Meet a Mom: Interview with Nelly Meet Scandinavian Mama Nelly from the blog SWEDISH AMERICAN MAMMA. (Read her blog how she is trying to bring back Swedish culture to her American life.) Tell us about yourself: I have been blogging since the big re-design of blogger in 2004. Before then I wrote my own personal webpage that pretty much looked like a blog and I started that Read more

We made this for dinner last night: http://www.ourbestbites.com/2008/09/creamy-corn-chowder/ Creamy Corn Chowder Recipe by Our Best Bites 2 Tbsp. butter 1/4 c. all-purpose flour 1 c. water 2 1/2 c. milk (skim or 1% work just fine and lighten it up considerably) 2 regular-sized chicken bouillon cubes, 1 Knorr chicken bouillon cube, or 2 tsp. chicken base 1/2 lb. bacon (optional) 1 small onion, minced 2 red potatoes, diced into small cubes 2-3 cloves garlic, minced 1 can corn, Read more

Labor day marks a transition. The air starts to get cooler and the kids go back to school. Unlike other moms I over heard this past week that are "So happy to get rid of their kids" or that "It's about time to get the kids back to school" I love having my kids home. I have mixed feelings about preschool. There are some really great schools Read more

Less Stuff, More Life Have you ever wanted to living with less? Scandinavians embrace a different paradigm when it comes to home living. Bigger is not better, more stuff doesn't mean you have more wealth. Instead, they believe in simple design, living within their budget and saving money to purchase home items. While researching for this post, I found this great graphic: it illustrates how in America, our Read more

What's the number one thing I've learned this month? I need to unplug. I haven't been able to pinpoint the exact moment where media went from being a tool to taking over. However, I think it was around the time I had the baby and was trying to connect more online while breast feeding. Checking facebook and tweeting was my way of connecting with friends and other Read more

Our family loves the outdoors. We've learned the hard way to keep milk cold and safe*. A family tradition is to go to Jackson Hole each summer. We've been going for over 20 years and love the spend time together with our families. Last summer we headed up to the Tetons to spend two weeks with both of our families. I was pregnant and stayed in Read more

Diaper Drive for Utah Food Bank Diapers are a basic need for any famility. But the cost can be overwhelming for low-income Utah families and requests often outpace supply. Please help Utah Food Bank provide diapers to its statewide network of over 150 food pantries and agencies. Please consider donating diapers to help our neighbors in need or donate online by clicking Read more

Swedish Meatballs 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs 1/2 cup light cream 1/2 cup water 7 oz. ground beef 7 oz. ground lean pork 1 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground allspice 2 tbl grated yellow onion (and/or 2 crushed garlic cloves) 1 egg, beaten 3 tbl margarine or butter Mix the bread crumbs, cream and water. Set aside for 5 minutes. Mix the beef, pork, salt, allspice and onion. Gradually add the bread crumbs, then Read more

As part of the Power Of Mom learning circle I'm participating in we are reading this talk by Dallin Oaks. Have you ever experienced moments like this? What are your thoughts on this talk? October 2007 General Conference Good, Better, Best Dallin H. Oaks Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best Read more