Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Grapevine Christmas Wreath

One of the dear sisters in our branch invited us over to do a craft night she and her husband provided fresh grapevine's for us to twist, braid, and turn into wreaths than decorate. When I first arrived there and saw the grapevine's and a wreath she had been working on, I thought I don't think I can do this. It looked hard and I am not good at making things round or straight. She soon had us get our vines and taught us what to do and eventually this 14 ft vine became this lovely wreath. I had so much fun, and it was such good company.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My Dream Box

We are going to be homeschooling our children after our move, and I have been looking into storage options and found this awesome cabinet ("scrapbooking storage") , I have a million and one ideas dancing around in my head of all the things I could organize in this baby. It is kind of pricey, but I can dream, right?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Leftovers make Cupcakes

I had left over pumpkin from when I made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies the other day. And left over Apple Juice from the Doughnuts. SO made cupcakes!

Instead of adding the egg and oil that the box asks for I added pumpkin (half can if its the large can and full can if its the smaller) then instead of water (just to add more of a kick) I added the juice. I didn't know how they would turn out so it was a gamble. Then cool and frosted with
cream cheese frosting! They are EXTREMELY moist and do need to be cooked a little longer then on the box so watch them. I preferred them chilled!

(to make the pumpkin cookies just mix spice cake mix, 1 can of pumpkin (the smaller on if using lg just use half of it) the add Chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 13 mins. EASY and something simple the kiddos can help with!)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sunday Dinners

Looks DE-LISH huh? We got a pork pic-nic butt roast over the weekend ($1.48 a pound) and I roasted it for 5 hours at 350. I sprinkled Moms favorite seasoning of all times....OLD BAY and that was it. It reminded me of all those wonderful Sunday Dinners that would bring us all together. And not just our immediate family...everyone could smell our parents cooking and everyone enjoyed it until there were NO leftovers.
One summer we had our family (parents plus 6 kids) and our Moms sister's family (parents plus 6 kids (they were visiting for TX for a couple of weeks)) so meal time at the house was a HUGE ordeal. One morning they made a MASSIVE amount of pancakes and eggs and bacon and name it if it was a breakfast food it was on the table. Mom was teasing one of the older boys (a Nephew) that the last one form the table had to finish everything! There wasn't room in the fridge for all the leftovers. SO needless to say he was the last and he finished eating everything on the table. It was one thing that mom and him remembered to talk about EVERY TIME they got together. She would always ask if he wanted pancakes! (I think he still turns green if you mention them!)
Great food, Great company and most of all GREAT memories.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Who says a Doughnut has to be Round?

Mom always told everyone that I NEVER did things by the book. It would get done.. but in my time and the way that I wanted. Mom was also a perfectionist. For example her sewing, She would have to have the PERFECT stitch in place before continuing on. ME on the other hand would keep serging the neck hole til it feel off my shoulders (which it did and in the 80's it was the style. I would just put on a tank top under it!)

I wonder what she would say about the shapes of my yummy Doughnuts that I made. I know what she would say.. "These are delicious. You need to make them every time I visit." Which I would respond.. "uh-huh, Right on top of that Rose" (from the movie Don't Tell Mom the Babysitters Dead...I have said that ever since I saw the movie... its the perfect line!)

These are Apple Cider Spice Doughnuts I found them on the Our Best Bites Site. Mine aren't as cute as theirs but the are pretty darn good. And I agree with them. They do taste better the next day! I love this site they have some de-lish recipes. I am going to try these tonight!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Guess What I did...

Yep it is so true.. I took ALL 3 of my babies (ages 3, 2, and 11 mo) to the Dentist today. I know you are thinking that I am insane to do this little venture all by my lonesome. But think about it. Which is worse? Making 3 separate apts and having to cancel one of them because someone is moody that day or sick (and yes, that someone is ME!) then is gets put off for who knows when and then the poor child or children have already lost all their teeth because I failed to get them in every 6 months for their cleanings. WHEW! I am already exhausted just thinking about that outcome. But I sucked it up and was the BRAVEST mother I could be and what a sigh of relief... its done! And the best part was that it was so painless.

The Dentist and his staff are amazing. They are all so patient with the kids and really took the time with each of them. After the Dr was finished with each child he went over how I can help them with their flossing and brushing while he was doing that the Techs took turns playing tag with my girls while I was getting tips on how to do my part. Its a real fun office. The girls loved watching Disney movies over head and they each got to pick out a new toothbrush. After the visit we received Report cards and inside were coupons for some yummy treats. (Ice cream cone from Arctic Circle and A free kids meal form Del Taco)

From this experience I hope to keep up on my kids treatments so that thy will have a healthy smile and not be afraid. We are taking baby steps and starting at a young age. Check out Little People's Dental on their site they have Videos on how to brush and floss and also how to prepare your little ones for a positive visit. Also one thing that was very helpful for me was the new patient forms were right there for me to print out. Since I filled out 3.. that saved a lot of time. Call them and make your little ones apt. You wont be disappointed....Your little ones are catered to! And that makes me one happy Mama!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pillow Pet Giveaway!

My kids are crazy over these Pillow Pets. When the commercial comes on everyone has to stop and watch it. My oldest (3) is in love with the Unicorn and reminds me every time she sees it. I personally LOVE the Lady Bug and the Bumble Bee. Want to win one! I do . Go Here And find out how.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Life Saver!

My 3 year old is 95% potty trained (hip hip hooray!) She only is in a pull up or diaper during step at a time people! Anyway we decided to go to the park for lunch today and sure enough she had to go potty! Thank goodness for a genius someone who came up with this and that I had one in our van! You can find this at Babies-R-Us.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

It's About Time

I finally Finished Alex's Bunting for his birthday 1 down 8 to go.
My finished Orange, Lemon, & Grapefruit Marmalade

Monday, April 5, 2010

Let's help Spencer...

This past March when my 5 month old son was at Primary's getting his 5th blood transfusion, We were sitting next to this brave little boy named Spencer and he was getting one of his treatments. He was Diagnosed with Stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma early this year.

Chick-fil-A in South Jordan is hosting "A Day for Spencer" tomorrow April 6th. If you can please join our family and many others to help Spencer. Chick-fil-A (SJ) is donating 10% of the stores daily sales from 11-7. All the donations are going to help with his medical bills.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Go here to learn of a neat giveaway!!!

Hurry because it ends April 9th!!!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

How AWESOME is this?

This is one of my favorite blogs to read. They have such AWESOME ideas to get your food storage going. The new post for them is amazing....who comes up with this stuff? Its genius!
Check it out!!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Great Giveaway!!

Go Here for this awesome giveaway!! Wouldn't it be fun to make your own ice cream in 1/2 hour? My kids would be in Heaven if we owned this fabulous device. YUMMMM and think of the frozen yogurt parfaits that I could make. Oh my fingers are crossed!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I will HAVE these!

Arent they cute shoes? Reebok Has some really fun shoes. They even have the easytone flip-flop. How fun is that? oh and dont forget the Running ones.... Oh the choices I have. I 'll take one of each please. :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

R U Prepared?

I WANT THIS! Last day to enter for the giveaway!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

This Months Read

So I am reading The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Feel free to join me in this read. I am only on page 20 but it already has me thinking.
Cant wait to hear what you think of it.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Gimmie Cookie!

Go here and check out cookie mixes that are now available. My friend Stephanie at Red Riding Hoods Basket has just started selling her cookies in mixes!!!! I am so excited about this, her cookies are the BEST! My hubby would have hers any day over mine...well so would I. They are everything a cookie should be. I will be ordering mine soon. They will also make great gifts!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Check this out

A friend of mine is finally starting a blog. You need to check it out. Right now its a work in progress (she just posted her first post!) But be patient because I know she has some AWESOME things up her sleeve!
So become a follower of her blog and you wont regret it!!! I heard through the grapevine she will have some giveaways even!!!!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

I got our BB this morning!

This is our first Bountiful Basket

2 Lemons,10 Banana's, 8 Apples, 16 oz. Strawberries, 5 Oranges, 5 pounds Potatoes, 2 pounds Carrots, 1 bunch Broccoli, 1 bunch Swiss Chard, 1 bunch leaf lettuce, 3 bunches Asparagus, and 10 Cucumbers Amazing and all for $15!!!! (there is a $3 charge for first time and $1.50 handling)
I also had the opportunity to volunteer and I think that I will do that EVERY time. Not only do you get your basket first but you get a little extra (2 small items or 1 big item) if there are leftovers after the separating is done. I really enjoyed it. Great people and so much fun.


Friday, February 26, 2010

Healthy for You and Kids

I have just recently joined a Co-op called Bountiful Baskets and rumor has it that this week there might be some Swiss Chard in the Veggie basket.

So not ever having Swiss Chard in my life and wanting to introduce new things to my family I went on a search for a recipe that MIGHT be worth trying out. I came across Natural Family Recipes and found this. I am SO looking forward to my BB and hope that the Chard is in it so I can try this for Sunday Dinner!

Here's to the start of Healthy eating.... I will let you know how it all goes!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Olla Bolla's & New Headboard

The Olla Bolla's
These are a traditional dutch treats made for new years. My mom used to make these around Christmas when I was growing up. I decided to make them each year for my family as one of our new traditions to keep mom close.

I have been asking Shane for a bedroom set for a while, but since we are a mobile family and have to move frequently he didn't want the added weight a bedroom set would bring. So we compromised and made a hanging headboard (Not to mention a money saver too)


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Well see..

Look at that I already messed up and didn't do what I wanted to with this blog. I guess I just cant make commitments right now. Sorry!

Monday, January 4, 2010

doTERRA Giveaway..

Click here for a great Giveaway. My neighbor just brought some over and I am hooked. I have had essentials oils before but that was years ago and I kinda got out of it. WHY I don't know. Now they are back in my life and I am happy. Love the calmness that is in my home right now. (having 3 ..3 and under I need some) Good luck. (well I would be lying if I said I wanted you to win...I hope the luck is good to me!) Before Jan 10th 2010