Upcoming Activities

Saturday, Oct. 10th will be our Sit, Chat, and Finish That. Some women bring scrapbook supplies, some bring sewing, and others just bring themselves. It's a great opportunity to get to know sisters in the ward in a casual and relaxed environment.

It will be held at Jen Ward's home -- 394 W. 390 South from 7:00-10:00.

Saturday, October 24 is our Super Saturday. It is preparedness centered. We'll be making bread, jam, 72-hour kits, car emergency kits, and cute reusable shopping bags. We'll have sign-ups and displays on Sunday.

As always, playgroup is Tuesday at 11 at the library park.


We did a recipe swap the other night that was a smashing success. Instead of everyone writing down all the recipes they liked, we decided just to post them here.

Also -- Nancy Ciaccia (RS secretary) wants to have a party at her house soon. She's thinking a salsa party and she'll supply the chips! Let us know if you're interested!!


Cheesy Potatoes
1 24 oz. bag frozen potatoes
1 pint sour cream
2 cups cheese
1 cube of butter
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 16 oz. meat ham, cut up

Preheat to 350. Melt butter. Mix everything together in a large bowl. Add butter, and back for 40 min.

Black Bean Enchiladas
Mix: 2 cups sour cream
--- 1 cube cream cheese
--- 1 can refried beans
--- I cup salsa
--- I small can green chilies
--- I can black beans

Spread in corn tortillas, sprinkle with cheese. Roll in pan. Cover in enchilada sauce, cheese, and olives

Meat with Fideo
1 pound lean ground meat
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
ground garlic -- to taste
ground pepper -- to taste
ground onion -- to taste

Cook meat and all condiments in a pot with water for about 45 minutes to an hour. Smash meat to break down clumps.

2 packages of fideo (It's in the Hispanic section at the grocery store, any brand will do.)
fresh diced tomato
ground cumin -- to taste
lemon juice -- to taste
2 cubes
Maggi brand chicken flavor and tomato bouillon (also in the Hispanic section)

Brown fideo in a skillet with a little bit of oil. (Brown it well, but do not overcook. Watch carefully while browning it, because it browns fast.) Add diced tomato and about 2 1/2 cups of water. Add cumin lemon juice, and 2 tablets bouillon. Mix meat and fideo together, and add any liquid from the meat. Cook together for 15-20 minutes.
Brown fideo well in a skillet with a bit of oil.

"Taco" Soup, but there's nothing really "Taco" about it
2 chicken breasts, boiled and shredded
4 cans cream of chicken
4-6 cubes beef bouillon
1 4 oz. can green chilies, pureed
1-2 dallops sour cream
Worcestershire sauce
garlic powder
white rice, cooked

Add shredded chicken to cream of chicken in large pot. Add four cans of water. Heat. Add bouillon (dissolves best in boiling liquid). Add green chilies. Add beef bouillon, Worcestershire sauce, sour cream, cumin, garlic and pepper all to taste. Serve over white rice.

Sweet & Sour Chicken & Rice (Serves 6-8)
2 packages Wanchai Sweet & Sour Chicken
1 Bottle Chun's Sweet & Sour Sauce
6 Cups cooked rice
1 pound bone-less skin-less chicken breasts cut into pieces
Olive Oil
Butter or Smart Balance

  • Begin cooking your rice so it equals 6 cups (your favorite recipe)
  • Cook the Packages of Wanchai as directed (found in frozen food section).
  • Saute the chicken pieces in another pan while cooking the Wanchai packages
  • After the chicken pieces are well cooked pour in the bottle of Sweet n' Sour Sauce and let simmer a few minutes before blending with the Wanchai mixture.
  • Place butter or Smart Balance in your 9 x 13 dish and pour cooked rice (including the little rice packets that you cook in the microwave) over it and mix well ( the amount of butter or Smart Balance is to your taste - I just like it that way). btw - I used Smart Balance.
  • Do not evenly spread the rice in the pan - leave less amount in the middle preparing a thinner rice layer in the middle.
  • Mix the chicken mixture in with your package mixture.
  • Pour this mixture over the rice leaving about 2 inches of rice on the outside.
  • This meal is ready to serve.
I purchased all ingredients at Macey's in Spanish Fork and was only in the store about 10 minutes because I was rushing home to get to the Park Picnic Potluck. I put it all together in about 25 minutes. If I were doing this with more time I probably would not have purchased the frozen starter and mixed fresh red peppers, shredded carrots and the sugar snap peas fresh and probably canned pineapple but in a pinch this is a easy and fast way of making a nice looking colorful nutritious meal. I would serve with chop sticks at each plate, egg drop soup at the beginning and fortune cookies at the end for fun. It would be a good menu for company or family. I love cooking and believe in presentation. --Nancy Ciaccia


Tomato and Cucumber salad
Use equal amount of chopped tomatoes and cucumbers. (You could also add onions and peppers.)

1/2 cup salad dressing
1-2 T white vinegar
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2-1 tsp. garlic salt
pepper to taste

Asian Salad
lettuce or cabbage
mandarin oranges
carrots, celery (onions optional)
almond accents
rice noodles

Toss with Asian or ginger dressing

Seven Fruit Salad
1/2 cup lime juice
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 medium nectarines, thinly sliced
1 large banana, thinly sliced
1 pint blueberries
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
1 1/2 cup watermelon balls
1 cup green grapes
1 kiwi, peeled and chopped

Combine lime juice, water and sugar; stir until dissolved. Add nectarine and banana; toss to coat. In another bowl combine the remaining fruit and add to the nectarine/banana mixture. Stir gently. Cover and refridgerate for an hour. Serve with slotted spoon. 8-10 servings. (May use other fruit combinations. mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, and other fresh or frozen fruits are good.)


Yummiest Banana Bars in the World
1 stick softened butter
1 1/2 c sugar
2-3 mashed bananas
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
Beat eggs till fluffy and add:
3/4 c. sour cream

Mix together:
2 c flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
Combine with wet stuff and pour into a greased jelly roll pan. Bake for 20-25 min. at 375. Cool and frost.

3 T sour cream
1/3 c softened butter
3 cups powdered sugar

Alternate frosting:
1 pkg. cream cheese
1/4 c butter
2-3 tsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c powdered sugar
Beat cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla in med. size bowl with a mixer until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar on low speed until smooth and spreadable.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake
1 c butter
1 1/2 c sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 c yogurt or sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 c flour
1/4 c cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 c shredded zucchini

Cream butter and sugar. Add beaten eggs and vanilla. Add yogurt. Add zucchini
Combine 1 c flour, cocoa, soda and salt, then add to batter. Add rest of flour.
Bake at 350 35-40 minutes in a grease 13 x 9 pan.

Chocolate frosting
-- 2/3 c chocolate chips
-- 2 T butter
microwave 2 minutes

Chocolate Peanut Butter frosting
-- 2/3 c chocolate chips
-- 1/2 c peanut butter

Chocolate Banana Pumpkin Muffins
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 c milk
1/4 c canned (or cooked) pumpkin
1/4 cup ripe banana
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 egg
1/2 c chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400. Grease bottoms of 12 muffin cups. Mix all ingredients just until flour is moistened. Batter should be lumpy. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle 1/4 tsp sugar over better in each cup. Bake 18-20 minutes. Immediately remove from pan.

Humanitarian Activity

Next Thursday is our Humanitarian Service activity. It will benefit the children of Payson's Mountain View Hospital. We have several sisters who've been making small drawstring bags. The plan is to fill those bags with things that children of various ages will enjoy. Coloring books, crayons, stickers, toy cars, Hannah Montana paraphanelia, etc. Anything that you think a boy or girl ages 2-12 would enjoy. It's perfectly fine to purchase gender- and age-specific toys -- in fact, we'd prefer it. We'll let the hospital staff figure out which bags to give to the patients.

If you would like to make some of the bags but haven't signed up, just let us know you're interested. If you have some extra material that you'd like to donate, let us know.

The activity will be held at the church at 7 p.m. next Thursday, August 27th. Please contact Alyssa May with any questions. alyssamay {at} rocketmail {dot} com
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