Sunday, January 29, 2012

Have Faith, Be Good

“If I esteem mankind to be in error,” Joseph Smith explained, “shall I bear them down? No. I will lift them up, and in their own way too, if I cannot persuade them my way is better; and I will not seek to compel any man to believe as I do, only by the force of reasoning, for truth will cut its own way. Do you believe in Jesus Christ and the Gospel of salvation which he revealed? So do I. Christians should cease wrangling and contending with each other, and cultivate the principles of union and friendship in their midst.”

Robert L. Millet
A View on Interfaith Respect

Saturday, January 28, 2012

What caught my eye this week ...

Newt Gingrich and the 'moral thing' is analysis worth reading.  It contains the real news from the interview with Wife No.2:  “People want to hear what I have to say,” he told her. “It doesn’t matter what I do.”

Did you know that Warren Buffett's Secretary likely makes between $200,000 and $500,000/year?  Warren Buffett pays well. 

Hey, Katrina!  Happy Birthday!  :)

This week's audience included people from Australia, Germany, Iceland, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, Russia, and the United Kingdom!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

You should do this with your family portraits! :)

Click on the picture to see it better.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Have Faith, Be Good

It may be true that man is nothing in comparison to the greatness of the universe. At times we may even feel insignificant, invisible, alone, or forgotten. But always remember—you matter to Him!

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
"You Matter to Him"

Saturday, January 21, 2012

What caught my eye this week ...

Hey Kristy!  Since you love Red Velvet Cake, I thought I'd show you Bakerella's adorable Red Velvet Cupcakes.  Oh, but maybe you should wait until Monday.  :)

Want to compare the nutritional value of two foods?  Check out Two Foods Instant Food Comparison.    I compared quiche to frittata.  Here were the, rather shocking I thought, results.

Ron Paul may not have any chance at being the Republican Nominee for President, but I'm still glad he's running.  I liked his comment from Thursday's debate:  "I can remember the very early years studying obstetrics and I was told — it was before the age of abortion. I was told taking care of a woman that’s pregnant, you have two patients. I think that solves a lot of the problem about, you know, when life begins and all."  I also appreciated his subsequent remarks about the culture and how laws follow the culture.  You can watch it here.

This week's audience included people from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Greece, Latvia, India, Ireland, Philippines, Russia, and the United Kingdom!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

This is award winning chili!

Yes, award winning chili.  It won our Ward's chili cook-off in 2010!  And my girls ask for it often.  Thanks to my good friend Trisha for sharing the recipe!  Try White Chicken Chili, it's delicious and very simple to make!

Trisha Price

4 cans white beans (no need to drain)
2 cans chicken broth
1/4 Cup onion, chopped
3-4 chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1/4 Cup diced chillies (one small can)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 cup sour cream
2 Cup monterey jack cheese, shredded

 Mix beans and chicken broth, bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Then add onions, chicken, chillies, garlic, oregano, and cayenne pepper and simmer for another 30 minutes. Then add sour cream and cheese, stir until blended and melted.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

An extraordinary story, an extraordinary book ...

I was introduced to Katie Davis when she was interviewed on the Hugh Hewitt Show.  Her book, Kisses from Katie, is a beautiful and wondrous tale.  It continues on her blog.  What I loved the best was (is!) her willingness to follow the promptings of the Spirit and to submit to all things, confidant that they will eventually glorify God.  Much of her story is contained in her blog, but I would recommend reading the book first and then exploring her blog and ministry.  Katie Davis will inspire and uplift anyone who takes the time to read her story.  I'm so glad I did.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Have Faith, Be Good

"Remember that faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time."

A favorite teaching of President Thomas S. Monson
From the book "To the Rescue:  The Biography of Thomas S. Monson" by Heidi S. Swinton

Note:  This photograph is entitled Deer and Young Men Collecting Fast Offerings  :)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

What caught my eye this week ...

Loved, loved, loved these three short videos:  Move, Learn, Eat.  My favorite was Learn.  I wonder what yours was.  :)

Hostess is going bankrupt?  "... blaming  its pension and medical benefits obligations, increased competition and tough economic conditions."  My guess is that the first reason given is the greatest problem.

Tarzana Joe has a new poem entitled "Fired Up".  But you'll only enjoy it if politically you lean way right.  I liked the little jab at the EPA.  :)

And finally, thanks to my wonderful sister-in-law Anne for showing me this fantastic article about Tim Tebow and his good works.  I can't think of a better way to stay grounded and handle everything that comes with fame. 

This week's audience included people from Australia, Canada, Puerto Rico, Russia, and the United Kingdom!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

This book is sweet as pie!

Really.  The story is simple and sweet and wonderful.  Now, I reserve almost every book I ever hear of at our wonderful, local library.  Many sit on our shelf with only a brief flip-through.  That would have been the case for Pie by Sarah Weeks, except when Mat flipped through the book, he found this recipe for Coconut Cream Pie.  Well, if I was going to make the pie, I thought I'd better find out if the story was any good too.  And it was!  :)  I read it in two days.  And I can tell you the Coconut Cream Pie and Chocolate Cream Pie recipes are fantastic!  There are thirteen different recipes, and after the two successes we've already had, I want to try them all!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Mom! Where's that chicken recipe?!

Our college gal is asking about a delicious and easy chicken dish we had the other night!  It was Salsa Verde Chicken Bake from Simply Recipes. It's a great college recipe too because there are only 4 ingredients--and really, the cilantro can be optional.  A few notes:  I had to cook the chicken for an hour, but my pieces were pretty thick and I probably used at least two pounds of chicken.  If you want extra heat, use the pepper jack cheese, for a milder dish, use plain monterey jack.  And if it's still too hot, give it a big dollop of sour cream.  It's sooo good!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Have Faith, Be Good

"Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, January 7, 2012

What caught my eye this week ...

The Great Norwegian Butter Shortage continues!  Check out this ad that says:  "Buy a new Audi R8 for 2 million Norwegian crowns ($360K) and you get a pound of butter for free!"  The world is nuts. :P 

Since my appendix burst (many years ago), I have been fascinated by theories about what the appendix is good for.  Here's another article suggesting it may have to do with managing bacteria in the gut.  To get to the "but what does it all mean to me" info, just scroll down to the second to last paragraph (just above the disgusting picture of acute appendicitis). :P 

Bwahahaha!  I remember hampers like this one!  Thankfully, I don't have that anymore.  When the big kids are home, they do their own laundry.  :)

This week's audience included people from France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom!

Had to add this comment on the EPA:

“… the current EPA is acting in a reckless, cavalier and very unscientific manner.  Not even in a manner to maximize effective environmental protection.  It is over reaching.  It is quite possible to be a champion of limited government and sound, substantial, rigorous science and achieve more environmental protection [rather] than the cavalier EPA (do everything at the same time/no risk is too low/no cost is too high).  That’s not the way you achieve effective environmental protection.  It is prosperity and a growing economy--it’s always been during those periods that we have achieved the most reduction in air pollution and contaminants in water quality.  That story is told around the world.”

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Prepared Pantry Review

Aunt Virginia sent us some wonderful Christmas gifts from The Prepared Pantry!  I had often wondered if their products were any good, so I thought I'd let you know what we thought of them.  The Baked Apple Pancakes were simple, straightforward and delicious!

The Chocolate Sugarsnaps were elegant and tasty!  They would be a great thing to have in the pantry when homemade cookies are expected, but you don't want all the mess that comes with measuring out a lot of ingredients.  One thing that would have been nice would be a listing of what to expect when you opened the box.  There is a bag containing a sugar mixture, a smaller bag of rolling sugar (it would be nice to know what kind of sugar that was too--and, in case you were wondering, it was exactly the right amount), and a dough mix.  If you read all the way through the instructions before starting you'll figure it all out.  We made three dozen + two cookies using this scoop.

So these mixes got a big thumbs up and I'd expect other mixes to have the same fine quality!  :) 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Read these books simultaneously ...

That's what I did (read them simultaneously), and somehow it made each better.  These books are similar in format:  lots of short chapters (over 30), each teaching a principle or idea that is hoped will help the reader to live a good and happy life.

I enjoyed the many personal experiences shared in Elder Oaks' book Life's Lessons Learned.  My favorite lessons were:

Chapter 16:  "Mortals should not attempt to provide reasons for Divine commandments or revelations." (Check out this review.)


Chapter 36:  "It is in our personal interactions with one another that we are most likely to find the influence and transforming power of the Spirit."

I know Ben Stein mostly as a pundit, but it seems most people know him as the guy who repeatedly says "Bueller" (although my kids know him as the Head Fairy (or is it Pixie?) in the show Fairly OddParents), so when I mentioned to one guy that I was reading the book What Would Ben Stein Do?, he thought the advice would be comical.  But I found Ben Stein's writing to be sincere and emotional--real pleadings for his fellow man to heed advice learned from his own experiences and his observations of others.  I especially enjoyed the advice on loving one's spouse (he's got a great personal story).  The last few chapters of the book are about politics and policies and Republicans (Ben Stein is one) might be surprised by his well thought out argument for the need to raise taxes.  And there was a nice compliment to the people of Utah and the LDS Faith whom he describes as an "incredibly well-motivated, disciplined, eager work force."


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Have Faith, Be Good

"When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world."
George Washington Carver

Happy 2012! 

Can I just say how great 2012 is starting out?  Not only are we on the blessed 9:00 am church schedule, but today I read aloud a Charles Krauthammer opinion piece to the family and we actually discussed it!  I remember the days when Dr. Suess was as good as it got.  Will miracles never cease?!  :)