Saturday, September 29, 2012

Young Women/Teenage/Adult Conference Packets

Yup ... I'm back in Young Women!!  More details later, but for those of you looking for General Conference ideas for the teenage girls in your life, here are some fun links that I'm finding ....
General Conference Journal Page ... this is not date specific and can be used for any general conference talk, old or new.  It's a single page, so you'll probably need to print out numerous copies.
Teenage/Adult General Conference Packet by Sugardoodle.  This is a black & white version, but you can find a color version on Sugardoodle's website.
Another Teenage/Adult General Conference Packet by Sugardoodle.  I might take the two packets and mix them up a bit to kinda create the best of both worlds.  This one is also available in color here.
Personal Progress experiences for each value that go along with General Conference ... attach a small bag of Cheetos!  I might get the Word version, delete the Cheetos stuff, and just attach it to the back of the YW packet that I'm kinda creating.
Sugardoodle's page for General Conference will all kinds of print-outs, activities, food ideas, etc.
Once I get a packet compiled that I like, I plan to make copies for each of the girls in our young women organization.  Then we are going to attach a bag of microwavable popcorn with a tag that says something like, "Pop in for the broadcast" & I think it would be nice to include the local dates and times that the girls can watch since that might not be the same day/time as it's broadcasted from Salt Lake City.
P.S. I've updated the YW links on my sidebar.  Please feel free to leave me a comment if you come across other great YW websites or blogs that you would like to share with me.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Whole Wheat Bread - Tuesdays with Dorie

It's 11:28pm, so this is gonna be quick.

Hubby & Turkey took me out of lunch today & then helped me mix up the ingredients for our dough this afternoon.  We started around 1:00pm & hot bread came out of the oven before 5:00pm.  Not too bad.  Today's recipe was a pretty simple and quick recipe for whole wheat bread, but let me just clarify that by saying I'm not really a bread baker, so I may have no idea what I'm talking about. I do know that the smell of baking bread is hard to beat!

My family of 5 ate a whole loaf of the bread with our dinner {soup} tonight & my girls have already informed me that they want me to pack some in their lunch tomorrow.  

Most of the ingredients are ones that many of us probably have in the pantry, except for the malt extract, which I just replaced with molasses or you can just leave it out all together.  If you'd like to check-out the recipe and possibly try it yourself, go HERE or HERE.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Nectarine Chiffon Upside Down Cake - Tuesdays with Dorie

Hubby usually mows the grass before work and because he's usually in a hurry, he doesn't have a lot of time to tend to anything else in the yard.  Yesterday he got up and worked for several hours in the yard.  We hope it will cool off 10-20+ degrees soon so that the kids can start enjoying the backyard again!!  While Hubby worked outside, I worked in the kitchen making the Nectarine Chiffon Upside Down Cake.  I planned to served it for a late breakfast but then we were invited to a Labor Day bar-b-q/swim party and our job was to bring the dessert.  I didn't want to spend a rare family day baking, so we decided to skip breakfast and use the cake for party dessert. 

I was worried the cake would taste too breakfast-y, but we were not disappointed.  Everyone tried the cake and had positive reviews ... some even came back for seconds.  I enjoyed the texture but I wanted to taste more of the lemon juice that was added to the batter.  I think if I make the recipe again, I might add a little lemon zest depending on the fruit I choose to go with it.  I'd love to try this recipe with apples and pineapple sometime in the near future.

I made a streusel that went in the middle of the cake and it was used for the crust as well.  I couldn't find ginger in the cupboard, so instead of cinnamon and ginger in my streusel, I used Trader Joe's pumpkin pie spice.  My house smelled so yummy when the streusel was in the oven and one taster commented on how flavorful the streusel was, so the pumpkin pie spice was a hit! This cake went well with vanilla ice cream and it would be a great for a bunch, baby shower, or anytime something sweet is needed.

My only complaint is the time it took to put this cake together because of all the different parts, but I hope that it will go a bit quicker next time now that I've tried it once.

If you'd like to get the recipe, go HERE or HERE.

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