Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Love-it is love!

I just found this and oh the fun potential this website has. I just typed in my blog and bam- this showed up.
Click me-you'll be amazed!

The website is I typed in my personal blog address and within just 2 seconds it came up with this gem. You can also paste in any words that you want. Craft-o-rama coming soon because I have wanted to make personalized hand soap containers and wanted something a little unique. Now I just have to find the words I want and don't even have to work to make them all look cute!

Have fun!


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Gardening and Food Storage Resources

Since it's finally- well hopefully- springtime, I decided that I needed to get out gardening. I didn't know what to do to get my strawberries to flourish this year so I had my mom ask the guys at IFA today when she was there. They gave her a print-out with more information than I would ever need to know about strawberries.

I just thought I would share the link where you can find information about growing any plants. It is from the wonderful USU extension which also offers canning and food storage info:

Click here for gardening publications

Click here for food storage and canning- then click on "food and nutrition"

Hope this helps you guys- it sure helped me!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Breakfast Casserole

This is what we always have at Dustin's grandparent's house on Christmas morning. Dustin loves it and it is so easy and cheap that I made it for dinner last night. mmmmm!

Grandma's Breakfast Casserole
6 slices bread
1/2 lb cheese
1/2 lb ham

Cube and place in casserole dish

6 eggs
2 c milk
1/2 tsp ground mustard
1/2 tsp salt

Beat together and pour over bread, cheese and ham mixture.
Melt 1/3 stick butter and pour over casserole.
Cover and refrigerate over night.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 min- 1 hour.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009


What's the best thing since sliced bread? I would probably answer "freecycle".
My family constantly hears about my freecycle group but I'll introduce the rest of you to this great invention.
Freecyle is a group on Yahoo where you can offer items you would normally donate or throw away to other members of your group. You can then get replies and others can come pick up the items. This keeps items out of the landfill and also saves money for everyone. (I love the DI but sometimes it is easier for others to come get your stuff! I take anything that anyone doesn't want to the DI anyways.)
Another cool feature is that you can get things you want or need for FREE! I have received a tub, play chair, walker and babyproofing items all for Ryker. I am also the proud owner of 2 sets of binoculars and a DISHWASHER! The dishwasher which I just received needs a little work but we're hoping to fix it for cheap. What a steal! All the other items I have received are like new and I just wash them and they are good to go!
I just thought I would introduce this awesome group for spring cleaning. Take advantage, you can get some great stuff!

Click here for the main freecyle page.

Click here for the Utah-Idaho home page and to join our group!

Hope you all enjoy this great service! "One man's junk is another man's treasure!"

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Costa Vida Sweet Pork Burritos

I made this last night and man is it good! I got all the recipe's from my sister-in-law's ward cookbook. The recipes are all really easy and inexpensive. Enjoy!

Costa Vida Sweet Pork
1 c. Pace salsa
1 c. brown sugar
1 T chili powder
1 T tabasco sauce
1 3-4 lb pork sirloin roast

Mix ingredients together and pour over pork roast. Cook in crockpot on low for 4-6 hours. Shred pork when cooked through.

Cilantro Lime Rice
1 c. uncooked rice
1 tsp. butter
1 tsp. lime zest
1 (15oz) can chicken broth
1 c. water
2 T lime juice
2 tsp. sugar
3 T fresh chopped cilantro

In a saucepan, combine rice, butter, lime zest, chicken broth and water. Bring to boil. Cover and cook 15-20 minutes, until rice is tender. Remove from heat. In a bowl combine lime juice, sugar and cilantro. Pour over hot cooked rice.

Tomatillo Ranch Dressing
2 tomatillos, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced (I use garlic powder)
1/2 bunch cilantro
1/2 tsp. lime juice
1 jalapeno (no seeds)
1 bottle ranch dressing

Mix all ingredients in blender.

Serve with pinto or black beans. Use as a salad with tortilla pieces or serve in tortillas as burritos and dip in ranch.

First Post

Hey everyone,
I realized that a lot of things that I want to post on my family blog are some of my favorite things. I want to keep everything separate so I decided to create this "Ashley's Favorite" blogs. I'll be posting recipes, scrapbook ideas, favorite stores and other ideas.