Little-known Stories & Things I Love & Admire About Alex

It’s my husband’s birthday today! And so I’m going to indulge & brag to the world about how utterly awesome he is. Because hey, I’m his wife and I can do that! He has no idea I’m doing this…mwahahaha 😉   Might be super gushy but I don’t care- It’s something I’ve been wanting to …

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The Indispensible Trait for A Successful President, (& Why I Cannot Vote For Donald Trump as a Christian)

At election time, there are many issues worth considering. We could choose our candidate based on their stance on foreign policy, immigration, taxes, health care, or managing finances. Of course all of those things are important. But sometimes we overcomplicate things by focusing too much on the lesser matters and overlooking a simple litmus test …

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To-Die-For Raspberry Jell-O Pretzel Cheesecake

  So my mom whipped this up for Christmas dinner, and oh my goodness, it’s a keeper! I knew I needed to post it here on the blog. You wouldn’t think that Pretzels & Jello would go very well together… but once you take a bite your tastebuds will prove otherwise! Delicious!   So here’s …

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How I Learned to Recognize the Promptings of the Holy Ghost

I’ve been feeling an urge to write about this for a while, because I feel like it is perhaps the most important thing I have to share. And it’s been so useful and valuable in my life. But I don’t know exactly how to go about sharing something so deeply personal and sacred to me. …

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Why I’m Not Jumping on the Rainbow Bandwagon

  (A little overdue. Started writing this back in July, but got distracted with being mommy/moving/a million other things, & never got around to posting it. I figure it’s about time.)   The purpose of this post is to promote understanding.  I’ve heard some express how they just can’t understand why anyone would oppose same-sex …

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LDS Quotes about “The Great & Spacious Building”

  I love the parable of the tree of life! (If you’re not familiar with what I’m talking about, read this).  I’ve been doing an in-depth study into all of the different elements of the tree of life vision, and I’ve come up with some really insightful stuff! Here are some interesting quotes by LDS church leaders that …

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Homemade Fajitas – Seasoning from Scratch!

I love fajitas. I recently learned how to make homemade fajita seasoning from scratch. Turns out it’s super simple and just as tasty as store bought! (without all the unhealthy stuff. Yay!) Ingredients for Homemade Fajitas: 1 red bell pepper 2 Poblano peppers (can switch out for more red/green or other mild peppers that you …

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LDS Quotes about Food Storage!

Here are some interesting quotes on food storage I’ve compiled. Most are from general conferences. All can be found on LDS.org. Recently I read the book “Visions of Glory”, and it gave me the desire to research more into what the latter day prophets have taught concerning the events leading up to the second coming. I also set …

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How to Make Homemade Hummus (Without Tahini!)

Alex loves hummus. I had never tried it before I met him, but now I love it too. Recently I decided to try and make it from scratch to see if I can make it a little healthier, since the store bought kind contains soybean oil (one of the 3 oils you should avoid because …

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Puto (Filipino Rice Cakes)

Here’s another Filipino recipe! This time from my sister Lisa. Puto is a very popular snack in the Philippines. It’s usually made with rice flour, but this recipe just calls for regular flour. She made it a few weeks ago- it tastes pretty authentic! So here’s her recipe   Puto recipe Ingredients: 2 cups flour 1 …

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PreparetoServe: Blessings (Part 2)

In light of Thanksgiving coming up this week, I wanted to dedicate a post to expressing gratitude. Specifically focusing on the ways Alex and I have been blessed through working on PreparetoServe.com. (I’m breaking away from my normal routine of posting recipes/ideas and blogging on a more personal note right now, so if you don’t …

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Yummy Whipped Cinnamon Pumpkin Butter

I love making things with pumpkin around thanksgiving time. It feels me with glee! My ward relief society put on a waffle night a few weeks ago, and they had this cinnamon pumpkin butter as one of the options for toppings. It was so yummy! It’s kind of like honey butter but with a holiday …

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PreparetoServe (Part 1): Our Journey of Faith

I realized that I’ve never really officially taken the opportunity to record my side of the story about Alex’s and my experience with building PreparetoServe.com. So here we go. It’s been an interesting, unexpected, spiritual journey–and a long process of receiving personal revelation. How it all began: Rewind 7 years. Way back in 2007, Alex was …

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“Melt-In-Your-Mouth” Waffles

  I love homemade waffles! This the recipe my mom always used growing up. They’re a favorite at our house. Grandma calls them “melt-in-your-mouth” waffles because they’re so crisp & light. Hope you enjoy! Crisp Waffles 2 large eggs 1 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup oil (or 1 stick of melted butter) 2 cups flour …

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Faith, Fear, & Scary Movies

What does faith have to do with scary movies? A few years ago, I took a “Media, Family, & Human Development” class at BYU.  One of the topics discussed in class was fear in the media. Though in class we didn’t go into much depth about it in a gospel sense, it really got me …

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Raspberry Nutella Heaven-in-a-Pan

I decided to put a little twist on my very favorite dessert, “Heaven in a pan.” Raspberries and Nutella! You can’t go wrong with that! Raspberry Nutella Heaven-in-a-Pan How to make the Nutella crust: 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup Nutella 3/4 cup chopped nuts (I use walnuts) *Disclaimer: so in the picture above, I …

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Heaven in a Pan

This is my favorite dessert in the whole world, hands down. In my family, we call it “Heaven in a pan.” I don’t get around to making it very often- which is probably a good thing because I tend to eat way too much of it whenever the temptation is around. Heaven in a Pan …

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How to Make Spinach Your Kids Will LOVE!

I’m so excited to share with you the secret to making spinach delicious! My mom always made spinach this way when I was growing up, and as a result, spinach was always my favorite vegetable as a child. I would even request it for my birthday because I loved it so much. The first secret …

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My Favorite Picture Book: Daughter of a King

  Daughter of a King is my all-time favorite picture book. I just love it! I think every girl should have this book. The pictures are breathtaking and the story is beautifully written. The story line is about a little girl named Katie, whose parents taught her that she is really a Princess. She learns …

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Delicious White Chicken Chili Soup

I recently discovered one of my favorite soups ever! I’ve decided it needs to become a staple at our house. I got this recipe from my cousin, Heather Dixon. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! White Chicken Chili First, you need: 1 lb chicken breast in pieces (can add more or less if …

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