Saturday, December 25, 2010

Preparedness Email 12/24

Ok - the documents seem to be working again (yay!) - so CLICK HERE for the latest & greatest!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Technical Difficulties......

don't know what the deal is, but Google is having some "issues" with the google documents that I share the preparedness emails with you on.....stand by and hopefully they will get it sorted out quickly!  ugh!! - a

Preparedness Email 12/15

That Ann - she is still working away gathering fabulous info for us all, even in the midst of the holiday craze!  Thanks, girl!

CLICK HERE to see what she has for us this week!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Service Club Activity for December!

Dear sisters,
We’re down to the final service project of the year. I will be sending a signup sheet around for the 2011 year for our Humanitarian Service Club projects. The signup sheet will allow you to sign up for a month to host a service project; either in our ward, the community, or the world. We want you on our team, so next year, join a new club, and be a part of the service. We need 12 of you to sign up for a month to organize a service activity and we need for the rest to just show up :) We love your faces… your serving hands… and YOU!!!

For this month’s service, we will be doing Initiatory work at the Draper Temple on Tuesday, December 14th. Please meet in the dressing/Initiatory area between 6:15 and 6:30 pm. Our Initiatory appointment for our group is set for 6:30 pm. Afterwards, we will meet at Sharon Langston’s home for a Christmas treat!! This will be such a fun way to serve. Think of all those sweet sisters who have passed on before us and are waiting for this special blessing. We hope to see you there, and we know you’ll be glad for the time spent.
If there are any questions, please email:, or call me at (801)-201-1059.
Thanks for those you serve, and all you do!


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Are you Cold??

Do you have a lovely short leather jacket?
Are you MISSING it??
Did you wear it to the RS Christmas Dinner,
and then it was too warm to wear it?

If so - Nancy Olsen has it!
You can either call her, or else she will be taking it to church on Sunday....
if it isn't claimed by then it will be safely waiting for you in the RS Closet!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Preparedness Email 12/08

First of all, a big Thank You to all of you who joined us for our RS Christmas Dinner last night - we had fun, and we hope you did, too!   (You seemed to be!)  :)

Ann has sent us another Great email FULL of useful information - CLICK HERE to read it!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Don't Forget - RS Christmas Dinner THIS WEEK!!

Be SURE to Be On Time - We'd hate to leave without you!!  :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Preparedness Email 12/1

More great info!  And hey, if anyone needs someone to sample one of the delicious looking desserts included in this one, just call me up!  ;)


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas in Draper

Just a little FYI of some of the things going on this holiday season in our community! 
(thanks, Joy, for the info!)

The Draper Community Foundation is producing
a number of fun family Christmas activities this year
for the whole family on Fri & Sat, Dec 17th & 18th
at the VF Factory Outlet Mall, 12101 South 150 East. 

Business & Residential Christmas Lighting Contest
to be judged by the Draper Royalty.

Santa & his elves travel from the top of Suncrest to the VF Factory Outlet Mall.

Santa's Village will include Santa & his elves, many Christmas booths
and live entertainment throughout both days on the Village Stage.

Mark Van Wagoner from KDYL will MC the entertainment which
will include a tribute to the popular Lettermen.

Please share this event with your family and friends.

thank you for your support,
Glen Sisam - DCF President

Friday, November 26, 2010

Tab Choir Tickets....

Mary Bitner has 4 tickets to the Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec 19th.  The concert begins at 9 A.M., which is during our block time.  She is wondering if anyone has Friday or Saturday tickets that they would like to trade.  If you know of anyone who might be interested in making a trade with Mary, give her a call!  (801.571.6375)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Service Club June Activity

Our November Service project will be held on Tuesday, November 16th at 6:30 at the church in the Relief Society room.  Jeana Bruse works with the special needs kids at the Canyons School District.  She has some projects that need completing which will require little time, but a lot of hands. There will be simple sewing involved, and some activities we will be putting together for the kids to help with their motor skills. If you can make it, please email me at We would like to get an accurate count so we can gather supplies accordingly. If you have a sewing machine you are willing to bring for use that night, please also let me know. This activity will take one hour. Plan on being done at 7:30… remember, service doesn’t need to take a lot of time, just a lot of heart!

Thanks for all you do, you sweet friends. Your willingness to serve does not go unnoticed!

We hope to see you there!

Nancee  :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Preparedness Email 11/03

This one has some good questions to ask yourself in preparation for a disaster - and a lot of great info on's a must read!  (and not just because of the Peanut Butter Cup Cake recipe - yum!)


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Preparedness Email 10/28

This one comes with FIVE - count them, 5! - different versions of mashed potatoes - they all sound yummy to me!  Plenty of other good info, too - check it out!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Freezer Meals Update :)

A great big Thank You to all who helped with the Freezer meals service project yesterday. We had a great turn out and were able to make 16 meals for a few different families in the ward. It was wonderful…. You are wonderful!

As promised, below are the recipes for the meals we prepared:

Cheese Manicotti

1 8-oz package manicotti
1 ½ cups Ricotta cheese
2 cups cottage cheese
4 ounces cream cheese
½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 T dried parsley flakes
1 t salt
½ t pepper
3-4 cups spaghetti sauce

Do not cook manicotti. Combine all ingredients except manicotti and spaghetti sauce. Cover bottom of pan with spaghetti sauce. Stuff manicotti with cheese mixture. Arrange on spaghetti sauce in pan. Pour spaghetti sauce over all. Cover with heavy freezer foil. Label and freeze. To serve: Thaw. Bake covered for 45 minutes at 350. Uncover, top with more mozzarella cheese and bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese melts.

Taco Pie

1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 package taco seasoning
1 4-oz can sliced black olives
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 tube refrigerator crescent rolls
1 cup refried beans
1 10 1/2 –oz package corn chips, crushed
1 cup sour cream

Brown ground beef with onion. Add taco seasoning, olives and tomato sauce. Flatten crescent roll dough and press onto bottom of foil baking pan. Heat refried beans and mix with 2 tablespoons of water to make spreadable. Spread over crust. Top with 1 cup of cheese. Cover crust with half of the crushed corn chips. Spoon meat mixture over corn chips. Cover with sour cream. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of cheese. Top with remaining corn chips. Cover with heavy foil. Label and freeze. To serve: Thaw. Bake uncovered 45 minutes at 375.

Cream cheese Chicken

1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
1 stick butter
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 8-oz cream cheese

Turn crock pot on high. Place butter in bottom of crock pot. When the butter has melted, add one envelope Italian dressing dry mix. Stir into butter until well mixed. Cut chicken breasts into strips. Place in crock pot and stir to coat with better and dressing mix. Cover and cook on high for 2 to 3 hours. Remove chicken to plate to cool. Add 1 can cream of chicken soup and cream cheese. Stir to melt and mix well until smooth and creamy. Remove sauce from crock pot and allow to cool. Place chicken and sauce into a gallon resealable freezer bag. Label and freeze. To serve: Thaw. Heat until piping hot and bubbly. Serve over rice or hot buttered noodles.

Glazed Meat Loaf

½ cut ketchup
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup lemon juice
1 t dry mustard
1 ½ pounds ground beef
1 ½ cups fresh bread crumbs (3 slices)
¼ cup chopped onion
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 t beef bouillon
1 t salt
¼ t pepper

Combine ketchup, brown sugar, lemon juice and mustard in small bowl. Combine remaining ingredients and 1/3 cup ketchup mixture. Place in freezer bag. Place remaining ketchup mixture in sandwich bag and place in freezer bag with meat loaf. Label and freeze.

To serve: Thaw. Place in greased loaf pan or shape into a loaf and place on greased baking pan. Bake 1 hour at 350. Spread ketchup mixture on meat loaf and bake 10 minutes.
Chicken and Broccoli

3 cups cooked chopped chicken
1 16-ounce bag frozen chopped broccoli
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
½ cup evaporated milk
1 cup mayonnaise
1 T lemon juice
Dash pepper

Drain and squeeze broccoli to remove water. Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Place in gallon freezer bag. Label and freeze. To serve: Thaw. Place in greased baking dish. Bake of 1 hour at 350. Serve with rice.

Thank you again sisters. May your blessings be as big as your hearts!!



Friday, October 22, 2010

Preparedness Email 10/21

Pressure Canning Meat - Home Medicine Remedies - and some Recipes....this edition is full of great stuff!

Click Here!! :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Service Club Activity

Our monthly service project will be held on Tuesday, October 26th. We have planned to put some freezer meals together for a few sisters in need. Sometimes it’s just nice to have something tucked away in a cold place when one needs a hot meal. Please meet in the church kitchen on Tuesday at 2 pm. We should be done no later than 3.

Please email me at if you plan to attend. We would love your help with this great cause.

Thank you!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Book Group Info

The book group will be reading "Lemon Tart" by Josi Killpack and discussing it on Nov. 16 at Marcela Gonzales'  home.  Each reader will need to request her own copy from the library.  There are plenty of copies, but they won't do a group "hold".  Call 943-4636 right away.  

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fast for Dave Ashby

Dear Sisters,
We have just found out that Dave Ashby is in the hospital and needs our fasting and prayers. It is pretty serious and has been touch and go for most of the day. We are inviting all of you to join in a fast for him this Friday, Oct. 15th. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Zada at this time. He is at St. Mark's hospital.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Preparedness Email 10/13

More great stuff in here - Get Your Click On!!

(Thanks, Ann - we really appreciate all the work you do!!)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Got Tomatoes?

No?  Want some?
Julie Stephenson wanted us to let y'all know that she has grundles of tomatoes that need to be picked and eaten, loved and canned.  These tomatoes are beautiful! They are huge and easy to skin (Tami made some salsa) Julie said you can call her cell phone if you want some 801-706-4537

and hey - Tami has sent along a delicious sounding recipe, if you need an idea of how to use all those delicious tomatoes!! 

Rachel's Tomato Basil Soup
recipe image
Submitted By: CARAMOMMY
Photo By: Muffinmom
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Ready In: 40 Minutes
Servings: 6
"Fresh basil is the key to this delicious and creamy tomato soup. Serve with homemade French bread for a special treat!"
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (11.5 ounce) can tomato-vegetable
juice cocktail
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
20 fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1.In a large saucepan, combine the tomatoes, vegetable juice, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, and cook for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in the basil. At this point, you may puree the soup if you wish. Add the cream and butter; return to medium-low heat, and stir until butter is melted. Serve immediately.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Preparedness Email 10/6

This one has a great story from someone who was evacuated for the Herriman fire - it has some good points to think about - there are also some yummy looking recipes!!.....Read it HERE :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

FamilySearch Seminar

Riverton FamilySearch Library
13400 South and Bangerter (east of Home Depot)
Saturday Seminar – October 16, 2010
9 A.M. to Noon
Come and see what’s happening!

9 a.m.:  Keynote speaker: Ron Tanner, product manager, Family History Department; assists in design and research for new FamilySearch        
 “The Future of New FamilySearch”
10 a.m.: Classes
·       New FamilySearch Editing and Temple Submission—Cathy Anderegg
·       Census Techniques and Strategies for Finding Elusive Ancestors—Jason Harrison
·       Using Google for Research—Sue Maxwell
·       Finding Your Scottish Ancestors—Raymon Naisbitt
11 a.m.: Classes
·       New FamilySearch Resources for Consultants and Priesthood Leaders—Cathy Anderegg
·       Using for Military and Land Records—Robert Turley
·       Exporting Data from New FamilySearch for Other Uses—Paul Hyer
·       Southern States Research—DeAnne Shelley
Details at

Monday, October 4, 2010

It's Here!!

Yup - it's That Time - 
Terrific Tuesday Time!!
it's TOMORROW!! :)

are you ready?
We are!  (Ok, almost anyway!!)
We'll be there from 4-9 working away on all those fun projects!
Dinner will be served at 6:30pm
(If you are bringing food, please have it there around 6:00....thanks!)

Please take a look at what you have signed up for,
and plan your time accordingly......
particularly if you signed up for a project that will need "Dry Time" - 
be sure to plan for that, come early, you'll be glad you did!!

Any questions?
Call Jeanette or Adele!

so excited - See Ya There!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Preparedness Email 9/29

There are some yummy sounding recipes in this one....and of course LOTS of useful info - read on!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Get Up & Get Moving!!

Hi ladies!
I am needing more motivation to work out and want to start a new
class. I need some input from those of you that are interested. I
need specific times of when you would like to workout and what you
want to do.
Some ideas are:
Running group(stollers are welcome)
Step aerobics
Weight training. With small weights of course

Let me soon so we can get started
Rachel Neeley

Monday, September 27, 2010

Preparedness Email 9/22

oops - this one almost snuck past me!

Enjoy - and CLICK HERE!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Help Needed!

Brother & Sister Lindberg are asking for our help in serving the people in the Ward where they are serving their mission.  These people essentially have nothing more than lightweight clothing, so anything that ward members have that they would be willing to donate will be very much appreciated.  The sizes listed are what we received, so I hope it all makes sense.  Please call me if you have any questions about anything.  - Denise Lindberg
Items should be taken to the Lindberg's home.
Winter clothes for Springhill Branch members (coats, shirts, pants, shoes, gloves)
Sister (adult)
 Clothing size 2X or 20
 Shoe size 10
Brother (adult)
 Clothing size XL
 Shoe size ??
Sister (adult)
 Clothing size 11
 Shoe size 6 ½
Girl (16 years old)
 Clothing size "large"
 Shoe size 7
Girl (11 years old)
 Clothing size 16 (child size)
 Shoe size 3
Boy (11 years old)
 Clothing size 12
 Shoe size 3
Boy (3 months)
 Clothing size 6-12 months

Sad News....

Vervene Allen died last Thursday and the funeral will be tomorrow (Monday 9/27). She is the older lady that lived on 13400 S.  The one that Jane Brinton looked in on all the time.  Many of the ward members that have been here awhile will remember her because she was in the ward before it was split. - Tami

Looking for a Book...

The Book Club is wondering if anyone has a copy of "The Help" for the ward bookclub to borrow and read?  The wait at the library is too long.  If you do, please contact Jane Brinton because she is the coordinator. (801.571.1802)


Monday, September 20, 2010

Humanitarian Project Reminder!!

It's almost here!
Tomorrow (Tuesday 9/21)
at the church

we'll be sewing pillowcase dresses for Africa!

if you come, here are a few things to bring:

New or gently used (prewashed) pillowcases
·         Thread to sew the dresses together
·         Ribbon (1/2” wide) and approximately 40 long
·         Embellishments for the dresses if you want to add a little bling or cutesy thing on them

Thanks for all you do to provide service to those in need. See you on Tuesday!

Saturday, September 18, 2010


(Sunday 9/19)
is the LAST DAY to SIGNUP!!
 (for Terrific Tuesday projects, that is!!)

You won't want to miss out on any of our
SuperDuperSensationallyCute Projects!
So be sure to come by the table
(right outside the RS room!)
and don't forget your checkbook!
(we'll be set up before church, 
and we will hang around for a bit after!)

(ps - be sure to put the Terrific Tuesday date on your calendar!
it is Oct 5 - and we want to see you all there!
Remember, even if you don't want to do a craft project
there will be a Humanitarian Project set up to help on
and, of course, Yummy Dinner!!)

A Big Thanks....and a little request...

Dear Sisters,

There are a couple of reasons we are writing this letter. 

We first want to express thanks and gratitude for all of the love and support that we have received throughout this flood ordeal.  We are truly grateful for the great friends that surround us.  

Second, we would like to ask another favor on behalf of our families.  We have recently learned that Draper City is immune to any legal action taken against it for losses on flood waters.  Our intent has never been to pursue legal action but without any back end recourse, we feel that the possibility of the city fulfilling the claim is low.  We also want to see the park fixed so this doesn't happen again.  Therefore, we are asking anyone who witnessed the event on June 10, 2009 or August 19, 2010 or has otherwise strong feelings for the park to be fixed or has witnessed the damages to our homes, to write a letter or email and send it to the city.  

Again, we can't thank you enough for your support.  Please send a copy to all the addresses below and please cc (we would love to have them on file for our records.)

Warm Regards
Skousen and Mark families

Draper City Officials emails   Legal Secretary/Risk Management  City Public Works  City Engineer

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Preparedness Email 9/16

This week's installment includes a recipe for homemade pesto, some storage solutions...and some great articles on the how's and why's of Food Storage - don't miss it!!


More Details on Sept. Humanitarian Project....

Attention Humanitarian Service Sisters:

For those of you who are planning on helping with the Dresses for Africa on Tuesday the 21st,  items to bring are:

·         New or gently used (prewashed) pillowcases
·         Thread to sew the dresses together
·         Ribbon (1/2” wide) and approximately 40 long
·         Embellishments for the dresses if you want to add a little bling or cutesy thing on them

Thanks for all you do to provide service to those in need. See you on Tuesday!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September Humanitarian Project!

Our September Relief Society Humanitarian project will be held on Tuesday, September 21st at 4 pm at the church. We will be making Dresses for Africa!  Emily Ashby has come up with this lovely idea, which should be a ton of fun. I’ve attached a link:
Little Dress For Africa Organization   as well as the  tutorial for the dresses that Emily created for you to view and see just what we’ll be making.  Please review the link and the tutorial if you are interested in attending the “club” meeting to aid in the efforts of Africa! We would love to see you there.

Please email Nancee Arnovick at if you planning to attend. You will need to bring pillow cases that can be made into the dresses and ribbon for the dresses.   If you have any questions, you can call Nancee Arnovick or Emily Ashby.

Thanks and we hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Terrific Tuesday 2010!!

Yep - it's That Time of the Year again!  Aren't you excited?!?  We are!  Here are the classes that we are offering this year - we really hope you will plan on joining us!!

Remember - 

Santa Towel - $5 (2 hrs)

Fabric Flowers - $3/ea (30 min)

Painted Monograms - $14 (1 hr)
(there will be an assortment of basic paint colors available,
if you think you might need something specific,
you might want to bring that with you)

Jute Monogram - $18 (1.5 hrs)

Menu Dry-Erase Board - $10 - (30 min)
(There will be an assortment of different papers for you to choose from)
(Due to a problem obtaining enough 12x12 frames, we will now be 
doing 11x14 frames...and hey - they're even cuter!!  They will 
use 2 coordinating papers, and will have a ribbon accent. 
There are a few 12x12's if you prefer those.)

Mini-Card Class - $8 (1 hr)
you will make 18 cards, envelopes are included!
(there will be an assortment of different papers to choose from)

Proverb Blocks - $4/ea (30 min)
you may choose your own proverb saying - but notice that there IS
a limited amount of space - if you have any questions, or need help
with your wording, call Adele!

Holiday Word Blocks - $15/set (1 hr)
** paper WILL vary!
(Note:  this project needs drying time in the middle of making it - 
so it would be best if you start on it first, then go to 
one of your other classes, or dinner, then come back to finish...
PLEASE do NOT leave this project until last!)

Christmas Countdown - $12 (1 hr)

Flying Witch - $16 (1 hr)

House Rules - $25 (1 hr)
** for this project you will need to bring THREE colors of paint,
and some matching ribbon, 3-5 pieces, 15" long **

Turkey - $18 (1hr)

Witchy Poo - $24 (1.5 hrs)

3 trees - $12 (1 hr)
(tallest is around 16-18")

Cake Pops - $1 (1 hr class)
** This class will be taught at 5:30pm **
(this is a demonstration class, and then you will make one or two pops
to get the feel of it)

Fortune Cookies - $1 (1 hr class)
** This class will be taught at 7:00pm **
(this is a demonstration class where you will make 1-2 cookies
for a hands-on experience)

AND :)
If that isn't enough - we will also have a
Humanitarian Project
going on that we would LOVE some help with!
(further details to follow!)

last but not least, we will be having a
Delicious Dinner!!
(6:30 pm)
(if you haven't had a chance to sign up to help bring
either a crockpot soup or a dessert, and would like to, 
the list will be going around again next Sunday - 
or you can call (or email!) either
Jeanette or Adele to let us know! 

whew!  Hope that was all clear - any questions??  Just call!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Preparedness Email 9/8

Just when you think there is nothing going on here on our lil' ol' blog....
along comes More Great Preparedness Info

whew - thanks, Ann!!

CLICK HERE to read all about it!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Preparedness Email 9/1

Got Potatoes?

Well, then you will want to read this week's Preparedness Installment!!  (thanks, Ann!)


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Go Sister Miller!!

That's right - there is news!

Ashley received her mission call yesterday.  She will serve in the Taiwan Taichung Mission and will speak Mandarin Chinese.  Her scheduled date to report to the MTC is January 5th.

We know she will do GREAT - and we're so excited for her - be sure to congratulate her when you see her!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

New Recipes Posted!!

Check it out - LOTS of yummy new recipes are posted over on our Spiffy Recipe Site!  If you didn't make it to our End of Summer Social & Recipe exchange last week, then you really missed out!  But never fear, you too can make some of the delicious items we all got to gobble up!  Click on over - you won't be sorry!!

(scroll down, look over there on the RH column - see where it says CC2 Recipes - click on it!  voila!  and, hey - did you know-  the recipes are searchable, they are tagged multiple ways, got chicken?  Click on chicken!)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

YW vs Women Softball Game!

Calling all mothers and daughters and whoever else likes to play softball.  We are getting together to play a game of softball - mothers against daughters - at the Draper Park, August 21st at 9:00 a.m.  Come have a good time.


Stake YW & Women's Athletic directors

(I know this is late, but if you know of anyone who might be interested, could you let them know).

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Free Monthly Seminars at Riverton FamilySearch Library

Riverton FamilySearch Library
13400 South and Bangerter (east of Home Depot)
Saturday Seminar – August 21, 2010
9 A.M. to Noon 

Great opportunity to enhance your skills! Expert instruction for 3 hours. Something for all.

9 a.m.: Keynote speaker: Paul Nauta, Family History Department – “Unlocking the World’s Genealogical Treasures”
10 a.m.: Classes
* Advanced New FamilySearch: Loops, Editing, Etc. – Kathy Andregg
* Basic Irish Research – Dee Richards
* Basic English Research – Marci Despain
* Capturing Your Computer Screen – Jon Bonnesen
11 am: Classes
* Family History Books Online – Don and Diane Snow
* Synchronize Data in Ancestral Quest with nFS – Gaylon Findlay
* U.S. Military Records – DeAnne Shelley
* New Resources for Consultants – Tara Bergeson Details on

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Preparedness Email 8/12

Got zucchini?
Got lotsa extra zucchini?
Well, this week's installment has some yummy recipes for you to use it up in!!


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

End of Summer Social & Recipe Exchange!!

Just a little reminder!
Tomorrow evening (Thursday 8/12)
@ Marsha Neeley's home 

bring your "Favorite Summer Dish" to share
along with a copy of your recipe!

(if you aren't able to bring a dish to share, please come anyway!)

Hope to see you there!!

Help Wanted!

Are there any youth in the Ward who are mowing and edging lawns for their summer job?  We would love to hire someone needing work in our neighborhood.  We have family coming from out of town for the wedding in a little over a week and are desperate to hire someone for the rest of the summer and fall.  If you are interested, please call Ed Brewer at 801 699 7694.  Thank you!

Backyard Bunch!!

Wednesday 8/11
Tami Cutler's home

hope to see you there!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Clothing Exchange Details!!

Hi ladies!  Just a friendly reminder that our Stake Humanitarian clothing drive will be held on Saturday, August 14th.  If you've been wanting to go through your dressers and drawers, now is the time! Go to and toss, toss, toss!!  Please bring your clothing to the church on Friday the 13th, before 5 pm. If the doors are locked, leave your bags at the north west doors.   

The exchange will be held from 8 am to 10 am on Saturday the 14th at the Stake Center. We are looking for 5 volunteers to help sort through clothing on Friday the 13th at 5 pm to help set up. We are also looking for 5 volunteers to help out on Saturday morning at 10 am to help clean up.

If you are able to help out, please call Jolynn at 801-750-5080 or Nancee at 801-201-1059.

Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,

Jolynn and Nancee

(remember, even if you don't donate, you are MORE than welcome to come and "shop"!)

Preparedness Email 8/5

Yup - a little late - but still FULL of good info! Read up!!


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Backyard Bunch!!

Wednesday 8/4
Meagan Smith's home

hope to see you there!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Emergency Preparedness Message for August '10

Emergency preparedness committee topic of the month is storing the harvest.

Of course the best way to eat produce from our gardens, is fresh from the garden. However, from the time of Adam, man has found ways to store food for the winter or times of famine. Fresh food spoils for several reasons. Some foods dry out, some foods over ripen or decompose because of enzyme action, and most are subject to bacteria and mold. The successful storage of food depends on interfering with these natural ways that food spoils. While it is easy to understand that food needs to be protected from drying, protected from insects and rodents, and protected from dirt or outside moisture, it is not as easy to understand how to interfere with enzymes, bacteria, and mold.

Most enzymes that will continue to break down food are either severely slowed by freezing, or destroyed by heating to the temperature of boiling water or hotter. An example of this is the reason that corn should be blanched prior to freezing to stop the enzymes from turning sugar to starch which keeps frozen corn sweet. By destroying the enzymes in the corn, the corn can remain tasty from the freezer even after a year or more.

Bacteria and mold require very specific conditions in order to grow. If you change the conditions, you can slow their growth or stop them completely. Bacteria and molds grow very well at room temperature or slightly warmer, require moisture, and require a food source (your food). If you change the growing conditions then you will either slow their growth or prevent their growth. The classic preparation that will prevent their growth is bottling. By heating the food to the point of boiling you can kill most organisms, and by heating food hotter than boiling by pressure cooking, you can destroy all organisms. There is a great deal of scientific information about canning which is required to determine how high the temperatures need to be for certain foods to make them safe. Some microbes can even survive without any air and at fairly high temperatures so the right time and temperature is required to make food safe.

One very specific organism, Clostridium botulinum, produces a toxin called botulinum toxin which attacks the human nervous system and may cause death. Botulism occurs because the bacteria is around us found in soil, on food, and even in honey. The bacteria is very hardy and can grow easily in improperly canned food. Because the acid in tomatoes or the sugar in jams prevents its growth, pressure cooking these items is not required. In foods like corn and green beans, there are no natural impediments to its growth so these items must be pressure cooked. If all the bacteria are not killed, then they may form the toxin which is very dangerous.

This is the reason that it is important to follow recipes which have been tested by professional organizations to ensure that they are safe. Recipes which come from cookbooks, most television shows, and from the USU extension service are tested and are safe. Making up recipes for salsa, spaghetti sauce (especially those containing meat), may not be safe unless pressure cooked. When in doubt I always call the Utah State University extension service found in the phone book and talk to the home economist. They have excellent advice and I would trust them.

Another method which can be used effectively is drying. Bacteria requires moisture in order to grow and that is why dried fruits, dried meats (think beef jerky), and dried vegetables can be safely stored for extended periods.

The most important thing about storing foods is to follow proven recipes, ensure all items used are clean, follow directions carefully, and then rotate food so that we do not try to store it forever, and enjoy them. I am very happy to answer any questions, just give me a call.

Kelly Myers

Saturday, July 31, 2010

a Call to Prayer & Fasting...

This week has been a tough one for a few families so we are asking for your combined fasting and prayer this Fast Sunday.  Last Tuesday, Fred Gonzales (the 16 year old) was hit by a car then dragged about 200 feet.  He is still in the hospital but not in intensive care, thank goodness.  He has a broken femur and places on his feet and knee that were scraped to the bone.  He is really lucky to have survived the accident but it will take him a while to recover completely.  The word we get is that he will be in the hospital for a little while longer and after that he will be in a wheelchair.  Thank you to those of you who have already done meals, visits and offered countless prayers for him and the Gonzales family, all those things make a difference. 

Rick Jensen is still in the hospital battling with what looks like tuberculosis caused by the chemotherapy treatments.  It is extremely rare to have this kind of effect but he is really sick and they are having a hard time finding out what is really happening.  We need your goodness to wrap your arms around the Jensens and let them know just how much we love them.  Hospitals are getting to be way too common for Rick!

Now is the time for us to unite.  There is power in faith filled numbers.  They will feel the difference we can make together.  Thank you!!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Preparedness Email 7/28

Here's your Preparedness Info for the week!  Remember - grocery sale "good items" list at the bottom - enjoy!
(Thanks, Ann!)


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Family History Classes

July 27, 2010
Information and tips

Saturday Family History Seminar Series at Riverton Library

Dear Family History Consultants,

We invite you and any of your friends, neighbors, ward members, or interested genealogy enthusiasts to attend and to help publicize the Riverton FamilySearch Library’s second monthly Saturday Seminar, which will take place on Saturday, August 21, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. There will be three hours of instruction by family history experts covering a wide range of technical and research subjects.

All are invited to come and attend these free classes, which range from basic to advanced level.  Details of the classes can be found at


Backyard Bunch!!

Rachel Neeley's home

hope to see you there!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Preparedness Email 7/21

More helpful "stuff" - read up!!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Great News!

Just a little Happy News to pass along....
Mark, Tycia, Ari, and Jayson Winters were sealed in the Nauvoo Temple
on July 16, 2010!
Proud Parents/Grandparents Bryan & Stephanie Olsen couldn't be happier!!

Congratulations to this new little Forever Family :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Preparedness Email 7/14

It's a bit late - but it's here!  (Ann wasn't late - I was out of town - sorry!)

CLICK HERE for some great preparedness info!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Backyard Bunch!!

Lori Russell's home

hope to see you there!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Backyard Bunch!!

Wednesday 7/14
Heidi Zender's home

hope to see you there!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Wedded Bliss........

Just a little FYI from Linda Miller:

"Would you mind letting the sisters know Jonathan & Stephanie Miller's reception will
move from our back yard to the church building next to the Draper temple if it rains.
Hopefully we won't have to move up there, but just in case, we would like to let
everyone know - Saturday, July 10th 6-8pm.

Thank you.

Linda Miller

P.S. I hope everyone received their invitation.  We look forward to seeing you."

Thursday, July 8, 2010

No Names....But News!!

According to Anna:

"We have already failed the first step of parenting...taking babies home without naming them. But born July 6, after 14 hours of labor, boy at 7:20 weighing 6 lbs 7 oz. Baby girl at 7:33 am weighing 7 lbs 4 oz. No preemies here. In case you were keeping track that's nearly 14 lbs of baby. All healthy and happy. Thanks for well wishes!"

 and from Tami:

Meals have been arranged for the Andrews family for the next few days, but if you would love to help out, Jeana Bruse would love a phone call from you! (553.9927)

And, we know you are all So Excited to go hold and squish and kiss and squeeze those babies - but Anna is pretty tired right now, and needs to get her rest to build her strength up for the Big Adventure ahead of her (!!) so maybe wait just a little bit more :)  Thanks!!

Help Needed...

Need to clean out your craft closet?? The Young Women are looking for a few craft supplies for girl’s camp.

Silk plants or flowers
Colored tissue paper
Pom poms
Old brightly colored fabric or sheets

If you have any of these items, please email me ay and I’ll come pick them up.

Thanks so much!!!

Jeri Heaps

Book Group Update!

The Relief Society book group will be meeting a week later this month, on July 27, because Stacey, our hostess for July, will be preparing to leave for Trek at 6:00 a.m. the next morning after our usual third Tuesday.   So don't come on the 20th!    We surely hope everyone interested will appreciate an extra week to read "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

Preparedness Email 7/7

How to blanch veggies so you can freeze them....brownies cooked in your solar oven (cause hey, in an emergency, brownies will HELP!!) :)...a yummy looking rice recipe...and of course the weekly grocery sale deals - it's all in HERE!! (Just CLICK!)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Backyard Bunch!!

Kathryn Myer's home

hope to see you there!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Preparedness Email 6/30

There are some yummy looking recipes in here - and a list of some fun sounding cooking classes - good stuff!


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Backyard Bunch!!

Wednesday 6/30
Dianna Putnam's home

hope to see you there!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

It's Important to Be Aware!!

here is the email that was sent to the 4th ward - I figure hey, why re-invent the wheel - we'll just pass theirs along!!

"Dear Neighbors

We wanted to make sure you were all aware of the attempted abduction of a 10-year-old girl on Monday at the intersection of Old English Rd and Lone Rock (near Willow Springs Elementary).  Click HERE to read the story as reported by KSL or HERE to read the story as reported by KUTV.

With summer here and kids out playing, it is a good time to talk to our children about being aware of their surroundings and how to stay safe.

Relief Society Presidency"
(some of the details had changed a bit as they filtered from person to person, the news stories give you more accurate details...........)

Humanitarian for Haiti Reminder!

Don't forget - it's TOMORROW!!

Mark your calendars for a really fun activity on Tuesday, June 29th.  A Service Club Quilt-a-thon!!! To be held at Jolynn Skousen’s home from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will be a fun time and great opportunity to help the people in Haiti as well as be with friends, yummy treats and cozy clothes, (you can even wear your pj’s since it will be a late one). This is a must attend for some much needed food, fun and friendship!  The quilts will be sent to Haiti to help those in need there.  Remember, you can drop in any time that works for you. We would love to see all of your smiling faces!     :) 

Please call Jolynn Skousen or Nancee Arnovick if there are any questions.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Preparedness Email 6/24

Once again more Great Food Storage & Preparedness Info for you...there are a few groups order items, lots of good info (everything you wanted to know about oils!), and don't forget the "good sales" list at the bottom - remember - all you have to do is CLICK HERE :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Backyard Bunch!!

Wednesday 6/23
Gianna Erickson's home

hope to see you there!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Special Purchase on a Food Storage Item:

Ann R. forwarded this info along:

Super Special!!!

First Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil  $16/can
A Very Important Nutrient and Vital Storage Commodity
One Gallon (3.785 L)
Metal Cans with Pop Up Pour Spout
Square Cans for Compact Storage
6 Cans per Case
Imported from Italy
No Preservatives
No Additives
Cholesterol Free
This quality olive oil is excellent for storage. Because it is First Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, it has the best healthy profile of nutrients and essential fatty acids important for good health. Learn more "The Healthy Fat".
This is a naturally mild tasting olive oil that does not have a strong olive oil flavor, so it is very compatible with most other foods and recipes. It is not to be confused with "Extra Light" olive oil, which is refined to remove most of the olive oil taste, however, the refining also removes numerous nutrients and shortens shelf life
The most economical way of buying olive oil for storage is in metal tins. There are several approaches for storing olive oil long-term in order to have quality oil years into the future. Compared to other oils and other grades of olive oil, First Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil will store longer and retain its nutrient profile better than nearly every other oil (provided it is stored properly). Learn more "The Healthy Fat".
When comparing prices be sure that you are comparing "apples to apples." There is a big difference between the First Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil and other olive oils that may carry the labels of:
  • Olive Oil,
  • Pure Olive Oil,
  • 100% Olive Oil,
  • Virgin Olive Oil,
  • Olive-Pomace Oil,
  • 100% Pure Olive Oil,
  • Ordinary Virgin Olive Oil,
  • Refined Olive-Pomace Oil,
  • Any oil that does not say, "First Cold Pressed Extra Virgin".
Each of these oils is of lesser quality than First Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This is the highest grade of olive oil recognized by the International Olive Oil Council (IOOC). Learn more "The Healthy Fat".
Since this is a limited quantity offer, I will not be doing a group purchase as it takes too long to gather orders.  So if you are interested, please purchase this on your own.  Sales starts today--Saturday June 19th.

Call 801-836-2098 before you go to make sure they have oil. Oil can be picked up at Safe Harbor Alliance Outlet, which is upstairs at PARLEY’S HARDWARE, 260 South 1200 West, Orem (the business immediately south of Trafalga on the east side of Interstate 15, Exit 271.) Google Map link to Parley's Hardware
Need more information about olive oil and properly storing it? Link here to the first installment of a four-part article on olive oil.

Here is also a class that you might be interested in.
    • Fuels
    • Options for Cooking, Canning, Lighting, Sanitizing & Heating
    • No one fuel does it all. You need a variety of different fuels to match the job to be done and the equipment at hand. The appliance will dictate which fuel, just as the fuel will determine the appliance or usage.
    • You must consider reliability and storability of each without compromising on the hazards and safety of each while storing them and using them.
    • During times of stress and when you are having to live a totally unfamiliar lifestyle, inexperience and ignorance of how to use any appliance that uses fuel can be extremely hazardous and can turn deadly in a moment.
    • Learn, practice and properly prepare are the keys to comfort and safety in a new and unfamiliar world.
    • Instructor: Jim Phillips
    • Class Fee: $5.
    • Location: Safe Harbor Outlet @ Parley's Hardware 260 South 1200 West, Orem (the business immediately south of Trafalga on the east side of Interstate 15, Exit 271.)
  • Tuesday, 6/22/2010, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Orem, UT)