Month: February 2015

Life of a King

Life of a King

Last week, Lane and I watched another movie starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., “Life of a King.” I don’t normally watch PG-13 movies, and so I hesitate to recommend one. This one I would recommend only if you had an edited version or a  filter for language and 

Stopping when it’s time to stop

Stopping when it’s time to stop

For years, I’ve tried to figure out how to teach a child a routine. And then I figured this out: I am not very good at following routines myself. Ha! But I’ve realized that just because we don’t follow our routines perfectly, doesn’t mean we 

3 things I’m excited about today

3 things I’m excited about today

happy to have you home

1. Being home! My getaway with Lane this past weekend was HEAVENLY. Coming home feels wonderful, too! And having my children be excited to have me home (at least for a few minutes, until it’s time to wake them up and get them going to school and music lessons…) feels wonderful, too.

2. The new “Family Temple Time” that the church announced. Perhaps we will not be waiting in line in the baptistry for a couple (plus) hours without being able to do baptisms! This sounds like a potential solution to a wonderful problem. (Who knew that so many youth would want to go to the temple on a holiday morning as happened on this recent President’s Day? Now THAT is an awesome problem.)

3. The YouTube for Kids app. I’m happy to see Google doing something to make parents’ (and children’s) lives easier and cleaner.

 

How do I know if someone says they are a prophet, if they’re right?

How do I know if someone says they are a prophet, if they’re right?

I had the opportunity recently to fly from Utah to California for a getaway trip with Lane. Before we left, I prayed that I would be able to be in the pathway of someone who was searching for the gospel that would want me to 

12 weeks of the Wall Street Journal for $12: not free, but close!

12 weeks of the Wall Street Journal for $12: not free, but close!

I love reading the Wall Street Journal! When I was a college student, I subscribed to the Christian Science Monitor because student subscriptions weren’t pricey and because I loved what seemed to be their worthwhile journalism. Then my interests switched to the Wall Street Journal. I 

Got potatoes?

Got potatoes?

Potato ham casseroleMonday was a holiday. I didn’t want to spend a long time making dinner, because I wanted to sit down and read a book. Just for fun. And I figured I needed to start using up that 10-lb. bag of potatoes that I had bought for $1.07 the week before (!). What could I make from potatoes that would be a main dish, and that wasn’t cheesy or cream of ? soupy? That’s the question I took to the internet to see what I could find.

After a few searches–with nothing catching my fancy, I decided to just say a little prayer and see what I could come up with on my own.

(And I decided to take pictures, in case it turned out well enough to share.)

I opened the fridge door and saw the leftover ham chunks from our Valentine’s fondue dinner the day before. I pulled that out. And then I saw the garlic butter. Umm, that would be good. And so it went, until I had these ingredients out on the counter:

IMG_0092I got to work rinsing/washing potatoes and then chopping vegetables. The ham chunks needed to be smaller, and the rosemary needed to be rinsed, pulled off of the stems, and diced. I also decided to get an onion and chop it up.

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IMG_0091Next, I sautéed the onion. Actually, I put Anna to task on that job while I sliced the potatoes thinly.

IMG_0089I added about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the garlic parmesan butter to the pan before adding the chopped onions. It was starting to smell good!

IMG_0087After the onions were on their way to translucent, I dumped them into a large bowl, and added about 1/3-1/2 cup garlic butter. I stirred that around to melt it a little, and then I added the rest of the chopped stuff.

IMG_0088The potatoes went in last of all. When it was all tossed well, I poured it into a Pyrex baking dish that I had sprayed with some Pam. I also added 1/2 cup of water (which ended up being too much. I think I would go with 1/8-1/4 cup of water next time. I just didn’t want a dry casserole.) I covered it with aluminum foil and stuck it in a 350-degree F oven.

An hour later, I removed the foil. The potatoes were still not done. They needed more time for sure! I turned the timer to 30 minutes more and went back to my novel. When the timer beeped, it still looked like a few more minutes would make the top a little crispier, so that’s what I did.

I think I finished the book before dinner was ready. PERFECT! Love days like these!

Lane picked up some salad mix on the way home and tossed up a salad for us. I sliced brightly hued oranges and placed them on a plate, and we cup up the last of the French bread. With the jar of cinnamon honey (do you know Miller’s cinnamon honey? Oh my!) and butter dish on the table, it was “A table, tout le monde!”

Soup’s (or rather, potatoes) on!

(P.S. I timed myself, to see how long it would take to make. About 45 minutes. And you may have noticed that we didn’t end up using the leftover bread chunks from the fondue. That’s because Anna and I were enjoying nibbling on them while we cooked. Glad I didn’t use them. Also, all of the family enjoyed the meal. Even Sarah, who is my most, shall we say, discerning eater?)

Here’s the recipe!

Show up at ballet, and the TV cameras are coming

Show up at ballet, and the TV cameras are coming

This week I went to ballet class, only to discover that the news cameras were coming at the end of class. My first thought? Thank goodness I didn’t wear my leotard and tights! Yoga pants must have been an inspired fashion choice today! LOL. And 

Thanks, Facebook, from this missionary mom!

Thanks, Facebook, from this missionary mom!

  Yesterday we didn’t get any emails from Nate. I watched the computer all day until I knew his P-day was over.  I felt peaceful instead of worried.  (As I think about it, I think it is part of that comfort that Nate promised me I 

The DeskCycle

The DeskCycle

DeskcycleI gave Lane a gift for Valentine’s Day that I thought he would think was SUPER COOL.

He was looking for ways to fit in exercise with his crazy work schedule! I saw this and thought PERFECT!

Um, maybe not.

I decided it might be perfect for me (LOL), so this morning I went to work assembling it.

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IMG_0077It was easy as could be. I just had to read the directions and follow them, remembering the handiest household tip:

LEFTY LOOSIE, RIGHTY TIGHTY.

That’s the direction to screw or unscrew something.

Assembly took maybe 10 minutes, and since then I have been posting and cycling. I have gone 12 miles (cycling for almost an hour), and my legs are starting to feel it. I’m only on number 2 for resistance.

I like it!

I might get it more exercise and get feeling better! Woohoo! (Maybe Lane will try it and find he likes it, too. Who knows?)

I’ll report back to you in a month and let you know how much I have used it.

Leadership and Self-Deception and Winston Churchill

Leadership and Self-Deception and Winston Churchill

Last month, our family read Leadership and Self-Deception and Winston Churchill: Soldier, Statesman, and Artist. I know. Two diverse topics. That’s what I love about family book club: sharing with our children anything we want! Leadership and Self-Deception has been a life-changing book for me and Lane,