Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween 2011

We didn't do much this year for Halloween. It kind of snuck up on us and then it was pouring rain, so th boys kind of bailed. The girls would have kept on going because they wanted more candy! But at least we got a cute picture. Not a good quality picture, but at least a cute one!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Ragnar 2011 - 200 Mile Relay

Yup, I was insane enough to do it again. 33 hours of non-stop running with no sleep and no showers. But, on the plus side, I dragged Wil into it with me this year. Heh heh heh!! Ragnar 2010 was truly such a fun time, that the team decided to do it again. Here is our totally rad team The Fashionable Ladies Club. Washington we come!

This year we blogged about our adventures and our fabulously talented teammate Ben H produced an awesome video at the end. We had some great memories which we shared with our family and friends at:
Check it out!!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sophia's 3rd Birthday

Okay. How sad am I that I haven't made any posts in a while. It's been a crazy busy year, but knew that I better squeeze in a few more posts before I make it a tradition of only updating it once a year around Christmas time! So here are some pics from Sophia's 3rd Birthday party back in September. She's getting so big! We had a great time throwing her and a few of her little friends a Rainbow Party. Each room was a different color with fun activities from painting, cookie decorating, water balloons and pin the cloud on the rainbow. I think Miss Sophia had a wonderful time. I've attached some pictures of some of the highlights.

My big girl is 3!!!

Sophia and Big Sis Rowan

Mom showing how to decorate cookies

Sophia's Rainbow Skittles Cake

Sophia and Alex - Best Buds!

The whole gang! So darn cute!!!!!!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Photobucket is cool!

I just discovered Photobucket from my friend April's blog. It's an image hosting website that has some pretty cool photo editing tools. Check this image out of me and Sophia. I've always wondered what it would be like to have one of these, but I think I'll stick with sharing the image below with my family and friends instead of hanging one in my living room. :0)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fabulous Mexican Rice

I really wanted to post this recipe after trying it for our family's Mexican themed dinner for Christmas. It was quite easy and very flavorful with just the right amount of spiciness. Delicious with some chopped cilantro.


2 medium, ripe tomatoes, cored and quartered

1 medium white onion, peeled, trimmed, and quartered

3 medium jalapeno chilies, 2 halved with ribs and sees removed, 1 minced with ribs and seeds

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 cups long-grain white rice, rinsed

4 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 4 teaspoons)

2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro leaves

1 lime, cut into wedges for serving

1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Process the tomatoes and onion in a food processor until smooth and thoroughly pureed, about 15 seconds, scraping down the bowl if necessary. Transfer the mixture to a liquid measuring cup; you should have 2 cups (if necessary, spoon off and discard any excess).

2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed, oven-safe straight-sided saute pan or Dutch oven (with a tight-fitting lid) over medium-high heat for 1 -2 minutes. Drop 3 or 4 grains of the rinsed rice in the oil; if the grains sizzle, the oil is ready. Add the rice and cook, stirring frequently, until the rice is light golden and translucent, about 6 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, stir in the garlic and seeded minced jalapenos, and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 1/2 minutes.

3. Stir in the pureed tomatoes and onion, chicken broth tomato paste, and salt. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Cover, transfer to the oven and bake until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, 30 - 35 minutes, stirring well halfway through the cooking time.

4. Stir in the cilantro and reserved minced jalapeno with ribs and seeds to taste. Serve immediately with lime wedges.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Kids were up already! Merry Christmas!

Christmas day is here! Every year Wil and I have been used to being the ones to wake up the kids, but this year, Garrett, Hunter and Rowan were already waiting upstairs....quite patiently I might add. We all then went into Sophia's room to wake her up. That's always a lot of fun.

The night before, we got to watch the Christmas day video from last year. The kids got such a kick out of it. Such great memories. We opened gifts, had Eggnog French Toast for breakfast and enjoyed a relaxing day while we waited for Bethany, Spencer and Emily came over for our Mexican dinner. What an absolutely wonderful surprise to be joined by Grandma Barnes and Emily's parents, Carol and Jeff. Then, if you couldn't ask for better timing, a beautiful snow fall in the evening. Merry Christmas to all of our loved ones.

Presents from Ms. Hanaa

Rowan was excited. "Mom look! My first $5!!!!

Garrett and Hunter stoked for a working XBox360!

Dad and new target shooting accessories! His guy friends are cringing everywhere at my use of the word "accessories".

Finally a watch! Won't have to take Dad's anymore.

Santa brought everything dress-up for Rowan.

Thank you Hunter for my present!

Eggnog French Toast and Scrambled Eggs. Don't forget the powdered sugar.

Bethany, Sophia and Spencer

Rowan was so happy that Grandma Barnes came to visit. As was

Sophia loving her daddy.

Rowan Burgon - The most requested celebrity stylist. are
an A+!

Mexican dessert. Decided to try for the first time: FRIED ICE CREAM!!! (click here for recipe)
This was pretty good!

BEFORE: Frozen ball of vanilla coated with cornflakes and cookie crumbs!

DURING: Heading for the fryer!

Sizzle, sizzle....

AFTER: Fried golden yumminess.

Grandma with the Burgon kids.

Best present ever. Pillow Pets from Aunt Bethany!!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Let the holidays begin!!!

Wil and I could not wait for the holidays this year. We actually started on the 22nd. Kids were out of school, Wil and I started our PTO. It was going to be awesome !!

First the kids endured for their mom the 2010 Christmas picture. What a cute bunch! They really were super troopers cause it was pretty cold outside!

Our beautiful girls!

On 12/23 we celebrated Joseph Smith's birthday!

Thanks Ash for the great idea. Wil shared some really cool JS facts with the family. Such an incredible person. We decided to forgo a cake since we were going to be inundated with sugar anyway, but we did provide some dinner items that the pioneers may have eaten during Joseph's time.

Quite some delicious venison from our good friend Ben Benedict's freezer. He told us to bread them and bake in the oven. We also had some Yukon Gold Home Fries.

Awesome rolls. Hunter's favorite. From Golden Corral.

**Notice I said we made available the food and not necessarily prepared them the way it was done back then :0)


This year, our International Christmas Dinner food of choice was Mexican. So we combined the nativity story with the traditional Christian customs celebrated in Mexico.

In Mexico, Christmas is definitely focused on Jesus.

From December 16th through December 24th, they have many parades where people are chosen to carry statues of Joesph and Mary, riding a donkey all around their city or town.

On the last night, they knock on three doors. The first two houses will turn the parade away, just like Mary and Joseph were turned away from the inns.

But at the third house, the doors are opened and everyone gathers around the Nativity scene and prays together.

For dinner they eat a Christmas Eve Salad called Ensalada de Noche Buena. Usually consists of pineapple, oranges, bananas, peanuts, lettuce, pomegranates, and sugar cane. Then it's topped off with a salad dressing made of mayonnaise and milk.

(ADD some jello and guess what you get? Can we say Mormon Salad?!)

Afterwards they have a pinata, usually filled with peanuts, oranges, tangerines, sugar cane and maybe a little candy.

At midnight, everyone meets at church to pray together again. Then they go home and hurry to bed to wait for Santa Claus to arrive.

Christmas dinner is usually turkey and some side dish made of corn. Ummmm...the Burgons are having chicken and cheese quesadillas and Mexican rice made with tomatoes, onion, chicken broth, jalapenos and cilantro.

Reenactment of the Mexican Parade knocking on the doors.

Mom and Dad bought a new "Sophia Proof" nativity set.

The greatest celebration. The birth of our Savior.

We then made some butter cookies and decorated them for Santa.

Zieeeeeee pastry chefs

Some of mom's favorites.

Only the best for Santa.

Stockings hung by the chimney with care. Off to bed Burgons!