Wednesday, July 25, 2007
For anyone who has vacationed with a Spencer, you are aware that we don't mess around when it is meal time. Here you can see the kitchen full of three cooks all trying to get dinner done. Me in the back probably chopping something, Mom giving directions, and Jocelyn multitasking with Theodore demanding constant attention.
Here I am fishing in Musky Bay at the break of dawn. Yes we torture ourselves and get up at 5:00 am just in case the Northerns decide to be hungry. But as you can tell, we have fun.
And of course the adorable newest grandchildren, Zari with her confused look and skinny, little Theodore.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Thanks to my brother and his digital camera, I finally have pictures from our family's yearly vacation to our cabin in the great up north. This is the view from our dock looking out along the shoreline.
Peter being funny while the family attempts to take a family picture. Trust me, this was the best one.
Grandpa reading their favorite book The Magical Drawings of Moody B. Finch to the kids. This was one of our favorite books growing up, and Grandpa always brings it with him when he visits to read as a special treat.
Eleanor watching very closely as Grandpa cuts up dinner. Fishing is one of our favorite things, even if we aren't so good at it. We usually catch Northern Pike, which are good, although filled with bones.
Peter accidentally fell in the lake, which was quickly captured by Uncle Garrett. He is the sweetest and most cautious 4-year-old I have ever known, wearing usually 3 flotation devices at the same time. So he was not happy when he was dunked. We tried not to laugh.
Friday, July 20, 2007
I've definitively become a lot more proactive in the last year in my own life. I got sick of blaming people, my job, and circumstances on my unhappiness, so I decided it was time to take charge. If something bothers me either I can find a way to fix it or accept it and try to make the most out of it. It is all about picking your battles.
So 2007 rolled along and I decided it was high time that my dating life took a turn for the better, so I developed the three-step plan:
1. date more
2. kiss more
3. freak out less
I have noticed that most of the dating issues that we Mormon singles deal with would be significantly decreased if we followed these three simple rules. If we went out with more people, had more interaction with them (and yes occasionally kissed them), and spent less time freaking out over nothing, we would all be more happy. Less analyzing. Less talking about dating and more of the actual activity. More physical contact, since no one likes to be love-starved. It is all about making your own heaven and either finding a solution or dealing with it.
I shared this plan with a few of my friends earlier in the year, but I probably got the best reaction from Chris, so now he always checks to see how the plan is treating me. I'm happy to report quite well, in fact. My sister has started to adopt the three-step plan and agrees that being more proactive in your dating life makes things so much better. I don't think anyone is happy in life just waiting for things to happen.
So let's hear about your brilliant plans for happiness. Or feel free to try the three-step plan yourself and report back. I would love feedback.
Monday, July 16, 2007
1 lb sausage
1 yellow onion
1 head cabbage
1 tsp hot chili sauce (I'm not exactly sure what this is called but it is PIPING hot and you get it in the Chinese food section of the grocery store.)
2 tbs hoison sauce
1 tbs soy sauce
1 pkg egg roll wrappers
1 egg white
Brown sausage in large stock pot. Dice onion and add when sausage is mostly cooked. Cook sausage and onion until done. Finely chop cabbage. Peel and grate carrots. Add cabbage, carrots, and sauces to the sausage and cook on medium for 4-7 minutes, stirring constantly. Cabbage should cook down, but NOT be soggy. Liquid should be minimal.
Remove from heat. Wrap in egg roll wrappers as directed on package and place on GREASED cookie sheet. Beat egg white and brush on top of rolls. Broil for approximately 2 minutes per side, watching carefully because they will burn easily. Flip eggs rolls (hence the greased cookie sheet), brush with egg white, and broil for another 2 minutes. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
This is dedicated to Julie and her love of egg rolls.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Two years ago I did the same thing for a very close friend who needed to look stunning at her younger sister's wedding. Easy, I told her. Again, I was overjoyed to help her out and serve her this way. And it was actually really fun sewing a vintage looking 1950s cocktail dress for her.
However, recently a friend asked me to make her bridesmaid dress, and I thought to myself "wait, why don't you teach her how to sew and let her do most of the work." Brilliant. She actually loved the idea since she would learn and that way she wouldn't have to pay me (I'm expensive, trust me). Last night we headed down to the fabric store to pick out a pattern and then decide on fabric. So we are set, now we just need to start working on getting the lining sewn and fitted and make sure that it is exactly what she wants.
Even though it will take longer to teach someone, I think this might be my new thing. I love helping others and really would love to teach someone to sew. It honestly isn't that hard. First off, the patterns come with really great directions. And as long as you can cut and sew a straight line, you are fine. I'm also looking forward to having sewing parties as she works on the dress and I work on several of the projects that are waiting in my sewing queue, which hopefully will make it on this blog soon if I can remember to take a picture!
I actually look forward to the day when I can teach my kids to cook and do so many of the things I learned from my mother, who learned from her mother. There is something so noble and rich in learning to do something that has been taught by each generation. I cherish the recipes from my great grandmother. I love that my Aunt Carla taught me to crochet. Some of my fondest memories of growing up was cooking with my mom, usually helping with dinner. Thanks mom for taking the time to teach me. And thanks to all of you who share you talents.