Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Goal # 70 Finished-Watch Jimmer Play in the NBA

So, I recently moved to Utah and yes I recognize that I haven't posted in a LONG time and no this isn't going to be the post where I catch you up on what is going on with my life but this is an update on my goals.

On February 4, 2013 the Sacramento Kings came to town and you know what that means...
Okay, maybe you don't. Jimmer Fredette was drafted by the Sacramento Kings so the timing couldn't have been better.  I went onto StubHub and scored these sweet seats for only $17.  They wouldn't let me take pictures inside the arena so sadly I only have the picture from the program. 

But trust me, I had a ton of fun!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Goal Number 98-Complete!!! We Finally Had Snow!

So technically I finished this goal 2 months ago but I have had a hard time keeping up with my blog these days.  Goal Number 98 was to go snow sledding.  It's not that I haven't done this before but it had been a long time and it seemed like a good way to help bring a little more fun into my life.  Well thanks to my lovely friend Sheral I was able to mark this goal off my life.

On February 4, 2012 Sheral and I headed to Garden Valley bright and early for a fun day in the mountains of Idaho.  We spent 2 hours flying down some awesome sledding trails.  I had sooo much fun, even when I was hurtling down the mountain off said trails!

After sledding we continued on to McCall, Idaho for the annual Winter Carnival.  So much fun was had.  I ended up deleting (on accident) most of the pictures I took but the two posted remained.  These are of Sheral and I playing on frozen over Payette Lake in McCall.


Snow Bunny Cindy

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Goal Number 37-New Recipe #14

Triple Chocolate Pound Cake


3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sour cream OR 3 to 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 Tbsp. half and half
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 to 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.  In large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sour cream (or cream cheese).  Add sugar and blend well.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one.  Add half and half, blending well; stir in cocoa powder and mix well.  Add the flour and blend well; then fold in the mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Put batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake at 325 degrees for 70-80 minutes, or until toothpicks inserted in center comes out clean or almost clean.  Cool in pan for about 10-15 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely.


1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp. half & half
1/2-1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips for garnish

Cream the softened butter and powdered sugar.  Then add in the cocoa powder and blend well.  Add 1 Tbsp. half & half and mix well (if you prefer a thinner consistency, just add more half & half).  When cake is completely cool, frost cake with a nice thick layer of frosting and then garnish by sprinkling the chocolate chips down the center of the cake.

**I used milk instead of half & half and garnished with powdered sugar instead.  This is a SUPER RICH cake and honestly not the best I have ever eaten.  My mother said it tasted a bit like a candy bar and my dad said I should never make it again (to be fair he doesn't really like chocolate).  I will simply say, if you choose to make this cake make sure you have plenty of milk to drink with it.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Goal Number 37-New Recipe #13

So, Christmas Eve this year was spent with my sister Annie's family and I made the most delicious and super easy soup.  Seriously, try this tonight!!!!  So YUMMY!!!!!!


1~ 30oz. bag of frozen, shredded hash browns
3~ 14oz. cans of chicken broth
1~ can of cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
1~pkg. cream cheese (DON'T USE FAT FREE, IT WILL NOT MELT!)

In a crockpot, combine everything EXCEPT for the cream cheese.  Cook for 6-8 hours on low heat.  About 1 hour before serving, add cream cheese and keep heated until thoroughly melted.  Serve with cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, green onions, or whatever else you think would be good!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 Resolutions

2012 is the year of Cindy!  This year I actually spent some time making resolutions that I intend to keep.  It is all about creating the best life possible.

1.  Have a date for New Year's Eve 2012.
2.  Stop drinking soda.
3.  Find JOY and PEACE in my home and occupation.
4.  Be STRONG and Healthy in body and mind.
5.  Learn to stand up for myself.

I read a quote today by William Jame, American psychologist and philosopher, that I am going to keep in my mind over the coming year.  "The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."

And by the ever poetic Selena Gomez, "You've got every right to a beautiful life."


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Goal Number 37-New Recipe #12

Can I say HEAVEN!!!!!!  These cookies are the best new recipe find of the year.  This recipe was delivered right to my inbox this year thanks to Betty Crocker and their 25 days of cookies recipes this holiday season.

 So, without further ado I bring you,

Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies

1 1/2cups unsalted butter, softened
3/4cup sugar
1teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour

1bag (14 oz) caramels, unwrapped
2tablespoons milk
4oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
1tablespoon butter
1teaspoons coarse (kosher or sea) salt

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups butter with electric mixer on high speed until creamy. Beat in sugar and vanilla. On low speed, beat in flour until blended. Divide dough in half. Between 2 sheets of waxed paper, roll 1 portion of dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter. On ungreased cookie sheet, place cutouts about 2 inches apart. Repeat with second portion of dough. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until set and just barely light golden (do not overbake). Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks; cool completely.
In medium microwavable bowl, microwave caramels and milk uncovered on High 2 minutes 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Frost each cookie with about 1 rounded teaspoon caramel mixture.
In small microwavable bowl, melt chocolate and 1 tablespoon butter uncovered on High 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Drizzle chocolate over caramel on each cookie. Sprinkle generously with salt. Let stand until set
Makes 3 dozen cookies

Goal Number 37-New Recipe #11

 This recipe may sound a little strange but I promise you it is delicious!!!!!!!  My sister and I had a bake-a-thon before Christmas and I will be posting several of the recipes that we tried.  This was so delicious and super easy!!  This recipe is courtesy of a super fun blog I found called A Southern Grace.  Check it out!!


1 cup unsalted butter (no margarine allowed)
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
40 saltine crackers

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray.  Lay a flat layer of crackers out on the foil.  Melt the sugar and butter until a boil is reached.  Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes or until mixture is thickened and sugar is completely dissolved.  Pour this mixture over the crackers and spread to coat evenly.  Bake for 5-8 minutes, or until the toffee becomes bubbly.  After removing the pan from the oven, let it sit for 3-5 minutes.  Sprinkle on the chocolate chips, let them soften and melt, and then spread them into a even layer.  At this point you can add nuts, crackers crumbs or anything else your heart may desire.  Let cool and if desired refrigerate until hardened.  Break into pieces the size of your choice.  ENJOY!!!!