Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Let me begin by saying that I call these "perfect" because quite frankly, I think they are!  When I married my sweetheart I was not much of a baker, in fact, I had baked maybe 5 times.  Well, one of his gifts to me on our first Christmas together was a baking book...point taken :)  I am happy to say that I now know how to bake and enjoy baking.  Chocolate chip cookies are a classic and are a cookie that my sweetheart really enjoys.  This recipe took me about 3 months and countless batches to get right, and perfect, for my husband and for me, we love them!  They are crisp on the edges, soft and chewy in the middle and the ratio of cookie to chocolate chips is perfect.  I hope you love them too!

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
1/2 C. white sugar
1 large egg
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda + 1 tsp. hot water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
3/4 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips

-Preheat oven to 350 F.

1. In medium mixing bowl beat butter with sugars until creamy.  Add egg and mix until well combined.
2. Add salt, combine baking soda and hot water together then pour in, mix well.  Add vanilla, beat until smooth.
3. Add flour and chocolate chips, stir with a spoon until all ingredients are well incorporated and a dough forms.
4. Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake 11-13 minutes until edges are golden.  Remove from oven and let sit 1-2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool.  Serve!

-Makes about 24 cookies.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

BodyRock All New 30 Day Challenge (01/15/14)

Day 5 - Rest Day

Day 9 - Rest Day

Day 12 - Rest Day

Day 14 - Hip Hop Cardio (9 min.) & Yoga (11 min.)

Day 16 - Rest Day

Day 19 - Rest Day

Day 23 - Rest Day

Day 26 - Rest Day


My equipment includes:
-Sandbag (Sklz brand, purchased on Amazon)
-Dumbbells (purchased at either Walmart or a used sporting equipment store)
-Couch or chair rather than a dip station (too darn poor!)

As always, if you have any questions feel free to ask! :)

p.s. Just do what you can! You can just use your own body weight and achieve wonderful results and always feel free to modify any exercise to suite your abilities, YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Emergency Preparedness Resources

So, I am teaching a lesson this Sunday about Emergency Preparedness.  A few months ago I had a sign-up sheet put in our Relief Society binder and asked the ladies to write down topics they were wanting to know more about so I could have a bit of direction with my lesson.  Here were the main concerns:

-72 Hour Kits
-Food storage (where to get it, storage ideas and recipes)
-Having important documents easily accessible
-First Aid & CPR

Now, I am not an expert in any of these areas and am a bit ashamed to say that I currently do not have 72 hour kits, my First Aid & CPR certification is not current and my food storage is not what it should be BUT that is exactly why I thought this lesson would be beneficial!  As you may recall, in my New Years post I mentioned that these things are part of my resolutions this year, so let's get going!  I found quite a few websites that have wonderful information and I have put together a family emergency binder that I will share with you.  If you have any additional information feel free to share!


72 Hour Kits
-hiking backpacks work wonderfully!
-rotate items every 6-12 months
-we have a “gun grab bag” also, you can purchase these online or at any outdoors stores; it has space for a gun (or two) and ammo
-emergency car kits are also a great idea

This website has a ton of amazing information!

Food Storage:
*Where to put it?! – Closets, under beds, under tables with tablecloth on top, pantry, buy storage racks (or make your own).*
These websites have awesome information and some sell food storage:

Food Storage Recipes:

Emergency Binder:
-should contain copies of important documents (DL, marriage license, birth certificates, SS cards, shot records, etc.)
-photos & fingerprints for each family member
-passports and/or extra cash
-store in an easy “grab & go” spot
-update every 6-12 months

I keep this guide in the front pocket of our emergency binder.  It has great information and I'm sure just about any county would have some sort of booklet similar to this one.  Salt Lake City has community emergency preparedness events where we participate drills and receive information such as this booklet.

Each member of our family has our own folder in the binder.  Each folder contains personal information, copies of important documents, fingerprints, a photo, passwords, doctor and medication information.  I keep our binder right by our filing cabinet in our bedroom.  In case of an emergency I could easily grab our binder, throw it in a backpack and go.  I update each person's information around their birthday since we are usually getting photos done and it's easy for me to remember.

I used resources at these sites to put my emergency binder together:

CPR/First Aid:
-If you are wanting to become certified you can find local courses, or online courses, pretty easily simply by doing an internet search.
-tackle boxes make great first aid kits
-American Health Care Academy provides online training courses:
-CPR/AED Course $19.95
          -First Aid Course $19.95
          -Combine courses for $35.95
Other great resources:

My mother used a tackle box for our first aid kits and I think it's a genius idea!  As I searched the web I found that many people do the same thing.  I really like this list of items to have:

First Aid Kit (Tackle Box)

·  first-aid manual
·  sterile gauze pads of different sizes
·  adhesive tape
·  adhesive bandages in several sizes
·  elastic bandage
·  a splint
·  antiseptic wipes
·  soap (I bought a travel Purel)
·  antibiotic ointment
·  antiseptic solution (like hydrogen peroxide)
·  hydrocortisone cream (1%)
·  acetaminophen and ibuprofen
·  extra prescription medications
·  tweezers
·  sharp scissors
·  safety pins
·  disposable instant cold packs
·  calamine lotion
·  alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol
·  thermometer
·  plastic non-latex gloves (at least 2 pairs)
· mini flashlight and extra batteries I also put a mini magnifying glass because sometime you can’t even see the splinter!)
·  mouthpiece for administering CPR (can be obtained from your local Red Cross or hospital)
·  Also print out how to do CPR and tape it to the back of the inside of your first aid kit….You Never know when you are going to need it. 

*I have added lots of other little things that I always seem to need and can never find such as Airborne and even a tide-to-go stick.


Believe it or not, this in only a tiny bit of information compared to what is out there on the internet - these are simply the sites that I have found to be very useful and I refer to them when I need to.  There is a bit more information in the handout that I provided a link to earlier in this post.  I hope this helps and I hope I've inspired you to improve on what you may already have or, if you're like me and have barely begun, I hope I've inspired you to get going!  Happy New Year!!!

5 Day Sexy Sweat Challenge

Let's start the new year off right with a short & sweet 5 day challenge!

20 reps each - 3-5 rounds
Front Squat
Frog Jumps
Overhead Push
Bicep Curl

30/10 intervals - 3-5 rounds
Elevated Push-Ups
Curtsy Lunge Twist (L)
Curtsy Lunge Twist (R)
Plank Hover
Reverse Plank

10/30 intervals - 3-5 rounds
Downward Dog
Switch Spider Legs
Kangaroo Jumps
Alligator Arms
Mule Jumps

Day 4: Video (8 min.)
20 reps - 3-5 rounds
Windshield Wipers
Around the World
Leg Lowering Sequence
Scissor Kicks
Open and Close

Day 5: Video (4 min.)
30/10 sec. intervals - 3-5 rounds
Jump Squats
Burpee + Press
Ball Slams
Speed Skaters