Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bar exam resuls

I passed the Utah bar exam. Wow, what a relief. Well, I'm going to celebrate now.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The zoo

A couple months back we bought a season pass to the Hogle Zoo. It's been a great purchase as Elliot loves the place. We probably go twice a month and he never gets tired of the animals. As intrepid as Elliot is, he doesn't much like the larger primates. I have a feeling they scare him a bit. Thankfully, he's an adaptive kid; he'll get used to them quickly enough. In any case, it was a great morning.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Two lakes, one day

Elliot and I went up Big Cottonwood Canyon today. Way up the canyon. We took in two lakes: Silver and Solitude. Good hike, pretty level. Elliot walked most of the way. In fact, he's started climbing and jumping off rocks. Oh, and the colors have started to change in the valley. It makes things incredibly beautiful.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

An afternoon at the park

We went to our park this afternoon. I say our park because it's the one we go to all the time. Elliot loves the jungle gym, and there are a couple baseball fields and tennis courts as well. What made this afternoon special was the weather. It was absolutely perfect. Dem was studying for her recital, so Elliot and I laid down and looked at the clouds for a while. We found one that looked like a flounder, and one that looked like a snake. After the clouds, we played on the baseball fields with a yellow ball Elliot found while we were chasing birds. Then home it was. What a great way to round out a beautiful Sunday.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Faces. So many faces.

We decided to photograph a favorite family activity: making Elliot make faces. Here are a few examples.

And our personal favorite.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Dog Lake

Dog Lake: what can I say. It was okay. Pretty easy hike with not even one switchback. The lake itself is a simple basin reservoir. Pretty place though. Calm water. Nice breeze. Beautiful vistas.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Doughnut Falls

Being Labor Day, Dem didn't have school. We took advantage by going on a family hike to Doughnut Falls. Nice thing about this hike is it's fairly easy and popular, so the trail is level and wide. The actual falls are only mildly impressive, but it is neat to see the water cascade through a hole in the rock. And now it's off to Ikea to populate our study with furniture.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday dinner: chicken enchilada pasta

So, usually (read always) when we eat pasta, we use Italian recipes. This is a stark departure from that norm. We rather enjoy chicken enchilada casserole, but that takes a good long time, so we thought we'd try transform the casserole into a pasta dish. Surprisingly, it worked pretty well. Give it a whirl sometime. Just to wet the appetite, the pictures come before the recipe.


1 large onion, chopped
3 chicken thighs, cut into one inch cubes
3 medium plum tomatoes, chopped
6 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
1 four-ounce can chopped green chiles
Pickled jalapenos (optional)
5 tablespoons canola oil
5 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons AP flour
1 ½ cups chicken stock
1 ½ cups whole milk
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
½ teaspoon cumin
Mexican hot sauce (to taste)
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
1 pound pasta (medium shells)


Start by putting 1 gallon of salted water on the stovetop over medium high heat.

Sautee the chopped onions with 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon canola oil over medium high heat until onions are translucent (5–7 minutes). At the same time, but in a different pan, brown chicken pieces with 1 tablespoon canola oil over medium high heat (4–5 minutes). When the onions and chicken are done, put them in a bowl.

In the bowl the onions were sautéed in, place 3 tablespoons canola oil and 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. When the butter melts, add the flour and incorporate. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Stir in chicken stock and milk. Stir in onions, chicken, cheese, green chiles, poultry seasoning, and cumin. Add salt and pepper to taste. When mixture comes to a slight boil, turn down temperature to medium low.

Boil the pasta according until al dente (about 8 minutes). Drain pasta and incorporate it into chicken mixture. Plate the pasta and serve with tomatoes, hot sauce, and jalapenos (if you so desire) added just before eating.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Lake Blanche

Today's hike was to Blanche Lake up Big Cottonwood Canyon. 2.9 miles in and back. Elliot walked about 2/3 of the way up on his own, which is pretty good considering the trail grade. It took us about 5.5 hours total, and was worth every minute. Oh, and the lake was beautiful.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Bonneville Trail

Elliot and I tried out the Bonneville Trail at the mouth of Parley's Canyon. We didn't hike that far because the trail was more difficult than I anticipated so we didn't bring the kid carrier. But even though the terrain was difficult, Elliot was a trooper and loved every minute of it. He's an intrepid kid.