Monday, September 7, 2009


Happy Birthday Sarah!!  Only 1 more year before the BIG 30.  Hope you had a great day.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Last night we went to the Jackson Brown concert at Deer Valley with Kathy & Dave, Lee and Bill and their daughter Andrea.  We packed a picnic, had a great bottle of wine and sat on the hill side listening to Jackson Brown.  It doesn't get much more relaxing than that!!


Frequenting the "Dew Drop Inn", the only place to eat in Hoffman.

My godmother, Marion, and my sister Diane.

A few of my nieces and nephews.

We had lunch at this great Italian place in Alexandria.

Rebecca and Jeff's wedding. Her mother and I were high school friends and were room mates when I went to Moorhead State.

I spent 6 days in Minnesota with my mom and siblings. Sarah also drove up from Omaha. We packed a lot into 6 days. Everything from going to a wedding, doing some painting and cleaning for my mother, checking out a couple of new restaurants, and visiting with my godmother and one of my college room mates.

Friday, August 14, 2009


If you don't want the typical arrangement placed in a glass vase let us do  your wedding or special event.


Total amazing!!!  I love Chris Isaak!  His concert is the best.  It was an outdoor concert at Red Butte Gardens in SLC.  We were really worried it was going to rain but it only rained while we were waiting in line  and then it was the perfect night!  We packed a picnic and had a great bottle of wine and Chris Isaak was wonderful.  If you get a chance to see him in concert,  don't miss it.

Monday, August 3, 2009



2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp baking powder, divided
1 cup butter
5 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
Garnish: powdered sugar, lime sliced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl. combine 2 cups flour, powdered sugar, and 1/2 tsp baking powder. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Press mixture into prepared pan.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until mixture is lightly browned.
In a medium bowl, combine eggs, sugar, juice, remaining 1/4 flour, and remaining 1/2 tsp baking powder. Pour over hot crust. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool completely before cutting into bars.  Garnish with powdered sugar and lime slices, if desired.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Happy Anniversary Kurtis and Sarah. I can't believe it's been 4 years! We love you both and wish you many more years of love and happiness.

The quality of love and the duration of a relationship are in direct proportion to the depth of the commitment by both people to making the relationship successful. Commit yourself wholeheartedly and unconditionally to the most important people in your life.
_Brian Tracy

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Ashlee enjoying the sun and reading her book.  We both managed to get a book read and several magazines.

One night we tied our boat up and stayed in little cove.  It was much quieter than saying at the docks.
Honey and Jed waiting patiently for something a little more exciting to happen. (and neither one is very patient)

Jed, Ashlee, Honey , Mark and I went to the Gorge last Thursday and spent a few days fishing and even managed to get the dock boys to take us out water skiing and wake boarding.  Jed and Ashlee had no problem getting up even though they had been skiing or wake boarding for years.  I wasn't as lucky. I tried numerous times but never got up.  It was a major blow to my ego. (Ashlee-I guess it's not like riding a bike, once you learn, you never forget!)  Fishing kind of "sucked" according to Mark, the rest of us didn't really care if we caught any or not!  

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


I decided I could no longer call it the recipe of the week since I have been very delinquent in my postings. I got this recipe from one of my colleagues and it is a winner!! I have made it a couple of times and I really like it. I don't put in the mandarin oranges or the water chestnuts though but I add sweet yellow, red and orange peppers. It's fun to experiment with recipes and adjust them according to your liking.


16 ounces bowtie pasta, cooked al dente

1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup bottled teriyaki sauce
2/3 cup white wine vinegar
5 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp pepper

1 (10-ounce) bag fesh spinach
1 (6-ounce) bag craisins
3 (11-once) cans mandarin oranges, drained
2 (8-ounce) cans sliced water chestnuts, drained
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 bunch reen onions, chopped
6 ounces honey roasted peanuts
2 cups cooked chicken, cut into small pieces

Blend dressing ingredients together in blender or food processor. ( I just use my mixer) Mix dressing and cooked pasta in medium bowl and marinate for at least 2 hours. Combine rest of salad ingredients in large salad bowl, add pasta and dressing and toss.


It was pretty funny watching the cats the minute Kurtis and Sarah left for work. As soon as they closed the garage door Hawkeye catapults up to the top of the kitchen cabinets, Henley leaps on top of the kitchen island and Bailey settles down on arm of the sofa. Bearcat behaved himself and went to the basement to slumber the day away.

Weekend in Omaha

We went to Omaha last Thursday and came back on Sunday. Believe it or not their is a winery in Omaha. For a moment(notice I said moment) you thought you were in Napa Valley. Omaha's terrain tends to be rather flat but there was actually some rolling hills. It was an absolutely beautiful evening. The weather couldn't have better. We also managed to go out and have sushi one evening. Pat and Janine joined us so that was alot of fun.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Mandevilla Flower Pots

I bought 3 different mandevillas at Costco at the end of April and transplanted them to bigger pots and then planted a bunch of different flowers around them.  They have grown soooo much and everyday there are more blooms.   I wish I had taken pictures when I first planted them so you could see just how much they have grown.

Sunday, June 7, 2009


These are one of my favorite  treats.  I usually put then in a 9x13 pan but decided to make individual ones in cupcake pans.

Special K Bars

1 cup sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups special K cereal ( I always use Rice Krispies)
6 ounces butterscotch chips
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Mix sugar and corn syrup in a medium size kettle on stove and bring to a simmer for 1 minute(do not overcook). Remove from heat and add peanut butter and mix well.  Add Rice Krispies and stir until all rice krispies are well covered.  Fill cupcake 2/3 full. Melt chips in microwave and frost each one. It should make 2 dozen.  I place them in the freezer for about 5 minutes to set up the chocolate.   Enjoy!

Bluegrass Festival

Mark and I went to a Bluegrass Festival in an Ogden park on Saturday. We listened to about 10 different bands.  It was an absolutely beautiful day with the temperature in the high 70's.  We brought our blankets and sat on the lawn.  One of my colleagues was in charge of it and she did an amazing job.  Way to go Michelle!

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there but especially to you mom!! 

We never know the love of the parent until we become parents ourselves.

 Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. 

 If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much.

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.
If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.
"Her children arise up, and call her blessed." -- Bible, Proverbs 31:28

Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God willgive you

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Happy 26th birthday Jed!  Hope your day is everything you want it to be. We love you.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Mike and Katie's Wedding

We were in Omaha last weekend to spend some time with Kurtis and Sarah and to attend the wedding of one of my dearest friends' sons.  We met in nursing school and have been friends ever since. She has 3 amazing sons and her oldest got married last weekend to a darling girl. We were glad we could share this  momentous occasion with them. It was also wonderful getting together with Ed and Julie.  We love all of you and need to get together more often. We missed not have Nancy there.



Happy Birthday Kurtis!! Wishing we were there to celebrate with you. We love and miss you.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ashlee and I have decided to use our creativeness and start a floral business. Hopefully this is the beginning of a "blooming" business. We went around to local businesses and dropped off these arrangements with our business cards today and we got our first order shortly after we got home. So we're excited. Check out our blog site at:

Sunday, April 5, 2009


I love "Everybody Loves Raymond" so I couldn't resist sharing this quote.

Everyone should have kids. They are the greatest joy in the world. But they are also terrorists. You'll realize this as soon as they are born, and they start using sleep deprivation to break you. 
Ray Romano


Thanks to the unpredictable weather in Utah we had to have the Easter egg hunt indoors. All of Mark's family left on a cruise and will be gone over Easter so we had brunch yesterday and the Easter egg hunt at our house, but as you can tell by the pictures the weather didn't cooperate.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Easter Decorations

I decided it was time to get in the mood for spring and Easter after having incredible springtime weather last week.  We had several days in the high 60's. I worked in the yard a couple of days and managed to put up a few decorations.