Sunday, October 28, 2012


Today we had an interesting day at church.
At 11:00 during singing time, someone came up and told us they had shut the water off in the building for a leak and that no bathrooms would be available, thus, everyone needed to go home.

I think most of us adults could have held it for another hour, it was the primary kids they were worried about. :o)

So, we went home early and I decided to read a book:

My mom left it for me the last time she visited so I decided to start it. I came across a great quote that I felt applied to the Sabbath day and the Gospel in my life.

"...there's an art to mending: if you're careful, the repair can actually add to the beauty of the thing, because it is testimony to its worth."

What a beautiful thought: we are worth mending. Not like an old sock with a hole in it that we throw away and replace. And what's more, the fixing of the trials and things that wear us down can make us more beautiful.

I haven't gotten far enough into the book to know if I would recommend it or not, but I love this quote and have a feeling I'm going to like the book.

Maybe we were a little excited to go home an hour early from church (so that leak can be mended), but Jer and I both mentioned we were grateful that we were able to attend Sacrament Meeting and work on some much-needed mending of our own, made possible through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Great Deals!

Just FYI:

KSL deals is giving 20% off any deal purchased today with the promo code 20extra at checkout.

Here is the link.

We got two awesome deals to Sub Zero and Los Hermanos!


Living Social is giving $10 off any deal with the promo code get10 at checkout.

Here is the link.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Supa Soups!

Today was a soup day. Actually, this week was a soup week.

But it was definitely called for because the weather took a sudden turn downwards (temperature-wise) and it just makes me want to light my candles, put on my Netflix and make some soup!

In addition to a surprise Zupas lunch with my hubby today, (lobster bisque is TDF.) this week we had a yummy new chili for dinner group provided by the Wildes, delicious taco soup compliments of my MIL, and thanks to the lovely occasion of a friends bridal shower I made a new acorn squash soup that turned out great!

And without further ado, here are a couple of the recipes.

Acorn Squash Soup

Click Here for the recipe. (I love the name of this blog "A Cozy Kitchen". So true. My kitchen might be my coziest place.)

And next is my MIL's Taco Soup creation. (I hope its OK that I'm posting this recipe, Di! We just loved it so much, we thought the world should know. :o))

I don't have a picture but here's the recipe:

2 lbs hamburger- browned
2 pkgs taco bell taco seasoning
3 14.5 oz. cans Mexican Fiesta Diced Tomatoes (Western Family)
2 15 oz. cans pinto beans (You can really use whatever beans you prefer)
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
2 15 oz. cans Stokes chili sauce (red or green)
Cilantro and lime juice to taste
2 tsp baking soda (optional)
1/2 tsp cumin
frozen corn (as much as you want)

Throw it all in and let 'er simmer!

Serve with cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Halloween Trick

If you know me, you know I don't live for the trick part of "Trick-Or-Treat" during Halloween.

This year, I decided I wanted to try it out knowing what a trickster of a husband I have.

I found this idea on Pinterest.

Yes, I food-colored the milk. I labored over which color I wanted it to be. This color I thought would be the most convincing that something was DEFINITELY weird. Guys, I had to put like 30 drops of food coloring to get the milk this color. And I only dyed 1/4 of a gallon!

I made a milk-based pasta sauce tonight (recipe to come, soooo yummy) and it was most definitely blue. Like, I don't know how you could miss it.

Jer didn't notice.

I asked him if he wanted me to pour him a glass of milk for dinner. Nope, he wanted water.

FINALLY I asked him if he could get me some water out of the fridge. (The Brita lives right next to the milk.)

J: "Honey, what happened to our milk?!"

C: "I don't know, what do you mean?"

J: "It's blue!"

C: "Well why don't you try it and see if it has gone bad."

J: "No I'm not trying it, it looks contaminated!"

So then I told him I food colored it. He thought it was pretty funny, but I think I need to step up my game next time. I still can't believe he ate blue pasta sauce without a question. :o)

And now for the recipe, yours won't be blue unless you dye your milk like I did. :o)

Tuscan Garlic Chicken

Here is the link to the recipe.

My Changes:
*I pounded my chicken first for a thinner piece of chicken (cooks faster and picks up more flavor.)
*I halved the recipe and it worked great.
*I added fresh mushrooms to the sauce. Yummy.
*We used whole wheat linguine.