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Wasatch Adoptions
1140 36th Street #204
Ogden, UT 84403

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We are looking to adopt two little girls who are special needs from China. Please help us raise money to cover the expensive costs or donate to support us to do various things. Keep up to date here: Are you thinking why so much??!! More information here.


Who Do You Think You Are?


Who Do You Think You Are? is on Pick Your Plum today!!  I got the girls’ names done so I can hang them from the oars on the wall.  They are on sale for 6.99 per name!! WHOO HOO what a deal!  You know how much I LOVE a deal!?!

You can spray these any color and add sparkles or crystals or whatever floats your boat. You could do other words too for your gallery wall or travel wall, maybe words for holidays like Love, Spring, NOEL, XOXO.. etc. I should go back and order FAMILY.  I love the gallery wall we have and look at it often.  I like that it has all sorts of things included, not just pictures.

Head on over to Pick Your Plum and get this deal.. only 13 hours left to snag it!!  GO GO GO



We have been ordering from Zaycon Foods for a while now. We have tried several items and thankfully we have never been disappointed.

Recently we picked up 72 pounds of bacon, I know it sounds like a gigantic amount but it is the sort of bacon that you could have a full out brawl over. We do go through a ton of bacon here at the house every week.  I use it in a lot of things and then I save all the bacon fat to cook other things in.

Next month we will pick up 80 pounds of chicken and I hope to have my crap together so I can make several recipes ahead to freeze and then just portion out the rest of the chicken breasts into freezer bags. I’m thinking chicken pot pie, Greek chicken, shredded chicken, tandoori chicken and maybe the sauce for the crispy keto chicken. I’m hoping to come up with another idea or two because those freezer meals are a great solution and keep us eating well and not spending money on take out all the time. It takes away many excuses to behave badly.

We will also pick up 80 pounds of ground beef in December and hope it goes as well as it did last time. In the summer we picked up 80 pounds of beef, we planned ahead for several dishes so we could make “freezer meals” for the nights I was too tired to cook or if I had been gone all day. A week in advance we started to assemble all the ingredients I was going to need for each dish. We cooked up 32 pounds of beef that day, we made eight pounds each of: Ground Beef Stroganoff, Beef Pot Pie, Caveman Chili and Taco Meat. Then we packaged up the rest of the beef into 2 pound increments and put them into freezer bags for other miscellaneous recipes. Honestly I am a little worried we should have ordered 120 pounds of the beef because we really go through it.

Zaycon Foods have sales all over the country, you sign up, choose your “pick up spot” and turn up at the appointed date/time. It has never taken us more than 5 minutes to get what we ordered. We go through the line, give our name and someone puts it in the trunk for us and we are on the way home in moments. I have added my referral link and if you sign up using my code the folks over at Zaycon Foods will put a dollar into my account, I know that doesn’t sound like a lot but it sure counts up.


Avenue Stores – Big Sale

Apparently the company that owns Avenue has undergone a bankruptcy and is closing 150 stores nationwide, In Washington State the only two stores that will remain open are Renton and Yakima. Everything is 60% off at the other stores currently, both the Lakewood and Tacoma stores have gotten an influx of stock from stores closing in Las Vegas and Texas.

Tacoma Avenue

This would be a great time to stock up on things you might need. Sizes 14/16 are in high demand and selection is limited (but still good and worth a visit), however if you are in a size 22+ you have a ton of options.    If you have the time stop by a couple of stores, stock is very different at each store. Happy Shopping!


Fabulous Paleo Friendly Bread

While on Pinterest I found some Paleo friendly bread originally posted on She Cooks He Cleans. This gal has it right, this has a good flavor, texture etc and can be used just like regular bread. I LOVE it.Thank you Pinterest!  You have got to try this!

Start with

  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 4 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds (I have also tried cashews and pecans)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt
  • 3 eggs
  • ~1 teaspoon honey (optional) I have used a tablespoon to make it sweeter depending on why I need the bread.
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, walnut oil or? You might even be able to use butter here if you allow it in your diet.


Mix all dry Ingredients together

Crush, Chop, Roll or nearly obliterate your nuts – Add to bowl

Add Eggs, Honey, Oil to bowl and mix

Prepare an 8×8 Pyrex type pan, I have used a little butter, cooking spray or a tiny bit of oil wiped around the inside of the pan. Bake in the microwave for about 2 minutes 30 seconds. You need to add 30-40 seconds if you increase the honey. When the bread is finished in the microwave:

Turn bread out on to a cutting board or a cooling rack

Give your bread a few minutes to cool (say 5 minutes).

Cut bread – it is a little thick

Slice in half for a thin bread – Use a sharp knife



I used my Paleo friendly bread to make a fried egg sandwich – this bread makes wonderful breadcrumbs, it toasts up well and is a dream next to a homemade  soup.  I plan on giving this a whirl using macadamia nuts – think how fab that would be with Havarti cheese or a wonderful cream cheese. YUM!

Make up a batch, have a snack and go poke around She Cooks He Cleans, because clearly this gal has some skill!!

What’s Cookin? Cheeseburger Dip


Seriously if you are not on Pinterest, you need to be. I’ve stumbled across more recipes this way.This recipe is from Closet Cooking.

We are trying to be at least Paleo-ish (still doing dairy of course and a few peanuts here and there), so with that being said this cheeseburger dip is fabulous. It works as a dip or even a main dish as my son Carl and I have done several times. You could serve it with crackers, chips, crusty bread or on a bun like a sloppy Joe if you’re still eating grain. I have served this with Paleo crackers but we like it as a main dish with salad the most.


  • 1/2 pound ground beef (I use an entire pound)
  • 6 strips bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces (If you LOVE bacon use a little more)
  • 1 small onion, diced (use a sweet or mild onion)
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup

Brown the ground beef

Cook the bacon until crispy

Saute Onion and garlic until tender

Mix together

Bake at 350 for 20 to 30 minutes

I Have used cheddar cheese but we also used Colby Jack (My favorite) and it turned out great. I have also used Hormel pre-cooked bacon from Costco and that did a nice job as well. Serve with your fresh tomatoes and lettuce shreds to make this just like a cheeseburger. Kevin over at Closet Cooking made his look so much nicer than mine (clearly I have the ghetto version).


What’s Cookin? Parmesan Zucchini Rounds

I am always on the look out for some sort of snack item that is at least semi legal. At the moment zucchini is inexpensive and plentiful so lets use that.



Zucchini and/or Summer Squash

Parmesan (I have used both freshly grated and the stuff in the tub I associate with pizza places)

Oil of your choice (I have used walnut and olive oil)


Flick your oven on to 350 degrees and line your cookie sheet with parchment paper to keep the cheese from sticking.

Cut them up into little coins


Dip In Oil

Dip in Parmesan

Put them on the cookie sheet

Bake for 25-30 minutes



Remember, the thinner you cut your zucchini the crispier they will be. The first time we did this we used freshly grated Parmesan cheese ($$$) and they were wonderful, but during a quick trip to Sam’s club I spied a HUGE canister of that Parmesan cheese I remember having around the house as a kid.  So I could not resist trying another batch. They were also good but I will say they tasted saltier to me even if I did not add salt.

You could broil these if you were in a hurry (I’d try 3-5 minutes and watch them like a hawk).

They are fabulous by themselves and make a wonderful appetizer or snack to hold everyone over. They are great with dip too!

SOTA Graduation

Bethany and Alex

Recently I was honored to be invited to attend Alexandra’s graduation from The Tacoma School of the Arts. Alex is my daughter Bethany’s best friend and honestly she is like family. I love this girl. Alex has been on hand as a trusted friend practically since we moved to Tacoma from Seattle years ago.  I’m sure the girls will be friends for a lifetime.

Pantages Theater

The graduation took place in the Pantages theater in downtown Tacoma. The venue is small and elegant so I felt really very touched to be invited to attend the graduation along with her family.

The kids from SOTA are very talented and put on a truly top shelf performance. The announcers and staff kept the comments to a minimum, with the exception of one lady.. she seriously recited her entire job history, I can only conclude she was actually job hunting and this was a way to get her resume out there. She gets extra points for the creativity. The odd part about her was that even Alex had no clue who she was. The gal never introduced herself, but she had a robe so I guess she was supposed to be there. :D

Alex is headed to Northwest University in the fall where Bethany is already attending. I just know she will have a wonderful time. We were trying to think of something great to give her for graduation. Finally we came up with the idea of a dorm essentials box. I got a list of items from Bethany and bought a Rubbermaid Tote to put it all in. We put in tea, coffee, cocoa, sugar, salt & pepper, granola bars, white board, hanging jewelry organizer, dish towels, dish soap, cleaning wipes, paper towels, big clothes pin, big mug, travel mug, kleenex, Command hooks, warm blanket, erasers, double hanging rod… etc. We wrapped every silly item and added little funny blurbs on each one, for instance on the hanging rod “For your big hang ups”..I had such a great time shopping for stuff. I had no shortage of ideas when it came to this gift.

The Loot

The Dorm Box Before

To Keep You Warm

Almost Finished

Alex has a wonderful family and they must be so proud. Here is a girl who passed on getting a car in order to do a mission trip. How many teenagers forgo a car? For anything let alone to help others?!?  I love it!


Blender Salsa

I am working on this whole Paleo-ish diet but I am not going to lose my mind because we all know what happened last time and my cholesterol dropped like a stone. Yes folks your cholesterol can be too low! I’ve decided to keep dairy and of course I am still not off of sugar (damned sweet tooth).. but I am better (even if its only marginally).

While traipsing around Pinterest I found a ton of recipes. I found a recipe for Blender Salsa, its quick & dirty salsa and actually really good. After I made the first batch I think Paul ate it all week and wanted more the next weekend. Think how quick and easy you could whip up a quick snack.  If you click the link it will take you to the blog that Pinterest directed me to.

1 can original Rotel tomatoes

1 can diced tomatoes

1/2 Onion – chopped

1 Clove of garlic diced

a handful of cilantro – I go heavy here because I love cilantro

1 tsp Honey – I probably add a little more

1/2-1 jalapeno – I left it out

Lime juice (equal to one lime)

1/2 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Cumin

Slap it all into the good old food processor and zip zip you have salsa. It made a glass sauce jar with enough left for a good snackfest!

We did use the rice crackers or the Stacey’s Naked Pita chips (my favorite).. I have meant to try the Paleo crackers and chips… but sometimes there is just not enough energy to go around.. plus those Stacey’s Pita Chips are super addictive!!

Easy Paleo Food

Okay for all of you Paleo folks Paul and I went to Jasmine Mongolian Grill two weeks ago and this is the easiest place to stick to your plan. Granted you can do it anywhere by hitting only meat and vegetables, but often the non-Paleo sides that arrive are far too tasty to pass up.  Mongolian grills seem to be popping up all over and you could probably find one in almost every town.








I thought the best part about it was that I loaded up the bowl and not only did I not have to do all the prep, I didn’t have to cook it myself.

I was really sold on te stir fry so I thought we might want to try it at home.

I cut up all the ingredients when we got home from the store. I used  red pepper, onion, fresh pineapple, mushrooms, cilantro, celery, carrots and zucchini as well as 4 steaks.

I tossed the first two steaks in the freezer (the other two were purchased last minute because the kids were going to stay for dinner), I wanted them frozen because you can do a very thin cut when they are nice and frozen, but the fresh steaks were easy to cut with kitchen scissors.

I added seasonings as I went along including the juice of two lemons and some beef flavoring to jazz things up a bit.

This is my end result and every bit as fabulous as the food from the mongolian grill. Not only is it really good it is a great item to heat up and eat for lunch the next day.  Enjoy!

Farmer’s Market September 3rd

Saturday morning we hit the Federal Way Farmer’s Market and picked up a few more produce items and then ran by Trader Joe’s on the way home.

At the Farmer’s Market we picked up Apples, cucumbers, nectarines, peaches, tomatoes, radishes and a flat of blueberries.

At Trader Joes we grabbed my favorite Belgian chocolate, bag of pears, a truffle chocoalte bar to try (not as good as the Belgian Chocolate), Dark Chocolate Pomegranate seeds (for Carl), Vegetable Root Chips and some cherry pomegranate water flavor packets (no artificial sweeteners).  The Vegetable Root Chips were at least as bad as they sound.. barf! Seriously, even the dogs were not interested in these chips.

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Oct 10 Saw "Elsa's" profile for the first time

Dec 1 Saw Paisley's little face and asked for her file

Dec 15th Got files for Paisley and another girl from agency

Dec 16th Read files and called to find IA doctor

Dec 17th I spent all day on e-mail and the phone with IA doctor

Dec 19th we sent a check for $600 and official application to the Agency

Dec 22nd we got an e-mail we had been approved by the Agency

Dec 22nd I wrote a Letter of Intent for the CCCWA that we intend to adopt Zou Bing Jie

Dec 23 we finished the Agency contracts and paid $140 to have 14 signatures notarized (OMG!)

Dec 26 Sent contracts and $3500 International program fee to Agency - Lucky for us Zou Bing Jie has already been locked to us

Dec 27-Jan 5 CCCWA will be closed so NOTHING will happen.

Jan 4 H.S Agency Suspended

Jan 8 Received P.A. from China

Jan 19 Found Fu Chen You on Shared File

Jan 21 Wrote LOI for Fu Chen You

Jan 31 Home Study Visit and Paid $1550

Feb 2 Received P.A. for Fu Chen You

Feb 4 Home Study Visit

Feb 22 Home Study Finished by SW

Feb 25 Home Study Approved by Agency