Wednesday, May 31, 2006

WFMW: Quesedillas

When I was little we always had Quesedillas from the microwave. This made the tortilla soggy. I found another quick way to make Quesedillas, but with crispy tortillas. I make them in my waffle iron.

This is so quick and easy. Just heat up your waffle iron while you are preparing your Quesedillas and then place them into your waffle iron. Let cook until cheese starts to bubble. They are crisp, quick, and yummy! Works for me. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, May 28, 2006

My Life Monday...

I sat down at the computer tonight to have a little quiet time (2 hours of time to myself, since my whole family had already gone to bed). I was going to do Rachelle's My Life Monday entitled "In Memory of...." and post some beautiful pics of my Iris. Well, shortly after logging onto my computer I heard my baby crying. It is pretty normal for her to wake up a while after she goes to sleep. I usually just have to replace the binky and she is off to dreamland again. I went to her room to do just that, but something seemed wrong....okay, something SMELLED wrong. The poor dear had vomitted all over herself, and her bedding. Finally I am back at the computer. In the last hour we have gone through 1 bath, 1 crib sheet, 1 rubber sheet, 1 blanket, 2 sets of pajamas, 1 bath towel, 2 onesies, 1 kitchen towel, 1 changing pad cover, 1 sweatshirt (oh yah, that one was me the mommy target), 1 wash cloth, lots of wet wipes, and 3 diapers (let's just say vomitting was not her only problem!). A little too much excitement at my house! Now the adorably cute little sick one is lying in my lap sleeping... FINALLY!! My husband has also been sick today. I am hoping it will not spread to my other little girls tomorrow...if it does, My Life Monday will not be so great! I hope everyone's Memorial Day is looking better than mine!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Book Review #4

Here is another book review. There are not too many this time because I reviewed some of my current books with my last review.

The Buffalo Soldiers by Chris Bohjalian: I would not recommend this book. I could not even force myself to finish reading it. This was our Book Club book for the month and no one in our group really liked the book. One of the other ladies highly recommended Midwives which is by the same author.

Better Homes & Gardens New Garden Book: A great resource book for the new gardener. There is lots of different information about different kinds of plants, and great pictures. I was looking for landscaping ideas, and it didn't have a lot of those, but it was an excellent book.

Family Fun Parties: I loved this book. It is definately one for your own personal library. I thought it was just going to be birthday party ideas, but they had holiday and other party ideas. They had lots of themed party ideas...including cake, decorations, invitations, and party favors. This is definately one I am going to buy.

Well that is all for another week...happy reading!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Hair Fuzzies....

There have been so many cute hair things going around in the blogging universe. I thought I would put on a few hair accessories that my 5-year old and I made a couple weeks ago. I am teaching a class next week in our ward on how to make these. We call them fuzzies.

To make: Take a large ponytail holder and tie 6-inch pieces of various ribbons (clip ends at an angle)around it. I like the look of using several different kinds of ribbons: sheer, crossgrain, thin, fat, etc. It takes about 24 pieces of ribbon to go around each ponytail holder. My 5-year old made the red one all by herself. They are so easy and quick and they look so cute around a ponytail. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

WFMW: Pre-cooked Meat

Here is my WFMW idea. I pre-cook meat and put it in my freezer in zippy bags. I will brown about 6 pounds of ground beef, then put 1 cup of browned beef into a bag and freeze. It is so convenient to throw in spaghetti, soups, shepherds pie, or to make into taco meat. I also do the same thing with chicken. I put about 6 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts, or tenders in my crockpot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook until it falls apart. I shred all the chicken and put 1 cup of cooked chicken into a zippy bag and freeze. It is great for throwing in salads, quesedillas, casseroles, or fajitas. It works for me!
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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Book Review #3:

Here is my next book review. I am reviewing some of the latest books in my book bag with this post too.

1001 Ideas for Color & Paint: Very colorful book. Lots of painting ideas through pictures (is it child-like to still love picture books?) They have techniques for faux (don't you just love that word) finishing in the book as well.

Secrets of the Spas by Cathrine Bardey: Lots of ideas and recipes for having your own private "at Home" spa experience. They have recipes for light food, and recipes for different beauty "potions", such as scrubs, facial masks, etc. Would be a great book to reference if you are into doing the spa thing at home...I love to do this. It is so relaxing, and cheap!

Making Memory Boxes by Anna Corba: Some beautiful boxes, but too victorian for my taste. I love the victorian look, but it just isn't quite my style.

Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion Magazine: I love this magazine! I thought I wouldn't because I don't care much for those cherries and things she has, but the magazine has cute ideas.

Decorating with Architectural Trimwork by Jay Silber: If you are looking to add a little elegence to your house this is the book! Shows you how to add cornices, door casings, chair rails, wall frames and baseboard moldings to your home. There are tons of pictures so you can get lots of ideas of how to do the different types of molding in just about any room. We are planning to do cornice and wall frames in our living room. So excited!

The New Flooring Idea Book by Regina Cole: We have been wondering what flooring to put in our entry/dining/kitchen/laundry/familyroom area....pergo, tile, wood. This book goes through the different types of flooring options and explains the benefits and down falls of each type. We decided on Engineered Wood flooring...never knew what it was, so the book was great for enlightening us.

I'm off to look at a few of my other books....keep reading!

Friday, May 19, 2006


Stephanie did a fun thing on her blog today. She took a letter and came up with 10 things that started with the letter and told why she came up with those things. She had some cute and funny things on her blog. She assigned me the letter M. So here are the ten things I thought of that start with that letter:
1. M******, my 5-year old. Hers is not one of the weird names Stephanie mentioned! She is such a great kid. She saves me so many times. She is a wonderful big sister and such a great help around the house. She is always willing to do what I ask her to do, and she is so creative and fun. I am lucky to be her mom.

2. Model homes. I love to tour model homes. I once thought about being a real estate agent because I love to look at homes so much, but I decided I didn't want to sell houses, just LOOK at them. A friend and I toured some yesterday. Here are a few fun shots I took while we were there.

3. Money. Okay, love of money is the root of all evil right, but it sure is fun!!! Could use a truck load at my house.
4. Melancholy. I discovered this word in college. Unfortunately, it sometimes describes my mood.
5. Mother-In-Law. My MIL is coming today, so I should really be cleaning the house and changing the sheets on her bed. I guess I will have to switch into hyper-speed after this post so I can get it all done.
6. Mushrooms. Weird little things, but so tasty. I am frying some up tonight for dinner. I fry them in butter until they are crisp and add some garlic salt and parsley (to add a little color to the drab little things). They are delicious!
7. Marla. She is the greatest friend. She lives across the street from me and I think we talk about twice a day. She keeps me sane, and inspires me to be better. Not to mention all the fun we have laughing together!
8. Marmoset. I am not sure what one of these looks like, but my husband saw one at his work yesterday, so the word was fresh in my mind.
9. "Mom". Never thought I would get tired of hearing that word, but somedays I have had enough...."MOM", "MOM!!", "MOM!!!!"
10. Mormon. Yup I am a Mormon, and pretty dang proud of it in a non-prideful sort of way. I know my life would not be so amazingly great without the gospel.
So there are my M's. If anyone is interested in doing this same thing, let me know and I will assign you a letter. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

WFMW: File Basket

I love the look of the baskets you can file your paperwork in, but they cost so much. So one day when I was going to get rid of this (because it has a broken handle):

an idea hit me to use it to file my paperwork in. It is great. It is just a picnic basket that I got for my wedding. It fits file folders in it perfectly. Anyone coming into my kitchen would never know what is in it.
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Monday, May 15, 2006

My recent projects...

I thought I would start posting some of my projects when I get them done (don't worry, at the rate I finish projects, this won't actually be too many...I am great at starting a project, but not so great at always finishing one). Here is what I was working on for Mother's Day.

I made this for my mother. She is a FABULOUS quilter, so the instant I saw this quote I thought of her. She loves quilting (probably something she got from her mom, since my Grandma was a beautiful quilter as well). She always makes baby quilts for my babies (and all the grandbabies), she made all of her kids wedding quilts, and makes another quilt when each of the grandkids turns 8. This adds up to a LOT of quilts. Each one is beautiful and unique.

This one I made for my mother-in-law. She had the frame hanging with nothing in it in her laundry room, so I asked if I could put something in it for her for mother's day. This is the perfect quote for my mother-in-law. Her family is her greatest joy, and loves when we all come home for the holidays.

I hope you all had a Happy Mother's Day!! Posted by Picasa

Friday, May 12, 2006

Book Review #2:

I wasn't so great at getting through my bag of books this week since I was gone, but here are a few reviews of the books I was able to get through. I added a few more to my book bag list as well.

Great American Houses and their Architectural Styles by Virginia and Lee McAlester: Fantastic book. I want to get it for my own. They went through many architectural styles, showed what details make them unique and took you on a tour of a famous house in that style. Loved the federal style and the Queen Anne Victorian.

Country Fabric Style by Julia Bird: They used beautiful fabrics in this book. The book shows you how to make pillows, curtains, and other decorative items. Loved seeing the fabrics, but didn't find anything I wanted to make.

Simple Fountains by Dorcas (poor girl!) Adkins: We are trying to figure out what kind of pond or fountain we want to add to our yard. This book contained mostly small fountains, and indoor fountains, so it wasn't any good for what we were looking for.

Scrapbooking Baby's Cherished Moments by Rebecca Carter: Beautiful pages and fun ideas for scrapbooking baby's photos...used a couple ideas from it already.

The Best of Signature Kitchens: Beautiful pictures. A great reference book for anyone wanting to remodel or build a new kitchen...too bad I am not doing either. :(

The New Smart Approach to Kid's Rooms by Megan Connelly: Great pictures of kid's rooms in this book...they have just about everything in the book too....lots of ideas!

That's all for book review this week. Happy Reading!!!

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Tag I'm It!!!

Smart Mama tagged me. She had two fun tags on her blog, and since I love these things I decided to do both of them.

The 4 Tag
Four jobs I've had:
1. Ice Cream Scoopee
2. Janitress
3. Manager of the Fabric/Notions portion of a store
4. Substitute Teacher

Four movies I watch over and over:
1. You’ve Got Mail
2. Anne of Green Gables
3. Pride and Prejudice
4. While You Were Sleeping

Four places I have lived:
1. Ogden
2. Delta
3. Roosevelt
4. Logan

Four TV shows I love to watch:
1. Martha Stewart Living
2. The Bachelor
3. Oprah
4. King of Queens

Four places I have been on vacation:
1. Guatemala
2. New Mexico
3. California
4. Nevada

Four places I would like to go on vacation:
1. Hawaii
2. Carribean
3. Oregon
4. Prince Edward Island (I got my travel brochure the other day...what fun!)

Four websites I visit often:
1. My Blog
3. library web-site

Four favorite foods (I love to eat, so this was a hard one):
1. Fettucine Alfredo
2. Garlic Bread
3. Cinnamon Bears
4. Hot Chocolate

Where I would like to be right now:
1. Scrapbooking at my mom's house
2. On a vacation with my family
3. Model home hopping
4. Shopping

Two for Togetherness Tag

2 things you compliment your husband on while in his presence.
1. That he is so hardworking
2. That he is so dang cute

2 compliments you make about your spouse to your friends about your spouse.
1. That he can fix or build anything
2. He is so sweet to me

2 traits you married him/her for.
1. He has strong values and beliefs
2. He is a great provider

2 Days you cherished the most with your husband being together.
1. When our girls were born
2. The day we found out he had cancer

2 Material things you could give your husband if you just inherited a fortune.
1. A new truck
2. All the plants and things he wants for our yard

2 things you would miss the most if she/he left for two weeks.
1. No one to cuddle with at night when I go to bed
2. No help with the kids

2 thoughts that crossed your mind when you first met/saw your spouse.
1. He is fine!
2. He is so easy to talk to.

2 favorite dates
1. Dancing in our family room
2. The Institute Ball (that is when he proposed)

2 funny odd things you love.
1. That he will always kill spiders for me
2. That he is so fixated on getting things done

2 two places you have lived with your spouse.
1. Roosevelt
2. Delta

2 favorite Vacations
1. Camping
2. San Diego

I can't think of four people to tag, but here are two:

1. Jettara
2. The Scent of Elsha

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Works For Me Wednesday

I thought I would do a Works For Me today. Next time you change your vacuum bag, shove a couple of dryer sheets in the new bag before you place it on your vacuum. When you vacuum it will make your whole house smell like it was just washed. I love it when you are outside walking around and you can smell that someone is doing laundry...this will make your house smell the same way.
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Monday, May 8, 2006

My Mother's Day Gift

A few weeks ago my husband asked what I wanted for Mother's Day. I told him I wanted a vacation. So this last weekend he took two days off of work and sent me to my parents house to scrapbook while he stayed home and took care of our 3 little girls. Isn't he sweet!?! I had a great time while I was away. I got to visit with a great friend (love ya Steph!), spend time with my family, and I managed to finally scrapbook my wedding pictures after almost 9 years of marriage. And if that wasn't great enough, I came home to a clean home (done by my husband and girls), and a husband who appreciated me more. Here are a few of the pages from my wedding scrapbook. I still have more to do, but I did manage to do 24 pages on my vacation.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Book Review

Here is my little book review of the books that were in my book bag last week. I am adding new books to my sidebar (since today was library day).

The Joy of Imperfection: I haven't finished this book yet, but I am loving it so far. I will give a full review when I finish it.

The 5 People You Meet In Heaven: Loved this book. It was our book club book for the month. We watched the movie on book club night. The movie was excellent, and actually followed the book almost perfectly....which I have found is not usually the case when a book is made into a movie. The story is about a man who dies and goes to heaven and meets 5 people who have in someway affected his life, and each one has a lesson to teach him that he didn't learn on earth. This story is very thought provoking and makes you think about how your actions affect those around you. A must read!

Style On A Budget, and Clutter Cutters: Both excellent books. I love Better Homes and Gardens books. Their style is clean and practicle. My favorite Better Homes and Gardens decorating book is Small House Big the houses on pages 38-49 and 80-91.

Scrapbooking Your Wedding by Memory Makers: Some cute ideas. I am going to scrapbook my wedding pictures (finally, after almost 9 years of marriage), and I will use some fun ideas from this book.

Building Garden Furniture by Ray Martin & Lee Rankin: Some nice furniture. There are some cute adirondak (sp?) chairs that I might have my husband make.

The Complete Book of Garden Projects: Very nice gardens. Wish I had looked at this book before we designed our yard.

The Beauty Workbook by Cynthia Robins: A very informative book if you are teenager. I did learn some things about foundation, but not much else.

A Place for Everything by Peri Wolfam & Charles Gold: Didn't like this book at all. Very cluttered country style...which was odd since it was an organizational book. Thought it funny that they thought it was a good idea to put a large basket of toilet paper in your bathroom as a decorative statement (we are talking about a dozen rolls in a basket). Weird.

Anyway, that is my book review for the week. I hope you found it useful. I am taking off for vacation tomorrow, so I won't be around for a few days. Have a great weekend fellow bloggers.

Monday, May 1, 2006

The Ultimate Granola

I was typing up this recipe for our ward cookbook, and thought it would be fun to post on my blog.

The Ultimate Granola

3 cups rolled oats (I often use a 6 or 9 grain instead of plain oats)
1 cup wheat germ (found in the cereal isle)
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup sesame seeds
2/3 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped nuts
Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, gloves, ginger to taste
1 cup dried fruit

Add oats, wheat germ, coconut, sesame seeds, honey, oil, nuts, and spices to crock pot. Mix together well. Cook on low 4-6 hours until golden brown. Cook with lid slightly ajar, and stir frequently. Cool and add dried fruit. Store in an air tight container.

I have tried lots of variations with this recipe. You can use any kind of nuts and fruit or add different kinds of seeds like sunflower seeds, etc. Some of our favorites are:
Pecans, raisins, and extra cinnamon
Almonds, cashews, and tropical fruit
Almonds, cranberries, orange zest and ginger
Let me know if you try out any fun new variations! Posted by Picasa