Friday, January 28, 2011

How Will You Measure Your LIfe?

Below is a link to an address given to last year's graduating class at the Harvard Business School by Clayton Christensen. (He is the author of The Innovator's Dilemma, a Harvard professor, served a mission to Korea, was a counselor in the Boston Mission Presidency, an Area Seventy...he's 6'10" and played on the Oxford University Varsity Basketball team)

He asks his students three questions:

1. How can I be sure that I'll be happy in my career?

2. How can I be sure that my relationships with my spouse and my family become an enduring source of happiness?

3. How can I be sure I'll stay out of jail? (Jess Skilling of Enron fame was a classmate of his!)

Here's the full speech:

Applying business strategies to happiness in life includes:

Create a Strategy for Your Life

Allocate Your Resources

Create a Culture

Avoid the "Marginal Costs" Mistake

Remember the Importance of Humility

Of course as you read this you will recognize the underlying gosple principals....the Plan of Happiness.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Happy Birthday, Parker! (4 years old)

Parker....the sweetest boy alive!
His favorite iphone app is Stack the States...Parker is a whiz at geography...knows all the states and their capitals...he can read most of the questions in this game himself and almost always knows the answer!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Cute Cupcakes...Dustin's Chocolate Frosting!

These cupcakes were just an excuse to eat the frosting! Dustin made a birthday cake for Kendra last year and this was the frosting...I've been thinking about it for a year! (There's no powdered sugar in it...but that doesn't mean low sugar!)
Dustin's Chocolate Frosting
2 squares (1 oz each) unsweetened chocolate
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 C water
1/2 t vanilla
1 (3.9) small box instant chocolate pudding
1-2 C whipping cream (I used 2)
Melt the chocolate in the microwave(1 t butter helps it melt smoothly) and cool slightly
Mix melted chocolate with the milk, vanilla and water.
Stir in the dry pudding mix.
Whip the cream and fold into the chocolate mixture.
You can put the frosting in a zip lock bag, cut off a corner and swirl on your cupcakes, or use a pastry bag and #1 star tip like I did....I found these cute white sprinkles at JoAnne's. Refrigerate leftovers.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Happy birthday, Kendra!

Happy Birthday to a beautiful daughter!
Sorry I'm late getting it posted....

Not a real girly start! But this is why she's a great mom to her four boys (and wife to Dustin)...

Monday, January 3, 2011

Recently Read...Unbroken

This is an amazing true story!!! And truly deserving of the title...the inspiring story of Louie Zamperini...a juvenile delinquent-turned Olympic runner-turned Army hero. During a routine search mission over the Pacific, Louie's plane crashed into the ocean and what happened to him over the next three years of his life will keep you glued to the pages...just when you think things can't get worse....they DO!!! But he emerges from these horrific experiences with such nobility of character.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Chocolate Stuffed Sticky Bread

1 pkg Rhodes Dinner Rolls(24 in pkg)
1 1/2 C chocolate chips
1/2 C sugar
1 T unsweetened cocoa
1 t cinnamon
1/2 C chopped pecans, walnuts or toffee bits
1/2 C melted butter
1/2 C packed brown sugar
Thaw rolls, cut each one in half, flatten a bit and wrap around about 1 t chocolate chips (5 or 6).
Mix sugar, cocoa and cinnamon in a small bowl, roll each roll in sugar mixture and drop into a Bundt pan that has been well sprayed with Pam.
Sprinkle remaining sugar mixture and nuts over the rolls.
Mix butter and brown sugar and pour over rolls.
Cover with plastic wrap and let rise to the top of the pan.
Bake at 350 about 35-40 minutes, covering with a piece of foil the last 10 minutes of baking.
Immediately turn out on plate.