Thursday, October 9, 2014

Book Club in September. what I served, what we read

We had an exceptional turnout for September's book club with 13 guests.  
This is the book I chose for us to read in October.  Soooo good.

Cast aside by his family at an early age, abandoned and left to fend for himself in the woods of Washington State, young Joe Rantz turns to rowing as a way of escaping his past.
What follows is an extraordinary journey, as Joe and eight other working-class boys exchange the sweat and dust of life in 1930s America for the promise of glory at the heart of Hitler's Berlin. Stroke by stroke, a remarkable young man strives to regain his shattered self-regard, to dare again to trust in others - and to find his way back home. Told against the backdrop of the Great Depression, The Boys in the Boat is narrative non-fiction of the first order; a personal story full of lyricism and unexpected beauty that rises above the grand sweep of history, and captures instead the purest essence of what it means to be alive

Here are the recipes I served:

 Salad Supreme Pasta Salad
1/2 bag of broccoli florets
1 can of corn, drained
1 can of large sliced olives
1/4 of a diced red onion
cherry tomatoes, sliced (container)
1 chopped green pepper
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 bag of chopped colby jack cheese
1/2 a bottle of salad supreme

Mix the above well and then add
1 lb box of cooked pasta, drained
a bottle of italian dressing (best to do right before you serve.)

Strawberry Orange Salad
1 package spring mix
1 pint of strawberries, sliced
1 large orange, cut into small pieces
sliced almonds
4 TBS butter
4 TBS sugar

to make candied almonds, mix butter and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until melted and until the butter and sugar turn to a toffee color.  Stir constantly.

1/3 C fresh orange juice
2 T red wine vinegar
2 T sugar
1/3 C vegetable oil
1/2  package of good season dry italian dressing mix
(mix and pour on salad right before serving)

5 Minute Fluffy Yogurt Fruit Salad
1 (8 oz) container of Cool-Whip (light or fat free is fine)
2 (6 oz) containers of yogurt- whatever flavor you want (I used Yoplait Orange Creme)
1/2 package of mini marshmallows
Fresh, frozen, or canned fruit that compliments your yogurt flavor (I used 1 can of mandarin oranges and 1 can of pineapple tidbits for this salad)
Dump your yogurt into a bowl. Fold in the container of Cool Whip. Mix well. Add marshmallows and fruit. Chill and serve!
*We also love to use strawberry yogurt and add some fresh strawberries.
*If you use canned fruit, make sure you drain it VERY well or it will make your salad runny.
1 c. plus 2 Tbl. warm water
1/3 c. vegetable oil
2 Tbl. active dry yeast (yes, you read that right! 2 tablespoons!)
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm water, oil, yeast and sugar; let rest for 5-10 minutes or until frothy and bubbly. With a dough hook, mix in salt, egg and 2 cups of flour until combined. Add remaining 1/2 cup flour at a time (dough will be sticky). Spray your hands with cooking spray and shape the dough into 12 balls. After shaped, place on lightly greased cookie sheet and let rest for 10 minutes. Bake for about 10 minutes or until tops are lightly golden. Yield: 12 good-sized rolls. You can also use this same dough for cinnamon rolls!

(adapted from: Real Mom Kitchen)

Crusted Pork Tenderloin
I just bought the Hormel brand marinated tenderloins at my grocery store.  i ground croutons in a food processor and covered each tenderloin in the croutons and melted drizzled butter over the top.  Use  an internal meat thermometer to tell you when its done. Desired temperature is on the packaging. (takes about 40 minutes).

Thrifty Mom's chocolate caramel cake

(step by step instructions on the link below)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

September according to my iphone with a little help from my ipad too

We started the month of with a fun pep rally.  Here is Reagan with her buddy, Taylor.

Went to see a flick with a great bunch of kids.

Love this thought.  It spoke to me one day when I needed the reminder.
Got these from a dear friend for my birthday.  

Subbed in one night with these cute "Beehives".  They painted pictures and uplifting thoughts for kids in the hospital.

Our missionary is doing so well out in the field.  He gets along great with his first companion, Elder Charles.  I can tell from his letters that they have alot in common.

Brother Mack ran into them again while he was visiting and took them out to dinner.  he sent me these text pics - since my missionary never sends us any.  Boo hiss.

Love this gal.  One of my favorites.  Apparently, we both like yellow.
Brady picked out his Halloween costume.

Spent every Tuesday this month at a football game watching one of our girls cheering.  This is a picture of the 7th and 8th grade cheer squad.
I hosted book club.  (Man, that is a lot of work and I am gald I don't have to do that again for over a year!)  I'll post what I made and the book I picked out later.
Kinda faced some frustrations but kept reminding myself daily of something a wise man used to say.

We sent Jensen off to school.  At the time she had lost alot of weight while she was home because she wasn't feeling very well.  We were worried about her.  As it turns out, she had some blood work done when she got to school but it all came back fine.  Since then she has started changing her diet and taking some over the counter meds and has seen some improvement.  This is good news since she got accepted into the study abroad program for Spring.  She will be going to England and Ireland through the English Major program at BYUi.

Monday, October 6, 2014

What Elder Argyle thought of October General Conference 2014

Dude Ricky G is the BOMB! I have a whole list so I'll just name them off
Dallin H.Oaks- this one was cool because he was basically prophesying
of what is going to come of the world and how are standards cannot
surrender because of political popularity. Basically I got that he is
saying we have to just love the people even though they are
continuously choosing to be wicked.
Lynn G. Robbins basically said the same thing. If we surrender our
standards that is APOSTASY.
D. Todd Christofferson is a new favorite of mine. that talk was just
legit in every way. The stories he tells are just awesome. I think
this one was probably my favorite.
You know I love Elder Holland.
Bednar was FRIGGIN SICK! I wish all of our investigators would've
watched that session it was amazing!
M. Russell Ballard was really good too cause I just loved that analogy
it made me think of the tree of life.
President Eyring's talk just made me miss Dad. The entire talk was
about preparing the Aaronic priesthood to be men and Melchezidek
priesthood holders. It just made me think about how much I love my Dad
and how he taught me all the right stuff. he would always take me out
to go home teaching and he was such a good teacher to me. I was just
so touched by that talk.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It all works out.

It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is.
It all works out. Don’t worry.
I say that to myself every morning.
It will all work out.
Put your trust in God,
and move forward with faith
and confidence in the future.
The Lord will not forsake us.
He will not forsake us.
If we will put our trust in Him,
if we will pray to Him,
if we will live worthy of His blessings,
He will hear our prayers.

From the funeral program for Marjorie Pay Hinckley, April 10, 2004;