Thursday, July 31, 2008
I carry a lot of stuff (crap?) to work and back. My calendar. Photocards. A bottle of water. An umbrella. My green and brown folder filled with articles to read, things to do, things to mail, etc. Tonight as I was walking from the subway station to my car I decided I would weigh my bag and purse when I got home.
They weighed 18 pounds!
Tonight I sat on the couch and sorted through all of my stuff (crap!) and lightened my load.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I turned around in church today and saw my friends John, Katie and Sweet Sarah Barrus! They live in California so it was a big surprise to see them in Boston!! They dropped by tonight to visit (and John fixed my iPod--hooray!) and I'll see them in a few days. It's always a treat to see good friends.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Tonight I went to an outdoor bridal shower for R'el, one of "my young women" (I was the president when she was a Beehive). She's getting married one month from today in New York City. It was fun to hear how she and Manuel met. My gift was a set of 8 purple paisley cloth napkins which I'm sure will look nice on their table in Brooklyn.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Two of my friends were interested in learning how to make a dress and put in a zipper. We met one night last week and cut out out the pattern pieces. We met tonight to do some serious sewing. We'll have one more class to finish up the dresses (all they need is bias tape around the arms and neck. Pretty cute dresses; I can't wait to see their little girls in them! They both have been excellent students and I'm excited to see what they'll sew next!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
My sister-in-law and niece go to Girls Camp today. I sent a package to my niece recently for a special occasion so I decided my sister-in-law should get a care package while she's at camp. Friday night I looked through lots of albums of old photos and found this one of Kim and Robes taken in Scottsboro, Alabama when they were newly married. It was exactly what I was looking for and I think it's a great picture. I made her the polka dot headband (click here for the free pattern) and will toss some non-meltable candy in the package for her enjoyment.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
My friends and their families came over tonight to help me hang my red and white quilt (72x99) and enjoy homemade vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookies. My dream came true! My beautiful quilt is finally on the wall in my living room! Thank you Tadd, Eric and Jamie!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
The missionaries were on their way to do some service and I was on my way to work. We had a nice visit (where have you served, how long have you been in Boston, etc.) until I hopped off the train and headed to work. I didn't get far before I realized that I should have taken a picture of his missionary tag. Darn!
Fast forward to tonight. I was walking to my car which was parked on my friend's street near the subway station. I looked ahead of me and there were two missionaries walking towards me. I was hoping it was Elder PattEn (he lives in that neighborhood) and it was! I got my camera out, greeted him and asked if I could take a picture of his tag ---for my blog!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I've lived in Boston twenty years and have never been to Nantucket until today! I went with four very fun friends and we had a great day! I love Nantucket!! It was everything I thought it would be!
We left at 6:45am this morning, drove to Hyannis, hopped on the boat at 9:20am and was there by 11:10am. We strolled through the town and decided to eat lunch first. We asked a local (we named him "Lenny") if he could suggest a good seafood restaurant. He was carving lobster buoys on a bench and put his tools in a truck and told us to follow him instead of giving us directions. We were a bit worried about where we'd end up but he led us to Sayle's Seafood and the food was delicious! I got a lobster roll (in a hamburger bun!) and some of the best coleslaw I've ever had. And a Nantucket Nectar. Thank you, Lenny!
After lunch we walked back into town, looked in more shops and then took a cab to Sankaty Head Light. [I've been wanting to see a striped lighthouse for years!] The light house was moved recently and we were not able to get too close. After taking lots of photos we walked 1/3 of a mile to the bus stop. The bus took us back into town. My friend struck up a conversation with one of the bus employees who said he sold his house on an 11,000 square foot lot for $4 million. Wow! We did some more shopping (I bought postcards, of course, and found a great Nantucket t-shirt for $8), got ice cream ("lobstah trap") and then boarded the boat bound for Hyannis. We had dinner at Taco Bell and drove home!
Today was one of my favorite summer days ever! I'm looking forward to exploring more of Nantucket!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Laree is the youngest of ten and the only one still at home. And, she's delightful! Tonight was her birthday party. A bunch of us who have watched the LaPierre kids grow up and are crazy about them shared in the celebration (cookies and yummy homemade ice cream). Happy 17th Birthday, Laree!!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Comments: The chilled dough isn't as easy to scoop. They take longer to bake. I like the sea salt on the top. They are bigger than my usual chocolate chip cookies. I don't like waiting 24-36 hours for the dough to chill. But, they are good! I've got two tins worth to take to work tomorrow.
The recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies (from the New York Times, July 9, 2008)
2 cups minus 2 tablespoons
(8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate disks or fèves, at least 60 percent cacao content (see note)
1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.
3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.
4. Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day. Eat warm, with a big napkin.
Yield: 1 1/2 dozen 5-inch cookies.
Note: Disks are sold at Jacques Torres Chocolate; Valrhona fèves, oval-shaped chocolate pieces, are at Whole Foods.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
The recipe says to chill the dough for 24-36 hours so I won't bake the cookies until tomorrow night. Stay tuned for a full assessment (and a photo). I have a feeling these cookies are going to taste just like the Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies that I make.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
I've been wanting to put this photo on my blog and finally dug it out tonight. It was taken at a family reunion in northern California back in 1981. I remember that was the summer Robes and Chuck decided to grow their hair (it's the perfect time, especially if you were a BYU student like Robes was). John was on his mission in Sweden or he might have been the winner.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Some friends went on vacation for two weeks and I offered to water plants, bring in their mail and make sure everything was OK at their house. The night before they got home I left them some milk, bread and fruit so they wouldn't have to rush to the store. They brought me a bag of these cookies from the wild west (you can't get them here).
My friend sent me this email: You're so nice. Thanks for the milk, berries!! and bread. Thanks for watering stuff and feeding the sea monkeys! : ] We're rested now, and eating toast.
SEA MONKEYS?!? I TOTALLY FORGOT TO FEED THE SEA MONKEYS!!!
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
One summer the girls in my ward and boys in my ward had girls camp and scout camp the same week. We had "mail call" every day at lunchtime and Sister Swan, the Camp Director, would stand on a chair and call your name if you got a letter. One day six girls in my ward received postcards...from six boys in my ward. I remember that Sister Swan read all of them OUTLOUD! They were all really funny and embarrassing, and I can only remember what one of them said: You are the Queen of Hearts in my deck of cards. Here is a picture of the six culprits holding pieces of paper with the girl's names that they sent their postcard to. That's Stephen Duford, bottom right, who sent me mine, though I wished Brad Royal, top center, had sent it to me. That's my brother, bottom center, with the big grin (he really liked Mindy). My mom was behind this clever prank. She provided the scouts with our camp address and probably gave each of them a postcard stamp!
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
A dear friend sent me this gift that arrived today! I love the color (duh) and that it came with two bowls. One is in the freezer right now. July 4th...ice cream...I can't wait!
Leave a comment with your favorite flavor of ice cream by Thursday night at midnight (EST) and I'll post the random winner on the 4th of July and they will get an ice cream-related prize.
One of my favorites is peppermint (don't worry---I won't win my own contest).