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.


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


2 Avacados

2 Small Tomatoes {I like to use Plum Tomatoes}

1/2 Can Black Olives


Place in bowl


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!}


{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

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

"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...




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!!


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!


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