Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas with the Yerkes

Merry Christmas!!

We had fun painting rocks and pine cones

We visited the California Living Museum in Bakersfield

We went to Kernville so Sarah could sit on Santa's lap,
but Santa was on a break so she sat on his chair instead!

Grammy Jan's decorations

Congratulations to John and Clarissa!! 
John proposed on Christmas Day,
and Clarissa accepted!  I'm so happy for you guys!!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Work Christmas party - O1 Communications

O1 Communications Christmas Party ~ 2013

The night started out at Sutter Street Theater in Folsom, and everyone
had a great time at the show!

Then we all ended up at QBole for dinner and drinks.
It was a lot of fun!

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas shopping and lunch

Last minute Christmas shopping and lunch with my girl...
She is growing up way too fast!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Grandma Wagners' Christmas Bread

I decided to try and replicate, (or get as close as possible), to my 
Grandma Wagner's Christmas bread...

I made it in my new bread machine, and it came out pretty close!

It's not heavy like a fruitcake, but is light enough to toast in 
the toaster and have for breakfast, similar to raisin bread.  Yum!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sarah's 6th Birthday party

Happy Birthday Sarah!!

We started the day with Sarah's first mani-pedi at Hi-Tek nails.
She got pink and purple nails and toes!

Then all the girls got their hair done and had a fun dance
party at Girlfriendz!

Her friends Delaney, Leyla, Lily and Kilynne all had a blast!

Beautiful princess!

I am so blessed and fortunate to be the Mom of the most precious, wonderful girl in the world!! Happy 6th Birthday Sarah Grace Yerkes! You are growing up SO fast, and I'm proud of the loving, smart and kind young lady you are. I love you forever and ever and always!! I hope you have a super-fun birthday with lots of moments to remember and great surprises!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween 2013 - Oaktoberfest and Trick or Treating

Sarah hanging out with her friends at Oaktoberfest... literally!  :)

Sarah and her friend Leyla - tired out from a full night of
Trick or Treating!!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Pumpkin Farm 2013

We had a fun family day at The Pumpkin Farm!
We all picked out pumpkins, and Sarah went through
the haunted house TWICE!  

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sacramento Urban Cow 5K 2013

Steve ran the Sacramento Urban Cow 5K today 

Cheering on Daddy!!

Steve finished in just under 29 minutes!  Woo hoo!  
So proud of you Honey!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town

We had a great day at The Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town!  

My Sweeties!!

We saw the red pandas, and Sarah took home a stuffed panda too.

That's the cutest pink flamingo I've ever seen!

Butterfly girl

This otter kept the girls busy. They must have chased him around the enclosure at least 10 times, and he would always stop at this corner and look at them like he was saying, "You guys having fun too?"

Sarantula!!    :)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sarah tied her shoe for the 1st time

Sarah tied her own shoe tonight for the very first time!!  Go SARAH!!  So proud of you!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Delaney's Birthday Party

The Twinkle-Toes girls club, (Kitty, Delaney and Sarah), had so much fun at Delaney's party!

Originally we had planned to go to Sunsplash in Roseville and go down waterslides all day, but it was still raining by 11:30, and Sunsplash was closed.  So plan B was to go have pizza, cupcakes, icecream and present opening at Delaney's Aunts house, then to Wacky Tacky.  These girls would have had fun wherever they were, as long as they were together.  Sarah had a blast!  She was sad at the very end when she had to say goodbye to her friends.  I'm already starting to plan her birthday party in November, and we'll definitely try to get these 3 back together again..   :)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Bacon wrapped scallops with mango salsa


There will be enough salsa, sauce and bacon for approx. 20 scallops which will feed 5 people as an entrée.  (4 scallops a piece)  This would go great with a steamed veggie like asparagus and some rice… but you prepare them however you would like!





                1 Pack bacon (I didn’t use thick bacon because it would take too long to cook in relation to the scallops)

                Toothpicks (all wood, no frills that will burn in the oven.  I soaked them in water for 1 hour prior to using so they don’t burn in the oven)

Sea Scallops (as many as you want to wrap!)



Spicy Citrus Mayo Sauce              

½ cup mayonnaise

                ¼ cup sriracha (chili sauce found in Asian food isle at grocery store)

                Juice of ½ lime

                1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro


                Pineapple Mango Salsa               

                ½ cup pineapple, diced

                ½ cup mango, diced

                ½ cup red bell pepper, diced (red because it gives a nice color)

                ½ cup peeled cucumber, diced

                1 jalepeno, diced

2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

                Juice of ½ lime

                Salt and pepper to taste



1.       Prepare the sauce by mixing the ingredients in a bowl  and storing in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

2.       Prepare the salsa by mixing all of the chopped and diced ingredients in a bowl and mixing until you get a nice balance of color.  Add small amounts of salt and pepper to taste at the end. (Not too much!)

3.       Wrap the scallops with 1 strip of bacon and stick through with 1 toothpick.

4.       Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

5.       Cook down 3 or 4 strips of bacon to render some bacon fat in a frying pan.  Remove bacon and set on paper towel to cool.  Sear the wrapped scallops 3 minutes on each (flat) sidewith enough fat to cover about ¼ of the height of the scallop.  Set aside on paper towel to drain and cool.

6.       Place scallops on a baking sheet and place in preheated oven for approx. 10 minutes or until bacon and scallop are golden brown.  (You might have to use your judgement on how long you want to keep them in the oven to determine how crispy you want your bacon to be.)

7.       Assemble the plate by placing 3-4 scallops on a plate, drizzle the sauce over the scallops and then pile on the salsa.  Enjoy!


Monday, August 5, 2013

Letter to the tooth fairy

It was completely Sarah's idea to write this letter.  She is SO excited, and is trying to stay awake to see the tooth fairy tonight!

Sarah lost her 2nd tooth tonight!

Sarah has lost 2 teeth in less than 30 days!  This one came out after eating Chicken nuggets from Chik-Fil-A.  

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Round 2 of Swim Lessons - Minnows

Sarah's taking another Swim Lesson this past week and next week.  She's in Minnows now, and is doing great!  She's going underwater a lot, and learning to jump in the deep end and have the instructor catch her.
Go Sarah!!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

We had a great time camping over the 4th of July!

We had a wonderful 4th of July holiday vacation this year!  We saw fireworks over Lake Isabella and went out on Uncle Richard's boat.  Then we went camping at Kings Canyon for 4 days and it was beautiful!  

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We're hoping to go again next year!!


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