Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Holy Smokes. I had the luckiest day ever yesterday. I had fish tacoes for the first time over the summer and they did not disappoint. So since I had some Halibut hanging out in the freezer begging to be devoured I thought I would try and make some home made fish tacoes. I will admit, it was a little risky finding a fish tacoe recipe online, but I had my greatest cooking success ever! It was the most delish recipe I have ever tried, and is now one of my all time favorite meals. It was so yummy and super easy. I dont know if I have ever cared enough about the spreading of a recipe to share it on my blog, but this was honestly the most delicioso meal I have ever made. I am not even exaggerating. I was even lucky enough to have just enough left over for one for lunch today. I mean man were these some good tacoes. So here is the recipe. You had better try it out. If you like tacoes, it will not dissapoint. Even if fish is your favorite, I think you would still like this recipe. (the recipe is for about 8 tacoes, give or take)

Spicy Blackened Fish Tacoes

1lb firm fleshed fish (halibut, salmon, mahi mahi etc)
1 tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C flour
2 tbsp vegetable oil
desired number corn tortillas
lemon juice
Heat oil on Med High in a skillet. To get the skin off of the fish, I just fry it skin side down, and when it gets cooked, the skin just peels off. Mix chili powder, cayenne, sugar, salt, and flour. Dredge fish in flour mixture. After skin has been removed, dredge fish in flour mixture. Fry on both sides until cooked through. Serve on warm corn tortillas (I put mine in the microwave for about 40 seconds on damp paper towels so they stay moist) with avocado chunks, charred salsa, and aioli. YUMMI!!

Charred Corn Salsa
1 C frozen corn kernels
2 diced roma tomatoes
1/4 C diced red onion
1 minced jalapeno, seeds removed
1 tbsp olive oil
salt to taste
Preheat broiler and put oven rack in highest position. Toss all ingredients in a small bowl. Transfer mixture to shallow baking pan. Broil about 5-8 minutes until tomatoes and onions are soft and mixture has browned a little bit.

Cilantro Aioli
1/4 C mayo
1 tbsp lemon juice
a few sprigs of cilantro
I just put all the ingredients in the food processer, and it minced the cilantro and blended it all together. Super easy. On a side note, while I was taking a pic of the tacoes, Braden said "Cheee". Didn't know he could say that. So I snapped a shot of my little Cheeser. Love this kid! Also I am still working on a post from our last Disney trip and from our Redwoods trip.

Friday, September 10, 2010

A Child of God

Over a year ago, when Braden was just a few weeks old, he and I shared a tender experience that I never had a chance to record. Recently this memory was brought back to my mind and I wanted to record it.
"I am a child of God, and He has sent me here, has given me and earthly home, with parents kind and dear. Lead me, guide me, walk beside me, help me find the way, teach me all that I must do, to live with Him some day." These are the words to one of the most common of all primary songs, sung within our church. I learned this song, probably as a three year old, when I started going to primary, maybe even sooner. For twenty plus years, I sang these words countless times, but they never had as much meaning as they did when I had my sweet Braden. The meaning of the words changed.
I was not the one being referred to as the "child of God" but rather the one who would "teach Braden all that he must do to live with Him someday." As I sang these words to Braden one night, as I was rocking him to sleep, tears welled up in my eyes as I realized my purpose as Bradens mother. Our Father in Heaven has sent me and angel and it is my responsibility to take my knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and of our Fathers plan, and teach it to my sweet son. The veil has been placed over his mind, and although I am sure he is still close to heaven, time will wear, and he will forget the memories of his past life. It is my job to remind him and to teach him of the Plan of Happiness that will take him back to our Savior, Jesus Christ. As I sung, I could not finish because of the emotion that I felt. I thought I would just move on to another song.
I chose "Families Can Be Together Forever". I sang "I have a family here on earth. They are so good to me. I want to share my life with them through all eternity. Families can be together forever. Through Heavenly Fathers plan. I always want to be with my own family. And the Lord has shown me how I can. The Lord has shown me how I can."
Once again, I could not make it through the song. It had new meaning for me as now I had my own child, and my own family whom I wanted to be with forever. Our Heavenly Fathers Plan of Happiness has new meaning in my life as a mother and wife. I am so thankful that through my Savior, Jesus Christ, who atoned for my sins, I can repent and better myself so that I might return to live with him again. I am thankful that I can live with my family for eternity, as long as I teach my children correct principles, and teach them to follow our Savior. I am so thankful to be a mother to my sweet, hilarious, wild, boy Braden, and the wife to such a faithful and righteous Priesthood holder. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful family, and epsecially wonderful parents who taught me the truth and shared their testimonies with my siblings and I. I always want to be with my family, and I am thankful for the knowledge that I can.