Wednesday, August 31, 2011
This week I will be teaching the Fast Sunday lesson and it will concern how we can be or become "Daughters of Light".
Please consider all the ways, physically, mentally, emotionally, and most important - spiritually we need "light" in our lives.
And, how do we reflect this light in the lives of those around us?
Let's all read and ponder Matthew 5: 14-16 and how it applies to us today!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
As many of you have watched the effects of Hurricane Irene, we touched again on our need for 72 hour kits - D batteries were gone from the Supermarkets in those areas, within hours.
Kim has taught about 8 classes so far, and we will selectively choose some of her handouts, and send out a "link" in our Relief Society Blasts going forward, so that those who have a "desire" may print them for themselves - thanks to Laurie Johnson for scanning.
Here are two recipes from tonight - to make them perfectly you need a really good blender. a VitaMix or Blendtec are two of the best. The Chocolate Ice Cream is made with Country Cream Chocolate Powdered Milk. We have done one order on the Country Cream Powdered Milk regular, and if we get enough interest, we could do one on the Chocolate Powdered Milk - it has an exceptional taste for powdered milks.
PEACH SORBET (or any freeze dried fruit of your choice)
1 cup water
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
3/4 cup sugar (or to taste)
1 cup freeze dried peaches
4 cups Ice.
Place all ingredients in blender except ice. Blend to mix ingredients. Add icc and blend to desired consistency.
CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM OR MILK SHAKE (blender)
1 1/2 cup water
12/3 cup Dutch Milk Coclate Drink Mix
1/2 cup sugar
6 cups ice
Place all ingredients in blender except ice. Blend to mix ingredients. Add ice and blend to desired consistency. Optional: Malt flavoring to taste.
Recipe may be reduced by 1/2.
Tip: Powdered milk or powdered chocolate milk or powdered soy milk or powdered chocolate soy milk can be used for these recipes, or can be used for warm drinks in the winter.
Remember if you are interested in an item to be ordered on a ward-wise basis, contact Kim, and she will find a source, see if the price is right, and if we can get other sisters interested to make the minimum, she will place an order.
Friday, August 26, 2011
So today we get to know Brenda Petersen better. Brenda and her family moved into ward a few (3 or 4?) months ago. I actually asked her to be spotlighted and received her answers a long time ago. It has just taken me this long to get organized enough to do it. I apologize for how long it has taken me.
I love Brenda. She is warm and welcoming. Plus she always seems to have a big smile on her face. Please make sure to stop and chat with her at church. She's a fun person to get to know.
1.) What do you like to do in your free time? I love to play soccer, read, spend time with my family.
2.) What is your favorite ice-cream flavor? Okay so I love jamocha almond fudge don't judge me!
3.) Would you ever like to go bungee jumping? Yes but I would pee my pants all the way down. I'm afraid of heights!
4.) What is the first thing you notice about people? Their face!
5.) What is the last movie you watched? Harry Potter Deathly Hallows 2
6.) What is the last book you read? Divergent (so stinking good)
7.) What/where is the furthest you have been from home? Germany
8.) What is a special, strange, or secret talent you have? I can put 20 jumbo marshmallows in my mouth (I want to say that I can kick my self in the face, but I tried that and it didn't work)
9.) If you could have any super power, what would it be and why did you choose that one? Freeze time
10.) If you could have any job in the world and be amazing at it, what would it be? Soccer Coach.
Thank you so much Brenda for being will to participate.
If you'd like to be feautured in the spotlight posts, just comment below. I love volunteers!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
This Sunday, August 28th we will be studying Elder Dallin H. Oaks' conference talk "Desire" (4-2011). Please say a prayer and then read this talk. He states "Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shaper our choices, and choices determine our actions." I like the orderly fashion he discusses desire. Desire is very signifcant in our eternal progression, sisters. Let's talk more on Sunday.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Sometimes I will get comments on what we are asking and what some of the reasons are for the ways we have been extending ourselves.
My perspective on service has changed while serving as Relief Society President. I have come to emphasize the word "compassion" as I do things or am asked to do things for others.
Now that I am aware of extenuating circumstances or details others might not know or see, my heart if full of compassion for people who have no family to help them, or no resources to spare for any extras, or just no more emotional energy to figure any of it out.
It would NOT be called "Compassionate Service" if a large dose of "compassion" wasn't really needed! Sometimes, for me, compassion trumps logic.
I want to thank you for all the many ways you have come through with time, means, and kindness. It has been such a RELIEF for all who serve the women and families of the Dallas 4th Ward.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Come this Sunday to RS and share your testimonies and blessings of the temple.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Crust: 1lb purchased pizza dough or your favorite homemade recipe.
1 Tbsp melted butter
2 Tbsp sugar
Spread above on dough rolled out on pizza pan and bake as
directed on pizza dough container.
Frosting: 1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese at room temperature
1 Tbsp orange zest
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Topping: Assorted Fruit
1-2 cups sliced strawberries (sliced length-wise)
3/4 cup blueberries
1-2 kiwi fruit sliced
small can mandarin orange sections
a few grapes sliced in half
a banana sliced (soak in mandarin orange juice to prevent browning)
Heat oven to 400 degrees .
Spread the dough on an ungreased 12 inch pizza pan. Brush on the butter and sprinkle on the 2 Tbsp of sugar. Bake the crust until it is golden brown - 12 to 14 minutes. Cool
In a medium-size bowl, combine the frosting ingredients with a rubber spatula. Stir until smooth - you can also use powdered sugar here.
Spread the frosting over the cooled crust. Gently press in the fruit - in a
pretty pattern around the circle. You can cover with Saran wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours - or serve immediately.
COLD PEACH SOUP (best if made 2-3 days in advance)
2 (12 oz cans) light peach slices - partially drained
1 (16 oz). carton nonfat sour cream
4 Tblsp lemon juice
2 Tblsp Triple Sec (orange flavor) available at Whole Foods
2 Tblsp almond extract
3 Tblsp sugar
Place the above ingredients in a food processor and blend well, or you may do it 1/2 recipe at a time in your blender. Transfer to a pitcher and
chill well. It makes 8 one-cup servings
LEMON MOUSSE' AND FRUIT KABOBS
1 large pkg Lemon Jello
1/2 cup sugar
1 12 oz.frozen lemonade
1 pint heavy whipping cream
Dissolve jello in 2 cups boiling water, take off heat, add sugar and frozen lemonade concentrate(do not add additional water) Put in bowl and let it set for about 3 hours. Whip heavy cream until stiff. Whip the set jell-o to loosen, then whip jello and whipped cream together until smooth. Put in serving dish or mold. Place in refrigerator to completely set about 5 hours.
To make Kabobs, get serving skewers and place cut up melon, strawberries or any other fruit you like and serve by dipping into the Lemonade Mousse'.
Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt
and additional fruit you like
Honey and Oats Granola
Layer the yogurt, fruit and granola in glass or cup and repeat. A healthy and refreshing breakfast.
1 fresh peach, pitted and chopped
6 fresh strawberries - hulled
1 apple cored and chopped
1/2 cantaloupe - peeled, seeded and cubed
1/2 honey dew melon - peeled, seeded and cubed
1/4 cup milk
3 oz Pina Colada yogurt - for coconut and pineapple flavor
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tsp honey
2 Tbl fresh lime juice
1 pint fresh blueberries - rinsed
Combine fruit in a blender until slightly chunky, Pour in milk, yogurt, nutmeg, honey and lime juice; blend until smooth. Divide the mixture evenly between 8 bowls. Top each bowl with blueberries and chill - Serve cold.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
This month's visiting teaching message shares quotes from Lucy Mack Smith and Eliza R. Snow. We are reminded that we have been asked to do a very important work and it is not limited to the most financially comfortable or educated or unburdened (if there is such a person)woman in our environment.
We are ALL asked to do "HOLY" things - to be "HOLY WOMEN". To me, this means we carry out the works of the Lord under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost.
This is all ready happening in this ward. We have women diagnosed with cancer, pneumonia, and other illnesses and so many of you have stepped in and helped with laundry, food, and child care. We have women who have had to go back to work to support family - and other women who have stepped in to supply them with friendship and the sociability needed to balance the burdens. I see women with "shared" struggles opening up to each other and encouraging each other TO BE STRONG. I notice the sisters who give their time to take someone to the doctor or meet someone at the park - equally important acts of holiness.
I am privileged to see how many "HOLY" acts of charity are done at a moments notice with not a thought of inconvenience or reciprocity.
There is so much going on right now in our ward family. We have women moving; women struggling with finances; women with fragile testimonies; women with health issues; women with family troubles...(I think I have included everyone at this point!) What a difference an action of inspiration...a HOLY action might have in any of these situations!
It has been my experience that the more details I work with, the greater is my desire to help someone else. I have seen this over and over again with so many of the women in this Relief Society.
I love the women of the Dallas 4th Ward. I stand as a witness of your goodness and desire to make your environment BETTER....more HOLY.
Thank you and keep it up!
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
We are so lucky to have the new mission President, his wife, and their family in our ward. Lets take a little bit of time to get to know Sister Durrant.
1.) What do you like to do in your free time? I like to read and do family history in my spare time. I also like to play backgammon and rummikub with my children.
2.) What is your favorite ice-cream flavor? I'm not much of an ice cream girl but I love donuts, pie, cake and cookies.
3.) Would you ever like to go bungee jumping? No bungee jumping. I get motion sick.
4.) What is the first thing you notice about people? I'm more of a big picture kind of person so I don't really notice details or one specific thing.
5.) What is the last movie you watched? "Sabrina"
6.) What is the last book you read? "The Last Laborer"
7.) What/where is the furthest you have been from home? Hungary
8.) What is a special, strange, or secret talent you have? I have a talent for being happy for other people.
9.) If you could have any super power, what would it be and why did you choose that one? I would fly. I love it when I have dreams about flying.
10.) If you could have any job in the world and be amazing at it, what would it be? I would be a mother.
Thank you so much Sister Durrant for being willing to participate in our Blog spotlight. We are so glad to have you and your family in our ward for the next few years.
Monday, August 1, 2011
It’s August, and it seems another summer has flown by! Our time to play, relax and vacation is quickly coming to an end. SO, let’s get together one last time before school starts. This Thursday, August 4, we’ll be having a family swim party at the Spring Creek Swimming Pool (7817 Belt Line Road) from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm.
Please come and join us as we swim and enjoy each other's company before another school year begins and our schedules fill up! This will be a great chance for all of us to get to know each other better – especially all the fun new families that have moved into our ward!!
Please bring dinner for your family and a dessert to share. Don’t forget your towels!