Friday, March 12, 2010

St. Pat's Potato Candy

Yes, there really is potato in this classic Irish treat, though you'd never know by tasting. Rolled in coconut, these mini spud-shaped sweets make a perfect St. Patrick's Day dessert.

1 large potato
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 to 5 cups confectioners' sugar
5 cups sweetened coconut flakes (can use food coloring to make it green)

Peel the potato and boil it in water until soft. In a mixing bowl, mash the cooked potato with the salt and butter. Then -- this is key -- let it cool completely, or else it will melt the sugar when you add it.

Mix in the vanilla extract and 4 cups of sugar. At this point, the mixture should be stiff. If it isn't, add more sugar.

Sprinkle half of the coconut onto a waxed-paper-covered surface and turn the potato mixture onto it. Roll the batter until all of the coconut has been mixed in, then shape teaspoonfuls into small balls.

Roll the balls individually in the remaining coconut. Chill the finished candies until you're ready to serve them. Makes about 4 dozen.

(Thanks FamilyFun)

GREEN Green Salad

Absolutely everything on this salad is GREEN!

Snow peas
Ranch Dressing
Green Food Coloring

The fun of making this salad begins at the grocery store selecting the fixings. Anything green, such as lettuce, cucumbers, peppers, snow peas, avocados and sprouts, is fit for the mix. Add a few drops of green food coloring to Ranch dressing and serve.

Pesto Pasta

What could be better for a St. Patrick's Day dinner than green pasta?

1 1/2 cups tightly packed, washed and dried basil leaves
1/2 cup walnuts
2 chopped garlic cloves
2/3 cup olive oil
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 lb. spinach linguine or fettuccine

Chop basil leaves in a food processor or blender. Add walnuts and garlic. Process until finely ground. With the machine running, slowly add oil. Next, pour in grated Parmesan cheese, salt, and black pepper. Mix and then set aside.

Cook linguine or fettuccine according to package instructions. Drain and toss with the pesto in a serving bowl. Top with more Parmesan cheese. Serves 4 to 6

Monday, March 1, 2010

March Announcements

Yoga: Every Wednesday at 4pm at Ogden City School District Offices, Building 8 in the shiny gym.

Scripture Study: Every Wednesday at 6:30 in the overflow at the church; combined with the 3rd ward.

Single Adult Temple Session: Wednesday, March 3 at 7pm

Breakfast Bunch: Saturday, March 6 at 10am. Meet at IHOP on 12th street for some yummy grub and socializing.

CES Fireside for Young Adults: Sunday, March 7, at 6pm - Ogden Institute of Religion

RS Birthday Social: Thursday, March 11, 6:30pm at the church. Dinner and Program. Babysitting provided. Trash-to-treasure tables available.

Four Stake Youth Fireside: Sunday, March 14. Mount Lewis Stake Center.

1st Annual Mega-Clothing Swap: Saturday March 20, 9am -- 12 pm at the church. Please drop off cleaned, gently used clothes and accessories to Jenny Venegas' house any time OR bring clothes to church Friday, March 19th from 2:30 until 6pm. Then come "shop" for "new" clothes Saturday morning. Please invite friends, neighbors, co-workers and family. The more the merrier.

Book Club: Tuesday, March 23, 6pm at church. We are reading "The Scarlet Pimpernel". April's book will be "Cold Sassy Tree".

Craft Group: Thursday, March 25 6:pm at the church. We will be making wallets. A pattern and material will be available. Or bring your unfinished projects to work on. (Also meets with Needle 'n Hooks group). Contact Raylene Western for more information.

Needle 'n Hooks Group: Thursday, March 25 6:pm at the church. Bring your hooks, needles and project you are working on. If you want to learn how to crochet, knit or cross stitch, supplies are available to use and teachers are available to teach you.

31+ Singles Fireside: Sunday, March 28 at 6pm. Old Post Road Chapel - Speaker Yea Smake, Mayor of Ouelessegougou, Mali

Coming up: April Big Gardening Kick-Off. Lots of land is available for you to join a community garden for our ward. If you are interested in having a garden but do not have the space for it, this is for you! Please contact Kit Garcia for more information.

Strengthening Faith in God the Father and Jesus Christ through Personal Scripture Study

"When I was a new bride, . . . I was invited to a lunch for all of the Relief Society sisters in my ward who had read either the Book of Mormon or a short Church history book. I had become casual in my scripture reading, so I qualified to attend the luncheon by reading the short book because it was easier and took less time. As I was eating my lunch, I had a powerful feeling that though the history book was a good one, I should have read the Book of Mormon. The Holy Ghost was prompting me to change my scripture reading habits. That very day I began to read the Book of Mormon, and I have never stopped. . . . Because I started reading the scriptures daily, I have learned about my Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and what I need to do to be like Them. . . .

" . . . Every woman can be a gospel doctrine instructor in her home, and every sister in the Church needs gospel knowledge as a leader and teacher. If you have not already developed the habit of daily scripture study, start now and keep studying in order to be prepared for your responsibilities in this life and in the eternities."
~Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president.

"A study of the scriptures will help our testimonies and the testimonies of our family members. Our children today are growing up surrounded by voices urging them to abandon that which is right and to pursue, instead, the pleasures of the world. Unless they have a firm foundation in the gospel of Jesus Christ, a testimony of the truth, and a determination to live righteously, they are susceptible to these influences. It is our responsibility to fortify and protect them."
~President Thomas S. Monson.

"We want our sisters to be scholars of the scriptures. . . . You need an acquaintanceship with his eternal truths for your own well being, and for the purposes of teaching your own children and all others who come within your influence."

"We want our homes to be blessed with sister scriptorians—whether you are single or married, young or old, widowed or living in a family. . . . Become scholars of the scriptures—not to put others down, but to lift them up!"
~President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985)

Personal Preparation
John 5:39
2 Timothy 3:14–17
2 Nephi 9:50–51; 31:20; 32:3–5
D&C 138:1–11

Happy Birthday!

3 - Jo Dee Keyes
4 - Lorraine Vause & Candice Kunz
5 - Charlene Christensen, Kim Joy Thorpe & Angela Wheelwright
7 - Jeanette Stones & Jennifer Keener
13 - Janet Hansen
16 - Carlene Lindquist
19 - Lorrie Goldsberry
23 - Kya Hadley
24 - Marcell Kearney, Jo Ann Cordova
25 - Catherine Anderson
28 - Victoria Bickley
29 - Joyce Boyce & Lori Lucero
31 - Lynette Love