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Tuesday Time to Tackle: College Finals Survival Kit

I sit in an unfamiliar room, facing a final exam for a class I completely forgot to attend even once during the semester.  I awaken abruptly, heart pounding, relieved it was only a dream.

College students need a little extra encouragement during the dreaded finals week.  My kids have always appreciated a surprise in the mail to let them know I'm thinking of them and wishing them the best.

Monday Morning in the Kitchen: Blackberry Pie

One of the reasons I decided on "Monday Morning in the Kitchen" was so I could share recipes with my children.  I asked my oldest daughter what recipe she would like to see, and she immediately said, "Blackberry pie!  We ate that all the time when I was little."

Sunday Musings of the Spirit: General Conference Handouts for Visiting Teaching

For May's visiting teaching message, we can choose any of the talks from the latest General Conference.  I'm not sure which message I will decide upon, but I made several different handouts.  Even if you are not a visiting teacher, I hope that you will find these quotes inspirational!

Saturday Sundries: Blogging Returns April 28

Everything is fine here; I just need a bit of a break from blogging to concentrate on my real-life to-do list.  I'll resume posts on April 28th.  Hope you have a wonderful week!

Thanks for the unplugged life.

Friday Family History: Grandma Whitehead Revisited

Tonight, we are attending a church activity all about family history.  We're supposed to bring a story to share, so I'm going to bring a photo and the story about how it came into my possession.  Though I've written about it before, I think it's worth repeating.  I hope you enjoy the post from the past:

Family history research can become a tangled web sometimes.  Trying to keep names, dates, and relationships straight is often a challenge for my mind.  I'm sure as a child I gave my mom more than one glazed-over look when she would try to explain the relationship to me of an ancestor she had just found.  I understand the impulse to just nod along politely, but please, try to keep up with this post because it is just THE COOLEST THING EVER.

Thursday Thoughts: Car Buying is Not What I Expected

A few weeks ago, I shared a bit about John's first car, a Ford Anglia.Debbie fromOur Old Homesteadasked if we still had the car, and I told her no, but that I wanted to be able to surprise John with another Ford Anglia someday.  Well, it wasn't really a surprise, but I actually found one last week!  

Nearly Wordless Wednesday: Spring Flowers in My Garden

Tuesday Time to Tackle: Baby Headbands with Exchangeable Bows

Are you familiar with the school assignment of writing a paragraph describing how to make a peanut butter sandwich?  The teacher then follows the student's steps exactly, to some fairly humorous results. The point of the lesson is to encourage preciseness and clarity.  

Monday Morning in the Kitchen: Artichokes

April brings artichoke season;  I harvested a couple from my garden yesterday.  Saturday's produce box from the co-op also contained artichokes. 

Sunday Musings of the Spirit: Trust and Peace

As I mentioned previously, last week I spent the weekend watching General Conference.  All of the conference talks can be found here.
I've been trying to review the addresses and have been highlighting particular phrases that stand out to me.  Next week I hope to have several quotes from conference prepared in a handout form, but in the meantime, I thought I'd share this statement from Bruce D. Porter's  "Beautiful Mornings" talk:

Friday Family History: Gardening in the Genes

I remember peeling potatoes in my apartment in college and having one of my roommates be absolutely amazed at the potato peeler. 

"What is that?! I've never seen one before!  That looks so much easier than using a knife!  I've got to call my mom and tell her about this!"

I was dumbstruck.  Doesn't everyone have and use a potato peeler?

Thursday Thoughts: The Secret to a Happy Marriage is Good Syrup

John and I celebrate our 26th anniversary this month.Weenjoy a happy marriage, and like to believe that we communicate well.  Recently, though, our youngest daughter told us that the secret to a happy marriage is not good communication, but rather, good syrup.

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday: The Winds They Were A-Blowing

Our weather was particularly blustery this week, resulting in dusty skies, freeway closures, . . .

Blog Maintenance: Bloglovin

Apparently Google Reader is going to be ending.  I'm not exactly sure how this impacts anything, but I've been told that I need to allow my followers to connect via Bloglovin.  

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I'm trying out the Bloglovin instructions; hope this works.

Thanks for change, which forces learning.

Tuesday Time to Tackle: Welcoming New Chicks

I received a call from the post office today.  A package was waiting for me!  I quickly drove to retrieve my awesome box of chirping cuteness.

Monday Morning in the Kitchen: Chocolate-Covered Oreo Cookie Cake

Youngest daughter requested an Oreo cookie cake for her birthday yesterday. 

Sunday Musings of the Spirit: General Conference

It's the first weekend of April, which means it is time for the general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Thanks to technology, we can watch the sessions on television, or online at Here's a 43-second clip from a talk given yesterday by Elaine Dalton.  She reminds us that we are daughters of our loving Heavenly Father, and that that knowledge should empower us.  

Thanks for general conference, and the inspiration we can receive from listening.  (And happy birthday to youngest daughter!)

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Friday Family History: Zillow as a Resource

Have you ever visited's a real estate site, where you can type in an address and learn all about that particular house.You can see a satellite view of the property and, in many instances, a street-view as well. 

Thursday Thoughts: Buying Children's Used Items

As you might remember, I enjoy shopping at thrift stores, and now that I'm a grandma, I enjoy shopping for my granddaughter.

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday: Spring in My Garden

Tuesday Time to Tackle: Stop that Running Toilet!

Do you remember the SNL skit with Dana Carvey as the elder President George Bush explaining that "the bathroom in the Lincoln bedroom will run all night unless you jiggle the handle"? Well, Barbara could have easily fixed that with this handy kit:

Monday Morning in the Kitchen: Roast Lamb

For our Easter dinner, I adapted this recipefor roast lamb. John prefers his meat on the pink side; but you could easily roast it longer.