Saturday, May 20, 2017

Week of May 14 - 20. 2017

Highlights:

Spiritual
My ribs were so sore that I stayed home Sunday...did some indexing...Sacrament Meeting was good, the choir song I missed singing was excellent, and there was no Relief Society lesson but yummy cheesecake and chatting...at least, that is what I heard.

Temple is on shutdown for two weeks, so no temple attendance.

My visiting teachers came on Wednesday morning and we had a delightful visit! Love chatting with them and love their messages they leave!I called one sister I visit to make an appointment, and we talked for so long that she thought it should be called a visit for the month. I am going to take her some tomatoes in a few days.

Scouts went well on Wednesday and we completed two adventures.

I have indexed 15050 records so far this year.

In the Book of Mormon, I am in Alma 5.

Family

The Wilkins Family
School is winding down and many things are packed into a day, on top of working, church callings, and regular homekeeping duties...
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On Mother's Day, she wrote:
 "The other day, I had to bring Adam to a follow-up radiology appointment with a grumpy Sam in tow, rush to the school to see Josh's school project, go to the library for Grace's books for a report... and clean up the floor at the library when Sam got sick all over it. When we came home, we were all grumpy as we did the homework, chore and activities routine. It was a hard day. But when I came home late from work that night and looked at their beautiful sleeping faces, I felt so profoundly and incredibly thankful that I get to be the one who has hard days with them. They make me laugh, they make me cry, they make me worry, they make me happy, and they make me try to be a better person every day."

On Wednesday, she shared on Facebook
"I was in the middle of taking a shower when I heard Sam come into the bathroom. I peeked out and saw him holding Elle (our cat). He told me "Elle loves flowers, Elle really loves flowers." I said, "Did you give Elle a flower buddy?" And he replied, "No, but I will." And then he dumped poor Elle in the shower with me. For the record, Elle does NOT love SHowers. :)"

The Ethan Rice Family
It was a busy week for this family! Ethan likes his new job but the longer commute is quite the adjustment! Cameo worked hard and finally found a good children's dentist for the kids. Turns out Kaylee  DID NOT need any fillings! So glad she drove the hour each way to find a good dentist.

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Kaylee had a special program to celebrate the end of preschool on Friday.
Wade made a new friend...
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Kaylee sang and got a diploma.
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I called Kaylee via Facetime Saturday while Ethan was helping Dad with a YouTube download, and she had a face full of flowers. They had a great day and were outdoors, jumping in bounce houses and getting a little sunburned. 

The Doran Rice Family
Best thing ever happened on Saturday, May 20, 2017...Kelsie Jane Baumgard chose to be baptized.
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Aunt Sherry, Cousin Rachel and Cousin Sam made the trek across town to attend. It appears that Kelsie now has her very own beautifully crocheted blanket by Aunt Sherry.

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Many thanks to Nathan for taking the pics for me...and to Nathan and Jessica for attending. I said the opening prayer, Nathan said the closing, and Papa baptized her. She will be confirmed in two weeks in her Sacrament Meeting.

The Morgan Rice Family
Busy work week at a different job, which he seems to like a lot!

Kayty
Kayty's job is not going anywhere...either financially nor personally, so she is on the hunt for a new job. She needs insurance and that doesn't happen here.She attended a Single Adult Conference on Saturday.

The Nathan Rice Family
They had dinner with Grandma after work on Monday.  Happy Anniversary on Wednesday...
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Busy work week! New baby is going to be named Elisabeth May...calling her Ellie May. How sweet!!
Nathan presented at work to his coworkers and boss, and Jessica taught two parenting classes on Friday. They came by on Friday night to visit, and Nathan installed my Mother's Day Present.
Everyone showered (even Kayty! ) and pronounced it Amazing!!! Thank you so much, Nate, Jess, Annalee and Ellie!!
Work
Dad had another very frustrating week, with reports that are constantly updated, sometimes twice a day, that require data collection, entry, and explanation writing. His boss is a total linguist, too, so his work is looked at, highlighted in red, and sent back for edit. I have been surprised that there were no red check marks!

In addition to my regular work, I canned 20 quarts of tomatoes on Tuesday, put them away on Wednesday,

Dad's Garden
Tomato picking...tomato canning. Busy week!!









Year of the House Part 2

Other highlights
Mother's Day...
Kind words. Wonderful Efforts. Thoughtful gifts. Visit and Facetime.

From Allison...
"I don't get to see or talk to her often enough, but my mom is the most amazing person who sacrificed so much for me and my siblings, made every little holiday incredible, supported me in whatever hobby/sport I wanted to pursue, taught me how to work hard and was the best example of patience, faith and Christ-like love. I hope I can (someday) be as awesome as her. Love you Mom!"
From Ethan
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Ethan wrote:
"Happy Mother's Day to Suzzy Kew Rice, my amazing mom. Thak you for always being there, whether it was pitching a baseball, helping with a merit badge, or closing your eyes during a game, you have always been there for me and my family. Even now, being across the country, you find ways to continue to share your love, even if you have to play FaceTime hide-n-seek with Kaylee for hours. Happy Mother's Day Mom and Grammy!!!! We Love You!




My only dream; my toughest heartache- sometimes; my joy - ALWAYS...being the Mom of Allison, Ethan, Doran, Morgan, Katelyn, and Nathan, the mother in law of Mike, Cameo, Amber, almost Christy, and Jessica, and the Grammy of Adam, Grace, Josh, Sam, Kaylee, Wade, Kelsie, Kooper, Annalee and Elisabeth. Thank you for all you did for Mother's Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Beautiful cool weather this week!! A rare and so enjoyable treat!!
 
Funny thing happened on the way to the baptism on Saturday...we were running a little late, and we turned onto Camelback Road and noticed police...we tried to figure out what was going on, and by the time we did, we realized we were near a huge funeral procession. We couldn't wait for this to pass, so, we turned on our emergency lights...and joined the procession. Yes, for miles...through red lights, everything, we were part of a funeral procession. When we reached the street we needed to turn on, we tried to look sad and turned. 

Not so highlights
My ribs are still crazy sore. Most of the time, I do fine and need no Naproxyn...but I go and do something silly...like a few situps...and boom. Pain and Pain meds. Looks like walking and jogging are ok but no exercises for week three of injury.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Week of May 7 - 13, 2017

Highlights:

Spiritual
Sunday was a great day: two choir practices, a great fast and testimony meeting, and a beautiful Relief Society lesson that I came right home and used as a basis for my letter to my inmate friend, Jessica.

On Monday, I finally got to visit with my one visiting teaching sister/friend, Linda, whose husband died here in February ten days after a motorcycle accident. We visited for over two hours. She is an amazing woman and taught me so much. I found that relief society lesson on Sunday applied to her as well, and we enjoyed and shared. It was especially touching to me that, while she left Sacrament meeting early due to some of the testimonies born that touched her heart, we could see the Lord's hand in the people who shared their testimonies, one who doesn't live in our ward any longer and hasn't lived here for years after her husband died. It was such a witness to me that Heavenly Father is mindful of each and every one of us, and when we are prompted to do something, we should do just that. Never postpone and prompting. It could be the help someone needs.

Cub Scouts went well and we were able to learn about respect for the American Flag and how to fold it.

Dad attended his regular Wednesday night temple session

I am in Mosia 14 in my Book of Mormon reading.

I have indexed 14,331 records so far this year. 

Family

The Wilkins Family
Busy week for this family that included High School orientation for Adam. They also joined a Guinea Pig support group via Facebook, so if you have any concerns or needs that need to be addressed, go to them.

The Ethan Rice Family
Dad FaceTimed Saturday evening...


Sunday, May 7th was Wade's blessing day. It started early




Cameo, Kaylee and Wade treated Dad to a great Monday before dropping him off at the airport
This is the stream right at the back of their lot

The original Shane's Rib Shack


They got Papa to the airport and he made it home very, very late Monday night. He had a great time and loved seeing the family!

Ethan had a business trip for his new position out to Phoenix for two days, but they were so jam packed that he never could get away. He will be out in Phoenix more frequently now so we will see him in the future.

Kaylee got some new sparkly shoes.




The Doran Rice Family
Doran, Amber and family had a busy week. Amber was not feeling well on Saturday at the party and so she rested while Doran and the kids swam after pizza.

The Morgan Rice Family
We hadn't spoken to Morgan in awhile. His job at Superlite turned into a seven day a week position with absolutely no ability to make plans, so he is now at a machine shop in the north valley and loves it. He and Kristy are doing well.

Kayty
Kayty had a good work week. Many interesting things happen when you are dealing in the rental industry and she comes home with some good stories. She got a special Mother's Day treat at work on Friday...


She slept and went to our party on the weekend.

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan, Jessica and Kaylee came by on Sunday night for a visit, and Nate made some pretty awesome brownies.

Both had busy work weeks. Nathan is learning a lot and spends his time not working studying. He also works out a nearby gym. Jessica is keeping up with her work, school and homework, and Annalee.

Annalee played with me Thursday morning and Friday.



She didn't like the pool on Friday evening...not sure if the cold or Papa swimming underwater scared her. She loved the pool with Mom and Dad on Saturday, though, and really had fun with her cousins...especially Kooper!





Dad and Nathan worked on melting lead and casting bullets on Saturday morning.

Work
Dad's work weeks continue to be very difficult, full of responsibility, spreadsheets, reports, meetings, updates to spreadsheets, supplier visits, phone calls, emails in the hundreds, and more. He did get to substitute teach a fifth grade class on Friday and enjoyed that, though he did have to accept two work phone calls from suppliers to assist with a problem.

Dad's Garden
Garden kept us busy this week!!!

Two sessions of roasting: one in oven and one in pizza oven, and we now have 24-2 cup bags of roast tomato sauce in the freezer.





I picked over 150 tomatoes on Saturday morning!

Tomato total: 372

Year of the House Part 2
No time this week.

Other highlights
 My dental appointment went well. Crowns went on perfect and no shot!

Dad's didn't go as well...one needs to be remade.

We visited a financial planner and sought information about retirement, etc. Some days, Dad is ready to quit...others he will wait a few years.


Dad decided that he wanted carrot cake cupcakes from his own garden carrots for his birthday party. So, I made Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese frosting.

Curtis Stone's Wedding Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting


Ingredients
For the Cupcakes:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup canola oil
10 ounces carrots (about 3), coarsely grated on a box grater
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

For the Frosting:
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 pure vanilla extract

o make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt to blend; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla to blend. Slowly add the oil, whisking to blend well. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture. Using a rubber spatula, fold in carrots, raisins and walnuts.

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups, using about 1/4 cup batter for each cupcake. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and cool for 10 minutes, then transfer the cupcakes to the rack and cool completely.

To make the frosting, add ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl, using a handled mixer). Beat about 6 minutes, or until smooth, fluffy, and creamy.

Spread the frosting over the tops of the cupcakes.

Make-ahead: The frosted cupcakes will keep for up to 2 days, stored airtight in the refrigerator. Serve the cupcakes cold or at room temperature. - See more at: https://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/19874_curtis_stone_s_wedding_carrot_cupcakes_with_brown_sugar_cream_cheese_frosting/#sthash.4Cdnu0kG.dpuf

  To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt to blend; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla to blend. Slowly add the oil, whisking to blend well. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture. Using a rubber spatula, fold in carrots, raisins and walnuts.

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups, using about 1/4 cup batter for each cupcake. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and cool for 10 minutes, then transfer the cupcakes to the rack and cool completely.

To make the frosting, add ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl, using a handled mixer). Beat about 6 minutes, or until smooth, fluffy, and creamy.

Spread the frosting over the tops of the cupcakes.

Make-ahead: The frosted cupcakes will keep for up to 2 days, stored airtight in the refrigerator. Serve the cupcakes cold or at room temperature. -

To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt to blend; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla to blend. Slowly add the oil, whisking to blend well. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture. Using a rubber spatula, fold in carrots, raisins and walnuts.

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups, using about 1/4 cup batter for each cupcake. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and cool for 10 minutes, then transfer the cupcakes to the rack and cool completely.

To make the frosting, add ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl, using a handled mixer). Beat about 6 minutes, or until smooth, fluffy, and creamy.

Spread the frosting over the tops of the cupcakes.

Make-ahead: The frosted cupcakes will keep for up to 2 days, stored airtight in the refrigerator. Serve the cupcakes cold or at room temperature. - See more at: https://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/19874_curtis_stone_s_wedding_carrot_cupcakes_with_brown_sugar_cream_cheese_frosting/#sthash.4Cdnu0kG.dpuf
To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt to blend; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla to blend. Slowly add the oil, whisking to blend well. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture. Using a rubber spatula, fold in carrots, raisins and walnuts.

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups, using about 1/4 cup batter for each cupcake. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and cool for 10 minutes, then transfer the cupcakes to the rack and cool completely.

To make the frosting, add ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl, using a handled mixer). Beat about 6 minutes, or until smooth, fluffy, and creamy.

Spread the frosting over the tops of the cupcakes.

Make-ahead: The frosted cupcakes will keep for up to 2 days, stored airtight in the refrigerator. Serve the cupcakes cold or at room temperature. - See more at: https://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/19874_curtis_stone_s_wedding_carrot_cupcakes_with_brown_sugar_cream_cheese_frosting/#sthash.4Cdnu0kG.dpuf
To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt to blend; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla to blend. Slowly add the oil, whisking to blend well. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture. Using a rubber spatula, fold in carrots, raisins and walnuts.

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups, using about 1/4 cup batter for each cupcake. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and cool for 10 minutes, then transfer the cupcakes to the rack and cool completely.

To make the frosting, add ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl, using a handled mixer). Beat about 6 minutes, or until smooth, fluffy, and creamy.

Spread the frosting over the tops of the cupcakes.

Make-ahead: The frosted cupcakes will keep for up to 2 days, stored airtight in the refrigerator. Serve the cupcakes cold or at room temperature. - See more at: https://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/19874_curtis_stone_s_wedding_carrot_cupcakes_with_brown_sugar_cream_cheese_frosting/#sthash.4Cdnu0kG.dpuf

o make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt to blend; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla to blend. Slowly add the oil, whisking to blend well. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture. Using a rubber spatula, fold in carrots, raisins and walnuts.

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups, using about 1/4 cup batter for each cupcake. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and cool for 10 minutes, then transfer the cupcakes to the rack and cool completely.

To make the frosting, add ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl, using a handled mixer). Beat about 6 minutes, or until smooth, fluffy, and creamy.

Spread the frosting over the tops of the cupcakes.

Make-ahead: The frosted cupcakes will keep for up to 2 days, stored airtight in the refrigerator. Serve the cupcakes cold or at room temperature. - See more at: https://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/19874_curtis_stone_s_wedding_carrot_cupcakes_with_brown_sugar_cream_cheese_frosting/#sthash.4Cdnu0kG.dpuf
 Here are pics of the party
o make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt to blend; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla to blend. Slowly add the oil, whisking to blend well. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture. Using a rubber spatula, fold in carrots, raisins and walnuts.

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups, using about 1/4 cup batter for each cupcake. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and cool for 10 minutes, then transfer the cupcakes to the rack and cool completely.

To make the frosting, add ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl, using a handled mixer). Beat about 6 minutes, or until smooth, fluffy, and creamy.

Spread the frosting over the tops of the cupcakes.

Make-ahead: The frosted cupcakes will keep for up to 2 days, stored airtight in the refrigerator. Serve the cupcakes cold or at room temperature. - See more at: https://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/19874_curtis_stone_s_wedding_carrot_cupcakes_with_brown_sugar_cream_cheese_frosting/#sthash.4Cdnu0kG.dpuf



Jessica was the super pizza decorator of the day!!!!





















Not so highlights
I am still having rib pain troubles. I don't sleep well at night, and I really did a ton of work on Saturday, which made that night very hard to get sleep. Hoping next week shows improvement.