Wednesday, December 30, 2009
My all time favorite song for the year 2009. I've been a huge Pearl Jam fan for over 15 years and love that they are actually still producing music that's great to listen to.
My kids were way into this one, which made it one of our favorites for 2009. On Coldplay's Viva La Vida album, the original song doesn't have any lyrics, so it was a treat to hear it with words a little later on and with a great video too. :)
Anyway, had some time to ponder this, and here's what I came up with (links are to the artist's website, not to the song, because I'm limited here at my office, but you can find a link for the song from there):
I listen to either KUER or KOHS radio, both of which are commercial free, to the point that I don't like to listen to the other stations, because I am now so used to no commercials, I get impatient about them. KUER is an NPR station, so I listen mostly for the news, and a few choice programs like Car Talk, Wait Wait, and Prairie Home Companion. I sometimes catch an interview with some new artist, though, and I have bought a bit of music over the years based on those interviews, like Gabriella Cilmi and Lady Antebellum. But mostly, I discover my favorite new (or sometimes just new-to-me) artists listening to KOHS, the Orem High School radio station. They play whatever the DJ or their instructor happens to have in their personal collection, so it's a wide range of stuff. It can also be repetitious, especially when they change shifts, but that's usually not too annoying. What is annoying, however, is how the DJ's don't always mention who or what they just played, which has me tracking them down on the Internet by guessing at the songs name. Which is how I had to track down my hands-down favorite new artist for this year, Scouting for Girls.
I first heard "She's So Lovely", then later "Heartbeat" - both of which make me happy every time I hear them. In fact, the entire album is well worth listening to. Very peppy, very upbeat, even when the lyrics aren't exactly happy. It's a fun sound, and never fails to cheer me up if I'm feeling a bit low.
It's a tough call, choosing which is my favorite, but I have to go with "Heartbeat". I hear the song, and I know I'm that girl, the sort of girl he's talking about. Or at least, I was, when I was younger. You can find a link to their You Tube channel from their home page if you want to give it a listen. (I assume it will be on their You Tube, but as I can't check from here, I can't make any promises.)
A close second, from another artist I first heard on KOHS, would have to be Mika's "Grace Kelly", which you can catch me singing, very loudly, every time it comes on the radio when I'm in my car. Usually I'm alone for that, but sometimes I'm embarrassing my kids and trying to get them to join in. No, I can't hit all the notes right, but I don't care, because it's just a fun song. Personally, I don't think he's talking to a girl here, I think he's talking to his mom. Think about it, it'll make sense.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Sorry about the smudges. This is a well-used page in the book. Even though I like butter instead of shortening for most cookies, I use shortening, just like it says. I did make one little change to this when I made them last. I didn't have any allspice, and I remembered a friend of mine puts anise in hers, so I crushed about a teaspoon of anise with my mortar and pestle, and put that in instead. I usually under-bake them a bit. I think they're softer that way. When I check mine at 10 minutes, there is a little imprint left, and I take them out anyway. I baked one pan a bit longer, but those were somewhat harder (they were at the bottom of the jar, so you probably didn't get one of those). I like them soft. Mine may be a bit more than 1/4 inch thick when I roll them out as well - I'm just guessing, though. Oh, and, because we're in Utah, at high altitude, I don't bother with dipping (carefully scooping the flour into your measuring cup and leveling off) or sifting my flour when I make any baked goods. We need to add more flour here, and I finally realized a few years back why I don't think I do add more. I scoop my flour and shake or tap the cup until it's level, which packs a little more flour in each cup. You'll know if yours is the right amount more if the dough isn't sticky to touch. You will need a little more flour on the counter when you roll it out, but you shouldn't need a lot more. If you seem to need a lot on the counter, knead some more flour into the dough, and then try rolling out again.
(Side note for flour: I use Gold Medal, always, for cookies. Western Family has a blend of other grains in with their flour, which I think gives it an odd flavor, and also makes it react differently in your baked goods. I use Lehi Roller Mills for breads. Used to use Gold Medal, and it was good bread, but then I tried the Lehi (Costco has the 25 lb bag for about $7), and I've never gone back. It does seem a little heavy for cookies, though, so that's why I have both.)I use the pig shape because that's a traditional Scandinavian shape for Christmas, and I happen to like pigs, so it makes me happy to eat a gingerbread pig.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Book club will be Michelle's place Tuesday, December 15th at 7pm. We closed on our house the day before Thanksgiving, and move into it until December 12th. So, we'll have it at my new place. (will send out new address later)
Originally I wanted to read the book Marcy recommended, Two From Galilee, but after stopping at deseret book, seagull book, and barnes and noble with with no luck, I gave up. If you want, you can still read it and tell me all about it. or loan me your copy. :)
But I had a different idea. In an effort to simplify and to really focus on the Birth of our Savior this month, I came up with this little plan.
1. Read the December Ensign. Cover to Cover. Yes, come on, you can do it!!!
2. Share article(s) that touched you.
3. Come prepared to share the gift you want to give Christ this year.
In addition to that, we will be having a delicious pot luck dinner. How do I know it will be delicious? Because you ladies will be contributing! I'll provide the soup AND gourmet hot chocolate. (water with lemons and limes for those pansies who are still cutting back on their sugar)
we will need the following:
After our delicious meal we shall partake in the lovely tradition of a WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE!
So bring a WRAPPED white elephant gift.
And my final request? Come wearing the ugliest/funkiest/most festive Christmas Sweater. DI is calling your name. Oh wait, now Savers is. Who's it gonna be?
Best sweater (judged by Kyle) wearer gets a gift certificate to some wonderful place.
Love you ladies!
yours truly forever and ever,
Monday, October 19, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
2 cans cream of chicken
1 can diced jalapenos
2 blocks cream cheese
1 large can cooked chicken, with a little of the broth
Warm all ingredients and eat with chips.
I actually halfed this last night and made it with diced chillis instead, 1 can cream of chicken, 1 cream cheese, and a whole can of shredded chicken from Costco, and some of the broth.
LOVED the book, can't wait for next month :)
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
1/2 bunch cilantro (leaves only)
2 tbsp water
I was wondering where the phrase "peace like a river" comes from and looked it up. Isaiah 66:12 says, "For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees."
Monday, August 10, 2009
I just wanted to drop you a line and say I REALLY am here. I am sad I didn't catch the movie with you guys last Tuesday. :( It's a little tricky getting a sitter when a. you'd be getting one to stay with your kids in a house that's not even yours (it was my sisters) b. you don't know any sitters. c. you'd have to wake the kids up to take a sitter home. It just was not worth it. :)
Anyway, the news is I found a house to rent and it's great. Love the neighborhood, ward, and my bedroom closet. We (or should I say "I" since Kyle was gone before I had found a place) moved in over the weekend to a great little twin-home. Love it. We will be in it and in the mean time Kyle and I will be looking for a home to buy to take advantage of the fantastic buyers market. Don't know how long I'll be in this actual home, but we plan on being in Utah County for a looong time. "Loooong Time" in Woodbury Speak is probably the equivalent to like 4 years, but who knows! We are here indefinitely and I couldn't be happier. It's really nice to be able to settle back in to my dear friends I was so sad to leave behind when I went to Chicago. Really, your friendships mean so much to me.
So yes, this is a sappy little post to just say Hi! I am here and I can't wait to see you!! I'm happy to volunteer my place for the next book club. September. Rumor has it we are going to attempt to go literary again! Book ideas? Oh, FYI I am also happy to drive to anyone else's place, too. I just feel like I've been such a mooch over the last few years with book club. I'd love to contribute however.
Friday, July 31, 2009
So we pull off the road into the Target parking lot for a nice mini-reunion right then and there. She and the fam all look fabulous, of course (though it was way past the kids bedtime, and they were not so happy right then).
Turns out, they came for a wedding this week, and figured the timing was right to move as well, so here they are! She says she won’t have Internet for probably a week or so while they get settled, but you can call her, same number as always. Kyle will be going back to Chicago to wrap things up with work (for about a month), so for a while she's kinda on her own, but she's HERE!
Welcome back Michelle! we've missed you!
When are we getting together?
(sent an email this morning on this, but just found out some of you might not have gotten it, so I decided I'd post this as well)
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Google also archives group messages. I have made it private. I have to invite someone if we add a new book clubber, or if someones email changes. I invited all the girls, including those out of state. If we think we'd prefer to have two groups, one for all of us, and one for locals only, I can do that, too.
I think we'll like communicating this way - especially when it's time for book club, and we want to be sure everyone gets all the important info!
update: please be sure you look for the email from "noreplygooglegroups" or something like that, which may have ended up in your junk mail (it did in mine) and click the URL to accept the invite.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Its a great story following the lives of four generations of mothers. It tells the truth and hardships about falling in love, married life, life with kids, and after. I really enjoy this book and recommend it to all readers in different situations in life. I haven't finished it yet, so I don't know the big "secret" that is the background during the entire book.
Let me know if any of you read it and what your thoughts are. There is some things I would like to discuss about it.
I recently reread These Is My Words and it meant more to me this second time. I especially think that Jimmy sounds like my first husband in a lot of ways, and I'm hoping there's a Jack in my (and Laurel's) future (and I hope the rest of you have a Jack to snuggle up to every night!). Anyway, my older sis fought against reading it for a long time, but she finally did this past week and posted this review, if you're interested.
I'm so glad you introduced it to us Lisa!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I tend to be generous with the carrots, pressing it down in the cup to measure 2 cups, which may account for how moist it turns out for me.
The last couple times I made it, I used a bag of pre-shredded carrots and added a Tbl or so more oil, as the carrots seemed a little dry compared to grating them fresh. I may not buy the pre-shredded carrots again for this, but it's nice to know the cake still turns out if you want that time-saver.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
There may be a more recent version, but this is the one I have, and it is by far the best reference I've ever seen for all kinds of needlework. The projects are a little dated (this was published in 1979) but the step-by-step line-drawn instructions are awesome.
I'd offer to loan this out, but I don't let it out of my hands.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
but, since I signed up on LDSSingles, my life has a comical element, which is kind of fun to share, even if it's not fun to live it. (dating after 40 is not for the timid)
so, now you can keep up with my dating life. or at least my online flirts... no dates have materialized as yet.
I'm pretty sure you won't need to be invited or sign in, but let me know if it doesn't work.
I hope I at least entertain.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Peanut Butter Bars
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup margarine or butter
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
½ tsp. soda
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup oatmeal (quick oats)
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Directions: Sift dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl cream sugar, butter, vanilla, and peanut butter. Mix well. Then add egg. Add dry ingredients. Stir in oatmeal and chocolate chips. Press into a 9x13 pan. Bake for 15 to 16 minutes at 350 degrees.
Cool Bars for 5 minutes
½ cup powdered sugar
½ cup peanut butter
5 Tbsp. milk
Mix ingredients together and pour on top of bars.
Everyone else post your recipes :)
Best Salad Ever
1 Head read leaf lettuce
1 head green leaf lettuce (or just all romaine)
1 package dried cranberries (i don't use that much)
1 package feta cheese
candied almonds (see below)
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp poppy seed
1 cup sugar (i don't use that much)
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp dry mustard
Mix everything in blender except poppy seeds and then add poppy seeds and mix in.
melt 1 tbsp butter and 3/4 cup sugar. Stir and heat until mixture liquefies. Add 1 package (large size) slivered almonds. Spread on greased foil. Let harden and break into small pieces-toss with other ingredients in salad. Note: the dressing is very acidic and wilts the lettuce quickly. I don't mix in the dressing until right before eating.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Lisa lent me her copy of this book and it was an interesting read. I finished it, though, and thought it was a real shame that the girl in the story had no one to really share her thoughts and dreams with. She was even keeping things from her husband at the end of the book. It got me thinking that the only thing that truly matters in life are the relationships that we build and enjoy each day. We all need someone (at least one person) that we can be "real" with.