Saturday, March 27, 2010

Today my daughter turns eight years old. I just want her to know how much I love her. I love to hear her laugh, sing and tell me stories about what happened to her during the day. She loves to read. Her favorite books are the Magic Tree House series. She is also really into Tinkerbell. We were able to do her room in Tinkerbell designs and she is tickled pink. She is such a sweet girl. We love you sweetheart.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Favorite Meals

I think my mom said she found this in the paper or a magazine when I was young. It was one of our families favorites. When I was young, I ate them with plain lemon juice. Now, I prefer the Tangy Butter Sauce. Serve with a salad or other vegetable and Karl's Cobbler a la Frying Pan
Cheesy Tuna Muffinlettes
2 c cooked rice (we use white)
1 c shredded cheese (can use lowfat)
1 can tuna
1/2 c chopped olives (I slice in 3thirds)
1 TBSP instant chopped onion
1TBSP parsley flakes
1/2 tsp Season-All salt
2 eggs
2 TBSP milk
Combine all Spray 6 muffin cups. Divide mis and bake at 375f for 15 minutes. Serve with lemon juice or tangy butter sauce.
Tangy Butter Sauce
1/4 c melted butter (1/2 stick)
1TBSP lemon juice
1/2 tsp Season-all salt1
/2 tsp parsely flakes
Mix, spoon over muffinlettes

This is called Karl's Cobbler a la Frying Pan because it's the only thing I remember my dad making when I was younger. I have also used peach pie filling before. I'm sure other filings would be fine too.
Karl's Cobbler a la Frying Pan
1 can cherries or 1 qt. peaches (we always canned our own peaches)
1 TBSP. quick tapioca
1/2 c sugar (if not using cherries)
Heat to boiling in oven-safe skillet. (We use a cast iron pan.)

1 c. biscuit mix
1 TBSP sugar
1/4 cup milk
Mis. Drop in 6 mounds in different places on top of fruit. Bake in 425F oven 20-30 minutes or till brown. Serve hot, topped with ice cream or whip topping (or serve plain).

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Family Home Evening Kindness

Scripture: Matthew 7:1
Song: Kindness Begins with Me. Children's Songbook page 145 (I'll Walk With You, pg 141, Jesus Said Love Everyone, pg 61 would also be good songs)
Hugs PoemAuthor: Shel Silverstein
I will not play at tug o'war.
I'd rather play at hug o'war.
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug.
Where everyone kisses.A
nd everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.

Lesson: Have you ever noticed how often we treat others better than our own families? I have noticed that my son will yell at his sisters but not at his friends. I have noticed that my daughter will play nicely with her friends but will get angry when her sister wants to play. Ihave noticed that I will sometimes get angry with my children when I'm in a bad mood but pretend to be in a good mood if a friend drops by. Why do we do that? I think maybe its because we want other to think kind things about us but think "my family has to love me anyway." I wonder if we forget the eternal nature of our family. I am so grateful that my family will be an eternal family . We decided as a family to think about what we say before we say it or do it. If it will hurt someone or make them feel bad or cry or scream, we won't do it. (Its been hard for the children but it's only been a couple days)
For our activity, we played Friendly Frogs. It's from Finch Family Games but I'm not sure which volume. My son has been asking to play it for about a month. Everone receives a frog with a pocket. Everone gets 5 flies to start. As you go around the board you collect and lose flies depending on what is on the space you land on. The children asked to play it muliple times.
Closing Prayer
Refreshments: We had Peanut Butter Fingers

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tiger Quilt

My mom likes tigers. I bought a small lap-quilt sized quilt material years ago. I finally finished it and was able to give it to my mom for her birthday. Silly me. I remembered to take a picture on our way home from her house. It was my first machine quilting project and I think it turned out really nice. I was pleased with it. Just sorry I can't show it to you.

Family Home Evening Honesty

We misse family home evening last night, so we will hav it tonght. I had planned on another lesson but thought this one is more timely. My daughter is getting baptised in April but she has an issue with lying. So we will start with prayer and family businesses . The scripture will be Proverbs 12:22 "Lying lips are abomination to the Lord; but they that deal truly are his delight." The song will be "I Believe in Being Honest" (Children's Songbook, page 149). As our thought for the night, my son will recite the 13th Article of Faith. For the lesson, we will read the story The Case of the Broken Mirror (Friend, January 2010 page 36). We will discuss how Mason actually lied twice, first with a lie of omission and second with the actual lie. A lie of omission is when you know you should tell but don't for one reason or another. A verbal lie is when you say something that is not true and you know it is not true. In the New Era, 1978, page 4, I belive I found what might help my daughter realize why her lying is so bad and what it can do to her. It is by Howard W. Hunter, Council of the Twelve.

"Some of the more common examples of dishonesty are these:
1. Stealing. I seldom read a newspaper without finding a number of reports of burglary, robbery, purse-snatching, shoplifting, car theft, and a thousand other things. Even in our chapels there are reports of petty theft. (My daughter has said she will never steal or cheat. I explained to my daughter that she is stealing my trust when she lies me.)
2. Cheating. Newspapers carry similar accounts of fraudulent transactions in security dealings, in business transactions, cheating in investments, and other things that are called to public attention. There are some who would cheat their way through school and some who would cheat in examinations.
3. Violations of Word of Wisdom standards. These are Church standards. They are not violations of the standards of the world. But you have been given the word of the Lord on this subject.
4. Violation of traffic ordinances. One cannot be basically honest and violate laws formulated by society and government for the welfare of other persons.
5. Not making the best use of time. The more I think about this, the more impressed I become with this concept of dishonesty.
We often speak of that scriptural reference, “Man is that he might have joy.” There is a joy that comes to one from being honest. Let me tell you how. By this means you can have the companionship of the Master and you can have the Spirit of the Holy Ghost. Violations of the code of honesty will deprive you of these two great blessings. Could you believe that one who would lie or cheat or violate the Word of Wisdom could have the companionship of the Master or have the Spirit of the Holy Ghost?
If we are sensitive to our relationship to the Savior, we must be honest in little things as well as the big. We should always remember that we are never alone. There is no act that is not observed; there is no word spoken that is not heard; there is no thought conceived in the mind of man that is not known to God. There is no darkness that can conceal the things we do. We must think before we act.
Do you think you can be alone when you commit a dishonest act? Do you think you can be unobserved when you cheat in an examination, even though you are the only person in the room? We must be honest with ourselves. If we would have the companionship of the Master and the Spirit of the Holy Ghost, we must be honest with ourselves, honest with God, and with our fellowmen. This results in true joy.
Think of what an act of dishonesty will do to you. It does not make any difference whether it is great or small. First, it may affect your whole life. You will have a hard time living it down. It will be difficult for you to forget about it because it will be engraved upon your conscience. Secondly, it will affect others in many ways. The injury is far-reaching. Its malignancy extends to your friends, your relatives, your loved ones, and persons you may never see. Thirdly, it affects your relationship to the Savior. It closes the channel of communication and shuts out light from your life."

After closing prayer, we can have the cookies I made.