Monday, September 29, 2008

Journaling ~My Utah Trip~

Well, I am finally home. I REALLY enjoyed my trip to Utah. It was so nice to get to just sit back and visit with my parents! We did do several Dr. appointments. My dad said this was the MOST uncomfortable chair EVER.

Like I already posted, I made peach jam and then mom and I started going through old family pictures and sorted them by the year. We have a lot more to go, but at least we got it started. I went over to my SIL, Jennifer's house. LOOK at her cold storage!

Boy, do I wish I had a place like this for my food storage!!!!

Then Jen and I (okay, okay, MOSTLY Jen) made me some skirts. They will be great for slipping into for teaching Institute!

The girls played the piano...

Jumped on the trampoline... Diana turning a flip for my brother's girls...

Brittany braiding the Whitney's hair...

Played a little B-ball...

Ate at Cafe Rio!!! (my brother's wife)

And BYU Creamery... (this is my dad's sister & brother from Texas with us!)

We also had a couple of family BBQ's...

Hubby & Brother...

My cousin's daughter... she is a Freshman at SUU


Dad, mom, aunt Sue (mom's sister)

Cousins.... Karen & Kevin... brother and me....

Oh, the joys of being a mom to ALL boys! Doesn't it look like they are jumping me??? They claim that is a "group hug"... what do you think??!!!

And, now... your reward for making it through all these pics...
The best brownie recipe ever! (A sweet lady in my mother's ward brought these over one afternoon and I HAD to get the recipe!!! And, now, I am sharing it with YOU!)
Hershey's Best Brownies
1 c. butter
2 c. sugar
2 t. vanilla
4 eggs
3/4 c. Hershey's Cocoa
1 c. flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 c. chopped nuts (optional)
Heat over to 350°
Grease 13x9 pan
Melt butter, stir in sugar & vanilla.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well with spoon after each addition.
Add cocoa, beat until well blended.
Add flour, baking powder and salt.
Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake 30 min. or until brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.
PS Can I just say that sometimes I HATE the way it posts things!!! Okay... just had to vent!


tammy said...

I'm glad you had a good trip, but I've missed you. First off, that's not a food storage, that's a grocery store! Holy cow, do I miss having a basement. Love all the pics. You are so cute and have such an adorable family. And yay for brownies! That recipe sounds so yummy and I would go make some right now if I wasn't full of peaches.

Mechelle said...

What a fun trip. Love family!

I think I will get up early tomorrow and see about organizing my food storage. That photo was inspiring!

All boys is such fun. I grew up with three older brothers and know all about that group hug. I was on the bottom of them.

Thanks for the brownie recipe. SOUNDS SO GOOOD!!!! m

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

What an amazing family-I could feel the love looking at the photos! I'm so glad you had a wonderful trip.
I'm still in awe of the cold storage! Unreal-I really need to get busy on mine!
Take Care,

Joneel said...

Dang, I was in Utah too. I was there from Sept. 20-26th. I ate at Cafe Rio also. YUM !!! Shoot,
I loved that food storage photo too. Wish I had cold storage.

Anonymous said...

i love all of yoru pictures. you are SOOOO PRETTY!!!!!! and your family is gorgeous, too!

and LOOK at the FOOD STORAGE!! that is INSANELY GOOD!!!! Looks like a GROCERY STORE!!!!!! i am jealous! big time!


YES YES YES...Hershey's BEst brownies ARE THE BEST! those are the ones i make all the time ♥

yum yum! i might have to make some today!!!!!!

Glad you are BAAACK safe & sound!!!


Anonymous said...

That dry storage area is to die for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm coveting for sure.

What a fun trip. And thanks for the recipe. I think I'll make them this week.

Motherboard said...

I wish I had a grocery store in my basement! Heck, I wish I had a basement!

Cafe Rio Pork Salad = YUMmmmmm!

Glad your back safe and sound!!

McEwens said...

Bet it was hard to leave your dad...

Jenn holy cow she has a grocery store there!

Cafe Rio.. you went with out ME??!!

Love ya.. glad you are back! Greta pictures! Are you going to post some of the wedding reception too???

Scrappy Girl said...

OMGoodess...that is definitely one big food storage area. Love all the pics. Your Dad is right...those chairs are uncomfortable. They either sit you up too straight or lay you back a little too far. LOL!

nikkicrumpet said...

Is it okay if I'm HUGELY JEALOUS that you got to go to Utah. Dang I miss home so badly sometimes. It looks like you had a wonderful time. And yes...I'd question that whole "group hug" concept lol. What a lucky lady you are to have such an amazing family!

Jan said...

Hey Shaila. It was so good to see a picture of your precious Dad. It must be so hard sometimes, but look at his smile. Melts ya.

Glad you had so much fun. The pictures tell the whole story. You are so pretty. I just can't get over it.

That basement is to covet, but I will remain inspired instead. It is a Mormons dream room. Organized and stocked. I love the concept so much. I hope to achieve something like that someday. Line upon line. Or sugar upon sugar in this case.

You are so sweet to hand out that awesome recipe. Yummers.

Drake Family said...

I want a storage room like THAT...suddenly mine doesn't look so good. Thanks again for having our family join you guys at the BBQ! Cute pics. We want to see your family pics. that you had done too!

Jodi said...

Sheesh! What an awesome food storage! It is so stinkin' organized too!

Those brownies are my very favorite ones. THey are the ones I always make unless I only have time for Betty Crockers! They are even better with lots of frosting!!!

Looks like you had a blast!

Jodi said...

Oh...I forgot to tell you I put the link to the picture of the Invisible Woman on the comments of that same post. I should have put it here but wasn't thinking! ANyway it's there for ya!

Bren's Life said...

I love all your pictures. Man- I still can't believe your much older then 41. You are so adorable & skinny. Every time I see you, I think I can look like that again.. As I drink my Dr Pepper & think about your brownie recipe.. Yummy!
Glad you wre able to do so much in Utah & see all your boys.