Thursday, August 25, 2016

Keep loving, keep trying, keep trusting...

This is from one of my most favorite conference talks in the history of forever. It builds me up, teaches me, and gives me strength to go on. If I was a doctor, I would prescribe this quote by Jeffrey R. Holland 2 times a day every day.

To read or hear the entire talk
CLICK HERE! It is worth every second of your time!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Ham Fried Quinoa

I made this quick one dish meal when I had extra quinoa that needed to be eaten. It was truly DELICIOUS! If you love Ham Fried Rice, then you'll love Ham Fried Quinoa!

Ham Fried Quinoa

1/2 c. Cut Carrots
1/2 c. Cut Zucchini
3 T. Copped Onion
2 Cut Celery Stalks
1 c. Cubed Ham
1 c. Prepared Quinoa (according to package directions)
2 Eggs - beaten
1 T. Soy Sauce

-In a medium skillet place 2 T. Olive Oil or Coconut Oil. 
-Saute veggies and ham over medium/high heat until tender with a few dashes of salt
-Add cooked quinoa, beaten eggs and soy sauce.
-Cook until eggs are cooked through.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fruit and Veggie Game!

Which is a Fruit? Which is a Vegetable?
Help your children learn which foods are fruits, and which are vegetables. 
My kids LOVED this game. They took turns and played together, then raced and played individually. 
Learning about food can be fun!

Use the play food (or real food) you have on hand with 2 bowls or 2 baskets. 
One labeled "FRUIT" and the other labeled "VEGETABLE."

Play individually or play together!

Make it fun and educational.

Eat a fruit and vegetable when you're done if you want! 
Talk about the difference when you take your kids to the grocery store. Have them point out what is a fruit and what is a vegetable. The sky is the limit!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

8x8 Gift Set (with printable recipes!)

I am so excited about how well this little gift set went together. If I look back at my graduation and our wedding I would have LOVED to get this gift!

I know I did well when I want to keep the gift I'm giving, then I know it's good!
This is the perfect present for graduations, weddings, house warmings etc.
Check it out!

Contents of the 8x8 Gift Set

1 8x8 Pyrex glass pan with lid

1 cute hand towel

1 nice hot pad

1 8x8 fudge brownie mix

3 Plastic spoons
Place all contents except the spoons in the 8x8 pan. Place the lid on the pan. Tie a ribbon around the full 8x8. Place the 3 spoons under the ribbon with your card! Presto! The Perfect gift!

Need more gift ideas?

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Blessings and Battles

During girls camp we had leader classes/devotionals during year certification. The leaders expressed how much they loved getting something out of girls camp that was geared towards them. I gave my class on Blessings and Battles. Our Girls Camp theme was "Armor Up" and so I thought this quote was quite fitting for my leader class. 
I designed this handout, 
and printed it off to give to the adults who attended the class. 

I asked everyone to think of a battle or trial that they had faced that is over, or a battle that they are still fighting. 

We had a beautiful devotional about seeing the blessings through the trials, especially when the battle was over. We could look back and see how many blessings happened but didn't notice while in the middle of it all. We thought and talked about how much closer we came to know our Savior personally through our hardest times. 

We had to be humbled, drawn to Him to beg for His help and mercy, then through His grace and blessings we came closer to Him.  (Ether 12:27)

I am so thankful I was able to give this devotional and share my testimony and faith in our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that in every difficult battle we face, He pours out innumerable blessings. It is our job to recognize His hand in all things, because He is truly everywhere!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Scripture Candy

Dear Readers,

I apologize from the bottom of my heart for taking almost a month off. I truly apologize. But between family vacations, reunions and being called as ward camp leader and stake girl's camp director (note to self, never accept both callings at the same time again), life this summer has been busy to say the least. I am however, really excited to share with you what we did, things I made for our stake girls camp, and other things I've been making over the summer but literally have NOT had time to post. Here is the first post I would love to share with you about Stake Girls Camp! Scripture Candy!

I came up with these fun "scripture candy bars" for girls camp. I have been to 13 girls camps so far and I am sure plenty more are to come. This SERIOUSLY worked AMAZING! Every year YW leaders roll their eyes and heave a big sigh when we say, "Secret Sisters!" I did NOT want that this year. I have seen it done MANY ways and my sister Candace (she is in the Stake YW presidency and was my right arm with girls camp) and I came up with a way to "level the playing field" for Secret Sister gifts. 

Truly this worked out AMAZINGLY! No one felt like they didn't get anything better, bad or best. We decided to have everyone bring CANDY BARS! REGULAR SIZE, no mini size and no large theater size candy. Simple and sweet. The thing they had to do with the candy was come up with a spiritual quote, scripture or saying that went along with the candy. Some candy or food items I saw over camp were:

Regular Candy Bars (all varieties)
Can of Pop
Packages of Gum
Small pkg. Gold Fish
Small pkg. Trial Mix
Small pkg. Oreos and other Cookies
Life Savers
Sweet Hearts

It seriously was awesome! The wards could come up with gifts and quotes together or the girls could individually bring their own. I never heard one negative comment from any leaders or girls about Secret Sister gifts, every leader said they loved it! SCORE!

These were the ones I made! We had the girls choose from a "young woman bowl" and the leaders chose from a "leader bowl." So leaders got leaders, and girls got girls. I had a wave of candy/scripture inspiration come over me and I made these in just a few minutes! Scrap pieces of cute paper and a sharpie. VIOLA! I was pretty excited to give these to my Secret Sister, and she loved them too.

NOTE: I am ALSO Ward Compassionate Service Leader and I will be making these for women of my ward who need a little "pick me up!" So these are NOT just for girls camp! They are for friends, family, ward family and everyone in between!

If you can't read them, here is what they say.
(I made these literally just a few hours before I left for camp)

Hershey's bar: What is your Favorite Scripture Hero? (Mine is Capt. Moroni - Alma 48:17)

York Peppermint Patty: "Yor Mint" for Greatness! D&C 64:33

Reeses: Read your Scriptures Daily! They give us true understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Kit Kat: Kneel before your King. "Gratitude turns what we have into enough."
(I wrote on the back a scripture about prayer and I encouraged to give a prayer of just thanks.)

Girls Camp ARMOR UP 2016
(I totally propped this up, set it on a timer then ran like crazy to get in there. 
It was hilarious! I'm the one bending over on the far right side.)

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Fruit Cups

I'm sure I'm like most of you out there, when you ask yourself, how can I add fruit or veggies to my lunch or dinner? It gets hard to always have fresh fruit and veggies for every meal. So I am happy to say, I have found a simple solution!

 I recently came upon small glass bowls at a local dollar store. I saw them and thought, "Those are the perfect bowl for fruit and veggie cups! Not to big, not too small, just the right size (as Goldilocks would say)." So...I got them. 
(I have to admit, I also thought they would be a great little dessert cup!)

We've been using these about 3 times a week for dinner, and random lunches. They're so fun. You cut up what fruit you have on hand and serve! No cooking or prepping before hand (other than chopping). My kids call them "rainbow fruit cups." I try, (notice the word TRY) to get as many colors as I can into the cup. Some day's I also try to just get all fruit the same color. It gets pretty fun! I love knowing I'm providing my family healthy natural fruit, that goes with ANY meal! Fast, easy and DELISH! 

Fruit Cups

Some of our favorite combinations:

-Apples, Oranges, Kiwi (as shown above)

-Apples, Bananas, Oranges

-Kiwi, Blueberries, Strawberries

-Raspberries, Bananas, Mango

-Watermelon, Raspberries, Strawberries (Red cup)

-Oranges - Mango - Cantaloupe (Orange cup)

-Kiwi - Honey dew - Green Apples (Green cup)

You get the idea! Have fun with it, enjoy fresh fruit cups with your family and friends! DELISH!

*** Sometimes our favorite fruits are very expensive, sometimes it's cheaper to buy them frozen. I take out some frozen blueberries (for example) and rinse them in a colander under warm water to thaw them out. They taste AWESOME! We do this with a lot of berries!

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