Working as the Family and Consumer Science Agent for Utah State University Extension for the last 30 years has been the perfect job for me. Growing up with a mom who “did it all” and a dad who could “could ix anything,” I acquired a love of self-reliance. I worked alongside both of them when they gardened and canned, built a camper, cooked with wheat, and sewed clothes.
I can well remember the time my dad and I decided to make my grandma’s soft sugar cookies, we put in baking soda, instead of baking powder. I was 8, and have never made that same mistake again.
As the FCS Agent I have taught hundreds of classes, written hundreds of news articles, bulletins and fact sheets. I have most recently (the last four years) appeared regularly on KSL TV's "Studio 5" with many of the useful tips I have picked up along the way.
I must admit, though, it is my kids that have provided me many opportunities to put all this fix-it, clean-it, make-it, undo-it, revamp-it, and repair-it knowledge from years at USU Extension to good work.
To this day, I love to cook, sew, analyze recipes, work in the garden, preserve food and find ways to stretch our family finances. I even like to fix a leaky faucet, but leave that to my handyman husband while I test the next recipe.
So, I am hoping that some of the things I know and share will be of help to you in your world of home and family, and that maybe, just maybe, you will catch the bug of “I can do that.”