Sunday, January 31, 2010


I don't buy fresh broccoli because I don't like the stems and I object to paying the price in weight for what I'm just going to throw away. I rarely buy broccoli crowns because you pay extra for NOT buying the stems, but a friend told me about Broccomoli. I bought broccoli, saved the stems and wah-lah! something wonderful happened.


stems from broccoli that you would buy in a rubberbanded bunch (mine came with 4 )
1 Tbl Kraft mayo
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/4 jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 tsp lemon or lime juice
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/2 roma tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 Tbl fresh cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Peel the skin from the broccoli stems. Boil in salted and peppered water until good and tender, when you've cooked most of the nutritional value out of them. Drain and cool.

Puree the cooked stems, (I used a hand mixer) Add the remaining ingredients and serve with tortilla chips. Made about 3/4 cup Broccomoli.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Katie rocks on, again!

Katie, our resident artist loves the Rock Painting books from the library, and makes great use of them. Here she altered a rock painting of a foal to be a unicorn.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Deer of a Feather

While visiting our local library one day, we saw an art form that peaked our interest. Katie, being our resident artist got on it.
Painting wildlife on feathers....

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tie-Dye mop

When house work is the bane of your existance, you must take drastic steps to make it less traumatizing. We own the leapord print broom, and now we have taken a roll tie-dye duct tape and wrapped it around the handle of our mop. Next will be either the pink or purple vacuum.

Friday, January 15, 2010

It's Not My Goat

A friend of mine went for a walk the other day. She lives out in the country, in a quiet area and just expected a normal, nice quiet time to herself. Well someone's goat started following her and even followed her all the way home. She thought she could find where it came from,so she started walking back the way she came, and the goat still followed. As she walked back the way she came, people driving on the road laughed at the sight of what looked like a woman walking her goat. She began having thoughts of "Lady get your goat out of the road! hahaha" It's not my goat! "Hey, Lady! Why don't you put your goat on a leash? ha ha ha" It's not my goat!

We began to consider some deeper meaning of that statement, "It's Not My Goat!" hmmmmm

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Crossing the Wilderness with Lehi

Crossing the Wilderness with Lehi

In the first several chapters of 1 Nephi, Lehi is commanded of the Lord to take his family and leave Jerusalem, leaving behind all their worldly possessions and finery. Laman and Lemual were quite unhappy about leaving behind their inheritance and the life they enjoyed. They must have been content. Life was good. But the Lord had other plans for them. The family had to leave the life they knew and loved and go into the wilderness. According to the Lord, it was time for a change. In 1 Nephi 2:20, Lehi had been assured of the Lord that they would be led to “a land of promise…a choice land above all other lands,” but they had to go through a wilderness to get there.

As we read further into the chapters of their wilderness, we learn that Nephi had faith in the Lord and turned to his father, the Prophet Lehi, for guidance. He led his brothers by persuasion, and tried to remind them of the feats of Moses under the direction of the Lord while in his own wilderness. The Liahona, which guided them, worked according to their faith and diligence. We learn that not only did they have to cross a wilderness, they “did travel and wade through much affliction,” (1 He 17:1) while doing so. Now, some grumbled the whole way, not learning anything about faith, the love of their God or even noticing the great blessings set upon them in their journey. Many kept looking back to Jerusalem, as the Israelites kept looking back to Egypt, wishing for their old life back, not looking to the Promised Land ahead of them.

Consider, my friends, the times of wilderness in your own lives, the times when the Lord may have a change in mind for you. How do you (or will you) handle the crossing before you reach the

Promised Land that awaits you? Will you be ever faithful as Nephi, not grumbling, as did Laman and Lemuel, always looking back? Will you become stronger?

Nephi professed to have “been highly favored of the Lord,” knew he was loved, and acknowledged “having seen many afflictions” (1 Ne 1:1) in his life, but he also wanted us to see, that despite frightening afflictions, “I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he has chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance..” (1 Ne. 1:20)

Elder Bednar taught in the April 2005 General Conference that “chosen” is not an exclusive status, given only to a restricted few, and that God does not have a list of favorites. “I testify that the tender mercies of the Lord are available to all of us and that the Redeemer of Israel is eager to bestow such gifts upon us.” He taught that we determine if we are chosen. ”Rather, it is our hearts and our aspirations and our obedience which definitively determine whether we are counted as one of God’s chosen.”

As we read in the Book of Mormon, we see the afflictions the people endured, but consider the tender mercies of the Lord upon the people as they turned to Him in prayer. When the people of Alma were taken into captivity (Mosiah 23-24), they poured out their hearts unto Him. They were counseled to be of good comfort, that they would be delivered, “And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage.” Evidences of tender mercies are before our eyes.

As we read the scriptures and apply them to our lives, we see examples of tender mercies everywhere. As we are worthy to receive these same tender mercies we read about, we learn that the Lord will sustain and support us through our trials. He will warn us of impending danger, He will enlighten us, He will strengthen and deliver us, He will shield us, He will change our nature, He will give us peace and joy, He will encircle us in the arms of His mercy. (Ensign, April 2000, Remember How Merciful the Lord Hath Been).

We all have our wilderness to cross. How will you get through yours? Will you experience the tender mercies, notice them?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Amazingly Wonderful Coconut Cake (AWCC)

Being as I am incapable of baking from scratch in an electric oven, I have to use a cake mix to start with. Ordinary Coconut cake will NOT do, absolutely not, so here is what I do. :

1 Dunkin Hines yellow cake mix (white mix has milk in it, so we can't use it)

1 8-oz can Crushed Pineapple (the small can)

1/2 cup extra light olive oil

3 eggs

1/2 cup Coconut Milk (found in Oriental food section of grocery store)

Sometimes I add 1/2 cup coconut to the mix, sometimes not

In mixing bowl, combine above ingredients and beat on low to combine, then increase speed to medium for 2 minutes, till light and fluffy. Pour into 2 greased and floured cake pans and bake according to directions on the box. 2 8-inch pans for 30-35 minutes, etc. Cake is done when the top springs back at finger touch and top is golden browned.

Let cool 5 minutes, then remove from pans, and transfer to wire racks and let cool completely

Sometimes this ends in disaster, sometimes not. *;-./

(I may have the cooling time wrong.)

When completely cooled, frost with white frosting, and sprinkle with your favorite coconut, sweetened or unsweetened.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Christmas Fox

Katie finished her Christmas Paint-by- Number.