August Schedule

Here is the schedule for the rest of August. I’m moving next week and someone should be taking over staring in September. Good luck to everyone and thanks for all your help and participation!

Wednesday August 12, 10:30 – Seven Canyons Liberty Park
Meet at the seven canyons water park area at Liberty Park. It is located just north east of the big Ferris wheel in the park. The best place to park your car is in the lot just north of the tennis courts on the west side of the park. Liberty park is located between 700 E and 500 E and 900 S and 1300 S. Contact Carrie North with any questions.

Tuesday August 18, 11:00 – Hang out at Jennifer’s
Jennifer Erkkila is having everyone over to chat and hang out. Her address is 130 S 900 E, apartment 301. Contact Jennifer with any questions.

Tuesday August 25, 3:00 – Hang out at Konnichiwa’s
Konnichiwa has invited everyone over to hang out in her backyard. She plans to have otter pops for the kids. Her address is 915 East 200 South. Contact Konnichiwa Chidester with any questions.

August 7, 2009 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

July Schedule

Here is what I have planned for July.  I’m moving in the middle of August and Kathleen mentioned that she was going to call someone to replace me before then, so this is probably the last you will have of me.

Wednesday, July 8 11:00 – Seven Canyons at Liberty Park
We tried this last month, but on Tuesday mornings the water is shut off until 3:00.  Hopefully we will have good luck this time.  Bring a swim diaper and plastic pants for you child (under 3) if they will be playing in the water.

Tuesday, July 14 I’m still thinking about this…any ideas?

Tuesday, July 21 11:00 – Little Boy Ties at the Church
A couple of you have requested I show you how to make a small tie for a baby or little boy from an existing tie.  It’s an easy project and is a great gift even if you don’t have a boy.  You will need to bring a tie (I usually buy them at DI for $2), a hand sewing needle, and if you can, and iron and small ironing board.  I’ll bring my sewing machine for the single seam you need to sew, and the rest is just done by hand.

Tuesday July 28 2:30 – Swimming
Jennifer Erkkila has offered to let us all come swim at her grandma’s pool in West Valley.  We are going to meet at the church to drive over to West Valley together (and carpool if possible).  Please call if you need a ride!

July 6, 2009 at 7:48 pm Leave a comment

Pie Crust Recipe and Tips

Here’s the pie crust recipe we made last week at Mom’s Group.

Marjo’s Pie Crust

1 1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c shortening
4-6 T water

1. mix salt and flour
2. cut in shortening
3. add water 1 T at a time
4. knead a few times, roll out

For a pie shell, Bake for 10-12 min at 450.

This is a 2 crust recipe, but if you double it, you’ll have enough for 3 pies, top and bottom.


1. Make sure your fat (shortening or some recipes call for butter) is very cold. I put my shortening in the fridge the day I make pie, or you could try the freezer.
2. Use very cold (ice) water. The reason for this is that you don’t want the fat to melt before it gets in the oven. This is what will keep it flaky.
3. When cutting in your fat (either with a pastry knife, 2 butter knives, or a food processor) only go until your pieces are pea sized. Too small of pieces will also keep it from being flaky.
4. Add the water slowly. Start with a small amount and only add enough to keep your dough together. Too much water will also stop if from being flaky.
5. When you are rolling out your dough, try not to work with it more than necessary. The goal is to flatten the little pieces of fat into layers between the flour to get a flaky crust. Kneading too much or rolling out multiple times will make it less flaky.
6. When your circles of dough are big enough, Fold it into quarters to transfer to your pie plate. This will keep your crust from tearing and also help you line it up in the center of the plate.

I hope that helps! Pie crust can be finicky, but it’s really not that hard once you get the hang of it.

June 23, 2009 at 8:29 am Leave a comment

Schedule for the rest of June

Sorry I have been such a slacker about getting the schedules out to everyone. Here is what I have for June:

Tuesday June 9, 10:30: Reservoir Park
If it is raining or stormy, we won’t go. Otherwise, see you tomorrow at the park at 1300 East and South Temple.

Tuesday June 16, 11:00: Pie Crust at Carlee’s
I’m going to show you how to make a basic pie crust recipe. If you already are a pro, come anyways and play. My address is 136 S 900 E.

Tuesday June 23, 11:00: Seven Canyon’s at Liberty Park
We are going to play at the Seven Canyon’s area at Liberty park. To get there, pull into the entrance on 9th south and park between the playground and the tennis courts. Walk east up the sidewalk and turn right at the sidewalk. This should take you south to the water area. If your kids are under 3 and are going to play, they need to wear a swim diaper and plastic pants. Bring a lunch if you want to stay and play a little.

Wednesday July 1, 10:00: Baby Book time at the Avenues Library
The library is located on F street and 9th ave. They also do baby book time at the main library at this time, but parking is free at the avenues location. The sing songs, play, read books, and sometimes have bubbles. It’s pretty fun.

June 8, 2009 at 7:14 pm Leave a comment

May Activity Schedule

I’m not quite finished working out the details in the schedule for May, but this is what I have so far.

Tuesday May 5 at 11:00 – Mother’s Day Paper Craft
Jen is going to show us how to do either some cards or a small board book to make for our Mothers year. We will be meeting at her house at 11:00 (#301 at the Devereaux).

Tuesday May 12 at 11:00 – Reservoir Park
Meet at the church at 10:45 to walk, or meet us at the park to play at 11:00. The park is on the corner of 13th E and South Temple. Bring a lunch if you want to stay a little longer.

Tuesday May 19 at 11:00 – Freezer Jam
Ashlee Mullins is going to show us how to make easy and tasty freezer jam. We will probably do Strawberry since that is what is in season and I’ll let you know more details about what you need to bring as we get closer.

Tuesday May 26 at 11:00 – Walk at the Cemetery
We’ll meet at the lower entrance to the cemetery in the avenues (southwest corner) to do some walking.  I think it is located on “N” and 6th.

May 1, 2009 at 5:42 pm 1 comment

Felt Finger Puppets

This week for Mom’s Group, Jen is going to show us how to make some simple and cute felt finger puppets. Here is what you need for this project:
Black thread for faces
Sewing machine
Optional (SMALL amount of stuffing)
Most everything is sewn on a sewing machine, so the more we have the faster and easier it will be. You could also hand sew, but it would just take longer. Don’t worry about having every colour of felt possible, if we all bring what we have I’m sure we’ll have plenty between us all.

We will be meeting at the church at 11:00 tomorrow morning (Tuesday) in the nursery for this activity. Come even if you’re not feeling crafty!


Jen's finger puppets

April 27, 2009 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

Thin Crust Pizza Recipe

I was feeling lazy and was planning on just posting a link to the recipe on Martha Stewart, but it turns out they pulled down the recipe in the last few weeks. Good thing I copied it down. They still have an article up with some good tips about making this type of pizza. Here is the dough recipe.

Figs Pizza Dough
Makes 4 8-10″ pizzas (feeds 4)

1/4 cups whole wheat flour
3 to 3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp yeast
2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp olive oil
1 1/3 cups lukewarm water

Add yeast, sugar, salt, oil and water to a medium mixing bowl. Add water and stir to combine. I like to let this sit for a minute to ensure that the yeast completely dissolves. Add wheat flour and half of the white flour. Mix with a sturdy wooden spoon. Add as much of the remaining flour as you can.

Turn dough onto a floured surface to knead in the rest of the flour. You don’t want your dough too dry so don’t worry about adding the full 3 1/2 cups if it seems ready with a little less. You will probably spend about 10 minutes kneading the dough and it should be soft, elastic, and a little sticky.

Wash out and dry your mixing bowl and pour in a little olive oil. Let your dough rise here for about 2 hours until doubled with a tea towel covering it.

When it’s time to bake your pizza, preheat your oven to 500 F with your baking stone inside. Divide your dough into 4 equal balls. Roll out each ball into a thin ‘circle’ on a floured surface. You want it to be almost as thin as possible and don’t worry if it’s not perfectly round, that’s part of the charm.

Transfer to a pizza peel (I use a large cutting board, but I’ve also heard of using a big piece of cardboard) sprinkled with cornmeal. Top pizza. When you are adding toppings, less is more.

Sprinkle stone with cornmeal and carefully slide you pizza onto the hot stone. Bake for 6-7 minutes.

March 4, 2009 at 3:59 pm Leave a comment

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