Thursday, November 25, 2010


This year,since Dad has been in a care center for the past 2 months, we decided to fore go the traditional Thanksgiving Feast at Aunt Karen's house and have a quiet dinner at Dad's house.
We were able to get a pass to bring Dad home for a few hours, this afternoon.
We had all the traditional Thanksgiving foods
Turkey Breast & Corn Bread & Sausage Stuffing
Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Corn, Broccoli, Sweet Potatoes & Cranberry Sauce
Gluten Free Rolls
and Gluten filled Crescent Rolls.
Desert went a bit against tradition, we had Pumpkin Cheese Cake
and Chocolate Mint Pie.
We were Thankful today to be able to bring Dad home for a short visit and hope to be able to bring him home permanently before Christmas.

Monday, November 22, 2010


by President George Washington

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many single favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the Service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks, for His kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the single and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of His providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, of the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have to acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which He hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humble offering our prayers and supplications to the Great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all people, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone know to be best.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


I love chocolate, the majority of the family does. I also like recipes that are extremely easy. In this cake I found both.
Preheat the oven to 350.
1 1/2 C flour
3 TBSP cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 c sugar
1/2 tsp salt
5 TBSP vegetable oil
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar(if you don't have any regular vinegar is fine)
1 tsp vanilla
1 c cold water
Dump all of the ingredients into a 8x8 or 9x9 ungreased pan.
Mix well with a fork.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Cool completely.
I doubled the recipe to make an enlarged Cockeyed Cake.
I used to make this cake when I lived at home, but forgot all about it, until I bought this cook book by Annette Lyon.
Chocolate Lovers, this book is wonderful. I highly recommend it, and I look forward to trying more yummy chocolate treats.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


CLICK HERE  to visit my post from last year, I think it says it all.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


On Halloween Night we gathered at Aunt Karen's house for our annual Halloween/Birthday Party.
There were a lot of creative costumes:
Kyle & Lori
We also had 5 birthdays to celebrate.
Darrin is 17 this year.
Due to a lack of candles Kim got to be 22.
Randy also got to be 22.
Kirt & Alaina weren't able to make it down from ShowLow this year.
We had cake and ice cream although with all of the other good munchies nobody really wanted it.
And of course a large amount of visiting.