Saturday, August 22, 2009

2nd Amendment Double Date

Charlie's Angels...
Joseph orienting me to Dan's AR-15

Dan and Shannon and the target...
Shannon rocks.

We had a great shootin' date with the Greenhalgh's. Over the weekend, I got an early birthday present--a Ruger LCP semi-automatic gun. It is so cute! (Forgive me for that choice of adjective). It fits easily in my pocket, but holy cow, it packs a punch! I was the rookie, as I have never before shot a gun. I've got to get used to that sucker. Greenhalgh's brought several of their guns and we shot them as well... Dan and Shannon are excellent teachers and shooters. I won't be missing anymore flossing. Ever.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

'Tis The Season...

My dear, eternal gardener planted four zucchini plants in late May. Four. Four. FOUR. We should be able to feed all of Uganda at this rate. Here are a few of our favorite zucchini recipes:


Slice a large zucchini into 1/2" or 3/4" slices. Place directly on grill (low setting) and you can top with either, but not together, lemon pepper or brown sugar. Turn after approx. 5 minutes and add topping again. Cook another 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.


1/2 c. margarine/butter
1 3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. veg. oil
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. flour
2 T. cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. buttermilk or sour milk
2 c. shredded zucchini
2 c. choco chips

Cream margarine, sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla. Add dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk. Stir in zucchini. Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.


1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
3 eggs
3/4 c. oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1 T. cocoa
3 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3 tsp. cinnamon
2 c. grated zucchini
*1 c. raisins, nuts or choco chips optional

Mix together first 5 ingredients. Combine dry ingredients and mix into the above. Add zucchini; Pour into 2 large greased loaf pans and bake at 325 for 45-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy

These little gems encompass my teenage sense of humor, and for some reason, I still find them hilarious. Enjoy a few of my favorites... I have to know, is it just me and my family, or does anyone else find them amusing??? Ode to my brother Paul...Voted Mr. Most Humorous at MHS, Class of 1990...

*Broken promises don't upset me. I just think, why did they believe me?

*If you're a cowboy and you're dragging a guy behind your horse, I bet it would make you really mad if you looked back and the guy was reading a magazine.

*Playing dead not only comes in handy when face to face with a bear, but also at important business meetings.

*Whenever you read a good book, it's like the author is right there, in the room, talking with you, which is why I don't like to read good books.

*I hope some animal never bores a hole in my head and lays its eggs in my brain, because later you might think you're having a good idea, but it's just eggs hatching.

*Children need encouragement. So if a kid gets an answer right, tell him it was a lucky guess. That way he develops a good lucky feeling.

*Whenever somebody asks me to define love, I usually think for a minute, then I spin around and pin the guys arms behind his back. NOW who's asking the questions?

*Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

*Laurie got offended that I used the word "puke." But to me, that's what her dinner tasted like.

*If you drop your keys in a river of molten lava, let 'em go. 'Cuz, man, they're gone.

*If God lives inside us like some people say, I hope he likes enchiladas, cause that's what he's getting.

*Most of the time it was probably real bad being stuck down in a dungeon. But some days, when there was a bad storm outside, you'd look out your little window and think, "Boy, am I glad I'm not out there in THAT!"

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Utah Family Vacation, July 2009

We enjoyed a wonderful weekend with Paul and Becky's family (how did I not get a picture of beautiful Becky???) Bountiful Handcart Days: Joseph (my very own Charles Ingalls) and my wonderful older brother Paul pulling our family

Happy and hot kids...
Emma getting her face painted. It was pricey, but she BEGGED.
Fairy? Flower? No. Too predictable for Emma ... a dragon.
We went to Lagoon for the BYU-I Alumni trip. It was hot, but terrific! Discount tickets, free lunch and raffle prizes...we won a BYU-I t-shirt and hoody. Gotta love our alma mater...
Emma's challenged height prevented her from riding some of the more exciting rides, but she still had a great attitude!

Caleb was fearless on rides!
The new ride this year: The Jumping Dragon. I LOVED IT! (fearless Caleb)
Lizzie...not so fearless...
Daddy winning prizes for his kids... one of my favorite pictures!
Swimming at Paul and Becky's in Farmington. The kids didn't want to leave! Gotta love the HOA privileges...

Thanks again, Paul and Becky! We had a great weekend.