¡Hola y bienvenidos al restaurante de la familia Tingey!


Even though it was 9:00 p.m., we decided to try making pupusas. Pupusas are an El Salvadorian food similar to a quesadilla (but not…). We love to get them at a place on Center Street in Provo, but we thought we’d try to make them on our own.

latin dinner

Our Latin Meal


The Pupusas – Remember: it was our first try 🙂


My Favorite Spanish Rice Recipe

hot sauce

We even got fancy with some hot sauce

Kendall made the evening complete by turning on some Latin music and making these eyes at me every time I looked at him. 🙂

kendall eyes


Pupusas: http://www.food.com/recipe/pupusas-220460

BEST Spanish Rice: allrecipes.com/recipe/best-spanish-rice/



Wanna Cookie?

Today has been a wonderful day. The sun was shining, and my husband was sweeter than ever. We were even on time to church, which was wonderful. There is something about weekends: I feel myself when I get to stay at home, get things done around the house and spend time with Kendall.

One of the many “cherries on top” today was making cookies. Kendall helped me, and together we made up my batch of chocolate chip cookies with a few little secrets that make them DELICIOUS.

Chocolate Chip

We then went on a walk in the beautiful sunshine and delivered our cookies to: our next-door neighbors (not home…so we left a note. We don’t know their names so we just called them “neighbors.”), a woman down the street named Marisol (I helped her shovel her walks one day and I wanted to say hello again), and my visiting teaching companion, Sarah. I LOVE taking treats to people. I think it’s one of the better feelings one can feel…and it’s made even better when your husband does it with you!



Nestle toll house cookie recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/original-nestle-toll-house-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Plus these little secrets:

  • Add 3x’s the amount of vanilla called for
  • Add a package of dry vanilla pudding mix
  • Decrease the amount of white sugar by 1/8 cup
  • Decrease the amount of brown sugar by 1/8 cup
  • Add a bit of milk (Tablespoon)

And don’t forget to take them to someone you know and love or someone you want to get to know better!


Panko What?


Yeah, that’s what I thought too. I was reading a recipe

from my favorite recipe site (melskitchencafe.com), and it called for “Panko” bread crumbs. Hmm…don’t have that in my kitchen. Turns out they are deep fried bread crumbs. SIGN ME UP!

So, on my next trip to the grocery store, I picked up a box.

For dinner the other night, I made Potato Wedges and Chicken Strips with the oh so wonderful Panko Bread Crumbs. A new favorite.


Link for the Potato Wedges: http://www.melskitchencafe.com/2011/09/jo-jo-potato-wedges.html

For the chicken, I basically just used the same bread crumb mixture as the Potato Wedges.

Valentines Day


With a lot of persuasion, Kendall got me to spend a bit of money so we could go out to dinner on our first Valentines Day as a Mr. and Mrs.

Deciding where to go is always a tough one, I wanted Chinese…and well, he didn’t. But, we ended up settling on Vietnamese food. Turns out there is a place right down the street from our humble abode. It ended up being a lot of fun, and the food wasn’t half bad. Biggest bonus: our meal was only $13.00 for both of us AND I had left overs. So, I thought I’d be generous, and I gave the 15 year old and 12 year old who happened to be working a whoppin’ $5.00 tip.

Happy Valentines Sweet Heart. Thank you for talking me into going out to dinner. It’s one of our favorite things to do and I’m so glad we got to do it after so long.