Sunday, March 21, 2010

Little Tidbits

I'm not sure where the time keeps going. Life has been flying by lately. I was on the food committee for the recent Stake Relief Society activity, and I had the privilege of decorating a cake. I haven't done that for so long. It was really fun. Here's what mine looked like before it disappeared:

Besides cakes, I finally got my card done for our card club, but I haven't taken a picture of it yet. I have been so busy.

I haven't had a lot of free time lately. Do you ever feel like you go through cycles where you have more you time and then phases when you don't have any? Well, I am in the latter right now. What little time I have had, I've got sucked into genealogy. I have always loved genealogy. I don't really have anything to show for it. I am actually working on a surprise for Christmas.

As I am unwinding right before bed, I have been perusing a book called, "Hidden Utah." It is a treasure trove of ideas of places to see. I have started a list. I want to take my children to SO many that are within an hour of here. We could all use a little more culture, history, and learning in our lives.

This summer, I am looking forward to taking my children letterboxing, visiting lots of cemeteries and making tombstone rubbings, and getting to know more about the amazing history our state has to offer.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

March Madness

I have been busy lately, however, not sure what I have to show for it. Bet you've never felt that way before! On Tuesday, Alayna and I got together to work on projects. I still haven't finished my card for our card club this month. My Emma just wouldn't let me.

On Thursday, I teach a young girl arts and crafts. We created some artist trading cards. They are really fun. If you've never heard of them, google "artist trading cards" or ATC's. There is even a kids group that is well moderated. It is a yahoo group. I made a few to send to my sister, JaNae, and her kids. Hopefully, I can get them in the mail soon.

We went to the Air Force Museum today at Hill Air Force Base. I must say that I was very done by the time we left 4 hours later! All the males who went had a GREAT time. I enjoyed myself, too, but I could have been done after an hour. NOW, if it had been a quilt museum or craft fair or..... you get the picture. Here are some pics of our adventure:

I did write jazz piece for one of my piano students. He REALLY likes it. I think it will be a great recital piece for him. I love to see the kids find something they enjoy. They work harder to play them AND it keeps them wanting to learn more.
Hobby wise, I have been working on genealogy, just finished making a delicious loaf of whole grain bread and a batch of rolls. They are SO good. Here's my original recipe:
Dari's Whole Grain Bread Recipe
(makes 2 loaves)
2 1/2 C. HOT tap water
2 T. olive oil
1/4 C. honey
2 heaping T. yeast
1 C. oats
1/2 C. sunflower seeds
1/2 C. vital wheat gluten
4 1/2 C. Whole White Wheat flour
Preheat oven to 350F.
In kitchen aid (or other mixer), place water, yeast, oil and honey. Mix together. Wait for about 5 minutes, then add oats, sunflower seeds, and gluten. Gradually add flour while mixer is on. Mix well for 5 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes, then mix again for a few seconds. Take out of bowl and divide dough in half. I like to roll my dough out using a rolling pin. Then, I roll it up into a tight log and tuck the ends under. This reduces the risk of holes in the middle of the loaf. Place the rolled loaf into a greased bread pan. Cover with a HOT damp dish towel and let rise for 30 minutes. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Note: You can use half of the dough (1 loaf) for 1 dozen rolls. Simply divide it into 12 balls and place in a greased 10x10 in. pan. Follow same directions as the loaf. ENJOY!!