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Can you believe the calendar has gone right ahead and melted itself into August. How does time fly by so quickly! Do you know? I sure don’t. I’m glad there are a few more weeks of summer left to enjoy. Here in sunny Herriman, where I live, we have year round school. Which means the elementary aged kids have a tracking system and are out of school for a time in the middle of the winter, and have to go to school during some of the summer. This year, as luck would have it, we had were on the track that lets out early and were put on a track that starts late for the upcoming school year. What does that mean to me? 12 fabulous weeks of summer…that’s what. No school, no homework, no nothin’.  This is the first summer we’ve ever had like this in all of the time I have been raising children. Ah, you feel happy for me don’t you. That’s really nice of you.

If I were a perfect Mom, like the kind that win Mother of The Year and everything, I would happily report that every morning I assign my kids to do some school work, practice the piano, read a some inspirational literature followed by a vivacious 2 mile jog around our neighborhood. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Nothing wrong with a plan of attack.

I tried to do that last year, and found myself in a stressed out frenzy more often than not, trying to bark out orders and keep my kids following a perfectly plotted agenda.

This year I opted to try a more laid back approach and have tried to just soak up the time we have being together. I hope my kids remember how to read when they have to go back to school. Don’t report me to the authorities, ok? I’m sure at least half of them still know the difference between the letter B and D. At least my boy in high school.

We’ve spent more days at Bear Lake than we have at home, and man it has been a bit of heaven on earth. Some of you may have noticed a lot of my instructional photos have looked different than usual. It’s still me taking the pictures…just in a different kitchen. You don’t mind, do you? I’m still getting used to the lighting in this kitchen, thanks for your patience.

At Bear Lake we’ve done a lot of really important things like…

Single Hummingbird at Bear Lake

watching  this cute hummingbird drink from our feeder.

Birds at Bear Lake

Must have been a pretty sweet drink because he invited some friends. At one point we counted 14 hummingbirds fighting for a taste. Very entertaining, and I’m not kidding. My kids loved it. Crossing my fingers we don’t get infested. 🙂 Wouldn’t want my eye poked out or anything.


We also spent some time finishing a bathroom in the basement of our place at Bear Lake.


Ok, mostly MyHandsomeHusband and MyTeenSonMark built it (good father-son bonding time). But the rest of us helped put the floor in. The handsome man mentioned previously got a bright idea to put in a Sand and Seashell floor.

Edited Floor

He covered it all with Self Leveling Epoxy…Looks kind of cool, don’t you think?


Hoping no one slips and breaks their neck! Or gets pecked in the eye by a hummingbird. These are the very serious concerns of my life. Truly.

Anyhow, we have been having a great summer. Planning on soaking up a few more weeks of it. Oh, and spending some time reminding kids that they know how to read. 🙂

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich (Crock Pot) 

 I have my monthly menu plan for you today. As usual colored titles are links back to previously posted recipes. Black titles are recipe I am working on and hoping to post in the near future. Hope you find something to love!



Dinner Recipes:
fettuccine Alfredo and Baked Zucchini with Mozzarella (***pictured above)
Grilled Chicken Caesar Wraps with Crispy Parmesan Oven Fries (***pictured above)
Sloppy Joes and Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries (***pictured above)
Roasted Tomato and Asparagus Tortelini
Crispy Skillet Chicken with Bruschetta Pasta (***pictured above)
Easy Beef Strogonaff (Crock Pot) with Noodles
Creamy Chicken Tacos (Crock Pot) and Cilantro Lime Rice
Fabulous Grilled Flank Steak with Grilled Vegetable Medley
Bavarian Pot Roast of Wonder and Mashed Potatoes and Corn on the Cob
Oatmeal Pancakes and Omelets
Orange Sesame Chicken and Ham Fried Rice
Guiltless Zucchini Marinara Subs with a Big Diet Coke
Chicken and Black Bean Quesadillas (Crock Pot)
Grilled Hawaiian Pork Chops with Veggies
Chicken Stroganoff with Peas and Green Salad
Grilled Chicken Fajitas
Kneaders Turkey Craisin and Sunflower Salad
Simple French Bread Pizza and Olive Garden Salad
Beach Street Lemon Chicken
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Corn on the Cob
Wonderful Waffles with Homemade Raspberry Syrup

Desserts/Pot Luck/Miscilanious
Supreme Buffalo Nachos
Super Moist Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Fluffy Strawberry Salad
Lemon Blueberry Pancakes
Chewy Brownie and White Chocolate Strawberry Trifle
Bacon, Cheddar and Ranch Potato Salad 

New Recipes I’m Working on and Hoping to Post in the Future:
Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with Tartar Sauce and Cheesey Zucchini Rice
Yeast Scones with Fluffy Cinnamon Honey Butter
Crispy Bean and Rice Burritos
Cinnamon Crepes with Peaches and Cream
Simple Grilled Zucchini
Fabulous Taco Salad
Easy Three Cheese Bowtie Pasta
Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas
Easy Margarita Pizza
Classic Bruschetta on Toasted Bread
Fish Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Sauce
Almond Joy Ice Cream

Super Moist Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Zucchini Cake with Sour Cream Frosting

Zucchini Cake with Sour Cream Frosting

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  1. I would also be interested in how to do that floor. We’re currently building a house, and want to do something like that for our bathroom.

  2. I love the flooring. Did they just cover the old flooring with sand and seashells, then pour epoxy? I would love to know for my daughters room.

  3. Yes,if you could put a tutorial on how you did the flooring, it would be amazing!!I have looked and looked and no one else has a tutorial on this kind of floor. But it’s so nice,
    please share with us ?