Friday, May 30, 2008

Another year end marker... Patch's dance recital.
Glad she loves to dance and glad we have a summer break!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Banana Cake with Caramel Icing

My mom has been in town and as is our family habit, we like to discuss recipes. I don't know why we do this, but I can remember her doing it with her mother and her sisters still do it when they get together, I do it with my sisters - it is in our blood. The Call Family cookbook invaribly comes out and she gets out her pen to star the really good recipes. We also looked through the current Rachel Ray magazine - Yum-o!
I still have left over blackening bananas from making banana bread so I ventured into making my Grandma Call's banana cake with caramel icing. Okay, this is very good and very, very sweet. You need this one. It is very similar to my friend Pedaling's recipe (click on her blog and look under recipes, there are a lot of good ones there) and now I know why it is their family favorite.

Banana Cake
Grandma Call's recipe

1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 cup mashed banana's (3)
1 cup nuts (optional)
2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla, eggs and bananas. Add flour, salt, baking powder and milk. Add nuts. Spray 9x13 pan with pam. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool and frost.

Quick Caramel Icing
Grandma Call's recipe

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 cups powdered sugar

Melt butter and add brown sugar. Boil for 2 minutes. Add milk and bring to a boil again. Take off of heat and cool. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and beat well.

I STILL have 5 blackened bananas but they must go into the freezer. This splurge of treat cooking is not good for me.

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

My guys holding the catch of the day

Lax Boy and Spice Man (ha ha, I need a nickname for my one and only... spice girls, spice man, too similar? Well, it is part of his business name... we'll see what he thinks!) have returned from Alaska loaded with fish of all kinds. They took off the day after the wedding (note to self in future, not a good idea) to go hunting and gathering and work on their man skills.
There is a very nice assortment of salmon, sea bass, halibut, rock fish and red snapper in the garage freezer. So, if you are ever nearby, Monday is fish night at our house and the freezer is always open as it will be restocked in September.
Even though it was a bit rough handling all the after wedding stuff, I was really wiped out physically and emotionally, I did manage some R&R for myself while they were gone. I think I took 3 naps, read 2 books, caught up on my laundry (not R&R, but an evil necessity of life) AND lost 3 lbs! Not too bad.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Did You Know?

If you ever get those very noticeable white deodorant marks on your shirt, you can use nylons to rub out the deodorant stain? It really works. Thanks to Ky for this tip! This saved my black shirt yesterday.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Banana Bread Baking Day

Thanks to a cold, rainy day and over ripe bananas, I had to make a good friend's very yummy banana bread. This is a great recipe.

Sheila's Banana Bread

2 cups mashed bananas (about 4-5)

2 cups sour cream

1/2 softened butter - not melted, just a little softened

2 & 2/3 cup white sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

4 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt


Preheat oven to 350. If you have a convection setting, use that at 375 degrees

Spray 2 nice size loaf pans with Pam and then grease with Shortening, as well.

Combine banana and sour cream. Set aside. in a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar til smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and banana mixture. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; stir in the banana mixture. spread the batter evenly into the prepared pans.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven. or til a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. I like to get the top nice and crusty ensuring that the center is cooked through. You will find that the sour cream in this recipe makes this the most delicious and moist banana bread you've ever had. Also, if your family will go along with it- walnuts would be wonderful added in. My kids think that they don't like nuts. It's fabulous either way!

* I sprinkled a little bit of cinnamon on the top... I love cinnamon!

The Wedding Video!

Click here
to view Ky and EJ's wedding video!

This was so fun to see at the reception. I thought that I have seen Ky happy before, but I was so in awe of the love, joy and complete happiness on her face. That was so wonderful to see.

You can also scroll down the Giant Brothers page and see their date video which is also fun to watch. I can't wait to hear what their kids say about it in 20 years...

Be happy you two!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Power of Faith

"It is soul-satisfying to know that God is at the helm, that He is mindful of His children, and that we can with full confidence place our trust in Him."
President Ezra Taft Benson

This one sentence has given much comfort to me as three good people in our ward have just recently be diagosed with some difficult health problems. Even when I don't understand the why, I have complete trust in my Heavenly Father and his plan.

"Faith gives us vision of what may happen, hope for the future, and optimism in our present tasks."
President Ezra Taft Benson

Today, I am grateful for my knowledge that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ.

Another sister-in-law blogs!

Hooray! Hi Kori! Welcome to the blogging world. I am hoping that my family will slowly, but surely convert to the whole blogging thing... come on guys!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

They have only just begun...

What a completely wonderful day for Ky and EJ. There was literally not a cloud in the sky as the day began...
I especially loved the quiet time that she and I had together as she was getting ready in the temple. It was very peaceful and tender. For me, my emotions of the day were so close that the tears were frequent. Everything that I have felt and do feel for her as my beautiful, grown up daughter was filling up and overflowing from my heart. Looking at her as her eyes filled too; I felt our mother/daughter bond strengthen. I am looking forward now to the new adventure of having a married daughter and the friendship that will continue. This time was something that I will always remember and treasure.
The sealing was beautiful. So tender for them and so spiritual. I felt humbled and so full of gratitude. I loved seeing EJ's eyes glisten with tears and watch his hand tremble as he reached to hold Ky's. It is so wonderful to see how much he cherishes her. I find so much happiness watching how he demonstrates his love for her by the tender way he treats her.
The reception was everything we wanted. The flowers, the room, the music, the food, the wonderful people who came - it could not get any better than it was. I am excited to see the wedding video again. It will be on the videographer's blog next week so I will post the link. I am happy too that the wedding pictures will be available for all to check out next Friday. Even EJ's missionary Grandma in Spain will be able to see them!
Thanks to all of you who came and supported Ky and EJ and our family. It was so fun to see so many good friends and renew those friendships.

Chocolate Paradise

This was my kitchen table the night before Ky's wedding! Thanks to friends who tied beautiful ribbon bows on 400 boxes of chocolates!

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Bountiful Temple

The happy couple outside the temple

Saturday evening we were able to take Kylea to the Bountiful Temple. What a wonderful experience for her and for DH and I. I enjoyed the quiet one on one time we had together where we could sit and visit about things that were on her mind. The temple workers were wonderful, so kind and considerate of Kylea. Unknowingly, my aunt and uncle were working at the temple that evening, so that was an extra bonus on the day.
Looking back from the perspective of this day, everything has been worth it, even those hard struggling times when you weren't sure if you were causing more damage to your children than good. Things I thought used to matter don't really matter any more. What matters to me is my family and how I can express my love to them by how I act and serve. It's all about family and how we treat this gift we have been given. I am grateful for my belief in the eternal blessings that come through temple marriages and that families can be together forever.

Sick on Mother's Day

I spent Mother's day in bed with a head cold - yuck. I have not been sick for so long, I can't remember when the last time was. Of course, less than a week to the wedding and I have a runny nose, stuffy head, sore throat. I am a mess.
DH bought me a beautiful corsage to wear for mother's day. It is my favorite, a white gardenia and smelled heavenly. This is a sweet reminder of our wedding day as I had gardenia's in my wedding bouquet. Being sick, I kept the corsage on the night stand so I could reach over and sniff it through out the day.
Mother's day this year is also the same day as Patch's 9th birthday! It was a good although sniffley day.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Wedding Weather

Last night at 10:00 pm (after the most exciting Jazz game) I was squished down in my bed with a nervously beating heart, waiting, waiting for that weather report...hooray! According to KSL, May 16th will be sunny and 78 degrees. A perfect day for a spring wedding! That was the last detail that I needed to find out. We are ready and set to go next Friday.
I do still need a pair of shoes, but Ky and I are going shoe shopping Monday at DSW shoes. I have heard it is a fun place with rows and rows of shoes!! My kind of heaven.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Pearl Has Passed

With heavy hearts we report that early in the morning of May 6th, Pearl the hamster passed away. She was dearly loved by a sweet little girl who treated her as her best animal friend. Pearl came to our home as a result of a kind Primary teacher who needed to find a home for her. Although tiny, she was just like 4 cotton balls stuck together, she gave love and friendship to Patch who loved her completely from the first day. We had come to accept and like that little critter because of our love for Patch. We will miss seeing her sleeping in her little pear house and enjoying strawberries and apple slices. Pearl was gentle and loved being held by Patch and her friends. Pearl is survived by Grandma Cola, her hamster friend in the cage that was next to hers.
Pearl will be laid to rest tonight during a private family service at the Clegg Pet Cemetery. She will rest next to Oreo the bunny.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Alta/Jordan Rivalry!

Lax Boy playing Lacrosse

The newest keeper at Jordan

With Ernie's big decision to attend another high school next year, we now have a BIG in family rivalry going on. Luckily, Ernie can take the heat that his two brothers LOVE to dish out all the time. Ernie got a keeper spot on the JV team - go Beetdiggers - and has loved every second of everything. He is the low man on the totem pole as far as keepers, but with a graduating senior and two juniors, his time will come. They will have the chance to go to the state playoffs and see if Jordan can take state again this year. A BIG shoutout to him for trying out with his Euphonium (it looks like a small tuba) and making the wind ensemble group.
Lax Boy is heading with his team to state playoffs in lacrosse next week. It will be an exciting time to see if they can take state again this year. He has loved playing middie this season. I have loved watching him want to make some changes with how he looks - now he goes to the gym, eats healthy and has reached his goal to add 10 lbs. A BIG shoutout to him for being accepted to the Jordan Applied Technical Center in the InformationTechnology/Management Training Program for next year. They only took 50 kids of the 125 who applied. I am happy that he will have this great hands on experience. He will still go to HS for the morning and then leave each day for two hours in this training program. This will be a great fit for Lax Boy, sitting in the traditional classroom has never been easy for him. He will have great hands on experiences with a opporutnity to actually go into a business of his choice and learn in the "real world". This program also has the added benefit of of receiving 15 college credits. I love the concurrent enrollment program!