Saturday, August 21, 2010

Girls Camp Recipes....Blondie Bars

Blondie Bars
(9x13 pan)

1 cup of butter, melted
2 cups of tightly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 salt
2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1 C chips (butterscotch, white or chocolate)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter and flour a 9x13 pan.
Beat together the melted butter and sugar in a bowl.
Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix.
Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, mix it all together.
Add the butterscotch chips or other mix-ins
Pour into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool. Cut into squares and serve.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Recently Read

A few books I've read (actually in most cases, listened to) in the past couple of months...

The Good Son
A political thriller that centers in Pakistan..

Girl in Hyacinth Blue
A unique concept for a novel. Susan Vreeland traces the history of a supposed Vermeer painting from the present back to each previous owner...sort of like Girl With a Pearl Earring...

61 Hours
Jack Reacher, the roving ex-military cop, is in action again!

What Mothers Do

(Especially When It Looks Like Nothing)

A wonderful book on what mothers do...every mother has felt the frustration at the end of a day of feeling like she hasn't got much to show for all her work...when her husband comes home and asks, "What did you do today?" he often gets a blank stare or tears!
The most important skill mothers have to have, according to the author, is INTERRUPTIBLITY....

The Immortal LIfe of Henrietta Lacks
I enjoyed listening to this book...I don't know if I could have actually read it....
This is the story of cells taken from a poor black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951. The unique thing about her cells was that they were the first cells that would continue growing in a lab...they led to the development of the polio vaccine, gene mapping, cloning, how viruses work and many cancer treatments...the author spent 10 years researching both the science involved and the people involved. It was a fascinating history of medicine...

Mind in the Making
Another interesting book on how childrens' (and adults') brains develop...

The story of an anesthesiologist who has a patient it impacts her and how she finally finds out what really happened.

I really enjoyed this book while I was reading it...Colm Toibin is a skilled Irish's gotten wonderful reviews...but at the end I sort of felt like "so what" ...

Life Expectancy
I'm sorry...I really like Dean Koontz books....the ones written after about 1987...before that he was sort of a have to be careful because a lot of his early work is being reprinted...known as a Sci Fi, horror writer...Life Expectancy is a book about family and good vs.'s also quite funny...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The "I Hate to Cook Book" by Peg Bracken (Fancy Tomatoes)

This book if 50 years old! I used it a lot in the late 60's...70's...
One of my favorite recipes I just made the other day when the tomatoes were proliferating....
(I'll have to add a picture later...they were so yummy we ate them all before I could find my camera!)

Fancy Tomatoes

Sliced tomatoes (if you want to be REALLY fancy you can peel them first by dipping in boiling water for 30 seconds)

Sprinkle with:
a drizzle of oil
a glug of vinegar
a sprinkle of sugar
a shake of salt
a grind or two of pepper
a smattering of chopped basil
a bit of chopped garlic

Then put down another layer of tomatoes and do it all again...three or four layers is good, depending on how many tomatoes you have. Cover and refrigerate a few hours if you can. Flip the container a couple of times to recoat everything.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A New Dress Every Day for $1

Did everyone see this Blog featured on Yahoo???

Inspired by the Julia & Julia blogger and unemployment, Marisa Lynch decided to pull out her sewing machine and remake her thrift store finds! She's got some skills!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

More Pioneers....the Buchanans

John Buchanan and Nancy Ann Bache

Originally from Scotland, the Buchanan family had moved into Ireland where John Buchanan was born in 1786; his parents died when he was young and he came to America, probably with an uncle's family. (His father's brother's son was James Buchanan, Jr., the 15th President of the United States).

He ended up in Lexington, Kentucky where he met and married Nancy Ann Bache. Most of their children were born in Kentucky...then about 1832, they moved west and settled in Tazewell County, Illinois.

In 1834 early Mormon missionaries taught them the gosple. 14 year old Emmeline was the first baptized in February 1834; John was baptized 23 March 1835; Nancy Ann and daughter Jane and her husband were baptized in September. Eventually the entire family joined.

They soon joined the Saints in Caldwell County, Missouri and suffered the violence and mobbings there. John Buchanan was one of the 56 elders arrested with the Prophet Joseph in Far West and taken to Liberty; after several weeks he was released with most of them and was driven with his family from Missouri to refuge in Illinois.

Here in 1839 John died from cholera or dysentery; two daughters, Catherine and Elnora also died about this time...Nancy Ann took the remainder of her large family to Nauvoo.

The family lived in close association with the Prophet. Daughter Elizabeth was married to Joseph Coolidge who built Joseph's Mansion House. The family was there at the time of the martyrdom and joined with the Saints as they fled Nauvoo.

On 27 Jan 1846 Nancy Ann received her endowments in the Nauvoo temple.

At Winter Quarter's, son, John Buchanan, joined the Mormon Battalion. He was with the group left in Santa Fe for the winter and in the summer of 1847 traveled north to the Salt Lake Valley which he entered on July 27...Brigham Young sent him to scout Cache Valley and then back to Iowa to help move the Saints west. Here he married Adaline Coons before heading back to Utah with the family.

John, as well as several other family members tried to talk his mother into staying in Iowa where a nice farming community had grown...but Nancy Ann, age 62, was determined to join the Saints in the west....all but her oldest two daughters' families came with her.

The family was directed to settle in the Manti area. Nancy Ann lived until 17 Aug 1884, dying at the age of 94. Her granddaughter was Nora Buchanan Pearson, my great grandmother.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

As a hen gathereth her chickens....

Samantha R taught the RS lesson on Covenants on Sunday...we read of the many times Christ spoke of His desire to "gather His children as a hen gathereth her chickens..." It made me think of this story I found when teaching I tracked it down to put here so I can find it in the future!

This was in National Geographic Magazine:

A group of firefighters was working through the devestation of a Yellowstone forest fire, making sure that all the hots spots had been extinguished. In the middle of the path was a small heap of smoldering ash. One man kicked the ash to allow the air to circulate and cool the brush.

Suddenly a little flock of baby quail fluttered from beneath the cinders. Other chicks gradually emerged from underneath other smoky bumps. "These piles of ashes are the mother quail," one of the rangers realized.

The mother's body had covered her chicks, sheltering them from the searing flames. Though the heat was enough to consume her it allowed her chicks to find safety underneath. In the face of the rising flames, she could have easily flown away, but she was the only hope of safety for her chicks. She gathered them under her body, shielded them with her wings and made herself stay through the raging fire.

Jesus said, "How oft would I have gathered my children together even as a hen gathered her chickens under her wings, and ye would not. (Matthew 23:37; 3 Nephi 10:4-6; D&C 10:65)

Will we allow ourselves to be gathered?