Sunday, January 27, 2008

Milkshake Anyone?

Have I got a recipe for you! I cannot take any credit for this recipe, but I have made it twice in the last 24 hours and it is
"dee-lish". The credit goes to Hillbilly Housewife.

1-1/2 to 2 cups ice water
1-1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 1-1/2 trays of ice cubes, as much as you can spare
2 tablespoons corn oil plus a 5-second squirt of non-stick spray for emulsification purposes
Place all of the ingredients into the blender, including the oil and the non-stick spray. Use less water for thicker milk shakes and more water for shakes that are easy on your blender motor. The blender should be about 3/4's full. Place the lid on. Process for a full 2 minutes. Pour into cups and serve. Makes 4 - 12oz servings.

Add 1 tablespoon of instant coffee for a mocha shake
Add 1 very ripe banana for a chocolate banana shake
Add a big spoonful of peanut butter for a decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake.
Add a few broken red and white candy mints for a refreshing Chocolate Mint shake.
To make Vanilla Milk Shakes, omit the cocoa powder, reduce the sugar to 1/2-cup and add 1 tablespoon (yes a full tablespoon) of vanilla flavoring. For a french vanilla milk shake crack in an egg too.

You can visit Hillbilly Housewife for more particulars with the recipe. It is simple for sure, but then touchy at the same time. ENJOY!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Farm Living

I never had this problem in California. All I was doing was doing a good deed....both times. First I was delivering a HUGE zuchinni to my neighbor. I planted 3 hills last summe which really means 9 plants so of course by the end of the summer I was all done with zuchinni. I wanted to throw out the over grown vegetable, but Mark does not like to waste food, which is a "farm living" thing too right? Mark and I thought we would just drive to the neighbors house, drop off the zuchinni, maybe visit for a minute and then leave. NO! They have these two annoying dogs that bark and yap and jump as soon as you drive up. So what do they do? Jump up on my car and scratch it with their "farm living" paws. Of course, the people weren't home which made me think that I got the scratches on my car for nothing. Maybe that is the wrong thought to have, but still. And then the next week the people got rid of their dogs....whatever!

So yesterday I made some of Jolyn's grandma's homemade chicken soup for a woman I visit teach. I get in my car, put on my new cute white down jacket, hop into my car (see picture) and take off to see Barb. I am feeling pretty good about my driving skills with all the snow we have had and the drifting snow as well. Barb lives a few miles from my house, but as soon as you leave the highway you are on a gravel road that is not traveled by anyone but her and her husband. So I was pretty much making my own path at times. Anyway, I pull up, see a dog, a big dog, I get out of my car with the plastic container of warm soup, and what does this dog do? Jumps on my car, scratches it some more,and jumps up on me, namely my new white down jacket. Excuse me? I made it to the door with the dog still jumping on me, Barb opens the door and I practically fall into the doorway because this big dog wants in too. No the soup didn't spill, no my coat did not get a tear in it, yes I have new scratches on the car and I am wondering two things. Can I not have a nice car in the "farm living" country and do I have to put on an old ugly jacket when I go visit people? I don't think so. I am a California girl through and through so I will drive my shiny black car and wear my cute clothes in the country!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Now You Have Some Idea

I know that this project has taken WAY too long to complete and I don't want you to suffer any longer so here it is. This is the view from our great room. It is hard to see but it is the same view as my header picture. If you look real close you can see "old chief" through the center window. This is the view as soon as you walk in the front door. The kitchen and eating nook is to the right.
This is my favorite picture of the group. I love all the lines and angles in the ceiling and walls and look at those arches and niches'. When you walk in the front door you take a few steps and look to your right. The end of the hallway is the entrance, but not door, to our bedroom. The lit up opening to the left is the entrance to the kitchen. Directly across from the kitchen doorway is the hallway leading to the laundry room, back entryway(mudroom), door to the garage and another door leading outside. I call it the "side front door" and a small bathroom.
This is taken standing in front of my big windows in the great room. You can see the front door to the right. That is a temporary one, ours is mahogany with lots of glass in the main door, the side lights and transom above the doorway. That will go in when all the dirty work is done.The room with the arch is the formal dining room. We have never had one before so it will be something new for us. See the niche to the left of the arch? It is in a corner with a puck light up top, a plug in for a mini fountain and a switch around the corner to turn everything on and off. I have a bonsai that will fit and look perfectly in there right next to that mini fountain. Cannot wait!
This is looking to your left after taking a few steps from the front door. The opening on the left is Mark's office, the small doorway is the guest bathroom, then you see a larger opening which will have a metal banister as well as around the opening you see below. Those are the stairs to the basement. Michelle's room is at the end of the hallway opposite the bathroom and office. See the other niche above the stair opening? Love them.
If you look closely you will be able to see that this is the inside of my garage. The window was stratigically placed so that when I pull in I will be dead center to that beautiful view of the snow capped mountains.

I know what you are thinking...don't say it outloud please......I will respond to your thoughts right now......"I don't know why it has taken so long".......and "yes, we are hoping to be in before April". But all we really know at this point for sure are two things. It will be THIS year and if it isn't, we will be looking for another place to live.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Getting Closer

Yea, we are at the "picking out the paint colors" stage. We are modeling our house after a model home we saw in Highland Utah which does make things like this easier. I know that these colors might not be "in" compared to what you might see on HGTV makeovers with the bright colors and funky combinations, but Mark and I have found that the classics work for us. You see these colors in the new homes being built nowdays which could be considered trendy I suppose. Maybe I should call it "trendy classic". Anyway, our kitchen cabinets are cherry with black glaze and we think these colors will go nicely.

These are the colors we are leaning towards although we need one more trim color which is "very California" to us....Swiss Coffee. It is not a true white, but pretty much white until you put it next to white. Know what I mean? We want definition between the colors, yet a monochromatic look as well.
The darker color is called Sawyers Fence in egg shell which will be on all walls and ceilings. The other color is called Sunbaked Sand 1/2 strength which we like but need to compare the Swiss Coffee that we will use for all door/window trim and 6"baseboards. We are picking up our sample tomorrow in Kalispell.

Totally off the subject, but I just found out there is a Bath and Body Works in Kalispell so hopefully I can make a mad dash to pick up my Pineapple scented soaps and lotions for every bathroom and kitchen in the house.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Moms have fun too.....

Lou Lou and I went together (no suprise right) to take Kelly down to school at BYU-I. Laurel was following us in her car with her friends. Anyways....I was driving, Kelly was in the front seat and Lou Lou was in the back seat "doing her thing" and having a ton of fun, as you can well see. Now, she doesn't know all the words, but man has she got the moves!

Which one is Kelly's mom?

Friday, January 4, 2008

Two down, One to go!

Boy was it sad when Brad left for school yesterday. I suppose it is the post mission thing. Being gone for two years, then home for a few weeks, then off he goes again. He is so anxious to get on with his life, which I can't blame him. His home is in Provo where school and friends are. I think it was hard for him to come home to Alberta where it really isn't home for him since we moved here while he was on his mission.

Clark left last week and Laurel leaves in the morning THEN we can concentrate on the house with no distractions. Kid distractions are good though.

Grandma wanted to take a picture on her camera so I thought I might get a picture on my camera too. Glad I did.

Why does he look so happy when he is leaving his mother again?!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy New Year!!

Here is a little slide show I have put together of some photos we took on our trip to Nicaragua, picking up Brad from his mission. We all enjoyed the time with Brad so much, seeing the country and meeting the people. We missed Clark on this trip as he was still in school in Hawaii, but maybe someday he can return with Brad. Mark and I will always treasure the moments when we were able to witness the love Brad has for the Nicaraguan people and the love they have for our son. We have never seen Brad so truly happy! It was a magical trip that we will always remember.