Friday, July 30, 2010

Computer Woes!!!

So, I got back from Girls' Camp to find continuing computer problems....I haven't had many problems over the years...but in the last two weeks I had to deal with a virus on my desktop and blue screens of death on my laptop... I'll have to catch up on my blog posts...

I have to say that doing a "factory reset" on my laptop was sort of like repentance....hard to go through, but marvelously refreshing....not carrying around a lot of useless programs and hidden garbage that slows performance!

Monday, July 19, 2010

I'm off to cook at Girl's Camp this Rucker Lake....

Sunday, July 18, 2010

More Pioneers....Henry Zufelt and Julia Ann Dillabaugh

So the next Pioneer Story is from my side of the family. Look on Grandma Della's pedigree chart. Henry and Julia Ann are #14 and #15 at the bottom of the page. They are Grandma Della's great great-great-great grandparents...

Henry Zufelt was born in 1810 in Madrid, St. Lawrence, New York. a small town about 10 miles south of the borders of the St. Lawrence River and Canada.

Henry had sandy hair and deep set blue eyes which twinkled with good humor. One night when he was about 20 years old he was sent on an errand to the home of his Aunt Elizabeth Schwerdtfeger (try spelling that the first time!) She lived just over the Canadian border in Williamsburg, Ontario, Canada.

He approached the house through the back yard and there met a young girl who was milking the cow. His errand was temporarily forgotten and his whole attention was soon absorbed in an interesting visit with this new acquaintance. Her interest in him was just as absorbing so neither noticed the approach of Aunt Elizabeth. And they were wholly unprepared for the scolding given to them as Aunt Elizabeth was very indignant at the impropriety of a young man visiting with a young girl in the corral. She was most emphatic in instructing the girl who was none other than her granddaughter Julia Ann Dillabaugh. Julia Ann was about 14 years old, only about 100 lbs. and 5 feet tall, with long black braids.

Elizabeth was emphatic that she must not have any close friendships with young men while she lived under her roof! Henry was ordered home and instructed not to try to see Julia again...but of course the young people managed to meet again about a year later when they secretly planned to marry.

They told their parents their plans but not Grandmother Elizabeth...on 5 June 1833 Julia eloped with Henry...she was 15 years old. I tell this story because all of the pictures I find of her are when she is much older...she and Henry had 17 children; only 8 lived to adulthood. Her life was hard and I like to remember that she was once a young adventurous girl!

Julia and Henry set up housekeeping in Ellisburg, Jefferson, New York, and soon had a daughter, Louise. And it was here in Ellisburg that they first heard the "Mormon" missionaries...Possibly Parley and Orson Pratt. So eager were they for baptism that they refused to wait for warmer weather...they were baptized on 24 December 1835. They walked three miles to the place that had been selected for the ordinance to be performed...possibly along the shores of Lake Ontario. A hole had to be chopped in the ice before the baptism...and then they walked home three miles in their wet clothing which froze and had to be thawed before they could dress in dry clothes! It is noted that they were very happy and suffered no ill effects from the cold.

By 1850 Henry and Julia had joined with the Saints in Iowa. They had also had 9 more children, but only 3 had survived. In 1852 they crossed the plains with the Allan Weeks Company. They arrived in the Great Salt Lake Vally on 12 October 1852. They were sent to settle in Lehi. (There was no roller mill yet!)

It was a harsh winter; they struggled to survive...
One time during the winter a man brought a herd of sheep through the town on his way toward Utah Lake. He camped near town and was caught in a terrible blizzard. Before the storm was over his whole flock of sheep had died and were left in the snow.

When the snow melted in the spring, the women went out to the old sheep camp and pulled the wool off the dead carcasses. It was a dreadful job, but they were so happy to have to wool. It was washed, carded, and spun. Some was made into yarn and some into cloth from which much needed clothing was made.

Soon the Zufelts and other families were sent to settle in Cedar Fort, just east of Utah Lake. The fort was built because of many problems with the Indians. It is here on 11 July 1855 that Julia Ann Zufelt was born. She was Grandma Nora Buchanan Pearson's mother, Grandma Della's grandmother. There are many more interesting stories about this couple. You can read them here.

Here's an interesting connection....Henry's sister, Sarah Zufelt, married John Murdock after his first three wives dies. He and his first wife, Julia, were the parents of the twins adopted by Joseph and Emma.

Here's a picture of Henry and Julia when they were older....I've loved reading about this more little detail about Henry:
With all the seriousness of his life, Henry still retained a sense of humor and kept the twinkle in his eye.
He enjoyed sports. He was especially fond of boxing and although he was short in stature he often dared others to try to knock his hat off and usually succeeded in first upsetting the hat of anyone who took the dare because his arms were surprisingly long. It is said that he could touch his knees with his fingertips while standing erect. (Try it!)

Here's a cool picture of one of their sons, a brother to Julia Ann, named Henry Almoran...and evidently called "Moan"...

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Grandma Virginia's Papaya Sherbet

I used to make this a LONG time was a recipe Gma Virginia got when she lived in Hawaii. I got a big papaya (one of the Mexican ones) at Sam's club the other day and used part of it for this. Otherwise one or two of the smaller ones will work.

Papaya Sherbet
1 C papaya pulp
1 C sugar
2 oranges, juiced
1 lemon, juiced
2 C whole milk or half and half (or use lo fat milk to lower fat content)

I blended my papaya in the Vitamix, added the sugar, juices and milk. Then fr0ze in an ice cream maker (I used my Donvier)....Grandma, in the days before good blenders and electric ice cream makers, pushed the soft papaya through a strainer to get the pulp, then froze it in an ice cube tray in her freezer (without the cube dividers), taking it out and mashing it with a fork when partially frozen.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Apricot Chicken....Yummm!

I found this on Simply Recipes the other day, and since Diana W. brought apricots to RS to share I thought I would give it a was easy and delicious...and pretty healthy as I cut back a bit on the oil and butter....

Mix in a small bowl and set aside:
1 1/2 lbs. fresh apricots, roughly chopped (I cut each half into about 8 chunks)
1/4 C sugar
2 T cider vinegar (I just had wine worked fine)
Brown in large frying pan:
1 T (unsalted) butter...I used olive oil...salt the chicken as it browns.
2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts, cut into pieces (I used chicken tenders and didn't cut them at all)

Remove when browned.
Add a little more oil to the pan and brown:
1 large onion chopped
Then add and lower heat:
2 C chicken stock
Now, puree 2/3 of the apricots, along with juice that has formed.
Pour the puree into the pan with the chicken stock and onions.
1 T chopped fresh rosemary
1 t cinnamon
2 T Tabasco or other hot sauce (I used Frank's)
Simmer for 10-20 minutes (cook some rice)
When ready to serve, put the chicken and remaining apricots into the sauce and simmer gently until hot. Serve over rice.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Before the Tabernacle....there was a Choir (John Parry)

John Parry (Grandma Virginia's great-grandfather) was born in Wales in 1789. He was a master stone mason and lay preacher in the Baptist, and later the Campbellite religion. He and his wife were converted and baptized in 1846 by missionaries under the direction of Dan Jones.

From 1845-1848 these missionaries baptized over 3600 people in Wales. (that's 1 out of every 268 people living in Wales at that time!) John, his wife and son Caleb (Grandma Virginia's grandfather) were in the first group of converts to immigrate, sailing on The Buena Vista, captained by Jones.

Reaching New Orleans, they were towed up the Mississippi to St. Louis, but many died of cholera, including John's wife. She was buried at Council Bluffs. Check out Welsh Mormon History for more details of many of our Welsh ancestors. (Go on Immigrants and do a search for Parry).

John and Caleb, along with many of their countrymen, continued on to Utah on 13 July 1849, with the George A Smith Company. They arrived on 26 October.

John's son, Joseph Hyrum Parry, writes of his father:

....he was a poet, singer and musician of some note, playing the harp and flute. He came from a long line of churchmen and singers. The melodious voices of the new arrivals were noticed by everyone, including Brigham Young, for....

When this group of approximately 85 Welshmen reached the valley, President Brigham Young asked John Parry, their leader, to organize a choir to sing at General Conference in the Bowery. Brother Parry, a former Campbellite minister and a first-rate musician, responded with enthusiasm. The choir that he directed was the nucleus of what would become the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
As conductor of a group of singers who lived a thousand miles from the nearest music store, Brother Parry had to overcome numerous obstacles in preparing his vocalists for their performances.
Printed music was simply not available; consequently, part of each rehearsal had to be devoted to just memorizing the words of the songs. Until they learned the lyrics those who had no books “mumbled” the tune in their respective parts.
Another complication was that many Welshmen could not sing in English, and no one but the Welsh could sing in that ancient Celtic tongue.
At a time when cultural events were practically non-existent among pioneers who longed for the finer things of life, the choir was received with great appreciation. Its fame grew, as did its numbers, and the result is a choir now known and esteemed all over the world.

More interesting stories about these valiant pioneers can be read in The Call to Zion; The Story of the First Welsh Mormon Immigration.

Here is John Parry.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Whenever I Think About Pioneers....

With Pioneer Day fast approaching I though it would be fun to post some pioneer stories from our family history...most of our LDS pioneers ancestry comes from Grandma Virginia's lines and Grandma Della's lines. So below are pedigree charts for each of them. As I post stories you can reference the charts to see how they are related to us. I've highlighted the convert ancestors...those who first joined the Church. (If you double click on the charts, then click again to magnify they'll be easier to read!)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


So here are some pictures from our family trip to Yellowstone last month...
(I'll add more later...they are scattered over several computers/cameras, etc.)

This is Huckleberry Island Park, about 15 miles outside Yellowstone. It was a great place for a big group...thanks Skidmores for the recommendation...

We have lots of pictures of the many beautiful sights in and around Yellowstone...but here are mainly pictures of the family....

Most everyone went on a float trip one day...Carson was not happy about something!

Kendra took this cute picture of the littlest cousins...Penny and Kody.

Karl and Alec...

Penny really enjoyed a giant marshmello...the first and last she got!

Most of us at Yellowstone...

Kendra and boys at the Grand Canyon of the's a long way down!

Eating lunch at Old Faithful...

Kaity sporting Dad's hat...

Brady, Carson, Lindi and Sadie becoming "Junior Rangers"...the Ranger made a bigger deal of it than we had anticipated...Carson was totally embarrassed to be the center of so much attention!

A buffalo....we saw lots of these, often on the roads which rather slowed traffic!

Amber and Penny...

Most of us, before Carson got tired of picture taking!

Most of us...after Carson escaped!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Sadie and Lindi...cute pictures from Amber

Amber took these great pictures of the girls!!!What talent (photographic, musical and gymnastic!)

Elegant the ringlets...

Lindi is buff....

What a pretty smile!


Sunday, July 4, 2010

4th of July Baked Beans

Better than Bush's Baked Beans

4 or 5 small cans baked beans (or 2 large ones)...any brand is OK...they had Bush's at Costco in an 8 pack...
Open beans and drain in a colandar to get rid of most of the juice.

Put in a saucepan and add:
(I really don't measure this...just sort of glug it in)

1/2-3/4 C brown sugar
3/4 C catsup
1/4 C regular mustard
1/4 C dried onions
1 t cloves

Stir together; simmer a bit and you're good to go...or put them in a cassarole, cover and bake at 300 for an hour or so...they get a little drier.

***We used to make baked bean sandwiches...just leftover cold beans and catsup on white bread...yummmm!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Kendra's Salsa-ish stuff from Sara

Every time I want to make this I go to Kendra's blog and do a search for cilantro to find the recipe, so I thought I'd just steal it and put it here to make it easier for me to find! Thanks, Kendra (and her friend Sara)

Kendra's Salsa-ish Stuff (plus if you add the chicken you can call it dinner)

1 can corn, rinsed and drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
green onions, chopped
2 tomatoes, diced
2 avocados diced (if you think you'll have leftovers that you want to save, serve the avocado on the side)
cilantro (or basil if Kaity's here)
1 pkg italian salad dressing mix
(plus 1/4 C vinegar & 1/3 C water)
2 limes

Then Kendra has another recipe from Sara for Chicken Salad with basil and rotisserie chicken and white beans...and I can never decide which one I want I just throw some rotisserie chicken in the salsa stuff and maybe some canneloni beans with or instead of the black beans and serve it with warmed corn tortillas and maybe cheese and sour cream...see where indecision leads!!!! But it's all good!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies

6 eggs
4 t soda
8 C oatmeal
2 C brown sugar
1 1/2 t vanilla
2 C white sugar
1 C butter
12 oz chocolate chips
1 1/2 T Karo syrup
3 C peanut butter
12 oz m & m's
(there's no flour is this recipe!)

Mix well. Drop on cookie sheets. (For the "Monster" size here, use 1/3 C dough per cookie; flatten slightly) Bake at 325 10-12 min.