Author Archive | Ashlee

"The Best Books"

Mother’s Day is coming up!
Does your husband ever just come out and ask, “What should I get you for Mother’s Day?”
Mine does!  He does great with taking my suggestions and still surprising me with his thoughtfulness.
This is my Mother’s Day present from last year:
Not only did I tell him I wanted them when he asked, but I think he got the hint when I drooled over this set of books every time we went to Deseret Book.
I have absolutely LOVED this gift.
I had only read one of them before, and seen a movie or two…..
But for the rest, this is my first time discovering them.
The stories are timeless, and teach me so much.
It feels good to be reading some of “The Best Books.”
Click HERE to view the whole set on
If you think you would enjoy it, then don’t hesitate to drop a few hints for your husband.
I don’t think you’ll regret it.
I did an earlier post about Emma,
but I’d just like to say a thing or two about a couple others real quick.
I was afraid Jane Eyre was going to be boring.
I had never heard anything about it, and it was the longest book in the set!
It took me a few chapters to get into it…. but I ended up loving it.
The story is written in first person.  She addresses me as “Reader.”
I really felt like I became her friend!
I really had a self defining moment when she had to make her big decision in the climax of the book.
Would I have made the same decision she did?

Now after reading it, I can see why it is called a “Classic.”

The Scarlet Pimpernel was another one that I knew nothing about.
I hadn’t seen the play or anything…. but again, after a few short chapters, I was hooked.
This author is amazing!  You have to keeep reading to figure it all out.
This is probably my favorite book of the whole bunch, and it is one I will read again soon.
I also think I’ll make my husband read it too!  It’s that good.
Well, I hope you get whatever you ask for for Mother’s Day this year!

Cupcake Decorating Ideas

I love cake decorating.  It’s one of my favorite hobbies.
Last week I was asked to teach a group of young women the basics.
I had a lot of fun… and I think they did too.
After I gave them some instruction and let the practice a little, they decorated cupcakes.
Here are some of the ideas that we did together.

Please, don’t look too close.
The cupcakes turned out great, but the pictures I took did not.
I still have a lot to learn when it comes to photography!
I got most of these ideas from the Wilton website.
Here are a few links:
Oh, and here’s a tip:
The Tip 1M swirl looks so cute, but it takes a LOT of frosting… so be prepared!

Free Download: General Conference BINGO

When we were growing up, we had a little game we played during General Conference.
We always used Skittles to mark the things we heard…..
And to this day, I still can’t watch General Conference without wanting to eat Skittles.  Ha ha.
Well, last week I had some time on my hands, and I thought it would be fun to make a new one.
(Let’s be honest, it needed updating!)
I kept everything black and white so that kids could color the pictures if they wanted.  The pictures make this BINGO game perfect for younger children to play along too.
Feel free to download it, print it out, and try it this weekend!