Friday, February 17, 2017

Fantasy Canyon


In North Eastern Utah, about an hour outside of Vernal you will find some very unusual geological formations that date back to 38-55 million ago. If you are in North Eastern Utah I recommend that you take a few hours and check out Fantasy Canyon.


During the hot summer months it is best to go early in the morning before the sun is at it's hottest. The trails are easy, it is only about a mile around but wear good shoes. Wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water.


You can find more information and directions to Fantasy Canyon here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Utah Grief Counselors


Utah-based grief counselors were asked how to best deal with losing someone you love. This is a brief compilation of some of their responses.


Accept The Way You Feel

“Once we can accept that the pain of loss is a natural hurt based on our love, it's not just a meaningless pain. Grief is a deeply meaningful experience, that shows us how we feel about those we love.”

-Ammon Fawson, LMFT

“...accept your feelings.  All the pain, sadness, and anger is there whether you like it or not.  Ignoring it won't make it go away.  You don't have to feel them all at once or all the time, but avoiding your feelings only prolongs the grieving process.”

-Dr. Stephen Thayer

“Acknowledge how mourning changes as time goes on. This plays out when we come to a natural point in time when, we don’t forget them but we feel it’s time to put their personal belongings away and begin to choose when and where to remember. This should feel natural and healing, not forced.”

-Lorii Hubbard

Know That It Will Take Time

“There's no time table for grief. There's no "it's been one year, you should be better now". There are so many myths that need to be challenged. No one experiences grief the same way, and no one does it wrong.”

-Aimee Francom

“There is no set time for you to be ‘over it.’  And don't expect to get over it. The loss will stay with you; but over time and as part of  your grief journey, you will learn to live with it, incorporate it into your changed life.”

-Lothair W. Pendleton, LCSW

“But really - the best advice I can give you is to know that it will take time, to be gentle on yourself, and to allow yourself to grieve.”

-Liz Hunter, MA, LMFTA

Find Others Who Listen and Understand

“First, get support.  Turn to friends and family and accept the support they offer.  It's okay to take time for yourself, you'll likely need it.  Just don't isolate yourself or push people away.”

-Dr. Stephen Thayer

“Finding those who will just listen - and listen without judgement or advice - is very important.”

-Lothair W. Pendleton

“Support groups can also be very helpful. Many hospitals and psychotherapists offer support groups for those dealing with sudden and traumatic loss. There are also online groups which can help. I found a support group about six months after the death of my husband which I attended monthly for three years. Knowing that I wasn’t the only one in my position helped immeasurably.”

-Liz Hunter, MA, LMFTA

For more information go to: Dealing with Loss - Christensen & Hymas
Article written:Christensen & Hymas - the Utah Accident Lawyers


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Saturday, February 11, 2017

I spy


We haven't done one of these in a really long time.



Do you know where this is in the Salt Lake Valley?



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Choice is yours... At Chuck A Rama!

By Kim Cracroft
 
 
Chuck A  Rama has been around for quite sometime!   This family owned business started back in 1966 and is still going strong with over 12 locations to visit.  We all have a Grandpa or Grandma, perhaps an Uncle that loves this place.   For me, its my Dad...  I have fond memories of going to this restaurant with my family.  My dad would take all of us there for a birthday, or for a big family get together.  
 
 
 
Chuck A Rama is celebrating their 50th anniversary!  I was able to attend a pre celebration for this restaurant where we learned how Chuck A Rama got its name, (visit their website and watch the little video) How long ago this restaurant was started, and where Chuck A Rama is today.  We were able to watch how they make all things fresh there.   They bake all things in house the day of,  and are made from scratch.  We were fortunate enough to see how they make there cinnamon pull aparts! YUUUM!   
 
 
The salad bar offers fresh options of pretty much everything you need to make the perfect salad, not to mention they have so many choices for lunch and dinner.  They had everything...out of the oven roast beef, turkey, homemade soups, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies and my personal, favorite the slow roasted kettle turkey with potatoes and carrots. They have Mexican cuisine, Chinese  cuisine, kids personal favorites included pizza, french fries, mac and cheese, spaghetti... the list goes on and on and on.  I cant stress enough how fresh everything was!  
 
 
The drink station offers both Coke and Pepsi products, local apple beer , an original Icee machine with 2 flavors, hot cocoa, etc.   Where else can you go and have over 20 options for food and drink?   Sounds like a win win to me. 
 
Last but not least, the dessert bar.   Everything from Grandmas homemade rice pudding and lava cake, to self serve soft serve ice  ream, endless choices of cakes and brownies...  what else am I missing?
 
 
You don't have to be from the older generation to frequent this place.   Take the kiddos there, meet a friend there for lunch,  celebrate your next birthday there,  don't be a stranger...  the staff is so friendly and the restaurant is top notch clean.  I promise this restaurant will not disappoint...  Go give it a try...  The choice is yours, at Chuck A Rama!  
 
 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

PAC- Penny Ann's Cafe


Breakfast food is one of my favorite things so of course I am always happy to find a restaurant that serves a great breakfast and that my friends is where Penny Ann's Cafe comes in.


Penny Ann's has locations in Salt Lake, Draper and Taylorsville.  They are open seven days a week from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm at all locations.

I have heard many people rave about the Heavenly Hotcakes at Penny Ann's and they were right! They were delicious! You can't go to Penny Ann's and not get a stack of these yummy pancakes.


We loved the French Toast and would order them again and again. They are perfect as is (dusted with cinnamon and powdered sugar) or order the stuffed French Toast.  


Penny Ann's has a big omelette menu. We ordered the Washington, packed full of sausage, ham and bacon. Yum!
Their bacon is thick and tasty, even in their omelettes.



You also need to try their pies and quiche. You won't regret it.






Monday, July 18, 2016

The Park 5


A new soda shop opened up in the Holladay area but really, it is much more than just a soda shop!


The Park 5 sells a wide variety of specialty fountain sodas and specialty drinks. They also have tasty Italian sodas, hand scooped ice cream, all beef hot dogs, freshly baked cookies and gourmet cookies.


The avocado gourmet cookie is a customer favorite but I am partial to the lemon and almond gourmet cookies!


There is indoor and outdoor seating (when weather permits) or for those in a hurry or who just don't want to get out of the car, you can take advantage of the drive-through.



2274 East 3900 South 
Holladay, Utah 
Monday - Saturday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm




Have you been to The Park 5? What did you think?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Wall of Books Mural in Salt Lake City




Don't you love a good mural? This wall of books is no exception! Hidden down a small alley by a parking garage is this cool mural. Stop by and check it out next time you are downtown.


The wall of books is located just south of the building at 222 South Main Street in Salt Lake City.