Friday, January 8, 2010

Feature Friday: Tales of a shared womb

Edited: Anything this color is Micki, anything this color is Teri. It can't just be a one sided post. Sorry it's taken ages to get this post up. I have been having technical difficulties.

Last week one of our readers asked us if we ever dated the same guys. (It's a question we actually get a lot, but it always makes us giggle).

Answer Nope.....we have very different taste in men. We attribute it to our birth order. Lol! Teri is the oldest so she always bossed me around. So I have always liked guys who take charge and Teri has always liked guys she can be in charge with. Sounds silly I know. (She makes me sound so bossy! And for the record, she likes to be bossed around right Rozanna?)

Teri did remind me yesterday that one night we kissed the same boy though (I have conveniently blocked this time in my life out however). (It was a very unfortunate experience, one I wish I could block it out of my mind)

One time when we were in college Teri went to a church dance with some friends. She met a really cute boy there she thought I would like so she gave him our number (she already had a boyfriend at the time). So when he called I pretended I was her. We talked on the phone a few times and then I set up a date. But my mom spoiled all the fun and guilted me into telling him the truth. Lol! (She would never let us be dishonest like that....guess it's a good thing....but it sure would have been fun) It all worked out though because we still went out and ended up dating for a few months.

We did trade classes once. The gag was up though when one of our friends spilled the beans to Micki's history teacher and he handed me a stack of papers and told me to give them to Micki. But, for some odd reason we never did get in trouble for that. I also remember that we were in orchestra and traded instruments, that didn't last long, since neither one of us knew how to play the other's instrument.

Any other questions out there for us? Any guesses who is Teri and who is Micki in the picture?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Guest Day Thursday: In-Law’s Quilts (Teri)

I have the most talented quilters for in-laws. No, I’m not talking about my just my mother-in-law, but my father-in-law as well. This last couple of years, they have really gone all out for the family for presents. Three Christmases ago they picked the name of the couple in the family that is the hardest to buy for (sorry Tam, but it’s true, at least as far as your other half goes anyway). My darling mother-in-law knew my sister-in-law wanted a new bed cover of some sort, so my father-in-law went to work piecing the top, then my mother-in-law quilted it and bound it. Yes, I did say my father-in-law pieced the top. He is very talented. And the quilting and finishing job my mother-in-law does is amazing. She does piecing too, but for the quilts they have made to give away lately, my father-in-law has done most (if not all) of the piecing. Don’t I have talented in-laws!?!

Here is the finished masterpiece, which made my cute sister-in-law cry because it meant so much to her that they would be so thoughtful to pick the perfect gift.

quilt 1

Well, this of course set a standard for gift giving for the next few Christmases. The couple that my in-laws drew for the next few years have/are going to get a quilt. Here are the other two that they have given the most recent two Christmases.

quilt 3

quilt 2

Guess what? Next year it’s my turn!!! Isn’t that exciting. My mother in law let me choose my colors and had me pick some of the blocks I liked. So even though I have to wait almost a year, I’m next!!! (I picked more neutral colors, so I can accessorize with whatever colors I want).

There are still two more quilts that they haven’t gotten pictures of that they did for my two single sister in-laws this year, I hope I cant post them soon (I just couldn’t wait for them in order to post these). If you are trying to do the math, five of my husband's siblings have gotten quilts, my husband and I get ours next Christmas, and we are the last..... (yes my husband comes from a moderately large family, although not huge compared to a lot of familys where we live).

I can’t wait to share with you the quilts they did for all the grandkids, but that will have to be another post. Too much eye candy would be dangerous for one post.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

What’s Cookin’ Wednesday: Pretzel Jello

This yummy pie, dessert like, salad thingy was a staple at holiday meals when we were growing up, and now we both get requests to make it for our in-laws (and go ahead, insert any Mormon and Jello joke you want, we can take it). This is more like a dessert, but we usually serve it with dinner.


2 c. crushed pretzels

3/4 c. butter

3 tbsp sugar

Mix all ingredients and place in a grease 9”x12” pan. Bake at 400° for 5 minutes. Let cool.


1 – 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1 – 8 oz. container Cool Whip (we both prefer to mix our own cream for this, approx 3/4 – 1 pint will do the trick, whip it and sweeten and add vanilla to your taste)

Mix cream cheese and sugar together, fold in Cool Whip (or cream) and spread over cooled pretzels


2 – 3 oz. packages raspberry Jello

2 cups boiling water

2 – 8 oz. packages frozen raspberries in syrup

Drain raspberries, reserving syrup. (Note: we haven’t been able to find these lately, if you can’t find them, just buy regular frozen raspberries). Dissolve Jello in boiling water, when dissolved add syrup from raspberries (if you don’t have the syrup, just add 1 cup cold water). Gently stir in raspberries. When mixture starts to thicken, pour over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for several hours until Jello is set up.

This is one of our all time favorites to prepare and eat. The family loves it!!!

I apologize for the poor picture, it was taken with my cell phone.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Mystery Monday and Tadpole Tuesday in one: Scarves

Okay I know its cheating but I am doing a 2 for 1 post. My post for yesterday didn't get done after I worked my 4th 12 hour shift in a row. I am sorry. But todays is about the same thing so it all works out...right? :) My daughter got a gift from her Aunt Teri several years ago of a knifty knitter loom. On the loom you just figure 8 wrap the yarn up and down the loom to the desired width and then wrap it again the other way. Then you use a little tool to take the bottom yarn over the top one and it knits a scarf. Its so easy!! Well we never did really use it. So this week my friend Amey inspired me to get it out when she used hers to make me a scarf. So I made one, and each of my kids decided that they needed one too. So I took my tadpoles to pick out their yarn and bought the loom for hats too. Well, okay it wasn't just one loom, it was the variety pack of looms. I can't do anything small. I have to get everything that they have out for every project I do.

The new looms and my kids yarn
The scarf loom and tool (and partially done scarf)

My done scarf