NEW taste Tuesday


Happy Tuesday!

One thing I love about having a blog, is when someone requests a recipe, I know exactly where to go to get it.  I simply send them a link to my site and they have what they need. Happy day!

So, I thought I’d better add this cake to my recipe section because I will most likely need it again.  It was super yummy.  I made this for my DIL’s bday last weekend.  I also need to remember how easy (well, easier) decorating cakes are when you plan ahead and bake the actual cake the day before.  That way, you don’t have to wait for it to cool, and you’re not rushed (well, as rushed)!

I used THIS recipe, with a few minor tweaks.  Have a great day and do or taste something NEW!



a NEW thematic bucket list


I love, loVE, LOVE waterfalls, so I’m gonna keep track of the ones I visit and try to cross off a bucket list of visiting 100 waterfalls. I’ve gotta get busy! Just so I don’t get overwhelmed, I’ll list the three I “plan-to-go-to next” at the top of  the list. So, here we go:

  1. Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, Idaho
  2. Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California
  3. Havsupi Falls, Arizona
  4. Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica {done}
  5. Minnehaha Falls, Minnesota {done}
  6. Multnomah Falls, Oregon{done}
  7. American Falls, Niagara, New York {done}
  8. Bridal Veil Falls, Niagara, New York {done}
  9. Horseshoe Falls, Niagara, New York
  10. Bridal Veil Falls, Provo, Utah{done}
  11. Akaka Falls in Hilo, Hawaii {done}
  12. Emerald Pools Waterfall, Zion National Park, Utah {done}
  13. Horsetail Falls, Alpine, Utah{done}
  14. Cascade Falls, Brianhead, Utah{done}
  15. Upper Yellowstone Falls, Yellowstone National Park {done}
  16. Lower Yellowstone Falls, Yellowstone National Park {done}
  17. Snoqualmie Falls, Seattle, Washington {done}
  18. Kanarraville Falls, Kanarraville, Utah {done}

Miscellaneous Monday – NEW stuff i gotta share


Mt. Vesuvius

(The volcano that erupted and buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii in ash)

See, this is why I really like reading all of your blogs!  I learn NEW stuff: I enjoyed seeing Maureen’s photo of Mt. Taranaki and I since I hadn’t heard of Mt. Taranaki, I googled it. Google informed me where it was, and what kind of volcano it was. I either didn’t know there were different classifications of volcanoes, or I had forgot!  So, after I read her blog I had to go research the difference between stratovolcanoes, and shield volcanoes etc. I’m just a research junky!

One thing led to another and since I had just recently visited Pompeii, I had to find out what type of volcano Mt. Vesuvius was (it’s also classified as a stratovolcano – same as Mt. Taranaki). Here’s a few more pics from Pompeii:


On our trip, I also learned that the term “stepping stones” originated from these literal stepping stones that were sort of like a cross-walk on a street.  Back in 70AD there would have been sewage and muck running down the streets and people didn’t want to walk in that stuff!  You can even see the tracks from chariots between the stepping stones!  It was an amazing place to see!


So, that’s the miscellaneous tidbits I had to share today!  Have a terrific day and do or learn something NEW!


a NEW photo and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday! Here’s a view from our hotel room at Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club in East Sussex, England. One of these days, I want to play around with Photoshop with this old window and change the scenery like Melinda Anderson did in THIS very cool post! {check it out…such a cool idea!}


The Ashdown Park Hotel was gorgeous – an old manor house next to an old convent that had beautiful stained glass windows and a majestic pipe organ where they host meetings, conferences, weddings etc. Those lucky, lucky nuns who used to live in that convent!

So…for today’s short sermon I’ll just share a few lines from the talk “Charity Never Faileth”


Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who worked among the poor in India most of her life, spoke this profound truth: “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” The Savior has admonished, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”I ask: can we love one another, as the Savior has commanded, if we judge each other? And I answer—with Mother Teresa: no, we cannot.

The Apostle James taught, “If any … among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s [or woman’s] religion is vain.”

Charity has been defined as “the highest, noblest, strongest kind of love,” the “pure love of Christ … ; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with [her].”

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!




a NEW photo and NEW recipes to try


Happy Tuesday!

How do you you like these pasta “curtains” from this pastry shop in Portovenere Italy? I thought it was clever! I loved snapping photos of the every-day nuances of each of the countries we visited.  I should have remembered to take more pics of PEOPLE in our group though!

So now I’m in the mood for pasta! Here’s some recipes I want to try soon:

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells because we LOVE broccoli at our house!


Cream Cucumber Pasta Salad because a co-worker gave us some fresh cuks that we need to use up, and this looks so fresh and yummy!


AND, I need to make some manicotti because it freezes well for those nights I need a quick dinner.  But I think I’ll try cooking it in the crock pot.  What if I had some in the freezer and then just stuck them in the crock pot in the a.m. before work?  I’ll let you know how that turns out! 🙂

Crockpot No-Boil Manicotti


Have a great day!  Do or COOK something NEW!

Miscellaneous Monday – NEW stuff i gotta share

focus ducks

Happy Monday! One thing that I love about blogging, is the ability to record my thought processes and brain dump here in my posts! Haha! Lucky you guys! But really, now that I’ve finished my huge work-related project that took me away for 9 months, I’m trying to figure out what I should focus on next.

I enjoyed reading this post about “How to choose the ONE thing to focus on” at The Creative Introvert (Great name…that’s me! – Too bad I didn’t think of it first!). The post had some good tips – very analytical/quantitative-type tips!

Also, I thought my ducky photo paired well with this topic! (Of course, I had to edit it a bit to focus on just the ONE ducky :o). When hubby and I were in New York in April, we had some time to kill before we could get into our hotel room, and hubby knew I’d love to spend that time shooting….and really the only place close by was a duck pond.  But hey! It beat sitting in the hotel lobby!

Here’s some other miscellany for this week:

What I have been reading:


I read booth books for our book club and I liked them both.  I’m not really into posting reviews, because there are other sites that would do a much better job at that!  But they were both quite good, in my opinion. 🙂

Here’s a NEW podcast that I really like listening to on my commute to work:

Lexicon Valley

The podcaster, John H. McWhorter, teaches linguistics, philosophy, and music at Columbia University.  He interjects music soundbites in between his linguistics explanations. I really like his style, and it just makes my commute seem like 5 minutes instead of 30! Yeah!

And that’s all the miscellaneous stuff I guess I should share this week.  Have a great day and do or learn something NEW!

a NEW photo and a short Sunday sermon


This last Sunday, I was in a meeting with about 50 college-age girls and one of them referenced THIS TALK and explained that she was extremely happy that “WE GET CREDIT FOR TRYING“.   Ditto!

Here’s the synopsis of the talk, in case you don’t have time to go read it:

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland – Keep loving. Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.

AND…I spotted this church in a little town in Italy.  I always thought these stripes might be painted on to the buildings, but our guide explained that they are really two different colors of marble.  Cool huh? I learned something NEW!

Have a great day!