Friday, August 28, 2020

Where Oh Where Have I Been Lateley

I can't believe summer is winding up, and I haven't spent 
any of my summer blogging.  I have lots of Instagram photos, 
but no blog posts.  I thought I would catch you up on what I 
have been up to all summer.  Despite Covid, this has been a busy 
and fun summer for us, as the State of Utah has had outdoor 
activities open, and despite that, we still have low deaths.  The outdoors 
and staying healthy has been good for us.
We started with getting ebikes before they were all gone, and 
we loved exploring sunny St. George.  

We had our newest little granddaughter, and she is just 
so yummy!  A lot of time has been spent helping 
mama as this is baby seven.  This little girl hardly gets 
put down.  She is so loved.

Two of our eight year olds got baptized this summer.

Baby was blessed on the same day as sister was baptized, 
so that was a wonderful family gathering.  At first we were 
afraid of family gatherings, but we have enjoyed being 
with one another again.

We traveled twice to Cabo to finish up our home construction 
there.  My next post will give you the full tour.

I did tons of baking and learned new things - like making these 
crusty rolls inside my Dutch oven like I do my no-knead bread.  
We love bread and baked goods, so it has been a great time for that. 

Yum, Chocolate Covered Cherry Bars that I hadn't made in years.

We visited the dormant volcanoes and had Volcano Pie in 
Southern Utah.

We had family and friend trips to beautiful Lake Powell.

I learned to make pizzas, baguettes, steaks and burgers on a 
baking steel, so we can have pizzas wherever we go.

My son taught me how to make Detroit Pizza.  I can't tell you 
how many times we have had that this summer.

I tried Mexican Street Corn Salad, and now that is a family favorite. 
The food is just a sampling of many, many fun things we made this 
summer.  I really should have blogged them all - maybe I will play 
catch-up in the fall. 

Speaking of catching ---
Football season started and this little guy rocked it.  The first play of 
the game he went down half the field and made a touch down.  He 
also made an interception and had another run down to the one yard line.

My middle son got married.

And I did the Charcuterie Board and the tables for the wedding.
I need to blog about this too.  It ended up being amazing.

We built a new pool here in Utah this summer at my daughter's 
house, so every night for the last month we have been gathering, eating and swimming until dark.

No wonder I haven't had time to blog.  
I know some states are not as open as ours.  We have had people 
flood here from neighboring states to use the pools and lakes 
and parks.  We are so grateful our numbers and deaths have 
remained low.  We have been blessed. We hope it stays this way.  Family and the out of doors has meant everything.


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. I enjoyed seeing how you spent your summer....the baby is precious and the two 8 y/o s are adorable! Spending time on your boat, biking and in the new pool sounds like a wonderful way to spend summer! Can't wait to see more pics, especially of your Cabo home and the charcuterie table!! You are one blessed woman!

  2. Oh Jackie, what a life! You are so very, very blessed! So many family milestones, congratulations on each and every one. All the foods looks delish. I have my own favorites on repeat. Whatever gets us through.....xo

  3. There you are....I miss you.....what a beautiful little granddaughter....wowwwww love love Ria...🍀💕🍀

  4. It sounds like you've had a great and normal summer! Lots of fun and family in beautiful areas. Your new cooking skills sound amazing I hope you will share on your blog. Can't wait to see your stunning Cabo home!

  5. It looks like you have had the most glorious summer. And, I might add, one of the more delicious ones, too. My mouth is watering... I should read blogs before dinner!

  6. Oh what a busy girl you have been this summer and a very blessed one too. So many wonderful milestones with your family and I'm so happy you were able to be a part of the celebrations. Happy September......


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