Thursday, July 23, 2009

Great Healthful Recipe

Had this great recipe I found on the web that I made for lunch the other day, and I am making today! I love it because the kids eat it up and it does not heat up my kitchen! Yay for fresh garden eating!

Raw Peperonata


1 red, bell pepper
1 orange bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1/2 red onion
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 Tbsp. fresh minced oregano or 1 tsp. dried
sea salt to taste


Combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, and oregano and set aside. Core bell peppers and cut lengthwise into 1/4 inch slivers then in half. Cut onion lengthwise and sliver and then in half too. Combine peppers and onion in a large bowl and add dressing and salt to taste. I find it best to refrigerate for a few hours, stirring occasionally to work the peppers on top down into the dressing.

Today I am adding mushrooms to marinate we will see how they taste
UPDATE: Added mushrooms and they worked out great! I think most anything will work, just try what you like!

Makes: 6 - 8 servings, Preparation time: depends, Cooking time: n/a

Friday, July 17, 2009

Just had to add!

Thought I would add these great photos of the girls being silly together and some of the boys as well! On long drive

sometimes we have silly face contest with the camera-It's fun the kids are interacting and there is no DVD running. But it also gives me soooo much material! Enjoy.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Happy 7th Birthday P.T.!!!

What I love about PT;
He loves to be silly
He loves to look at things and wonder what else he can do with them, inventive or otherwise!
His Laugh
He is very gentle
He will dance wherever he is just because he feels like it
His brother is his best friend
He loves his sisters but loves to play tricks on them!
I hope you have a great day, and wonderful year!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Our page title

In case you were all wondering what is up with our title, it's quite simple
McParry is what my DH called me after we first got married so I have always wanted to use that for him, and Croft means;A small farm, especially a tenant farm. And since we are tenants and have chickens, rabbits and a decent size kitchen garden we thought that would be fun. So there it is if you can follow, I'm only explaining once.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Independence Day!

Happy Fourth of July all, and we hope you had a great one! We had a fun day here as well, lots of family, fun and fireworks to top it off. My DH went into SLC on Thursday night with the girls to take back his Dad's Blazer (our Truck is not finished and waiting on parts). And then they came back with my parents, a niece and nephew, and my youngest sister on Friday night.

After a quick breakfast we all headed out to the parade route to see M's little one in our towns parade for the 4th. So we sat there and watched the parade. We sat across from the city offices and there is a Memorial in front, so at the beginning when the Vet's arrived a flag was raised by national guard, they took a moment and got out and saluted the memorial. And then the fun began with all the floats, a lot of water squirted and candy. We caught a glimpse of our little Ladybug she was facing the other side, but after being picked up by her Daddy she was cute as ever. The kids had great fun.

After the parade O and I went to the farmers market and got a few things, I really love farmers markets! It's nothing compared to downtown SLC. But I think the small size a bit more manageable. We got there right before and as it was ending so we will see how this weekend goes.

When we got home we packed up all the kids in swimsuits and went to red fleet reservoir, the section we ended up in was great for the older children but not younger. They went cliff jumping we weren't there long but had some great laughs!

H holding her flag

At the BBQ, SZ brought her karaoke, too bad she didn't have a whole lot of music the kids knew, but it was just a lot of silliness!

M bought a new BBQ and that afternoon we broke it in, we did BBQ on Sun. too which was great because there were a lot of leftover salads-not any prep at all. Sunday we also had a birthday, my niece who was here, she turned double digits it was fun.

Then after the BBQ of course what else ends a 4th but fireworks-we went and saw the display by the town and it was enough fun for the kids. All worn out most were asleep by the 10 minute drive home. All in all it was a good 4th!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independence Day!!!

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. ~Thomas Paine

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself. ~Thomas Paine

Friday, July 3, 2009


Our backgrounds didn't come through quite as we planned so I posted the picture that was going to be used for this in the heading and found a great background from TCBOTB. Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 -- The Threat: Attacks on Parental Rights -- The Threat: Attacks on Parental Rights

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Here is where I am going to Share those moments that just come whether it be night or day and we take the time to seize every opportunity-

Just a quick chuckle; I was putting my sons down for the night and little Bogan asked for another drink of water, and I said no you have already had a large glass and used the bathroom-he said oh yeah-so I chuckled and said haha your plans to stay awake have been foiled, and he said yeah Mom you folded my plans.

The other night my boys were playing with their legos and when I walked by, PT had made a pyramid and asked me where the little guy was that he had, I said I don't know? And then he showed me he had hidden it under the pyramid-I thought and then grabbed that moment- I went and got out the history book and opened up to the ancient Egypt era when pyramids were built and why it was similar to what he did. He was amazed at the significance. We read and read and learned about them for 2 days.