Mimi Sue's Cottage
A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth. Thomas S Monson
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
The other day when I was at Michael's buying unfinished frames (see previous post) I wandered by the
dollar section and the clerk was putting out these pretties.
Post It notes...
Adorable little carved frames...
In the cutest colors and patterns ever. Had to bring a few things home to add to my
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments on our grandbaby news! You guys are
just the best! I highly recommend grandparenthood. It's so much fun without all the
work. And stress. And expectations. And expense. Well, there's some expense but mostly
for fun things. At least that's been our experience. So thank you again.
In our church we have a women's organization called Relief Society. We meet on Sundays for a spiritual lesson and then about one night a month for activities. We've had speakers talk to us about breast
cancer awareness, disaster preparedness, communicating with your spouse, children's literature,
all kinds of interesting things. Sometimes we have cooking demonstrations or we tie
quilts for humanitarian projects. My favorite activities are the craft nights. We're having one in February, just
in time for Valentines Day.
This is the class that I'll be teaching. Simple, inexpensive, kind of cute, mod podged frames.
The frames are $1.00 at Michaels.
We'll be doing a couple of other projects too. It's such a great way for women to get together and socialize, get to know each other a little better, and end up with a cute little frame to help make their house a home.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
"True love requires action. We can speak of love all day long, we can write notes or poems that proclaim it, sing songs that praise it, and preach sermons that encourage it, but until we manifest that love in action, our words are nothing but sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal." Dieter Uchtdorf
Thursday, January 20, 2011
These are great when you don't have an oven (when you're remodeling your kitchen), or when the oven's full of something else.
1 (12 oz) bag semisweet chocolate chips
1 (3.4 oz) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 box chocolate cake mix, batter prepared according
to package directions
butter flavored cooking spray
Vanilla ice cream, for serving
Stir the chocolate chips, pudding mix, and sour cream into the prepared cake batter. Spray a 3 qt or larger slow cooker with cooking spray, and then pour the batter into it. Cover and cook on high for about 2 hours, and then stir well. Cover and cook on high for another 1 1/2 hours or until the dessert is mostly set in the middle and firm around the edges. The top and middle will still be a little gooey. Turn off the slow cooker and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. The dessert will have the consistency of a bread pudding. Spoon it into bowls and serve with vanilla ice cream. Makes 8-10 servings
1 (12 oz) bag white chocolate chips
1 (3.4 oz) package instant lemon pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 box lemon cake mix, batter prepared according
to package directions
butter flavored cooking spray
vanilla ice cream, for serving
Stir the white chocolate chips, pudding mix, and sour cream into the prepared cake batter. Spray a 3 qt or larger slow cooker with butter flavored cooking spray and then pour the batter into it. Cover and cook on high for about 2 hours and then stir well. Cover and cook on high for another 1 1/2 hours or until the dessert is mostly set in the middle and firm around the edges. The top and middle will still be a little gooey. Turn off the slow cooker and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. The dessert will have the consistency of a bread pudding. Spoon it into bowls and serve with vanilla ice cream. Makes 8-10 servings.
For the lemon cake I sometimes make a sauce made of the juice of one lemon and enough powdered sugar to be able to drizzle the icing over the cake and ice cream.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Here on the Wasatch Front we've had a cold, gray, depressing January so far. But this morning, for
about 20 minutes, the sun shone. (cue the hallelujah chorus) I had to take a couple of pictures
so I can look at them when we have another cold, gray, depressing day tomorrow.
I just wanted to thank you for your kind comments on my Mary Englebreit cookbook
recipes. You all are so supportive of my 15 minutes of fame! Well, semi-fame.
I debated whether or not to post the recipes. Didn't want Mary to lose
any revenue over my giving the recipes away for free. After much soul searching I decided to share
them with my adorable blog friends. So one day next week I'll post them
just for you! Hopefully on a sunny winter day.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
A long time ago, I can't even remember when exactly, I received the Mary Englebreit newsletter via email.
It contained her usual cuteness, of course, and then she asked if anyone would like to submit a recipe for
her new slow cooker cookbook. Why yes, I think I would! So I sent her a little chocolate cake
recipe that I make in the crock pot. The more I thought about that recipe, (it's been around forever), the more I thought maybe I should send her another that no one had ever heard of. I thought I might have a better chance of getting in the cookbook that way. So I made one up! It turned out pretty good so I submitted it. (It's a lemon cake with white chocolate chips) Then months and months went by and I didn't hear anything from the Mary Englebreit people and I kind of forgot about the whole thing.
Well, take a look at what came in the mail a couple of weeks ago!
Signed by Mary herself. Even her autograph's cute.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
My darling friend Janis, from the Grams blog, crocheted this darling hat
for one of our little monkeys.
She is sooo talented in sooo many ways. Thank you so much Janis!
Trying to take a picture of a squirmy two year old in a monkey hat is a bit tricky.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
"Rise to the great potential within you. But don't reach beyond your capacity. Don't feel guilty or dwell on thoughts of failure. Don't compare yourself with others. Do the best you can, and the Lord will provide the rest. Have faith and confidence in Him and you will see miracles happen in your life and the lives of your loved ones." Deiter Uchtdorf