Ashlee is my brilliant 14 year old that isn’t afraid to try anything.  Last summer she decided she wanted to learn the “uke”.  She talked me into taking her up up to Boothe Brothers and buying one with her babysitting money.  Soon after, she had a handful of songs memorized.  Michelle is my 7 year old sweet heart, and has amazing piano skills. Michelle wants to be just like her big sister.  Last Sunday, after church, I caught them downstairs figuring it out.  Can you guess what Michelley wants for Christmas now?  I may have to dust off my guitar and have our own jam session.


There is no snow on Valley View right now, but we know where to find it.  It’s only a six mile drive to find our heaven.  My Cannon 60D getting some more use.  I’m determined to figure it out.  Moose Winans has some tips for beginners that has helped me crack open my camera bag again and start shooting.  His Cheat Sheets have helped a ton.  I love that I can have all the cheat sheets on my phone.

Granola with Coconut and Peanut Butter

This recipe is from my friend Amy Ansen.

Dry Ingredients
8 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups grated coconut
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 c crushed nuts

1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar or honey
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 cup peanut butter

Cook sauce ingredients over stove.
Pour over dry ingredients and mix well.
Spread out on 2 cookie sheets with edges.
Bake at 325 for 10 minutes.
Stir, then bake 20 minutes more.
Let cool on cookie sheets for 6-8 hours.
(Raisins optional)


White Chicken Chili

Easy, delicious and tastes great with “everything” french bread
1 lb Chicken in 1/2″ cubes
1 Medium Onion
1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp Vegi Oil
Crockpot for 4 hours:
2 can White Northern Beans
1 can Chicken Broth
2 -4oz cans chopped green chillies
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp Dried Oregano
1/2 tsp Pepper
dash cayenne pepper
Final add in:
1 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup Whipping Cream
After you saute the chicken ingredients add them to the crockpot with the rest of the ingredients besides the creams and cook for 4 hours.  Then near the end add in the creams.  So yummy!

The Best Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe Ever

Chicken Noodle Soup

This is Sara’s recipe.  It is the best! I promise!  I think the secret to making this soup is the garlic.  When in doubt, just add more garlic.  She gives two different ways to to make it.  The best way, and the the easy way.  I usually don’t have time to go with “the best way”, but “the easy way” is fabulous! She has directions to making homemade noodles which is best.  Most the time I use Granny’s frozen noodles.  They can be found in the freezer section at the grocery store.
Rinse off a full chicken with warm water.  Then put it in your roasting pot and take some cold sliced butter and whole peeled garlic cloves and insert them between the skin and the meat of the chicken.  Take one or two quartered onions and in the pan.  Add about 1 cup of water and one bullion cube.  Roast in the oven at 350 degrees for 2 – 2 1/2 hours (depending on how big your chicken is)
While the Chicken is cooking I cut up all my veggies:
1 Cup Sliced Celery
1 1/2 Cups Sliced Carrots
2 Cups Diced potatoes
Then I put them in a pot on the stove with about:
6 Cups Water
4 Bullion Cubes
3 Bay Leaves
2 tsp Parsley
Boil soup and add noodles about when the veggies are halfway cooked.  Add the strained juice from the roasted chicken to help give the soup the BEST broth ever!  I take the quarted onions that were roasted with the chicken and chop them up and add to the soup too.  Pull the cooked chicken off the roasted chicken and add to your soup.  Any additional spices needed should be added like maybe garlic – salt and pepper.  The bullion is what I use in place of salt to make the soup but then add salt at the end to perfect it.

2 Large Chicken Breasts – (Cut up)
2 Tbsp Butter
1 Diced Onion
6 Cups Water
4 Bullion Cubes
3 Bay Leaves
2 tsp Parsley
1 Cup Sliced Celery
1 Cup Sliced Carrots
1 Cup Diced potatoes

In sauce pot saute chicken and onion in butter.  Once chicken is cooked add your water, parsley, bay leaves, bullion cubes and all your vegis.  Once it comes to a good rolling boil add your noodles and cook until vegis are soft and noodles seem done.  Salt and pepper (to taste).


2 Eggs
2 tsp Salt
2 Cups Flour (Semolina Flour or regular works fine too)
1/3 cup Milk
Beat eggs until smooth. Add salt, flour, and milk. Stir until easy to handle. Roll out on a pastry sheet to the thickness desired.  Cut into long strips with a pizza cutter

Ultimate Potato Soup

Ultimate Potato Soup

This was by far one of the best Potato Soup recipes I’ve ever prepared!  I always double it because my kids love it so much.  I also add more veggies depending on what I have on hand.


  • 1 1/2 cup green onions
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 5 cup cubed potatoes
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 1/3 cup carrots
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 cup milk
  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon

Add onions and 1/4 cup water in a LARGE pot. Cook until tender.  Add the veggies, salt, and 2 cups of water. Cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes.

While that is cooking, melt the butter in ANOTHER pot.  Add the flour, salt & pepper.  Cook until it starts to bubble and thickens.  Slowly add milk and bouillon.  Keep stirring until it thickens up.  Dump into the veggie pot. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Add cheese, bacon bits.



Homemade Pancake Quick Mix Recipe (Bisquick copycat)

Breakfast is our favorite meal of the day.  We love waffles, pancakes, grits, eggs, bacon. Yum!  Kerrie as the best homemade pancake mix for when you run out of Bisquick. You may not have to buy Bisquick ever again.

Here is the pancake mix recipe:

Kerrie’s Homemade Pancake Mix (store up to 6 weeks in an air tight container)

  • 5 cups flour
  • ¼ cup baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup Butter flavor shortening or butter
  1. Using a Kitchenaid mixer or food processor – blend in ingredients until powder.
  2. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks.
  3. If you use butter, baking mix needs to be stored in the fridge or freezer so that the butter wont go rancid. If using shortening, it can be stored in a cool, dry place.
  4. I usually do about 3 batches of this recipe at once.





Not only is this mix more healthy, it cost less. A 96 oz. box of Bisquick comes to: $6.52.  Kerrie’s mix comes to $4.02

This mix is used to make pancakes, waffles, scones, and biscuits.

Author: Karrie
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  1. Mix ingredients together.
  2. Pour ¼ cup of batter for each pancake unto a hot greased griddle.
  3. Cook until both sides are golden brown.


Author: Karrie
 Serves: 10
  • 1 cup mix
  • ⅓ cup milk
  1. Add milk to baking mix. Be careful not to over stir it.
  2. Drop by spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes


Author: Karrie
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups mix
  • 1⅓ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 egg white beaten to fluff.
  1. Stir all ingredients until blended.
  2. Pour batter onto a heated greased waffle maker.

Lunch Ideas for Kids

Every morning while the kids are getting ready for school the question is: Peanut butter and jelly?  Or ham and cheese?  Day after day, week after week.  Sandwiches for lunch..  It.. is .. getting so.. BORING!  They do get to have their pick of chips, yogurt, nuts, fruit.  We need new lunch ideas!  Today, we tried to think of things the kids could stick on a stick or a string.  For our lunch-ka-bobs, we used tortellini, olives and cheese.  And for our dessert… a la necklaces!


cooked tortellini

vinyl sting

8 Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

Let’s be honest.  My house does not look like my mom’s did.  Her’s was much more clean.  My mother-in-law’s house looks like a magazine page.  Not mine!  But I feel like for times like Thanksgiving and Christmas, even I can do a little bit of decorating, and getting ready for the big bird on my table and those yummy casseroles and pies.   Thanksgiving is about celebrating with family.  It’s a time for Turkey Bowl 2015.  So  let’s celebrate all the good in our lives!  Here are 8 of my favorite Thanksgiving decorating ideas that will make your home inviting on Thanksgiving Day.

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I love this Thanksgiving place card idea by Its’ so simple, but gives your table so much character.

Items Needed
paperclips (or something sharp to poke a hole)


Some times the mantel is about all I have time to decorate.  And this one looks fun!  It will give me an excuse to go up in the mountains and gather some fall leaves to play with.  AlmostMakesPerfect created this DIY Thanksgiving leaf garland. It’s simple, yet beautiful. She also used last months Halloween pumpkins.  She used gold duct tape to change the pumpkins into beautiful Thanksgiving decor.  Brilliant!

Items Needed:
white craft marker
gold duct tape


Here is another mantel decor idea that I love.  A Diamond in the Rough ‘s “Give Thanks” mantel will remind our family what Thanksgiving is all about.  For the “GIVE” banner she used brown card stock, burlap,and twine. And she picked the pumpkins up at the dollar store and spay painted them in Heirloom White. The “THANKS” was cut out with a Circut.  I love this!



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Lately I have seen a lot of wild turkeys up the canyon and they sound just like a cougar or a boogie man ready to pounce!  I had the thought of using the turkey feathers that I find on the mountain, but I think Design Improvised  has the best idea from getting them at the craft store :.  Amazon also has them.




The kids table is going to be a hit this year!  My very crafty 6 year old and I are going to create this one.   With her little hands and  A STEP IN THE JOURNEY ‘s step by step guide, we can all make the little ones a little more hyper when they arrive.

Items Needed
fish bowl (from the dollar store)
googly eyes
brown, yellow, red,and orange card stock
and one little one that wants to trace and cut

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 My two year old’s thankful list is quite a bit different than my 13 year old’s. I enjoy looking back on previous years of what the kids are thankful for.  Come the first Monday of November will start  our “thankful fors”. Craftionary has made it easy to display our list this year.  Just click, print, and cut!

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Place of my Taste has crafted this beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece.  I think it would look amazing in any home decor.

Items Needed:

– 2 empty bottles

– a bag of  decor pumpkins

– white and gold spray paint

– washi tape or painters tape

– sponge brush

These pumpkins can be purchased individually at dollar store.

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You certainly could use a tree branch from your back yard to do this, but I love the way The Happy House Wife has used the lighted tree branches.  As of today they are $45 on Amazon.  She used a maple leaf stamp instead of scissors.  She gives wonderful instructions on her site.