Month: March 2014

3T: Relax, the Spirit will prepare you

3T: Relax, the Spirit will prepare you

Boy, if only I could remember this! Not just this special moment, but this truth! When I and my daughters were getting to go to the general women’s meeting, I had the thought that we might be photographed. I wasn’t feeling particularly ready for a 

SOS: My mountains

SOS: My mountains

When my mom grew up at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Salt Lake, she loved looking out and seeing “her mountains.” She moved away from Utah after marrying my dad, but when she came back, it was such a homecoming to see “her 

RTW: (Chattanooga) Shoe Shine Boy

RTW: (Chattanooga) Shoe Shine Boy

I grew up on this song–not listening to the recording, but rather to my dad, who sang it to me enough that I learned it and love singing it, too.

So naturally, when one of Peter’s Saturday jobs was to learn how to shine shoes, I had to sing it to him. Good music makes everything more fun!

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Now if only I could tap dance…

Happy Whistling (or Singing) While You Work,

Liz 🙂

P.S. Want more of this good beat? Check out the Andrews Sisters–another family fave for great Saturday morning working tunes! LOVE the Andrews Sisters!

FF: You’ve got to give a little more than you take

FF: You’ve got to give a little more than you take

This morning Anna and I were chatting over toast and cereal when she was telling me how last night at the Wax Museum (that Peter was in), someone was serving little bites of cinnamon bread as part of their presentation on the person who started 

Psst! Now showing: An Eagle Project

Psst! Now showing: An Eagle Project

We went to the library this week and discovered….THIS! Anna went behind it immediately and found… …bags full of puppets just beckoning her to play. And so……she did. Soon Peter joined her for a tale of… …shark and octopus. You never know what children can 

A few LOL books to brighten your day

A few LOL books to brighten your day

Rattlebang Picnic

I love a book that makes me laugh out loud, whether when I’m reading to my children or reading to myself. Today I want to spotlight four fabulously fun books for your chuckling enjoyment.

Rattlebang Picnic by Margaret Mahy has so much delightful tongue-in-cheekiness that your children will love it while you adore it. I love how the parents seem to be so naïve about where they take their children on picnics (Shark Park) and the grandmother bakes pizzas that save the day. I have read this book probably a couple hundred times, and it still makes me smile!

5 minutes peace

If you’re having a really tired mom day, this book will remind you that you are not alone. What always cracked me up about this book was that it seems to be written for moms, but children love it, too! It’s a two-for-oner, more bang for your buck! Make everyone happy! 🙂  Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy.

Wednesday Wars

I cannot recommend The Wednesday Wars enough! Gary Schmidt writes the kind of coming-of-age historical fiction that you want to read, recommend, and then read again. I laughed and cried while reading this book and others by Mr. Schmidt. Such a delight. Step back into junior high and enjoy the ride!

A_Long_Way_from_Chicago

Let me introduce you to Richard Peck if you have not yet met his books! We have had many a fabulous laugh while enjoying A Long Way from Chicago and its sequel, A Year Down Yonder. I also recently read A Season of Gifts and just loved it. Mr. Peck knows how to capture the humor in small-town living and family relationships, particularly when it comes to shotgun-wielding grandmothers!

Happy Reading and Laughing While You Do,

Liz 🙂

3T: You ate all the chocolate chips!

3T: You ate all the chocolate chips!

I have had a little addiction to chocolate chips lately. Here is my tip for the day: If you are trying not to eat lots of chocolate chips in that afternoon snack moment when your energy is waning and you’re blogging on the couch until 

STAND: Why education is so important (If not you, who?)

STAND: Why education is so important (If not you, who?)

I was crossing the church parking lot Sunday when the thought came to my mind, “If not you, who?” I am reminded of that thought this morning when I saw this video in an email from AUL. One of the greatest challenges I see today 

Mmmm: Chinese Cashew Chicken

Mmmm: Chinese Cashew Chicken

cashew chicken-2(My mom had dinner with us on Sunday and snapped this photo. I loved how she captured Anna’s smile, which reflects her personality so well!)

Sunday I hadn’t planned anything for dinner and had to figure out something QUICKLY since my mom and Sarah would be over within an hour. What to make?

Then Lane walked in the house from church with a couple of cashews that he’d grabbed from the freezer. I thought of cashew chicken, and that sounded GOOD.

So I googled “cashew chicken” and found a recipe on rasamalaysia.com that I changed a little. It turned out to be a winner–even Sarah gave me her stamp of approval!

Cashew chicken

Here’s my version of Cashew Chicken. We served it with brown rice, orange slices, and Lane’s famous buttermilk biscuits with currants. (I know, English biscuits with Chinese food. Hey! That’s the beauty of eating at home!)

I learned a fabulous tip about marinating the chicken in baking soda from this recipe. It’s not exactly a marinade in the way I thought of a liquid marinade, but perhaps more like a rub. Any way, it makes the chicken SO much better than if you skip that step. I want to do that for any kind of chicken stir-fry or Chinese recipe I make in the future!

食福,

Liz 🙂

P.S. I like to keep cashews in the freezer. They last longer, not only because they won’t go bad so fast, but because they don’t get eaten in a couple of days with everyone snacking on them!

LOL: “Where is my super suit?!”

LOL: “Where is my super suit?!”

It CRACKS ME UP to hear my family quote movies during random moments. Lane started it while he and the children were eating in the kitchen just now: Lane: “Where is my super suit?” Children, chiming in on cue: “Why do you need to know?”