Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

Hello to all my blog­ging friends!

Today I was rid­ing my bike when grav­ity took over.  The impact caused me to dis­lo­cate my elbow!  OUCH!  What’s worse, it’s my right arm that is hurt and, of course, I am right handed.  This makes typ­ing vir­tu­ally impos­si­ble for now.  So my hand­some hubby Stan is typ­ing this for me and I would love to fea­ture you if you will leave a com­ment.  It just may be a bit slower this week.

Thank you for stop­ping by!

Wel­come to our first blog hop of the fall 2015! 

Momen­tum last week was great. Over 600 posts shared and our most viewed was VERY MOST viewed! 

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Tart with Fresh Fruit

Tart with Fresh Tart 1

My daugh­ter Dan­i­tra came to visit and shared one of her favorite recipes with me.  Oh heaven help me, I want to eat it for break­fast, lunch, din­ner and dessert.  It has fruit, so it must be ok, right?  It is sss­soooo good, and one tweaked a bit from Paula Deen, so it can’t be any­thing but amaz­ing.

Come check out more of my recipes at the top of the page (header): Food & Recipes and all the other great things I have for you here at AMS!

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Crazy & FUN Month!

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This month has been incred­i­bly busy and won­der­ful! For today’s post I hope you don’t mind some high­lights as I had some unex­pected events come up and I try very hard not to work, aka, blog on the Sab­bath, so if you’ll indulge me, I am going to tell you a funny story that hap­pened, our new tra­di­tion of mak­ing malts and a bit of a recap of all the going’s on.

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The Conference and AMS

Liz Lemon Swindle and me

I treated myself to a very spe­cial pic­ture that I will tell you about at the end of this post.

Last week I attended BYU Edu­ca­tion Week for the 10th year, I think.… I can’t remem­ber for sure.  I was able to go with my sis­ter Jody and daugh­ter Delsi. Stan has come the last few years, but he had to attend a busi­ness meet­ing, I did miss him.

I’ll tell you more about the con­fer­ence, such as the excit­ing news of the cor­re­la­tion of NCSE’s “Dirty Dozen” and Hilton Hotels.  I was in the class when it was announced!

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Lost Art of Cooking — Dutch Oven

Dutch Oven 1

 Stan and I have used our dutch ovens for many years now and enjoy the taste that only cook­ing in dutch ovens can cre­ate. It’s a smokey, yummy, out­doorsy, noth­ing else can make it taste like this.  It is not dif­fi­cult at all and there are sev­eral rea­sons why it is a great idea to know how to, as well as why to have them.  Come ready why. 

I want to thank Nancy Rap­pl­eye for her very kind gen­eros­ity in shar­ing  with us of the pro­por­tions, sizes and how-to’s from her church book­let pre­sen­ta­tion she did a few years ago.

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Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

I was at a con­fer­ence all last week, so I don’t have my own fea­tures, but we have some GREAT ones to show you!!!  If you will leave me a com­ment of what num­ber you linked up, I will be sure to share and come by to visit!  Thanks for par­ty­ing at the WWBlog Hop at AMS!!!  Car­rie     Wel­come to our party! 

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Frosted Chicken Sandwich

Frosted Chicken Sandwich 1

Stan and I stopped at a restau­rant and he ordered a chicken sand­wich with some­thing they called ‘Chicken Frost­ing’.  I HAD to repli­cate that amaz­ing work of art.  We have longed for that sand­wich for weeks now.…so here is my ver­sion, and Stan says it is even bet­ter, which is quite a com­pli­ment.  When you have a bit of a food blog as I do, the cri­tique is hon­est around my house:)   Drum roll—–I am pleased and thrilled to give you my own con­coc­tion of the Chicken Sand­wich with Chicken Frost­ing and I can’t wait to make it again; nei­ther can Stan, heehee.

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34 Years!

Wedding Pic 1

Despite telling Stan no twice when he asked me to marry him…even after watch­ing the sec­ond half of ‘Gone With the Wind’ with another guy on tv, today is our 34th anniver­sary and we still REALLY, REALLY like each other, and deeply LOVE each other too.  See, back 34 years ago when a tv show played; par­tic­u­larly one as long as that, it was bro­ken into two nights.  I watched the first half with Stan, and the sec­ond half on a date with another guy the next night — which Stan called my house sev­eral times dur­ing the show, I might add…

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Toasted Coconut Poke Cake

coconut cake


Aahhh, this dessert is so deli­cious for any­time. With sum­mer still warm, this refresh­ing cake really makes a hit with the toasted coconut and extract mak­ing the depth of fla­vor even bet­ter.  Mak­ing it ahead is another fea­ture of this amaz­ing cake.  Come HERE for the recipe.


The Lost Art of Cleaning — Car Headlights

Clean the head lights


This is an easy way to clean your car head­lights using ingre­di­ents found around your home and it takes just a few min­utes. It can make it much brighter when using your head­lights, which is safer too for you, your loved ones and oth­ers on the road.   If your lights are a bit dim, why don’t you give this home­made solu­tion a try?!

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The Lost Art of Play — It Water Time!

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 Sum­mer is wind­ing down, but the weather is still warm, so a water party is just in what is needed for FUN!  It is inex­pen­sive, ter­rific for ALL ages, low prepa­ra­tion and makes great mem­o­ries.  I have some games and activ­i­ties for you to have your own WATER PARTY, and every­one will have a blast!


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Grilled Shrimp Wrap & Mango Salsa

Shrimp Wrap 3

I went on a busi­ness trip with Stan to Cal­i­for­nia and at the lun­cheon they served a wrap which I just had to recre­ate with my own spin and tweeks.  I added some slightly spicy sea­son­ing to the shrimp and then grilled them.  Bal­anced it with sweet mango salsa and the crunch of the romaine let­tuce made it fabulous.

This is a healthy wrap that is easy to put together and you can eas­ily stretch the shrimp to make it cost effec­tive, even for those of us who do not have access to an ocean.  I hope you give this one a try, we loved it!

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Featured Family — Jason & Meredith Update

McIlrath babies 1Y’all know my very good friend Dor­thy.   She has been so gen­er­ous in shar­ing amaz­ing posts for diy cards, crafts, sewing tips and tuto­ri­als and so many other won­der­ful things the past two plus years.

Well, her son Jason and his lovely wife Mered­ith wanted more than any­thing to have their very own fam­ily.  Some of you were so had the oppor­tu­nity to be involved in the fund rais­ing we did last August so they were able to have in-vitro fer­til­iza­tion after try­ing other con­ser­v­a­tive approaches.  Well guess what?  In July they had a healthy baby boy AND a baby girl!  We want to con­grat­u­late them all and send them our very best for a happy and won­der­ful future, as we thank them for shar­ing a bit of their life here with us at AMS.


Copy­right Car­rie Grone­man, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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Roasted Corn on the Cob & Garlic Butter

Oven Roasted Corn

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One of my FAVORITE ways to eat deli­cious corn on the cob is to roast it in the oven.  The only way to make it bet­ter is to slather it with real but­ter that has been infused with fresh gar­lic.  Boy, oh boy, do you have a treat!  Click HERE for the recipe that is easy and scrumptious.


Lost Art of Sewing — CAPRI SUN TOTE

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My amaz­ingly tal­ented friend Dor­thy is back with the an addi­tion to the LOST ART OF SEWING series and this is sssooo cool!  It’s a tote made from Capri Sun drink pouches!  She has step-by-step instruc­tions and pic­tures for a tuto­r­ial to help you make one too!  Fur for all ages, a great size and the col­ors are bright to make any sea­son SUNNY!




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