Monthly Archives: June 2012

5 Things July 1st! 1 comment

WOW.  Did June FLY by or what?  I do not like how quickly this summer is going by…


We enjoyed our week, however.  My son graduated from his preschool program, and that was exciting for him!



Friday we drove up to Silver Lake, walked around, and then hiked up above to Twin Lake:

The view of Silver Lake about halfway up to Twin Lake

Twin Lakes (although I only actually saw one lake…not sure why the name is plural)

I went to Lambert’s Floral and Nursery for their end-of-year sale.  I wish I’d taken a picture of all I got!  A flat full of plants was $6, so I got myself 2 basil plants, 1 lemon basil, 1 parsley, 3 zucchini, 2 Crookneck squash, 1 White tomato, 3 Brandywine heirloom tomatoes, 1 Heartland tomato, 2 Cherokee Purple heirloom tomatoes, 2 Black Krill heirloom tomatoes, and 2 Mortgage Lifter heirloom tomatoes.  SO many tomatoes!  While the place doesn’t have a huge selection the last week they’re open, it’s well worth it to me to search and get prices like that.

So, here’s the summary:

  1. Call local nursery, find out when they’re having their end-of-season sale. – YES
  2. Attend Buddy Boy’s preschool graduation party. – YES
  3. Attend fundraiser yard sale on Saturday. – YES
  4. 12-year anniversary – YES
  5. Plan family day trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats. – YES



This week’s plan:

  1. Research/plan activity at the Clark Planetarium.
  2. Finish getting Bear Lake weekend planned.
  3. Make a batch of homemade laundry detergent.
  4. Work up a new daily cleaning schedule.
  5. Begin new daily “schedule” now that Buddy Boy is out of school.

That’s it for me!  Everyone please have a happy and SAFE Independence Day!

Friday’s Delectable Dozen – More Pork

Yay for pork!!  The other white meat, right?


I confess, this week’s delectable dozen isn’t something that health enthusiasts will approve of.  This is NOT the other white meat part of pork. :-)  It’s a sinful, blissful, tasty side, however, and I was drooling while typing this list up.  Everything is okay in moderation, including bacon, right?



#1 JDawg Sauce for your hot dogs

 #2 Ham and Cheddar Pretzel Bites

#3 Bacon-Wrapped Li’l Smokies in a Brown Sugar and Maple Glaze

 #4 Black Beans with Bacon

#5 Ham and Pineapple Kabobs


#6 Pizza Dogs

#7 Baked Ham with Grandma’s Ham Sauce

#8 Sweet Bacon Crackers

#9 Crockpot Lil’ Smokies (2 recipes)

#10 Ribbon Sandwiches

#11 Lil Smokies with Green Apple and Brie Cheese


#12 Canning Bacon Bits (now this I gotta try!)

Thoughtful Thursday – Frederick Douglass

A few of my favorite Frederick Douglass quotes:


“A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.”



“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”


“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”


“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”


Orange Juice Concentrate – My Way (2 ingredients)

A few months ago, our local grocery store put oranges on sale in a major way.  Seriously, it was a 40-lb box for $3.99!


We don’t eat a lot of oranges at our house, although we should, but I could NOT pass up that deal.  Am I a woman, or what?  But I have to give myself some credit, because I didn’t buy any at first.  My mom bought some, and shared the spoils with me.  We enjoyed using the new juicer I got for Christmas and enjoyed ourselves from freshly squeezed orange juice.  It was then that I decided I had to buy my own steal of a deal…and so after the 20 or so lbs my mom gave me, I went and bought myself another box.


So…I peeled lots and lots of oranges.  Even ripped the nail from my skin doing it so much (and let me tell ya, orange juice and bloody fingers do not mix.  OUCH!).  And I juiced lots and lots of oranges.  Way more than we could drink.  So, I decided to try my hand at orange juice concentrate making.  ha ha!!



This doesn’t make your concentrate as…well, CONCENTRATED, as you buy at the store.  I’m assuming it’s because I didn’t want to add a lot of sweetener.  Who knows?  I sure don’t.  What I do know is that it turned out well.  So, here’s what I did:


I took some  freshly squeezed orange juice and pour it into a saucepan.  Added some sugar.  I added 1/4 cup for most of my batches, but the last one was more bitter, probably because I didn’t take as much time to peel as much of the white stuff off (I had a sore finger, what can I say?  Since making this, I’ve switched out most of my sugar for agave nectar, and so I think the next time I do this I’ll use that instead.  Let it simmer for awhile, and then I poured it into jars to freeze.  Seriously that simple!


I LOVE using my new “concentrate” as the liquid in our smoothies…so good!

Evie’s Orange Juice Concentrate

1 quart (4 cups) freshly squeezed orange juice

1/4 – 1/2 cup sugar, vegan sugar, or agave nectar

     Over medium heat, bring the ingredients to a light boil in a saucepan.  Lower the heat down to low and let simmer, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes.  Pour into clean jars, making sure to leave about an inch and a half headspace (to allow expansion when freezing).  Stick in the freezer.  To make juice, thaw concentrate; mix in a pitcher with an equal amount of water.  Enjoy!

5 Things 6/24 1 comment

Whew, what a week!


Munchkin is already out of school for the summer.  Buddy Boy is not.  He’ll be starting his last week of school tomorrow!  I’ve been so looking forward to it, but I confess that after this last week, I’m dreading having him home all day.  He’s been having high anxiety issues lately, and that usually means major meltdowns.  This week was no exception.  Hopefully this week will be a fresh start!  We did move a lot of stuff around the house this week…and while he’s talked like he’s been happy about it, maybe that change is part of the cause of his anxiety.  We’ll see!  So, here’s how the week went down:


  1. Paint 1 bedroom.YES, in fact, we painted TWO!  (painted them white, cause that’s what we had.  I promise, we do like color)
  2. Get Munchkin moved downstairs. – YES
  3. Get food storage room moved upstairs.YES
  4. Get Buddy Boy moved into Munchkin’s old room.YES
  5. Take food storage inventory YES
The plan for this week is mostly to survive.  I know, that sounds so pathetic, but  I seriously don’t have a ton of ambition.  So I’m gonna try to enjoy this last week that Buddy Boy has at school!  (Bad mom, bad mom, bad mom!!! :-)
  1. Call local nursery, find out when they’re having their end-of-season sale.
  2. Attend Buddy Boy’s preschool graduation party.
  3. Attend fundraiser yard sale on Saturday.
  4. 12-year anniversary – We’re not doing anything to celebrate, but hey, I’m counting it on my list!;-)
  5. Plan family day trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Have a great week!

Friday’s Delectable Dozen – Pork

It’s time for me to share another awesome dozen recipes that I’ve found from around the web.  This week’s focus is pork.  I’m focusing more on pork roast, loin, and chops, and then next week I’ll give some of the other pork some attention…you know, the ham, sausage, and bacon stuff.  Enjoy!!



#1  Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Pork


#2 Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

#3 Mexican Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas

#4 Favorite Pork Chops


#5 Cuban Pork Chops

#6 Slow Cooker Honey Parmesan Pork Roast

#7 Sweet Pork Tacos and Cilantro Ranch Dressing

#8 Scalloped Potatoes and Pork Chops


#9 Teriyaki Pork Kabobs

#10 Sweet & Sour Pork

#11 Slow Cooker Hearty Pork Stew

 #12 Buttermilk Parmesan Pork Chops

5 Things 06/17 2 comments

Ahh, another week of summer.  I gotta tell you, I’m LOVING it.  Time off work, my kids home…I know that by the time school starts again I’ll be glad to get back onto a schedule, but who can deny the joy of picking fresh raspberries for breakfast with the kiddos, and completing completely random goals (like “go to one park/week”, or “let’s try to build something out of that scrap wood”)?

 Logan River, Rendezvous Park

 My husband teaching the kids how to skip rocks…



Oh, and the official list from last week:

  1. Plan out July’s budget. – YES
  2. Create a daily schedule board with and for the kids. – Oops, NO.  But I did make a chore list full of extra things the kids can do to earn a little summer money…does that count?
  3. Get back on running schedule.  – YES
  4. Try to get some sod for a patch in my yard.  – YES, and it was backbreaking work to get the crap dug up and the sod laid…but well worth it!
  5. Drive up to Logan for my cousin’s wedding reception! – YES


My daughter has decided that she would like a room downstairs.  I suppose, being 9, she’s probably old enough to have a room all the way downstairs.  It kinda breaks my heart, but hey, that’s independence for ya!  We’ve decided to make a huge project out of it.  So, here are the things I’m hoping to get done this week:

  1. Paint 1 bedroom.
  2. Get Munchkin moved downstairs.
  3. Get food storage room moved upstairs.
  4. Get Buddy Boy moved into Munchkin’s old room. (yes, I’m making this WAY TOO difficult, ha ha)
  5. Take food storage inventory (might as well, since I’m moving it all around anyway, right?).


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It’s June, right?


June, as in summer?


Just checking.  Cause I’m FREEZING.  We had a nice cold front come in, and it’s actually pretty pleasant, except when I’m sitting on my duff hanging on the computer.  Being a still, lazy lump doesn’t really get the blood pumping, and as a result, I’m cold.

So, I had a decent week.  How about you?  My husbands’ birthday was this weekend so we took a short trip to Moab and did some hiking.  It was fun, but hot (yeah, the cold front waited until we got home to come in) and my son didn’t last as long as we would have liked.  Ah, well, we still did some awesome exploring and it made for a great time!  I was even kind of productive last week, too!

Take the kids to the dentist. – YES

Add to the batch of homemade deodorant.YES

Take a carload of stuff to D.I.YES

Plan July’s budgetNO 

Buy a wedding gift for my cousin.YES

Okay, so the plan for this week is:

  1. Plan out July’s budget.
  2. Create a daily schedule board with and for the kids.
  3. Get back on running schedule.  I got off track during our little trip, but I spent the trip hiking and walking, so hopefully it won’t be too bad.  Halfway done with the 5K program!
  4. Try to get some sod for a patch in my yard.  It’ll depend on whether Home Depot has any when I stop by.
  5. Drive up to Logan for my cousin’s wedding reception!  We may make a mini-vacation out of it…we had hoped to do a small trip to Logan this summer.


That’s it…have a great week!