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Archive for August, 2011

Making new friends…

Yesterday, I stopped at a garage sale on my way to the grocery store.  When I saw a large plastic container filled with quilt patterns, I had to take a look.  I found six patterns, which could have been the end of the experience.  However, one quilter talks to another, and, in a short time, two new friends.  Bev, a quilter, and Mary, a quilter/middle school principal from out of town!  We had time to visit, share patterns, talk education (some great ideas for me), and just enjoy ourselves.  You never know what a new day may bring.  Enjoy each one of them!


Thinking about food…

I’ve been thinking about the recipes I got from Katherine during our recent Kansas visit.  We ate so well, yummy food.  I only cooked one thing while we were there.  I made a peach soda pop cobbler for Rob.  He asked for some other recipes, so…today, I’m thinking about food.  Enjoy!

Fruit Crisp:   (8 x 8 inch pan, double for 9 x 13 inch pan)

Mix together with a fork (or clean fingers!):

3/4 c. sugar (I like to use brown, although white or a mix will work)

1/2 c. flour

1/2 c. oatmeal

1/4 c. butter (not melted)

3/4 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp nutmeg


*For unthickened fruit, such as canned peaches, add 2 T tapioca/quart fruit, sugar and spice to taste  (Rob got the “lite” peaches for the cobbler I made, and it was plenty sweet.), let tapioca soak in the juice 15 – 30 minutes before topping and baking.

*You can cook the fruit (I do this with fresh berries and rhubarb) and thicken with tapioca while cooking.  Be sure to add sugar to taste, as well as desired spices.  Cook the fruit just before baking the crisp, or make it the day before, refrigerate, and then you are ready to go.  I did this for a soda-pop cobbler at the ward campout with rhubarb and strawberries.  (Recipe to follow)

*Apple crisp:  Find your favorite apple pie recipe, prepare fruit as for the pie, put in the pan and top as above.

Bake 30 – 45 minutes, 350 degrees, until bubbly.  Tastes great hot with ice cream, great as left-overs!


Rhubarb/Strawberry Pudding   (for 8 x 8 inch crisp, or as desired)

2 1/2 c. rhubarb, cut in 1 inch pieces

1 lb strawberries, cut in pieces – don’t add yet

2 1/2 c. water

1 1/2 c. sugar (I usually use less, add some, taste, add as you like)

1/4 c. tapioca

dash salt

Cook all but strawberrries until rhubarb is tender, smash the rhubarb.  Add strawberries, red food coloring (optional, if you want the filling a brighter red), cook for 1 -2 minutes.  Serve warm alone, on vanilla ice cream, or make into cobbler or crisp.  Yummy


Banana Bread – one loaf

1. Mix 1 egg and 4 T oil or melted butter, set aside

2. Mix dry ingredients below together, being sure the soda is mashed up and mixed in.  Sifting is a good way to do this, but you can stir it well with a spoon.  Set aside.

2/3 – 3/4 c. sugar

1 tsp baking soda

2 c. flour ( I use 1 c. wheat flour and 1 c. white)

dash salt

nutmeg and/or cinnamon if desired

3. Mash 4 bananas (Yes, I know.  This is more bananas than other recipes call for.  But you want moist, yummy bread, and this is the best recipe I have ever found.)

4. Nuts are optional.  I don’t like walnuts, so I don’t add them.

Add bananas and egg/oil mixture to flour mixture.  Mix well.  Bake in greased pan, 350 degrees, about 1 hour.  I start checking it at about 50 minutes.  A toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf will come out clean when done.  Sometimes, I make smaller loaves, and adjust cooking time as needed.  Remove from pan and cool on a rack.


In case you are wondering…. Soda-pop Cobbler

Prepare fruit as above.  Pie filling recipes are a good source of ideas and directions.  Prepare enough for a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Put fruit in pan.  Pour one cake mix (vanilla, yellow, your choice) on top of fruit.  Don’t prepare the mix, just pour the dry mix on the fruit.  Pour 12 oz (1 can) lemon lime soda on top of the cake mix, stir it around on the cake mix, no need to mix well.   Bake 350 degrees until bubbly and brown.  This is a Young Women’s Camp recipe, and works well in both Dutch ovens or the “in your home kitchen” kind.


If you don’t have tapioca, you can thicken the fruit juice with cornstarch.  Put juice in pan, removing about 1/2 c. Bring juice to a boil.  Mix the 1/2 c. juice with 1 – 1 1/2  T. cornstarch for each cup of juice (I just guess at it – sorry.  I like to cook like that.)  Add the juice/cornstarch mixture to the boiling juice, stir.  The juice will thicken quickly, add to fruit, and make your dessert.


Happy cooking!




On Saturday, Clay and I went with Rob and Katherine to the Winter Quarters Temple and the Mormon Trail Visitors Center in Florence, Nebraska.  The weather was beautiful, and the Spirit strong.  I was especially touched by the painting showing the settlement established there.  One of my ancestors, John Lowe Butler, left Nauvoo with the Saints, eventually arriving in the Salt Lake Valley.  Saturday, I took my physical feet to a place where my spiritual feet have been.  I am so grateful for my ancestors who embraced the Restored Gospel, and gave their all for the Kingdom.

Winter Quarters Temple

The Missouri River seen from the Pioneer Cemetary

Ready to quilt…almost

I have a few hours this morning before leaving for the airport to fly to Kansas.  I was thinking about my quilt, and remembered some scraps from Rob and Katherine’s wedding quilt.  Just enough!  I made a border the same width as the strips that make up the quilt.  The binding is ready.  When I get home, I’ll get backing, and quilt it!  I’m pleased with the pattern.  I love the rich colors in the batiks.

Quilt with border and prepared binding

Family home evening thought…

I am impressed with a lesson from Alma 47.  The Nephites and Lamanites are engaged in their long war, but this lesson is taught by the actions of Lamanites.  The king of the Lamanites, influenced by Amalickiah, a Nephite dissenter, declares they are going to battle against the Nephites.  There was a group in the army who feared to fight the Nephites, so this group, led by Lehonti, went to the top of the mount Antipas.  Amalickiah tried three times to entice Lehonti off the mountain, and three times, Lehonti refused.  So Amalickiah went up the mount, “nearly to Lehonti’s camp,” and invited Lehonti to come down with his guards.  Lehonti apparently felt that was a “safe move.”  He would be protected, and the bargain offered by Amalickiah seemed fair.  Big mistake!  He didn’t immediately suffer the consequences, but, poisoned “by degrees”, Lehonti died.  The lesson that I continue to ponder from this chapter relates to temptation.  Satan tries to tempt us “off the mountain,” even the smallest distance.  Over time, coming down from the mount (sinning just a little), leads to moving farther and farther down the mount.  How grateful I am that, when I sin and move a little down the mount, the Atonement allows me to repent, and move back up the mountain.  Safety is found only on the top of the mountain.  “Stand ye in holy places, and be not moved…”  (D&C 87:8)

Quilting, continued…

I worked on my batik quilt today.  It was fun to lay out the blocks, then sew them together on Grandma’s machine, while I watched TV on the big screen.

Assembling the blocks into rowsSewing the blocks together on Grandma’s machine.

The quilt top

I plan to get a piece of pastel batik, hopefully with many colors, for a border, then bind the quilt with batik strips left from making the quilt.  I will probably quilt it myself, just a simple, all-over design, with a variegated thread.

Having fun creating, a beautiful summer day!  I have clothes on the “solar dryer”, dinner is planned.