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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Creative Alternative to Water Balloons!

I recently went to a family reunion where we played water games and I thought that this idea was genius. Perfect for water fights! It’s kind of a mix between a hose and squirt gun and a water balloon – a long snake water balloon that is reusable and doesn’t pop! What’s the secret? Surgical …

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Pizza Rice Casserole

Living with my sweet 92 year old grandma (who has very narrow food preferences) often gives me the opportunity to get a little creative when trying to come up with something for dinner that everyone will like. This recipe came as the result of trying to find a way to satisfy my pizza craving in …

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How to Make Giant Bubbles!

This is one of my favorite summer time activities! My mom introduced me to it, and we’ve done it at family reunions, parties, etc.! It’s so fun and simple that I have to share. The lovely lady in the pictures is my 92 year old grandma   How to Make the Bubble Solution:   What …

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Chinese Chicken Noodle Salad

This is my favorite go-to recipe when I’m looking for something easy, cheap, and yummy to bring to a potluck or just something quick to whip together for lunch. My mom’s recipe. I love this salad! Chinese Chicken Noodle Salad Place on cookie sheet, and broil the following in the oven until golden brown: 1 …

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Easy Way to Keep Apples from Turning Brown

I found my new favorite way to keep apples from turning brown! My mom introduced me to this technique a few days ago. She uses it all the time when packing school lunches for my younger sisters, and they love it. It’s called “True Lemon” (crystallized lemon). She found it in the spice section of …

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LDS Object Lesson Idea: Teaching about the Atonement

I think that it can sometimes be difficult to clearly explain the law of justice and the law of mercy, and how the atonement fits into this. It’s kind of deeper doctrine that can seem a little abstract. Anyway, I found this object lesson to be quite clever- a great way to help visualize these …

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Lolo’s Fresh Market (Shopping tips)

I love Lolo’s! When they opened a few months ago, I was expecting them to be just like all those other grocery stores that have opened up at that location in the last few years. (They all went out of business). But Lolo’s is doing things a little differently, offering deals that make it a …

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Review of Emmanuel’s Fresh Mexican Grill in Provo

Feeling like Mexican? I recommend trying out Emmanuel’s Fresh Mexican Grill in Provo. It’s become my favorite restaurant recently! I’m very impressed. The food is great and the price is right. Note: I’m going to try to make this review as detailed as possible to hopefully be of help to any first-time goers who might …

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Some Thoughts on Charity

I’ve been thinking a lot about charity, and discovered some really cool insights, which I want to share! Charity is Pure Moroni 7:47 tells us that Charity is the pure love of Christ. A pure substance is one that is free from any kind of contamination. It is only that substance, not tainted with anything else. Later …

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Cool LDS Quotes about the Holy Ghost!

Here are some of my favorite quotes on the Holy Ghost! While on my mission, I gained a greater understanding of the roles and functions of the spirit, and I really came to see how crucial it is in our lives. The Gift of the Holy Ghost affects everything and obtaining/maintaining it should be absolutely …

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How to Sprout Wheat (Without a Sprouting Jar)

I recently learned how to sprout wheat. It’s so easy! I’ve heard that sprouting a kernel of wheat increases its nutrition by 600%. Wow, that’s a lot! I don’t know if that’s really true, but I sure do feel healthy when I eat them. I’ve tried doing it with hard red wheat as well as …

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