I’ve Switched

Dear Cherry Lane Diaries friends,

I’ve switched my blog from WordPress to Blogspot, because WordPress just keeps getting worse by the minute. Please go to this link to read my latest post. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but this recipe is worth the wait. Click HERE




The Prader-Willi Sydrome Fitness Fun-Raiser


Many of you don’t know this, but our beautiful daughter, Lily, has a genetic disorder called Prader-Willi Syndrome.

For brief description about the syndrome, please visit this link.

To donate to the Utah Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, please visit this other link.

On Saturday, friends and family of PWS kids gathered together for a Fitness Fun-Raiser to get donations for the association. People came in droves…

Big sister and her soccer friends…





And friends. Here is what we did:

We had a mini walk-a-thon…

People donated and signed donation cards that lined the walk-a-thon path.

At the end of the walk, we released balloons in honor of each PWS kid.

There was balloon tier there twisting all kinds of fun creations for the kids.

There was face painting.

We even had a pregnant belly painted.

Miss Lehi came and honored each PWS kid by giving them a medal.

The fire department came to visit, and the kids got to climb on the fire truck.

We had a celebrity sing to us and…

And a dance-a-thon.

(This is one Prader-Willi kid that knows how to “get down.”)

There were carnival games for the kids.

They won tickets and…

…got to claim prizes.

We also had an excellent (and healthy) meal.

We’d like to thank Lisa Thornton and Delores Baker for planning the whole event.

All of the volunteer staff for their time and effort.

Miss Lehi for her time and genuine concern for our dear Prader-Willi kids.

The fire department for their trucks that are part of every kid’s dreams.

And all of our sponsors.

A few last photos.

You Know, That Whole Pinhole Method Sucks, Right? Best Annular Solar Eclipse Party Ever


We tried the whole pinhole thing. Lame. Watching a tiny dot just wasn’t doing it for me. Lucky for us…

we got a phone call from our friend Kathryn Ellison. She invited us up to their party where…

our other friend, Sarah Hedengren, had an awesome pair of…


welding masks. It’s the perfect way to watch an eclipse. We watched the eclipse while…


 kids played and…

the adults had conversation.














The Only Day Each Year That I Can Get My Kids To Cheerfully Do Yard Work

When Fauneil heard about the volunteer clean-up at Utah Lake State Park, we jumped right on it. Our kids were sooooo excited.

It was a beautiful day on the lake.

They fed us donuts and OJ, which the kids loved...

gave us t-shirts...

and wristbands...

and goggles.

They gathered together all 500 of us for instructions and then...

we gathered our tools and got to work.

We hauled sticks...

cleaned out gutters...

scraped and sanded the rust off of bbq grills...

and painted them.

This is the before.

This is the after. Don't they look great?

After the work, they had owls and falcons for the kids to see and...

KFC for lunch. Of course, McCann didn't want KFC; he wanted McDonalds.

Since it was his birthday, we took the kids to McDonalds on the way home. (Fauneil and I ate the KFC.)

Oh, I forgot to mention that we met my cousins while we were there. The Purcells were taking over.

I also saw my long time friend, Billy. Last time I saw him was in 1994 in Hawaii. Great to catch up.

It was a fantastic day. We got to teach our kids about work AND have fun. Can't get any better than that. (And the photographers got plenty of photos of us. I think we'll make the newsletter.)

What To Do With Your Leftover Easter Eggs Part II: The Secret To Perfect Potato Salad



12 medium sized potoatoes

2 teaspoons salt

18 hard boiled eggs

3 cups mayonaise

salt and pepper to taste

In this photo with Lily and McCann are my friends Lynn and Christine McGhie. Lynn is a great cook, and he told me the secret to perfect potato salad. When I asked him why his tasted better than any other, he leaned over to me and said, "The secret is in the eggs and the salt. I use lots and lots of eggs and lots and lots of salt." A week later, we had a friend over from New Zealand. Her potato salad was just as good. When I asked her secret, she told me the same thing, so I figured Lynn must have been right. That's when I tested their theory to come up with this formula.

I use one potato per person and 2 eggs per potato, except...

This is my beautiful wife. She doesn't like that many eggs, so I only use 1 1/2 eggs per potato if she will be eating.

I add two teaspoons of salt to the water that I boil the potatoes in, and I also salt to taste at the end. Here we go with the recipe.

Peel and wash 12 medium sized potatoes.


Cut the potatoes into small 1 inch cubes and boil them with 2 teaspoons of salt until they are soft and can be easily pierced with a fork.


While potatoes are boiling, peel and rinse 18 hard boiled eggs, then slice them into four sections lengthwise, then...


cut them in half, like this. Now...


pile all the chopped eggs in a large bowl.


When the potatoes are done, strain them and...


add them to the chopped eggs. Also, add 3 cups mayonnaise.


Mix it all together and salt and pepper to taste. There. You now have perfect potato salad. Eat and enjoy.