Local food – Teriyaki Grill review

I love to share my favorite places to eat. Food is a passion for me! This week I tried Teriyaki Grill on Sunset in St. George. I was pleasantly surprised. Their food is really good. All of their ingredients are high quality, fresh cut vegetables and meat trimmed and sliced fresh daily. Nothing is deep fried, they don’t even have a fryer!

The meat was tender and the vegetables were just slightly crisp, just like I like them. Their ginger sauce was so good. The service was fast and friendly. It wasn’t too busy even though it was during the noon hour. Their menu is small but what they do they do well! I feel like Teriyaki Grill hit it home with their fresh, healthy, simply delicious food. Next time you are in the area give them a try!  (This was not sponsored I purchased the meal myself.)

Photo taken with my iPhone at Teriyaki Grill
Photo taken with my iPhone at Teriyaki Grill #nofilter

Life is not fair…but I choose to be a survivor.

I have fallen off the radar of social media lately. I have been extremely busy. Lots of life changes all at once can seem like a nightmare ….my life feels like it’s spiraling out of control and I’m just beginning to get my equilibrium back.

I am a very private person and don’t usually share private details of my life…especially not things so emotionally difficult for me. I feel like sharing my troubles today 😳.

Those who know me well know I was recently evicted from my home in Colorado City. Due to illegal maneuvers by the state of Utah and a corrupt judge, the church trust that owned the property where I built my home was seized and given to a fiduciary who is prejudiced against anyone from the FLDS faith. It’s truly “the fox watching the hen house” and the fiduciary is plucking out the hens ( people like me ) as fast as he can, for his own financial gain.  So since I won’t sign their occupancy agreement and pay their ransom (fees that give us no rights to the property and can be changed at any time if the fiduciary sees fit) I have lost my home. The fiduciary, Bruce Wisan, gave my home to someone I don’t even know, to someone that has no claims or ties to the property as I was the first occupant there. I personally did a large part of building that home from the drywall up. (Thanks to my background in construction I was able to do drywall, painting, ceramic tile, finish electrical, finish plumbing, trim, wood flooring, refinished all of the cabinets, and turned a barren yard into an oasis.) That home was a labor of love and we worked hard and scrimped and saved to make it happen! I feel screwed!

As a single mother with 5 children at home it has been a nightmare! We suddenly had to vacate our home and our community because no homes are available to us. I have no credit and no renters history so finding a home to rent has been daunting. I have been turned down by a lot of renters because I have “too many children” . And to add to that we have a dog that I’m not willing to give up because my children are so attached to him. They have had to give up too much already! My children have been heartbroken to have to leave their friends and cousins. It’s been a very difficult time for them.

It’s also been a “double whammy” as far as my livelihood… Loosing my home meant loosing the studio in my home. I now have the added financial burden of setting up a studio and office in St.George. I’m mostly stressed that by working completely away from home I am missing priceless time with my children. Work/home balance is already difficult for a single mother.

It’s very difficult, if not impossible to forgive the parties that put me in this situation!  I felt like showing up on Judge Denise Lindburg’s doorstep with my 5 minor children and asking her what I’m supposed to do! Does she have a spare bedroom for us? How is this right? How can a person who has sworn to destroy the FLDS be put in charge of watching out for our best interest.  What the heck happened to separation of church and state. Who is looking out for people like me? I feel abused by the system! Who cares?

Anyway….I’m done with my rant! I CHOOSE to not be a victim. I CHOOSE to grow from the difficulties in life. I CHOOSE to be a good example and a strong, loving mother to my children. I choose to SURVIVE! And hopefully someday I will be in the situation financially and socially where I can help others going through what I’m dealing with. I CHOOSE TO CARE!

The Granary at Santa Clara, Utah advertising photo shoot.

On Saturday I did a photo shoot for a local company, Most Wanted Jeans. They arranged for us to shoot at “The Granary” in Santa Clara. I suggested this location because I fell in love with their patio while driving by. Although I knew they existed, I just hadn’t tried them out before. The setting is beautiful! They have a lovely patio with gardens and fountains. It has the mood of a little European bistro. The historic granary building has been lovingly restored and is a nice centerpiece for this little gem. Pat and her staff were very sweet and accommodating. They were the models for the product we were shooting (aprons).



Mostwanted_D8A8886After our photo shoot we stayed to sample the cuisine. Their menu may be small but what they do, they do to perfection! My daughter and I had the Quiche Lorraine and my son had their special, baked Caramel Apple French Toast. (BTW, if you don’t like bacon…make sure you order the vegetarian quiche. This was loaded with bacon! 😊 yum!!! )  Everything was fresh and delicious. It’s worth the drive! Go try the Granary, I know you won’t be disappointed!


Patricia – the owner (and fabulous model) 

iPhone pic – Quiche

iPhone pic – Baked Caramel Apple French Toast

The Granary Cafe summer hours are Wednesday through Sunday 8 am to 3 pm. Click on the link to take you to their website and menu.

Photographing produce from the Farmers Market in St.George, Utah.

I’ve been enjoying the lovely fresh produce from the local Farmers Market in St. George. Late spring has to be my favorite time of year…all of the delightful, fresh fruit and vegetables, my herb and flower gardens are in bloom and the weather is finally warming up. 

In the studio we have been taking advantage of the seasonal produce and have had a chef in the kitchen creating some amazing dishes for us. Here’s a sneak peek at a few :


Celebrate survival!

Art’e Gallery is having a party…and YOU are invited!

Hey everyone, please check this out! It’s this afternoon…be there!
It’s truly something to celebrate a small biz surviving 7 years in this economy! It shows the dedication, hard work and amazing customer service pays off. 

It’s so important to support each other! See you there! 


2015 Mesquite Off-road Weekend

I had a great time watching and photographing Mesquite Off-road Weekend events yesterday. It was beautiful weather. The riders put on an awesome show for us.
The event was hosted by Eureka Casino and they did a nice job. There were lots of vendors at the entrance. We had some fantastic tacos from Irmita’s …they tasted just like “tacos on the street” in Mexico.

All the rooms in Mesquite were sold out so we had to drive home afterward.

Here’s a few pics from the day:



Dickens Festival at the Dixie Center!

I spent a long four days at the Dickens Festival running a booth last week for my niece’s company soapcreek I’m just recovering!
It was a labor of love…. We make some awesome soaps 🙂

Pardon my iPhone pics…. It was the camera I had, so I used it. Shows how dark it was ….
Anyway if you decide to go next year…. I highly suggest going the first day it was much less busy.



Portrait Workshop

Our portrait workshop on Saturday was a small intimate group. It started off a little unorganized but turned out great. My attendees were all advanced photographers so we had to adjust the curriculum a little, but that’s what is great about teaching small groups!

Herb Basso was a charming host for our delicious lunch at Ka’ili’s in Santa Clara. If you haven’t made it out there to try it out you need to go! The food is excellent and the staff couldnt be more friendly! It’s really not that far out of your way…try them!