Monday, December 22, 2008

Spotlight on Hilary Jensen!

1) What is one thing about you that people might be surprised by? I love the show "That's so Raven" on the Disney Channel.

2) What are three words that describe you?
frugal, loyal, and talkative. Oh what the heck, let's just throw in cute and funny. Ha-ha

3) What was your favorite Christmas gift?
My white kitchen aid mixer. Weird but true. I melted the cord one day when it was next to my toaster oven and I actually cried. Not the messy sobbing crying but a couple tears dropped. It worked because Shawn promptly fixed the cord.

4) What is your family's favorite Christmas tradition?
A fancy dinner on Christmas Eve with candles.

5) If you had an hour of free time, what would you do?
Clean. But if you twisted my arm I would go to the library. Don't worry- I do realize it's time to make friends in this town.

6) What is your favorite recipe to cook?
Toast. Just kidding. Anything one dish.

7) What is your favorite scripture? Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

WELCOME to Emme Price!

How could you not feel a little boost in your spirits when you look at this gorgeous little gal?  Congratulations to Kenzie and Ryan Price!  Emme was blessed last week and it was such a sweet blessing.  We love you, Price family!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Munch N' Mingle Recipes!

Pecan Squares
Joanne Webster

3 cups flour

½ cup sugar

1 cup butter, softened

½ ts salt

4 eggs

1 ½ cups light or dark corn syrup

3 Tbls Butter, melted

1 ½ ts. Vanilla extract

2 ½ cups chopped pecans

In a large mixing bowl, blend together flour, sugar, butter and salt until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press firmly and evenly into a greased 15 x 10 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Pumpkin Bread
Shelly Rigby

3 ½ c. flour

2 tsp. Soda

1 ½ tsp. Salt

1 tsp Cinn(or 1 T.)

1 tsp. Nutmeg

3 c sugar

1 c. oil (1/2 oil ½ applesauce)

4 eggs

2 c pumpkin

¼ c water(add more)

Mix pumpkin, oil and sugar. Let sit for ½ hour(optional). Beat in eggs
then add dry ingredients and water. Bake 350* for 1 hour. Makes 3-4

Toasted Asparagus Appetizers - Christine Gilbert's
Stephanie Fay

25 Asparagus Spears

25 thin slices white bread

8 oz cream cheese

3 oz blue cheese

1 egg

¾ cup butter (melted)

In a large skillet, bring water to boil and blanch asparagus for 3-5 min.

Drain immediately in cold water. Trim asparagus to be the size of the bread
Take off crust and flatten bread. Combine 2 cheese and egg. Spread on
bread, roll, cut into 3 pieces.
Dip in melted butter and freeze

Heat oven to 400*

Bake for 15 min Serve immediately

Can serve with Pomegranate seeds.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Kisses 
 Audrey Zellers

½ cup butter

½ cup crunchy peanut butter

¾ c brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. Vanilla

1 ½ cup self - rising flour

40 chocolate kisses

Beat butter and peanut butter together. Add sugar and beat well. Mix in
egg and vanilla. Add flour and combine thoroughly. Cover bowl and chill
dough for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375*. Shape dough into 40 small balls
(about 1 tsp) and place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 5 min. and
remove them from oven. Press a Chocolate kiss on top of cookie. Bake again
for 3 min longer.

Silvered Almond Cookies

Cream together:

1 cup butter

½ cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar


2 eggs

1 tea almond flavor

Mix together:

2 cups oatmeal prepared in the blender (put small amount in blender, after
measuring, until turns to powder)

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

Mix together all ingredients:

Add: 8 ounce package of slivered almonds

Continue to Mix:

Bake on ungreased cookie sheet. Make golf ball sized cookies, 2 inches
apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes.

Makes 50 cookies.

Holiday Pomegranate Salsa
Caryn Esplin

2 large pomegranates

3 Avocadoes

4 Roma Tomatoes

½ cup Red Onion

1 small lime

3 T. Vinaigrette Salad Dressing(Valladia Onion Is Good)

¾ tsp. Tony Chachera's Original Creole Seasoning

2 T. Sugar

Salt & Pepper to taste


Seed the pomegranates. Dice the avocadoes, tomatoes, and onions into very
small pieces(about ¼ inch) Stir together. Quarter the lime and squeeze all
the juice into the mixture. Add the dressing and seasonings to taste.
Serve with tortillas chips and enjoy!

This is a colorful and tasty holiday appetizer, but it is best if eaten the
day it is made fresh.

Carmel Brownie Bars

1 box German Chocolate cake mix

1 cup butter (softened)

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 lb bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup crushed walnuts

Pre-heat oven to 350*

Use a 9" x 13" ungreased pan

Combine cake mix, butter and ½ can of sweetened condensed milk and mix until
smooth. Spread caramel on top of baked crust. Layer Chocolate chips on top
of caramel and then add the walnuts. Last you will spread the remaining
cake mixture on top by taking out scoops, flattening like pancakes and
laying on top (you have to do this because it doesn't spread well on top).
This will form your top crust.
Bake for 20 minutes.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Many Munched and Mingled

posted by Maija-Liisa Adams
Many thanks for a marvelous "Munch and Mingle" go

1st to Penny for hosting us;

2nd to Lori, our Enrichment Leader and Sarah, our Enrichment Counselor for planning this fun, friendly, festive evening for us and

3rd to each of you who came with munchies and mingled.

and mingled

and munched

and munched

and mingled!

Welcome to the ward!

We look forward to each of your recipes so we can use them in our own family and other festivities so quick -- email them to Sarah! 

What a great kick off to this Christmas season!

So glad you brought your daughters!

Thanks and Merry Christmas!

Love your festive shirts!

Feel free to reply with a post of your comments about the evening or Christmas wishes:)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

MUNCH N' MINGLE on Tuesday, December 2nd!

Bring your favorite appetizer or treat recipe and share!

Penny Hughes' Home

7 PM

E-mail a copy of your recipe to or bring a copy with you that night! We'll post the recipes on the blog and make hard copies to hand out the next Sunday.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Baby Bumper Cars at Recipe Party

posted by Maija-Liisa Adams

Thanks to Lindsey for hosting the Recipe Party in her new kitchen and dining room. It's just beautiful.  

It looked like baby Bumper cars down the hall way. 
These baby seats were for:

Nicole's baby boy Will,

Christine's Lucy

 and Sarah's Marie. 

Two  other babies came as "buns in the oven":) 

What a wonderful feast for your eyes and tastebuds this "Show Off" recipe party was.  Hope you'll join us next time at Shannon's for our "Holiday Brunch".   

You may find all the delectable and eye appealing recipes at

Monday, November 10, 2008

Congratulations to Tawnya Walker on her baby girl!

We just wanted to post a photo of Tawnya Walker's beautiful pink bundle, Naomi. She was blessed on Sunday in a gorgeous gown that Tawnya's sister had made. Isn't she beautiful? Congratulations to Tawnya and Elijah!!!

A Word About Family History from Liisa Smith

Well, I asked Sarah D’Evegnee if it would be okay if I contributed to the RS blog once in a while about….yes, don’t be scared, I’ll type it out…FAMILY HISTORY!!! Sarah thought it would be fine. Please don’t be frighten of the above two words, I will try to make it easier to read about. First, let’s consider the words “family” and “history”. “Family” will be defined as, “the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their own or adopted children; also, any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family”. I believe most of us fit in that definition somewhere. If you don’t believe you do, please let me know, and we’ll work out something. “History” will be defined as, “events of the past”, even if the event is only one second old. Let’s put these two definitions together and we can define “Family History” as “any past event of a traditional family or the equivalent of the traditional family”. Now, that’s not too bad, is it? When you think about it Family History can be about anything that has occurred to you or to any member of your family. It can be something as grand as a birth, marriage, birthday, graduation, etc. Or as mundane as a grocery list. Now, I can assure you that you are involved already in some form of Family History. Some of you will be involved in “scrapbooking”, some of you will be keeping a journal, some of you will be writing or e-mailing letters to family or friends, some of you will be taking photos of family, friends, events, etc., some of you will be involved in doing genealogy (oh, that dreaded word), and so on. If we truly define Family History, it is “the recording of any past event of a family or family member”, anything that has a hard copy, such as a piece of paper, a photograph, etc. Or that has an electronic backup in a secure place. If you were to e-mail a letter to a family member or family, printed out that e-mail, and put it in a file or binder you are doing Family History! Some of you are probably thinking it can’t be that easy. Well, it is!! If it fits the definition above, it is Family History. I’m going to challenge you to think outside the box. Think of the definition above and see what you are doing to create FAMILY HISTORY.

Chris Leishman and myself, Liisa K. Smith are the Ward’s Family History Consultants. Please feel free to come and talk to us about Family History. We are involved in the above and can answer your questions about genealogy (oh, that quilt ridden word). Take care and keep up the good work.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Snapshots of Super Saturday, Sub for Santa, Soups and Salads

Thanks to Maija-Liisa Adams for this post!  
Thank you all for your generous donations for our "Sub for Santa" families!  It's heart warming to see your local outreach. 

Bishop Webster (missing his wife) came to check up on us and our projects. 

What's better than a Saturday visiting and crafting? 

Thank you for bringing those tasty soups, salads and desserts.  Please share your recipes here.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Sub-for-Santa Teams

We'll be wrapping the presents for our sub-for-santa families at the Super Saturday on November 8th.  Please bring your UNWRAPPED gifts clearly labeled with the COLOR and the gender and age of the recipient.  Contact your team leader if she hasn't contacted you yet.  If you don't have a team, please contact Ellie Christman (who needs team members) or Sarah d'Evegnee.  Also, if you would prefer, you can contribute to gift certificates at the Super Saturday.  

Pink Parents

and Girl 14

Team Leader : Stephanie Fay

Team Members : 
Janeese Summers
Kenzie Price
Lindsey Dewey
Konda Fullmer
Shelly Rigby
Lori Wasden

Pink Kids
Girl 14, Girl 10, Boy 9, Boy 6

Team Leader : Shauna Cannon

Team Members : 
Debbie DuPree
Donna Nielsen
Lola Packer
Emily Rowe
Sue Hexem
Molly Rose

Blue Parents
And Girl 7, Boy 2

Team Leader : Penny Hughes

Team Members : 
Lylene Bennett
Melissa Shipley
Maija-Liisa Adams
Caryn Esplin
Anne Fornes
Audrey Zellers
Joanne Webster

Blue Kids
Boy 5, Girl 3

Team Leader : Ellie Christman

Team Members :
Sandra Fluckiger
Janice Call
Deby Leishman
Debbie Richards

Orange Parents
and Boy 2 and Baby 7 months

Team Leaders : Elaine Holloway/Susan Walker

Team Members : 
Sharon Demordant
Marilyn Clark
Cheryl Hansen
Mary Brown
Donna Budge

Orange Kids
Girl 8, Girl 7, Boy 4

Team Leader : Vonda Winfree

Team Members : 
Susan Startin
Shari Pack
Sarah d’Evegnee
Liisa Smith
Jann Johnson

Green Kids
Girl 6, Girl 3, and Girl 15 mo.

Team Leader : Devin Woods

Team Members : 
Sherry Carson
Maria Thomas
Chris Leishman
Marian Hayes
Betty Browm
Cindy Prue

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Here is a list of the projects for the Super Saturday on November 8th.  Just CLICK on the picture to see a bigger photo!

Don't fret about ANY of them--they are ALL designed to be easy enough that anyone can make them.  We will put together kits that will include everything you need, even if you've never done this type of project before!

If you would like a different quote or a different color of vinyl, just let me know on your order form!

You need to get an order form from Church or I can give you one.  Please make payments to Sarah d'Evegnee by Sunday, October 26th.  Let me know if you have any questions about any of the projects!

12x12 Tile with Elder Holland Quote : $6.50

Hair Bow Hanger : $4.00  

Hair Bows or Daisy Clip : $1.50

If you would like to paint the wood a different color and have different paper to mod-podge, just let me know!

Blessings Card with Envelope : .25

Large Sign with President Monson Quote : $7.50

Again, you can paint this in a different color and use black lettering--just let me know on your order form!

Recipe Holder with 3 Magnets : $7.00

Small Believe Sign : $3.00

Name and Established Sign : $25.00


12x12 Tile with Romans 8:28 : $6.50

Desserts Glass Block : $9.00

Bottle-cap Magnets (set of 4) : $3.00

Snowflake Card and envelope : .25

Grandma's Glass Block : $9.00

Hanging Birthday Chart : $8.00

I have the COOLEST tool that makes this a breeze!  Don't let it intimidate you--it was so fun to put together!

Thanksgiving Daily Glass Frame : $4.00
(You can do this with or without the matting--like the next example)

Pray Always Glass Frame : $4.00
(You can do this with the matting--like the previous example)

Child of God Wood Block with name : $4.00

Wreath card and Envelope : .50