"Joy" by David Bowman

Just in time for Mother’s Day, here is a beautiful new print by David Bowman. Visit David’s website at http://www.bowman-art.com/.


“Joy”

Blessed are ye because of your faith. And now behold, my joy is full. 3 Nephi 17:20

“This is one of my favorite moments in the Book of Mormon. After stating this, Jesus simply spends some time blessing and interacting with the children, while angels descend out of heaven. In this piece, I wanted to depict our Savior in that moment of “full joy”. I see Him smiling and laughing spontaneously, filled with so much love for those young people, to the point of weeping for joy (as it mentions in the record He did). If its human nature to manifest feelings of joy and love in that way… then I have to believe that would especially be the case for the One who is the embodiment of every good and righteous instinct of human nature.
~Dave Bowman~

The print is not on the website yet, since it is so new. If you are interested in it, let me know and I will get you David’s email.
More options: special matting, and frame.

We found a home!

Kevin recently got a full-time position at an accounting firm. (yeah!) We decided on Saturday to start looking for houses; the apartment is getting cramped with four people. We found one in about an hour! It is just perfect for our first home. It is a short sale, so it is priced way below the actual value. It is in good condition- especially compared to the other houses we looked at in our price range. 3 beds, 2.5 baths, laundry room upstairs, fully landscaped. The swingset out back comes with the house, which is awesome! We put in an offer on Tuesday, and are waiting to hear back (apparently short sales take quite a bit longer- up to 90 days for this one).
We are so looking forward to buying a home- and we hope we get this one!


Homestyle Southern Dinner

No, I’m not from the south, but the food is good!
Tonight we are having Fried Chicken, corn bread, and green beans. This fried chicken recipe comes from Moms Who Think. This is my first time making it, so I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Arkansas Grandma’s Authentic Southern Fried Chicken

Ingredients:

4-5 lbs. chicken parts
4 cups salt brine (recipe below)
1½ cups buttermilk
1 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp. pepper
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 tbsp. paprika
1 tsp. ground sage
1 cup flour (to dredge the chicken)
Oil or shortening to fill skillet ½ inch deep


Directions:

1. Make the salt brine by dissolving 1/2 cup salt in 4 cups of cold water.

2. Place chicken parts in a large glass bowl, add enough salt brine to cover, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator to soak overnight.

3. The next day, drain off the salt brine and add 1½ cups buttermilk to the bowl. Allow the chicken to soak in the buttermilk for a couple of hours (or until ready to cook) turning the chicken several times to make sure all the pieces get to soak.

4. To make the breading: Add salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and sage to 1 cup of flour.

5. In a very large, heavy skillet, add vegetable oil or shortening to ½ deep, and heat over a medium flame. Be careful of overheating or you’ll burn the flour coating, but if the oil isn’t hot enough it will soak into the coating (making it greasy). Test the temperature by dropping a pinch of flour into the hot oil. If it sizzles right away without smoking, it’s perfect.

6. Dredge each piece of the buttermilk-coated chicken in the seasoned flour and place them skin side down in the skillet. Do not to crowd the pieces in the pan to achieve the best all-over crispiness.

7. Cover the pan with a loose fitting lid to vent some of the steam and cook to a deep golden brown (approx. 15 min.). Turn the chicken over with tongs and cook an additional 15 minutes or until deep golden brown. Chicken is done if the juices run clear and there is no sign of pink near the bone.

8. Drain the cooked chicken on a wire rack over a baking sheet. Serve on a warm platter.

UPDATE: The fried chicken was delicious! A bit too salty- next time I’ll use less salt in the brine.

My upcoming trip, and random photos.

Tomorrow morning I am flying to Utah for a friend’s wedding- in the Mt. Timpanogos temple. I am taking my 7 month old with me. I am a little nervous; I haven’t flown for years, and I’ve never flown by myself (with a baby!). I have to carry Parker, two bags, and a carseat. How? I don’t really know yet. So wish me luck! Luckily it’s only a 1.5 hour flight.

Some random photos:

Here are my beautiful boys all dressed up for Easter Sunday:

Hayden loves to help mommy feed Parker:



I bought these beautiful flowers for Easter:



Isn’t she lovely? I got this Kitchen Aid 100% FREE just for participating in “The Ultimate Blog Party 2009“. It was generously donated by Moms Who Think– go check out their website! I can’t wait to try out some of their recipes in my new mixer!

Virtual Party!


I am hosting a virtual Zinney Lou party! I stumbled upon the website, and loved the totes so much I couldn’t resist.
They have several styles and sizes to choose from, including diaper bags and scripture totes.
To celebrate Zinney Lou’s birthday, they are offering $5.00 off any tote through the month of April.

www.zinneyloutotes.com

When you place an order, make sure you put
my name in along with the style you choose! The party will be open until Friday, April 17th. Happy Shopping!

(If you do place an order- please let me know, through comment or email, so I can get credit- thanks!)

Here are just a few of the cute designs:

Media Fast- Completed

Well, I’ve finished my media fast. It was tough the first day, as I expected, but I soon got used to not having the computer on. Having the internet off for several days made me realize a few things. I rely on the internet for a lot of things; whenever I have a question, I “google it”. I look up recipes all the time. I use email and Facebook to communicate with friends- more than the phone. I don’t own a phone book; I use the internet to look up phone numbers. I realized how grateful I am for the internet.

On the other hand, I did find that it was more peaceful without the computer on. It was nice to take a nap during my son’s naptime- a time that I normally use for my internet time. I also read more, and spent more time playing on the floor with my boys.

I definitely would not want to get rid of internet access in my home- I think it can be a wonderful tool. I do, however, think that it can take up too much time, and be a distraction. I have decided to limit my time online, so I can spend more time doing what is most important. This reminds me of the General Conference talk by Elder Dallin H. Oaks: “Good, Better, Best”, where he talks about how many things are good– the internet is good- but some things are better, and some are best.

Media Fast

In my church- the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the first Sunday of each month is “fast Sunday”. Here is a simple definition of this from mormon.org:

“Fasting is the act of abstaining from food and drink for a period of time for the purpose of drawing closer to God. It also provides a means whereby the spiritual and physical needs of the poor and afflicted can be met. This occurs when those who fast voluntarily contribute the expense of the meals missed to aid the poor and the needy.” Read more HERE.

There are some people who cannot fast for various reasons. I cannot abstain from food, because I am nursing my little one. However, I feel that I can still fast- just in a different way. This is partially why I have decided to “fast” from the internet and t.v. for the rest of the week (until Monday), with the exception of General Conference, which we watch online. I am certain that by doing this that the spirit will increase in my home, and we will all be happier for it.

I will let you know how it went on Monday. Enjoy the rest of your week!