Monday, December 29, 2008

What Christmas Looks Like in AZ

Southwest Salad

Things in the Garner household are always very busy. I love to cook, but usually only have a little time to spend making dinner on weeknights. This is something I threw together a few weeks ago and it was instantly Benson's favorite.


Grill:

2-3 Chicken Breasts

{I marinate in Italian Dressing and season with salt, pepper, and garlic salt}

Cut into chunks or chop and set aside

Chop:

2 Avacados

2 Small Tomatoes {I like to use Plum Tomatoes}

1/2 Can Black Olives

Cilantro

Place in bowl

Add:

1 Can Black Beans {drained well}

About 1/3 of a bag of Frozen Corn {thawed}

Salt & Pepper to Taste

Combine ingredients in bowl

To Serve:

Tear up a few leaves of dark leaf lettuce per plate {we like more toppings than lettuce}

Spoon Vegetable Mixture on top of Lettuce.

Top with Grilled Chicken and Shredded Cheese

Serve with lime wedges, tortilla chips and salad dressing

{as soon as I create a good recipe for avacado cilantro ranch I will share!}

YUM!

{Sorry I don't have exact amounts for everything, I just used what I had in the fridge, so just do what looks right!}

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

He's A Mean One

Mr. Grinch

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The world as I see it

"A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words."
Photobucket

{Click the picture...go ahead, try it - let me know what you think}

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Inspiration...














{these are from STARBUCKS - I asked them if I could buy one...seriously}







Wednesday, December 10, 2008

shoe love


"Puppy" Cakes

This is Jake

Monday was Jake's 2nd birthday
Jake loves doggies
So his mom and I took this stuff....


and turned it into these...


Bulldogs

Schnauzers

Westies

and Beagles

Happy Birthday Jakie!!
In honor of making cupcakes, you must watch this video
{this song has been stuck in my head for weeks}



Monday, December 8, 2008

"Famous" Quotes

Benson and I don't get out much... so when new people came to our house on Friday we were excited that we had a chance to pretend to really be funny.

We are definitely not the funniest people alive but we do have some conversations that we think really funny.

On our honeymoon riding the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island:
Benson: Look at that mountain with all the snow! it's huge!
Sarah: Yeah, it's cool - what mountain do you think it is
Benson: umm... Mount Vesuvius?
Sarah: I'll mount your vesuvius
Benson: ...
Sarah: I did not mean it like that!!

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Laying in the lawn of the Parliament building Victoria, BC:

Sarah: {Using backpack full of sweaters as a pillow} Do you want me to share the pillow with you?
Benson: If you love me and your willing!

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Driving home from work last Friday waiting to get off the freeway on Val Vista:

Sarah: The same bum is here every day
Benson: The Vietnam war vet? Yeah... me and Hunter were talking about him earlier. I've always wondered where bums get the markers to make their signs. We own a house and we don't even have markers.
Sarah: Well, if you think about it a marker would be a great investment if you were a bum...
Benson: Yeah I guess it would
Sarah: It's like that saying, if you give a bum a fish he'll eat for a day, but if you give a bum a marker... he'll eat for a lifetime!

oh Monday how I loathe thee...

Seriously, Monday comes far to often for my liking.
I like the weekends so much better.

Since the Temple is closed for two weeks Benson and I got to sleep past 4am on Saturday morning... so we had a "wild" Friday night and ended up awake until 1 am watching a movie with friends.


Saturday we went and helped out with Breakfast with Santa at Mesa High School - they gave 52 families christmas trees, presents, clothes, food, breakfast and a fun morning making gingerbread houses, riding the train, and of course seeing Santa.


That night we made soup for 20 of our friends and family members then went to see the ballet The Nutcracker it's been a family tradition of mine to go and this year we decided to invite everyone to go. It was Benson's first ballet and decided it's not his style but he enjoyed it anyway...


The best part of the night was when my niece Maesyn was sitting on Santa's lap and he asked her what she wanted for Christmas... you should have seen the look on his face when she told him "A Barbie head"


We ended the night with hot chocolate and Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.


Sunday we took pictures with my side of the family and went to sleep early - the weekend was too much excitement for us boring married people.



the whole family

just the girls

sister and brother-in-law


my niece Libey.
"Should I pose like this?"


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thanksgiving (times 2)

Garner Thanksgiving:
Held in a cultural hall {his family is that big}
Name tags
50 lbs. of mashed potatoes
5 lbs. carrots
15 pies

Beasley Thanksgiving:
My grandma's kitchen
8 people
3 pies


After eating our Thanksgiving meal twice in a row we headed over to the Bizjaks for more pie then back to the garners for Pumpkin Cheesecake and Black Friday scouting
By the time we got home we were exhausted - and a pound or two heavier

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Remember when...

I told you about that lovely little lady over at Grosgrain...

Well, now she is giving away one of these too cool for school camera straps... and I want it :)


Custom Camera Strap GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

So about that new camera...

I would like some people to take pictures of
{Seriously guys}
So...
If you would like family/christmas/just for fun pictures taken
For FREE
{and you even get to hang out with me}
Please let me know.
------------------------------------
you can email me at
beasleygirl {at} gmail {dot} com
or leave a comment :)

Friday, November 14, 2008

burnout

I am suffering job burnout big time.
Don't get me wrong - I am so thankful for the job I have
{and that I still have after this day}
But UGH!
How much more boring can a job get.
I sit all day
Staring at a computer
I want a job where:
I can be creative
I am challenged to constantly learn new things
I can use my talents {after I find out exactly what those are}
I can do something NEW every now and then
Anyone have anything in mind?
Let me know... Seriously

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dear Craigslist,

I just wanted to say Thank You for the wonderful chairs you found me.
They are so lovely, and the price was incredible. {$20 for both!}

You have always been there for me, bringing me wonderful items such as our free dishwasher and our brand new stove and microwave, our washer and dryer.

Just one request...

Please stop posting all the wonderful finds that are so far away from me
{it's torture}
Please & Thank you.


Sincerely,
Sarah

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Yesterday I borrowed Maesyn and Jake to take some pictures of them {and so their mom and dad could go to the Temple}...
We headed out later than we should have and only had about 30 minutes of sun
The battery in my camera was dying
So quick as we could we snapped pictures...



















...until the kids realized that playing with all the cool things was so much more fun than taking pictures.
So, I put my camera away and we ran around the Mesa art center...


...climbing all over the stairs...

... playing in water....
...and of course avoiding all the dog poop
{seriously, it was everywhere!}

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Summer is upon us...

The following is an excerpt from a devotional address given by Neal A. Maxwell October 10, 1978 and was published in the February 1979 Ensign under "A More Determined Discipleship"
"Make no mistake about it, brothers and sisters, in the months and years ahead, events are likely to require each member to decide whether or not he will follow the First Presidency. Members will find it more difficult to halt longer between two opinions. President Marion G. Romney said, many years ago, that he had 'never hesitated to follow the counsel of the Authorities of the Church even though it crossed my social, professional or political life.'"This is hard doctrine, but it is particularly vital doctrine in a society which is becoming more wicked. In short, brothers and sisters, not being ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ includes not being ashamed of the prophets of Jesus Christ. . . . Your discipleship may see the time when such religious convictions are discounted. . . . This new irreligious imperialism seeks to disallow certain opinions simply because those opinions grow out of religious convictions."Resistance to abortion will be seen as primitive. Concern over the institution of the family will be viewed as untrendy and unenlightened.... Before the ultimate victory of the forces of righteousness, some skirmishes will be lost. Even in these, however, let us leave a record so that the choices are clear, letting others do as they will in the face of prophetic counsel. There will also be times, happily, when a minor defeat seems probable, but others will step forward, having been rallied to rightness by what we do. We will know the joy, on occasion, of having awakened a slumbering majority of the decent people of all races and creeds which was, till then, unconscious of itself. Jesus said that when the fig trees put forth their leaves, 'summer is nigh.' Thus warned that summer is upon us, let us not then complain of the heat."

Monday, November 10, 2008

"They're dropping like flies"

That's what I heard first thing when I walked into work this morning.
They began layoffs today - it's estimated that over 500 people from my company will be gone before the end of the day.
Managers, directors, people who have been here over 15 years.
Friends and Co-Workers.
It's a hard day. It's hard to watch them quietly pack their things and leave.
People are crying, some are mad, others look very somber - a very emotional day indeed.
Right now I am very Thankful for the job I have. I am also praying for those who have families to support that will be out there searching once again for a stable source of income.
**Update: My job is officially safe and I am so very grateful.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Gardening 101

Our free time {the little that we get} has lately been filled with these books...


We are dying to have our landscaping at our house fixed up the way we want it.
We have charts, drawings, diagrams, measurements planning out what we want it to look like...
Right now it's all desert {yuck}
But soon* we will have grassy front at back yards, willow trees, a white picket fence, brick walk ways, a porch swing, flowers and a fruit and vegetable garden.
*at the rate we are going now...soon means years!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Lions and Tigers and Bears

Oh My!
We went to the Phoenix Zoo today with Heidi {my sister-in-law} and her kids
We only got to stay for about an hour so we didn't see any lions, tigers or bears but we did see...

Some cute little monkeys
{My favorite}

Pink Flamingos

Ground squirrels


and a very tired Jake
The End


{happy weekend}

Friday, November 7, 2008

Guess What?

It's FRIDAY!
I know I'm excited about it!
Benson and I will be pulling weeds all weekend if anyone would like to join!
{you know you want to}
And if anyone is in the mood to drive up to Prescott to look at fall leaves, let me know.
I have been dying to go!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Nick at Night

When I was growing up we never had cable.
But Grandma and Grandpa did, and my brother Colby and I spent a lot of time over there.
Today Colby came to my house when he got out of school, and brought with him the first two seasons of Pete and Pete - an old Nick at Night show
It got us talking about all of the old shows we used to watch...
Eureka's Castle
Happy Feet
Fraggle Rock
Clarissa Explains it All
Hey Dude
Saved by the Bell
The Munsters
The Brady Bunch
The Angry Beavers
Doug
Salute your Shorts
Rocky & Bullwinkle
Bring back any memories?
What did you used to watch??

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Mr. President

Well, it's official. As of January we will have a new president.
Am I excited about who won? Not as much as some people...

But nevertheless, he is our president.

Maybe one day I'll get used to the term

"President Obama"

All I know is for now... I can't even convince myself to finish his acceptance speech

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election '08

My alarm rang at 5:00 this waking me up to vote.
Standing in line was cold - and so exciting.
I can't wait until our new President is announced.
This is a very important day to us and our nation and it's even more important for us to be involved in the outcome.
The guy I sit next to at work told me that his parents just decided not to vote this year.
I feel that it's our responsibility, duty and privilege as American Citizens to vote.
The United States is an amazing country, one that I am more than proud to be a part of.
I am proud to say that today I voted for John McCain.
Not just because I am a republican or conservative or because he is from Arizona.
I am proud I voted for McCain because he loves America, and because, like me he is honored to live in this country.
Obviously, this is not the only reason I chose to vote this way, but this is such an important part about choosing a President that I think so many overlook.
I want someone that will encourage America's success, not focus on it's flaws.
I could not imagine a President running a country that they did not love, that they were not willing to devote themselves to, that they were not willing to defend at any cost.
I hope that you voted today... and if you haven't
GO NOW
*And if you are still un-decided and want to hear some great points about how awesome Republicans are - go here*

Monday, November 3, 2008

Blog Stalking

Yes, I think everyone is guilty of it. I have my daily rundown that keeps me entertained while I am at work.
I like finding new creative and interesting blogs, so I decided to share a few favorites of my own...

Moosh In Indy
The writer {Casey} has a great sense of humor and her writing is so engaging.
She takes great pictures and has the cutest little curly headed girl {known as the Moosh}
Her honesty is what really captured me, she is not afraid to talk about how she really feels about anything which makes her easy to relate to.

Bakerella
This lady makes the cutest cupcakes ever. {Mini ones too}
She won the Iron Cupcake challenge and has even been on Martha!
She has great recipe's and the cutest ideas - very inspiring.

Cake Wrecks
Pictures of horribly "wrecked" professional cakes.
As well as witty commentary that has made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion.
A darling little family that takes the most gorgeous pictures. I could stare at them all day.
Here you will find the most amazing children's clothes and costumes {she even gives them away}And lots of great crafty ideas!

What are your favorite blogs to keep up on?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Peter Peter pumpkin eater...

Part of the reason I love fall so much is because I love pumpkin
Typically I just make pumpkin cookies and pumpkin pie - until last year when Benson told me about his mom's recipe for pumpkin waffles with home made buttermilk syrup
yum!

We got a fancy new hotel style waffle maker yesterday so today, that's what we had for dinner... {and I am already craving them again!}

You have to make them with the syrup or they just aren't the same!
Pumpkin Waffles
2 ½ c. Flour
1 T. Baking powder
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Ginger
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Nutmeg
¼ tsp. cloves
4 Large eggs
2 c. Buttermilk*
1 c. Canned pumpkin
½ c. Brown sugar
¼ c. Unsalted butter (melted)
1 tsp. Vanilla
Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cloves and set aside. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, buttermilk, pumpkin, brown sugar, butter and vanilla until smooth. Whisk in flour mixture and blend until smooth.

Buttermilk Syrup
½ c. Butter
¾ c. Sugar
½ c. Buttermilk*
Bring to a boil then remove from heat and add:
½ tsp. Baking soda
1 tsp. Vanilla
Stir well and serve

*You can also make your own buttermilk by adding 1Tbsp. of vinegar or lemon juice per cup of regular milk. Stir and let sit for a few minutes then stir again before using.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The new meaning of Saturday

Until about a month ago Saturday meant sleeping in, finishing homework, and running errands.
That was until Benson and I started working in the Temple.
At first when we committed to getting up so early I was worried that I would regret my decision , not to work in the Temple, but to choose the early shift and lose the one day I had to sleep in...
I am not a morning person by any means, and when the alarm rings at 4:30 I am not the happiest person alive...but as soon as I begin my shift at the Temple, I immediately remember why Benson drags me I drag myself out of bed so early. I have learned so much, met amazing people and had unforgettable experiences.
{and it's only been 3 weeks}
Now Saturday means getting up at 4:30 am to work our 6 hour shift.
Saturday means afternoon naps, having lunch together and catching up on The Office.
Now, our Saturday's are truly relaxing and more productive than ever before.
It's not any easier to wake up that early than I thought it would be - but it's so much more worth it.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy {Pumpkin-less} Halloween!

I can't believe it's already here, honestly.
We haven't even carved pumpkins yet
{or even bought any for that matter}
While it seemed to creep up on me it is sure hard to miss now...
Wednesday we went to our ward Halloween party.
oh.my.gosh.
I knew there was a reason we moved into this ward...they know how to do parties right!
At least half the ward dressed up
{even the adults}
It was in an amazing backyard and included TWO haunted houses, a graveyard...
and a dance to
THRILLER
Today at work a lot of people are dressed up.
One man is walking around
IN HIS UNDERWEAR
dressed as a viking.
And of course Obama, Biden, McCain, Palin and the secret service are present as well.
Tonight is our party.
A murder mystery party.
Western style.
But the best part of today?
I get my camera!
{does anyone want to sit at my house and wait for it?}

Friday, October 24, 2008

10/31/08 - My life will be complete


Oh the places we'll go and the things we will shoot.
{in a completely non-violent way of course}
I will not be able to sleep until this thing arrives - it's like Christmas

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

NaBloPoMo

You've heard of it right?
No?
Well then allow me...
NaBloPoMo
{National Blog Posting Month}
Each November members of NaBloPoMo post on their blogs
EVERY DAY
for a whole month...
and guess who just decided to join?
{hint: me}
So, it will be quite the challenge I am sure.. posting every single day - even weekends.
My mind is already working trying to come up with things to write about
{Hopefully some of it will be interesting}
If nothing else it will give me the chance to be creative for 30 days!
Wish me luck...
And join me if you feel you're up to it!
{In which case - good luck to you too!}

Monday, October 20, 2008

Fall

Just because it's October doesn't mean that the weather will cooperate.
{Although nights and mornings have been lovely}
But despite the weather, I can't get over the fall feeling. I have been baking a lot and am loving it. {Seriously - I have made 5 pies this month alone...}
This apple pie was SO GOOD
I need to make another

These apple peelers make pie amazingly easy



Jack

Next up on the baking menu:
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
{My personal favorite!}