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Our card group was on Studio 5 this morning! Check it out! !

Monday, August 25, 2008

First day of Kindergarten for my last!

Kind of a bitter-sweet day today! My baby started her first day of kindergarten.....I have such mixed feelings from ecstatic about having some time to myself (although Kindergarten in our district is only 1/2 day) to sad about never getting to do this whole process again! She was so excited! Isn't she a sweetie!? The little guy is Gina's youngest, Korden Bagley.

Our vacation to Waterton, Alberta, Canada

Our big family vacation this year was up to our family cabin in Waterton Lakes, Alberta. This is Todd with our cute little granddaughter Marisa up at Bertha Falls. We all hiked up there one morning, I think it was about 3 miles round trip. It was so beautiful!
This is our favorite place to throw rocks in at Waterton Lake. It is glacier fed and is very cold, so there is not a lot of swimming going on there!! We wade a little, but your feet freeze in seconds, so mostly we just throw rocks ! Cousin Ryan, Katie and Dylan (my handsome grandson!).

My sister and brother-in-law brought a couple of kayaks this year. The kids had a lot of fun with them. This is Lisa, Kelsey and Becca Brook at Cameron Lake. The day before, Lisa got dumped into the bay at Waterton Lake (luckily not too terribly deep, but VERY, VERY cold!!).

Friday, August 22, 2008

Home Grown Tomatoes

Anyone else out there have tomatoes going on like crazy! I love salads and BLT's, but you can only have them so many times a week!! Here are a couple of my favorite recipes for using your home grown tomatoes!!

Fresh Homemade Salsa

4 cups of fresh, peeled and chopped tomatoes
1 T. vinegar
1 T. oil
1/2 chopped onion
1/2 chopped green pepper
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. salt
1 clove garlic, minced
jalapeno to taste, chopped teeny

Mix and refrigerate to let flavors mix for at least 1 hour before enjoying!

Cajun Chicken Pasta

2 cups chicken, diced
1/2 onion, chopped
olive oil
2 cups fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped

Cook spaghetti noodles. In large frying pan, saute onion and chicken in olive oil until chicken is no longer pink. Stir in chopped tomatoes with pan still over heat, just to warm through (not to cook!). Serve over spaghetti noodles and top with Ranch Dressing and Cajun Seasoning. Very yummy and low fat, too!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

La Vie

Consider yourself tagged! Just copy the list below and bold all of the ones you have done! Have fun-can't wait to see more about you!

1. Touched an iceberg
2. Slept under the stars
3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby’s diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said “I love you” and meant it
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach
41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow
47. Alphabetized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day
51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Done something you should regret, but don’t
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Been in a movie
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
67. Bounced a check
68. Read - and understood - your credit report
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge (actually rode bikes across and back again)
74. Helped an animal give birth
75. Been fired or laid off from a job
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone
78. Ridden a motorcycle
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read The Bible cover to cover
86. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name...when I got married
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
97. Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep
105. Dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all fours
106. Raked your carpet
107. Brought out the best in people
108. Brought out the worst in people
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse
111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe
113. Buried a child
114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play
115. Been inside the pyramids
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone
122. Ridden a train
123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar
125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in an historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
131. Asked for a raise
132. Made a hole-in-one (miniature golf!)
133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Run a marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking
144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter
149. Spent the night in something haunted
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away
152. Learned to juggle
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight (just went a little low...)
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox
160. Gotten food poisoning
161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
164. Gone to the opera.
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous
166. Worn knickers
167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hotel
184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a campfire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible
198. Found a long lost friend
199. Helped solve a crime
200. Responded to a NJP newsletter

Monday, August 18, 2008

Tin foil Dinners and Bear Lake

Well, summer is over and it's back to school! I can't believe how fast this summer went. Besides our trip to Canada, we just got back from Bear Lake, Utah from our annual family camping trip. We had a great time! The weather was pretty good-could have used another 5 degrees higher temp. but it was perfect at night. We kayaked and swam and got sunburned had Bear Lake Raspberry Milk Shakes!! If you can't tell from my previous blogs, I'm all about the food!!

We did tinfoil dinners the first night and they were awesome! I par-boiled some baby red potatoes and put them in with a thin hamburger patty (sprinkled with au jus mix powder and onion soup mix), broccoli and onion and thinly sliced carrots. I added just a drop of oil and a little water for the au jus mix. The best thing I learned though, is to spray the tin foil with cooking spray (like Pam). NO STICKING!! I would love some other ideas for tin foil dinners, if you have them...just leave a post! Thanks in advance!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cafe Rio Tomatillo Ranch Salad Dressing

I blogged about a recipe for Cafe Rio Sweet Pork last month, but had misplaced the recipe for the dressing....I found it! Ta-da! So here goes. Enjoy!!

4-5 Tomatillos
1 pkg. Ranch Buttermilk dressing mix (@2 1/2 Tbs.)
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/4-1/2 cup milk mixed with 1 tsp. lime juice
2 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp. crushed cayenne pepper
1/2-1 bunch fresh cilantro

Add all ingredients except cilantro ito blender and blend until smooth. Add cilantro and blend slightly so you don't pulverize it. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Family Dinner at Buca's

I am the oldest of 9 children and on Saturday night, 8 of us (plus spouses, for a total of 14 1/2 if you count the baby!) went to a restaurant in SLC called Buca di Beppo for Italian Food. Here are some pics! We laughed our silly heads off. The food was good, the company was GREAT, the service so-so....How do you like the bust of the pope in the center of the table? The walls were covered with pictures of popes and nuns. The room was just beig enough for that table and chairs. The ceiling had some kind of acoustic qualities as you could hear the person directly across from you as clear as a bell. It was pretty cool! Thanks to Janelle for these great pictures!! I guess we will be doing a lot of these as it is to become a monthly tradition! It's a nice thing when you can have such a good time with family, eh?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Hmmm...comparing adhesives again! ATG wins!

I found this comparison about Scotch 3M ATG applicators and ATG refills on a forum today.....thought it was a pretty good argument for buying one!!

"My favorite tape runner was the red one by 3L, at $5.99 each. By the time I bought just 8 tape runners (easily done within a 2 month time frame TOPS), I could have purchased an ATG. And refills for my ATG are $5.99 at my LSS and lasts at least 4 times longer. So here's the break down:

1--ATG dispenser= about $45 (with S&H)= about 8 disposable/nonrefillable tape runners

2--3L Tape runner =$5.99 for 28 feet=21 cents a foot

3--ATG refill= $5.99 for 36 yards=108 feet=6 cents a foot

Roughly speaking"

Pretty convincing, isn't it?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Create Mini Albums With Bind-it-all

I have been on vacation for the past 10 glorious days!! So I have been a little lax in my blogging...
This is a wedding album we (Gina, Ginay, Stacy, Michelle and I) made for my Canadian brother-in-law Danny and his new wife Laura who were married on December 31, 2007. We just got back from a vacation to Alberta, Canada via Kalispell, Montana where we spent a few days with them at the mother-in-laws place! We used the Zutter BIND-IT-ALL 8x8 chipboard covers and pages and bound it together with the nifty Bind it all tool itself. I must admit it was way too fun! The front was a double sided sheet of patterned paper that we antiqued using distress inks by Tim Holtz Old Paper ink pad. The name plate is a cricut program (I'm thinking we need to add these to our inventory!).

And look how cute (and creative) some of the pages turned out. The red corners were white photo corners that we inked to match. See Gina's tutorial on Fun with Photo Corners . The corner stamp is from Heidi Swapp and is called Love Corners.This page was created using a stamp from an Autumn Leaves Set called Romance of Spring. We added a little glitter to the center of the flower dot above the "i" in beautiful. The three diamonds are really square brads. I love how the partial binding looks (just 10 holes centered on the pages and covers instead of all the way from top to bottom).The album was finished at approximately 2:00 a.m. the morning my family and I left for the great white North! I think it was worth staying up late to finish it though! Thanks to everyone who helped! This is us at Bertha Falls in Waterton, Alberta. You can't see us very well, but what beautiful scenery!!