Hamburger Faces

SONY DSC1 can 8-ounce tomato sauce

1 pound ground beef

½ cup dry bread crumbs

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon oregano

½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Tomato pieces for the mouths

Black or pimiento stuffed olives for the eyes

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, salt, oregano and ½ of the tomato sauce.

Divide mixture into 4 equal parts and form them into circles on a jelly roll pan.

Flatten each one and then pinch the edges of them to make a rim that will hold the sauce.

Divide the remaining tomato sauce between all four meat patties.

Bake at 425 degrees 15 – 20 minutes

While the meat is baking slice your olives and tomato for the faces.

When the meat is done remove it from the oven and turn the oven off.

Make your faces using the mozzarella for the face, the cheddar for the hair, olives for eyes and the tomato for the mouths.

Put the pan back in the warm oven to melt the cheese and you have a fun and easy meal for your kids !

Cracked Pot


I had an eye-opening experience this week that I thought I would share. For most of my life I have been very active and physically fit. I used to tease my boys when they were teenagers about trying to keep up with me on walks and hiking. I love the outdoors and one of my favorite things is hiking in the Uintah mountains. There are so many trails and beautiful lakes if you go far enough in you can find lakes that are so crystal clear you can see all the way to the bottom and watch the fish swimming. There are not enough places with such unspoiled beauty left in the world today.

For the last 16 years of my life, I have not been able to enjoy the wonderful mountainous backcountry that I love so much. On Halloween day October 31st, 2000 I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Over the last 16 years, my life has changed so much. I gave myself shots every week for the first 7 years and then decided to go with a more natural course of treatment. The day I stopped those shots was a very scary one because my doctor promised me if I did that soon I would be in a wheelchair. Well, it is 9 years later and you probably would never know that there was anything wrong with me by just looking at me. I still have aches and pains and my legs won’t take me up a mountain anymore but I am doing remarkably well.

This week I witnessed someone with MS fall out of their walker seat and they could not get back up. They required someone to lift them off the floor and back into a chair. It is hard for me to not be able to hike anymore but this experience really made me stop and think about how grateful I should be for all the things that I am still able to do; God has truly blessed me! God made all of us just the way we are and no matter what our circumstances we each have great value and purpose in his plan as this story shows.

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A water bearer in India had two large pots, one hung on each end of a pole, which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it. While the other pot was perfect, and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the mistress’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years, this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to her master’s house.

The perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream: “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”

Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?”

“I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your mistress’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in her compassion, she said, “As we return to the mistress’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some.

But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?

“That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them.

“For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my mistress’s table. Without you being just the way you are, she would not have this beauty to grace her house.”

We all need to see ourselves as God sees us, perfect just as we are!

Window Cleaner


For those of us that do windows this is a great recipe!

Window cleaner

1-gallon water

1 small bottle alcohol

½ cup clear Ammonia

1 Tablespoon white vinegar

1 tablespoon Dawn Dish washing liquid

Mix ingredients in the order they are listed. This makes enough to fill a spray bottle and the rest can be stored in a gallon jug for use as the spray bottle needs refilling. This works great leaving windows streak free and is very cost effective too!

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Disneyland The Happiest Place On Earth!

I just got home from a wonderful vacation to Disneyland with my daughter and her three children. We got there just in time to participate in all the special celebrations for their 60th Birthday. It was so wonderful for us because our family shares a couple of special dates with them. My husband was born on the same day as Walt Disney December 5th and in the same year that Disneyland opened 60 years ago.

As we stood in line for the ride Space Mountain my thoughts drifted back to the last time that I was there nearly twenty years earlier with my own boys. It was July, blistering hot and of course the line was very long, back then there was no such thing as fast pass. All of a sudden something very unexpected happened. There was a man standing in line just a few feet from us that reminded me very much of Mr. T from the A Team, complete with the layers of gold chains around his neck. He burst into song and encouraged the whole crowd to join him. What was so remarkable about it was the song he chose, I’m A Little Tea Pot, complete with all the actions. I am positive that no one but him could have pulled it off. It didn’t stop there he had everyone in that huge line singing children’s songs until we were finally on the ride.

The next day we were once again standing in line for Space Mountain (it is my favorite ride). The boys in line behind us were probably about 14 or 15 years old and looked to be somewhat rough around the edges. I was so surprised when I overheard them say “do you think we can do it without him.” I knew exactly what they meant, they must have been in the crowd the day before.  I never would have expected it from the Mr. T look alike or these two young boys, but it sure made for some good entertainment while waiting in line. Disneyland truly is a magical place!

I love these quotes from Walt Disney:

We did it Disneyland, in the knowledge that most of the people I talked to thought it would be a financial disaster – closed and forgotten within the first year. – Walt Disney
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It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. – Walt Disney
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All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney
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“Disneyland will never be complete “and as the future will show us, with enough imagination, it will continue to build and grow on one enduring promise – that all who journey into its magical gates will feel forever young. And the magic as Walt assured us will never end.

This has certainly been true for me and my family in all of our visits. I am so grateful for the good that you can still find in the world today! I hope that each of us will pursue our dreams just as Walt did and make our own magic!

Even after his death they continue to have the fireworks every night in Walt Disney’s honor. He said that they were like a kiss good night.

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Best Carpet Cleaner Ever!


When my children were young we built a beautiful brand new house. I had the bright idea to put in a very light colored carpet. Let’s see little kids, light carpet, obviously I didn’t think things through. They ran around making spills and spots on the carpet and I went around after them cleaning up. I noticed that everywhere I had cleaned up a spill it would look good for a while but then the spot would come back. So I would clean them again and again and they just kept coming back. One day I was having the carpets professionally cleaned and the guy was telling me that he would have to pretreat all these spots. I told him they were all places that I had already cleaned, but the spots came back. This kind man explained to me the cleaner that I was using had left a residue on the carpet and so everywhere I cleaned something up, dirt would then stick to that residue as people walked around and the spots would return. Then he did something that made the rest of my life easier. He gave me the following recipe for carpet cleaner that won’t leave a residue. Wow what a difference now when I clean up a spot it stays clean. At least until someone spills something again! I hope it makes your life easier too!

Carpet Cleaner

1 cup water

1 cup vinegar

1 cup Ammonia

Mix and store in a spray bottle until needed.

Please post in the comments below your great cleaning tips.

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The Top

Last week I shared a recipe that I hope you enjoyed. This week I would like to go back to some food for thought. Many years ago I read a quote that said “the only place in life that you can start at the top is digging a hole.” I have pondered on this for some time and these are the conclusions that I have come to.

I don’t believe that there is a top. I think that all of us have this lofty place in mind that we believe we will reach one day. Picturing ourselves attaining that goal of finally making it, with everything we have ever dreamed of dropped right in our laps never having to work for anything again.

I believe that we all start at the bottom coming into this world as helpless sweet innocent babies completely and totally dependent on our parents to care for our every need. As we grow, develop and learn we inch our way up higher and higher. Some might be faster than others and some might even trip and fall backwards, but the important thing is to stick with it and keep moving up always progressing for the rest of our lives. I do believe along the way God blesses us with amazing things but no matter how good things are they can always improve. If there were a top, we could not continue to progress higher and higher which is what God wants for us.

I have had many experiences over the years some have brought me more joy than I could have ever imagined and others have been heart wrenchingly difficult. I believe that every one of them has been a contributing factor in my progression to work my way closer to what God wants me to be.

The important thing I think is to not let ourselves get discouraged or overwhelmed when things aren’t going exactly like we thought they should. We all just need to start wherever we are at in that moment of life and look at what the next step is. At some points we might move forward in leaps and bounds and others we may have to inch our way a little at a time. Success lies in just taking the next step over and over continually progressing to greater and greater heights until we ourselves are soaring and reach a point where we are ready to help others progress on their journey! I believe our lives are much like this little story.

The Piano Master

A mother wishing to encourage her son’s progress at the piano, bought tickets to a Paderewski performance. When the evening arrived, they found their seats near the front of the concert hall and eyed the majestic Steinway waiting on the stage. Soon the mother found a friend to talk to, and the boy slipped away. At eight o’clock, the lights in the auditorium began to dim, the spotlight came on, and only then did they notice the boy up on the piano bench, innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” His mother gasped, but before she could retrieve her son, the master appeared on the stage and quickly moved to the keyboard. He whispered to the boy, “don’t quit. Keep playing. “Leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in the bass part. Soon his right arm reached around the other side and improvised a delightful obbligato. Together, the old master and the young novice held the crowd mesmerized. In our lives, unpolished though we may be, it is the Master who surrounds us and whispers in our ear time and time again, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.” And as we do, He augments and supplements until a work of amazing beauty is created.

So I say don’t quit just keep on playing and of course!

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Puffed Rice Balls

Puffed Rice Balls

1 – 6-ounce package of your favorite flavor Jell-O

1 cup sugar

1 cup Light Karo Syrup

8 cups Puffed Rice Cereal

Mix above ingredients except the Puffed Rice and heat slowly on low heat just until sugar is dissolved then bring it to a boil stirring constantly. Boil no more than 30 seconds or it will go hard. Remove from heat and add Puffed Rice or popcorn if you prefer. Stir to coat all of the Puffed Rice and then form it into balls. Put a little butter on your hands to keep it from sticking to your hands while forming the balls.

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