Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I am beginning to feel the.......

Christmas Spirit

But since Thanksgiving isn't even here and over yet, I will hold off for a few more days on decking the halls and putting up the Christmas Tree. 

Instead, I will enjoy the 4 days I will have with my kids for Thanksgiving.  And I will be very Thankful that they are able to spend it with us.  I can't wait until Wednesday at 11:14 a.m. when they will arrive on the airplane.  It has been several months since I last saw them, hugged them, spent any kind of mommy time with them.  And I will be Thankful and Blessed! 

But since I am getting the "itch" to do something Christmassy... I will at least add my Christmas Song Playlist for 2009 on to my blog.  I hope you all enjoy my favorite Christmas Songs for this season. 

This will probably be my last post until after the holiday because I will be busy making pies and getting all the pre-thanksgiving things taken care of.  AND... I also plan to spend every waking second I have with my kids and husband. 

Have a Wonderful, Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Not Me! Monday - Photo Stop

It's that time again.  The day of the week when we honestly confess to all about the things we did not do this past week.

I was driving into town this past week, the day after we had 24 inches of snow, when I came across the most beautiful scene and I just had to get a picture.  But it was "Not Me" who came to a complete stop right in the middle of the road just so I could take this photo that is postcard worthy.  I would never think of doing something so reckless and dangerous.  No that was "Not Me". 

And I would definately not do it again further down the road just to get this photo.  That was "Not Me" either.  I would not be one of those people that I get irritated at, that I would call obscene names to and maybe even flip them the bird.  Nope, I tell you that was definately "Not Me".  I would never ever do something so irresponsible and crazy just to take a great picture. 

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.   

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Group Blog Thursday - Thanksgiving Recipe Swap

Our group blog this week is a Thanksgiving Recipe Swap.  I am excited because I just love getting new recipes and trying them out.   So join in the fun and post a recipe and link up with all the rest of us over at Stephanie's.   

When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of Pies.  Yummy, Yummy Pies!  I know that most people would think of Turkey and Mashed Potatoes and all the side dishes that make the traditional meal... but not me.... I'll just jump right over the dinner and into the dessert.  I mean, come on, what is Thanksgiving without Pies? 

Today I am going to share with you a favorite recipe that many people in my family and our friends really love.  Because it is a favorite, several (more than 6) of these pies are made for our Thanksgiving each year.  I can't take all the credit though... it's my mother's recipe... so THANKS MOM!

Mud Pie

1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa
2 eggs
2-1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 Cooked Pie Crust(s)

Mix sugar, salt, flour and cocoa together well.  Add the eggs. 
Heat milk slowly in microwave.  Add 1/2 of the milk to mixture above.  Mix well.  Add rest of milk. 
Cook on low heat, covered, stirring often. 
When thickened good (it will be lumpy) take off heat and beat with beaters until smooth. 
Add the margarine and vanilla.  Chill in fridge. 
Then add to cooked pie crust. 
Top with whipped cream if desired. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009


On the day After 24 inches of snow fell

There is beauty all around

The Gallatin River

The beauty of horses!  This is my favorite picture.  Aren't they beautiful?


The snow can make beautiful pictures

Steam off the pond

A view of the steamy pond

The air is cool and crisp

Snow clinging to everything

Steam coming off of the highway

The snow pile after plowing the parking lot

Yesterday I posted pictures of the snow as it was falling.  It was cold and yucky.  It made for miserable driving on very icy roads roads.  Today, while it is still cold, the sun is out, the sky is blue and there is a pristine beauty all around.  I love the beauty of snow especially on days like today. 

Yesterday we got 24 inches of snow and there is another storm coming in tonight that is supposed to drop several more inches in our valley.  I think we will be having a very long winter! 

I am thankful for the beauty that is all around.  Whether it is the newness of spring, the flowers of summer, the changing leaves of fall, or the snowy winter wonderland.  God created this beautiful world just for you and me and I am going to enjoy it!

Thursday, November 12, 2009


This morning we woke up to 9 inches of snow and right now at 12:45 it is STILL snowing.  I am guessing we probably have about a foot of snow .  And they said we should only get 3-6 inches.  Ha! 

I can't say that I like snow necessarily... I should, because I have lived with it and in it all my life.    I don't enjoy any of the winter sports except maybe sledding and playing in it and throwing snowballs... No skiing or snowboarding for me.   It's very beautiful to look at and watch, but not so fun to drive in.  I think that's why I don't like it.  I have had some pretty scary experiences.  And because Bill has to drive 500 miles every night, the snow can cause a lot of stress and delays.  But from the comfort of my own home, it sure is beautiful!   Don't you agree?

So... Here's to all my friends and family who live in Arizona, Texas, California, Florida.... EAT YOUR HEART OUT!! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


One of the very best days of my life just happened to be one year ago, from this past Sunday, November 8th.  Bill and I celebrated our 1st Anniversary.  We had a wonderful weekend. We chose to stay home rather than going anywhere overnight, mostly due to the fact that we just enjoy being at home.  On Saturday we enjoyed shopping together for our gifts to each other and for our home.  We had a very nice meal of Italian Food with banana splits for dessert,  and watched a couple movies. 

On Sunday we planned a very nice romantic evening at home; including a fine dining, candlelight, 4 course meal all from the kitchen of Bill & Sherrie's place.  We brought out the china, and put on some great music that I had put together specifically for our anniversary.  Menu included:  Shrimp, Salad, BBQ Rib Eye Steak topped with saute'd mushrooms and onions (Bill makes the best, thats why I chose to eat at home), Baked Potato, Broccoli, and  Homemade Parker House Rolls; and for dessert we ate the top of our wedding cake that had been in the freezer all year.  It was just as yummy as it was on our wedding.  After dinner we danced for a bit and then we watched one of our favorite movies; The Notebook. 

On Monday, we went to breakfast and shopped at an antique store.  Later on we went on a hike up the "M" mountain. Bill prepared chinese food for dinner and then we watched our Wedding Video and an episode of Ghost Whisperer before Bill had to leave for work. 

The 1st Anniversary gifts are supposed to be centered around paper or clocks.  For our home, I purchased a couple LDS art prints of our favorite pictures by our favorite LDS Artists.  "Light of the World" by Greg Olsen and "Ye are not Forgotten" by Jon Mcnaughton.   They are matted, but need to be framed. 

My life was forever changed the day Bill and I met.  He is the greatest blessing in my life.  He is not just my husband, he is my soul mate and my best friend.  We have never been happier!  Out of darkness, I finally found my light.  My one true love.  I look forward to many, many more anniversaries with you sweetheart!

Fusion:  Where two people become one.  So close & well suited for each other that they blend together. You can't tell where one starts and the other one ends.  They merge and can't live without the other after that. 


My friend Annette Lyon over at The Lyon's Tale is having an awesome giveaway.....GO CHECK IT OUT NOW!! 

Friday, November 6, 2009


These are my most favorite cookies of all time.  My Grandma Alldredge (my dad's mom), would always make these cookies and have them ready for us when we came for a visit while we were young.  I made these the other day for a cookie exchange we were having in Relief Society and they turned out to be a big hit with everyone and I received plenty of compliments.  So I thought I would share them on my recipe blog. 

To get this recipe please visit my recipe blog at Simple Meals for Busy Families.

I hope you enjoy them too!  Trust me, you will not be able to stop at just one. 

Thursday, November 5, 2009


For those of you who have wondered about such things!

The Ponderosa Pine is the official Montana State Tree 

The State Flower is the Bitterroot

The State Bird is the Western Meadowlark

The State Animal is the Grizzly Bear

Montana has more cows than people.  There are 3 cows for every person in the state.

"Montana" comes from the Spanish word meaning "mountain". 

Montana is the nations fourth-largest state with a land area of more than 147,000 square miles.  But with less than a million people, its the country's sixth least-populated state.

Montana is home to the largest fresh water spring (Giant Spring's) in the United States.

Montana has the largest migratory elk herd in the nation.

People with Montana roots include daredevil Evel Knievel, actor Gary Cooper, author Norman Maclean, director David Lynch and Myrna Loy.

The State Butterfly is the Mourning Cloak.

The State Fish is Cutthroat Trout.

The State Gemstones are Agate and Sapphire.

Montana holds the world record for the greatest temperature change in 24 hours.  On January 14-15 1972, the temperatures went from -54F to 49F, a whopping 103 degrees in Loma!

The average square mile of land contains 1.4 elk, 1.4 pronghorn antelope, and 3.3 deer.

46 of Montana's 56 counties are considered "frontier counties", with an average population of 6 or fewer people per square mile.

The Continental Divide runs along the crests of the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico, literally dividing the waters of the North American Continent. Montana is known as the headwaters state because much of the water which flows to the rest of the nation comes from the mountains of Montana.

The Battle of the Little Bighorn also known as Custer's Last Stand took place on June 25, 1876. Lieutenant Colonel Custer's forces—including more than 200 of his men were wiped out in less than 20 minutes.

Montana has the largest Grizzly Bear population in the lower 48 states. 

Montana is nicknamed the treasure state.

Yellowstone National Park in Southern Montana and Northern Wyoming is the first National Park in the nation.

The most visited place in Montana is Glacier National Park, known as the crown jewel of the continent. It lies along Montana's northern border and adjoins Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, forming the world's first International Peace Park.

Montana's first territorial capital, Bannack, has been preserved as a ghost town state park along once gold-laden Grasshopper Creek. This old town is also said to be haunted by several ghostly spirits.

The first inhabitants of Montana were the Plains Indians.

Montana is home to seven Indian reservations.

The moose, now numbering over 8,000 in Montana, was thought to be extinct in the Rockies south of Canada in the 1900s.

In 1888 Helena had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world.

Some strange laws: 

  • In Helena, Montana it is illegal to throw an item across the street.

  • It is a felony for a wife to open her husband's mail.

  • It is illiegal for a married woman to go fishing alone on Sunday's, and illegal for an unmarried woman to fish alone at all.

  • It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone

  • In Salisbury, Montana it is illegal to throw pop bottles on the ground.

  • In Whitehall, Montana it is illegal to operate a vehicle with ice picks attached to the wheels.