learning a bunch of NEW stuff about broken necks!


Phew!!! Happy Wednesday…it’s been one long week!!!…and it’s only the middle of the week!  My wonderful hubby broke his neck and so I’m learning all sorts of NEW things about vertebras, braces, etc…but we are extremely blessed to have him still with us!

I’ll probably be MIA for a while or at least posting sporadically (except for the few posts I already have pre-scheduled).

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!



Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!  So, you are probably wondering what’s with the patriotic rice krispie treats, right?  Yes, I know it’s October :o)  I just had to share this MISCELLANEOUS photo and let you know how SUPER EASY these are!  I made these this week because a little cub scout den I needed to visit were learning about the flag and I wanted to take them something ‘theme-related’ for their treat.  But seriously, if you have a variety of sprinkles, (black/orange for October….pastels for Spring….red/white/blue for July) and marshmallows, rice cereal and chocolate chips, you can whip up this super easy, (but not quite as boring as plain rice krispie treats) ANY TIME.  Just always keep these items in your pantry and you will always ‘BE PREPARED’.  Yup!  You can tell I raised four boys….all Eagle scouts :o)

And…one more miscellaneous thing…

a Book Review:  I recently read this children’s book (grade level 3 – 7) and enjoyed it very much.  It was  a very quick read and it has won quite a few awards, so I guess I’m not the only one who has enjoyed it.


Have a great Monday!  Do or Learn something NEW!





a NEW photo of my week #60 and a short musical Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!

So, I had a goal this year that I’m slightly behind on :(  I wanted to learn a NEW piano solo each month this year….but so far I’ve only learned 8  (I need to get to the piano more often!!!…but the year’s not over yet, right?!?)  Here’s my list so far:

1) March of the Siamese Children 2) Ave Maria 3)Time to Say Goodbye 4) Downton Abbey Theme 5) Come Thou Font of Every Blessing 6) Gymnopedie I 7) The Lord’s Prayer 8) This is the Christ

I love, love, LOVE the “This is the Christ” piece…and I think you will too.  So for today’s Sunday sermon, please enjoy listening to the sermon!  Here’s a few of the words:

I read His words, the words He prayed While bearing sorrow in Gethsemane; I feel His love, the price He paid. How many drops of blood were spilled for me? With saints of old in joyful cry I too can testify; This is the Christ; This is the Christ, the Holy Son of God, Our Savior, Lord, Redeemer of mankind. This is the Christ, the healer of our souls Who ransomed us with purest love divine!

Have a terrific day!  Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW backside view


Happy Friday!  I captured this photo of this mountain last Saturday while I spent a nice morning four-wheeling with my hubby.  We live on the west side of this mountain, so this is the backside view.  I had to pair it with this fabulous quote that I recently found at Pic Me Up Photos blog. (Click on the photo if you need it larger to read the quote)  I LOVE that!…because nature truly has a message that I can understand!  (You can probably tell by all the nature photography I share, huh?)

Have GREAT day!  Do or Learn something NEW!



a NEW Fall Bucket List


Well, we’re almost an entire month into the Autumnal Equinox! I thought it’s about time I made a Fall Bucket List.  I really haven’t done this before….but I must say that I DO LOVE LISTS!  So I thought I’d try it this year.  There are GREAT ideas on…oh, you know…that obscure little site called Pinterest! :o)

Here is my list of ten {notice not too overwhelming, and not too difficult to accomplish}:

1) Go on a family camping/hiking trip 2) Get a family portrait taken 3)Roast pumpkin seeds 4) Make Fall/Halloween themed sugar cookies 5) Rake leaves in a neighbors yard 6) Buy/Drink apple cider from The Red Barn  7) Bake an apple pie 8) Watch Hocus Pocus  9) Run on a crisp morning  10)Write someone a ‘Thankful’ note.

What’s NEW on your list this year?? (If you haven’t made one yet, feel free to print out the list above and get-rrrr-done!)

Have a GREAT day…and a GREAT Autumn!


Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!

Last week I went for a short drive up the canyon after work.  The fall colors were gorgeous!  One of these years maybe we’ll have to rent a convertible to go check out the colors….now that’s that way to go!!! :o)

So, what else has caught my attention lately?  Well, here ya go:

Crock pot Chocolate Zucchini Cake.  MUST.TRY!

You all know I’m a quote-a-holic!  I’m LOVIN’ Essenza Blend’s Quotes of the Day!!!  (I especially loved that one!)

And…one more…loved, loved, LOVED this:

“Attempting to poke holes in anyone’s beliefs….will never fill the holes in your own.”  (Found that one HERE).

Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!



NEW bread recipes and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!  I recently read Jodi’s post about Homemade Dill Bread and I miraculously had all the ingredients on hand, so I made some that same day!!!  Love it when that happens!

I also made these loaves a week or so ago…and learned something NEW:


When garnishing bread with oats and flax seeds…it’s NOT enough to stick them on with melted butter before baking because the butter just dries up and most of the garnish falls off after baking.  (Yes, I know this from experience :o)  INSTEAD…(according to google)….use egg whites.  Makes sense…there’s much more ‘glue’ in eggs than plain water or melted butter!!!  I’ll try that next time and let you know my results.

Now…to go along with my bread theme…here is a short Sunday sermon:


Just as we need daily physical sustenance, the need for daily spiritual sustenance is just as strong. We can remember Jesus Christ every day as we pray, read the scriptures, and meditate.

And…here’s a TERRIFIC video reminder about the Pattern of Daily Bread  {HERE}

Have a great day!  Learn or do something NEW!




a NEW wedding gift combo {and free card printable}


Happy Friday!  So..in June when my son got married, I was so impressed with people’s creative wedding gifts!  I thought, WOW, how do people have the time to be so creative?!?   I then realized it probably didn’t take all that much extra time to just add a little something unique to the gifts, so I resolved to try to be a bit more creative.  Here is one idea:  Copy a cute and “lovey-dovey” saying on the bottom of a glass pan with a black sharpie. (I only wrote on one pan and left the other one normal)…add a couple of dish towels and oven mitts…top it off with a homemade card and whala!…a not-so-boring wedding gift! :o)


I made up the card speedy-quick-like.  I used my NEW embossing machine for the textured bottom paper, then just added the graphic below (feel free to print it out for your use).




Let me know if any of you have any wonderful (quick-but-creatively-unique) wedding gift ideas!  This one might get over-used if I don’t have a few other ideas up my sleeve…so please share! :o)

Have a terrific day!  Do or learn (OR GIVE AWAY) something NEW!

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