Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chicken and dumplings

Tgis morning Stephanie and I made Cicken and Dumplings. They are not my favorite thing to eat but Ralph loves them and iit is nice to know what they are when you sing "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain". I think most of my family has the recipe but I will include it here. You start out by making your favorite chicken soup recipe.

Basic Dumpliings

2 c. flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. milk
In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add milk gradually and mix well with a fork. With a Tablespoon, ( a regular spoon from your table service is fine) and divide into 10-12 portions. Drop dough portions in bubbly, hot stew. Cook for 12-15 min. with the lid on the pot. Serve dumplings with stew.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Exercises For The Soul - Judging Others

This is probably the trait I have had to work on the most. I have inckuded two of my learning experiences.

My mother's experience: We moved to a new ward and my mother noticed a sister on the front row of the chapel. She was there every Sunday with a whole row of little kids that she wrestled all through church. Finally she would pull a clean disposable diaper out of her bag and fan herself until the end of the meeting. My mother told us how nuch she admired that sister for coming to church every week even though her husband didn't support her. It turned out she was the Bishop's wife.

My experience: After the temple was built in Rexburg, they had a cultural celebration to celebrate the opening of the Tenple. They did a dance with irrigation pipes. I thought it just showed what a "hick" farming community we lived in. A while afterward we went to church in West Yellowstone, MT while staying at our cabin nearby. The speaker was the West Yellowstone Fire Chief who reminisced about the great fire of 1988? in the Park and its direction towards the little city of West Yellowstone. They knew it was coming but didn't know what to do. I remember being at Grandma and Grandpa's cabin in Island Park and seeing the orange glow over the mountains. Finally they dynamited a big pond in the Madison river for water and all the farmers from down in the valley brought up their irrigation pipes. They saved the town of West Yellowstone from burning down and changed the way I felt about irrigation pipes.

Activity: Before FHE hide pieces of wrapped candy inside wadded up pieces paper and place around the room so it looks like garbage. Encourage family members to look inside the crumpled paper until the candy is found and allow the candy to be eaten.

Explain: Sometimes something or someone looks like garbage. If we will allow ourselves to investigate further, we might change our judgements and find the hidden goodness inside.

( The candy can be FHE refreshments)

Person of the week: Jessica Kern for being nice to younger cousins even though she may have preferred older kids her own age.
Scripture: John

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pumpkin Muffin omission

I forgot to include one item that makes the pumpkin muffins taste just like the pumpkin bread at Great Harvest. I add a package of chocolate chips before I bake them. I like semi-sweet ones and Ralph likes milk chocolate. Both are good so it jusy depends on your own preference. I made a double batch andwe have been enjoying pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins all week.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Janet;s Pumpkin Muffins

Both Ralph and I got a nasty virus at the first of January so everything got put on hold for awhile but both of us are feeling better now and it is time to play "catch-up".
I have a new girl to help me as Hailey has decided to devote full time to her two children. She still brings up dinner once a week and I still enjoy her association. The new girl is Hailey's friend, Stephanie. She has a different personality but is very nice and I like her a lot. She wants to cook together too so this week we made Pumokin muffins. This is a recipe I got from another teacher.


2/3 c. sgortening or oil
2 2/3 c. sugar
4 eggs
1 can pumpkin (l lb.)
2/3 c. water
3 1/3 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp.cloves

Bake at 350 degrees 25 min. in cupcake pans or 70 min. in 2 loaf pans