Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Called to Serve....Lindon Cannery Missionary Request‏

A Request from the Lindon Cannery.  If you are in a position to help, please contact them as soon as possible.  What an opportunity!:

We are way behind in finding missionaries for 2013. If you are possibly interested in serving at the Cannery next year, please send an email to . Please include your stake name.

We are needing around 10 new missionaries. Lindon Cannery missionaries serve for 1 year (Jan-Dec) for 2 assigned, 4.5 hour shifts a week (between 8-10 hours/week). We will only be working on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in 2013 and do not schedule production for the month of July. When needing to be gone on an assigned day, there are several other missionaries who do the same job you do so you can get substitutes and will be asked to substitute if needed.

This is an immediate request. First day of training is December 10, 2012. (No other responsibilities in December.)  First day of production is January 8, 2013. We are down to the wire!!!

Looking forward to hearing from you! Remember to send to the email above.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Goblins Halloween!

Scary?  Not necessarily.  What is it?  Let's look!

This little "guy" comes from a pattern called "Goblin Greetings" by Gayle Lambert.  (Her website has great can find it here!)  I happened to be perusing a quaint local quilt store when I saw this pattern.  I had to buy it.  It wasn't until I got home that I realized that my friend and neighbor is the creator of this adorable quilt pattern.  

I didn't want to cut the original, so I made a copy and cut out all of the pieces.

My daughter and I chose some very fun fabrics.   

I then cut out each pattern piece.

I followed the instructions until all the pieces were in place.  

I also sewed buttons on for the eyes.  Isn't he cute!

Because this is a "Trick-or-Treat" bag, I only used Nylon Thread to do the applique work around the edges.  That way, I only had to use one thread, it's durable, and it doesn't show.

Decide the size of the bag you wish and cut sturdy fabric to size (or sew the design on to a purchased bag).   I sandwiched the 'monster' between both  squares and sewed the sides and bottom.  When I turn it inside out, I had a bag with a rough edge on top.  I cut a lining that of the same size.  I then sewed the side seams together only.  I cut handles out of ribbon and sewed them in place.  I sewed the top edge of the bag and the lining together.  Put the lining inside the bag to make sure it fits.  Then pull the lining out and sew the bottom edge together (I used my serger to make it quick!).

Top Stitch the upper edge...and you are done!  Aren't they adorable?

For more quilting ideas, go see what Gayle has put together.

Happy Halloween!!!!  

(I have condensed this post to protect the designers specific instructions.  I can, however, tell you that this is an adorable pattern that any beginning or intermediate sewer can do.  Visit Gayle's site for more cute patterns),  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Opening a can....without a can opener....

Hi all:

I have seen this a couple of times.  I find it worthy of your time, so I am including it.  I express my thanks to this smart Rooster for showing us all how to do this.  It works in a pinch!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A New Addition......

Those of you who know me personally are probably rolling your eyes by now.  If you are thinking something similar to "like she needs another piece of equipment/gadget" are not alone!  I am right there with you.  For several years, my siblings have suggested that I purchase a Roaster Oven (see the above picture).  They have said things like "You can cook your turkey in the Roaster Oven while you are preparing everything else in your kitchen for Thanksgiving".  Well, that may be true for some....but I have double ovens in my kitchen.  I insisted on them when we were building our house...and I have really used them.

So, why did I break down and purchase one?  For one simple reason...the Young Single Adults.  If you have been following my blog at all, you will recall that Rooster Senior and I have been called to serve in a Young Single Adult Ward.  This year, we meet in the Talmadge building on the campus of Brigham Young University.  That means....there is no kitchen....period.  Why does that matter?  Well, each month, the ward was  "Break-the-fast" activity on Fast Sunday.  Each month has a theme....and all the apartments are supposed to contribute. 

Let's face it, if you were ever in college or if you recall starting out....things were a bit lean financially.  The YSA's do participate, but their offerings are humble.  This is where my "Momma" side comes forward....I just want to feed and take care of them all.  It's just not possible, but I can contribute.  Our ward meetings end at 12:00 and our 'Break-the-fast" meal is at 12:30 at the apartment building.  I don't have time to go home and whip up something in my wonderful kitchen.  So, this is where the Roaster Oven comes in.

This is what it looks like inside.  This unit has a removable liner and a rack to help you lift in/out your food or dish.

You can set the thermostat to the desired level in either Fahrenheit 
 or Celsius.  

For my contribution to the meal today, I chose to bring a Spiral Sliced Ham....because there is never meat at these meals.  There are hungry young men in this ward!  I am using heavy duty foil and have laid 2 pieces criss-cross on my counter.

I placed my Ham in the center.  

Wrap the ham with the first layer of foil....

Then ensure that it is completely enclosed with the 2nd piece of foil.

I don't know if you saw the "Cooking Magic Bag" box in the first picture, but this is why it was there.  I enclosed the ham inside of it to keep the ham moist and catch any juices that may come from the ham.

I packed up the ham and my bag of tricks to take with me.  You may ask where I am going to put this......

Here!  Inside one of the Young Single Adult apartments...with guys!  They wanted me to include the 'Mission Impossible" poster hanging just above the Roaster in the picture.  They felt it was the appropriate theme for what I was trying to do.  I put the oven on two place mats to protect their counter (remember the bag of tricks?).  I turned the oven to 325 and plugged it in.

This is Phillip, and he wanted to be the "Vanna White" for the ham after it came out of the Roaster.

He also wanted to show off his cool masculine apron.  He is from Europe and said that they would have cooked this in a pressure cooker.  So, he was rather intrigued with the idea.

Well, as you can imagine, very little was left on the bone.  The experiment was successful. So, from now on, until we 'get' a building with a kitchen, I will be cooking my contributions in a roaster oven.  I was thinking of BBQ chicken wings and thighs, pulled pork..etc.  What do you suggest?

Anyway, I look forward to using this device to help with our service in the YSA ward.  Just know that serving in this capacity truly is a piece of heaven.  I thank my lucky stars often that I have been privileged enough to serve with these fabulous young adults.  Just keep throwing me in the Brier Patch....

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Pumpkin Waffles....for Breakfast!!!!

Every General Conference, I try to share a recipe that is not only wonderful, but also made from your food storage staples.  Since General Conference weekend is all about being together as a family to hear the words of our Church leaders, why not offer something delicious as well.

This is a Pumpkin Waffle.  That's right, a waffle made with Pumpkin puree.  Can I just tell you that these were awesome this morning!  So, tomorrow, pull out your shelf-stable foods and make it.  (Okay, the whipped cream I did buy...but I couldn't resist!)

The recipe comes from 

Pumpkin Waffles:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk 
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
  • large egg, lightly beaten 
  • Cooking spray


  1. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and the next 4 ingredients (flour through cloves) in a large bowl, and make a well in center of mixture. Combine milk and next 4 ingredients (milk through egg) in a bowl, and add to flour mixture. Stir just until moist.
  2. Coat a waffle iron with cooking spray; preheat. Spoon about 1/4 cup of batter per waffle onto hot waffle iron, spreading the batter to the edges. Cook 5 to 7 minutes or until steaming stops; repeat procedure with remaining batter.

You should really try this wonderful Fall's great!!!!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Watching the airport!

Yup, this really is a photo of the gate I was waiting at in Phoenix.  I had another    hour until my flight was scheduled to take off.  This was last Saturday evening. I had attended a conference and was waiting to return home.  I was keenly aware that I would not be attending the Relief Society Broadcast with my ward and feeling a little sorry for myself.  Alas....I had a thought....rather I feel that I had a prompting.  

I was sitting in one of those chairs that had the sacred outlet.  I had been charging my phone. Then, it dawned on me that I could virtually attend the broadcast....via my smart phone.  

So, I went to and found the live feed.  I had a set of headphones with me, so I could easily hear the sacred words being offered.  I was able to watch the broadcast until I sat down in my seat on the plane.  I had just heard President Eyring tell the touching story of service to his family member.  It was at that point that I powered down my phone.

What's the takeaway point?  You can watch broadcasts nearly anywhere.  With this being General Conference weekend....this really is no reason you cannot access the sessions from nearly anywhere.  The miracle of technology is here to bless us all.  Don't miss the opportunity to hear the Prophet's voice....on nearly any media device.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Getting the kids ready for General Conference!

I am so excited that tomorrow is General Conference.  Don't you just feel like you need it every 6 months?  I have been listening to the Conference talks on CD for the last few weeks. I am looking forward to hearing from the Brethren ..and Sisters as well.  I see a new set of CD's for the car in the very near future!

I always try to share everyone else's great ideas that I see.  Some people are so creative.  Soooo, if you are looking for fun ideas of things to do, check out some of the following from other smart Chicks and Roosters!

Hopefully you will find something that will help your children learn and enjoy their General Conference experience.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

General to listen and watch

The First Presidency invites the world to participate in general conference. Messages of inspiration and guidance will be delivered by the First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other General Authorities and general officers of the Church. See this general conference infographic that explains more about LDS general conference.

General Conference is this Saturday, October 6, and Sunday, October 7. Live audio and video streams will be available in several languages at complete broadcast availability, visit LDS Media Talk. Additional resources to help you share general conference with your friends is also available on, including a video invitation that can be easily shared on Facebook or other social networks.

If you use Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr and YouTube during general conference, please use the hashtag #LDSconf.
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