Saturday, February 28, 2009

Nickels and Gledhills Come to Albuquerque!

Our good friends, Teri and Kirk Nickel AND Tanna and Kent Gledhill (with daughter Madeline) came to Albuquerque for Valerie Payne's wedding (February 27, 2009). We have great times together and really miss them!

The Gledhills moved from ABQ to Provo, Utah about 12 years ago. The Nickels moved from here to Boise, ID about 11 years ago. Tanna, Kent, and Kirk missed the green chile, so we made sure to include it in pretty much every meal we at together. I took the Nickels and Gledhills to lunch at Los Cuates per Tanna's request.

The Nickels, Gledhills, Johnsons, and Paynes came to our house the evening after the wedding and played "Sp-Uno" and watched the "Crime Aid" episode of The Office. Oh the stories we heard this weekend (which will remain unspoken of...but those of you at my house know EXACTLY what I'm referring to).

Here are a few pictures from the weekend...
Kent and Tanna Gledhill with daughter Madeline (10 years old) enjoying lunch at Los Cuates.

Me with Teri and Kirk Nickel at Los Cuates.

The GIRLS: Teri Nickel, Me, KT Johnson, Jeni Payne, and Tanna Gledhill after watching "The Office" and playing "Sp-Uno."

The GUYS: Kent Gledhill, Kirk Nickel, Matt Johnson, Jeff Payne, and Greg Jorgensen.

My SNEAK ATTACK on Teri and KT.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Brooke's Volleyball Team Makes a HUGE Comeback!

She bumps...

She sets...

She scores!

Brooke directing traffic.

Brooke's team (Charlie's Angels) played in a tournament today with other 14 and 15 year old girls volleyball teams. They had lost 5 out of 6 of the pool play games before the single elimination round of the tournament. After a dismal start, the girls somehow made a HUGE comeback and ended up winning the tournament! We are very proud of our 14-year-old "Charlie's Angels" volleyball team!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Student Body President, Brooke, Goes to State :-)

Brooke and six other LBJ Middle School Students got to attend the New Mexico State Student Council Meeting this past February 12-14, 2009. Brooke attended as her school's student body president. Her school came out the big winner out of all the other middle schools in the state by winning a majority of the awards:
  • "Advisor of the Year" for Barbara Anderson, aka Miss Andy (Brooke sent in a nominating letter on her behalf).
  • "Best Roll Call" as voted on by the judges.
  • "Best Roll Call" as voted on by the students.
  • "Middle School Project of the Year" for their Martinez Town service project.
  • "Exemplary Middle School Student Council of the Year."
Here are a few pictures from the event. The theme was "The Wonderful World of Leadership" (Disney theme):

(Back row l-r): Brooke--Student Body President, Miss Andy--Advisor, Kyle Piersol--Student Body Vice President, Makenzie Hamilton--Student Body Secretary, Alex Leeds--Representative. (Front row l-r): Candace Burton--8th Grade Class President, Kayleigh Amershek--7th Grade Class President, Melissa Auh--Historian.

Kyle was a good sport for playing "Snow White" in their winning roll call. The girls, as you can see were the 6 dwarfs. Brooke (back left in green hat and big ears) was "Sleepy."

Candace and Brooke with Josh Sundquist. Josh Sundquist is a Paralympic ski racer and nationally known inspirational speaker. He has been featured on CNN and in USA TODAY and has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people across the country.

Check out his comedy video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axctBGCNY9Y

Brooke presenting flowers to Miss Andy as she was awarded "Middle School Advisor of the Year."

Candace and Brooke in their State t-shirts.

Makenzie and Brooke clowning around after the banquet.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Good Luck on your Mission Terrance!

Above is a picture that ran in the Albuquerque Tribune of Brent (#1) helping his injured buddy, Terrance Motley (#73), up the stairs after half time during a Cibola Football Game (2006).

Terrance and Brent at their Eagle Court of Honor (October 7, 2005).

These pictures exemplify their relationship over the years. Terrance is getting ready to serve a mission in Italy and Brent has come home for Terrance's missionary farewell. We will miss Terrance but know he is doing the right thing by serving his Heavenly Father.

We love you T.!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

A Day at Dr. J.'s

Andrea came to Albuquerque so Greg could put her braces on. Brooke also got her braces adjusted. Brent helped out by taking her wire out while Greg and Katrina worked on Andrea. Brent also made himself a mouthguard (for ice hockey). I'm including pictures and two short videos:
Greg putting braces on Andrea.

Brent took Brooke's wire out so Greg could do her adjustment.

Dr. J., future Dr. J. and Brooke during her adjustment.

Katrina put the finishing touches on Andrea.

Awwwwwwwwww! Wire Girl!

Brooke got wire ties too!

Still smiling!

Cousins :-)

Well, it started out as a Facebook picture but went awry.



Wheat Recipes as Promised

I was able to get the wheat recipes from my friend Betty Jo. Since several of you asked for them, here they are...

Betty Jo’s Wheat Bread


5 C. very warm water
1 C. instant dry powdered milk
1/3 C. honey
1/3 C. oil
2 T.+ 1 tsp. SAF brand yeast
1 T. salt
3 C. white flour
9 -11 C. whole wheat flour

Pour water into a heavy duty mixer (like a *Bosch or a K-Tec) for the mixing and kneading. Add in milk, honey, and oil then mix for about 30 seconds. Mix in 5 cups of the whole wheat flour, until the mixture looks pasty. Then add in the dry yeast (no need to proof it), mix well. Mix in the salt and the rest of flour. I first add the white flour, then the rest of the wheat flour. Add enough flour that it binds together and is not too sticky. When ready to put the lid on your mixer, add an extra 1/2 cup of flour to knead with the bread. Let knead for 6 minutes. When kneaded, take the dough out of the mixing bowl and separate into four even pieces. Oil your hands and shape into rounded loaves; place into four greased bread pans. Let the dough rise for about 30 minutes or until it looks like it has risen above the tops of the pans. Bake in a 350° oven for 32 minutes. Baking time will depend on the size of your loaves as well as your oven’s temperature. Take bread out of the oven and turn onto a cooling rack. While bread is hot, I rub butter on it to give it a buttery taste.

NOTE: Betty uses four medium-large bread pans and never washes the pans after using. Professional bakers say that not washing helps season pans for future use. She says her bread never sticks because she has done this.

* Most mixers, including the Kitchen Aid, are not strong enough to make 3-4 loaves of bread at a time. As the motor gets hot, lesser mixers will shut down or burn out if you are not careful. Using a heavy duty mixer eliminates kneading by hand.

Wheat Pancakes or Waffles

2 C. whole wheat flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. sugar
2/3 C. powdered milk
2 C. water
2 eggs
3 T. oil (8 T. for waffles)

In a mixer, combine wheat flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together. Add dry milk, water, eggs, and oil. Continue mixing until blended.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Cheryl Did It!

After attending a breadmaking class presented by my friends Betty Jo and Jill, I decided that the time had come for me to LEARN how to use my stored wheat! So, with camera in hand, I documented my first attempt at making bread from SCRATCH! My friend, Jeni Payne, showed up right when I was making the bread and since she uses the same recipe, gave me a few tips along the way. Check out the pictures...
This is the first time I've ever owned wheat so I had to take a picture of me opening it :-)

Wheat before grinding.

I made whole wheat flour with my new wheat grinder.

Here's my wheat flour.

Using my mixer to make the dough.

Putting the dough into the pans.

The ones in the glass pans rose beautifully, but the bigger metal pans not so well.

Finished product.

Want a slice?

Oops! These two didn't rise too well (but still tasted good).

I gave Greg the first slice.

Brooke loved the bread (and wanted to show her new shoes...she doesn't usually put her feet on the counter).