Friday, December 12, 2008
2 sticks butter
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups karo syrup
1 can Eagle Brand milk
1/4 tsp salt
Mix all in heavy duty pot. Bring to boil on med high and cook until it comes together in when dripped into ice water, or to 234 degrees. Some candy thermometers can be inaccurate so I do the ice water method. DO NOT OVERCOOK! When the color starts turning golden start checking. Pour into saran wrapped 9 x 13 pan. Cool and turn out to cut. Wrap in wax paper. They are really good with pecans added to it!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Amy, post the Christmas names...I forgot to tell anyone! Hopefully you still have the paper.
Thanks to Darren and Chad for picking the names this year.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Once when Lauren lost a tooth she got a pack of juicy fruit and 69 cents. Yep, that's what was in the coin tray of the car. Then I told her about the tooth fairy. So the next tooth she lost I kept forgetting and by the 4th night as I put her to bed, she handed me her tooth and said with a sweet look in her eye, "Just take it, Mom."
I looked at his mouth close to make sure all was fine and told him to not lose any more teeth because it made him look too old and I didn't want him to grow up too fast. He said he wanted to live fast and die so that he could be with Jesus. Uuuuhhh...what? This isn't the first time he has talked like this. I said, "Why? What is it going to be like?" He said, "Warm and cozy." I think he is right. Times like this I think I need to hug and kiss and love more often and not "cry over spilled milk" so much. We never know what will happen in life! But I'm sure Cameron will be here for lots of years to come giving me grief and helping me realize I need to chill out!
Friday, November 14, 2008
As her friends and brothers and sisters in the gospel we will ever be by her side to listen, support and love our dear Becky and her 7 "little monkeys".
As a side note, I thought it was so sweet at the viewing last evening, beneath the casket lined up in a row were 7 little stuffed monkey's, representing each of their 7 extraordinary children.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Sometimes I think I would never have anything to write about if I didn't have Cameron. That kid has some great material for blogging. He takes the cake again with this one...As he walked away from a house while trick-or-treating he yells back to me, "Mom..... that lady smokes!" And I mean the kind of yell that he would use to tell me the house is on fire! The lady is behind her truck smoking a cigarette, talking on her cell phone, and handing out candy to kids. Talk about multi-tasking! I just moved on quietly and hoped she hadn't seen which mom he screamed it to. So I guess we need to have the talk about why we don't publically humiliate people for smoking just because we don't do it.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Cameron came home yesterday with a note saying his lunch account was overdue. I was perplexed because the kid hasn't bought lunch once so far this school year. Today Lauren says, "I know why Cameron brought home that letter about his lunch account. He's eating breakfast in the morning and I told him he couldn't and he said it was okay because it was free."
Aah Hah! I go to Cameron and ask, "Do you want to tell me what you've been doing at school in the morning? "Working hard in my class" was his response. I said, "No, before class...have you been eating breakfast there?" "Yes" he says but has no idea that he is eating on credit nor that I would find out. So he eats here and then eats again as soon as he gets to school and is still skinny as a rail. I guess he needs alot more food but is just too ADD to sit still and eat long enough for his tummy to tell him he's full. He says it was great because he got to eat cocoa puffs with chocolate milk on them. So good to know that our school cafeteria is dedicated to sugaring up our youngsters before a full days work! No wonder I don't let him eat breakfast at school!!!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
This is a site that has some of the neatest blog backgrounds and is also where you can find some pretty cool LDS blinkies ~ for FREE!
Check it out next week to see about the giveaways, new backgrounds, and other new, fun stuff!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
8 TV Shows I Love To Watch
1. Fox News
2. The Office
4. Planet Earth (Discovery)
5. Seinfeld re-runs
6. Law and Order
7. Paula Home Cooking (Food Network)
8. UFC Fight Night (I know it is totally redneck - Darren has taught Cameron what an arm bar and a rear naked choke hold are)
9. American Idol
10. Bachelor and Bachelorette (just to make fun of...mostly)
8 Things that happened to me yesterday
1. Can't remember so I'll do today...Got kids ready and took them to Target for pictures.
2. Went to Sam's and ate lunch with kids there...they're favorite!
3. Drove home with the sunroof open and windows down singing Coldplay.
4. Swept and mopped kitchen floor.
5. Vacuumed living room.
6. Weed-eated hopefully for the last time this season and swept back patio off.
7. Made fruit salad and scrambled eggs with cheese for dinner and served with last night's tamale pie.
8. Nursed baby and watched Fox News while Darren took kids to school park to play.
9. Made popcorn and watched part the new Indiana Jones movie...so dumb!
10. Watched home videos and wondered how my kids got so big and wondered why I haven't videoed anything for a whole year!
8 Favorite Places to Eat
2. Fish Daddy's
4. Pei Wei
6. I Hop
7. Outback (#1 pick)
8. Johnny Carrino's
9. PF Chang's
10. Steak and Shake
8 Things I am looking forward to
1. Fall Break being over - I'm out of summer mode and having all kids home all the time!
2. Halloween - my birthday!
3. Candy from kids trick-or-treating bags
4. Thanksgiving and Christmas time
5. Some snow - no ICE!
6. Hot chocolate from QT
7. The rest of BYU Football season - too bad about TCU
8. Lauren being able to babysit in 3 years or so
9. Losing all baby weight and firming up again - wait...does that happen after the 4th baby?
10. Seeing which lesser of two evils wins the Presidential Election
8 Things on my wish list
1. New clothes & shoes
2. More patience so I could go all day and just think of how much I love my kids and not how they just filthed up my clean house!
3. A maid
4. A fenced yard
5. New neighbors on both sides, preferably ones without multiple loud dogs and would it hurt if they were friendly and didn't bring cops and trouble into the neighborhood???????
6. All new make-up and hair product
7. My head of hair before I lost half of it down the shower drain after the baby
8. A freezer stocked with Bluebell Ice cream
9. Grocery prices to fall
10. To go on another cruise someday
8 People I tag
3. Jen H.
8. Amy B.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Check out my cute new apron I made today at our Souper Saturday event at church....yeah, I know, you likey! I was so happy I finished it, but not without the help from my good friend Joni...Thanks, Joni! The link to her website is Modern Myrtle where you can order your own along with several other vintage-esque goodies! I feel like I really need to bake now...time for some cinnamon rolls...yum! This recipe is the best cinnamon roll recipe ever! It's from my friend, Paula Deen, Food Network star. Try it out!
1/4-ounce package yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup scalded milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter or shortening
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup melted butter, plus more for pan
3/4 cup sugar, plus more for pan
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup raisins, walnuts, or pecans, optional
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 6 tablespoons hot water
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. Place in well-greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
When doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Sprinkle with walnuts, pecans, or raisins if desired. Beginning at the 15-inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.
Coat the bottom of baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.
Meanwhile, mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches desired consistency. Spread over slightly cooled rolls.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
3 month old baby's weren't meant to camp
Lauren, Sarah and Gwenny
You gotta problem Dude?
Wow! I don't know if I have ever expended this amount of energy in less than 24 hours before. It was a lot of work to pack, hook up boat, set up tent, lay out beds, have loads of fun singing karaoke, roast s'mores, get very limited sleep, stand up swaying baby after nursing for 45 minutes in middle of night so as not to wake fellow campers, get up, dress kids, eat breakfast, have more fun, take down camp, pack back up, and deal with very fussy baby! But it was all part of the experience! I sang Material Girl with some girlfriends and we rocked it out. We better get good at the camping thing though since Darren is the new Young Men's President in our ward. He was released from our Bishopric a couple weeks ago and then received the YM calling. The only thing I really gained was a husband to help wrangle kids in sacrament meeting, for which I am very grateful! This is a whole new ball game for him. So we may find ourselves on more campouts to come. Goodness knows, he needs the practice! Amy, tell Chad to get Darren a Philmont belt! Maybe he can pick his name this Christmas.