The temple in Independence MO

There is an amazing Temple here in Independence. Looks like a huge seashell. Went went a few weeks ago to their organ service on Sunday and it was amazing. They have public prayer 🙏 for the world everyday at 1:00. They also have a labyrinth maze to walk in. It was great. 


Cafe Verona and Yogurtini in Independence MO

We went out to eat last weekend and it was an amazing Italian place in downtown independence. This place was so cute and the food was amazing. It was Cafe Verona. They have love ❤️ locks all over there entry way. It was really pretty. Some had couples names engraved on them. So for food I got prosciutto wrapped shrimp 🍤 with a tomato basil polenta and asparagus with a sauce! My hubby got a rotini pasta with a vodka sauce and mushrooms 🍄 My sis and bro in law got seafood pasta 🍝 Kids of corse got grilled cheese, fries and cheese sticks, lol. We also got calamari that was amazing. 


Yogurtini was on the street before Cafe Verona and it was great for dessert. You pick any flavor frozen yogurt 🍦 and then pick from a million toppings 🍒 

Pioneer trails museum in Independence MO and visiting with family!

Since we are living in Independence MO we went to the pioneer trails museum. I remember learning about the Oregon trail, California trail and Santa Fe trail when I was a child so I thought it would be a great learning experience for the girls. I learned why all the trails started here in Independence it was because this was the last westward town all the way till their destinations in Oregon, California or Santa Fe which took 4-6 months to walk, ride a horse or sit in a wagon. I bought a book in the gift shop that was a page turner. I read it in a few days and recommended it to anyone probably 3rd grade and up for more info on the trails. It was the Donner party I read about called All We Left Behind. It was very interesting to learn how they actually traveled and mistakes that were made ending them up stuck in the snowy mountains for months starving. 

They also have wagon rides pulled by mules that take you through some trails and the tour guide tells you more history.

We had some family come down that weekend so the girls went swimming in their hotel pool and they played all day. 

Kinsley’s Miracle 


So last November Kinsley fell at a park in coffeyville ks. I rushed her to an emergency room and she broke her arm. I have never broken anything and our oldest daughter hasn’t either so all this was crazy for me. My husband has had injuries from snowboarding so he knows a thing or two about it. Well the doctor said she just needed a cast for a month and she would be fine. Two days after Christmas we get her cast off in Kansas City because we moved from coffeyville and live about an hour from KC in Sedalia and no one would cut off her cast so we drove to children’s hospital. They got her cast off and did X-rays and said nope it healed wrong and she should of had surgery a few days after she broke it. We were devastated. Just knowing your five year old has to have surgery and wear another cast for a whole month was too much. She could of been done with it all by now if it was done right the first time. So they set the surgery date for today, March 15. Well we all prayed and prayed for God to just heal her arm so she didn’t have to go through with the surgery and on mon the 6th we had her pre op appointment. They looked at her arm and new X-rays and said she looks great. It’s healed. It was amazing. Her bone is still a little different in the X-ray but the doc said she operates on people not X-rays which I thought was a great saying. She said if she couldn’t bend her hand to her shoulder or if her elbow over extended then yeah they would need to but she can. There is a small difference in how much she can bend her arm up compared to her other but not anything crazy and we expect it to just keep healing. So we are so happy that God answered our prayers!!

Morels!

My favorite mushrooms are morels. Late next month and in April is usually morel hunting season. I usually only find a handful but 4 years ago I found 800. It was the mother load of mushrooms. I cleaned them all in my bathtub because we had so many. Then I gave about 200 away and then froze a bunch And dehydrated a bunch.  But I couldn’t wait  till next month so I ordered some from forestglory.com. They have some amazing deals sometimes like buy one get one. They are also on Facebook.  And they are so amazing! I just rehydrated them for about an hour cut in half, then floured them and fried in butter. Another way is to dip in egg then dip in crushed ritz crackers and fry in butter. So good 😊

Then of course a big pot of clams, shrimp, king crab and sausage goes great with morels! 😬👍