Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Funeral Potatoes

Oh, what's for dinner?  I think deciding is the hardest part!  Here is a good side- one of our favorites.  Funeral potatoes -recipe from "Mesquite Mama"

How to make it

  • Grease 9x13 baking dish and preheat oven to 350
  • In large bowl combine soups, sour cream, cheese, onions, and the 1/2 cup of melted butter.
  • Gently fold hash browns into mixture.
  • Pour mixture into pan.
  • Combine crushed corn flakes and the 2 Tbs. of melted butter and sprinkle on top of potato mixture.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • *If wanting to, you can use cubed potatoes instead of hash browns but you will need to increase baking time to 55 minutes.
I personally don't put the onions in, and I often substitute the soup with cream of Mushroom, and I am very generous with the cheese :)  This is great with chicken and a green salad...mmm....  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Splendor-ous Swimming

We took a cruise to the Mexican Riviera on the Carnival Splendor in Febuary.

My parents took the entire family as part of our Christmas.

The kids spent an afternoon swimming, and although it was a bit chilly, they splashed their little hearts out.

                                   Those kids sure braved the cold for some fun!!!  Awesome!!!

Sadly, Jack took a bottle of colloidal silver, and poured it on the keyboard of my laptop when I wasn't looking, destroying the computer completely, so these are all the photos i have left of that vacation....but the memories live on.

Peace out.

Monday, May 21, 2012

So, it's been forever since I last wrote anything here! There have been so many changes in my life, and I feel like I need to write a disclaimer before continuing:

This blog is about my life and the way I see the world.  The point of it is simply self expression.  Nothing here is meant to hurt anyone from my life, past or present  (unless otherwise stated). 

I know there are trolls and bloggy stalkers out there.  People always talk, and that's fine.  Go ahead and talk...what you say about others tells more about you than it does about them.

This week, I feel so much that the truth has set me free, in so many ways.  I am so happy, enjoying the moments as they pass.  I have challenges, sure, but for the most part, life is just so good.

Spring has flung open the door with a cheerful announcement of it's own arrival.  The world is green and lush again, the lake is a clear blue, and our rocky mountain peaks are losing the last trails of white snow.  The children are outside every day, and our kids' latest chores include taking Jack out to jump on the trampoline and watering the gardens.

My new husband and I are working hard, combining 2 households, which is kind of like moving, except the house you are moving into is already completely full of stuff.  Fun, huh? So our 4 car garage is down to, like a 1.5 car garage, because we are Americans, and have way more stuff than the average person on the planet.  Our neighbors probably think I have a hoarding problem.

Oh, but look at him, he is so cute, it's worth it all:

                                                   I am so in love with this sweet man!!! 

It seems like we have come under a lot of unsolicited scrutiny.  It amazes me how people will fill in' unkowns' to a story with...well...lies.  My relationship with Dane is so, so special to me, I have been reluctant to share anything at all.   I have this deep desire to protect him and what we share...but also, I feel that what we have is so amazing, there may be some who would benefit from what I have to say.  Maybe it's time to open up a little...?

Anyway...  the kids have been enjoying their cousin Alexander, who is here for the summer.  Isn't he adorable?

He and London were out enjoying the warm evening last week, making ice cream out of Play Dough.

                                                   Yum!  That ice cream looks delicious!!!!

I'm so pressed for time lately, so that's it for today. I will let Jack end this post with a ....

                                                          peace out, baby.  Peace out.