Wednesday, July 29, 2009

JuLy HaPpEnInGs







and handsome cowboy'sReally, what's not to love about July???

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Little Loves

I got to babysit these little loves today!

and how happy i was to kiss on this little guy

and be entertained by this cute little one.

I am one lucky aunt!!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

All dolled up

Afton had her first dance recital. It went surprisingly well. No tears, no stage fright, no falls.

Way to go Afton girl!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Beloved Pioneer's

The husband and I were asked to give a talk in sacrament yesterday on our beloved Pioneer's. We came across many inspirational stories and are amazed with what they had to go through. I have so much respect and admiration for the courage, the faith, and the will power of these wonderful people. I hope we can all learn from them and their happy spirits despite adversity.

It is good to look to the past to gain appreciation for the present and perspective for the future. It is good to look upon the virtues of those who have gone before, to gain strength for whatever lies ahead. It is good to reflect upon the work of those who labored so hard and gained so little in this world, but out of whose dreams and early plans, so well nurtured, has come a great harvest of which we are the beneficiaries. Their tremendous example can become a compelling motivation for us all, for each of us is a pioneer in his own life, often in his own family, and many of us pioneer daily in trying to establish a gospel foothold in distant parts of the world.

-President Hinckley

Apricot-Cherry Trifle

I love our apricot tree and here is just one reason why.

This dessert is a summer delight and not bad on the calorie side either. It's worth giving a try!

6 ripe apricots, halved and pitted
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons apricot nectar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 angel food cake, cut into 1/2-inch slices
2 1/2 cups nonfat plain yogurt
1 cup bing cherries, halved and pitted

Cook first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan over low heat for about 10 minutes or until apricots start to release juices. Remove from heat; set aside. Lay cake slices on waxed paper. Using a standard "rocks" glass, cut out 12 circles of cake. When apricots are cool, puree in blender 2 minutes or until smooth. Cover, and refrigerate 30 minutes. Stir yogurt into apricot mixture. Place a few cherry halves on the bottom of a rocks glass. Spoon 2 tablespoons yogurt-apricot mixture over cherries; cover with a slice of cake; repeat twice. Top with cherries and a drizzle of yogurt-apricot mixture.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ranch life

We always enjoy going down to The Cowboy's place (Miah's brother). He and his super awesome wife Angi, live on a ranch and it is always a blast to visit. Coming home this last time was rough and I have been itching for the small town feeling ever since. Smaller towns seem much less worried about all the worldly stuff and much more centered on family. Someday Miah, someday.

Angi- I thoroughly enjoyed the cow milking experience (or at least watching it) and am still upset I ruined our attempt at home made butter. Next time I won't use a whole gallon of salt:)

Thanks guys for letting our nutty little family stay with you. Our kids were so sad to come home and have continually reminded us how much cooler your ranch is than our boring little farm.