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I have been married to Ryan for 6 years and I love being married to my wonderful husband. I am a religious Christian and I love God. I live in the United States and have lived in China. I love being free and those who sacrifice(d) for my freedoms (not just servicemen and women.) My hobbies include photography, music, art, basketball, and trying new things... I believe in the family and marriage. I love spending time with my family.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sour Dough Waffles, Pancakes, and Flap Jacks

Dear (My)Blog Readers,

I have been learning something new to me: sourdough cooking!  My sister sent me these recipes and they are great!  (I have only made the waffles so far, but she made us the pancakes one day and they were delish!)  Thanks, Becky!  These are so yummy!  And healthy.  :D :D  (Especially if you use whole wheat.  But I don't know how to do that...yet.)  Here is what she sent me.

Here are some really easy fun things to do with your sour dough starter, especially when you have too much of it. 
 Natural Yeast Waffles

1 cup starter
2 eggs
1 tbsp oil or melted butter
1/4 tsp salt

mix eggs, oil and salt.  add egg mixture to yeast.  gently fold ingredients together until just incorporated.  Pour into waffle iron.  Enjoy!
*note:  if you add flour to your starter it will need to sit overnight so the natural yeast can proof(?) again.  You can do that, but just know you need to let it sit.  (I think in the fridge and not on your counter, but you will have to research that more to be sure.)
You can also make Natural Yeast Pancakes with your starter:

Natural Yeast Pancakes

1 egg
1/4 cup milk
3 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup starter
1 whisked egg white

Mix up the first 4 ingredients (egg, milk, oil, salt.)  Add 1 cup starter.  Mix softly and briefly.  Fold in a whisked egg white.
Then it says pour into waffle iron, don't know why since they're pancakes...  but whatever floats your boat!  (You could probably turn these into pancakes or waffles.)

Sour Dough Flap Jacks

You can also just throw the starter itself onto a pan and cook it up in a pinch.  Just cook them on medium low (lower than normal pancakes) they cook slowly.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post!  Let me know how your waffles, pancakes or flap jacks turn out.  Let me know if you tweak the recipe and how it turned out.  I have though of adding chocolate chips or bananas to the waffles.  (And honestly, I probably will some time.)  I would love to read your comments.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chase Bank News

What would you tell your employer if you were asked: Do you consider yourself to be an "ally" of the LGBT community?  What if it pertained to your religion and the way you answered could put your job, therefore occupation, therefore income, therefore your family's well-being at stake?  What if the question was a different topic that still had nothing to do with banking (or your chosen, specific career?)

Chase Bank did this.  Well, it was unprincipled, unethical, unprofessional.    It makes me so mad I could spit!  What would I say if I was asked this?  I hope I would have the presence of mind to see through their NON-anonymous survey game and respond that

1.     That is personal, religious and discriminatory.  (I will not answer anything regarding the matter to you because I trust that you will use it as a bias and/or prejudice against me, as there is no other obvious means for which you would use this information.  How dare you ask such invasive questions!)  

In my religion part of enjoying the blessings of full fellowship is obedience to God's commandments and doctrines.  Another part is strengthening my soul through testimony and action in full faith and support of His commandments and word (through his servants) and the covenants I have made with Him.  
 To receive the full blessing of being a member of and living my religion, I am required to return to my leaders, who are chosen by God, and give a reporting of my standing.  Part of this interview is my report of whether or not, “I support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings and practices are contrary to or oppose those acc
epted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”  
If you would like to truly understand what I believe, you may ask the missionaries, with an open mind and heart pray about and study the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon, or go to to find out more, because I hold firm to the teachings of this religion. 

You may try to play your game Mister Employer, But I will not allow you to ridicule or discriminate against me for living my religion nor for holding on to my God given freedom.  

And I would not mark anything on his survey.  

Interesting, Mr. C. is trying to (and has been) build(ing) his own corrupt little world, and immoral law.  Well, one day the poor man will have to give an accounting to his maker.  What then for him?   

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pionneer Day Stories

Into my inbox the other day, came a link where I could sign into and see what Pioneer Company my ancestors came over in.  So, I clicked and found 32!  My Grandma said that we have to double check for a certain ancestor, because he was actually on a mission in Hawaii at that time.  Still, it was pretty exciting.

When you sign in, at this link:
 it shows your ancestor's name and the company he or she was in and then there is the coolest thing on the right.  It is a link that says, "Trail Experience (Stories)" and when you click on it it takes you to a new page with a little about them - what company they were in, mostly.  Some of them have links to stories about your ancestor!  Really, it is a transcription (Yay for easy to read!) and just an excerpt, and it is awesome!  (It gives you the sources and the excerpt.)

One of my ancestors, John Lowe Butler, was captain of a company.  Really, he was sent with this one company and didn't really want to go with them but was told he should, so he did.  Then the captain didn't really know much about leading oxen or driving wagons etc... so my ancestor became the captain.  (I think he was the sub-captain over 50 wagons?)  It was interesting to read his story from his point of view.  Another story mentioned him and it was great to read about him from another man's viewpoint, as well.

Another one of my ancestors, James Pace, was a captain over 100 wagons.  Many people died from Cholerea (as he spells Cholera.)  From his autobiographical sketch, he says,
"Arriving in G.S.L. City September the 23rd. I received a hearty welcome by Prest. Young who requested me to go to South and locate on Peteetneet Creek in the South end of Utah Valley."
Doesn't say much about life coming to Great Salt Lake but it is fun to read what he wrote.  Time to look up Peteetneet Creek!

John Hardison Redd tells a whole bunch about the weather and tells about some who die from Cholera, and tells about how the captains called a meeting to see if they should travel in 10's to break up the spread of the Cholera and see if that would help the health of the party.  They chose not to but in the morning 2 or 3 groups of 10 went out.
He reports a mistake on a grave marker,
"Br Edward E. Wilcox died yesterday and we have buried him at this place some fifty or sixty miles East of the South fork of the Platt. the name through misteak on his head board is marked Edward H. instead of Edward E."
Isn't that crazy?  So, if you have been looking for Edward E. Wilcox, and could only find Edward H. Wilcox, you actually found Edward E!  

That's all for now, but boy, am I grateful for these wonderful people who suffered so much for this life and truth.  Because of my pioneer ancestors, today I have a richly blessed life.  Some crossed the Great West in handcarts and wagons.  Some didn't.  No matter what kind of pioneers my ancestors were, I'm grateful that they are mine.  What a beautiful thing it is to celebrate Pioneer Day! 

Where did your ancestors come from?  What stories do you have of their sacrifice, love, courage and history?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Veggie Fajitas

Wow!  This recipe is perfect for a Summer Vegetable Fajita.  (Actually, we also added chicken.)  Here is my recipe:

For the fry:
1 Tbls coconut oil
~1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
3/4 - 1 cup fresh broccoli (the whole deal: florets, stems and leaves.  If you don't have leaves you can omit them or use kale, spinach, or chard.)
1 small yellow squash
2 small - medium carrots
1/2 medium onion
1/2 large bell pepper
1/4 cup corn
1/4 - 1/3 cup peas

1/4 cup salsa (Ryan loves Pace.)
1/4 - 1/2 tsp cumin
1 pinch of season salt

In addition:
2 chicken breasts
grated cheese (choose your flavor)
ranch dressing
more salsa
tortilla shells

Fry it up until they are as tender as you love them.  (Actually, I sort of fry and steam mine.  Whatever floats your boat.) *note:  I like to add various veggies at different times to perfect the textures.  - broccoli and carrots before squash, peas, pepper, etc...-

Chicken - We (that's the royal we) used 1 chicken breast for 4 fajitas.  Slice it into strips.  Sprinkle them with season salt and throw them on your George Foreman (if you have one.  Or just cook them the way that you like to.)

Dishes up!  Pile your scoop of veggies on the tortilla shell, add your cheese, chicken, ranch and salsa.  Fold it in and enjoy your fresh summer garden veggie fajita. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

You Are More Precious Than Rubies.

(*Note:  If the only thing you read on this the words in the video, I hope you read them.  If the only thing you look at in this post is the video, I hope you watch it.  If there only thing that enters your heart from this post, I hope you let it change you for the better.  The video is at the end.)

Some mornings I wake up and feel like an old sticky hand that no one wants any more.  Some days are tough.  Some nights I want to stay up and try doing my day over.  Some nights I just want to go to sleep so I can wake up to a new day. 
BUT!  Some mornings I wake up and feel so happy for the new day that has been given me.  Some days are simply pleasant.  Some nights I still don't want to go to bed because it has been such a good day.  Some nights I go to sleep with a sweet satisfaction because of who I worked to become that day. 
The truth is that life has it's ups and downs.  Life is hard, life is easy, life is difficult and bumpy and perfect.  The truth is, what the world says you should do and become doesn't really matter much at all.  The important thing is knowing who you are.  You are a child of God.  And you are beautiful that way.  The important thing is doing what God wants of you.  He wants you to be happy.  That's right.  You.  And you.  Yes, and you, too, my dear fellow brother or sister.  We are all God's children and he wants us to be happy. 
How?  Well, It's great that you asked.  Follow Christ.  Know he loves you.  Know God loves you.  Know you can become whole through the atonement of Christ and that every sin, every sorrow, every transgression and every pain will be washed away as you keep holding on to Him. 

Men and boys, know you are a son of God.  Know that He loves you and he will help you provide for your family, teach your children in truth, protect your dear ones, be a support to your wife and kids. 
Women and girls, know that you are a daughter of God.  Know that He loves you and you are enough.  He will help you be a support to your family.  He will help you raise, nurture and teach your children.  He will help you with your marriage, your family, or your single self if that be the case.  

These are things that I have learned because of Jesus Christ.  Because he lives.  Because of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in these latter days.  Because of good parents, leaders adn friends who have taught me the gospel and shared their testimonies with me.  Who never gave up on me.  Who corrected me when I was wrong but still showed their love for me all the greater. 

This morning, as I was looking for a little meme to show the world that I was not a morning person this morning, I came upon something greater and realized that was the wrong thing to do.  I came upon this.  I froze.  I listened.  My heart was changed.  God wants me to be a light.  I was motivated to go do something more.  To live up to my potential.  I remembered, I am a daughter of God.  And that means a lot.