May 15, 2012

crunch wrap supreme

my friend whitney told me about this recipe and since mr. barlow and i dont 
frequent taco bell we thought we'd give the look a like a try.

oh man! it was good.
mr. barlow wanted to make sure his looked exactly like a crunch wrap!
i went with the easy way.

it was delish.
do yourself a favor and try it.
now.

thank you team lawter.

recipe here >>> taco wrap deluxe


May 10, 2012

have you heard of Portal?!

"Fast thing goes in fast thing comes out." - GLaDOS


i would not call myself a video game player in the least.
ask my sisters. then ask my husband. 

BUT..

mr. barlow would call himself a video game man.
he teaches all about the types of games, the different systems and how to use a controller.
AND i didnt ever know a video game had a story. they do. its cool.

my little sister in law hannah was trying to get us to play Portal with her right after our wedding but i sadly turned her down.
mr. barlow cannot pass up a deal and he got Portal 1 & 2 for like $10!
a steal one would say.
it is the funnest and funniest game!
i am kinda obsessed.
and this come from the girl that doesnt play video games.


May 09, 2012

love her mother

this is sweet.

May 08, 2012

i ran 8 miles today.

almost made it to utah lake. couldn't of done it without kim and her stories.

now my body is going to get some much deserved sleep.

May 05, 2012

cinco de mayo!

we celebrated our cinco de mayo outside in the sun watching BYU Rugby!
very fitting for the holiday i know.
but seriously, rugby is so interesting to watch!

we went with the Lowrys from our ward and Matt played rugby in high school.
he did an excellent job at explaining all the rules to us!

BYU is pretty bomb at rugby. 
they played against UCLA on saturday and dominated.
BYU [103] - UCLA [27]

it was a beautifully fun day.
we gave Mountain West Burrito a try that night to commemorate the holiday.
it was delish.




May 03, 2012

raspberry oatmeal cookie bars

jacob & i were assigned to the treats for Barlow FHE a couple Mondays ago and i wanted to make something fruity.
i got this app [for android] and found this recipe on there >>> all recipes 
it was delicious!

the recipe you can find online here >>> Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

i doubled the recipe for the FHE and i also added cinnamon to the oatmeal mixture.
and i added cream cheese to the top!
i found those little additions in the reviews part.


pre baked cookie bars!
i just randomly dolloped [is that even a word?] the cream cheese everywhere. 
[it is, just looked it up in the dictionary.]


baked raspberry oatmeal cookie bars!
and you can try it with any fruit you'd like. so yum!

southwest pasta salad

pammy jo black, her sister brittany and mama black came over a couple sundays ago for a 
little meet mr. barlow/catch up/goodbye lunch before pammy jo went to Jerusalem for the summer. 

i wanted to make something that could be made the night before since we had our lunch date right after church.
it turned out awesome and it could totally be a side dish to a party or a main lunch dish.

i found the recipe here >>> Southwest Pasta Salad

some things i changed were using red and green bell peppers and i forgot the chives!
i also added little cubes of pepper jack cheese.
and there is chicken in mine as well!
i just grilled some chicken breast with spices and shredded it.


i didnt use the dressing from this specific recipe because i didnt have the ingredients.
and i wanted a creamy dressing so i thought, "hey the cafe rio one would be good!"

so this is the dressing i made for the pasta salad >>> Creamy Lime-Cilantro Dressing
i googled a lot of the knock off recipes and i decided to go with this one bc i have no idea what a tomatillo is! 
[this sauce is also so yum on tacos!]
we all really liked it! i had it for lunch again the next day and it was still so good.

broccoli cups

instagram food photography isn't that great but trust me these are delicious!

my sister in laws and i started a food/craft blog [barlowbakingandbits.blogspot.com
together and heidi is the genius behind this recipe. 
i made them the other night and mr. barlow couldn't stop eating them.
i took that as a good sign!


You can use reduced fat cream cheese and reduced fat crescent rolls to make it a little healthier. You could also substitute the broccoli for any vegetable you or your family like. We eat it as a main dish, but you could easily serve them as appetizers. 


Ingredients:
1 (3 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened (or neufatchel cheese)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted, divided
1 tablespoons minced chives
1 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 1/2 cups cooked broccoli
1 (8 ounce) can refrigerated crescent rolls

Directions:
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, 1 tablespoon butter, chives, milk, garlic, salt and pepper until smooth. Stir in the chicken and broccoli. 

Unroll crescent roll dough and separate into eight triangles; press triangles into greased muffin pan to make a cup shape. Spoon 
about 1-2 Tablespoon chicken mixture into each cup. 

Bake squares at 350 degrees F as directed on crescent roll package or until golden brown.

Number Of Servings:4
Preparation Time:20 minutes

baked pesto ravioli with chicken

i think it was my sister in law heidi who first had this recipe then it was passed onto mama barlow then to my other sister in law amber and now to me!
and i prob missed a couple barlows it was passed to in there somewhere.
i first tried it at our girls weekend in Branson and now i am hooked.

i want it again right now as i type this.
leftovers are really good too!

and if you are feeling fancy serve it up with a caesar salad and garlic bread.


INGREDIENTS

2 lbs. cheese-filled ravioli, fresh or frozen
1 lb. cooked chicken breasts in 1/2 in. slices
2/3 c. chicken broth
2 c. zucchini, cut in 1/2 in. rounds
½ c. red bell pepper, chopped into 1/2 in. pieces
½ c. chopped scallions
½ c. store-bought basil pesto sauce
½ t. kosher salt
½ t. pepper
1 c. parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS
Spray one 9 X 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Transfer to baking dish and bake at 350 for 1 hr.

tomato basil bisque

this is from my sister in law holly!
i am not sure where she got it but it is the bomb.
best tomato soup i've had.

i love eating it with a pepper jack grilled cheese.
it just makes me happy and warm inside.
this recipe makes a good amount so invite some friends over!


use butter or olive oil for saute'
1 large sweet onion, diced
2 stalks celery
2 carrots
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
1 tbsp fresh basil or 1 tsp dried
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
2 14 oz cans chicken stock
1 tbsp sugar, or to taste
2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatos, chopped
2-3 cups heavy whipping cream
1 bay leaf
salt & pepper to taste

saute' onion, celery, & carrots in butter/olive oil. add garlic & basil, cook till basil is aromatic, just a few minutes. add salt & pepper to vegetables as they saute'.
transfer to stockpot and ass tomato sauce, chicken stock and sugar. cook for about 20 mins on medium heat, stirring often.
make a roux with the butter and flour and add to soup.
puree all the soup in blender till smooth, return to stock pot, add diced tomatoes and heavy whipping cream, bay leaf and more salt and pepper to taste.
simmer on low for about an hour. remove bay leaf before serving.

May 01, 2012

oh hello may!

aren't you pretty with your sunshine, green grass, and puffy clouds?




April 29, 2012

6 months. half a year. 182.5 days.

here we are.
happy newlyweds!
half way to one year.

we celebrated by going to church, mr. barlow doing his home teaching, and me taking a 3 hour nap!
we also made a delicious dinner and watched modern family all night.
we are pretty romantic huh?!


oh hi husband.
i love you.


we celebrate in style!
obvi that means some Martinellis.
i love me some marriage.

ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
[no we are not pregnant.] 
even though the knot.com is trying to get us to join thebump.com [see below!]


we have a calling at church!!!

mr. barlow and i are teaching the CTR 5 class!
they are so cute. and rambunctious.
they are ages 5 & 6. and we have 12 of them.
wow.
this sunday was our first time with them and i would say we survived!

we taught about the healing power of the Priesthood and we asked the class if they had ever gotten sick..
one little girl raised her hand and said, "i take medicine that makes my poops really big!" 
what can we say.. we love our class!

April 25, 2012

"The Laborers in the Vineyard"

this is a good talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland..
it really stuck with me when i heard it in conference.
i have listened to it a couple times since.
his words are strong. his testimony is strong.
this talk helps me a lot to remember the power of the Atonement.


"Which leads me to my third and last point. This parable—like all parables—is not really about laborers or wages any more than the others are about sheep and goats. This is a story about God’s goodness, His patience and forgiveness, and the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a story about generosity and compassion. It is a story about grace. It underscores the thought I heard many years ago that surely the thing God enjoys most about being God is the thrill of being merciful, especially to those who don’t expect it and often feel they don’t deserve it."
"I do not know who in this vast audience today may need to hear the message of forgiveness inherent in this parable, but however late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines."
"Whether you are not yet of our faith or were with us once and have not remained, there is nothing in either case that you have done that cannot be undone. There is no problem which you cannot overcome. There is no dream that in the unfolding of time and eternity cannot yet be realized. Even if you feel you are the lost and last laborer of the eleventh hour, the Lord of the vineyard still stands beckoning. “Come boldly [to] the throne of grace,” and fall at the feet of the Holy One of Israel. Come and feast “without money and without price” at the table of the Lord."

April 23, 2012

"When we realize that death is only one of the steps that the children of God shall take throughout eternity, and that it is according to His plan, it robs death of its sting and brings us face to face with the reality of eternal life."

- President George Albert Smith
(Teachings of G.A. Smith Ch. 7 “The Immortality of the Soul”)

"Sacrifice"


"Many years ago this conference heard of a young man who found the restored gospel while he was studying in the United States. As this man was about to return to his native land, President Gordon B. Hinckley asked him what would happen to him when he returned home as a Christian. 
“My family will be disappointed,” the young man answered. “They may cast me out and regard me as dead. As for my future and my career, all opportunity may be foreclosed against me.”
“Are you willing to pay so great a price for the gospel?” President Hinckley asked.
Tearfully the young man answered, “It’s true, isn’t it?” 
When that was affirmed, he replied, “Then what else matters?”
[Gordon B. Hinckley, “It’s True, Isn’t It?” Tambuli, Oct. 1993, 3–4;Ensign, July 1993, 2; see also Neil L. Andersen, “It’s True, Isn’t It? Then What Else Matters?” Ensign, May 2007, 74.]

April 20, 2012

for moms & dads!

this first video is a tribute to mothers.
warning: it will make you cry.
at least mr. barlow and i did.

its for the Olympics and not only am i now excited for them but i am excited to one day be a mother.


and this video will give you some giggles.
heres to you, mr. barlow in about 10 years!



April 13, 2012

Silver & Light

this is pretty amazing.
i am obsessed.
i need me a darkroom again. 
i may just turn our laundry room into one.
[or buy a food truck like this guy]
husband?

SILVER & LIGHT from Ian Ruhter on Vimeo.

April 08, 2012

Jesus is the Christ

i am so very grateful for the atoning gift of the Lord Jesus Christ.
and today i am especially grateful for His resurrection. 
for all He did so that we could be forgiven, be healed and return to our Heavenly Father.


also this talk is pretty amazing from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.
read the whole thing, you'll be happy you did >>> The Laborers in the Vineyard

"Which leads me to my third and last point. This parable—like all parables—is not really about laborers or wages any more than the others are about sheep and goats. This is a story about God’s goodness, His patience and forgiveness, and the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a story about generosity and compassion. It is a story about grace. It underscores the thought I heard many years ago that surely the thing God enjoys most about being God is the thrill of being merciful, especially to those who don’t expect it and often feel they don’t deserve it.
I do not know who in this vast audience today may need to hear the message of forgiveness inherent in this parable, but however late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines.
Whether you are not yet of our faith or were with us once and have not remained, there is nothing in either case that you have done that cannot be undone. There is no problem which you cannot overcome. There is no dream that in the unfolding of time and eternity cannot yet be realized. Even if you feel you are the lost and last laborer of the eleventh hour, the Lord of the vineyard still stands beckoning. “Come boldly [to] the throne of grace,” and fall at the feet of the Holy One of Israel. Come and feast “without money and without price” at the table of the Lord."

April 05, 2012

inspiring poem..

Good Timber
by Douglas Malloch

    The tree that never had to fight
    For sun and sky and air and light,
    But stood out in the open plain
    And always got its share of rain,
    Never became a forest king
    But lived and died a scrubby thing.

    The man who never had to toil
    To gain and farm his patch of soil,
    Who never had to win his share
    Of sun and sky and light and air,
    Never became a manly man
    But lived and died as he began.

    Good timber does not grow with ease:
    The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
    The further sky, the greater length;
    The more the storm, the more the strength.
    By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
    In trees and men good timbers grow.

    Where thickest lies the forest growth,
    We find the patriarchs of both.
    And they hold counsel with the stars
    Whose broken branches show the scars
    Of many winds and much of strife.
    This is the common law of life.


    i read this poem in a book and i immediately became obsessed with it.
    life is hard.
    but those hard things make us strong.

April 03, 2012

FIND .. film is not dead.

FILM IS NOT DEAD!
it really isn't.
i am obsessed with film.

i wish i still had access to a darkroom.
that would be lovely.
but at least i have my analog cameras to play with.

so why am i talking about film?

because of this guy >>> jonathan canlas

he started FIND. [film is not dead]
he holds workshops everywhere to teach anyone how to shoot film.
want his book?! i have it. and love it >>> FIND

one day i will go to his workshop.
and i already know i will love it.
but until that happens i will just look at these photos everyday.

about 2 months or so ago jonathan posted on FB that he needed some couples for models.
[i follow him all over FB. i know kinda creepy. he prob gets tired of all my "liking"]
a mutual friend of ours recommended me and mr. barlow.

i immediately asked mr. barlow if he wouldn't mind going into work a little late so we could be a part of this.
luckily he knows how obsessed i am with jonathans style and film.
he said yes right away! thank you mr. barlow.

now let your eyes feast on the beauties of film and jonathans greatness.














he is the bomb.
we were almost frozen by the time it was over.
but i did not mind one bit.

March 31, 2012

happy birth jbb.

i cant get over this guy.
thank you dad & mom barlow for still having kids after #6 [i.e. heidi].




"YES! it IS my birthday!"


thank you for letting me celebrate you, mr. barlow.


and for making the best candle blowing face.
i love you. mucho.

and thank you for being healthy again.
i like you better that way.

March 29, 2012

thank you dr.

AND.. happy 5 months of marriage!
we celebrated by going on a date to instacare.
the verdict is .. STREP THROAT.

at least we know why the flu medicine wasnt working.
thank you amoxicillin for coming to our rescue.  
and hopefully mr. barlow feels better to celebrate the day of his birth on saturday.


March 22, 2012

"Happy Hunger Games!"

"And may the odds ever be in your favor."
- Effie Trinket



[this one just makes me giggle.]

thank you mr. barlow for the midnight surprise.
tomorrow we will be tired.


March 17, 2012

happy st. patricks day

we celebrate with pickle juice popsicles!
YUMMY.
i know you are jealous.


March 16, 2012

hello there 27!

welcome melanie to your late 20's.
LATE TWENTIES!!!
wow. seriously, where did my early years go?

at least mr. barlow likes me being older.
even if it is only by 2 weeks.


my birthday morning started out with mr. barlow bringing me breakfast in bed! 
what a nice husband.
those honey nut cheerios hit the spot.
then that sweet man brought me some presents!
he is a good gift giver.

my husband knows i like things related to my camera.
he got me a fancy tripod and a remote control to my camera.
so fun.


he makes me smile.
and doesnt mind me taking photos of him early in the morning.


my family sent me sweet packages.
i am still really interested to see what my big sister laura got me!
all i know is that its from etsy and coming from Israel. should be exciting and/or interesting?!

here is me, the birthday girl.
playing with my fancy camera remote!
i am kinda obsessed.


after mr. barlow left for work my day went as follows ..

fell back asleep for another 1-2 hours.
who am i?!
and what is wrong with me?! i already had a good 8 hours of sleep in me.

brought lunch to mr. barlow at imagine.
birthday lunch date! it was nice.
and we are both grateful for my flexible job and his job which lets me come hang out with him.

a couple days before this day i told mr. barlow that i didnt want to plan my birthday.
i plan a lot and i just didnt want to plan anymore.
so this great husband of mine said, "i got this!"

he told me we would go to trafalga, [its a mini golf place and we have this pass called, 'the pass of all passes', clever right?!] anyways it gets us into trafalga and seven peaks.
he was also planning a thai dinner date for us.
when i left his place of work he said to me, "be ready to go at 7pm when i get home!"
i said, "ay ay captain!"

so i go home and decided since its my birthday i will relax and watch me some netflix.
little did i know there were other plans going on around me ..
here is what happened.

jacobs computer is hooked up to our tv so therefore i was using his computer to watch said netflix.
around 7:15pm i see his computer come to life. 
his mouse is moving on the desktop [mind you, i am on the couch, no where near the mouse.]
google music opens.
my netflix stops.

I START FREAKING OUT!!!

then this song starts blasting ..


then our front door opens and i hear ..
SURPRISE!!!

mr. barlow organized a surprise party to come to me.
that man is good!
i just love him.
and he has skills when it comes to his computer and freaking me out.

some of my favorite people all in our little apartment!
too bad my family & cat couldnt apparate here.
i really was surprised.


and i got to use my new fancy remote again!
can you see me NOT being sneaky about it?!

mr. barlow enlisted some helpers and fb continues to bring everyone together.

kim made my favorite chocolate oreo pudding cake.
whitney made some delish cookie dough cupcakes.
pammy jo made me a pretty sign.
cutest little abby drew me a birthday picture.
and everyone came to celebrate!


i felt very loved and celebrated.
thank you everyone for coming!
and thank you mr. barlow for being the best.


heres to being TWENTY-SEVEN!