Tuesday, April 14

From Crappy to Happy - My Walk-In Closet Makeover

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There are few things that make me as happy as organization. If everything is clean & organized, it makes me feel like I can face the things in my life that I have no control over. I've been meaning to take on my master bedroom closet for some time. And now that it's done, I have a good feeling every time I go in there. 

Wednesday, March 18

Hawaiian Cake - A Refreshing Treat You'll Love

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- Photo by Christian Lunt - 

This cake is different & refreshing. It is served cold & it actually tastes better if made as a sheet cake in a 9x13 pan {I made it as a layer cake so it would look prettier for the photos, but I didn't like it as much}. Try it next time you want to serve something out of the ordinary.

Saturday, March 14

Easter Decor {Without the Bunnies This Year} & A Free Printable

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I do have some cute little bunny Easter decor . . .
But for some reason this year, I just wasn't in the mood to bring them out. I opted instead for a simpler display in my entryway that focused on the real meaning of Easter & on spring. Yay! We love spring! Here in Utah we have some lo-o-o-ng winters, so a season of hope & renewal is always welcome.

Tuesday, February 24

Pioneer Purse Tutorial

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- Photo by Christian Lunt - 
I am one of a large group of people in my community who are reenacting the Mormon pioneer trek across the Wyoming plains this summer. I am terrified excited about this! Our grueling experience adventure will last for three long days as we push real hand carts along the original trail. I've been sewing some little "Prairie Pouches" - if you will - for some of my women folk friends who are also coming along.  {I think part of their job is to make sure I don't skip off to the nearest hotel!} Here's a little tutorial in case you'd like to make some pioneer purses of your own. I've heard they are really cute made from recycled blue jeans too.

Friday, February 13

Happy Valentine's Day to My Honey

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- Our hands 30 years ago. They don't look like this now. Ha ha! -

I heard that Hallmark issued a challenge for Valentine’sDay: to tell the person you love how you feel about them without actually using the word “love”. I decided I’m up for the challenge so here goes! 

Dear Honey,

·      I enjoy your company. When I’m with you I am home.
·      I appreciate how devoted you are to me & our family.
·      I need your friendship & support.
·      I delight in your happiness.
·      I respect you for getting back up each time life knocks you down.
·      I envy your brilliant mind.
·      I desire your attention & affection.
·      I honor our marriage.
·      I adore your beautiful hair.
·      I like to beat you in Scrabble.
·      I yearn for you when you are away from me.
·      I share your values.
·      I anticipate our future together.
·      I fall for you over & over again.
·      I am sweet on you!
       Happy Valentine's Day to my Honey

Wednesday, February 4

My Favorite Lasagna Recipe

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I've been using the same lasagna recipe for at least 25 years {because "if it ain't broke, why fix it?}. I used to boil my noodles before cooking my lasagna, but when I worked at Golden Grain Macaroni I learned that's not even necessary. If you haven't tried it, you'll love it - no more fishing noodles out of the water & trying not to tear them!

Thursday, January 29

A Camping-themed Young Women's New Beginnings Activity

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The lights in the room were dimmed so we could "camp" under the stars
"New Beginnings" is an activity we do at the beginning of each year with our young women {ages 12-18} at church. It is a celebration of goal setting & an opportunity to welcome the new girls who will turn 12 in the coming year. We also use this opportunity to celebrate each girl & express our love to her. It's great!

Monday, January 19

From Oak-y to "Okey-Dokey" - A Fresh Kitchen Update

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My first impression of my client Emily's house was that, in it's day, it was really something special. It seems no expense was spared and  custom woodwork was everywhere. But alas - there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. And what might have been a splurge in the 70's, can look like overkill today. So my recommendation was to scale back some of the wood - eliminating the chair rail molding & painting some of the rest.  The kitchen was a perfect opportunity to update on a budget while breaking up some of the wood. 

Sunday, January 11

A Delicious Salad Dressing Recipe

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Meet the darling Elaine. She & her husband have their own catering business. {Sounds fun on paper, doesn't it?} Elaine is also related to one of my best friends, so it's been my treat to enjoy her delicious cooking at some family gatherings. Elaine describes her dressing this way, "Although it is a sweeter dressing it has some undertones of celery & paprika. And because of the honey it's creamy." When I tasted this salad dressing, I just had to have the recipe - AND I thought you might like it too. Thank you Elaine for sharing it with us!

Beardshall's Home-made Salad Dressing

  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • 1 T. chopped onion
  • 1 t. dry mustard
  • 1 t. celery seed
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 c. oil 
Combine all ingredients except oil in a blender.  Slowly add oil while machine is running.  It stores refrigerated for several weeks.