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What I’ve Been Up To: June

by heather
What I've Been Up to: We've had a couple false starts, but we are potty-training for reals right now. We took the doors off in our house and repainted them. It was a pain, but it really looks nicer. Then we patched and painted every nail hole in our house. I'm not sure why the previous owners put around a hundred nail holes throughout the house, but we finally got around to fixing them all. And our basement is almost finished! Had a yard sale, hooray for scaling down on stuff to move. Spent Read more [...]

Food Storage and Ex-Mormonism

by heather
Awhile ago someone asked me how I feel about food storage now that I'm an ex-Mormon. The short answer: food storage is a good idea, even if you are an ex-Mormon. The long answer: My views on food storage have changed a little, but I still think it is a good idea. I don't think that there will be a sudden massive end of the world, and if there is I don't think having food storage is going to save anyone. I never understood the mindset of collecting food storage for when 'the saints move back Read more [...]

Death Valley National Park with Kids

by heather
Death Valley has always been a place that I've wanted to visit, but  we never seem to be passing by at a convenient time. When we've driven through California it was always for a funeral or in the summer, which is not a good time to visit Death Valley. March, however is a lovely time to visit Death Valley, so we made it a spring break destination. Death Valley National Park is in the northwest corner of the Mojave Desert and "contains a diverse desert environment of salt-flats, sand dunes, badlands, Read more [...]

What I’ve Been Up to: January

by heather
What I've Been Up To: Girl Scout Cookie Season! Taking Thing 1 around to the neighbor selling her cookies. If you are in the St George area and want cookies, shoot me an email and we can bring her order form by. Orders have to be in by Feb 10, cookies are delivered the beginning of March. I signed up for 2 grad school classes, but was waitlisted #10 & #17, last semester I was waitlisted #6 for a class and didn't get in. So I gave up hope of going to school this semester so I started making Read more [...]

What I’ve Been Up To: December 2013

by heather
What I have been up to: We had a blizzard. One co-worker said that she has lived here for 22 years and she has never seen a snow storm like that in St George. And not only did we get a snow storm, but the snow stuck around for more than a week. (In fact we still have some in patches in our yard weeks later.) Totally weird for St. George. But the kids enjoyed snow fights and building snow men. I got my neighbor gifts AND my Christmas cards out before Christmas. Wahoo!  (Well, most of them.) Read more [...]

Book Review: Vegan with a Vengeance

by heather
This book was recommended to me by a friend, Julie, who as an experiment spent some time as a vegetarian. She said it was the only cookbook that she has ever read while laying in bed. Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock is a great resource if you're a beginner to vegetarian recipes. Each recipe includes stories and preparation tips. Isa Chandra Moskowitz, host of the community access vegan cooking show The Post Punk Kitchen, tells interesting and amusing Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Fiesta Revisited

by heather
Last weekend we were invited to a party that was cancelled for rain. But I had already bought everything to make Wheatberry salsa, which while delicious is too much for my husband and I to eat while it's fresh. We decided to invite over our friends who previously spent a year as vegetarians, so they're very open to meals that don't involve meat. :) In addition to snacking on salsa, our meal included: Cafe Rio Style Black Beans Sweet Pepper Rice Wheatberry Tacos and because we got a whole Read more [...]

Book Review: How to Travel the World on $50 a Day

by heather
I recently picked up this book from Amazon because it looked interesting and I wanted to get my free shipping. :) How to Travel the World on $50 a Day by Matt Kepnes is an easy read that gets you excited about traveling. $50 a day is an average world travel price, some places are cheaper, some are more, but this book covers the logistics of getting a good deal and ideas on saving the money to get started. Many people (myself included) think that traveling the world is not reasonable for them. Read more [...]

What I’ve been up to- February 2013

by heather
I had a minor cold that lingered all month. Blegh. I started exercising a little more consistently. I haven't really exercised since before Christmas. My husband inherited some money. We were able to pay for the bathroom remodel and say goodbye to our student loans. Wahoo! Also I have to say it is super fantastic to have two fully functional bathrooms again. I bought a case of tomatoes and canned salsa I also canned tomato sauce. For Valentine's I made a Cheddar/Gouda Fondue. I roasted Read more [...]

What I’ve Been Up To- January 2013

by heather
I paid off the last of our credit card debt. Now we only have the car, the mortgage and student loans. Wahoo! Three days later I found a small drip in our basement. We called a plumber. The problem isn't our pipes. Apparently there's a problem with the shower pan in our master bath, so it's been leaking through the floor, which is now soaked. We need to have our entire shower ripped out, the floor replaced and everything put back together. Awesome.  And on the bright side our home-owner's Read more [...]

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