Sunday, April 24, 2011


We had our typical Easter weekend. We colored eggs on Friday night.

The Easter Bunny came Saturday morning and we found baskets, ate cinnomon rolls and boiled eggs for breakfast.

Then tonight, we had our big Easter dinner with some friends. We had such a fabulous dinner!! I posted the recipes on the family recipe blog, so you can get them there if they interest you.

I didn't want to buy a $30 ham, but Jerry brought us some meat a couple months back and brought a leg of lamb, so we had Herb Crusted Leg of Lamb. We had Twice Baked Potatos which I made up as I went along. But I do that with everthing. We had Deviled Eggs, compliments of Betty Crocker. When we went out for our anniversary dinner, Shane got some Butter Maple Carrots, so I came up with a recipe for those and her really liked them! We had a Fruit Salad and Feather Light Rolls.

We finished with an Angel Food Torte, that was fabulous!!! I have recently become enamored with angel food cakes from scratch. I have always been afraid to make them because they call for so many egg whites. I will never care again! The last time I made a box mix, it was spongy and had a weird flavor, due to the powder egg whites, or something. Anyway, a real one if FABULOUS! My Betty Crocker recipe calls for vanilla flavor and almond. I've replaced the almond with orange. I'd like to replace it with coconut. I also like to fold in shaved chocolate. Leaving the chocolate in chips or chunks is too heavy. But the shavings are wonderful.

All in all we had a great Easter!!

Oh, this week, I also made Toffee, Peanut Butter Eggs, and Cadburry Eggs! Yummy!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Scripture Stories

I'm late posting this month's scripture stories because we had General Conference, then we were in Casper for a funeral, and then we had Stake Conference. I had to call my friend to get the scripture stories this month.

So first, we are reading

Daniel 6 (Daniel and the Lion's Den).

Then we're reading

1 Samuel 17 (David and Goliath).

We'll probably push David to next week so we can read the Easter story this week too! Lots of reading! The girls are EXCITED!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Shane's TV Center

Some of you may know that when we came home from my brother's wedding last May, we came home to a shattered TV. We had a nice TV stand and the shelves were made of glass. We really liked it. But while we were out of town, the shelf that held the TV shattered, pitching the TV forward and shattering it as well. Shane was DEVASTATED! I was grateful it hadn't happened while the girls were sitting there. Anyway, Shane built a wooden shelf for it and we went on our merry way. A couple weeks ago, our receiver tried to die again. (We have been nursing it for 2 or 3 years now.) Shane was trying to get it to work and another of the shelves shattered. Ugh! The glass is always such a mess to clean up. So, we went receiver shopping and found a nice one. However, we didn't want to spend $400 or $500 for another TV stand. Instead, Shane went to Lowe's and bought some wood for $100 and built a nice TV stand! He wanted to stain it black to match the shelves he made when we first moved here. I told him it would fun to make the shelves a cherry red for a two tone look!
And you know Shane. He loves making things challenging. So he decided he wanted to notch everything and then put in pegs to hold it in. So it looks really neat on the sides, but he says it was a pain, and when it's up against the wall, you can't see it. Oh well. You can look at the picture.
So here's the set up now. Shane wants a different speaker for the top shelf, but I don't get that stuff. And the receiver have its own shelf! Anyway, it's lots of fun and looks neat.