Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Keeler Kitchen: Wacky Recipe Wednesday

Per Diana's request

White Chicken Chili – Kendall Keeler


One pound boneless, skinless chicken breast cubed (Or one rotisserie chicken torn into small pieces)

½ of a medium onion, finely chopped

1 ½ tsp garlic powder

1 Tbs vegetable oil

2 – 15.5 oz cans of Great Northern beans, drained

1 – 14 oz can chicken broth

1 – 7 oz can green chilies chopped

1 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp dried oregano ½ tsp pepper

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

1 C sour cream ½ C whipping cream


In a large pot sauté chicken, onion and garlic powder in vegetable oil, cook until chicken is no longer pink (or if using rotisserie chicken, cook until chicken is heated all the way through). Add beans broth, chilies and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer uncovered for approx. 30 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in sour cream and whipping cream. Serve immediately. Top with cheese, green onions, and sour cream.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Keeler Kitchen: Wacky Recipe Wednesday

Over Thanksgiving two of my sister-in-laws agreed to a challenge... a recipe challenge!

Hopefully we can extend the invite to all of the women in our family, and to those of you who have blogs! What happens is every Wednesday we post a recipe, the challenge is that we make the recipe before we post it on our blogs. If this is not possible I totally understand but hopefully you've tried it at least once so you know it tastes good before recommending it to everyone else, ha ha. Please know that these recipes are not limited to main dishes but included all courses (especially desserts!)

So here is my first recipe:

Chicken - Broccoli Braid (From a cooking class I took in college)

Mix the following ingredients together in a bowl:

1 Cup Cooked Chicken Chopped
1 Cup Broccoli (Chopped and blanched in microwave for 2 mins)
1/4 Cup Green Pepper
1 tsp Garlic
3/4 Cup Grated Cheese
1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
2 tsp Dill
1/4 tsp Salt

Spray a cookie sheet and spread out 2 packages of (low-fat) crescent rolls and try to squish the dough together so that there aren't any perforated cuts.
Spread chicken mixture evenly down the center of the dough. Cut the edges of the crescent rolls into strips and braid them over the top of the chicken mixture.
Bake at 375* for 20 to 25 minutes or until dough is golden brown. Cut and serve.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Ellie Updated

Just a quick update on our Ellie. She got two new friends, Giraffe and Fred. Fred, of course, is the orange one.

Friday, November 21, 2008

OuR nEw AdDiTiOn: ElLiE

On Wednesday we welcomed a NEW ADDITION to our little family... a CHIHUAHUA named ELLIE!

She is so adorable and we absolutely love her! She is 2 1/2 months old, not potty trained yet, but sleeps the whole night long if she is in her crate... what great training for us!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Family Trip to Lahonton & Virginia City

A few weekends ago my brother came home so we took a little family trip. First we drove to Lahonton to see how little water there was, since we only ever have been in the summer. It was kind of chilly and so cool to walk where we usually water ski!
This is taken where the water would be if it were summer.
My bro, Casey and Mom
This is kind of a cool picture, but it looks like Matt is peeing in the lake. ha ha
My Parents.
Matt & myself. As you have noticed there aren't any pics of Kelsey at Lahonton, this is because she stayed in the car shivering the entire time!
Virginia City. There were so many cars but didn't seem to be that many people. We ate at this little casino restaurant and we think all the food was purchased from WalMart, it was kind of weird. We walked up and down the street and went into most of the shops. I can't believe people actually buy things there anymore, it's all weird stuff. There isn't anything cool like when I was younger and my grandma bought me glass blown tulips! We did get some delicious fudge from Grandmother's Fudge though.
My sis & my bro entered the camel races in Virginia City.
So did my parents

But Matt & I won!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Joe and Megan's Addition

On our way to Whitney and Todd's reception (see post below) Matt & I had some time, so we stopped by to see Megan and Joe in Roseville.

On October 28, 2008 little Natalia was welcomed into their family and I was so excited to get to see her. She is absolutely adorable! It was great to catch up with Meg & Joe, especially since I haven't seen Megan since we got married, and to see the beautiful house they are renting.
Megan and Joe with their daughters, Isabella and Natalia
Sweet baby Natalia slept the entire time, aren't they good when their newborns!

Isabella is now a big sister, I wasn't really able to ask her how she felt about it because she was kind of shy the entire time we were there until I took this picture of her. She is so cute and you can tell she's had practice getting her picture taken :)

Whitney Gets Married!

A few weeks ago my friend and roommate from college, Whitney, got married in the Oakland Temple. Although Matt & I couldn't make it to the sealing because of work we were able to drive down for the reception in Turlock, California. It was so much fun to see Whitney and Todd so happy together... yippee for marriage!

Whitney and Todd we are so happy for you and hope you love every moment of eternity together!

The pic above is of Steph, Me, Whit, and Ash, we all lived together up at BYU-Idaho.
Myself and the happy couple.
Steph and Ash were able to go to the temple and then hang out until the reception.
I look hideous in this pic... but Whit looks absolutely gorgeous! She is such a beautiful bride.
Their cake was so cute and very tasty.
This little cutie was trying to flirt with Ash. He had just gotten home from his mission and we could tell that he definitely needed some practice on his pick up lines. Matt & I had a good laugh.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


I am such a slacker but my friend Heidi tagged me awhile ago and I am just now doing it!

8 TV shows I love to watch:
Gossip Girl
America's Next Top Model
Two and a Half Men
College Football (I know this isn't a show, but Matt MAKES me watch it EVERY Saturday so I think it counts)
Big Bang Theory

8 Favorite Restaurants:
Papa John's
Olive Garden
Texas Roadhouse
BJ's Brewery
Cheese Cake Factory
Pizza Plus

8 Things that happened yesterday:
Did my hair (this is an amazing feat for those who know me)
Went to work
Ate Chef Boyardee Raviolis
Set a phone system lead at work
Purchased Gears of War 2 for Matt
Went to the mall and didn't find anything
Talked to my mom on the phone
Ate pizza and watched a movie

8 Things I am looking forward to:
Our group date tonight
Going to St. George for Thanksgiving
Decorating our Christmas Tree
Starting and finishing my wedding scrapbook
Getting a dog one day
Bones next week
Shopping the day after Thanksgiving
Having kids

8 Things I love about Fall:
Going to Apple Hill
Watching the leaves change
Getting my sweaters out of storage
Seeing family
Winter is around the corner
Decorating for the seasons

8 Things on my wish list:
A Winter skirt
Taylor Swift's new CD
New glasses
Weepies new CD
Ford Edge
2 Bedroom apartment (so I can have a room for all my scrapbooking stuff)

8 People I'm tagging:
Heidi P
Janelle (Maybe this will help Janelle update her blog. Ha ha)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

How to Get Rid of Hiccups!

So last night when Matt & I were laying in bed he had the worst HICCUPS EVER! He could not stop... so I proceeded to try out a little something on him.

I told him the following:

Picture 3 bald chickens in your mind, imagine their little bald heads and the three of them just sitting there. Then BANG (clapped my hands together) a car hits them and their feathers are flying everywhere in the air!

He thought it was totally ridiculous but guess what... he never hiccuped again!

Maybe you should try it sometime :)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Seasons Are Changing

Dressing Up for Halloween!
At work we were encouraged to dress up and decorate our cubicles. Employees were even able to bring their children for an hour of Trick-or-Treating. It was so much fun to see all of the cute kids in their costumes and to hand out candy.

I dressed up in my one piece pajamas with a bum flap... people asked what I was and I was kind of a baby I guess but I was really just myself about 20 years ago. It was fun to be in my PJ's all day.

Matt of course doesn't really enjoy the whole "dress-up thing" and was himself for Halloween!
After work Matt & I had one trick-or-treater at 5:45 and because we only have 5 pieces of candy in the house we decided to turn out all the lights and pretend that we weren't home. It was weird trying to get ready in complete darkness but we hurried and then we met my parents at Ruby River for dinner.

We hope you had a very Happy Halloween!

Carving Pumpkins!
We got our pumpkins a few weeks ago at Apple Hill and a few days before Halloween we carved them. I have to admit that carving pumpkins makes you feel like a kid again. It totally brought back memories of my dad helping me cut the top open because I wasn't strong enough and trying to brainstorm the best idea for a pumpkin face. Every year I have thought about doing a cool design but have never been able to because I feel bad if I don't give the pumpkin a face. This year I gave in once again. Matt did the cool skull and cross bones though...

The GUTS are so GROSS!

I used a pattern and wasn't very happy with how the face looked on my pumpkin, but at least he had a face!!

Saying Goodbye to the Wallace's!
Matt's sister and her family moved to Dallas last week and we were all very sad to see them go. A family from their ward threw them a going away party, so of course I took some pictures. It was a great way to say goodbye.

Matt and I chilled in the kitchen for a while talking with friends.

The kids had fun eating treats and making bead art.

Aaron, Paula, Megan, Jessica, Austin, Jocelyn & Sierra we miss you already and hope you are having fun in your new home.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Last night I went to a Tupperware party and won the BIG prize!! I won two bowls that are so pretty. Throughout the night if we asked questions then we got a playing card. At the end we had to count up our points, who ever had the most points won ... YIPPEE for me! My friend Ronnie and I are having a Tupperware party on November 6th at 7:00 pm so if you wanna come please let me know!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Our Trip to Apple Hill

A few weekends ago we traveled to Apple Hill to have some amazing cider and pick our pumpkins. There were also some great crafts, I'm sure Matt doesn't agree, but I had a fun time :) It rained all the way up there but the rain stopped when we got out of the car. It ended up drizzling a bit every so often, which made my hair so frizzy and fuzzy, but it was a lot of fun.
This was a huge pumpkin... 540 Lbs!

My sister and mom brought their dogs in the dog stroller, it was a hit with the crowd.
My sweet and delicious carmel apple... YUMM!

Matt wasn't too excited about picking a pumpkin so my sister and I walked the patch and picked out the most perfect pumpkins.

This was our line-up. My dad always helps us picks them out and then we line them up to choose the one that we think is perfect.
Matt wanted this tiny one but I said no-way-jose! He's definitely not in the Halloween spirit!
This is my dad and the cider mill where you get your free sample.
When we were younger my bro and dad caught a fish here and decided to take it home. We kept the dead fish frozen in our freezer in a milk carton for months, it was disgusting! You can still fish here but it cost quite a bit.
I wanted to get my face painted but was rejected. I guess I'd look a little funny with a scary witch on my face :)