Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Doesn't Come From A Store

The best gifts cannot be wrapped and put under the Christmas tree.
Christmas, as the Grinch finally realized, does not come from a store.
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happpy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Atlanta!
I am thankful to spend this day with wonderful family and in a beautiful setting.
Playing in fall leaves is a novelty for us!

Heaven On Earth

Snuggling with grand babies is the best.
 Evie and Baby McKay

 Happy Thanksgiving from Atlanta!
Enjoying every minute of being with family.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Apple Crisp

I have learned that if I post our family favorite recipes on this blog, I will always be able to find them.
I made fresh Apple Crisp for my Seminary class this morning in honor of David O McKay's Birthday on Monday, September 8. It also  seemed a fitting treat for 9/11...America...sort of apple pie...

My sister came to the rescue with the recipe last night and it was a hit. Fall is on the way and the apples are fresh. I used MacIntosh and Granny Smith apples, left the peels on (of course, washed them) and cut them in small chunks.

Not sure if it was because I have not had Apple Crisp in a long time or if this was truly one of my better successes, but either way, it was delicious and my students devoured it.

Apple Crisp
In a 9x13 pan, place:
2 quarts sliced apples ( I used about 10 small-medium apples)
1 C Sugar
2 Tblsp Flour ( I used 3)
1 tsp Cinnamon
Mix until apples are well-coated.

1 C Brown Sugar
1 C Flour
1 C Oatmeal
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/1tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soad
2 sticks (1 cup) butter (do not use margarine0

Mix together until crumbly. Spread over apple mixture
Bake at 375 for 40-50 minutes until topping is lightly browned.
Serve warmed with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Fire Pit and Plants

Wow, it has been over a month since I posted.
It is not for lack of things post or talk about.
This weekend, a long-dreamed-of project was completed:
Our new Fire Pit!
Our front patio was the perfect spot for this exciting addition.
Just in time for s'mores and creating fall-winter memories
 It was so super simple.
Ron and I built it together and it took a few hours on Saturday morning.
 There was plenty of time left for yard work...
 Ron spent the bulk of Labor Day laboring in our yard
planting crotons and spreading mulch.
Crotons are fairly "Hostetler-friendly" aka: hearty and low-maintainance.
 He is the best!!! The best!!!!
Yes, summer is "over". I will try to remember that when my air-conditioning is 
blowing COLD and the temperature outside is 90+ degrees.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sunday Night Dessert

I would post a photo of our own version of this cake, but I just lost 2 years' worth of photos on my phone. I had saved all except the last 2 days, which included a photo of this cake. I may get them back once I work with the Apple genius. I think this happened once before and all turned out well in the end. Fingers crossed.

Anyhow, Katherine made this for us Sunday and we shared it with friends that evening.

The above photo is from Betty Crocker and HERE is the recipe from the same site.
These are the variations/recommendations for tweaking this recipe:
1) Use real homemade caramel sauce
2) Use REAL whipping cream
3) Use Heath candy bars, broken in to pieces
4) Top with chopped nuts
5) Serve with extra whipped cream, if desired

We used a devil's food cake mix, but any moist chocolate cake (mix or from scratch) will work

It is Tuesday and there is not one crumb left.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pioneer Day Legacy

Oh, how I miss President Gordon B Hinkley.
Especially when I read and watch this message.
It is fitting for any time of year, yet, this week, as we commemorate the great legacy of the Mormon Pioneers, this is one of my favorites.

Watch. read. and enjoy:
"True To The Faith"

Sunday, July 20, 2014

7-Up Grilled Chicken

Uniquely Utah...First Coca Cola Pork...Now 7-Up Chicken
Oh so delish!
We first tried it in Utah and today we made it in our own kitchen on our own grill in Florida.

Here is the recipe and photo for 7-Up Grilled Chicken from Six Sisters' Stuff
We doubled it and you will want to make plenty, also!