Monday, August 30, 2010

Don't you love it when something works ...

I had been looking for something to hang my earrings on. There are plenty of really cute hangers out there. But they get filled up pretty fast, and they all seem to be styled for a tween's bedroom, and mine will be stored in a closet. Well, while at Bed Bath and Beyond, I found this Jumbo Pencil Cup that does the job perfectly! And it only cost $2.99! I fully intend to fill it up with cute earrings on the outside, and chunky bracelets and watchbands on the inside!

Also, if you remember the picture I took of a rainbow cloud, turns out we witnessed a rare atmospheric phenomenon! Thanks to Grandpa Jerry, I found out it's called a Fire Rainbow! I updated that entry with the definition and a link to a better picture of a fire rainbow if you want to check it out!

And finally, a word for the day: lachrymose; Glenn Beck is a lachrymose TV host.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Have Faith, Be Good

"Because we are born into this life without direct personal knowledge of the surrounding moral universe — our premortal actions, our relationship with God, the eternal consequences of our choices — we are like downloaded software in a virtual machine. We will reveal our true nature — but under circumstances where our evil choices will not have eternal consequences on anyone but ourselves."

Orson Scott Card, The Purpose of Free Agency, Mormon Times, 26 August 2010 - An article worth reading, a concept worth pondering, a thought process worth embracing.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!

I know you think for my birthday I'd be asking for chocolate cake with Fabulous Frosting with Truffles Leftover (I do, after all, dedicate an entire recipe category to chocolate). But this year I wanted cheesecake. Rich, decadent cheesecake! With sweet cherry pie filling on top. Thank goodness I got my wish. If you want some, here's the recipe!

P.S. Don't you love the cute card my friend Heather made for me? She's both talented and sweet! :)

MM Specs

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Nature gave me a birthday present!

I had given up on my zucchini and yellow squash plants. They made beautiful blossoms, but never any fruit. And then, almost at the end of August, there they are! Two little miracles! And maybe I'll get a couple more. In honor of this little miracle, let's make Dilly Panned Summer Squash.

MM Specs

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Will wonders never cease?!

There's a squirrel in our backyard!

That's a first people. A first in eight years!

Everybody's pretty excited about it!

Tigee gave chase and we thought the squirrel was doomed!

But after jumping from tree to tree, he escaped. Whew!

Remember, you can click on the picture to get a better look!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Have Faith, Be Good

The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now if you know what you're worth then go out and get what you're worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain't you!
Rocky Balboa to his son in the movie Rocky Balboa

Friday, August 20, 2010

Food for the Soul

One of the reasons I subscribe to the Hughniverse is because of Tarzana Joe. He is referred to as "The Poet Laureate of the Hugh Hewitt Show". Every Friday he reads an original poem that relates to current events. His poem On the Withdrawal of "Combat Troops" from Iraq is a prime example of nourishment for the soul--at least my soul. I used his poem A Brief Meditation on Being Famous in an attempt to show Kristen that poetry could be both funny and entertaining (somehow she'd gotten the impression it's all a bore). If you would like to indulge in world-class poetry every Friday, check out his blog here.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Grandpa Jerry!

And Kristy, kind of too, since she won't be here next week. :) or :( I'm not sure which I should put. :)

If you want the recipe for Grandpa's Peach Cobbler, click here!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Have Faith, Be Good

"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated."

Thomas Paine

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

$7.00 for Leeks?! I don't think so!

Pasta with Pancetta and Leeks, a beautiful recipe from The Pioneer Woman Website, looked so simple and delicious that I had to try it! While at Smith's I picked up two large leeks. They only sell organic leeks at Smith's now. When the check-out clerk rang them up at just under $7.00 my eyeballs popped right out of their sockets. After gently tucking them back in place, I politely asked the clerk to put the leeks back ... please. While I'm often willing to spend $7.00 for meat for a meal, $7.00 for a fancy onion flavor is a little over the top for me. So I decided to still make the recipe, but I'd just use the Vidalia onion I had at home (an onion I already consider to be on the pricey side--but worth the flavor--and lack of crying that takes place when I slice them up). Since I'd already made the radical decision of replacing an ingredient in a recipe, I thought I'd really go crazy and replace the pancetta with the thick sliced bacon I had in the fridge. And hey! I already knew I was going to replace the wine with chicken stock (or broth). I almost own this recipe! The question is, "Will it be good?" Oooooh yeeeeaaaahhh! :) Click here if you'd like to try it!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Have Faith, Be Good

“Learn math. Math is how you know when they’re lying to you.”
Quoted by Tom Naughton's college physics professor (guest lecturer in a humanities class).

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
John 8:32

Saturday, August 7, 2010

I have a guilty conscience.

I have tremendous guilt if I let a bag of spinach go bad. I buy it with the intent of eating stuff that's good for me. Alas, I had a bag that was going bad, and going bad fast. But saved most of it and turned it into ... what else ... a ricotta frittata! And I used some of the tomatoes from my garden! They added a sweet yummy bite! Next time I might try leaving some whole.

Here's the recipe!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Awwwwww... isn't he cute?

Our niece asked for help with an announcement for her new baby! We kept it simple and masculine. I like how it turned out. He's such a cutie!

Click here to find out how I did it!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Kicked Up Volcano Cookies

I saw the cutest little raspberries at the store, and volcano cookies were on Sarah's baptismal celebration menu. Could the raspberries make volcano cookies look more like live volcanoes with lava ready to blow out the top? Well, kinda. They were okay. But I really liked just placing a raspberry right in the middle. As the picture says, they were "cute as a button" and delicious too! To make sure they were secure in the cookie, right after scooping the batter onto wax paper and before they had set, I used the handle of a wooden spoon to make an indent in the cookie and dropped the raspberry right in! Loved it! I wonder if blueberries would be good too--let me know if anyone tries it!

Click here for the recipe!

Click here for MM Specs!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Behold, the Sloppy Joe!

I saw a Sloppy Joe recipe on the Pioneer Woman website and thought "Hey! There's a stove top meal that won't heat up the house!" It looks delish, but, I am weary of complaints about little bits that people don't like in the dinner, and there are green peppers in the recipe. So I looked here, but there were carrots in that recipe. So I checked my own cookbooks and found the perfect recipe in The Essential Mormon Cookbook! I've liked lots of recipes from that book, so I was pretty confident it would be a hit. I was right! :) You can find the recipe here!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Maybe the sweetest picture I've ever taken...

I love this month's banner. Especially since our little girl will be going off to college this month. If you want to know how I created it, click here.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Have Faith, Be Good

"...Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan."
Mark 1:9

"And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, to fulfill all righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water!"
2 Nephi 31:5

Congratulations, Sarah!