Monday, January 23, 2012


This is Stephanie, but her friends and family call her Steph. She was my first neighbor after moving into Old Farm. She came bearing pumpkin chocolate chip cookies when we moved in, which was nice. But even nicer, because she was in the middle of a move herself. Steph is going to kill me for this post, but I wanted you all to know how savvy she is with baking, saving money, and other crafty skills. Here are the links to her pin boards. This will help you get to know her style and likes.

Bountiful Baskets

I know most of you know about Bountiful Baskets by now. It is a fun and cheap way to get lots of fruits and vegetables. For the website click here.
This past Saturday I got all of this...

For $16.50. We sometimes get things that we don't like or don't know what to do with. But for the price and the amount, I feel it is worth it. If the fruits and vegetables are in my house, I am more likely to use them. If we know that we are not going to use them we share with the neighbors or other friends.

Valentines Cards

Made some Valentine Cards for those I didn't Christmas cards out to.
Classic Scarlet 5x7 folded card
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Old Farm

For those of you who just love us and don't want to leave. The lot prices have gone down in price.

The Little Brick House

Today I went to lunch here...

And saw her...

For those of you who don't know 'her', this is Dani. She and her husband manage this charming cafe and boutique. I have been there twice now with friends and the food is real tasty and the service is great. They serve soups, sandwiches, and salads with a complimentary bite of fudge. Go onnn-- go try it.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

New Year's Resolutions

Has anyone already broken their new year's resolutions? Some goals I didn't make because I knew, I wouldn't be able to keep them for long. But, I am actually doing pretty good with some others. We have set a time in the mornings where everyone meets on the couch for scripture study. 7:20 am. Why didn't we think of this sooner? Instead of running around and then seeing if there is time to read scriptures, we now have a set time to do it and be ready. This has really felt good to do. As we are reading I have random thoughts about how this is helping with the children's reading skills and comprehension. As they stumble over the hard words and tell me about what they have just read. We are showing obedience by practicing family scripture study and will be blessed for doing it.

Another goal I want to do well on is date night. I really need to focus on my marriage and my relationship with my husband. The past two years as Relief Society President has been bittersweet. I have loved getting to know the sisters and serving in this leadership position in my ward (church). I like working with the priesthood and my presidency and discussing what the sisters need and what we can do to make their lives better and happy. I like that sisters can come to me and talk and discuss things that are on their minds. I often think that if I serve and magnify my calling that other things should just come easy, like family relationships. Well, some things do come a little easier but we still have to work at others. Darn it!
Don't we look like the most perfect couple. Well, the truth is that we have our differences and you would think that being married for almost 17 years we would have some things worked out. But this is not the case. I heard somewhere that most marriages deal with the same trials and hardships. The ones that last are the couples that are committed to the relationship and willing to work at it.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Cinnamon M&M's

Found this recipe for Cinnamon M&M's here. Found cinnamon M&M's at Target when shopping the after Christmas Sale. Came home and baked some. Fell in love and made another batch. The Second batch is almost gone. Might have to make more. Must send sister to Target to buy up the rest of the Cinn. M&M's. It is a shame that I don't live in a town with a Target.