Tuesday, June 30, 2009
1 1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. butter or margarine, softened
1 t. vanilla
4 c. powdered sugar
2 c. milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate candy melts
Mix peanut butter, butter and vanilla until smooth. Add powdered sugar a little at a time, stirring to blend. When well blended, chill for at least 1 hour. Roll into balls and dip into melted chocolate. Let dry on wax paper (if you can wait that long!).
Monday, June 29, 2009
1/4 t. cream of tartar
2/3 c. cocoa powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. baking powder
1 3/4 c. flour
Spray cookie sheets. Preheat to 400°. Cream together butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and add a little at a time to the creamed mixture. (Dough is very thick.) Refrigerate dough for about an hour. Roll into balls, and bake for 7-9 minutes, or just until outside is cooked. Do not overbake. Allow to cool completely on a rack. Use frosting recipe below to frost or to create cookie sandwiches.
Fat Fudge Frosting
2/3 c. butter, melted
1/3 c. cocoa powder
4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 t. vanilla
2-4 T. milk
Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl. Add milk slowly, by tablespoons until frosting is creamy looking. Allow to cool and thicken before spreading on cooled cookies, then rolling in sprinkles.
Friday, June 26, 2009
The scriptures are often referred to as a roadmap given to us from Heavenly Father, a way to find answers to our problems. When I was younger, I didn’t understand how that could be possible. None of the prophets or even Jesus had the same difficulties or situations that I did. Since then, I have gained a testimony to the power of the word of God. There are many wonderful examples of what to do and what not to do and many people we can learn from, but the scriptures are more than just a collection of inspiring stories. They are a way for Heavenly Father to speak to us and to teach us and for us to show Him that we are willing to learn from Him. Reading them unleashes the Spirit in our lives like little else can. I love this quote:
“I sometimes think that one of the best-kept secrets of the kingdom is that the scriptures open the door to the receipt of revelation.”
Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrines of the Restoration, ed. Mark L. McConkie, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1989, p. 243
I know that many of my ah-ha moments about my life have come to me when I am reading or pondering the scriptures, even if they are the same chapters I have read many times and even if the particular scripture has nothing to do with my answer. Just reading them opens the doors so that we are more receptive to the whispers of the Holy Ghost and more prepared to understand the will of God.
I have also had those experiences where I was reading and a verse jumped out at me and was exactly what I needed to hear to comfort me, to tell me what to do or to answer a question. When that happens I feel so overwhelmed by the love of my Heavenly Father who cares enough to give us these wonderful words and prompts me to read them. Of course, what good are those words when they are sitting in a closed book on a shelf?
"The scriptures that are never read will never help us." Elder L. Tom Perry, Ensign, May 1985, p. 23
The times that I feel closest to my Heavenly Father are definitely the times when I am reading the scriptures consistently and taking the time to think about what I have read. I’m so grateful to live at a time when we can have the scriptures in our own homes.
"I fear that many of us rush about from day to day taking for granted the holy scriptures. We scramble to honor appointments with physicians, lawyers, and businessmen. Yet we think nothing of postponing interviews with Deity-- postponing scripture study. Little wonder we develop anemic souls and lose our direction in living. How much better it would be if we planned and held sacred fifteen or twenty minutes a day for reading the scriptures. Such interviews with Deity would help us recognize his voice and enable us to receive guidance in all of our affairs." Elder Carlos E. Asay, "Look to God and Live," Ensign, Nov. 1978, 52
Thursday, June 25, 2009
12 frozen rolls (dough), thawed
2 (15-oz.) cans chili
Cheddar cheese, shredded
Ranch dressing or Sour cream
Flatten and stretch thawed rolls. Place in hot oil (375º). Fry until golden brown on each side. Place on paper towels to drain.
To serve, top with chili and then desired toppings.Version II-
4-5 c. flour
3 1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1/2 c. instant powdered milk
2 c. water
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 (15-oz.) can pinto beans
Cumin, salt & pepper to taste
To make fry bread: Mix dry ingredients. Stir in water. Knead dough lightly; cover and let rest 15 minutes. Heat 1" vegetable oil in a 10" skillet. Pinch off dough in small amounts and pat dough into thin 8" circles. In the hot oil, quickly brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.
To make filling: Brown ground beef and onion, drain. Add beans, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper. Simmer 10- 15 minutes.
To Serve: Spoon filling onto fry bread. Top with your favorite toppings.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
“There is no doubt, if a person lives according to the revelations given to God's people, he may have the Spirit of the Lord to signify to him his will, and to guide and to direct him in the discharge of his duties, in his temporal as well as his spiritual exercises. I am satisfied, however, that in this respect, we live far beneath our privileges.”
I wonder how very far beneath my privileges I live. I love the feeling I get when I study and ponder about something, and Heavenly Father blesses me with knowledge and understanding. He takes away one veil. But how much more light could I see if I live up to Heavenly Father’s expectations? Is He waiting there, holding a veil right now and I am too busy to do my part to seek answers, to listen, to be still?
“The Almighty is with this people. We shall have all the revelations that we shall need if we will do our duty and keep the commandments of God. If men could just realize that there may be sound even though few ears hear it. There are revelations even though most minds be materialistic and most hearts impenetrable…
If there be eyes to see, there will be visions to inspire.
If there be ears to hear, there will be revelations to experience.
If there be hearts which can understand, know this: that the exalting truths of Christ's gospel will no longer be hidden and mysterious, and all earnest seekers may know God and his program.”
Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, Oct. 1966, 26
**The title of my post comes from #305: The Light Divine,” Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Text: Matilda Watts Cahoon Music: Mildred T. Pettit
Monday, June 22, 2009
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookies
1 c. butter, softened
¾ c. brown sugar
¾ c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 ¾ c. flour
1 t. baking soda
¾ t. salt
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
2 (6-oz) boxes Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
Preheat oven to 375°. Cream the butter and sugars until well combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well mixed. In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly add to wet ingredients along with the chocolate chips and cookie dough bites until just combined.
With a cookie scoop, scoop onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet for 3-5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
Yield: About 36 cookies
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuscan White Bean & Spinach Soup
2 t. olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1 shallot, finely diced
3-4 c. fat free chicken broth or vegetable stock
1 (14 1/2-oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (14 1/2-oz.) can white beans (cannellini or other)
1/2 c. whole wheat pasta shells or shell pasta
1 t. rosemary
3 c. baby spinach, cleaned and trimmed
1/8 t, black pepper
Dash crushed red pepper flakes
In a large sauce pan, sauté the shallots & garlic in the olive oil. Add broth, tomatoes, beans and rosemary to pot. Season with black and red pepper. Bring to boil. Add pasta and cook 12 minutes. If the soup seems too thick for your liking add a bit more broth. Add spinach and cook until wilted.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I used two of them last night when making treats for friends. These are the Chewy Cocoa Brownies that I posted before, but this time I cut them with the cute heart cutter.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I added more spinach to the sandwiches after I took the photo, but wanted you to be able to see the chicken and cheese. I used rotisserie chicken, but you can use leftover cooked chicken or cook some especially for the sandwiches. I used thyme, but you can use oregano or rosemary or whatever your favorite herb is.
Warm Chicken Sandwiches with Mushrooms, Spinach & Fontina
4 rosette rolls, halved horizontally
3 T. extra-virgin olive oil
12 oz. sliced white mushrooms
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 c. shredded roast chicken
2 t. thyme
Salt & pepper
Whole grain mustard 8 oz.
Fontina cheese, shredded, divided
1 (5-oz.) bag baby spinach, chopped
Preheat oven to 325°. Place rolls, cut side up, on cookie sheets and toast lightly. Set aside.
Drizzle olive oil in skillet and warm over medium heat. Add onion and mushrooms. Sauté until onions are translucent and mushrooms release juices. Add garlic and sauté for another minute. Add chicken to skillet. Drizzle balsamic vinegar to taste and season with thyme, salt and pepper.
Spread mustard on bottom half of each roll on a cookie sheet. Top with chicken/mushroom mixture and then cheese. Broil just until cheese melts. Top each with spinach and then roll top.
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, “The Unspeakable Gift,” Ensign, May 2003, 28
Everything that I do should help bring and keep the Spirit in our home. The Spirit will not stay if I am cranky because I am trying to get this long list done and my children are not cooperating. What is more important? That I get to the store on time and in and out in 30 minutes or that I am patient and allow the Spirit to be with us? So it’s my goal to keep this quote in mind and ask myself, “Am I enjoying the influence of the Spirit and am I allowing my children to?” throughout each day.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Savory Chicken Vegetable Strudel
2 c. cooked, cubed chicken
½ c. shredded carrots
½ c. finely chopped fresh broccoli
1/3 c. finely chopped sweet red pepper
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
½ c. mayonnaise
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ t. dill weed
¼ t. salt
¼ t. pepper
2 tubes (8 oz. each) refrigerated crescent rolls
1 egg white, beaten
2 T. slivered almonds
Preheat oven to 375º. In a bowl, combine first 10 ingredients; mix well. Unroll crescent dough and place in a greased 15x10-inch baking pan; press seams and perforations together, forming a rectangle (dough will hang over edges of pan). Spread filling lengthwise down the center of dough. On each long side, cut 1½-inch wide strips 3½-inches into center. Starting at one end, alternate strips, twisting twice and layering at an angle across filling. Seal ends. Brush dough with egg white; sprinkle with almonds. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into slices; serve warm.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
There are also some adorable cupcake flags! You can coordinate the banner and flags for a fun party.