Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Cookie Recipe from VT Conference

For those of you like me that LOVED the cookies at our conference, here's the recipe:

Cherry Almond Chews

1 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 eggs
3/4 tsp. almond extract
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 1/2 c. flaked coconut
3/4 c. chopped almonds or pecans, optional
1 jar (16 oz.) maraschino cherries, drained and halved

In mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extract. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in coconut and nuts if desired. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Place a cherry half in the center of each. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Yield: about 7 dozen
These cookies freeze well.

Thanks Heather!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Getting to Know You

Did you know that Sis. Bristol eats a hard boiled egg and toast for breakfast, Sis. Deleon eats a big ol' smoothie, Sis. Shell has to have her orange juice and Eggo waffles, and Sis. Hart doesn't eat breakfast at all? Also, did you know that Sis. Sugden was in a Disney commercial in her youth, Sis. June Ferrell taught seminary for 17 years, and Sis. Laurel Ferrell collects bells, seashells, and baskets? These are some of the fun things we learned about eachother last night.

Sis. Stout gave an excellent talk on how Relief Society got started and how we can focus on the meaning of our motto, "Charity Never Faileth."

Here's a quote from her words last night:

Marvin J. Ashton:

“We often equate charity with visiting the sick, taking in casseroles to those in need, or sharing our excess with those who are less fortunate. But really, true charity is much, much more.

“Real charity is not something you give away; it is something you acquire and make a part of yourself. And when the virtue of charity becomes implanted in your heart, you are never the same again. . . .

“Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended. . . . Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other.”

We had a wonderful time. Thanks to all that were able to make it and we missed all that could not. We'll catch you next time! :)

Visiting Teaching Conference 2010

Thank you to all that participated and attended the visiting teaching conference last Sunday. The room looked beautiful, thanks to Sis. Clark, the food was delicious, thanks to Sis. Strickland, and the words that were spoken were inspiring, thanks to Sis. Turbyfield. One of her suggestions to us for getting our visiting teaching done is The Rule of 5.

First, get your appointments made by the 5th of the month.

Second, visit your sisters by the 15th of the month.

Third, report to your visiting teaching coordinator by the 25th of the month.

“Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world … will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different in happy ways—from the women of the world.