Monday, May 30, 2011

It's Memorial Day ...

Many thanks to all those who serve and who have served.

Many thanks to all those who support those who serve.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Have Faith, Be Good

"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.


To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne."

Revelation 3:19, 21

Saturday, May 28, 2011

What caught my eye this week ...

I want to make these beautiful Watermelon (Shaped) Cookies!

Steve Crowder explains Net Neutrality as no one else can. 

When we lived in the Bay Area, our eyes were opened wide to the realities of California Public Schools.  Now you can see some of it for yourself in this report on Gender Diversity Education for Elementary School children in Oakland schools.

This week's audience included people from the Cayman Islands, Germany, Iran, Malaysia and Singapore.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Expand your horizons ...

Elder Jeff is serving in Argentina, and lately his emails have included lots of talk about local foods that he is hoping to be able to recreate himself when he returns home.  This prompted me to look for recipes on-line, if only to figure out what he's talking about.  So I tried making Alfajores and Dulce de Leche.  To find out how it all turned out, click here!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Well that was a pleasant surprise!

I checked out the new cookbook Recipes from the Roof - The 100th Anniversary of the Hotel Utah and Joseph Smith Memorial Building and found the recipes surprisingly approachable and the photos and stories fascinating!  So I tried making the Chicken Asparagus Crepes and PiƱa Colada Salad.  They proved to be as simple to make as they looked and very delicious.  Should you have a special meal coming up, be it for two or two hundred, this is a terrific resource!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Have Faith, Be Good

Of motherhood, she said, “There is so much routine in being a mother—you feed, you wash, you clean, and then you do it again and again. But between the routines were defining moments.” She concluded, “For me there could be no more fulfilling and exhilarating career."


[Of being First Lady of Massachusetts and wife of a presidential candidate,] when asked “What prepared you for the intensity of it all?” she replied, “Giving church talks. I’ve been Relief Society president, stake Young Women president. I’ve learned to run things and plan events and speak on a moment’s notice.”

Quoting Ann Romney from:
The woman behind Mitt Romney*
By Kelly Smurthwaite

*Taken from the book, Women of Character, by Susan Easton Black and Mary Jane Woodger, available at Seagull Book and Deseret Book.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

What caught my eye this week ...

This makes me want to catch up on my scrapbooking again (I want the butterfly), and led me to new digital scrapbook sites here, here, here, and here.

Dave claimed girls wear stupid stuff, so I had to show him these three foot long pointy boots for men.

Joseph F. Smith was 19 years old, returning from his mission through lawless territory. A group of armed and drunken men rode into camp on horseback.  Some of the men Joseph was traveling with hid, but Joseph continued about his business — carrying wood to the campfire. One of the intruders pointed a cocked pistol squarely at his head and declared, "I'm a killer of Mormons, boy. Are you a Mormon?"  Young Joseph looked the man squarely in the eye and boldly answered, "That's tough to define. There are varying degrees."  Bwa ha ha ha ha!  I love reading Orson Scott Card's editorials at Mormon Times

This week's audience included people from Australia, Canada, Germany, Russia, and Malaysia.

Friday, May 20, 2011


When I told you about my adventure making Homemade Ricotta, I failed to include how I deliciously incorporate it into a nice Zucchini Tomato Dish!  This is a perfect way to use up all those zucchini that will be multiplying in your garden this summer.  I only have one request--pick the zucchini when it is young and tender, not when it is a foot long and the circumference of a baseball bat! :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

We've stopped ordering pizza ...

... and started making our own!  Using a bread maker to prepare the dough means it's all too easy!  Kathryn said I had to put it on the blog (probably to make sure I don't lose the recipe!), so here it is!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, May 14, 2011

What caught my eye this week ...

"After three generations the mice fed the high omega-6 fatty acid diet were grossly obese. In addition, [they] had fatty livers and enlarged hearts and kidneys, all indicative of major metabolic disturbances." More evidence that you should eat lard avoid margarine, vegetable oil, soybean oil, etc., if only for the sake of your children and grandchildren.

Got a big decision to make? This is great advice.

This week's audience included people from France, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom.

Friday, May 13, 2011

I've got a carton of half-and-half that's gonnna go bad ...

... and we just can't let that happen now, can we?  So I thought I'd try making Homemade Ricotta cheese.  I checked out recipes here, here, here, and here, but it was this one that made me believe I could really do it.  And it was easy!  Turned out the best thing I made with it involved zucchini--but, alas, no picture.  You'll just have to try by faith!  :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kids are back from college and that means ...

... we're back to running the dishwasher twice a day.  But I'm happy to do it!  :)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

What caught my eye this week ...

This is hilarious.

This is cool. 

This is something I want to figure out how to do. Scroll down to see lots of cool pictures.

This week's audience included people from Germany, Iran, and Malaysia.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Would you like to simplify things ...

I'm always looking for ways to simplify things.  So this week when Kathryn was begging for Chicken Pot Pie and I was thinking "too much work, but, darn it, I do have some chicken, potatoes, and carrots that need using up", I decided to try what you see pictured here.  Just dump all the filling into a casserole dish and cover it with the crust.  Much easier to do than making a bunch of individual servings.  And it got RAVE reviews, so it's a keeper!  Just remember to put a cookie sheet under the pan in case anything drips!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Feeding the missionaries brings blessings ...

... and one of them, for me, was getting Mama Bahr's Egg Strata Casserole.  Here's the story:  When David was serving his mission, the sweet Sister who was having them for Christmas Dinner emailed me a few weeks before asking for the recipe for Green-Pea Soup with Mint.  She had asked all the missionaries for some recipe that reminded them of home, and, surprisingly, that's what Dave asked for.  So I thought I'd do the same.  Wouldn't you know it took me four months to make it happen, so what Elder Bahr usually had for Christmas breakfast, he ended up having for Easter breakfast.  Our menu was Mama Bahr's Egg Strata Casserole, Easter Breakfast Rolls, a big bowl of strawberries, milk and juice.  Since the casserole and rolls were made the night before, the morning preparation was incredibly easy and made for a relaxing and enjoyable Easter morning!  Might have to make it a tradition!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Have Faith, Be Good

This generation will be called upon to defend the doctrine of the family as never before. If they don’t know it, they can’t defend it.

Julie B. Beck
Teaching the Doctrine of the Family
The Family:  A Proclamation to the World