Wednesday, October 14, 2009

2nd Annual Crepes and FHE Craft Brunch

Please join us Wednesday, October 21st for some Crepes and Craft Brunch

Hosted by Ashley Hladek

18 Ardennes

Look for the Sign-up in the RS Binder

Craft Details

Cost: $5.00

Gracious George the Gingerbread Man FHE Lesson

Gracious George Felt Ornament
visit the online tutorial here.
Get the gingerbread man template here.
Snappy Ginger Cookies Recipe

Friday, September 4, 2009

Sweet Pop Shoppe Photos

A big THANK YOU to everyone that participated, contributed and helped to make the day so wonderful! We really do have a great group of ward sisters.

Mama Sews Pretty - 9/22/09 @ 8pm

"Mama Sews Pretty"
a new Monthly Sewing Class.
This month we will be working on Christmas Stockings featured in
"Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle"
by:Tone Finnegar
(visit if you would like to purchase your own can be purchased for as low as $.50 cents)
You can choose to join our current project,
OR simply bring your own and sew alongside us.
This month's class will be hosted at the
Skinner Home
17 Main Street
For more details please look for the sign-up sheet on Sunday.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

New "Green Jello with Carrots Blog"

A new resource blog that LDS Living advertised this month.
Pretty cute LDS related stuff that offers "FREE STUFF FRIDAY"!

Yoga on the Beach

Annual RS
Yoga on the Beach Night
Aliso Creek Beach - Laguna Beach
Life Guard Tower 2
Tuesday, July 21st
at 6:30pm meet at the ward building to carpool to beach
**Bring your Mat or Towel and wear Cozy Clothes**

a Sweet Pop Shoppe Super Saturday Event!

( featured photos are from a DIY post on the Jordan Ferney blog)

the Sweet Pop Shoppe

A Super Saturday Event

Saturday, August 29th

9am - 1pm

the Antonio Ward Building Cultural Hall

"Pop-in" for a Class or two

Our sweet selections include:

* Creative Gift and Kit Ideas for teachers, friends and those you visit teach

* "Ballerina Ribbon Tutu's" a craft class

* "Who say's T-shirts are boring?"

* "In the kitchen with Sushi" (you asked for it and now we're offering it!)

* "Star Wars Young Padawan Robes and Light Sabers" a sewing and simple craft class

* Articles of Faith Kits

* "Food Nanny to the Rescue!" a Meal Planning class

* "Catch-up & Chat Corner" (bring an unfinished project & chat!)

* 52 Fun & Creative Dating Ideas for Couples a Marriage & Dating Class

* Halloween Vinyl "Spooky Spider Jar" a simple craft

Friday, July 3, 2009

Eight Smart Uses for Vinegar!

vinegar bottle

According to the Vinegar Institute, the useful stuff was probably discovered by accident (most wine drinkers know what happens when you leave a bottle sitting around too long). In fact the word vinegar comes from a French translation for "sour wine."

What's so great about vinegar? Besides being effective, vinegar is cheap and widely available. It is nontoxic and lasts for a very long time without losing strength. It does not pollute land, air, or water, and it doesn't combust. It's much safer to have under your sink than bleach, ammonia, or other toxic cleaning products. Many folks also swear by the benefits of apple cider vinegar.

Cure hiccups

Some have said they were able to cure pesky hiccups instantly by swallowing a teaspoon of vinegar. Most folks use white vinegar, but people have also reported success with apple cider, balsamic, and rice varieties. So you have a few options as far as taste and aroma. Hey, if the Roman legions drank it, it must be good for you, right?

Fight cramps

If you often get foot or leg cramps in the middle of the night, you may want to try boosting your potassium levels. There are a number of great superfoods rich in potassium (way beyond bananas). Some folks have also suggested trying this remedy: Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of honey, and a cup of hot water. Then drink before bed. Yummy!

Break bad bonds

Having trouble getting that annoying sticky label residue off a product? Or accidentally glue something together? Vinegar can be used as a solvent to dissolve many common adhesives. Vinegar is also good at cutting grease.

Deter cats

We love cats (even LOLcats!). But sometimes you don't want them doing their business in the kids' sandbox or in your flower bed. According to HomeEnvy, a simple solution is to pour vinegar around the edges of the area you want to protect every few months.

Wash produce

According to the green team at Ideal Bite, vinegar can help remove bacteria and pesticide residues from fruits and veggies. Mix three parts water to one part white vinegar, and dispense in a spray bottle. Then rinse with water. The site claims this wash kills 98% of bacteria on produce.

Clean windows

Instead of spending money on window cleaning chemicals -- especially ones that include toxic or potentially toxic chemicals -- make your own! Mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water, and dispense into a used spray bottle. Squirt on, then scrub with newspaper, not paper towels, which cause streaking.

(Photo: Gerville Hall / iStockPhoto)

Get spring-fresh laundry

Got grass stains? No problemo, says Michael de Jong. Make a mixture of one-third cup white vinegar and two-thirds cup water. Apply the solution to the stain and blot with a clean cloth. Repeat this process until you've removed as much green as possible, and then launder as usual.

When your big washing day comes around, toss in a capful of white vinegar. Your colors will come out bolder and your whites whiter. If you've recently had an encounter with a skunk, it will take more than a capful.

After washing, get a sharper crease in pants by dipping the cloth in a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. Then wring out the cloth and press the creases. Now you look like Dilbert!

Clean carpets

According to this The Daily Green community member: "Spots in carpets often remove with a simple dilution of one part vinegar, one-sixteenth part lemon juice, and eight parts distilled water."

(This article was published by Yahoo! Green. For more information click here.)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

40% Michael's Coupon

Good for 6/21-6/27 only. Click here for the coupon.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

June Activities

#1 - Created with Love
Monday, June 15th
at Cathy Hefler's Home
20 Merrill Hill

Move over Martha...Tammy and her Aunt Kathy are presenting a class featuring Clever and Creative Labels and Gift Ideas and are demonstrating Jam and Pickling techniques.

#2 - Bonfire on the Beach HAS BEEN CANCELED! !!
Tuesday, June 30th
Aliso Creek Beach
31131 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach

More details to follow...............

Thursday, May 14, 2009

In the Kitchen with Alana and the Stake Canner

We're canning our favorite comfort foods ladies! Thursday, May 14th
9:30 am AND 7pm
Join us at Alana's Home
18 Magnolia Drive
Refreshments will be Served
Cost: About $1.00
Many of you have never been to the Bishop's Storehouse Cannery and are a bit intimidated or overwhelmed by the idea of "canning" food items. We're making it easy for you. We're bringing it to Ladera! Come and see what it is all about. Stop by and can something for a little over $1.00. What's more? Come and visit with friends and enjoy a bite to eat...something sweet! Why not?! We hope you'll join us!
Suggested Items to Can:
Chocolate Chips
Hard Candies
Seasonings Mixes
Boulion Cubes
Gravy Mix
Ice-Cream Mixes
Cooking Chocolate
Jello and Pudding

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

February's In the Kitchen with Coupons...Tips from Mary Moorhead & Emily Edwards

Start saving money now by "knowing":
what you spend on groceries
what you want to spend
what your family eats regularly
what you are willing to do to save money

Know the stores you frequent:
Example - Henry's ads run Wed. t0 Wed. and offer great prices on fresh produce
Albertson's and Pavilions run about the same in price comparisons give or take a few
Wal-Mart regularly offers the cheapest prices in canned goods
Costco offers great prices for certain items. Not always the cheapest.
Trader Joe's is right in the middle. Great prices, but limited selections.

Watch the "gradual markdown, sale cycles" of items that you purchase frequently. Cycles run every three months. Stores start to mark items down and continue to markdown over time.

Example: Ragu regular price about $2.79 a jar. Albertson's will eventually markdown and offer 10 jars for $10. This occurs about every 12 weeks.

Learn the cost of food/household items you consume/use regularly.
Learn the patterns of their prices and sales.
Learn about food, store brands, different cuts or meat, substitutions, etc.
**Each store has strengths and weaknesses. Learn them and match them to yours.

Know your prices:
Make price windows to buy items
Check your receipts...your stores often attachment coupons to them
Rain checks - Remember to ask for them. They come in handy weeks down the road.
Create a meal plan (Deals to Meals is a great website and blog that offers complete menus that coincide with the current "sale items" on their weekly grocery list alert for local grocery stores. Check it out!)

Create a three month rotation supply of food. (This should mirror your "sale cycles watch")

Create a grocery list. Stick to it! Watch it!

Create a wish list.

Rearrange meals to allow for sale items
Plan cheaper meals. For example: prepare a "breakfast night menu".
Try different stores.
Try different ingredients.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

More Whole Wheat Recipes from the Class

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nothing is more delicious than a warm, chewy chocolate chip cookie. Using whole wheat pastry flour (regular whole wheat is fine as well, but it won't be as light) instead of all-purpose white flour makes this a contender for the best chocolate chip cookie favorite title.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (Gold Medal whole wheat flour is fine too)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package (12 ounces) milk chocolate chips (I use Trader Joe's)

Heat oven to 375 F.
Mix sugars, butter, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.

Betty Campbell's Wheat Recipes


Thank you again for sharing your time and expertise with our ward. You are WONDERFUL!

LR1 Enrichment Committee and Sisters

Whole Wheat Bread

Grind 9 cups of wheat (I like to use 5 cups red and 4 cups white) This will grind into about 14 cups of flour
3 T. yeast
5 cups warm water
¼ cup sugar
Combine; let sit for about 10 minutes.

8 cups wheat flour
2/3 cup oil
2/3 cup honey
2 T. salt
½ cup vital wheat gluten* (optional; will give a lighter texture)
2 T. dough enhancer** (optional; will increase shelf life)
1/3 cup ground flax seed (optional; adds extra nutrition)

Mix for a minute or two. (I use my Bosch mixer, but you can use electric beaters)
Then add about 5 ½ cups more wheat flour, or until it leaves sides of mixing bowl. If mixing by hand, add enough so it’s not too sticky. Knead for about 5 minutes (may take longer if kneading by hand).
Shape into 5 loaves. Put in greased pans.
Place in cold oven to rise for 40-45 minutes. Leaving pans in the oven, turn oven on to 350.
Start timing and bake for 35 minutes. For easiest slicing, cool completely.

Dinner Rolls

4 T. yeast
3 cups warm water
¾ cup sugar
½ c. butter, softened
9-10 c. flour
1 T. salt
½ cup powdered milk

Soften yeast in water and sugar until foamy (about 10 minutes). Add butter, salt, powdered milk and half of the flour. Beat until smooth. Add remaining flour. Continue to beat until flour is mixed in. Knead for 10 minutes (less if using mixer). Place in greased bowl. Cover and let rise until double in size. Punch down and cut dough into 4 sections. Roll out each section to 1/3 inch thick and brush with melted butter. Cut each section into 12 pieces, like a pizza. (I use a pizza cutter.) Start from the outside edge and roll into crescents. Put on greased baking sheets. Brush with butter. Let rise about 45 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees for 11-15 minutes. Makes 4 dozen rolls.

Note: This recipe calls for white flour. I like to make it with half white and half wheat flour. I will then add 1 T. dough enhancer and 3 T. vital wheat gluten, to give it a lighter texture. If using all wheat flour, use 1/3 cup vital wheat gluten.


2 eggs
1 ½ cups milk
1/3 c. oil
2 cups wheat flour
4 t. baking powder
1 T. sugar or honey
½ t. salt
Beat eggs lightly. Add remaining ingredients. Pour on heated waffle iron. Cook until done.

* Purchased from Honeyville Grains in Rancho Cucamonga – or at Henry’s, Trader Joes or Pavillion packaged by Bob’s Red Mill
**Purchased from Pleasant Hill Grains- or at several different stores in Utah

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
Beat together until creamy.
1 ¾ cup flour (I like to use white wheat)
1 tsp. soda
½ t. baking powder
½ t. salt
Combine with creamed mixture and add:
2 ½ cups oats
2 cups chocolate chips

Drop by heaping teaspoons, or cookie scoop onto cookie sheets.
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes

Zucchini Bread (Lion House Recipe)

1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
3 tsp. vanilla
2 cups shredded raw zucchini
3 cups flour (white wheat flour, or ½ white flour and ½ wheat flour)
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
3 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. baking powder
½ cup chopped nuts

Combine oil, sugar, and eggs. Beat well. Blend in vanilla and zucchini. Add dry ingredients to oil mixture and blend well. Add nuts
Pour bater into 2 greased loaf pans (8x4x3). Bake at 350 for about 1 hour, or until done. (Can use 3 medium pans and reduce baking time to about 30 minutes.) Let stand in pans for ten minutes, then turn out on racks to cool.

Friday, April 17, 2009

We're In the Kitchen Tuesday Night at Danielle Jones'

The purpose of this class is to learn HOW TO Actually USE your:
  • Wheat Food Storage
  • Yeast
  • A Bosch/Mixer
  • Wheat Mill
Taught By:
Betty Campbell

Date & Time:
April 21st, 2009, 7pm
Jones Residence
3 Bryan Court (Same street as the Grossen's)
Hosted By:
Danielle Jones
Message to Guests:
Sisters, Please feel free to invite and friend or neighbor by adding their name & email to the Guest List. The more the merrier!

Monday, March 30, 2009

RS Birthday Dinner and Fashion Show

Dear Sisters,
A special thank you to each of you for preparing a menu item, participating in the fashion show, sharing your wares, creating the beautiful tablescapes, donating a dress and/or purse, arranging the donations, arranging the tables, creating the darling centerpieces, creating those clever invitations and for simply joining us! It was so wonderful to see each of you and to have you there. WE LOVE YOU and APPRECIATE YOU!
The LR1 RS Presidency and Enrichment Committee and Sub-Committee
Service Project Cause:
Dress and Purse Collection
that will be donated to the
Laura's House Women's Shelter
here in Ladera Ranch
Tomato Bisque Soup
Baked Potato Soup
Spinach Gorgonzola Bowtie Salad
Nordstrom Champagne Vinaigrette Pear Salad
White and Wheat Rolls
Dessert Bar
(Recipes to follow on next Post)