I’m Off to Missouri!

July 10th, 2014

For today’s post, I had a yummy recipe to share and a craft you must try with your kids this summer. Then I got the sad news that my uncle (my mom’s brother) in Missouri passed away yesterday. First of all, wow–so many memories of this great man have been flooding my memory for the past 24 hours. He and his family lived on the farm my mom grew up on so we’d go stay with them every summer. We’d spend two weeks riding horses, building forts in the hay loft, climbing silos, gathering eggs, riding tractors and living the dream country life. I love and adore my uncle and his family and am saddened by their loss.

Secondly, my parents aren’t able to travel to the funeral due to my dad’s fragile health, so my sister and I are getting on a jet plane tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m. heading to Missouri to attend the services of my uncle. I return Sunday night and then am heading straight to my congregation’s girls’ camp the next morning.

So–please be patient with me over the next week with my blog posts. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to share the recipe and craft today–I ran out of time. I’ll try to squeeze a few posts in here and there but will be limited to internet access and time.

I’m also getting super excited for July 23rd! I’ll be featuring some fun, new products! I’ll keep you posted on the times.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Lisa

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Joy in the Journey: A Big, Blue Lake, Family Bonding and a Yummy, Easy Dessert!

July 7th, 2014

Hope your 4th of July celebration was great! Mine was filled with water sports, beach time, family bonding, and chili dogs and this dessert for dinner!

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An easy, quick dessert–white cake, whipped cream, strawberries and blueberries!

For four days, thirty-eight direct decedents of my parents gathered together at beautiful Bear Lake–the bluest, clearest lake on the planet. Why is it so blue? The lake contains calcium carbonate (lime) that reflect the water’s natural blue color back to the surface. It is know as the “Caribbean of the Rockies.” If you ever make it to Northern Utah, you must have a peak!

Some of these pics were taken with my iPhone and others with my Canon Rebel.

It was adorable how all the little cousins just wanted to hang out with Sage. She surfed with each child (who was daring enough) and told them her name was “Barbie” so that’s what they called her the entire time! Sage learned how to jump the wake and Brecken learned how to surf and wakeboard!

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And, I had a blast tubbing with two of my sisters! Let me introduce you to the family. Below the tubbing pic is my family (minus Collin and in addition to Stefyn’s sister, Paityn). (No, we didn’t wear wear white shirts and dresses while camping. This was taken on Sunday and half of us were still in our church clothes. You know how it goes–last minute group shot before everyone leaves!)

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Next is my second oldest sister, Debbie, and her daughter, Heather (and family). She has two sons and another grandson who weren’t able to attend. Below Debbie is my younger sister, Angela, with two of their four children. She has a daughter getting married next week!

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Next is my third sister, Becky, and her ENTIRE family. Wow–she’s only three years older than me and just look at all those grandkids! Below that pic is the eldest sister, Carolyn. She actually has 12 more grandchildren and four children who weren’t able to attend.

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Oh, how I love this great big family of mine! It’s honestly surreal to see my little nieces and nephews have families of their own!

Here are just a few more fun pics from the week:

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Just over two weeks ’til I’m on HSN! I’ve been playing with the product and can’t wait to show you what I’ve come up with!

Lisa

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Happy 4th: Great Food, Folk and Fun!

July 3rd, 2014

Today marks the end of an era. For the past 35 years, my family and my sisters families have shared in a wonderful family reunion each summer with my parents at the helm. Today we are traveling to beautiful Bear Lake for our reunion.

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Unfortunately, for the first time my parents won’t be able to attend. My dad’s health is too fragile to make the trip. We are all sad and tried to brainstorm different scenarios so they could still go. My sweet mom especially feels bad but knows the most important place she can be is at home taking care of my dad.

I didn’t get a chance to share this picture of my dad taken just before Father’s Day. It was snapped during a trip up the canyon. Dad loves to go on rides so on my “Thursday with Dad” (my sister and I trade off watching him so my mom can have a break for the day), I grabbed two camp chairs, bought some frozen yogurt and we sat by the Provo River–one of our favorite spots growing up. We enjoyed the sweet company of the burbling brook, chirping birds and happy children playing near by. Even sweeter were the memories I have of my dad. He is one of the kindest, gentlest men I have ever known and he adores his wife and five little girls more than life itself. So love this guy!

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So–I hope you’ve already started enjoying your 4th of July holiday! I made these kebabs for dinner at the beginning of the week and they were a huge hit.

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Such a colorful, easy meal and so delicious. Here’s the recipe:

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 pineapple – cut into bite sized pieces
  • mushrooms
  • peppers (red, yellow, green)
  • cherry tomatoes
  • brats – cut into bite sized pieces
  • skewers

Directions

1. In a shallow glass dish, mix the soy sauce, brown sugar, sherry, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic powder. Stir the chicken pieces and pineapple into the marinade until well coated. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 2 hours.

2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken and pineapple alternately onto skewers. Grill 15 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally, or until chicken juices run clear.

Enjoy!

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Other exciting news? Three weeks from today, July 23rd, is a HUGE 24-hour craft day on HSN! Here is a sneak peak of one of the items I’ll be featuring:

All-Occasion title cards

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Stay tuned for more July 23rd product previews!

 

Happy 4th of July! Let Freedom Ring!

 

Lisa

 

 

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Brecken’s Blissful Bites: Energy Protein Balls!

June 27th, 2014

Our family is obsessed with today’s recipe. There are two different versions and both are delicious. Just pop them in the freezer and enjoy a cold, nutritious  snack!

On Wednesday night, Brecken created some yummy, delicious food for a “Clean Eating” night with the young women in our congregation. She made “Egg and Veggie Muffins,” “Healthy Living Granola Bars,” “Energy Balls” (thanks, Stephanie, for the recipe), and cut up cucumbers and zucchini with hummus and guacamole for dips. One of my friends also made “Spiced Apple Quinoa Granola” “No-Bake Protein Energy Balls” and “Roasted Cinnamon Chickpeas.” All the girls honestly loved everything!

Today I’ll share with you two of our favorite energy balls recipes. Both are delicious but have a total different flavor.

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These energy balls are made with chia seeds, natural peanut butter and shredded coconut.

Energy Balls

  • 2 C. Natural Peanut Butter
  • 3 C. Oats
  • 1 T. Chia Seed
  • 1 T. Flaxseed
  • 1 T. Vanilla
  • 2-3 T. Honey
  • 1/4 C. Shredded Coconut
  • 1/4 C. Mini Dark Chocolate Chips

Mix ingredients together and roll in balls. Store in freezer.

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Here’s a closer look at the energy balls. Trust me–they are so yummy!

No-Bake Protein Energy Balls

  • 1 C. Peanuts
  • 1/ 2 T. Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 C. Almonds
  • 1 t. Vanilla
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 T. Ground Faxseed
  • 1 C. Quick Oats
  • 1/2 C. Almond Flour
  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder
  • 3 T. Light Agave
  • 5 Packets Truvia
  • 3 T. Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Mini Chocolate Chips, Raisins, Cranberries, etc., (optional)

Grind peanuts in food processor until finely chopped. Do not make into peanut butter. Add the rest of the ingredients (except almond milk) and process. Add the almond milk as you process (enough to make the dough stick together when formed into a ball). Add any optional ingredients by transferring to a mixing bowl and mixing in by hand. Roll dough into small balls and place on wax paper lined cookie sheet. Put into the freezer for 30 minutes. Transfer to a small container and keep refrigerated or frozen.

Enjoy and I promise your kids will love them too!

Lisa

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Joy in the Journey: Life is all about how you handle Plan B!

June 23rd, 2014

“Life is All About How you Handle Plan B.
Plan A is always my first choice.
You know, the one where
Everything works out to be
Happily ever-after.
But more often than not,
I find myself dealing with
The upside-down, inside-out version–
Where nothing goes as it should.
It’s at this point that the real
Test of my character comes in.
Do I sink, or do I swim?
Do I wallow in self pity and play the victim,
Or simply shift gears
And make the best of the situation?
The choice is all mine …
Life is all about how you handle Plan B.”

― Suzy Toronto, The Sacred Sisterhood Of Wonderful Wacky Women

Every second week of June, we embark on a wonderful week-long journey. We’ve had this tradition for 11 years! Lake Powell on a house boat just can’t be beat! This is an arial view of this amazing lake:

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The canyon wall that you see served as a perfect movie screen at night. The beach proved to be the most fun spot for these 9-year-old boys. They spent hours digging this fort:

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Our next-door neighbors parked “just down the stream” with their houseboat:

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These were some of the highlights! While there are always little mishaps here and there, this year took the cake as far as things going wrong. Here’s the list:

1. Winds that were relentless until the last day we were there. This made for colder water and choppier water sports.

2. A high-centered car in the sand which resulted in a $1,300.00 towing fee.

3. Two iPhones falling in the water.

4. Two sets of keys falling in the water. The first was my husband’s and the second set belonged to a friend who was trying to save Steve’s keys when his keys fell into the water!

5. A badly dinged speed boat propeller from the rough water and rocks which resulted in a new prop and fixing the old one.

6. A broken TV due to a stool leg accidentally hitting it.

7. A fridge that stopped working.

Okay–now you’re saying to yourself that you NEVER want to go to Lake Powell after hearing this list! Please believe me that this was unusual this year! Luckily our group was able to go with Plan B and still had a fabulous time! Here are were some of the amazing blessings:

1. Fed-Ex goes to the Marina at Lake Powell and extra keys were expedited to us so cars could get us home.

2. Because of the car and phone incidents, this dad who needed to get home for work was able to stay for two extra days! What was he to do? NO PHONE + NO CAR = MORE REST AND RELAXATION!

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3. The marina just happened to have an extra fridge for us to borrow!

4. The winds made for some great tubbing moments:

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It also provided time for some serious game playing and hair braiding inside the houseboat. This pic cracked me up. I walked into the main room and saw this:

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Jet skiing is also more fun in rougher water:

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5. Surfing is one thing that’s easy to do with wind. The boat goes very slow so the surf is just right. This was quite the sight to behold–Taylor and her friend, Shell, together on the surf board!

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6. The biggest blessing of all was the love we all felt for one another and that nobody received any injuries.

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7. Oh–and all the relaxation wasn’t bad either!

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So grateful for the lessons learned about Plan B! It really was a great week!

Lisa

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