New year, same cliche

Well, 2016 pretty much kicked the crap out of me so I'm glad to welcome 2017. One of my goals for this year is to blog more. I'm really working hard on Eyes for Pies but I don't want to leave my personal life out of it. The reason for that is that I NEVER print out pictures that I take. I take so many and they're all digital files and they just sit there in the cloud being all sad. Well, not any more pictures!!! I want to use this blog as kind of a digital diary kind of thing among other things because it's my blog and I can write whatever the heck I want! Boom!

So what are my new years resolutions.....well:

1. Don't hate people as much
    I say this because people here in Utah aren't the friendliest of folk or the best drivers. So that means I complain a lot. I want to complain less and learn to love my fellow men despite their lack of manners, bad driving skills, or the biotch face they give me when I smile at them.

2. Finish the Book of Mormon
    I'm not going to lie, I try this every year and fail miserably. What matters is I keep trying and that I come closer to my Heavenly Father despite my lack of consistency.

3. Visit the temple once a month
    Pretty basic but it's hard because we don't have anyone that can always watch Lennon.

4. Watch one classic movie a week
    This is something I used to do a lot when I was in high school and I really miss it. They just don't make movies like they used to anymore (except La La Land...seriously guys go see it).

5. Journal more
    Journal more so when I'm dead someone can have a piece of paper to read about what times were like in the olden days.

6. Lose 50 pounds
    It works out to be about 4 pounds a month...that's doable right?!

7. Read scriptures every day
   This goes along with number two

8. Make 72 hour kit
   You know, in case of zombies or so I have something to take with me when Trump deports me for my Mexican heritage.

9. Blog once a week
    I'm off to a good start right?!

10. Dress up for date night
      Remember back in the day when people would get dressed up super nice for dates? It was so classy and I wish people would do that more often.

my Fitbook log for today
obligatory gym selfie complete with tacos and a beautiful toilet

me trying to trick myself into thinking lemon water is as good as soda (it's not)

Lennon getting his drink on at the Original Pancake House whose buttermilk pancakes aren't that great

this is Jess she moved far away to Alabama but I got to see her before she went back (photo bomb by Kent)

a delicious cone from freddy's

family picture of my family

the aftermath of the blizzard that made us stay the night in Moab on our way to AZ

What to do when you do everything

What to do when you do everything? Does anyone else ever feel like its a curse to have so many ideas floating around in their head? I literally can't sleep at night because of the stupid ideas I have. While I'm glad that my brain has some pretty great ideas that push me out of my comfort zone and help me to learn new skills it also frustrates the hell out of me. Why? Because I can't focus. I have a notenbook where I write down all of my entrepreneurial ideas down and that book is madness.

You know that idiom too many irons in the fire? That's my life about 90% of the time. My ideas have ranged from selling baby bibs on etsy to having my own online clothing boutique, from being a food photographer to baking wedding cakes, from being a photographer to making and selling photography props to becoming a florist, a yoga instructor, a crossfit instructor....and on and on and on and on.

A lot of these ideas stem from us being so poor and just wanting a way to make some extra cash so we can you know...survive. I guess food and paying your bills is important. So I start up these businesses or learn how to do something and waste hours and hours and sometimes even days on this stuff. I now know how to make flower crowns, sew bibdanas, make baby blankets, bake some awesome cakes, make mac and cheese from scratch, photograph food, style food, cut vinyl, buy wholesale clothes, create an online store, grade sat tests, bind a book, and handletter. I'm sure there are probably more things stuffed in there that I'm not even remembering.

I just wish i had the discipline to stick with one thing and follow it through. I'm proud of my self for learning how to do all these things, its kind of cool...but slightly useless. I dunno, I suppose if I wasn't so focused on trying to make money out of all of these things I might just stick with one thing that I love and keep doing it because it's fun and I love it. There would be no pressure and maybe then my creativity would flourish and I could really create something great, something that I'm proud of and that I love.

I guess that's what this post is really all about. I'm going to stop thinking of ways to make money and start thinking of things that I love and just do the things that I love for me because they make me happy and for no other reason than that.

I'm baaaaack!

Draper, UT, USA
^^^the first photo i took when i decided to start photography again

Sooooo.... I haven't written a blog post since February. Truth is I didn't really know what to do with this blog. It felt too crowded and it wasn't going in the direction I wanted so I just kind of left it and moved on to something else. But have no fear I'm back and I'm going to make this blog a place where I can put whatever I want and not care about SEO or number of followers or whatever metric.

^^^first paying job, Aubergine & Co grand opening

The something else was my photography. In February I decided I wanted to nurture my creative side and start photography again. Photography has always been something that's near to my heart. I feel like it connects me to my ancestors (both of my grandpas did a lot of photography when they were younger) and allows me to have a creative outlet. I had realized that I had been so caught up with other things like school, work, and being a new mom that I had let photography fall by the wayside. So on a whim I registered my business and started a website. I actually got my first paying job a few days later and have since been able to build my portfolio into something I never thought I would be able achieve.

^^^ a picture i sent to Trav on a particularly tough day

Also, starting this photography business has allowed me to keep my mind occupied. Which brings me to the other reason I haven't been keeping up with this blog. The big D.....depression :'( Moving to Utah has been hard. We moved here at the end of fall and me not knowing anyone hid inside all winter like a hermit. Not to my surprise I got really depressed. It was gray outside every day, I had no one to talk to except for Lennon and Charlie. I had no goals for anything in my life and I felt tired and like I was just barely surviving enough to see the next day. Since I started my business and the weather has turned to spring-ish (it still rains like every week here...what is that?!) I've been doing a lot better.

^^^ blaine & meg with baby ayda

So to catch up on everything....Lennon turned one back in March! YAY! We had a party and my mom was here which was great (I'll post pictures later). I bought a Canon  6D (woo hoo!) and it has basically been glued to my hand since it came. Trav and I bought a town home in Saratoga Springs (we move in August). On a whim I decided to apply to be a recipe contributor for Female Foodie and to my suprise I actually got chosen (more story on that later)! My brother and his wife had the sweetest baby girl and I got to go visit them in AZ. I came home for 2 weeks and then went back two weeks later to photograph Erica and Dane's wedding. I been a boomerang between AZ and UT but I love it. I miss Arizona so much. I miss Harkins and the 21232141321 pizza places but what I miss the most is my family.

^^^ a day when it actually felt like summer and didn't rain

But anyways if you made it through all that reading gold star for you! If you didn't TLDR; Moved to Utah, got depressed, started a photography business, Lennon turned one. We bought a home and I've been living out of a suit case these past two months.

So yeah... until next time... 
xoxo Gossip girl

Bruschetta - Fast and Delicous

So as many of you know and probably really cared, the superbowl was this weekend. I don't really ever watch sports of any kind, it's just not my thing but I am all about sporting events and their food. Big games like this are a great excuse to tear up my kitchen making game day snacks. Here's a quick snack that doesn't take much time to make and is just as delicious the second day as it was the first.


2 cans organic diced tomatoes drained
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp basil
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp sea salt

So this is pretty easy just throw all the ingredients in a bowl and mix it up. Serve on toasted french bread or if you're not feeling classy eat it on a tortilla chip!

Tenny's Pizza - Eyes for Pies

Saratoga Springs, UT, USA
Let me start this post off by saying I LOVE pizza. What is that phrase they use..."water is the stuff of life" no... "they" were wrong because PIZZA is the stuff of life. Okay so it's obvious that pizza is a huge part of my life. 

Up until a few months ago I used to live in what I consider the pizza mecca of the US...Phoenix AZ. In Phoenix there are so many pizza places it's not even funny Barros, Venezia's, Oregano's and the list goes on. When I got to Utah I was so sad that I wouldn't be able to eat at any of my pizza places again. So this is what Eyes for Pies is all about...finding my pizza places.

First up on my Saturday pizza day was Tenny's Pizza in Saratoga Springs and here's how it did:

This crust was crispy and soft at the same time, basically your traditional pizza crust

Good traditional red sauce, nice and garlic-y. I liked that they didn't load on the sauce and they didn't skimp on it either. It was the right amount of sauce. Yummmm.

Basic pepperoni and mozzarella, not really anything special but still delicious.

Tenny's offers quite a few specialty pizzas. We decided to go with the Blazing Buffalo Chicken. This bad boy has Franks Red Hot Sauce, chicken, mozzarella cheese, red onion, celery and blue cheese. Now normally I wouldn't go for anything with blue cheese but I was feeling adventurous. This pizza did not disappoint. It was uh duhlicious! There's only one minor flaw with this masterpiece and its the reheat factor. You have to reheat it in the oven instead of the microwave.

Coke products! HEY OHH!

Some other cool things about Tenny's are: They have a drive through pick up window pretty sweet if your out and about and wanna pick up a pie on your way home. Also they were super quick it took about fifteen minutes for us to order and get our two pizzas.

Chicken and Dumplings - Pressure Cooker

This meal is a staple in mi casa mainly for three reasons, it's cheap, it's fast, and its duh-licicous. It can be ready in about 20 minutes and it tastes like I spent all day in the kitchen. Boo yah! This is also one of the few meals I can share with my 10 month old. It's soft and the chicken is very tender so he has no problem eating this! I'm sure can make this dish on the stove top but because I'm lazy and slightly obsessed I use an electric pressure cooker. Oh yeah, I put together a fun video while making this so scroll on down and check it out.

Chicken and Dumplings

2 Lbs Chicken (you can use whatever you want but I usually go with breasts or thighs)
2 T butter
1 Can Cream of Chicken soup (can substitute Cream of Mushroom if desired)
2 C chicken broth
1 Can refrigerated biscuits
Salt & Pepper to taste

In pressure cooker place skinless chicken, chicken broth, soup and butter. Make sure the chicken is slightly covered with the soup, this will help keep it tender. Set pressure cooker for 8 minutes and do a quick release when the time is up. If doing this on stove top cover and cook on medium heat until chicken is done. Remove chicken and cut into small edible pieces. Return chicken to pressure cooker or pot. Tear biscusts into pieces and place in pressure cooker. Set cooker for 3 minutes and do a quick release. If cooking on stove top cook until biscuits are like dumplings and not raw in the center. Then stuff your face.

Winter Christmas Time

Ok so I know the holiday was like a month ago but don't judge me! This Christmas was a Christmas of firsts. It was my first Christmas away from my immediate family, Lennon's first Christmas and my first white Christmas. It was a pretty good Christmas but a slightly weird one.

No one ever talks about what it's like to go Christmas shopping for your nine month old. Let me tell you it's slightly weird and slightly hilarious. Trav, Lennon, and I all went to Targetlandia together and we just walked up and down the isles looking for presents for each other. What made the whole experience funny was that we would pick stuff up and show it to Lennon and say, "Hey kid do you want this for Christmas...sure why not?! Put it in the basket he'll never remember it anyway."

Aside from the lame family shopping experience Christmas was pretty great. Lennon was so excited when he got his puffs and sippy cups (he, like his mother, has a strange obsession with cups and bottles). It really is strange how simple of a gift a child will love. I guess it goes back to that whole, "we should be more like children" scripture thing. It's true. I was a little sad that we didn't have this grand tree or a bazillion presents wrapped around it for Lennon's very first Christmas but after seeing his face I'm kind of glad we didn't have all that jazz. are some pictures of our Christmas and some from when we took Lennon sledding with his aunt Kaitlyn....

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