Swiss Days 2014

My Swiss Days Treasures

This past weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the whole year!   Every year on the Friday and Saturday before Labor Day, is Swiss Days in Midway, Utah.  They have a giant boutique with really good quality products!  It is always a mad house and it is the only time that I will go into the crowds to go shopping!  I really do not like crowds all that much, but I look forward to this boutique in spite of all the people!  :)Swiss Days 2014These are some of my treasures that I found.  I will share a couple of my other fun finds in a later post.church bagI found this fun bag that I am going to use for a new church bag.  My last one is getting pretty hammered and so when I saw this one…I kind of fell in love…then when I saw the inside of the bag, I was totally smitten! :)

I did not take a card from this booth, so I am so sorry, that I cannot tell you where it was from.  :(    I did do my homework on these other products though!reversible skirtsI usually do not buy very much clothing at Swiss Days, but I fell in love with these reversible skirts!  The lace one reverses to a solid black like the waist band.  You can also make these skirts longer or shorter by adjusting the waistband!  These skirts are very comfy and I love that I really got 4 skirts!  Check out their website:  Latter Day Sister Missionary.  You may just want to order one or two for yourself!  The socks on the top left are boot socks with a darling ruffle and bow!  I can’t wait to start wearing boots again.  Those came from Valshi, click on the link to their facebook page.  I did not take a close-up of the necklace…but these necklaces are beautiful!  Each piece is a one of a kind and one component comes from an estate sale or auction!  They are really fun.  I already have one of these necklaces and I always get compliments every time I wear it.  You can find these at the Quilted Bear boutique in American Fork, UT or if you want more info here is an email: gbecky.lynn@gmail.com

chalkboard/flower vase/magazine rackI LOVE this chalkboard/vase/magazine rack!  

I actually made my husband go back for this on Saturday!  I looked at it on Friday and loved it, but just could not think of where I would put it…then it dawned on me that I have a blank wall in my dining room that I had cleared a couple of months ago and just had not added anything yet!  My lucky day!

This comes from Lot 77.  You can look at their products at lot77.blogspot.com.  I could not find a place to order anything from this link but here is an email that you could contact someone:  rickjasoncox@gmail.com  They have all kinds of chalkboards, racks, book shelves and hooks on fun boards!

I was very proud of myself because I did not buy one Halloween or Christmas thing!!!  That was a major accomplishment for me.  I picked several things up, but I put them back and I am quite proud of the fact that I showed so much will power.  :)

So I had a fun weekend at Swiss Days and then my husband and I went on up to our cabin for the evening.  It is so relaxing to just sit out on the deck and chill out.  I had a darling visitor with me and she and I had a great little visit and some good bonding time!mama deerWhat did you do this Labor Day weekend?  Whatever it was…I hope that you got to spend it with those that you love!

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September 2014 Visiting Teaching Handout

Before I begin my post with the visiting teaching message, I would like to wish you all a very safe and fun Labor Day!  It is always fun to celebrate the last summer weekend and I hope that you get to spend it with someone you love…doing something that you love to do!  I spent the weekend at my most favorite boutique…Swiss Days!  I will share some of my finds with you tomorrow.  But let’s get on with the visiting teaching message for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:Sept VT handout

This month the message is “The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Comforter”  I chose the message from Linda S. Reeves;Sept-2014-VT

 Here is the blank version for those of you that would like to translate, or if you just need a fun fall card for another handout, invite, or a cute note!

Sept-2014-VT BlankClick on this link for the download:  Sept 2014 VT PDF  These are formatted to a 4 x 6 card, you can print your own or if you want to save on your ink, send them to your favorite photo processing center to be printed!

I chose to just pair this card with a fun chocolate treat…because chocolate is comforting…right??!Sept 2014 VT handoutAlso this bright orange package of Lindt/LINDOR truffles matched the card so perfectly that I thought it was another good reason to pick this treat!!  But seriously these truffles are to die for!

Happy visiting this month and remember that the visit is the most important part, not what you take with you!  Make sure that your sisters know how much you love and care about them… that is the most important part!

Thanks for visiting today!

Blackberry Peach Cobbler

Blackberry Peach Cobbler

My dad gave me a bowlful of blackberries before we went on our trip and I put them in the freezer because I did not have time to do anything with them before we left.  But in Washington and Oregon blackberries just grow wild everywhere and I kept seeing restaurants  that had blackberry cobbler on their dessert menu.  So I have had blackberry cobbler on the mind and have been craving this dessert ever since we got home.. I finally got the blackberries out and I had a couple of peaches that I needed to use up, and  these two fruits together make the perfect combination for a cobbler!Blackberry Peach CobblerI really love this cobbler because the topping has pecans in it so it has a nice crunchy, nutty flavor!  

Of course you need a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream to top it off!

Blackberry Peach Cobbler
Serves 4
A wonderful combination of blackberries and peaches topped off with a crunchy nutty topping...makes this dessert out of this world!
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308 calories
38 g
31 g
17 g
3 g
8 g
114 g
5 g
28 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
114g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 308
Calories from Fat 150
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g
27%
Saturated Fat 8g
39%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 31mg
10%
Sodium 5mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 38g
13%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 28g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
11%
Vitamin C
7%
Calcium
2%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup blackberries-fresh or frozen
  2. 1 1/2 cups peeled sliced peaches
  3. 2 tablespoon flour
  4. 2 tablespoon sugar
Topping
  1. 4 tablespoons flour
  2. 2 tablespoons sugar
  3. 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  4. 5 tablespoons chopped pecans
  5. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. 4 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
  2. Combine blackberries and peaches in a bowl. Add flour and sugar and toss until coated. Divide the fruit mixture between 4 ramekins or other small baking dishes.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, nuts and cinnamon for topping. Add butter and cut into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Divide topping between ramekins.
  4. Place ramekins on foil lined baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, until topping is browned and crisp. Cool for a few minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. These are best served warm with ice cream!
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 I have a peach tree that is loaded with peaches this year and they will be coming on in the next few weeks…so I can see this dessert again in my future!  :)  YUM!

This is the perfect fall dessert because it has all this wonderful fresh fruit that is in season!  Do you have a favorite dessert that you like to make with fresh fruit?  

Thanks for visiting today!  I hope you have a great weekend everyone!

I would rather sit on a pumpkin

Thursday’s Thought-I Would Rather Sit On A Pumpkin,

 I can’t believe it…fall is right around the corner.  My big maple tree is just starting to turn red,  the kids are back in school, Swiss Days is coming this weekend, (yeah!) it is canning season and the air is finally starting to cool down a bit!  So I guess that it time to start with some fall projects and fall thoughts!  :)  

This thought just makes me smile because I think that I would probably like to sit on a pumpkin alone, too!

I would rather sit on a pumpkinI think that I am going to print and frame this and put it in my kitchen, just because it makes me smile to think about sitting on my own pumpkin!

Even though there are still  a few days left in August…Happy Fall Y’all!  :)

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate your support!

grandkids

Family Photo Wall

We had our family pictures taken way back in May, but it has taken this long for me to get the finished products and get them put up on the wall!  The pictures that I took down were about 18 years old!  I have other family photo walls that are a lot more recent than that, but on this particular wall, I had not changed the pictures for that long!!  I guess that I am just a creature of habit and love to see old pictures of my family. old family pictures wallThis is the old layout…Look at that cross-stitch picture!!!  Boy did I ever need to change this wall out!  But I still love all of those old pictures of my kids! :)new family photo wallHere is my new updated family photo wall!  I love the no frames, canvas look and I love that I have all of the my kids and grandkids in these photos!  This wall is in my entryway, so I have a very hard time getting a good picture because it is a hallway and I cannot get back far enough to take a decent picture.   Everything looks like it is crooked, but I used a level to hang everything, so I know that they are straight…I guess that I need to invest in a wide angle lens! :)  I found the saying “No Empty Chairs” and I had to put it in with the pictures because my husband says this several times in his recorded history!  It means that he wants no empty chairs in the next life.family photo 2014I don’t really share very many photos of my whole family so bear with me as I show you our newest family photos!  This is our whole crew!  There are 20 of us now and I love it!our kidsThese are our 4 children.  I love each one of them so much and I appreciate all that they do for my husband and I.  I am very lucky that they all live near by and we get to see them and their families often!

grandkidsThese are our pride and joy!  I cannot believe how fast they are growing up.  They range in age from 11 down to 1!  We love each one of them and we are so proud of the things that they are learning and their many accomplishments!Chad's familyThis is my oldest son and his family!Jason's familyThis is my second son’s family.Lacey's familyThis is my daughter and her family.Lance and TessThis is my baby youngest son and his wife!Doug and IThis is me with my very bestest friend in the whole wide world!

So that is our family all together.  I think that today I will keep them all.  But that might change tomorrow!  :) 

I have one last picture that I just had to show you.  We decided that this was the cutest picture out of the hundreds that we had taken!Jank!Just look at that face and tell me that you don’t agree! :)  Can you tell from this picture that this kids always has his own agenda???  Yeah, I thought so.

Thanks for visiting today and for letting me share my family with you.  Hope that you all have a great day!

mac and cheese

Homemade Mac and Cheese

After my husband and I got home from our vacation a week or so ago, I was craving some good old fashioned comfort food.  We had eaten out for every meal for 9 days straight and we were both tired of restaurant and fast food.  I thought that good old fashioned, homemade mac and cheese sounded good!  I really did not make this when my kids were growing up and I cannot figure out why, because most kids love mac and cheese and the homemade kind is so much better than the boxed kind!homemade mac and cheeseThe weather is starting to cool down and the kids are back to school…so it seems like the perfect time to make this wonderful comfort food!  It is really easy to make and every time I make this all the kids (both young and old!) come back for seconds or even thirds! 

This recipe is from Pioneer Woman, I love her recipes because most them use good basic ingredients that I usually have in my pantry and fridge and this one is no exception.  I like the addition of dry mustard and seasoned salt in this recipe, it gives it just the right flavor.  You can also spice it up and add some Cheyenne pepper to it!

Do you need a little comfort in your diet today? mac and cheeseHomemade Mac and Cheese

Click on this link for the recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

Hope you have a great Monday everyone!

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Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

A week ago, my daughter sold her house and moved into a rental that my youngest son has.  I could not do any of the heavy lifting, so I told her that I would just get her kitchen organized and put together.  They had several people coming to help them move, so I decided that I would make a treat to take with me. These bars fit the bill perfectly!Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats
I made a double batch of these bars and put them in a 9 x 13 pan,  with some cut up watermelon and bottles of water.  It was something they could just grab and keep going! 

I adapted this recipe slightly from Our Best Bites.

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats
Serves 9
A wonderful sweet and salty treat! A new spin on an old favorite!
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308 calories
48 g
36 g
13 g
2 g
8 g
77 g
140 g
24 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
77g
Servings
9
Amount Per Serving
Calories 308
Calories from Fat 113
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
20%
Saturated Fat 8g
40%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 36mg
12%
Sodium 140mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates 48g
16%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 24g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
27%
Vitamin C
15%
Calcium
1%
Iron
36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 6 cups Rice Krispies
  2. 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar-packed
  4. 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  5. 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  6. 1 teaspoon kosher salt-plus more for sprinkling on top
  7. 1 10 oz bag of mini marshmallows, plus 1 cup of additional mini marshmallows
Instructions
  1. In a large, heat proof bowl, toss together the Rice Krispies and 1 cup of mini marshmallows. Set aside.
  2. Spray an 8 x 8" baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
  3. In a large, heavy pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. When it is melted, reduce the heat to medium-low and add the brown sugar, whipping cream and corn syrup. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently to keep the caramel from scorching. When the caramel is thick and syrupy, add the salt and stir to combine. Remove from heat and add the 10 ounces of marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are dissolved. Quickly pour over the Rice Krispies and stir to coat completely. Press into the prepared pan and sprinkle with more kosher salt. Allow to cool completely and then cut into squares.
Notes
  1. You can place in the freezer to cool them more quickly!
Adapted from from Our Best Bites
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 I love that these bars use brown sugar and butter to make the caramel sauce.  That means that I do not have to unwrap all of those little pesky caramels squares :)…and I always have butter and brown sugar in my kitchen, so I can make these anytime I get the craving for them!  :)DSC_0577Do you need a treat to make this weekend?  These are likely to fit the bill for a lot of different occasions that you might be doing!

Thanks for visiting today and Have a Great Weekend!

In every walk in Nature

Thursday’s Thought-In Every Walk In Nature…

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I thought that it would be fun to use one of my pictures from The Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, to make my thought for today!  There were several quotes that I have, but I loved this one about walking in nature!In every walk in NatureI know that I am weird in my love for flowers…so you may have to deal with a few more flower pictures in future posts!  :)  Is there a flowers-anonymous  club that I should join???

Hope you have a great Thursday!

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Pacific Coastlines

Trip to the Pacific Northwest

My husband and I just got back from a trip last week to the Pacific Northwest.  We drove a total of 2,915 miles!  It was insane!  Our plans were to drive to Port Angeles in Washington and then take the ferry over to Vancouver Island.  We were then going to drive the 101 coastal highway down to San Francisco and cut across California and come home to Utah.  After driving the 101 for a couple of days, we totally changed our plans because that road is so curvy and slow  and we could not even see the ocean much of the time because of all of the trees, so we changed plans and cut back to the interstate to come home!  But, the drive up to Port Angeles was beautiful and so was Vancouver Island, so it was worth all the driving!  

As I mentioned yesterday, I got a new camera before we left on our trip and I took over 500 pictures and videos!  It was so fun to learn to use my new camera with all of the beautiful places we visited.  I apologize  in advance for all of the pictures, but I did put a lot of them into collages, so you can see several pictures all at once!flowers at port of Hoodsport (more…)

me and my camera!

My New Toy…A Nikon D7100!

My husband and I just got back from a LONG road trip.  It was not necessarily long in the days that we were gone, but it was long in the amount of miles that we drove!  We went up to Vancouver Island in Canada and then drove part way down the 101 coastline highway.  We left on a Thursday afternoon, but not until I received my newest little toy from UPS.  We actually waited for it to come, so that I could take it with us on our trip!  :)me and my camera! (more…)