Candy Trees

Candy Tree

Each year at church we have a “Super Saturday.”  It is a whole day full of fun craft and projects.  You can sign up for various classes and it is a fun day!  This year they asked me to help teach a class on jars.  I’ll be sharing all kinds of fun ideas to do with jars – ways to decorate with jars, gift giving ideas using jars, ways to serve food in jars.  Lots and lots of jars!  In addition to all the fun ideas they will be learning, [Continue Reading...]

Caramel, Pretzel, Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I think my collection of  “To Try” recipes has tripled since I got onto Pinterest!  One recipe that caught my eye a few days ago was for a Salted Caramel, Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie from the Diary of Daves Wife.  What’s not to love!? Caramel, chocolate, salt and the crunch of a pretzel.  Sounded good to me so I thought I’d give it a try.  I decided to use the chocolate chip recipe I have had for years as a base. The original recipe uses butter flavored Crisco.  I am [Continue Reading...]

Me and My Girls

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For the last two years I have had this little idea/dream in my head.  I wanted to do a fun, beautiful, magical photo shoot with my two girls.  I knew who I wanted to do the shoot, it was just the logistics of having both my girls home and finding the time to do it.  Well, I decided this summer had to be it.  Tessa was headed to college and it was just going to get harder and harder. Thanks to my two pretty girls and my amazing photographer friend [Continue Reading...]

30 Minute Rolls

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I’ve lost track of how many times I have made these rolls in the last few months.  Let’s just say it’s been a lot. And everytime I’ve made them everyone has asked “Is this recipe on the blog?”  I have been promising and promising it would be so now it is. I found this recipe over at my friend Laura’s blog – Real Mom Kitchen. Believe it or not these rolls only take 30 minutes to make.  Start to finish.  Really!  And they are a yeast roll.  The other thing [Continue Reading...]

What is Your Least Favorite Food?

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Over the weekend my husband was cleaning out a drawer.  He ran across an old spiral notebook which he was about ready to throw away when he realized it was the sixth grade school journal of our son Clark (who is now 25 and in law school). We laughed and laughed as we read through it.  Reading the thoughts and ideas of a sixth grader can be quite amusing. Each of the entries was an answer to a question the teacher had asked that day.  One particular entry I really [Continue Reading...]

Portland}Heslers on Alberta

Heslers on Alberta

If you are new to the blog, on the weekends I share some place I love about the wonderful city I live in – Portland! The last two weeks we have been hanging out on NE Alberta with our Portland posts and we are just going to keep on visiting!  If you haven’t been over to NE Alberta, there are so many fun shops and restaurants. Today we are going out to breakfast. Hesler’s has been around since 1994 and they use many family recipes including their buttermilk pancake recipe [Continue Reading...]

Creamy Tomato and Sausage Pasta

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Pasta is a go to meal at our house. Especially now that the nights are getting a cooler, evenings are busy with activities and Fall is in the air. A nice plate of  Creamy Tomato and Sausage Pasta is just good comfort food. This recipe is one that I usually have all the ingredients on hand, or almost all. So when I don’t know what to fix for dinner, pasta is usually the answer. This particular recipe calls for Italian Sausage but you could also use ground chicken, turkey or [Continue Reading...]

Tomato, Pesto and Mozzarella Tart

Tomato, Pesto and Mozzarella Tart

I woke up to two large bowls of tomatoes on my kitchen counter yesterday. Why is it that they all have to come ripe all at the same time! The tomatoes aren’t big this year but they are sweet and juicy. I knew I had to get busy and start doing something with them. I had book club yesterday morning so I called my friend who was hosting and asked her if I could please bring something – how about a tomato tart I asked? She quickly agreed. Since book [Continue Reading...]

Giveaway Winner and The Hundred Dresses at BYU

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Congratulations to the following people who have won an autographed copy of Breakfast in Bridgetown.  Please send me your mailing address and also who you would like it personalized to.  Thanks to everyone who entered.  Now who is going to invite me to go out to breakfast with them?? 17  Eva Schweber 19 Karen Emerson 33  Debbie H This is for all my Utah friends.  My daughter, Cali, who is a Theater Education major at BYU is performing in a BYU production – The Hundred Dresses.  If you are not [Continue Reading...]