Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wordless Wednesday... A day late

I did take the pictures on Wednesday, does that count?
While hanging out in Utah waiting for test results I went for a drive
up Parley's Canyon.
As I came around one of the bends I stated to notice little changes.
and oh my how beautiful the colors.
I wish the pictures could give just a little justice.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Tomatoes Ready For Home Canning

Just a couple of weeks ago I was wondering if we would get any tomatoes off of our vines this year.
I was talking to my sister in law, Pennie, and she told me to cut back the tops of the plants so that the energy goes to the fruits and not the blossoms still trying to grow.
I did it and what a difference it has made to my plants.
I am getting tomatoes...enough that I am starting to can!

I have said it before and I will say it again,
I love this web site...
It will show you how to can tomatoes
peel and chop
the way I have always done tomatoes until last year.
This is when I made my best canning investments ever...
no more blanching or peeling...
it does it all.
clean tomatoes go in
turn the handle
out come the peels and seeds and all that is left is the juice.
I bring my tomato juice to a light boil adding a couple of small cans of tomato paste and  let it cook down until it is the thickness I like.
I add salt and place in the jars.
I hot water bath for 30 mins. (pints)
(If I do not add paste I will put a little lemon juice)

I am doing the tomatoes as they ripen, so they are small batches.
and it goes so fast that I can get a batch done while Celes takes her nap :o)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

You Are Not Forgotten

"Sisters, wherever you are, whatever the circumstances may be, you are not forgotten. No matter how dark your days may seem, no matter how insignificant you may feel, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you. In fact, He loves you, with an infinite love."
—President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
September 24, 2011
LDS General Relief Society Meeting
picture from Sayda

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Our New Roof

We had a beautiful tile roof... 20 years ago...
We have debated for a couple of years of if we were going to replace the tiles, put down an asphalt roof or a metal roof.
But, the time had came to quit talking and get the project done.
With a LOT of help from FAMILY and FRIENDS
the tiles came off.


David and Josh
(note the color of the tree in the background)

Don and Kirk
Sergio and Josh

After the tile was off and new boards, insulation and tar paper was placed down,
we had to wait for our metal to arrive ( we had problems with our order)
and when it arrived we were grateful because a storm was to arrive in the next day.

It rained off and on in the morning...and then the storm moved away from our home.
(Kira and I went to town and it POURED on us.
I was sick to think that Kirk and Sergio were not being able to roof in all that rain and the damage that was being done to the material that was down.)
When we arrived at the house, there was very little sign of any rain falling on them. Kirk said it had sprinkled for about a minute and that was it.
Again with help from family and friends... and Kirk and Sergio spending 2 days none stop...
The roof  was done...
Well, almost...we are still missing the metal trim,
 but if it rains I don't have to worry about it raining inside the house too.

So, it looks like a metal roof, defiantly not an old world tile roof, but it is nice.
And the tiles...
We might sell them, but I think we will use them along the river to help with holding our bank in place.
It will be interesting to see how much of our river bank is gone after having flood level waters most of the Spring. The river will drop during the winter and will show us what work will need to be done.
What do you think?
Do you like metal roofs?

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Alfredo Lasagna Roll-Ups

I like this blog that I have just found...
She had this yummy recipe,
6 single servings
How Yummy do these look!?
So, I looked at her recipe and off to work I went...
I cooked my noodles first (woops...not what she said to do)
I mixed my Alfredo Sauce up...
my recipe is a little ...No A LOT more fattening than hers.
My Alfredo Sauce has
2 blocks of cream cheese
1 cube of butter
1 qt of 1/2 & 1/2
Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
I boiled a package of bones skinless chicken breast (Smith's had them on sale for $ 1.99 lb.) with chopped onions, celery, seasonings until the chicken was nice and tender. (This makes a wonderful chicken broth to store in the fridge.)
After the chicken cooled I cut it into small pieces.
I started by putting some of my alfredo sauce in my pan, kind of like when you make enchiladas.
adding a spoonful of chicken.
Rolling the noodles nice and tight, with the seam on the bottom.
I started having family members coming in doing the "how much longer look",
so I combined most of my alfredo sauce to my chicken.
I still kept sauce in my pan to roll the chicken and noodles in.

With the remaining alfredo I pored on the top of my filled dish and topped with cheese.
Serving 16 chicken alfredo lasagna rolls.
Mine may not look as pretty as the "artsy-fartsy mama's.
But, boy they tasted good.
Good enough that the dish was empty when dinner was over.
Thanks, artsy-fartsy mama for a wonderful dinner idea.

10 Years Later...Lest We Forget

I went to write my thoughts for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 and looked at my past posts and well...they pretty much said everything I was going to say.

I have really enjoyed the ...

If the story of the United States has a theme so far in the 21st century, it is surely one of resilience. To hail that spirit on the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, TIME revisited the people who led us, moved us and inspired us, from the morning of the attacks through the tumultuous decade that followed. These astonishing testimonies — from 40 men and women including George W. Bush, Tom Brokaw, General David Petraeus, Valerie Plame Wilson, Black Hawk helicopter pilot Tammy Duckworth, and the heroic first responders of Ground Zero — define what it means to meet adversity, and then overcome it.
They have been showing on CNN. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Finding A Favorite Post

Have you ever seen a blog tutorial and just love it...
and decide it is something you want to do...
I did...I even thought I had book marked it...
I didn't...
I have spent the past week  panicky searching,  LOOKING, throwing fits,  for THIS post.
I was so excited when I found my elusive post.
Here is why...
My counters are from the late 60's early 70's.
they are ugly and stained, and they are did I say UGLY
so when I saw
Creative Kristi's counters and how she painted them with Folk Art Brand tole paint, and for under $30.00!!!
I want to try it.
I will start with a little corner and see if  I can do it, but I think I can.
I will let you know IF I do it and will post pictures too.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Are You Resting Today?

I think this stamp is so cool.
It is the perfect picture for The Family: A Proclamation to the World
 A street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations", followed by a festival for the workers and their families.
 This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations.(1)
So,, that is the history of  Labor Day.
But, here is my real question...

Do you wear white shoes after Labor Day???
Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer.
 In high society, and with most REAL Southern Ladies,  Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable for women to wear white. (1 a)
 "Can I wear White Shoes / Linen / Sandals / Straw Handbags / Seersucker / Other Warm-Weather Clothing before Memorial Day or after Labor Day?"
The Etiquette Grrls say,
"Nope. Unless you want to look like a Fashion Victim, that is."
We'll make an exception for Brides and Nurses on the White Shoes, and for Monks on the Sandals, but in all other cases, the answer is a firm no.( 1 b)
"But what if it's 90 degrees out?"
Obviously, the EGs don't think you should Suffer Heat Stroke wearing a Black Cashmere Overcoat in Winter just because you live in a Warm Climate, but we think you can be cool and seasonally-appropriate at the same time. If it's October and terribly hot, how about a little sleeveless shift dress in lightweight cotton, in a autumn-y color like brown?(2)
And then you get this answer from
I'm not sure where or when this "rule" started, but it's day has passed. I can assure you, it's just a historical version of fashion etiquette, and not an actual law. I know this for a fact, because I've done it, and I have lived to tell the tale.  Having said that, it is definitely more difficult to find white shoes during cold months. (3)
I remember always being told not to wear white shoes after Labor Day
as a girl.
The truth is I do not own a pair of white shoes.
I don't like how they make my feet look big.
So, do you wear white shoes...what about after Labor Day?

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Fall Decor

I realised my entry way still had my July decorations up..
Really, what happen to August? I totally missed.
So, this is my fall wall and table.
I still need to get frames for my art projects.

I found this cute pumpkin and the little fall leaf salt and pepper shakers at Real Deals 
I change out my scrapbook paper in my wall frame each month  when I redo my entry way.
Usually, the paper has the month's name on it. This time I changed it up with a seasonal paper and a couple of embellishments.
Silk flowers from Michael's
and  a few little details ...
I wanted to do this cool crayon art project that I had seen in the world of blogs.
 I think they are really neat.
The instructions for this one is found at "whatever"
I wanted to do mine with fall colors... and when I started I liked it...
but I wanted mine to look more "fallish" so I took the crayons off and started blending my colors.
I love it.
I must be looking forward to fall...
even though I am not ready to admit summer is over.

Sept. 13, 2011