Monday, May 23, 2011

Facebook Terminated

Just so you know..I deleted my facebook temporarily. I will be back on eventually...but I really need a break from it.
If you do need to contact me, here is my info:
480-495-5081 (cell, so you can text also)

I will continue with my blogging, though.
Most of my blogging does go toward my church one,
Or you can just check up on this one..but I don't do it as often.

I hope things are going well for you all!
I would love to hear from you :)
Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tres de Mayo

I made dinner tonight in remembrance of Cinco de Mayo (I couldn't do it on the 5th because I worked). I made some yummy food and it all turned out great! :) I was planning on making some homemade Mexican rice, but I forgot about it while making everything else..that'll be for next time I make a Mexican dinner (which probably come sooner than later).
Here are the dishes that I made:
Black Bean Salsa
I would give this a 3.5 star. It was pretty good, but hardly any spice. I still find my mom's recipe to be my favorite salsa, but I'll probably try this one again and tweak it again just for kicks.
Southwestern Egg Rolls
I would give these a 4 star. Really yummy! Definitely recommend these. I feel like there is still something missing in the recipe, but they are still pretty good as is.
Festive Spinach Queso Dip
I give this a 3 star. It was okay. I think it was the cream cheese that I didn't like too much. It seemed to mess with the taste (and smell...), which made me not like it as much. My dad liked it, which is why I gave it a 3 star. On the website where I got it, I found both good and bad reviews for it. So, didn't know what to expect for it. This was meant to be the dipping sauce for the egg rolls.

White Sauce Enchiladas
I give these 4.5 stars. I have been making these for a while now and I love them each time. They are a winner. Anyone that I have made these for they loved. So I definitely recommend them! I got this recipe from my cook book, actually. It's the Homes and Garden (pink) recipe book. Great book for recipes!!
Here is the recipe:

Cook 2 cups of rice (I actually only do about a cup. I found 2 cups was too much.)
1 can (6 oz) of green chiles
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 1/2 cup cooked chicken (can use hamburger)

Mix all together and place in flour or corn tortillas. Roll up and place them in a 9x13" pan.

1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup salse
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cup shredded cheese

Cook on stove top and pour over enchiladas. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Red Sauce Enchiladas: Same as above for enchilada. 1 Enchilada sauce package, mix as directed. Pour over tortillas and sprinkle with cheese. And bake as directed above.

Note: I always do the red sauce, and it is oh-so good! I haven't tried the white sauce yet, but I am sure it is just as good. I will have to try it one of these times. I will let you know how it is when I do. Also, for the red sauce, you can also just buy a can of the pre-made enchilada sauce, it's the same thing.

If you try these recipes, let me know how it goes and how you like them! :)
Have fun!


Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Conversion Story

There is this new family in my ward (the Ruth's) that just got baptized yesterday and confirmed today at church. Yes, the WHOLE family, all 5 members of it. It is actually an amazing conversion story.
The lady I visit teach is just so wonderful and her family is pretty close to the Ruth family. It originally started by example and how the 2 kids of each family (both are 14) liked each other. But the LDS kid said that he couldn't date till he was 16. Well, the 14 year old (non-member) girl was like "wow, I really like that" and told her mom about it and she, too, was very impressed. Sister Ruth went over to the 14 year old boys mom and had so many questions about their standards and why they choose to do these things and what-not. She was very surprised to hear from her but very happy to answer her questions.
As a stake, we had something called "Invitation Sunday", which means, we invite friends and family that are not of our faith to our church. So, after the Ruth family did more investigating in the church they were invited to this and came. They loved it. Apparently this was what they have been searching for for so long.
Sister Ruth would say, "where were you guys when I was a teenager?". Good idea. But the Lord definitely works in mysterious ways and I found this story quite amazing and inspiring.
Anyway, sine the Invitation Sunday they continued to come to church each week, wanting to know more about everything (and still continue to we all do). And as of May 1st, 2011, the entire Ruth family was confirmed members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
For me, even though I barely know the family, I am so excited and happy for them. I can just see the joy in their faces. I can see their need for more spiritual knowledge and truth, which has helped them grow through this very process of conversion.
My heart jumps for joy for them and all members of the church, for it is a perfect church and it leads to happiness and Eternal Life with our loving Heavenly Father. Though the people of this church may not be perfect, the church is. I do know that this church is the only true gospel on this earth today and I hope to remain faithful with the teachings of my Savior so that I may return home again to Him some day.

P.S. The conversion story was basically a run down of it...I believe I got the story right. If I got something wrong (for those that know it better), please inform me of the mistake. Thanks! :)