Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Please Help!

On March 29th, 2010 4-year-old Nicholas Robinson was in a serious accident. He was run over by a riding lawn mower and then life flighted to Primary Children's Hospital. He has had over a dozen surgeries to try to save his hands, fingers, and right foot.

Friends, family and neighbors are holding a community fundraiser next Saturday in North Logan, please read the attached flyer for details or visit their website or on their Facebook page "A Need For Nicholas".

Please consider posting this flyer at your business (front door/waiting room/break room/bulletin board/etc.). Please consider posting this flyer anywhere that you frequent that allows bulletins or flyers to be put up (school, post office, library, stores, salons, service stations, banks, civic buildings, restaurants, etc.)

Also, please consider passing it along to anyone you know who might be interested in attending or posting the flyer. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Birthday Campout

Here are a few photos from my dinner and campout last Saturday. We had LOTS of family come and I felt very loved. Thanks to everyone who came, ate, brought food, helped clean up, hung out, sang, and had fun.

My sister and her husband and their two youngest kids stayed over night with Mike and I and we had fun learning how to make Campfire Banana Boats for dessert (for the recipe click here: )and I perservered in making stove top Jiffypop (that stuff hates me).

My only regret is that I couldn't catch a photo of the really cute cotton tail bunnies that kept popping their heads out of the brush from time to time.

The gangs all here!

Kitchen aftermath.

FOOD! totally missed out...

Annie just wanted someone to drop their plates so she could get the good stuff.

Baby red potatoes with parsley butter

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Creamed Baby red potatoes with peas

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Homemade Root Beer!

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Steak for a cause in Logan

Tomorrow (June 30th), if you are feeling like MEAT and want to help out a good cause while getting a tasty meal, head over to the Texas Roadhouse.

Wednesday June 30th if you eat at the Logan, UT Texas Roadhouse and mention that you are there for the Relay For Life fundraiser, they will donate 10% of your bill to the American Cancer Society for the Cache CountyRelay For Life. Simple as that, you don't have to bring in a flyer, you don't have to jump through hoops, you don't have to donate extra...just eat and pay your bill and Texas Roadhouse does the rest.

So...who wants steak?


...that is all.

Cache Valley Cruise In

This weekend is the annual classic car show Cache Valley Cruise In. Events begin on Thursday, July 1st at 11am and run through Saturday night. America will be in convert Thursday night, you can get tickets from any Smithtix location. For more info check out their website at

The giveaway car this year is a 1967 GTO convertible, for a chance to win it all you have to do is purchase an entrance ticket to the Cruise In events at the Cache County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $8 for adults and $1 for kids 5-17. Tickets are good for all 3 days of the show.

Brined Corn On The Cob

I recently learned the secret to the most amazing grilled Corn-On-The-Cob that I have ever tasted...Brining. Sometimes the ears of corn you buy at the supermarket are hit or miss on flavor, there is not tried and true way of picking great tasting corn. This method helps bring out the best in the corns natural flavor by enhancing them with a brine soak.

In a large container mix 4 quarts of cold water with 1/2 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of sugar until dissolved. Peel corn but leave the husks attached, remove the silk and submerge corn and husks for at least 30 minutes (you can soak them up to 8 hours but no longer than that or they become overly salty). Remove the corn and brush with softened butter and season with salt and pepper. Wrap the husks back up around the ears.

Preheat grill, when hot quickly brush grill surface with oiled paper towel and then immediately place the corn on the grill. Turn ears every 2 to 3 minutes until the husks are lightly charred all over (apx. 10-12 minutes). Remove from grill, remove husks and serve.

Great American Sidewalk Sale

Next week the Logan Downtown Alliance and the Cache Chamber Of Commerce is hosting the "Great American Sidewalk Sale" in downtown Logan. It begins at 10am on Thursday, July 8th and runs through 8pm on Saturday, July 10th.

There will be many downtown merchants participating with sale items on the sidewalk and more deals inside their stores. There will be food vendors and children's activities on the lawn of the old county courthous (corner of Main and 200 N.). Gia's Italian Restaurant will be giving away free popcicles for kids on Friday from noon until 8pm.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Partial lunar eclipse this Saturday morning

Utah stargazers could get a rare sight on June 26: a partial lunar eclipse.

Scientist Patrick Wiggins says the view in the early morning hours on Saturday will depend on the weather. But if it's clear, people willing to get up by 4 a.m. will be able to see the moon passing through the earth's shadow.

Check out NASA's eclipse site

2 fun runs coming up

1. Friday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Mantua Reservoir. This is a fundraiser for Becky Palmer Patterson who was recently diagnosed with AML Leukemia and is at the Huntsman Center for treatment. She has young children ... her inlaws live in Nibley. Donations will be accepted at the event. Distance isn't given.

2. 5k and 1 mile in Providence, Saturday, June 26 at 8:00 a.m. Start and finish at Runners North (the new running/walking store next to the Credit Union and Little Caesar's Pizza). Registration is $10 or $40 per family. Prizes will be given.

Last day to register for the Hyrum Freedom Run at the lower price ($20) is June 28. You can register online at Price goes up to $35 after the 28th.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Choose Joy - Buskin & Batteau

I've already posted this on Facebook, but it is too good not to share here too. I heard this song on the radio a while back but they never said who sung it and I've been trying to find out every since. Finally tracked them down today. I LOVE this song, it is simple and true. Please listen.

Nibley Heritage Days Parade Photos

Saturday was Nibley Heritage Days Parade. My dad has several vintage vehicles and belongs to an antique car club here in the valley. They like to get together and drive in a lot of the local parades and Dad decided he wanted to do this one this year. He drove his replica of a 1922 Mercedes Gazelle (it was a kit car he built himself on a VW chassis) and asked me to drive his 1951 Willys Army Jeep.

Three of my nieces came with us to help out in the waving department: Mayhem, E, and Colie.

E chillin' in the jeep.

The green monster...

Colie chillin' in the kit car.

That cute little old man in the background in the white hat is my dad.

Mayhem causing per usual...

Open Gym this week

I got the following email from the trainers at Body Rebellion Boot Camp about an open summer gym session they are having all this week:

Hey all! We hope your summer is going fabulous! Its nice to see some of you are hitting the workouts still.

I will be doing Open Gym this week to next Wed, so: June 21, 23, 25, 28, and 30th. (MWF at 6am) $2 per person/time for aprox/1hr. Thats all I've got going so far, with my family reunion and other stuff coming up. I will keep you posted for after! ANYONE is welcome! Lets hit it hard together.

I think it will be a mixture of Cardio/H.I.I.T (google it) training, PIYO and Bags. We will choose the days, for ex-cardio-Mon, PIYO-wed, and Bags-Fri. Hope to see you all soon! Just meet outside back-underneath the deck, and we will get started RIGHT AT 6. Hope everyone is doing great!

I'm not much for 6am workouts, since I have to walk the dogs at that time, but if you are interested in going let me know and I'll give you directions to the wharehouse they will be doing the workouts in. For more info on Body Rebellion check out their website .

Garden Visitor

I found this dragonfly on my hydrangeas a couple of evenings ago. I kind of hope for more. His wings were actually striped with a sort of dark blue/purple color, but because of the low light and the camera flash, they aren't as vivid here as there were in person.

Samurai like coke too...

So I saw this banner a couple weeks ago and from far away it looked like it said "Coke Of The Samurai" not CODE Of the Samurai. I probably interjected Coke because of the giant Coke logo on the sign, uh, wait a minute what exactly does coke have to do with marshal arts?!?

Jardine Juniper Hike Photos - 6/19/10

Saturday my awesome friend Becca and I hiked the Jardine Juniper trail. We met at the Ranger Station at the mouth of the canyon and took a ride in my dad's totally sweet 1951 Willys Jeep up to Wood Camp where we found the trailhead for "Old Juniper". We set off at about 4:30pm and it was BEAUTIFUL! Sunny, warm, blue skies, cool breeze, tons of wildflowers in bloom, water in every creek bed. The trail is a nice mix of open meadows, pine forest, and open hillside...shade when you need it and sun when you need it.

We were the last hikers to embark on the journey but on our way we were passed up by 2 sets of 2 mountain bikers, one set caught up to us about 1/3 of the way along the trail and the other caught up to us at the Juniper platform...those guys had two really friendly dogs who came up to us to say "hi". Along the hike we passed other hikers who were heading back to their cars and everyone was very friendly.

Along the top of the ridge we could look down into the canyon we hiked up from or we could look over the other side into Logan canyon or North into Franklin Basin. The views were breath taking. Also on the ridge is a sign post pointing out 2 different routes...the shady route or the scenic route, we thought it was funny that someone had scratched a circle around the scenic route so we took that on our way to the tree, and then coming back from the tree we took the shady route, so it wouldn't feel left out.

One of the most entertaining aspects of the experience was reading the log books at the platform. There are 2 notebooks where you can sign your name, write haiku, jot down funny thoughts, or draw a picture. If you go make sure to take a few minutes to browse through the books. While contemplating the tree we decided that "The Jardine Juniper" seemed really impersonal, so we re-named her June (if you don't get the pun I'm not explaining it). After a brief rest we said our good-byes to June and headed back.

The sun set about 9pm but here in the mountains the twilight lasts a long time. We made it most of the way down before it got dark enough that I needed to break out my head lamp. We finally made it back to the jeep a little before 10pm, I took a photo in the pitch black to prove it. It was definitely a brisk ride back down the canyon in the jeep, but exhilirating.

I LOVE hiking with Becca! We always have the most random conversations that are all over the map but at the same time are so refreshing. She is such a good sport when need to take a break (I'm a whimp), or when I stop to take photos (many with her in it), or when "nature" calls. I am lucky to have a patient friend. Can't wait for the next one.

Here is the first creek crossing, there were several more along the way but this was the only one with a "real bridge".

Another creek crossing...a little more perilous than the first but fun!

The first set of mountain bikers getting ready to pass us on the way up.

This was a pine tree that had fallen across the trail and the forest service had cut it to allow hikers to pass, it smelled soooo good!

Please, Please, PLEASE clean up after yourself and pack your trash out! We shouldn't have to be reminded to do this, using these trails is a privilege, don't ruin it for everyone else.

Another creek running out of the hillside, it had calcified the mud where it ran and looked a lot like some of the geysers at yellowstone.

Hahaha, I tried taking a photo of her doing something took three times to get the camera to actually take the picture and by that time the moment had passed but I still find it funny.

This is the view along the ridge looking down into Logan Canyon.

This is the view on the ridge looking NorthEast.

Our first view of June!

June, the Jardine Juniper. This tree is over 1500 years old and still alive. There are older living trees, but not many and probably few are visited as often as June. Everyone who lives in Cache Valley should make the trek at least once in their life.

This made me want taffy.

The next few shots are looking down into Logan Canyon.

I loved the look of this tree, the bark was silvery with little dashes all over it, I thought it looked like it had sinews flexing under the bark.

This is what it looked like without the headlamp when we got back to the trailhead.

Finally on the way home.