Showing posts from February, 2016

Better times are coming, Leo!

Karen sent me this text yesterday morning....

Oh Leo, Leo.....hang in there sweet boy.
Juliet, and Rich, will be your forever friends.
You'll see.

A 75 year study on what makes a good life.

Tyler got me started on TED talks, and this is one of my favorites so far:

This is how unorganized grandparents do the morning routine

We weren't prepared. Simple as that. Lots of things going in our life 
that week. Plus we are grandparents. Still, I have renewed respect 
for parents who go through this every morning. 

The setting: We were asked to just have the twins for dinner and 
keep them overnight, and take them to school the next day, while 
Amy was out of town and Logan was working. 

When I suddenly woke up late that morning, I looked at the clock and it said 7:30!  In panic I
announced to sound-asleep-Dennis that "we have exactly 30 minutes to get the twins to school."

He popped his eyes open, and without even sitting up in bed, lunged towards the door and down the
hall to wake up the twins. I swear that man is a selfless saint even in his sleep.

I staggered to the kitchen (literally….not use to waking up that quickly) and made them banana
shakes, and frozen waffles. Jonas insisted he wanted Grandpa’s syrup on his waffle and not my syrup,
(the real stuff.)

No time to discuss or have Jonas upset, so…

Brown Rice Pilaf

I'd been looking for a good brown rice pilaf recipe for years. White rice is stripped of nutrients.

Plus to us, brown rice tastes better.
So after much trial and error, I came up with a recipe we love....and I make it often.

So here it is. I'll walk you through it, and then I'll type the full recipe at the end of this.

First of all, I use this kind of rice. It's my favorite. But use a brand you like.
Walmart has the best price. Like $2. cheaper than Vons or Savemart.

So I take about 1/3 of an onion and saute it in 2 T olive oil. I'm always tempted to put more onion but I don't, or else the rice will be too moist.
Then I add 1 cup of brown rice.... and I stir it around in the heat so each kernel of rice gets it's own jacket. Saute it for another minute.

Then I add some fresh chopped parsley.  Den prefers it without the parsley, so sometimes I leave it out.

Add 2 1/2 cups water.  3/4 t salt 2 whole garlic cloves  (the garlic will mash up as you stir it when i…

Happy Galentines Day

So as soon as I arrived at the church yesterday Elora asked if I needed help making the punch. But looking at her, all I could think of did this happen? 
How can Elora be old enough to plan a party for all the other 12-13 year old girls in our stake?  (a stake is the combination of several wards in our area....a ward is our own congregation)

As I left the kitchen and walked past Violet in the hallway, she sees my camera and does this.

I opened the door to the party room and SO impressed with all the work  Elora and her parents did to get ready... Galentines: for girls only
Her Dad was getting the music ready for the big party.   Could Violet look any more excited?

Backdrop all ready for photos

Hearts and flowers and love all around the huge room.

The girls started arriving. What do 12-13 year old girls talk about anyway? 
Whenever I'd pass Elora I would think....really? She's this grown up?

THE BEST time of all was had by Violet! I don't think her feet were even…

An update on our new Washington grand babies

First, this picture came to me on Monday from McKenna.  Annie is 2 months old now! 
Can't you just see Annie and Scarlett (2 1/2)  growing up the best of friends?
 Then on Tuesday, Karen sent me this one of Juliet at 2 1/2 weeks!
To me, she looks just like her Mama. 

Thank goodness for text pictures and FaceTime. 

If Grandmas years ago had grandchildren out of state, they just had 
to wait for the holidays and hope pictures would be sent! 

Those 2 daily questions plus a third

Many parents I know ask their children each night, "What was the best and the worst part of your day?"
So last week in Good Housekeeping magazine I found a twist
 to this and I like these THREE even more:.

Imagine the dialogue as they try to figure out solutions to their day. 
I wish I had thought of this about 30 years ago!

Slow Cook Chicken Dinner

I made this a few nights ago and Den and I both really liked it.
I made it just like the chef said, only I put less chicken (frozen!) and more vegetables.

Any leftover chicken tastes great in sandwiches the next day.

I did add some frozen green beans. I can never get enough vegetables.

Every crockpot seems to be a little different, but our dinner was ready after 3 hours on high.
We weren't ready to eat yet, so I just turned it to warm for another hour and it was fine.

So the baby shower went like this....

Continuing from yesterday's post....
As soon as the girls started arriving for the surprise shower, I put them to work decorating.
They asked me how, and I said, "However you think it would look best." There was such excitement because our very pregnant co-teacher would be arriving in 15 minutes.
Little hands just taking pink crepe paper and taping it wherever they could. 
And of course the banner they all made together 2 weeks before....
One of the girls arranged the cups all around the punch bowl.
Another took the cheese squares and came up with this style. Some standing, some lying down.

As soon as they completed the decorating,  they began writing little messages  on newborn diapers for baby Ariel. I wish I had thought to have them sign their names on them.

I could put carrot and celery sticks on a platter with Ranch on the side and hardly anyone would have  touched them. But I put them in cups like this and I think every girl took one and ate them all. 
One girl br…

She didn't think anyone saw her.

So while my Primary Activity Girls were making a blanket for our pregnant co-teacher,
I was sitting off to the side talking to one of the Moms who came to help.
The girls were all on the floor gathering around the blanket, tying knots.

When that was completed they all stood up at the table
and made a banner for the soon-to-be-born baby.

Suddenly I noticed one of the girls had left the banner making group and was kneeling back down all
by herself by the blanket they had all just tied. I watched this girl as she quietly scooted around the
blanket on her knees, checking every single knot. 
A few times she looked like she was re-doing some of those knots. After inspecting each and every
one she stood back up and went back to work with the rest of the group making the banner. I don't 
think any of the girls even noticed she had left. I think that was her plan.
So I went up to this girl and just quietly asked, "So were you working some more on the blanket?"
She quietly spoke li…