Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gallery Walk/Christmas Festival

The Logan Downtown Alliance is sponsoring a Hometown Christmas Festival, Friday December 3rd from 6 to 9pm in historic downtown Logan Utah. Events are listed below:
  • CVCA Gallery Walk, featuring the work of local artists for viewing and for sale.
  • Live concerts and nativities at the LDS Tabernacle.
  • 11th Annual Parade of Gingerbread Homes. (remember to vote for your favorite)
  • St. John's Episcopal Church will display nativity sets from around the world.
  • The CVGM Winter Gift Market at the Bullen Center.

Head downtown Friday night to get in the Christmas mood.

8th Annual Winter Gift Market

The Cache Valley Gardener's Market is hosting the 8th annual Winter Gift Market. December 3rd 6-9 p.m. and 4th 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Bullen Center, 43 S. Main St., Logan UT. This is THE premier gift market for the holidays in Northern Utah, and the best part is that admission is FREE! (Unlike some other gift fairs). Come get your christmas shopping done in one place and support the amazing local talent. This is one of the funnest events I go to all year round.

They will have live music both days:
6pm: The What – Woodwind Quintet
7:30pm: Sarah Olsen – Folk Acoustic
10am: Hot Flashes Band
12pm: Bagpipes, Drums - Tyler Johnson
2pm: HiFalutin’ Flute Choir
4pm: Cool Fusion & Friends – Funk, Samba, World Music

Here is a list of vendors that will be there:

Carole Thayne Warburton - Paradise Pottery
Daniel Bialkowski

Unique Gifts
Becky Yeager - whimsical pin cushions
Mary Ann Hubbell - dolls, puppets, more
Sunshea Products - sandstone art, candles
Brianna Isaacson - decorative displays

Art Glass/Polymer Clay
Andrew Duncan - dichroic glass
Sharon Ohlhorst - Just SO Creations
Christina Bailey - The Busy Bead

Ed and Ollie Stamps - A moment in time
Brooke Snow - Photography
Andrew P. Rayburn - Long Light Photography

Myra Lynch/Lois Sorensen - Glitz Biz
Jo K Brown - Katona Designs
Gayle Knapp – Keletica
Joy Brisighella
Christian Williams
Carie Toone - Elegant Expressions
MaryAnn Montour
Carrie Kropf - C&T Unique Jewelry Designs
Lindsey Enright - Desert Dancer Jewelry
Charlene Peterson

From the Earth
Melinda Petro – gourd art and more
Mary Laine – giftable plants and florals
Christina Bailey - gourd art and more
Odell and Bill Bodrero – knives and wood
Monte McCulloch - wood
Reggie Jennings - wood

Bath & Body
Becky Yeager - The Spirit Goat
Evelyn Rust - Sunshea Products/Swell Art
Laura Mae Miller - Jewel Soap (One of my all time favorite vendors!!!)
Lee Derbyshire LMT - Massage Therapy
Dawn Hansen LMT - Massage therapy

Fiber Arts
Peggy Neuber - Northern Utah Fiber Artisans
Kandice Oster - Sweet Kiwi Crochet (She made my awesome purple owl hat!!!)
Shirley Joffs - Shirl Girl Designs
Arrin Brunson/Corinne Thul: Felted Wooly Goodness
Tamra Roe - Teez Sportswear
Chantel Hockstein
Lucy Watkins - Over the Top Christmas Socks
Sharon Ohlhorst
Charlene Peterson
Melissa Cannon

Edible Gifts and Treats
Liz Kennard Butcher - Butcher's Bunches
Kami Huntzinger - Bees Brothers
Elizabeth Pratt - Beth's Bakery
Peewee's Sweets (This shop is owned by Mike's uncle and their treats are great!!!)
Caffe Ibis

AWHC Country Christmas Feast

The American West Heritage Center is hosting a Country Christmas Feast. December 3rd from 6-9pm. Feast includes wagon rides, dutch oven dinner, dancing, and "A Wild West Christmas Carol". Call 435.245.6050 to make reservations.

The AWHC also has christmas trees and poinsettias for sale, check out their website for more info www.awhc.org

Food Fail

Since I share the highlights here I should probably also share the lows.

I didn't make the top 4 in the holiday recipe contest...*sigh* Epic Fail. You can see the winners here...


Now I'm bummed and need to console myself with massive quantities of bad food.

Here is my submission, in case you want to try my unfamous, non award winning recipe yourself.


1 can pumpkin (I like Libby's)
2 small pkgs
vanilla pudding mix
1 c. cold milk
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 c. chocolate chips
pinch of salt

~Whipped Cream~
1.5 pints heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. powdered sugar
dash of ground cinnamon
dash of ground cloves

1/2 pint cream
1 T. butter
12 oz. chopped chocolate

2 graham cracker pie crusts

Mix the filling ingredients together until well blended, Chill. Whip the cream with all its ingredients together until stiff peaks form, divide in half. Fold half of the whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture, reserve the other half for topping, refrigerate both.

In a double boiler over medium-low heat scald the cream and butter until simmering, remove from heat and add chopped chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Spoon ganache into the bottom of the pie crust so that it covers it entirely.

Fill pie crust with pumpkin mixture. Freeze or refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Top with whipped cream. Drizzle more ganache over the top and serve.

*There is another variation on this that my family really likes: Carmel Pecan. You can make a simple carmel syrup (cream, butter, sugar, karo, vanilla) or just use store bought carmel sauce. Replace the ganache with the carmel. Mix chopped pecans into the filling in place of the chocolate chips and sprinkle some on top.

Grill Problem

Does anyone have any experience fixing gas grills? Ours started struggling back in mid October. The first burner would light but I could get the flame to go to high. When the knob was set to high the flame was at low level, if I turned the knob down it put the flame out altogether. I cannot get the second or third burners to light at all.

We switched out the gas tank and even with a new/full tank the same thing keeps happening. I have cleaned the grill and blown it out with compressed air. Is there something I am missing? Is there anything else I should try? I really don't want to have to buy a new grill.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sweetly Divine Deal

Mark at Sweetly Divine is running a promotion this week. Every 20 transactions he gives a customer 50% their order.

Check out his website www.sweetlydivine.com

Stop by and be lucky # 20 or 40 or 60 or 80...

Pickville Playhouse Presents: Santa's Elves

Pickleville Playhouse’s new musical “Santa’s Elves: A North Pole Musical,” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26, continuing through Dec. 1, 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 20, and 23 with a 3 p.m. matinee on Dec. 23. The show will be at USU’s Eccles Conference Center. An optional holiday buffet meal catered by The Copper Mill is available before each performance.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 755-0968. Show-only ticket prices are $16 for adults; $10 for children 11 years and under. Dinner and show prices are $32 and $19 respectively. Discounted pricing available for company/office groups and groups of 25 people or more.

Wednesday 12/01/2010 Events

Big Band Jazz Concert
Wednesday, Dec 01 - 7:30PM to 9:30PM. This concert features the USU Jazz Orchestra and the USU Jazz Ensemble as they play swingin' pieces like Billy Strayhorn's arrangement of the overture to Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," a feature for the saxophone section called "Cruisin' For a Bluesin'," that includes dueling alto saxophones, and more! Location:
The Performance Hall. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: $8 general admission, $5 faculty, and Free for USU students. Website: http://arts.usu.edu. Contact: Courtney Lewis 435-797-9203c ourtney.lewis@usu.edu

The Forgotten Carols Performance
"The Forgotten Carols" is a Christmas concert for the whole family with songs written by and starring Michael McLean. Start the season off right with a beautiful story of the true meaning of Christmas. Enjoy a night of wonderful music and the spirit of the holidays!
It's the story of Constance, a rigid yet competent nurse, too practical to be bothered by Christmas. She is assigned to care for an aged gentleman with alleged psychiatric tendencies over the holiday season. But this unlikely patient, John, is nothing like the senile “crazy” she expected. With warmth and spunky kindness, John eventually breaks through Constance’s iron-clad exterior as he walks her through the untold carols of the more “forgotten” characters in the Christmas story and guides the young nurse to the Christmas carol waiting to be sung inside her own heart.
Contact: Kate Pridgen 866-832 8211 kpridgen@deseretbook.com. Website: http://www.forgottencarols.com. Time: 7:30 pm. Date:
Wednesday December 1, 2010. Location: Kent Concert Hall (4030 Old Main HillLogan, UT 84322). Cost: $25, $18.50, $13.

Christmas Concert Series at the Tabernacle
Logan Tabernacle Christmas Concert Series 2010 presents Good Tidings of Comfort and Joy. Willow Valley Singers• Ushers: Ron & Mary Lou Kallinger. All concerts are free to the public and begin at 7:00 pm. Contact: Cache Community Connections 435-716-9002. Website: http://www.cachecommunityconnections.com. Location: Logan Tabernacle (50 N MainLogan, UT 84321).

Pray For Snow Party
The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center in Logan will be holding it's Annual "Pray for Snow" Party and Fundraiser on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 pm at the Italian Place . We'll have light fare, raffle, silent auction, and a slide show. Suggested donation is $20. For more info call 757-2794.

11/30/2010 Events

College Republicans Movie Night- Indoctrinate "U"
Tuesday, Nov 30 - 7:00PM to 9:00PM. Indoctrinate "U"Speech codes. Censorship. Enforced political conformity. Hostility to diversity of opinion. Sensitivity training. We usually associate such things totalitarian regimes, not with the American universities that nurtured the free speech movement. "When we think of going to college, we think of intellectual freedom. We imagine four years of exploring ideas through energetic, ongoing, critical thinking and debate," Maloney said. "But the reality is very far from the ideal. What most of us don't know is that American college students check their First Amendment rights and individual freedom at the door." Location: TSC, Auditorium. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: Free!. Website: http://www.usu.edu/republicans . Contact: Terry Camp 435-512-1326 terry.camp@aggiemail.usu.edu

Logan Tabernacle Christmas Concert Series 2010.
November 30th @ 7pm, The Logan Institute Choirs present Good Tidings of Comfort and Joy. Admission: Free!!! Location: Logan Tabernacle (50 N MainLogan, UT 84321). Contact: Cache Community Connections 435-716-9002.

Logan Canyon Winds Concert.
The Logan Canyon Winds featuring USU's faculty wind quintet, opens its 19th season with an exciting program of standard and new works. Contact: CCA Box Office435-797-8022. Website: http://arts.usu.edu. Time: 7:30 pm. Location: Performance Hall (Utah State University Logan, UT 84322) Cost: $8, Free w/ USU ID

Final night of the Nutcracker Ballet

Tonight, November 29th, is the last night to catch the CVCB performance of The Nutcracker. Time: 7:30 pm. Location: Ellen Eccles Theatre (43 S Main Logan, UT 84321). Cost: Tickets range from $8 to $18.

Contact: Cache Valley Center for the Arts

Cache Valley Civic Ballet

Website: http://www.centerforthearts.us/events.html

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Dear Santa, just one more thing...

...please find a loving home for BG.


She was starved and mistreated by her original owner and is now at the Cache Humane Society. They had a booth set up at Anderson's Seed & Garden yesterday and BG was with them. Her story broke my heart and I feel in love with her. I would have taken her home if I could but we aren't allowed to have any more dogs here. She is sweet, playful, and loves kids.

If anyone other than Santa is reading this, please consider adopting or fostering animals from your local Humane Society. Here in Cache Valley they have almost twice as many dogs as they have space for, they are quickly running out of resources to care for them all and some may have to be put down. These animals need patience, exercise and training...but they will pay you back 10 fold in love. They deserve a warm and loving home, no pet should be abused and abondoned like these have been.


If you have a pet already please get them spayed or neutered.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Herald Journal recipe contest

Here is my official entry into the Favorite Holiday Dessert Contest sponsored by the Herald Journal and Kitchen Kneads...


So far, including mine which I just uploaded, there are only 6 entrie...pretty good odds of winning one of the 4 $100 gift cards. If you want to enter, hurry up and submit your photo and recipe by Sunday night.

Wish me luck!

Dear Santa...

In case you were wondering what I want for Christmas you can check out my amazon.com wishlist here


Santa if you don't want to worry about shipping, you could always get me a gift card to Lowe's or Home Depot. It would come in handy for all the stuff we need to do around the house (paint, dress up the bathroom, organize, etc). If a gift card isn't your speed we need stackable storage containers for the closets and really sturdy shelving for the garage.

Oh and Santa, CASH...everyone loves cash, it is truly the one size fits all gift and you will never hear a recipient ask "does this make me look fat?".

...and a pony...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


The annual Hickman Nieces & Nephews Sleepover has been moved from Christmas to Thanksgiving, so that the Seattle nieces and nephews can attend. Tonight is the big night, 6:30pm at grandma & grandpa Hickman's house.

Pizza and treats will be served Wednesday night, breakfast will be served Thursday morning.

Please bring all your sleepover stuff (sleeping bag, pillow, pjs, change of clothes, etc). If you have a movie you would like to watch let me know and I'll try and get it when I go to Books Of Yesterday after I get off of work today at 4pm. I am going to try and find Mayflower Mouse and Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Well the blizzard finally hit. Hope everyone stays safe and gets the day off of work tomorrow. I will take photos and post them when I get home from work tonight in about an hour...but until then stare at a blank sheet of copy paper and you'll get the idea.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A few more photos

Here are the rest of the edited photos of Holly's family. I haven't done this in a while and there were a LOT of frames where stuff was going on that I should have noticed and corrected before continuing to shoot. *sigh* oh well, live and learn.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fall Photos

A couple weeks ago I took some family photos for my sister Holly. Here are some of the good ones. When you have 3 kids between the ages of 1 and 6 it can be hard to get a good group photos but I kind of like them when they aren't perfect.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


The Novemberfest Arts and Crafts Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26, and Saturday, Nov. 27, at the Logan Recreation Center, 195 W. 100 South. Admission is $1; children 5 and under free. Christmas and home decor will be on display and for sale, as will food and candy. Entertainment provided by local dancing and singing groups. For more information, call 752-8142 or 512-9745.

Saturday 11/20/2010 Events

Bear River High School Musical

Bear River High School in Garland proudly presents Agatha Christie’s “Ten Little Indians” Friday and next Monday (Nov 22nd) at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. Buy your tickets online and reserve a seat at www.showtix4u.com where tickets are $3 for children/ $4 for a student w/ ID card/ $5 for adults. Or pay at the door where all tickets are $6.

Cache Valley Food Pantry Food Drive

As I'm sure you are all aware, the Cache Food Pantry is suffering from an all time high demand and is lower than normal on food stuffs. This time of year always brings holiday food drives and there will be many this year, so many that it is entirely possible we will all suffer food drive burnout. But it is important to make an effort to help where and when we can so I am sharing this opportunity with you.


Second-annual credit union food drive to benefit Cache Community Food Pantry

Credit unions in Cache County are asking for your help this holiday season.

The second-annual Cache Valley Credit Union Food Drive is now underway to gather nonperishable items for the Cache Community Food Pantry to serve a growing need among valley residents.

Food can be dropped off through December 20 at any area branch of Deseret First, America First, Mountain America, USU Charter, Logan Medical Federal, or Logan-Cache-Rich credit unions.

“Helping to make the holiday season a little brighter and less stressful for those in need is one way we as credit unions and other organizations can give back to our community which supports us throughout the year, “ said Daniel Brownell, manager of the Logan branch of Deseret First Credit Union and organizer of the food drive.

In addition to credit union branches, you can donate at any of the following:

 Utah State University Hockey Beehive Showcase
Eccles Ice Center, 2825 N. 200 East, North Logan
Bring a can of food and receive $1.00 off admission to games on Nov, 18, 19, and 20 at 7 p.m.

 Cache Valley Figure Skating Club’s “Winter Wonderland”
Eccles Ice Center, 2825 N. 200 East, North Logan
Admission is free, but the donation of a can of food is requested for the club’s performance on December 11, 7 p.m.

 Cache Valley Morning Rotary Club

Watch for a donation day at local stores.

For more information, call Deseret First Credit Union at (435) 787-0991.

Display Cases For Sale - Salt Lake City

McGrew Studios in Salt Lake City is selling 2 display cases. They are revamping the studio and they don't have room for them any more. They are asking for $200 per case. If you are interested call 801.593.2210 or for online contact info go here http://mcgrewstudio.com/contact.html

The glass/chrome case is 60"w x 38"T x 22"deep.
The glass/wood case is 72"w x 38.5"T x 19"deep.
Both have working lights with new bulbs and the glass/chrome case has an adjustable shelf!

Case 1...

Case 2...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Spider Masters

Here are 2 of my nieces with their spider creations. I know this is from Halloween but I just barely got this photo and I wanted to share the creative masterminds behind these spooky spiders...

Getting crafty with my bad self...

Last Saturday my oldest nice was going to a Girl's Choice dance. Her friends thought it would be cool to get chinese food and have dinner before the dance...in my dad's enclosed car trailer. It is a Wells Cargo double axel trailer with a ramp in the back and a step up entrance on one side. I don't have any "before" photos of the trailer, but I stole these photos from the interwebz and they give you a fairly good idea of what it looked like...

So I brought my saris and an bag full of 3m Command Adhesive Clips (greatest thing since whatever was great before sliced bread came along) and we hung them up in the trailer, Colie borrowed some paper lanterns from a friend, we borrowed some oriental style rugs and a couple of lamps from my mom's house, and put cushions on the floor...for a pan-asian theme.
Here are the "after" photos, and a few photos of the kids freezing their butts off but having a good time. My niece is the one with the orange headband.