Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Great Circle of Life

Yesterday my sweet grandma, Kathryn Harmon Lambert, passed away. She was a wonderful, righteous woman and we will miss her very much. But, I am grateful to know that she is out of pain and reunited with Grandpa and Aunt Sherri.

While Grandma was leaving this mortal existence, Lisa and Nathan were welcoming another little life into the world. Their baby girl was born yesterday. She is beautiful and healthy and we are excited to have this new addition in our family.

Days like yesterday make me so grateful for my knowledge of the gospel and the plan of salvation. Birth and death are just two steps along the pathway to eternal life. It doesn't mean that I will miss Grandma any less but I find great comfort knowing that I will see her again because we are a forever family.

(Click here to learn more about the plan of salvation and forever families.)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Weekend Getaway

Dave and I took off this last weekend just to get away.

We spent Friday night in Hurricane, Utah (that's Hurr-i-can) where we stopped in at the local museum. After visiting with Chatty Cathy and hearing her life story we discovered a bit of our own life story right there in the museum. Dave's Grandma Murphy is from Hurricane and her genealogy line is illustrated on the walls.

The way I understand it there were these two families that settled Hurricane: the Workmans and the Hintons. They both had large families but had only one child each intermarry. Dave comes through that line. This is a picture of his Great-Grandfather William Hinton and Great-Grandmother Mary Workman Hinton.

There is also a quilt on display in the museum that Mary made, circa 1960. A placard says that the "H" pattern was her favorite pattern. I think one of these days I need to make us an "H" pattern quilt -- "H" for Huffaker & Hinckley!

After our genealogical discoveries, we headed off to St. George where I made Dave stop at the Zion Outlets. Because what is a vacation without a little shopping?

Then on to Las Vegas where we met up with Dave's brother Matt and Family. We spent Saturday night in the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino right there on the Fremont Street Experience. We booked the cheap room but when we checked in they upgraded us to the Scarlet Suite in the Gold Tower for free! Now that was fun (even though the view from our window was the roof of the casino)! I really like expensive hotels...

(They have a waterslide into the swimming pool and the slide goes through a tank filled with sharks and other dangerous fish. Too bad the pool was closed by the time we checked in so we didn't have a chance to swim with the ferocious sea creatures.)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentines Date

Our Valentines Date began with this

and this from my darling husband.

Then I gave him a month's supply of this.

Later we went to dinner here

and decided against going to a movie and instead ended the night doing this at the clubhouse (which we desperately needed after that fabulous dinner).

A wonderfully romantic and fun evening!

Happy Valentines!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Spoke Too Soon

I know. Yesterday a beautiful little crocus. Today snow. Errr.

Have you noticed this winter how half the time the weatherman forecasts snow it doesn't come, but instead graces us with its presence on the days he promises a clear day. Brother Eubank was definitely NOT wearing a white coat last night - it was gray.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Do you know what this means?

Spring is on its way!
The flowers don't lie, people. It's coming!!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Saints Won!

And now Dave owes me a thorough car wash, inside and out.


Ya Baby!

Photo credits

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Pretty Little Cheesecakes

I made these dainty cheesecakes for Lisa's baby shower over the weekend. They turned out delicious! I had a few left over that were stored in the fridge. Would you believe they were even better three days later?!

Orange Grove Mini Cheesecakes
12-18 vanilla wafers
2 packages (8oz each) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla or orange extract
2 eggs

Place the wafers flat side down in a cupcake pan lined with paper muffin cups. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the sour cream, orange zest, and extract; beat well. Stir in the eggs one at a time until well blended. Fill muffin cups three-fourths full.

Bake at 350 degrees for 17-20 minutes or until set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Top each cheesecake with something colorful: raspberry preserves, candied orange zest, cranberries, strawberries, etc. Store in refrigerator.