Sunday, December 30, 2012

Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki Stew

We have two slow cookers and continue to look for new recipes. This one came from a Taste of Home Contest Winner cookbook that we received as a door prize when we signed up as new members of Costco last winter. The above picture is a scan from the cookbook and the original recipe was by Leslie Simms.

2 pounds of stew meat
1 bottle (12 oz) ginger beer or 1 can (12 oz) ginger ale
¼ cup teriyaki sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbs sesame seeds
2 tbs cornstarch
2 tbs cold water
2 cups frozen peas, thawed
Hot cooked rice or noodles

Cooking Instructions:
  1. In a large nonstick skillet, brown beef (in batches if necessary). Transfer to a 3 quart slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the ginger beer, teriyaki sauce, garlic and sesame seeds; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; gradually stir into the stew. Stir in the peas. Cover and cook an additional hour until the gravy is thickened. Serve with rice or noodles.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Another try at Photo-a-Day

OK so I didn't do well last year and I probably won't do well this year, but I will try and try again until I get it right.  A picture a day.  I will have to remember to take the camera with me on my journeys every day.  Maybe this year I will buy a tripod to make things easier.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Ron, Melissa, Ashton, Jaxon and Logan

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Jesus Christ December 9

December 9
2 Peter 1:20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Jesus Christ - Saviour of the World.
Keep Jesus in the season.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Jesus Christ - December 6

December 6
Ether 13:8 Wherefore, the remnant of the house of Joseph shall be built upon this land; and it shall be a land of their inheritance; and they shall build up a holy city unto the Lord, like unto the Jerusalem of old; and they shall no more be confounded, until the end come when the earth shall pass away.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Jesus Christ - December 5

Jesus Christ - Saviour of the World
Celebrate Jesus this season.

Jesus Christ - December 4

Jesus Christ - Saviour of the World
Keep Jesus in this season.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Jesus Christ - December 3

Jesus Christ - Savior of the World

Keep Jesus Christ in the Season.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Jesus Christ - December 2

Jesus Christ
Savior of the world.  Keep Christ in the season.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Pencil Sharpener

Teacher Giveaway

This link will take you to a chance for a pencil sharpener giveaway from 3rd Grade Thoughts.

December 1 - Jesus Art

Jesus Christ - Savior of the world.

Celebrate Jesus this season.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Winner, winner, chicken dinner...Well, Emergency Dinner

I just won and Grab-N-Go Emergency Kit from Augason Farms courtesy of Prepared LDS Family.  Melissa and I just yesterday talked about increasing our food storage.  Funny how things work out.

Grab-n-Go Giveaway Winner

Thanks Prepared LDS Family and Augason Farms.

Christmas Countdown

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway

Just publishing for a chance to win a Silhouette Portrait.

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Newspaper

How cool is this? There is a website that will turn your blogging into a newspaper article.  I think it is neat.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Teacher's Contest

Please go to this contest and enter

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Okay...Here is the list for August. I did a lot of July's pictures from our Yellowstone vacation. I will try to get August's pictures to reflect daily occurrences. Have a look through the month.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

7-22 My Dad's Birthday

Today my dad is 77 years old. I know that life ends, but I will miss my dad when he his gone. He was my first mentor. He was my life model. I don't think that I succeeded as well as he did. He is the standard I hold myself to. Sometimes, I think I will never reach that standard. I have loved my dad as long as I remember. I am not afraid to hug him and give him a kiss. If I had to choose my family I would not change a thing, especially my dad. Happy Birthday Dad.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

7-21 9 o'clock

One of my wishes since I first saw Old Faithful, was to see her erupt at night. Well, almost 20 years after that time, I saw it. At about 9 o'clock, I dragged my family to the geyser basin after dinner. On the way, we almost hit a deer that decided to cross the road in front of us in our rented truck. Thankfully, God was watching us. I saw the deer out of the corner of my eye in the trees and was off of the accelerator and already slowing down when the animal decided to cross the road. After that we arrived and were with only about 15-20 others that wanted to see the same thing. Only about 20 minutes later, Old Faithful erupted. What a backdrop. The blue sky with the sun already set. The water and steam exploding into the sky with power. God was an artist. I can't imagine what it was like to see that great event early on in the discovery of the western United States. Those explorers will forever have my awe.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

7-19 Animal

Yellowstone National Park is known for its bison herds. We happened across a bison. He was separated from his herd. We first encountered him on a trail, we were going down and he was going up. We gave him wide berth and advised others around us and we waited. Others at the bottom of the trail must have crowded this fellow because he turned around and moved quickly towards them. We waited a few minutes and one of the crowd we were with moved down the trail to check out the situation. He waved us forward and this guy was behind the railing of the boardwalk. He posed for a little bit and then laid down. Ashton took this great picture. Never been that close to one of those animals...It is breathtaking.

Monday, July 16, 2012

7-16 Sign

Summer of 2010 we went to a Dude Ranch in Montana and one evening we visited a nearby mining town. We got to see some neat stuff, especially this truck. I love old vehicles and this one I had to take a picture of.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Kasey Kahne Wins @ New Hampshire

I am a big Kasey Kahne fan and because of church today I missed his win at New Hampshire. He is now in the lead of the Wild Card chase. I can't wait for him to be in the chase.

7-15 Finger

I usually make fun of Melissa for getting her finger into photographs, this time I cannot blame her. That is my finger in the picture of the Upper Falls of Yellowstone. I guess that I was kind of worried that I would drop the camera because I don't have a wrist strap and I was leaning over the rail to take the picture. I messed up the picture.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

7-11 Letter

This notice is all over Yellowstone. It is a shame that people need to be warned about this, but since humans cannot control themselves, pools, springs and geysers have been damaged by garbage. I love Yellowstone and all of the state and national parks that I have visited. I have respect for nature, not necessarily a tree hugger, but I respect it. I love that my boys were always looking to protect the park and would report to the rangers any problems they would see and pick up trash to throw away. RESPECT.

Monday, July 9, 2012

7-9 Big

This guy was big. On our way to Canyon Junction, we were following some motorcycle riders who signaled their intention to slow. Then we found out why. This fellow was walking down the road just minding his own business. We all moved out of his way into the other lane of traffic and we all went about our day. What a magnificent beast and thanks to our Heavenly Father for putting them here and the US Government for protecting them.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

7-8 Lunch

No...Not really lunch, but this was our first meal after getting our camp set up at Yellowstone. We went back to West Yellowstone and ate at the Gusher. We had pizza. As you can see, it didn't take long for the pies to get started and finished. We really enjoyed eating there and will probably visit again the next time we are in West Yellowstone.

7-6 Chair

This is late but I think I can justify that. The family at Madison Campground on June 30 sitting on our just placed chairs. I will probably post more pictures from our Yellowstone adventure during the month of July.

Friday, July 6, 2012

OK...So I didn't do too bad for June and I am a little late for July (I have an excuse we were in Yellowstone), but I will try to keep it up from the 7th on.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

6-27 Bathroom

OK...It is not my bathroom. And. It is not real. And. It is better around St. Patrick's Day than the 4th of July. But it is funny and I like it.

Monday, June 25, 2012

6-25 Cute

OK...So none of the males in this picture are cute. But this was the first time we went to a UofU football game and we were pretty excited. It took a bit for Melissa to get the picture right, but we think this one was the best. I love the under eye stickers we found at Dick's Sporting Goods. We watched the Utes play against Arizona State...I think we lost. Who cares. We oozed testosterone and had man fun.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

6-23 Motion

OK...So the picture doesn't really show motion, but the two mascots, Bumble and Therm, almost caused motion...The motion of leaving the game. Not so much Bumble, but Therm, that is one creepy looking mascot. We were given tickets to the game tonight, that the Bees promptly decided they didn't want to win. They got a great run in the bottom of the 1st inning, but gave up three in the second. The third they came back and scored two, tying the game at three. the next inning they had two outs and the pitcher pitched himself into a corner putting three men on base then giving up a grand slam home run. At that point, the game was pretty much over. Ashton had to work, so we left in the top of the eighth inning and the Bees were trailing 9-4. If I missed a great comeback, oh well. But I think that we missed nothing.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

6-20 Favorite Picture

None of the pictures on this page were taken by me, but I am a subject in one. This is from an article in All Hands, a magazine that was published while I was in the US Navy between 1979 and 1986. These pictures were taken and the article was written in 1982 while NMCB-3 was deployed to Camp Shields in Okinawa. Near the end, we were hosts for the Pearl S. Buck Foundation. We threw a party, bar-b-que and had an overall good time with these Amerasian children. It took me a while to find this article and I am glad that I did. I was very proud of my battalion and the US Navy to do such a great act of charity for these children.

Monday, June 18, 2012

6-18 Something We Don't Know About You

In 1987 I was bored and wanted to learn something new. I chose scuba diving. I took all of the lessons, both classroom and pool. I went to Lake Powell and got my Open Water Certification. Then I went to Bear Lake and got my Advanced Open Water Certification. Believe it or not, that was the last scuba dive I did. Never pursued it again. Wish I would have but that is an expensive sport and I couldn't travel because I didn't have the money. So I spent time and money for something I never pursued.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

6-17 What's In The Bag

Today is Father's Day. At church the Primary gave fathers treats...My choice M&Ms. Then each of the Primary children made ties to give to their dad...Trail Mix. I love them both and I love being a dad. Thanks Melissa for making me a dad.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Steel Curtain Rising: Tomczak to be Pittsburgh (Power) Offensive Coordinator

Steel Curtain Rising: Tomczak to be Pittsburgh (Power) Offensive Coordinator

I remember Mike Tomczak and was glad to have him as the back up for Neil O'Donnell and Kordell Stewart.  I, too, thought he would end up as a coach and I am glad that the Pittsburgh Power will have him.  Maybe he can be a head coach some day.

6-16 Out and About

Today we took a little time to replace rose bushes that we planted last year but didn't survive the winter. We got two different varieties; Mellow Yellow and Pumpkin Patch. I really think the Pumpkin Patch is going to be a beautiful choice. The brightness of the Mellow Yellow stood out at J&J Nursery so we chose that one. But after looking over all of the other available bushes, I am happy that we got Pumpkin Patch.

Friday, June 15, 2012

6-15 Picture - Yellow

July 2010 we were invited by Melissa's sister, Lindsey, and her husband Marc to enjoy a family reunion at his family's ranch in Montana. What a great week we had. We did some horse riding, fishing, and the kids even got to ride and drive ATVs. Ashton, Jaxon and Seattle were on this yellow ATV having a great time just going around the compound.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

6/12/2012 - Low Angle

Coda. Ashton picked up Coda for free on a night drive to Duchesne. He has been a great addition to the family...except for last week when Venus was in heat. He lost weight, and did nothing but follow around Venus. Inside, outside, upstairs, downstairs...what a pain. But we love him anyway.

June 11 Photo - Door

Sorry this is a day late. June 11 is supposed to show a door. Well, here it is. This is the door for Jean Brown Research. Ashton had his wisdom teeth removed on 6/11. I dropped him off at 6:00 am and didn't see him again until 11:25 pm. What a day for him. It was finally after 12:40 when we got home after picking up his medication. I feel sorry for him, but he got his teeth out for free and no hit to my insurance. Get well soon Ashton.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

On 6-10 I am adding a picture that I wish I didn't have to add. Ashton was on his way home from a camping trip to City of Rocks/Craters of the Moon when a wind gust blew him off of the road. When he over corrected he ended up in the median and we ended up without a car. Ashton and his passengers were wearing seatbelts and all walked away. I guess this is the best bit of the weekend. Cars can be replaced...Life cannot.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

6-9 My View

On June 9 I am posting a picture of "My View". A craft project inspired by a Pinterest. I am an American through and through. As a child of the 60's I lived through a lot of things. I remember watching television when JFK was assassinated and my mother crying. I remember living in Pennsylvania with my grandparents while my dad gone for a year in Viet Nam. I remember my father one evening watching the moon with his binoculars. He looked at me and said, "I just saw Michael Collins move across the moon. At the time, I wondered who Michael Collins was, and why was he on the moon. Later, I knew exactly who Michael Collins and his two companions were. I remember living in the United Kingdom for three years, a young ambassador for the United States while my dad was stationed there. In 1979, I graduated from high school and ten days later, June 4, 1979, I was standing tall in basic training for the United States Navy in San Diego. I met President Ronald Reagan at his ranch in Santa Barbara in 1981 before being deployed to Okinawa for more than nine months. Upon my return from Okinawa, I went to school at Fort Belvoir, Virginia for 52 weeks. During that time, I visited Washington, D.C. many times including Arlington National Cemetery, the United States Marine Corps Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and on July 4, 1983 I sat on the lawn of the Capitol Building and listened to the National Symphony play historical marches and music while fireworks exploded over the Mall. I have many great memories of this great country and many of it's people. I love my country and this little craft project helps me remember...I am an American...Through and through.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Photo a Day - Take 2

Today I found another Photo a Day challenge and starting June 1 I will start. We have been able to replace our old camera so I can pursue it this time. I promise I will.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

I came across this recipe for Philly Cheesesteak Pizza and wanted to blog it so I didn't forget it. (1) 16 oz package of purchased fresh pizza dough (1) pound extra lean ground beef (1) green bell pepper, thinly sliced (1) red bell pepper, thinly sliced (.5) onion, thinly sliced (2) tablespoons spicy brown mustard (8) slices provolone cheese (1.75) cups shredded mozzarella cheese (1) teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning 1. Let pizza dough rest and rise according to package directions 2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Press dough into a 16 inch pizza pan or rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes, and remove from oven 3. In a large skillet, combine beef, bell peppers and onion; cook over medium heat, stirring often, for 8 minutes or until beef is browned and crumbly and the vegetables are tender. Drain well 4.Spread mustard evenly over prepared pizza crust. Top with provolone cheese, beef mixture, and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with steak seasoning. Bake for 8 minutes or until crust is browned and cheese melts. Cut and eat.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

January 1, 2011

New Resolution: Take pictures...Post to blog

We'll see how long that lasts.