Thursday, January 13, 2011

Freezing Corn

For years my family has had the tradition of going up to Aunt Pat's farm near Logan, UT and getting fresh ears of corn and freezing the corn. Then you have really good frozen corn all year long. Carly (my SIL) swears it's the best corn she has ever eaten. This year I decided to take pictures of the event. If you get enough people helping out it doesn't take very long to freeze a whole truck full of corn.
The Tate Boys in action. What good form they're using.

Ready to go down to the freezer.
The ladies getting the corn detassled and cleaned.

I was in trouble for taking the picture, I think I'll be in more trouble for posting it.

Washing all the fuzzys off.

All ready for the boys to cut away.

Our little helper. We miss you Sebastian.

Putting the corn into freezer bags.

Grandma Tina and Spencer (he was supervising)

Waiting for the air to get sucked out of the bags.
Our resident air sucker. We use really fancy tools at our house. I kept sticking the straw in to deep and kept sucking up kernels of corn. But I am happy to report that none of the corn has freezer burn, all the air was sucked out nice and tight.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snow Tubing

The other night there was a big mid-singles (yes I am now too old for the young single adult program) went on a snow tubing activity up at Soldier Hollow State Park. This is one of those tubing parks where they have a tow rope to tow you up to the top of the hill. That is the only way to tube in my opinion.

I went up with Amy and we had a blast. It was freezing cold but we were layered enough that we stayed warm.

Here are some pics from the night.

Amy and me in front of the snow making machine at the top of the hill. They were making a ton of snow so the runs were a little slow.

Amy on her tube getting pulled up the hill.

Messing around on one of the tows up the hill.

Can you see me? Just chillin on the way up the hill.

Since the runs were so slow we found we had to be very selective about our tubes. The tubes that went the fastest were the ones that were a lot lopsided. If I wanted to see Amy on my way up I ended up sitting in the tube like this. Maybe you can't see, that's ok, it's a little silly.

South Africa - Carnivore Restaurant

I decided that I would do a different post for each of the activities that we did in South Africa.

Our first activity, after traveling for almost 36 hours we arrived in JoBurg SA. We arrived in the evening and right in the middle of rush hour traffic. This is a picture of our group (there were about 45 of us) waiting in the middle of the airport for our bus. It was an hour and a half late.

We were originally supposed to go to our hotel first and freshen up. However, the traffic was so bad that we decided to head straight to the restaurant from the airport. We were all a little dazed.

Carnivore is a little like Rodizio's or Tucanos Brazilian grills, except for the addition of African game meats. South Africans love to BBQ much like Brazilians. However the South Africans grill on the rotisserie over coals and the Brazilian rotisserie over an open flame. Either way the meat is really good.

We had your typical meats first: chicken, sausage, etc. And then we moved onto the game meats. We had impala, giraffe, crocodile, hartebeest (which is like wildebeest) and some others I can't remember.

One of the things that I immediately noticed about the people of South Africa is how happy and polite they are. I realize that not everyone would be like that but seriously what a great people. I loved this country and the majority of it was because of how happy everyone is.

Here's the South African version of Cream Soda. I thought it was really good, despite the green color.

Leaving the restaurant, getting excited to shower and to go find a bed.

Monday, January 10, 2011


For any of you that know me, you know I have a lot of bags and I like different purses and bags. In fact some of you have been known to go shopping for a purse in my purse supply.

This last week I decided that I needed another bag. I have been carrying around a lot of bags and purses lately. So I wanted to put all the stuff that I was carrying around into one bag so I wouldn't be carrying around a ton of different things. I went to four or five different stores in search of the perfect bag that I needed at this point in my life. I couldn't really find the right bag, the were either too big or too small. I finally settled on a bag that was close enough but I wasn't sold on it. Nevertheless, I dropped $30 for the bag.

So then I started cleaning out my room as part of my new year's clean on Saturday and look at what I found.

Seriously? That's a little ridiculous. And that isn't even all of the purses I own. I have a whole tupperware (large) in the basement full of bags/purses. The bags in this picture are for easy access when I want to switch out.

If you'll notice in the middle of the pile towards the back, there is a black bag that has a very similar pattern to the one I just purchased. There's one difference: it's the PERFECT SIZE!!!

Therefore I commit and promise to NOT BUY ANOTHER BAG OR PURSE in 2011.

Do you think I can do it? How's that for a new year's resolution??

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