President Hinckley


Letting go of control…

Rachel legs rice

This is a huge step for me.  Allowing my girls to get messy all in the name of fun.  And while I have to admit, my desire to want to clean up while they were playing reared it’s head at times, we did have fun and we did get the table and floor messy–there was rice everywhere.  But it was fun. 

Katie Rachel rice

Amy Butler’s Gum Drop Pillows

I went to visit Mom at the quilt store where she works on Friday and one of these Gum Drop Pillows made up.  They are really big.  Not quite bean bag size, but you could sit on one.  I keep thinking about it.  I think it would look great in my family room in a corner.  However, I can also see my little girls sitting on them and squishing them down so they are not so puffy. 

Turkey or Chicken Pillows

We had some friends over last Sunday and made them this recipe for dinner.  It is one of our favorites, so I thought I would post it for others as well.   In fact, Scott’s mom made them for us on our second date! 🙂

1/4 c margarine, softened
1-8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
3 c chopped cooked turkey or chicken
2 cans Pillsbury crescent rolls

Cream together margarine, cream cheese, and chicken.  Mix well.  Unrool and separate Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.  Flatten with a cup.  Divide chicken mixture into 16 portions.  Place 1 portion in each roll; fold dough over to enclose chicken mixture.  Place on a cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes.  Serve with sauce over them.

2 c water
2 tsp chicken bouillion
1/2 c cold water
3 TBSPS flour
1 can cream of chicken soup

Bring water and boullion to a boil.  Mix 1/2 cup cold water with 3 TBSP flour.  Add to water.  Add one can cream of chicken soup.  Cook until thick.

I also like to add broccoli to the chicken or turkey mixture and after they have been formed into “pillows,” I like to roll them in Italian bread crumbs. 

Rachel and I

I don’t always get pictures of me because I am usually the one behind the camera.  But Katie took this one of Rachel and I and I thought it was kind of cute. 

Rachel and I

Tatie the Pooh

Mom gave Katie one of those little tiny paper umbrellas that you might stick in a fruit smoothie or something.  That evening, she paraded around the house saying, “Tut, tut.  It looks like rain” while holding it over her head.  Scott asked  her if she was Winnie the Pooh and she said, “No, I’m Tatie the Pooh!”

7 Random Things

I was tagged by Mrs. Mordecai to list seven random things about me.  I’m having a hard time coming up with all of them, but maybe if I start, the randomness will just start coming out.

1.  I met my husband in first grade.  Well met is a strong word since you don’t set out to meet anyone at that age.  But that’ s when I knew him first.
2.  I hate balloons.  I wasn’t always like that.  Just since I worked in a party and wedding store in high school and spent many many hours blowing up balloons for people’s parties and wedding.  I guess too many exploded in my face and I haven’t really been fond of them since.
3.  I used to play the string bass for the high school orchestra.  (And the junior high orchestra and the elementary school orchestra)
4.  I sprained my ankle really really bad  playing basketball when I was four months pregnant with my first daughter.  I was on crutches for two weeks.  And after I had my first baby, I was so glad that I sprained it before and not after I had her.
5.  I go out of my way to talk to people in person rather than call them on the phone.  It’s not like I abhor talking on the phone…it just takes some guts to call.  I would much rather see them than call.
6.  It has taken me nine months to pick out curtains for the sliding glass door in our house.  The paper that the people who lived here before us is still hanging in the window.  And it will probably take me a few more months to get some.  Oh well.
7.  I would love to visit Macchu Picchu in Peru one day.

 Alright, it took me a while, but there are seven random things about me.  I will try to tag seven other people:

1.  Kristi
2.  Stephanie (I know you get tagged a lot…but I have limited blog friends!)
3.  Lori
4.  Dawn
5.  Amber
6.  Laura
7.  Janelle


  1. Link to the person who tagged you;
  2. Leave a comment on their blog so that their readers can visit yours;
  3. Post the rules on your blog;
  4. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog;
  5. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post;
  6. Include links to their blogs;
  7. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.


It snowed quite a bit yesterday and today.  Here’s Katie and her friend Tyler (in the background) playing out in the snow today.

Katie in the snow