total. Add 1/2 cup broth, reduce the heat and cover. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. (Check to make sure the pan juices don’t run dry. If necessary, add more broth, a tablespoonful at a time, to prevent scorching.) Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and tent with foil.
4. Add the remaining 1/2 cup broth to the pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until reduced to about 1/4 cup, 2 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add the reserved lemon cream and bring to a simmer. Gradually whisk in the reserved butter-flour paste, a few bits at a time, until the sauce coats the spoon, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in peas.
5. Reduce the heat to low and return the chicken to the pan. Turn to coat with the sauce and cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Slice the chicken and serve with the sauce, garnished with sprigs of tarragon (or dill), if desired.

Nutrition Information
Per serving: 231 calories; 10 g fat (5 g sat, 2 g mono); 91 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrate; 28 g protein; 1 g fiber; 209 mg sodium; 347 mg potassium.
Nutrition bonus: Selenium (31% daily value), Vitamin C (15% dv).
1/2 Carbohydrate Serving
Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 3 1/2 lean meat

Wednesday, March 04, 2009


This picture is such a crack-up. That good ol' red flash always does the trick.

Essential Oils

Its that season.. Flu season! It comes every year.. and we all hope that we catch it maybe once.. and that one time we catch it, hopefully, just hopefully, it wont be very bad.

Well, I haven't caught it yet ( knock on wood! ) but, with Paul constantly in touch with different people, he brings new germs in the house each day. I am pretty consistent about giving him his vitamins. Talking him into taking them is a different story. Until Cole caught his first cold. Its been nasty. Remember reading a few entries below about our scare with his first fever... well that was just the beginning. Since then, he has been congested, coughing, not sleeping because he can't breath - all the symptoms that truly make up a "Bad Cold." I have been loading him up on his Children's Echinacea ,giving him .. of course ..our "gold stash " of breast milk, lots of fluids, foods loaded with antioxidants like - blueberries, apples, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, ect. ect., vapors bathes, our new humidifier ( compliments of Mom and Dad!! ) and what my Aunt introduced me to.. " Essential Oils.

When she first mentioned it, my thought was " what the heck are essential oils."

My Aunt has truly been my mentor throughout this new journey of adopting a healthier lifestyle. Almost everything that comes out of her mouth, I digest, research, and usually end up following. For whatever reason, I never really paid attention when she mentioned using these oils in the past. Until Saturday night when I was at her house for a "prayer session." Paul called and said that Cole had gotten worse just in the couple of hours I had been gone.

She handed me three tiny bottles. One read "Eucalyptus " the other read " Tea Tree " and the third read " Lavender."

"One drop of each in steaming water over the stove.. hold him over it for a few minutes. "

Of course I took them, and as soon as I got home, did just as she directed. Afterward, it was the first time it sounded like his congestion was finally breaking up.

AMAZING! It has been the only thing that allows him to breath long enough for us to get a few hours of sleep at night, and him nap through the day.

I highly recommend everyone I know to run out and grab these "Essential Oils."

Here is a website for those of you who are interested. You can also find them at Whole Foods.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Sunday, March 01, 2009


" Bottles, and booties, bibs, and more.. Lets shower Baby Benjamin with gifts galore!!"

Everything from the cake, to the flowers, to the gifts, and of course the company, was more then perfect! As we enjoyed great Mexican food, we watched "Mommy to be " Shay Ann, open up each gift for her little boy. Thank You to all of those who joined us today, and helped Shay and Orlando prepare for the upcoming birth of Benjamin Matthew.


This evening we witnessed the baptism of Olivia Karrington Wilkins. The ceremony was at Ascension Lutheran Church in Palos Verdes, and the celebration continued at her God-parents home, Charlie and Amy Lane.

Congratulations to her and her parents, Jon and Jessica.