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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Our funny Princess....

So yesterday I took the Princess to the doctor for a well-check and a follow-up for her migraines. She was sitting on the table just after getting her blood-pressure taken and she said, "These socks are not working for me." I asked her why and she said "They are making my feet worse." I started laughing and the medical assistant looked at me like maybe there was something wrong with her feet that she needed to know about. I asked her what exactly the problem was and she said, "My feet are stuck in my socks." SO FUNNY!!! The medical assistant busted out laughing and she said she had to go write that one down.

The doctor was talking to us about what to do for the headaches and he told us that she needs to take Mortin and Tylenol and drink about 4 oz of Coke. She never wants to drink soda because "The bubbles are too spicy" FUNNY! Anyway he suggested then that she drink iced tea--- now both of our kids have been "prescribed" caffeine - the Princess iced tea and the little man coffee for his ADHD.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Migraines for the Princess.......

We had a scary thing happen this past weekend. The princess was hit with a sudden and very painful headache. I took her to the peds office where they told me that they weren't sure but they thought it was possible that she had meningitis or encephalitis. SCARY!! So they sent us to Primary Children's Hospital. Because Matt works as a paramedic we opted to go by ambulance, we knew we could get her there quicker and since he was at work at one of his side jobs in Salt Lake so I wouldn't have to drive there alone and worry about her in the backseat. We were really worried about her.

After a few hours of exams and observation it was decided that she likely had a migraine. She complains of headaches a couple times a week but has never had anything this bad. We will be taking her in for a follow-up with her ped next week.

I have migraines occasionally and they are horrible, I can't imagine what it was like for her. Hopefully we will be able to figure out a plan for dealing with these in the future.

Monday, December 7, 2009

We have a winner!!

Norah is the winner of the $25 eco-store certificate! Norah -- it should be coming in your email soon!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Woot!

I won a $50 Gift Certificate from EBeanstalk!!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for Chemical Free Cleaning Supplies!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Cyber Monday -- Giveaway!!!!

I promised that I would announce another giveaway today!

I recently tried a liquid dish soap and laundry soap from the Eco-Store. They are plant based and there are no harmful chemicals in their products.

I have to say that I am quite impressed with these products.

I would love to give a lucky reader a $25 gift certificate for the Eco-Store.

I have several ways that you can earn an entries - please leave a comment for each entry.

Follow this blog
Follow my photography blog
Subscribe to the Eco-Store Newsletter
Post about this giveaway on your own blog, linking back to here (this counts as 2 entries)

Couldn't be easier than that!!


ETA: This giveaway will end at noon on December 7th!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

It may be Black Friday......But come back on Monday!

On Monday I will be posting a great giveaway!! I know you will all be at your computers anyway for Cyber Monday--- make sure you stop by here!

Oh and -- Happy Birthday Grandma!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Today I am thankful for MANY things!

First off today I want to say that I am so grateful to all of the men & women serving our country at home and abroad. I am thankful for the firefighters and police officers that are working today to help us keep safe.

My fireman is working today and I will miss him, but I am grateful that he and so many others are willing to give up their time with their families for the safety and secutiry of others.

So go hug a fireman today (just not mine -- I am quite selfish)....

I also am thankful for good food! We are so lucky to live in an area where we have safe food to eat.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Today I am thankful for.....

Clean Sheets..... I love getting into bed at night when there are clean sheets on the bed!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Today I am thankful for....

Books. I love to read. I really enjoy the Anita Stansfield books. I love a good romance -- nothing smutty. After watching a couple of movies, "Becoming Jane" and "The Jane Austin Book Club" I plan on reading the Jane Austin books.

Which one should I start with?

Today I am thankful for....

My great neighbor that has my little man come to her house for a little preschool. He loves it and I appreciate the small break!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Today I am thankful for...

Genesis 2:2-3

2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made


I am thankful for Sunday's. I am thankful that our Father in Heaven set aside a special day for rest. With the Fireman's job Sunday's are no always without work, but our hearts are in the right place and we know that we will be blessed by doing the best we can at keeping the Sabbath day holy.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Today I am thankful for.....

My great friends. I am lucky enough to live where I do and have some great friends in my 'hood. Thank you all (you know who you are) for always being there for me.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Today I am thankful for.....

My sisters. We haven't always gotten along, but I do love them and I am proud of their accomplishments and I cry with them at their failures. We have had lots of fun together!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Today I am thankful for my............

Dishwasher! Seriously people we would be eating off of paper plates if I didn't have a dishwasher. I know MANY people who don't have them and I admire them for their skills in the dishwashing by hand department.

--- ok this one is actually for Wednesday!!!

Today I am Thankful for......

My great parents. They do so much for me. Love you guys!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Today I am Thankful for......

Pinching Your Pennies. I have saved SO MUCH MONEY by planning my grocery shopping trips and my back-to-school and holiday shopping with the help of PYP!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Today I am thankful....

My Religion. I am proud to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am grateful that we live in a country where we are allowed to worship how, where or what we may.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Today I am thankful for.....

The seasons. I count myself lucky to live where I do and to be able to enjoy the 4 seasons!

Now --- BRING ON THE SNOW!!!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Frugal Tips for the Holidays...

For the past couple of years I have been using Pinching Your Pennies' online forum to help me with my Christmas shopping. It really is Better Than Black Friday Without The Lines!!!

The Fireman and I never seem to have enough money during the holiday season. It seems there is always a car repair, medical bill, or some other annoying thing there to eat away at the budget.

I am always on the look out for great gifts and I do try to put a lot of thought into what I am getting. I love to give gifts and I wish I could do more, but if wishes were raindrops we would be fish.... (hehehe)

Anyway, what are some of your budget savvy Christmas ideas?

I found a great blog post to share...... But please give me more ideas!!!

Today I am thankful for......

A nice warm home.... Especially when I know that there are many people living on the streets.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

FREE Toys!! Perfect for the holidays!!!

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Today I am thankful for....

2 great women who trusted me enough with their babies.....

Egg Harbor Bread

I made this bread on Tuesday. It was so yummy! It was pretty easy - even though there are 5 risings. This makes a great sandwich bread! I think this is my new go to bread recipe! Thanks Norah!!!

Egg Harbor Bread
Bernard Clayton's New Complete Book of Breads

3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
2 1/2 cups hot water (120-130 degrees)
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
5 to 6 cups bread flour, approximately
2 packages dry yeast
1 egg, beaten, mixed with 1 tablespoon milk

2 medium loaf pans, greased

In a bowl dissolve sugar and salt in the hot water. Stir in the butter and set aside.
Measure 3 cups flour into the mixer bowl and add the yeast. Blend. Slowly pour in the liquid, using the mixer flat beater. Beat for 2 minutes.

Add flour 1/2 cup at a time. Attach the dough hook and add the flour to form a soft mass.

Add flour if necessary to make a soft, elastic ball that will form around the revolving dough hook and, at the same time, clean the sides of the bowl. Knead for 10 minutes.

The dough has 5 risings before it is made into loaves-the first time for 30 minutes, and 15 minutes each for the remaining 4.
Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside until dough doubles in volume, about 30 minutes.
Turn back the plastic cover and punch down the dough with extended fingers. Turn the dough over. Replace the plastic wrap and set aside for 15 minutes.
At 15 minute intervals, punch down the dough 3 more times.

Turn the dough from the bowl and allow it to rest for 4 or 5 minutes before dividing into 2 pieces.
Shape each piece into a ball. Flatten with the palm into an oblong roughly the length of the loaf pan. Fold lengthwise, pinch the seam together, tuck in the ends, and drop into the prepared pans. Press down with the hand to force the dough into the corners.

Cover the pans with greased wax or parchment paper and put aside until almost triple in volume. The dough should rise 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches above the rim of the tin in about 50 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees about 15 minutes before baking.

Brush the loaves with the egg-milk wash, and place the pans on the middle or lower shelf of the oven. Bake until the loaves are a golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes, and test done when rapped on the bottom crust with a forefinger. For a deeper overall brown, remove from the pans and return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool on a metal rack before slicing.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Today I am thankful for.....

My great kids. I have so much fun playing with them and teaching them. I love watching them try new things and experience new adventures.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Seeing Is Believing

Last year we did this and it was so fun! My kids were excited to the pictures of Santa actually in our living room on Christmas Eve.

This is great for kids of all ages!

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Today I am thankful for....

My husband. He works so hard to provide a good life for us. A life where I am able to stay home and be a great mother (try) for my kids.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Compare Prices at Home....

I recently became aware of a fairly new website called Pebble.com which makes finding a product and price shopping a whole lot easier. You simply type in what you're looking for and it brings up a list of stores that carry that product along with the price. For example, one of the hot news toys is the Zhu-Zhu Hampsters (you just watch people are starting to fight over them!) typing Zhu Zhu will brought up this. I typed in my mineral foundation and was able to find it for less than half what I've been paying.

What's great about Pebble.com is it's a search-based online shopping comparison site that has a Q&A forum integrated in each product results page so users can ask other users questions about a particular product and get an answer right away. Most consumers make purchase decisions without getting all the information they need, which is a huge detriment in our current economy. But with Pebble.com users can get all the information they need to buy products and shop for the lowest prices online.

Check them out the next time you're searching for something and it will help you find the best deal available online.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Green Bananas

With a recent produce co-op I received what I thought were bananas that were just not quite ripe. I wanted over a week and they were still green. Some friends on Pinching Your Pennies were discussing these bananas.

After a bit of research I found that they are "Green Bananas" They will not turn yellow. I cut one open (the skin is very thick) and tasted the raw fruit and it was not good! But after my research I knew it wouldn't taste good -- YET.

I sliced the bananas thin and cooked them in a couple tablespoons of olive oil and then I just started experimenting with flavors. I ended up seasoning them with just bit of salt, black pepper, paprika, cumin, garlic, honey, and a splash of Tabasco.... YUMMY!!

They turned out pretty good. I have never had anything like it before, but I know what I will do next time I get non-traditional bananas.

This is another reason that I love getting produce from co-ops. Sometimes you get things that you may not have tried otherwise and they end up being something that you really like!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

New Design --- Need to post more!!

I am hoping with my design I will find new desire to post more.....

What do you want me to write about? I need inspiration!!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Just in case you are wondering....

I have been busy with life & doing lots of photo shoots. I have a couple more weddings under my belt and I it has made me realize that I much prefer doing families. I love also doing engagements & bridals. Weddings are fun but they are a lot of work!

If you want to see some of my recent work head over to my photography blog!

I also have a Facebook Fan Page --- just search for Sherri Jamieson Photography. I would love to add you all as my fans!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Co-Op Day!

Today was the Bountiful Baskets Co-Op. Bountiful Baskets is growing quickly. It's a year round co-op and is expanding in many areas. For my friends in the Salt Lake Valley they are opening locations for next Saturday.

Today this is what I got for $16.50

6 Tomatoes
4 Small Cucumbers
7 Granny Smith Apples
6 Plums
1 Cantelope
8 oz Raspberries
1 Head of Romaine Lettuce
7 Bananas
1 big bag of Red Grapes
1 bunch of Brocoli
3 Artichokes
8 Bartlett Pears
10 lbs of Potatoes

So check it out!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fresh Peach Muffins

Tonight I made these muffins they are YUMMY!! The batter seemed pretty greasy but they came out good. I used 2 large peaches and I also used olive oil because I was out of canola oil.

I tried these muffins at my friend Delaney's house and g otthis recipe on Real Mom Kitchen.
Peach Muffins

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups white sugar
2 cups peeled, pitted, and chopped peaches

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F Lightly grease 18 muffin cups. (I used muffin liners)
In a large bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix the oil, eggs, and sugar. Stir the oil mixture into the flour mixture just until moist. Fold in the peaches. Spoon into the prepared muffin cups.
Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before turning out onto wire racks to cool completely.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Get an energy boost....

For the past couple of weeks I have been using a great energy drink. It gives you non-jittery energy - that's subtle but lasts all day! It's all natural and only has 35 calories. It boosts your metabolism and helps control appetite. Here is some product information.

Not only is this a great drink but also a great money making opportunity. When I started drinking it I honestly had no intentions of selling it -- but it is such a great product that I want to pass along the opportunity to others!

Do you want a free sample? What about a 15-day sample? If you live near me I can get you a packet to try (a packet is 2 servings). BUT if you want to get the 15 day sample go HERE and order - there is a $4.95 shipping fee but it is totally worth it! What happens is when you order the 15 day sample you are signed up to be a rep. But there is no pressure! So you can decide if you want to keep getting the product for yourself, sell it and make extra money, or cancel at any time!

Give it a try!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Busy Busy Busy Days!

The past couple of weeks have been CRAZY busy for KaysvilleMomma!

My baby turned 4, we went on a weekend trip, school started (a few weeks ago) not without a bit of drama, photography-photography-photography, planning an activity for the Primary kids in our ward, and few visits to the doctor for the little guy! Oh yeah and I have been a CANNING MACHINE!

Yes my little man is 4! I can't believe how quickly time flies. He is such a fun little guy. He is full of energy! TOO MUCH ENERGY sometimes. We had felt as though he had a problem with ADHD and after a trip to the pediatrician and a psychologist it has been confirmed. This means that we at least now have a direct to go in being better parents and helping him continue to grow into the great kids that we know he is.

The Princess started 1st grade -- and like I said there was a bit of drama! We had started out doing homeschool this year. We thought it was what was best for her. After 2 days (yes I know that's not long) we decided that it would be better for all of us if she went to the public school. She told us that she wanted mommy to be her mommy not her teacher. She loves school and she tells me VERY frequently that she doesn't like homeschool. With her new adventure into the 1st grade she has also developed an interest in Hanna Montana - dang - we held that one off as long as we could.

Last weekend we had a fun trip to St. George. The fireman had to go give a test to the St George Fire Department. It was fun to get away. The princess asked us to get the Hanna Montana movie from Redbox -- and now the little man has decided that he too likes Hanna Montana. Oh yes --- and he likes waitresses - we were at the Pizza Factory and everytime the server came to our table he started yelling at her, "Name? Name? Hey, Name?" He never go her name....

Me, I have been trying to keep it all together! I have done SEVERAL photo shoots, including a wedding yesterday. I have also been doing LOTS of canning. I have canned 33 jars of salsa, 18 dill pickles, 8 sweet dills, 9 relish, and 12 chili sauce. I have some SUPER yummy Sweet Pickles doing their thing in a big jar for 6 more days before they are ready to be canned. I have also made strawberry and also Raspberry/Peach freezer jam.

CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Produce Yummy Produce!!

Here is what we got with the Bountiful Baskets co-op this week:

1 small seedless watermelon
4 large grapefruits
6 Pears
1 Bunch of Brocoli
1 Head of Roamine Lettuce
1 Bunch of Radishes
2 Large Green Peppers
3 lb bag of Gala apples
7 avacodos
8 Bananas
5 Large baker Potoatoes
10 Peaches

All of that was just $16.50

I also went to a local produce stand and got 15lbs of tomatoes, onions and pepper for salsa making for $20!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Bountiful Baskets Co-op 8/22/09

Today this is what I brought home for $30.50:

18 lb case of cherries
1 Bag of carrots
Big bunch of lettuce
3 Bok Choy
head of cauliflower
butternut squash
5 tomatoes
cantaloupe
16 oz strawberry
9 bananas
7 fuji apples
8 peaches
lrg bag of green grapes

Every other Saturday is Bountiful Baskets day... they keep adding more sites in Utah!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

More Great Giveaways!!

Shauna at Trying to Stay Calm has some more great giveaways!!!

Disney's Earth -- dvd
Outback Steakhouse --- gift card
Jamba Juice --- Gift Card


Go check it out!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The BEST Zucchini Bread EVER!!!!!!!

OK so I have already determined my absolute favorite banana bread ever. My next goal was the best zucchini bread ever. I wanted something that was just as moist as the banana bread. I did it! I tweaked and tweaked and NOW I HAVE IT!!!!

Kaysvillemomma's Zucchini Bread:


1 1/2 Cups of flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1 t cinnamon
Pinch salt
2 eggs
3/4 c sugar
1/4 olive oil (can use canola oil)
1/4 c applesauce
2 heaping T vanilla yogurt --- (you could use plain yogurt or sour cream)
1 t vanilla
1 c grated zucchini

Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350.

Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir by hand until well blended

Bake for 50-60 minutes.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Bountiful Baskets Co-op (not just in Bountiful)

I am very impressed with the offerings of today's Bountiful Baskets produce co-op.

This is a co-op that is in Arizona and is gradually growing in Utah.

Today's basket included:
8 Bananas
1 Bunch of broccoli
2 Bunches of radishes
8 Pears
10 Peaches
1 pt of blueberries
1 pt of grape tomatoes
1 lb of strawberries
1 bunch of spinach
1 head of romaine lettuce
2 bunches of green onions

I also got the Tropical Fruit add-on:
4 Kiwis
5 Limes
3 large Mangos
1 Pineapple
5 Plantains
1 Coconut

The total for all of that was $24!!!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

WOW!!! A DVD Player??? Seriouslly!!!

Holy Cow! Shauna at Trying to Stay Calm is GIVING away a dvd player!!!

Go enter!!

http://www.trying2staycalm.com/2009/07/audiovox-dvd-player-review-and-giveaway.html

Sunday, August 2, 2009

We have a WINNER!!! ---- A day late!

I again had a Facebook friend pick a number for me.

The winner of the cookies....... JENNY!!!!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Yummy Giveaway... who wants cookies?

I love cookies!!! While I absolutely love homemade cookies, sometimes I need to get my cookie fix quick! Pillsbury has some new refrigerator cookie dough that is pretty good!


Pillsbury...simply Cookies


Do you want a prize pack from Pillsbury? It includes a cute little cookie jar, a very nice canvas tote bag, and a coupon for free cookies?




You can get an entry for EACH of the following: Leave me a comment telling me your favorite cookie, Blog about my giveaway, and post a link here from your Facebook page.


The winner will be announced on August 1st!

Winner of the Eco Friendly Cleaning products..

The Winner of the $25 gift certificate for Ecostore is Marrdy.

The winning number was picked by a friend on facebook who had no idea what they were picking a number for!!!

Marrdy.... you will be getting the gift certificate through your email.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

No Nasty Chemicals..... GIVEAWAY!!!!

I just recently tried a couple of great products! EcostoreUSA sent me a bottle of their plant based baby shampoo and multipurpose cleaner.

I have to say I am very impressed. The baby shampoo smells great and it is gentle! The cleaner worked just as good as my PineSol!

Do you want to try some of their products?

I am giving away a $25 e-gift certificate!!!

To win..... just leave a comment here telling me what your current favorite cleaner is.....

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hey why haven't you tried it yet?

So if you haven't already started using Pinching Your Pennies, now is the time to check it out! They are giving away an Ipod Touch!!!

I have not only saved a lot of money with PYP but I have made some great friends!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Pineapple Jerky

Have you ever heard of such a thing? I was approached by Jerky.com to give it a try.

Honestly I didn't know what I was getting. I figured it was a meat jerky with a pineapple flavor. Boy was I wrong! AND VERY PLEASANTLY SURPRISED!!

This what I got:
This is BETTER than candy!!! It is tender and chewy, sweet but not too sweet!

What I’m most impressed about this product is the ingredients list. Pineapple and honey. That’s it. Which is very cool considering the long lists of weird ingredients you can't pronounce that you find on most snack packages these days. Plus the pineapples are from beautiful Maui in Hawaii so they must be good for you!

I am amazed by the products that they have on their website! Not just Beef Jerkey, but Turkey Jerky and great gift baskets too!!

Check it out.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cream of Asparagus Soup

I made this soup last night and it was so easy. I literally threw it together and made up the recipe as I went......

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Cut 1 bunch of asparagus into sections about 1-2 inches long
Boil the asparagus in about 1/2 quart of chicken stock (that's all I had left in my open box, add a teaspoon of black pepper, salt and garlic.
In a microwave safe bowl melt 1 cup of butter (I used the new "I can't believe it's not butter" squares.
Add 3/4 cup of flour to the butter and make a paste.
I added some crumbled cheese to the paste.
Ladle out about 1 cup of the stock and add it to the paste, mix to make it creamy.
When the asparagus is cooked add the flour mixutre to the pot and combine with the stock. Use a wisk.
I added about 2 cups of milk to the mixture to get it to the right consistency.


There you have it. I was very easy and VERY GOOD!!!! My kids cleaned their bowls.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I met Marrdy!!!!!

I had a really fun photo shoot on Tuesday! I got to meet Marrdy and her beautiful daughter Madison. Marrdy is so SWEET!!! She gave me my gift from her Pay-It-Forward post!!! Look at these beauties!!! Madison & my soft afghan!!!

Hey Marrdy I am starting to work on Madison's pictures tonight!!!


Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Anniversary!!

I just want to thank my sweetie for 14 great years!! We have been through a lot and I can't imagine not having you in my life!!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Save Money -- Join a Co-op

For the last several months I have been taking part in a couple of co-ops in an effort to provide more healthy options in our diets.

A co-op is a group of people purchasing items together and taking advantage of the savings that comes with bulk purchasing..... buying power......

My first co-op experience was with a small group of families from our neighboorhood. The reasons that I am no longer part of this co-op is that I was a bit unhappy with the quality of the produce we were getting and at times I ddi not feel like I was getting my money's worth.

The second co-op that I tried and that I will for sure be sticking with is the Crossroads Community Co-op. This co-op is statewide and gives you a little flexibility in the items you order. Not only does this co-op have produce but also meats, breads, rice and a selection of Utah's Own products. This co-op is monthly.

Here is a link to my friend Norah's blog. In April I got almost the same items that she got except I only got 5 tamales and I also got a package of Colosimo's Brats.

May will be my 3rd month doing this co-op.

Another co-op that I just tried for the first time yesterday is called Bountiful Baskets. They are really big in Arizona and just getting started in Utah. Their standard basket is always just $15 and includes lots of produce. I did add an Asian Food add on for an extra $7.50.

Again here is another link to Norah's blog. She does a great job at listing everything that is included.

So there you have it.... another great idea for saving money!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!!!

I just want to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all you amazing women!!!

I want to send out special hugs to those of you who desperately wish to be mothers and are struggling with fertility issues!! I have been there and I know how difficult today might be for you!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Photography updates......

I am officially booked for MAY!!! I can't believe how much fun I am having!

I have just updated my photography blog and you can also see slide shows with all of my photo shoots on my photoshop page.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Crab Stuffed Shrimp --- and a winner!!!

“Crab Stuffed Shrimp” --- this recipe was given to me by OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE!!!

Stuffing:

¼ pound Butter
¼ pound Diced Onion
¼ pound Diced Celery
1 ½ tsp.Chopped Garlic
2 Tbs. Sliced Green Onions
¼ tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. Black Pepper
1/8 tsp. White Pepper
1 cup Bread Crumbs
¼ pound Lump Crab Meat

1. Place sauté pan over medium heat. Place butter in the pan and allow to melt.
2. Place onions, celery, garlic, green onions, and seasonings in pan and cook
for 6-8 minutes.
3. Place mixture into a blender and blend for 20 seconds. Caution: Mixture will be HOT.
4. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl adding bread crumbs and drained crab meat. Fold in
with a spatula until blended.

Lemon Pepper Butter:

½ cup Water
2 Tbs. Flour
1 ½ Tbs. Lemon Juice
½ pound Butter
1 tsp. Lemon Pepper Spice

1. Combine water, lemon juice, flour and seasonings in a sauce pan.
2. Over high flame, whisk until mixture thickens. Remove from heat.
3. Slowly add softened butter in small amounts until all is blended.

Cooking Shrimp:

1. Butterfly shrimp.
2. Place flour in a container and toss shrimp until completely coated.
3. Deep fry shrimp at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 minutes.
4. Place 1 Tbs. of hot stuffing onto each cooked shrimp.
5. Drizzle 1 Tbs. of Lemon Pepper Butter over each shrimp.

Serve and Enjoy!!!!!


AND THE WINNER OF THE GIFT CARD IS.............. THE ALLEN FAMILY
I picked them randomly using www.random.org

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Photography updates......

I just wanted to share my new photography website with everyone Sherri Jamieson Photography. It is still a work in progress.

While you are there you can see a slide show under the "Couples in Love" section of a super cute couple that photographed this week!!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Let's Go Outback Tonight!!! GIVEAWAY

Yummy Yummy!!! Last night we went to Outback for dinner and it was so good!!! We hadn't been their for several years, I think because we thought it was expensive.....BUT.......... Holy Cow it's not very expensive at all!!! They recently redid their menu and they have 15 entrees that are now $15 of less.... These are good things too!!! Prime Rib, Steak, Chicken, Ribs, and Fish.... all under $15!!!

Here are a couple highlights.....
• Savory Pepper Mill Steak: Thick slices of New York Strip Steak (cooked to order) encrusted with cracked black pepper and topped with a savory brandy cream sauce. Served atop golden potato wedges.
• Sweet Glazed Roast Pork Tenderloin: Sliced slow-roasted pork Tenderloin drizzled with a sweet tangy glaze. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh steamed French green beans.
• Ribs and Alice Spring Chicken; a 1/3 rack of savory fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs paired with a tasty 5oz grilled chicken breast topped with bacon, honey mustard sauce, sautéed mushrooms, Monterey Jack and Cheddar. Served with Aussie Fries.
• Shrimp en Fuego: Large crispy shrimp, sliced mushrooms and fresh tomatoes in a spicy, creamy sauce. Paired with fresh steamed French green beans.

We had a delicious appetizer that was TO DIE FOR!!!! It's was the Crab Stuffed Shrimp.... it was ONLY $4.95!!!! I highly recommend it!!!
Guess what though... they gave me the recipe!!! Can you believe it?? It will be posted here on Monday the 13th...

I have another thing that will be poseted on the 13th --- it will be the lucky winner of a $25 Outback Steakhouse Gift Card!!!!!

You will get one entry into the drawing just for leaving me a comment here telling me who you will take with you....

You will get another entry for posting what you think you will eat at
Outback....

AND you will get 2 more entries for posting a link to this giveaway on your blog!!!

Who says there's no such thing as a free dinner???

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

What a great treat!!

I found this great place to buy jerky -- jerky is pretty good for you you know....

Anyway -- stay tuned for my review of their Pineapple Jerky!!

BUT-- I found this Sasquatch Jerky that I am super excited to try!! I wonder what Sasquatch tastes like??? Hmmm.....

Monday, March 30, 2009

Drumroll Please......

I have the winners of the Yoplait Summer Fun Gift Packs!!!

The 3 winners are:


The Bacas'


Kathy -- Rollers In Vegas --- Go check out her cute family!! Her 2 year old has VCFS like Micayla....

Surviving a family of NINE!!

Ok all you winners -- I need your mailing addresses!!!! (just email them to me)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Summer Fun Giveaway!!!

Some of you already know that I have been faithfully working out at the gym for a little over a month. I have already noticed a huge increase in energy which will be great as the weather improves and I am outside chasing the kids more!! In fact on Saturday when our weather was good I found myself running down the sidewalk chasing my 3 year old -- and guess what -- I could catch him!!!

Well I want to know what you all to stay active with your families.....


Post a comment to this post and I will enter you into a drawing for one of three Yoplait Get Active prize packs --- that's right -- three winners will receive: a coupon* for any of the Yoplait for Kids yogurt products (Go-Gurt, Trix, Yoplait Kids), travel cooler (to take your yogurt on the road), a jump rope, a water bottle and an outdoor game set that includes a beach ball, paddle ball, Jai-Ali and a Frisbee.
Did you know research has shown that less than half of all kids ages two to 12 get the calcium they need each day? Calcium and Vitamin D are both essential nutrients for building strong bones. Though it can be challenging for growing kids to get Vitamin D, since it is found naturally in very few foods, Yoplait for Kids makes it a little easier to incorporate a delicious source of Vitamin D and Calcium in your child’s diet.

Want to earn an additional 3 entries?? Blog about my giveaway linking back here -- or post a link here from your Facebook page!!

This giveaway will end on Monday March 30th at noon --- the winners will be posted later that day!!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Casting Call -- I want to take your pictures

I am looking for people that would like me to take their photos....

I would love to meet you at a location of your choice (public only unless I know you).

The cost will just be $15 and I will offer that cost through May 15th. This $15 will give you 30-60 minutes of photography time, touchups of at least 6 photos, and the CD with copywrite release so you can get your photos printed whereever you want. I just ask that you allow me to use your photos on my photography website in a portfolio of my work.

I have also decided that I willing to photograph weddings. My fee for weddings booked prior to May 15th will be $125 and this will include 2 hours of my time at one location or $150 will give you 2.5 hours split between 2 locations. I will do touch-ups and will also offer the copywrite release so you can get your photos printed whereever you want.

I am only able to offer this service along the Wasatch Front.

Fiber One Giveaway Winners

The winners of my drawing for the Fiber One Giveaway are:

Marrdy
Shauna
Staci

I know that I have Shauna & Staci's addresses but Marrdy I need yours.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Pay it forward

The rules are simple:

1. Be one of the first 3 people to post a comment on this entry. If you are (and you follow the second rule), you will receive a gift from me sometime during this year. When and what are a surprise to the winners but they will be handmade by me. (and I must add, you will need patience, I may be slow but I will be done within a year!)

2. Then, copy and paste these rules into a post on your own blog & come back and leave the link in comments here. It's that easy!

Only the first 3 folks that leave a comment AND Pay it Forward on their blog will get a prize. PLEASE leave me a comment...

I first found out accepted this challenge here

And then here

Monday, March 2, 2009

Time for another Give-Away..... and a coupon you can print twice!


New Fiber One Chocolate Mocha Chewy Bars combine a rich chocolate taste and smooth coffee flavor with the benefits of fiber in one delicious snack. Each great tasting, chewy bar provides 35% of the recommended daily fiber intake and also is a good source of calcium.

Did you know?

Fiber can help you satisfy your appetite and manage your weight

Research suggests that people who have high fiber intakes tend to have healthier body weights

Fiber can help keep your digestive system on track

9 out of 10 Americans aren’t getting the recommended amount of fiber
Do you want to know if you are getting enough fiber? Check out the Fiber-O-Meter at: http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthtool-fiber-meter

Fiber One is now offering a $1.35 off downloadable coupon for one box of Fiber One Chewy Bars available at THIS LINK

Here's the giveaway --- 3 of my readers will receive a FREE Spa Gift Basket -- with soap, lotion, a candle, a bath pillow and free Fiber One Bars.

You have 4 ways to get entries;
1 entry posting a comment here telling me about "Why you deserve a spa day."
1 additional entry for posting on your own blog about "Why you deserve a spa day" mention my giveaway in your post and link it back here.
1 entry if you link to this giveaway from your Facebook Page.
AND get an additional entry for everyone that posts here and tells me they heard about this giveaway on you blog or Facebook.

This giveaway will end on March 9th at noon!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How to peel a grapefruit......

I love grapefruit but I have also been annoyed by how much I have felt was wasted in the way that I have always ate them. In my family growing up we always just cut them in half and scooped out what we could with a spoon. I think my grandma even had special little spoons that the had jagged edges.

So I set out to find a way to not waste any edible part of a grapefruit. Maybe everyone else already knew how to do this --- but I want to share anyway.

Put a pan of water on to boil. When the water is boiling remove the pan from the heat source and put your unpeeled grapefruit in the water. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. Carefully remove the fruit from the water and as soon as you can touch it begin to peel. You will be able to easily removed the thick white stuff... I don't know what it is called. Once you have that removed you will be able to easily break apart each section and remove all of the section casings.

I cannot believe how easy this was! Oh yeah and the inside of the fruit really doesn't get hot when you do this.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Skin MD Natural

I wanted to share some information about a product that I recently started using. It's Skin MD Natural -- it's a lotion that shields the skin from unwanted pollutants and it has a sunscreen in it. I love love love this lotion!!! I have been using it on Caleb's cheeks. He has eczema and this is really helping!! For myself I have been using it in place of a moisturizer. It's light and odor free -- because I have had some pre-cancerous moles on my skin I love the SPF.

This lotion is kind of expensive BUT I think it's totally worth it.

Check it out.

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Best Banana Bread EVER!!!!

I have been searching for a good banana bread recipe. I finally found THE one. I found this on Pinching Your Pennies. I used sour cream.


Lazy Bear's Banana Bread


1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened in microwave
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)
1/2 cup - your choice - buttermilk or plain yogurt (my fav is sour cream)
1 teaspoon vanilla (my favorite is banana flavoring)
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts - (pecans, walnuts or almonds)


1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottoms only of 2 loaf pans.
2. Mix sugar and butter in large bowl. Stir in eggs until well blended. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt just until moistened. Stir in nuts. Pour into pans.
3. Bake 1 hour to 1 1/4 hours depending on size of loaf pan.
I always use this method ~ until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove bread and place top side up on wire rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days. Freezes well.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Photography

I am having more and more people ask me do photography for them. I started yet another blog where you can see a SMALL SAMPLING of some of my work.

Here's the link.....

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I am lost.......again........ but not on Facebook this time

I am lost in the world of potty training.

If you have done it before you know what I mean..... You just start to do something semi-productive and you hear, "Poppy again" not to be confused with Poopy, because we haven't gotten that far yet....

I am not complaining. I am just looking forward to the time he can take care of it all by himself....

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Fireproof

If you haven't seen the movie "Fireproof" yet you are missing out!!! It is a great movie that you can feel good about watching. It is a Christian movie with great values. And HELLO -- KIRK CAMERON -- the boy whose poster's used to hang on my wall when I was like 12.... I saw an interview with him talking about the movie and I thought it was great that he and his wife have an agreement that even if it's for a movie roll they will never kiss someone else.... there is a kissing scene in the movie and Kirk's wife is the stand-in.

Rent it for Valentine's and watch it with your honey!


From the website:

"At work, inside burning buildings, Capt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter's adage: Never leave your partner behind. At home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules.

Growing up, Catherine Holt always dreamed of marrying a loving, brave firefighter...just like her daddy. Now, after seven years of marriage, Catherine wonders when she stopped being "good enough" for her husband.

Regular arguments over jobs, finances, housework, and outside interests have readied them both to move on to something with more sparks.

As the couple prepares to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb's father challenges his son to commit to a 40-day experiment: "The Love Dare." Wondering if it's even worth the effort, Caleb agrees-for his father's sake more than for his marriage. When Caleb discovers the book's daily challenges are tied into his parents' new found faith, his already limited interest is further dampened.

While trying to stay true to his promise, Caleb becomes frustrated time and again. He finally asks his father, "How am I supposed to show love to somebody who constantly rejects me?"

When his father explains that this is the love Christ shows to us, Caleb makes a life-changing commitment to love God. And with God's help he begins to understand what it means to truly love his wife.

But is it too late to fireproof his marriage? His job is to rescue others. Now Caleb Holt is ready to face his toughest job ever...rescuing his wife's heart."

Hey wait.... It's not Easter.....

But I have been hunting eggs on Facebook...


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

Yes, I think it is an addiction.....

This is a story of television DRAMA -- not a drama story on television.

It all started many many years ago -- I think I was like 12 or 13. Santa was generous that year (like he has been many years) and he brought me my very own TV for my bedroom. And oh did I watch? I love this may explain why up until a couple of weeks ago we had 4 televisions in our house.

Just after Christmas our living room decided to no longer have sound. So it was disposed of and I moved the TV from our bedroom to the living room until we could get a new TV. Then I moved the TV (the one I have had since I was a teenager) from the kitchen to our bedroom. I decided that for a couple of weeks I could go without the TV in the kitchen but I couldn't live without the one in the bedroom (I fall asleep watching TV when Matt isn't home).

Then the day arrived --- last week after an ordeal with RC Willey and then a trip to Best Buy the new TV, a beautiful 32" Plasma joined our family. Finally all the TV's could go back to their assigned spaces and life could be wonderful again.....

Yeah - that is until I put the bedroom TV on the couch while I hooked up the new living room TV - and Jagr (Yawger), the furry black four legged family member, jumped on the couch and threw the tv off balance and it hit the floor. I cringed and picked it up, it was rattling inside. I went about the business of hooking up the new TV while in the back of my mind hoping that the other TV would be fine. No such luck.

We are now a 3 Television household. I still have the kitchen TV in the bedroom, but I am not sure how long that will last -- I can't seem to clean my kitchen without watching my shows... Hey at least I TRY to be productive while I watch tv, right?

BUT this story does not end here. After only 4 days the beautiful plasma TV had to return to Best Buy. Do you know what a PIA it is to pack up a 32" TV? It has ben replaced by an LCD TV that is working properly and that I actually think I like more!

If you are wondering the 3rd TV is in the playroom.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Family Night

The leaders of the LDS Church have for MANY years asked families to set aside one night a week as Family Home Evening -- of Family Night. For most this is on Monday night. With Matt's work schedule and such we don't always have this on Monday's - nor do we usually have a lesson and such like I think we are really supposed to. I have always had a hard time trying to come up with a lesson that is geared towards my little ones. I usually at least try to read them a story from The Friend magazine.

I came across this website both through PYP and from an email from a friend. They have get lessons based upon the Primary Theme for 2009.

No matter what religion you are or what you believe - I sincerely feel that it is important to set aside time each week as family time.

Friday, January 16, 2009

HoCkEy!!!!!!!!!!!

If you are in the Northern Utah area and want to see a couple of great games AND help a GREAT CAUSE........ look at the little banner above my posts.

The Guns & Hoses Game is NEXT WEEK!!! It will be lots of fun.

The charity game is always great and HELLO we have AWESOME raffle PRIZES!!!!

Come on.... it's only $10 and you get to go to TWO games - the Cops Vs. Firefighter game AND the Utah Grizzlies!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Just a Quick Review

Here is a review of some things that we did this week and a craft project ala spray paint.

Micayla was very happy to start back to school this week after having 2 weeks off for Christmas. Everyday over the break she asked why she couldn't go to school. She is doing really well and turning into a good little reader.

Tuesday was the first day of our neighborhood produce co-op. We have a sweet lady in our neighborhood that got this started and I am VERY excited about it. We got lots of stuff for just $20. We got about 16 bananas (not exactly sure how many since the little man is half monkey and ate a few before I counted), 5 Red Onions, 6 Green Peppers, 1 Package of Mushrooms, 2 bunches of celery, 6 oranges, broccoli, a bag FULL of red grapes, a head of cauliflower, and about a dozen Gala Apples. Thank you Diana --- I can't wait for the next one!

Wednesday I made a yummy dinner with some of the veggies. Matt said it was too healthy. But it was really good. I just cubed a round steak and sauteed in a little beef broth & seasoned it with some ginger & garlic. When it was cooked to my liking I added the rest of my quart of beef broth & thickened it with a little corn starch. Then I added Green Peppers, Onion & 'Shrooms. We ate with rice.

Thursday -- don't even get me started on the HUGE hassle that I had with RC Willey. I don't think we will EVER shop there again...

Friday -- We got a new TV --- why did I even bother with RC Willey --- THANK YOU BEST BUY.

We had a little bit of a mystery in our driveway on Friday night. We found evidence of a murder.See the outline of Mr. Snow Shovel ---- Don't worry he has been found safe.

Now for the crafty spray paint project.... I helped Santa with this train table. I bought this used coffee table for $15 -- I spray painted it white and then just used acrylic craft paint for the grass & water. I sealed it with a poly-crylic spray. The great thing is that the table is so sturdy & a nice style that if it survives the terrible 3's and the mass chaos of the playroom -- someday it could be a nice piece of living room furniture -- of course I will resurrect it to it's previous beauty.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

My Newest Obsession.....

This post has been inspired by Mama's Losin' It

My Newest Obsession.......

Aside from my ongoing obsession............ my husband......... Whom I love more than anything and I very much appreciate all that he does for the kids and I....

Santa delivered a great little gadget for Christmas that has become my new obsession. Wow I never thought that I would be inspired to exercise but this little gem has come through!Thanks to my Wii Fit I have lost 5 pounds in about a week.... I feel better... and I have tons more energy. It's amazing to me that something that seems so much like a game is really a great way to get a workout.

I am improving my posture and balance..... and waking up every morning with a new pain... Pain is good though --- right??? It means it's working....

I have been exercising 30-45 minutes per day.

Monday, January 5, 2009

We have a WINNER!!!

I wasn't going to announce the winner until tomorrow -- but I couldn't wait!!

With the help of www.randon.org -----

The winner is ------- GREEDY GRACE.......

Here's the list:

There were 23 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. Greedy Grace
  2. Harmonie
  3. Aimee
  4. Aimee
  5. Z's Mom
  6. Our Family
  7. Greedy Grace
  8. Gators Mom
  9. Lewis Family
  10. SarahBug
  11. Greedy Grace
  12. Jani
  13. Marrdy
  14. Mama Dawg
  15. Mariah
  16. M
  17. Glenda
  18. Jani
  19. Mrs B Roth
  20. Nicole
  21. Z'S Mom
  22. Mrs D Miranda
  23. Greedy Grace

Timestamp: 2009-01-05 19:21:06 UTC


Sunday, January 4, 2009

Tomorrow is the deadline!!!

If you haven't entered yet -- you have about 24 hours to do so!!! Go down 2 posts and enter the giveaway for personalized FRUIT ROLL-UPS!!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Nickelback - Far Away

Do you like Nickelback? Have you heard the song Far Away?

Watch this video --- you might cry. I do every time I watch it. But of course my husband is a firefighter.

The beginning of the video I can totally relate too - Matt has had to leave during dinner, parties, love.... more time than I care to count.

Thankfully he has made it home safely every time.... There have been several times that I am totally freaked out and one time that we spent the next day in the ER at the University or Utah Hospital.