We’re Off! BYU or Bust!


If things have gone according to plan we are on the road!  Beginning our 12 hour drive to Utah.  I hope everything fit in the car! I usually post a recipe on Wednesday but I am hoping you will indulge me a little while longer with my story of woe and misery – sending my daughter off to college.  I want to share with you some remembrances of home I am sending with her.  Not that I think she will forget me but I just want her to have some [Continue Reading…]

Forming a Support Group


Amongst all the “getting ready for college” that we did this week we were  able to squeeze in a few social events. One night Cali and I gathered with a group of other college bound daughters and their mothers.  As a result of the girl’s friendship, the mothers have become friends too.  During our evening together the girls gathered in the family room and the moms gathered in the dining room. I am not sure what the conversation was in the family room but in the dining room the mothers were [Continue Reading…]

Friday Favorite – Patrice’s Potatoes

patrices potatoes

I think I have mentioned before that I am not a potato fan.  Basically, I don’t eat potatoes. It’s not because I’m trying to cut down on carbs – I just don’t like them.  I think it’s more of a texture issue for me than anything else. Yes, I am married to man from Idaho –  a man whose first solid food was probably potatoes! The first time I went to Idaho to meet Jim’s family I think they were all a little shocked and dismayed (and maybe even a little insulted ) [Continue Reading…]

Fabulous Fajitas


As I promised yesterday, today I am sharing the yummy dinner we had for Jim’s birthday celebration. Because of his Meiner’s Disease (an inner ear condition that causes terrible episodes of vertigo and hearing loss) Jim is on a special diet. The doctor’s have put him on the Zone Diet.  If you are not familiar with it, the basic concept is that you always eat a protein, fat and carbohydrate together and you eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day. The diet has really helped his condition – he was [Continue Reading…]

Happy Birthday Jim!

happy birthday jim

Today is my husband’s birthday.  I’ll be kind and not tell you how old he is.  I will tell you though, he is older than I am. We actually celebrated his birthday on Sunday because early this morning he left on a business trip.  We celebrated with a yummy dinner (I’ll share the recipe tomorrow) and a homemade marionberry pie – his request. After dinner we went to visit my mom and dad as my dad is recovering from surgery.  When we returned home we found a surprise waiting for Jim [Continue Reading…]

College Bound….


Only 10 more days – 10 more days until I have to get in the car and drive my daughter to her new life as a college freshman. I have been keeping myself busy getting her ready to go.  It’s amazing how much stuff you need when you leave home.  All that stuff you share with your sister that you now need for your own  – blow dryer, straight iron, makeup, shoes, clothes, computer, etc. Tessa is very concerned that half her wardrobe is going to college! I have a growing pile [Continue Reading…]

Barefoot Bloggers – Panzanella Salad


So this is my third Barefoot Blogger recipe.  I’m not setting any world records for cooking my way through Ina Garten’s cookbooks but I’m having fun. So far, 2 of the 3 recipes we have made are ones I never probably would have made otherwise.  That is one of the reasons why I joined the Barefoot Bloggers group – it is pushing me outside my comfort zone.  Forcing me to try new things. I have found that it is a technique that works well for me -I commit myself to [Continue Reading…]

The Perfect Summer Salad


A few weeks ago my friend Sherra was describing this amazing salad she had just had at Paradise Bakery.  Since Sherra typically doesn’t eat anything green I figured it must be a really good salad if she liked it! After she described it I had to google it and find a recipe for it.  She was right – it is great.  It is a perfect summer salad because it incorporates all kinds of yummy fruit – some canned and some fresh.   Not only is it yummy, it is so pretty with all [Continue Reading…]