Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Thank you

This past Sunday, our Relief Society President and her counselors were released.  They have served the sisters of our ward with love and diligence.  We thank you for all you have done that we were able to witness and for all that you have done that some of us will never know of.  We love you!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

recipes from the ward Christmas Dinner

Below are some of the recipes we used for our ward Christmas dinner. We've had a couple requests for these, so here they are. Enjoy. 

Irish Potato Soup

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
3 leeks, sliced
3 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
3 (14 1/2-ounce) cans vegetable broth
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Toppings: shredded Cheddar cheese, crumbled cooked bacon, chopped fresh chives


1.  Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat; stir in onion and leek. Cover and cook 20 minutes. 
2.  Stir in potato; cover and cook 15 minutes. Stir in broth, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil.
3.  Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until potato is tender. Remove from heat, and cool slightly. 
4.  Process soup in batches in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides; return to saucepan, and cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated. 
5.  Serve with desired toppings. 

Yield: 11 cups

Spiced Sweet Potato Casserole
You can assemble this casserole in its baking dish and store it, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a day.
3 pounds sweet potatoes
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 large eggs
1/4 cup chopped pecans


1.  Preheat oven to 350°.
2.  Pierce potatoes with a fork; arrange in a circle on paper towels in microwave oven. 
3.  Microwave at HIGH 16 minutes or until tender, rearranging potatoes after 8 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. 
4.  Cut each potato in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp into a large bowl. Discard skins. 
5.  Add sugar and next 5 ingredients (sugar through nutmeg), and beat with a mixer at low speed until combined. Add eggs; beat until smooth. 
6.  Spoon mixture into a 1 1/2-quart baking dish; sprinkle with pecans. 
7.  Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until thoroughly heated. 

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)
Cooking Light, NOVEMBER 2001

Vegetable Tian {aka Roasted Vegetables}
2 tbsp olive oil (divided)
1 large sweet yellow onion cut in half and sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1-2 russet potatoes, unpeeled
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
3 large Roma tomatoes
Sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Dried thyme, to taste
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a baking dish with olive oil cooking spray. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and saute until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 60 seconds. Spread the onion mixture on the bottom of the greased baking dish.
Slice the potatoes, zucchini, squash and tomatoes in 1/4 inch thick slices. Layer them alternately in the dish on top of the onions, fitting them tightly into a spiral, making only one layer. Season with sea salt, black pepper and dried thyme, to taste. Drizzle the last tablespoon of olive oil over the top.
Cover the dish with tin foil and bake for 35 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Uncover and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until browned. Enjoy.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Chieko Okazaki

   Some of you may have already heard that our beloved Sister Chieko Okazaki passed away on August 1, 2011.  Here is a link about her from the Salt Lake Tribune.  What a beautiful leader and woman she is. There is something for each of us to learn from her great life. Just thought I'd share a couple quotes by her.

"Sisters, we are mighty together. There is consolation in our caring. There is strength in our sharing. There is power in our commitment to righteousness. Let us come unto Christ. Let us rejoice in him, the giver of all good things, and rejoice in those good things he has given, including the diversity and the unity of our sisterhood, and in our chance to be his hands in doing his compassionate work upon the earth.." Rejoice in Every Good Thing, November 1991     

"Perfect people don’t need a savior. He came to save his people in their imperfections. He is the Lord of the living and the living make mistakes. He’s not embarrassed by us, angry at us, or shocked. He wants us in our brokenness, in our unhappiness, in our guilt and our grief.”  from her book, Lighten Up, p. 176

"Adversity is frequently a call to do something great with our lives.”
from her book, Aloha, p. 154

Monday, June 6, 2011

Color Code Dinner

Are you a Blue, Red, Yellow or White? 

We had a special dinner on Saturday night. The theme was centered on the "Color Code" personality test. Dinner was an array of yummy salads and breadsticks. We had lots of color coded treats including fruit pizza. Sister Child did a presentation on the Color Code including all of the sisters taking the test and chatting about their colors. We learned that as we understand more about ourselves and our personality traits, the better able we can be to fulfill Heavenly Father's plan for us. What a blessing it can be to know ourselves better. It was a great evening of food, fun and friendship. Thank you to Sister Child for her presentation and to everyone who brought a contribution for dinner. 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

72 hour kits

Below are links to printer friendly versions of the the menus and checklists handed out in our most recent assembly of 72-hour kits.
Also, be sure to check out our recently added "Emergency Prep" page where we will keep adding information that may be useful to you.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Adrianne Millan was baptized recently by her husband Marco.
Welcome to the Ward Adrianne!