Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Chadders Review....

Well, ya'll, this is going to be my first ever restaraunt review!
Monday I had to take the kids to testing in American Fork, and we were in desperate need of some lunch before the 25 mile drive home.
West Valley City has a new burger joint called Chadders, we have not been there yet. So while in American Fork we were looking for a place to have lunch and we spotted a Chadders. We decided to chance it.
The very first thing that I noticed when we walked in was that more than half of the menu was missing, or so I thought! After standing there looking somewhat confused, I realized that the entire menu was indeed there. It was just a particularly small menu. I was greeted by a very friendly guy who tried to take my order. It took me a minute to try to figure out which of the 3 combo meals offered that I wanted.... Eventually I came to a point where I just had to pick one and get on with it. The kids meals were easy enough to choose from, 3 options there as well, burger, cheeseburger, or grilled cheese. Also on the menu were milkshakes, veggie burgers and fries, another 3 choices. I admit the fries were not my favorite. I have been raised on Mcdonald's from birth and fries are just one thing I don't mess around with, the only exception to this rule is real fries with skins and all..... The burger however was awesome. It was not something really special, however they offered to put raw onions or grilled onions on my burger. I went with the grilled and it made all the difference in the world. Otherwise it was just a plain old cheeseburger. Price wise I thought that $16.00 was a bit steep for a combo meal and 2 kids meals. But I am cheap and I prefer to spend $6.00 on the dollar menu at McDonalds. What I was really impressed by though was that they had fry sauce! It has become increasingly harder to get fry sauce in Utah. Some places still have it but most of the time you have to ask for mayo and ketchup packets to mix up your own. (you really don't want to get me started on the different varieties of this sauce either, we all have our favorites)
When we had eaten our lunch and left I had commented that I was not quite sure about that menu, they did not even have a chicken option.... In the end we decided that we really did like having fewer choices. The Menu ended up being a hit even if the prices were not. It seems it is alot easier to make a decision when you have fewer choices. Sometimes I wish we had fewer choices in alot of areas.

So on a five star scale I give it a 3.
The prices were high the food was not anything special although it was good and the fries were not great. But the menu was.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

I think Spring may have finally sprung....

It finally feels like spring may be here and I am saying this while, I know it could very well snow in June.... It has been known to happen!

However having lived in Utah long enough, I know that we have to take every opportunity to get out doors and enjoy the good weather while it lasts. Soon it will be so swelteringly hot, we will be complaining once again...

Well back to spring, I thought I'd share some photos, Elyssa and I went to Wheeler Farm on Saturday and we had a really great time. The babies were out.... well some of them anyway. The lambs, baby goats, and calves were frolicking. I was also able to get some really great photos of Elyssa as well.

She is in love with this little fella' he was the very first friend she came upon, we were able to visit for a good 10 minutes before moving on.
We took some crackers to feed the ducks and geese. In the first pond there were a lot of geese and only one white duck. The geese kept gobbling up all of her crackers and she finally decided to move on but before we left, Elyssa chucked one last cracker way out into the pond toward the white duck and said, "There you go AFLAC!"
Wheeler Farm is a really great place to take photos, as evidenced by the families with photographers tagging along or the occasional bride in full wedding attire. The old feeling of the buildings lends itself well to photos. I love the brick and the texures and the old wooden doors and locks around every corner.
This guy was just showing off, typical....

This baby was so sweet and gentle and loved the attention he was getting from Elys. It was everything I could do to keep her from climbing into the enclosures.

The following photos are some of my favorite of Elyssa at the farm.
These little lambs were only 2 days old and they were so adorable....

This is a photo of the funniest little chicken I have ever seen. It is very fluffy and has blue markings. Because of this chicken I want to raise chickens. Justin won't let me.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Stuff I found really interesting in the news....

This was yesterday's news, Thought that I would share it anyway.....

Jews perform sun ritual for first time in 28 years

By MARK LAVIE Associated Press Writer

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Devout Jews around the world on Wednesday observed a ritual performed only once every 28 years, saying their morning prayers under the open sky in a ceremony called the "blessing of the sun."
Tens of thousands of worshippers stood next to the Western Wall in Jerusalem's walled Old City, the holiest site where Jews can pray. Hundreds headed to the ancient desert fortress of Masada, while others prayed on the roof of a Tel Aviv high-rise and congregated on road sides.
"God created the world in seven days," said Yona Vogel, one of the estimated 50,000 who attended the Western Wall prayers. "On the fourth day he put the sun into orbit and every 28 years it returns to the original place that it stood when God created the world."
The special blessing - called the Birkat Hachamah in Hebrew - was marked in many time zones, starting with members of the small Jewish community in New Zealand. In hundreds of places, from Israel and Italy to New Zealand and Kyrgyzstan, observant Jews rose before dawn for outdoor prayers and dancing.
The prayer came on the eve of the weeklong Passover festival, in which Jews commemorate the exodus from slavery in Egypt. The timing was coincidental, but added to the joyous feeling felt by many worshippers.
The Orthodox Jewish Chabad-Lubavitch movement scheduled live Webcasts from seven locations as the sun moved across the Earth, starting at 8 a.m. local time in Christchurch, New Zealand, followed by events in Brisbane, Australia; Jerusalem; London; New York; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Honolulu.

Devout Jews emphasize that they are not worshipping the sun, but rather paying homage to God.
"We make a special blessing on this day to remember the day that God created the world and put the sun into orbit. It's as though he is creating the world anew," Vogel said.
Modern science may have overtaken the astronomy of the scriptures, but scholars say the blessing still has symbolic value as acknowledgment of the divine role in the universe.

*Something else that is not mentioned here and I thought was noteworthy is that this sun celebration only overlaps Passover once every 1000 years... I am sure if you google this topic you will find lots of interesting things to read about. You can go to and search the site for more info

*also of interest as I was reading this I found another article, This other article was talking about how an Israeli archaeologist has unearthed the foundation of the very first settlements of the Hebrews as they came into Caanan. What is really cool about this is the settlements are in the shape of foot prints..... Wow no coincidence there! I believe that they have found five such settlements in the same shape. The URL is