Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Soup Recipes

White Chicken Chili
Ellen L

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1/2 in. cubes
1 medium onion, chopped
1-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 cans small white beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14 oz.) chicken broth
2 cans (4 oz.) chopped green chilies
1 tsp. each: salt, ground cumin, and dried oregano
1/2 tsp. pepper
Big pinch of cayenne pepper
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. whipping cream

In a large pan, saute chicken, onion and garlic powder in oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add beans, broth, chilies and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in sour cream and whipping cream. Serve immediately.

Cream of Broccoli Soup
Arlen A

2 pkg ( 10 oz each ) Frozen chopped broccoli or fresh
2 cans (10 1/2 oz) chicken broth
2T flour mixed with 2 T butter  ( to thicken)
2 C half and half

Cook broccoli as pkg directs. Add chicken broth and simmer. Put in the blender and blend until small chunks. ( Add butter and flour which has been blended and heated with part of the cream to thicken.)

Put all together with the rest of the 1/2 and the 1/2. Salt and pepper to taste.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Poppy Seed Spinach Salad

Mary H

1 ½ C thinly sliced mushrooms (I omitted)
1 pkg. fresh spinach, cleaned and broken
1/2 lb. grated Swiss cheese
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup (8 oz) cottage cheese (I omitted)

1/4 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
¼ cup + 2 Tbsp. vinegar
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. grated onion (not dry onion. Use actual onion and grate)
3/4 C. Canola oil
1 ½ tsp. poppy seeds

1. Combine all ingredients except oil and poppy seeds. Mix until sugar is dissolved.
2. Slowly whisk in oil and beat well.
3. Stir in poppy seeds. Cover and chill

1. For this recipe, marinate mushrooms in dressing. 
2. In a glass salad bowl, layer spinach, Swiss cheese, bacon, onion and cottage cheese.
3. Spoon dressing and mushrooms over the top, and serve.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Getting to Know Jessica R


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My name is: Jessica R

My favorite dinner is: Lasagna, bread sticks, and salad

My favorite dessert is: Key Lime pie

My favorite flower is: Tulip

My favorite hobby is: Playing tennis with my husband =)

My favorite restaurant is: Olive Garden/Cafe Rio

A game I like to play is: Dominoes (Mexican Train or Chicken Foot)

The music I listen to most is: Country

My favorite thing to buy is: Surprises for my husband =)

A book I highly recommend is: God Wants a Powerful People (Sheri Dew)

A movie I watch over and over is: Tangled ha ha

A smell that makes me pause is: Pomegranate

The city I would most like to visit is: Barcelona, Spain

My favorite thing to do on a date is: Share funny stories; eat great food =)

The best vacation I ever had was: Church History Tour

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? No idea

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Play the Violin

What chore do you absolutely hate doing? I don't necessarily "hate" it, but my least favorite is cleaning the bathroom ha ha

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?  I love to go out and do something fun with my husband

What do you think is your very best feature or characteristic? I have heard from others that I am easy to be around because I make people feel comfortable and important

What is the "thing" you are most grateful for? I am grateful for so much. The Lord has blessed my family and I so much.

What is your dream vacation? Going to Jerusalem to see where the Savior was......trip to Europe.

What's the coolest thing you've ever done? Writing and receiving uplifting letters to and from a missionary I didn't even know who eventually ended up being my husband =) The coolest thing I've ever done is lived my story of how my husband and I met.

How did you meet your husband? How did he propose? My husband's older brother Tyler came to be an intern out on the ranch I live on in central Florida. When his brother Randall (my husband) left for his mission, Tyler called and told me he felt like I should write his brother. Tyler gave me his address and also showed me a picture....ohhhhh I thought he was the cutest thing I'd ever seen. =) I wrote him a letter and from then on we ended up writing his entire mission. We never wrote anything romantic, we didn't know each other. We became good friends through letters sharing spiritual experiences. He would also share experiences of his mission, and I would let him know what was going on in my life. I fell in love with "Elder R" before I had actually met him. I looked forward to his letters every other month. After his mission we met each other for the first time April 22, 2011. That same day we decided to date...8 months later were married in the Orlando, FL temple December 17, 2011. I love him =)

The best thing about being married is: Getting to be with your best friend everyday and for eternity =)...ha ha and no longer having 5 other girls as college more silly drama.

What do you and your husband like to do together? Team roping

What would be your perfect day? Waking up early, going out and catching the horses, roping and working the horses, warm weather, no homework, march madness, and orange juice ice cream floats while being with my husband all day. I love that man =)

What was the best advice you got/would give on marriage? Marriage takes work....but it is the best and happiest thing you'll ever do. Life begins when you get is so much sweeter. Go to the temple every week, or at least as much as you can. Temple attendance greatly strengthens a marriage.

What story does your family always tell about you? How I randomly decided I wanted to play basketball my senior year in high school, and how through prayer and hard work, I managed to make the varsity basketball team my senior year at a 4A school.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Stake RS Conference

stake rs newsletter jan 2012

Every year our Stake Relief Society puts on an AMAZING conference. I have been able to go for the past three years and I can tell you that they have the best speakers and topics. I have felt incredibly uplifted and determined to improve after attending each time.

If you want to be in the choir for conference there will be practices in the South Chapel at the following times: Sunday, February 12th 7-8 p.m., Sunday, February 19th 7-8 p.m. and Saturday, February 25th 8-9 a.m.

The main speaker will be Elder Baker, a member of the Quorum of the Seventy. There will be also five other classes offered and you can choose two to attend. More information on the classes and speakers are found below. stake rs newsletter jan 2012

stake rs newsletter jan 2012