Sunday, December 5, 2010

Gratitude Luncheon 2010

On November 13, 2010 we welcomed in the Holiday Season at our First Gratitude Luncheon. We have so much to be thankful for and friendship is high on the list. It was great fun, we laughed, we cried, we reminisced of yesteryear and shared our hopes and dreams of tomorrow. Those in attendance were Janet Glad, Janet Price, Marilyn Leatherbury, Susan Jones, Gloria Ivie, Cindy Lamping, Jacquie Wall, Carol Bailey, Kelley Bakker, Karleen Fitzgerald, Brenda McFarlane and me. Everyone brought something and wow can some of these girls cook. For the record Carol Bailey
is amazing she made caramel apples that looked and tasted better than any store bought ones.
Some of the recipes for the day were:

California Quiche (coy)

Mix in the large bowl the following:

12 to 18 eggs 1 tsp baking powder
1 square melted butter ½ tsp salt
½ cup flour 1 pint cottage cheese
1 lb. of cheese: You may use what ever cheese you like or mix cheeses if that suits you. I have used cheddar, jack, Swiss, mozzarella or what I had on hand.

Add to it ham, bacon, sausage, olives, green peppers, mushrooms, chopped green chilies or what ever you would like.
Pour into a jelly roll pan and bake for 45 minutes at 350
Serve with avocados, sour cream, fresh tomatoes, salsa, or chili sauce.

Carrot Cake (coy)

Beat together:
4 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
½ cup salad oil or 1½ cup butter

Mix dry ingredients in
2½ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon

Add carrots
3 cups grated carrots

Pour into floured pans. Bake approximately 45 – 55 minutes depending on pan size used

Frost with Martha Stewart’s cream cheese frosting recipe
Makes enough for one 9-inch, three-layer cake
• 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
• 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
• 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and brought to room temperature
• 2 pounds confectioners' sugar, sifted
1. Beat cream cheese and vanilla with a mixer on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add butter, beating until incorporated after each addition.
2. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, and beat until fluffy and smooth. Frosting can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days; bring to room temperature and stir well before using.

Seven Layer Bars (Gloria Ivie)

1 cube melted butter
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup flaked coconut
1 6 oz pkg. chocolate chips
1 6 oz pkg. butterscotch chips
1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chopped nuts

Use a 9X13 inch pan. Pour butter into pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs evenly in the bottom of pan. Do the same with chocolate chips, coconut and butterscotch chips. Drizzle Eagle Brand milk evenly over top of ingredients. Sprinkle chopped nuts on top of milk. DO NOT MIX. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Cool before cutting. Enjoy it is delicious!

This is just the beginning. So if you were unable to attend we are going to have 4 luncheons throughout the next year starting on January 15, 2011. It will be held at 6301 So. 1300 West, Taylorsville. We will be celebrating the New Year and all the birthdays from January through March. It is potluck so bring your favorite soup or salad or whatever you feel like, but please come.

If you didn't receive an invitation, I apologize. Please make sure I have your updated email address/phone number/mailing address. If you are aware of someone whose information I need to update please let me know and hopefully we will see all of you Lady’s next year.

By the way, I am Damn Grateful for Friends!

Friday, July 30, 2010


Chad Bruce Washburn 1955 ~ 2010 Chad Bruce Washburn returned to his Heavenly Father on July 29, 2010, after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was born January 22, 1955 to Bruce Daniel and Carolyn Pearl Giles Washburn in Murray, Utah. After serving a mission in Nagoya, Japan, he married his high school sweetheart, Jaydene Marie Moody, in the Salt Lake Temple. He worked as a manager in the steel and construction industry for 35 years and for the last 12 years with Layton Construction as a Senior Project Manager. He loved the Lord and served diligently in the LDS church in many capacities including bishoprics and high council. He also loved sports, especially baseball and golf, but his greatest joy was his family. He is survived by his beautiful wife, Jaydene and lovely children: Lisa (Tim) Daley, Erica (Steve) Dryden, Amy (Josh) Hansen, Tyson (Natalie), Jordan, seveb grandchildren; his mother, brother and sisters, Daniel (Rebecca), Diane Buck, and Claudia (John) Meidell. He is preceded in death by his father and brother, Kyle. The family wishes to thank Dave Layton and the Layton Companies employees for their love, support, and generosity of time. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 2, 2010 at the LDS Sandy Utah Granite Stake Center, 2535 E. Newcastle Drive, Sandy, Utah, at 10 am. Friends may call Sunday, August 1, 2010 from 5-7 pm. at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, and one hour prior to the services at the church. Online condolences welcomed at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jordan's mission fund at any Zion's Bank under Chad Washburn Donation.

Information from Salt Lake Tribune from July 30 to August 1, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sandra Porter-Cozzens

Sandra Lee Cozzens 1954 ~ 2010 Sandra Lee Cozzens, age 55, died peacefully at her home by the window with her family by her side on July 19, 2010. She was born on December 8, 1954 to Layne and Mary Porter. She married her high school sweetheart, Martin Cozzens, and they have been married for 35 years. Sandra loved to go camping at Flaming Gorge, tend her four-o-clocks (flowers), play poker and always told her boys to look both ways before crossing the street and come home in one piece. She always woke up early with Dad so they could spend time together and made sure he had everything for his days. She also told her boys no matter how old they were to drive safe, be careful and I love you. She also loved watching the dogs play, but family was the most important to her. Her greatest accomplishment was her boys. She wanted her boys to grow up and be polite, strong men. She is survived by her husband Marty; sons, Zac (Heather), Jake (Shannon), Clay (Melissa) and Kale (Debbie); father, Layne Porter; four grandchildren, Cody, Hannah, Greta, and Brock; one brother, Jimmy (Lisa) Porter, and one sister, JoAnne (Lee) Whiting; dogs, Riley, Pete, and Cash. She is preceded in death by her mother, Mary Porter. "Love you forever, Like you for always, as long as we're living, our mommy you'll be." Graveside services will be conducted Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Larkin Sunset Garden Cemetery (10600 South 1950 East). Friends and family may call 9:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. at the Larkin Sunset Garden Mortuary. Condolences may be sent to

Information from the Salt Lake Tribune

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Debra Rae Duncan 1955 ~ 2010 Debra Rae Duncan died on Thursday, July 8, 2010 surrounded by her family.Debra was born May 26, 1955 in Santa Monica, CA to Trudy and Ed Duncan. After living the first eight years of her life in Alaska and Pennsylvania, she arrived in Utah to stay. She was a graduate of Jordan High School and Westminster College -where she earned her R.N. degree. Debra worked as a nurse for 34 years at Cottonwood Hospital and the Intermountain Medical Center. At I.M.C. she was an intensive care nurse in the Neuro Wing. She was known as a nurse who loved and cared for all her patients with a sparkling wit and an infectious laugh. Debra spent many hours of volunteer service with Crossroads Urban Center. She especially loved working at the Crossroads Thrift Store. One of her loves was the bell choirs of Christ United Methodist Church. She rang for four years with the Wesley Bell Ringers (the teenage choir) and for twelve years with apPRAISEation (the adult choir). She spent many years as the "Nurse on Tour" with the Wesley Bell Ringers where she took care of all kinds of wounds physical, mental, and emotional. Debra is survived by her parents; brother, David; cousins Nancy, Bill and Anne Carleton, Ed and Eleanor Price. A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 3 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84109. Inurnment: Holladay Memorial Cemetery. Tributes may be sent to In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to The Wesley Bell Ringers of Christ United Methodist Church or to Crossroads Urban Center, 347 South 400 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111.

Information from the Salt Lake Tribune

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Summer 2010

Nothing like sharing some time, a few memories & a little food with friends.

Recipes from the Get Together

Chinese Chicken Salad
4 chicken breast 1 head cabbage
8 green onions 1 cup slivered almonds
1 can Mandarin oranges 4 tbls sesame seeds
2 pkg chicken flavored Top Raman noodles 4 tbls sugar
2 tsp pepper 1 cup canola oil
6 tbls rice vinegar

Cook chicken breasts and cut into pieces. Break Top Raman noodles. Chop cabbage in bite size pieces and chop onions. Toss chicken breasts, cabbage, onions, almonds, oranges, sesame seeds and Raman noodles into large bowl.

Mix seasoning from noodles along with sugar, pepper oil and vinegar together and pour over salad. Make two hours before serving refrigerate.

2 square butter
2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp vanilla
Dash of salt
1/12 cup flour

Combine butter, sugar and eggs. Add remaining ingredients. Do not over mix!
Grease and flour pan. Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes. (I double the recipe and cook in a jelly roll pan.)

Tupperware Bread
4 ½ cups flour 1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp salt 2 beaten eggs
¾ cup scalded milk 1 pkg. yeast
¾ cup cold water ½ pound of butter

Place flour and salt in Tupperware Thatsa Bowl (large white bowl, blue lid); make a well in the middle. Pour milk and cold water into the well. Dissolve yeast in this mixture. Add sugar and eggs to well. Do not mix! Seal lid on bowl & wait until seal pops off
(30 – 45 min.).
Melt butter & add to bread dough. Add more flour if needed. Knead to proper consistency. Place lid back on bowl and seal. Wait until lid pops off again (about 30 – 45 min.) Form into rolls or loaves place in pan; let rise until double in size (about 20 to 30 min.) Bake at 400 until brown. (This recipe can be doubled. Also you can adjust the butter using less.)

Pretzel Jello Salad

2 cups crushed pretzels
¾ cup melted butter
3 tbls sugar
Stir together pretzels, sugar & Jell-o. Press in pan 9 X 13pan sprayed with Pam. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Cool completely

1 8oz package of cream cheese ~ softened at room temperature
¾ cup sugar
1 8 oz carton of cool whip
Combine cream cheese, sugar then fold into cool whip. Spread evenly over crust; chill.

1 6 oz package of strawberry or raspberry Jell-O
2 cups boiling water
2 16 ox packages of frozen strawberries or raspberries partially thawed
Dissolve Jell-o in boiling water; stir in frozen berries until thawed and separated. Chill until almost set; then pour over cream cheese layer and chill.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pray for our Soldiers

Here is a portion of the email I received a letter from Msgt Pam Christensen Pedersen she is serving in the Afghanistan with the Utah Air National Guard. (Please keep her in your prayers.)

I'm currently serving a 30-day rotation at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. Our base was attacked on 19 May in the early pre-dawn hours and it was one of the scariest times of my life. In those moments, with helos overhead, mortar and rpg explosions going off, I thought "what if this is my last day - what if it's my time". It wasn't. But the battle lasted several hours, 16 insurgents were killed that day and some were wearing US Army uniforms. A civilian contractor that worked at the base died when he stepped on a land mine. After a few days to reflect on the events of that day this is the email I sent to family and friends and I pass it on to you.

23 May 2010 - I was so glad to have a chance to attend church on Sunday. Earlier that morning I had an hour to myself and I just laid down on my bed and listened to "Best Church" on the ipod. It was so relaxing. One of the songs had these words...."When I leave the safe harbor......when the journey takes it's toll....He is the anchor of my soul". I thought how many times in my life I've needed to rely on that "anchor". Each of you have helped make me a better person, wife, mother, sister, friend. I feel thankful for the twists and turns and ups and downs my life has taken. Every rut in the road, every false start and every mistake has been a lesson learned, a truth revealed and helped me on my journey. A chaplain was the speaker at church. He talked about the times he's sat at the beside of someone who is facing their own death and knows they have only minutes or hours to live. He said they never wanted to talk about the type of car they drove, the kind of house they lived in or how much money they had in their bank account. They wondered if they'd been a good person, if they could have been kinder. Some said they hadn't been a good person and they always thought they'd have more time to do things differently. That's one of the things we don't get much choice in. We never know when it will be our last day on earth. I don't think it matters what happens to take your life or the manner in which it ends: what's important is the direction we're headed when that day comes.

Love and thanks for the prayers and blessings,
Pamela Pedersen, MSgt, UTANG
169IS Deployed

(pam christensen)

Below is an article she wrote and published for the base newspaper.

Tears rolled down my face, unabated as a 9-foot segment of an I-beam that was once part of the World Trade Center was unveiled with the inscription “WTC 09-11-01”. I had walked around the burlap-covered structure earlier that morning and did not expect the sudden rush of emotion I felt as this section of steel was unveiled. It was donated by a citizens' group, the Sons and Daughters of America of Breezy Point, from a suburb in Queens, New York, where 29 victims of the Sept 11 attacks lost their lives on that fateful day.
Last fall, while on a trip to New York City, I had stood at “Ground Zero” and stared out into that vast expanse where two towers used to stand. I’d spent time in the church directly across from that place and saw the flowers, pictures, and burning candles that still keep vigil over that sacred ground. My hands have touched the statue that has been erected by the people of New Jersey honoring the first responders that didn’t make it home.
The donated beam arrived at Bagram Airfield in March, due to the efforts of a resident of Breezy Point who had recently served at Bagram and had redeployed home. As a tribute to its arrival March 31, U.S. Soldiers of the 612th Quarter Master Detachment sling-loaded the beam along with a U.S. flag from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter and flew around the installation with the beam and flag displayed for all to see.
The Memorial Day ceremony opened with an invocation that included the words “In our grief, as we remember comrades we have lost in battle, let us also remember there are some things worth dying for”.
During remarks from the keynote speaker, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, and leader of some 94,000 U.S. troops in the country, he emphasized the beam’s symbolism. Once it provided structure to a building so that life could be lived inside of it. Now, it would continue to provide structure in the mindset of troops and will remain on loan until the last American troops withdraw from Afghanistan. The beam will then be sent to Fort Bragg, N.C.

General McChrystal praised the soldiers for their sacrifice, telling them: 'You're giving your time for other families.' 'Today is about people. It is about the people we have lost and most importantly it's about the people who have been left behind,' General McChrystal said, referring to the families of those who have died.
A bugler played taps and a color guard displayed the U.S. flag and the flags of units serving in eastern Afghanistan where the base is located, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Kabul.
The heat was intense and unrelenting, but nearly forgotten as a 21-gun salute was rendered into a cloudless, azure sky.
These were the first gun shots I’d heard since the attack on BAF on 19 May, shortly after I first arrived in Bagram. I flinched as the first shots were fired, but held fast during the second volley and didn’t blink as the 3rd volley ended.
There was a Moment of Silence for all those that had been lost on any battlefield fighting for the freedoms that all Americans enjoy today. The band played the medley of all the services. Beginning with the Marine Hymn – I thought of my son-in-law, a Marine who has already served two tours in Iraq. His father and grandfather before him were also Marines. The Navy hymn began to play and I thought of the 20 years my father served and of the nights our family watched the nightly news while he was aboard an aircraft carrier in the Tonkin Golf during the Vietnam War. I thought of friends I knew whose fathers never made it home from that war. The Coast Guard Hymn began and I thought of the men and women on Coast Guard cutters on September 11th, who valiantly played their part and accepted their call to destiny that day. The Air Force Hymn: “Off we go into the wild, blue yonder….. and I thought of how many times I had done just that. I thought of the many times I had stood at attention at memorials, tributes and funerals and on flight lines honoring fallen members of our Air Force family. The Army hymn came last: “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli” – and here in Afghanistan, I see these brave men and women “lock-and-load” as they climb aboard their MRAPS and head “outside the wire” in the early morning pre-dawn hours.
I miss my family, a hot bath, an outdoor barbecue with friends, and the spring breezes flowing down through the Oquirrh Mountains, but on this day, Memorial Day, 2010, standing shoulder to shoulder and toe to toe with a group of over 400 soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines there is no place I’d rather be than under a blistering sun, rendering a salute and participating in a moment of silence and remembrance at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Mark Nosack

In 1973 Mark joined the Air Force serving until 1979. He was hired by Sandy City where he worked 25 years as a Police Officer/Detective retiring in 2004. After retiring he spent some time writing the book The Re-Killing of Greyeyes. It is the story of a cold case murder in Sandy, Utah. You can find the book on or at Barnes and Noble.

In 2005 he put his detective knowledge and skills back into use as a Private Investigator. He began working for himself and has since realized that his boss is a bit of a jerk. As his PI business grows he has also found that his writing career is beginning to take off too. His second book, The Murder Gene: You Always Kill the Ones You Love will be published sometime this year. It is a wonderful mystery about a crusty old Sandy Police Detective who may be the saddest man on the face of the planet.

Mark has two children Amy 37 and Phil 35 and has been blessed with 3 beautiful granddaughters.

You can follow Mark's blog: or visit his website: . You may also reach him at 801-556-5936

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Doyle & Kathy Jenkins' son Riley passed away

Riley Doyle Jenkins 1990 ~ 2010 Riley Doyle Jenkins, our beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, returned home to the loving arms of his Father in Heaven January 19, 2010.He was born July 10, 1990 in Sandy, Utah to parents, who after having three beautiful girls, were so excited to have a beautiful healthy boy. Riley went about life in a quiet way. He found good in others and joy in simple things. He attended Copper Hills Elementary, Matheson Jr. High, and graduated from Cyprus High School. He loved the time he spent participating in Jr. Jazz and high school basketball. A special thanks to Coach Butters and Coach Wilson, who through their patient teaching and confidence in Riley, helped greatly in his personal growth and development. His love for basketball never ended. If there was a ball to be had; he was bouncing and shooting it. Riley received his Eagle Scout Award shortly after graduation and was so appreciative of all the help he received through the years and in completing his project. He loved paintballing and bowling, being outdoors, snowboarding, camping, golfing, hiking, biking, riding his motorcycle with the wind in his face, and working on his Jeep. He loved to build and put things together then take them apart. His dexterity was amazing. Riley loved his friends and especially his family and the times they spent together. He will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his two grandfathers; an aunt and cousins. He is survived by his parents, Doyle and Kathy; sisters, TeKarri (Troy) Hall, Alli (Josh) Gee, Karli Buckley, and Chelsi; nephews, Taylor, Trevor, JD; grandmothers and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. There will be a viewing Sunday, January 24, 2010, from 6-8 p.m. at the Magna South LDS Stake Center, 7731 West 3500 South, Magna. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 25, 2010 at 12 Noon with a one hour viewing beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Magna South Stake Center. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the many, many friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family, who have come to our aid and shared our grief and loss. In lieu of flowers we suggest contributions be made to the Riley Jenkins memorial fund at Zions Bank. A special thanks to Goff Mortuary for funeral services.

Information From the Salt Lake Tribune