Monday, June 25, 2012

I owe it all to running.

That's me during a recent Relief Society (church women's group) retreat.

I climbed up that log. On little hooks, no less. Not an easy task...and my shoulders let me know about it the next day.

Then I walked across this log to a zip line platform on the other side. Then I rode the zip line. That was sooo awesome!!!

Truthfully, I wasn't scared to do any of it. And I realized during the activity that even 6 months ago I would've been scared out of my mind to do it. Honestly. But because I've already done something big (for me) and taken up running when I believed for the first 44 years of my life that I never could, I feel so empowered. And that made climbing up to that log and riding down a zip line something else that was empowering.

Now, that doesn't mean any marathons are in my future. But maybe a 10k is. I'm still thinking about it....

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Can she make a cherry pie?

Yes, she can! ;)

She can also post the recipe just for you.

Cherry Pie
adapted from Lion House Pies

pastry for a double crust pie
2 1/2 T. quick tapioca
1/8 t. salt
3/4 c. granulated sugar
4 c. fresh, pitted sweet cherries
1/2 t. almond extract
1 T. butter, cut into little pieces

Combine the tapioca, salt and sugar in a large bowl and stir to combine. Add cherries and almond extract and stir well to coat the cherries. Let the cherries sit for 15 minutes, stirring a few times as they juice up.
Pour cherry mixture, with all the juice, into prepared pie crust. Dot with the pieces of butter. Cover with the top crust and crimp edges together. Vent the top with 2-3 holes. Bake at 375 for one hour. Cover the outer crust if it begins to brown too much, and lay a cookie sheet or a piece of foil underneath to catch dripping juices. Cool completely before cutting.

Here is my favorite way to make pie crust. (And yes, I've tried the so-called Never Fail Pie crust, but I always get more compliments on my crust when I do it the plain old-fashioned way).

2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 t. salt
1 T. sugar
1/2 c. butter, cold (Sometimes I use butter flavor Crisco if I have it on hand, but butter works great if you like a crisp crust)

Mix flour, salt and sugar together. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter until it resembles course crumbs. Using a fork, stir in 4 T. cold water. Add more water as needed (I usually need 2-3 T. more) until the dough begins to hold together in ball. Divide in half and roll out for top and bottom crusts.

After I put the top crust on, I like to brush the top with either milk, or cream if I have it. Then sprinkle with sugar lightly. It's very pretty after it bakes!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A marathon weekend

We had a marathon weekend. In  more ways than one.

First, Jared turned 15. Oh yeah.

Here he is with the Jazz jersey he specifically asked for. Except it's not the Jazz. A Jazz jersey was not to be found. But a Utes shirt isn't anything to sneeze at. Oh no.
This is actually a HOGS indoor remote controlled helicopter, can't you tell? (Until I saw the price tag on one of those). Instead he got this airplane set with 35 parts which he can use to build and rebuild different types of airplanes. And they fly. He loves it.
After all of the substitute birthday gifts, we headed off to Happy Valley. Otherwise known as Provo. (Although at approximately 10 am on Saturday it ceased to be Happy for one of us). We swam in the Marriott pool and thoroughly enjoyed Guy Fieri on the Food Network. Specifically Diners, Drive-Throughs and Dives. I never knew a deep fried hamburger existed. Trust me on this.
After a few hours minutes of sleep, Jeff was up bright & early at 2:45am to get ready for his marathon. Here he is putting on a few layers and packing up his bag.
Here is his pre-marathon breakfast. Enjoyed at precisely 3am. If it were me running the marathon, I'm quite sure I would not have been able to eat any of this!
Fast forward to about 10am. We are a couple of miles from the mouth of Provo Canyon, about mile 22, waiting for Jeff to come along. We had been waiting since 9:30, when he told us he expected to get to that point. Soon it's 10:30 and still no sign of him. I am constantly worrying, "Did we miss him? Where is he?" Finally at almost 11 we caught sight of him. Here he is above with the kids cheering him on. Turns out that about mile 15 he started feeling blisters on his feet, and by mile 16 one BIG one had popped, and his feet were so painful he couldn't run anymore. He'd been walking for the last 6 miles. And it was pretty easy to tell by the way he was walking that something wasn't right.
If you know Jeff, you know he didn't give up, although he needed Nicole's support. She walked with him for the remaining 4 miles, reaching the finish in another 50 minutes or so. Even walking the last TEN MILES on swollen, blistered feet no less (which I shudder to think about), he finished that dang marathon within the time limit. So you know that his first 16 miles were going pretty darn great. Stupid blisters. He had never had them before, even on long training runs (18+ miles) so he doesn't know for sure why he had them that day.

Is he awesome or what?! I am one lucky woman.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

School's out. And a bunch of other stuff.

Mia & Libby on the last day of school.

School's out. And I got a new job. 
(I'm a blogger. Professional blogger.
Yes, really. Though I know it sounds funny).
And Jake's still in physical therapy since knee surgery
and Mia's new play started and
Jeff's first marathon is this Saturday (!!)
and Jared is turning 15 tomorrow. 
And this blog is suffering for all of it!
So I apologize for taking a week off
when I never even intended to. 
Just getting this home office thing figured out (along with everything else).
It's good, and the flexibility of working from home is a blessing for me
because my number one priority has always been
to be available and present for my kids.
And of course, Jeff too. I wouldn't
be a mother to six cuties without him. :) 

My next post will probably be Marathon pics
and Finish Line happenings. I'm nervous excited for him, and I think he's going to do GREAT!