Monday, July 31, 2017

Tropical Storm Emily

School starts 2 weeks from tomorrow.
Back to school brings the peak of hurricane season.
Right on schedule, Tropical Storm Emily will cross the state of Florida today and tomorrow.
Carry on.

Option B

Thank you, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, for sharing this well-written, engaging book. It is a treasure for anyone who has faced adversity, loss, change, grief, or disappointment in life.  Rising after adversity and feeling joy in life is possible and Option B was a reminder of this truth.

If you, or someone you know and love, has faced challenges in life,                 read Option B and apply the principles taught. Everyone can benefit, at some level, from the messages in Option B .  Everyone, regardless of the best made life plans, will need to select, "Option B", either in a small way or in a life-changing, gut-wrenching monumental way.

I have gained insight for not only my own life, but for my interactions and  relationships with others. I am living parts of my life differently as a result of this book. I am definitely feeling more joy in my daily  life as I apply the principles shared in Option B.

This was easy to read, well-written, and a book with messages I have already referred to as I teach and speak. This book is not just a "summer read" that will soon be forgotten. Option B will be quoted and referred to for many years to come.

Sheryl Sandberg is a beautiful example of using her paralyzing tragedy and grief to lift others. Adam Grant is spot on in his counsel and perspective. Together, they are a "Dream Team".  Thank you for sharing this important message.

Childhood Memory

Recently, I came across this photo of my two brothers and me from around 1964
It represents a favorite childhood memory.
Brent in the front, Mark in the middle, and me in the back
I am guessing that in this photo, we were close to these ages:
Mark-18 months, Brent 2 1/2-3 , and I was around 4 1/2
We livd next to a lot where horse trailers were sold.
We lived on State Street in American Fork, Utah. Our house was on the east side of the road, across the street from my Aunt Marilyn's house. Today, a Mc Donald's sits on the location of Aunt Marilyn's former home and a KFC sits where my house used to be.
Today, State Street is a very busy congested main highway as opposed to the early 1960's when we walked across the street to visit our cousins. The road was a highway but not with the heavy traffic it sees today.
Our grandma Hoglund lived within walking distance at 44 South, 600 East, where there are now homes and condos.
My dad was working 3 jobs and going to BYU to complete his MBA at this time. My mom would load the 3 of us up in the wagon and take us for long walks. I remember going to visit my Grandma and Grandpa Hoglund, as well as Aunt Marilyn and my cousins, her children. We would also stop and visit with other people along the way. My mom would sing songs and we would join in.. She lined the bottom of the wagon with a towel for us to sit on so we would be more comfortable as we took our walks.
Most of the walks I remember were in the evening, but I am sure we went out at other times during the day as this was most likely the only method of transportation for us on some days. We had one car and I am sure my dad needed that car most days, although I do remember times that we would drop him off at work so my mom could use the car on grocery shopping day.

Photos speak so many words and provide a step back in time that nothing else can.
This photo always creates heightened gratitude for my parents and their sacrifices for our family.
At the time, this may have seemed like an ordinary day, doing an ordinary activity but this is a priceless memory.

Take those photos...even when your family complains, especially when your family complains!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Raspberries Anyone?

Last week, I had the blessing of taking care of 3 of my grandchildren.
This little guy melts my heart at every turn.

After raising 5 children and being a raspberry lover myself,
I had never seen someone put raspberries on their fingers.
(This was always reserved for the olives at Thanksgiving dinner)

His love for raspberries is clear.

Pioneer Day 2017

July 24
Today commemorates the day the first Mormon Pioneers arrived in the 
Salt Lake Valley 170 years ago. 
I am grateful to stand on the shoulders of their sacrifices and dedication, 
the depth of which I cannot fully comprehend.
President Gordon B Hinkley said the following,
"Whether you were born among the posterity of the pioneers, 
or whether you were baptized yesterday, 
each is the beneficiary of their undertaking."

My great aunt, Minerva Teichert, depicted the pioneer journey in many of her paintings.
These are a few of my favorites.
 "Not Alone"
I know that angels carried these Saints through dark and desperate circumstances.

 "Handcart Pioneers"
This is my favorite and hangs in my home.
The strength of this pioneer woman speaks to me. 
She is throwing her bonnet in the air but it is cut of in the painting.

"Covered Wagon Pioneers"

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Spaghetti and Colossal Meatballs

Each year after Young Women Camp, I am inspired to step up my cooking game. Our camp cook prepares meals from scratch, using fresh ingredients. It is remarkable to see what she plans and executes for 100+ people 3 meals, 1 snack, and 1 dessert per day. All of this is done with a calm, beautiful spirit for $10 per person per day. No pre-made frozen meals, no hot dogs, nuggets, etc. just an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables, and delicious well-balanced meals.

One of her crowd pleasers is homemade spaghetti sauce and giant 3-meat meatballs. I prepared this meal for Ron on Father's Day and he is a believer. Megan loves the sauce, but since she does not eat meat, I don't have her opinion on the meatballs. Katherine loved the sauce and meatballs. She is working hard to change her eating and she appreciated the homemade sauce with little sugar and no preservatives. She loves the meatballs, also.

As for me, I have had 1 meatball per day since Sunday and they are almost gone. I am looking forward to having Andrew home soon and I will plan to prepare this meal for him. (There will be no leftovers, I am certain)

Colossal 3-Meat Meatballs
1 1/2-2  C Fresh Bread Crumbs (don't use pre-made)
3/4 C Heavy Cream

1 C Chopped Prosciutto Ham
1 lb Ground Beef
1 lb Ground Pork
3 Eggs
3/4 C Grated Parmesan Cheese
2-3 T Fresh Parsley- minced
2-3 T Fresh Basil - chopped
1 T Fresh Oregano
5-6 Cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 tsp Pepper, ground
1 tsp Sea Salt, or to taste
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Soak the bread crumbs in the heavy cream for about 30 minutes.
Saute the garlic in a small amount of Olive Oil, set aside and cool.
Mix all other ingredients, except the Olive Oil, well. Use your hands (I wear disposable gloves)
Add the bread crumbs and garlic
Mix well.
Form into 2 1/2 inch meatballs and place on a baking sheet that has been lined with foil and lightly coated with Olive Oil

Bake at 400 for about 25-30 minutes.
Watch to see when meatballs are brown on the outside.
I turned mine at 15 minutes and they baked 15 more minutes.
This made 20 large meatballs. See photos below.

Spaghetti Sauce
Saute in Olive Oil:
1 Large diced onion
4-5 Cloves minced garlic

3- 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes (use high quality)
1- 28 oz can whole tomatoes
1 tsp Granulated Sugar
1  tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Dried Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 C Chopped Fresh Parsley
1/4 C Fresh Basil Leaves, chopped
1 T Fresh Oregano

Simmer on low for 2-3 hours, stirring.
I put the sauce in the slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours. No need to stir or watch closely.

Serve with cooked spaghetti noodles or the pasta of your choice.

Confession: Most of my adult cooking life, I have used spaghetti sauce from a JAR.  It will be a rare day that I ever go back to using pre-made sauce in a jar.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Paris In The Spring

 We are home from a dream.
Two and a half days in Paris!
We went with the expectation of seeing two main things: The new Paris LDS Temple and the Eiffel Tower.
We decided that anything else we got to see or do was a bonus.
We had a major bonus!
Our first day, we saw the Paris LDS Temple then walked to Versailles (already a bonus) It was as magnificent as imagined. After Versailles, we went to the Eiffel Tower. From that point on, everything else we saw or did was a bonus.
We became familiar with the train system and off we went to all points Paris.
We also bought a "hop-on-hop-off" tour the city bus pass like we did in Munich. This was time and money well spent.
These photos are from our first day, which was a half day as we gave ourselves the luxury of a jet  lagged nap which proved to be exactly what we needed before we hit the ground running for the next 2 full days.
My hashtag for this trip is #parislikeabosswithmrhoss
Loved this trip, albeit short and can't wait to return and experience The Louvre to Megan and have Katherine help us speak French.
The Paris LDS Temple
It has been noted in the press releases and photos that there is no Angel Moroni on top of the temple.
With the reason given that it does not fit well with the design and aesthetic of the area.
After spending time in Paris, I totally agree this was the correct choice.
There is a beautiful garden in the back with a white marble statue of Christ.

 It was difficult to photograph this Temple. The photos in the press releases are much better than any I could take. It is gorgeous inside and out. The stained glass is breathtaking.

Versailles is within walking distance of the Paris LDS Temple
Well worth the walk and such a contrast in feelings from one building to another.

 We are not  from the selfie generation but we tried many selfies this trip. We do have a selfie stick and have set a goal to learn how to use it before the next trip. Even that sentence makes me sound so old!

More photos later. This is just a start. We packed a lot in to 2.5 days, only because we wanted to and not because we felt like we had to.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Banana Pancakes

Posting for my own reference, however, if you are reading this, enjoy!

I avoid processed sugars and flours, which requires some rethinking and creativity.
It isn't difficult, just a change in mind set.
I look at Paleo and Whole 30 websites for recipes and meal idea.

This Banana Pancake recipe is a combination of a few recipes that I have tried. I make a little differently each time. You can adjust amounts to your taste.

In a blender, combine:
4 Eggs
2-3 Bananas
3-5 Tbs Almond Flour ( or a combination of Almond and Coconut Flour)
1/2 tsp Cinnamon (more or less depending on tastes)
2 T Coconut Oil
1 tsp Vanilla
Dash of Salt

Cook on a griddle on med-high heat. I put coconut oil on the griddle so they wont stick and for added flavor.
Make the pancakes small as they tend to not get cooked inside before they start to get over cooked on the outside.


Cafe Rio at Home

Because I live in Florida, there is no other choice but to enjoy Cafe Rio at home.
Thankfully, many people have shared copycat recipes that help make this possible.

Andrew is home and Cafe Rio is on the menu for tonight.
Below are two links for Cafe Rio copycat recipes. I have used both and they are delish.

1)  Favorite Family Recipes
2)  One Good Thing By Jillee

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Womens Day

Celebrating the women in my life on this International Women's Day
I stand on the shoulders of many amazing women 
who have helped me do what I know is right, even when it is difficult or not popular.
Women who have marched, stood up, and been world changers.
Women who have taught me how to love and forgive.
Women who have taught me that people and relationships are much more important than things.
Women who have taught me I can do anything yet I know I don't have to do everything.
My life is blessed by good women past and present
To the all the women in my life, I am grateful for you!
I miss President Gordon B Hinkley. He was a champion of women. 
The quote below was from an address given at the National Press Club in 2000. 
Read the full text HERE

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

For Such A Time As This

I love Elaine S Dalton.
This is a link to a recent address she gave to LDS Single Adults at the University of Utah Institute.
When she was serving as General Young Women President, I clearly remember having a confirmation that she was serving at exactly the time in history the Lord needed her, that the world needed her. She was serving just as Esther, "for such a time as this".
Such power and strength in her words.

I have had a few opportunities to be "up close and personal" with her. She is the real deal.

Esther 4: 14

14For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?