Monday, November 30, 2009

Give Away

If you have items you do not want anymore please list them under a comment. If you want something someone has listed contact them.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Does anyone read this blog?

If you read this blog please leave a comment or at least shoot me an email.  I'm curious as to whether anyone actually does.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

What's Cookin'?


Leila Miller

1 (14oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1 (10oz) package frozen spinach, thawed and drained

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

1 Tbsp. minced garlic

1.Preheat oven 350 degrees. Lightly grease 1 quart baking dish.

2.In a medium bowl, mix together artichoke hearts, spinach,

mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, and 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese.

3.Bake in the center of the preheated oven until the cheese is melted;

about 15 min.

Serve with chips.

Domestic Diva Tip #10

Microwave Magic
Easy way to clean: Put a microwavable dish of hot water in the oven, add a slice of lemon and boil for 3 or 4 minutes until it steams. Let sit for a minute or two, then wipe out the interior of the oven with a soft cloth.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

What's Cookin'?


Jane McClanahan

1 (3 ounce package instant chocolate pudding mix

1 cup cold water

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

8 ounces of Kool Whip

Chocolate candy bar shavings

Combine pudding mix, water and milk in mixer bowl. Beat for 30 seconds. Chill for 5 minutes. Fold in the Kool Whip. Spoon into a graham cracker pie crust or dessert dishes. Chill until serving time. If done in a pie, spread another 8 ounces of Kool Whip on top and then sprinkle with shavings when ready to serve. If done in dessert dishes, sprinkle with the shavings when ready to serve.

Domestic Diva Tip #9

A more beautiful you...
After shampooing, rinse you hair with 1/2 cup vinegar mixed with 1 cup cool water to remove shampoo residue and excess oil.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

What's Cookin'?


Tammy Conder

4 to 5 cups diced cooked chicken

1 cup chopped celery

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

2 cups chicken broth

1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained

1 small onion, chopped

1 cup uncooked wild rice, rinsed and drained

1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning

3/4 cup cashew pieces

Chopped fresh parsley

In a skillet, brown chicken and celery in butter. In a large bowl, combine soup and broth until smooth. Add the mushrooms, onion, rice, poultry seasoning and chicken mixture. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour. Uncover and bake for 30 minutes. Stir; sprinkle with cashews. Return to the oven for 15 minutes or until the rice is tender. Garnish with parsley. Yield: 10-12 servings

Domestic Diva Tip #8

Leftover Toothpaste - Silverware Cleaner

Always gutted that you can never finish using the toothpaste left in the tube? Cut it open with a pair of big scissors, use up whatever you can for the last time. Should there be some leftover, use it to clean and polish your silverware and silver jewelry. Works perfectly!

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Monday, October 26, 2009

What's Cookin'?

There have been a few requests for the Chicken Salad recipe from the "Back to School" sack lunches. The truth is that I didn't really follow a recipe, but here is the gist of what I threw together (add/adjust to taste).

CHICKEN SALAD (for sandwiches)
Mandi Moss
Canned chicken meat
Diced celery
Sliced grapes
Craisins (dried cranberries)
Sliced almonds
Garlic Salt
Optional: Cream cheese (I added a small amount that I had on hand, would have added more)

Mix together, keep chilled. Serve on bread, rolls or croissants (extra yummy!)

Domestic Diva Tip #7

Here's some help for Halloween mishaps this weekend:

Clean chocolate off costumes
Scrape i off, then rinse with cold water and rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Wash with detergent and all-fabric bleach.

Get gum out of kids' hair
Coat hair with peanut butter or petroleum jelly and slide gum out.

Remove candy stuck on rug
Pry o as much as you can with a spoon or blunt knife, then soak spot with a cloth saturated in a solution of 1 teaspoon mild detergent, 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 1 quart cool water. Rinse with cool water and blot dry. (Spot test if you're concerned the fabric may bleed or fade.)

Clean makeup and face paint off clothes
Rub stain gently with heavy-duty liquid detergent and wash with bleach (if safe for fabric.)

P.S. Remember NO Domestic Diva class this Tuesday.
The schedule has been reformatted to hold classes only on the 2nd Tuesdays of the month.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

What's Cookin'?


Debbie Fraedrich

1 lg. bag frozen Southern-style potatoes OR

8-10 medium cooked and diced potatoes

1 can cream of chicken or mushroom soup

8 oz. sour cream

3/4 cup milk

1 lb. diced ham

1/2 c. grated cheese

1/2 stick butter or margarine (optional)

Sesame seeds (optional)

Prepare and set aside potatoes. Melt margarine in skillet or pan. Add soup and milk. Stir

till smooth sauce. Put potatoes in large bowl. Pour cheese sauce over top. Mix well. Add

ham and mix well. Pour into sprayed or greased 9x13 pan. Sprinkle top with sesame

seeds. Cover with foil before baking at 350 for 30-45 min. Remove foil last 5-10 minutes.

Domestic Diva Tip #6

Are you living in CHAOS?
(Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome)
Do you feel overwhelmed, overextended, and overdrawn?
Hopeless and you don't know where to start?

Learn to take "baby steps" to get rid of the clutter
and CHAOS in your life.
Check out and learn how to FLY (Finally Love Yourself).

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Tomato Bisque soup

A few people asked me for the tomato bisque soup recipe from craft day. It's actually fairly easy.

2 cans of Campbell's tomato soup
2 regular size (8oz maybe) evaporated milk (you can use 2 cups cream too but evap. milk makes it creamy and is less fattening I use it in all my soups that call for cream to make them lower fat. You can get evap. milk in skim FYI)

1 or 2 cans of stewed tomatoes (I usually use Italian stewed, but any work)

1 cup fat free sour cream

about 1 cup fresh chopped basil or 2-3 tablespoons of dried basil do it to taste

for a little extra flavor you can throw in a slice or two of chopped bacon, maybe not a good idea if your going for low fat though.

put it all together stir and heat.

Hope you enjoy it!


What's Cookin'?

POPPY SEED BREAD w/ Orange Glaze

Mandi Moss

3 c flour

1 1/2 t salt

1 1/2 t baking soda

2 1/2 c sugar

1 1/2 c milk

3 eggs

1 c oil

1 1/2 T poppy seed

1 1/2 t vanilla

1 1/2 t almond extract

Mix together and beat 2 minutes. Pour into 3 greased and floured bread pans. Bake at

350º for 45 min.


3/4 c powdered sugar

1/2 c orange juice

1/2 t almond extract

1/2 t vanilla extract

1/4 c melted butter

Mix, heat on low, and pour over bread hot out of oven. Let cool in pans.

Domestic Diva Tip #5

Traveling and no iron available?
I have two solutions that I have used. One idea is to lift one side of your bed mattress and lay your clothing item crease-free on the box spring. Gently lower the mattress, (you may need help from your room buddy); in the morning lift the mattress and your item should have less wrinkles. Another idea is to pack a curling iron and use the heated iron to run over your clothing... test an area to make sure the heat will not hurt the fabric.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

What's Cookin'?


Jean Olsen

1 cup mandarin oranges, drained

1 cup crushed pineapple, drained

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup miniature marshmallows

1 cup sour cream

Mix all together and chill 24 hours. Nuts may be added.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Meet & Eat

Don't Forget:
Meet & Eat
Quattro's Pizza
Tuesday, October 6
6:00 pm

Here are a few shots to show you what fun we had last month at Tres Hombres.
Come bond with the sisters of the ward
...and bring a friend!
[You are responsible for purchasing your own meal.]

What's Cookin'?


Becky Matuszewich

3 ripe tomatoes

2 medium onions

2 cans pitted black olives

2 – 4oz cans chopped green chilies

8 Tbsp cooking oil

1/4 cup vinegar

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp salt

Chop tomatoes, onions, and black olives.

Mix all ingredients together and chill 1 hour.

Serve with corn chips.

Domestic Diva Tip #4

Make Your Bathroom Sparkle
Remove mold from grout by wiping it down with white vinegar!

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Friday, October 2, 2009

What's Cookin'?

Parmesan Chicken

Hilda Jenkins

6 Chicken breasts

2 Eggs, beaten

1 Cup bread crumbs

10 Oz. grated Mozzarella cheese

1/2 Cup parmesan cheese

16 oz. bottle of Ragu sauce

Dip chicken in egg, roll in crumbs.

Brown on both sides. Place in 9x13 pan.

Pour Ragu sauce over chicken.

Mozzarella cheese over chicken.

Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top

Bake at 350 deg. uncovered 40 min.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What's Cookin'?

Honey Bun Cake

Tonia Burke

1 pkg (18-1/4 oz.) yellow cake mix

2 cup (8oz) sour cream

4 eggs

2/3 cup vegetable oil


2 cups confectioner’s sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 tbs ground cinnamon

2 tsp vanilla extract

In a mixing bowl, combine dry cake mix, sour cream, eggs and oil; beat

well. Spread half of the batter into a greased 13 x 9-in. baking pan.

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over batter. Carefully spread

remaining batter on top. Bake at 350 for 30-35 min. or until toothpick

inserted near the center comes out clean. Combine icing ingredients and

drizzle over warm cake. (16-20 servings)

Domestic Diva Tip #3

Natural Remedy for MIGRAINE HEADACHES:
A number of studies have found that eating feverfew leaves can decrease the frequency and severity of migraine headaches. Buy this plant at a farmers' market, or grow it yourself. Eat one leaf daily. If symptoms don't improve after a week, you can take a maximum of two leaves. Some people develop mild mouth sores, but they're harmless; just stop chewing the leaves for a few days. Don't take feverfew if you're pregnant.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Back to School Enrichment Night

Don't Forget:

Back to School Enrichment Night
Saturday, September 26
5:30 Dinner/Book Exchange
7:00 Relief Society General Broadcast

We guarantee an enjoyable evening! Hope to see you all there!

What's Cookin'?


Maren Tolley

2 1/4 cups flour

1 cup granola

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 cup milk

3/4 cup oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix wet ingredients, mix dry ingredients, mix wet and dry.

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

(or craisins, coconut, choc chips, etc)

Fold in. Bake 375F 15-18 min. Makes 1 1/2 dozen

Monday, September 21, 2009

What's Cookin'?


Heather Shadle

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or less if you want)

2 T butter

1/2 cup parmesan cheese (I use the already grated)

1/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

Combine parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Melt butter. Dip chicken in

butter. Then coat with bread crumb-parmesan mixture. Bake at 400 degrees

for 25 minutes.

Hint: Cut the breasts into strips or use chicken tenders. They are smaller

pieces so you can get more breadcrumb mixture covering the chicken. For

two people you can use 2 chicken breast halves and only about half or a third

of the mixture, then save the crumb mixture for another time. This is very

tasty and very easy.

Domestic Diva Tip #2

I'm choosing this tip because we happened to have spaghetti for dinner tonight and I wish I would have read this first:
"When I make spaghetti for my three young children, instead of cutting up the pasta with a knife and fork, I run a pizza cutter across each plate a few times. It neatly cuts the pasta into bite-size pieces."

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Friday, September 18, 2009

What's Cookin'?


Pamela Wright

2 eggs

2-2 1/2 c all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2-3/4 c milk

Mix all ingredients together, roll, cut, and dry 3-4 hours

Broth (can use beef, chicken, or veggie)

16 c water

6 bullion cubes

1 lb meat

1 tbsp garlic

1/3 c onion

2 gravy mixes

Cover; simmer meat on med. heat 3-4 hours. Cook noodles in broth 20-30 min.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What's Cookin'?

Jennie Allen

Chopped green onion
½ cup butter
1 6 oz can salmon
1 16 oz can creamed corn
2 10 ½ oz cans of cream of potato soup
1 Qt Half and Half

Sauté green onion and butter in 3 qt saucepan. Add remaining ingredients. Heat slowly over medium heat, stirring constantly. Serve when all ingredients are heated through.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Craft Day

Here are the projects for Relief Society CRAFT DAY. Hope something will catch your eye. If you are unsure of the name of each craft or can't see them well just click on the pictures as they are scrolling and it will take you to the album which has each craft picture large with, name, price, and class time/s. If you would like to order a craft to be completed by you or a friend on Oct. 10th please fill out an order sheet. Make any checks payable to Mandi Moss. All order forms are due no later than Sept 27th even if you are doing a free craft. We need to know in order to get supplies. We will hold a post dated check until Oct. 3 since we know many of you are paid the 1st of the month. Pick up order forms at church or send an email to and we will get a form to you. Give your order form to anyone in the presidency or Mandi or mail them no later than Sept. 25th to Brianna Scott 1555 E Grand Ave., Carbondale, IL 62902 . Not interested in a craft or have extra time till your next class.... we will be doing a humanitarian project crocheting mittens. We will also have a card making table where you can make cards for yourself or for the Relief Society. Relief Society cards will be used as those we pass around when someone has a baby, graduates, looses a loved one etc. We would really just like you to come and enjoy the sisterhood. See you there!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Domestic Diva Tip #1

"Last weekend, I burned some food onto the bottom of a frying pan and couldn't scrub away the dark stain no matter how hard I tried. Remembering a tip I once read, I dampened the pan, sprinkled it with baking soda and let it sit overnight. To my complete amazement and delight, the spot came off the next morning with practically no scrubbing." (Unfortunately, you can't use this trick on aluminun pans.)

What's Cookin'?


Rebekah Teel

Crescent Roll dough (it now comes as a flat sheet also)

Cooked and chopped chicken breasts

Cream cheese

Green onion (optional)

Shredded Cheddar (or other cheese)

All the amounts are to your taste. If you like it cheesy add more,

if you want less meat do that, it’s very forgiving.

Combine everything except the dough and mix thoroughly.

Press the dough flat and cut into triangles or squares.

Spoon filling in, fold up edges, and pinch closed.

Cook at temp on the package until golden.

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