We Seek After
These Things
Recently returned from serving the people of Honduras for 3 years

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Whew - just a little back logged around here . . .

Things are getting a little out of hand around here . . .

I think it started back in August when lovely daughter, handsome son-in-law and most darling grandbaby cakes moved to Ohio . . . you know I simply must go visit them as often as possible, can't let that darling baby be learnng all sorts of new tricks, crawling around and getting into things without knowing how much her grandma loves and adores her now can I?

Then we received a yummy new IMac computer for Christmas - and it's taken quite some time to back up the old and get it all transferred over to the new . . . QUITE some time!!

Also, for some crazy reason we decided it really was necessary to do some updating and remodeling around the house (which I PROMISE! I will have some photos on the blog soon - but you can see them on my FLICKR account here)  . . .  all of which was leading up to us putting our home on the  . . .

REALestate  MARKET . . .

AND guess what . . . ???   After two weeks on the market - it SOLD!

So . . . truly things are just a little bit back logged around here.

But I'm excited - just coming into the busy wedding season and I have some gorgeous photography sessions in the works!

Just thought I'd pass along that I'm really trying to catch things up on the blog over at

Pickled Pepper PHotography!

So if anyone wants to click the button and go take a look . . .

I'd love you soooooo muches's!!

You can see the lovely Emily Smolka Wedding

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The awesome Jenny and Jared engagements.

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I'm just pleased as punch to be making SOME progress SOME where :D

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Just a Craving for a Little of This . . .

I've got into my head the need
to make something


So I'm thinking about this . . .

(Looks lovely - don't ya think!!??)


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest plus 3/4 cup lemon juice (from 3 lemons)
  • 8 large eggs, whites and yolks separated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups raspberries (6 ounces)
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


  1. Wrap outside of a 3 1/2-cup souffle mold or four 6-ounce ramekins with parchment, extending 2 to 3 inches above rim (it should fit snugly). Secure with tape; set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together granulated sugar, lemon zest and juice, egg yolks, and salt over medium-high. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and small bubbles form around edge of pan, about 5 minutes (do not boil). Immediately remove from heat while continuing to whisk. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a heatproof bowl, pressing on lemon curd with a rubber spatula.
  3. Place plastic wrap directly against surface of curd and refrigerate until cool, about 30 minutes (or up to overnight).
  4. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat egg whites on high until stiff peaks form, 2 minutes. Gently fold egg whites into cooled lemon curd. In the same large bowl, beat cream on high until stiff peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. Gently fold whipped cream into lemon curd mixture. Pour into mold and freeze until firm, 6 hours (or up to overnight). To serve, remove parchment, top with raspberries and dust with confectioners' sugar.

Be lettin' you know
how it goes . . .

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Just another lovely day in the Ohio

Except for today . . .

I read this

And . . .

It's my favorite :)

So yes, it's a very good day . . .


Book of Mormon
10th Chapter

Yep, the whole thing . . . full of good things top to bottom

But just thought I'd share this little smidgen . . .

"And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true;  and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." - Moroni 10:4-5

Sunday, March 11, 2012

"Love" er-ly Shower!

Cute . . . cute . . . cute!

So excited we will be showering my cute little daughter-in-law
this week . . .

Whooooo . . . . is this little guy going to be?

We don't know yet - parents are undecided about his name.

The planned decor . . . (thank you PINTEREST :)
from . . .

"Cupcakes take the Cake"

"Mary plus Vince"

"Style Blue Print"

"Hostess with the Mostess"

I'll post the REAL live shots from the shower and you'll see how we brought it all together!
Check back really soon!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Words of Wisdom

I read these words of wisdom on a friends
this morning . . .

They are so appropriate for my thoughts and posts here at -
"We Seek after THESE things"

She is an amazing woman . . .

She is Momza to 7 children. Granmomza "Zaza" to two. Doula, Home Stager, Lover of the Colorado Rockies, South Carolina Peaches, Florida native. 

And she is married to Mr. Wonderful.

I know why . . .

We're All Teachers

This is for my yahoos.
It's important so pay attention.

We teach others how to treat us.
By our words and by our actions,
we teach others
what we believe in,
what we stand for,
what we'll act upon
and what we won't.
We teach others how much we'll put up with.
What we'll ignore and
what we'll bend on.

Now think about that.

DSC00320 cr We want people to take us on our word, right?
Best make sure we know what "our word" is
before we teach others how to treat us, hunh?

Others teach us how to treat them
so you would be wise to pay attention.
If your friends say one thing and do another--
it's the things they DO that they really believe in.

If they lie to someone else in front of you,
they will lie to you.
If they gossip about someone else TO you,
your name will be on their lips
as they gossip ABOUT you to someone else.
If they tell you they don't have alot of friends,
there's a reason for that--
and it's not always for the obvious reasons
so pay attention.
If they say they have a hard time with moral expectations,
believe them and be careful.
Whether it's being honest or being morally clean--
they haven't figured out the value of those character traits yet
and they're not going to change for you.

The truth is,
not everyone you meet is going to
like you
be honest with you
or be kind.

And there will most certainly be people
you just plain won't like--
it doesn't give you permission to be rude to them--
you get no "passes" for bad behavior
just because you don't like something about someone.
you can acknowledge them while they are in your presence
and keep going.
That "keep going" part
is important.

To girls who're dating:

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A young man who says he "doesn't keep friends"
"hold onto people"
indicates he hasn't figured out how to appreciate others.
He's selfish.
And you can't fix him
anymore than he can fix you.

If he says he'll call and he doesn't--
he's a man who doesn't keep his word.
Move on.
Move on.
If he says he has a hard time figuring things out--
you'll be one of those "things" category.
Move on.
If he blames others for his failures,
you'll be in the "others" category soon
if you stay there.
Move on.
Move on.

The truth is,
we can't change others
anymore than
they can change us.

We can influence.
We can encourage.
We can "accompany" progress,
but we can't push, pull, beg, or bribe
someone to become better than they are
for us.
Truth is,
most often,
people change
when life dictates
that they have
no other choice.
And some people take the long scenic road
to change.

The worst thing you can do in life
is to become friends with
someone you want to change.
It will end badly.
And one more thing:
BE careful to "bait your hook"
for the kind of "fish"
you want to catch.
If you want a modest, honorable companion,
then make sure your bait
is modest and honorable.
To bait with anything else
will get you a "catch" you may not like.


And back to YOU-_
if you want to be treated FAIRLY,
BE Fair.
if you want to be RESPECTED
then be Respectful.
if you want FORGIVENESS,
then be Forgiving.
If you want a soft answer,
ask a soft question.
If you want to be LOVED,
then BE Loving.

It's all so simple.
We're All Teachers.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

BEST date night EVER!

There is so much going on around here . . .

There is so much that needs to be said . . .

There are so many things I could update the blog with right now . . .


This is an easy one!

(and that's all I can say right now :)

The amazing Kurt Bestor
(Oh my goodness . . . we are such fans!
YES, that is an IPad he is reading his music off of . . .

The absolutely incredible
(we are way beyond fans!)

I truly can't believe these incredible pianists shared the
same stage at the 
in Provo Utah

Even now . . .
My heart is still pounding . . .

Best date night ever . . .

(I didn't take these amazing photos BTW - thank you to the 
Covey Center for sharing!!)

If you are not fans,
better check them out on ITunes or Spotify
you are sure to be as amazed as I :)

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