Thursday, December 29, 2016

2017 LDS Youth Theme Handout

The 2017 theme for LDS Youth is based on the scripture in the New Testament, James 1:5-6.

I loved the article in the New Era that explained the how and why of this theme. You can read it here.

I made a handout based on the new artwork for the theme, the new movie that presents the theme, and the article that I previously mentioned.

The youth are to write their question down in the blue bubble. They can keep the paper in the back of their scriptures or study journal. When they find and receive answers to their question, they can write them down on this paper in the yellow bubble.

We decided to keep a small box of these on our table in our Young Women's room throughout the year. Whenever the girls have another question they can pick up another one for their own use and collect them for themselves throughout the year. We will encourage the youth leaders to also participate.

Here is a link for your use:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Thai Salad

This is my version of a recipe from the Thai Crunch Salad from Clean Simple Eats. Then my versions of a vinaigrette and peanut sauce recipe I used on the salad.

This is one of our favorites!


  • Cut up chicken breast (as much as you want, I don't like that much, so I just added a little) (I cooked it in the crockpot the day before, cut it with scissors)
  • Edamame (shelled)
  • 50/50 Spring and Baby Spinach Mix
  • Sprouts Coleslaw Mix (this has red and green cabbage and sliced carrots, much easier prep than buying the heads of lettuce)
  • Cucumber (cubed)
  • Green onions (as much as you like)
  • Cilantro (as much as you like or 1/4 C)

For Vinaigrette: click here from

*I added agave instead of white sugar

For Peanut Sauce: adapted from a Cookie+Kate blog recipe

*I only used about 2 to 3 T of SoySauce because I don't like the strong taste to cover the other ingredients
I also used Soy Nut butter because of a peanut allergy in the home, and it still tastes really good.
And then, I mixed it up in my blender.

Dinner Success!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

What's up 2014

Last year was great -- we had our baby, and he is amazing.

When I was a little I always wanted to be a mom...then when I went to college I felt like I couldn't say that for some reason...that somehow that wasn't a real legitimate job. 

Now I am a mom. And I think it is more than a real job. 
And it's what I was made to do. 
And I love it. It's my favorite thing. 

Now we are country living at its finest. Jon will finish school this year, and we will move, again... somewhere... It's exciting (who knows where we will be), but I need to be sure to enjoy every day that I have here in this tiny little city. To make the most of it. Even in the depths of winter(sometimes I feel like I'm living in the Arctic).  

This year I want to: Finish projects that I start, make amazing food, and do the dishes every day. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

When in Rome...

Boy, do I have some stories for you! But for now, you'll have to settle with pictures...of Rome.

I loved Rome. Just loved it.

And less than twelve hours we are out of here. I still can't believe I lived in a foreign country for close to three months of my life. Lets just say it's extremely different from living in Arizona for a year and a half for my mission (the only other place I have lived out of Utah).

I learned a lot. A LOT. And so did Jon. We had a great time together...being here in Italy. And traveling...and now it's back to our old way of life. To be honest...I'm really excited to go home. To be back. But I will always remember our couple of months here in Italy. We worked hard to save and come here. And it has been an awesome experience. I think I'll write more about this some other time...and you can read it then.

I'll try and put up some pictures...see you soon!

(I'm not going to miss Italian Internet)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Yesterday we ventured into Tuscany. I felt like we were in a movie as we traveled through the rolling hills and vineyards. It was overcast (which is pretty normal these days) but tiny slits of sunlight would light up the hills as we were driving made everything look perfect...almost's the kind of view where you look and it settles in a little bit more--we're really in Italy.

We visited a tiny town...kind of Like a miniature Siena, Montalcino. They are famous for their excellent wines.
We saw a castle...walked around the streets and I ate a delicious croissant that was full of chocolate, and we got to check out an awesome view of the tuscan countryside because this city is on top of a hill. It was wonderful....

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Well our days in Italy are winding down. We've had such a great time...and I have to say, I'm ready to go home. Mostly ready to live in my very own house again...and have my car if I need something I can go get it whenever I want. I'm ready to make dinner again, to have cereal for breakfast, and super ready to lay on a carpeted floor, and be back in my very own bed again.

Our adventure isn't over yet though. We are headed to Rome next weekend right before we go home. I'm so excited to see everything! We also get to go to a Ennio Morricone concert. He composed the music for "The good the bad, and the ugly" and a ton of other good 'ole westerns. He's pretty fact, we actually thought he had died a while ago, but apparently he is alive! And well enough to be on we're going!

I'm thankful we got to come to Italy. We've learned a lot together. We have fun together every single day. I'm also grateful because being here has helped me appreciate so many things and human relationships that I may have taken for granted before.
I'm so grateful for our families. And for our good friends. And I'm grateful for gallons of milk. It's crazy how satisfying milk is to me. I need it. And I'm grateful for a refrigerator...we just don't have that right now.

Anyway, I don't want to sound sappy or ramble on so I'll finish up my writing. I love being here. And I am so, so, so glad we came. But I'm ready for home. So excited for home!!

(Don't worry--we are now eating gelato daily...instead of once a flavors: strawberry and black cherry...SO GOOD!)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Florence. It's a fun place to visit. We've been there quite a few times. We went on Saturday to see the Uffizi museum. It has some very famous art in it... You know, your da Vinci's and Boticelli's -- old, cool stuff.

But we just didn't really feel like waiting in a 3 hour long line just to get a ticket to get in the museum...apparently everyone else we just walked around instead. (we'll go back on a week day) We did what you should always do when you're in Italy: eat gelato. It's still so good every time.

Friday, November 2, 2012

My faithful readers. You may be wondering where I have been. I will show and tell you. My bed...
Last week I got really sick. A couple weeks ago I had talked to some of the other byu girls who had been sick in bed for a week. Man, that would be the worst--that's what I remember thinking.'s not the worst special thanks to the Internet and my faithful iPhone (those poor girls don't have Internet like we do). But it's still pretty bad. You get cabin fever for sure. And you really, really, really miss your own house and bed.

This is what you see when you're in bed, sick. In photo form.

I'm writing this from my blog ap: so here's the photo explanations in order--

When you are sick in bed, in a foreign country, you live vicariously through your Instagram family. You like looking at their delicious food and their babies.

You learn how to make grilled cheese sandwiches for a crowd. Because that's important to know.

You watch the full movies of Dumbo and Cinderella on YouTube. No one knows how they stream so well despite Italian Internet.

You catch up on listening to your old favorites: know...Heart, Peter Gabriel, and some other classics.

You stare out the window. At least it was raining when I was sick.

You love Austin City limits online. Thank you PBS.

You stare at the walls. And read the title of every book in the bookshelf. Over, and over, and over again.

You watch Jon working on the computer. I like doing this.

And you stare at the walls. Again.

But you mostly sleep. And then when you're better -- you go into town and get gelato. I'm thankful for being better.