Monday, October 20, 2014


We love crafting with our Bettenhausen friends/family!  Here is our latest creations:
Juice, Kotten Kandy and Key Lime Pie
Apple Pie, Marmalade and Nuts
Jelly Bean wanted his picture taken too...
He didn't make a candy corn candle, but he loved the candles themselves!
Yeah for electric tea lights!  :-)
Key Lime Pie created these cute candy corn candles
 Kotten Kandy made these crazy creations
 I joined in the fun with these adorable guys
On a somber note:
Kamelot passed away last Sunday, October 12th.  He had been suffering, and we believe he had a heart attack.  He passed away quickly.  And it was difficult for the family.  We had him for 12+ years.
He really was a good dog.  His nature was calm.  He was scared of flies.  And he was loyal, loving and a true friend to all of us.  He will be missed.  We celebrated his life this evening for FHE.  We made a beautiful memorial to mark his grave.  And we all remembered stories about his life.
He will be missed.

Monday, October 13, 2014


What happened to my baby girl?
She grew up.  She turned 16.
On her birthday she got to go on her first date.
Her father took her to Havana Rumba and to Culvers.  They also went driving for awhile.  (Shhh - she doesn't actually have her permit quite yet.  She has to take a test on Wednesday before they will issue her permit.)  Her first date was a huge success!!!!!
Saturday was Key Lime Pie's Birthday Party.  (Unfortunately, the pictures were all blurry....  I'm sooooo sorry.)  Here's what happened:
"Welcome to DeGooyer Cutthroat Kitchen.  This is a special birthday edition.  The challenge: to create a birthday feast worthy of a sweet 16 celebration."
We had six chefs competing for top honors:
Chef Jalapeno claims his mentors were trolls.  They taught him how to make salamander stew and dragon stew.  His first foray with bacon was unforgettable.  (Not sure what the story is there.)  His greatest accomplishment was a chocolate hazelnut torte.  (Why have you not made this for me, Jalapeno?)
Chef Key Lime Pie has been cooking for the DeGooyer bakery for about 5 years now.  Her specialty is Peeta's Cinnamon Bakery Bread and homemade rolls.  She also enjoys cooking all types of pasta.  Unfortunately, she does not enjoy doing dishes, but will do them when prodded.
Chef Muffin has been baking for about 4 years.  She loves to bake and her specialty is snickerdoodles.  Her favorite thing to do is bake for others.  She also has set up her own "romantic dinner for two restaurant" for her parents.
Chef Doritos loves to eat, but don't tell him what you put into the food.  He is quite the pizza chef because his mother put too many vegetables on the pizzas.  "If you are the chef, it gets made your way." he explains.  Doritos has been baking since he could stir and would sit on the floor stirring the cookie batter.
Chef Kotten Kandy is known as the hardest working chef, albeit a bit clumsy.  She willingly tries new recipes and especially loves making people smile with her brownies.  She is famous for her BYU mint brownies, Ork brownies and Buck-Eyed brownies.
Chef Lemon Drop was tutored under Chef Jalapeno in making biscuits.  She progressed to muffins, mac n cheese, jello and quesadillas.  Her favorite thing to make is dessert.  Just don't ask her to bake at night; her mistake ratio increases with how tired she is.
These 6 chefs had two culinary challenges to complete in the time allotted.  But this was no simple test of skill.  They each had $16,000 with which to bid on "sabotages."  They were allowed to impair their fellow competitors.  The sabotages forced rivals to change their cooking strategy.  And the celebrity judges had no knowledge of these changes before sampling the final entries.  Our celebrity judges were:  Amy Bettenhausen, Jan Melanson and Dave Melanson.  (Honorary judge, who couldn't be here, Joyce Glaze!)
Each chef had 45 minutes to make the perfect pizza.  The dishes were judged on two criteria: presentation and taste.  The sabotages included being tied up so you could only use one hand.  Adding a banana to your pizza.  Switching places with someone else and finishing their pizza.  Baking in a microwave.  Having less time than other chefs.  And not being able to use a cheese grater.  The chefs were amazing!  And all the pizzas were DELICIOUS!
Chef Doritos took the grand prize though!  What a proud moment for him....
After the pizza round, we went to round two.  We decorated cakes - and they were supposed to represent Key Lime Pie (since it was her 16th Birthday).  The cakes were AWESOME!
The sabotages included not being able to use any utensils, using pickles in the decorating, blowing 20 bubble gum bubbles before being able to work.  And only using German Chocolate frosting (not white frosting.)  This time Key Lime Pie won!
It was a fun evening!  With really good friends!  And Key Lime Pie was spoiled rotten.
She is an amazing young lady.  She makes everyone around her smile.  She is always laughing and has a great sense of humor.  She loves music and is willing to share and work hard to strengthen her talents.  She loves the gospel.  And she has a strong desire to be the best she can be.  I'm proud of my 16 year old!  I just wish she wouldn't grow up so fast.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


It has been a month since my birthday.  I turned 42 in August.  I felt so loved and wanted to share what my family did for me.  :-)
Scott made me my traditional apple cocoa cake that Grandma T used to bake for me.  It's a labor of love in and of itself.  It's made from scratch with grated apples and nuts and chocolate chips.  It takes time and a whole lotta love to make (and tastes like my birthday and the beginning of fall).  Lemon Drop also spoiled me by making her delectable brownies that I can't get enough of.  YUM!!!
Kotten Kandy gave me a wardrobe makeover.  Her gift was to help me purge "grandma" looking clothes and make me look a little more put together for the 2000s.  :-)  I LOVED going through my clothes with her.  And she got me this new outfit too.
Key Lime Pie really surprised me with a new workout watch.  It does EVERYTHING!  I can keep track of how many steps I take, how far I walk/run, how many calories I've burned etc.  It also tells time, has alarms, is water proof, and takes my pulse rate.  It's pretty amazing technology.  It took me 2 weeks to get used to all the buttons and functions.
Check it my watch and my new outfit:
My good friend, Amy, got me a new outfit also.  I saw this cute skirt and loved the colors, but I didn't buy it.  My daughters showed Amy and she surprised me with it.  I LOVE it!
Scott's gift was the most thoughtful.  He wrote me a book called "Moments of Brightness."  He wrote me a few sentences every day for a year about how much he love and appreciates me.  (Words of Affirmation are my love language - so this was truly a beautiful and wonderful gift!)
Wow!  I was certainly spoiled.
Yesterday was also a fun day, as Amy's daughter, Marmalade, was baptized.  (We got her the pink CTR ring she is wearing... she really was excited about it.)  She is so sweet and beautiful!  I love that girl!  It was a wonderful baptism service.  I got to participate by playing the piano.  My daughters helped with a special musical number.  (And Kotten Kandy also did Marmalades cute hair!)  It was great!  I love the gospel!  And I'm sooooo grateful that Marmalade chose to be baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  The Spirit is a wonderful gift that will help lead her to a happy and Christ-centered life.

Monday, September 22, 2014


Taking pictures of my beautiful daughters is sooooo much fun!  And what makes it more fun?  Having their BFF and her cute sister come take pictures with them!  We had a GREAT day!  And the girls loved the costume changes, etc.  Check out these cute girls!  I really love them all!  (Warning:  There are a LOT of photos and these aren't even all 116 of them!)
Kotten Kandy - in the tree, Lemon Drop - in pink,
Enchilada - sweet little one, and Key Lime Pie - on the ground
Sisters!  Sisters!  There were never such devoted sisters!
A sister is a forever friend!
Strike a pose!  Vogue!
Key Lime Pie
Kotten Kandy
Lemon Drop
They are the best of friends...
And honorary sisters....
Our dog, Kamelot!
Our dog, Karmel!
Sugar and spice and everything nice....
Sisters by blood... Friends by choice!
Two of a Kind!
Thank heaven for "little" girls!
Kotten Kandy did this beautiful bun for Lemon Drop....
Too cool!
They are all that, and a bag of chips!
Girly Girlz!
I really love these girls!
So glad Lemon Drop is part of our lives!
She is a true friend!
Three sisters... We'll take it when we can!
What a fun day!  I love these gorgeous gals!