Friday, January 14, 2011


I have had a lot of people ask me for some of my recipe's lately so I thought I would share with everyone. I think I might post more....maybe try one a week or something! I hope you all enjoy!

Cafe Rio


- 2lbs. boneless pork rib meat
- 3 cans Coke(not diet)
- 1 & 1/4 cup brown sugar
-1/4 cup water
- 1 can sliced green chilies
- 3/4 can enchilada sauce
- dash of garlic salt

Put pork in a heavy duty Ziploc bag to marinade. Add about a can and a half of coke and about 1/4 cup brown sugar. Marinade for a few hours or overnight. Drain marinade and put pork, 1/2 can coke, water, and garlic salt in a crock pot on high for about 3-4 hours or until it shreds easily, but don't let it get to dry. Remove pork from crock pot and drain any liquid left in pot. Shred pork in food processor or blender, blend 1/2 can coke, chilies, enchilada sauce and remaining brown sugar. If it looks to thick, add a little more coke. Put shredded pork and sauce in crock pot and cook on low for 2 hours.


-1 packet traditional ranch powder (not buttermilk)
- 1 cup mayo
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 tomatillos, remove husk, dice
- 1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro
- 1 clove garlic
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 jalapeno (take seeds out so not too spicy)

Mix all ingredients together in a blender and chill.


-2 Tbs olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 & 1/3 cup tomato juice
- 1 & 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbs fresh chopped cilantro

In a non stick skillet, cook garlic, and cumin in olive oil over medium heat until you can smell it. Add beans, tomato juice, and salt. Continually stir until heated through. Just before serving stir in the cilantro.


- 1 cup uncooked rice
- 1 tsp. butter
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tsp fresh lime juice
- 1 can (15 oz.) chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbs fresh lime juice
- 2 tsp sugar
- 3 Tbs fresh chopped cilantro

In a saucepan combine rice, butter, garlic, 1 tsp of lime juice, chicken broth, and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low for 15 to 20 minutes until rice is tender. Remove from heat. In a small bowl mix remaining lime juice, sugar, and cilantro. Pour over hot rice and mix.


- 2 tomatillos
- 1/2 bunch cilantro
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 Tbs diced jalapeno
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1 Tbs sugar
- 1 cup KRAFT Balsamic Vinaigrette

In a food processor or blender, combine tomatillos, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno, lime juice, and sugar. After it is all blended up well combine with balsamic vinaigrette in an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (better if left over night)

1 small can diced chilies
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tsp. salt
1 (7 oz) can of Embassa Salsa Verde
2 tsp. sugar
*Combine all ingredients in small sauce pan. Boil then reduce heat and let simmer for at least 20 minutes. Serve warm
1 large tortilla shell
1 large scoop beans (above)
1 large scoop rice (above)
1 large scoop pork (above)
Shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
*Roll up rice, beans, pork & cheese in shell. Slather with a big ladle full of enchilada sauce and top cheese. Bake at 450 until melted. Top with lettuce, diced onion, tomato's, cilantro, sour cream, and guacamole.


6 lrg tortillas
Cafe Rio Rice
Cafe Rio Sweet Pork
Shredded Mexican blend cheese
Cafe Rio Black Beans
Diced tomato, onion, & cilantro
sour cream
tortilla strips
Parmesan cheese
Cafe Rio Ranch

Corn Cracker Dip

Mix together:

2 cans mexi corn
1 cup mayo (not miracle whip)
1 cup sour cream
3 cup Mexican Mixture Shredded Cheese
1 can diced green chilies
1/2 can chopped jalapenos

add garlic salt, pepper, and salt to taste.


Orange Cream Jello

Mix together:
1 large cook and serve lemon pudding, prepare as directed.
1 large orange jello, prepare as directed
Pour into glass casserole dish
Chill in fridge for 4 hours

Mix together well:
1 small instant lemon pudding, 1 cup milk, 8 oz. of cool whip, and 1.2 cup of powdered sugar.

Then spread on top of prior mixture and let set again.

Top with mandarin oranges before serving!

Sweet and Sour Chicken

-chicken breast tenders
-1/2 tsp garlic salt
-1 egg, beaten with 1 Tbs water
-1 cup sugar
-1/3 cup vinegar
-1/3 cup ketchup
-1/4 cup ckn. broth
-1 tsp. salt
-2 Tbs Soy Sauce

Cut chicken into pieces and sprinkle with garlic salt. Let sit of half an hour. Dip chicken in cornstarch and then into beaten egg. Fry in hot oil until brown. Place in casserole dish. Combine sugar, vinegar, ketchup, ckn broth, salt, and soy sauce. Microwave for 5 minutes stirring mixture halfway through. Pour over chicken and bake uncovered at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes until sauce thickens! Serve over Rice!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Our December!

This may be a long post but I decided
to do it all at once! So here is to our
December 2010!

Below is our family with our
"beautiful" Christmas Tree the
Sunday before Christmas!

Mom and her 4 amazing kids!

Dad and his three handsome boys

We have gotten so much snow in December! It
is hard to get anywhere and really even play in
it! Yet the kids made trails all around the yard
to make it possible!

Below is Kaylee and Karson before our ward
Christmas Party!

On Christmas Eve we were able to have Sams
family all over for dinner before the annual
Christmas Eve Program. Everyone made it
but Ben and his family!
Kaylee had so much fun with her little cousin

I even snuck in a little time with my sweet

...and of course what is Christmas Eve without
the jolly old man himself!

Then it was home so Santa could tip his sleigh
over in our living room!
Karson's stuff

Kasey's pile

Kaleb's gifts

Kaylee's load of stuff

It sure was fun to watch all their sweet little
faces Christmas morning!

Then the next day it was time to celebrate
Kasey's 7th Birthday!

The next week we went to Provo to Tucano's
to celebrate my sister Kymberly's 16th Birthday!
The kids loved all the decorations that were still

And it wouldn't be Christmas time without
one time through the lights at the Old Mill Park!

We love the month of December! Lots of fun, and
family time. What a great 2010 we had!
We hope 2011 is even better!