Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pioneer Trek Bracelets

HAPPY 24TH OF JULY

Happy Pioneer Day to everyone here in Utah.  Each year on July 24th since 1847 we celebrate the arrival of the first group of Mormon Pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley.
I hope everyone is enjoying a fun day of parades, rodeos, family, BBQ's and fireworks. I know I am. I've always loved the 24th.  Ever since I was a little girl it has been one of my favorite holidays.
This year especially I'm thinking about the pioneers and all they sacrificed and did for us because I'm preparing to go on "trek" next week.  For anyone who doesn't know what "trek" is, it is a 3-4 day journey that LDS youth do to reenact the struggles and joys of the pioneers crossing the plains.  Most handcart treks involve dressing in pioneer style clothing, packing everything you will need into a 5 gallon bucket, sacrificing worldly comforts (even cell phones) and pulling a handcart for miles rain or shine to experience a small taste of pioneer life. Sounds a little harsh I know, but I'm excited to have this experience.  Everyone I've talked to has enjoyed challenging themselves and growing from the experience. Most everyone comes back loving their time on trek.

To prepare for our adventure we have all been asked to research our family history and come to trek with a name of a family ancestor or pioneer descendent.  To help my young women with this I created these bracelets I call "Trek Bands" to reward them once they do the research and find a name.


We will be getting together the night before trek to write our name, our ancestor name and date of trek on the inside of the bracelet.  The thought behind this is not only to have the name close to us to remind us of them but to also have something to keep and have for the future to look back on our experience and remember the good times and special tie we have with our family that has gone on before us. Family means so much to me and I encourage anyone to research their family history. It is very special to know your history. You will gain a new love for your ancestors.



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Riverton Housewives Round Up # 121

So it seems that we had a few technical difficulties with the round up last week!  I guess that's what happens when you go on vacation! :-)  So this week we are going to be doing features from the last TWO round ups!  There was just so much great stuff!  Make sure you check them all out and when you link up, try to visit a few other linkers to see what they're sharing! :-)

Welcome to the Riverton Housewives Round Up # 121!
  We want to see it all!  Recipes, crafts, organization, refashioning...whatever you can come up with!
After linking up, please take some time to check out some of the other link and share the love! :-)

We only have a few rules to play at our party!

~You must be a follower of our blog.  (Feel free to follow us on Facebook too!)
~Please pick a couple of your favorites and link up.  Just make sure it's nothing you've linked up with us before!
~Make sure you link back to our blog somewhere in your post or on your blog.  (A text link will be fine, but we do have a great button over there on the right you can use too!)
~Please no giveaways or Etsy shops.
~And we'd love for you to check out a few other linkers to share the love!

If you have been featured, be sure to check out our Pinterest where we have pinned all your awesome creations!
Also as a reminder, if we can't save a photo or link to the URL we can't feature your awesome stuff.

So get to linking up!  We can't wait to see all the amazing stuff you all have to share!

Here is what we LOVED from last Round Up!


Check out this adorable Free Sweet Summer Nights Printable from Before the Clock Strikes Midnight!


The ONLY reason I go to Starbucks is for their bacon and gouda sandwich!  Love Food, Will Share shared this great Copy Cat Bacon & Gouda recipe!


My family LOVES broccoli, so I'm SUPER excited to give this Broccoli Salad recipe from Upstate Ramblings a try!


How cute is the Dollar Store Clipboard Craft from The Crazy Craft Lady?!  I'm pretty sure I'd carry this around everywhere!


This is such a great Positive Self Image printable quote from Designs By Miss Mandee!  Definitely a great reminder to not be so hard on ourselves!


If you're looking for a great way to celebrate summer, check out this delicious Bundt Cake from Simply Kendall Rose!

And our MOST VIEWED...


Comes from Tumbleweed Contessa for this delicious Red, White, and Blue Pavlova!

AND...


Inside The Robin's Nest for sharing this adorable outfit she got for a steal!  Check out her Fashion on a Dime post!

Thanks to all of our friends who linked up!  We LOVE getting to see what you share each week!



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Peanut Butter Brownie Bites




I made these little babies up on a whim when I was in desperate need for a dessert fix.  I had a brownie mix on hand but didn't want just plain old brownies.  I had a few other things in my pantry and figured I'd try something out.  I'm so glad I did because they turned out DELICIOUS!

Peanut Butter Brownie Bites
(Recipe and Photos by Paula of The REAL Housewives of Riverton)

1 package brownie mix (or your favorite homemade recipe)
1/2 - 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Prepare brownies as directed, scoop into mini muffin pan.  When brownies are slightly cool, using a tart shaper, spoon, or even your fingers, press a small crater into each brownie.  Scoop a mounded teaspoon on to each brownie.  Add a sprinkling of chocolate chips (I think mine had about 5 or 6 chips each).  In a very small bowl (or cup) add two tablespoons of peanut butter and about 1/8 cup chocolate chips.  Melt together in the microwave, I did it in about 15 second intervals until it stirred smooth.  Using a spoon, or fingers if you're crazy like that, drizzle the peanut butter/chocolate mixture over the brownies.  These were SO good and just one or two were enough to hit the spot!  Enjoy!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Paula's Personal Fitness Challenge - Week Eight (with a week 7 recap!)



Oh vacation...I love and loathe you so much!!  During week 7 I enjoyed a beautiful sunrise hike with some of my family.  Unfortunately, in the very first steps of the hike, I twisted my ankle pretty bad.  I finished and made it to the top, all while carrying Aurora in my front pack.  I could tell from the start that I had actually hurt my ankle and seeing as it's still a little swollen and tender verifies that.  So bummer for me is no running probably for another couple of weeks. :-(  Even though I hurt my ankle, it was a great hike and we had a great time in Oregon with our family!  Here's a couple pictures from our hike!


Josh, Aurora and I at the top of Spencer's Butte!


The beautiful sunrise!  And the sun being blocked by all the fog that rolled in shortly after we got to the top. :-)


She's such a happy little hiker! :-)

The rest of week 7 was spent setting up for the Fair and being out at the Fair.  I love LOVE the Fair...however I eat LOTS while I'm out there.  I'm certainly paying for that now...between my ankle and indulging much more in all my favorite, once a year foods, I can tell that I've definitely taken two steps back.  My pants are for sure a little snugger than when I left...but let me share some more pictures from the Fair to distract from that fact. :-)


Our booth, closed up a couple of days before opening!


Me and my GORGEOUS sister in law!!


















The kids at their FAVORITE place in the world...Play Care!


Aurora's first fairy wings!


Arm paintings from Play Care!


Uncle Mitch and Aurora taking a much needed nap to recover from the weekend. :-)


Week 8 is the last "official" week of my fitness challenge.  Luckily my family has started a little, unofficial challenge to help us all get back into shape after the Fair. :-)  I've got a lot of making up to do in this last week and am excited to share all my final results with you on Sunday!  Since my ankle still isn't great, I'll be doing more yoga and core work and really watching my caloric intake.  Water is still a HUGE thing for me and I'm trying to get in as much as possible each day.  Wish me luck on this last week and be sure to check back on Sunday to see the final results!

Friday, July 18, 2014

"Pin"spiration, to creation: Cherry Cream Cheese Won Tons!


As I was perusing Pinterest the other day I came upon a pin that sort of tweaked my imagination. It was apple pie egg rolls!


Well, this didn't get my mouth watering enough to make me want to try it. What it did do is get my imagination whirling! One thing I love are those cream cheese won tons you can get at most Chinese restaurants. So I thought, why can't we make a sweet version of those savory little starters? So I went to the store and picked up some supplies:

Won Ton Wrappers
Cherry Pie Filling
Cream Cheese

I had on hand the oil that is needed for frying, and powdered sugar that I thought would be great for sprinkling.

You will also need a little dish of water to dip your fingers into to seal the won ton wrappers.





I first prepared the cream cheese by dicing up about 1/4 of the package.


Next I placed a cube of cream cheese in the center of the won ton wrapper along with 1/2 tablespoon of pie filling.



I then wet the edge of the won ton wrapper and folded it into a triangle making sure to seal the edge very tightly.


Next, I fried them at 300 degrees until golden brown and then sprinkle with powdered sugar! 

They were great!

I think a drizzle of a powdered sugar icing would be welcome as well. I can even recommend trying a raspberry pie filling in place of the cherry pie filling. The sky is the limit on these!

I hope you love them, they were a hit here, and very simple to make!













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