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!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


This is my Beautiful sister Lesli.
My dad calls her Pooh. However, that isn't why I write.
It isn't her birthday, she hasn't won the Nobel Peace Prize
or gone to war (dont know what th  at has to do with anything... ; P).
I just want you to know how much I love her and how grateful I am that she is my sister!
She is sweet, kind and thoughtful.
She often forgets to call me back but I think that runs in the
Tanner genes.  I do it too!

See that ADORABLE little one with her, that is her
grandbaby Kali.
The handsome guy  next to her is Trent her youngest and only boy.

I am a little jealous because she has a little one she can still cuddle at home.  Plus her grandbaby close by, I love babies! 
(Remember finish school first Arli )
Have a super day Lesli and remember how much I love you!
Lorri Rae

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Perfect Popcorn

Raise you hand if you know me?
What is my favorite snack?
Like I tell the kids I substitute..."If you were paying attention... it is on the board"
(pretend the title is the board) {snicker}
I was looking around and I found the PERFECT popcorn recipe.
(secret...I already made popcorn this way, but just checking to see who else did!  Yeah!  I love Alton)
I can make it perfect, but so can Alton Brown.
Go here to get it!

After I make the perfect popcorn, I might make the perfect popcorn balls!
Anne Strawberry has a really yummy one!
Sort of creepy and  yummy. 
But, i cant keep them all, I have to give some away.
Remember Zumba...?
Any ideas?

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Saturday we went apple picking.

It was a beautiful day!!!!
Look at the clouds.
I wish you could feel the breeze!

I know these picture make it look like we were pumpkin picking, but really camera battery died.
I realized Rick had his phone so...the pumpkin shots!

Proof we got 1 1/2 bushels...
and made 1 batch of  cinnamon applesauce.
WE have a whole lot of batches to go.
Plus some Pie filling!

It is PopPop's birthday today.
He gets homemade salsa.
(I kinda fixed it...keep your fingers crossed!)
He gets YUMMY homemade applesauce.
He gets Scalloped potatoes from his recipe.
I like them with cheese but he doesnt, so no cheese.
He gets us to come for dinner!
Happy Birthday Pop!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Canning Salsa

I canned salsa today.
Yep, the canning process went fine, but the actual Salsa making process did NOT!
I tried two different recipes.
In one I used Roma tomatoes and in the other "slicing" tomatoes (large round ones).
Fresh cilantro, onions and LOTS of Jalapenos...mmm.
you   NOPE!
1st batch got triple the oregano... thus spaghetti salsa (ooops).
2nd batch was too vinagery (is that even a word?) and a bit runny.
Now what?
I cant give them away!
I just hope my family eats it!
Does anyone have a good salsa canning recipe?
I mean a really yummy one.

This is the cutest website ever!
Go here to get the recipes

The missionaries are coming for dessert and I want to try these.

Maybe these.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


I went to the Dr. the other day for a check up.
"Step on the scale" he asked.
I begged and pleaded for mercy.
But still had to step on the scale!
(Note: You will NEVER be told that horrible number.)

Yes, I have ordered ZUMBA.
If you haven't seen it go here
It is fun!
 I've gone online and tried it a few times while waiting for it!
Oh, and while in the grocery store, Sam's Club anywhere I get the notion. 
The girls hate it!  The security gaurds Laugh!
Can you say embarrass your teenagers in one swift hip swing!

Our Classes will be on DVD.
We will be shaking our hips at home!!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

NieNie on Oprah!

Isnt she beautiful?!

Just in case you missed the big announcement, Stehpanie Nielson from NieNie Dialogues will be on

Oprah Tomorrow!
Go here to find out more from Oprah!

PS Happy Birthday to NieNie's youngest Nicholas!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Look at these adorable pillows from
Tiffany at

This one is my favorite!!!  I wish I said Y'all!
Wanna make one?
Go here for the
For the pillows you can go here.

Give away

Its Big
Cheri at
has a give away going on.
It is a really good give away, so go here!
She has some cute things to give away...
but I call the Harvest Blocks!


Why is it that somedays I can cook up a meal fit for a King, while other days the meal isnt worth feeding the lowliest of souls.

Yesterday I popped a roast in the crock pot, added some f resh pico de gilo, adobo and about 1/2 an onion. I let it cook for 10-12 hours on high.
Within a few hours the smell of future shredded beef wafted through the air.
When it was tender I shredded it, Danielle helped.
We made more Pico de gilo, shredded some cheese, got some of the creamiest sour cream and crunchiest lettuce for those who wanted it.  I heated the flour tortillas over the open flame on our stove.
I had my first try at PR rice and beans!
Taylor wasn't sure I would get her friend Tati's mom's recipe right, but she gave it a thumbs up and took some to school today for lunch!
Yes I must say...
"Perfect start to a confrence sunday."

Coming off such a high I thought that today could be a veggie day....
ok, guess I didnt put much thought into it.

We had extra potatoes that needed to be used before they went bad.
Sweet Danielle peeled them for me.
Taylor pulled out more sour cream, cheese, a couple of cans of cream of chicken soup and a splash of milk.
After shaving the potatoes into thin shreds, using the best kitchen tool ever,  The Salad Shooter,  I added the ingredients to the potatoes and popped them into the oven.
Well let me tell you, IF you DONT have the right ingredients (i prefer the frozen taters? dont ask.)  dont expect too much.
They didnt turn out just right. sigh!

I made steamed broccoli...yummmm, but then I had to have cheese sauce.
What is up with that?
The cheese sauce was not as cheesy as I wanted, but it wasnt runny.

There is a moral to this story. 
  Sometimes you have to keep trying to get it right.
Some people would  not have told you their failure.  But I know you'll love me more for it!
So, as I have been saying for quite a while now, there will be more meal planning and  less last minute cravings.  That doesnt seem to work for me.

So tell me about your successes and failures in the kitchen.
Trust me, I came into this marrage with very few kitchen skills.
It is fun to be able to teach my children so they can go into the world with more than I had.
Be Brave, I want to hear!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Grapevine Wreath

Ashley at
made this adorable
Grapevine pumpkin

At first I thought it would be a difficult project!
Go here for the tutorial to make your own
I think I might paint my stem green...
what do you think?

Shabby Apple Dress

 is having a
it is adorable.
I think I might like to win this one for Danielle.
We all need a new dress now and then!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Hayden Smartest 11 Year Old In The Land

If you think I am kidding, I am not! 
Hayden is such a smart kid he puts me to shame!
He Loves to read!
He LOVE, Love, loves Star Wars!

Could he be any sweeter?

He loves scouts. 
His Dad and Mom are the scout leaders for his group!

Happy Birthday Cool Dude!

Saturday, October 3, 2009


It is Chilly in my house today!!!
Did I say it was chilly?  Oh, I meant COLD!

On Sunday they handed out invitations to us for the Fall Festival the end of October.
I am officially in the mood for Fall!
With fall comes pumpkins, right.
Pumpkins are cute.

I have to tell you these are the most Adorable pumpkins I have ever seen!
I have been looking at them for a while and I really, really like them.

There is sunshine in my soul today
makes these.
She has a tutorial

If you dont want to sew
(or cant because you lost your...)
at that so Cuegly
has a tutorial
 Here .  Go and see
these cute, cute guys!
They are so easy!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Lindsey Lou!

Yee Haw! It's Lindsey's Birthday!
(I just had to do it ...sorry Linds)

Happy Birthday Lindsey!
My niece is such an amazing young woman!
Her family are terrific Christmas card senders.
Every year like clockwork we recieve a beautiful card with a wonderful picture inside.
Christmas letters on the other hand, not so much.
Lindsey decided to write one for her family.
It was so wonderful. Not only was it great to hear what everyone was doing,
(and let me tell you they are busy!)
but boy is she a great writer!
Way to take control Lindsey!

Hope your birthday is the best! Love Auntie!
PS Lindsey is now driving!!!