Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Fresh Food

We are somewhat addicted to sweets.  All of us. Brownies, cookies, ice cream - they don't last the day. I try not to bake very often, but sometimes the sugar, chocolate, and KitchenAid beckon me to build a treat. But we also love fresh foods.  I buy fresh foods, and they disappear so quickly. And someone is telling me we need more. After one shopping trip, I decided to keep track.

This is what I had after shopping Saturday morning:
14 oranges
6 grapefruit
2 lb strawberries
9 mangoes
1 pineapple
13 apples
1 jicama
2 packages baby carrots
1 package sugar snap peas
4 bananas
6 avocadoes
12 lemons

This is what was left the following Friday:

It's kind of a sad-looking fruit bowl.

Friday, April 20, 2012


Brent always doodles during church.  I don't think I've ever seen him not doodle during church.  Maybe once when he lost his pen.  This one had me chuckling.

He turned the program with this color photo...

into this

Thought bubbles:
"That's a good crash hat"
"Son, wear a helmet"
"I want a helmet"

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Farewell, My Friend

I wish I could remember the exact date I got this phone.  I know for certain that it's been at least 8 years.  It's possible that I've used it for a year or 2 more than that.  It still works.  It's been soaked in a canoe, dropped, sat on in my back pocket over and over, and dropped in the snow.  I could send and receive texts, make and receive phone calls, and it held a charge for up to 3 days.  No camera.  No frills.

I kept thinking that when it died, then I'd get a new phone.  It never died.  I finally decided it was time to catch up with technology and get a smart phone.  The phone is quite smart, but it makes me feel dumb.  I need a phone tutor.  Farewell my old friend, Nokia.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Swimming at State

For the Grandparents...
Since you couldn't be there, you can watch Oli's State swims at BYU.
February 3 & 4, 2012

100 Backstroke
He's in Lane 5 out of 8.  Lane 8 is farthest away.  He's in the Orange cap.
He took 3rd in his heat, 9th place at State.
He beat his previous best time, but I can't remember by how much.

100 Butterfly
He's in Lane 6 out of 8.  Lane 8 is farthest away.  He took 1st in his heat, 9th overall at State.
He took about 1.5 seconds off his previous best time.

200 Medley Relay 
His team is wearing orange caps.  They are in Lane 7 of 8.  Lane 8 is closest in this video.
Oli is the 3rd swimmer for his team, swimming the 50 butterfly.
Their Medley Relay team placed 11th at State.

We're hoping for a podium finish for his Senior year

Thursday, February 2, 2012


I glance through over 6000 names every month in my job as a commissions analyst.  Once in a while, a name catches my attention, for better or for worse.  I'm keeping a running list of them.  Here they are...

Holly Wood

Wilden Lovin
I think some dude just made that up and uses it when he can.  That can't be for real.  But that's what's on his account with his cell phone provider.
An unfortunate last name
Pane Anesthesia
This is the name of an anesthesia group.  It's kind of like owning a bakery and having the last name Baker, or being a tailor with the last name Taylor.  There's a word for when your name matches your occupation - aptronym.
That’s just a good last name
Jayde Green and Kelly Green
These two are on the same cell phone account.  I had fun thinking of what other names would go with the last name Green - Hunter, Olive, and Forest would work.
Rhymes with celery
Rusty Bumgardner
If your last name begins with the word “bum”, you should never use an adjective for a first name.  Avoid  names such as Hairy, Sandy, Tanner, Misty, and of course, Rusty, in front of the word Bum.  And if your last name is Bumgardner, consider legally changing it to just Gardner.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

13-Course Meal

We are very fortunate to have friends, the Fishers, who love to cook and feed people.  Really fancy cooking.  Like the type not many of us do.  Kulani grinds, forms, and smokes his own sausage.  He dry-ages his own beef - I didn't even know what it was until we ate with these good friends.  One time, they even had a live chicken/hen? and served it up to us that same evening. Sometimes, I don't even know the names of cheeses he buys.  Being invited to one of their dinners is truly a unique experience and a culinary treat.  

They have 4 young daughters and they both work full-time. I don't know how they do it, but they're a great team in the kitchen.  At our latest visit, we were greeted with a 14-course menu (so many meals that our host forgot to include one of them.)

Thankfully, many courses are tiny.  But no one leaves their home hungry, ever.

This was a favorite-television-show-themed dinner.

Seared scallops with apricot wasabi marmalade

Crispy polenta with a portabello ragu - I wanted to eat the mushroom sauce straight out of the bowl with a spoon.  The flavors were divine.

 Cuban pork over sliced bagette - and he makes this sausage himself.

Refreshing pineapple-peach smoothie

 Blue cheese wedge salad

 Pozole soup with a tomatillo sauce

Bruleed banana slice with Nutella and real whipped cream

Garlic shrimp with sticky rice

 I forgot to photograph the intermission - a tiny cup of homemade ginger soda

Chili-spiced marinated chicken

Dry-aged New York roast with homemade potato chips.  This dry-aging process sounds scary, but we've had his steaks done this way several times, and have never in our lives tasted better steak.  He also uses a special water bath to cook and hold them at a certain temperature before searing them quickly before serving.

 Gruyere cheese with tart apple slices (and this cheese I have heard of)

 Rum raisin rice pudding for dessert

Another extraordinary meal and evening of conversing and meeting new people.  How does one reciprocate this type of event?  Maybe I should offer to babysit.  That, I could do.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Clever Thank You

I got a good chuckle reading a thank you card today from a recent wedding.  Names have been changed.

This cheese grater is amazing!
Jane, as you may know, eats much
cheese, like a hungry mouse!
I assure you this gift will see much use.  Thank you!
John & Jane

I don't know that I've ever laughed out loud reading a wedding thank you card.  Made my day.

By the way, "Jane" is tiny as can be, so I don't doubt that she eats like a mouse, even a hungry one.