Archive for September, 2012

Sister spotlight9-21-Gina Udy

September 25, 2012

Our sister spotlight is of a wonderful new member of our ward Gina Udy.  I know her as the awesome new Sunbeam teacher and have enjoyed each opportunity i have had to get to know her better.  Here is a little bio she was kind enough to write for me 

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I was born in Salt Lake City and am the third of four children. I did all the things kids do, including getting lost at the mall, being bitten by a snake, and being part of a jump rope troupe. My mom was a convert to the church and was baptized when I was small. When I was five, our family went to the temple to be sealed – I can remember a few details about that day. Mostly I just remember being happy we were finally going to be “together forever.” 

There’s not much to tell about the rest of my childhood – I was happy, my family was close, we went camping and played games together. I went to junior high, then high school, then college. When I was 23 I moved out on my own. That may seem late to some people, but I went to the college near my parents’ house, and I was happy there and in no hurry to leave. Nor were they eager to have me leave – it was hard telling them I was ready to go. 

I met my husband in a single’s ward for the first time when I was 22 and he was 23, but we remained mere acquaintances for quite some time. After he’d served a mission and I had grown up a lot, we met again when we were both 25. Four months later we were married! We both worked and he went to school. In spring 2003 he graduated from the University of Utah with his mechanical engineering degree. In September 2003, he got a job offer from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and we moved across the country to beautiful Maine. I was six months pregnant with my oldest daughter, Kamber. I cried when we moved. A lot. And then I cried some more. Blasted pregnancy hormones! Finally, after about two years of pining for “home” I realized I kind of was “home” in Maine. Then we had our younger daughter, Taylor. They both bring us a lot of joy…and a lot of laughs. 

A little over a year ago we decided to move closer to the shipyard. I never dreamed it would take so long to finally find “the” house, but it’s definitely where we’re supposed to be. Now I’m enjoying some quiet time in the mornings while the girls are at school (Taylor comes home before lunch). Some of my favorite hobbies are sewing, reading, beading, decorating, scrap-booking, gardening (so far only flowers, not veggies…but I’m working on it!), and spending time with friends. I also like to do odd jobs around the house. You could say I dabble in lots of things.Image

 

So if you see sister Udy in the halls, don’t forget to introduce yourself and take a moment to get to know this great new member of our ward family

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Monday Menus

September 24, 2012

–by Donna Mitchell

Having had a few opportunities to act like a tourist during the past few months, I succumbed to temptation and bought a little fudge. More than once, even. And you know what I discovered? My chocolate fudge is better than what I bought! I have never made penuche, so I’m open to trying someone’s favorite recipe. In the meantime, I thought I would share this chocolate fudge recipe with you. It’s easy and very forgiving.

Practically Foolproof Fudge

Place in large, heavy saucepan:

1 cup butter or margarine (2 sticks) (I think butter tastes better)

4 cups sugar

1 can evaporated milk

Over medium heat, bring to a boil, stirring constantly with the longest wooden spoon you have. (I have to admit that on most stoves I have used high heat. It depends on your stove and pan.) Continue to heat until mixture reaches soft ball stage, 238 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer. Mixture burns easily near the end; keep stirring and watch the temperature carefully! If you don’t have a candy thermometer, drop a very small amount of the boiling liquid off the end of the spoon into a small bowl of cold water. When it stays together and can easily be formed into a soft little ball, it is ready.

Remove from heat and add the following ingredients, which should be prepared ahead of time:

12-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate bits (good quality, not imitation chocolate flavor)

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

7-ounce jar of marshmallow creme or marshmallow fluff

1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat together with electric hand mixer until well mixed. Pour into buttered 9″x13″ pan and spread evenly. Work quickly because it starts setting up immediately. Let cool on rack before cutting.

 

Variation without marshmallow creme:

Using same method, decrease butter/margarine to 1/2 cup (1 stick) and heat to 236 degrees. Omit marshmallow creme. Decrease vanilla to 1/2 teaspoon.

This variation of fudge was the one I grew up with. It is firmer and more chocolatey. If the only chocolate bits you have are milk chocolate, this is the recipe to use. This recipe was used in the 1960s by my mother and other ladies of the Lynn Branch in Massachusetts to raise money for the building fund for the Lynnfield Chapel, now home to the Lynnfield Ward.

 

 

Wednesday Words-Trials

September 19, 2012

The lesson I am preparing for this month is about trials, so I’ve gathered a few quotes that I thought you might enjoy

-Bri

 

I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle.  I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.  ~Mother Teresa

 

If you’re going through hell, keep going.  ~Winston Churchill

 

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.  ~Garrison Keillor

 

I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.  ~Jewish Proverb

 

Turn your wounds into wisdom.  ~Oprah Winfrey

 

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.  ~African Proverb

 

*Quotes found at http://www.quotegarden.com

 

Erin Lamb’s White Bean and Chicken Soup

September 19, 2012

One day Erin brought me this soup and it was so yummy I requested the recipe.  I hope you like it too.-Bri Lee

White Bean and Chicken Soup:

1 T. olive oil
1 Medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped (I usually use a rotisserie chicken)
1 (16 oz) pkg. frozen white corn
2 (15 oz) cans Great Northern beans, undrained
1 (7 oz) can diced green chilies
1/2 t. cumin
1/2 t. oregano
3 C. chicken broth
2 T. lime juice

Topping recommendations:
Grated Monterey Jack Cheese
Baked corn tortilla chips
Plain yogurt
Green onion, chopped
Salsa

In a large pot saute onion and garlic in olive oil.  Add chopped chicken, corn, beans, green chilies, spices, broth and lime juice.  Stir until well blended.  Bring to a boil, and then turn heat to low and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.  Serve with desired toppings.

 

Announcements for the week-

  • Our Ward Temple Trip will be this Saturday starting at 1:00 PM and we would like to encourage everyone to attend. Ideally we would like everyone to be participate in all the ordinances and activities but realize that this may not be possible for everyone. Please make a particular effort to attend the endowment session and the closing session at 5:00 PM with a member of the Temple Presidency.

Temple Trip Schedule:
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM : Baptisms
– We will be combined with Wolfborough who are scheduled between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM : Initiatories
– Initiatories will ongoing during the afternoon
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM : Ward endowment session
– The session should finish at about 4:30 PM
Following the endowment session will be dinner in the cafeteria. They will be serving “Cafe Rio.”
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM : A member of the Temple Presidency will be speaking to us.

  • This coming Sunday is Ward conference, if you need to make an appointment to see a member of the Stake presidency, please contact Bro. Simms
  • Book club October 11th

We are reading, The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton.
First published in 1905,The House of Mirth shocked the New York society it so deftly chronicles, portraying the moral, social, and economic restraints on a woman who dared to claim the privileges of marriage without assuming the responsibilities. Lily Bart, beautiful, witty, and sophisticated, is accepted by “old money” and courted by the growing tribe of nouveaux riches. But as she nears 30, her foothold becomes precarious; a poor girl with expensive tastes, she needs a husband to preserve her social standing and to maintain her life in the luxury she has come to expect. While many have sought her, something—fastidiousness or integrity—prevents her from making a “suitable” match.

All women invited.

  • Emergency Essentials Order Due Sept 22. Please see Tracy Smith in the library to place a food storage order.

sister spotlight: Molly Vallincourt

September 14, 2012

Molly Vallincourt is a member of our ward primary presidency currently and is my friend who lives in Durham. She is a mother of six children including one who is away serving with the military. Here is what she had to say briefly about herself.

“I was born in CA but grew up in Utah. My mom bred and showed Arabian horses and I really enjoyed growing up with those experiences. I went to what used to be Utah Valley Community College but finished my education at UNH when I moved out here with my mother. I have a degree in social work with emphasis in domestic violence. I have lived in Durham for the last 16 years. I met Joe through the missionaries who set us up. I spend a lot of time doing mom stay at home stuff. Lots of laundry and driving around. I have really enjoyed learning about food, nutrition and exercise in my spare time. Now that my youngest is in kindergarten I am thinking about eventually going back to work. However working in the field of domestic violence was very hard and I find myself thinking how much I would enjoy being a  certified personal trainer.”

I love Molly. She always has a kind word and a compliment and I always am in a better mood after running into her in the halls. Thanks for all your hard work with our primary kids and good luck on Sunday during the presentation and thanks for giving all of us parents a break for a Sunday!

Kashann

 

sister spotlight: Molly Vallincourt

September 14, 2012

Molly Vallincourt is a member of our ward primary presidency currently and is my friend who lives in Durham. She is a mother of six children including one who is away serving with the military. Here is what she had to say briefly about herself.

“I was born in CA but grew up in Utah. My mom bred and showed Arabian horses and I really enjoyed growing up with those experiences. I went to what used to be Utah Valley Community College but finished my education at UNH when I moved out here with my mother. I have a degree in social work with emphasis in domestic violence. I have lived in Durham for the last 16 years. I met Joe through the missionaries who set us up. I spend a lot of time doing mom stay at home stuff. Lots of laundry and driving around. I have really enjoyed learning about food, nutrition and exercise in my spare time. Now that my youngest is in kindergarten I am thinking about eventually going back to work. However working in the field of domestic violence was very hard and I find myself thinking how much I would enjoy being a  certified personal trainer.”

I love Molly. She always has a kind word and a compliment and I always am in a better mood after running into her in the halls. Thanks for all your hard work with our primary kids and good luck on Sunday during the presentation and thanks for giving all of us parents a break for a Sunday!

Kashann

 

Wednesday Weekly Announcements

September 12, 2012

9-12 RS Potluck and Technology 6:30 p.m. Tonight!!! Tonight!!
Bring ipads, iphones. Ward experts Kelsey Belanger and Jeffra Kill will teach us and answer our questions. Please come and visit even if you are not needing techno help because you are savvy or maybe you don’t own one or the other like myself. .  but I am still going okay.

Do you need a babysitter during the activity? Please reply TODAY to kashanncasper@yahoo.com so I know if my husband needs to come and babysit. 
MOPS (mothers of portsmouth) Our ward playgroup is having a fall kickoff brunch at the church this thursday the 13th (tomorrow) at 9:30 am. Bring your kiddos and something to eat. 🙂
Two temple trips this month.

9-15 Stake RS temple Trip
Endowment sessions at 2 and 4 pm  Dessert and speaker following the last session.

9-22 Ward Temple Trip
Sessions at 2 and 4 pm OR arrive early and be ready for baptisms at 12 noon.
Babysitting swap planned so parents can attend one of the two sessions. Please reply to kashanncasper@yahoo.com if you are wanting to be apart of this.

9-15 Lawrence Ward International Festival  5 -10:15  Food at 5. Dance 7-10. All are welcome! Yummy food and great company visiting with other stake members.

Emergency Essentials Order Due Sept 22. Please see Tracy Smith in the library to place a food storage order.

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS this week going out to:
Cheryl Lees  9/10                 Sue Bilodeau 9/15

Monday (errr. Wednesday) Menus

September 12, 2012

This dish was served at a baby shower for Jeffra Kill and Marie Hammill wanted the recipe.

German Potato Pie 

1 cup sauerkraut, squeezed dry 

2 baking potatoes, peeled, grated squeezed dry

8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 tsp. caraway seeds (I didn’t have these)

salt and pepper

4 large eggs

1 cup heavy cream

I also added 1 c. cheddar cheese though it wasn’t listed in the recipe

One 9 inch prepared pie shell.

Preheat oven to 375. Beat eggs and cream together then stir in other ingredients. Pour into a pie shell and bake for 35 minutes or until golden. Serve warm or at room temperature ( I like warm!)

There you go Marie!

 

Kashann

Wednesday Words: Work

September 6, 2012

You know the phrase, “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”? On Saturday at our home, Mama wasn’t happy.

We had planned on going somewhere special that day, but the floor needed to be swept, and the grass needed to be mown, and the laundry needed to be done, and nothing had been dusted or vacuumed in some time, not to mention the state of the bedrooms. Yikes. I called the adventure off, because it seemed like people believed we could play all the time, and the house would magically clean itself. So we had a frank talk at lunch about work, and about stewardship and taking care of the things that God has given us, including our bodies, our toys, our home, our yard.

Funny how our lesson on Sunday was about work. Work is a blessing, giving us purpose and satisfaction and meaning. One of the most important things we can do as parents is to teach our children how to work. Sadly, it’s not always an easy lesson to learn.

Of course, one could still wish the house would magically clean itself…

 ~Ginger

Monday Menus: Granola

September 3, 2012

Here’s a recipe for granola that I’ve made for years. It’s very adaptable. If you like raisins, or other dried fruits, you can add up to a cup. You could also substitute other nuts, or add 1/2 c toasted wheat germ, or  1/2 c sunflower seeds, or some flax seeds or chia seeds.

1 c shredded coconut

8 c rolled oats

2 c coarsely chopped almonds

2 Tbsp sesame seeds

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 c honey

2 sticks butter (1 c), melted

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread coconut on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until toasted, 5-10 min. Cool.

2. Decrease oven temperature to 300 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment or a silpat. Set aside. Toss together oats, almonds, sesame seeds, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

3. In a small bowl, stir together honey and butter. Pour over oat mixture. Stir well. Spread onto baking sheets. Bake until golden, about 30 minutes. Cool, then break up granola. Sprinkle with coconut. 

 

~Ginger