March 28, 2012


Tonight we went to the opening night of Cinderella, put on by the local Junior High School. Joey was privileged to play the lead as the Prince and he did an incredible job. We were so proud! His voice is really developing and his acting has always been fun to watch. Below are pictures from the night, including a few of the kissing scenes. Yikes!

March 25, 2012

Natalie and Alice Benefit Dinner

Click here to go to my cooking blog to read about a meal I cooked to benefit Natalie and Alice Fish, two sisters who recently underwent bone marrow transplant surgery.

March 17, 2012

Cooking Classes

I'm excited to announce I will be hosting a monthly cooking class in my home starting next month! Each class will last two hours and will focus on one main theme. Cost is $25. 8-10 people per class. We'll make everything from scratch and enjoy it together when we're done. You'll also leave with step by step instructions. To sign up send me an e-mail, message or text. Bon Appetite! Classes below...

04/21/12, 10am
Risotto Basics
Tomato and Asparagus Risotto
Spinach and Goat Cheese Risotto

05/05/12, 10am
Classy Appetizers - Part 1
Brie En Croute
Torched Pears with Mascarpone and Proscuitto

06/09/12, 10am
Gourmet Burger and Fries
Basil Pesto Havarti Burgers
Parmesan Baked Fries

07/07/12, 10am
All About Chocolate
Chocolate Truffle Torte with Raspberry Coulis
Chocolate Semifreddo with Lemon Caramel

08/04/12, 10am
Fresh Pasta
Spaghetti with Marinara
Mushroom Tagliatelle

09/01/12, 3pm
Chicken Marinades
Buttermilk Chicken with Pesto
Caramelized Apple Stuffed Chicken with Fontina and Cranberries

10/13/12, 10am
Classy Appetizers - Part 2
Cheese Truffles
Asiago Cheese Crisps with Boursin and Raspberry

March 08, 2012

NATS 2012

Last week Maddy entered the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singers) competition for the Southern Utah Chapter. It was held at BYU and it was the first real competition like this that Maddy had entered. She entered the 15-16 year old High School division in the Mix/Legit and Belt categories and in the first round sang 2 songs in each category. Out of 12 students in the first group and 18 in the second, Maddy made it into the final 3 in each. She sang wonderfully but was really nervous heading into the finals the following day. The finals were held at the Madsen Recital Hall on campus and Maddy came in 3rd in Belt (In His Eyes from Jekyll and Hyde) and 1st in Mix/Legit (The Light in the Piazza from the Broadway musical of the same).Here's a link to her singing that song from a year ago. Below are some pictures from the awards ceremony and then the last picture is Maddy with her vocal instructor, Jeanice Woodbrey.

As excited as we were for Maddy's awards, we were most excited about how well she treated the other competitors in her group. When she first came out to sing, she gave a big thumbs up to the girl before her. Then, when she came in 3rd place, she was so gracious to the winner. See the third picture below and you can see her genuine excitement for the girl that had just come in 1st. That picture is priceless to me and I'm so grateful for her example to be happy for the success of others, even if it comes at your own expense. No, especially if it comes at your own expense.

March 04, 2012

Kurt Bestor and David Lanz

Last night Joey and I had the wonderful experience of going to a concert with Kurt Bestor and David Lanz, two of my favorite all time solo pianists. They were performing a joint concert at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo, Utah. We were treated to two and a half hours of beautiful music and it reminded me of 20 years ago in Seattle when I attended my first David Lanz concert. What a treat to share this night with Joey, a budding pianist himself. At the end of the show they signed some things for Joey and allowed us to take some pictures.