Dave’s Seafood Clam Chowder For a Crowd Recipe–It’s THE BEST…seriously!

Dave’s Seafood Clam Chowder For a Crowd Recipe–It’s THE BEST…seriously!

Dave’s Seafood Clam Chowder

Dave’s Seafood Clam Chowder For a Crowd Recipe–It’s THE BEST…seriously!

My stepdad Dave makes the best Seafood Clam Chowder you have ever had!  But we have one problem!….he never writes down the recipe…ever!   I’ve watched him make it several times, and this was my own attempt at it.  He was here to try it, and it was a hit….AND I wrote down the recipe!!! Yay!   My Mom and Dave recently took a trip to the Oregon Coast, and they spent two weeks tasting and critiquing clam chowder at all the local shops.  They said this recipe stood up to them all!  I have to give all credit to him, and I hope when you try this recipe…it’s the best you have ever tasted!  My step dad is one of the most amazing cooks.  There are sooooo many more recipes I plan to record…because this is just one of many amazing dishes he makes!

Dave’s Seafood Clam Chowder Recipe

7 Stalks of Celery, diced

1 large onion, diced

8 Medium Yukon Golds, cut into 1/2 inch pieces, plus water for boiling

1/2 Tablespoon Chicken Bullion for boiling ( I use Better then Bullion)

2 Tablespoons salt for boiling potatoes

12 Slices Bacon, Chopped

4 Cups Water

5 cups milk

1/2 stick butter for rue

2T olive oil for rue

1/3 cup flour for rue

3 (6.5 oz) Cans of Chopped Clams, Save juice

1/4 Cup Sherry Wine

1 T Chicken Boullion

1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt

3 Bay Leaves

Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste

1 cup heavy whipping cream cream

1lb Langostinos, chopped

1 lb mini shrimp

  1. In a large pot, add potatoes and cover with water about 1 inch above potatoes.  Add 1/2 T. chicken bullion, and 2 T. Salt to the water to flavor the potatoes.  Boil potatoes about 15-20 minutes, or until tender.  Drain water off potatoes and set potatoes to the side.
  2. In the a large soup pot over medium heat, add chopped bacon.  Cook bacon until it begins to crisp, and then add celery and onion to pot and cook until tender.
  3. Add to soup pot bacon-mixture: cooked potatoes, 4 cups of water, sherry, clam juice, 1 Tablespoon of bullion, 1 Tablespoon plus 2 Teaspoons Kosher salt, Fresh ground pepper to taste, and Bay leaves.
  4. In a separate pan, begin making the rue.  Add butter, olive oil, and flour.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly,  until it forms a golden brown color.  Remove from heat immediately.  Then add rue mixture to soup pot.
  5. Heat Soup Mixture until it comes to a simmer and begins to thicken.  Then turn to medium-LOW heat and add milk, and heat through.
  6. After heating chowder through, Turn chowder to low heat and add clams, langostinos, and mini shrimp.  Heat through at low heat (about 5 minutes).
  7. Finish soup with 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, heat through on low heat so the cream doesn’t curdle.  Serve immediately.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This Cake recipe belongs to my husband’s great grandmother Otha Jeffs!!!!!!!!! That’s how long it has been in the family, and my mother-in-law takes this same recipe and makes it into a sheet cake for Thanksgiving every year!  This is a recipe that has TRULY STOOD THE TEST OF TIME.  It’s super moist, and has just the right amount of pumpkin spices.  We recently had a Friday the 13th party…just because we love October, and I decided to make this recipe to go along with our feast. It makes 24 cupcakes…and they sure turned out beautiful!  The cream cheese Buttercream frosting is my own, and my mom said it was the best cream cheese buttercream she had ever tried.  So you will have to let me know what you think.  I used a star tip to pipe the frosting, and my aunt had given me these adorable pumpkin cupcake wrappers and fall sprinkles as a gift…so I just had to use them.  They paired perfectly with this recipe.

I know you will love this recipe!  It’s been used every single year since I have been a part of Cameron’s family!  They never let a Thanksgiving go by without making this pumpkin cake recipe.  I hope you enjoy these cupcakes.  Let me know what you think.  We had tons of good feedback on them from the party!

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Makes 24 cupcakes

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1 teaspoon soda

1/2 teaspoon Salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

2 cups sugar

3/4 cup oil

1/4 cup water

4 eggs, beaten

1 (15oz) Can Pumpkin

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together well.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 23-27 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

2 Sticks UNSALTED butter, softened

1 (80z) block cream cheese, room temperature

3 cups of powder sugar

1 tsp of vanilla

pinch of salt

  1.  Mix all ingredients in blender with wire whisk.  Blend for at lease one minute to create a whipped effect.
  2. Use Star tip to pipe Buttercream onto completely cooled cupcakes.   Finish with Sprinkles.







“I Put a Spell On You” Free Halloween Witch Printable

“I Put a Spell On You” Free Halloween Witch Printable

“I Put a Spell On You” Free Halloween Witch Printable

I love this quote!— “I Put a Spell on You” .   Sometimes I feel like getting a little creative, and when I don’t have time to make a pillow, or a paper banner…..I can always make a printable in a fairly short amount of time.  I hope this printable put’s a spell on you, and you find a place to display it this October in your Halloween Home!

Autumn Pork Tenderloin Crockpot Recipe

Autumn Pork Tenderloin Crockpot Recipe

Autumn Pork Tenderloin Crockpot Recipe

It’s fall, and I love picking fresh pomegranates off the bushes!  Pomegranates in the grocery store are one the of the first signs of Autumn.   My Aunt Janice has pomegranate bushes on her side yard, and I just picked the last of them a few days ago.   They grow well here in the Saint George climate.  Picking those pomegranates off the bush reminded me of this Autumn Recipe, and I just had to make it.    This recipe has a spread of them all—pomegranate juice, pumpkin spice, apples, pears, oranges…it’s an autumn paradise!   All the flavors of Autumn in one yummy bite.

This is a great autumn recipe.  I’ve titled it Autumn Pork Tenderloin—Crockpot Recipe.   I got this recipe from a friend years ago—her husband has celiac disease, and so this is a great recipe for those who need gluten free.  She was an amazing cook!   I have changed some of the ingredients over the years from her original recipe, but this is pretty dang close to the original.  This recipe has all the flavors you would experience in autumn.  Also put it with a side of assorted squashes…the orange squash is banana squash, and if you haven’t tried banana squash, you are missing out.  It’s heavenly!  Give this recipe a try!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

Autumn Pork Tenderloin Crockpot Recipe

¼ cup pomegranate juice

¼ cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Spice

1/2 tablespoon kosher salt

1/2 tablespoon garlic salt

1/2 tablespoon Montreal steak seasoning

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 pork roast, any type (2-3 pounds)

1 pear, cored, peeled and sliced thick

1 apple, cored, peeled and sliced thick

1 orange with peel, sliced thick


  1. Combine pomegranate juice, pumpkin spice and sugar in small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Pour into Crock-Pot.
  2. Blend salt, garlic salt, steak seasoning, and pepper in small mixing bowl. Rub mixture over roast. Place roast in Crock-Pot. Turn roast to cover with juice mixture.
  3. Top roast with pear, apple, and orange slices. Cover; cook on HIGH 6-8 hours or until tender. Serve with juice and fruit slices–remove orange peel before serving.

Witch’s Night Out Party Printable Kit-Includes Banner, Invitation, and Sign

Witch’s Night Out Party Printable Kit-Includes Banner, Invitation, and Sign

This is sooooo my thing.  I have dressed up as a witch for Halloween nearly every single year since I was a child.  I actually have a few really cool costumes I made, but the witch is always my go-to dress.  So apparently, there are these things called “Witch’s Night Out” where a bunch of women dress up as Witches and throw parties, or wonder around town–WHY AM I JUST NOW FINDING OUT ABOUT THIS!  This is like a dream come true for someone like me!  Apparently there are several huge festivals in the state of Utah that do these.  I even saw some signs at my local gym….seriously!  I’m in heaven.  I decided to make some generic printables the one could used to host their own party.   Not all towns have these events….but I do have some friends who host a huge gathering back in Georgia.  I’ve seen somer really cute photos of what they have put together.   It’s a big event!….I’m pondering the idea of creating my own Party…but of course, I will have to see what’s already going on around town.   Fellow witches…I hope you enjoy these printables!  I sure had fun making them.  

OCTOBER DECORATING! Tips and Tricks for your Halloween Home

OCTOBER DECORATING! Tips and Tricks for your Halloween Home

October, oh how I love you!  This month is always filled will all my favorite things….I should write a song and sing it like Julie Andrews!   “When the ghost boos, when the ghouls scream, when I’m feeling sad…I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel….sooooooo bad.”    No but seriously, there are so many wonderful things that happen in October!   My birthday is this month, we always have a halloween party and brew our favorite root beer (which I will be posting the recipe, so stay tuned).  This month my husband has a work convention in Massachusettes, so I am going to tag along with him and go visit SALEM…BWAHAHAHAHA! Shout out to my mother-in-law for generously offering to babysit while we’re gone on such short notice.   It’s an awesome month!  Most of all I just love the way this month makes me feel.

Here are some ideas for adding the feel of October to your home!  I really like the dollar store, if you haven’t already noticed in some of my posts.   I added a lot of Dollar Store items to my table setting.  Just because something is cheap doesn’t mean you can’t make it look good!  I found the plates, black tinted goblets…skeleton and pumpkins, owl salt and pepper shakers, and even the fall sprigs at the Dollar Store.   I love the basic orange plate, and it will make it easy to use them for November too! I won’t have to switch out much.   I added jack-o-lantern candle holders from the dollar store to a basic fall table centerpiece….this will be easy to reuse for Thanksgiving.

The Halloween pillows were designed and made by me…..they have quotes that bring out some of my favorite feelings…like “Hocus Pocus”…my all time favorite Halloween movie.  I dressed up frequently as a witch for Halloween as a child, and even as an adult.  I made this killer witch costume a few years ago that I need to post.  It has a cape, and full black skirt.  Anywho!   I LOVE this time of year!  It’s beautiful and the air is crisp!   It feels like fall inside and outside my home…even here in sunny St. George Utah.

For outdoor decorations, I use lots of floral, leaves, and wreaths. Even in the outdoor lanterns, the leaves I added came from the Dollar Store (btw, I will have a DIY post on how to add lanterns to Jazz up the exterior of your home…we added these with Solar Lights).   Believe it or not, the floor garland on my gate is a bunch of old pieces of Halloween decorations I wired together.  For example, if you look closely you will see a bunch of mini pumpkins, that used to be a table centerpiece candleholder.  My husband cut of the metal candle holders with a saw, and we wired it to the outdoor gate. I have received so many compliments on it.  Don’t forget the Skeleton Wreath I made as well.  You can find that tutorial here.

OCTOBER DECORATING! Tips and Tricks for your Halloween Home

Tips AND Tricks

  1. Blend In dollar Store Items—Save on Cost while adding detail to your look
  2. Set your Table—It looks sooooo beautiful to have a table set (now we don’t eat there every night.  We usually eat at the bar…but it is just lovely seeing it set.
  3. Use old decorations and blend them with new (like the garland I added to my outdoor gate, I also wired in some Dollar Store Signs).
  4. Add a banner or sign—I have a free printable version of my Halloween banner, and a tutorial on my Halloween sign. Check out those other posts here…. Adding a phrase gives feeling and emotion to your decorations.
  5. Don’t be afraid to try something new like making a pillow.  I have several friends who I have taught to sew pillows.  They are not difficult…even the zipper and piping is much simpler than you realize (maybe I will do a tutorial on a simple pillow in the near future….stay tuned).
  6. By a Frame and Add a printable ( I just designed this Fall printable for my LDS and Christian friends…and hopefully I will have some generic Halloween printable soon)…Buy a cheap frame and switch your printable out for the holidays.
  7. Add some Halloween Treats in a candy Dish…unless you can’t control yourself.  Believe me, I get it…every time I walk by I’m getting a snack.
  8. Dual Decorate for the Holidays–Orange looks good in October and November, so buy things you can use for both months…so do pumpkins and leaves.  Take a load off, decorating doesn’t have to be exhausting.
  9. Finally…BE YOU!   Do what looks good to you!, Use decorations that fit your personality,…if your are into gothic Halloween, do that…or Harry Potter types,…do that…country pumpkins…do that.  Just be you!



Free LDS Printable “Find Joy In Him”

Free LDS Printable “Find Joy In Him”

Free LDS Printable “Find Joy In Him”

I really enjoyed the first speaker from general conference this morning.   Where and how do we find joy?  We find it in HIM. I designed this while I listened.  Hope it reminds you of FALL….JOY…and HIM! Find Joy in Him this fall season

This entry was posted in Fall, LDS.

Halloween Wreath DIY Tutorial-Less than $20 To Make

Halloween Wreath DIY Tutorial-Less than $20 To Make

Halloween Wreath DIY Tutorial-Less than $20 To Make

This Halloween Wreath turned out amazing!!!! I was so happy with it that I stopped in the middle of making my own to make one for my sister for a birthday present–So you will find photos of her wreath and mine in this post.  I was inspired by a wreath my cousins made completely from dollar store items.  I built on their idea, but added more ribbon, deco mesh, and a crazy mad hatter hat for my dollar store skeleton.  I will also be posting their wreath as well in a later post.  All the wreaths are amazing.  The glitter mad hatter hat is my own design.  You can print the image below for the Mad Hatter Pattern/Template.   90 percent of my supplies came from the dollar store.  The deco mesh ribbon I got from Joann’s, and these are currently on sale for 50 percent off in the halloween section.  I hung the Halloween Wreath in my entry, right about my entry table.  It really stands out.  This was an easy craft that I worked on over a couple days.  You could easily get it done in one day, however I split it up to allow drying time for the glitter mad hatter hat.

Nearly everything came from the dollar store.  The skeleton, wire wreath, butterflies, clear bulbs, wide and thin rolls of ribbon, floral and craft wire–all from the dollar store.  Don’t spend a ton elsewhere.  You really can make a beautiful wreath from dollar store items.  Don’t be afraid to get creative.  I did buy the deco mesh at Joann’s because I wanted to make sure I had plenty of bulk, but other than that, you should be able to find all you need there.

Supplies You will Need:

Wire Wreath

1 Roll of deco mesh ribbon–Burlap color

4 rolls of wide wire ribbon

2 rolls of 1 inch wide ribbon

floral wire

craft wire

1 piece of cardstock for Mad Hatter Hat

clear Christmas bulbs

Assorted Scrap book paper to fill Christmas bulbs


Wood Sign with your favorite Halloween Phrase

Skeleton, butterflies, owl, and any other crazy halloween decoration you want to add.

Mod Podge

  1. Cut the burlap colored deco mesh into strips, and make each strip into a roll (roll it up like a sandwich wrap…you know…the ones you eat).   Then in groups of three, wire those rolls together.  Then take the bundle of rolls, and wire them around the outer edge of the wreath.
  2. Take the ribbon, wide and 1inch and cut into pieces varying 6-10 inches, tie the center with wire, and wire the ribbon in (see the photo, you want the ribbon to form a v-shape with both sides facing up…wire it in.)
  3. You can also form rings out of the wide ribbon (see photo), and wire in the rings.
  4. Be creative, fill in gaps with ribbon rings, or ribbon “v”s.    Make sure you cut the ends of the ribbon so they have a pretty v-tip.
  5. Cut 1 inch strips of scrapbook paper, roll up the strips, fill the bulbs.
  6. Take thick craft wire, wrap it around a marker or something thicker than a pencil, form a spiral–then slide off the wire, and hot glue a black butter fly to the end.
  7. Follow instructions for mad hatter hat below.
  8. Hot glue mad hatter hat to skeletons head, attach skeleton with wire, bulbs with wire, and wood sign with wire…also use whatever hot glue may be necessary to do this…glue wire if necessary to the back side of your sign, then attach it to the wreath.

Be creative!   This is your wreath.

Directions for the mad hatter hat:

  1.  Cut out pattern…you should have 4 pieces–The tall cylinder part, the top circular part, and two pieces that are the brim.  The tabs around the edges of the pattern are just for extra support for gluing to support each piece against the next.
  2. USE HOT GLUE.   First Hot glue the cylinder part together, beginning at the lower half first (use the brim as a guide for size.  Don’t glue the cylinder too skinny, or the brim will have gaps).  Then use the top piece as a guide for the upper part of the cylinder, if you glue the top too narrow (you can trim the top down if this happens).
  3. So, apply the top piece to the cylinder, and then glue both brim pieces together, and then apply the brim to bottom of the cylinder…..there are two pieces for the brim just to add extra stability.
  4. Coat the outside of the hat with mod podge completely and evenly, and then sprinkle it with glitter (I prefer extra fine glitter…it looks better).  Don’t touch it at all after  you apply the glitter or you will mess up the glitter.  Let it dry on a bottle.

*I may end up doing a video tutorial for this eventually.  It’s really not that hard, but easier to explain in a visual.   I made the pattern for the hat myself on my computer.  I’m no mathematician, so it’s not perfect, but it still makes a good looking hat.

Hot Cocoa Bar! Relief Society Christmas Party Idea

Hot Cocoa Bar! Relief Society Christmas Activity Idea

Hot Cocoa Bar! Relief Society Christmas Activity Idea

We had so much for doing this as a Relief Society Activity last year, and everything turned out so cute. This is how long it’s taken me to get this posted.  Like I said, I have lots just waiting to hit the internet.  This would also be a great idea for a winter or Christmas party! First off, everyone wore the pajamas! This was the best part about it. We had two different crockpots of hot chocolate and also a pot of Hot Cider! We also decorated the backdrop with my Christmas Banner that I made, and I used my silhouette cameo to cut cute labels for all the different toppings. It’s great to get a little creative with the toppings. One of the sisters made chocolate covered marshmallow stirrers with candy cane striped straws.

For the Activity, all the sisters brought a plate of cookies to share, and at the end we ended up doing a mini cookie exchange with what was left. I got to try a few different cookies that were absolutely delicious. There were these tiny, raspberry jam thumbprint cookies that one of my friends made. I will be posting that recipe. They are super easy to make and absolutely delicious.

Notice the photo with the rocking chair and the books…. The Committee, after everyone got their Hot Cocoa and Cider, took turns in the rocking chair and read our favorite Christmas stories. I shared a new story that I had received that year as a gift from my mother-in-law. It was a book about Santa, and the history of Santa Claus…how he became a Saint, and what he did for the people. It shared the symbolism between him and that of Jesus Christ. It was a beautiful, fun night!

I remember I almost didn’t make it that night to the activity…I had been sick all week with food poisoning, and then one of my kids got sick the day-of just as I was recovering…I had no one to watch my kids, and I couldn’t bring a sick child with me…Out of no where, I get a phone call from a friend (she drops off a meal), and another friend sends her daughter over to babysit. I had some good friends there that pulled in some favors I didn’t even ask for…I wouldn’t have been there without them. Anywho!!! Hope you can pull some good ideas from this activity. It sure was fun!

Step Into Fall…Halloween Mod Podge Wood Craft Sign

STEP INTO FALL…Halloween Mod Podge/Decoupodge Wood Craft Sign

Step Into Fall…Halloween Mod Podge Wood Craft Sign

Okay….it’s that time of year again!!! I love fall because I love HALLOWEEN!!!!! It’s my favorite holiday!  One of my cousins introduced me to a wood craft shop here in Saint George…btw, if you haven’t heard, I moved.  It was a fast move and I haven’t touched my blog in months, but I promise, I will update all of that very soon!   The woodcraft stores in Saint George are TheWoodConnection.com  and WoodCreationsCrafts.com–one of these stores is dangerously close to my house.   I’ve already been to both of them.  They are both great!   The craft you will see today has wood supplies from Wood Creations.  The scrapbook paper came from Joanns.  I already have tons of scrap book paper to last me a lifetime…So….plan on seeing more Halloween crafts out of wood from me.   This craft is my own design.  I just pieced together some of the wood cutouts I found at the store and created my own design.  You can choose from their designs, however, I have stuff in my head that I have been dying to make for years.

I love the halloween quote I used.  I found it on Pinterest.com, and I have been saving it for several years and planning to do SOMETHING with it.   Well here you go….I love this design!  It turned out awesome!  I hope you will be inspired to make your own.  On a side note, this is a dual sided sign.  On the backside I put a Thanksgiving quote.  So when thanksgiving comes, I can minimize all the work it takes to take down decorations and put new ones up.


You will need:
Modge Podge
Paint Brush
Scrap Book Paper
Acrylic Paint/Craft Paint
Wood Box and Wood Banner Cuts, Wood Knobs, and Wood letter “H” for decoration
Vinyl Quotes
Rhinestones for Bling
Wood Glue


1. Mix your acrylic paint with water…about 6 parts to 1 part. Paint the entire box, knows, and wood banner pieces with the water/paint mixture and allows to dry. Apply as many coats as you desire. Allow to dry.

2. Line your your box with scrap book paper. I used two different color schemes…newspaper print, and black and brown pattern. Coat backside of paper with Mod Podge first, and then line the box. Allow to dry completely before coating the top of the paper with Mod Podge to seal it. This will prevent bubbling.

3. After the paper coat dries, add the wood banners. I used regular wood glue to glue these pieces down. Then coat with mod podge to seal.

4. Glitter “halloween” and “knobs”. Use a coat of mod podge and then sprinkle with glitter (glitter pieces go on last, and they do not need a coat of mod podge over the glitter. If you coat the top of the glitter with mod podge, they will lose their sparkle.

5. Add your vinyl phrases. Add your glitter pieces. Then bling out with rhinestone pieces.

That’s it. I did all this over a couple days. To allow drying. It is easily possible to do it all in one afternoon.