Monday, October 29, 2012

1st Annual Couples Halloween Party

We held our first party as a married team this weekend and had such a great time! Our funnest friends spent a night full of food, games, costumes, and laughs with us and we couldn't have had a better time. It all started a few weeks ago, when we sent out our invites using Pixingo

Thanks to wife for putting a wrong address, everyone got lost and wound up all around the valley. (whoops... sorry all!)  So after many phone calls and texted pins, most had arrived and we dug into the delicious "freaky food" everyone helped bring.

The fun meal was followed with games, a photo-booth (created by us, obviously), a "tattoo" parlor and the costume contest winners! As simple as it was, we LOVED being with everyone and had a million ideas for the next party. Thank you to everyone who came and helped out. We are so blessed to have you in our lives. 

First Place Winner of the Costume Contest:

Kenzie and A.J.

Second Place Winner of the Costume Contest:

Tyler and Kallie

And the Third Place Winner of the Costume Contest:

Katie and Kevin

The rest of the photo-booth pictures turned out awesome!

Lastly, here are the recipes for the soups/chili I made for the party. Enjoy!!!

Creamy White Chili

1 lb boneless chicken (shredded)
1 medium onion
1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tb oil
2 cans Great Northern Beans
1 can Chicken Broth
2- 4 oz cans diced chilies
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup Heavy Cream

Saute: chicken, onion, garlic powder until chicken is cooked! Add beans, broth, seasoning and chilies. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer 30 min. Remove from heat. Add Creams. Serve immediately. 
(serves 7)

Potato Cheese Soup

30 oz bag of shredded hash browns
3 cans Chicken Broth
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 cup chopped onion
Salt & Pepper
1 package Cream Cheese (add right before serving)
2 handfuls of shredded cheese

Put everything into crockpot

*Garnish with shredded cheese and bacon bits

Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

1 can black beans
1 can corn, undrained
1 can Rotel, undrained
1 package ranch dressing mix
1 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 8 oz package light cream cheese
2 chicken breasts

Drain and rinse black beans. Place chicken at bottom of pot, then pour out whole can of corn (undrained), rotel, and black beans. Top with seasonings and ranch mix. Stir together. Place cream cheese on top. Cover with lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir cream cheese into chili. Use 2 forks to shred chicken. Stir together and serve.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Lake Powell

What do students look forward to most come October? Some may say Halloween, but others will say FALL BREAK! Thanks to our dear friend Kory...
(debut on the right) we were invited to Fall Break 2012 Lake Powell. Cameron, going to BYU, had to skip out on school, but we weighed it out as well worth it. We made a few trips to the McDonalds in Page, AZ for the free wifi during the week to keep him caught up in his studies (See demonstration below) and it all turned out just peachy.

Some of the perks of Lake Powell trips are as follows:
1. No make-up the entire trip long
2. Calories don't count, therefore you can eat as many of the treats you would desire
3. New friends! Cam will tease that new friends = new FB/Instagram followers to "boost" your numbers.
4. A tan
5. No cell phone service (free from life's stresses)
6. Sleeping under the stars
7. A million laughs
8. Rap free-styling practice
9. Great tunes
10. Quality time w/o distractions with my babe (aka the Hubs)

I heard many times throughout the trip "MICAH!!! WATCH!!!" coming from Cameron's mouth. Especially when he was doing this...

What a babe :)

Cam and I decided at the end of the trip that we could spend anytime of year at Lake Powell because of the peacefulness and beauty. We felt seriously blessed that we can take these trips together to keep us sane with the craziness of life. We made a goal to create a life together that this can always be an option. That we can leave our stresses at home and be together and with our family or friends. As most young fun living people say these days...YOLO