Monday, September 15, 2014

Musical Monday: Katherine Jenkins - "All Things Bright And Beautiful"

I don't tend to care a lot for women singing music that sounds like (or somewhat) operatic,  but I do LOVE this song!  ....Katherine Jenkins singing "All Things Bright And Beautiful"~ happy sigh!  =)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Food on Friday: Homemade Ice Cream

Let me be frank:  I think that any family (or individual) who is really interested in "eating right" NEEDS to own one of these babies.  (Donvier 1-Quart Ice Cream Maker)

Why?  Because you are more likely to make your own frozen treats if it is easy, neat and does not take up much cabinet space. 

You keep the freezer bowl in the freezer all the time, so it's ready at a moment's notice (ie: you don't need ice & salt). 

If you clean it out and dry it fast and get it back in the freezer quickly, it will refreeze faster and you don't have to worry about it "losing" its spot before it makes it back.

One recipe fits nicely in an empty Daisy Sour Cream or Cottage Cheese tub (the big ones from Costco & Sam's)
It's so easy to turn that there is NO reason that your children can't churn it.

And it's fast- only 15 to 25 minutes!

Why not one of the electric versions?  Because they are big, take up more space, and like regular ice/salt Ice Cream makers they will die after a period of time..and they cost more.

Ours is the "Donvier 1-Quart Ice Cream Maker" we found ours at Goodwill for like $5, but I suggest looking around e-bay & would make a good "family present". 

While you don't need to buy a cookbook because of the abundance of free recipes on the web these days, it is very handy and it gets your children interested in helping when they can pick one out, and you can still make Ice Cream when the internet is down! =)

Our book can be found here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Whatever Wednesday: a Food Blog

In the event that you missed the news I'll tell you now ~  I just started an extra blog.
It's called "Pearls in the Kitchen?".

You are probably thinking something like "Adrienne, you don't need a new blog! I can hardly keep up with this blog....."  =).

  Well, I can't seem to help myself, and I've been thinking of doing something like this for awhile, and now seems to be the time to do it. No time like the present, right?

If you go visit, please make sure that you read the introduction! =)

I had just made the new blog official, and wrote my introduction, when Mom and I listened to this YouTube (HERE)....and I asked my Mom "What should I do?  What is my 'running after the mailman' moment?"  And Mom suggested to me that the new blog was maybe that for me.  Hmmmm....maybe so, maybe so... =)

What do you think?  Have you ever had a "running after the mail man" moment?  What one small thing could you step out in faith and do?

Monday, September 08, 2014

Musical Monday: Ricky Nelson - "Someday"

I love almost all of Ricky Nelson's music...I love the music from his younger days, and this song comes to mind in lots of my life situations- none of which have been romantic! And that's a good thing...I hope & pray that should I ever be married I'll never think of this song.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Food on Friday: Almond Apple Muffins

Benjamin & Jalinda gave this cookbook (here) to Mom awhile back~ We love the Apple Muffins (they are like cupcakes!), and the Chocolate Chip Scones are good (our version of the recipe is here), too- if you make them small they are chocolate chip cookies (best eaten fresh out of the oven or frozen), and if you cut the sweetener and leave out the vanilla & chocolate chips, you have buns! (cut and spread with Butter and maybe Jam or Cinnamon Sugar  are my favorite!)  Elana has LOTS of recipes on her web site, and she has 3 cookbooks (here)!

(FYI: these muffins always look dark, even when undercooked)

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Whatever Wednesday: Tammy and the Bachelor 1957 (movie)

Sweet funny movie~ (don't worry, it's in English) ~I love Walter Brennan, and is it just me or does CC Parker look like Debbie Reynolds?

Mom says: "Lots of cute lines and scenes! I remember seeing this on TV when I was about 5 years old and loved it....I loved the song, too!"

 Click HERE if you just want to listen to the song!

 I REALLY liked Tammy's swimsuit (& her shorts matched his).

 Lots of folks sang some form of "Tammy":
(just click the name to hear the song)


Monday, September 01, 2014

Musical Monday: "Everybody Loves Somebody" sung by Dean Martin

"Dean Martin resented rock n' roll, and his attitude created conflict at home with his 14-year-old son Dean Paul Martin, who like many teenagers in the Western world, worshiped The Beatles. He told his son, "I'm gonna' knock your pallies off the charts," and in August 15, 1964 he did just that: Everybody Loves Somebody knocked the Beatles "A Hard Day's Night" off the number one slot on Billboard."  ~Wikipedia

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Parker Cousins

 When you visit your cousins....
...start the morning with a tickle fight....
 ....and hug your cousins....

....and play tops with the baby (she LOVED the tops that Dad made, and was SO cute toddling around with one in each hand!)!

Go for a hike....
...photograph the flowers....
 ...and baby Liorah!

Help with dinner to earn your keep (aren't the peppers pretty?)!
And don't forget to take some nice organized photos too!  (I'm sad to say that after getting home and looking at the photos we took, we realized that we did not get a single photo of ALL the girls! It's SO sad~ sorry Jodi!)
Mom and Russ....
....all the cousins!

Kayson, Me & Joshua....playing with Kinetic Sand (here) and "pencil pod racing"!  (we also played ping-pong)

 Sophie's new friends =)  
 (How do you like that cute dress I made? It was so easy, I glad that it fits so well!)

 You should have seen the boy I caught....he was THIS BIG!

(isn't it crazy how Joshua looks like a rounder faced version of his cousin, my Uncle Matt)

Thanks for letting us interrupt your lives for a while....I hope that we are friends forever!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Food on Friday: Homemade Buttermints

I got the recipe from ehow.
 They say:  4 oz. of cream cheese or butter, 1 lb. of powdered sugar, 1 to 2 tsp. of peppermint extract and "some" food coloring

But I used:
4 oz. SOFT butter
1 lb. of unsifted powdered sugar
2 tsp. of peppermint extract (1t. McCormick & 1t. Frontier)
2 drops green food coloring* (color was nice)

~It was way TOO dry, so I added 2-2&1/2T milk....then it was too wet, so I added 1/2 C. powdered sugar (sifted this time!) & 1/4 t. more Frontier mint extract

~Rolled into short logs, and cut with a knife into good sized chunks- a little bigger than my thumb.  (they say 1/2" X 12" and cut into 1/2" bits....I just did what felt right)

~ Set them on waxed paper to dry up for 48ish hours, and then popped them into a container with a tight lid and into the fridge till serving time.....

*I used coloring for the following reasons:
1. they were for a party (an after thought was that I should have made 2 colors- pink & blue)
2. I was afraid that they would be a funny unappetizing shade of cream/yellow/whiteish color...
3. with thought #2 in mind, and  I was not sure yet what dish I would serve them on, and did not want them to "clash".   I'm pretty sure that they did not. =)
Leave the cut mints out on the wax paper at room temperature for two days to dry before transferring to an airtight container for storage for two weeks.

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Leave the cut mints out on the wax paper at room temperature for two days to dry before transferring to an airtight container for storage for two weeks.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Whatever Wednesday: Charles R. Swindoll quote

"I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun."

~Charles R. Swindoll

Monday, August 25, 2014

Musical Monday: Roger Williams - "It's Now Or Never"

 =)  I don't think that I've ever heard the lyrics to this song, but it is a pretty instrumental does it not?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Food on Friday: Bakery time!

 We went to the Pagosa Baking Company twice- once with Papa & Grandma, and once by ourselves.
The first time I got a Lemon Bar & Mom got an iced coffee, the next time Mom & I shared a warm-from the-oven Ginger Chocolate Chip cooky!  (if you are in the neighborhood, try the cooky)

Sophie says: "They're just my size!".  Adrienne says: "I'll have to remember this cute idea!"

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Whatever Wednesday: Kitty in the Kitchen!

I was calmly making my lunch, and I felt I was being watched.  I Lucy!
Lucy's view:
 When I turned my back on her, (to show Grand Mary the photos of what Lucy looked like) Lucy jumped to my plate....thankfully not in it! =) 
             Cats never stop amazing me with their agility and precision!  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Musical Monday: "In Summer" Sing-a-long!

 Sorry friends! I know that "Frozen is WAY over done, but I just had to share this sing-a-long~ doesn't everyone love sing-a-longs?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Food on Friday: Izzy's

Uncle Clint introduced us to Izzy's Burger Spa in Tahoe~ they were good!

They had those tables that the laminate looks like OLD ads...this one caught my eye: 

Come to think of it, we have been eating lots of burgers on this trip! =)