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Labor day weekend…ahhhhhh…What a welcomed vacation that was.  BUT it made it so much harder to come back home and go back to work!  Isn’t it strange and unfair that vacation can do that to you?!!  I don’t know, maybe it’s just my attitude. 🙂  But I was just left wanting more and more and now I am anxiously awaiting our next ‘vacation’. 
But this weekend in good ‘ol St. George was full of family, beautiful scenery, movies, good food, relaxing and more of my favorite thing, family.  I am still convinced that I have the best family in the world.  I couldn’t be happier about my life and the people surrounding me that make it wonderful.  I honestly couldn’t ask for more. And since this is my blog right, I’m gonna just brag again about my husband.  He knows how much I love him but boy do I love him, and boy am I lucky!  I can be doing ANYTHING with this man and be completely blissfully happy.  I realize more and more just how much just his presence affects me.  I love my hubby. 
Well as all good times do, it went by too fast.  I tried to take in every single moment, especially with neice and nephews.  I have missed those stinkers so much.  Wouldn’t you? 
Oh wait, that’s my brother. He acts like a kid though! 🙂

Like father, like son!

Little bucket o’ sunshine
 Well it was wonderful and what’s a better way to end a vacation than driving a brand new four door huge truck home?  No, it’s not ours….just got to enjoy it for a few hours! Thanks Uncle Scott!  And hopefully the word vacation will be rolling off my lips before not too long!  Life is good!
Mmmm I love that profile 🙂
My Chef strikes again!  And each time I seem to be surprised all over again!  Sorry honey that doesn’t mean anything I’m just never bored with what he comes up with!  This time he threw together a sort of stir fry that turned into an asian deluctible dish!  He made a peanut sauce people!  All on his own too!  Is that amazing or am I just awestruck?!  This meal was so good because I have been missing my Vietnamese/Thai cuisine!  I guess it hit the spot!  It was chicken on top of broccoli, asparagus, rice, mushroooms, peppers, onions! MMMmmmmm!  My mouth is watering again just thinking about it!  I am pretty sure that I am luckiest woman in the world.  What is better than good food and goood luuvv!? 
Sorry the pics not too good.  Someday maybe we’ll get a better camera:)
One of our most favorite desserts here at the Sherwood household is peach crisp.  It’s like cobbler but without the cake batter.  And what am I saying?  We LOVE dessert here so I think I would have to say that all of them are my most favorite.  🙂  I’ll have to tell you about the rest of them someday but humor me right now cause the most recent was our peach crisp.  I say our but really we all know better, it’s my husbands.  We made it once this last week for ourselves then once more when we had dinner over at our friends house on sunday.  DELICIOUS! 
It’s really easy!  I could actually make it if I tried!  We used like 5 peaches I think and most of them were sliced up thin to go on the bottom of the baking dish but some were diced small and put into a skillet with water, cornstarch and lots of sugar,  Once that mixture thickens up a bit you pour it over the layered sliced peaches in the baking dish.  Sprinkle cinnamon over the top!  Then the topping!  We use oatmeal (some ground up fine and some whole), some more sugar and cinnamon, pecans are optional and nutmeg?  Hehehe We like to just experiment and try new things.  If it were totally up to my husband there would be some ginger thrown in there too…but I have to put my foot down on that one. 🙂  Anyway the oatmeal, sugar topping is mixed in with melted butter to wetten it just enough so it will ‘crumble’ when you put it over the peaches. Then you bake it at 350 degrees for about 45 min?  Eye it and you’ll be able to tell.  Then it’s best when you top it off with some vanilla ice cream!  Yummy!  We like our homemade ice cream consisting of almond milk, cream (my husband likes half and half) and whatever we feel like throwing in there at the moment.  🙂  OH the joys and bliss of food! 
Enjoy!
I have to say I have never been so excited for a weekend to be over in my life!  Seriously, how often does that happen?  Never in my book.  I love the weekends, especially now that I am working full time, its about the only quality time me and my husband have together!  But this past weekend I had been dreading for about two weeks!  Wanna know why?  I had to speak in church!  Well me and my wonderful husband did…but I had to get up and present a talk infront of my new ward.  And you know what the topic was?  Spiritual Self-Reliance.  Ya.  Talk about not having a clue.  That was me.  So anyway, the time came and went and it’s over.  And you wanna know what else?  I learned alot this past weekend.  I am/was grateful for the opportunity to dig in and learn more about Spiritual Self-Reliance.  Good thing my husband is an expert at it.  🙂  I love my husband.  We must have done OK because the bishopric told us we passed our trial run and they’ll have us speak again.  Oh brother…that’s not what I want to hear!   But all in all it was a great day and even better today because it’s over!  I know the Savior lives and that He loves us.
  IT REALLY IS AS SIMPLE AS THAT!
Many people wouldn’t believe but we do indulge ourselves quite often with good grub.  And I mean goooood!  Our most recent indulgence was a half rack of baby back ribs and sweet potatoes with cinnamon sugar butter!  MmmmmMMMMMM!  My husband stuck those babys in the crock pot sunday morning with the left over apple juice we had in fridge and I seasoned it with a lot of garlic, some sugar and spices.  By the time we came home they were smelling heavenly!  Please note, the sugar used was whole cane sugar.  After the sweet potatoes were done we whipped up, well my husband whipped up the cinnamon sugar butter.  This consisted of, my most favorite thing, ‘Earth Balance buttery spread’,  (It’s soy and dairy free and you would not believe how amazing it tastes!! Okay so I haven’t had ‘real’ butter in a long time and maybe the real thing still tastes better but oh my, this stuff is an amazing second!  And the thing that I love about it is that it’s actually healthy for you!  Meaning it’s not just ‘better for you’ than butter, it actually has stuff in it your body needs!  That is so exciting to me that we have products like this available to buy!  Slab that stuff on there! Ha!) cinnamon and again, whole cane sugar!  Yum!  Oh we enjoyed ourselves this past Sunday evening.  They were literally falling off the bone!  Indulgence it was!!! And BLISS I feel!  🙂 
Yesterday we went on an adventure.  My explorer took me back up to the place that he and his buddies went biking to because he wanted to share something with me.  Something that I was totally oblivious to.  Something that I may have seen on my ventures out in the wild but never paid any attention to.  Something that is just magical in it’s own way.  Thimbleberries.  In case you were unawares like myself these little wonders most resemble raspberries in look, but taste completely different in a spectacular way.  My question on the bumpy five mile ride up this canyon to my explorer was, “Why doesn’t anybody know about these thimbleberries, why aren’t they found commercially?”  Well,  I soon found out why.  They are EXTREMELY fragile and moist.  They literally melt on your tongue and if your not careful will smoosh in between your fingers. So those who make jam or other delights from this amazing Berrie go to much care and time to do so.  OH it was just SO MUCH FUN rummaging through these plants with my hubby foraging for these amazing berries!  I wish that I could describe the taste for those that haven’t tasted these before. So yummy!  Especially when I would get one that had been sitting in the sun for a while; mmmmmm it would still be warm and it just tasted like fresh sunshine melting on my tastebuds.
(The pink ones are just not ripe yet)
We were all alone up this beautiful canyon with the birds singing and trees rustling.   I felt guilt for having such a special treat that other people weren’t even aware of!  Well, I never thought that I could get full off berries from the wild but eventually I did and we took the walk back to our car.  I was a little hesitant to leave because it was just such a cool experience and I’ll be honest I started to feel like a cave woman or something, you know getting in touch with my inner ‘natural’ self.  Instead of walking back to our car I would have loved to say,  “K hunny I’m going back to the fire, I think I have had enough for tonight.”  It was cool.  Magical.  Peaceful.  I think I’ve discovered that we really need to go camping.  Maybe that will be our next adventure.     
I have a feeling….and my feeling is that this blog is gonna have a lot to do with food.  I love food.  My husband loves food.  And we have way too much fun with it…whatever it may be, making it or eating it.  I’ve always known this too but my husband is an amazing cook.  I realized this once again last night.  I was taking a nap upstairs and downstairs my chef was cooking up a storm.  I came down to find the kitchen bubbling and smelling and looking amazing…and upon his face was an excited smile.  “I love doing this babe, it’s my hobby”, he says.  “Oh brother, how did I get so lucky”, I think.  Well next thing you know I am digging my teeth into this….

Can I just brag for a sec? MMMmmmm!  I have the best husband in the whole wide world.  This scrumptious plate is pecan crusted chicken with a sweet orange, ginger and red pepper sauce over it, spicy ginger carrots, homemade sweet potato fries (yes fried) and steamed broccoli.  Ya baby!  It was soooo good!  I don’t know why I was surprised but I kinda was!  Probably because me and orange flavored things don’t usually get along but this totally proved me wrong! Impressed?  I am….and you just wait!  More blissful meals to come!
We received a red envelope in our mailbox yesterday…and we all know what that means!  Movie night!!  It was a surprise what the envelope would contain but we we were excited nonetheless.  Well the movie that we pulled out was ‘Taken’.  Has anybody else seen that?  Wow…talk about intense!  I loved it!  Crazy huh!!  My precious little brother was trying to get me to watch it for the longest time but I refused because…well probably just because I was stubborn and usually I don’t like movies like that.  For some reason though, this one I liked.  It brought out the younger Anna in me when I secretly wanted to be an FBI agent. 🙂  I know funny huh.  Well it’s true.  I guess I just like the whole concept of good guys winning, bad guys getting squashed like bugs. Is that bad?  After it was over I fell back into this idea that I wanted to be the best kung fu fighter (or something) ever!  I’m serious too!  I told my husband that I really wanted to take a self-defense class and our conversation consisted of explanations and even demonstrations of what I would do if I was attacked.  It was comical.  But then we stopped.  The whole idea was just too scary and depressing.  Hopefully that will never happen but who knows?  Maybe in a few months I’ll be able to kung fu you. hehe  

Kung Fu ‘Anna’   

Isn’t life Blissful?

(Picture my husband took this morning on bike ride with friends)

I know, I know.  You’re saying, “And she said she’d never start a blog”  Well here I am…you (whoever you are out there) were right, I was wrong…blah blah.  Yesum, I have succumbed. And you know what?  I am actually kind of excited!  It turns out that I actually have some things going on in this dirty blonde haired head of mine (that is in desperate need of a haircut btw, hopefully today!) Most my life I have been the kind of person that when someone asks, “Whatcha thinking about?”, my usual response is, “Nothing” followed by my thinking, “What was I thinking about? What am I thinking about now?  Well now I’m thinking about thinking!”  It’s pretty frustrating… 🙂 Does that happen to anyone else?  I guess I haven’t mastered the art of pinning down and keeping track of my thoughts….they are just in a constant flow; scattered and BLISSFUL.  Hence the idea to start depositing my thoughts here.  And yes, life is Bliss.  It’s a word that I find reaches just the tip of how I feel.  Maybe through this process I will discover more of those words.  Yes I am sure I will.

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