Archive for May, 2011

Tuesday Tip–Proper Grammar

May 31, 2011

My REAL tip is the website:  Grammar Girl.

But I’ll add one of her tips, so you can see how cool she is.

Lay Versus Lie

First, we’ll do the easy part, which is the present tense

If you exclude the meaning “to tell an untruth” and just focus on the setting/reclining meaning of lay and lie, then the important distinction is that lay requires a direct object and lie does not. So you lie down on the sofa (no direct object), but you lay the book down on the table (the book is the direct object).

This is in the present tense, where you are talking about doing something now: you lie down on the sofa, and you lay down a book. 

There are a bunch of ways to remember this part.

How to Remember the Difference

The way I remember is to think of the phrase lay it on me. You’re laying something (it, the direct object) on me. It’s a catchy, dorky, 1970s kind of phrase, so I can remember it and remember that it is correct. 

What’s that I hear, music in the background? I know I don’t normally play music, but I love Eric Clapton, and his song Lay Down Sally can actually help you remember the difference between lay and lie… [record screeching sound] because he’s wrong.

To say “lay down Sally” would imply that someone should grab Sally and lay her down. If he wanted Sally to rest in his arms on her own, the correct line would be “lie down Sally.”

It’s pretty easy; you lay something down, and people lie down by themselves.

We don’t have to judge Clapton on his grammar; we can still love his music and at the same time know that it’s grammatically incorrect! In fact, that helps us remember, and we can love him more.

If you’re more of a Bob Dylan fan, you can remember that “Lay Lady Lay is also wrong. The lyrics should be “Lie lady lie, lie across my big brass bed.”

OK, so that was the present tense. It’s pretty easy; you lay something down, people lie down by themselves, and Eric Clapton can help us remember.

Grammar Girl goes on from there to talk about lay versus lie in past tense and then how to conjugate them, so if you are interested check out:

I’m going to go lay down now.  Ur, or lie down?

Menu Monday–Molly’s recipe

May 30, 2011

Below is a recipe from Molly Vaillincourt.  She says, “It is the yummiest thing I have ever tasted and is super easy.”

2 pints cherry tomatoes
3/4 c small diced red onion
2 T. white wine vinegar
3 T.  olive oil
1 1/2 t kosher salt
1/2 t black pepper
2 T. chopped fresh basil
2 T.  chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
3/4  lb. feta cheese

Cut tomatoes in half. Place in large bowl. Add onion vinegar olive oil, salt, pepper, basil, parsley and toss.  Cut feta into 1/2 in cubes fold into tomatoes.  Serve room temp.  yummm

Wednesday Words

May 25, 2011
A Sacred Time for Family

“I wish to mention … family home evening. We are fearful that this very important program is fading in too many areas. Brethren, there is nothing more important than your families. You know that. This program was begun back in 1915, 87 years ago, when President Joseph F. Smith urged the Latter-day Saints to set aside one evening a week devoted specifically to the family. It was to be a time of teaching, of reading the scriptures, of cultivating talents, of discussing family matters. It was not to be a time to attend athletic events or anything of the kind. Of course, if there is family activity of such a kind occasionally, that may be all right. But in the increasingly frantic rush of our lives it is so important that fathers and mothers sit down with their children, pray together, instruct them in the ways of the Lord, consider their family problems, and let the children express their talents. I am satisfied that this program came under the revelations of the Lord in response to a need among the families of the Church.

“If there was a need 87 years ago, that need is certainly much greater today.

“The decision was made that Monday evening would be devoted to this family activity. In those areas where there are large numbers of Church members, school officials and others honored the program and did not schedule events on that evening.

“Now there appears to be a growing tendency to schedule other events on Monday night. We respectfully request that our public school officials and others let us have this one evening a week to carry forward this important and traditional program. We ask that they not schedule events that will require the time of children on Monday evenings. We are confident that they will realize that it is most important that families have the opportunity, at least once a week, to be together without conflicting loyalties. We shall be grateful indeed if they will cooperate in this matter. And we urge, in the strongest terms possible, that fathers and mothers regard most seriously this opportunity and challenge to make of Monday evening a time sacred to the family.

“I have received not a few invitations to participate in community Monday gatherings of one kind or another. I have uniformly turned down these invitations with appreciation, but with the explanation that I have reserved Monday as family home evening time. I earnestly hope that each of you will do the same” (“To Men of the Priesthood,” Ensign, Nov. 2002, 58).

March 2003, excerpt from, First Presidency Message, “Family Home Evening,” by President Gordon B. Hinkley

Tuesday Tips from a not-so Hints from Heloise Blogger

May 24, 2011

I wish I had more to offer on tips but here are a few that I have figured out on my own.  In time I will have more to offer up.

  • Hanging curtains on white metal curtain rods:  If you have ever struggled trying to get a woven fabric curtain on the metal rods that have sharp/blunt edges which catch the fabric, you may find that it can be a struggle to run the rod  through the rod pocket of the curtain because it keeps catching.  Hint:   tightly wrap a small piece of plastic wrap i.e. Saran Wrap around the end of the rod and hold the plastic wrap in place with a small elastic rubber band, now run the rod through the curtain rod pocket and voila!
  • Winkled Clothing/Towels:  To lessen chances of major wrinkles in clothes after the dryer cycle is completed,  shake each individual item (i.e. wrinkled, twisted shirts, jeans, pants, towels) when transferring the clothes from the washer machine to the dryer.  Remove clothes immediately after dryer cycle is complete.
  • For Husbands – Painting/Staining steps on a stairway:  If you have only one stairway in your home that creates a hardship if it is “out of commission due to a makeover, i.e. painting or renovating, paint or stain every other step on the stairway.  Allow to dry, then paint the rest of the steps.  That way you can use the unpainted/dry steps to get up and down the stairs while waiting for the other steps to dry.  This happened to my mom years ago and I suggested that she do this.  She thought this was one of the most ingenious suggestions she ever heard.   (I call it common sense.)  Whatever!

Monday Menus – Finnish Pancakes

May 23, 2011

These pancakes were my fave when I was a little kid and now my daughter, Ella, begs for them!  This recipe came from my Finnish great grandmother.  She  made these for my mom who made them for me and now I make them for my family.  I remember my mom stood over the stove making one at a time as we devoured them as quickly as they came out of the pan.  Spread with butter and sugar and roll up like a jelly roll, ENJOY!

This pancake looks similar to a crepe but it is much sweeter.  It uses basic ingredients from the pantry.  Depending on the number of people eating, the pancakes are very rich so on average figure 2 -3 pancakes per person.  One batch makes 3-4 servings but can vary depending on the size of the pan (and appetites) used.  I usually double or triple the recipe so that I can make enough for two mornings and my husband loves to snack on them at night and make fruit crepes out of them.

Helpful Hints:  Use non-stick teflon skillets, 6 – 9 in. diameter, or crepe pans.  This batter has a lot of egg so keep the heat on low so the pancakes do not burn or get over brown.  If you want to sit together as a family and enjoy hot pancakes together, cook up the entire batch of pancakes, flipping and stacking  them onto a plate and keep covered with a large pan cover or tin foil to keep hot until serving.  I usually have two  6 in. pans and one 9 in. pan cooking all at the same time.  If you have a large crowd just make a huge batch of batter the night before and they are ready to be cooked the next morning or, cook them up the night before and re-heat for the morning.

Ingredients (1 Batch):

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • Butter, to coat skillet
  • Garnishes – Butter, Sugar, Fresh Fruit, Nutella, Maple Syrup
Using electric mixer, beat first 5 ingredients together until smooth (note: add flour gradually while beating with mixer to prevent lumps).  Mixture will not be thick.  Pre-heat skillet(s).  Coat pan (generously) with butter and pour about 1/4 – 1/2 c. batter into pan.  Gently shift and rotate pan to spread enough to cover entire bottom of pan.  When top begins to look dry, turn quickly for a few seconds.  Remove from skillet.  Be certain to coat pan with butter between each pancake.  Serve with above garnishes.  Cover left over pancakes with plastic wrap and save to re-heat for later or next morning.  Enjoy!

Friday Favorites

May 20, 2011

Kimono Girl Lego Minifigure

I am hooked on Lego Minifigures. I think they are the coolest things. Legos has a series of minifigures that you can get and build and play with them or display them (they come with their own stand). They have series 4 out now but you can still get series 3 (until they are sold out) there are 16 minifigures in each series. We discovered them when we were out shopping for a small reward for our boys for accomplishing a goal that they had and we were in the toy section of Walmart when Jared and the boys found them. You can’t tell what is in them so each one is a surprise. So we each got one. Once we got home we opened them and they were so cool. I got a fisherman(he has a fish and a fishing rod), Jared got a girl tennis player, Cooper got a Samurai warrior, Grant got an Indian chief and Tanner got an alien with a lightsaber type sword.

Here is the link to Legos website so you can check out how cool they are.

Target in Greenland is selling only series 4 and they cost $2.99 (you’ll find them in aisle E 26, the packaging is bright orange) and Toys R Us are still selling series 3 and series 4 for the same price.

I gave one to myself on Mother’s day from series 4 and I got the Kimono girl, she is awesome.

– Jennie

Thursday Thoughts

May 19, 2011

Our lesson on Sunday was chapter 33: Missionary work. As I was reading the lesson I found some quotes that I really liked.

“We have been told by a prophet that we should show our neighbors that we love them before we warn them (see teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball [2006], 262). They need to experience our friendship and fellowship.”

In the lesson it also gives suggestions as to how we can share the gospel.

1. We can show friends and others the joy we experience from living the truths of the gospel. In this way we will be a light to the world (Matthew 5:16)

2. We can overcome our natural shyness by being friendly to others and doing kind things for them. We can help them see that we are sincerely interested in them and are not seeking personal gain.

3. We can explain the gospel to nonmember friends and others.

4. We can invite friends who are interested in learning more about the gospel into our homes to be taught by the missionaries. If our nonmember friends live too far away, we can request that missionaries in their areas visit them.

5. We can teach our children the importance of sharing the gospel, and we can prepare them spiritually and financially to go on missions. We can also prepare ourselves to serve full-time mission in our senior years.

6. We can pay our tithing and contribute to the missionary fund. These donations are used for furthering missionary work.

7. We can contribute to the ward, branch, or general missionary fund to give financial support to missionaries whose families are unable to support them.

8. We can do family history research and temple work to help our ancestors receive the full blessings of the gospel.

9. We can invite nonmembers to activities such as family home evenings and church socials, conferences, and meetings.

10. We can give copies of church magazines. We can also share gospel messages by using features available on the church’s official internet sites, and

“Our Heavenly Father will help us be effective missionaries when we have the desire to share the gospel and pray for guidance. He will help us find ways to share the gospel with those around us.”

– Jennie

Wednesday Words

May 18, 2011

“As parents, we should remember that our lives may be the book from the family library which the children most treasure. Are our examples worthy of emulation?. Do we live in such a way that a son or a daughter may say, ‘I want to follow my dad’, or ‘I want to be like my mother’?. Unlike the book on the library shelf, the covers of which shield its contents, our lives cannot be closed. Parents, we truly are an open book in the library of learning of our homes.”

– President Thomas S. Monson (Dedication day, Ensign, Nov. 2000, p.65)

Tuesday Tips

May 17, 2011

My mum has always kept a journal for as long as I can remember. I’ve kept journals off and on over the years. When I moved into this ward and I heard how Molly and Joe keep a journal for each of their kids, I was impressed. So each boy has their own journal that I write in but their journals are Word documents. The heading of their journal has their full name, then I write things that I think they would like to know, such as any cravings that I had while I was pregnant with them, anything at all, I also write in their baby announcement that we sent out to everyone and what day they were born on, the time of birth, which hospital it was at the doctor that delivered them, what names were discussed or suggested etc.

Then I type the month and year and underneath that I write the date and the experience(s) that happened on that day. I try to type it up that day or night of when it happened so that I can remember the details better otherwise I make a note on a piece of paper or on the calendar of what happened so that when I have some time I can type it up from the notes I made. I will also copy and paste if the experience involves 2 or all 3 boys.

I like to have the current month at the top of the page and will type the current experiences at the top, so I don’t have to scroll down to the bottom of the page all the time in order to type it in.

Sometimes when the boys see me typing in journal entries they want me to read some out to them from their journals, they enjoy listening and will scroll through and point to ones that they would like to hear.

– Jennie

Monday Menus

May 16, 2011

The following recipe is one of Grant’s favourites. I got this recipe from

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Serves 6

3 skinless boneless chicken breasts or 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders

1 cup of Italian seasoned bread crumbs

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 cup butter melted (can also use buttermilk, beaten eggs or milk, enough so that you can coat the chicken)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

Rinse the chicken under cold water.

Cut the chicken breasts into 1 1/2 inch size pieces or if using chicken tenders just cut them in half  or not at all.

In a medium bowl or dipping tray, mix together the bread crumbs, cheese, salt, thyme and basil (mixing well).

In another medium bowl or dipping tray put the melted butter or whatever you are using to coat chicken.

Dip chicken pieces into the melted butter.

Then coat with the breadcrumb mixture.

Place the coated chicken on a lightly greased cookie sheet in a single layer.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

Serve hot.

– Jennie