Friday, November 20, 2009

weet Potato Souffle

4 cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes (The canned ones mash really easily, or microwave/bake raw ones and mix them with beaters. Often I don't mash them until I'm mixing everything else together)

1/2 cup sugar

3 beaten eggs

1/3 cup butter

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup milk

2 tsp vanilla

Mix the above ingredients together and put into a covered baking dish or a 9x13 pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup chopped nuts (I use pecans)

1 cup coconut (I have never used this, but I bet it would be good)

1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup butter (cut butter into mixture with a fork or pastry cutter)

Mix and sprinkle on top of sweet potato mixture in pan. Cook for about 25 minutes.

Eat Happy!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

French Onion Soup

Thank Goodness for Joan Richards!

So, I have never attempted to make french onion soup because mentally I felt it was too complicated. I was wrong. Not only was this super simple, it tasted really good. I only observed on the actually day of cooking club due to the lack of husband that night. Really, serve french onion soup to my children. Hahahhahhaha! I did try renaming it to squares and string soup, which my children promptly saw through.
Here's the recipe:

French Onion Soup Like Panera Bread:

1/4 cup butter
4 med yellow onions, sliced (I used two large white onions, worked great)
2 cans (14 oz) beef broth (Joan uses Tones beef base and makes broth according to directions on container)
3/4 cup chicken broth (again, Joan uses chicken base and makes broth)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon ketchup (Joan says this is too much, I used about 1/2 tablespoon)
1/4 tsp- 1 1/2 tsp pepper (to taste)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp garlic powder (I apparently didn't see this and forgot to add it, opps!)
2 drops Tabasco sauce
Focaccia bread or other bread for croutons
a white cheese, like asiago, mozzarella, swiss, parmesan, provolone (I used a provolone/mozzarella mix that was fantastic)

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add sliced onions and saute for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often, until onions turn brown
Add remaining ingredients for the soup to the pan and stir to combine. Heat soup until it's boiling, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

To make the croutons, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Slice bread into 3/4 inch thick slices, butter both sides of those slices, then cute the slices into bite sized cubes. (I sliced and tossed in olive oil on the pan). Bake bread for 15 minutes or until crispy.

Serve the soup super hot with a handful croutons floating on top followed by a couple tablespoons of shredded or shaved cheese.

The only complaint about this soup was that it was a tad bit salty, my was not too salty, but I didn't add any to the soup as suggested. So, salt carefully!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Western Hills Ward July/August 2009 Newsletter

Divine guidance comes to us in many ways. The Lord inspires Mormon to write scripture, then President Monson to quote him in the Conference, then our bishopric to choose that talk for the fourth Sunday lesson, then the teacher to quote that scripture for you to hear. This is a wonderful
and important way to hear the voice of the Lord in our lives. However, there is another way in which the Holy Ghost tells you something directly. Our presidency message this month is to cultivate this way of receiving direction, and to let the guidance of the Holy Ghost define our lives. We challenge all of us to earnestly ask for guidance, and then to do what we are guided to do.
From Sheri L. Dew, “We Are Not Alone,” Ensign, Nov 1998, 94
Nephi taught this: “If ye will … receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do” (2 Ne. 32:5). What a remarkable privilege and promise! . . . Lorenzo Snow said that it is the “grand privilege of every Latter-day Saint … to have the manifestations of the spirit every day of our lives … [so] that we may know the light, and not be groveling continually in the dark” (in Conference Report, April 1899, 52).

Thursday, August 20th at 6:30 pm is ENRICHMENT NIGHT. It will be an evening of Practical Spiritual Application. We will be having discussions on “Understanding and Living Your Patriarchal Blessing,” by Bishop Cybulski; “Helping You and Your Children get the most out of Sacrament Meeting,” by Barb Erksine; “Raising Spiritually Minded Children,” by Tricia Evanson; and “Meaningful Prayers” by Debbie Hargis. Dessert will be provided afterwards. Questions? Contact Kelly Paulson or Laura Woestman
A nursery will be provided for those who do not have child care available. Be sure to feed your children ahead of time and RSVP to Stephanie Ward so she will know you are bringing your children.

Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to attend the RS General Broadcast for women from the Salt Lake Conference Center on Saturday, September 26th. The conference will be broadcast to the Stake Center in the Liberty/West Chester building at 8pm. Prior to the broadcast at 6pm will be an evening of music, fellowship and inspiration - The Song of the Righteous, D&C 25:12. Each ward will be presenting music. Appetizers and desserts will be provided. We would like all the sisters to attend and invite all sisters to perform in our Ward Relief Society choir. Questions? Contact Tricia, Rebecca, or Laura.


July 31 Ward Campout
August 2 Relief Society Presidency Instruction
August 9 Joseph Smith, Chapter 38, The Wentworth Letter
August 16 Joseph Smith, Chapter 39, Relief Society: Divine Organization of Women
August 20 Enrichment Night, 6:30, Desserts, Practical Spiritual Application
August 23 Our Father’s Plan—Big Enough for All His Children, Quentin L. Cook
August 29 Stake Conference, 4 pm Leadership, 7 pm Adult Session
August 30 Stake Conference Sunday Session at Montgomery Stake Center, time 9 am.
September 26 6 pm Music/fellowship/inspiration, 8 pm RS General Broadcast, Liberty

Relief Society Enrichment Groups - as of June 14th 2009
Group Leader(s) Day/Time Brief description Next Event

Local Places of Interest -- Karen Harsh & Toni McElwain
Meets about 3 times/ year, Visits places around Cincinnati area.
Last Visit - Taft Museum, Next visit - TBA

Girl's Night Out --Lynn Helmers
Meets every other month, Does "girly" activities together, TBA

Yoga -- HsinYi Ward Weekly - Thursdays starting August 13 for 10 weeks except August 20 (RS Enrichment), 7:30pm at Church

Young Mother's Play Group -- Kelly Paulson Every other Friday -
9:30-11am @ varies places during summer play group for young children
July 17, July 31, August 14

Drama --Lori Rich acting ?

Food Storage -- Jean Wimmer & HsinYi Ward
Most contact thru email and sign-up sheets.
Each month organizes an order for a couple of items
thru Emergency Essentials. Also has a theme/ goal
for each month like canning, planting, etc.

Temple Trip --Des Steffen, Monthly - dates change

Reading-- Kelly Paulson Monthly - dates change TBA

Walking Group-- Toni McElwain & Chris Stalbuam
Tuesday Evenings during YMYW, Walk around building
area during YMYW Beginning May 19th

Craft / Scrapbooking --Melissa Sullivan ? ?

Ladies Luncheon --Barb Erskine Meets monthly - usually second Thursday
@ noon, Meets for lunch and socializing - sometimes at restaurant,
sometimes at a home. Taking Summer off. September 10th next date

Gospel Study Group --Rachel Vaughn and Liz Hall
Monthly - Thursday nights 7pm @ church Discuss gospel topics
using scripture, general conference talks, etc First class - June 25th

Cooking Group -- Tricia Evanson and Rebecca Brown
Thursday afternoons @ church @ 3:30?
Bring a 9 X 13 pan and learn to prepare a "gourmet" dish -
which you will take home to bake/cook for your family's dinner
RSVP Mandatory

Monday, July 20, 2009

Cooking Club Thursday July 23rd @ 3:00pm

We will be making grilled vegetables with Basalmic Vinegarette so you will need to bring vegetables that you family likes, the best ones to grill are :

Yellow squash/zuchinni asparagus
sweet or green onions eggplant
mushrooms peppers
corn tomatoes

any other vegetable your family would like that wont fall through the grill grate.

You will also need olive oil to coat the vegetables, salt and pepper.
For the vinegerette you will need basalmic vinegar, 2 to 4 cloves of garlic, 1 to 2 teaspoons of fresh chopped parsley, basil and rosemary, and olive oil.
I serve these with rice or couscous, so bring enough for your family. Grilled meat is optional. You can bring chicken breast or pork chops or steak or even lamb.
We will also make an old family recipe from Wes's Mom. She calls it Great Aunt Nellie's Apple Crisp, the recipe makes enough for a 6x8 pan but I usually double it for a 9x13 pan. So for it you will need 4 cups of apples peeled and sliced or any fresh fruit in season. Our family really enjoys making it with blackberies or peaches or a combination of both.
You will also need:
1 cup of flour 1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 to 1 cup of sugar 1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 egg 1/3 cup of oil or melted butter
If you want to make the bigger size double the above ingredients. I usually do for my family.
Tools you will need to bring include casserole dish for your vegetables, a cup or bowl for the vinegarette, pan for your rice or couscous, then a baking dish for the crisp as well as a small mixing bowl for the topping. Don't forget a knife and cutting board for cutting the vegetables and chopping the herbs. I will bring a couple long tongs for the grill and I will have my propane grill there and another charcoal grill.
See you on Thursday about 3:00pm.
Jean Wimmer

Monday, July 13, 2009

Rachel V's Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce  In a medium saucepan over medium heat: 1/8 - 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (you want to cover the bottom of  your pan) 4-6 cloves of chopped fresh garlic 1 small onion Cook the onions and garlic until the onions are soft and a blond color and the garlic is lightly browned.
 Then add: 1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes 1 1/2 tsp. of sea salt 1 tsp. brown sugar Let simmer over low heat for 45 minutes or put in a crock pot on low for 1 1/2 -2 hours, stirring occasionally.
 Add: A handful of fresh basil leaves.  (I tear each leaf in half to release the flavor. - I don't know if it really does, but that's what an Italian woman told me to always do!) Simmer 10 more minutes, then taste and see if it needs more salt (it probably will). Add 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream and 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan (the pre-grated will not melt well). Stir and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Serve over penne pasta and garnish

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cooking Club: Garlic Parmesan Bread

1 c warm water
21/2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbs honey or sugar
2/3 c grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 tsp salt
11/2 tsp garlic powder
3 c flour
11/2 tsp yeast ( I use instant)
I also add taste I guess

Mix dry ingredients including yeast if instant. Add oil, honey and warm water knead with dough hook until smooth and elastic. Let raise in oiled bowl until doubled in size. Shape and spread olive oil on top, sprinkle course salt too if you want. Let raise again until doubled.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

(this is rebecca's first attempt at this bread, second try was much straighter, no laughing!)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Cooking Club, July 16th @3:00pm

Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice and Asian Style Green Beans
cornstarch (i have never acutally measured the amount that i use)
2-3 eggs
chicken breasts(however much your family needs - I usually do 2-3)
frying pan
oven safe dish (ie: cake pan)
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
4T ketchup
1 T soy sauce
1/2 cup vinegar
1 t minced garlic
container to mix, with a lid or saran wrap
pot with lid (or if you have a rice cooker)
Green beans:
frying pan/wok
large spoon

1 tablespoon oil, peanut or sesame

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed

1 tablespoon white sugar

2 tablespoons oyster sauce (i don't keep oyster sauce in my cupboard so i have never actually made it with the oyster sauce and they are still delicious)

2 teaspoons soy sauce

Any Questions, Call Catherine Bowman

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Sustainable and Scrumptious Sloppy Joes and One Hour Buns

July 9th @ 3:30pm By Tricia Evanson

Sustainable and Scrumptious Sloppy Joes and One Hour Buns


1 pound cooked ground beef or ground turkey

3 cups dry beans (navy or great northern, or other beans you want to try)  soaked and cooked*  

4-5 carrots, grated (we can grate them there)

Other vegetables if you want (zucchini, etc) grated

1-2 onions, finely diced (we can dice them there)

3 8 oz. cans of tomato paste

1 can of tomato soup

2-3 cups water

Chili powder, salt, garlic powder, oregano, basil, brown sugar, and crushed red pepper (optional) to taste

We will also make Remarkable One Hour Bread (it really only takes on hour, start to finish), but I will bring all of the ingredients and the mixer.  All you have to do is show up, learn how to make it, and get the recipe.  


10-12 quart sauce pan

Stirring spoon

Grater for veggies

Sharp knife and cutting board for onion

Measuring spoons for spices

*To cook dry beans, soak overnight, drain the water, add new water and bring to a boil, then simmer for 1 1/2 hours, until they are soft.  You could also use six cans of beans if you like.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

July 1st @ 3:00pm Cooking Club

Italian Tomato Cream Sauce with Fresh Basil Pasta
Salad of Choice

Presented by Rachel Vaughn

For the Sauce:
28 oz can crushed tomatoes (or equiv. of fresh tomatoes)
One bunch fresh Basil
One medium Onion
4-6 cloves of Garlic
One box Penne pasta (rachel recommends barilla brand for al dente)
One small carton of heavy whipping cream
One block of parmesan cheese (not pre grated)
Optional: italian sausage, pre cooked
Olive Oil- rachel to provide
Sea Salt- rachel to provide
Sugar - rachel to provide

For the Salad:
Mixed Greens
Vegtables you like in salads

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

June 26th, cooking club

Pesto Salmon or Chicken

Tossed Greens

And Italian Loaf

This is a light summer meal that you can grill, broil, or pan fry. Learn how to make real pesto, delicious homemade salad dressing, and fragrant, mouthwatering bread. You can substitute any kind of fish, or even chicken if you are not into seafood.


Enough Fish or chicken for your family about 4 oz per adult, 2 oz per child

This recipe for pesto makes enough for 4… bring more ingredients if you have more in your family.

2 cloves garlic, crushed 

2 cups, packed, coarsely chopped basil leaves (you can use spinach but not highly recommended)

Coarse salt 

1/4 tablespoon pine nuts (although optional, these make pesto authentic!)

3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

1/2 to 1/3 cup olive oil

For the Salad

Enough salad greens for your family

1 cup nuts: pecans, walnuts, almonds, peanuts

1/8 cup sugar

1 tablespoon honey

1 cup fresh fruit: strawberries, grapes, apples, oranges

Avocado (optional)

1 small red onion

Feta cheese (optional)

For the Salad Dressing( I don’t use measurements for this one)

Olive oil

Strawberry or Raspberry jam

Apple cider vinegar, or balsamic vinegar, or white 



For 1 medium loaf of bread:

2 ½ Tbsp. butter

1 tbsp sugar or honey

2/3 cup parmesan cheese

¾ tsp salt

1 ½ tsp garlic powder

1 tsp rosemary

3 cups flour ( you can use any combination of flour you like) I will use 1/3 white 1/3 oat and 1/3 wheat

1 ½ tsp instant yeast


I will need a couple of people to bring food processors and kitchen aids unless we want to knead the bread by hand…boring! 

We will need small knives to cut fruit


Basting brush if you have one (not necessary)

Salad bowl

Dish for raw meat

Dish for pesto

Container with a tight lid for salad dressing

Pan or stone to bake bread on

Mixing bowl for bread

Plastic wrap or towel for bread 

We will be caramelizing nuts so we need a couple sheet pans for that and a couple of saucepans

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Cooking Club Change

The parking lot is having some work down on wednesday, so Cooking Club is being relocated to friday afternoon.  Everything is going to be the same, except it will take place on friday.  Don't forget to RSVP on sunday (tomorrow).  
ps. mentioning it to me (rebecca brown) in passing on sunday does not count! i will forget.

Monday, June 8, 2009

June 17th, Cooking Club InstructionsChicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Barb Erskine ….Call or email me if you have any questions before hand…941-4611 or

Before you come…Boil your chicken till tender in at least 4 cups of water….we’ll salt when we prepare the pie.  You can use chicken breasts or cook up an entire chicken and then debone it.  Cut meat into about one inch size pieces.  .  IF you’ve never cooked a whole chicken, please feel free to call for instructions.  If you cook the chicken a day ahead and refrigerate, the fat will rise to the top of the broth and you can skim it all off easily.  May not be necessary if you are just using skinless breast meat.   

BRING To the class

* 2-3 cups cooked chicken…a layer on the bottom of your baking pan.

*About 4 cups of the broth in a 6-8 quart pot…so it won’t slosh in the car and  then you’ll cook the gravy in it at church.  

* 3 cups of flour….for pastry and to thicken gravy

*Shortening….My mom taught me crusts with shortening and I have not made the transition to oil ….so if you make yours with oil please feel free to bring the oil.  IF you do not have any shortening and wish to use mine, bring 30 cents.  I’ll try to experiment with oil before the class day if I have time to give you my opinion.           For 9X9 pan…..61/2 Tablespoons of Shortening

                        For 9X13 pan….8 Tablespoons of Shortening

*Potatoes…about 4-6 medium…unless you like lots.   You can peel at home and even precook just slightly for quicker baking time later.  Raw vegetables take 1 ½ hours for the pie to bake.  Cooked vegetables take between 40 minutes to an hour.  I will bring a microwave bowl if someone cares to precook potatoes or carrots in the kitchen.  

*Small raw onion and stalk of celery IF your family likes them.  Don’t need precooking. 

*2- 3 different veggies your family likes….can of corn, green beans, peas or carrots maybe.  If you are making a smaller pie….maybe you can share a cans of things with another sister.  If you choose to use frozen, bring about the equivalent of 3 cans ….or mixed vegetables are great.

Utensils you’ll need:

*9X9 or 9X13 size pan depending on your family size.  If you think you’ll need it between those sizes, you’ll need the bigger pan and you’ll just not make it as deep.

* Cookie sheet to go under your completed creation to catch any gravy slops on the way home and as it bakes and bubbles in the oven.  This beats cleaning the oven later. And maybe an old dish towel to lay over your creation for the ride home.  

*Pan that your broth is in

*Sharp knife to cut potatoes/vegetables

*Cutting board

*Vegetable Peeler …unless you peel with a knife

Don't Forget to RSVP, you can rsvp by commenting or by emailing rsvp to

Sunday, May 3, 2009

May's Missionary Challenge

This month's challenge is to invite a friend over for Family Home Evening. This is a great opportunity to build relationships with friends from your child's school or perhaps a new member would benefit by watching and learning more about Family Home Evening. Many of us know of individuals and families who are lonely or have distanced themselves from the Gospel. Please don't make this overly complicated. Just show them some love and don't forget the brownies!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Food Baskets!

Fruit Baskets!!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Enriching Our Live Through Service

Service Opportunities


Easter Fruit Baskets- Contact Lori Rich or Becky O’Brian:  We are collecting and assembling Easter Baskets filled with fruit for specific members in our ward.  Please see Donation Sign-up Sheet to see what items are needed.  Baskets will be assembled on Sunday, April 5th, between the sessions of General Conference.  Baskets will be delivered that Evening.  We need at least nine women to help.


St. Joseph’s Orphanage Play Date- Contact Wanda Nunnery: We will be providing an activity (origami) and snack for 9 children living at the Orphanage.  This activity will be on Saturday, April 18th @ 1:30pm.  We need 3 women to participate.  This activity is for individual sisters only.  Please see the Donation sign-up sheet for items needed for the activity.


Hildebrandt Playgroup Visit- Contact Jessica Erskine:  This service will take place over several weeks.  The children will be learning some new songs to sing at the nursing home as well as making a craft to give out to the residents that live there.  Mothers and their children would need to attend Playgroup in the month of April (though not a requirement to go to the Nursing Home).  The nursing home visit will take place on Friday, April 24th.  We will be meeting at the church at 9:30am and then proceed to the nursing home. This activity is for those sisters who have young children at home (though all can participate).


Green Up Day Mt. Airy Forest-  Contact Rebecca Brown:  We will be cleaning up Mt. Airy Forest on Saturday, April 25 @ 9:00am.  Meet at the oval.  There will be trash bags and gloves provided.  Lunch will be served after the clean-up at noon.  We need a minimum of 25 adults to attend.  All members of the family are welcome.


St Agnes Food Bank Collection- Contact Dona Kramer: We will be collecting food as well as personal care items all month. We need at least six sisters to help stock and serve on Friday, April 17th.  Sisters will be lifting and carrying food to the food bank area.

ay it Forward Casserole-  e bottom of the dish and pass it on within two days. beginning of the month with the rules that when

Pay it Forward Casserole- We will be handing out a two Casserole dishes at the beginning of the month with the rules that when you receive this dish you will need to “pay it forward” to someone else in the ward. Be mindful to those you pass it on to.  We would hate to have a sister feel guilty because she couldn’t “pay it forward”.  Please write your name on the bottom of the dish and pass it on within two days.