Saturday, December 26, 2009

Ashli Colette

Happy Birthday Ashli!!!

This beautiful young lady is the sweetest niece anyone could  want!
She is beautiful (but I dont have to tell you that, you can see by looking!!!)
She is kind!
She is funny!
She is silly!
She is my girl!
I love her!

Ashli, I remember the day you were born like it was yesterday...
we were all so proud to have a beautiful little one in the family!
Your mommy loved you like crazy!
Nana couldnt get enough of you!
As beautiful  then as you are now!

I hope she will forgive her dear old auntie for missing her birthday by 5 days!
But it doesnt mean I dont love her!

Ashli and her husband Adam.
I love you Ashli,
Hope your day was the BEST!
I am sure it was...cuz your the BEST!
Hugs and Kisses!
Old, forgetful, Auntie Lorri

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Birthday Diva

This is our one and only Diva!
She is a karioke Queen!
She isnt shy about singing.
Remember when she sang at our halloween party?

Brianne is beautiful,
Brianne is sooooo sweet!
Brianne is very smart!
Brianne knows what she wants...
She loves chicken nuggets, but likes to go to
the resturant with the apple on it!
So the Diva gets chicken nuggets at the apple resturant!
Happy Happy birthday little sweetie!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My Kids Are Here!

Merry Christmas!!

My Kids are home! 
Christmas can now begin!!
David came Sunday morning,
Arli and Jake Wednesday morning!
I am so blessed they will be here for 8 days!

Hope your Christmas will be as Happy as mine will!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Elaine!!

Of Course I am behind, but the gift got there on time!
Happy Happy Birthday Elaine!
I am very thankful you are so kind to my daddy!
I know you make him happy!
Hope your day was AMAZING

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The One the Only Sadi!!!

Miss Sadi had a birthday!
Look how beautiful she is!!!

This picture gives away Sadi's true personality!
Sadi is funny, silly and a lot of fun!
I can call at any time and she isnt 'afraid' to talk to her
dear OLD auntie!

I love Sadi's name.  There is a story behind it, you wanna know?
Her parents were so happy for a little girl!
They wanted to name her something special!
They really thought it would be great to name her after the grandmas...but what to call her.
There was Nana (Sandra Tanner) and Grandma (Diane King)

A friend suggested they name her Sandra Diane but use the first
two letters from each name.
Adorable isnt it?
Happy day Beautiful!
Hugs and Kisses

A Kryptic note!

It has been a rough couple of weeks.
I am not complaining, but I could! {truthful smile}
I am just grateful to my Father in Heaven for His love and protection!
I have a testimony of His love for us,
His love for me!
It will still be a tough time for a while,
but I know with my Heavenly Fathers help we can manage.
I am not ready to tell the whole story.
Someday I will.
Until then remember your Heavenly Father loves you too!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Daddy

I love you Daddy!
Hope your day is the happiest ever!
Lorri Rae!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Great Idea!

Oh my arent these cute?
Toni at
makes these Cookie Dough Rolls and gives them as gifts.
So sweet!
These might just be the gift of choice at our house.
But I have children coming home!!!
Maybe I can get us all to do them!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Dancing With The Stars!

Donny Won!
He was so fun to watch and his personality was great!
Did you watch?
I loved this season!
I was afraid Mya would win...
I am so glad Donny did!
Yeah Donny!
We will chat next season!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Lesli-Happy, Happy Birthday!

What can I say about Lesli!
She is ________years old.  Two years younger than me!
I can NEVER find a picture of her alone!
She HATES her picture taken...
hmmmm reminds me of mom. {snicker}
She is sooo nice and will do anything for you!
She loves her family with all her heart!
She is sooo pretty, (takes after me {SNICKER LOUDLY})
How can you not LOVE Lesli!
Happy Birthday my kind, beautiful sister!
I Love you!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Brekyn Birthday Princess

Brekyn is a Princess!
Ask her family!
Ask her...she will tell you, she isnt shy!
That is for sure!
She is beautiful,
and a turd, yep that is what I said!
She is silly and says the DARNDEST things!
I love her comments on life!
Happy Happy Birthday Missy!
love auntie!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Hello Again

Yes I know it has been a while...but have you ever had time slip away and your not sure why, or where it went.  Does anyone have any idea what happend?
I have worked everyday this week.
No I havent heard about my certificate...
YES I am going to call.
Tomorrow maybe?
But lets skip that and go into the GOOD stuff!
My kids are coming for ChRiStmAs!
It is offical...
December 22 until December 30!
Whoo Hoo!
I love my kids!
I cant wait!
I love good news!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


This was my project tonight at Relief Society!

I found this adorable project below on U Create.
She has a link that has all the directions!
Easy Stuff!!!

It will be my next project! 
I Promise!    Happy Projecting!!

I promise to show my results!

 When I am not so upset remind me to tell you about how my serger was "stolen" right out from under me when I went to buy it from the Craigslist lady. She sold it to some one else!   In front of my face!  I really wanted to cry! It was a perfect machine, never used. I guess I wasnt as cute as the young girl who got it!!  GRRRR
Well I guess I told you the short version...
If you want to hear the LONG  version just let me know, but I am warning you it's not pretty!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Gratitude Sunday

I am so grateful this week for my daughter Danielle!
I KNOW I dont tell her often enough.
I LOVE you Danie!
What a sweet young spirit.
She is helpful, I can ask her to do anything and she will with a willing heart.
So many times she just does things because she can see they need to be done.
She will set the table or do the  dishes.
It really means a lot to me Dainelle!
 I Love you!

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Wordle: Thorne Family

Families are great!

Wordle: Untitled
This is a great website that you can make these fun Wordles. 
Go to and 
type in a bunch of words and then when you are ready you have it "go".
 You can change colors, the randomness of the words, and fonts.
It even has the HTML that you can copy and paste to add to your huh?
 I had fun, but little things amuse me!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I made this! Yummy!

Tonight I decided to make an old Ruby Tuesday's favorite of mine Sonoran Chicken Pasta.
Unfortunatly they no longer make it so I get if less often than I want to.
As I looked through my Top Secret Recipe book I came across the recipe again.
I realized I had all the ingredients!  YEAH!
Dont let the list of ingredients get is easy and so good!
It's creamy and a tiny bit spicy, of course you can make it as spicy as you like!
Taylor is making a cookbook for Young Womens and she said this is a shoe in for it!
I love complements!!!

Sonoran Chicken Pasta

1 lb Velveeta cheese or 1 (16 ounce) jar Cheez Whiz (I used velveeta)
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons minced red chili peppers (I actually used dried  pepper flakes)
4 tablespoons green chili peppers, minced (1 1/2 pepper)
4 tablespoons minced onions
1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 dash paprika
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
vegetable oil
1 dash dried thyme and 1 dash dried summer savory (I used Bells seasoning which has a combination)
1 (16 ounce) box penne pasta
1 tablespoon butter
green onion, chopped

1 Prepare the barbecue or preheat your stovetop grill.

2 Combine the cheese spread with the cream in a small saucepan.

3 Saute' the red chili pepper and 2 tablespoons green chili pepper, 2 tablespoons onion, and 1/2 clove garlic in the olive oil for a couple minutes then add the water to the pan so that the peppers do not scorch. Simmer another 2 minutes or until the water has cooked off.

4 When the cheese is smooth, add the sauteed vegetables, 1/4 teaspoon salt, sugar, vinegar, and cumin. Leave on low heat, stirring occasionally, until the other ingredients are ready.

5 Pour the entire can of beans with the liquid into a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining green chili pepper, onions, garlic, a pinch of salt, and a dash of paprika. Bring the beans to a boil, stirring often, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until everything else is ready. By this time the beans will have thickened and the onions will have become transparent.

6 Rub the chicken breasts lightly with oil, then season with salt, thyme, and savory.

7 Cook the breasts on a hot grill for 5 minutes per side or until done. When they have cooked thoroughly, remove them from the grill and use a sharp knife to slice each breast into 1/2-inch slices, so that they are easier to eat. Retain the shape of the chicken breast by keeping the slices in order with one hand as you slice.
(I cut the chicken into large bite size pieces and mixed into the pasta)

8 As the chicken cooks, prepare the pasta in a large pot filled with 3 to 4 quarts of boiling water. Cook the pasta for 12 to 14 minutes or until tender. Drain the pasta in a colander, and toss with the butter.

The following is preferance.
I added tomatoes, and beans into the  pasta with the chicken. We had a big crowd and it was easier to serve.

9 When everything is ready, spoon one-fourth of the pasta onto each plate.

10 Pour about 1/3 cup of the black beans over the chicken.

11 Carefully add a sliced breast of chicken, being sure to maintain its shape as you lay the slices on the bed of pasta.

12 Spread 1/3 cup of black beans over the chicken.

13 Sprinkle 1/4 cup of chopped tomatoes on the beans.

14Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of green onions on the tomatoes and serve immediately. Salt to taste.

And This...Delicious!

While cooking dinner  I came across this recipe!
 I had all the ingredients except the kale but decided to go for it anyway!
Holy cow did it turn out delicious!

Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana Soup

1 lb Italian sausage (I like Jimmy Dean)
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup precooked bacon
2 cups potatoes, peeled and diced
Enough water to cover potatoes 1/2 inch (I used chicken broth)
3 chicken bullion cubes (and left out this)
pepper to taste
One bunch of Kale (I didnt have this, but that was ok...)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup precooked bacon, chopped
Brown sausage and garlic and onion. Remove from pan. Add potatoes and cover with water. Add bullion cubes. Boil until tender. Add sausage mixture back to pot. Add pepper, bacon and heavy cream. Heat through and then remove from heat. Add chopped kale. Serve.

I had so much fun tonight.
The dinner was a big hit and I have a YUMMY soup to eat for lunch tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mandy's Award Winning Chili!

We had a chili contest on Friday Night for our ward party!  She won 2nd place out of 14.  Yeah Mandy!

Italian Chili
Prep Time: 4 to 8 hours
Makes: About 6 servings
I made this for our ward Halloween party and won 2nd place. I was pretty pleased about it, since I haven't won any places for several years. The last time I won, I was one of five people that brought chili and everyone won a category... I just wanted to do something a little different than the regular chili and so tried this. I think of it as a spicy version of Pasta e Fagioli.

  • 1 lb. hot Italian sausage, casings removed*
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced**
  • 1 medium onion, chopped**
  • 1/2 medium bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cans (15 oz. each) cannellini beans (white kidney beans), drained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning, crushed between palms
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. ground white peppper
Brown sausage in water over medium heat until no pink remains, stirring to break up sausage. Drain and add sausage to a large pot or crock pot. Add olive oil to saucepan used to cook sausage and saute garlic, onion, and bell pepper until tender-crisp; add to pot with sausage. Add remaining ingredients. Using kitchen shears, cut stewed tomatoes in can and add to pot. Cook on low on stove 2 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Cook in crock pot on high 2 to 4 hours or on low 6 to 8 hours.

Serving options:
Serve over cooked pasta
Top with shredded mozzarella cheese
Top with grated Parmesan cheese
*The chili isn't very spicy at first, but it strengthens as it cooks. It ends up being somewhat spicy and to make it more mild, use half hot and half sweet Italian sausage or just sweet Italian sausage.
**I used 1/2 tsp. dried minced garlic and 2 Tbsp. dried onion and added 1/4 cup extra water.
Posted by Mandy at 1:43 PM

Labels: freezable, Italian, Italian sausage, main dish

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloooween!

What a FuN Weekend!
Friday night we had our ward Halloween Party.

Taylor brought Lina and Tati!
They had fun.
Christine, Brianne Stacey and Zachary all came looking adorable in their doctor outfits!
They brought Christopher along as their patient. {snicker}
I am glad they came...but they forgot to say GOODBYE!

Danielle was Minnie Mouse...she looked soooo adorable!

This was our sweet candy holder this year...for the 10 kids that came.
(my $4 find!)
I made the YUMMYEST
Dinner in a Pumpkin.
I found the recipe online and decided I loved the ingredients so I would give it a try!
I forgot to take pictures.  Sorry!  But it was so pretty. 
All the ingredients cooked up in theIpumpkin.
If you haven't had dinner in pumpkin it looks a little scary, but it tastes sooooo yummy!
It has hamburger, some veggies and rice.
You eat the pumpkin...that was the best part!
WE had the missionaries over for our pumpkin treat.
Taylor went out with her friends,
she was a basketball player (clever right?)
They didnt get much candy...too old for Trick or Treating maybe?
Still cute!

It rained so my little Trick or Treaters came home WET!
But Happy!
Hope your day was SpOokY too!

Gratitude Sunday!


I have decided that every Sunday will be
Gratitude Sunday.
It may be something that is so large in my life that Screams at me to share,
or something so small that you might find it silly to write.
Bear with me.  You will see the beautiy in all things!

My Gratitude Post today is the blessing we have to be able to have the missionaries teach
our friend in our home.  I am grateful to the missionaries for all the hard work they do!
They are good hard working young men and have set a good example to those around them!

BeBe is a bright young man who seems he has known the ins and outs of the
 church for many years beyond his short 19.
He catches on quickly and has a humble demenor about him.
He is grateful for the things he has and gets.
He is willing to work hard for those things he doesnt have.

I wish I had his wisdom and insight when I was his age.
I enjoy BeBe and I am grateful he is willing to be taught in our home so we can watch him grow!
This young man has so much excitement for the church!
He commited for baptism the end of December or the 1st of January.
I hope my whole family will be there...they would love it!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Love Letter to Autumn

Dear Fall,
your bearuty astounds me
your colors delight me
your crisp mornings awake me
your cold nights send me deep under the covers
your breezes blowing the leaves is a beautiful sight
your a sensational season
your reds, yellows, and oranges are a sight to behold
you are the finest of times
you bring hot cider, pumpkins and frights
you bring apples, turkey and delights
your a joy
thank you Autumn
love Me

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Trenton, Where were you born?

I love Trent.
It isnt  because he was named after the capital of the state where I live.
In fact that has nothing to do with it.
I love him because he is sweet, and happy and can throw a football, and catch it too!
I love him because he loves his mom and dad and his dog
named Phoenix
 (the capitol of the state where he lives)!
Dont forget that he adores his niece Kali!
I am sure he loves his sisters too!
I love Trent.
Happy Birthday Big Guy!!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My Pumpkins!

These are my Pumpkins!
 I made them today!
 I told you if I found (or bought) my pedal I would sew!

There are all different sizes and shapes

cute huh?
This one is the great pumpkin.

This is my fabric for my pumpkins.

I love them all. 
I kind of color coordinated them.
I took pictures to remind myself of what they once were
Today was sewing day.

I sewed...the girls stuffed!
Thanks girls..stuffing is.not my favorite activity!
They are beautiful pumpkings and I love them!
They arent 'perfect, but thats ok.
Thy dont have have to be!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Its a Cookbook

Shaina at Just Because I am Me is my hero! 
Not only is she super crafty, but she is publishing a cookbook.
That is my dream...
Hers is called
She is having her 5th baby and proceeds will go to help pay medical expenses.
 I am going to be getting one that is for sure!
Check it out it is ADORABLE!

Design Dazzle

is hosting a giveaway.
$50 gift certificate for wall decals!
I am painting the girls rooms,
and thoughts of fun decorations are running through my head!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

My Hearts Desire

This is what my house wants to be when it grows up!
The Nester over at the
has an amazing talent for decorating.

I love how she can take the same couch and door

And design two different and still great rooms!
Dont you just love this cozy spot?
I want that star!

Look at her AMAZING laundry room!
Can you believe I would get this excited about a laundry room?
I might even do a load or two!

She says
"It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful."

I think she is pretty close!

It's Not A Foot Pedal

This little puppy will be mine on Saturday!
I found it on craigslist, $25 Buckaroos!
Cheaper than just a foot pedal alone.
(you know I will find mine now)
Sure it is a whole machine,
but it is only 1 year old.
It wont hurt to have an extra.
Now I HAVE to sew!
I'm thinking All these crafts are gonna
get me a job!
Then no time to do anything again!
Hmmm, not sure what I think about that one,
(weighing money and free time in my mind).
Until then

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Weekend...Yummmy


I woke up earlly saturday morning having gotten a good nights sleep (I know right?)
We had a large box of apples to finish and I had some shredded beef that was just CALLING for some more tamales!
I started out with the applesauce.  I was trying it a new way, with the attachment to the Kitchen Aid.
I have to say it got every little bit out of the skins, and pushed out the seeds and core nicely but it was a bit messy.
Rick said his friend Dave, yes we named our Dave after him
(If your know Dave Brock I am sure your saying "What were we thinking?" {snicker, snort})
said he has a large strainer that is hand cranked and can take the whole apple...hmmm anyone heard of this?
Is it worth it, or is it messy too?
I dont have a recipe.  I just add sugar, brown and white, a little salt and boil them down.  WE really like it chunky so I only cook it down until there are still chunks.
You can see how using the Kitchen Aid isnt as much fun because our sauce is definatly NOT chunky!
After making the sauce I put it in the jars and into a water bath for 20 min.
Unfortunatly, it is gone as soon as I get them canned.  I love canning but I really need a canning buddy. 
It is hard and boring to do by yourself!
Anyone want to be my buddy?
(that is kind of a sad sounding statement)

Apple Pie Filling

For the apple pie filling I made a yummy sauce, peeled the apples and cored and sliced them with a hand slicer.  You know the kind you use for your kids.
I like the bigger slices of apples.
I put them in the jars and added the hot apple pie sauce.
They got the whole treatment, lids and a nice hot bath for 20 minutes.

Arent they pretty?


Tamales are my all time favorite, but I cant find them out here. 
Of course we finally did find them  but they are so dang hot Danielle can  barely eat them. 
Making them is so much more fun! 
Next time we make 5X as much. 
WE are going to have a tamale day only! 
The recipe for the tamale filling is my own creation. 
I am working on the heat a bit, mine are not hot enough, but I will give you the recipe.
I did write this one down.  You can adjust it to your taste. 
You will just have to wait a little bit, I gotta find it.  Sillly me!

Ok here you go...the recipe for Tamales...yummy!
Part of it I  get from the Tex Mex Cookbook
by Robb Walsh
This is my favorite cookbook.
 Take a look. 
It is fun because it is filled with history and recipes plus old pictures!

Mexican-style Tamales
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 cups dried masa harina (find it in the baking isle or mexican isle) or one pound fresh masa
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 1/2 cups warm broth or water
1 cup lard, at room temperature
24 corn husks

Combine the salt, masa harina and paking powder in the bowl of an electric mixer.  With the mixer on low, slowly add the broth and make a moist dough (if using fresh add the baking powder and salt, dont use anybroth or water).  Increase the mixer speed to medium and begin adding the lard spoonful by spoonful.  Beat the mixture at least 10 minutes, adding air in the process, until the masa has a light, spongy texture (this is a very important step).  Drop a spoonful of masa into a glass filled with water.  It should float.  If it doesnt, add additional lard and re-test.

Tamale Meat
Beef roast-cooked and shredded (approx 1 1/2 lbs)  you can double this and save extra for another use
2 T butter
2 serrano chili's or chili's of choice chopped finely (this was not very spicy, adjust to taste)
1 small onion finely chopped
3 cloves garlic crushed
1/4  cup chili powder
3 T tomato sauce

2 T water
1 C pureed tomatoes

Cook chili's, onion, garlic until soft.  Add chili powder, stir and cook 1 minute until fragrant.  Add tomatoes, water and sauce, mix with beef.

To make the tamales.
Soak Husks in boiling water 15 to 20 minutes or more.
Spread 2 heaping teaspoons masa in the middle of the wrapper making a flat rectangle.  Put 1 heaping tablespoon down the middle of the masa.  Puick up the sides of the wrapper and bring the lose ends together and fold the bottom over.  I the wrapper is too small roll in an additional husk.
Stand the tamales upright, sealed side down, in a steamer section of a pot and steam for 1 1/2 to 2 hours replenishing the water as necessary.
To store the tamales, freeze uncooked.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Danie's Talent

It is Danielle's last year in school. 
 Every year the seniors in Concert Choir get to choose t-shirts. 
Kind of a treat for those who will be graduating.
This year Danielle was able to design them and is heading up the purchasing. 
Amazing isnt it! 
I love them!
What a talented young lady!