Thursday, December 6, 2018


Thanksgiving day came and our assignment was rolls, but dinner was not until 3:00 pm.  Plenty of time to go to the Momma's friend Debbie's house to make rolls together!  Four batches ought to do it!

The rolls were great!  So was the rest of the feast!

Meanwhile, at a buffet in Reno, Nevada on their way to Lake Tahoe....

Howdy, Jojo & Kari!

And a few thousand miles away on an island in the middle of the ocean, gathering with friends...

Aloha, Lali & Ry!

Food, Family, Friends and Feasting!  We may not be together, but we are together in our Thanks-giving!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

New Apron

It was a "Meat Night" get-together. 
No frills.
No "sides".
No ladies.
Just the guys.  And meat. And prizes.

The Dad had been experimenting...

7-Up/Soy/Horseradish marinade.  Not as good as he remembered.
Barbecue.  Nope, nothing unusual there.
Back to the old standard:  Bernstein's Cheese & Garlic Italian Dressing.
Marinate the chicken breasts for a few hours, then throw it on the grill.  That's it.
Well, add a new apron made by the Momma a few minutes beforehand. 

The result?  2nd Prize Winner!!  Must have been the apron!

Look at that smile.  Now, what's for dinner?  Maybe some grilled corn on the cob?
I know a guy.
~ the Momma

Monday, September 26, 2016

Up, Up and Away!

Chelsea has a thing for Hot Air Balloons.

Hot Air Balloon quilt by Chelsea Stott, 2006 (age 16)  Sweepstakes at the Wasatch County Fair,
1st place at the Utah State Fair, Youth Home Arts Division

On this beautiful September morning, Chelsea dragged us all out of bed to go see the Autumn Aloft Hot Air Balloon Festival in Park City!

Glad she did!

Quilts in the sky.

What goes up must come down.  Maybe next time, we'll be the ones up in the air.

~the Momma

Monday, September 5, 2016

European Adventures Part III ~ Vienna

Third stop on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 2016 European Tour:  Beautiful Vienna, Austria.

Performance in one of the great halls of Europe, the Musikverein.

The hall was built in 1870 and is known for it's glorious acoustics.  Home of some of the great composers including Brahms (!!) and Mahler, the opportunity to sing in this magnificent place was humbling. 

We took a long bus ride through the beautiful countryside from Munich to Vienna, past beautiful villages nestled in rolling hills with the Alps in the distance.

We arrived in Vienna in time for a charming luncheon in Der Ratskellar, a series of restaurant halls in the basement of the old Town Hall, which used to house the giant wine barrels.

After lunch, the choir and orchestra hopped on a bus to the Musikverein for sound check.


Chior guests were able to wander the city.  Evan caught quite a few pictures, including a couple of rallies, lots of golden statues on tops of buildings, and lots of beautifully ornate buildings.



We met up again, back at Der Ratskellar, this time for a fabulous buffet in the upstairs Ballroom.

I imagined the orchestra playing the Viennese waltz, and wished I could dance around the room in style.  As it was, as usual, we had to eat and run!  Oh, how I wish I had more time in this amazing city.  Need. More. Time!

Back to the Musikverein for concert:

We played to a sold-out house.  In fact, at the back of the hall was an alcove where you could purchase a ticket for standing room only.  I was amazed that that section was packed for the duration of the concert, even through two encores.
The choir donated all the proceeds of that evening's performance to a charity, Caritas Austria.  You can read more about that here: Vienna Austria Charity  or here:  Vienna, the City of Music.

And here's one cute family's experience at the concert, fellow Utahns, living in Vienna for a period of time:  In her blog post, meet Oliver, star of several YouTube videos as a little tiny kid "conducting" the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  He's adorable. Her blog post included a video of an audience favorite - a Nigerian hymn, Betelehemu.

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