Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I miss them.
We are sleeping in Boise tonight and saw that a Basque Festival was going on downtown while we were watching the news. I almost tried my first paella, but they ran out before I could buy some. I did try my first Spanish pop (it was good!) and some authentic flan (not my first).
Jane had a crazy good time in the city fountain.
And we forgot to take our car top carrier off before we went downtown and were EXTREMELY happy to see that no Boisean's wanted to rob us of our clothes.
Thank you Boise.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Also, I bought my first leather remnant to make my own journal with.
The store had so much stuff. Luckily there is a Tandy Leather in Omaha too so if this goes well I can go buy some more!
I'm feeling excited about doing it.
I think Scott is even more excited. He's a book nerd. I mean N-E-R-D. Gotta love it.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Jane kept asking all summer long to go picking with "just grandma and me", so she was pumped. Ten minutes into it she was done. See her running off? Silly kid.
Didn't help that most of the blueberries were still green.
At least we got some cute pictures, right?
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Appetizer Secret Ingredient: Tomato
Main Course Secret Ingredient: Potato
Dessert Secret Ingredient: Brown Sugar
Scoring was based on Taste, Presentation, Use of Secret Ingredient, Originality
Here are my brother James' entries:
Appetizer~Warm Tomato Bisque with Crispy Potato Slices and Pepper Jack Cheese
Main Dish~Parsley Boiled Potatoes with Pan Seared Chicken
Dessert~Pancake Wedges with Mango and Banana Brown Sugar Topping and Whipped Cream
Here are my sister Sarah's entries:
Appetizer~Tomato and Garlic Bruschetta
Main Course~Baked Potato Wedges, Oven Steamed Chicken and Potato, Potato Egg Frittata all with a Chimichurri Sauce
Dessert~Brown Sugar and Apple Individul Pie with Apple Compote and a Brown Sugar Drizzle
Here are my entries:
Appetizer~Tomato Guacamole, Mango Tomato Salsa, Warm Tomato and Lime Tortilla Chips
Main Course~White Potato Galette, Red Potato and Scallion Cheddar Gratin, Red Potato and Chicken Hash
Dessert~Brown Sugar Rice Pudding with Brown Sugar Caramel Drizzle and a Trio of Diced Fruit (Mango, Papaya, Strawberry)
My husband Scott and our mom were the judges and they did a great job!
Grandma was a guest judge.
And the winner is...
The Lady with the Knife!
We were all a bit exhausted after it was all over with but already talking about next years competition!
Then later tonight Sarah, Scott and I went to Target in Redmond. There we happened upon this little gem.
I noticed it's new and unique packaging as I walked by the freezer section, browsing the ice cream selection, but was immediately turned off by it's combination of Mint Chocolate Ice Cream and Oatmeal Cookie exterior. YUCK!
Boy, was I in for a scrumptious surprise! I like mint ice cream, but usually only the Blue Bunny brand, finding most others to be too sweet. And I don't like oatmeal cookies, especially with the dreaded raisin in it. But the combination of mint ice cream, a cinnamony oatmeal cookie covered in dark chocolate was simply divine!
If you happen upon this delectable delight in your freezer isle, please do not hesitate to grab and devour.
YOU WILL THANK ME!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
"The interpretation thereof by the gift of God."
Hope you think it's as cool as I do!
(The audio is synched to a picture of a Xhosa Book of Mormon.)
(Also, it took Scott and I FOREVER to figure out how to get this audio on here, so that is one more new thing I/we learned today.)
Sunday, July 18, 2010
make our poor pictures pop!Today I learned how to brighten up a picture with a FREE action from her blog. I also worked on how to make my sister's eyes a little more sparkly,
just how they should be.
Everyone needs a cute picture of themselves.
Love you, Sarah.
Today I experienced something new.
I attended a beauty pageant for the first time ever.
My mother-in-law, Barbara, competed in the Ms. Senior Utah Pageant tonight. It was such a fun experience to see her tap dance, walk around the stage in her formal gown, and give a speech on her personal philosophy of life. We are so proud of how well she did! Good job mom! We love you!
Friday, July 16, 2010
I've never tried to make up a baking recipe before because that whole concept really scares me. I know that baking, unlike cooking, is a science that can get as crazy intense as involving scales to make exact measurements. The fact that everything has to be just right to turn out has totally turned me off from being an adventurous baker. But not anymore!I must admit, I did do a little bit of research to make sure I would get correct ratios of flour, salt, baking powder, etc. Then the adventure began.
Here is the newly created recipe for your palatable enjoyment.
PB, Honey and Banana Muffins
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
Make a well in the dry ingredients.
Mash up enough bananas to make 2 cups.
Add to the banana mush:
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
Mix up the wet ingredients and pour into the well in the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Pour into well greased muffin tins or cupcake papers (if you are feeling lazy about cleanup and are trying to trick your toddler into thinking the muffins are cupcakes...which was mildly successful...)
Stir in 1/2 cup chopped pecans (adds a nice texture)
Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,gave an uplifting and compelling speech on the human need and desire to create. Here are some of my favorite excerpts from that speech that have inspired me to begin this new journey. "...The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.
Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.
Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty—and I am not talking about the process of cleaning the rooms of your teenage children...
...You may think you don’t have talents, but that is a false assumption, for we all have talents and gifts, every one of us. The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.
What you create doesn’t have to be perfect. So what if the eggs are greasy or the toast is burned? Don’t let fear of failure discourage you. Don’t let the voice of critics paralyze you—whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside.
If you still feel incapable of creating, start small. Try to see how many smiles you can create, write a letter of appreciation, learn a new skill, identify a space and beautify it...
...As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you..."