Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Recipes I'm thinking about making for Thanksgiving

Have I mentioned I love Thanksgiving?  No?  Well, it's just about my favorite holiday because it is all about family, friends, and being thankful.  There is some pressure to put on a good meal, but none of the overwhelming expectation of gifts and d├ęcor that comes with Christmas.

And speaking of food, here are some recipes I'm considering (and this list will increase!):

Layered Pumpkin Dessert


Spiced Pumpkin Cake with Maple Glaze


"Almost Like" Kings Hawaiian Rolls

Friday, October 17, 2014

LJ's very good day

If running errands with Grandma Kate is a good day, LJ had a good day.  We started off the day at library story time.

We stopped at the bank to get a copy of a money order the State of New Mexico Vital Statistics says it never got.  Found out it had been stolen and cashed at a "speedy loan" kind of place.  Guess that's why I never got the birth certificates I ordered.  LJ was remarkably good-natured during the long wait.  Like those blue lips from the bank's free DumDum?


Next we went to the county sheriff's office and found out we needed to go to the city police station instead.  That shows about how much police contact I typically have, i.e. NONE.


We finally got to the right police station and waited outside after pushing the button, then calling through the little round microphone thing that amplifies the voices through the glass.  I guess it was turned on inside after all.  Happily, there were lots of toys in the waiting room.


Our last stop before home was a stop at Costco where I managed to keep it from becoming not the "dollar store," but the "hundred dollar store" for once.


Finally, lunch and a nap.  What a morning!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A great week for Kevin

This week Kevin joined the Utah Army National Guard.  We have a long tradition of military service in our family and I'm very pleased by his choice.


Isn't he handsome?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Meal Plan

This week I'm taking advantage of Jessica's pre-planned menus

I like the menus she posts because she has very approachable food my family likes. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Meal Plan

Monday: Beef stew (beef from the freezer, veggies that need to be used up), biscuits

Tuesday:  Kung Pao Chicken over rice (from last week--didn't get to it)

Wednesday Crockpot chili (I have a lot of salsa that needs to be used up and this uses salsa)

Thursday: Chicken Fajita Bubble-Up Bake, vegetables/fruit

Friday: pizza

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Happy birthday to me!

I didn't plan anything in particular for my birthday, but had a pleasant day of doing what I wanted (shoe horned in around work, of course).

I started off the day with breakfast at IHOP, or International House of Pancakes, as I like to call it.  I had a coupon for a free stack of pancakes, but invited David to come along and he treated me to the hot chocolate, even offering me to order the Lumberjack Special and forget the birthday pancakes.  The pancakes were great and the hot chocolate was nicely piled with whipped cream and the waiter brought me a second one as a birthday bonus.

 
 
I had three books to return to the library, so that was next.  Yes, I'm a geek; I like to read Consumer Reports, so I always read it in the library.  I read the whole September issue, then checked out a couple of books for Conor.

 
 
The library is in the same complex as a Goodwill thrift store, so I stopped in for a quick look in my favorite departments (housewares, linens, children's clothing) and spent a grand total of $1.79 for a new canning jar and a pair of shorts for my grandson.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Meal Plan

Monday: Leftovers from the fridge--spicy chickpea stew, Cuban beans over rice

Tuesday: Asian Beef Noodle Bowls, green salad

Wednesday:  Spaghetti with meatballs, green beans

Thursday:  Kung Pao Chicken over rice

Friday: Slow Cooker White Pizza Dip with tortilla chips and/or pita chips

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Lots of Mormon temples being built all over the world--infographic below

A Mormon temple has been announced for my city, but it's still in the planning stage and not included below.  But look at the exciting things happening all over the world:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Look! Look! Look!

The third time is the charm for us with regard to growing our own ocotillo in the front yard, right where I can see it out my office window.  It's my favorite desert plant and on our third try we have a thriving plant.
 
Bill and I thought it was dead because no leaves grew despite regular watering after it was transplanted.  We were thinking about calling the nursery where we got it and pulling it out to return and get our money back.  However, one day we noticed flowers at the tips of two branches (arms?) and the humming birds had discovered the flowers as well.  We knew we had a live plant after all!


Such smart plants, these ocotillos; they grow leaves when it rains, then drop them after a fairly short dry period.  Since plants lose most water through their leaves, this is an adaptation for the desert. They can grow and drop leaves up to eight times a year! 



Monday, September 8, 2014

More rain we really need!

This is a beautiful sight here in the Sonoran Desert: