Friday, September 30, 2011

The Blessings of Scripture

This is one of my favorite weekends of the year--LDS General Conference--where we can hear the word of the Lord. I'm grateful for the word of the Lord in the scriptures. "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Raspberry Nectarine Crumble

This is another recipe adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe. Mel's was a Blackberry Nectarine Crumble that looked so delicious, I determined to make one for last Sunday's dessert. Sundays and dessert belong together, in my opinion. Anyway, nectarines and berries also belong together, as do peaches and berries. Thanks to Jeff, we have all of the above growing in our yard. Well, not blackberries...but raspberries. So I substituted raspberries, and I'm not sorry. It was delish.

Raspberry Nectarine Crumble

6 nectarines, thinly sliced (I also peel them. I don't like the peels)
1 pint of raspberries
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/8 t. salt
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
2 T. water
2 t. tapioca (my addition)

Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly grease the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Toss the fruit, cinnamon, salt, sugar, water and tapioca together and pour into the pan.

For Crumble:
1 1/2 c. QUICK oats
1 1/2 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. butter, melted

Mix together the dry ingredients and add the melted butter while tossing with a fork. Mix until it is moist and crumbly. Sprinkle over the fruit in the pan. Bake the crumble for 40 minutes. Cool 10-15 minutes before serving. We ate it topped with whipped cream.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Menopause Makeover

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I have found the best book and website! **TMI warning** If you are finding yourself battling pre/peri and menopausal symptoms, I highly recommend checking out The Menopause Makeover. I found the book at Barnes and Noble online and was instantly intrigued by the rave reviews it has garnered. It takes a whole body/spirit approach to dealing with the roller coaster that is menopause; addressing ways to "makeover" your nutrition, fitness, emotions, hormones, etc. to look and feel better! Check it out.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A day at the marsh

This is Jared at Farmington Bay, for the Utah Youth Duck Hunt last Saturday morning. Was he ever excited for it....there are not enough words to tell you. This was the first duck hunt that he was able to get a duck and he was so proud! Jeff took him out, and they took Duke along for Duke's first hunt ever. He's not quite a year old now, and he did great. If it weren't for Duke's nose, they would not have found the duck. Once the duck was found, however, Duke was not sure that he wanted to pick it up, so Jeff carried it back to Jared. In the pic above, you can see that Duke was rethinking not wanting that duck.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Meatball Marinara Sandwiches

Yesterday my son Jake turned the ripe old age of 17. Happy Birthday, Jake!

When someone has a birthday at our house, they get to go out to lunch with Mom (& Dad if he's available), and they get to choose what I'm going to make for dinner. Jake LOVES the Meatball Marinaras at Subway, and asked me to make them. At first I thought, "Ok...," but they turned out so well and were so easy! Best of all, Jake said they were just like his fave at Subway, which made me happy.

Here is what I did:
  1. I purchased Kroger brand Homestyle Meatballs from Smith's. You'll find them in the freezer section.
  2. I also purchased a 2 lb, 13 oz jar of Ragu Old World Style (flavored with meat).
  3. Dump frozen meatballs in a slow cooker.
  4. Pour the Ragu over the meatballs. I used about 3/4 of the jar.
  5. Cook on high for 3 hours, then turn to low and cook 2 hours more. (Or cook on Low for 8 hours). The Ragu thickens up a lot by this time and will not soak your hoagie.
  6. I purchased an assortment of hoagie or hard rolls from the market. Even the harder rolls were perfect because the hot meatballs softened them up.
  7. Slice the rolls open, but not all the wall through. Sprinkle some shredded Pepper Jack on the roll.
  8. Load it up with meatballs and sauce. These are large meatballs, so a 6-inch bun held 5 meatballs.
  9. Top with more shredded Pepper Jack. (Jake wanted sliced cheese, but it wasn't available. Shredded worked just as well. We thought it was even better).
This recipe made a total of 10 subs, with most of them being 6 inch size. Yum!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Zach & Tara's Wedding

Sharing pics I took at my niece's wedding reception. They were sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. All the festivities made 9.10.11 a  wonderful day to remember. Congrats, Tara & Zach!

The bride and their own world.

The wedding cake & groom's cake. He's an EMT.

The bridal bouquet.

All of my girls wore black & white. Here is Nicole with Libby & Mia.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day of Remembrance

My birthdays changed forever 10 years ago today. They used to be about celebrating me, but they aren't just about me anymore. They are about remembering. On 9/11, my birthday was about shock, fear and grief...the same shock, fear and grief we all felt that day as we watched the World Trade Center Towers come down. But they are evolving into a remembrance of faith, unity, heroism and love. 

I still get another year older, but I don't just get another year older anymore. We get another year farther away from the unity and faith that grew out of 9/11. This is unfortunate. I think President Thomas S. Monson says it best in his Washington Post editorial on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11:

"The darkness of our despair brought us a moment of enlightenment. But we are forgetful. When the depth of grief has passed, its lessons often pass from our minds and hearts as well." 

Click on the link above to read the entire guest editorial by President Monson. He has some very insightful things to say.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day!

There was no labor here today...only fun. Along with enjoying my family, I enjoyed some of the beauties of nature.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Things I love about September.

Me and Jake at our last birthday party.
Today is September 1st, and I'm so happy about that. No more August! September is only my very favorite month of the entire year. Here's why:

#1. It's my birthday on 9/11. Yes, 9/11. In the words of my mother, it was my birthday first! 
Although I admit it hasn't been quite the same since that year I turned 34.
More on that coming up.
Also #1. It's my anniversary!! 9/8/88. That means we'll hit 23 years this year. Can't wait.
Get excited for that post. It's gonna be good. 
2. It's my son Jacob's birthday (9/16). He'll be 17 this year. I'll be 44. Wow.

3. Time to hang the Autumn wreath! My favorite wreath of the year.
It even beats the Christmas wreath.
4. Football, baby. College football, that is. GO UTES! PAC-12 this year!
I know it's NFL time, too, but the NFL just isn't as much fun, IMO.
5. It starts getting a little cooler outside. Sweater weather. Gotta love it.
6. The changing of the leaves. You can bet I'll be posting some pics of that.
7. Did I mention that September is the month of my birthday AND my anniversary? Yeah.
8. September just sounds cool. That's all there is to it.
9. Labor Day. The last Hurrah of BBQ season.
10. It's my Gram's birthday this month, too. I wish she were here to celebrate!