Friday, May 28, 2010

Deals, deals and more deals

These are the three DEAL websites that I am addicted to right now:

#1 - Woot! www.woot.com Has a simple premise...one day, one deal. They have their deal of the day and it is there for 24 hours or until it sells out. If it sells out you have to wait for the next day for a new deal, UNLESS, they are doing a woot off. In that case everytime something sells out they will put up a new item. This site is mostly technology related items (roombas, mp3 players, computers, tvs, cameras, routers, etc), but sometimes they put up random things like home decor, kitchen knives, jackets, etc. Also there are various other woot! sites like Woot Kids, Woot Wine, and Woot Shirts.

#2 - Thing Fling www.thingfling.com has an item on offer until they sell out, then the next item comes up...that means sometimes it is the same item for days, or minutes, depending on popularity. Their items are usually very low cost, sometimes the items are free and you just pay shipping. Their offerings are very ecclectic, everything from bug repellant bracelets to backpacks to SD card readers to keychain cameras.

#3 - Steep and Cheap www.steepandcheap.com offers limited time, limited numbers of namebrand outdoor gear. Tents, sleeping bags, camelbaks, clothing, eyewear, collapsible hiking poles, etc. They offer one deal at a time for 20 minutes or until they sell out. These are big name, high quality outdoor items at screaming prices. There are limites per household to prevent people from stocking up and reselling.

Food Co-op

This is probably old news to a lot of readers but I know a lot of people who still haven't heard about this and would like to know more. Every week I meet more and more families who are signing up and loving this!

There is a food co-op (mostly produce) operating in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, and Texas. The basic idea is that you contribute $15 and receive a basket of approximately $50 worth of produce, thus saving you apx. $35. It is mostly run by volunteers and it isn't like a grocery store where you get to pick and choose. They put together the fruit and veg and you take what you are given, if you don't like something...give it to your neighbors!

If you don't think you can eat a whole basket yourself, talk a friend into splitting the price with you and then you can split the food and nothing goes to waste. These are ideal for big families, or a couple of couples who want to go in together.

They occasionally do more than just produce and sometimes they have special offers on cases for canning, pickling, food storage, etc.

Go to their website and read through the FAQ page for more details, www.bountifulbaskets.org.

This is the perfect excuse to get that juicer I've been eyeing.

FLOWERS!!!

I feel loved this week. I received not one but TWO beautiful bouquets of flowers and they look amazing on my desk. The first was an early anniversary gift from a lovely group of friends who wish to remain anonymous, they wanted to help us break our bad-luck anniversary curse (me getting sick, the dog getting sick, both Mike and me getting sick). The second was from my wonderful husband who has really good taste.

Here are some photos I took today.













Thursday, May 27, 2010

Body Rebellion Boot Camp!

FREE CLASS!!! The Body Rebellion Boot Camp girls are offering a free class, open to anyone and everyone who would like to come and see for themselves what these workouts are like.

Check out their website for details www.bodyrebellion.com or talk to me. The website has details for the trial class for the morning groups (5:30am or 6:30) and for the evening group (my group! 8pm). Come try it out, it will rock your world!

Saturday Hike

I want to hike Crimson Ride this Saturday...who's with me? I can do it early (8am-ish) or later (3pm -6pm ish). Since I've done Wind Caves and Nature Trail twice each I would like to do Crimson again to make it an even 6.

I have been reading through my Cache Trails guide and I want to try some of the longer hikes like Jardine Juniper. If you are interested let me know what day you would like to try it.

Also I want to plan an over night backpacking trip into White Pine sometime this summer (after the snow on the trail melts). If you are interested let me know what dates work for you.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

Old Ephraim's Cache Valley Mountain Man Rendezvous

It is Rendezvous time again! This week is the start of the Cache Valley Rendezvous sponsored by Old Ephraim's Mountain Man club of Cache Valley. It is open to the general public and there is a small entrance fee...OR...entrance is free if you dress in period costume (time to dust off your old pioneer trek clothes in the back of the closet). You can follow the event and get information on their facebook page here

OR

check out their blog here.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Celery






I'm weird, my husband calls me an "arts hippie". But I love it when I see something I've seen dozens of times and it suddenly strikes me as beautiful in a way I hadn't noticed before. This happened the other day when I was cutting celery and noticed how beautiful the heart was once I cut off the stalks, had to take a couple photos before throwing it away.

Wind Caves part deux!

Yesterday (5/33/10) I took E, Mayhem, and Matt on a hike with me. I gave them a choice of 3 trails and the Wind Caves was voted the favorite. It was overcast, chilly, and windy but they didn't complain once!

These kids are tough and gave me a run for my money, it took us 1 hour and 45 minutes round trip, and that is including a 15 minute stop for water and snacks at the summit. We celebrated with ice cream from Charlie's after we got back to the valley.









Temptation Cupcake

So there is now our first Cupcakery in Cache Valley...Temptation Cupcake. It is owned and run by a husband and wife team and they whip up some beautiful cupcakes to tempt your tastebuds.

We decided to try them out for movie night with the nieces and nephews and everyone seemd to like them, but at $2.50 a piece(discounts for buying by the half dozen or dozen) I don't know if I will be going back any time soon, even though they did throw in a free sugar cookie (I can make a dozen at home for the price of one there). The cake was moist and tasted like it was made from scratch. The interior of the shop is delightful and very cosey.

The flavors we tried were:
oreo cream (vanilla cupcake with oreo buttercream frosting)
banana split (chocolate cupcake with carmel filling and banana buttercream frosting)
chocolate squared (chocolate cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting and chocolate chips)
black and whites (either chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting -OR- vanilla cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting)
peach cobbler (peach vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting and peach topping with brown sugar sprinkled on)
ganache (Chocolate cupcake topped with rich chocolate ganache)





Tin Foil Dinners

Last Wednesday we went to my sister's house to use her firepit to cook tinfoil dinners. My nieces Coli, Mayem, E joined us as well and we had a good time.

We set up the ingredients for the dinners buffey style and everyone could pick and choose what they wanted. We had steak, russett potatoes, sweet onions, green onions, orange bell peppers, green bell peppers, button mushrooms, cheddar cheese, carrots, brown sugar, A1, Jamaican Jerk sauce, BBQ sauce, yellow mustard, honey mustard, dijon mustard, italian marinade, unsalted butter, garlic butter, montreal seasoning, salt pepper, veg. oil, and sour cream.

While the dinners cooked in the fire the kids played and the neighbor's dog showed up to sniff out where the good smells were coming from. After dinner we roasted a few marshmellows, cleaned up and then headed home into the sunset.



























Friday, May 21, 2010

Samoyed for sale

A friend of ours was recently given a beautiful, pedigree, 7 month old Samoyed female named Osah (sp?). She is from Macedonia and is fully trained, but only knows commands in Russian. Our friend already has 5 dogs and unfortunately cannot keep her. They are asking apx. $300 to cover kennel fees, if you want to take her with out the papers, if you want the dog and the pedigree papers you will have to pay extra.

Osah is a very playful dog and she will make an excellent family pet and guardian. If you are interested in her let me know and I will put you in touch with the owner. This dog originally cost $3,000.00, so $300 is the bargain of the century.




Free activity tonight!!!

If you are looking for something free and fun to do tonight (Friday, May 21st) then head out to the American West Heritage Center for Spring Campfire.

Admission is free and there will be a traditional Campfire program in addition to many other activities. There will be dinner available for purchase there or bring your own. Make sure to bring your own campchair or blanket to sit on. Event runs from 5 to 9:30pm.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

HIKING & TINFOIL DINNERS

I will be hiking Nature Trail tonight and cooking tin foil dinners afterwards if you would like to come! I will provide all the ingredients and utensils for the dinners but I need to know how many people to plan for so call me on my cell, comment here, or email me. BYOD/D Bring your own drink/dessert if desired. Dress warm and bring a jacket and bug spray. There is some seating in the campground where we will be cooking but you may want to bring your own campchair just in case.

You DO NOT have to go on the hike to come for dinner. We will be meeting in the Spring Hollow Campground for the hike at 5pm and leaving on the trail by 5:30, it should only take us an hour round trip. Then we will start the fire about 6:30 and start cooking a little after that.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Nature Trail

Anyone up for hiking the Nature Trail with me tomorrow? Call, comment or email me and we can arrange a time/place to meet up. If the weather is nice I want to do tinfoil dinners after the hike, I was planning on making mine ahead of time and leaving it in the truck during the hike and then just cook them on a fire in one of he Spring Hollow camp areas. I can make dinners up for as many people who want to come, and then if you feel so inclined you can bring a beverage or dessert.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Wind Cave Hike 5/15/10

Saturday May 15th I hiked the Wind Cave Trail in Logan Canyon. I started out about 9:15am and made it back to my car about 11:45am. It is a fairly steep trail with quite a few switchbacks. The trail winds through open meadow, juniper trees and rock formations. It was a perfect day for a hike, the sun was out, there was a cool breeze blowing and there were lots of friendly hikers enjoying the canyon.

Contrary to popular belief, the wind caves were not formed by wind erosion, they were formed by water erosion as the river cut its way into the canyon. They are called wind caves because the wind is always blowing through the caves.

I saw mice, swallows, butterflies, hikes, and a lot of birds I couldn't identify. All the wild flowers are starting to come out but aren't fully in bloom just yet.

Hiking is a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours...it is free, there are beautiful things to see, it allows for quiet self introspection, and the exercise leaves you feeling exhilirated. Whenever I can't turn off my brain I like to put on my boots and leave all the mental junk and bad feelings and frustrations floating away behind me on the breeze. By the time I get to the top I have forgotten what was bugging me in the first place and everything else just falls into it's proper place. The view of the canyon isn't the only perspective to be reached at the end of the trail. It is easy to see why mountain tops were God's chosen place for communion before we had temples.