February 28, 2017

Tuesday Topics: Two Letters

Another Tuesday, another Tuesday Topics! We have this one and one more, and it is never too late to link up!

Today the two letters I would like to write are both to younger me. Now, I am a believer in things happening so that you can learn from them and not living in the past, but there are somethings that do nag...that you wish you could change.

Here are my two letters...

Letter ONE:


I wish you would have known how great you were in high school.

Sure, it’s the land of hormones and black eyeliner, but you are gifted. Sure, there are those people who didn't understand you, but you also tried to stretch yourself and did it moderately successfully. They were just jealous, but jealousy is something we never think of in high school. We just think that everyone else is different and no one could possibly understand who we are or what we are going through.

I think high school was easier for you because you found yourself. You went through the strange scary phase during your horrendous middle school years. Earlier than most...

For a young high schooler, you were dang independent and strong; you were positive and (for the most part) didn't care if people didn't like you. You were going to do and be who you wanted to be in high school. It led you to some of the greatest experiences anyone could have in high school.

You met your husband… well, future husband. You taught him and he taught you and you two became two incredible people. But let's go on to what I really want to talk about...what you took for granted.

You were in the best shape of your life even though your diet consisted of quesadillas and bagels. You should have been more confident in your own skin!

You desperately wanted to be good enough, whatever good enough is for a 16-year-old with all the opportunities in the world knocking on her door. You wanted to be a good singer, a good student, a good swimmer, and for some reason you even tried to be a good tennis player (well you wanted to have something to bond with your sister on, but it was a feeble attempt.)

I wish you would have just given the focus you did on school and put more focus from tennis, choir, student government and put that all towards swimming. You could have been an amazing swimmer and found that enjoyment you wanted. You were fingertips from that.

Posting this, I hope someone reads this and evaluates themselves, knows that they are worth it, and puts into context what is important. 

If you could go back and change something, what would you change?

Letter TWO:

You are a big sister. This is your first time being a big sister. Who knew, it could have been your last (thankfully not). It is a big job, and you didn't know that. Other people seem to have understood that being a big sister is a heck of a responsibility. Did you feel it then, or are you just feeling it now? Now that you feel responsible for your sister's mishaps, successes, and relationships?

You were elated when she would ask you something she was afraid or embarrassed to ask the real grown-ups. But you probably acted like those grown-ups: judgmental, questioning, and worrying. Would she continue to ask you for any advice or questions? Not when you act like that.

You had a bit of a temper. What made you so angry? Do you blame anyone for not wanting to be around you, let alone trust you?

You acted like the little sister instead of the big one. It was her job to snub you when you were too old or uncool for her friends/music/etc... But instead you were too cool for her. It should have been her because behind that curtain of "too cool for you," she still would have looked up to you and come back in the quiet moments to share secrets with you. Since you snubbed her, you never had this moment, so she snubbed you too.

Then you grew and as you became older, you really wanted greatness for your sister so badly. You wanted her to ask you questions you already had answers to, you wanted her to become your best friend. Your sisters taught you how to handle responsibility, lead, and be a team player.

Posting this, I hope someone realizes how truly special their siblings are. The best thing you can be is there. 

Link up your letters below!

February 24, 2017

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Initially I had no plans on posting this recipe. I was just making this sandwich because I was hungry. I then realized it was too delicious and beautiful not to post! Fortunately my camera phone was close by and I snapped a few quick pictures. This is a really simple recipe and a great way to take your regular old sandwich to the next level.

I ended up using telera rolls for this recipe. Living in the southwest Telera rolls are common. They are softer on the inside and crispier on the outside than French Bread and are perfect for hot sandwiches. The bread is most often used for what is called a torta. This is a Mexican Sandwich and a very yummy staple in my house that I will have to share a recipe for soon!


1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded
5 tablespoons of buffalo sauce (I use Frank's Red Hot)
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
4 ounces of cream cheese, softened
slider or Telera rolls (mexican bread rolls used for tortas)
sliced tomatoes
ranch/blue cheese dressing (optional)


Cook and shred your chicken in a bowl. While warm toss in sauce.

Then add mozzarella and cream cheese and stir together until melted.

Slice rolls and place sliced tomato, lettuce, and chicken mixture onto bread. Drizzle with some ranch or blue cheese if you want and.....


February 21, 2017

Tuesday Topics: Three Things Going On In My Life

It is almost the end of February! Time flies when you are having fun! Lately I feel as if my planner has been my best friend. Life has been hectic, but full and fun. I wouldn't have it any other way!

Three things going on in my life? Just three...

Enjoying Winter in the Southwest
As much as I am usually always counting down to our next trip or planning something fun to do with my days off, I also love just being at home. Sometimes nothing makes me happier than the peace and quiet that only home can bring. We have just been enjoying the beautiful weather in the Southwest. This time of year is the reason people live here. I mean temps in the 70s? How can I beat it?!
I mean I splurge on calories and carbs far more than I care to admit, but I have been upping my game in the gym and getting that sweat look on. I have been taking boot camp conditioning classes at my gym and it is kicking my butt and keeping me accountable by having a time and a class to go to.

I am a lover of skiing in the spring! We took a trip to Salt Lake City and enjoyed some fun skiing and company. Having friends and family there makes Salt Lake City an enjoyable place to visit. One day, I would like to explore other parts of the state as well.

What have you been up to lately?
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February 17, 2017

Glazed Cod With Broccoli and Barley Salad

This is one of those incredibly delicious and super easy meals that are on a taste and look level of 5 course meal but lazy level of just above a bowl of cereal. I usually don't add barley, but for my husband I needed some grain in this meal. 

And after all this is a perfect meal to impress and continue to celebrate Valentine's Day...


2 cod fillets
1/2 cup pearled barley
3 cloves of garlic
1 orange
1 lemon
1/2 pound of broccoli
1 tablespoon of white wine
1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons of almonds
4 tablespoons of olive oil
1/4 + 2 tablespoons of water


Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling.

Quarter the lemon, cut the broccoli into bite sized florets, peel and mince the garlic, roughly chop the almonds, and half the orange. Squeeze the juice of half of the orange into a bowl and remove the rind and dice the other half of the orange.

Add the barley to the pot of boiling water and cook uncovered for 25 minutes until tender. Drain and return to the pot. Add the juice of two lemon wedges.

In another pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add the broccoli, mince the garlic (and add), and add the crushed red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.

Add 1/4 cup of water and stir until the water has cooked off and add the juice of the two remaining lemon wedges. Remove from heat.

Pat cod fillets dry and season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan the broccoli was in, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium high until hot. Then add teh fillets and cook 4 minutes on the first side or until browned. Flip the fillets and add juice of the orange, wine, and 2 tablespoons of water. Continue cooking and spoon the glaze over the fillets and turn off the heat after two minutes.

Add cooked broccoli and diced orange to the barley. Divide onto plate and top with cod fillet and garnish with chopped almonds. Then enjoy!
adapted from Blue Apron

What is your favorite easy way to do fish?

February 14, 2017

Tuesday Topics: Four Ways I Show Love

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope everyone is having a love filled day. I love anyway to celebrate something as beautiful as love and Valentine's Day is a celebration of just that. I am here at work today but it is Tuesday and I wanted to share four ways that I show love!
One of the biggest ways I show my love is through food. I learned from my dad. He shows so much love through food. I love making a thought out meal (no matter how big or small) for someone.

I show my love through respect. My husband and I have slightly different views on faith, money, how many kids we want, and even style and fashion. And that is okay, as long as we respect each other and our views.

I blog about love! To my husband: I love listing reasons I love my husband. ways I show love my husband, and how simple love can be. I also love myself. my girlfriends. family, being a nursefootball, travelling, and skiing.

I gifting to show my love. I know that love is not all about material goods or money, but gifting is a great way to pick something for an individual--not because they expect it, but because you want them to have that. I loved giving my husband his paper gift for our one year anniversary.

What are some of your favorite ways to show love?
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February 7, 2017

Tuesday Topics: Five Strengths

Another Tuesday and more topics coming your way! Five Strengths. I think that is important to own your gifts and strengths. This is not arrogance, but rather the big picture of working and truly delivering in life. So here are five things you can do for your best life. 

Own and utilize your strengths this is how you understand your best approach. Take ownership of your strengths and cultivate them. Our personal growth is never done. Invest in your own skill set and strength.

Be self aware in knowing what your strengths are to ensure you are doing what is most meaningful, fulfilling, and sustainable in life. Everyone has their own stories and experiences that have shaped who we are and how we will show up in the future.

Take ownership. Sure, can be challenging, but it causes us to dig really deep at times. Nothing magical ever happens on autopilot. You have to be fully present. It will make you better.

Look at what makes it unique and important. You are not the only one living life, chasing your dreams, so therefore, you can't get caught up in the small stuff. It is so easy to see someone doing what you are doing and fearing that you are not good enough. My encouragement to you is to remember your strengths, dig deep, and remember that big picture.

The ability to recenter and rediscover the work that you are doing is something that can provide you longevity. It can be all to easy to get stressed out.
Go out and do life! You are strong!
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February 3, 2017

A Day In Lahaina Maui

My husband and I were lucky enough to spend a beautiful week on the island of Maui in Hawaii celebrating a family reunion. We celebrated my husband's grandparents 60th wedding anniversary as well as grandma's 80th birthday. We were in a fantastic rental in Lahaina. We explored a great amount of Hawaii, but whether you are staying in Lahaina, I would recommend at least coming and exploring a day here. It is great!

Go to a Luau
Old Lahaina Luau is a popular and authentic luau. We went and had a really great time!

Explore Front Street
Everyone seems to wear a smile here. It is contagious. Explore the historic Front Street. It is not that long of a walk and has beautiful shops ending with a park you should spend most of your time.

See the Banyan Tree and Courthouse
Lahaina Banyan Court is a beautiful park with one of the largest Banyan trees in the United States. It stands 60 feet tall and takes up an entire city block.

If you want to explore some of the history of Lahaina. the courthouse is right there. Lahaina was once the capital of Hawaiian Kingdom. It is a lot of really neat history!

See Nature
The Hyatt Regency Maui has a bird aviary with tours (only if there is not a lot of wind or weather) and some amazing views. I recommend a walk in so you can snap some pictures.

But my favorite thing in Lahaina was to go on a little coastal hike/walk.

Eat and Beach
My favorite restaurant in Lahaina is expensive but delicious. Try the fish and chocolate souffle at Roy's and you will not be disappointed!

Last but not least, there are great beaches. My favorite beach was at Mile Marker 13. It had some really great snorkeling.

So when are you going to Lahaina?
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