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Sunday, December 11, 2016

We are all Innkeepers

Love this quote. Enjoy your Sunday. 

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Easy Sweet Potato Casserole a Thanksgiving favorite at our house.

This dish is a HUGE hit in my house!  We didn't used to love the "yam" part of Thankgiving all that much until we tried it this way.  Now it rivals the stuffing as the favorite Thanksgiving food!  It's super easy too.

Preheat oven to 350*

Combine and pour sprayed 9 x 13 dish

3 cups canned, sweet potatoes (mashed)
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs


1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 cup melted butter ( I use 1/2 cup)
1 cup chopped pecans

Sprinkle topping over sweet potato mixture.

Bake covered for 30 to 40 minutes.  Remove foil for last 10 or 15 minutes.

It's better the second day! You can make a day ahead and reheat it for your meal. I mix it up the night before Thanksgiving and cook it the next day.

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How to Roast Pine Nuts in Shell

Oh man! I absolutely love this time of year!!! Everything changes and I'm not just talking leaves!  The colors, the weather, the clothes. Even the produce!  And one of my favorite changes in the produce department is these little guys...PINENUTS!!

When I was a little girl I loved being with my grandma!  She was always interesting to me!  I don't remember ever being bored when I was hanging out with her. She was an oil painter, a storyteller and a fabulous cook!  

She lived up in the avenues in Salt Lake City and I remember one time walking down the street to the Salt Lake City Cemetery and picking up the beautiful pinecones that fell from the Pinetree's there. I can still remember that wonderful pine smell!  Ahhh!  

We took our gathered treasures to her house and she popped them into the oven on a cookie sheet. As the pinecones heated up they all released there seeds. What?  That was so cool. 

I'm not sure how the pine nut sellers do it, but I have heard that you still need to cook them after buying them at the grocery store so this is what I did. 
Preheat oven to 325°
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. 
Put pinenuts into colander and rinse them for about one minute.  
Do not rinse. Spread on a cookie sheet. You can salt them at this point. I salted mine, but I really didn't taste a difference since the salt doesn't seem to permeate through the shells. 
 Baked on top rack in oven for 15 minutes. 
As soon as they are cool they are ready to eat! Here's a fun tip. Put pinenuts in a dish towel and roll over them gently with a rolling pin. You will hear the shells crack. Now just pull off the shells and enjoy. 
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Sunday, November 6, 2016

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

I Have Loved Serving With You! Handout

I was recently released from my calling in the Women's organization (Relief Society) presidency in my church. When you are called to serve in these organizations you become really close to those you are serving with. We shed a few tears and then move on to other callings and build close relationships with new people.  That's kind of the "Circle of Life" we live in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It's so great!  Our circle of close friends grows as WE grow and change.

My new calling is one I serve in with my husband so that is fun and we are enjoying it!  We are serving as the Young Single Adult leaders.  We are kind of taking care of and keeping track of the 18-30 year-olds who are single.  We teach a Gospel Doctrine class each Sunday. We are loving it!

After being released my sweet friend Kelli brought me the cutest set of serving utensils and a nice note.  In the note she wrote, "I enjoyed serving with you."  I thought that was so cute!  I decided to make a label and share it with all of you.

This is so very easy!  You don't even have to cook anything!  Just find some cute serving utensils, print and cut the tags and attach them. Easy as pie!  Actually, I can think of so many things that are easier than pie, but...

Print the tags HERE!

Good luck wherever you serve!  Enjoy it and those you serve with!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

God Bless the USA Mixed Media Canvas

Last year I was a guest on Sugar Bee Crafts as a part of the Red, White, Blue Series. I thought I would post here in case you missed it.

For my project I decided to make a mixed media canvas.  This project was one of the funnest I have done. I love mixed media! You can use any materials you want and you just keep adding layers until you like the way your project looks.  

See all of the different mediums I used on this one little project?  
acrylic paint
patterned paper
glittered chip board 
black marker
sheet music and hand written lyrics 
That explains why they call it "Mixed Media".  I really enjoyed this project and I love the way it turned out!  you should try it too!  I would love to see what you come up with!

Here's how I did mine:

First, I painted a 12 x 12 canvas with black acrylic paint. I cut out pieces for my flag from patterned paper that I had on hand. I also printed out some stars (print HERE) and then use them as a pattern to cut out my burlap stars.

I stained the edges of my stars with black acrylic paint and using a glue gun I attached a button and a twine bow.

When it was time to attach my flag to the canvas I realized that a 12 x 12 canvas is not really 12 x 12.  I trimmed down my flag a little bit so that it would fit on my canvas and I also wanted a little border around the flag. I attatched it to the canvas with a thin layer of Mod podge and then after it dried I covered it with another thin layer of Mod podge.
I antiqued the borders and edges of the flag where I saw a fit with the black acrylic paint and I attached my burlap stars with hot glue.
I hot glued black, glittered chip board letters to the project and then added some detail with a black marker. I added some sheet music and hand written lyrics that I found on the Internet and printed out on regular computer paper.  I ripped out a section of the paper and  spread a little Mod podge onto the project with my finger and placed the paper face down onto the Mod podge. I used a bone folder to press the paper into the Mod podge and then I started taking the paper off. As I did so. The paper tore and much of it remained on the canvas. I did this in a couple of places on the canvas until I had the look I wanted.  
I sprayed some red ink on the camvas and then sprayed a little water on the ink so that it would run a little bit. Then I sprayed some black ink onto the canvas.
I finished the project by printing the words "God Bless the" which you can print HERE.  I painted the edges with black paint and attached them with a hot glue gun.  The hot glue makes them stand out a little rather than lying flat on the canvas which I really like because it added some dimension. 
I couldn't resist finishing the project by tying a bow of tulle around the entire canvas. 

 Right now I'm working on painting and organizing my new craftroom and I am excited to share it when I finish it.  Keep checking back for the reveal.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Lipstick that is Changing My Life!

OK, I'm pretty excited to share this with you all!  Many of you have been following my blog for several years.  My blog has always been free! Everything is free. It's all about sharing the things I love! Well, I have discovered something new to share with you.  I absolutely love it and I'm excited to tell you about it and if I could give it with you for free I would definitely do it.
I have a friend who started sharing videos and post on Facebook showing an amazing new lipstick but she had discovered.  She showed videos of her kissing her children and eating Chick-fil-A sandwiches without smearing, smudging or fading her lipstick. I was intrigued. I contacted her and ordered some lipstick and waited impatiently for this miracle make up to become a part of my life. 
I was not disappointed! In fact, I became obsessed!  I wanted to try another color and then another.  This stuff actually lived up to its promises. This stuff does not budge. It is beautiful and I kept ordering more. Finally my friend suggested that maybe I should sell it to support my habit.  I laughed it off because that's just not me. I've never sold anything. 

I got thinking about how much I love the lipstick and how much fun it would be to be surrounded by it and to be talking about it and trying new colors and SHARING it with my friends.  Finally I decided to do it. I got so excited and decided to sign up.  I started telling my friends about it, I made a group on Facebook, and the orders started coming in.  I realized I was not selling lipstick, it was selling itself!  I haven't even had a party yet and I've sold SO MUCH lipstick!

I have been selling lipstick now for 3 1/2 weeks.  I am having a blast and now I am sharing it with you.  The company is called GeneSense and the lipstick is called LipSense.  It is just starting to take off. I mean it's just crazy how popular this is becoming.  I feel so fortunate to be a part of this. I am on the bottom floor of something big.
Like I said, I am having fun! I would love to share this lipstick with you.  I am not trying to put food on my table.  I don't need to do this. I am doing this for a fun so NO PRESSURE!  If you are interested email me, join my Facebook group and try out this amazing color. Change your life!  Who knows, you may even want to become a distributor like me. I would love to have you on my team. Or just come and see what all the fun is about.
I have a giveaway going on right now for a free starter kit. (55.00 value) It ends Friday so join now.  Just click on the picture below and follow the instructions to enter. I
I hope you'll come join me. HERE

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Relief Society Activity-My 14-Day Journey with Christ- two sacred weeks that will change your heart and bring you closer to the Savior

One of the most memorable Relief Society activities we've had so far is this 14-Day Journey with Christ. 

Let me start right off by telling you that this was NOT my creation.  My friend Betty Jo got this idea from her daughter who did this in her ward.  I searched the internet and to the best of my knowledge the idea came from HERE.on the Idea Door.

This is how we did it:

*  Betty Jo is a saint!  She retyped EVERYTHING and organized it all into a beautiful booklet.

* She rolled each booklet in a piece of scrapbook paper and tied with Christmas ribbon. (These were free because I am a paper-hoarder and I had plenty to donate.)

* The Relief Society presidency gave these out as a Christmas gift. (Double duty on the budget.)

* We asked each sister to do their best to finish the 2 week exercise by the next activity night which was to be held in February.

* We reminded the sisters each week to remember to complete the booklet

* We held a testimony meeting for our activity.

More details:

There are 35 pages included in the booklet so it can get a little pricey.  Here are some ways we made it more affordable and some other ideas that might work for you.

*We didn't take the booklet door to door.  We passed it out at church to those who were there.  We printed 100 books and kept bringing the books to church and offered them each week to those who hadn't yet received one until they were gone.  Truth be told, there are still people asking for them as the word has spread.  People wanting them for family members and friends etc..  Individuals have made extra copies on their own and donated them to those who have asked for them. Now that we have a digital version available anyone can download one anytime they want.

* We bound the books ourselves which saved us a ton!

* A very sweet, generous sister in the ward donated money towards the project. And an awesome couple lent us their binding machine.

 * Staples online could do 100 copies for about 100 dollars.  If you wanted a colored cover it would be about $30.00 more.  That's a better deal than we got.

* If it's just not affordable to print them than you could do it digitally.  You could send one day's exercise (= 2 pages) at a time over email or text. That way the sisters could decide whether or not they wanted to print it or just do the writing in a notebook. (Many of our sisters who had the books did this so they could reuse the book).


* We held our testimony meeting in the Relief Society room which was decorated with pictures and statues of Christ.  I'm so sad that I forgot to take pictures!  I got some white organza panels for WAY cheap last summer.  We used those under and around everything we put out as decorations.  It really looked beautiful.

*We had a couple of beautiful musical numbers that set the mood perfectly.

* We had a talk about testimonies and a gentle reminder of what a testimony consists of and then we turned the time over to the Sisters and they bore beautiful testimony of the Savior and how this journey had indeed changed their lives and deepened their relationship with their Savior.

* We served light refreshments-cookies and a veggie plate.

*I was absolutely thrilled at the outcome of this activity.  One sister told me that she thought those of us who were there that night had bounded in a way that we would never forget.  She was right.

However you decide you can do this, it is a wonderful experience.  I will be honest.  Before I read the booklet I was afraid that the stories and exercises might be elementary or hokey.  I was very wrong.  I loved the experience I had going through this journey and I am going to do it again.
The booklet is free for you to print or download HERE.

  In a world that is swiftly moving away from the Savior and His gospel it is so comforting to know that Jesus Christ is here for us.  He loves us so much and he walks this journey through life right by our side.  He is begging us to seek Him out and to make Him a integral part of our everyday lives. His only goal is to bring us back to His presence to live with Him forever. I love Him with all of my heart.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Relief Society Birthday Party 2016-Happy "BEE"-day!

We just finished holding the Annual Relief Society Birthday Party and this was a fun one to plan.  We chose to call it the "BEE"-day party!  What a fun theme it was for us.  We had so much fun using BEES, BLACK, YELLOW and GREY!

We planned for 64 people and had 63 attend.  Hows that for planning?  It always such a guess.  We promoted the heck out of this activity though. We passed invited out at church AND took them to homes.  We have a FB page so we posted reminders there.  We sent out mass emails and texts and made lots of announcement in RS, YW and Primary.

You can download and edit the invitation HERE. Save it as a jpeg and print at your local photo lab.  It's a lot cheaper than printing it out on card stock.
I really wanted the posters to get noticed.  I think the 3D bees and the bright colors helped me to do that.
I was lucky enough to be making the posters before Easter and made the bees out of these large Easter eggs I found at Dollar Tree. I also found this yellow flower windmill that made the perfect wings.

We had SO much fun with the decorations! The yellow tablecloths belong to me and the grey and white runners belong to my friend BJ. The PLATES, NAPKINS, BANNERS, LONG TABLECLOTHS and the CUPS were all purchased at a place in Roy, Utah called Dilly Dallies.  They were inexpensive and SO cute! Candice made the centerpieces simply by wrapping canning jars with a black bandana and tying helium balloons to them. Balloons are a great way to decorate because they are cheap, but they make a big impact.  Walmart is the cheapest we found them, but prices vary according to location so call around.

HERE is a link to the waterbottle labels. We attached a paper straw with washi tape.

I made this wreath just for fun by wrapping a wire wreath frame with a fether boa.  
Krogers has delicious fried chicken and it's CHEAP!  we served the chicken will rolls and salads.

We had these cupcakes for our dessert.
We had 9 women share each share one of President Hinkley's B's.  Each lady took 1-2 minutes and shared an experience or thought.  I have to admit that I was a little nervous about this part of the night because I was worried that it would go too long and drag on.  I am happy to say that I was wrong to worry because the ladies were awesome!  The things they shared were wonderful and they all stayed within the time we gave them. We printed these bookmarks from PRINTASTIC DESIGN .  They actually served as our programs as well.
This handsome group performed "BEE" still my soul for our opening number and they even bought matching black and gold ties for the occasion.
I'm sad I didn't get a picture of our closing musical number.  The group of awesome women sang Be My Little Baby Bumble Bee.  It was very cute!

We got a great response for our service project which was to make BIRTHDAY BAGS to donate to our local WOMEN'S SHELTER.  Often there are kids who birthdays occur while they are in the shelter and this gives their moms an opportunity to celebrate the birthday with the child.  The kits include cake mixes, frosting, sprinkles, candles, napkins and plates. These are divided and put into individual gift bags.  We were hoping to get 20-25 kits, but had nearly enough items donated for 100 kits.

These little honey bears were a bit of a splurge.  We only have 4 activities a year and this is our "BIG" one so we are able to spend a little more.  I ordered the bear bottles HERE We bought honey at Sam's Club and filled them, put a label on them and tied a bee around the neck. Isn't he just the cutest little guy you've ever seen?

Print the labels and bees HERE

I would consider this one of our most successful activities. I hope this makes your next activity easier!

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