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Skinny-licious in Utah Valley Magazine 6-2014

I was delighted to show up in Utah Valley's Magazine's May and June 2014 edition. My second cookbook, Skinny-licious: Lite and Scrumptious Recipes for a Slimmer You was featured on the home grown products page here.

Utah Valley Magazine is one beautifully styled, expertly written publication.

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Countertops from Sine Cera Italia

In the process of contracting and building a custom home, we had many design decisions to make. One of those important aesthetic choices included counter tops. We wanted a break from the traditional and Tuscan styles that predominate many Utah homes.

Initially, we knew we wanted a craftsman style design. However, we wanted the overall feel of our home to have a more coastal look. Of course, we live hundreds of miles from the ocean. Utah Lake is the closest and largest body of water nearest us. But that in no way deterred us from creating a home that reflected the colors, style, and textures of Coastal Style Homes.

Our kitchen-family room is the hub of our home. We wanted a light colored granite with cool tones in it. We found the perfect one for our style of home at Sine Cera Italia.  For more home design ideas visit their web site: www.sineceraitalia.com.

Master bath with tan porcelain, rectangle tiles and a vintage style free-standing tub from Turbo Tubzz.

After visiting many show rooms, home shows, and model homes, we found the finest and best granite, quartz, quartzite, and marble surfaces at Sine Cera Italia located at 1315 E. Main Street, Lehi, Utah 84043. What I was most impressed with was their selection of beautiful natural, solid surfaces including quartz, the Herculean stone.

We chose a beautiful marble--travertine for our master bathroom counter top. This gave our bathroom not only a coastal look but a luxurious one as well.

In our laundry room, we selected a simple taupe colored quartz from Sine Cera Italia. We wanted to keep this room simple, functional, but also attractive.

For our daughter's bathroom, we wanted a counter that complemented rather than competed with the marble tile floor. We chose a beautiful platinum colored quartz. Quartz is a natural, strong, and simple stone. With the powder pink walls, white chandelier, and white subway tub shower surround, we are pleased with the final result.

Finally Moved In

Unofficially, we moved in on May 30. The day of our son's high school graduation--before carpet and the air conditioner unit were installed. That was difficult and not particularly comfortable sleeping in bags or on mattresses tossed on plywood floors. We roasted for a couple of weeks with air conditioning. Then, finally, we could begin moving in furniture, boxes, and it started feeling like home.

With our oldest son soon to be departing for two years for a LDS Mission to San Antonio, Texas--Spanish speaking, we were under a time crunch. Not to mention, we could not get out of our rental, "the pit of despair" with its horrible, evil, criminal landlord who has done time in prison we find out after we sign our name in blood on the rental contract. The renting experience could not have been more miserable the past last year.

Finally rid of the rotten, little landlord, we have moved onto brighter things. It was Jeremiah's wish for us to be in our home in time for his missionary farewell on June 23. With an incredibly hard working labor crew--my husband, father, and five children, we were able to grant his going away wish in the nick of time.

Fortunately, our neighbors allowed us the use of their beautiful back yard for the missionary farewell luncheon. Again, it came together after hours of work and preparation. The day was sunny and lovely. It was good to see family and friends gathered to lend their support.

Jeremiah reported to the Mexico MTC on June 25, 2014. You may read about some of his experiences on his missionary blog: www.jeremiahsmission.blogspot.com. 


Almost Home

Almost done...these pictures don't reflect the progress, however. Today, our 22nd wedding anniversary is our final inspection! We will be in this week. So the nightmare of renting will finally come to an end!

Of course, life can't be smooth sailing so Elle is home sick with terrible, awful food poisoning. No couch, table, chair to sit in. She is on a cast off mattress on the carpet. Holy Cow! But even with all the mess, we are almost done--Almost HOME! What a glorious word: HOME!!!!!!