Food, Friends & Laughter

I have been thinking about food today as I listen to The Blue Danube. Music doesn’t have anything to do really with this post, it just helped my mind wander a bit.

Every 4th of July my Great Grandparents had a big family picnic. Mostly the same foods showed up each year and everyone knew what to expect. Tomato soup cake with cream cheese frosting, Donnas beans, Tim’s desserts etc. One year I brought a friend and he got all huffy wanting to know where the cold chicken was. This was one item I had never noticed at the picnic. He finally filled a plate and ate but it was then I first realized everyone doesn’t eat like our family.

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I started to notice what type of foods were at church potlucks. The casseroles with the most melted cheese on top went first. I need to find a recipe where I can melt a whole lot of cheese over it.


Holidays were big in our home but as a family of twelve kids grows up and adds spouses new items began to appear on the menu.

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One sister went in for raw food and wanted us to eat her Thanksgiving pies. One brother and his family of beautiful girls went vegan. Dad started to make two of things so people could eat.


Many of us got food allergies- nuts, shrimp, pineapple, apples, tomatoes, onions, you name it, we have it in our family.

You get used to these different problems and everyone laughs and goes on.

We were invited to a  family reunion recently of a Grandfathers brothers descendants, to take care of the genealogy part of the reunion for them.

The food!

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Apparently that side of the family moved a bit south into Arizona, New Mexico etc. Tons of food, in enormous amounts and a lot of it looked like they added the pantry into the casseroles and added spice. The men got separate large bowls for all of these. Rolls, wow, the rolls! like someone owned a bakery! Other than the desserts,  to me the three bean salad was the best stuff there- should have gotten the recipe!


One interesting thing we did a year or so ago was to go on a trip to do some petroglyphing. One very sweet lady suggested a few of us ladies make a weekend of it and have a girls sleepover at their family cabin not far from everything we wanted to see. People kept dropping out and then suddenly families wanted to go instead, like five or six, so plans were made. It was decided to wait ’til we got to the area and then we could all go in together and decide on food for the next couple days.

Wow! Have you ever done that? Gone with people you really have not spent a lot of time with and try to make a menu on the spot?

Steve and I had talked about the weekend beforehand not knowing what to expect and had decided on laughter. Laughter can get you through a whole lot of uncomfortable situations. So, laughter it was.

You probably already know what we ran into: Mayonnaise vs Miracle Whip, Heinz or Hunts, bacon or turkey bacon, Whole or 2%.


We were in a Walmart in St. George, Utah, so several of people went missing down aisles (you always need something you forgot) while we were trying to make sure we had bought everything. We overcompensated I am sure. (But we ate good).

A little frazzled, we tried the laughter thing as we walked down an aisle alone. It helped us see the food will be enjoyed even if it wasn’t our usual fare. It really was quite good! It’s amazing what you can learn from others!

At the cabin everyone helped, but I must say the men were all awesome cooks!

Yes, you can go out with good people, eat good food and have a fun time with new friends or old.

Food – friends – laughter : we all need it!




Victory and Triumph

It’s that day again- Resurrection Morn

This year I added something new

my Earthly Father

my savior on earth

Eleven years ago we sat at a table in a hospital as he told me

that he had chosen this day for my Mother’s passing

– that he had thought it all out-

and just knew this would be her choice

to go back to her Savior on this day


never one to let anyone else decide anything for her

chose the next day

The dates of their graduation from these earthly cares matters not to me

for Resurrection Day is the day I shall always remember as their parting the veil

When I gaze upon the beauties of this earth

the lilacs and tulips in the springtime

my thoughts shall always be back


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with my parents lilacs in full bloom.

A Most Interesting Find In A Most Interesting Way


Guest post by Bethany Anne Howse Downey
 As our father’s earthly stay was coming to an end, many of my siblings gathered together in his home. We were given permission to take home any family items we desired. I didn’t want to take anything home, however, I was given a few objects that had been in a shadow box of our parents.


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Hidden Candles

morning sun gently slid over closed eyes

a distant memory flowed past

accompanied by the ever so slight wisp of a smell

paper, parchment, ink and stylus’

fall 1979

there it is

art supplies at the university book store

calligraphy items everywhere

such a treat!

not needed for my college classes

but something deeper inside called

purchases made and headed to the dorm

inside the cubicle

looking through the pages

putting stylus to ink and then to paper

how easily the beauty and the letters appeared

how sweet the flow

like music transferred to parchment

one could get lost in this

then life took overWIN_20150406_172100.jpg

and the candle light

faded away

but for just a small moment

in the early morning light

the ink flowed freely again