Saturday, May 31, 2014

Pack the car, the open road awaits!



 

Here are tips from a Registered Dietitian  
and parent of seven. 

Bon appetit and bon voyage!


http://familyshare.com/the-open-road-beckons-healthy-and-happy-snacks-and-diversions-for-your-summer-road-trips

Friday, May 30, 2014

June 24th at 1:30 p.m.




Save the Date... 

 Wednesday, June 24th at 1:30 p.m.



Please join host 
Kim Power Stilson 
and me for a 

RED, WHITE and BLUE show
on Sirius XM BYU Radio 143
as we discuss the power of patriotism and 
fun ideas for your family's Fourth.

June 24, the broadcast begins at 1, 
I'll be on around 1:30
Be sure to tune in!

(Maybe I'll make some cinnamon popcorn.)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Traveling Time


If you are in Salt Lake City, Utah before July 6th, I'd like to invite you to visit the Marriott Library at the University of Utah. On the fourth floor, near the Book Arts Lab, there is a wonderful exhibit of artist books that includes my Traveling Time.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Thank you Veterans


Thank you Veterans and your families. 
We appreciate and remember your sacrifice.

Happy Memorial Day

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bon Appetit and Bon Voyage!


Come away, come away, come away with me! 

As summer breezes begin to blow, the temptation to embark on an adventure becomes irresistible (do you remember the Wind in the Willows?) Here is a menu to fuel the energy of your wanderlust and set you on a course for a wunderbar journey. (Approved by my Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetic Educator husband.) 

Healthy and happy foods make for good traveling companions. If you eat mostly healthy food, you'll feel better and will probably consume fewer calories than if you eat a lot of junk food.
The cold things should be in a cooler and the rest can be packed in a cute container with compartments or in a basket that's easy to get to. A friend always packs her veggies in mason jars with ice water.

Tip: My sister-in-law makes her husband stop once a day for a sit-down meal on long trips.
Here are some of our favorites:

Drinks:
Water and fruit-infused water in bottles (lemon, strawberry, cucumber)
Vernor's ginger ale for motion sickness
Caffeinated soda for drowsiness, can be diluted half and half with water so it's not so sweet, or the diet variety

Fruit juices and nectars and V8

Mixed nuts
String cheese

Whole grain crackers
Popcorn
Trail Mix: I don't like raisins and sticky foods in the car, but we do have a great trail mix made with mixed nuts, M&Ms, whole grain cereal and candy corn (I know but I'm addicted).
Beef jerky
Olives

Fresh fruits: grapes, apples, melon and bananas for less-messy eaters (plus baby wipes)
Fresh veggies: carrots, jicama, cucumber, grape tomatoes, celery, broccoli, peppers

Sandwiches, wraps and pinwheels (tortilla rolls with cream cheese, meat, tomato slices and lettuce)

Whole grain bagels and cream cheese
Long trips: A loaf of whole wheat bread and a jar of peanut butter
Yogurt in tubes



Bar cookies are usually thicker and more stable than round ones
Homemade granola bars

My boys liked to take a Frisbee or football in the car to play with at rest stops. 

Bon appetit and bon voyage!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Preparedness and Living Happily Ever After



What would you do if you couldn't get to market? Stay home? Have roast beef? Or have none? Cry wee, wee, wee? 

No, you don't have to affected by the winds of disaster, whether economic or natural. Here is a guide to the amounts you might need of a little somethin' somethin' to feed your family just in case. 


Here are links for more ideas for preparedness, camping and family reunion ideas, enjoy! 
http://www.pinterest.com/pammcmurtry/camping-reunions-and-preparedness/

Everything Under the Sun by Wendy Dewitt gives tons of valuable advice for emergency prep - thanks for sharing Wendy!
http://www.sunoven.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/EverythingUnderTheSun.pdf


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

No Bullying


Here are interviews with Ciaran Connolly a founder of nobullying.com, a group in Ireland that is working to reduce bullying worldwide.
These link to websites that contain important anti-bullying messages;
http://nobullying.com/pam-mcmurtry-defines-bullying/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfXPda0kRtI
https://vimeo.com/92432243
http://nobullying.com/pam-mcmurtry-on-danger-of-bullying/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgK9PhNyNB8
https://vimeo.com/75294547

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day Tribute



A Tribute to Mother

“Mother I love you so,” said the child.
“I love you more than I know.”
She laid her head on her mother’s arm
And the love between them kept them warm.”
Margaret Florence Smith

Happy Mother’s Day to
Mother,
Grandmother,
Aunt,
Sister and
 precious women

Who give life,
nurture
and give joy.

Who bled
and fed
and hid Easter eggs,
and wrapped gifts
and dyed Halloween costumes.

Who took me to the zoo
and Disneyland,
and grew pumpkins,
and taught me to play chess
and feed my babies.

Who taught me to write thank you notes
And have good manners
and remember birthdays
and ancestors
(and love them).

And gave me crayons
and dolls
and retainers
and fishnet nylons
and a radio to take to the beach.

Who took me to visit my grandparents
and on road trips
and swimming
and had a barbecue.

Who taught me to pray
and love
and find joy
and set a beautiful table.

And to watch out for little ones,
and spell correctly,
 and feed stray kittens,
and read books.

And to try,
and fail,
and try again.

Who found our great grandfathers were kings
and great grandmothers were queens.  
Who took pictures,
and listened as I learned to read,
and filled a piƱata.

And eat Thanksgiving at the beach like Pilgrims,
and go on bike rides,
and read Luke on Christmas Eve,
and sing carols,
and find treats in my stocking.

To share with those in need,
and love art and beauty,
and wear bows in my hair
and shoes that fit,
and remember God and go to church.

Who sewed clothes,
and prayed for soldiers,
and firemen,
and missionaries,
and me. 

Who baked cakes
and arranged flowers,
and made 20,000 meals,
and made me brush my teeth.

And bought sugar sticks,
and made drawings,
and bread,
and Beef Stroganoff.

And soothed wounded hearts,
and took us to movies,
and to the woods,
and the sea.

And played
and prayed
and gave time and love and life.

Thank you.





Wednesday, May 7, 2014

175,200 Hours: Happy Mother's Day


175,200 is the number of hours parents are on duty 
for the first 20 years of a child's life. 

They are responsible for 21,900 meals 

and 52,000 pieces of clean clothing and accoutrements, 
plus 6,378.5 diapers. 

A parent will offer 51,100 prayers for a child, 

send them to 2,340 days of K-12 education 

and spend approximately 
$241,080.00 to rear each child. 

Here are 552,927 reasons to call home on Mother's Day.