Sunday, July 25, 2010

Have Faith, Be Good

I am a democrat [proponent of democracy] because I believe in the Fall of Man.

I think most people are democrats for the opposite reason. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau, who believed in democracy because they thought mankind so wise and good that every one deserved a share in the government.

The danger of defending democracy on those grounds is that they’re not true. . . . I find that they’re not true without looking further than myself. I don’t deserve a share in governing a hen-roost. Much less a nation. . . .

The real reason for democracy is just the reverse. Mankind is so fallen that no man can be trusted with unchecked power over his fellows. Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters.

C.S. Lewis, Present Concerns

Friday, July 23, 2010

There's nothing like a main dish salad to beat the heat...

... and Cobb Salad with Chive Dressing is a favorite. This recipe comes from A Pinch of Salt Lake, though often called a California Cobb Salad. This recipe book was given to me as a wedding gift, if I remember right--from my mom, I think. Thanks, Mom! There are lots of good recipes found in that book.

Click here for the recipe!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

When it's hot, a rotisserie chicken is your best friend.

Not a new recipe, but I'm just letting you know Chicken Curry in a Hurry made with a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store is just as good as when the chicken is cooked at home. But remember, make enough for EVERYONE to have left-overs the next day. Alas! Today everyone beat me to it and when I saw the empty jar in the sink, I wept. Well, not really, but I had a moment of major disappointment.

Also, I've updated all the Memory Mixer Specs for the birthday and anniversary pictures if you are interested. Including a link for the cute patriotic overlay in this month's banner.

Feelin' lucky?

Had to share this amazing video!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

It's HOT!!!

And turning on the oven would not be a good idea. So let's try some recipes that only require cooking on top of the stove! Kids begging for cookies? Try Volcano Cookies.

I was introduced to these by my good friend Linda in Tracy, California. Linda was our wonderful Stake President's wife and we worked together in the Scout Program. She also introduced me to
Olallieberries and graciously offered her backyard to be used for Scout Camp when both of our boys were complaining that they didn't want to go to the big camp (it seemed more like a boot camp than a scout camp!)

Click here for the recipe!
Click here for the Memory Mixer specs!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Have Faith, Be Good

"There are worse things than hurt feelings."
Christopher Hitchens, 7/13/2010, Hugh Hewitt Program

"When we believe or say we have been offended, we usually mean we feel insulted, mistreated, snubbed, or disrespected. ... However, it ultimately is impossible for another person to offend you or to offend me. ... To be offended is a choice we make; it is not a condition inflicted or imposed upon us by someone or something else."
Elder David A. Bednar, “And Nothing Shall Offend Them,” Ensign, Nov 2006, 89–92

Friday, July 16, 2010

I just found this very interesting...

I follow this doctor's Twitter feed and found a couple of interesting links.

This link could save your life. It gives an emergency physician's "advice to help prevent you from offing yourself prematurely", such as "Drive the biggest vehicle you can afford to drive" and "Never get on a 4-wheeler ATV." I figured out that last one just by reading the obituaries.

This link reinforces the benefits of books. Now go read something!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Have Faith, Be Good

"The people I feel sorry for are those who do 90 percent of what it takes to succeed. "
Thomas Sowell

"From the very beginning to the present time, a fundamental question remains to be answered by each who runs the race of life. Shall I falter or shall I finish? On the answer await the blessings of joy and happiness here in mortality and eternal life in the world to come."
Thomas S. Monson, “‘Finishers Wanted’,” Ensign, Jul 1972, 68

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Do you see what I see?

First tomato almost ready to be harvested! What should I do with it? Pop that sweet little baby right in my mouth? But if it has friends ... hmmmm, maybe I'll throw them in a frittata! :)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

You may be getting sick of this ...

But I'm not! And this one may be my favorite yet! Probably because of the bacon.

I had some more bits and pieces ... a small block of left-over swiss (from Marco Polo), some asparagus (from my wonderful anniversary dinner at Olive Garden), and bacon (from breakfast). I even had some extra slow-cooked-minced-seasoned onion in the fridge (from making tacos). Put them all together and what have you got? A marvelous Asparagus Bacon Swiss Ricotta Frittata! Haha! :)

Here's the recipe.
The Memory Mixer specs are the same as this.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Have Faith, Be Good


President John Adams wrote to his wife about Independence Day: "It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

My baby grew up and I didn't even notice ...

The other day Sarah said, "Hands up high, touch the sky. Pants down low, here we go." At first I didn't recognize it. I hadn't heard it in a long time. Neither had she. "Why did we say that, Mom?" It took me a minute to remember, but that's what I would say to her as we would change her clothes! Probably from the day she was born, since I said it to other kids as well. It's funny how quickly you forget things--things that I'd said hundreds, if not thousands, of times. Sigh ... my baby's growing up! :) Isn't she cute wearing the new shirt Dad got for Father's Day? ... Sigh :)