Sunday, October 26, 2008

New Pictures

We are seriously lacking in the picture department with our children. I hate to admit it but Darcy has never been in for pictures and she's 8 months old! We can't find anyone in Spokane who has a style that we like so we just haven't gone. Here are some ones I snapped today. Jayden is 2 1/2 now! He's so talkative and exuberant as most know. He loves batman, spiderman and transformers and does all the sound affects. He's definitly all boy.

Sister D is 8 months and she loves food, especially vegetables. She is such an eater but doesn't care for fruit (didn't get that from my side of the family.) She sits, rolls, crawls and says " Mamamam" and "Dadadada." She is 15lbs. 2 oz. And once again I don't know what she's doing with her lips either.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Farewell Summer

I know I'm a month late with this post but I really wanted to do one this summer. Some of our summer highlights, we had one busy summer this year and it was tons of fun.


  • Strawberry picking at Greenbluff
  • Went to Sacramento, CA to visit Grammie in the mountains
  • Lots of time at the local pool and water park
  • Teaching Jayden how to walk in flip flops
  • Homemade pizzas every Friday night on the BBQ
  • Finding a swimsuit for Darcy - so precious!


  • Celebrations on the 4th including parties and fireworks with ward friends
  • Still going to the pool at least every week (we're trying to prepare Jayden for Lake Chelan)
  • Weekly library trips to find "cucumber, bob, thomas, or clifford"
  • Days and nights at the park to try and exhaust Jayden's energy (it never worked)
  • A week at beach in Newport, OR with Grandma and Kirsten


  • Went to Las Vegas to visit Chris and Laurie
  • Camping at Lake Chelan, WA and Jayden hated the water
  • Enjoyed eating homegrown tomatoes everyday
  • 31st - Darcy learned to roll from her back to her stomach

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Summer Happenings

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

It's been one of THOSE days...

Monday, June 23, 2008

Moo-Shu Chicken


  • 1 T. Sesame Oil (I used Olive)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
  • 1 Bag (10 Ounces) shredded coleslaw mix
  • 1 Bag (8 ounces) shredded carrots*
  • 4 scallions, sliced (I only used two because my husband whines about them)
  • 1/4 c hoisin sauce
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 10 Flour Tortillas (6 in.)
  • 3 c shredded cooked chicken (I used Rotisserie chicken)

1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, coleslaw mix, carrot and scallions. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 min, until vegetables are softened.

2. Stir in the hoisin and soy cause and cook 2 min. Add chicken; stir to combine with vegetables and heat through.

3. To serve, heat tortillas following package directions. Spoon 1/2 cup of chicken mixture onto tortilla and roll up.

Verdict: Tim loved them, Jayden ate them! I liked them but wished that I hadn't cooked the vegetables as much. They were limp and I was hoping for a bit of crunch.

Found: I found the recipe in this magazine.

* I purred the carrots instead of taking the time to shred them.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Cranky D

We've had a request for more Darcy pictures so without further delay may I present Miss Darcy.

Last time we had this girl weighed on June 11 she came in at a whopping 10lbs. 4oz. and 21 1/2 in. long. She is starting to outgrow newborn clothes, we think she's so big, I always forget how small she is until I see another newborn that is larger than her. She is 4 months old and is smiling and talking to anyone who will listen. With all the drooling and crankiness we're convinced she's started teething. We call her Cranky D when she starts acting like that.

She does really well with tummy time, something her brother would never do. She rolls like a champ and reaches for her toys. Her favorite person is her mom but if she can't have mom she'll gladly watch her brother. She had her 1st pool experience last Friday, she splashed and showed off her rockin' bod and watched her brother almost drown (more on that later.)

Saturday, June 21, 2008


I finally found it, the perfect knitting bag. I know it might not seem like much to you but believe me when I say they're hard to find.

And I had to creep out some nice unsuspecting lady who sat behind me on the plane. I might of mentioned that I would harm her to get her bag (nervous chuckle.) Then it was all awkward because I did it at the beginning of the flight and she had to sit right behind me for the next 2 hours. Oops, I didn't mean it the way it came out. Honestly. (Gosh, I really need to work on thinking before I speak.)

I did manage to get a brand name out of her before she suddenly clamed up. The bag can be found here. It goes without saying that this bag is added to my wishlist and if I had a choice it would be blue but you can surprise me.

Tip of the Iceburg

For those that read our blog (all two of you) you'll remember this post.
Well we've now changed obsessions.
That last obsession was nothing compared to the current one.
Readers, meet the new obsession:
For those of you who happen to have a young boy between the ages of 1-5 I'm sure you're well aware of this movie and you can skip over this post.

I have no words that can describe your excitement for anything Cars related. As I'm typing this post you're standing right next to me pointing and screaming at the top of your lungs, "McQueen on the computer!!!!" You are literally shaking with excitment and I can see the muscles and veins in your neck popping out. Those that know you best know that I'm not exaggerating one bit.

You've been enthralled for almost a year now, it is your waking thought and the last words to come out of your mouth before sleep. You are content to watch the movie 3-4 times a day (Just ask Kirsten, Heather, Greg, Eric, Grandma and Grandpa who have watched it many times with you.) I have to peel you away from the screen and entice you with other necessities such as food, water and sunlight.

It's take over much of your life and you have a mountain of toys, clothes, books, etc that all have Cars on them. The picture is just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to how much stuff you have. I thought I had everything but as I'm looking at the picture I'm saying to myself, where is the hat he has and the swimsuit and the rest of the books and what about the coloring books and markers and all his Mater trucks and the two pairs of socks and all those T-shirts, etc. Seriously, I could add more but I won't.

I think you get the point, you LOVE Cars! It's been fun to see you get so into something that we can't hold you back. I hope you always dive into the things you love. We love you, you crazy boy.


Mom and Dad

Sunday, June 15, 2008

What I Learned From My Dad

In honor of Father's Day here is a list of things I've learned from my dad:

1. Fear the den.
2. Be honest in all situations.
3. No matter how much money you make, a little or a lot keep track of every penny.
4. Sunday dinner should always be served with lemonade.
5. You can always find someone willing to do the dirty work if you pay them enough.
6. Creating a win-win situation requires effort and some sacrifice but it's always worth it.
7. People respect hard work.
8. It is possible to be loved and feared.
9. Stubbornness always wins.
10. Always be generous with the resources you have.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Looking for the perfect knitting bag

Are these cute?

Could I make them?
Perhaps (hopefully.)

Would I like one?
I would LOVE one!

Will I make one?
Probably not.

Not enough time in the day.

{The End.}

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Peanut Butter Balls


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1lb. box of powdered sugar
  • 2 cups crunchy peanut butter
  • 3 cups rice crispy cereal
Mix with hands (or I just put it in my Mixer) and mix until crumbly and well incorporated. Pack into 1" balls. Roll in powdered sugar and chill until ready to serve. (I also have dipped half in melted chocolate and they turned out great.)

Verdict: These are great for letting little kids help you. Their hands are the perfect size to pack and roll balls and they are fun snack for children.

Found: I found this recipe online years ago when I lived in New York.

Bike Time?

This little guy is loving spring and the outdoors. We've had tons of fun going for bike rides, everyday he asks, "bike time?" It has been nice to open the side door to the backyard and let him run back and forth as he pleases.

Roll Over Darcy

Sister D started rolling over last Friday (23rd) and no matter how hard we tried we couldn't get a picture. (Note to self get a camera with a faster speed.) We have several shots of her pushing up, getting her arms ready, and then laying on her back. All of them no good because none of them actually prove she can roll over. So, people, you'll just have to take my word for it.

I just have to thank Edna for the beautiful quilt - (which I haven't sent a thank-you card for, yet. But I will. Now that I'm back home and getting back into the grove of things I'll get one out, promise.) Everyone that has come over and seen that quilt has said how beautiful it is. We love it.

This last picture is Darcy with Grandma Frerichs. They met for the first time at Greg's Farewell. Grandma Frerichs is great with babies and Darcy would calm down and go to sleep for her. Those of you who know Darcy know that that is HUGE. Darcy only likes her mom and aunt Kirsten to hold her, sometimes she'll let her dad hold her but not often. If she gets passed to anyone else she promptly cries/screams.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

New Links

What Your Fridge Says About You

You aren't greedy, but you don't really deprive yourself either. You strike a good balance with the stuff you buy.

You are a very thrifty person. You don't like to waste money... or food.

You don't tend to be a very adventurous person, but you do surprise everyone now and then. You have a bit of a wild side.

You try to be responsible, but you don't always succeed. Your heart is in the right place though.

You are likely to be married - and very busy.

Help end world hunger
The free rice game is addicting and easily justifiable, thanks Heather for sharing the link.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Easter Cake


  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 c. oil
  • 1 can Mandarin oranges
  • 1/3 c. flaked coconut
  • 1 c. chopped nuts (opt.)
  • 12 oz. cool whip
  • 3 oz. crushed pineapple
  • 1 small instant pudding mix vanilla


Beat cake mix, eggs, oil for 2 min. on medium speed. Stir in oranges w/ juice, nuts, coconut. Bake for the time on the box +10 min at 350 degrees. Cool cake completely before frosting.


Fold the pineapple (juice included) and pudding mix into the cool whip.Refrigerate before serving.

Verdict: This is my favorite spring/Easter cake. It is moist and the pudding mix in the frosting is a nice surprise. If there are children present I usually dye some coconut green with food coloring and find some jelly beans to top the cake with "bird's nests."

Found: This is Mardel Anderson's Recipe.

Chicken Salad


  • 2 c. cooked (boil in lemon water) chicken, cubed1
  • c. diced celery
  • 1/2 c. seedless green grapes, halved
  • 1/4. c. slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/2 t. sweet basil
  • 3/4 t. salt
  • dash pepper


Boil chicken in lemon water. Fold the mayo in with basil, salt, pepper and pour over celery, chicken, grapes. Top with almonds.

Verdict: We eat this salad a few times a year with croissants, pita pockets, served over lettuce, etc. Not a staple but definitely a favorite.

Found: This recipe is from Becky Blackner.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

I Believe I Can Fly.....

As some of you know I have recently started a new job with Horizon Air. I recently got done with training and I'm glad I don't have to stress about that anymore. Now I will be going through some on the job training and hopefully will get a reasonable schedule when it's time to bid for shifts. So, in celebration of this new adventure I've decided to post to our wonderful blog and give you something more to read about. Also in the spirit of this moment I would like to share a video that I found amazing and has to do with flying! I hope you enjoy "Jet-Man "

Monday, May 12, 2008

Chicken Oriental Noodle Salad

Serves 10


2 pkgs oriental noodles (Top Ramen) cooked, rinsed

1 c. slivered almonds, toasted

1 head cabbage, shredded

2 T sesame seeds, toasted (I usually use more)

2 green onions, chopped


3/4 c. olive oil

4 t. sugar

1/2 c. vinegar seasoning packets from noodles

salt and pepper to taste


Mix dressing ingredients.

Mix salad ingredients.

Mix salad and dressing and refrigerate for 2 hours.

* I've added shredded chicken, yellow or red peppers, marinated mushrooms

Verdict: This is a family favorite that is served often and at most major meals.

Found: My mother found it in the Taste of Home magazine.


This is the frosting I use for sugar cookies.
1/2 c. Crisco
1/2 c. Butter
1 t. vanilla
4 c. powdered sugar
2 T. milk

Beat well and tint with food coloring

Sugar Cookies

These are hands down one of my favorite sugar cookies, I don't even bother with other recipes. They are soft and perfect every time.

1 c. margarine
2 c. sugar2 eggs
1 c. vanilla yogurt
1/2 t. soda
4 t. baking powder
5 c. flour
1/2 t. salt

Cream margarine + sugar. Add eggs and beat well. Mix in yogurt. Add dry ingredients. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/2" thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Place about 2" apart on lightly greased cookie sheets.

Bake: 350 degrees 8 -10 min.

Verdict: We love these! You want to make sure you don't roll them too thin. And while cooking the edges should barely be starting to brown when you pull them out. You can over cook easily if you're not paying attention. Also if you're doing a flavored cookie like strawberry for Valentine's Day you can use strawberry flavored yogurt.

Friday, May 9, 2008


After knitting booties and starting a blanket and discovering it is not as hard as I thought I'm ready for something challenging. I have no clue how to knit socks, but I'm sure I could learn. And don't these look cute enough to try?

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Tim's Favorite Chocolate Cake


  • 1 stick of butter, 4 ounces
  • 1 c of water
  • 1 c of shortening
  • 2 T of Cocoa
  • 2 c flour
  • 2 c sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 c buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla


In a large saucepan, combine butter, water, shortening, and cocoa; bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in flour and sugar until well blended. Add eggs and blend well. In another bowl, combine buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla; stir into the first mixture. Combine with first mixture, then bake at 375°.(greased & floured pans - 2 layers or one 9 X 13-inch pan)(no time given, but I would say test after about 25 to 30 minutes)


  • 3/4 c fudge topping
  • 3/4 c caramel or butterscotch topping
  • 3/4 c sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 chocolate covered toffee bars
  • 1 tub of whipped topping or 1 envelope Dream Whip, prepared with milk

PREPARATION:Do not remove cake from pan. After the cake has cooled, make holes in the entire top of the cake using a large fork or the handle of a wooden spoon. Pour (one at a time) fudge, butterscotch, and condensed milk over the top of the cake and let each flavor soak in before adding the next.Crush 3 of the candy bars and sprinkle on the top. Frost the cake with the whipped topping and crush the 3 remaining toffee bars to decorate the top.

Verdict: Tim loves it and we've taken it to several parties where it was enjoyed. It is very sweet and you can't stomach more than one or two pieces at a time.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Right Now...

Outside my Window... Tim is covered up to his elbows in oil and laying under my car.

I am Thinking...I should be doing something more with this precious nap time than sitting at the computer.

I am Thankful For... my marriage & my husband, who is patient and kind, hardworking and conscientious, intelligent and funny, loving and thoughtful.

From the Kitchen... I've got dinner in the barely functioning oven, that reminds me I better go check on it... Okay, I'm back.

I am University Place this weekend to spend the next two weeks with family while Tim is in training (read: Tim got the job he was hoping for & I get family time!) Could I be any more excited!?!

I am Reading... I'm rereading Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik.

I am Hoping...that our small garden doesn't die while we're gone. Pray for sun and sparse rain.

I am of my favorite CD's : Tim McGraw A Place in the Sun.

Around the House...the laundry is folded or in the dryer, toys are put away, the bathroom is clean, the sink if full of dishes waiting their turn to be put in the dishwasher. I like to clean before I leave town because I know when we get back it's going to be a huge mess.

One of My Favorite Things... new crafty things: the many knitting sites I've found get me so giddy Tim thinks I'm turning into a 13 year old.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week... The many Saturday/before we leave town errands that need done. Packing clothes/toys/snacks/blankets/books/toiletries for the entire family.

I'm Feeling... very tired. Overwhelmed. I just can't think about everything there is to do. Just one task at a time.

A Picture Thought to Share for the Day... I'm loving on this guy who helped plant our garden today.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Laurie's Rolls*


  • 1/2 c water
  • 2 T yeast
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 4 1/2 c flour
  • 1 c milk
  • 6 T butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 t salt


Preheat oven at 350 degrees.Mix all dry ingredients first (sugar, yeast, flour, salt)Heat milk, butter, water in microwave until butter is melted. Add egg to warm milk mixture.Combine milk mixture with dry ingredients. Kneed on floured board for 5-10 min. Cover and let rise in warm place.Roll into balls and dip in melted butter, place on baking sheet. Cover and let rise.Bake for 10-12 min.

Verdict: We love these rolls. She always has left overs and we have to snatch them before someone else (Sarah) does. They are Tim's favorite rolls.

*It's been a while since I got the recipe from her and this is what I can deciper from my hand written notes. Once I either cook or ensure the is the correct recipe I'll update this post.

Found: We got this recipe from my sister-in-law Laurie and I think it's her aunt's recipe but we just call them Laurie's rolls.

Raspberry Crumble Muffins

Heather's Raspberry Muffin Recipe

Muffin Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. sour cream
  • 1/4 c. milk2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 c. fresh or frozen raspberries (or any other similar berry)

Crumb Topping Ingredients:

  • 1/3 c. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, softened


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Muffin:Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in large mixing bowl. Combine sour cream, milk, eggs and butter in separate bowl; blend well. Add to flour mixture; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened (don't over mix.) Fold in raspberries.

Topping:In small bowl, combine flour with sugar and cut in butter to form crumbs.Spoon the batter into 2 1/2 in. muffins cups (sprayed with Pam) fill them 3/4 way full. Top with crumb topping.

Bake 20 min . or until golden brown. Cool in muffin pan on a wire rack for 5 min. Remove from pan, serve warm.

Heather's Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Buns from Heaven


  • 2 pkgs active dry rapid rise yeast
  • 1 c. warm water
  • 2/3 c. + 1 tsp. sugar, divided
  • 1 c. warmed milk
  • 2/3 c. butter
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 7-8 c. flour


  • 1 c. melted butter, divided
  • 1 3/4 c. sugar, divided
  • 3 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 c. chopped walnuts (opt.)
  • 1 1/2 c. raisin (opt.)


  • 1lb butter
  • 1lb cream cheese
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Dough Directions:

In a small bowl, mix together warm water, yeast and 1 tsp. sugar, set aside. In large bowl, mix milk, 2/3 c. sugar, melted butter, salt and eggs. Stir well and add yeast mixture. Add half of the flour and beat until smooth. Stir in remaining flour until dough is slightly stiff (dough will be sticky.)

Turn out onto well floured board; knead 5 to 10 min. Place in well buttered glass or plastic bowl; cover and let rise, in warm place until doubled in size about 1 to 2 hours. Roll out on a well floured board.

Filling Directions:Spread dough with 1/2 c. melted butter, mix together 1 1/2 cu. sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle over buttered dough. Sprinkle with walnuts and raisin if desired. Roll up jelly roll fashion and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.

Coat bottom of a 13x9 in. baking pan and 8in. square pan with remaining 1/2 c. melted butter. Then sprinkle with remaining 1/4 c. sugar. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in pans. Cover, let rise in warm place until dough is doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake 25 to 30 min. until rolls are nicely browned. Cool slightly.

Frosting Directions:

Allow butter and cream cheese to reach room temperature. Beat cream cheese and butter together in a bowl with mixer. Slowly add in all powdered sugar. Mix an additional 12 minutes when almost done, add vanilla.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


I came across this and thought it worth a laugh. I always knew there was a reason for those nasty peeps!

Gang Signs

My silly brothers seem to have a strange attraction to flashing "gang signs" everytime a camera is out there is always one of these pictures. Not sure what it means. Pretty sure they need professional (therapist not a thug) help.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Party Hats

Cute. Cute. Cute.
I'll have to remember to make one for Darcy's Birthday.

Oh yay! I even found a boy one.
That means I can make one for Jayden too.

I love the fabric and the idea of a few of these as an arrangement on a wall.
They are much cuter than a rectangle bulletin board.
Gosh other people are so cute and creative. That gene skipped me and I'm jealous.
Found them here.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Irish Cheddar Triangles


  • 1 and 3/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. yellow cornmeal
  • 1 t. sugar
  • 3/4 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1 stick of butter, cut into small pieces
  • 6 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c. cold water
  • 2 T. white vinegar
  • coarsely ground black pepper


1. Heat oven to 375F

2. In a food processor, mix flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking soda. Add the butter and process until mixture forms coarse crumbs. (I just used a pastry cutter and cut the butter into the mixture.)

3.Transfer to a large bowl and stir in cheese, water and vinegar until mixture forms a soft dough. Form it into a ball, wrap it in cellophane and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

4. Divide dough into 4 sections. On a floured board, roll each section into a paper thin circle, trimming the edges. Sprinkle with pepper (I used Lemon & Tellicherry Pepper) and press it firmly into the dough.

5. Cut each circle into 8 wedges, place on a greased baking sheet and bake for about 10 - 12 minutes, until crisp. Do not over cook. Cool on wire rack.

Store in an airtight container.

Serve with your favorite dip (I used a vegetable mix that had been mixed with sour cream and chilled.)

Verdict: I served these at a St. Patrick's Day party and they were a hit. I was glad I had doubled the recipe. The pepper really enhances the flavor and makes the "chip."

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Letter to Grandma Scott

Dear Grandma,

This is your favorite Grandson, Jayden. I was wondering if when we live with you for two weeks you could find time to go here with me. I've know all my animal names and sounds and would love to see them in real life. I'm particulary fond of elephants and monkeys.


An Open Letter to Tim

Dear Hubby,

I thought I'd write you about a problem I'm having.

I'm not sure what else to do.

I went to the store and bought a brand new disposal.

I left it on the counter for you notice and install.

I wrote "Install Disposal" on your To Do list.

I reminded you to install the disposal.

I watched the children while you installed the disposal.

I watched the children while you ran to the store for necessary parts that were missing.

I said, "it's okay" when you ran out of time to finish.

(I was lying.)

I was annoyed when you said the wiring on the switch to the disposal doesn't work.

I suggested you call family, friends, anyone who could help with the wiring on the disposal switch.

I went to the library and found you how-to books for wiring, disposals, electricity.

I talked with an electrician and got a (useless) drawing and phone number for you.

I bring up the topic when any male walks through the front door in hopes of solving the problem.

I can no longer take it.

I want the disposal to work.

I don't care what it takes.

I think after eight months of living here it should work by now.



Who: Darcy - aka Darce, Sister D, Deaster
What: 8 lbs. 4 oz, 21 in. long, Head 14 and 3/4 in.
Where: Dr. Joseph McManus's office
Why: 2 month check up
How: In the 5% for weight, 2% for height and 10% for head.

Meet and Greets

This past weekend we had family come into town for Darcy's Blessing. Since she's so little there were several meet and greets. Here are some pictures. First was Grandma and Grandpa Pope.

Then she meet Kirsten, Greg and Heather. I'm not sure why we don't have a picture of that last one, we'll have to get it when we visit next week.

The last was Grandpa Frerichs.

Baby Blessing

Last Sunday, April 20th we had the opportunity to bless Darcy. We had lots of family who were able to make it up for this special occasion. Those that stood in the circle included: Dad, Grandpa Scott, Grandpa Pope, Grandpa Frerichs, Uncle Eric, Uncle Greg, Dennis Frerichs, Steve Rush, Dave Hone, Bishop Reeds, President Lee. The blessing was perfect and so was our little sister D.
It wouldn't be a family picture without the boys being silly - at least Greg wasn't giving us the "birdie" this time.

Friday, April 25, 2008

General Conference

I love general conferece. I love that you can count on two weekends a year of guaranteed spiritual enlightment. It bothers me when people are irreverent and noisy and I can't hear the speakers. Since it would be us that would be the noisy family and we have the technology that brings conference into the home we now stay home. I like that we can sit in our pajamas ,turn the sound up and even replay if we miss what was said. And the best part is that I don't have many interruptions because this is what general conference does to Tim, Jayden and Darcy.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sweet Tweets


Approximately 3” across x 3” high


  • 1 Ball BERROCO COMFORT (100 grs), #9735 Delft Blue, and a small amount each #9743 Goldenrod (gold) and #9734 Liquorice (black)
  • 1 Set (4) double pointed knitting needles (dpn), size 7 (4.50 mm) OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
  • Tapestry needle
  • Polyester stuffing
  • 1 St marker


22 sts = 4”; 29 rows = 4” in St st



With dpn’s, using blue, cast on 9 sts. Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles (3 sts per needle). Join, being careful not to twists sts. Mark for beg of rnd and carry marker up.

  • Rnds 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13: Knit.
  • Rnd 2: * K1, M1k, k2, rep from * twice more – 12 sts.
  • Rnd 4: * K1, M1k, k3, rep from * twice more – 15 sts.
  • Rnd 6: * K1, M1k, k4, rep from * twice more – 18 sts. Continue to inc 3 sts in this manner every other rnd, having 1 more st between incs each time until there are 30 sts on needles (10 sts per needle). Work even in St st (k EVERY rnd) for 6 rnds.
  • Dec Rnd 1: * SSK, k1, k2 tog, k5, rep from * twice more – 24 sts. Knit 2 rnds.
  • Dec Rnd 2: * SSK, k1, k2 tog, k3, rep from * twice more – 18 sts. Knit 2 rnds.
  • Dec Rnd 3: * SSK, k1, k2 tog, k1, rep from * twice more – 12 sts. Knit 2 rnds.
  • Dec Rnd 4: * SSK, k2 tog, rep from * twice more – 6 sts. Break off yarn leaving a long tail.
  • Thread tail into tapestry needle and draw through all sts on needles. Stuff bird firmly. Pull up sts and secure. Thread cast-on tail into tapestry needle and thread through cast-on sts. Pull in tightly and secure.


Note: Sl the first st of every row purlwise.

  • With 2 dpn’s, using blue, cast on 8 sts.
  • Rows 1 and 2: Knit.
  • Row 3: K to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 – 7 sts.
  • Rep Row 3 four times more – 3 sts.
  • Break off yarn leaving a long tail. Thread tail into tapestry needle and draw through all sts on needle. Pull up tightly and secure.


Note: Sl the first st of every row knitwise on knit side and purlwise on purl side.

  • With 2 dpn’s, using gold, cast on 8 sts.
  • Row 1: Purl.
  • Row 2: K to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 – 7 sts.
  • Row 3: P to last 3 sts, p2 tog, p1 – 6 sts. Rep Rows 2 and 3 once more – 4 sts.
  • Break off yarn leaving a long end. Thread end into tapestry needle and draw through all sts on needle. Pull up tightly and secure.


With tapestry needle, using blue, weave yarn in and out of bird 1/3 down from top. Pull in tightly and secure forming neck. Sew wings to each side along this line. Sew tail to back. With gold, sew beak to face. With tapestry needle and black, embroider eyes as in photo.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


These look like a lot of fun and very easy to make! What a good idea, I'll have to remember them on a rainy day. And they would be perfect for quiet play during church.

Creamed Corn

I haven't tried this but it sounds good AND it's a crockpot recipe AND it's not as fattening as most creamed corn recipes. So, I'm posting it to help me remember it in the future.

The Ingredients.
1 bag frozen white corn
1 can corn
1 T butter
1 T cream cheese
2 T flour (or pancake mix.)
3 T fat free milk
1/4 t black pepper

The Directions.
In a small saucepan, melt your butter and cream cheese over low heat on the stove top and make a rue, adding your flour slowly and wisking until there aren't any lumps. Add your milk and the liquid from the can of corns to the mix and wisk some more. The cream cheese is pretty thick, and you may need the liquid in the saucepan before the flour will melt nicely for you. Mix in the black pepper. Empty the contents of the frozen bag of corn and the rest from the can of corn into your crockpot.--cover with the sauce.--cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 3-4.This is done when everything is hot and melty.

Verdict: TBA


Sunday, April 20, 2008

Ooo La La Burgers


  • 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/8 c. Grill seasoning
  • 1 c. chopped (fried and patted with a paper towel) smoky bacon
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1 package of Laughing Cow "Original Creamy Swiss" cheese wedges
  • Olive oil
  • Grey Poupon mustard

  • 1. Combine the ground beef with the seasoning, bacon pieces, and egg.
  • 2. Form into 12 thin patties.
  • 3. Take one wedge of the Laughing Cow cheese and spread it out into a 3-inch circle.
  • 4. Place a flattened wedge of cheese in the middle of six of the patties.
  • 5. Top each "cheese" patty with another patty of ground beef.
  • 6. Seal the edges of each patty "sandwich". [At this point, they may be refrigerated overnight for the meat to mesh flavors with the bacon]
  • 7. Brush with Colavita olive oil and grill until browned on both sides.
  • 8. Spread Grey Poupon on french bread and place a patty on the bread. Top with thinly sliced onion.

Verdict: Amazing! This is our new favorite hamburger, we served these to some missionaires for dinner and they loved them. We used normal hamburger buns and let everyone decide what to top their burger with and it was still great. The creamy swiss cheese really makes this hamburger and is very filling. I would be tempted to add more bacon since you didn't notice you were eating bacon.


Some Mad Skills!

Here are some great ideas for decorating for parties, showers, anniversaries, etc. This lady has some awesome and unbelievable cupcake. Seriously, she rocks. I wish I lived in her area just so I could place an order. I like the pirate and baby/baby shower ones.

Lasagna Rolls


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pinch ground nutmeg

  • 1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped
  • 1 large egg, beaten to blend
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for salting water
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella (about 4 ounces)

To make the sauce:

Melt the butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and whisk for 3 minutes. Whisk in the milk. Increase the heat to medium-high. Whisk the sauce until it comes to a simmer and is thick and smooth, about 3 minutes.

Whisk the salt, pepper, and nutmeg into the bechamel sauce.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Whisk the ricotta, spinach, 1 cup Parmesan, prosciutto, egg, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl to blend.

Add a tablespoon or 2 of oil to a large pot of boiling salted water. Boil the noodles until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Arrange the noodles in a single layer on a baking sheet to prevent them from sticking.

Butter a 13-by-9-by-2-inch glass baking dish.

Pour the bechamel sauce over the bottom of the prepared dish. Lay out 4 lasagna noodles on a work surface, then spread about 3 tablespoons of ricotta mixture evenly over each noodle. Starting at 1 end, roll each noodle like a jelly roll. Lay the lasagna rolls seam side down, without touching, atop the bechamelsauce in the dish. Repeat with the remaining noodles and ricotta mixture.

Spoon 1 cup of marinara sauce over the lasagna rolls. Sprinkle the mozzarella and remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan over the lasagna rolls. Cover tightly with foil. Bake until heated through and the sauce bubbles, about 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until the cheese on top becomes golden, about 15 minutes longer. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining marinara sauce in a heavy small saucepan over medium heat until hot, and serve alongside.

Verdict: Served this for Taryn's birthday lunch to Janyse, Tim and me. I thought it needed some more prosciutto and if I had to make it again I would probably double the proscuitto. Tim loved it and keeps asking for me to make it again.

Found it here:,,FOOD_9936_30333,00.html

Asparagus Puff


  • 10 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 10 slices white bread (remove crusts and cube)
  • 1 pound asparagus, blanch, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ pound grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ pound diced Canadian bacon (optional)

Directions: Dice and lightly sauté Canadian bacon. Beat together eggs and milk. In large bowl mix together all ingredients and pour into a 9x13 pan. Let set overnight.

Bake for 45 - 60 minutes at 350 or until nicely browned.

Verdict: We loved it! This was served at Darcy's blessing brunch. It was easy to prepare the night before and put it to cook while we were at church. I put in 12 slices of bread instead of 10 and had the canadian bacon - wouldn't do it without.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Our little Darce started smiling two weeks ago and we finally caught it on camera. Doesn't it just make your day!?!