Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
- Scrapbook Paper
- Mod Podge
- Sponge brush
- Glue gun and glue sticks
rickrac over the top.
Friday, September 25, 2009
For the last seven years, Solider Hollow (Midway, Utah) has held the Soldier Hollow Sheep Herding Grand Championships and for the last seven years we have talked, and talked, and talked, about going...until this year. On Monday we finally went, we drove up to Solider Hollow and watched. Now, I do not want to sound over dramatic about this, but I was entranced, enthralled and on the edge of my seat the entire day. Watching the border collies and their handlers...was a sight to behold.2002 Winter Olympics and was home to several events: biathlon, cross-country skiing and nordic combined. It is picturesque and beautiful with Mt. Timp in the background.
Babe, then you know what I am talking about. The border collies herd the sheep through a timed obstacle course and at the end, corral the sheep with the help of their handler to a white pen in the middle of field.
Not only was there sheep herding, but duck herding, a dog trick show, vendor demos, and splash dogs (if you have never seen splash dogs before, which we had not, take a look at this video.) Splash dogs was our boys favorite, they could have watched that all day.
Participants came from around the world: Scotland, So. Africa, Canada and America. The man in the middle with the black hat and tie won the entire sheep herding competition with his border collie Sly!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The first time my friend Shanelle made these for me, I thought I had was in cookie heaven. Shanelle is a great cook and an even better "cookie chef". When we get together, I always put her on cookie duty. So, this is her recipe:
Peanut Butter Bars:
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour (I live in Utah, 1/4 cup less if you don't live at a high altitude.)
- 2 cups oats
Cream butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Add flour, salt, soda, and oats. Dough will be sticky. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease 10 by 15 pan.
Measure out 1 cup of smooth peanut butter. (Can substitute crunchy, if preferred.) Place dollops of peanut butter around pan immediately after removing from oven. This allows the peanut butter to warm up and spread easily after about 5 minutes.
Allow dough to completely cool. Place in fridge if necessary.
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup softened butter
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 tablespoons Hershey's cocoa
Spread frosting on top of cookie dough and peanut butter. Cut and serve with ice-cold milk.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
You betcha! Mom even had all the read-a-long cassette tapes. Priceless people, not to mention unbelievable, I didn't put a single thing away from ages 3 to 18 so for her to have all 20 original tapes...give the woman some credit. Way to go Mom, and thanks for letting me have them.
I am really excited to share these stories with my boys. I think they will really enjoy the biographical stories of the heroes and learning "the values" of each books character. Who else had these growing up or still do??
Monday, September 21, 2009
Over the weekend, me and the boys got out all our Fall and Halloween Decorations. I love Halloween, but really who doesn't? The ghosts, ghouls, witches, pumpkins, black cats, candy and much more. I've got big plans this Halloween and I am inviting you all to come and play along: crafts, parties, ideas, recipes, giveaways and more.
Isn't she sweet?
In a couple weeks I will be linking to great Halloween ideas. If you've got one, email me and let me know!!
Friday, September 18, 2009
For the last 20 years each Labor Day, The Mt. Timpanogos Storytelling Festival has put on a weekend of laughs, workshops, dreams, puppets, fun, exhibits, and of course stories!! This year, I had the great opportunity to participate, with my family, in this years events.
On Saturday we went up to Provo Canyon to Timpanogos Park and watched a puppet show. For a mom of two boys I couldn't have been more pleased, my boys were entranced by Drew Brinley. He was an impressive "story juggler" and I think it was the first time, my boys saw juggling in real life.
Timpanogos Park had an impressive line up of tents with storytellers spinning tales through out the day. It was fun to pop in and listen to stories throughout our activities with the boys.
Saturday evening was "Laughin' Night" at the Scera Shell. It is a beautiful amphitheater with lots of seating, although it was packed by the time we got there! Note to self: coming 45 minutes earlt is not early enough to get a good seat. But, there is also plenty of grass seating and I luckily remember a blanket. With our bucket of chicken and treats for the boys, we had a wonderful night of laughs, smiles and giggles.
My favorite story of the night was by Charlotte Blake Alston. She told the story of ginger bread girl and her trip to the circus and her close encounter(s) with all the animals of the circus. Coincidentally it was my 7 year olds favorite story as well! All the storytellers were amazing. I can't wait until my boys are older and can be inspired to create their own stories. Can't wait for next year!
*As a side note: I am sure you are wondering...where are the pictures? We'll I remembered my camera I just didn't remember to put the media card in it!! Doof! That was a bummer!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Even though school is back in session, we still seem to be eating dinner on summer hours. When the sun is right about here (see above), my family is sitting down to dinner. Eating late has it's advantages: kids play, fiddle and fun in the yard, relax, enjoy the sunset.
Pasta e Fagioli
It is easy, all it takes is a few simple ingredients:
- Olive Oil
- Sweet Onion
- White Beans
- Salt and Pepper
Pour sauce into large stock pot and cook on medium. Reduce heat and allow sauce to simmer. Sauce will change from pinkish-orange to redish-orange. Once sauce is simmering add noodles.
Fagioli has a yummy beany flavor. My fresh tomatoes and basil make it the perfect summer dish and my kids love it too!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The winner is: drum roll please....
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
One last summer recipe! This recipe is refreshing, simple, and berrylicious. I love to make this recipe for friends and family: it is a crowd pleaser.
Frozen Berry Desert
- 1 cup graham crackers
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 6 tablespoons butter
In Cuisinart: crush graham crackers, add sugar and butter.
Pat crust into 12 inch fluted pan. This is the best pan to use, it makes removing and serving dessert easy!
- 1 8oz. pkg of cream cheese ~ softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 cups chopped frozen berries
- 1 pkg cool whip ~ softened
I love to use my frozen summer berries: strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries. (*If using fresh fruit, reduce juice to 1/4 cup) I like to chop my strawberries just a little to make them more manageable in the pan.
In Kitchen Aid: beat cream cheese and sugar throughly. Add juice and berries and mix.
Fold in Cool Whip. Pour into pan with graham cracker crust and chill in freezer for at least 4 hours, can be chilled overnight if necessary.
My sister got this recipe from the Kraft website about 5 years ago. I have searched many times for it, but have yet to find their original recipe.
***Don't forget today is 09-09-09!