Home Away From Home}Provo, Utah

Usually on the weekends I share with you some fun new place I have discovered in Portland, my hometown.

I spent last weekend at my home away from home – Provo, Utah.  All four of my children are currently living Provo so I try to spend as much time there as I can so this weekend I’m sharing a few fun finds from my visit last week.

I went to Utah to speak at the Story@Home Conference that was sponsored by Family Search and Cherish Bound.  It was so fun and I loved meeting some of you in person.

The best part was having all these faces in the front row with me! (My four kids and a friend)

After I spoke the boys headed back to Provo and the girls and I headed out for a little shopping.  While we were shopping we received a text from the boys that they had just had the best french fries of their life!  Of course we had to go check it out so we decided to stop by Bruges Waffles & Frites and check it out for ourself.

It is a small place – basically a walk up counter with only outdoor seating so be prepared to take your food to go if it is a cold snowy day.  Fortunately for us it was beautiful and sunny so we sat outside with our waffle with strawberries and creme fraiche and our fries.

My girls and I agreed that we preferred the waffles from the Waffle Window in Portland but it was still very good.  The fries were definitely good but I think what made them really good was the yummy dipping sauce.  You have a whole selection of sauces to choose from but we went with the Brazilian one based on one of my son’s recommendations.  The other son assured us that the garlic sauce was amazing too.  I need to go back so I can try some of the other dipping sauces.  Utah is famous for it’s fry sauce but this took fry sauce to a whole new level!

We were well fueled and ready for some more shopping.

Friday night we had dinner down in Provo at Station 22 on Center Street.  Logan was at a meeting and couldn’t go with us but he highly recommended their turkey leg.  Cali order it and thought it was a bit dry – must have just been an off night.  Logan assured us his was amazing.

Photos thanks to Instagram.

Several of us went for the Pig and Cheese which was delicious – tender pork, cheese and sauteed apples on a yummy bread that has been grilled – a dressed up grilled cheese sandwich.  Their fries were pretty yummy too.

I think our best new find this trip was a restaurant tip from one of you!  Thanks to Shandee for giving me the heads up about Casa Salza in Spanish Fork.  Logan checked it out before I got to town and raved about it.  We all went down to try it Saturday night and it did not disappoint.  I can’t believe I am going to say this but I think I like it just as well, if not better as my Utah favorite Cafe Rio.  You don’t have the long lines either!

I went for the tacos and they were delicious – the pork was amazing.  The other thing not to be missed at Casa Salza is their chips and salsa dip.  The salsa is amazing!

The best part ? You guessed it!  All these faces at one table!!

From there we headed to Barry’s Drive Inn in Spanish Fork for dessert.  There were milkshakes to go around.  Clark and Jessica went for a strawberry brownie and I opted for a chocolate malt.  Big and yummy!

On Sunday, after church and before I headed to the airport I cooked dinner for the kids at my niece’s home.  It was so fun to get to cook for them again!

Sad for me to leave and head home but so good to see them all so happy and working hard!
Anyone else need me to speak in Utah!?  I’m available!


Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    That was a fun read! Your beautiful happy children look so happy to have you there, too. I LOVE Bruges, too! I just discovered it last year, and when I went to Utah in Feb., I had to go…we will have to go in April;) It’s in my plans…LOVE the fries and LOVE the waffles, I need to learn how to make them all crystalized like they do–you work on that recipe, m’kay? Glad you had a fun trip!

    • says

      We will totally have to go – I want to try out some of their other dipping sauces. Also there is a French Bakery I want to check out when we are there in April. I have actually made the Belgian Waffles at home and the secret is the sugar they use. You can actually get it at Ikea and it’s amazing but so not low calorie!!

  2. camille c says

    I cannot wait to try all those places! I live here and have never heard of any of them. Thanks for the heads up :)

  3. Natalie Hill says

    Just found your blog….IMPRESSIVE!!!! Can’t wait to glean all the other fun ideas. For now, totally random question – love the polka-dot dress, and thought it would be fun for my daughters graduation dress. I’m hoping it’s a recent purchase and that you’d share where it was purchased.

  4. says

    I want to know how you stay so thin when you are making and eating all this Delicious food?!!! i am so jealous, please do a post telling me that you run marathons every morning or something =)))))

  5. Cherlyn says

    I would love to have you come speak but I live in Idaho. However, I know you would love it here on the Snake River. It is only 4 hours north of Provo, a small town called Rupert. I have been following your blog and on pinterest and I love your positive attitude, advice and recipes! I am currently the Relief Society President in my ward and I work on the Twin Falls temple landscape every Thursday, in the summer. I know that you could give the sisters in my ward a real boost! By the way, I think you have a lovely family. My children are all grown now but I love, love, love being a grandma. If you are ever over this way, we would love to have you! Cherlyn Stanger

    • says

      I know exactly where Rupert is, in fact the first summer we were married my husband and I lived in Rupert while he worked there. His brother also lived there at the time and was a full time seminary teacher in Rupert. My husband grew up in Idaho Falls!

  6. says

    Oh sheesh. I live in Utah and I’ve never tried any of these places. I am hanging my head in shame. I live 20 minutes from Spanish Fork, so I’m gonna suggest to my hubbie that we try out Casa Salza on our next date night. Thanks for the tour of my own hometown. LOL!

  7. kelly says

    have you been to the parlor in downtown provo. it’s great little pizza shop owned by a family. they have great GF pizza. i ate the whole thing by myself i was so happy! i love your provo posts we will be taking my son to the MTC soon and we will hit some of these spots!

  8. Cherlyn says

    You have such a beautiful family. I would love to have you come speak! However I live in Idaho…about 4 hours north of Provo. But, I think you would love it here on the Snake River! I follow your blog and I also follow you on pinterest and I am impressed with your talents and abilities. Thanks for all that you share.

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