Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Pinterest Try #11

Today was an other soup day.  Feeling a bit under the weather so I found this soup and gave it a try.

Copy Cat Olive Garden Fagioli

Olive Garden Pasta Fagioli Crock Pot Copycat Recipe: Sausage, beans, basil and pasta make for a flavor-filled bowl every time!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pinterest Try 8, 9, and 10

Today is a big Pinterest day... not sure why.  Maybe it is because I am nearly done with Seminary lesson prep for the year.  Maybe it's because I was in the mood for some yummy stuff.  Who knows.  I just know that I am on a roll and everyone gets to benefit.

My Aunt Marara is from new Zealand.  I remember making some yummy dinner rolls that were sweeter than most.  So I found a recipe for Hawaiian Sweet Rolls.  I have to say these turned out to be the best looking and tasting rolls I have ever made!

I was also in the mood for grilling.  I search Pintrest and found a recipe for Very Greek Grilled Chicken
I was even smart enough to thaw out the chicken yesterday and made the marinade before church.  That means... hang on to your boots people... I actually followed a recipe.  :)

Very Greek Grilled Chicken found on KalynsKitchen.com

I even made coleslaw because the picture inspired me... but I pulled that one out of my head.

To round out the meal, and to keep in the spirit of Pintrest Sunday (I decided I could name it) I found a recipe for Grilled Potatoes with Rosemary and Smoked Patrika

Grilled Potatoes Recipe with Rosemary and Smoked Paprika...99 calories and 3 Weight Watchers PP | cookincanuck.com #vegan #glutenfree

There you have it... an entire Sunday meal inspires by Pinterest.  What should I do tomorrow?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Pinterest Try #7

This week I gave this Pinterest recipe a whirl.  Definitely going to be a repeat!

Honey-Lime Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Corn Tacos | Cooking Classy

Honey Lime and Sweet Potato Corn Tacos.

It is a great alternative to having a meat-filled meal.

Pinterest Try #6

Yesterday was a cloudy day.  I needed soup.  I gave this Pinterest find a try.  It was a yummy.  This is a "do-it-again" find!

Fresh Spinach Tomato and Garlic Tortellini Soup | Cooking Classy

fresh spinach and tortellini soup

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Once again I was hired to paint a backdrop for my friend who teaches at Howard Street Middle School in Salem.

I always starts like this.... stuff in a hallway and inspiration on the walls.

I had kids help me paint all the flats white.  I always start with a clean slate.
We started by blending colors to create a giant rainbow canvas.  This was a little tricky because three of us were working on the set and each of us had out own style of "scrumbling".  Eventually, we were able to get the colors to blend nicely.  The other issue was that I was trying to use old paint.  However, to get the desired effect I did need to buy a couple colors.  Not everything was the same type of paint so it was a challenge to blend them well.

I was inspired by a few pieces of art I found in my research that had black silhouette trees against a colored background.

We started by painting the ground black and adding "curly" grass.  As per my tradition, I made the "grass" spell the names of the people that helped work on the set.
Then we added trees.  We spelled the title of the play in the branches of the center tree.

... and we added birds, owls, and even a cat.

I had some great helpers: Hannah, Lillian and Claire.

It took us 4 days of work to complete the backdrop.

I carted the flats to Salem after letting them dry for 3 days.  Sadly, I didn't give them enough time to dry and some of the paint stuck together causing some of the paint to peal.  I was bummed.  The set was complete with 2 free standing doors, also painted black.  I was on my way to the school to make some repairs when my car broke down and stranded me so I never did get a full picture of the complete look.  However, these pictures kind of give you the idea, right?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pintrest Try #5

So tonight I tried something new in roasting veggies.  I have learned that I really like roasted carrots.  The recipe was roasted zucchini and carrots.  However, I added yam and parsnips to the mix.  delish!

Roasted Zucchini and Carrots

Pinterest Try 4

OK... I am not successful at trying something everyday... I am still trying new things I find on Pinterest as time permits.  I tried this new recipe last night:

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash

This now my new favorite way to eat spaghetti squash.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pinterest Day 3

Yesterday I tried a new recipe I found on Pinterest.  I loved it!  My husband liked it.  The kids? well, they are super picky and won't eat fish, even tuna fish.  They missed out because this was super yummy!
Cucumber Avocado Salad with Tuna
Cucumber Avocado Salad with Tuna, Cilantro, and Lime

Monday, May 11, 2015

Pinerest Day 2

Hannah found these brownies on Pinterest and made them for Mother's day.  They were very rich and sent us into a sugar comma.  LOL
Layers of Love Brownies
Layers Of Love Chocolate Brownies

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Pinterest Day 1

So... I tried a new salad today.  Turned out ok.
Quinoa and Black Bean Salad
I found it on Pinterest.  Pinterest is an interesting phenomenon.  I could spend hours looking at set ideas and recipes that look interesting.  I decided I should put that research into practice.  Today I tried something new.

Friday, May 1, 2015

April Report

 April started with General Conference.  Kimber, Ray, Ben and Freya came to listen to Saturday session at our house.  Ben and Freya are such cute little people.  It's fun to watch Ben learn to share and Freya learn to crawl.  She is very motivated by the fact that she wants to do what her big brother is doing.
 This is a rare picture.  Hannah is rarely home.  We don't hear her playing the piano or singing much anymore.
 John took Hannah to get her licence.  She now can drive herself where she wants to go.  She even claimed one of the sets of keys to the Suburban.  I wonder if I will be car-less soon... hmmm...
 John and Lillian went on a mountain bike ride and came back covered in mud.
 We had to say good bye to an old friend.  It was a sad day, but it was time.  Missy must have been in pain and most often couldn't remember where she was.  It had gotten to the point that she had trouble getting up if she was down or had trouble sitting down if she was up.  Let's just say there were many tears that day.
 Hannah went to Mormon Prom.  It was all last minute.  She got a dress and a date within hours and was off.
 She met a kid from Dallas at the State Thespian Competition.  She asked him to Central High School Prom in May when they went to a play.

Hannah went to State Thespian Competition in the Musical Theatre Solo Division.  She did very well.  Often she is too quiet and the judges made mention of that.  She was not chosen for the show case.  She did earn 6 superior ratings.
 Kimber is finding time to sew for her little family.  She made this cute dress for Easter and Freya wore it to church a week after Easter, since Easter was Conference Sunday.
 Chad's friend Lenah came to visit.  She is hoping to go on a mission soon so they got some beach time in.
 I made this quilt for an auction that was to raise money for the theatre department.  I was asked to use t-shirts of all the shows.  I was short a few shirts so I printed the posters onto fabric.  I don't know what they made, but I hope it was worth the time I put into it.
 Hannah and Lillian helped me make this backdrop for Howard Street Middle School.  A student named Claire, my newest convert to tech work, helped me the most.
 At the same time, John and my friends John Hatch and Joy Hoffman helped me with the set of The Foreigner.  It opens in a couple weeks.  In theory, a student designed it.  However, I needed to modify it so much that it isn't much of his design.  Joy did a great job painting logs while I bossed people around.  John and John worked on building stuff for me.
Lillian has been doing well in school and doing well in dancing.  She got the main part in her up coming recital so she is in lots of extra rehearsals.

Actually, I have to admit, we aren't doing so well as a family in doing things together.  We are more like roommates. Everyone has their on school, work and activities.  Nothing really goes with the activities of everyone else.  Most people say I am never home.  Not true.  I am home more than the rest of them... I am just home alone.  In the morning John is at work and Hannah is at school and Chad is usually sleeping.  Around 11 I go and volunteer at the school for a couple hours. When I get back for the school Lillian starts her time at the dance studio and Chad is off to school.  I then spend my afternoon teaching other people or doing stuff around the house.  Currently, I go to rehearsal at the high school in the evening, but all of April I spent the evening alone, often eating dinner by myself because Hannah would be ... well... I don't always know where, John would be late at work, Lillian would still be at dance, and Chad would be at the Jessops doing homework, working out or just out.  Then I would go to bed and start it all over in the morning.  I get pictures of what everyone is doing because someone takes a picture Facebook.  So I've decided that this is what "empty-nester" is... only with roommate that leave dishes for me to wash and shoes to pick up.  In fact, it may be best to ask each person what they are up to because my report is highly inaccurate because I am not involved in their lives and they are not involved in mine.  So there is the sad reality known as April.