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  • WE ARE…

    ... THE PERKES. We still consider ourselves newlyweds [we've been married for almost 5 years]. Our firstborn, Jace, is now 2 years old, and became a big brother when Sofia Rain joined our family in November 2012. We are from the East Coast [Luisa is from MA and Nate is from NH]. We are Bronco's Fans [We've lived in the Boise area for almost 5 years]. We are travelers. We are athletes and we are dancers. We are enthusiastic about food. We are spontaneous. We are addicted to the sun. We are in love.

    Most importantly... we are HAPPY. We are the Perkes.

Monthly Archives: October 2009

Bon-Bon! Shake your Bon-Bon!

Let me paint a picture. 11:38pm Sunday night. We get the biggest junk food craving EVER. We run to the kitchen. What do we find in the fridge… cookie dough? No. Minced garlic and baking soda. In the freezer… Ice Cream? No. Frozen beets. In the cupboard… chocolate? NO! Cornstarch. We start racking our brains….

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Randi - you guys are so cute!!! its easy to see you are best friends! i miss you.
so our new bishop… FORSURE Nat in 20 years!!! LOL! i wish you could meet him! its mind blowing how much he looks and acts like Nat. he is an awesome person!

Maritza Lastres - tal vez la receta podria ser en espaƱol tambien :) ….
ja ja ja!.. buenas fotos :)
love you mi amiga!!!

Ken and Jen Perkes - Barbie Holden would be proud!

: – )


The Irons - ha ha very cute. those look SOO yummy! love you!!
p.s. oh nice CHILE shirt by the way :)

‘A Library is a Hospital for the Mind…’

My hubby knows that something BIG is going on when he hears me say: “Baby, I think that was the BEST book I’ve EVER read.” It would be a lie to say that I have never said that before, nor do I foolishly believe that I will never say it again. Having seen and loved…

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Ken and Jen Perkes - You and Mom impress me so much with your thirst for good books. I am also impressed with your ambition: not only do you not shy away from difficult classics, but you welcome them, devour them . . . and understand them! You are an enlightened mind. And as expressed so beautifully by Elder Uchtdorf, books are your current university!

You inspire me!



Steak & Potato Salad…

I’ve always wanted to put a recipe on my blog, but at the same time I was waiting for something original that I’ve developed myself. This recipe is a hearty, manly ‘steak & potato meal’ meets ‘girly salad.’ Ingredients: 4 oz. ribeye steak / person 2 med. red potatoes / person 2 hearts of romaine…

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Bree - Yum!! I'll give a testimonial that this is delicious!!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!! I still need to get your ring of coconut cake and chicken milano recipes!! We should do an online recipe exchange or something!! :) Hope you guys are doing great! Sure miss hanging out!!

Ken and Jen Perkes - Hmmmm . . . that looks seriously good! . . . even to this RAW dieter.

Everything you do is cool; and even your recipes bring two uniquely great things together [just like you and Nate]!

HUGS and love!


Book Worm…

… as my big brother so affectionately calls me. The past 9 months have been the epitome of crazed reading for me. I have read 3 of the 9 books from the series The Chronicles of Narnia [having previously finished the first 7], 8 books for my Book Club, the trilogy The Uglies… and lately…

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Alexander - bobyyyyy i love you sooo much you beautiful woman!!!! hey i discovered this awesome series written by steve berry, its the cotton malone series and it is awesome… i started sort of in the middle of the series but you can start wherever right now im reading the charlamagne pursuit .. well actually im listening to it on CD but i started with the venetian betrayal but they are such good books. the auther incorporates myth, real history, and all this cool stuff into these action thrillers…

Meredith - Hey, don't forget Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas. It is a wonderful classic. Actually, I have a lot of suggestions. Call me and I can email you the list. I love a good book!!

Shannon - I know. I was so disappointed when I read Phantom and found out that the production was not even close to accurate. They each have their merit though. What did you end up picking for your choices for book club? You have an extensive list here, I keep one in my phone for when I'm at the library. haha. Love you

The Irons - have i told you lately that you are my HERO!! seriously!! look at you you're beautiful! you're such an inspiration!! LOVE YOU FOREVER!! oh and I LOVE the main picture of you guys. you look SO happy and i love it! miss you:)

german&jenny - I absolutly LOVE the Langdon books! They are some of my favorites!! Im so glad that you found them…I still havent had time to read the Lost Symbol one but it is definitly my next book the read!

Ken and Jen Perkes - Luisa: Reading The Symbol with you at the cabin–stealing the book, back and forth–is definitely one of my fun memories from our trip. I still think about it and agree with you on its value: it is always fun to see our basic beliefs placed into a story as "mysterious and ancient truths that have been lost."

FOUND! RESTORED! Maybe we should start working on the sequel! : -)



Emily - I LOVED My Sister's Keeper. Her books make you think afterwards. Quite a heart wrenching story though. You have a number of books on here that I might have to go look up. What is the trilogy The Uglies?? Love your blog! You look so happy!!

Coldsmoke Chalet!

Often times I wonder if God has His work cut out for Himself, considering that roughly, Heaven will be three times as beautiful as the Earth we live on. Based on what I can see, He has pretty fantastic taste and personally, I think my heaven is going to look a little like McCall. In…

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Shannon - That must have been so much fun. YAY for you guys.

Mike and Ariane - Fun. Great photos. Love the expression on Papa Perkes on the ATV!

Bree - What a gorgeous area!! Looks like you guys had such a BLAST!!! We miss you guys and sure hope to keep in touch!!

K. Elizabeth - Looks like you had a blast and it is beautiful!

Jeralyn - Hey Lady! Its true… We should be more in touch! Shame on me, or you, or someone! :) Darling post… WHAT FUN!! SO, I've decided that Mom & Dad have quite the life! I wish I could travel around and see all of us all the time ;) Your blog is always so cute. Love you & miss you guys lots. -jhp

Ken and Jen Perkes - Luisa, you sweetie, that was so kind . . . and wonderful! We did have a great time, didn't we?! The photos you posted and your skilled commentary brought it all back in such a beautiful way. What a treasure!

Much love,