Thursday, February 28, 2008

They have been friends from PreSchool

Dane Andersen, Brandt Heinz, Nick Olsen, Geoff, and Ryan Reese.
I love these boys like they are my own.

Great Talk on CD

How much difference can one young man make when his life suddenly end at only nineteen years of age? Kent Williams had an impact of unmeasurable proportion on the lives of friends, teachers, family, and all who knew him. He exemplified positive peer pressure. His zest for life, "super dates," and excellence in school and sports was combined with an unusually strong desire to to learn and live the gospel of Jesus Christ. His friends loved him, and so did their parents, because of the influence for good he radiated.

I borrowed this CD from a friend of mine. Loved it, bought it. I let my sister borrow it she loved it, bought it. Her son used it for a lesson for his Priest class. He said that the young men loved it and there was not a dry eye in the room. All the young men were very touched. So some of the boys borrowed it and had their families listen to it. They loved it. You should listen to it and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Barley and Spinach-Stuffed Bell Peppers

1 cup barley
3 cup water
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 10-ounce bag fresh spinach leaves
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup chopped raisins
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1 egg white
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Freshly ground black pepper
8 small to medium red, yellow, or orange bell peppers, tops sliced off, seeds removed
1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1. Combine barley and water in a medium saucepan with a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 50-60 minutes, until liquid is absorbed. Cool.
2. Preheat oven to 400. Place a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and spinach. Toss to coat spinach evenly. Add pine nuts mix again. Cook until wilted, about 3 minutes. Romove from heat; cool.
3. In a large bowl, combine spinach mixture with cooked barley, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, apricots, raisins, bell pepper, onion, egg white, parsley, oregano, and pepper. Mix well.
4. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place pepper , cut-side up, on baking sheet; stuff with barley-spinach mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Place on middle rack in oven for about 20 minutes. Remove and allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.
5. While pepper are cooking, heat vinegar in a saucepan until boiling; reduce heat to medium-high and cook for about 5 minutes, until thickened. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Pour vinegar over peppers before serving.
PER SERVING: 203 cal, 24% fat cal, 6 g fat 1g sat fat, 3 mg chol, 8g protein, 33g carb, 7g fivver, 331mg soldium

This is what we had for dinner last night. Scott does not like the texture of bell pepper, he likes the flavor. He loved these. Of course he just eat the inside. I loved them.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

52 Blessing Project Week 8

I am grateful for a good and faithful mother. She loved the calling of motherhood. She was a stay-at-home mother. My mother had a great power and influence in the lives of her children. She kept the commandments, and she multiplied and replenished the earth. She had seven children. Her first one died after six weeks. All six of her children have been married in the temple. Five of them have served missions. To this day, all six of us are very active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
My mother was a good homemaker. She taught all of her daughter to sew, cook, and to love the calling of motherhood. I believe that my greatest lesson she taught me was the love of the temple. My father and mother served a temple mission in the Denver Colorado Temple. My mother worked in the Arizona Temple before and after her mission. She pass away 12 years ago in Feb. of cancer. She was on her death bed when her temple recommend expired. Although she was unable to go to the temple, she called her bishop and stake president to have them renew her recommend. She wanted to always have a current one. Because of her great example to me, I have the love of the temple and am blessed with a desire to attend on a weekly basis. I love the temple, I love motherhood and I love the Lord. Thanks to my mother.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

52 Blessing Project Week 7

I am grateful for our family Cabin! We built our cabin about 4 or 5 years ago. We spend every Christmas there. You have to snowmobile to get to our cabin. So that means that we have to haul the gifts and food in then haul it all out on snowmobile, a lot of work but worth it! This year was the best because we spent 10 days. We also go up on the 24th of July. We do the Fairview parade, and a demolition derby, we love it!

We play games

We build snowman.

We have a pond and have fun water fights.

We have four wheelers and lots of trails to ride.

We got a rhino this year. Its really been great this year with all the snow.

More snowman.
Our cabin is near the Manti Temple and we have take our girls and their friends on Temple trips and then a sleepover at the cabin.

More pond fun.

More friends and pond fun.

More four wheeling fun, and pond fun.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Rylie's Valentines Cards

Here are a few of the Valentines Cards Rylie made for school. They are so cute!
We found the idea at Pebbles in my Pocket. They were easy and fun. There are a few other ones:" Hip Hippo-ray... It's Valentines Day!" or "Please BEE my Valentines!"
It was fun.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

52 Blessing Project week 6

I am grateful for a good husband and great friend. Scott and I only dated for 2 weeks before we got engaged. We were married in the Salt Lake Temple 6 weeks later. Wow talk about faith. It has worked out wonderfully, Scott has been a great blessing in my life. A good husband, great father, hard worker, strong Priesthood leader in our home. What more could a girl want.
Happy Valentines Day Scott I love you!
The picture at the bottom is Scott in 10th grade. Cute huh.
My Eternal companion!
This is Scott's and My wedding announcement.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Every Friday is a Ski day for Rylie and her Friends.

We have had so much snow this year that Rylie, Lydia, and McCall are loving it.
They go to a school that has every Friday off. So they go skiing to Sundance. We are so blessed to live so close to a ski resort. Rylie needed news skis, so she worked hard baby sitting and bought her own skis. She is loving the snow. I decided to go with her today and we had a great time. It was a little cold. This was my second time this season, Stacy Helsten went with us also.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Best Ever Sugar Cookies!

Thursday night our Relief Society is going to do a
Valentine Day Extravaganza!
They will be sharing great ideas to make your holiday special.
Here is a great Sugar Cookie Recipe that my friend Lynette is going to share.
(Lynette and I were missionary companions, now we live it the same ward and are VT companions . She was one of my favorite missionary companions.)

Best Ever Sugar Cookies

Lynette Kern

2 cubes margarine (I use butter) room temp
cream butter and add 1 ½ cups sugar
- Add 2 eggs
- Add ½ cup milk
- Add ½ tsp salt
- Add 1 ½ tsp vanilla
Mix 1 tsp baking soda with 2 T warm
water in a separate cup - Add to batter
(can add 2 T sour cream if desired)
Mix together on low setting-should look
like cottage cheese.
- Add 3 3/4 to 4 cups non-sifted flour stir
in with spoon.

- Chill 3 to 4 hours
- Roll out on floured wax paper 1/4 to 1/3
inch thick.
- Bake @ 350 for 10 minutes

Soften 1 cube butter
Add: 1 to 2 ½ cups powder sugar,
1 ½ tsp vanilla, 2 T whip cream,
food coloring.

Monday, February 4, 2008

52 Blessing Project Week 5

I Thank Thee O God for a Prophet!

Today President Thomas S. Monson was named as the 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has served as a Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church since November 10, 1985. Most recently, on March 12, 1995, he was set apart as First Counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley. Prior to that, on June 5, 1995, he was called as Second Counselor to President Howard W. Hunter, and Second Counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson. He was ordained an Apostle and called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 4,1963, at the age of 36. President Monson called President Henry B. Eyring as First Counselor, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf was call as Second Counselor
I love this man, and believe that he was called of God. We are truly blessed to live in these latter days, to have a Prophet of God to lead us and guide us. I believe that if we listen and obey our life's will be blessed, and that we can bless the life of others.
I am thankful for living Prophets!