Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Choose your Ward!! A little mormon humor.....

I found this article to be hilarious!! Thanks Kay for the laughs!!
I promise you if I could choose my ward, I'd choose FAIRFIELD!!!

Choose your ward
Find your niche in specialty wards

Robert Kirby Tribune columnist - Salt Lake Tribune

Most Sunday mornings, you'll find me on a pew in the Rosecrest 1st Ward
chapel. It's where I'm supposed to go to church. Lucky for me, it's also
where I want to go. Technically, Mormons don't have a choice. For
church, we're bound by the geography of the ward boundary. We worship
where we live.

The only time Mormons can switch wards without also contacting a Realtor
is when we attend specialty wards.
For example, I went to a Spanish-speaking ward in
West Jordan for a while.
Specialty wards allow members with specific common needs to worship
together and support each other in their exclusive part of the Lord's
There are (or have been) lots of LDS specialty wards,
including singles wards, college wards, deaf wards, ethnic wards and
nudist wards.

OK, I made up that last one. There are even seasonal "snowbird wards"
in places where Mormon RV owners congregate.

I talked it over with my friend and we think the specialty-ward idea needs to be improved on in our ever-changing and increasingly divided culture.

For example:

  • There needs to be a late ward, a ward where Mormons who are perpetually late for church could attend and not feel bad about dragging their herd in 15 minutes late. The only problem with a late ward would be showing up late for a meeting that was supposed to start late in the first place. Eventually, you would end up with a ward that ran out of time before it started. "Welcome to the Tardy 3rd Ward, brothers and sisters. We will close now by singing hymn No.. 145."
  • Given the high birthrate among Mormons, I thought about the need for maternity wards. Except that we already have those. They're called married student wards.
  • A Star Trek ward might do well. The bishop would preside from "the bridge" instead of the stand. High-council Sunday would be referred to as a "Klingon Sunday."
  • Harley riders congregate to the exclusion of just about everyone else.Why not an LDS biker ward? White shirts and neckties go well with black leather.
  • Ken really wants to attend a concealed-weapons ward. He says church would be a lot more interesting if real personal risks were involved in disagreeing with a lesson.
  • There could be a texting ward for teenagers. Bear your testimony withyour thumb. In 25 years, they'll all belong to carpal-tunnel wards.
  • At the less-active ward, maybe there'll be a meeting and maybe there won't.
  • Testimony meeting in an anger-management ward might be interesting.Nobody's going to sleep through, "HEY! I KNOW THE CHURCH IS TRUE, STUPID!"
  • A big hit would be the Multi Level Marketing ward, also known as a "Gadianton robber ward." With all the financial scamming that goes on in this culture, it would be nice to have them all in one place for a three-hour block weekly.
  • I think a Democrat ward is a good idea, although in Utah the best we could probably hope for is a Democrat branch.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Here fishie, fishie, fishie!!!

Ok, so how CUTE are these little fishies in a bag!! Adorable wouldn't you say?!? Yeah!
As you know, I'm the new Enrichment Leader and I'm always looking for new, different, fun and easy ideas that others would be interested in too. I just think these are so stinkin' cute. I think we'll try to make them at one of our Enrichment Night's.......I'll run it past the committee and see what they think. What do YOU think? Click here to learn. Once you click then scroll down till you see the little fishies!

I guess this is confusing for all of you to try to read my mind. This is fish-in-a-bag glycerin soaps and they are sure to fool your kids--at least for a minute. They say they're easier than you think to make.
Look at the website above, she'll show you how to do them. Let me know what you think.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Fondue, Friends and Fun......

Cross another thing off the bucket list. We received 2 electric fondue pots for Christmas with the promise of a fondue dinner being provided. Well, tonight was the night. Between our busy schedules we finally got to enjoy a fun filled dipping delight!!

We started off with:
  • Swiss chess fondue and bread,mushrooms, broccoli and cauliflower. Oh my...so good!
  • Next was broth to cook our marinated steak, marinated chicken, scallops and shrimp! We all just stuffed ourselves! To die for!!
  • Then finally..........chocolate fondue with strawberries, graham crackers, cookies and pretzels.........YUMMY, YUMMY, YUMMY!
Thanks for the fun, yummy night. We all ate til we thought we'd pop! Good food and GREAT company~they even stayed and cleaned up the mess. It just doesn't get any better than that!!

We'll use our pots often and create many memories!!.........Marla and Terri.....I can see a fondue party in the near future and I guess we could include our hubby's........what do you think? I know NT won't let it happen without him! And, Jeff and Jenny, our next treat will have to be a fondue party!! We'll do it with the fam too........how 'bout it kids??? And Hoke, Diane, James, Kay, Char and Mike? Char let me know next time ya'll plan on being in town and I'll plan a party. I promise you'll love it.

Friday, March 27, 2009

The table is set, won't you join us for dinner?

I spent all day in the kitchen........cooking, but I got all my Easter baking done. I did it all alone too, well, just me and Martha. She's one of my new BFF's......sorry Marla and Terri......we need to add new sista to our club. Come on, everyone welcome Martha!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

MY word for the year..........

  • YUMMY to the taste

  • YUMMY to the smell

  • Sometimes I feel YUMMY

  • I can think YUMMY thoughts

So many things come to my mind when I think YUMMY......wouldn't you like to think about being YUMMY too~! Come on, it's a good thing.

So........what's your word for the year.....now that it's 1/4th over? Do tell!

Blame Jenny for the TAG!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My thought for the day....................

I love the beach......the ocean makes my butt look smaller!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

One boy and one grandma.........

Gosh how I love this kid!
My cousin Paula gave her daughter this cute little survey that your kids are to answer about you. I thought it was so cute, so I decided to give it to Rylle about his Grandma.......ME. Remember, Rylle is 9, so maybe that will help some of his answers make more sense. It was lots of fun, you should try it - you may be surprised!

  1. What is something Grandma always says to you? "I love you"

  2. What makes Grandma Happy? "Seeing us" meaning Rylle and Tanner and Mallory (yep, it's true)

  3. What makes Grandma sad? "When we leave" (he's so right)

  4. What makes your Grandma laugh? "When she plays with us" (they crack me up alright)

  5. What was your Grandma like as a child? "Cute" (Oh Rylee, you are so right!)

  6. How old is your Grandma? "65" What is he thinkin??????

  7. How tall is your Grandma? "I don't know"

  8. What is your Grandma's favorite thing to do? "Play with us" {yep, it's true}

  9. What does your Grandma do when you're not around? "Waits for us to come over" (for sure, for sure)

  10. If your Grandma becomes famous, what will it be for? "Being great! (now you know why I love that kid! )

  11. What is your Grandma really good at? "Playing and baking"..........huh, Me? Baking?

  12. What is your Grandma not very good at? "Pool"

  13. What does your Grandma do for her job? "She helps the dr.s"

  14. What is your Grandma's favorite food? "Bean Burros"......not~

  15. What makes you proud of your Grandma? "That you play with us"

  16. If your Grandma were a cartoon character, who would she be? "Mickey Mouse" huh? I said you mean Minnie, he said no, Mickey...go figure!

  17. What do you and your Grandma do together? "Play games and air hockey"

  18. How are you and your Grandma the same? "Playing board games and poker"

  19. How do you know your Grandma loves you? "she tells me and she plays games with me"

  20. Where is your Grandma's favorite place to go? "to work".....wrong Rylle, wrong!

I'm sooooo sad!!


I'll change it to a HAPPY face when I can purchase Cherry Vanilla Diet Dr. Pepper, again~
I've included a copy of the email I received from them about their product. Guess which one they aren't carrying in our area?
March 5, 2009
Dear Ms. Turley:

Thank you for contacting us about Dr Pepper Diet Cherry
At this time, some of our affiliated bottlers have elected
not to produce Dr Pepper Cherry Vanilla in favor of Dr
Pepper Cherry,and some will be producing only Diet Dr Pepper
Cherry Vanilla.
Therefore, in some areas, it is likely that one or the other,
but not both, will be available for purchase.
Thank you for contacting us! We will be sure to pass on your
feedback to our Sales and Marketing departments.


Consumer Relations


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Look at the lemon drop wreath.............

I love this! Looks like lemon drops to me......what do you think? It's a must have for my door and it looks so springy!! Is springy a word? For the tutorial on how to make this wreath click here.

Just thought you'd like to know.................

In case you're wondering where to find your favorite Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream flavor, just click HERE and it will direct you immediately.............in case you have an emergency and need to find your special flavor right away!

Oh yea, be sure to let me know what your favorite flavor is. Here's mine.

My Oh MY!

Thanks to Neeners and her quick response to my need for a good recipe, I introduce to you, the finished product. I can honestly say this is the first time in all my years I made a lemon pie from scratch. I must say, it wasn't hard at all. The hardest part was to keep from licking my fingers and the bowl.........and I have a mighty happy HUBBY!!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Another special birthday for a special girl!

Happy Birthday BIG GIRL!! We Love you so much!!
I hope your birthday gift arrived! If it hasn't it should be there any day now! Hope you like it.

Fresh lemons anyone?

I have a bunch of fresh lemons to use up. Any good lemon recipes to use fresh lemons? Newel wants a lemon pie, but I've only ever made a lemon pie by using lemon pudding that you cook. Do you have a source for good fresh lemon ideas?
I guess I could squeeze them and freeze the juice for later.

Friday, March 20, 2009

A story to tell.............

If this chair could talk I'm sure it would have a great story to tell. My sister-in-law, Diane gave me this darling chair many years ago for my birthday. It was an old chair then and she fixed it all up with flowers in the seat, a garden sign and even a painted lady bug attached. I remember I saw it sitting in her yard, so cute and looking like spring! I squealed when she told me it was for me for my birthday! Diane always creates some of the cutest things!! Yipee!

OK, fast forward about 10 years or so, the flowers have since died and the sun and outdoors have taken it's toll, but it's so stinkin cute I could never part with it, so I just gave it a face lift.

Wa La.....a new lease on life for an old tired chair!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Guess what I'm doing tonight?????

Tell me something......cleaning lady comes tomorrow, so why am I cleaning tonight? Have you ever done that? I do it every time. I wouldn't call it cleaning.....maybe just picking up..........cuz I've found out that if things aren't put up and she puts them up I never see them again. Well, anyway, we blame it on her. So............ here's to a clean house tomorrow. I hate Thursday nights before she comes, but I love Friday nights after she's been here. Welcome LUCIA!! Tomorrow the place is all yours!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

How come everyone's on SPRING BREAK but ME??? Bummer!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Step right up and take a spin..............

How fun would this be..........planted on your refrigerator. Let the kids play, mom and dad play, heck everyone could play. You could let your family know what you need from them that particular day. Here's where I found it.

Here's another game that would be fun to play anywhere. Take it in the car, the kids could ask each other a question then spin....it would sure make cleaning the kitchen more fun when your kids are supposed to be loading the dishwaher.....use it in YW or in your Sunday School class....loads of fun. This one could also help you make decisions about your day. I'm going to go get me one tomorrow!~It will be a hoot next time the grand kids come over.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Did you know that leprechauns are traditional Irish folk figures? Leprechauns are believed to be cranky little fellows responsible for mending the shoes of fairies and causing all sorts of mayhem and mischief.

Hey, I think I know a few leprechauns...........cranky little fellows!! Do you know any?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Where's Waldo????????????

To heck with Waldo..........where's Jenny??? Jenny, I missed seeing you today! You did a WONDERFUL job singing at enrichment........I want you to sing at my funeral? OK, you have a lot of time to practice!! not that you need the practice, but because I'm not going anywhere for a long, long time!!

This is going to be expensive...............

I'm feeling like I want to do something different in my kitchen and ever since I found this blog I'm wanting red and white.............now what do I do with my dark granite counter tops and old world jars and bistro looking stuff? Why do I always have to change my mind? I'm so fickle!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Grand-daughters have a special way........

Another birthday today!! YIPEE!! and.......it's the most import birthday ever.....turning 1 years old! How exciting can that be~March 14 is an exciting day at our house, it's both TeriAnne and Anna Kate Turley's birthday. Our newest grand-daughter. Here she is brand new..........and 1 year later. What a big girl~We love you Anna!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Guess who has a birthday tomorrow? Yep, TeriAnne! My beautiful middle child and the mother of these two precious little grand-kids!

Daughters are angels
Sent from above
To fill our heart
With unending love.

Happy Birthday!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I'm glad I'm a MOM!!

"Being a mother means that your heart is no longer yours; it wanders wherever your children do."
Author: unknown

This is my MOTTO
What's yours?

Happy Birthday to my MOM...tomorrow. I miss her~

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Join the fun.......lucky 7............

Join the fun. Come up with a list of 'sevens' that others might not know about you.
Post about them, then leave a comment!

Seven Things I Love:

1. The smell of coffee
2. Spring in AZ
4. Spending time with my Aunt's, cousins and brothers and sisters and friends
5. My kids and hubby
6. A warm bubble bath
7.A clean house

Seven Pet Peeves:

1. Whining
2. Stupid people
3. Moody people
4. People that pick their nose in public
5. Failure to use a turn signal
6. A bad car wash........you just have to pay to much these days
7. Being undependable

Seven Things I Can't Do:

1. Sew, but I'd love to be able to
2. Sing!
3. Play any musical instrument
4. Camp....we'll maybe I can do it, maybe I just don't want to
5. Live in filth.....can't stand to be dirty at home or on my body......eeeewwwwwww
6. Have a baby.......wonder why?
7. Ski

Seven Things I Can Do:

1. Serve others.....nothing makes me feel better
2 .Cook.......as long as I have a good recipe
3. Everything....just ask my BFF Terri........it's a joke people, it's a joke
4. Blog, I love to blog...it didn't say I had to be good at it
5. Make something cute out of nothing......I love to fix up junk
6. Have fun doing just about anything
7. Love unconditionally

Seven Characteristics I want to have:

1. Patience, patience and more patience
2. Peace........what a good feeling
3. Humor....might as well laugh....it makes everything better
4. Being righteous........this is a big one
5. Loyalty......to my friends and family
6. Happy heart........nothing is better than being joyful
7. Organization....this is a talent too......I'm working on it

Seven Things I Can't Live Without:

1. My bath, every single day
2. My friends and family.....I don't even want to try!
3. Ice.....I crave it and I have all I want
4. My religion.....I can't even imagine if this was taken away from me
5. Cherry Vanilla Diet Dr. Pepper. They aren't going to be distributing it in our area any more.What will I ever do? Watch out.....does the phrase "going postal" mean anything?
6. My buck wheat pillow.....have you ever tried one? Love it, love it, love it!
7. Sandals......I hate to wear shoes

Seven Things You Might Hear Me Say:

1. CRAP...it's my favorite.....sorry Tina
2. I love you
3. Are you kidding me?
4. SHUT UP.........in a good way......you know what I mean
5. That's hilarious!
6. What's up?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

We're trying to be obedient.......

I don't ever remember this....thank goodness. I would have not made a good pioneer!!
But..... I do remember the wringer washer. I actually remember my Grandma Lofgreen using one. When I was a little girl it looked like such fun. Fun? I bet it didn't seem fun to my Grandma.
Now, this laundry room looks like fun!! Until you have to start the washer and actually do laundry, then the fun ends. I just want to look at it, not use it. Isn't it cute?!

They say to put things that you love but no longer use, such as this doll house, to playful yet practical use. Anchored to the wall with decorative brackets, it becomes the highlight in an otherwise understated room. Each room of the doll house makes an easy-to-access cubby for laundry supplies. Found it at Country Living.

Now here's the real reason for this post. The obedient part. A sister in our ward came over tonight, and told us about cheap, very good, best detergent she's ever used LAUNDRY DETERGENT. Recommended by the Queen of Clean. I think she said it comes out to cost about $1.00 a gallon. Here's the recipe:

Liquid Laundry Detergent: 3 Pints Water 1/3 bar Fels Naptha Soap, grated 1/2 cup Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer, NOT baking soda though!!) 1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax 2 Gallon bucket to mix it in 1 Quart hot water Additional Hot Water Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints hot water and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 gallon Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket completely with additional hot water, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.

Powdered Laundry Detergent 1 cup grated Fels Naptha Soap 1/2 cup washing soda 1/2 cup 20 mule team borax Mix and store in airtight container or bag. For normal loads, use 2 tablespoon. For heavy loads, use 3 tablespoons. Here's where I found the recipe.

Fels Naptha Soap is a fantastic stain remover and pre-treater. It works especially well on oil-based stains. Just rub the stain with a wet bar of Fels Naptha Soap. Let it sit for a while and launder as usual. It works great on baby clothes which have formula stains.

I'm going to order 12 bars from the above website. I'll let you know how it works!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Are you a doodler??

Look what I found!This is a fun blog and I love this stuff!! click here to doodle

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Grandkids, sugar cookies and poker...................

What a way to spend the Sabbath. Mallory, Rylle and Tanner came over tonight for dinner and spent the evening. What a treat! Pappa made turkey tacos (Rylle's favorite), then the kids made sugar cookies and then, believe it or not, the kids wanted to play poker. Pappa knew how to play but they had to teach me. What a hoot playing poker with a 6 year old and he's better than I am at it. Go figure!

I'm moving..............

..............in with this family! Can you believe people really live in darling homes like this!! I found this dream place tonight while I was blog hopping. Be sure to click here to go Cherry Hill Cottage and you'll want to move in with her too!