Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Ella loves this song. I did not teach it to her though, she learned it from her nursery teacher at our church. She sings this usually followed by Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star...but I was lucky to get this one...
(Don't forget to pause the playlist at the bottom of your screen before playing the video.)
Saturday, December 29, 2007
This class will also be taught at the Davenport Parks & Rec. All Day Crop on Jan. 19th. Please make a comment if you are interested...Thanks!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
A PERFECT DAY (1909)
Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond (1862-1946)
When you come to the end of a perfect day,
And you sit alone with your thought,
While the chimes ring out with a carol gay,
For the joy that the day has brought.
Do you think what the end of a perfect day
Can mean to tired heart,
When the sun goes down with a flaming ray,
And the dear hearts have to part?
Well, this is the end of a perfect day,
Near the end of a journey, too,
But it leaves a thought that is big and strong,
With a wish that is kind and true.
For mem'ry has painted this perfect day
With colors that never fade,
And we find at the end of a perfect day
The soul of a friend we've made.
A few treats:
Pretzel Hugs (Becky Higgins)
1 bag pretzels
1 pkg. M&Ms
1 pkg. Hershey "Hugs"
Place pretzels on baking stone or sheet. Place a Hug on each pretzel and bake at 200 degrees for about 8 minutes (just watch for the Hugs to melt). Remove from oven and promptly place a couple of M&Ms on each pretzel, pressing into the melted chocolate. Allow to cool before serving. At room temperature, this takes SEVERAL hours. I would recommend making these the day before you plan on eating/delivering. Or you can put them in the refrigerator to speed up the process.
Never Fail Sugar Cookies (Kim Nelson)
1 cup margarine (I used butter and it worked just perfect :)
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
Cream together margarine and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour and baking powder. No need to chill. Roll dough out and cut with cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cookies will not look browned. Let cool, frost, and enjoy :)
Hot Artichoke and Crab Dip (Pampered Chef)
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese softened
1 cup mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, pressed (or a dash ofgarlic salt)
1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts in water, drained and chopped
1 pkg. (8 oz.) imitation crabmeat, chopped (1 1/2 to 2 cups)
3/4 cups grated fresh parmesan cheese
1/3 c thinly sliced green onions with tops (can be omitted)
1 tsp. lemon zest (or I just used a tsp. lemon juice)
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cream cheese and mayo; mix well and add pressed garlic. Chop artichokes and crabmeat. Grate parmesan cheese. Slice green onions and zest lemon. Add artichokes, crabmeat, parmesan cheese, green onions, lemon zest/juice and black pepper to bowl. Mix well. Spoon micture into small pyrex dish or deep dish baker (pampered chef). Add a little extra parmesan cheese to top. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown around edges. Sprinkle with red pepper and additional green onions.
Breakfast Casserole (Debbie Ohlson)
3 eggs (beaten)
1 cup half and half
1/2 tsp. season all
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup butter
24 oz. shredded hashbrowns
1 cup swiss cheese
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup diced ham
Set oven at 375 degrees. Bake hashbrowns with butter for approx. 20 mins. Mix remaining ingredients and pour everything else on top. Bake for 35-40 minutes (middle should be firm when you jiggle it.)
Cafe Rio Recipes (A favorite restaurant in Utah)
2.5 - 4 lbs. pork (any cut)
chili powder wrights liquid smoke (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
Cut pork into large cubes and place in slow cooker. Season with powders, salt, and pepper to taste. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours, until meat is well done. Remove from cooker and drain. Shred meat and place in a bowl. Make sauce and add back to pulled pork and heat through. Serve
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. tabasco
1/2 cup ketchup
4 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. mustard
1 oz. dark chocolate
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. salt
broth from pork
2 dash worcestershire sauce
5 tsp. chili powder
pepper to taste
Creamy Tomatillo Dressing
1- 7 oz. can Salsa Verde (Herdez brand)
4 to 5 fresh tomatillos, chopped
1 1/2 packets hidden valley ranch dressing mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
1-2 jalapenos (usually seeded, but can leave seeds in to vary hotness)
1 Tbsp. sugar
juice of 1 lime
handful or cilantro
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in blender and mix until smooth. If desired, flavor with more cilantro, salt, and pepper
3 cups chicken broth
3 cups minute rice
handful of chopped cilantro
juice of 1 lime
Bring broth, cilantro, lime juice, and garlic powder, to a boil. Add rice and cover until done. You can use 'real' rice if desired just vary your broth to amount of rice and add remaining ingredients.
I also heat up black beans and add some garlic and onion powder. With a pinch of cumin and a dash of tabasco. I have the real black bean recipe, but it wasn't very successful for me when I tried it two years ago, so I just used the canned beans and add some seasoning.
When you serve Cafe Rio style. Heat up your tortilla, layer pork, beans, rice, and grated cheese. Add tomatillo dressing to the top and enjoy!
...And to All A Good Night! We have had a wonderful Christmas Season....filled with friends and our little family. We had some friends, Ben and Cindy, over for dinner, and their son was the star of the night with my kids! Craig and I started a new tradition of opening gifts from each other on Christmas Eve after the kids go to bed. It was nice and quiet and we could just sit and talk while the kids settled into their beds to sleep.
Christmas morning was full of surprises. The kids woke up at 5 am, Dad sent them back to bed until 7 am. Then we had a relaxing day in our pajamas until about 5 pm. A few neighbors came over for our traditional Christmas Bingo game. Which ended as a game of bowling and pool. We went to bed 'early'....just leaving everything for the next morning to get up and play with again!
One last thing: my kids were very blessed to receive gifts from all over Utah and England, our tree was filled with post boxes, instead of wrapping paper. Thanks to all that sent something, there were very many unique surprises. I especially love the handmade gifts and the books, we can never have enough books.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Because I have been trying to get SO MUCH DONE I was starting to forget the true meaning of Christmas. It is not about the teacher gift's, the treats, the presents, the house being clean, etc. Tonight, I was reminded what this season is really all about.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
*Finish addressing and mailing my Christmas cards to England family and friends
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
**Edited: I only purchased this plastic santa and two metal baskets...oh! and I think my mom and I found my grandma's cookie jar. To all the Burton relatives who read this blog, be on the look out for a picture very soon and you can tell me what you think. Is it or isn't it?
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
About three weeks ago, I went to Utah for a girls' weekend with Linzi, Rachel, Annette, and Becky. I could give you all of the details, but it all comes down to I needed this weekend. My SIL knew I needed this weekend and I was so grateful to be with these friends for 72 hours. Here are the few pictures that can be posted. We had many others but are safer away from the Internet. There was lots of laughing, some crying, scrapping, spa day, and good girl fun. I am blessed to have these women in my life. They make me a better person all around. Enough of the sappy stuff, which is better: Starbucks or Jamba Juice?
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Some of my favorite Christmas CDs include:
Home For Christmas: Amy Grant
Christmastime: Hillary Weeks
Carpenters Christmas Portrait (This one reminds me of when I was little.)
And a new favorite:
Noel: Josh Groban
My Christmas Prayer: Rob Thomas
Christmas Lullaby: Amy Grant
Do You Hear What I Hear: Rosie and Elmo
Here is a small list, I am sure I will be adding more as the day goes on. Let's get decorating!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I have so many things to post about today. Lots of events from the weekend. But yesterday, Craig's Grandpa had surgery on a very difficult spot of cancer that he has been dealing with on his head for several years. I wanted to post a few of our favorite things about Gramps today:
*He can walk for miles. We think this is why at his age, he is in such great shape. He has a pedometer that Craig and I gave him many years ago that he sets every week. He can walk and walk and walk.
*We love the smell of his pipe. Craig loves the smell of his cherry tobacco. Grandpa's pipe is even a topic for my children. Christian and Sydnee love Gramp's pipe. Last week, when Sydnee's Kindergarten class was talking about not smoking, she came home and told me that we can't smoke until we are really, really old, like Grandpa in England.
*Gramps can talk to anyone and make them feel they are loved.
*He can also make you laugh outloud with the stories he tells. He has a great sense of humor. He is always making someone laugh by sharing a great story.
*Once when Gramps was visiting from England, I was pregnant with Sydnee. We knew we were having a girl and we were talking about names. Gramps' nickname for Sydnee-in-utero was Poppy. He really wanted me to name her Poppy.
*"What an absolute load of rubbish!" is Craig's favorite thing that Gramps says.
We are thinking of you Gramps! You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
She told the story of the Ten Lepers from the New Testament. How after Jesus healed them of their disease, only one came back to thank him. After the children read the story from the scriptures, she asked several intriguing questions. She asked the children to picture in their minds how the one leper, who was thankful, felt. Then she shared a simple story.
When her oldest son was on his mission, and he had been out in the mission field about a year, she was feeling very discouraged and just wanted him to come home. She was feeling sorry for herself and just wanted her son home safe. In church the next Sunday, she spoke in church and outwardly expressed how thankful she was that her son was serving a mission. From this experience she learned that when you are thankful and grateful for something that may be hard for you at the time, in some miraculous way it makes you feel better inside. Now, those aren't her exact words, and I am not a really good writer, but when she said this the first thing that came to my mind, and I almost wanted to say it outloud: I AM THANKFUL THAT I AM A MOM. Just for that moment I wanted to feel a little bit better about what I am doing in this crazy world of motherhood. The stress of parenting and how your kids are feeling about different things and if you are doing the right thing to help with all those awkward feelings. The guilt you feel for losing your patience or yelling, at a moment where you should be hugging or saying, I love you. I just wanted to say how grateful I was at that moment to be a mom, so that I could feel good for a fleeting moment. There were many thoughts in those few minutes that came to my mind of all the things that I was thankful for. I am so glad that I was in Primary today, so I could learn from this amazing woman, and remember to be thankful, especially when it is the hardest to be grateful.
I am in the process of making a scrapbook page of the things at this time in my life that I am grateful for, the overwhelming blessings I have in my life, so I can look back on it when I am not feeling very thankful, and remember. The reason that grateful is spelled "greatfl" is because last year I saw a license plate that had the word spelled this way and as soon as I saw it, I went home and made a list of the great things in my life and for all those things, I am truly greatfl.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Here are two layouts I made at the crop on Friday. They were both made with the Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl paper, chipboard from Rusty Pickle, and American Craft Chipboard Thickers. Dutch Girld is a great line of paper for Fall and Thanksgiving Layouts! We have it at Scrapaganza too, so check it out!
2. We are painting the kids' bathroom and Christian's room this week.
3. Ella and I are taking a little trip this weekend....I am beyond thrilled.
4. The vaccuum has been dying a slow death.
5. Potty training suggestions, anyone?
6. Sydnee sorted all the Halloween Candy and we have a big, big bag of mini-candy bars. Yum!
7. I am not a fan of school fundraisers.
8. It is very windy and cold today. I hope the weather is nice when my parents are here for Thanksgiving.
9. It is time for a shower and to get to work for the day!
10. Sorry, I can't think of anything else that is happening around here, must be the calm before the storm.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Candi's Mom and Candi...
Candi and I...
Hollee, my friend and YW, playing in the Central High School Marching Band...
I love owls and had to get this picture...just a few more from the parade last night.