Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Allison, McKenna, and Tanner couldn't wait to get soaked by Shamu at Seaworld!
We had fun torturing Sammi after we buried her in the sand.
Allison and Mckenna posing after a long day at the beach!
Alexis and I are listening to the guided tour aboard the USS Midway, retired aircraft carrier.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
So when this last Rocky movie came out in 2006, you couldn't pay me to see it.
My friend kept telling me that it was actually really good. So we finally got around to renting it, and I have to say... I did like it.
If you liked the first one, you will like the last one! Rent it!
Friday, July 20, 2007
She kept asking me how much would it cost her to get her year supply. I asked her how much could she afford?
She wanted a number, a goal she could shoot for. She wanted to save up the money, then get her supply.
I told her to get and envelope. Every month, place as much cash in the envelope as you can spare, $20, $40, whatever.
When you have a good amount saved up, call the cannery and schedule an appointment.
I don't know the exact amount it takes to get a year supply. I just know what I could afford each month, and I did this until I had everything on my list.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
- 3 Tb olive oil
- 1 small red onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 6 oz. fresh spinach
- 1 or 2 Roma tomatoes diced
- 8 eggs
- 1 Tb minced fresh oregano
- 1 Tb minced fresh mint
- 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
- 1 cup feta cheese crumbled
- In a large frying pan heat olive oil on medium heat and add the onions. Saute until soft, about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic, and spinach. Cook until spinach wilts, 1-2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and remove from heat. Put vegetables in a greased 10" round baking dish.
- In a bowl, whisk the eggs, oregano, mint, salt, and pepper. Pour over the vegetable mix. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes sprinkle feta cheese on top of frittata and replace in oven under the broiler until the top is set, cheese is melted, and the top is gold, about 3-5 minutes.
Last time I made it, I added some leftover Chicken, Apple, & Gouda Sausages from Costco. It was so good, and my kids gobbled it up!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
My kids actually like doing chores!!
I was telling my sister about them and she told me to post them on my blog!
So, here ya go Linnea!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I decided that I would post tips periodically about the things I have learned in attaining my year supply. There are definitely some things I have learned the hard way, and I will try to spare you the same mistakes.
Today, we're talking about wheat!
If you're purchasing wheat from the cannery, and don't know the difference between White or Red wheat... always go White. Why you ask. Plain and simple, it just makes better bread.
The gluten (binding protein) is so much better and you will get a lighter, and less crumbly bread.
Now if you are like me, and purchased a good amount of wheat from the cannery before they offered white wheat, no worries. You can still make good bread. I just add white flour to the mix instead of using 100% whole wheat flour. It comes out wonderful.
For anyone interested that lives in Mesa, I am teaching a couple of friends how to make homemade wheat bread in August. You will need a wheat grinder, and a Bosch mixer to make the bread recipe I will be using. If you don't have these, you can still come and learn anyway!
If something happens and we really have to eat this stuff, you be glad you know what the heck you are doing!
Monday, July 16, 2007
But I really love this book!
As always, it is sooooo much better than the movie and quite different too.
If you have a girl age 6 and up, this is a must read. My 11 year has read it twice!! (okay so have I)
You can get it here.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
She is an avid reader and devotes her blog to book reviews.
That's it. Just book review after book review. I just flip down to a title I think sounds good, and then read her review to make sure it is good, and then off I go!
I have purchased several books that she said were good and I have never been disappointed! It's where I find a lot of my good reads and hopefully you will too!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
When we came home from our weekend getaway, I noticed that my house smelled kinda funny.
As I was laying on the couch yesterday with a sick tummy, I think that my sense of smell was super sensitive and I could out sniff my hound dog.
When I woke up today, I knew that I had to find it. I was on a mission. I checked everywhere. What was making that subtle, but not so nice, smell?
I regret to tell you that I never did find out what was making the mystery smell.But my fridge is spotless, as is my pantry. And just to be safe I made homemade bread to really knock it out of the kitchen.
Thanks mystery smell!
Jeannette Walls tells her true story of her childhood. It was very heartbreaking, touching, and just amazing.
After reading about her family, you find yourself thinking, "Wow, I had it pretty good. My family is pretty normal after all."
You can buy it here for cheap!
Monday, July 9, 2007
accidentally posted before I was done.)
But I couldn't justify paying for a blouse that is the same price as a round trip ticket to New York.
Sorry Anthropologie, I will just have to catch you on the sale rack!
Friday, July 6, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
- 1 Pkg German chocolate cake mix
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/3 cup canned milk (not sweetened condensed)
- 1 egg
Beat these ingredients together and spread half of the mixture in a greased 9x13 pan. It will be very thick. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes.
- 1 Pkg. Kraft carmels (35)
- 1/3 cup canned milk
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped nuts, pecans or walnuts (optional)
In a small pan, melt the carmel over med/low heat. Add 1/3 cup canned milk. Spread the carmel mixture over baked mix, then sprinkle 1 cup chocolate chips & 1 cup chopped nuts over the carmel.
Dot the rest of the cake mixture on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. (After 5 minutes, open oven & spread softened cake mix around to cover the top.)
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
These are technically "young adult" books, but I couldn't help but really like them.
I laugh now that I have read them, that I was so caught up in the story, but the author did a good job of reeling you in!
These are good no-brainer reads that don't make you think to much!
Monday, July 2, 2007
opening song in church.
I haven't really listened to the words of that song in a long time.
It renewed my faith in the restoration of the gospel and my admiration for
If you have a minute, it's worth listening to again.
Sunday, July 1, 2007
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees; Butter a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan; set aside. With an electric mixer cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, and beat to incorporate.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix until just combined. Add bananas, sour cream, and vanilla; mix to combine. Stir in nuts and pour into prepared pan.
3. Bake until toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Let rest in pan for 10 minutes (important) and then turn out onto rack to cool.
The sour cream is the secret. I actually cooked mine at 325 degrees. Came out perfect!
But the truth is, I miss blogging and don't want to wait forever.
The Good Apple.
Some new little treat or idea.
It's a funny little store where all the "snowbirds" grab an ice cream cone and sit outside and people watch.
Blogging reminds me of that funny little store.
Sharing some new little find, a new friend, a new recipe, a new idea.
There are those out there more clever than I, and much more creative and inspiring.
I am "Plain Jane".
I keep things simple and simple is what you will get.
So here's to blogging!
I am Back in the Saddle Again!