Privilege and Potential

I love this video. It makes me think. Am I living up to my potential and partaking of the joy and blessings Heavenly Father has for me? Sometimes the answer is no and other times it is yes. I’m grateful for the opportunities I have to better myself and partake of the joy my Lord has for me. What about you?

Plan of Salvation

My oldest daughter, Ella, was working on her Personal Progress this past Sunday, Faith #6 to be exact, and I was impressed by her simple drawing of the Plan of Salvation. I thought I’d share it here. Enjoy.

Carob Cookies

I can’t eat chocolate at the moment because it gives me insomnia and other issues.  So, since I didn’t have carob chips, I decided to put carob powder in a cookie mix instead of cocoa powder.  They turned out well.  I really enjoyed them and hope you do too.


Carob Cookies

  • 2/3 cup Butter*
  • 1 cup Sucanat
  • 2 Eggs, medium size
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup Carob Powder
  • 1/2 cup Nuts, chopped (optional)

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream together butter, sucanat, eggs, and vanilla. Add flour, salt, baking soda, carob powder and mix well. Add nuts if desired. Drop dough by the tablespoon about two inches apart on a greased cookie sheet or parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. Cool for a minute or two before moving to a cooling rack. Enjoy!

Makes approximately 1 1/2 dozen cookies.

*Coconut oil can be used, but the cookies are much more flat.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

I’m a bit surprised that I didn’t post this simple recipe before. My older girls can both make this bread on their own with these instructions. Of course, they had hands-on instruction from me first, but it really is hard to get it wrong when following these directions. My husband made the bread pictured below. There are six basic ingredients to making this basic bread: water, flour, honey, oil, salt, and yeast:

Whole Wheat Bread – Makes 4 loaves

  • 6 cups warm Water
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoon Yeast
  • 2/3 cup Honey
  • 2 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Oil (or half oil and half lecithin)
  • 14 – 16 cups Whole Wheat Flour* (fresh ground** is best)

Combine water, yeast, salt, oil, honey, gluten, and 6 cups flour. Mix for 2 minutes in Bosch or use a large mixer.

Add in flour a cup at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the mixer bowl. Increase the speed one notch when you hear the motor shift down. Mix for 10 minutes. Grease*** 4 loaf pans while waiting. Wipe off counter or table top and put a little oil on top and spread around.

When dough is done kneading, pull dough out of mixer onto greased counter top.  It will be a bit sticky, hence the reason for the oil on the counter (you can use a little flour instead of oil).  Use a little oil on your hands too as you handle the dough.  Cut dough into 4 equal pieces (this does not have to be perfect). Shape into a loaf shape. Place in loaf pans and then into a cool oven. Allow dough to rise**** 15-25 minutes until dough rises just above the top of the pans. Make sure not to disturb the bread or it may fall.

Once the dough has risen enough, turn oven on to 350 degrees F and cook for 30-35 minutes.

Remove pans from oven and remove bread from pans onto cooling rack. Place loaves on their sides to cool. For ease of slicing use an electric knife and slicing guide. Place in bags. Freeze extra loaves or share with others. Because the bread does not have preservatives in it, it will begin to mold after a few days (depending on your climate). Keep it in your fridge or freezer if you will not be using it within a couple of days.

*The amount of flour you need depends on the humidity in the air where you live. It’s fairly dry in my climate, so you may need more than is recommended in this recipe.

**Fresh ground flour really is the best. It has more nutrients and just works better and looks better than store-bought flour. Sprouted wheat flour has even higher nutritional value. My friend, Linda, has a few videos about sprouting and dehydrating wheat if you’re more interested in learning about that.

***I use butter to grease my pans.  Shortening is nasty stuff, and olive oil and coconut oil don’t seem to work as well because the sides and bottom still tend to stick with them.  A typical non-stick spray works well.

****I live at about 4000 sq. ft above sea level and dough raises faster at high altitudes, so you may need more or less time depending on where you live.

My 2012 Year End Review

  • David was in a car accident that totaled our car (not his fault, and he was injured, but not severely, the car I received as a HS graduation gift when it was new).
  • We were given a used car from my SIL and BIL.
  • David’s maternal grandmother passed away.
  • David was hired on as a regular employee at his work.
  • We have health insurance after many years of having none.
  • I had my thyroid checked, levels were normal; growth on my chin and arm were sebaceous cysts which went away on their own.  Hurray!
  • I sang my first public solo performing two Women at the Well songs, “Day of Tears” and “He Came For Me” – and LOVED it!!!
  • I went on a girls night with my sisters-in-law and mother-in-law, saw my first concert since I was in college, and enjoyed a sleep over!
  • We got new next door neighbors (on both sides of us).
  • Helped with The Briana Project by cutting out and sewing lots of mama pads for women in Senegal, Africa.
  • Ella walked 13 miles to the temple with our ward youth group.
  • I created a banner for David’s maternal grandfather’s 90th birthday party (the banner had names on each branch).
  • Ella went to Oakcrest Girls Camp for the first time as well as YW camp for her second year.
  • Lightning attended Cub Scout Day Camp for his second year.  This year as a Bear.
  • Aurora and Lightning participated in the Days of ’47 Children’s Parade.
  • David surprised me on our 15th Anniversary and took me on a journey down memory lane by taking me on a tour of some of the places that have been significant in our lives together. Of course, we took pictures!
  • My kids all had the chicken pox, except Ella (her titers came back immune).
  • My girls and I got lice…and eradicated them!  (It still makes me itch when I think about it though!)
  • I stepped down as a YASA co-advisor.
  • After 19 years of driving, learned how to drive a car with a manual transmission. (Thanks, sweetie!)  I still won’t drive it though. lol
  • David’s maternal grandfather (the one that had just turned 90) passed away.
  • David got a second job.
  • I sprained my right ankle (again), on the first day of David’s second job no less.
  • I participated as a Board Member for Moms’ Retreat, as the registration/website go-to gal.
  • I participated as a Board Member for Knights of Freedom Summit, over equipment.
  • Lightning attended the Knights of Freedom Summit for his second year. (He’s the one in the center looking at the camera.)
  • Our family attended a “Royal Ball”.
  • I took my kids up to the Brigham City Open House with friends.
  • Our family had our annual trip to Silver Lake.
  • I joined my ward choir after a sabbatical and enjoyed singing for the Christmas Program.
  • We visited friends in Honeyville.
  • I finished mentoring Art in our Excelsior Scholars  group and began to mentor Music. (ES is a transition to scholar group.)
  • Aurora joined Excelsior Scholars.
  • I learned how to make caramel that I can eat! (Hey, I’m happy about it!)
  • David and I attended the sealing of our dear neighbors to their angel children.
  • I was voted in as Administrative Coordinator for the Eliza R. Snow Association, again.  :)
  • I had another successful year as a Liberty Girls Advisor thanks to lots of help from the moms in our group.
  • We visited some extended family on my dad’s side for Thanksgiving.  (It’s been years since we had any sort of vacation.)
  • Aurora babysat more than Ella did this year, and not just for me.  She is definitely my helpful mommy-in-training.  It helps that she passed out business cards to the ladies in our ward.
  • I went to Savior of the World with my good friend, Andrya.  It was a good girls night out!
  • I made photo books for the grandparents again for Christmas.  It may just be a yearly tradition now that I’m caught up on photos for them. :)
  • We had a lovely Christmas.
  • I discovered the source of my growing fatigue that has been plaguing me for the past few years.
  • David and I attended an “End of the World” party, and you know what, the world didn’t end!

I’m sure I’m missing things, but it’s overall been a pretty good year for our family.  I look forward to having an even better one!