Monthly Archives: February 2010

Sausage and Bean Rigatoni

Here’s what you’ll need…

8 ounces uncooked rigatoni pasta

 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney (cannellini), Great Northern, or navy beans, rinsed and drained

1 can (14.5 ounce) Italian-style stewed tomatoes

6 ounces light cooked smoked sausage or turkey sausage, sliced ½ inch thick

1/3 cup finely shredded or snipped fresh basil

¼ cup shaved or finely shredded Asiago cheese (1 ounce)

 Here’s what you’ll do…

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, cover and keep warm
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine beans, undrained tomatoes, and sausage
  3. Heat through
  4. Add mean mixture and basil to cooked pasta
  5. Toss gently to mix (or just stir it…)
  6. Sprinkle each serving with Asiago cheese

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BYU Gymnastics

So I’m sitting at home….watching BYUTV……Kaylee is on! It’s the gymnastics meet…BYU vs. Utah. Go Cougs!

(ow) Kaylee just fell off the beam……but she got right back and did great still!

Just as a note….the Utes have some pretty cool outfits……but I’m still cheering for the Cougs!

 

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Normal? Abnormal?

I got home from work today and Ikpeaku was here. I went upstairs and was working on something on my computer. Ikpeaku comes in and she’s standing behind me and…

Ikpeaku: Whoa, are you wearing jeans?
Chloe: yeah.
Ikpeaku: Wait…you’re wearing jeans?
Chloe: yes.
Ikpeaku: can you do that?
Chloe: yep.
Ikpeaku: well stand up! let me see!
(I stand up)
Ikpeaku: WOW! It’s like you have legs!
Chloe: uhm…
Ikpeaku: DANG! jeans? on YOU??
Chloe: yep. I only own two pairs. it’s not very often you see this.
Ikpeaku: I know! I’ve NEVER seen you in jeans!
(we walk out of my awesome room)

Okay so then I’m turning on the TV to record American Idol, and she’s about to go down the stairs, and…

Ikpeaku: do your socks match?
Chloe: (looks down at socks) yeah.
Ikpeaku: your socks match?
Chloe: apparently.
Ikpeaku: wow! what’s your problem today?
Chloe: nothing!
Ikpeaku: Are you okay?
Chloe: yeah
Ikpeaku: are you feeling okay?
Chloe: yes!
Ikpeaku: are you sure?
Chloe: yes!!

Haha i confuse people when i wear jeans and matching socks. it’s great.

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Butter

Okay so I love cooking with Shell! I always look forward to our cooking night each week! Today we made Italian Beef Soup, Sweet Cornbread, and Lemon Delight.

We started with the cornbread…and while that was cooking, we made the soup.

Oh, and if you’re ever cooking and you’re not sure what to do…just add a little extra for good luck =) That’s our way of doing things!

Okay so we were eating dinner…and it was delicious! Bill has yet to find a good cornbread recipe, he claims, but I think we’ve found one! It was so delicious!!! And sweet…thus the name “sweet cornbread”

After dinner we began to make the dessert, as usual. Shell is by the microwave and I’m on the other side of the kitchen….and she is about to melt the butter in the microwave. So she opens the microwave and she says “why is there butter in the microwave?” and she proceeds to take out a bowl of butter……and I said “oh, that was for the cornbread” and we laughed as usual, and said our usual “we just won’t tell anyone.” And here I am telling someone. If only you knew of the many other “we just won’t tell anyone” moments….

But the thing is…the cornbread was delicious! So I can only imagine how much BETTER it will be next time when I actually remember to take the melted butter OUT of the microwave and put it INTO  the cornbread mixture!

*sigh* i love us. Shell + Chloe = the perfect chef duo

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Moolenium Crunch

Yesterday I had Clara all day. Today I had Clara and Natalie. Tomorrow they return to school. Clara could’ve gone today, but it’s not my decision. Tomorrow I get Lucas back!!! I miss my little buddy!

I babysat for the McKenna’s again…I love those girls! It’s always so much fun when I’m there.

When I got home tonight, Sheila and I watched the Olympics and ate some ice cream to celebrate my BYU excitement!! Sheila had her Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey….and I had my Blue Bell Moolenium Crunch!!!!

MOOLENIUM CRUNCH!!!

Okay so get this….I after I typed “MOOLENIUM CRUNCH!!!” I went to Google and looked up Moolenium Crunch so I could tell you more about how amazing it is. But, naturally, on the page I clicked on, was a advertisement with an UNBELIEVABLE before and after picture promoting some new diet. So I showed it to Sheila and we laughed. Then we wanted to make fun of the new diet, so we clicked on it. And it took us here http://www.the-chicago-tribune.com/health/diet/indexss.html?t202id=52118&t202kw=300×250-ss

So, we read about it and ended up NOT making fun of it. Instead, I became a victim of the diet. 5 minutes and $3 later, my free trial is on it’s way. I’m so stupid. I hope this works. =)

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The Decision…

So I open up my email as I’m sitting and watching the Olympics….and I have an email from BYU…and they said that a decision has been made concerning my admission. So I went and looked and…..this is what I read…..

Decision Information

Letter  
22 Feb 2010

Chloe Mikayla Palethorpe
9218 Stone Post Circle
Houston, TX 77064

Dear Chloe:

The Brigham Young University Admissions Committee has approved your request for readmission. You are eligible to begin classes again during Fall 2010. To be eligible to continue to future semesters, you must register for and complete this semester or term.

Registration information is available online at registration.byu.edu. If you need assistance in selecting appropriate courses, please contact your advisement center. A list of all advisement centers is located online at advisement.byu.edu. It is very important that you update your personal information, especially your email address so you may receive information concerning your priority registration day along with other important information. Please do so through the Personal Information section located in Route Y.

As a student at BYU, you have pledged to live in accordance with the University Honor Code and Dress and Grooming Standards and, if a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to do your duty in the Church. The values encompassed include honesty, charity, purity, modesty, and commitment. If you would like more specific information, please contact the Honor Code Council at (801) 422-2847 or at 4440 WSC, Provo, Utah 84602.

We look forward to having you on campus. Please feel free to contact the Student Services Office at (801) 422-2507 or at admissions@byu.edu if you have any questions about your admission status.

Warmest regards,

R. Kirk Strong
Director of Admission Services

 

Accept Decision  
Once you have decided whether or not you will or will not be attending Brigham Young University, please return to this section and inform us of your decision. For further explanation, see the frequently asked questions link.
I will will not be attending BYU.
save

(NEEDLESS TO SAY…IN THAT PLACE WHERE IT SAID “WILL WILL NOT”…I SAID “WILL”)

 

Additional Information  
The links listed below contain important additional information regarding your decision.
Honor Code
New Student Guide
Tuberculosis Test Information
Financial Aid & Scholarship Opportunities
Housing
SO NEEDLESS TO SAY…….YAYYYYYYYYY!
 
I’m officially a BYU Cougar again!

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Day Making

Today was wonderful once again.

I made Raspbana’s day.

Lauren Rowbotham made my day.

Here’s why…..so last night I texted Raspbana and asked what she was doing…and she told me she was preparing a lesson…so naturally I asked for what…and she said for Relief Society. She’s teaching for someone…but anyways…so she told me that she was having a hard time getting it to come all together. And then she said that if only she had my lemon cookie recipe, then it wouldn’t matter what she said because everyone would be enjoying the cookies instead of listening to her speaking…but she KNOWS that my lemon cookie recipe is secret! So I wished her luck with her lesson and that was all.

Well, that wasn’t REALLY all. So on my way home I stopped by Kroger and got the ingredients for my lemon cookie recipe. Then I got home and asked Sheila how she felt about skipping church to make cookies! She clearly wanted more information…so I explained…and she obliged.

SO. The next morning we went to church as usual…and after sacrament meeting we rushed back home to make cookies. We showed up at Tomball ward with the cookies……but we had to wait like 10 minutes until their Sunday School got out….so we were waiting in front of the Relief Society room. Meanwhile, a couple people walk by that Sheila knows….and a couple people that I know…and some lady that walked by (neither of us knew her) and was telling us how amazing our outfits were. We felt pretty cool. But that’s probably because we ARE pretty cool. Anyways, and I also saw Preston. He was walking down the hall and I saw him as he turned the corner, so I waved to him and he looked at me incredibly confused and waved slowly…it was great. And then I saw Evan and he seemed less surprised to see me. SO then Raspbana came up and I was SO EXCITED! I showed her the cookies, and SHE became quite excited also! She said I made her day. She tends to say that quite often…

Anywho… as for Raspbana’s lesson….PUT MINE TO SHAME. Seriously! I really loved it. I felt quite inadequate….why can’t I teach like that??

The cookies were a HUGE HIT. But not as big as her lesson, for sure!

So when I got home, I watched some of the Olympics, and then I made dinner. After we ate a DELICIOUS meal, I headed over to the Nicholi.

I had a great time over there, naturally. It’d been WAY TOO LONG. I hadn’t been there for WEEKS and I’d almost forgotten how much I loved it….but I didn’t forget! I said almost…

I had so much fun with Preston and Evan once again. At one point, the three of us were on the floor laughing hysterically about who-knows-what, and once I had composed myself, Raspbana said something along the lines of “when you met me, you didn’t know what you were getting yourself into, did you?” AND I basically said “yeah but I love it!” AND the thing is….it’s so true. When I met Raspbana,  I didn’t know that I would be having the time of my life at the Nicholi with two new “brothers”. ALSO, when I met Raspbana, I did not know that I would soon lose any opportunity to spend time with my own brothers. Having lost my favorite thing in the world (my siblings), it’s absolutely wonderful to have the Nicholi to spend time with. When I’m playing with Preston and Evan, it’s like I’m getting the opportunity to play with Ethan, Tanner, Torin, Quentin, Brigdon, and Sevannah. It makes me so sad that I don’t get so see them. But it makes me so happy to know that I have the Nicholi. And the Schillers. And the Sowers.

Okay so while I was at the Nicholi, Sarah had a surprise for me. Well, it wasn’t from her. It was from someone else. Sarah was just the deliverer. It was from Lauren Rowbotham. Her name sounded incredibly familiar. BUT GUESS WHAT?!?! She made me the most wonderful masterpiece! A true work of art! It’s a picture/drawing/etching/i-don’t-now-what-to-call-it of a flamingo on a unicycle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s AMAZING!!!! I’m trying to find a frame for it so I can put it up in my newly-decorated amazing room! It goes perfectly! Lauren Rowbotham is so amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lauren made my day.

So to sum up….here’s how the day making went…

I made Raspbana’s day.

Lauren made my day.

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Wonderful day all around.

Today I did my chores as usual. Clean my room, bathroom, and vacuum the house. Then I showered and got ready to go get Ikpeaku for a girl’s day. I had to pick her up from the stake center because she was at the stake young women’s basketball tournament. I went early because I heard white oak was playing tomball, so I wanted to go see Sarah play. But right when I walked in, Sarah was taken out of the game and the game ended 2 minutes later. And I didn’t even get to see Lauren play, either!!! SAD. After I said hi to Jenn Nix, I went and said hi to white oak ladies and then went up on the stage and sat with Sister Sears and Julie Bishop. But mainly to say hi to little Bailey! But Bailey was tired. Oh, white oak ended up winning…so they had to stay and play the championship game against Lakewood. Anyways, I was sitting there eating my mandarin oranges out of my red cup, and I was talking to Lauren. And then I saw Sarah standing in the corner with  her friend so I went and said hi and asked when they were leaving. They said they were waiting for Sister Nix to take them home. Knowing Jenn would probably be a while, I offered to take them home! Because I love Sarah! And I got to meet her friend Paige, who is on her basketball team, so it turns out I’ve seen her before when I have gone to Sarah’s games!

So I took Sarah and Paige home, and then went back to the church to watch the rest of the game. I ended up taking pictures for Julie because Bailey had fallen asleep on her =) I love taking pictures! White Oak won the game….White Oak ward is the 2010 Cypress Texas Stake Young Women’s Basketball Champion!!!!!!! Woot Woot!!!

So then Ikpeaku and I left and went to see Avatar! I FINALLY GOT TO SEE IT!!!!!!!!!!!! And the projector didn’t break this time. And we didn’t change our mind this time. And I actually got to see the movie! It was really good. We were there early so we walked around the theater for a while…and got popcorn and i got a bottle of juice and Ikpeaku had her Gatorade from the game. When we sat down for the movie, of course I was so excited to finally see it. Now, it’s a three-hour movie…..and I had juice…and I was thirsty…so I drank it within the first hour. So halfway through the movie I had to pee…really bad…..DANG IT! But I tried my darndest to hold it in…but when you gotta pee like a racehorse it’s hard to watch a movie! Somehow, though, I was able to do it. And as soon as the movie was over we raced to the bathroom….which is a whole other story…

So I’m washing my hands in the bathroom and there’s a girl next to me (nothing out of the ordinary). She turns to me and….

Her: Can I ask you a question?
Me: Of course!
Her: Do you always dress like that?
Me: YES! I wear different colors every day. Today is pink and red day, so I’m wearing pink and red obviously. Each day is a different color.
Her: Really?
Me: yeah!
Her: I have another question…
Me: What?
Her: Can I take a picture of you?
Me: Of course! But only if I can get a picture with you on my camera afterwards!
Her: ….okay…..
(so here she gets out her phone and takes a picture of my whole outfit)
(then I get out my camera and turn to some random lady who’s been watching this whole thing happen and…)
Me: Will you take a picture of us?
Random Lady: Sure!
Me: Thanks!
(then some little girl walks up)
Little Girl: Can I be in the picture too?
Her: This is my sister. Do you mind if she’s in the picture?
Me: Not at all! come on! The more the merrier!
(*snap* the picture is taken)
Her: Thanks!
Me: You’re welcome!

Here’s the picture…….

Okay so then we left and went to Imaginations to paint…we were about to start painting when Bill called and said I had to come home at 6:30 because Sheila had a surprise for me. It was like 5:45 when he called, so we decided to go see the surprise and then come back and paint. SO when we got to my house I was led upstairs….and there was a note on my door…..so I read it…and tried to hold back my tears…then I opened my door and MY ROOM WAS ALL SO AMAZING!!!!!!!! Happy early birthday to me! But then they had me look at my bathroom…and once again…amazing!!!!!!!!!! Then they brought me back into my room and when i walked further in…I was basically balling!

Here’s some pics…

click on them to see them bigger….

THEY’RE SO MUCH BETTER IN PERSON!!!!!!!

So what you need to do is come over to my house and see my amazing room and “ooh” and “aah” at it with me. And then be amazed with me. And then we can make cookies and eat them! And then look at my room more!

I am SO HAPPY. Mama Sheila, Mama Terry, Raspbana, and BF2 are amazing. They helped with my room…and I absolutely love it. And them. I am really having a hard time writing this blog post because I can’t think of words to express how I feel (which is a problem I’m working on…expressing my feelings….my therapist is helping me with that! lol it’s true!). BUT in this case, I seriously believe that WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW I FEEL. But this is as close as I can get (this is what I texted to Raspbana, BF2, and Mama Terry) “Thank you so so so so much! Times infinity!! I want to hug you FOREVER and cry happy tears in your shoulder! My room is amazingly amazing! Like you!!” And that’s seriously the closest I can get to describing how amazing I feel!!!!!!!!

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Apple Crisp

(HEY-IT’S LUKE-FRIENDLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

(except for the ice cream…..don’t give Luke any of the ice cream!)

Here’s what you’ll need…..

5 cups tart apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (about 12 apples)

2/3 cup sugar

3 Tablespoons flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 ½ cups brown sugar

1 cup butter, melted

1 ¾ cups flour

2 cups quick oats

Vanilla ice cream

 

Here’s what you’ll do…..

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Place sliced apples in a 13×9 glass baking dish
  3. In small bowl, mix together sugar, 3 Tablespoons flour, and cinnamon
  4. Sprinkle over apples
  5. In large bowl, mix together brown sugar, butter,  1 ¾ cups flour, and quick oats until crumbly
  6. Sprinkle over apples in baking dish, pressing down to work crumb mixture into apples (dish will be very full)
  7. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until apples are tender, mixture is bubbly, and topping is browned
  8. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving
  9. Serve with ice cream

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Quick

Today’s post will be quick. I’m checking out early because I don’t feel well….again…and with Danielle out of town I REALLY can’t afford to be sick! Today I didn’t feel so hot, and it just kept getting worse…..so I canceled my evening (sorry Shell…we can cook next week!), and I’m going to bed early. Good night.

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