Sunday, November 15, 2009

This is a MANS breakfast...

I have this goal to become a domestic goddess/master chef :) I love cooking for my honey and for others, it's been so much fun finding and trying new recipes and learning new things. But I have this nasty little habit, I'm a food blog junkie. I have a substantial list of food blogs I check daily, and if i see a recipe I want to try, I print it off, which has led me to a 6 inch high stack of untried recipes. Its like a disease, I know, and Mckay thinks Im nuts. But sometimes I hit the jackpot and find some really yummy things. So I'm in the process of weeding through all these recipes, and depending on Mckays reaction they either get tossed or go in the black binder. To get put in the black binder means yep that recipe's a keeper and has a place in our Rytting Family Favorites :)

Im rereading this post and realizing that I sound pretty lame, but whatever. I made this recipe Saturday morning. It was cold, and Mckay had been helping some family move all morning, so this recipe came together, inspired by one of those many food blogs and it made us both happy campers. I didnt really measure anything so these are just estimates, but this recipe is pretty basic and hard to mess up

Breakfast Skillets
-inspired by

5 red potatoes cut into bite size pieces
1/2 C. Sausage cooked and crumbled- this is a guess
1/4 C green peppers diced
1/8-1/4 C. diced onion
garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika, - sprinkle to taste

Boil the potatoes for about 10 minutes, till they're somewhat tender. Cook sausage in a skillet and drain on a paper plate. In the same skillet cook the potatoes on about medium heat, adding a little butter or olive oil. Season the potatoes with desired seasonings. After about 10 minutes the potatoes will start to get crispy, add the peppers and onions. Cook for another 10 minutes, reducing the heat if things start to burn. In a small skillet crack however many eggs you want. we had sunny side up by cracking the egg into the skillet, melting an icecube for a second and then pulling it out and putting the lid over. This steams the top of the egg and cooks it so you dont have to flip it. Srinkle egg with salt and pepper. Spoon some of the potatoes into a bowl, and slide the egg on top.

-- the thing I love about this recipe is you can add or take away whatever you want. You could add in any vegetables you want or have it with scrambled eggs instead, meat or not meat. This was so good and kept us full forever!

Sorry for those who might think these recipes are boring....but this is what happens when there's not much else to blog about :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

MTC and some Pumpkin Bread

Wednesday we dropped Marty off at the MTC, which means I now have as many brothers out in the mission field as I do at home. and I am one proud big sister :) and after the sending the third brother out on a mission it hasn't gotten any easier, although this MTC experience was a lot less drama. Rather than having the whole family watch that orientation type program and video and then have to watch all the sad mamas cry this time we just pulled up to the curb, dropped him off, hugged good bye, and that was it, sort of like a bandaid, a short painful goodbye rather than a long drawn out one. Marty will be serving in the Perth Australia mission, the land of NEMO! and boy are we excited for him. It's a little bittersweet because he'll miss Adam's homecoming by 5 short months. We are so proud of our missionaries and so grateful for the missionary program in the church!

This recipe for Pumpkin Bread is a Rytting staple during the fall. Lysa would send it to Mckay in the MTC and it would still be warm when he opened it. This is easy and really really good. It also makes two loaves so its a fun treat to share :) or not...
Pumpkin Bread
Lysa Rytting
3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 16 oz can pumpkin
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
3/4 tsp ginger
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
31/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup water
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips-optional :)
Blend sugar, oil, eggs, and pumpkin. Add spices. Mix together flour, soda, salt, and baking powder. Add to the moistened ingredients. Add water. Optional: add 3/4 cup chocolate chips per loaf. Bake at 350, 60-65 minutes. Makes two loaves. After it has baked, dust top with powdered sugar if you like. yay :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Recent Wanderings and some Mexican Love...

Rock Climbing Adventure:

I meant to post these pictures awhile ago but never got around to it. Back in September we went rock climbing with Tara and Janson up big Cottonwood Canyon. It was so much fun! Me and Tara both doubted we would get to the top, but guess what... we did! and as a reward we got Pei Wei :) I hadn't really been climbing since high school so I was a little worried, actually a lot worried. Me and Mckay and never been real rock climbing, like outside, where if you fall you don't land on a springy padded floor. I am proud to say all four of us made it to the top, some more quickly than others...but thats okay. I also got to belay?? Mckay when he climbed, it was soo funny, they had to anchor me to a tree and he started coming down so fast that I actually lifted off the ground! But he did make it safely to the ground. We had so much fun and we cant wait to do it again sometime. Although, next time I probably wont wear running shorts, they didn't work so well with the harness...yikes.

HaLLoWeeN WeeKenD:
Halloween weekend we got to play here...

the famous Rytting cabin. I have heard about this cabin for 5 years and we finally got to go Halloween weekend. I originally thought it would be fun to go up for Halloween weekend because what could be spookier than watching scary movies in a cabin thats surrounded by trees and sort of in the middle of nowhere? So I was bummed when the scary movie we brought happened to be the funniest scary movie ever...we laughed more than anything. It's alright though, we had such a fun and relaxing weekend.

This is the river right outside the cabin. so beautiful

And now.. I couldnt end this post without a recipe and this one's a doosy. We've had this four different times in the last 5 days, once for breakfast even. okay that was just me. so I guess you could say this recipe was a success. I found it on one of the many food blogs I love reading, Im such a total food blog nerd but this just sounded so good and since we had almost all the ingredients at home already it was a definite weeknight dinner.

Chicken Fajitas from

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp vinegar- (i think they meant white, we only had red wine and that worked great.)

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 tsp chili powder, paprika, oregano, cumin, black pepper

1 tsp salt

1 lime, juiced

2 chicken breasts, sliced into think bite size pieces

1/2 sweet yellow onion, sliced thinly

1/4 yellow pepper and 1/4 red pepper thinly sliced (we used red and green)

combine all marinade incredients in a bag and mix thoroughly. Add chicken, onion and peppers. Marinate for 5-6 hours. Heat a skillet over medium high heat coated with cooking spray. Once the pan is HOT, add chicken, onions and peppers. Saute for about 7-8 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

Cilantro and Lime Cole Slaw Salad: (this made the fajitas!)

2 cups of green cabbage shredded

2 tsp olive oil

1/2-1 lime juiced

1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

salt and pepper to taste and a dash of garlic powder

Make this salad right before you serve the tacos so it stays crunchy. Combine all ingredients until mixed thoroughly.

other ingredients ( i wish this would single space)

corn or flour tortillas ( we like flour but we had some small white corn tortillas left over from making dinner for the Ryttings and we thought this was extra good with the corn tortillas

cotija cheese-this is a must

sour cream, guacamole, Salsa

this seems kind of long, but really this recipe was sooo easy, Mckay even made them one night! and they were yumm.