Thursday, June 4, 2009

Showing Off the Silver

It's been awhile since I posted something new, however in May I *did* do a "Guest Post" on my 5 daughters' blog, Bossy, titled "Platinum Princess"
You can read it & see some fun photos with varying hair colors & silly comments. Click HERE.

It's how to gracefully go from my original very dark (black)brunette: to this (I'm talking about hair color, not 7 month old Henry) & have fun in the process:
I think you'll ENJOY it.

Remember, "Comments are like chocolate to bloggers," so please post your COMMENT when you are through!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Life Really Boils Down to 2 Questions

Posted with thanks to my beautiful, VERY funny friend,
MARY CALLISTER, for emailing this silly thing to me:

(I don't know whose dog & kids they are, but we've all been there before!)

In every young woman's life there are 2 Ponderable Questions:

1. Should I get a dog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ?






2. Or should I have Children . . . . . . . . . . . ?



Hope it made you laugh!

Saturday, April 4, 2009


We had these WONDERFUL young men over for dinner 3 weeks ago. It has taken me too long to post about it.
Elder Garcia, from Texas, and Elder Naylor, from San Diego, Calif.,
Elder Naylor's mom, Diane, is a blogging friend of my daughter, Robin. When she found out that Robin was from Boise she posted a comment on Robin's blog that her son was on a mission here. I went to Diane's blog & recognized him as the new Elder in our ward! Now she, her son, & his companions refer to me as "the blog stalker!" Look at Diane & Robin's really GREAT blogs--click here:
Diane Naylor and RobinSmith

Our cute granddaughter, Hannah, joined us which made it an especially enjoyable evening.

We really love having the missionaries in our home, but having Elder Naylor here is especially fun because of the blogging connection between his mom & my daughter. They met each other online through mutual blogging friends & family!
This was our Dinner Menu:
Thai Chicken Curry (recipe below)
Saffron Rice
Egg Rolls
Fruit Salad
Coconut-milk Pudding Rolls (recipe below)
Vanilla Pecan Fudge

Thai Chicken Curry
(neither I nor Alan care much for curry, but this was delicious!)

Makes 6 servings
1 can (13.5 oz.) coconut milk
1 Tb. chopped fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 small onion, chopped
1 tsp. grated lemon rind
1/2 tsp red-pepper flakes
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. curry powder
1 1/2 # boneless skinless chicken breast, cut in very thin 2" strips
2 bags (6 oz each) baby spinach
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, cut in strips (I used more because I love basil)
1/2 tsp salt

1. Puree 1/2 C coconut milk, ginger, garlic, onion, lemon rind, pepper flakes, paprika, & curry in blender.
2. Heat mixture in skillet over med-high heat. Cook until thickens & turns brighted, 1-2 minutes.
3. Add chicken, remaining coconut milk. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low & simmer, uncovered, 8-10 minutes until chicken is done.

4. Stir in spinach, basil, & salt. Stir until spinach is just barely heated through, and remove from heat.
Serve immediately, with Rice, if desired.

I served with an easy Saffron Rice package mix:

Coconut-milk Pudding Rolls--these are FABULOUS!
Recipe by Eleanor Kondo Ream, Salt Lake City. (
I found the recipe in either LHJ or BH&G.)
If you look closely at the picture, you will see
a pudding on the pan bottom....from the coconut milk added after the dough rises --sort of a reverse frosting. Yummy!
Makes 24 small rolls (9x13 pan)
1 pkg dry active yeast
3 1/4 cups plus 1 Tbsp. flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted & cooled, plus more for buttering bowl
1 tsp. salt
1 egg
1 can coconut milk

1. Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water. Stir in 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, melted butter, salt, and egg until smooth. Stir in 1 1/2 more flour & knead into soft dough, adding up to 1/4 cup more flour, as needed. Put dough in large buttered bowl. Cover & allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. (Note: I do all of this in my bread maker, on the "dough" setting. It is so much easier, faster, & less messy.)
2. Whisk together coconut milk, remaining 3/4 cup sugar, & 1 Tbsp. flour until smooth. Set aside.
3. Divide dough into 24 small balls. Put them in a 9x13 inch pan. Cover, & allow to double, about 30 minutes.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour reserved coconut milk mixture over raised rolls. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Serve warm.

The Elders with me (Linda), & Alan. I'm not sure if he is adoring, amused, or contented, or what, but I love the after-dinner look on happy hubby Alan's face!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

New Supermarket

--- **The scent of freshness**---

With thanks to my cousin, Keith Sorenson, for this :

A new supermarket opened in Pulaski, Wisconsin.

It has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh.
Just before it goes on, you hear the sound of distant thunder and
the smell of fresh rain.

When you pass the milk cases, you hear cows mooing and you
experience the scent of fresh cut hay.

In the meat department there is the aroma of charcoal
grilled steaks and ribs.

In the liquor department, the fresh, clean, crisp smell of tapped Miller Lite.

When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cluck and
cackle and the air is filled with the pleasing aroma of
bacon and eggs frying.

The bread department features the tantalizing smell of
fresh baked bread & cookies.

I don't buy toilet paper there any more . . . . . .

Monday, February 23, 2009

Bossy Daughters

Once again (this is a copy of an older post), here is a great blog by my gorgeous and extremely talented daughters, the bossy sisters, that you ought to check out. Sometimes it is very funny. Sometimes it is very serious. Sometimes it is tender and heart warming. Sometimes it contains great advice, even for seniors like myself. Today it made me cry. Despite its name, never is it bossy in a boring or dogmatic sense. These girls are truly awesome and sometime I will do an individual blog post on each of them. Always it is entertaining and worth reading. It will become famous.

Check out the bossy little girl in the header. That's Ruby Jane, and she's delightful. Sometime I will blog about her and all of my 16 wonderful grandchildren.
In the meantime, visit
Leave a comment! Ask a question!
--they really do have all the correct answers:

Monday, January 26, 2009

Hitler Driven Crazy by Ham Radio

This is like a location joke,e.g. you had to be there, or know the guy, to appreciate it. If you know anyone who is a ham (amateur radio operator) like my husband Alan, send this to them. They will love it. If you live with, are related to, or are good friends with a ham, you will love it. If you don't know any hams you will still be amused.
hihi = Morse code for I'm laughing;
cq =short for I want to talk with (insert other ham's i.d.) i.e., seek you;
SS = single sideband (a mode of transmit/receive operation e.g. short wave radio) can also mean signal strength;
QSL= do you understand? used at end of a transmission or = I understand/acknowledge receipt, used as answer or response to message received
5,9 = numbers on a 1-10 scale that indicates readability & signal strength ;
contests= 10 second meaningless communications on ham band where you report in & get points for how many stations can hear you/or you can hear, how far away those stations are from each other,etc
Dx = distant station;
net = a group/club/organization of hams that communicate"check-in" on a prearranged specific time & frequency, e.g. Alan is our stake communications specialist & he checks in every Wed. Night with the Bishop's Storehouse along with every stake in the area ;
73= Morse code for goodbye;
big guns = someone with very expensive antenna & station is a "ham radio lingo page" if you want to know more.
In any case, I think you'll enjoy the video below:

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thanks Everyone

This is from some guy named Jim Bob:

I just want to thank all of you for your educational e-mails over the past year. I am totally screwed up now and have little chance of recovery. I no longer open a public bathroom door without using a paper towel. Or have them put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel. Nor can I sit down on the hotel bedspread because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.

I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pastime while driving alone is picking ones nose. Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of trans fats I have consumed over the years. I can't touch any woman's purse for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public bathroom.

I must send my special thanks to whoever sent me the one about poop in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing. Also, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.

I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl (Penny Brown) who is about to die in the hospital for the 1,387,258th time. I no longer have any money at all, but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Bill Gates/Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special e-mail program.

I no longer eat KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.
I won't touch margarine, as it is just one molecule away from being plastic.
I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.
Thanks to you, I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

Because of your concern I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains, nor do I drink Pepsi or Dr.
Pepper since the people who make these products are atheists who refuse to put 'Under God' on their cans.
I can no longer buy gasoline without taking someone along to watch the car so a serial killer won't crawl in my back seat when I'm pumping gas.

I no longer use Saran wrap in the microwave because it causes cancer. And thanks for letting me know I can't boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face, disfiguring me for life.

I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS.
Neither will I go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a men's cologne sample and rob me.
I no longer receive packages from UPS or Fed Ex since they are actually Al Qaeda in disguise.
I won't shop at Target since they are French and don't support our American troops or the Salvation Army.

I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore, and Uzbekistan. I no longer buy expensive cookies from Neiman Marcus since I now have their recipe.

Thanks to you, I can't use anyone's toilet but my own because a big brown African spider is lurking under the seat to cause me instant death when it bites my butt. And thanks to your great advice, I can't ever pick up $5.00 dropped in the parking lot because it probably was placed there by a mugger waiting underneath my car to grab my leg.

I can't do any gardening because I'm afraid I'll get bitten by the brown recluse or imported funnel-web spider and my hand will fall off.

Lastly, if you don't send this post to at least 14,000 people in the next 14 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 PM tomorrow afternoon and the fleas from 1,000 camels will jump off, infesting your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor's ex-mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's beautician...

Have a wonderful day.... Oh, by the way.... A German scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their e-mail or forum posts with their hand on the mouse. Don't bother taking it off now, it's too late.