Monday, June 27, 2011


Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes!
Anna discovered the recipe for this delicious morsel on Gina's Skinny recipes: The cupcakes are delicious by themselves and then you inject them with banana pudding and make a vanilla pudding-type frosting and they are amazing. I think they are best the next day straight out of the refrigerator! Try them! You won't regret it.
P.S. My mom highly recommends this site for plenty of delicious, healthy recipes and now I do too!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Party at the Pendleton's - Anna Style

While my Mom, Dad and Sister are on a two week church history trip, Jer and I are lucky enough to have Annie Buddah staying with us! I hope she is as delighted to be here as we are to have her! We have spent almost a week together and have had an action-packed past few days. Here are some highlights.
 We tried some new recipes! This is Cooking Light Zucchini-Bacon quiche. Very delish and we used the zucchini from our parents' garden.
 Gina's Skinny recipe: Chewy Oatmeal Banana cookies (we added choc. chips :o))
 Sleepover with Tay and Becca! (Two of Jer's darling little sisters) Here they are sitting in Anna's room. (Our second bedroom.)
 Blueberry pancakes with Magleby's syrup! Pancake recipe compliments of my Dad, Donald Scott Houston.
 Here's Jer helping with the syrup! Good Morning!
 7 Peaks! We got a killer deal on passes. We had such a fun day. The girls ended up trading their single tubes for a triple so they could go faster on the rides.
 Sally and Mr. Bennett came too! Love them.
 Some post 7 peaks tunes waiting for her turn in the shower.
 BBQ at Vivian park with friends! I just adore all these people so much!
 Movie night! With LOTS of treats. (Thanks Dianna!) We also got a few things using my very limited but exciting couponing skills.
 Me with Mr. Tan-Pants in our BYU gear ready for the movie. Jer has been working SO hard this summer. He is doing a great job selling pest control for Bio-Guard but he works long days! Its so nice when we finally get him home. :o)

 Long walk about town and FREE Red Mango. That's right, ladies and gentleman. Completely free. They are sending out some ridiculous coupons in the mail, and I would highly recommend the smoothies. Pretty delicious. Anna and I walked over 3 miles we are guessing. We walked from our house over by the mall to do a little shopping for crafty items and Ross deals (which we had no trouble finding :o))

 Singin' in the Rain at the Scera Outdoor Theater. Courtney and her baby Harper joined us and the boys even showed up a little later on. The play was really fun.
 Basking on blankets.
4th of July hair accessories. We found lots of fun patterns online for headbands. When we were at JoAnn's, Anna spotted this perfect patriotic fabric and suggested we make some accessories for our 4th festivities. I think they turned out pretty cute.

Well there you have it! The first 5 days of Anna's stay in a nutshell. Anna also attended the classes I teach and even took the Jazz class. We also took Yoga one night this week which was a new experience for us both and we really liked it! Stay tuned for the next installment of Party at the Pendleton's - Anna Style.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Spring Fling!

My parents have a Marriott Timeshare in Palm Springs and it so happened that one of their weeks fell over Memorial Day weekend. They were able to go with Anna and a friend for the first three days but Anna needed to get back to school so my parents offered the resort for the rest of the week to Katie and I. Since Jer has been working 10 hours a day he wasn't able to go so we decided to make it a girls getaway! Katie and I drove out on Tuesday.
 The resort had a 24 hour fitness center so we went there first in the morning and then it was time to head out to the pool! This is this really cool fountain in the center of the community of condos.
 Reading by the pool!
 The main pool. (There are 7 at the resort)
 When we took a break from pool time, we came in and had lunch. We popped in a movie and I started crocheting. This was my first project of the trip- Baby Mary Jane booties. They are dang cute if I do say so myself.
 The condo had a full kitchen so we brought most of our food and planned meals. We had a yummy dinner that evening while waiting for Mommer to get there! Here I am eating and cooking at the same time...typical.
 By the end of the evening I had completed two projects. I baby beanie and the booties. I'm trying to find more places to sell my stuff, if you have any ideas or know of anything please let me know!
 The next day it was time to shop! My mom discovered the amazing outlets in Palm Springs while they were there a few days before and of course she had to take us there. Let me tell you, these outlets are AWESOME! If you are ever in Palm Springs or even close to there, its worth the trip!

 Halfway through our shopping day.
 As you can see, we found some pretty sweet deals! Some of my favorite stores were Banana Republic outlet, 9 West, Van Heusen, J Crew etc. etc.
 Our final day right before check out. Excuse my face in this picture, it was quite bright!
 The pond on the golf course outside our window.
 Mom with the ducks she mothered. She went out everyday and fed the ducks, I even joined her a couple times. It was so fun!
 Sisters goofing off.
The End!!!!