Recipe

Toffee-Saltine Style (or Turkish Delight)
From the kitchen of Aunt Susan

Saltine crackers
2 sticks of butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 12oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Line cookie sheet with foil. Line foil with 1 layer of saltines. Melt butter with brown sugar until boiled stirring constantly. Pour over crackers. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven a sprinkle immediately with chocolate chips. Spread with a knife. Cool completely and place in refrigerator for 45 minutes. Cut and break in pieces.

New baby

My visiting teaching partner, Michelle Elmer had her baby about a week ago…His name is Kyle Brandon Elmer, he was 19 inches long and 5.14 lbs. She was nice enough to let me come over to her house today and hold him. Congrats!

New baby

Mark’s sister Heather, had a new baby about a week ago. This is her 6th cute baby, we all think she is adorable! Congratulations Heather. We had fun coming down to your house the other day and visiting you and your family.

“It’s Messy!”

Reading my brother Troy’s blog, inspired me to update a little on our page. Nothing new exciting really to tell. I’ve been busy with my math class, with my church calling, and with the house. I’ll be starting work at my in-law’s audiology clinic this week. Just a few hours a week but It should be good. I spent the day yesterday cleaning up our second bedroom. It was very messy and disorganized. I knew it needed to get done, but it wasn’t until our 2 year old neice, Olivia, came into the room and totally unprovoked said, “its messy!”. :) Last night about 5 am, our smoke alarm went off, we both woke up startled, Mark went around the house checking it out, but it was nothing. It was just very strange cause it usually doesn’t go off like that even if the battery is running out. I couldn’t get back to sleep for a while, thinking about if we really did have a fire, what would I grab; pictures, important papers, my wedding dress, and I hate to say it but I think if we had enough time, we would wheel our tv out the door. :)

Recent News

Mark and I have been doing great lately. I’m ready for the spring to come, so I can start walking outside again. Mark is busy with work and his many projects. The latest is helping his brother-in-law Gary make an arcade for himself. I’m keeping busy with the house and parties. Our math class at the college is going good. Together we’re taking a math class one night a week. I love taking it with Mark, its nice to support eachother in that endeavor. We hope everyone is well. And a quick Hi to the Olsen’s if they’re reading this. I miss my adoptive grandparents and have thought of them often.

Recipes

Here is the first recipe I’m posting…
Navajo Fry Bread
From the kitchen of Mark and Mel Stevenson

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup instant nonfat dry milk
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons lard or shortening
¾ cup water
oil to fry in

In a large bowl stir flour, dry milk, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening or lard until mixture is like cornmeal. Add water, stirring with a fork until it clings together. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth (about 5 minutes). Divide into 6 balls. Press each ball out. Fry in 1 inch of hot oil browning both sides until crispy.

New Site!

This is the first post of the new website melarky.com. We will be updating this site with photos, recipes, and any other fun things we feel worthy of the web blog. For now, the photo album has a few pictures in it already (but is by no means complete as we will always be adding new photos to it).

If you have any sugestions for what you’d like to see on this site, please shoot me an e-mail.