Thursday, December 10, 2009

Pope is making the news

This month my Dad is retiring from his position as CEO of US Synthetic and he and my mom are moving to Kenya. For the last 10 years, my dad heart has been in Kenya. Striving to help families who face life threatening poverty to become economically self reliant. He started a micro-credit bank in Kenya, and he also plans on starting other enterprises to create jobs while he is there.
KSL featured him on the news (look for my fat face in the red on stage briefly). He was also featured on the front page of the Deseret News last saturday. Proud of you dad, can't wait to get over to Kenya with you!

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Brigham Young's Doughnuts


My blog is getting lame. It only took me a year to get bored of it. Blogging is soooo 2009. So it will probably continue to be lame for a while, but my blog is helpful when I have no desire to clean my house. I know I can post a blog entry! Sit down at my nice comfy chair and be in front of my sweetheart, my big screen mac. House work? what house work?

This picture is officially ancient. We now have about 2 feet of snow in our yard. However, these doughnuts will be great for my future sledding parties!

I am the queen of clipping out recipes from magazines and newspapers. I have a huge stack of clippings. This is the first time I have EVER actually used a recipe I have clipped. I clipped it from the Salt Lake Tribune back in July, and have just now used it.

Now I am a cake doughnut person. Yeast rise doughnuts are ok, but I would pick cake doughnut any day! These doughnuts are great and really easy. They are only good the day you make them, the next day they are hard as a rock.

These doughnuts are supposedly the doughnuts Brigham Young ate for breakfast. A real pioneer recipe.

Brigham Young's Doughnuts

5 1/2 c flour
2 t baking soda
1 t salt
1 1/2 t ground nutmeg
2 c buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 c sugar
6 T butter, melted

oil for frying

Preheat oil to 375 (I used a fryer). Combine flour, salt nutmeg, baking soda. In a separate bowl whisk together eggs, buttermilk and sugar. Then add the melted butter to the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon till just combined, the dough will be sticky. Let rest for 5 minutes. Roll dough out on a well floured surface to be between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick. I cut the doughnuts out with a widemouth canning ring and used a medicine cup (or a shot glass) to cut out the holes. Collect the scraps and make more doughnuts. Frying the holes make yummy little treats. Put the doughnut in the fryer, when the dough starts to crack on the top, it means its time to turn it over. Cook until both sides look golden brown. Drain on paper towels or a cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet. They taste good plain, or with powdered sugar and cinnamon.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Feels like I have been gone a while! Thanks a lot SWINE FLU! I don't really know if it was swine flu, I wasn't going to pay the doctor 100 bucks (thanks America's awesome health care system) to tell me I have a virus. I was totally out for 5 days and completely missed Thanksgiving. My mother was left to cook the whole Thanksgiving meal herself. She pulled it off great despite putting whole cloves and baking soda in the sweet potatoes. I didn't matter to me because I didn't feel like eating anyway.
So I am just barely starting to feel like I might live. So hopefully I can get back to the kitchen.

Meanwhile, my I have a boy turning 5 years old today. I begged him to let us celebrate his 4th birthday again, or better yet his first birthday! I don't want him to grow up. He refused. Although his is a year older, he still is giving me some gems . . .

He said he wants to have his birthday party at Wall-Mart and invite everyone who is at Wall-Mart to his party, that way he will get tons a presents.

Everett is obsessed with sugar cereal, he loves it with all his heart. So for the Thanksgiving break I bought some cinnamon toast crunch. When I gave him a bowl of it he said two things.

"Mom, I can't believe I am eating this right now!"


"This cereal must be from Wal- Mart because all junk food comes from Wal-Mart!"

Yesterday Everett heard the primary song, "I am trying to be like Jesus." and he said,

"Mom I am always trying to be like Jesus. I always try to walk on water, but I take one step and I fall right in every time!"

Happy Birthday Everett!