Archive for August, 2012

Wednesday Words

August 29, 2012

I often have a hard time remembering the specifics of a RS lesson, but I do remember that this past Sunday we had a great lesson and that we talked about how to strengthen ourselves and others in the gospel.  I found these three suggestions  from Elder Donald L. Hallstrom’s talk entitled “Converted to His Gospel Through His Church” from this April’s General Conference.


  1. 1.Deepen our understanding of Deity. A sustained knowledge of and love for the three members of the Godhead are indispensable. Mindfully pray to the Father, in the name of the Son, and seek direction from the Holy Ghost. Couple prayer with constant study and humble pondering to continually build unshakable faith in Jesus Christ. “For how knoweth a man the master … who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?” (Mosiah 5:13).
  2. 2.Focus on the ordinances and covenants. If there are any of the essential ordinances yet to be performed in your life, intently prepare to receive each of them. Then we need to establish the discipline to live faithful to our covenants, fully using the weekly gift of the sacrament. Many of us are not being regularly changed by its cleansing power because of our lack of reverence for this holy ordinance.
  3. 3.Unite the gospel with the Church. As we concentrate on the gospel, the Church will become more, not less, of a blessing in our lives. As we come to each meeting prepared to “seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118), the Holy Spirit will be our teacher. If we come to be entertained, we often will be disappointed. President Spencer W. Kimball was once asked, “What do you do when you find yourself in a boring sacrament meeting?” His response: “I don’t know. I’ve never been in one” (quoted by Gene R. Cook, in Gerry Avant, “Learning Gospel Is Lifetime Pursuit,” Church News, Mar. 24, 1990, 10).



Monday Menus by Pam

August 27, 2012

I thought I would give you two recipes to try.  One of them is a recipe for a molasses cookie that I got from a roommate at BYU a long time ago.  The other is a recipe for a yummy zucchini recipe from my sister.   First for the cookie recipe.

Molasses Crinkles

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup molasses

3/4 cup butter or butter flavored Crisco–I use the Crisco.

1 egg

2 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp cloves

2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

Mix brown sugar, shortening, molasses and egg together until creamy.  Mix in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt.  Shape dough into walnut sized balls.  Dip one side into granulated sugar and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet or parchment paper, sugar side up.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  Do not over cook or they will be hard instead of chewy. Makes four dozen.  These are especially yummy warm with a glass of milk.


Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake

1  3/4 cups sugar

1/2 cup margarine, butter or butter flavored Crisco

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk

2 1/4 cups flour

4 Tbsp cocoa

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

2 cups grated zucchini

1 cup chocolate chips

Cream the first four ingredients together and then blend in the remaining ingredients.  Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13 inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  This is such a deliciously moist and chocolaty cake that you won’t want to stop eating it.  Make it for a party.






Monday Menus (late again)

August 22, 2012

It’s still summer, though it’s beginning to cool down. I have two recipes which remind me of summer, which I should post before it isn’t any more. I hope I haven’t posted them before. If so, sorry to be redundant. I have favorites which I use over and over.

Six Cup Fruit Salad

This salad is easy to make and yummy. Obviously, you can expand it for a crowd. Since cans do not come in even cups, I usually expand it a little anyway to fit the whole can amount.

1 cup pineapple chunks, drained

1 cup mandarin oranges, drained

1 cup grapes

1 cup coconut

1 cup sour cream

1 cup marshmallows (miniature or big ones cut into quarters, which supposedly gives more flavor, but not necessarily a big enough difference to be worth theeffort of cutting them up)

Mix all together. That’s it. The juice clinging to the pineapple and mandarin oranges will thin the sour cream. But if they’re not drained well enough, it will turn out runny.

Brazilian Lemonade

This is actually limeade, which makes a fun change from the usual lemonade.

2 limes

1/2 cup sugar

3 Tablespoons sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)

3 cups water


Wash limes thoroughly. Cut off the ends and slice into eight wedges. Place limes in a blender with the sugar, sweetened condensed milk, water, and ice.

Blend , pulsing five times. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove rinds and seeds. Serve immediately over ice.

Food Storage

August 6, 2012

Sticking with the RS activity this Wednesday at 6:30 pm at the church on recipes for food storage, I thought I would share my most used and favorite conversion charts for using powder milk. I hope this image works. I will also put a link below.

Here’s why I love this chart:

1 – I use powder milk ALL the time now. It is so nice to just throw in what I need with my dry ingredients and water with the wet ingredients especially if I’m low on milk and don’t want to go to the store.

2 – Sweet & condensed milk is EXPENSIVE and I like that I can make it with powder milk and I’ve even cut down on the amount of sugar that is on the recipe. Also, it has how to make buttermilk and evaporated milk.

Just a quick tip with powder milk, add in small amounts and stir like crazy to avoid clumps. It is sticky and can clump. I’ve found using my magic bullet or blender prevents that from happening. Also, when we were on a really small budget in grad school, we drank powder milk. I added a teaspoon or two to the milk and made sure it was cold and we all loved it.

Hope you can make it to the activity Wednesday. It looks like some fun things to learn about.

~Joy Gleason~

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Elder Robert D. Hales- Self Reliance

August 1, 2012

On Sunday we talked how we can prepare now to provide for ourselves and families. I watched this video recently and found it to be a very helpful reminder for me about remaining self reliant by living within our means.