Kitz and Andrew visit!

We love visitors!!  My baby sister, Kelsey (aka Kitz) and her hubster drove to the Bay to play!!  Honestly, it was the most fun I’ve ever had with her, it was amazing!! And Andrew is such a crucial part of our family now.  We are obsessed with him.

We had lots of fun at Shorline Lake.

Please come back soon!


Recipe: Sweet Pork and Cilantro Lime Rice Buddha Bowls with Cilantro Ranch Dressing

If you’re from the midwest than surely you’ve been to or at least heard of the glorious Cafe Rio!  This recipe is not a copycat for that but is inspired by it.  And delicious!!!  I tried to keep each recipe as simple as possible with as much flavor payoff as possible, so this is a dish you could throw together way faster than all the other Cafe Rio recipes floating around the internet.  We had it for Sunday dinner and had the leftovers for a few days after.  Enjoy!!

Sweet Pork and Cilantro Lime Buddha Bowls
Serves 6
A delicious sweet pork paired with the best cilantro lime rice and topped with a creamy cilantro lime ranch dressing! Add your favorite taco fixings and you've got a bowl full of flavor.
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Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr
sweet pork
  1. 3 lb pork roast
  2. 1 packet dry onion soup mix
  3. 1 can Coke or Dr. Pepper, not diet
  4. 1 cup brown sugar
cilantro lime *brown rice
  1. 2 cups brown rice
  2. 4 1/2 cups water
  3. 4 1/2 tsp chicken bouillon
  4. 4 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1 Tb canola oil
  6. 1 Tb dried onion
  7. 1/2-1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  8. 1 tb lime juice
cilantro lime ranch dressing
  1. 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  2. 3/4 cup mayo
  3. 1 cup butter milk plus more as needed**
  4. 1 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
  5. 1/2-1 Tb lime juice, to taste
  1. shredded lettuce
  2. 1 can black beans, drained and heated
  3. avocado/guacamole
  4. sour cream
  5. favorite salsa
  6. favorite cheese to top
  7. favorite tortilla chips
sweet pork
  1. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Before the last hour, shred pork and stir in in with the sauce in the slow cooker. Cover again and finish cooking.
cilantro lime rice
  1. Bring water to a boil, add chicken bouillon, garlic, oil, onion and rice; stir around.
  2. Return to a boil and let boil for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Cover, turn to low and simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Turn off burner, keep pot on heat and covered and let sit for 15 minutes, undisturbed.
  5. Remove lid, stir in lime juice and cilantro and fluff.
cilantro lime dressing
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Thin with more buttermilk if needed. Chill before serving.
  1. Arrange all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy!
  1. *Can also use white rice, adjusting cook time to package directions
  2. **I used 1 scant cup milk plus 1 Tb white vinegar, sat for 5 minutes to make buttermilk
Hopes and Dreams

Bonita Point Lighthouse

One of our favorite activities this summer was heading over the bridge to Bonita Point Lighthouse!  It was the perfect little day trip for boys.  There’s a little hike down to the lighthouse and then you cross this bridge of death and then you can walk around the lighthouse a bit.  The scenery is unreal and it’s all free!  Definitely on our short list of recommendations for affordable attractions in the Bay.

Our Ghostbusters obsession is strong currently.

Just so charming!

Thank goodness for fences.

I love taking selfies with this boy.

Loving the lens blur on our Pixel phones!

A summer win for our family!!!


48 pics from Sun Valley!

Auggie and I flew together, just the two of us, and this kid just came to LIFE! It was so much fun seeing his little personality when it’s not eclipsed by two older (louder) brothers.  And his love for airplanes is strong.  It’s so cute! Neither of my other boys have gone through an airplane phase, so this new terrain is exciting. We’ve done superheroes, dinosaurs, hotwheels and LEGOS–and now AIRPLANES!

Saving grace on the plane!!

Didn’t waste any time before getting silly!

The bridge on the way to Sun Valley from SLC.  I remember this bridge from my childhood!!

When Dad is left in charge……

Didn’t come off for the whole trip.

Cutest little hot dog stand!!

So much swimming!!

Auggie and Dad went on a little Dad date.

Perry’s Diner–a MUST!!

Fishing at Penny Lake—a MUST!!

We didn’t quite get the hook out in time from this little buddy and he didn’t make it.  James was a little traumatized and said, “I feel like I’m bleeding, just looking at him…”

We love Penny Lake!!

Baby Huck Fin.

Is there anything more fun than little boys??

Grammy–the best!

Lots of babies ending up in my bed and lots of sleep schedule disruption!  A small price to pay…

John left on the road trip home with James and Charlie a day before Auggie and I flew home and it was so much fun to have Auggie be the star of the show!!  His personality has matured SO MUCH, just within the last week!  He is such a riot and I’m so glad the grandparents got to see it!

Playing is exhausting.  Especially when you don’t sleep at night at all…. Auggie learned how to climb out of his pack and play, so there were many desperate moments in the sleep department.

Like everyone else, Auggie is obsessed with Aunt Libby!

Splash pad fun

Splash pad plotting

John fulfilled a lifelong dream of going on a road trip with his sons.  This picture is from when they left our house to head to Sun Valley and it only took them—19 hours!!

Lapping up every second of Dad time!

the hotel

Our last night in Sun Valley.  It used to be difficult to take small boys to Sun Valley but our babies are finally big enough to really appreciate it and it is so much fun!!!  We are so grateful to be able to do this each summer and for all those who make it possible for us.