Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hair

"How can I control my life when I can't control my hair?"  ~Author Unknown


I got my hair done today, and this is the style I settled on. Now as soon as I figure out how to get it to look this good by myself, I'll post a picture of me. For now you get Jodie Foster...and who'd complain about Jodie Foster? (I want her hair color too, but I'm not supposed to covet).

Monday, May 30, 2011

In memory


This song was played on bagpipes at my grandpa's funeral. He was a WWII veteran, having served in the Navy in Okinawa Bay. His ship was sunk by a Japanese kamikaze and he lived to tell about it. Thanks to him and to everyone who has fought for our freedoms! Happy Memorial Day everyone.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Music for a Sunday: "The Prayer"


Beautiful duet by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. From Celine's 2008 Boston Tour.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Got rhubarb?

Our large rhubarb patch. It originated from my hubby's grandmother's yard.
I do! As you can see, a lot of it. Here is what I am going to do with some of it. This recipe originated from one of my local grocer's ads about two years ago, and it's so good I've made sure to never lose it. If you like rhubarb, you will LOVE this recipe. Seriously good.


Rhubarb Crisp

1 c. light brown sugar, packed
1 c. all purpose flour
3/4 c. quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 c. melted butter (not margarine)
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 c. sliced rhubarb (I slice it about 1/2 inch thick)
1 c. sugar
2 T. cornstarch
1 c. water
1 tsp. vanilla

In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, oats, butter and cinnamon. Mix until crumbly. Press half of this mixture into a buttered 8-inch baking dish. Top with the sliced rhubarb. In a saucepan, combine granulated sugar, cornstarch, water and vanilla. Bring to a boil and cook until clear and thickened. Pour over the rhubarb. Top with remaining crumb mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

We like it topped with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.

Friday, May 27, 2011

First Grade Talent Show

My little first grader had her talent show today! Of course I got there, armed with the good camera, only to find the battery dead. (I hate when I forget to charge it up ahead of time!) So you get to see pics taken with my camera phone. Definitely not the best, but at least it's captured for posterity.

Libby with the picture she drew for the show.
Telling everyone about the drawing. "It's me playing outside."
Singing songs with the class. Yes, height (or the lack thereof) runs in the family.
After the show, the class was going to have banana splits. I overheard a little boy say to the teacher, "Teacher! This is the best day ever! I get to have a banana split, and I get to get away from my sister and my mom!"  I thought that was priceless.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

I saw a story today on great train rides, and one of the recommended rides was one that we went on last year. Part of our vacation included a stop in Durango, Colorado, to ride the historic train to Silverton. Talk about breathtaking views! The train follows the Animas River, climbing to over 9,000 feet in elevation to reach Silverton, an old mining town. I thought I would post some pics here.

This is the steam engine that pulled us. All the D&S NGRR steam engines are circa 1923-25. This shot was taken in Silverton before our return trip to Durango.


A shot of the black coal steam as we made our way around a bend in the tracks.


As the train climbs higher, there are beautiful views of the Animas River.

At some points in the journey, rock outcroppings practically touch both sides of the train.


Another shot of the Animas, with the beautiful blue color coming from the minerals of the mine in Silverton.


A waterfall above the train.
The cars of the train are vintage just like the steam engine. You can opt to ride the train up and down the canyon, or you can ride a bus one way. We rode the train both ways. For more information, see the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad website.

**Note: The D&S NGRR is not paying me or compensating me in anyway for this review.**

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I'm changing my hair

Actress Emily Browning--Love this haircut!

                                     
    I'm really wanting to change my hairstyle. Again.
People who know me know that I am not one to keep the same style
for years and years. 
Hardly!
Not even one year.
Maybe not even 6 months.
Who am I kidding? I change my hair as often 
as every 3 months.
I inherited this condition from my mother.
Thanks, Ma.
At least I am never boring.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Kirstie and Maks!


Kirstie and Maks' Samba. I thought it was fabulous!

Kirstie and Maks' Freestyle. She rocked!!

What really bugs me about this competition is that the judges rave about Kirstie's "musicality" and her awesomeness every week. Last night was the same, yet they couldn't give her a single 10! She deserved 10's, in my opinion. I hope America votes her into the top spot tonight. As Maks put it, Kirstie shows that there's no age in this competition, and I think she also shows there's no size either.

Monday, May 23, 2011

My favorite garden vegetables

Well now, if the weather around here EVER starts to cooperate for more than just one day at a time, I will be planting my vegetable garden soon! Most years, we would have planted it already, but Utah seems to think it's traded spots with Washington State or something. Anyway, while I sit here waiting on the weather, I thought I'd post a list of some of our favorite things to grow in the garden.

Baby Roma tomatoes are delicious and grow easily. We've always had good luck with them...if we keep the deer out of them!

 Ever seen these before? Lemon Cucumbers. They are so delicious. We like them better than regular green slicing cucumbers. Eat them by themselves with a little salt or some balsamic vinegar, or add them to a salad.
Roma tomatoes make the best tomato sauce! Later on I will post a recipe for Fresh Roma Pasta Sauce that is out-of-this-world good.
Speaking of pasta sauce, you can put it on Spaghetti Squash. We usually just serve it buttered with salt and pepper. So good...it's my hubby's favorite.


Anaheim Chilis are a must around here. I use them with either the Roma tomatoes or regular slicing tomatoes to make fresh pico. I'll post a recipe for that sometime as well.

What do you like to grow in your garden?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

"If I had a day that I could give you, I'd give to you a day just like today"

Today, especially after 4 days of rain, I am grateful to see the sun, blue sky, and white fluffy clouds above. I spent the morning in my garden (or what will be, as soon as I can plant it). I couldn't help but think about the old John Denver tribute to the sun. Enjoy.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rain, rain, and more rain

It's Day Three of rain where I am. And really, we don't need it. We still have a snow pack that has to melt and make its way out of the mountains. It's going to get interesting around here when the heat comes.

In honor of the rain, enjoy this music video from Michael Jackson: "Stranger in Moscow." The videography is simply amazing! Enjoy.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I'm going for the doctorate.

I've learned a few things about being a mother. I'm going to relate it to college.

No two kids are the same. Some kids are like taking Parenting 101--they have their moments, but they aren't harder than you can handle. I have a few of those.

Other kids are like taking Parenting 560--a little tougher to figure out, but the rewards are still great. I have a couple of those, too.

And still other kids are like taking Parenting 1100 (graduate level)--they constantly challenge you and everything you *thought* you knew about parenting. They demand you to be better than you thought you could. I'm "lucky" (just a little positivity here) enough to have one of those. If I successfully raise that child, I am going to request a doctorate in parenting.

Big word though, that "if." Some days it feels almost insurmountable. But all I can do (all any of us can do) is keep on trying, because in the end it'll all be worth it.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Kirstie and Maks--Viennese Waltz

Kirstie did an awesome job with this dance! I love her dress and the way it swirls around her. I think I need a swirly, twirly dress.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Thank you, Blogger. And this time I mean it sincerely.

I like you again, Blogger. My two missing posts are back! See Thursday's Favorite Things and Kirstie's Instant Salsa before that.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Thank you, Blogger.

Blogger was down yesterday, and now my last two posts are missing. Bah!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A few of my favorite things

Yeah, it's a big bag. This is a list of my favorites, after all.


This Lip Smacker Coke Vanilla is outrageous! It really does taste like it, too. Not that I eat it or anything...but you know.

Love this stuff! I use it, or one of their other scents, every day.

L'Oreal Ever Pure Leave-In Conditioner for color treated hair. Love it! I know it keeps my color looking better for longer.

I'm sure we could all use a little extra fiber in our day, and these taste good!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Kirstie's (& Maks) Instant Salsa


Okay, the song is weird....but it's a good dance. I forget that Kirstie Alley is 60 years old young!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Help!




I have a sweet tooth. It's Pure. Evil!  I need some ideas on how to get squash it. I and my waistline will thank you.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Medicine



This should be pretty self-explanatory.

**Author's note: Yeah, the previous post is pretty ironic.
The end.**

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Twinkie vs. Carrot

This guy, Michael Pollan, is the author of "In Defense of Food." He is, in my opinion, phenomenal. He will make you think!

We should all wonder why it is that our government is not subsidizing farmers and whole, natural foods in turn. Why are they subsidizing obesity instead of health? They want a national health plan--start subsidizing healthy ways to eat.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Daffodil Principle


There is a story told called The Daffodil Principle.  It's a true story about a lady who, on her own, planted over 5 acres of daffodils on her property. She planted every variety and color of daffodils available. When asked by wondering passers-by how in the world she had managed to plant so many daffodils, the answer was simple. "One bulb at a time."

I like this story, because it reminds me that all the good we can do in this world can be accomplished "one bulb at a time," or one small, seemingly insignificant act at a time. All of our good deeds add up and contribute to a beautiful whole. Even when we feel insignificant ourselves.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Rooting for Kirstie!


I actually don't watch much of Dancing With the Stars, but this season Ralph Macchio and Kirstie Alley have my votes. Each week, I watch their dances online the next day. Both of them are great! And Kirstie has taken off quite a few pounds along the way. Enjoy!

Rooting for The Karate Kid!


Monday, May 2, 2011