Saturday, September 5, 2015

Happy Saturday!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) The Lab that has Saturday hours.  When I went to the doctor a couple of weeks ago she ordered lab work, but I have to be fasting with it.  I missed getting to the lab on my day off since I had to get Lexi to school and Kevin to his therapy appointment.  Even though I had to wait two hours, I am glad they are open on Saturday.  I'm glad that is done!  

2)  Cooler weather!  It was so nice outside last night that Kevin wanted to go with me to get SRP.  He waiting in the car while I went into the store.  While we were working to load Kevin into the car our neighbors came over to say hello to him and then shortly after our Bishop drove by and stopped too.  It was good for Kevin to get out of the house for a moment, even if it was a super quick trip and he didn't get out of the car.

From the Camera:

This girlie didn't come home from school until 11 pm last night.  She went over to a friends house right after school and ended up staying for dinner and well into the night.  It was good for her.  She was a home body pretty much all summer long.  I'm glad she is getting out and spending time with good friends.  

From the Craft Room and Other Cool Things:

Aren't these cute?  I know you have probably seen them before.  After all this is not a new thing.  I just think they are cute and I have always wanted a gumball machine.  My brother and sister in law got us one as a wedding present years ago, but we don't have it anymore.  I wish we did.  
This cute little one would be good for a desktop.  
Someday I'll have to give it a try.
From the Heart and Spirit:

Two young ladies arrived to a meeting wearing clothes that were quite revealing their body parts. Here is what the Chairman told them: He took a good look at them and made them sit. Then he said something that, they might never forget for the rest of their lives. 
He looked at them straight in the eyes and said; "ladies, everything that God has valuable in this world is well covered and hard to see, find or get.
1. Where do you find DIAMONDS? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected.
2. Where do you find PEARLS? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell.
3. Where do you find GOLD? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers of rock and to get them, you have to work hard & dig deep down to get them.
He looked at them with serious eyes and said;
"Your body is sacred & unique" You are far more precious than gold, diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too. So he added that, "If you keep your treasured mineral just like gold, diamond and pearls, deeply covered up, a reputable mining organization with the requisite machinery will fly down and conduct years of extensive exploration."
Then he said, "First, they will contact your government (family), sign professional contracts (wedding) and mine you professionally( legal marriage). But if you leave your precious minerals uncovered on the surface of the earth, you always attract a lot of illegal miners to come and mine you illegally. Everybody will just pick up their crude instruments and just have a dig on you just freely like that. So, keep your bodies deeply covered so that it invite professional miners to chase you
From the Kitchen:

Chili's Caribbean Salad Honey Lime Dressing

1/4 cup Grey Poupon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1 T. sesame oil
1 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. lime juice

Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad Dressing

3 T. honey
1 1/2 tsp. rice wine vinegar
1/4 c. mayonnaise
1 tsp. Grey Poupon Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. sesame oil

Porcupine Grill Balsamic Dressing

1/2 cup honey
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. Grey Poupon Dijon mustard
½ tsp. sesame oil
1/3 c. balsamic vinegar

Orange Dressing- (my favorite)
1/2 tsp. grated orange peel
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
2 T. red wine vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 t. sugar
1 T. good seasons dry Italian dressing mix

Orange Vinaigrette

1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (about 1/2 of a large navel orange)
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup canola oil
To prepare dressing, combine orange juice, vinegar, dry mustard, sugar, sesame oil, and salt in the jar of a blender.  Blend until sugar is dissolved.  With blender running on low either remove stopper in blender lid, or crack the corner and slowly drizzle in oil, mixing until just combined.  Store dressing in fridge until ready to use, can prepare a day or two ahead of time.

Pomegranate Salad Dressing

1 1/2  cups oil
3/4 cup pomegranate vinegar (I usually have this on hand but you could use raspberry or another flavor)
1 1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. water
1/2 coarse black pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2  T. dried chives
2 tsp. Dijon mustard

Combine all ingredients in a blender.  Wall-La!
From the Schmidt's:

It's Labor Day weekend and the weather is awesome!  I love it!  This morning I woke up intending to get to the lab first thing, but I decided to wait a bit and not get there when everyone was in line just to get in the door.  So, I went with Kyle to get his paperwork notarized.  After I dropped Kyle off so I could get to the lab.  I ended up spending two hours at the lab, but that is finally done.  No more paperwork taking up room in my purse anymore.  Yes!

We don't have any major plans other than cleaning and yard work.  Kyle and Kevin will be watching some football eventually.  Danielle will be stopping by this afternoon so we will spend some time chit chatting with her and giving her a hard time about a few things.  In a week or two we are planning a trip to a few shops to start the hunt for a few things she will need in the near future.  {hint, hint}

Lexi is still waiting to find out what color and character her and her date will be going as to the Homecoming Dance.  Hopefully they will pick something easy.  They just need to hurry and decide so we have time to look around for something that doesn't cost much and will work.  

A friend of mine at work stayed in some cabins she found near Oak Creek Canyon a couple of weeks back.  Apparently there are several cabins this place rents out and their rates are really inexpensive.  I would love to spend time there for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Wouldn't that be great?  Kevin and I have always wanted to do that for he holidays with the kids, but have never had the chance.  I really don't know that we would be able to do something like that this year, but maybe sometime next year.  Just something to look forward to. Maybe during the summer too.

This month marks 6 months that Curtis has been out on his mission. He is working hard, learning a lot, and enjoying every minute of his mission.  We are very proud of him and hope he continues to do everything he can to get everything he can out of his mission.

Not much more is happening around here.  It's like a ghost town down our street.  A lot of families have taken off for the holiday.  We will miss them, but hope they have fun up north.

Take care and we will talk again soon.

From the Missionary:
In Elder Schmidt's last letter he talked about all the conferences and training he has been doing.  Here he is at a "conference" with the other missionaries in his zone getting two awards a local community center gave out.  Awesome!

Quote of the Day:

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