Monday, December 31, 2018


Stuff through the year:

  • 3 sermons preached (the 1st one was on New Year's Eve day 2017, close enough.)
  • Became a licensed Catechist in the summer & started a class in the fall.
  • Trained to be a Lay Chaplain in Community of Hope.
  • Continued to take communion to fellow parishioners who are homebound with Shaunna.
  • Attended Bishop's Committee Meetings & Priest Search Committee Meetings. 
  • Finished up year 1 of EfM (education for ministry) & started year 2.
  • Trained to be an accredited EfM Mentor (so we can have an EfM class at St Mary's Church fall 2019.)
  • Volunteered to be the Group Rep for my home Al Anon group (will start in January.)
  • Got my first aquarium & group of fish that started the Aquarium Sagas on my birthday last January.
  • Visited a Jewish Synagogue for the first time last spring.
  • Helped with Peter's Retirement Party in June.
  • Had Ashton & Austen visit in July. ♥
  • Went camping (only during the daytime - Michael didn't like it) on Labor Day weekend.
  • Went to the Aquarium with Josh, Hayley, Mercedes, Jackson, Chyann, Michael, Matthew & Steve on Labor Day weekend.
  • Went to Matthew's high school graduation
  • Went to Diocesan Convention in Price as a representative of SMC.
  • Sent Matt off to the Navy; watched his graduation on the internet; visited with him at Christmas; sent him back to the Navy.
  • Went "fishing" with Josh just about every Tuesday during the summer and fall (live fish - went to the fish stores just to hang out and visit.)
  • Babysat Brynley for Amber & Rio at least once a month for many months - haven't done it lately, though, for one reason or another lately.
  • Had preschool with Mercedes up until May 2018.
  • Went to Jessica & Haylee's wedding. ♥
  • Had a family dinner (basically a mini Thanksgiving) with Matt before he went into the military. 
  • Went to Josh's for Thanksgiving.
  • Had Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day & game day the day after, here at our house.
  • Went to lunches with Sherry.
  • Went to a Greg Laswell concert with Shaunna & Laura.
  • Went to see Anne Lamott with Steve when she came to Park City last February.
  • Attended Peter's funeral 2 weeks ago & helped put together a reception for family & friends of Peter & Carole's.
  • Attended Anna & Marty's wedding last week.
  • And am helping to plan Arlene's funeral for next Saturday.
  • What am I leaving out? It was a very full year. 

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Bar Cookies (AKA Bars)

Bar Cookies:
2 sticks melted butter
3 cups graham crackers
Mix together and pat onto the bottom of a 9" x 13" pan.
Put the following layer on top (in order):
2 cups coconut
2 cups chocolate chips
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. Let cool completely. Yum!!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Ashlee's Berry (cream cheese & cool whip) Salad

Ashlee's Berry (cream cheese & cool whip) Salad

8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 small yogurt (match to your choice of berry)
8 oz cool whip
3/4 bag of ( 8-10 oz bag ) frozen berries (or more or less as desired)
1/2 bag ( 10 oz ) white mini marshmallows (or more or less as desired)
sliced bananas

In a mixing bowl:
Cream sugar and cream cheese together. Mix in yogurt and thawed cool whip. Thaw and drain berries; fold in berries and marshmallows. 
Add bananas right before serving (they'll turn brown in the salad if left too long)