Archive for November, 2012

Monday Menus: Sweet Snacks

November 13, 2012

—by Donna Mitchell

For me, the holidays are times to eat favorite foods from my past. Following are two different recipes for the same food, the first obtained within the past fifteen years and the second which I last remember trying as a young woman. My mother was surprised that I wanted the recipe; obviously she wasn’t aware that I liked it so much. Eating these nuts is like eating candy, but it’s healthier!

Spiced Nuts

1/4 pound (1-1/3 cups) walnut halves

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon powdered ginger

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon powdered cloves

1 tablespoon cold water

1 egg white

Freshen the walnut halves by heating them in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes.

Sift together three times the sugar and spices.

Add cold water to the egg white and beat until frothy. High peaks are not necessary and the mixture should not be too stiff.

Dip the nuts in the egg white and then roll in the sugar-spice mixture. Cover the bottom of a baking sheet with soome of the leftover sugar and spice. Arrange the nuts so that they do not touch. Sift the remaining sugar and spice over the top. Bake at 275 degrees for about an hour. Remove the nuts from the baking sheet immediately. Shake off excess sugar. Makes about 3-1/3 cups spiced nuts.


Minted Walnuts

1/4 cup Karo syrup, red label

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

Combine the above ingredients in a saucepan. Cook stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Continue cooking to soft ball stage (238 degrees F) or until a small amount of mixture forms a soft ball when tested in very cold water. Remove from heat and add the following:

1 teaspoon essence of peppermint and 10 large marshmallows

Stir until dissolved. Add: 3 cups walnut halves.

Stir until well coated. Pour onto wax paper. Separate while warm. Makes 1-1/4 pounds.


Spotlight on Joy Baumgartner

November 9, 2012

This summer we had a lot of new families move into the ward and I have had so much fun getting to know many of them.  One of those families is the Baumgartner family.  I have had a few opportunities to chat with Joy and she seems to truly live up to her name because I always like talking with her and getting to know a little bit more about her.

Here is what she had to share with us about who she is.

Joy Baumgartner


I was born and raised in Davao City, Philippines. Davao City is the largest (areawise) city in the world.
The Philippines is largely a Roman Catholic country. My family joined the church when I was 7 months old.

Growing up I was teased a lot because of my religion. Catholic schools are the good schools in the Philippines so my parents sent me there. My classmates and nun teachers used to give me a hard time because of my belief. I was 13 when I made the decision to pray if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s true church. Heavenly Father answered my prayers. To show my gratitude to Him for answering my prayers I promised to serve a full-time mission. I did. I served in both the local and the Vietnamese speaking parts of the Philippines San Fernando Mission. Serving a mission helped me see better Heavenly Father’s love for His children – especially when I was serving in the Morong Vietnamese Refugee Camp.

My parents have 10 children. I am child number 8. I have 5 other siblings who served a full-time mission also. We are all eternally grateful for the two young missionaries who tracted, taught the Gospel, and baptized my family many years ago. (It is all their fault that our lives are so blessed because of the Gospel. LOL)

I have two Bachelor’s degree – in Biology and in Nursing. I went to college when I was 14. (I do not know what I was thinking then. LOL)

Joy & her Husband Chad

I married Chad 16 years ago last Friday (Oct 26th) in the Philippines Manila Temple. I moved around a lot because Chad is in the Navy. We have 3 children and we love them forever. One boy and two girls: Vicente (13), Zipporah (11) and Naomi (5). The girls were born in Japan. We lived in Japan twice – for a total of 7 years.

Naomi & Zipporah



My husband, Chad, is attached to the USS Topeka. I arrived here in New England a few months ahead of my husband so I could get my kids settled into school.

I love temples. 🙂:)
I love to run, swim, dance, talk 🙂:)
I love people.
I love learning. I love teaching.
I am very shy, NOT. LOL.
I love to smile and laugh a lot.
I love York, Maine and New England.
I love Portsmouth Ward.
I love Relief Society.

Joy Baumgartner

P.s Thank you everyone for your warm spirits. We feel very welcome because of you all. I am very excited to get to know you all.


Ward Announcements:

Don’t forget about the Veteran’s dinner at the church tonight, the Fall Fiesta dance at the Stake Center tomorrow and the scouts food drive.

-Posted by Bri Lee

Wednesday words-respect

November 7, 2012

Today I am thinking a lot about respect.  A few years ago we were in a ward in the deserts of California and we really loved the people there.  However, when it came to politics many of them seemed to leave their manners at the door every time they said or heard the name Obama.  It got so bad that there were many people seriously claiming that he was the anti Christ of our day.  We actually had to have a special sunday school lesson taught about respecting our leaders.  I was so glad that this important point was laid out for those people to see.  It is okay to say that you don’t agree with the political choices or views of others, but all people still needed to be shown respect.

I don’t have eyes and ears on everything in our ward or anything, but it seems like people have been polite so far and I love that.

Gwen’s school has been talking to the kids a lot about the election and she worried about what would happen if the candidate she liked didn’t win.  Each time I told her that both candidates are good men who seem to have the best interests of our country in mind.  What makes them different is their opinions on how to make our country great.  And I truly believe that.  When Sam and I were watching the debates I had a strong feeling that even though I liked one candidates plans for our country more than the other ones, I didn’t see the opposing candidate as bad, just different.

It doesn’t bother me to tell you that I didn’t vote for Obama.  I can appreciate some of the things that President Obama is trying to do and the fact that now he has more time to do what he has been trying to accomplish.  I hope that with the election over we can show our President the respect he deserves and pray for him to seek Gods influence to help him make the best decisions possible for our country.

Monday Menu-Food storage soup

November 1, 2012

During the storm we used everything we could from the fridge at dinner to try and keep the food from spoiling.  But I’ve been wanting to try and make some dinner from my food storage.  If the power went out for more than a day, I’d need to have that skill.  So last night I found this crockpot sausage and potato recipe and gave it a try.  I adapted it to use with my food storage.  Here is what I came up with

Sausage & Hash Brown Soup

2 cups Freeze-dried pork sausage crumbles

2 cups dehydrated hash brown potatoes

1/4 cup dehydrated onions

1/2 tsp celery seed

7 baby carrots chopped (or 1 cup dehydrated or freeze-dried carrots)

7 cups of chicken broth (or 7 cups of water with bouillon according to package direction)



I just tossed all of the stuff into the crock pot and let it simmer on low for the whole afternoon.

The recipe suggested serving the soup with Cheddar cheese, salt, pepper or milk (You could use dry milk, or evaporated milk)

We liked it just the way it was and loved the idea of having a pot of soup cooking on the stove all afternoon in the event that the power goes out because it could help to keep the house warm.

So try out the soup and add it to the wonderful food storage recipes we got at our mid week activity a few months ago.  Thank you to our wonderful Relief Society presidency for making that activity happen.  I’m feeling more self reliant already 🙂


  • The next RS midweek activity is about 2 weeks away on November 14th.  It will be at 6:30pm and CHILDCARE IS PROVIDED (yippee!!!)  It is a service activity and we have been asked to sign up for 1 service that we need and 1 service that we are willing to share.  It sounds like this is going to be a great way for us to get to know each other, share with others, and receive help with something we are in need/want of.  No service it too big or too little.  (A social visit, sewing lesson, babysitting, yard work, a ride to the temple…)
  • The boy scouts will be collecting food for a local food pantry this month.  I don’t remember all the details on this, (I should because I think Sam is the scout master be he hasn’t said anything about it to me.)  Chery Caramagno made the announcement about it in RS on Sunday, so if you ask her about it I’m sure she would be happy to tell you all about it.