Saturday, April 30, 2011

Circle of Friends

I have a circle of friends.  I remember my very first friend, her name was Beverly Crossfield.  I'm not sure where she is today.  But I think of her from time to time.  Our friendship started when we were probably three or four.  Crazy that I would remember her but I do.  Fast forward to today and over the years my circle of friends has grown and grown.  Many friends have passed through my life much like Beverly never to be seen or heard from again.  I'm not saddened by that, as the memories and the things I've learned and gained from these friends have become part of me. 

Friday, April 29, 2011


I have a sweet tooth sometimes.  Sometimes more than I want to have one.  I was thinking about what I would consider my favorite candy bar.  I know there must be many but for some reason the only one I can think of at this very moment in time is this one:
There is just something about the soft fluffy middle that I just love.  There are others I love but I think this one today and in years past has always been my number one favorite!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tender Spot

Yesterday, April 27th was the anniversary of Lola's death.  Not necessarily my favorite time to remember but when it happened a friend shared this: When C.S. Lewis lost his wife, Joy, he wrote "the pain now is part of the happiness then..."  She was a happy, happy dog.  She made me happy. I think of her a lot and that is my favorite part.  My memory of her.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Driving The Hill

Now that I'm a solo driver I've gained a different appreciate for the hill.  And I've decided my favorite way to drive it is when no one else is driving on it with me.  It does and can happen.  Like yesterday morning.  Well for most of the ride up and over I was the only one headed to the other side.  It is not my favorite when someone is pushing behind me; there aren't many passing lanes.  But then it isn't great fun being behind a first timer.  Sorry but first timers shouldn't be on the hill during commute time..........just sayin'!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

More New Favorite Goodness

Chocolate - Peanut Butter Grahamwiches
(Courtesy of The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook)

Whole Chocolate Graham Crackers
Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter
Frozen Fat-Free Whipped Topping, thawed

Break each graham cracker in half. Spread a teaspoon of peanut butter evenly over the inside of half the graham cracker. Spread 2 tablespoons whipped topping evenly on the other half of the graham cracker. Take the peanut butter half and place on top of the whipped topping half.  Place your "grahamwiches" in the freezer in an airtight container.  Freeze for about 2 hours or up to 1 month.  Serve frozen.

My variation:

I used regular graham crackers, since I couldn't find the chocolate ones.
I also tried the Nutella and peanut butter combination, it was lovely!
These little babies are my new favorite yummy goodness evening treat!

Monday, April 25, 2011

New Favorite Goodness

I'm always looking for tasty good things to prepare.  Trying to do more fresh ingredient cooking.  More scratch stuff.  Well my boss has been eating this concoction for breakfast that just looks so tasty to me and apparently this concoction has been around forever.  But it is new to me.  It's called Joe's Special.  Fixed it Saturday morning and well, it is my new favorite breakfast food.  And pretty healthy I would say.  I made it with turkey.  Very yummy and I suspect it will make for great leftovers.  Leftovers another favorite!

Joe's Special

• 1 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
• 1 tablespoon butter
• Splash or two of Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce
• 1 pounds lean ground beef or ground turkey
• 1 medium onions, finely chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
• 1/2 pound mushrooms, chopped
• 3/4 teaspoons salt
• 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1/4 teaspoon dry oregano
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper
• 3/4 to 1 pound fresh spinach, trimmed of stems and chopped, or one 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
• 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
• Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, as desired (and who doesn't desire that?)


Crack the eggs into a small bowl and add the Tabasco, salt, oregano, nutmeg and pepper. Whisk just enough to combine. Set aside.

Warm the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat until the butter melts. Add the onion and sauté until soft but not beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add the ground beef (or turkey) and continue cooking until uniformly brown, breaking the meat into small pieces as it cooks. Add garlic. Stir in mushrooms and cook for about 2 minutes. Cover with the spinach, place a lid over the mixture, and cook for about 3 minutes, just until the spinach wilts. (If using frozen spinach, cook, covered, for 1 minute, just to take off its raw edge.)

Stir the spinach into the meat, cooking briefly to eliminate excess liquid if the mixture seems watery. Pour the egg mixture over all, stirring with a spatula from the bottom until the eggs begin to set. Remove from the heat and stir a few more times, as the eggs cook through from the residual heat. At this point add the freshly grated Parmesan cheese and combine into mixture. Also, top each serving with the Parmesan cheese. Serve and enjoy!
It's good, I'm telling you!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ask Me Anything

Life is full of questions. The month of April has been full of questions it seems. Many of the answers have come from quiet contemplation. When I'm still and listen thoughtfully the answers always come. This I can count on.

But there are other kinds of questions in life. I call them my encyclopedia type questions and when I don’t know the answer to those questions I know who does. I know Google knows.  Go ahead ask it anything it just knows. 

My favorite place to go for my answers!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Kid's Say

I have to say I think the things kid's say are one of my favorite things.  They crack me up.  Recently Gran-daughter 3 told me she had a dark side and couldn't have any candy.  Really, a dark side?  
Interesting.  The truth of the matter is the girl has a cavity.  At the dentist office she was told she had a dark spot on her tooth which has translated to her as a dark side.  It is my favorite thing to hear her talk about, her dark side.  I can't stop laughing about it and visualizing her serious look when she talks about this dark side of hers.  Grans they say my favorite things.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mr. Man

Well of course Mr. Man is my favorite; that's not even a wonderment!  So I asked him what his favorite thing was and he said, “watching our kids raise their kids!” “Interacting with their kids.”  “Parenting their kids!”  What a great favorite thing, I couldn't agree more.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Coming and Going

My favorite thing is the going, the visiting, the seeing!  I do have a lot of favorite things.  Most are just simple delights of living. Nothing fancy.  Nothing earth shattering.  But there is one thing that is just really not my favorite after all the going, the visiting, the seeing and that is the leaving. Leaving is just not my favorite thing.  I guess not everything can be a favorite!

This airline by the way is my favorite!
They take me to see my favorite people!
And I love them for that!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


My favorite frozen dairy thing is ice cream and yogurt!  Sometimes I wish it wasn't so much my favorite.  Like when my pants don't fit!

Monday, April 18, 2011


My favorite thing is that no matter where I am in the world on Sunday I can go to church and what is spoken there will be words I need to hear. Every time no matter what!

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Favorite time! When all the very energetic grans are down for the night and all you can hear is silence! Love them but this SuSu needs to re-charge because tomorrow is another busy day with some of my favorite little people!

Saturday, April 16, 2011


So this is the deal. If I've said it once I've said it a million times "grans should of had them first!" They are just my favorite thing! And can I just say it is also my favorite thing to play all day with them.

Friday, April 15, 2011


I love surprises.  I love to surprise other people but I really love to be surprised.  It is definitely my favorite thing to have happen, especially when it adds extra grans to the equation.

Boy was I!

Thursday, April 14, 2011


My favorite day of the week is Thursday.  The reason is because it reminds me of Christmas Eve.  For me Christmas Eve is about anticipation and about hope for the grand holiday Christmas itself.  Well, Thursday is like that to me only on a weekly basis.  Thursday, the eve of great things to come.  And that is why Thursday is my favorite day!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

At the Movies

There are certain lines from the movies that are just my favorite. I love that sometimes these lines, which are stored away deep inside my brain, know when to come back to me at just the right moment. One that has been particularly useful as of late is "clear the mechanism."  It's my favorite line.  Because sometimes you just have to clear your mind and move on.  It is so freeing.  Now, can you name that movie?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Growing up the favorite thing to do on the weekends with my mom, my aunt and my cousin was to head to Sacramento for a day of fun shopping.  The mother’s would go one way and my cousin and I would go another way.  We would meet up several hours later, amazing we could do that, no phones, no worries.  I don’t remember big purchases just the joy of looking and looking and looking.  I don’t even remember trying on clothes.  My mom was a seamstress so all my clothes we made especially for me.  I loved it that way.  Now shoes that was another story I’m pretty sure that shoes were always tried on.  Shopping then was so different than shopping now.  My favorite place to shop, my favorite way to shop hands down is here!  It doesn’t get better than that.  Order it one day and it is here the next.  Okay sometimes I have to wait two days.  But no leaving the house. I can shop and watch a movie.  I can shop in the middle of the night.  I can shop in my pajamas. Simply my favorite way to shop.

Mr. Man loves my favorite
place to shop too!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Pick a Color

My favorite colors when I was a child were green and yellow.  Green being the number one favorite.  But today, although I love those two colors my new favorite color is red.  It can be no other way.  Red is who I am!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Nap

One of my most favorite things to do on Sunday afternoon is to take a nap.  I don't take them as much anymore; it messes up my nighttime sleep pattern.  Nevertheless it is still a favorite thing to indulge in!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Dogs 101

My favorite thing to watch is Dottie watching Dogs 101.  It's her favorite show.  Sometimes I'm afraid she is going to jump up on the television cabinet.  She gets so excited when the dogs on the television start to bark.  It is the funniest thing to see.  It's my favorite thing to watch .....  her watching television!

She loved the boxer!

Friday, April 8, 2011


My favorite season is Spring, well and sometimes Summer too.  Spring is the season that tries.  My favorite part of Spring is that it eases me into Summer.  Of course on the days Spring longs to still be in Winter, then it's not so much my favorite. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011


I love words. I know, no secret but there are two words that are my most favorite words ever.

Obedience: This word is my first most best favorite word. My love for the word obedience goes way back. This word just works for me in so many ways. One year my children gave me this word for Christmas.  Best most memorable favorite present ever.

Hope: This word is my new second most best favorite word. It’s such a great word. It is such a favorite word that I wear it around my neck every day. It's a great reminder of this great new second most best favorite word.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Fairytale Town

Fairytale Town is my favorite place to take my grans when they come to town.  It was my favorite place to take our children.  It was my favorite place to go as a child.  This favorite place is as old as me.  Crazy!  Everyone should take their kids or grans or just themselves.  It will become your favorite place too, it will take you back.  It takes me back.  It’s magic. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Driving Miss Daisy

We are drivers.  We are commuters.  For the last eight years I have been a passenger.  Being a passenger is my favorite thing.   I love to ride along.  I can read.  I can chat.  I can work on my iPad.  I can plan. I can play. I can sleep.  Yes, from time to time I do my own driving.  But hands down being a passenger in Mr. Man’s car is my favorite thing!  I must say Monday morning I was a bit melancholy knowing I would be solo and maybe, hopefully, please tell me only for a short while.  I miss my driver.  Just glad he won’t be gone long because this I know!

Monday, April 4, 2011


As you know Conference weekend is just about one of our favorite weekends of all time. It is the most peaceful and inspiring weekends of the year. But what makes it even better is spending this favorite weekend with friends. Thanks R and L for making our favorite weekend even better!

Sunday, April 3, 2011


There is a hymn "Sweet is the Peace the Gospel Brings" that I've always loved.  Its melody is so comforting but mostly it is the calming lyrics that speak to me.

Sweet is the peace the gospel brings,
 to seeking minds and true. 
With light refulgent on its wings,
it clears the human view.

Today I can say without a doubt my favorite thing is the PEACE the gospel brings to me and my family.  It is through this peace that I am who I am and they are who they are.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

First Favorite

Months ago when I decided I wanted to blog every day for a year and months ago when I made my list of monthly themes and decided April would be about my favorite things little did I realize it would be the perfect theme to get me through a month that could possibly be full of dog bites and bee stings.  In fact this morning when I got up I didn't even know the bees were starting to swarm around me. (Dogs don't bite me.) In fact when Mr. Man called me to tell me he had been laid off all I could think about was this one thing.  This one favorite thing that I love so much.  This one thing that we enjoy twice a year, every year.  Today is the start of one of my favorite things!  It couldn't have come at a better time.

Friday, April 1, 2011

April 1

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad

You know this song.  It makes me want to sing but I won't.  I love it. There are lots of memories behind it for me.  But the memories will remain for a time in March because April is all about favorite things.  What are your favorite things?  Join me for the next thirty days of Favorite Things!