" We believe in being honest, true, chaste,benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things. "

Friday, October 31, 2008

Baked Pumpkins:
Hollow pumpkins
rub inside with olive oil
salt & pepper
bake at 350
30min open side up
30min open side down
fill with your favorite soup or chili & enjoy
White Chili
1 TBLS olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped (one cup)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 cps chicken broth
2 TBLS chopped fresh cilantro
2 TBLS lime juice
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano (fresh if you've got it, my herb garden provided)
1/4 tsp red pepper sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1 can white corn (drained)
1 can great northern beans (drained)
1 can butter beans (drained)
2 cups chopped chicken (optional)
1. Heat oil over medium heat cook onions & garlic until tender
2. Stir in remaining ingredients except chicken. Heat to boiling; reduce heat simmer uncovered 20 minutes. Stir in chicken, simmer until hot.
Homemade ROOT BEER
6 cups white sugar
3 1/3 gallons cold water
1 (2 ounce) bottle root beer extract
4 pounds dry ice

In a large cooler, mix together the sugar and water, stirring to dissolve sugar completely. Stir in the root beer extract. Carefully place the dry ice into the cooler, and cover loosely with the lid. Do not secure the lid, as pressure may build up.
Let the mixture brew for about an hour before serving. Leftover root beer can be stored in one gallon milk jugs.

Pumpkin Pastry
One egg whisked with 1 tsp of water
Prepared pie crust
cookie cutter
filling choose:
mint choco-chips & choco-chips
peanut butter chips & choco chips
marsh mellow & choco-chips
chicken saute with garlic, onion, carrots, bell pepper
Roll out pie crust until its about 1/8 " thick.
Make as many dough pairs as possible with cookie cutter. For pockets spread filling leaving a margin around the perimeter for closer. Use egg wash around edges then place top on and pinch to close. Brush top with egg wash and sprinkle with raw sugar ( for sweet filling) or coarse sea salt (for savory filling).
Bake at 375 for 12 minutes
1 bottle of sparkling cider
2 gallons apple cider
4 TBLS Carmel sauce
Maraschino cherries
Cinnamon sticks
cinnamon sugar for edges of cups
add sparkling cider, apple cider, carmel sauce, & ice
wet each glass with lemon juice then dip into cinnamon sugar
pour cider mixture into prepared glasses add cherries and cinnamon stick

Monday, October 27, 2008

I just HAD to SAY
colored tights
i just got
funky green
HOpe YoUr MONday
brings fun
(and fun tights if you wish)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

to self portrait or not to self portrait

i have always
how i look in pictures i would say that i am one of the least photogenic people i know
that being said, i have been experimenting in self portraiting.......why
because i would like my children...and their children for that matter to know how i look
or at least how i see myself
i have this great photo of my mother when she was around my age...she is fixing her earring
and it is just so
so i am trying to get past my insecurities to become comfortable with
how i REALLY look
try it..your kids will one day appreciate it
in fact
email your SELF portraits to me

so they can be featured
on this site
think of it as a little Christmas present
look if these guys thought it was important to self can't be that bad

Van GoghDa Vinci



*feel free to BE CREATIVE*

Friday, October 17, 2008

for your consideration

Thursday, October 9, 2008

quick meal/ beautiful meal

{Tuna Salad}
I have been thinking alot recently about the connection between our body & spirit.
"As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we possess sacred knowledge from revealed truth about the relationship between the body and the spirit. Doctrine and Covenants 88:15 states, “The spirit and the body are the soul of man.”
If our body & spirit together make up our SOUL
then our task isn't limited to simply preparing ourselves for eternity spiritually.....
......and how does our physical body effect our ability to prepare our spirit
....i truly believe the way in which we present ourselves effects our behavior
if this is true
then i believe the way in which we present the food that we eat can effect our relationship with that food
in short
if you present your food as a delightful meal to be consumed so as to uplift your body, feed your mind, and lighten your weariness
..then it stands to reason that your relationship with food will be appropriate
then as the word of wisdom assures
"And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall
receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;

And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;

And shall arun and not be bweary, and shall walk and not faint."
just something to chew on
This Tuna Salad
is the easiest meal
that is also full of great nutrients
Cooked Rice ( i prefer brown long grain, the Mr. wins out alot with short white)
diced tomatoes
rinsed patted dry lettuce
Solid white tuna and a bit of salt
place lettuce in a bowl
top with rice ( use measuring cup to get a ball effect)
add tuna
sprinkle with a bit more pepper
all the kids in my home are delighted to see this meal on the table for dinner

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Asian Soup

***full dis closer***

Okay like all of my recipes

I just throw things in until it tastes good

so the amounts are my best guess

use your discretion to add more if necessary

Asian Soup

bring 8 cups of water to a boil

add 8 chicken bouillon cubes

1/2 a sauteed onion

2 large carrots coarsely chopped

6 garlic cloves crushed

2tsp salt

pepper to taste

Chinese red pepper sauce as much as you want ( i like it hot)

continue to boil for at least 45min

(the longer it boils the better stock)

while it is boiling

* brown tofu

*beat 2 eggs in separate container
* chop a 1/4 bunch of cilantro

take stock off the oven run through a cheese cloth and into another pot

save carrots discard the rest

put the remaining stock back on the stove

add in tofu

and cilantro

once stock is boiling

slowly pour in eggs mixture

the water will cook it upon entry


this meal was a big hit

some in the family added rice while eating

Tofu...what do i do with that

i always press my tofu
before I cook it
this way it holds up & doesn't crumble when stir fried or just browned
star by cutting strips

place strips in between napkins on a plate
place another plate on top
add cans from your pantry for weight

then I just leave it pressing on it every once and a while for about an hour

when it has been pressed you can cut into whatever sizes work best for what you are making

then brown in a bit of olive oil

Thursday, October 2, 2008

{ did you know } Cooking Version

Milled flax seed may be used as a fat substitue in most recipes. Generally 3 Tbsp/ milled flax seed can replace 1Tbsp fat or oil. Likewise, 1 Tbsp. milled flax seed plus 3 Tbsp of water can replace 1 egg.

Don't give up if your results aren't perfect the first time