Thursday, July 31, 2008

Freezer Meal Friday

I thought I would share two of my favorites this week since I missed last week. Enjoy!!

Country BBQ Ribs

3 pounds boneless pork ribs
1 t salt
1/8 t pepper
2 cups BBQ sauce (my favorite is KC Masterpiece)

Place ribs in slow cooker. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on High for 4 to 6 hours or on Low for 8 to 10 hours. Remove ribs from slow cooker and allow to cool. Discard liquid. Place ribs in freezer bag. Cover with BBQ sauce. Label and freeze. 8 servings.

To Serve: Thaw. Heat in microwave or on stove top until hot and bubbly. Serve with baked potatoes.

Freezer Meal Friday

Grandma's Beef Stew

2 pounds beef stew meat
3 cups sliced carrots
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced celery
2 (14.5 oz) cans stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup quick cooking tapioca
2 bay leaves
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper

Place stew meat in slow cooker. Add carrots, onion, celery and tomatoes. Stir in tapioca, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on Low for 10 to 12 hours or on High for 5 to 6 hours. Remove from slow cooker and allow to cool. Remove bay leaves. Place in labeled freezer bag. Freeze. 8 servings.

To Serve: Thaw. Heat until hot and bubbly. Serve with cornbread or sourdough bread.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


On Sunday evening Keith decided that we needed to head to Provo to look at a boat. We made arrangements with my parents to watch the dogs and on Monday morning we were on our way. Provo Lake was beautiful!! I would love to have spent more time there, but the kids were tired. Keith fell in love with the boat, and yes, we have put an offer on it. Once we left the lake we went to a place called the Pizza Factory for dinner. The breadsticks came on long sticks and they were yummy! It was a fun place to eat. The kids and Keith spent the rest of the evening swimming in the hotel pool. This morning we went to the dinosaur museum at Thanksgiving Point. WOW!!! I was very impressed. They also had a lot of hands on exhibits. The kids really loved digging for dinosaur bones. After the museum we went over to the Farm Country area. It was fun to see the different farm animals and go for pony rides.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Super Card

I am in a monthly card swap with some friends, and the theme for the month was Kid's Birthday. Jaxson was my inspiration for this card since he loves all things super! The inside of the card says "Hope your birthday is super-just like you."

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Picnic at Tauphus Park

I have been hearing a lot about the new play equipment at Tauphus Park, so we decided to pack up a picnic dinner (okay, not really, we grabbed sandwiches from Jimmy John's), tossed the kiddos in the car, and headed to the park. It was great fun! We all had a great time playing until the rain started to pour. That was fun for a minute, too, until my hair got plastered to my head. Not pretty. Then we went to Reed's Dairy for an ice cream cone. On the way back home we noticed a rainbow, but I was unable to get a picture of it.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Freezer Meal Friday


1 loaf bread dough
8 slices deli ham, thinly sliced
20 slices pepperoni
8 slices provolone cheese
2 T. shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozarella cheese
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. dried oregano
1/4 t. dried parsley flakes
1/4 t. pepper
1 egg, beaten

Let dough rise until doubled. Roll loaf into a 15x12 inch rectangle. Arrange meat and cheeses down the middle of rectangle dough. Sprinkle each layer with spices. Fold dough around meat and seal pressing dough together on seams and ends. Wrap loaf with plastic wrap and then foil. Label and freeze.

To serve: Thaw. Place seam-side down on greased baking sheet. Brush with beaten egg. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Slice loaf on a diagonal. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Jaxson's Ju Jitsu

Jaxson started Ju Jitsu the beginning of the month. He loves it and he does so well. The sensai is all business. I like it because they really focus on self-discipline and control. These pictures are kinda blurry, but Jaxson was really excited to see them on "our website." He's the little guy in the green and navy.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Foam Crafts

I try to do at least one craft project a week with Jaxson. I found this cute foam kit at Michaels for a couple of dollars. We had fun working together to get it done. Jaxson thinks a good home for it is on the kitchen counter. I'm not so sure!

Sunday Dinner at Grandma's

Sunday evening we went over to Grandma and Grandpa Clayton's house for a most delicious dinner! Grandpa even made yummy homemade ice cream. Here is the recipe:

Vanilla Ice Cream

6 eggs
2 quarts heavy whipping cream
1 quart half & half
3 cups sugar
pinch of salt
1 T lemon extract
1 T vanilla extract

Mix all together and freeze according to manufactures' instructions.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Freezer Meal Friday

I have recently fallen in love with freezer meals. Each week I try to put a couple away and on those busy days when I don't have the time to make dinner (or on the lazy ones when I just don't want to) all I have to do is pull a yummy meal out of the freezer!! So I thought that I would share the happiness and post some of my favorites.

Beef Stroganoff

2 pounds beef stew meat
3/4 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 (1.25 oz) envelope onion soup mix
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
3 T red wine vinegar
1/4 cup quick cooking tapioca
1 cup sour cream

Cut beef stew meat into 1-inch cubes. Place stew meat and mushrooms in slow cooker. Combine soup mix, soup and vinegar. Stir in tapioca. Cover and cook on Low for 8 to 12 hours or on High for 4 to 6 hours. Stir in sour cream. Remove from slow cooker and allow to cool. Place in labeled freezer bag. 8 servings.

To serve: Thaw. Heat and stir until smooth and hot throughout. Serve over hot, buttered noodles.

Visiting Teaching Handouts

I made these little handouts for the ladies that I visit each month. On one card is the lesson and the other is a favorite recipe of mine. The flower is a magnet. I thought it was a fun idea and makes it a little easier to contact the ladies that are hard to reach.

Fun at Lava Hot Springs

Today Keith and I took the kids and my nephew, Clayton, to Lava Hot Springs. I have not been there in a very long time, and I have to say I was impressed. The thing that I loved most is that it was CLEAN!!!! Swimming pool dressing rooms are typically filthy, but this one was not. In fact, if necessary, I may have tippy-toed around barefoot! Cleanliness aside, we all had a great time!