Friday, July 1, 2011

Banana Muffins

Cream together:

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
6 mashed bananas
4 well beaten eggs

Mix in:

2 1/2 cups flour
1 t. salt
2 t. baking soda.

Don't over mix. Bake at 350 for approximately 45 in a bread pan, 20-25 minutes in muffin tins.


Cream butter and sugar first.
Make sure bananas are mushy, but not rotten (bad experience!)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Stuffed Peppers and Pudding Pops

I am finally getting back in my groove after my two trips home to Utah. I feel so blessed that I was able to go home to see Nick and go again for his funeral. If you would like to read about his funeral go to Nicholas was just the coolest guy ever...plain and simple. We love Nick!

It has been nice to come back to Bear and get life back in order. Before the summer, I think Austin had this vision of me making gourmet meals every night, him coming home to a clean apartment and fresh cookies waiting on the counter. That has not happened yet, but I still have a few months to redeem myself before we move back to Utah!

A co-worker of mine brought stuffed peppers to work for her lunch one time and they looked sooo good! Ever since then I've wanted to make them so this week I finally did!

Stuffed Peppers


  • · 6 green bell peppers
  • · salt to taste
  • · 1 pound ground beef
  • · 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • · salt and pepper to taste
  • · 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • · 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • · 1/2 cup uncooked rice
  • · 1/2 cup water
  • · 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • · 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed tomato soup
  • · water as needed


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cut the peppers in half (remove stems), and remove the seeds. Cook peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes (completely submerged); drain. Sprinkle salt inside each pepper, and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, saute beef and onions (add garlic salt) for 5 minutes, or until beef is browned. Drain off excess fat, and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the tomatoes, rice, 1/2 cup water and Worcestershire sauce. Cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until rice is tender. Remove from heat, and stir in the cheese.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. (175 degrees C). Stuff each pepper with the beef and rice mixture, and place peppers open side up in a baking dish. In a medium bowl, combine tomato soup with just enough water to make the soup a gravy consistency. Pour over the peppers.
  4. Bake covered for 25 to 35 minutes, until heated through and cheese is melted and bubbly.

While I was making these I was a little worried that they wouldn't be good, but I really liked them! They weren't too hard and it was fun to make something different. I even had some of the guys come over for dinner and they approved.

  • Make sure you boil your peppers for AT LEAST 5 minutes
  • Season your meat with taco seasoning, otherwise it will be a little bland
  • Serve with sour cream and tortilla chips

Next we have Pudding Pops...

Isn't Austin cute in all his Vivint glory??

These are so easy and fun to make! I love vanilla pudding so making it into a popsicle sounded like a fabulous idea. I bought the popsicle molds at Target. All you have to do is:
  • Prepare a small package of pudding as it directs you on the box (I used vanilla)
  • Add fruit, candy, cookies, etc. (I used Heath Bars)
  • Mix it all together, freeze for a few hours (I did it overnight), and voila! you have a popsicle!

Some ideas that I have found and want to try are:
  • White chocolate pudding with rasberries
  • Vanilla pudding with peanut butter and bananas
  • Vanilla pudding, vanilla yogurt and strawberries
  • Chocolate pudding with crushed Oreos (I think mint Oreos would be awesome!)

Pretty much do whatever combination that sounds good to you!
You also could make these a healthier treat by just using yogurt.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Nicholas William Raitt

January 17, 1989 - June 2, 2011

I love you Nicholas!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


I love this little girl! This is Nicole and Jason's little girl, Chansi. I have a feeling we will be taking a lot more pictures of her this summer :-) Today we all went to the pool. So much fun!
It is 95 degrees here! I needed a little bit of happy sunshine this week.
Last week I made a little trip home to Utah to see Nick. It was so good to see him. If you would like updates on Nick you can go to I got back to Delaware on Sunday. It's good to be back and fee like I have a little structure in my life!
My goals this week include: keeping my apartment clean, finishing Katelyn's graduation present (more to come on that later), working, making dinner for my husband every night (no more Mac & Cheese...Sorry Aust), playing tennis with Austin, and spending my afternoons at the pool. I is rough. This week of relaxing is much needed :-)

Wedding Pictures

We got our wedding pictures back! I am so excited about it! Rebekah Westover did a great job.

Here is the link:

The password is my name.

If there are any pictures of you let me know the number and I will get you a copy :-)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

You know those days when you just need something sweet and REALLY bad for you so that you can forget all your troubles. This pie will totally do that for you. It is delicious. This is a picture before I baked it (I forgot to take an after shot). I got the recipe from Our Best Bites. If you ever need to find a bunch of never fail recipes, that is the place to go. After I baked it, I topped off each slice with a little bit of cookies and cream ice cream. It was so good!!

I used:

-Ghirardelli Milk and Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (Ghirardelli makes everything better)
-Pillsbury Frozen Pie Crust (best and easiest way to go)

I didn't use:


Here is the link to the recipe: