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Our little Fashionista

Our little Fashionista

My grand daughter Aleena is one of the 4 cutest girls in the world! She’s so strong, does everything early, and even though she’s barely a year old she tells you long stories. She looks you right in the eye and with what sounds like should be real words she talks to you. It’s the cutest thing ever. She’s very sincere and very expressive. It makes you feel bad for not being able to understand her, like maybe you missed that day in English class and you should know better.

She gestures and looks at things in a way that lets you know exactly what she wants or needs, it’s amazing to watch.

The other day Aleena was having some…

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Yummy Green Sauce!

Yummy Green Sauce!

Ok here goes, I don’t really have a recipe for this so I’m just going to tell you what I do. It’s almost fool proof and very tasty and can be used for tons of things like, enchiladas, dips, salsa’s, tacos, my hubby would eat it with a spoon. It can be as mild or as hot as you would like it depending on what kinds of peppers you use and how many.

So I start with tomatillos, I grow my own. There are easy to grow other than a bug we ran across but I told that story in a previous blog. I use about 2 gallon size ice cream containers full of tomatillosAren’t they pretty! Peel off the…

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Canning utensils

Canning utensils

This past Saturday my faithful loyal hubby and I began the season of canning the bounty of our harvest. We canned 8 qts of tomatoes and 5 qts of our green sauce! The garden is going well so I’m hopeful this is merely the beginning. It’s so wonderful to look on my shelves and see these beautiful bottles and know that long after the growing season is gone we will have yummy food to eat.

I used my steamer canner again. I’ve written about it in previous posts, for me it’s the only way to go. So easy, so convenient, so much less cleanup!   This is what it looks like all put together with the jars inside. You should…

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Serving with a cheerful heart, even with helmet hair!

Serving with a cheerful heart, even with helmet hair!

As we get more and more sister missionaries serving seeing them on bikes is becoming more common. Several years ago when my boys were serving the sister missionaries mostly drove cars. So when my daughter received her call and we discovered she would be riding a bike a good chunk of the time we were a bit surprised!

Now Alison is a fairly low maintenance girl but she has beautiful thick dark hair and she loves to do fun things with it. So when she learned that she was to ride a bike and expected to wear a helmet there was a grimace that passed over her face.

But when serving as a missionary and riding a bike it’s important…

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To ship or not to ship (a violin story)

To ship or not to ship (a violin story)

Our daughter is serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She’s serving on the east coast in the exact same mission her brother did several years ago. She is faithful and kind, smart and beautiful, a willing servant and a special spirit. The decision to go wasn’t a hard one for her. The reality of leaving her family was hard. She’s very close to her family and she had no desire to leave us so far behind, however she knew that she was supposed to serve this mission and so “girded her loins” practiced courage and faith and away she went.

She worked very hard before she left to put everything in order and to…

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Family Gardening

Family Gardening

My father in law has become quite the gardener, however now in his 70’s it’s not the easiest thing for him to do. So with the help of family members we get it all done.

For some years now he has grown onions, a sweet yellow onion that we love. He buys the onion starts locally and they are planted about February. The soil is enriched with compost and steer manure and watered with a drip system. These onions are fairly easy to grow, just amend your soil, water, and watch them go.

You know you’re ready to harvest the onions when the green tops fall over. Then you turn the water off for a few days while leaving the…

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Pudding Painting

Pudding Painting

My daughter in law Shay has a degree in special education, she works with Autistic kids, Downs Syndrome kids and others. I think that’s all wonderful, however the thing that comes out of all that for me as a grandmother is how those lessons focus her on teaching her children. She has a 3 year old and a 1 year old and she gives them hands on experiences that help them to learn, grow, explore, have fun, pretend, all sorts of good things. They live in snow country so several months of the year there isn’t much small children can do outside, so the creative mom that she is helps them to have fun indoors.

Recently they came to visit…

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