Saturday, August 31, 2013

Hermana Inga meets her Trainer

Got this picture from the Mission Presidents Blog. Milagros, I guess we need to call her Hermana Inga now that she is a missionary, met her trainer.I am so excited for her. I can't wait to hear about all her adventures. What an amazing young lady she is. Now to wait and find out who this wonderful trainer is. I must be honest I am surely hoping she is from the US and she has a blog. 
That would be so great.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What a good Papa he is . . .

Morgan and our sweet grandbabies are here visiting for a week. You can just imagine how excited we were to see them. We just can't seem to get enough of these sweet little girls. Sadly I had to work today but Don surprised Morgan and the girls by getting off work early and coming home to take the girls to the splash pad. He is such a good grandpa. He even took photo's with his phone and sent them to me (he has learned well) And with the ease of MEMORY MIXER I can scrapbook photo's and document memories in about 10 minutes. I love it !!! Lot's more memories to be made this week. 

Milagros arrived at the mission home . . .

What a beautiful day this is, Milagros arrived at the mission home in Nuequen, Argentina and is ready to enter the mission field. If you have not followed our story, here is the short version. 
Dylan and Elder David Biliter taught Milagros the gospel while serving in Peru. 
She was baptized on October 8, 2011.

She is an amazing young woman with an incredible love for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She has just entered the mission field and is serving in the Argentina Neuquen Mission.
I love to see the fruits of sharing the gospel and how it has blessed so many lives.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Relief Society Board Retreat

What an awesome time we had. We got to stay at the Baird's home which is one of the historic pioneer homes in Snowflake, AZ. We ate really good food. Spent a wonderful evening at the Snowflake, Temple. Got spoiled with a bag of fabulous beauty products. Planned some wonderful activities for the sisters of the Mountain view Ward. Toured the Stinson Musuem and learned a lot about the history of the pioneers settling Snowflake, AZ. We ate at two quaint and yummy restaurants - Eva's Mexican Food and Celebrations.  We shared, we cried, we laughed and we truly just enjoyed
 our time together. What a wonderful weekend spent with wonderful sisters. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Teacher Always Learns the Most . . .

I am so excited for this class I am teaching on 
September 10th
I really needed a kick in the rear to get back on track - this was just the kick in the rear I needed.
Want to join me ? Everyone is invited !!!

I Love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the peace it brings to my life

I am so grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. I am grateful for the peace it brings. I have no idea where I would be today had I not been raised with this knowledge. It is a crazy, crazy world that we live in. I am so grateful that I have somewhere I can turn for peace.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Lucky to have been my dads favorite daughter . . . .


Okay so maybe I was his only daughter. But how lucky I was to have such an awesome man in my life. I know he is watching over us and building a wonderful eternal home for our family in Heaven, No doubt in my mind that we will be together again. I love you dad, Happy 70th birthday !!!!

Kudos to Chris "Ashton" Kutcher

Awesome Speech !!!!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Oh my . . . What a big Pork Loin You Have !


So I got this amazing deal on a boneless Pork Loin and now I need to make a plan of action. (ask me how awesome it is to save $45 on a food item that I can get multiple meals out of for a family of boys and I always have extra mouths to feed)

Tonight we are having Pulled Pork Sandwiches - 
Cooking about 4 lbs on low for 6 hours. After about 4 hours I will pour half a bottle of Sweet Baby Rays barbque sauce over the top and cook for 2 more hours and then shred and add remainder of the sauce. This should feed a house full of hungry boys.
then our next favorite recipe is . . . . . 
 Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Burrito from #CafeRioRecipesCafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad from #CafeRioRecipes
Sweet Pork Burritos and Sweet Pork Salad
Oh Yumm !!!
Cafe Rio’s Sweet Pork
  • 2 pounds pork (we use boneless pork rib meat)
  • 3 cans Coke (NOT diet)
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • dash garlic salt
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 can diced green chilies
  • 3/4 (10oz) can red enchilada sauce (I use Old El Paso brand, medium spiciness but any will work)
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • Put the pork in a heavy duty ziploc bag to marinade. Add about a can and a half of coke and about 1/4 c. of brown sugar. Marinade for a few hours or overnight.
  • Drain marinade and put pork, 1/2 can of coke, water, and garlic salt in crock pot on high for about 3-4 hours (or until it shreds easily, but don't let it get TOO dry) or on low for 8 hours. Remove pork from crock pot and drain any liquid left in the pot. Shred pork.
  • In a food processor or blender, blend 1/2 can Coke, chilies, enchilada sauce and remaining brown sugar (about a cup, you can add a little more or less to taste..). If it looks too thick, add more Coke little by little.
  • Put shredded pork and sauce in crockpot and cook on low for 2 hours. That's it!
Then my family always loves good barbque pork chops and I found a recipe for an amazing sauce that is sooooooo yummy


1/2 c. ketchup
1/4 c. molasses
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. Dijon mustard
2 T. white vinegar
1 T. brown sugar
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 T. water

1.  Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium high heat.  Bring the sauce to a boil then reduce the heat to low.  Simmer for 5-7 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

2.  Remove the sauce from the heat and divide into two bowls.  Place one bowl in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
 3.  Take the other bowl outside along with a basting brush.  Grill the pork chops for 4-5 minutes on one side then flip them over.  Cover the tops of the pork chops with the sauce and continue cooking for 4-5 minutes.  Continue basting with the sauce and flipping the pork chops until they are cooked through.
4.  Serve with the remaining sauce on the side.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

I tell you, it does not take alot to make me happy . . . .

Just ordered this new planner and I am over the top excited !!!!
Each year I search for the perfect planner and I think I just might have found it !!!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Kristan's Cowboy Cookies

No I did not make up this recipe on my own. It has been passed down from many good women.         
I remember as a young girl always going over to Debi Romney's home and she always had these cookies made. These are the cookies that I make most often and I know my kids love them and will always think of home 
when they eat them !!!

I always double this recipe 
(it is the max my kitchen aid can hold) 

cream together :
2 sticks of butter  or margarine 
(I often use 1/2 butter 1/2 shortening)
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of brown sugar

2 eggs & 2 tsp vanilla

2 cups of flour
1 tsp of baking soda
2 cups of quick oats
1-2 cups of cocnut
1 bag of chocolate chips

1-2 cups of chopped nuts

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Faith . . .

My primary lesson tomorrow is about having faith in our Savior Jesus Christ. 
What a beautiful reminder

Thursday, August 1, 2013