About us

Robert is a computer 'geek' and I say that in the most affectionate way possible! He keeps our home network up and running. Right now he works for Convergys in Orem in their technical support department for Netapp. Rob has the most common sense out of anyone I've ever met. He also is one of the most 'creative' people I have EVER known. Within minutes of getting a 'new toy' he's got it taken apart figuring out how to 'maximize' it's potential.

Heather is a 'die hard' animal lover. Rob is VERY tolerant of her zoo. Right now she has 6 cats, 2 dogs, 5 birds, 1 RES Turtle, 1 Betta Fish, 1 Tank of guppies (see The Thompson Zoo) for more about their daily adventures. Rob is very understanding, and coming from a background of not really an animal lover other than birds, he's quite taken with them :) Heather works full time for her father at Camelot Pet Resort, Spa & Health Center in Bountiful, she is the Manager and Veterinary Technician. Heather is also an Independant Representative for several direct sales companies, she offers Gourmet Food, Scrapbooking, Pet Supplies, Candles and Natural Home Care products.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Family Recipe Database

The Family Recipes Database is UP and running! This is for family of Robert & Heather Thompson! We are going to collect bunches (hopefully) of recipes from both sides of our families and then load them into the book. We will probably have a "Briggs Family Cookbook" then a "Sims Family Cookbook take 2" and a "Thompson Family cookbook" so feel free to e-mail your recipes to we are hoping to get lots of input and support with this from both sides of our families! We are working on having a 'submittal' page where you can just type in your recipes.

Here is the link for the page:
Just click on one of the names/books on the top of the page to see the recipes, then click on the recipe name for the recipe.

Our Recipes is Rob N Heather's favorites...just a couple so far added.
Meal Master & More Meal Master have TONS and TONS of various Recipes
Sims Family Cookbook is the printed cookbook Jen Sims did for her Laurel Project way back when

7 Minute Icing on Angel Food Cake

So it's not exactly "Diet" Friendly, but today was my dad's 66th birthday and I wanted to do something special for him. So I called my mom last night and asked what his favorite cake is Angel Food Cake with his Mom's Seven Minute Frosting recipe. So I baked the cake last night at about 11:15 (Yah I was wired last night). Then this morning I attempted to make the frosting, the first attempt didn't really work out as we could only find 1/2 of our double boiler, and our hand mixer was acting up. So I was near tears and hubby gave the go ahead to go pick up a double boiler and a new hand mixer. I was so excited! So I made it and it's more like 20-30 minute frosting not 7 minute frosting :) I had to mix it for 20 minutes before it was forming peaks, so I probably should have gone a few minutes longer to get it even stiffer!

So I work for my dad, my mom had physical therapy and needed a ride home today. My dad didn't have any appointments, so we 'booked' a phony one to keep him at work so we could surprise him. I picked up my mom, gathered all the employees in the exam room, set up the cake etc, and told my dad his appointment was there. Now mind you, he thinks he has a real appointment there so he's asking all sorts of questions, how old is it, how long has it been vomiting, has it had any shots? any diarrhea? Yah I was stuttering and stammering coming up with answers, but it worked. As we went into the exam room all the workers started singing Happy Birthday to him. The look of happiness, and joy on his face was a kodak moment for sure (wish I would have thought to grab my camera), he was SOOOOO happy. I also got one of his favorite icecreams vanilla/orange sherbert combo, his favorite drink Orange Crush too. Overall I think it went well, the only thing I should have done differently was cook/beat it a little longer. My mom was impressed with how it went and said I can be the official "Dad" birthday cake maker from now on HA HA! My Grandpa (RIP)'s birthday was on Feb 23rd, and he preferred German Chocolate Cake w/homemade frosting, then my dad's birthday was 2 days later so they had the Angel Food/7 Min Frosting cake 2 days later :)

Here is the recipe for Phoebe Smith's (Great Grandma) 7 Minute Frosting
From: Gilda Sims
Makes: 1 servings


egg whites
white syrup
lemon juice
orange juice
orange rind


Make sure the cake is very cool before trying to frost. Beat all ingredients constantly in top of double boiler over medium-high heat, except orange rind, until stiff peaks form. Add orange rind and spread over cake.

Here are pictures of the cake I made:

Friday, February 20, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

Sims Family Dinner

Sunday was our monthly 'family' dinner, it was special as Danny was here from Canada to see the open house of the new Draper Temple. It was just Danny, Tyson, Nate & Alyssa as Makenna had an ear infection so Kristy & Amber stayed home with her. Anyways Brigg (Mike & Nikki's oldest) and Alyssa were having a ball playing with the hula hoop. They were singing Jingle Bells! Too Cute! (Sorry no sound on my camera).

Here are some random pictures of the kids (kids are always cuter than adults anyways).
Brigg playing with a mini etch a sketch

Brigg & Alyssa playing with the hula hoop

Brigg & Alyssa, that's Nate in the background

A very happy Braden

Braden, Showing me his truck and as you can tell he REALLY enjoyed the dinner :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


For many of our readers, you have worked at or have been to Camelot Pet Resort (Uncle Dan's Veterinary Hospital), anyways if you know "Tabitha" aka Tabby Cat, she's not doing so hot. She has gone from 12# to 7.11# in a very short time period. She loves her water, always has to use her 'paw' to get it. Today we did a Urinalysis and Bloodwork on her, she has 3 different types of crystals in her urine as well as has elevated BUN (75) normal is up to 35 and Crea 4.6 normal is like 2. something. So little Miss Tabby Anne has Chronic Renal Failure (Kidney Failure). Here are a couple of websites with info: or

Now Tabitha isn't showing any signs other than weigh loss and kind of 'weird' smelling breath. She has been awfully affectionate lately, 'begging/pawing' to be picked up. She also is a 'girl with a mission', she follows Heather around in the mornings and 'helps' clean by tasting everyone's fresh water. For now we are doing research to see what we need to do to lengthen/extend her life, and putting her on Royal Canin's Renal LP diet, (everyone gets to eat it since it's too hard to separate 4 kitties to eat).

Here are some cute pictures of Tabby Cat:
Yep still Cranky looking all the time!

During one of her 'flop' moments in front of fish tank

STUFFED herself into this tiny box, had to really try hard!

Likes to sleep on the desk when Alvin isn't hogging it :)

Yes this is Tabitha ON TOP of the filing cabinet!

Tabby on a Kozy Bag

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Family Website Database

Rob has been busily working on our website, he has developed a database for our Recipes, which includes some of our favorite recipes, as well as "The Sims Family Cookbook, that Jennifer did for her Laurels project for my dad's side of the family 'eons' ago. It's really cool, searchable, and automatically grabs the recipes from our KRecipes cookbook that we put in there. Anyways we thought it would be cool to have a "Family n Friends" Recipe Website where you can post some of your favorite family recipes etc. We would like your help in compiling recipes. So please send any and all recipes to Send the ingredients, directions, comments, any pictures etc to us. If you know where the recipe came from please put that on there as well. We will put up a sample here in a bit so you can see how the website is going to work. We have been adding comments to some of our recipes, such as needed more flavor, or added this or that to it and it really made it. Thanks! We are VERY excited about this.

Puppy Love

Does this look like he can't 'stand' the dog? It TOTALLY does not. Rob is ALWAYS telling me he can't stand the dog...who is as you can see a BIGTIME Daddy's boy! He pees all over me every time I touch him...but NEVER pees on Daddy. You can see the adoration in their faces....the dog is our chihuahua Sebastian who just turned 1 year in January. Rob comes home from work at night and gives Bastian some loves and Bastian just melts in his arms.

DeeJay is now our oldest kitty at 9 years old. Pipsqueak is a little kitten and just 8 months guessed it Pippers LOVES to tease, torment, and make DeeJay squeal. So this is DeeJay's solution to annoying little brothers.....

Pip was pestering her on daddy's footstool so DeeJay got even and put her 13# of body weight on Pipsqueaks 7# LOL, she held him there for a while. Don't tell anyone but when she doesn't think we are watching she lets him lick, and clean her and love her and sometimes even plays with him......typical big sister/little brother relationship don't yah think? LOL!