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Capitol Reef, Utah
Family Adventures & Travel, Restaurants

Time to get away to Capitol Reef

A little piece of heaven is waiting and it’s just 3 hours away from Salt Lake.

Last week we visited wonderful Capitol Reef, took the scenic highway with it’s stunning vistas, hiked to marvelous destinations and relaxed at Capitol Reef Resort in their beautiful and super comfortable rooms.

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Did you know you can even stay in a teepee complete with king size bed, flat screen TV, sitting area, and full a private bathroom just a few feet away? We stayed in a comfortable and well decorated room but next time we go it will be a teepee!

A delicious pioneer breakfast buffet is included if you choose that option and the service was great.

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For dinner we visited Café Diablo, I highly recommend it. The food was so incredibly delicious that you have to make sure you experience it. Café Diablo is under the ownership of a friendly former cowboy from Philadelphia who loved Utah so much he made it his home. He greeted us dressed in shirt and tie, made excellent recommendations, took our order and served us our wonderful meals. This unique restaurant even grows it’s own organic greens, everything is fresh and tastes out of this world.

Cafe Diablo, Capitol Reef, Utah

Make sure you try the avocado chips, deep fried avocado that has been breaded and cooked to perfection.  The dip is a cheese sauce that perfectly compliments the avocado.

Cafe Diablo, Capitol Reef, Utah

Take a moment to see the local art that hangs throughout the cafe. I loved this hand carved wood piece.

Art at Cafe Diablo, Capitol Reef, Utah

Don’t forget to visit the little town of Fruita nearby, it’s charming and full of history.

Capitol Reef, Utah

As we drove in, we were greeted by a heard of deer, a flock of wild turkey and the friendliest of people. Stop by the visitor center for a short video presentation, walk through the fruit orchards and pick some fruit to take home. We were there too early in the season but the trees were blossoming and it was beautiful.

The little country store sells really yummy ice cream that we had to try, as well as gifts and souvenirs. Make sure you stop by the barn across the street to pet the horses and drive to the original one room school house, peek inside, it’s sweet.

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On that same road just a skip away you can see petroglyphs left by the Fremont culture, which existed in areas of Utah from approximately AD 600 to 1300.

Frita, Capitol Reef, Utah

Join us in celebrating 100 years of national parks and plan a getaway to this piece of heaven on earth!

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Recipes, Restaurants, Specialty Shops

You KNEAD a Kneaders pastry

This past week we had the opportunity to take a pastry class from none other than Monica Kate, executive head pastry chef for Kneaders Bakery & Cafe.

We met up with some of our blogger friends and had a super fun group there as we attempted to learn to make delicious puff pastry.  The best part is that they have allowed us to share their own recipe with all of our Salt Sky friends!

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Here are some fun facts about Kneaders and why we love them:

Kneaders is celebrating 20 years in business; they started with a small store in Orem and have grown to 57 stores in 6 states.

They are a “from scratch bakery” and make 42 different types of pastries daily by starting as early as 4:00 am.

Their kitchen’s high sanitation standards are impressive, everything is sanitized every 2 hours!

When we were there, the bread chef had 400 pounds of dough rising.  Some days they make up to 1000 pounds.  You better believe that they sell out of their delicious bread daily.

We love that this very successful business was started by a husband and wife team with a dream.

HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AT KNEADERS!

Visit them today and you will see for yourself why they are so unique and create such wonderful food.

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PATE A CHOUX (pronounced Pat a Shoe)

Kneaders Puff Pastry recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup water

1 cup milk

1 cup butter

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt

1 ¼ cup flour

10 eggs whisked

Directions:

  1. Bring water, milk, butter, sugar, and salt to a boil.
  2. Whisk in flour and once incorporated stir with a spatula for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Pour mixture into a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and add the whisked eggs gradually. You may not use all the eggs. Pull the paddle out and if the batter makes a “v” you are ready.
  4. Pipe onto a parchment lined sheet tray.
  5. Bake at 345 degrees for about 20-30 minutes, opening the oven (for about 10 seconds) to let out excess steam after you see the product rise and start to sweat.
  6. After pastry had cooled, cut in half. The center should be hallow.
  7. Fill with whipped cream or lemon curd.

You may also dip or drizzle with chocolate ganache.

Basic Ganache recipe

Chocolate 300g

Cream 300g

Directions:

  1. Heat the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl until it is about half melted.
  2. Heat the cream on the stove until it just comes to a boil.
  3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and allow to sit for a moment.
  4. Whisk cream until chocolate and cream are fully emulsified and glossy.

Happy baking!

(Photos by Kneaders) Check out our Instagram for a cute movie they made as well!

 

 

Think outside, no box required
The Home

Think Outside, No Box Required

When springtime warms the air and our thoughts turn to planting, it’s time to dig in the dirt. For starters I purchased some fragrant lavender topiaries for my front porch, I have to smell them every time I walk by.

I also found some great garden accessories that are sure to beckon you outside!

Best part, they are shipped right to your door.

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The Vremi 9 piece Garden Tool Set includes everything you need to get started.

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A favorite, the Crenova Spray Nozzle makes watering your flower pots easy and fun.

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The Gorilla Cart makes any job in the garden easier.  Great gift for dad too!

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For some serious comfort while weeding or planting, how about the GardenHome 7 piece Garden Tool Set which includes a stool!

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And my all time favorite.  The two-way hose connector splitter.  I love it because I can have a short hose for the pots on my porch and a long hose for the front lawn flower beds.  That way I don’t have to roll up the long hose every time I water.

Happy planting to all.  May your flowers bloom to perfection and your vegetables taste ever so yummy!

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For Kicks & Giggles

It’s March y’all

It’s March and we are celebrating all things green. Our friend Jill Reese shared this fun idea, it’s inexpensive and the kids will love it. Our little leprechauns sure did!

Limited edition green Lucky Charms cereal $2.50 at Target.

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They are going fast so get there soon.

This cute tag is available to download on our Etsy shop (will not have watermark) Click here.  Add it to any gift or treat and make someone’s day.

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Salt Sky birthday
For Kicks & Giggles

We are celebrating!

This month marks the 2nd anniversary of Salt Sky!  We had such a great year visiting local businesses, traveling to Utah State Parks, meeting so many of you at our fun collaborative events, and sharing our favorite things.

To celebrate our birthday, we are giving away a tote full of some fun things we love.  To enter, visit our Instagram.

Thank you for continuing to follow us!  Our state has so many amazing things to offer, we are excited to share more with you this year.

If you’d like to be featured, collaborate on an event or share something wonderful with our readers, email us at saltskyutah@gmail.com we can’t wait to chat!

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Deals, For Kicks & Giggles

Improve your photography and photo editing skills

We’ve been working on taking better photos lately and took an online course that has helped so much.  There are a ton of courses out there that teach you about photography, but we were looking for the extra simple, start from the beginning course.  We didn’t need a “turn into a professional photography overnight” course but one to teach us to better use the camera we have.

We wanted to share this course with you because it really is simple, broken up into small segments so you can learn one concept at a time, practice and then move on.  Plus you’ll have the course to review over and over again until you feel like you know it since it’s online.

Since spring is coming and the scenery is breath taking, it’s a great time to get comfortable with your camera.  Are you looking for a new camera?  This is the one we bought and it just went on sale for $200 OFF!  Dang, we should have waited, ha ha.  Click here to check it out.  We LOVE this camera and works great with the course as well.

The course is $129 BUT our followers can get it for $49 now until 2/26/17. Click here to sign up for the online course and tell us what you think!

This course includes:

9 videos
cheat sheets
editing tutorials
life-time access (complete at your own pace)

What you’ll learn:

How to shoot in manual:

ISO
Aperture
Shutter Speed
How to put it all those together to shoot manual
My step-by-step to setting up a shot in manual

Photography basics:

types of lighting
how to find the best times to shoot in your house
compositional elements of a good picture

Editing:

edit your pictures quickly and easily in Lightroom
my editing workflow

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Decor, Specialty Shops, The Home

Our Favorite Home Fabric Shop

Do you like to decorate your home with great pillows and upholstered furniture? You will not believe the great prices and gorgeous fabrics you will find at The Fabric Store.  They recently opened in Draper.

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Kat Rodgers Peterson and Korri Dahlman are the mother daughter duo business owners of this fun shop.  They are knowleageable and super helpful!  They helped us choose fabric for a king size duvet, couch pillows, a fireplace cushion, a table runner and new dinning room curtains.  Yup, we’ve all been doing some really fun spring touches all over our homes.

IMG_4275All the fabrics we chose were $12.95 or under.  We love their prices so much!

IMG_4272The Fabric Shop offers upholstery services and can sew anything from curtains, valances, pillows, duvets and anything else you may want.

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IMG_4274Visit them soon, you will be hooked.  We went back three times in one week!   Welcome spring with a little special touch of fabric, it’s great how just adding a new pillow to a chair or couch can make the whole room feel fresh and new.

Happy sewing Salt Sky friends!

Address:  196 W. 12300 S. Draper, Utah

Phone: 801-523-7559

Hours: Monday-Friday 10-6 Saturday 10-2, or anytime by appointment

Facebook & Twitter: TheFabricStoreLLC

*Opening Soon:  the remnant room with awesome deals on remnant fabric and more.

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Recipes

The salt & pepper grinders that should be added to your kitchen

What’s for dinner?  Here’s an awesome recipe that we’ve been loving.  It’s fast, so yummy and the whole family will love it.  And check out these fabulous salt and pepper grinders that Akoni sent us to try out.   They are currently on sale! Click here to see them.

One pot Swedish Meatballs (we say cut the pepper in half to make the flavor more child friendly).  Click here to see the entire recipe and tell us what you think!

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DIY chocolate dipped Glutino Pretzels
Recipes, Specialty Shops, Valentine's

Sprinkled with love, Valentine treat

We were in the Valentine mood today and decided to make these adorable little snacks while we got together to play.  We are trying to make some snacks for sensitive tummies that a couple of kids have right now so we used Glutino Pretzels.  Honestly… Gluten free treats usually just don’t taste fabulous but recently we’ve tried a few that are delicious, one of those being Glutino Pretzels.  And loving them a lot more than regular pretzels!

Here’s how to make these super easy and delicious treats that are perfect to make with kids too.  Use this printable tag below to wrap them up cute and give to friends.

Dipped Valentine Pretzels
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • Glutino Pretzels
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Valentine Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In the microwave heat chocolate chips and heavy cream for 30 seconds.
  2. Mix and heat again for 30 seconds.
  3. Stir until everything is melted together and smooth.
  4. Dip Glutino Pretzels in Chocolate and place on parchment paper
  5. Sprinkle right away with sprinkles & let cool
  6. Eat when cooled completely & wrap up to give to friends!

sprinkledwithlove free printable

sized to 2″x3″

Just save to your computer & print!

Details, details, details… “I received these products complimentary from Influencer for testing purposes.” Yup, these Glutino Pretzels were sent to us to try, review and share our honest opinion.  Feeling the love, thanks Influencer!

DIY chocolate dipped Glutino pretzels

home-organizing
The Home

Organizing for the New Year

Christmas happens in all it’s sparkly, loveliness and then boom… the day after Christmas hits and I feel the urgent need to put away all the decorations, get the carpets cleaned and start organizing like crazy.  The smell of Clorox, Pine Sol and organized cupboards is my end of year bliss.

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So needless to say when Samantha Andreasen contacted me to tell me about her home organization business, I was super excited for her to come over and teach me her ways.  Samantha came over to give my garage a makeover and since then, I’ve been cleaning out all of my closets and rooms in the house.

Samantha comes into your home, helps you organize your room, closet or whatever space you need to make sense out of and teaches you some important skills.

Some of you may be thinking, “well I can do that,” but are you really going to?  I was going to organize my garage for the last year but never got around to it.  When hiring an organizing specialist it forces you to set a date of when you’ll do the project.  It helps you ask yourself, “do I really need this?” If not, time to throw away or donate it.  And it sparks a desire to get the rest of your home in order.  An organized home will make you happier, feel more peace and give you more time for the things that matter most.

To book an appointment with Samantha Andreasen, email her at sdhodson96@outlook.com and visit her website here. She charges $30/hour and is available Monday-Saturday.  (Check out the before and after pics below of my garage!)

Happy Organizing!

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Andraesen, Home organizer & spouse

Andraesen, Home organizer & spouse

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Christmas, Decor, Professional Services

Plate of the Month Club

This is too much fun to not pass along to our Salt Sky friends!

I just joined the “Plate of the Month Club” at New Orientation.  This beautiful store has the most elegant and unique dishes around, and I happen to have a love affair with dishes.

When I found these handpainted Christmas dishes I was instantly drawn to them, but if I came home with an entire set, my husband would probably have a heart attack.  So I joined the club!

This is how it works:

You go into New Orientation (1400 Foothill Drive #162, Salt Lake City)

Choose your dishes. There are so many choices.

Give them your credit card which they will safely store and every month they will charge you for one dish.  On the day that you choose, they will run your card and call you and let you know that it is all wrapped up and ready for pickup.

My set is so sweet and delicate, it is called Reindeer Games.  Each dish is of a different sport.  Dasher is one of my favorites because we like to ski.

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To see the full set of these dishes, visit our friends at New Orientation.  It is a good idea to not take small children in as well as strollers, there are too many breakables.  This store is a must visit, there simply are too many beautiful treasures to enjoy.

 

 

5 Reasons we go to Macy's on Black Friday
Deals, The Home

5 Reasons We Go to Macy’s on Black Friday

#1

The feather pillows and down comforters are so discounted that it’s hard to pass up, and you can use awesome coupons. It’s the perfect time to get the best bedding.

Sleep with the finest Goose Down Comforters and pillows.

#2

Did anybody say DISHES? Great deals on anything from casual sets to beautiful china including Christmas collections. You’ll be ready for Holiday parties.

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#3

This is when we throw out all the old bath towels and start new.  Soft and yummy and great prices!Our first choice is always white.

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#4

Fluffy Throws that are a must to cozy up with on cold winter days. You’ll find bins full of throws on sale for really great prices.

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#5

Small appliances are always discounted for early birds on this day. Last year we picked up the Kuerig Coffee Maker which at our house is used almost daily for hot chocolate, especially during the winter months.

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Happy Shopping y’ll !