Wednesday, February 23, 2011
We are working to collect 650 individually wrapped snacks. ( The "Austin" type sandwich crackers are ideal. The snacks should not be greasy or leaking salt, colors or flavoring. Chips are out.)
You may bring the snacks to church and I will deliver them to the school.
The testing process makes for a long day and the snacks help to re-energize our students. Thank you in advance for your generous donations.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I hope you are all planning to attend our Stake Emergency Preparedness Fair.
Saturday, February 26th
9 a.m. to Noon
Stake Center (on Bowser Rd.)
The stake is putting forth a great effort in order to empower it's members to improve their self-sufficiency. This will be an inspiring event! Make an effort to come and get ideas and information. If you have not done so, I suggest getting a BINDER to orgainize all of your Food Storage/Preparedness information. Then, when you get information on a certain topic, you simply stick it right in your binder. Purchase some binder tabs and also pockets/sheet protectors to put items in in your binder that can't be hole punched. (Like the CD they will give to each family who comes to the fair!!!)
Just a word to those who may be feeling a bit overwhelmed: COME!--and after you have seen all the possibilities, pick ONE thing to start working on. No one can do it all at once, so keep it simple and start small. (...you know you should!)
See you there!
When I think of all the responsibilities of the Smiths, I am most impressed that she agreed to do this for us. But it was the quality of the event. President Smith stayed briefly to show us how to make a pizza crust and then a pizza. Then Julia showed us how to make bread and bagels and then it morphed into her granola and yogurt. And we had so many samples to "graze" on during the demonstrations. (I can only think of the word "graze" as I was so full when I got home.)
I know they had just had Elder Ringwood and wife in their home for a week and yet she made so much available to all of us who attended.
Then, she made copies of other recipes the sisters wanted.
David serves with President Smith so I am aware of their schedule. This event has reinforced the truth for me THAT - the more you do - the more you CAN do. The more you serve, the more you can and DO serve.
I have just come to treasure and love all the women who are so busy and have such full schedules yet CAN and DO serve. It enriches my life and encourages me to do more from their examples of service!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Of course as I attended elementary school and made my Valentine's Mailbox or some other corny container to get valentines from my classmates, I started getting a glimpse of what this day could mean. I could remember someone without looking like a "needy" person and I could feel remembered. I kept many of the valentine's day cards for years.
I love this day. It gives me a "focused" way to tell people I love and care about them. So I will. I love and care about all of you in this Dallas 4th Relief Society. It is so true that you learn to LOVE the people you serve. Love is not a passive emotion. It is not something one can "wait" to feel from others. That is freeing to me. I do not have to know how anyone feels - I can LOVE each of you - my very own decision.
AND I have made that decision!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Nehemiah was given permission by the King of Persia (the Israelites had been taken captive by Persia) to go back to Jerusalem to rebuild the city. He faced great opposition from the people who lived in the lands around but in the city "the people had a mind to work". (Nehemiah 4:6)
He faced persecution and threats from those around Jerusalem and they kept badgering him to come out of the city to speak with them - but - he knew they meant him harm.
He had this incredible focus and capacity to do hard work and follow through on what he knew the Lord wanted him to do. He states in Nehemiah 6:3 "I am doing a great work so that I cannot come down." He and the people of Jerusalem rebuilt the wall around the city in 52 days!
I want to be as invested in my work so that the "world" cannot distract me and that I can say - "I'm busy - I will not be distracted by you!"
One day, I am going to meet Nehemiah. I am going to let him know how impressed I was at his great example of leadership and work ethic.
He is another one of my NEW favorites from the scriptures.
Monday, February 7, 2011
It is that time of year again. Dover needs your help.
Dover is a Title 1 school and needs our help as they prepare to take the TAKS test. Over the next month we will be collecting snacks, and mints for the children of Dover. These items will actually be distributed on TAKS testing dates so there are some specific requests.
We need to collect the following:
650 individually wrapped snacks. (The "Austin" type sandwich crackers are ideal. The snacks shoud not be greasy or leaking salt, sugar, colors, or flavoring. Chips are out.)
1300 individually wrapped mints
Please keep these needs in mind when you do your shopping over the next few weeks.Bring your donations to the Releif Society Room on Sundays and I will take the snacks to school.
thank you in advance for your service. Our students appreciate the snacks. :)
Additionally, job seekers can look at the jobs posted under Stake Jobs. This is a list of jobs posted by staff at the LDS Employment Resource Center or by Employment Specialists in the area. Currently there is a job on this list for a Reservation and Customer Care Specialist with Hilton Hotels that allows you to work from home on a variety of schedules.
If you need help getting on ldsjobs.org or completing your profile, just contact me at email@example.com.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
On Monday, I was riding my bike and thinking that the scenery looked grayish and dull. What a difference 4 days does for one's perspective. I would dearly love to ride my bike on the boring asphalt/cement trail and stare at the brown/gray/dull green landscape because that would mean I was out of my house exercising and looking at ANY scenery besides all the many tasks I could do in my own home "now that I have the time".
I love Dallas and Texas and the way my details (such as the weather) can change so quickly. I am grateful for the safety most of us have had from the harsh nature of this weather. I feel happy every time I hear my heater kick on and/or my water runs freely from "unfrozen" pipes.
But looking out my window this morning to a BLANKET of white makes me long for the day when I can see the asphalt!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Boiling eggs can make them tough and rubbery, and eggs that are cooked too long or at too high a temperature can get green rings around the yolk. While these eggs are still fine to eat, it's better to use a more gentle cooking method. Gentle cooking also helps prevent cracking.
To make hard-cook eggs, place clean, uncracked eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. Because fresher eggs are harder to peel, older eggs make better candidates for hard-cooking.
Add enough water to come at least 1 inch above eggs. Bring to a boil, turn heat to low and let simmer 1 minute. Turn off heat, letting eggs stand and cook for 15 minutes. Run cold water over the eggs. Refrigerate until ready to use.
* 7 large eggs, hard boiled and peeled * 1/4 cup mayonnaise * 1 1/2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
* 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
* Salt and pepper, for taste * Paprika, for garnishing
Halve 7 eggs lengthwise. Remove yolks and place in a small bowl. Mash yolks with a fork and stir in mayonnaise, pickle relish, and mustard. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Fill egg whites evenly with yolk mixture. Garnish with paprika. Store covered in refrigerator.
4 Hard-boiled Eggs, peeled and chopped ¼ cup Light Mayonnaise 1 Celery Stalk, finely chopped 2 teaspoons Red or Sweet White Onion, finely chopped 1 ½ teaspoons Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed if possible) To taste: Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper (about 1/8 to 1/4 tsp of each)
Instructions: Gently toss the eggs and celery together in a medium-size bowl.
In a smaller bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, onion, salt and pepper. Fold into the eggs and celery. Season to taste with salt & the ground black pepper.
Chill for an hour or so before eating.
Ham and Spinach Quiche
16 oz. Frozen spinach (thaw under cold water, then squeeze out all water)
8 oz. Ham (sliced sandwich meat, chopped into small pieces)
½ cup chopped green onion
10 eggs mixed well
2 regular frozen pie crusts (thaw 20 minutes and prick bottom with fork)
1 cup cheese
Layer ½ spinach, ham and onions in each pie crust. Pour ½ eggs over ham mixture in each pie crust. Sprinkle cheese over top
(Place pie tins on baking sheet in case it spills over during baking)
Bake 350* for 45 minutes to I hour until center is cooked.
Schaum Torte (Dessert)
* 6 large egg whites
* 2 teaspoons vinegar
* 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
* 2 cups white sugar
* vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
* 1 (10 ounce) package frozen raspberries, thawed
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Butter a large baking sheet.
2. In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Blend in vinegar and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form. With a large spoon, drop meringue in 8 clumps (about 4 inches diameter), close together on baking sheet. Indent the center of each clump with the back of a spoon.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours. Turn off oven, and let shells cool in the oven, about 1 hour.
4. To serve: Fill each shell with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream , and smother with thawed raspberries.
With MORE freezing weather, here are MORE ways to be prepared:
1. Don't forget your food/water/fuel supply! (That was just a reminder!)
From the City of Dallas (Utilities and Water) we have the following important information:
Before a Freeze:
1. Wrap all exposed pipes located outside or in unheated areas of your home, including the attic.
2. Remove garden hoses from outside faucets. Insulate those faucets with hard foam covers or wrap with cloth or paper.
3. Cover vents around the foundation of your home.
4. Learn where your private water cut-off valves are and how to operate them.
In Sub-Freezing Weather:
1. Let hot and cold water drip slowly from inside faucets during a freeze.
2. Open cabinet doors under sinks on outside walls.
If you need help or emergency assistance in turning your vater off or on, you can reach the City of Dallas 24 hours a day by calling 311.
If you find yourself stuck at home on a freezy day, pull out your powdered chocolate milk that you have stored up and make a cup of "hot chocolate".
Here's an easy recipe from cooks.com (with a few modifications of my own) for those cold days when you're stuck inside with your canned vegetables...
Easy Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup
1 lb. stew meat (or ground beef)
2 (14-16 oz) cans vegetables of your choice (green beans, corn, etc.)
2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
2 sm. potatoes (cook fresh ones or rehydrate potato dices)
Season/cook meat as desired. Add tomato sauce, juice from vegetables, and water to desired consistency. Cut up potatoes or dehydrated dices to mixture with 1/8 to 1/4 cup raw rice. Break up a small amount of raw spaghetti noodles and put in soup. After rice and spaghetti are cooked, add mixed vegetables and continue cooking until thoroughly heated. Add water if necessary during cooking. Season as desired to taste. (Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, beef boulion...whatever you have on hand that you enjoy.) You can easily double for large families.