Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday thoughts. . .

My random Friday thoughts. . .
So often we base our decisions on things that don't last--appearances, wealth, positions, etc.  It is so important that when we make decisions we base them on things that will last.  That we see the bigger picture and not just get caught up in the here and now.  Admittedly this is very hard to do.  It takes the strength to stop and re-evaluate what you are doing and take stock and really look at what matters.  It is what we do that makes us who we are, not what we look like.  It is our heart and kindness that matter, not our dress or shoe size.  It is the concern in our heart, not the color of our hair.  The height of our character, not the height of our jump.  Take time to remember what matters and what really lasts.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What's up Wednesday--lemon curd

So I had a birthday this week, and this was my birthday cake.  Yes, you should be very jealous because it was absolutely divine!  The cheesecake my 14 year old Miss O made from Mel's Kitchen Cafe's recipe here.  It was divine, did I mention that already?  Creamy, marvelous flavor, and it didn't crack.  Miss O did a great job!  Then Ben made this amazing lemon curd to go on top of it.  Talk about to.die.for!  The lemon curd was super easy (hello microwave) and quick and sooooo good!  I might have had it on my waffles the next morning for breakfast :)  and the kids had it on ice cream the next day, and Ben keeps just eating it plain with a spoon right out of the fridge.  It is good stuff!  Perfect for spring.  Enjoy!
Lemon Curd
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1 cup fresh lemon juice
3 lemons, zested
1/2 cup butter, melted

In a large microwave bowl whisk together the sugar and eggs until smooth.  Stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest and butter.  Cook in the microwave for one minute intervals, stirring after each minute until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon.  It will get thicker as it cools.  Store in the fridge and eat on anything--pancakes, waffles, ice cream, cheesecake, or just plain.  Good stuff!

Monday, March 23, 2015

2015 Blue Jeans Week 12

Spring break!  Man it was fun and way too short!  It was a much needed break to catch up on some sleep and enjoy time with friends we haven't seen in 17 years!!!  It was a great week.  Take a look. . .
Is there a better way to start spring break than by having donuts for breakfast?  I don't think so.

Our weather was beautiful for part of the break, and we enjoyed a new activity-disc golf.  They just built a course in our town last fall, and we had a blast playing with our friends while they visited.

Enjoyed some ice cream while they were here.  Yum!

And of course for St. Patrick's Day we had our traditional all green dinner.  I think our friends liked it :)

The joy of spring break is that you can relax.  My kids did a lot of reading over the break too, which was good. 

Mr J and his new friend made the most awesome train track in his room!

And the kids just had a great time playing games together and getting to know each other.  They are playing Tenzi here which is a fun dice game.

So about 19 years ago I met this amazing lady.  She and I were both newly married, in college and lived near each other and were in the same church ward (or congregation.)  17 years ago, we graduated college, and went on our way, and they went on theirs.  We have kept in touch over the years via Christmas cards, e-mails, and blogs.  This spring break they drove over 7 hours to visit us, and it was so good to see her and meet her cute boys!  Both my Miss A and her oldest were just a few months old when we last saw each other.  Time flies, but I am grateful for friendships that last no matter how often you see each other.  Thanks for coming!  We love you guys!

After our friends left we enjoyed some time in the city with my sister having lunch at one of our favorite places Chipotle.  Yum!

And we ended a wonderful week on a great note, by attending the temple with these beautiful girls.  It was a great way to end a perfect spring break!  

But back to normal life now--waking up early, homework, track, and all that jazz.  Here we go.  Two months left of school, but who is counting???? :)

Thanks for visiting!  Come back soon!

Friday, March 20, 2015

My Friday thoughts. . .

My random Friday thoughts. . .
So important to remember.  This reminds me of his talk The Other Prodigal which is a classic, and if you haven't read it, please do.  It is well worth your time.  

Had spring break this week.  Always nice to have a break.  Had friends come that we haven't seen in 17 years.  Crazy!  So fun to catch up and have our kids meet each other.  Our oldest were just newborns when we last saw them.  So grateful for friendships that last no matter how often you see each other or how long it has been.  Those are friendships to be treasured! 

Have a great weekend!  

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What's up Wednesday--apple muffins

Got this recipe about 16 years ago from my dear friend Nadine.  They are so good!  I know it really isn't apple season, but these are so good, you need to make them even when apples aren't in season :)  Thanks Nadine!
Apple Muffins
4 cups diced apples
2 cups sugar
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
3 cups flour
3/4 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs well beaten
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp soda
1 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla

4 Tab butter
4 Tab crushed rice krispies or similar cereal
4 Tab brown sugar
4 Tab chopped nuts (optional)

Mix apples and sugar and set aside for 30 minutes.  Add oil and dry ingredients to apple/sugar mix.  Last add eggs, vanilla and nuts if using.  Fill muffin tins 3/4 full.  Mix all topping ingredients together.  Divide topping mix over batter in muffin pans.  Bake 325 for 30-40 minutes.  Yum!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

2015 Blue Jeans Week 11

We survived daylight savings time change.  Hate that one.  Our normal early morning seminary time of 5:30 was 4:30 and that was not fun.  So glad it is spring break so we can catch up on some sleep and actually sleep in a day or two this week.  Yeah!  I am so not a happy person to be around if I don't get enough sleep :)  It finally feels like spring is coming to us--weather wise and critter wise, and loved us some pie this week for Pi day.  Take a look at our week.
I was at the kitchen table doing some work when I looked out and saw this in our backyard. Ugh!  I instantly texted Ben and told him.  He texted back, "Throw rocks at it or shoot it."  I replied, "Do you want me to get sprayed?  and shoot it with what?  One of the kids' Nerf guns?"  I watched it crawl through our yard and onto the neighbors and into a field.  Joys of country living and a sure sign of spring--skunks!

Major high school band day this week.  We hosted league band which was pretty cool.  Miss A and O on their French horns.  The band sounded amazing as always!

Wednesday night youth group.  We did some yard work at the church and celebrated with pie.  Yum!

Ben and the kids enjoying a beautiful evening.  One nice thing about daylight savings is it stays lighter later, which I do like.  

For PI Day we wanted to make something yummy.  Ben wanted to do a lemon meringue pie--his mom's amazing recipe.  I wanted to just top the lemon with whipping cream, but he insisted, so he made the meringue.  For never having done that, it turned out really good.

The girls enjoy the weather and reading on the front porch swing.

Happy Pi Day!  We enjoyed homemade lemon meringue and chocolate cream.  Yum!

Hope you have a great week!  Come back soon!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday thoughts

My random Friday thoughts
My quote for the week.  Simple and basic, but so true.  I tell my kids this basically every day.  This is what matters, not your shoe size or your pant size, or your hair style, but working hard and being nice to people.  That is what matters,.

Along those same lines, I am reading a great book now about an amazing person who worked/works very hard.  Who had an amazing mother who helped him to work hard and turn his life around.

It is Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson.  He was one of the worst students in his 5th grade class. He really struggled in school.  His mom was a single mother, that didn't now how to read and cleaned houses.  She was raising her boys in the ghettos of Detroit.  She barely made ends meet, but she wanted more for her two boys.  One day she noticed that the successful people who she cleaned houses for had lots of books and read them.  She came home from work, turned off the TV that her two boys were watching and told them from then on they needed to go to the library and read 2 books a week. She wanted a report on each at the end of the week.  They were only allowed to watch 2 TV shows a week.  Of course they whined and complained, but she had laid down the law.  That was it, so they went to the library, and read.  By 7th grade Ben was at the top of his class.  He attended Yale on a scholarship and went to John Hopkins medical school.  At the age of 33 he became John Hopkins chief of pediatric neurosurgery and a world-renowned surgeon--separating Siamese twins successfully.  It is an amazing story--a true story.

Our library also had a movie of this story that our whole family watched this past weekend.  It was very good and a testament to the power of a mother and prayer and hard work.  I would highly recommend it.

Have a great week!