Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bountiful Baskets

If you have not yet heard of the wonder that is "Bountiful Baskets" you are missing out. Allow me to brag a bit. It is an organization that uses collective purchasing to get high quality food at prices usually reserved for grocery stores and restaurants. You save money while working together cooperatively within your community to purchase fruits and vegetables (I stole that from their web-site-----I don't normally speak that eloquently).

In other words---we've been going out to this web-site and ordering a 50% fruit and a 50% vegi basket on Monday mornings. Sometimes they have a themed add on pack (for example: an Italian pack or an Easter pack). You can even order 9-grain bread from Aspen Mills. The following Saturday morning, those of us from Morgan would drive down the canyon and magically pick up our orders from Uintah. This is one of my first orders...... Isn't she beautiful!!!
Now, thanks to some very crafty peoples here in Morgan, the Bountiful Basket people are delivering to not one, not two, but THREE locations in our home town. Yay for not having to get up at the butt-crack of dawn to travel the canyon for fruits and vegis.

Super-lucky for us, one of the locations is the back yard of the courthouse.

Super-lucky for these girls, they got to pitch in on the first day.

And here is what I brought home..swiss chard, spinach, romaine lettuce, celery, pineapple, cantaloupe, apples, bananas, tomatoes, potatoes, blackberries and carrots. Quite the haul if you ask me!

This is the Mexican add-on pack that I also got. Limes, jalapenos, avocados, green onions, cilantro, garlic, tomatilos and grey squash.
My biggest challenge with the my Bountiful Basket fruits & vegi's is #1)identifying and spelling each of my new fruits and vegetables. And #2) what to make with each of them (what the heck is a grey squash, what does it have to do with the Mexican pack and what am I supposed to do with it???).

With my Mexican add-on pack I made a knock-off version of the Costa-Vida ranch dressing and that "pico" stuff they ask you if you want on your tacos. I'm going to attempt to make the Costa-Vida salads tonight to put all my makings on. What about the rest of you Bountiful Basket peeps? What did you make with your stuff?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Birthday Par-teeee

I luvvv birthday time!! And this time it was Traci's turn.

Tim and I found this super cool little shop on 25th Street in Ogden called "Making Scents" a couple of weekends ago. I am now in love with the fellows in the picture below (it's ok---Timmy loves them too). Their place is AMAZING! They can whip you up a scent of just about anything and stick it into a lotion or a body spray or a hand sanitizer or a massage oil or.......you name it and they can make it smell just as pretty as you ask them to. And then, while you are there, they whisk you into the back room and tempt you with this incredible exfoliating softening scrub and BAM! they got you hook, line, sinker and sold on the worlds best scrub which can also be scented to your liking (I'm a huge fan of eucalyptus-spearmint). Tim and I have been back three times and have purchased at least one of everything. I think we are now gold card carrying members of their club :)

Tim and I had so much fun that I thought that the girls would love it for Traci's birthday night out. (Dear Larry-thank you for hiding behind Kristy's head. You owe me a new picture)

This is Traci checking out the gazillion different flavors of smells to choose from. Look at the look of overwhelm-ment on her face at trying to decide on which fragrance she likes best.

In the back room you can make your own bath salt art in a bottle (just keep your nose outta there Diane).

The bath salts were a big hit! You get to pick your own pretty bottle and fill it up with salts. It's kinda like sand art. There's lots of bins of scented, colored baths salts that you funnel into your bottle. If you just want the bath salt and don't want to pretty it all up in a fancy bottle, you can also purchase it by the bag. But Diane and Kristy are pretty bottle kinda gals---not brown baggers.

Seriously, this place is so neat (they even gave Traci a pink birthday balloon). If you own a girl of any kind--a mom, a sister, an aunt, a wife, a girlfriend, a daughter, or even a husband who likes to smell good--you need to stop by this place. Tell them the tall lurpy red head from Morgan sent you---I'm trying to get them to make me their silent partner :)

After all that scent making, we strolled up 25th street to the Union Grill for another round of chicken salad sandwiches and vegi pasta salad.

We topped the night off with a new treat----Italian Ice from Zeppe's out in North Ogden.

And that is how we spend Traci's birthday. It was a very successful night. Not once did she steal my camera. Not once did she delete my pictures. And not once did I mention in this post that she turned 40. Oops......

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

These are the girls that put the "PRO" in my Ad-Min-Pro Team. They make me look good, sound good, feel good and dang it---I love them like no body's business.
And nothing screams "I love my office mates" like a couple of baskets of super pretty fruits and vegetables (they were such a hit last year I decided to give them a rerun again this year).

Happy Administrative Professionals Day gals! Thanks for everything!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Couple of April Fools in a Fish Bowl

Yep.....Here at work we are are a room full of girls working in a fish bowl. We got windows in front of us and we got windows behind us. You can see everything we are doing (and-note to little boy in back parking lot-we can see everything you are doing).

Happy April Fools to us today when someone decorated our fish bowl to look like a fish bowl. Sorry for the bad pictures....it's hard to get a good picture of a widows when you have the glare from another set of windows coming from the back side (hence the fish bowl).