Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Fabulous Flapjacks for Christmas

We enjoy giving out Fantabulous Flapjacks to our neighbors and friends as a Christmas gift. This year we simplified the process by weighing the ingredients, instead of measuring cup after cup after cup. If you'd like to do the same, this should help.

Each double batch makes 8 bags (2 cups per bag).

For 8 (what we do) double batches, have the following on hand:

6 canisters quick oats (42 oz)
2 bags white flour (5 lb)
3 bags wheat flour (5 lb)
6 bags light brown sugar (2 lb)
1 can dry milk (#10 can)
3 cans baking powder (8.1 oz)
1 container cinnamon (18.3 oz)
1 container salt (26 oz)
2 containers cream of  tartar (1.1 oz)
60 bags treat bags and ties (there will be leftover mix)

When it's time to begin the first double batch, use the following:

1 lb 12 oz quick oats
1 lb 2.5 oz white flour
1 lb 6.1 oz wheat flour
1 lb 5 oz brown sugar
10.4 oz dry milk
2.6 oz baking powder
4 Tablespoons cinnamon
5 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Saturday, November 30, 2013

What caught my eye this week ...


Is it wrong to love articles like this that include phrases like "Some of our theories are just going down the drain"?  It's good to remember that we don't know everything. 

Had a blast making these Thanksgiving Cake Pops with the kiddies.  But if we want to make them next year, we must remember to buy candy corn during the Halloween season, 'cause they are nowhere to be found around Thanksgiving.  The jelly beans we used as a replacement worked great though. 

This week's audience included people from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Looking for something enjoyable to relax and listen to?  
Three hours of Hugh Hewitt interviewing Charles Krauthammer can be found here from 4-7 pm.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

What caught my eye this week ...


My girls have recently discovered Studio C. This post had me laughing and laughing.  Although, you might need to see this, this, this, and this, first, to really appreciate it.

Prager University's latest contribution:  Is Evil Rational?  Love the artwork.

A few months ago I started using Liquimins Trace Minerals (happily a product from Utah).  After awhile, I started wondering if my eyelashes were getting thicker and longer--nothing extraordinary--just back to the way they were when I was younger.  I wondered if it was just my imagination.  Then I looked at my "What caught my eye this week ..." photo and realized I could compare before and after pics!  What do you think? 

This week's audience included people from Australia, Canada, Germany, Honduras, Malaysia, Mexico, Romania, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom!


Saturday, November 9, 2013

My Zombie is staying for the holidays!

I found this great zombie to paint on my windows for Halloween:
I liked him so much, when it came time to take him down, I just couldn't do it.  
So I dressed him up for Thanksgiving.  :)


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Have Faith, Be Good


Kirsten Powers conversion story made my day.  No wonder she's my favorite left-leaning pundit.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

What caught my eye this week ...


I found this article to be quite disturbing.  Especially the quote, “There are valuable reasons for telling certain stories in a certain way at pivotal times, but that doesn’t mean we have to hold on to them once they’ve outlived their usefulness.” Sooooo ... it was okay to report a false narrative as long as it promoted a cause?

The story behind "Flamin' Hot Cheetos" is inspiring!

So in my church class of 12-13 year old girls this Sunday, I again heard someone say how bad it was to eat fat, and everyone agreed, and I almost cried.  It's too bad I can't show The Real Cause of Heart Disease at church.  But hope springs eternal!  Even Dr. Oz seems to be coming around.



Sunday, September 15, 2013

Have Faith, Be Good

Need a Sabbath Devotional?  Try:

Daily Bread: Pattern
Just as we need daily physical sustenance, the need for daily spiritual sustenance is just as strong.

Dialy Bread: Experience
Sometimes in life, there is no where else to turn but to God.

Daily Bread: Change
Jesus Christ is the bread of eternal life. By following Him, remembering Him, and having faith in Him we can change and become what we aspire to become.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

What caught my eye this week ...


Okay, this video of an octopus committing an extreme act of camouflage was so cool I had end my four month hiatus.

We'll be reviewing these three videos about Freedom of Religion for Family Home Evening.

I've been meaning to check out Prager University for a long time.  Each course is under five minutes.  After checking out How to Praise Your Child, viewing the entire curriculum has become a priority.  

And thanks to Dave for a good laugh watching this.  "Our business is to make it smell like your business never happened!"  Hmmmmmm,stocking stuffers?

This week's audience included people from Australia, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Latvia, Malaysia, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom!

P.S.  I've posted a recipe for Rice Cooker Cafe Rio Rice and a how-to for a Basketball Birthday Cake.

 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

What caught my eye this week ...


Ric Elias:  3 things I learned while my plane crashed.  Favorite quotes:  "“I no longer try to be right; I choose to be happy.”  "Are you being the best parent you can?"

I finally posted that Spicy Sweet Potato Hash Mat likes so much, and I included the recipe links I used for Allison's Southern Birthday Dinner on the Recipes Page (listed under "Holidays").

Simple acts of kindness caught on dash cams set to beautiful music made me cry like a baby.

This week's audience included people from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom!

 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

What caught my eye this week ...


Three good things:

Mitt Romney's commencement address at Southern Virginia University.

The article "Star Lotulelei: 'Getting married ... was something that helped me become grounded'".

Pioneer Woman's "A Throwdown Memory"--make sure you read to the very end.

This week's audience included people from Australia, Belarus, Bolivia, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Norway, Qatar, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom!

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Great way to display bridal bouquet ...

Discovered this great way to display a bridal bouquet!  After being dried, the bouquet is safely and beautifully shown in this candle lantern, held in place by a doll stand--both found at Hobby Lobby.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

What caught my eye this week ...


Scroll down to see the cool video of wringing out a wet wash cloth in space!

I very much appreciated Richard and Linda Eyre's article: Mormon Parenting: The conjugal and revisionist views of marriage.  

I also posted recipes for Pink Party Sherbet and My Tips for a Great Chocolate Double Layer Cake.  

This week's audience included people from Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom!


 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

What caught my eye this week ...


A 5-minute video:  The Truth Behind Calorie Labels--entertaining and enlightening.

A cool explanation of the Cyprus situation.

This week's audience included people from Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Russia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom!


 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

What caught my eye this week ...


New gut bacteria the real reason for weight loss after bariatric surgery?

Apparently I'm late in seeing this (I try not to do commercials), but does anyone else want to slap Luvs up side the head for this?  I'm very pro-breast feeding--but if you're going to do it in public without a covering, you should have no expectation that young men, or anyone else for that matter, would avert their eyes.  As a matter of fact, someone should  have thrown a blanket at her and with the same tone that she addressed the young man said something like "Were you raised in a barn?!"  Moo.

And late again, just discovering Kenny Chesney's pro-life song "There Goes My Life."  Very nice.

This week's audience included people from Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus*, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Russia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom!

*Glad you have enough resources to still be on the internet Cyprus!  Hope they don't take all your money.  I laugh every time I hear the jingle for our local Cyprus Credit Union:  "Cyprus Credit Union--our future is your future!"  Eek!  I hope not!  :) 

 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

What caught my eye this week ...

Awwww.  The best sportsmanship story ever.  You'll cry.

Hahahahah!  What if animals ate fast food.  You'll laugh.

This week's audience included people from Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013

What caught my eye this week ...


This is the best use of an former Soviet Airplane Hangar ever!  I want to go!  You can even spend the night!
 

This week's audience included people from Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

We usually celebrate Valentine's Day with flowers and a Cheese Fondue Dinner! Gooey and delicious, it is an annual event worth waiting for.  Need a good Valentine's Day movie too?  How about:

Pride and Prejudice
While You Were Sleeping
Return To Me
Penelope
Tangled 
Groundhog Day (unless, like us, you watched it on the 2nd)


Saturday, February 9, 2013

What caught my eye this week ...


The Food Hospital--fascinating.  Watching it on the Cooking Channel.
 

This week's audience included people from Australia, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

What caught my eye this week ...


Paperman!

Want to listen to fascinating conversation?  Check out the Hillsdale Dialogues: A Survey of Great Books, Great Men, and Great Ideas between Hugh Hewitt and Dr. Larry Arnn.  The first few minutes discuss news of the day, then great works of literature are discussed (so far the Illiad, the Oddysey, and Genesis).

Your body language shapes who you are.

This week's audience included people from Australia, Belgium,Canada, France, Germany, India, New Zealand, Netherlands, Pakistan, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

I was a Tyler Hamilton fan ...

It sounds like Lance Armstrong is going to have a confessional with Oprah Winfrey, so I think I'll give my opinion on the book The Secret Race:  Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France:  Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle.  I was a Tyler Hamilton fan back when he was competing against Lance Armstrong and was really disappointed when Tyler tested positive for doping after the Olympics. So when I heard about the book The Secret Race, I knew I wanted to read it.  It seems to me to be an honest account of what happened.  If you can't stand foul language, you shouldn't read it (at one point the f-word even becomes Mr. Hamilton's "middle name"--oh, for the days when publishers just used "____" to indicate foul language!), but I think this is an important story that needs to be told.  

Here are some quotes I liked:

The epigraph is fantastic:  "If you shut up the truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way. --Émile Zola"

"It shook me deeply: my strength wasn't really in my muscles; it was inside my blood, in those bags."

"At one point, we were talking about my decision to dope back in 1997.  I told Pelley how I had been so close to my goal of riding a Tour, how it had felt like an honor to be asked to dope by the team doctor, how I felt like my choice was to either quit or join.  I asked Pelley:  What would you do?"  You can watch part of the 60 minutes interview here.

I really liked the story on pages 275-276. It concludes "I realized, that's my story.  Not a shiny, pretty myth about superheroes who win every time, but a human truth about one normal guy who tried to compete in a messed-up world and did his best; who made big mistakes and survived.  That's the story I want to tell, and keep telling, partly because it will help the sport move forward, and partly because it helps me move forward."

And finally "The truth really will set you free."  Gee, where have I heard that before?

I'm glad he and Daniel Coyle wrote the book ... so, I guess I still am a Tyler Hamilton fan.  It will be interesting to compare this book's version of events to the Lance Armstrong interview.