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Simple Breakfast Casserole

By Rebecca | September 30, 2008

10 eggs (egg beaters do fine)
2 1/2 cups of milk
1/4 cup of chopped onion
1/2 cup Velveeta cheese
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheese
3 slices bread buttered and cubed
1 cup sausage
1/4 cup green pepper chopped

Brown the sausage with onion and pepper. Drain sausage mixture on paper towel.

Blend eggs and milk.

Butter a 9″x13″ baking pan. Put bread cubes in bottom of the baking pan. Spread cheese over bread. Then sprinkle sausage mixture over all.

Refrigerate over night covered. Preheat oven 350. Bake for 45 min-1 hour or until set. This will serve around 8 adults.  Meat can be omitted or other meats substituted.

To freeze, cut into squares and store in individual bags. To serve, if frozen, microwave for about 3-5 minutes, rotating every minute. If thawed, microwave approximate 1 minute 15 seconds.

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Texas Scramble

By Rebecca | September 30, 2008

1/2 cup new red potatoes, cooked & cubed
1 tablespoon butter
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 green onion, sliced
1/4 lb. sausage, browned & drained well
1/4 lb. Canadian Bacon or regular bacon
1/2 each red & green bell peppers, diced
3 eggs, beaten
Black pepper to taste
Dash of Spanish paprika
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1/4 cup milk

In a non-stick skillet, place butter, garlic powder and cooked potatoes over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes.

In a separate bowl, add black pepper, paprika and milk to beaten eggs and pour mixture over the potatoes. Scramble eggs, constantly lifting with fork to keep eggs fluffy and to ensure even cooking throughout.

Top with sausage, ham, green onion slices, bell pepper and cheese.

Cover and cook about 1 to 2 minutes to allow cheese to melt. Serve over flour tortilla in warm plate and add salsa to side.

These can be frozen after cooking. You can wrap them up in a flour tortilla and wrap in wax paper and freeze.

Microwave about 2 minutes or until hot.

Topics: Cooking, Food, General Conference, Recipe, Relief Society, Young Women | 1 Comment »

Updated Conference Packet

By Rebecca | September 26, 2008


For anyone who loved the General Conference Packet that was circulated this Spring–here it is again!  It has been updated to include all the apostles and I believe even has some new activities.  The best part is, this time I know who to credit–Genny at Color of the sky in my world.  Thank you for your work and for sharing it so freely with all of us, Genny!!!!!!!

The packet is included here with her permission so go ahead and download it and let the e-mail frenzy begin.  Happy listening this Conference Season!!

Topics: Blessings, Family, General Conference, Knowledge, Relief Society, Teaching, Young Women | 1 Comment »

My Barbie Dolls

By Rebecca | September 22, 2008

I have always loved Barbie Dolls.  It was a passion that did not subside as I got older.  If anything, it intensified.  By my Senior year in high school, I had learned to explain that I “collected” Barbies.  I neglected to mention that I regularly played with my collection.

Once in college, I had money of my own to spend on a more regular basis.  My collection grew but by now friends believed that it needed a little dignity.  I began receiving collectible dolls as gifts.  While I loved the look and design of these dolls, my thrifty soul was shocked at the amount of money spent on such a frivolity.  Consequently, I did not open a single box.  For years, I lugged them around with me, displaying them unopened on shelves or tables in my college apartments.

After I married, my dolls were packed away.  The everyday collection was sent to my younger sisters to play with.  At last, I had no more time or room to play with them.  My collectible dolls were placed into a large box and, eventually, stored in a closet at my mother-in-law’s house.  There they sat.  Forgotten and unappreciated.

Until my children visited their grandmother this summer.  While helping grandma clean house, my four year old daughter found the box.  I imagine she must have felt like a coal miner who strikes a vein of rich, pure gold.  She immediately began begging her grandmother to let her play with the dolls.  My mother-in-law informed her that the dolls did not belong to her and that she could not open them.

Then, of course, my little girl had to know who owned the dolls.  Upon finding out that the dolls belonged to me, she decided that it was time that I took my dolls home.  Grandma couldn’t tell her no, and besides, she was ready to have her closet back.

So the box came home with us.  We found some knick knack shelves in the garage that had been given to us some time ago and painted them to match my daughter’s day bed.  Then we took down the posters of the alphabet and moved her picture of Jesus to a different wall.  We hung the shelves on the walls at the foot of her bed.

Then we had a Barbie opening party.  One by one we took the dolls from their boxes.  Some of the boxes were smashed beyond recognition.  My daughter collected the brushes and made sure each doll was wearing her shoes.  I would place the dolls on stands.  When we got five or six of them on stands, we would pick them up, one by one, and carefully carry them into the bedroom and arrange them on the shelves.

The next morning I walked into my daughter’s room to help her get dressed.  I got her clothes out of the dresser and turned toward the wall of Barbies.  I stopped, entranced by the elaborately dressed dolls with their fancy hair-dos.  Silently my little girl came up behind me and slipped her hand into mine.  Then she asked, knowingly, “Mommy, do you need to look at your dollies?”  I smiled and said that I did.  Together we shared a moment of enjoying my dolls together.

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God’s Love for Us

By Lei | September 22, 2008

In the corner of this website, there is a space which reads, “contributors”, and under it, reads the name, “Lei”, my pseudonym. I am here to acknowledge that, as of late, I haven’t been the best “contributor”. Now, I could make an excuse for my general lack of responsibility, but I will only say that I have missed telling each of you that read this website about every wonderful experience in my daily life.

I had the opportunity over the labor day weekend to spend some time at the beach with my family and some friends. As we sat on the balcony of our eleventh floor, (I’ll tell you a secret; I’m terrified of heights; this only shows that you can face your fears and still fear them), over-looking the ocean, I was reminded of the vastness of the creations of God and out important role in the Great Plan of  Happiness, or as the missionaries call it, The Plan of Salvation.

The Lord told Moses that, out of all his great creations, Man was his greatest. I bear testimony that I know God lives and loves each of his children. He has given us this beautiful world to please us because he loves us. His is what I call an ultimate love.  That is part of his Plan of Happiness.




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Surprise Missionary Moment

By Rebecca | July 31, 2008

I had just wrapped two wedding gifts.  I sat staring at the the package, contemplating the pressing question of whether a silver bow really looked good on a silver package, when my door bell rang.  I tried a green, metallic bow next to the silver one and then went to answer the door.

Standing at my door was a nervous college student.  He introduced himself and explained that he was  a missionary student trying to put himself through school.  He gave me his sales pitch for several religious books and study guides.  He asked if I studied the Bible and explained the benefits of each book in helping me to understand and profit from the words of this Holy Book.

At the close of his presentation, I politely declined any of the books.  Then he wanted to know if he could leave me with a prayer.  He asked my name and if there was any special need or blessing that I would like him to mention in the prayer.  I told him I was grateful for my family.

There on my doorstep we folded our arms and bowed our heads in prayer.  This young man prayed for me and for my family.  Even though he was nervous, his prayer was intense and sincere.  While he had talked I had wondered if there was something I could share with him.  As he prayed, I remembered a spare issue of the Ensign I had sitting on my shelf.  It was the special edition on Jesus Christ put out earlier this year.

When the prayer was finished.  I asked him to wait while I got something for him.  I snatched the magazine off the shelf and took it to the door.  I showed it to the young man, explaining that I was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, otherwise known as Mormons.  I told him the issue was about Jesus Christ and that all the articles were about our belief in Christ.  I showed him the artwork.  I pointed out those articles that answer questions about Mormons and try to explain those of other faiths.  I told him that I did not have money to help him in school but that I wanted to share the magazine with him.

He seemed genuinely touched and excited.  He told me that he wasn’t really in it for the money, that he wanted to help people.  He then offered to leave a Bible study guide with me, free of charge, if I thought that I would read it.  I turned the book over in my hands and looked at some of the pages.  He told me that it was a non-denominational guide.

After some thought, I returned the book to him.  No doubt it was a well meant and insightful publication.  But I knew I would never pick it up instead of the Book of Mormon, or other inspired works and manuals that clarify the Bible doctrine.  I told him that I already had several study guides and that I would probably use the book little.

He thanked me and promised that he would read the magazine I had given him.  He wished me a good day and went on down the road.

I went back to my package.  Suddenly the dilemma of the silver bow seemed trivial.  I stuck the bows on the gift and thought of the marvelous gift of the true and living gospel of Jesus Christ.  And I was grateful for the missionary at my door who, by letting me share that gift with him, had reminded me of how precious it was to me and my family.

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Decorater Icing

By Rebecca | July 28, 2008

1 1/2 cups shortening

1/2 cup water or milk

2 tsp. clear vanilla

2 tsp. almond extract (opt.)

2 pounds Powdered Sugar

Mix together for white icing that looks wonderful on your cake.  Use food coloring paste to create different colors.

Some tips:  Using water instead of milk makes the frosting last longer without spoiling.

4 cups of powdered sugar is about 1 pound.

If you are only making a normal size cake, cut the recipe in half–or even in thirds.  This recipe makes a lot of frosting.  Half is sufficient to decorate most cakes made from a single cake mix.

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