Saturday, January 28, 2012

Todays Adventures

Today hasn't been so bad...let me give you a run down
  • Woke up remembering my strange warped dreams...must be stressed about about having to give a talk in church.  I did sleep in until 8:30.
  • Got breakfast in the oven and took Riley for his morning walk.  I found all these great puddles that had frozen over and had no water underneath the ice.  I found myself hopping from one to the other to crush the ice and make that great crunch sound.
  • Had baked mixed berry french toast and bacon for breakfast.  Not a bad way to start the day.
  • Finished making cards for a couple of birthdays and some thank you's.  Pictures of the projects will be showcased in an upcoming post.  Don't want to spoil the surprise before the birthday boys get their cards.
  • Grocery Shopping with Ralph.  Neither of us really like to go, so we endure the lines and road blocks at costco for samples as we trudge around the store for our needs.  We stocked up on healthy more of this baked french toast least for the next week. Smiley from 
  • Got new shoes and socks - so that I can walk up the canyon without my feet getting wet from the holes worn into the bottom of my old tennis shoes.  The ones I chose are the same model as pictured below, but they are graphite and teal.  The orange of this one is too bright for my taste.  Now I have no excuses but to get my hind end up the canyon to burn off french toast and burgers.
  • Picked up supplies to make this -

  • Stopped at Crown burger for the bacon cheese burger .  YUMMO!  I love bacon!  We got to use these new coke machine dispensers they are now using in this particular store.  I may be behind the times, but I have never seen them before.  Talk about way cool.  Ralph tried a Raspberry diet know what?...It was mighty tasty.  Very sleek looking and fun to use.  All digital touch screen. 
  • Came home to an excited Riley who needed another outside break.  My sweety unloaded and put the groceries away while I took Riley. I am so lucky my sweety does stuff like that.
  • Decided to apply myself a little more diligently to writing my talk  - at least so I don't have anymore bad dreams about walking into sacrament meeting empty handed.  I consulted with the resident expert about several scripture references and what he thought about my ideas.
  • Stopped for an ice cream break...Chocolate with caramel swirl and chocolate covered cashews partnered with a scoop of mint ice cream sprayed with flecks of semisweet chocolate throughout.  It was tasty.  Riley didn't even get a lick.
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  • Back upstairs to finish the talk - I wish I didn't care so much how it comes across to those that I am inflicting with my would be so much easier to prepare.  The topic is Choose the Right which is the primary's theme for the year.  The topic is so broad and can be so boring.  Hopefully I will keep the congregation captivated.  I think I have too much prepared, but that is just in case my counselors don't take enough time.
  • Update the blog with the fun day I had.  Find my dog and my way to bed to that I can get some rest.  Hope your day was just as fun.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Should I stay or should I go now?

The Clash song keeps running through my head as I sit here wondering if I should stay home another day.
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  • I feel a bit better, but still feel wiped out - even after a nice hot shower
  • No one wants to listen to me cough, sniffle and blow my nose all day
  • I have so much work to do - monthend is looming ahead and I have several phone calls that need to be returned and followed up with.
  • 60 day + items on the my accounts need to be resolved by the 31st - YIKES!
  • Nobody stays home from work more than one day for a "cold" - how embarrassing is that.
  • My fellow workers will be grateful I stayed home and didn't share.
At this point, the staying home is winning out. (Don't judge me)  I think it will be a Pride and Prejudice Day, snuggled in my fleece blanket with Riley B.

And by the way - Thanks to whomever it was that shared this wonderful gift with me! (this is full of sarcasm if you missed it)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Breakfast in Bed

Sounds like fun! 
I was the lucky recipient today of that very thing
Breakfast Casserole with homemade red pepper salsa
Sliced avocado and tomato
Orange juice

Ralph is so good to me.  Foot rubs, neck rubs and an incredible amount of patience. 
He is the best for me!

New Years Resolutions

I applaud anyone who doesn't have the goal of watching their weight or losing weight in the coming year.  Either you are really fat and don't care...or you are fit and have great will power.  You are lucky!F2142d200c17012f2fc400163e41dd5b

Actually I don't really set resolutions - I usually just continually work on making my weaknesses - strengths.

May this coming year bring you much happiness, peace and prosperity

December by 10

10 - Things I did in Garden Valley
  • Read The Hobbit
  • Knitted a scarf
  • Went to the library - don't you love going to the library and bringing a pile of books home to read.
  • Saw a fox in my Moms yard
  • Snuggled under warm blankets and watched movies with my Mom
  • Tasted lindt dark chocolate with almond slivers and black currents, wasabi roasted almonds, and marion berry licorice for the first time.  They have all been put on the favorite treats list.
  • Watched the Utes win the Sun Bowl against GA Tech in OT
  • Got a call in the early moning hours to hear that Mom Curtis had passed away
  • Played with Riley and Lady Sadie
  • Shot Clay Pigeons at the gun range
9 - Things that made December feel like Christmas
  • Our Christmas Tree & home decor
  • Temple Square lights
  • Hearing Ralph play O Little Town of Bethlehem on the Piano
  • Christmas Parties
  • Gift exchanges
  • Stollen and Fruit Cake
  • Christmas movies and music
  • The Nativity set up across the street from our home
  • Being able to visit my Mom and brother over the holidays
8 - Things that I will remember
  • The little nieces and nephews performing the nativity at the Family Christmas Party
  • Having someone tell me that my Home felt "Homey" and had a nice spirit about it.
  • Having friends stay longer than anticipated because they were enjoying themselves
  • The generosity of so many friends
  • Being able to help a friend in need
  • The love and comfort of family
  • The need to think before you speak (don't ask)
  • Time spent with Marjorie (Ralph's Mom)
7 - Traditions Kept
  • Watching the Christmas Story (Ralphy)
  • Making German Stollen
  • Making Mom's Fruit Cake
  • Spending Christmas Eve with Mom (it is either Ralph's or mine)
  • Reading the Christmas Story from Luke
  • Delivering homemade Christmas gifts to friends
  • Watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy
6 - Main Activities
  • Work Party
  • Hosting our dinner group
  • Family Christmas Party
  • Driving to Garden Valley - Leaving at 8:00 at night - arriving around 2:00 am
  • Ward Party
  • Spending a week in Idaho

5 - Movies I watched that I hadn't seen before
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Pirates of the Carribean 4
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Cars 2
  • Jane Eyre
4 - Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda
  • Christmas cards finished and mailed
  • Ralph's Christmas Scarf (currently just need to sew in the ends and block it)
  • Taken pictures ( I would like to say taken more...but I didn't take any)
  • Exercise - all I got was walking riley which doesn't really count - What a slug!
3 - December projects
  • Homemade Christmas cards and tags (some of the cards and tags did make into grateful hands)
  • 10 Wood signs that say "Prayer Changes Things"
  • Christmas Peppermint stands
2 - Parties Hosted
  • My work party was hosted out our house.  We served prime rib and then everyone bought sides for the meal.  It was very tasty.  I also played a duet with a fellow co-worker as well as a solo number.  She played her violin and I played the flute.
  • We hosted our dinner group - with the challenge of having someone over that couldn't eat wheat.  We pulled it off amazingly well.  Afterwards we had everyone share a favorite childrens Christmas story.  Great end to the evening and a nice contribution to the holiday.
1 - One thing I want to remember
  • Family and Friends are the most important - don't forget to tell them and show them how you feel!

I have dined today

"Serenely full, the epicure would say,
Fate cannot harm me, I have dined today."
                                                          - Sydney Smith

I was trying to wrap up December in a nutshell since I pretty much skipped it on the blog...
And I think I have narrowed it to two posts - not long.

One...this foodie had a great month! Between parties and Christmas goodies - I was in bliss :)
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Here are my highlights in no particular order - recipes available by request
1. Prime Rib
2. Clam Chowder
3. Fruit Cake
4. Stollen
5. Homemade artisan bread
6. Bread sticks
7. Ralph's Wassail
8. Posole
9. Ralph's Tomato Soup
10. Manti turkey
11. Swedish Meatballs
12. Deannes Turkey Sandwich
13. Copper Penny cookies
14. Chex Mix - Ralph's version
15. Clam dip
16. Persimmon Christmas pudding with Rum sauce
17. 7 layer dip
18. Sausage cheese dip with corn chips
19. Dale's Caramel corn
20. Cranberry Raisin Pie
21. Fish Fry in beer batter - they turned out THE BEST!
22. Homemade Onion rings - same batter.
23. Crab Cocktail Salad
24. Applets, Cotlets and Sees Candy