Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sunday's Combined Lesson

Sisters, we just wanted to let you know that this Sunday's lesson will be a combined Relief Society/Elders' Quorum lesson. The Bishop will be giving the lesson and we will meet in the Institute Room. See you Sunday!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

December Sister Spotlights!

Brittany Tuttle
What color do you like: blue
Favorite food:
Thanksgiving food! (mashed potatoes and gravy, turkey and pie)
Favorite scripture and why:
 Alma 7:11. I love the Atonement and how it covers EVERYTHING, our pain, weaknesses and our mistakes.
Favorite hymn:
 "I Know My Redeemer Lives"
Favorite place to visit:
 I love trying new things, so I like visiting places I've never been before. I love places with lakes and mountains and trees :)
Favorite thing about living in Dallas:
 Playing tennis in November in 70 degree weather.
Favorite Ice cream flavor:
Favorite time of the year:
 I used to like fall when I lived in Washington and Utah, but now living in Dallas I bet spring will be my favorite season!
Something interesting about yourself:
 I qualified for the Boston Marathon two years ago. For non-runners that probably doesn't mean anything, but it was a really big deal for me and I was excited about it.
Brittany & Ted

Brenda Singh 
What color do you like
I like them all.
 Favorite food:
If you ask my husband he'll say anything with cheese, but I think it depends on my mood. It's true sometimes I want cheesey Tex-mex or Italian, but sometimes I want Indian dosa or veggies and dip. My tastes are varied.
 Favorite scripture and why:
 It changes, but one that sticks with me is Mosiah 4:9
"Believe in aGod; believe that he is, and that he bcreated all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all cwisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not dcomprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend."
I first discovered it as a teenager and felt inspired to post it on my wall to look at everyday. Not long after that we got some difficult news that my dad was very sick and would most likely not live beyond a year. It was a difficult year, but those words posted on my wall carried me through it. A few years later this same scripture inspired me to serve a mission, I wanted to share the strength I had gotten from them with others. Even today I feel encouraged to remember that God is all powerful and all knowing, that when I trust Him then everything will work out for my good.
Favorite hymn:
 I love Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. It was in the old hymn book, and I first learned it when I spent a semester in Nauvoo. So maybe it's the connections that I have with Nauvoo that make my happy, but I also love the words.

Favorite place to visit:
 The mountains. I grew up in Denver so I'm very picky about what I catagorize as actual mountains, but after a few years near the Appalachian Mountains I'm willing to admit they definately have their own beauty.

 Favorite thing about living in Dallas:
 All the good friends we've made here!
  Favorite Ice cream flavor:
 Rocky Road mixed with Mint Chocolate Chip and some milk. 
Favorite time of the year:
 Winter, I love the holidays, decorations, family, snow and cold weather. Texas doesn't have snow, but I would take the colder weather over the Texas heat anyday of the year.
Something interesting about yourself: (that we might not know)
Since I just moved into the ward there is probably a lot that no one knows about me. I'm not sure what's interesting about me, but something that is perhaps unique is that I like to collect mediocre talents. I like to paint, draw, sew, cook, play the violin and piano, sing, read classic literature, go to musuems, study everything from history to nutrition, garden, crochet ... I'm willing to try almost anything just for fun, but I wouldn't say I'm very good at anything. Since I'm not very good at anything most of my talents are share just among my close family and friends. So you'll have to get to know me to see the crazy things I put together :)


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Recipes from Tuesday night

We have had some requests for the recipes from our Angels Among Us activity. Here they are!

6 TBS Flour
1 TBS Freshly ground pepper
1 ½ TBS Sweet Paprika
2 Tsp. Garlic Powder
6-8 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
Note: If the chicken breasts are large, cut them in half.
6 TBS Olive Oil

Coat chicken pieces in flour mixture. (Put the flour, pepper, paprika and garlic powder in a zip lock bag. Drop the chicken pieces in the bag and shake. Sauté the chicken in the olive oil until browned on both sides. Do not cook the chicken completely. Place browned chicken in a 9 x 13 casserole dish sprayed with Pam.

In a saucepan, prepare the Orange-mustard sauce.

Orange-Mustard Sauce
6 TBS white flour
6 TBS Butter

Melt the butter in a medium pan. Add the flour. Continue to cook this mixture on medium low for about 5 minutes using a wire whisk. Then add the following, incorporating all ingredients with a wire whisk:

2 TBS Dijon mustard
1 ½ cups (12 ounces) frozen orange juice concentrate
1 3/4 cups Chicken broth

Bring this to a slow boil and continue to stir for a few more minutes, until the sauce thickens to a nice gravy/sauce consistency.

Pour the sauce over chicken and bake covered for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.

NOTE: There are instructions for freezing ahead. I have not tried this but here are the instructions if you want to do it ahead of time.

Brown the chicken as noted above and place in Ziploc freezer bags.
Prepare sauce as noted above. Cool sauce rapidly by placing the pan in a larger pan or bowl of ice and stirring until cool. Pour into chicken bags, press air out and seal. Freeze laying flat in single layers.
When preparing to cook, move the frozen chicken to the refrigerator 48 hours ahead of the cooking date. Pam or oil the baking dishes, layer the thawed sauce and chicken, and bake covered at about 350 to 400 degrees for 40 minutes until hot and bubbly.

2 Tbs Butter
1/3 cup onion, finely chopped
Grated zest of 1 small orange(use just the orange part, not the white part)
Juice of 2 oranges, plus enough chicken broth to make 2 cups of liquid
1 cup long-grain rice
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup sliced and toasted almonds for garnish on rice

Add all ingredients to rice cooker container, cover and cook until liquid evaporates (approximately 20 minutes). Serve and top with toasted almonds
At about 15 minutes of cooking time open the rice cooker and throw in two handfuls of frozen peas and carrots for color. Top the cooked rice with the toasted almonds after you put the rice in the serving dish. This makes 2 cups - double as needed.

8oz cream cheese, softened
¼ C sugar
16oz heavy cream
1 teaspoon orange flavoring (you can find it in the spice section of the store next to the vanilla)
½ teaspoon orange zest

Beat the cream cheese in a bowl with a mixer. Add the sugar and mix until combined. Add the heavy cream and beat on high until the mixture thickens into stiff peaks. Add the orange flavoring and the orange zest. Mix it a little longer intil combined and well incorporated.

Ingredients: VERY good chocolate cake mix 1 small box INSTANT chocolate pudding mix(Jello brand, don’t use a sugar free package) 1 C. sour cream (all natural, Like Daisy Brand) 4 eggs 1/2 C. water 1/2 C. oil (vegetable oil - what you have) 12 ounce bag VERY good quality chocolate chips(Gheridelli, Hershey's, or Nestle)

Directions: Heat oven to 350 Make sure the rack is at the middle bottom Grease the bundt pan or spray it generously with PAM and put some of the dry cake mix in it and shake around and put extra dry mix back into the recipe (this keeps the top from sticking) Put all the ingredients together - except chocolate chips - and mix for 5 minutes on a moderate speed. At the end, mix in bag of chips. Put into bundt pan and bake for approx. 50 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes then carefully turn over cake onto the plate and release from the pan with a knife to loosen it around the sides - inside and out - let cool.

Icing: 1 ½ CPowdered Sugar Evaporated Milk - about 1/4 Cup 1 t Almond extract 3 T. butter ¾ C chocolate chips Optional- 1 C chopped Nuts Directions: Melt the butter and milk in the microwave. Now the chocolate chips. The chips should melt in this hot mixture. With a whisk, start to add powdered sugar till mixture is like a thin frosting or a thick glaze. You can add more evaporated milk or more powdered sugar to get the consistency right. Now put in the almond extract and the nuts. While the cake is still a little warm, add your first layer of icing. You can use a butter knife or other frosting-type tool to spread the frosting evenly. Don’t worry if the fist layer does not cover the cake completely. Let the icing set up and then add the next layer. All together add 3 layers of icing!

Do not cover till cake is completely cool!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Power of Kindness

Dear Sisters,

Our lesson this Sunday is from the Teachings of George Albert Smith, and is entitled "The Power of Kindness". Kindness is a divine quality that is in short supply in the world today. It is an outward expression of charity, and comes from a heart that recognizes each individual's intrinsic worth. President George Albert Smith embodied kindness in his life, and I look forward to discussing how this attribute enables the Spirit to change hearts. How have you been affected by someone giving you praise? Have you had an experience where showing kindness has resolved a conflict? Please read the lesson and come prepared to share your experiences. I know we have "Angels Among Us" who have performed many acts of kindness. Have a great week, and I will see you on Sunday!

Love, Sister Stoddard

To read the lesson, click HERE.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


In Marcia Herzog's beautifully decorated home, we had a gathering of 80 plus Relief Society Sisters who shared the Spirit of Christmas with a delicious dinner, beautiful music, and stories of Angelic interventions in the lives of several sisters.

The dinner was an orange delight of chicken, rice and even a mandarin orange atop the chocolate cake.  We so appreciate Bonnie Muir's culinary talents and attention to every detail - and to all the sisters who provided salads and rolls.

The spirit was so strong with the beautiful music, and angelic stories, that I am certain we all "felt" the great gift which is the Savior Jesus Christ, and for all those "angels" which are sent into everyone's life  at " moments or seasons" when they are most needed.   Elder Russell M. Nelson says that when we witness this angelic aid  either in our own lives or the lives of others we also see the "Signature of God.

We hope that each year when you unwrap your little tin angel to put upon your tree you will be reminded of how much you are loved by us and your Heavenly Father.   Merry Christmas Sisters!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Sisters - it's December 4th, and our Annual R.S. Christmas Dinner Party is here.  We always plan to start  off the Christmas Season early before you get involved with all the shopping, wrapping and cooking.

Just come tonight and enjoy an evening of good food, wonderful music and many reminders of the "Angels"who have appeared in all of our lives.  Please call and check on those whom you visit teach, and see if they are coming, and if they have a ride. (remember you can count this for your V.T. in December if you made a phone call to make sure she knows about it and is coming). Have you invited a neighbor or friend that we can  meet and help you love them into the gospel of Jesus Christ?

We are starting at 7:00 pm with dinner, and a wonderful program to follow.  We even have a "little" surprise for each sister.  The place is Marcia Herzog's home and the address is found in your church roster, or call a member of the presidency.  The dress is nice casual - see you there!

Monday, December 3, 2012

DRESS for SUCCESS...a service that "covers" women!

I love the idea of cleaning out my closet and thinking of what I DO and DO NOT wear. I have some items of clothing that would work for women who need some help reentering the work place. I might wear the item once or twice every two months but someone else - IN NEED - might wear it every week.
When I think of how to serve the Lord during this holiday season, I think of all the months ahead where women will need to find jobs and feel better during the interview process. I do not want to give what I don't wear as that is not really a suitable gift to me. I want to give something I like to wear that I feel would make someone else feel more confident too.

Think about this Charity this Christmas season. To me it is as easy as looking in my closet and thinking of a "sister" who wants to have as much fun with clothes as I do!

Check out the info below -

DRESS FOR SUCCESS (click here)