13+ days to CHRISTMAS

Cutest girls on the planet (perhaps I'm biased).  They were happy these candy canes weren't "hot."  They were at a baby sitters during the white elephant party, but it was nice when they came back home.  I talk as if they are mine.  lol  But you know what I mean.  And Elly is starting to get her teeth back in.

Ben chases them around and around.  The couch is base, and somehow so am I.  :)  After awhile, Ben gets exhausted.  He last longer than me though!!
They had their family pictures taken this morning, but I think this one depicts them ever so perfectly...all climbing around.
We had a visit from Santa...though he was a little skinnier this year.  I don't know what Nate asked for, but I forgot to ask for something at all.  I was busy diggin' the man in costume.

Pinterest continues to provide recipes for 4+ meals each week (mostly chicken because we eat a tonnnn of it).  One recipe was Coconut Chicken Curry.  Pinterest is the best invention.  I read online a friend was going to hold a "Pintervention" for his wife.  haha

Source:  melskitchencafe.com via Christy on Pinterest


  • 2 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch chunks or strips
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1-1/2 T vegetable or canola oil (we substituted EVO)
  • 2 T curry powder
  • 1-1/2 t paprika (substitute cayenne pepper if you like the heat)
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced (we used 1 onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 medium red potatoes, cut into chunks (we substituted sweet potatoes)
  • 1 (14 oz) can coconut milk, light or regular
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes, Italian style
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 3 T sugar
  • Hot cooked Jasmine rice or brown rice (we substituted cauliflower rice)


  • Season chicken pieces w/salt/pepper.  Heat oil, curry powder, and paprika in a large skillet over medium-low heat for two minutes, until fragrant (but don't let burn).  
  • Turn the heat up to medium and stir in onions and garlic and cook 7-9 minutes more or until onions are very clear.  
  • Add chicken, tossing lightly to coat with curry oil  and cook for 7-10 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and is cooked through or nearly cooked through (it will continue to simmer in the next step).  
  • Add potatoes, coconut milk, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and sugar into the pan, and stir to combine.  Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30-40 minutes.  The sauce thickens slightly upon standing, but is great served piping hot (and a bit thinner), too.  
  • Serve with Jasmine rice (or your favorite rice) and garnish with cilantro, if desired.
As found here.

I never have good presentation (hello paper plates half the time), but it is delicious.  Next time we'll add more curry powder.

We made Smores Cookie Bars twice this weekend (once for the party).  Delicious!

  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 C all purpose flour
  • 3/4 C graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 king sized milk chocolate bars
  • 1-1/2 C marshmallow cream/fluff and NOT melted marshmallows


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  In a small bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt.  Add to butter mixture and mix at a low speed until combine.
  • Divide dough in half and press half of dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan.  Place chocolate bars over dough, 2 king sized Hershey's bars should fit perfeectly side by side, but break the chocolate to get it to fit in a single layer no more than 1/4 inch thick.  Spread chocolate with marshmallow cream/fluff.  Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of the fluff (most easily achieved by flattening the dough into small shingles and laying them together).  (We rolled it out and cut strips to lay out.)
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, until lightly browned.  Cool completely before cutting into bars.  (Or don't because you can't wait that long.)
As found here.

My one picture.  =)
The Arizona Super Spartan is in less than two months and we're getting pretty psyched.  The team, Team Nemesis, has about ten on it so far, and hopefully it continues to grow.  I would like to see more girls join in.

Ben and I did a Spartan WOD on Saturday.  A little south/east from here, there's a looping trail with pull-up bars.  It's perfect.  After the WOD I'm left with 36+ miles to meet my Christmas goal.

13 days to Christmas!  9 to Christmas break.  5 to the Jingle Bell Run.  Wahoo!  I think Ben should wear his Santa suit.


  1. Looks like it's time for me to see what all this "Pinterest" business is all about! I must be seriously missing out.

    Your nieces ARE very adorable! They are lucky to have an aunt and uncle that seem to have no trouble at all giving them all kinds of fun attention. :)

    You look awesome doing your sit-ups! Good job on all that running you're up to. Would you mind throwing in a few extra miles for me? ;)

  2. Fun! We miss you guys sooooooo much! Love you!

  3. We miss you guys soooooooooo much! Love You!