Rebecca Adams

About Rebecca Adams

Rebecca enjoys adorning her home with country decor, supporting her husband's duck hunting and fishing adventures, and graphic design. A fan of Smith & Edwards since she was a kid, Rebecca helps build the Smith & Edwards Web Store.

Help your kids gain confidence - sign them up for 4-H Livestock showing!

4-H Helps Kids Build Confidence through Showing Livestock

- posted by Rebecca Adams
Alicia Teuscher with USU Extension - Weber County 4-H

Alicia Teuscher with USU Extension - Weber County 4-H

I had the pleasure of talking with Alicia Teuscher, an Extension Educator with the Utah State University 4-H Program. The Weber County 4-H program has many different departments, but the main program that people think of when working with 4-H programs is the livestock department.

Beginning with Clover Bud, at age 5 to 8 children can participate in some activities at a basic level. There are livestock showing opportunities for Clover Buds, which helps participants build confidence in themselves as they move to the 4-H club when they reach 8 years old.

From Clover Buds, youth work their way up to the state level as they become involved in 4-H programs in high school. 4-H members can become an officer at state level and even participate in national conferences as well.

As you build confidence in showing your livestock, you build confidence in yourself and become more responsible. Building a skill level always takes time and patience, but the reward of being able to show your hard work is what makes the livestock department so important.

How Your Kids Benefit from Showing Livestock

As you build your confidence in showing your livestock, you build confidence in yourself. Alicia told me, "4-H and doing the demonstrations that I did, and going to conferences and being a state officer, helped me to overcome my difficulty of public speaking and the ability to show my livestock with confidence."

Kennedy Douglas walking her hog

Kennedy Douglas with her hog. Kennedy won Reserve Senior Class Showmanship at the Weber County Fair - congrats Kennedy!

 

One of the big benefits of doing livestock is learning to take care of animals. There's so much you can learn as far as grooming, feeding, fitting - and having the proper shelter as well.

There is a lot of responsibility with raising livestock, because you clean up after them and make sure that their habitat is taken care of & uncluttered so your animal stays safe. As you gain confidence, you learn how to train your animal.

Wells Thompson walking his hog

Wells Thompson walking his hog. Wells raised the Grand Champion hog at the Cache County fair last year!

Training is important and taking the time to prepare and show your animal. Being able to lead the animal, set up the legs, and keep the animal between you and the judge at all times are key elements to showing your livestock. Tip: Keeping eye contact with the judge is very important to showmanship.

Getting Ready for the Show

Preparing your animals for the show takes a lot of time. A child works with their animal for months before the show: weighing and charting, walking, and grooming their animal as it grows. Luckily, there's a lot of support and resources to guide 4-H members with their steer, lamb, or hog. Then in the summer, it's time to get ready for the big event.

Fitting, as it is called, requires you to shear your livestock right before a show. You'll also trim the hooves and wash them with specific soap that is safe for them. You learn how to scrub and wash your animal; for example, in between the hooves and under their belly and legs. You can also learn how to shear your animal: this is an important skill because shears are sharp, and the animal can be cut easily.

Pace Thompson grooming his hog

Pace Thompson with his hog

There are many different animals that are a part of livestock showing. Steers, lambs, and hogs are a few that are presented and auctioned off during these shows. "When looking for an animal for the fair you want to look at their health: that they have good feet and legs, the width and length of the animal, and their breed character."

"The biggest thing is to practice, so it becomes second nature. With lambs you use a halter that helps them to be able to lead and set up for a show," Alicia advised.

With hogs, you don't use a halter - rather, a leading stick that helps them to follow your lead. With steers you use a halter as well as a leading stick to help them with posture and form. "It takes a lot of time and patience to train the livestock. They spend a lot of their summer training these animals for the shows."

Gavin Douglas and his steer

Gavin Douglas and his steer (and showmanship buckle!)

How your kids can get started

Getting into the program is simple! There are offices you can call to get involved in, and even as an adult you can sign up as a volunteer. If you have several children interested, you can sign up as a family group. There are so many different resources and clinics that help you become involved and learn more about your livestock and the proper ways to show and train your livestock.

If you are in Weber County, reach out to Alicia's office at 801-399-8206 or WeberCounty4-H.org to get your son or daughter involved. You can also find Utah State University Extension on Facebook!

Weber County Junior Livestoc 4-H and FFA Youth need YOU!

Mason Jar Herb Shakers are a great way to use your dried herbs year-round!

Have Herbs? Dry & Preserve in Mason Jar Herb Shakers!

- posted by Rebecca Adams

The best part of having your own garden is harvesting your own vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Drying herbs is simple, and with your own herb garden you can have the comfort of fresh and organic herbs and spices at your fingertips.

When to get ready

The early summer months of May and June is the best time to head over to your local nursery, and you can find an abundant supply of different herbs and spices to choose from. Some popular choices that do really well in the ground as well as in raised beds, are cilantro, thyme, basil, and chives.
Thyme growing

How to Pick and Dry Herbs

The process is easy: harvest the herbs before they flower and the best time is early morning before the sun hits them.  Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to finish the process, because it's best if you start to prep your herbs for drying when you first pick them.

Make sure you wash gently and drain excess water, then tie a rubber band around the bottom with the herbs leaves facing down. Then hang in a moisture free area. It's that simple!
Bundle of thyme drying

If you prefer, place the herbs on a mesh screen in a food dehydrator and let it run. This is a great method for parsley and chives: Cut the herbs with kitchen scissors, then let dry on a screen tray.

Kitchen Scissors - Ball Herb 5 Blade Scissors
My favorite part is crushing the herbs with a mortar and pestle!
Thyme in mortar & pestle

Store your Herbs in Mason Jar Shakers

Ball brand Mason Jar herb shaker caps

I love these Ball Mason jar herb shaker caps - so useful and super-affordable!

I love these shaker lids for regular Mason jars that you can personalize and put your homegrown spices and herbs in! They work great for pretty jam & jelly jars as well as the pint & a half size Mason jars. You can even work on your biggest regular-mouth Mason jars.

They have nice big holes so you can shake out sprinkles and sugar spots as well as your favorite herbs and spices. Even mini chocolate chips! Mmm!

Add a label and you're set!

See more Mason Jar lids & drinking mugs here. Click here to see Canning jars, too.

Thyme in a Mason Jar herb shaker

Put a label on your herb shaker and you're set!

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Check out how to turn your summer herbs into cute shakers!

Pioneer Trek Outfit Ideas

What You Need for Pioneer Trek

- posted by Rebecca Adams

The Pioneer Trek has become a popular activity for LDS church members to experience the life of the Utah pioneers. It is a way for them to learn and experience a little part of the challenges and sacrifices they faced as they made their way across the plains of America in search for religious freedom.

The Trek Experience

The trek is an opportunity to travel back in time and let go of everyday comforts and modern technology. Cell phones, cars, and cable are left at home and are replaced with handcarts, face-to-face conversation, and the great outdoors.

When you start your trek you are placed into a family that consists of a ma, pa, and siblings. The group is about ten people to a handcart as they travel up to 13 miles a day. The trek lasts for four days and travels through about 28 miles of rough terrain.

As a participant of the trek you must be at least 14 years old and up to 18. Being physically prepared is also very important: get out and walk for at least 60 minutes a day at least two weeks before the trek.

Many activities are planned out as part of the pioneer experience: square dancing, spiritual meeting, and personal stories and history of the pioneers.

What do you Wear for Trek?

To fully appreciate and experience the pioneer trek, the clothing you wear will reflect those of a pioneer. LDS trek clothing can be a bit of a challenge, but our crew has been helping folks find the perfect outfit for several years - we'll help you find the right pieces.

LDS Trek Outfit Ideas

Kelsey and Tom are ready for Trek!

Women's LDS Trek Clothing

For women, broomstick skirts are an appropriate and cool piece of clothing. We added an apron over the skirt - handy for pockets and keeping your skirt clean.

Women's LDS Trek OutfitWe've got this broomstick skirt in several colors! Click here to see the broomstick skirts for yourself. They wash easy, and they look best wrinkled - no ironing needed.

On top, we just picked out a nice light blouse.

Women's Trek pioneer outfit

Here's the back of the outfit.

Add some good hiking boots like Merrells - preferably a good pair of shoes you've broken in.

Ladies' Merrell Shoes are a great choice for Trek

I love the pink accents on these ladies' hiking boots!

A bonnet adds shade and helps you keep cool - get yours online here.

LDS Trek Bonnet

Men's LDS Trek Clothing

For men, these Scully pants have suspender buttons built-in so you can walk comfortably.

Men's Pioneer outfit: palm leaf hat, suspenders, and Scully pants and shirt.

Gentlemen, it's simple: the shirt, suspenders, and pants are all from Scully. This brand's got the perfect items you need for your Trek.Back of the Men's pioneer outfit for TrekAgain, you can't go wrong with Merrell hiking boots. Keep a silk wild rag close to keep yourself cool in the summer heat.

Sitting in the Utah shade, this is a great men's outfit - and a bucket seat lets you stop for rest!A Sunbody palm-leaf hat is a smart way to keep cool and keep your skin safe. You can wear a wide-brimmed palm leaf hat right off the shelf, or use a steamer to shape the hat in any way you like. Get a Sunbody hat online here.

Men's LDS Trek outfit

What Else do I Bring?

Every stake and ward have different packing lists of what they want you to bring to the trek. Typically you're asked to bring a bucket that holds your supplies. Moleskin is a must in case of blisters.

These ice fishing bucket seats have been popular here in the store for people going on Trek: they fit on both 5-gallon and 6-gallons and provide some much-appreciated cushioning.

Ice Fishing Bucket Seat - an unsuspecting item you'll love having on Trek!

Find everything you need all in one place as you shop for your trek at Smith & Edwards!

Now you've got some great ideas for you or your son or daughter going on Trek!More information on your pioneer trek can be found on your ward or stake's Facebook page.

For an ultimate guide, visit LDS Living's Ultimate Guide to Trek.

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LDS Trek & Pioneer outfit Inspiration - Smith & Edwards
Thanks to Kelsey from our Clothing Department and Tom from Western for modeling these great outfits!

Over 120 Brand Name Smith and Edwards Spices!

- posted by Rebecca Adams

Smith and Edwards has everything you need, if we can find it. Why not have our own line of affordable spices, seasonings, rubs, herbs, and air dried vegetables?

From the freshest ingredients comes over 120 spices that are must haves for your kitchen.

A few of the Smith and Edwards line up. Oregano, nutmeg, and tomato flakes!

A few of the Smith and Edwards line up. Oregano, nutmeg, and tomato flakes!

 

You'll find new ways to use these spices following our Pinterest board, For Your Kitchen. New recipes are added weekly!

 

Nutmeg Spice and Tomato Flakes

Nutmeg Spice and Tomato Flakes

 

You'll find all the spices by clicking this link here. You'll find more ideas for your kitchen by visiting our kitchen and housewares section on our website!

I love my raised garden! Click to find these vintage ammo boxes and make them your own too!

Utah company Burnett Metal Art featured on Smith & Edwards

Personalize Your Garden with Utah Original Art

- posted by Rebecca Adams

Spring is all about getting out and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. Smith and Edwards has fresh flowers, planters, and garden accessories that will help you create that perfect outdoor haven.

You can find the perfect way to organize your beautiful garden with Burnett Metal Art garden markers - made right here in Utah!

Personalize your garden with Utah's original Burnett Metal Art

An amazing line of garden markers!

Burnett Metal Art is a Utah based company out of Garland. The Burnetts have found that being a Utah-based company has brought in a lot of business because the people are great to work with, and Utah is a great state for small businesses. The Burnett family has owned and operated this welding and fabrication business for over 100 years!

After purchasing their CNC plasma table in 2011, Brody and Weston Burnett, two of the sons, and their wives, Kara and Trista, started Burnett Metal Art. Daughter Tristin (Burnett) Lindsay is head designer for product development. I had the pleasure of talking to Tristin and ask her a few questions about the company.

The Burnett Family

The Burnett Family

Q. What inspired your family to create this business?

A. One of our big inspirations came from our mother, Susan. She has collected all varieties of nativity scenes throughout her life. She wanted us to design and cut her one from metal. She has helped us design a few of our nativities as well. We now have about 13-15 nativities designed and we have plans to have 50 designed and available in the next 2 years.

Q. What drives you in your business?

A. Our motivation comes from when our customers get excited about new products we design and produce. We get satisfaction out of seeing our products displayed in yards when we drive down roads and even go out of our small town and see our products in yards or on houses in other areas!

Our motivation also comes from being able to design things that we would like in our own homes and yards and being able to use them ourselves. We are also motivated and determined to make Burnett Metal Art as successful as our welding business has been.

Q. How big is your company? Have you or are you thinking about growing across America?

A. We currently have 8 employees. The company started with just a few products and now has nearly 100 products and is sold in over 12 locations in Utah, as well as online.

We have the desire and a plan in place to start Burnett Metal Art spreading across America. We are working with different retail outlets to expand our reach outside of Utah.

Q. What are your most popular items? Any customer favorites?

A. Our most popular items are our yard art and garden markers. We also sell a lot of our nativity scenes as well. Our customer favorites are our garden markers and yard art as well. We are hoping that our Holiday line will be just as big with our customer base.

Q. Why do customers love your garden markers?

A. Our products are built to last. We make each one durable and long lasting. They are a unique product to enhance your home or garden. We can also customize any product to make it unique and specific to your taste.

Q. What makes Burnett Metal Art unique?

A. Our company is unique because it is a family owned business. It started with our father working at the welding shop, then going to owner, and now 4 siblings are working here as well.

Q. Is there any history or background that makes your company what it is?

A. The business was originally a blacksmith shop that started over 100 years ago and has progressed to a Welding and Fabrication Shop. Now we have added the Metal Art business as well!

Q. What is your favorite product to sell - or is there a product in the future that you are going to add to your already creative collection?

A. We love selling our garden stuff the most. We have plans of adding decorative metal furniture to our collection.


It was amazing to be able to talk and find out more about these garden and yard markers that are made right here in the U.S.A. - thanks, Tristin! Smith & Edwards loves featuring small businesses like Burnett Metal Art - especially family-owned businesses based in Utah, just like us. These fun metal garden markers make great additions to your garden and outdoor decorations!
Radishes metal garden marker from Burnett at Smith & Edwards

You can find these cute garden markers by clicking here.