Garden Veggies

Garden Veggies
Made into tile for my stove backsplash

Portland Rose Garden

Portland Rose Garden
Mike and my 2 youngest sons Ian and Leif

Grandson Michael's Birthday 2014 throwing water balloons

Grandson Michael's Birthday 2014 throwing water balloons
With son Beau, Grandson Luke and his mom Jennifer


I cut this out of a wedding line. I must take more pictures of her.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


I have spent the year in the Canary Islands cooking a lot for Young Adults and Missionaries.  In spite of the many cooking problems I have here I  have discovered a few recipes, that I will continue to make on a regular basis, in my cooking life.

Crusty Foccacia Bread
 Sometimes I make this bread 3 times a week.  It is amazingly easy, makes 16 big pieces, is great for sandwiches and adored by young adults and missionaries.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake
 Missionaries love anything peanut butter and this is always a big hit.

Parmesan Semolina Dumplings
I don't make  this for missionaries or my husband, but for favorite lunch

Cornbread Taco Salad
This is a little different taco salad  for a summer picnic, which can be made ahead easily.

Crock Pot Pulled Chicken Tacos
This Recipe  is so easy and delicious for a taco salad, tacos, burritos or a taco casserole.  I have also used bar-b-Que sauce to cook the chicken for making sandwiches .

The Best Chocolate Cake
This Cake is as easy as a box cake and everyone loves it.  I make a cake for all the
missionary birthdays and this is the favorite (The Valor Cocoa here is awesome)

Peanut Butter Poke Cake

 This cake is  Peanut butter  creamy and delicious made using The Best Chocolate Cake recipe. 

Jewel Roasted Potatoes
 I actually made this potato dish before coming on the mission.  Beets are hard to find here and I don't have a good roasting oven so I haven't made them, but can't wait to return home and make them again.  They are pretty and delicious.