Monthly Archives: March 2016

Thai Lettuce Wraps

I love, love , love lettuce wraps.  I have seen a lot of recipes for them and have tried a few, only to be a little disappointed.  I don’t like ones that have a ton of ingredients.  I found this recipe at Williams and Sonoma and I love it.  It is fast, easy and really good.  It is made with things I usually have on hand and I whipped these together in about 20 minutes.  Since there are so few ingredients and it is made with ground chicken, it fits into my revisiting of weight watchers (won’t tell you how many times this is for me!!).


Thai Lettuce Wraps


6 TB soy sauce

2 TB rice vinegar

2 TB sesame oil

1 TB fish sauce

juice of 1/2 lime

2 tsp sugar

Mix all of these ingredients together.

In a wok heat 2 TB vegetable oil.  Add  1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions, 1 1/2 Tb peeled and grated ginger, and  2 cloves garlic minced.   Cook for several minutes until aromatic.  Add 1 1/2 pounds of ground chicken, cooking until it is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.  Add half of the above sauce and cook for several minutes until absorbed.

Additional toppings:

Chopped cilantro, chopped basil, bean sprouts, rice noodles, chopped peanuts.

To serve, place a scoop of the chicken mixture on a leaf of lettuce.  Add additional toppings as desired.  Serve with the remaining dipping sauce.

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Posted by on March 7, 2016 in Recipes


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My Smokeless Griller


Dave knows the way to my heart.  It is not with candy or flowers or even jewelry.  It is cold hard cash!!  For Valentines he gave me some money to go and buy what I wanted.  I love that.  It may seem kind of unromantic but believe me the porky pig pajamas he chose one year were “unromantic”.   I love to have some cash in my pocket and not feel as if I need to worry about how I spend it.  I went straight to Williams and Sonoma and bought something that I really didn’t need but wanted.  Those are the best things.  I bought a smokeless table top indoor grill.  I know why not just go out and light up the gas grill.  Well because I don’t have to now, I can us my indoor grill.  It is really good for small quick grilling jobs as it heats up quick, and cleans up even quicker.

For Sunday dinner, I made my marinated flank steak and just used some of the leftover marinade and tossed some sliced zucchini and thickly sliced onions in it.  While the meat was cooking on the outdoor grill, I made the veggies on the indoor grill.  They were so good.  I think if I didn’t have he marinade made, I would just use some olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper.  Can’t wait to try other types of veggies–mushrooms, peppers, cauliflower, tomatoes, potatoes and the list goes on and on.

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Posted by on March 6, 2016 in My Favorite Things, Recipes


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The Tradition Continues



We recently celebrated my father in laws birthday.  When he was alive there were not many things that made him as happy as a couple of Arby’s sandwiches and a large Dr. Pepper.  He was quoted as saying “The epitome of good feelings going down into my stomach.

I am so grateful for that man and the impact he has had on my life.  The biggest impact of course was raising a fine son that is a great husband and father.  I have been truly blessed by him every day.  The other was the experience that I had to know and be loved by him.  He did not say much but I knew how he felt. I have so many memories of our time at the ranch and they will forever be my choicest.

Probably the most important has been his impact on my children.  We tease Dave and Jace often about how they act and sound just like him as if that is bad.  In fact I am quite thrilled.  I cannot remember ever talking to someone and mentioning that Leonard was my father in law, that there were not words of praise.  An honest, loyal, hardworking man were often mentioned.  I find that same description  of Dave and the kids.

Each year on Leonard’s birthday, we all celebrate, wherever we are, by getting Arbys.  I remember the first birthday after he passed away, Texie made reservations at the Arbys in Kaysville.  I am sure that was a first for them.  When we got there, she said, “We have reservations, what should we do?”  The little gal behind the counter said ” Get in line and order”

This was EM’s first year celebrating the tradition.  I am sure they had a few very interesting talks before she came to earth.  She seems to be remembering them right now!!!






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Arugula Salad with Lemon Dressing

There is a wonderful little pizza place at Farmington Station called Settabellos.  They have great pizza and flat breads but I really love their Arugula Salad.  I have become somewhat obsessed with Arugula and love it in salads and on sandwiches and pizza.  There is something about that kind of peppery taste that I just love.  This salad is so easy and so good.  There is one requirement though, you need a really great bowl to serve it in.  I got this great metal one at a new little store on Main street in Kaysville.  It is locally made and I just love it.  Just about everything you serve in it looks better.




5 TB good olive oil

2 TBs fresh lemon juice  ( like a little more)

1 tsp freshly grated lemon peel

1/3 cup parmesan cheese

Blend all ingredients in food processer . Season well with salt and pepper.  Chill

To assemble, mix about 4 cups of arugula with dressing.  Garnish with shaved parmesan and cherry tomatoes if desired.  Season well.  I like to add some good croutons also.

This is also really good as a flatbread topper.  Brush your pizza dough with olive oil and top with mozzarella cheese,  Sprinkle with sea salt.  Bake as usual and when done top with the above salad.  Amazing!!!!!


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Posted by on March 3, 2016 in Recipes, Uncategorized


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Catching up–and yes I am a Grandma!!

It has been a while since I posted.  If you look at the past few posts, you may understand why!!!   I am exaggerating a bit.  Walt is not the only reason that my life has seemed somewhat out of control, but he definitely has attributed to it.  Sometimes I find myself daydreaming about my life without dogs, or should I narrow that down to Walt.  I picture lawns without yellow spots, shoes without chew marks, floors without scratches, windows without smudges, baskets with the clothes still folded, and no dog hair.  But then I have to also picture no one to greet me at the door in an almost hysterical joy that I am home,  no one to snuggle with me at night(sorry Dave you could do that one) and many other wonderful things.

With that said, I have been very negligent in my posting and I have had so much to post.  Two months ago, the most remarkable event happened.  One that I have been waiting for  for a very long time.  I finally became a Grandma.  Not a nanna or any other name, but Grandma.  I want the full fledged legal name.

I know that I am a little prejudiced, but she is possible the most beautiful, brilliant, gifted baby to yet enter this world.

I think I have put off my posting because I have so many wonderful pictures and so many feelings and thoughts that I didn’t think that I could really do it justice in a blog post.  But I am going to just post a few of my pictures to start with and then share the favorites as I go along.

Emmiline Hill was born January 1st, 2016 in a little hospital in Pullman Washington.  She was the first baby of the year for the Palouse region.   When Krystal was in labor, she was the only person in Labor and Delivery and Em was the only baby in the nursery, so they were very well taken care of.  Jordan and I were planning on arriving in time to be in the delivery room with them, but Emmiline was not about to wait and we missed it by several hours.

There is something truly amazing to see your son become a father.  Words cannot really explain it.  I am so proud of the both of them and the wonderful little family that they are creating.

It is hard being this far away from them, but Jace will be graduating in May and they will be moving home.  I cannot wait until I can see her every day.

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I have found that I have very little if any self control when buying for this little angel.  I had started a new budget plan the first of the year, but she definitely has made a mess of that.





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